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On Wednesday: ANTM, American Idol, Lost, Chopping Block, Damages & Make Me A Supermodel

America's Next Top ModelEp. “Put Your Best Face Forward”

So this week, the episode began with Cycle 3 star, Toccara, coming to the model house for a sleepover and to talk with the contestants about showcasing their personalities. Toccara has really become quite the model since she left the show; she is in Italian Vogue, a BET anchor, etc. After that, the entire episode was based on posing, and what would an ANTM posing episode be without Benny Ninja. This time he talked about using music to inspire posing, and the challenge was at the Mansion where an audience of fashion gurus judged the models on their ability to pose to the beats dropped by former model/DJ Sky Nellar. Celia was able to win the challenge without contest and get a custom Blond design. The photo shoot was also about posing, but more about holding the pose. The shoot was based around Ellis Island and immigration and the photos were actually taken with an old-school 8×10 camera (totally cool!). After the judging, Kortnie was eliminated even though Celia tried to fight for her.

American IdolEp. “10 Finalists Compete”

On this special 2-hour audition round of American Idol that was pushed to Wednesday (unfortunately) marked a classic Idol genre, Motown. It is thought that many of these songs are the best that have ever written so it will be interesting to see what the contestants picked and if they are able to work the songs in a modern way. And did you guys here how Ryan Seacrest said “crayons?” It sounded like “crahlns.”

Matt Giraud: Performed “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye. I must say I kind of laughed a bit when I heard he selected this song. I mean it is the song of sex, and I can never hear the song without thinking of Jack Black in High Fidelity singing it. He did an ok job but the judges all seemed to love it. He does have a good falsetto.

Kris Allen: Performed “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You” by Marvin Gaye. I really liked this performance. He sang the song well and he definitely has a really cool, Mraz-like feel. My only issue is watching him sing out of the side of his mouth. But he will definitely be safe with that one.

Scott MacIntyre: Performed “You Can’t Hurry Love” by Diana Ross. I really didn’t like it. I think his voice just didn’t work to match the  famous Diana Ross number. He did do a few things that were interesting to hear and trying to make it a bit contemporary, but I totally agree with Simon.

Megan Corkrey: Performed “For Once In My Life” by Stevie Wonder. This sounds wierd but I think her voice cracked more this week than it did when she had the flu. Is that possible? I think the clips we heard during her session with Smokey were ten times better than the actual performance she had tonight.

Anoop Desai: Performed “Ohh Baby Baby” by Smokey Robinson. I am going to give Anoop props on this one. I thought he did very well on performing the song and I would have never expected him to be able to hit those falsetto notes. He definitely is stepping up his game and I think he is extending his stay on American Idol.

Michael Sarver: Performed “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” by The Temptations. First, I cannot stand his time keeping finger tap he does on the mike. It is distracting and stupid. Now in relation to his performance, I don’t think he was pointed enough for the song. I personally believe it is supposed to be quick, powerful, almost staccato phrasing but he definitely was too “smooth” with it. And he was seriously flat on that last portion of the song…painfully flat.

Lil Rounds: Performed “Heat Wave” by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. Holy crap fringe. I am not sure about her styling but she sang the song well. Now like I think of Jack Black with “Let’s Get It On,” I immediately see a chorus of nuns from Sister Act singing this one. It is nothing against here but that song has been branded. Also, I am afraid she was kind of screaming the song in parts, which wasn’t as nice to hear as I wanted. I really want her to do a ballad next week.

Adam Lambert: Performed “Tracks of My Tears” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. He performed the song stripped down and he was styled in a seriously different manner than weeks past. He got a standing ovation by Smokey Robinson himself! The vocals were awesome and he was able to really show a different side of his artistry. He definitely is still in the front running this season.

Danny Gokey: Performed “Get Ready” by The Temptations. So I was kind of confused when he started to perform. His entire intro video was about him singing the background parts and then he doesn’t when he is on the stage. He has strong energy and a great voice, but it definitely didn’t feel as great as Lambert’s performance.

Allison Iraheta: Performed “Poppa Was A Rolling Stone” by The Temptations. I must start this one with I love this song. With that in mind, I thought Allison did a very good, funky rendition of the song. Totally enjoyed it and I thought she did good job at adding her own flare to the performance. Still cannot believe she is only 16.

