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May 11, 2011

American Idol- May 11, 2011: Hailey vs Lauren

Just a few thoughts. Let’s start by saying that I am so fed up with J.Lo that I would like to see her vanish into oblivion, which is not going to happen.
I was watching American Idol trying to relax and enjoy it. Well, maybe enjoy is too much to say. However, my relaxation was cut short after Haley’s performance. She sang a Michael Jackson song and you could tell that she gave it all; at the end of the song J.Lo started making faces and voicing her opinion which is and has been for some time totally biased against Haley. See, J.Lo favors Lauren, who is slowly getting on my last nerve, the same way Pia used to do.
So, my relaxation was cut short and I found myself screaming ‘STFU J.Lo! Stupid and pretentious cow!!’
Randy followed through with same stupid comments. The only one that save Haley’s performance was Steven Tyler. Bravo Steven!

OK, Lauren just finished singing. Geez, that girl is 16 looking 26. And surprise, surprise… NOT. The judges again pimped her. Boo!
I am so done watching this show.

May 7, 2011

What happened in the season finale of Fringe?

Fringe is over for now. The season 4 is scheduled to start sometimes in September 2011. If you are like me, as in left scratching your head after the season finale, the good news is that I found some answers on TVLine.com.

The bad news is that it’s not really much light shedding.

This is what TVline guys got from Fringe’s producers:

“Speaking with executive producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman after we previewed the finale, TVLine led with the No. 1 question on our list: Does Joshua Jackson have a Fringe gig come fall? Or should he have been auditioning for pilots? “He’s got a job. He’s still under contract,” Wyman confirms. “We can’t yet reveal what exactly we have in store for him, but he’s definitely not going out for other shows. As for those final two scenes, Pinkner said that even the most time paradox-savvy viewers “should be wondering” how it is that Peter vanished from existence, yet said he would be remiss to shed much light on that or what’s in store for Season 4. “The less spoilerage, the better,” he deferred. “The reason to come back and watch is exactly for the questions you’re asking.”

Wyman instead points viewers to this scene: “When Walter in the future says he has figured out a plan to send a message back to the past, he says that bringing Peter’s consciousness forward of course would have consequences.” Or as Future Peter himself remarked when presented with Walter’s plan: “Imagine the repercussions.” Indeed.
Now, a few other burning questions the Fringe EPs took on:

If Peter “Never Existed,” Wouldn’t That Mean No Feud Between the Walters, No Machine Activated, No 2026 Doomsday…?
| In a word, no. “Walter and [William] Bell were always trying to find a way to cross over, even before the Peter [abduction] incident,” Pinkner reminds. “So things may have happened differently.”

What Was “Lost In Detroit,” As Future Peter Alluded To With Broyles? | “That’s not something the audience needs to understand just yet,” says Wyman. “It’s obviously something heavily emotional between them – that may or may not be the cause of Broyles losing an eye.”

Was Olivia In Fact the “Beloved Character” Spoiled To Be Dying In the Finale? (Or Was It Gene the Cow?) | “In the course of the episode, it was Olivia,” confirms Pinkner, noting that Gene had gone to that great dairy farm in the sky sometime between 2011 and 2026.

Is That It for Big Baddie Moreau? | Sadly, yes. Played by Dune‘s Brad Dourif, Moreau and his End of Dayers threat was simply the Case of the Week for Fringe Team ’26.

Have We Also Seen the Last Of Grown-Up Ella (Boardwalk Empire‘s Emily Meade)? | Yes, says Wyman — “for the time being.”

Did Fox Execs Have As Many Questions About Fringe‘s Latest Freaky Finale As I Did? | “Probably more!” Pinkner says with a laugh. “But everybody is asking the right questions – not questions of confusion but questions of intrigue, of being compelled. We always like it when it’s like that.” Adds Wyman: “We’ve gained a lot of trust over the years [when pitching ideas to the network]. They have now seen the way we operate, how we always have tent posts that we are moving toward and from.”


Jan 15, 2011

Canceled shows: The Good Guys and Human Target so far

I am very disappointed. Although it does not come as a huge surprise considering how the network executives pick their winners, namely the Nielsen ratings.
I am still deeply disappointed that The Good Guys has been canceled. If I remember correctly, it started as a summer show, something without much expectations, designed to fill out the dead summer season. Surprisingly, it turned out to be a funny, innovative, well written and acted show. Kudos are in place for Bradley Whitford, Colin Hanks, Jenny Wade and Diana Maria Riva.

As well, I am sad to see Human Target let go and Fringe on the maybe-to-be-canceled position. I guess next in line is Lie to Me. It looks to me that as soon as you see two episodes in a row of any given show, you should take it as the harbinger of cancellation.

Just in case you were wondering what shows made the top of Nielsen rating, take a look and decide for yourself if it reflects or not the growing trend of an uneducated, trailer-park mentality crowd dictating what’s for us to watch.

Nielsen rating for the week of January 4, 2011, demographics 18-49. The numbers are in millions of viewers.

1. NFL Playoffs: Jets/Colts
NBC
15.5 millions
2. Fox NFC Wildcard Post-game
FOX
12.4
3. Simpsons
FOX
7.5
4. Modern Family
ABC
6.4
5. Family Guy
FOX
6.2
6. Two and a Half Men
CBS
6.1
7. Bob’s Burgers
FOX
6.0
8. The Big Bang Theory
CBS
5.8
9. Grey’s Anatomy
ABC
5.5
10. Desperate Housewives
ABC
5.1
* How I Met Your Mother
CBS
5.1
12. Wipeout (Thur.)
ABC
4.9
13. Mike & Molly
CBS
4.8
14. Cleveland Show
FOX
4.7
15. Rules of Engagement
CBS
4.5
16. CSI
CBS
4.4
17. Biggest Loser
NBC
4.3
18. Cotton Bowl: LSU/Texas A&M
FOX
4.2
19. The Mentalist
CBS
4.0

What stands out from the list? Top of the list: sport. Second most viewed: stupid shows like Two and a half men, featuring actors like Charlie Sheen, linked to domestic violence and porn stars. Good examples to follow?
The one notable exception is The Simpsons, which is a very smart and cynic show. I am quite surprised that it’s understood by the same people watching Charlie Sheen’s show and all that NFL games. Or maybe not.

Anyway, it looks like my other favorite show, Fringe, is feeling the wrath of cancellation. The move to Friday to make room for American Idol may not be quite beneficial. I can only hope that The American Idol will go tits up following the new format. I am not going to watch it for the simple reason that I can’t stand Jennifer Lopez. And because without Simon Cowell the magic is gone.

My last thought: Bob’s Burgers made the list and Human Target will be canceled… seriously?

Sep 28, 2010

Garou- First day of my life

Another good song from Garou.

May 20, 2009

American Idol- May 20, 2009: Who is going to win?

What a night! I had a revelation when I realized why I was watching the show so relaxed. Because I did not have to worry about Danny Gokey being pimped out by everybody and even worse, about him winning.

Simon got dressed up. Well, sort of speaking. Considering that he was not wearing his regular t-shirt, everything else qualifies as ‘dressed up’ in my opinion.
Randy looked weird, Kara looked scared – probably in anticipation of the finalists singing her composition- and Paula was a dream in green. A little bit too much tan, but otherwise she was all right. That until she started babbling. But nothing new under the sun. I love Paula, as silly as she sounds sometimes. OK, most