LostEp. “He’s Our You”

The promos for this episode basically said that Sayid would stir things up. They definitely weren’t lying, Sayid was an uncooperative man. Rather than working with the others on the island, Sayid decided to “be on his own.” This definitely throws a wrench in the plan and really threatens the safety of the Oceanic people. It was crazy hearing Sayid’s interrogation in the woods while he was drugged. Now the Dharma people think he is bat-shit crazy, especially since he tells them that he is from the future.

Holy crap, Sayid killed young Ben. What does this mean? Will time change from that point on? What does it mean for the others? I cannot wait for next week now.

DamagesEp. “Look What I Dug Up This Time”

As the season begins to come to a close, a lot of the questions that have been looming for months are starting to be revealed. First, Ellen does shoot Patty, but the question of its aftermath still remains. Also, the Cadillac was discovered and evidence against UNR has been locked in. Like Maddox, Parcel is turned to help Patty in the case. And I don’t even know what to think with this whole Parcel’s wife portion of the show. Next week is the 90-minute season finale. All will finally be revealed! YAY!!

Make Me a SupermodelEp. “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall”

So the one thing about this show that I actually like more than America’s Next Top Model is that they allow men to participate. It has always bothered me that ANTM is an only female competition especially since there is an ample amount of men out there who would also like to be models. I know there was that show a few years ago on Bravo about male modeling, Manhunt, but it definitely didn’t do to well. Anyways, I am glad that the much neglected men get their shot on this show.

So in this episode, the photo shoot was about connecting with themselves and really expressing some emotion. Of course, some of the models had issues expressing themselves, but what was strange was that while I was watching the episode, I alone started to go to some “bad” places and I could feel my throat kind of close up and tears well up in my eyes. Now, I wouldn’t consider myself an emotional person, but it was weird to feel myself just give in while watching a modeling show. Strange.

In the end, Amanda and Brendan were the winners of the challenge. They get the opportunity to go to Montreal to audition to walk during Montreal Fashion Week. They selected Colin and Mountaha to join them in their go-sees. What is crazy is all of them book the job. They get to walk in Montreal Fashion Week.

The runway challenge was very strange. It was supposed to be a kind of performance art walk and some of them did some crazy stuff. I thought it was interesting to see how some of them interpreted awkward and strange.

Shawn was eliminated.

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On Tuesday: The Mentalist & Real Housewives of NYC

So because of the Presidential Press Conference, a few shows I would normally be watching on Tuesday were either put on hiatus for a week or moved to another day. As such, American Idol was moved to Wednesday. However, even with the President ruining primetime Tuesday, The Mentalist and Real Housewives still aired.

The MentalistEp. “Carnelian Inc.”

It was kind of funny watching this weeks episode since it revolved around a financial company and the unfortunate murders taking place while they are on a retreat. Kind of appropriate, don’t you think? The overall story wasn’t too crazy. In the end, it was the CEO of the company that was the murderer. He actually killed one of the coworkers and faked a bomb threat on himself to try and pull of the intended murder. The fun part of the episode was watching the somewhat giddy, childish excitement Patrick Jane was expressing. He really makes this show. If it wasn’t for Simon Baker this show wouldn’t have lasted two episodes.

Real Housewives NYCEp. “Runway Run-In”

There definitely was some drama that arose this week while the housewives attended Fashion Week, but I feel like this was just a prelude to the bombs that are going to go off next week. There is a tension betwee Bethenny and Kelly that seems completely unfounded, but it seems like it is going to blow up big time in the near future. Also, Alex and Simon had another altercation with Ramona. Just before a fashion show, Simon and Ramona have it out in the front row. I would agree with Kelly that it wasn’t the right time or place for it. Apart from the drama, the entire episode did center around fashion. There was a luncheon/private runway show that Jill hosted and numerous trips to different designer boutiques in New York and Brooklyn. I like that with this subject matter the producers are choosing to start to look at Kelly a little bit more. It seemed like she was being neglected in previous episodes this season.

Can’t wait for next week.

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On Monday: Chuck, Heroes & Castle

ChuckEp. “Chuck Versus the Predator”

This week, Chuck continued his search for Orion and found him. The entire episode centered around attempting to make contact with Orion. FULCRUM wanted to capture him, the US government wanted to retain him, Chuck desperately wanted to talk to him; needless to say, the man was popular. In the end, Orion was killed after he sent a Predator airship to his location to blow him up in a helicopter after he was abducted by FULCRUM. However, before his death, Orion sent chuck a DVD with a last message and schematics for the new Intersect. Apparently, there is a way for the Intersect to be extracted from Chuck’s mind, but Chuck now believes he is the only one who is truly trying to make it happen. Also, after the General comes to Burbank, it seems that we can look forward to Chuck entering spy training…potentially. It seems they have realized after all this time that Chuck should become more aware of how to be a spy beyond freaking out in high-stress situations.

CANCELLATION WARNING: Apparenlty, Chuck has entered a small list of shows that critics are saying is in serious trouble of not being renewed for next year. What?! DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN!!! I love this show and so should everyone else. Make sure to watch it…or else!

HeroesEp. “Chapter Seven: Cold Snap”

So I really enjoyed this week’s episode, and I can say that during the show I totally called it that Hiro would get his power back. The minute I saw that Baby Mat Parkman was able to turn on the TV I went, “The baby is going to give Hiro his power back! I mean think about, the baby ‘powers’ the TV, so it isn’t just electrical appliances.” And as the episode continued, you could see that Hiro had never actually touched the baby’s skin so my theory just got stronger, until the baby brushes Hiro’s face and he is able to stop all the government agents and get Hiro, Baby Matt Parkman and Ando out of the house intact.

In other news, Tracy escaped the government facility with Suresh, Parkman and Daphne with the help of Rebel. The issue was that the agency somewhat let her escape to see if they could be led to Rebel. In the end, Rebel turns out to Micah! I was somewhat shocked, but it made total sense. Also, Micah is able to turn Tracy from the heartless, selfish bitch she is to someone who actually cares about the “cause,” and in an awesome scene where she turns to ice and freezes an entire parking garage, she allows Micah to escape and obviously fake her death.

Can’t wait for next week!

CastleEp. “Hedge Fund Homeboys”

This episode dealt with a case where a prep school boy was killed in the park and the uncovering of a complicated life of drugs, sex and betrayal…amongst teens. Here is basically how the story ends. Brendan decides that he is going to passively kill Donnie during a warped game of Russian Roulette that the group of friends all play. Donnie had gotten into drug dealing to deal with his parents financial issues and Brendan didn’t believe that he was fit to be a part of the group anymore. To top it off though, Donnie and Amanda were somewhat of an item and after Donnie broke it off, Brendan was the one that Amanda turned too (sloppy seconds, you know how it is). The creepy part of the episode was that Brendan planned out the entire thing: he loaded the typically empty gun with a bullet and then passed it to Max, who ended up kililng Donnie; he then developed an alibi by having Amanda tape the killing and saving it on his phone; he kills Max by faking a suicide.

But in the midst of all this depressing teen angst, Castle and Beckett have some entertaining banter and Castle continues to be as engaging and hilarious as he was in episode 1. Just like the other shows I watch on Monday, I cannot wait for their next episode next week.

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On Sunday: Kings, Desperate Housewives, The Amazing Race & Rock of Love

KingsEp. “Prosperity”

This week, peace talks were in session between Gilboa and Gath, but tension arises when David is not found amongst the Gilboa party present. This causes major issues for Silas since he has ordered David’s death while David continues to prove essential for the continuance of his kingdom. All the while, Crossgen withdraws their gold from the kingdom’s treasury causing further misfortune for Gilboa. Also, David struggles to figure out what he is supposed to do. Much like any rising hero, the path he must take is wrought with uncertainty and he must “follow the signs” to find the correct way.

After watching this second episode, I am even more into it. I love that there is a king stricken with fear of losing his kingdom, a son wraught with rage against his father, a humble servant of a king whom he is destine to usurp, a princess stricken with forbidden love, a pair of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern-esque comedic figures and a series of events destine to be of Biblical proportions. Also, the writing is very refreshing. It has a somewhat Shakespearean rythmn that I love. I cannot wait for the next episode, and you should be awaiting next Sunday with as much anticipation as I am.

Desperate Housewives

Ep. “A Spark. To Pierce the Dark”

This week’s major point was . Just like last week, I have decided to just comment per housewife.

Edie Britt: Edie may be dead! The entire episode basically revolved round her getting the message that would reveal David’s entire plan. It also would be the message that would instigate her inevitable demise.

Gabrielle Solis: Gabby deals with an uninterested husband the entire episode. No matter what she does, she cannot get Carlos to have sex with her and it begins to drive a wedge in their marriage. It seems like the issue is taken care of by the end of the episode.

Katherine Mayfair: This week Katherine is almost killed. She is on a camping trip with Mike and Dave and as part of Dave’s plot to destroy Mike, he plans on shooting Katherine while on a hike with a hunting rifle. However, his plot is foiled when Edie calls him immediately before he pulls the trigger. Katherine you are one lucky bitch.

Susan Mayer: Susan deals with her ex-husband’s child enrolling in the private school she teaches at. The real issue though is dealing with a child who seems to be dealing with some major psychological issues and it results in some interesting confrontations with the ex.

Lynette Scavo: Lynette has some issues at work with the second in command, but through a few Lynette like actions, the woman is fired for improper decorum.

Bree Van de Camp: Bree is once again dealing with her emasculated husband, and as a result, almost sells her business away to a competitor. In the end, Bree decides that Orson needs to suck it up and figure out how to get past his issues without destroying her legacy. You go Bree!

So the promotions state that this episode was the beginning of a 5 week sequence of events leading up to the “biggest finale ever.” At the moment, Edie is still alive, but by the end of the season I believe her death is inevitable. I mean Nicolette Sheridan is leaving the show so I would expect her to die by finale end. But I guess she could always move away again after dealing with her insane husband.

The Amazing RaceLet me say that I would love to know what went on this week in The Amazing Race. It is the one reality show that comes on on Sundays that I look forward to; however, this week I had stupid March Madness to destroy my television enjoyment. As with the NFL season, the programming on CBS on Sunday is plagued with delays due to sporting event overages. For some reason, CBS can’t just cancel 60 Minutes and let the primetime programming run like it should. Since they don’t do that, all the programs are pushed back, which kind of destroys your programs you plan on DVRing. This week, basketball games pushed the start of the Amazing Race to the last 6 minutes of its regular time. I believe that we, the masses, should start a petition to request that CBS at least post all their programming for free on On Demand in order to allow its loyal followers to watch the shows they enjoy. So just like with the NFL…I hate sports on Sunday. I hate Comcast. I hate CBS.

Rock of Love BusEp. “Lyrics”

This week the final four, minus the entire Blond-tourage, were tasked with writing lyrics to a Brett Michaels song and perform it for him. The prize: an overnight date to Texas to watch Brett perform at a festival and then party all night. In the end Taya wins the date but Beverly is granted an extra seat on the date because of her great showing in the challenge.

This week, however, was less about the dating and more about the drama. Taya has major issues with Mindy because she makes a comment during the competiton…”And you all thought she came on this show to promote Penthouse, haha.” And Mindy gets all sort of crazy and self-conscious as the realty of the competition sets in. It was hilarious watching Beverly’s face as Taya and Mindy made ridiculous comments and remarks, and even more hilarious listening to Jamie comment on the situation in her confessionals.

In the end, Beverly was the one who was left off the tour bus as the final three head down to Miami.

I am still behind on Brothers & Sisters and forgot that Tough Love began on VH1 tonight. I will definitely ammend this post when I finally get to watch them.

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On Saturday: Legend of the Seeker & Kings (from Hulu)

Legend of the SeekerEp. “Bloodline”

This episode is supposed to center around the group trying to keep the Box of Orden away from Darken Rahl while also revealing Zeddicus Z’ul’s true connection to Richard Cypher. I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet since I had to get caught up with “Conversion” but now that I have seen it I should be able to watch the new episode shortly and amend this post.

In relation to “Conversion,” it was quite the episode. To watch Kahlan go into a “blood rage” was insane and totally AWESOME!! She could confess people without even touching them and move things with her mind. I can’t wait to see this new one.

KingsEp. “Goliath”

So due to DVR ridiculousness and my very busy week, I didn’t get to watch the Kings premiere until today. Thank God for Hulu! Now that I have seen it, I am so sad that I waited so long since it aired to watch it. IT WAS AMAZING! The drama seemed real and relatable, the obvious tie to the Biblical story of David was well executed and the modern take on an ancient monarch was quite interesting. To have the story of David play out in a modern, technologically- and culturally-advanced country was completely unique and worked perfectly.

Here is the basic synopsis of this two-hour premiere:

King Silas Benjamin is the well-entrenched king of Gilboa, whose flag bears a divine butterfly symbol. Gilboa has its capital in Shiloh, a clean new city that is unspoiled by time or litter. They describe that the city of Shiloh rose from the ashes of war and separation to become a clean and glorious metropolis. However, Silas must deal with the tensions rising between Gilboa and neighboring nation, Gath. When several prisoners of war are taken, a young soldier from the country, David Shepherd, defies orders and crosses enemy lines to save them. Unknown to David, the soldier he saves is Jack Benjamin, the son of the king. From that day forth, David’s life will never be the same as he become the new hero of Gilboa. By the end of the episode, David is somewhat attributed to ending the war with Gath twice even though corporate giants don’t want the profit-gaining war to end, and David is given the “sign from God” that he will be the next king, even though he doesn’t know it yet.

In the end, I thought the show was bold, a bit bizzare, and completely intriguing. It made me want to immediate see the next episode and I have high hopes for its future. Unofurtunately it didn’t get great ratings so I need people to watch this so it doesn’t get cancelled.

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On Friday: Dollhouse

DollhouseEp. “The Man On The Street”

So this is the first episode where the “active mission” was not the main focus. It circled around Agent Ballard making major headway on uncovering the Dollhouse and finding Caroline/Echo. I really liked how the episode worked around the lore of the Dollhouse rumor, it was interesting to see the people’s knowledge of the Dollhouse and what it implies both socially and scientifically.

In the episode, Agent Ballard comes in contact with Echo as she is portraying an Internet mogul’s wife, but he gets distracted by security and Echo is extracted before he can talk to her. Later on, however, after Agent Ballard attacked one of the Dollhouse’s clients, Echo is sent back in to eliminate him. What the agency doesn’t know though is that one of the people within the Dollhouse added a little bit to her imprint…it was a message to Agent Ballard about how he needed to go off grid and investigate the Dollhouse on his own. That the insider will help him along the way and how the Dollhouse organization is much larger than he ever thought.

“There are three flowers in a vase and the third one is blue.” Mellie is an ACTIVE?! What!?! And she kicks ass?! I was totally and completely surprised by this new twist, and it looks like she is going to be a big focus of next week’s episode. I can’t wait to see how she is used in the future. “There are three flowers in a vase and the third one is yellow.”

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On Thursday: Ugly Betty, Smallville, Hell’s Kitchen, Millionaire Matchmaker & Obama on Leno

Ugly BettyEp. “The Sex Issue”

So this week the Meade group went to secure new advertisers while Wilhelmina deals with sleeping issues. She continues to see Connor in her sleep and can’t get her mind off of it. It was hilarious watching the possessed-looking, open-eyed Wilhelmina fall asleep at MODE. Betty also dealt with sleeping issues of another sort. As a side note, has anyone noticed how little interaction Wilhelmina has with the son?!

Now it’s time for “Operation Betty Sexification.” I thought this scene was hilarious! Sight. Touch. Hair Flip. They were kindly helping Betty woo Matt into sewing her Latina oats, and the montage through the senses was awesome.

In the end, Wilhelmina got a nice talk from a night nanny and Betty got her lovin’.

SmallvilleEp. “Turbulence”

With Clark embrassing his alternate identities, Metropolis is feeling a wave of hope. At the same time, Davis/Doomsday is learning to control his “rage” by taking it out on Metropolis criminals. So in a sense, Earth’s worst enemy is actually doing a little bit of good. Vigilanty, Daredevil-like good, but good none the less. Obviously it isn’t going to last very long though.

Tess tries to manipulate Clark into revealing his powers by staging a midair plane accident as they fly to New York for a press conference. You could tell that she suspected Clark of being “different,” but I didn’t realize that she would put her life in danger to find out. Also, her code to go along with her plan was so cliché, “How’s the weather in LA?”

Now the Jimmy and Chloe portion of the episode was really sad. Jimmy decided that their relationship was a lie and denounced his marriage to Chloe. Chloe looks absolutely crushed and it will be interesting to see what happens with them in the future.

Hell's KitchenEp. “10 Competitors Remain”

So this week was much like every other. Lacey didn’t get along with the Blue team. The women were bickering to each other. Both kitchens did poorly in the service and Gordon wasn’t happy about it. Now with a little more microscopic look at this episode in particular, the chefs were challenged to make tapas (which I love!) and J was eliminated from the show during the dinner service.

Here is my deal with this show. I have watched it and almost ever other cooking competition and the chefs that are on this show don’t ever seem to be at nearly the same level as those from other shows. I mean look at the Top Chef contestants and the Hell’s Kitchen ones. Who do you think deserves a restaurant more? Seriously?!

It seems like the chefs don’t get any better next week.

Millionaire MatchmakerEp. “Shauna and Dave”

So this week we had an old favorite from season 1 and a new millionairess: “Sex Toy” Dave and Shauna, respectively. Also, apparently Patty wrote a book on dating. I am interested to see how many references to “the penis getting of the couch” there will be in the first chapter alone. My guess…13. So about the millionaires:

Shauna RaischShauna Raisch is a 41-year-old millionairess who owns a high-end salon in Minneapolis. She was quite the character. She had freaky, soul-sucking eyes, and she was an extremely superficial woman. I loved Patty’s line with her, “Baby steps…baby steps for the superficial bitch!” Hilarious. She went on dates with two men, but apparenlty she didn’t decide to go on a second date with either of them. I am all about dating older women, excuse me…more mature women, but there are some that are just as bad as the 18-year-old bimbos you find in your undergrad. Good luck, Shauna.

Dave LevineDavid Levine is a 40-year-old sex toy distributor who has stripper pole in his living room. He is more commonly known as “Sex Toy Dave,” and he really has no idea what he wants. It seems that, because of his industry, he believes he needs a crazy, swinger girl to date. Well this week he was given just that and OMG that was CRAZY! Did you people see Johanna? She was a psychotic, eye-licking, sex pot who is more forward than anyone I have ever seen. I mean the woman was straddling Dave’s head on the second date! Boundaries woman, boundaries. After the date, Dave decided he needed to move to a more “conservative” woman, but we don’t know how that is going.

The Tonight ShowEp. “Obama on Leno”

So I don’t normally watch The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, but tonight history was made…again. Obama has become the first United States President in history to be a guest on a late night talk show, and now that I have seen it, I must say it was AWESOME. You wouldn’t expect it, but Obama is extremely funny and interesting. He was cracking jokes while talking about stimulus packages and investments in future smart grids and alternative energy research. Discussing March Madness brackets just after explaining how the housing marketing will soon be bouncing back.

I am glad I saw it and I am glad we have such an awesome president.

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On Wednesday: Lost, Idol, ANTM, Make Me a Supermodel & Chopping Block

American IdolEp. “1 of 11 Voted Off”

First, do people actually like the group numbers? I just can’t stand them. They are awkward and I want to kill myself the minute they start. Second, why did the producers and Ford decide to bastardize the OK GO greatness that is “Here It Goes Again.”

So they really played up the departure of the contestants this week. This is a different side of the show, I am not sure if I like it. I also am intrigued by the judges save twist this season and when they are going to pull that one out.

In the end, the contestants in the bottom three were: Allison Irahetta, Alexis Grace and Michael Sarver. Alexis Grace received the lowest number of votes.

Alexis Grace

Alexis Grace

She almost got saved by the judges, but she is going home. 😦

Also, Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis performed a duet to “I Told You So.” That song is so beautiful and the duet was really good. I love Carrie and I can’t wait to see her in concert.

LostEp. “Namaste”

Wow what an episode. This finally shed some light on the last weeks while also adding a whole new list of questions. First my theory of what happened on the plane was correct. It appears that the flash transported the Oceanic 6 to the past and the plane was left to crash on the island. I am unsure if they were teleported somewhere though. The big question is why didn’t Sun get sent back to 1977 with the others. My belief is that she left the island pregnant and decided to go on the plane without her child, so she was only “half” of the same woman she was when she left the island. Now it seems that her role in this season is only beginning. It is as if the first half of the season centered around Locke’s journey and the second half will track Sun’s journey to be reunited with Jin.

Kate, Jack and Hurley were able to enter the Dharma initiative with the help of Sawyer/LaFleur and Juliet. Sayid was not as fortunate, he was found by other members of the Dharma initiative and is now considered a “hostile” spy. Side note: did anyone love the Sawyer/Jack fight in the episode? Jack got pwned by Sawyer and Jack didn’t look happy when he left.

It appears that next week will be a great episode. Apparently the issues with Sayid is going to explode and drama will ensue. Can’t wait for next week!

America's Next Top ModelEp. “New York’s Finest”

This week the models are taught runway etiquette by Miss J and two former contestants, Chantal and Bianca, before taking part in a Jill Stuart fashion show. Also, the photo shoot takes place aboard a sightseeing tour bus.

OMG, Miss J’s Charm School! I love that ANTM has a sense of humor. They are always so serious with their issue-related photo shoots, and to see them have a funny segment was a breath of fresh air. Also, this was the first time they ever talked about model etiquette on this show.

The Jill Stuart fashion show was very good; she has a really strong point-of-view and a good aesthetic. I love that they made the women walk with shopping bags because they the models seem like they are real people.

The shoot was interesting, especially since I just recently came back from my first trip to NYC. I liked that it was a group shoot because they happen so often in the modeling world.

In the end, it came down to Allison and Nijah, and Nijah went home.

Chopping BlockEp. “Week 2”

So first I must say I am glad that a reality TV series of this type has finally come to the US. This version if The Chopping Block was based off of the Australian show of the same name which was based off of the widely successful BBC show, Last Restaurant Standing. With this American rendition, Marco Pierre White is the host. If you don’t know who he is; he is a crazy successful restaurateur and world-renowned chef. This is the man who taught Gordon Ramsey how to cook (and who made him cry!). He is also the host of the British Hell’s Kitchen.

In the show, teams vie for the chance to open a restaurant in NYC with Marco Pierre. They are judged by Marco and a secret food critic that dines in both restaurants each week. This week, the contestants were tasked with branding their restaurant. They redecorated the front of house and gave them names. To the obvious eye, the red team did a much better job at this. They called their restaurant “Crimson” and went with a red motif. The Black team called their restaurant “SOUL” and went with a very unappealing yellow color.

For the service portion of the show, each team was tasked with hosting a party for two top New York fashion designers. The Black team was able to pull out the win with superior appetizers (Crab Cake) and entrée (Lamb).

In the end, Mikey and Chad were sent home after Mikey buckled under the pressure during the elimination ceremony.

Make Me a SupermodelEp. “High Wire Act”

This weeks photo shoot dealt with sports and being able to capture motion. The photos seemed really cool and the roughness of the models was interesting. Some of them were über-serious. Amanda got the Bloomingdale’s go-see much to the surprise of other models.

Before the runway show, the models decide to have an impromptu crazy photo shoot. It was hilarious watching them act strange and to see CJ come out of her shell.

The runway show was interesting because it was an underwear show with cool architectural pieces. In addition to the walk, the models had to strike a “sports” pose at the end of the runway. Some did really cool stuff, others did some strange stuff.

In the end, Karen was the one eliminated and the other Karen obtained immunity for next week.

So I apparently had an issue with my DVR and Damages didn’t get recorded. I am going to have to catch it on Hulu and let you guys know what I thought.

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On Tuesday: American Idol, The Mentalist & Housewives

American IdolEp. “11 Finalists Compete”

This week’s theme was one of Simone’s favorites and a crowd pleaser: country. I was excited and it was interesting.

Michael Sarver: Performed “Ain’t Goin’ Down ‘Til the Sun Comes Up.” I must say I am tired of people picking this song to perform on American Idol. There are a zillion words and it is a Garth Brooks classic. Leave the song alone. Michael did alright, but it definitely wasn’t my favorite.

Allison Irahetta: Performed “Blame It On Your Heart.” I thought the performance was alright. I am really starting to enjoy the tone of her voice more and more; she is kind of like a rocker with a touch of punk. A 16-year-old Pink if you will. I think she will definitely be moving on to the next round.

Kris Allen: Performed “To Make You Feel My Love.” I was a big fan of his performance this week. I liked that the song was really stripped down and so focused on the vocals. The whole time I watched it I thought he was singing it to his wife and it was really an emotional rendition. The judges loved it and I think he is definitely safe.

Lil Rounds: Performed “Independence Day.” I definitely agreed with the judges on this one. There are better songs for Lil that would have suited her more than this one. Also, that song had it’s Idol moment with Carrie Underwood singing it a long time ago. I think Lil is safe but I think that she can do better.

Adam Lambert: Performed “Ring of Fire.” I know there were mixed feelings about this one but I LOVED IT. They always talk about the contestants doing something unique with a song, and I thought that his rendition of a Cash classic was interesting and I was captivated. I plan in downloading it tonight.

Scott MacIntyre: Performed “Wild Angels.” I definitely wasn’t a fan today. I agree with Simon that Scott should be able to keep himself behind the piano; however, I thought the vocal was extremely mediocre. Also, I need him to choose songs that are not so “inspirational.”

Alexis Grace: Performed “Jolene.” I love this song. I love Alexis Grace. I loved the performance. Period.I do agree with Kara’s commentary though, some of Alexis’ edge was gone this week. Hopefully, it doesn’t hurt her.

Danny Gokey: Performed “Jesus Take the Wheel.” Finally one of the contestants had the balls to perform a song recorded by a past Idol winner. The one issue I had with his performance is that the entire first half of the song was in such a stationary tone and it isn’t Gokey’s strength. He definitely added some soul to the song but I don’t get that “chill” I was hoping for. He should be fine.

Anoop Desai: Performed “You Are Always on My Mind.” I am going to steal a line from Paula, “You’ve got tender, amazing, sweet vocals.” He definitely was able to redeem himself from last week. I think he might be safe again.

Megan Corkrey: Performed “I Go Walking After Midnight.” She is slowly growing on me. The song was a bit slow and not the most vocally challenging but she sang it well and it had the Megan Corkrey spin. Oh and she had the flu? I imagine that is why a few of those notes sounded a bit odd.

Matt Giraud: Performed “So Small.” So in one night we get two Carrie Underwood songs?! This week was the first time I looked at Matt as a good singer and artist. Everything prior to this seemed like he was trying too hard and this one seemed almost effortless even though it is a difficult song. I hope he keeps this road as the contest progresses.

The MentalistEp. “Bloodshot”

YAY! The Mentalist and Simon Baker have returned after what seems like weeks and weeks of repeats. This week we got to have quite a few comedic moments with Patrick Jane temporarily loses his vision after an explosion. Also, it was interesting seeing the flashbacks into Jane’s past when he was a “psychic.”

The overall case of this week was a bit predictable. I immediately thought the detective’s boyfriend was involved, and it turns out that he was the murderer.

The episode was highly enjoyable and I am glad that it is back. Can’t wait for next week.

Real Housewives NYCEp. “New York State of Mind”

I haven’t gotten to this one yet but I will write something the minute I get to watch it.

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On Monday: Dancing with the Stars & Castle

This week Heroes and Chuck took a little break so Dancing with the Stars and Castle were the only shows to really watch.

Dancing with the StarsEp. “Salsa & Quickstep”

I don’t normally watch this show but I thought I would try to so that I could add a new show to the blog and continue providing good material to the readers. I thought I would be able to write about the drama between the judges, about the contestants and their performances, about who was eliminated; however, after watching two shows, I honestly have nothing to say. I mean Bruno Tonioli is an absolute tool, but other than that…nothing. I am now amazed at how serious people are about it and how much the producers try to find drama to talk about. I am unsure if I will continue with this one.

CastleEp. “Nanny McDead”

I must say, I LOVE THIS SHOW! I think the concept is great, the acting is strong and the characters are witty and personable. I am glad that ABC was able to create another strong drama/comedy to add to their primetime lineup.

One of the other things I love about the show is the writer/storyteller aspect of the plot. Not often do you get to see the “craft” so well portrayed on TV as well as the strong power of the spoken word. The scene where Castle weaves a story around the tennant in Apartment 8B and how he could be the murderer was one of the major highlights of all television in recent weeks.

In the end, it was the friend who killed the nanny because she was sleeping with the husband on the 15th floor.

CAN’T WAIT FOR NEXT WEEK!!

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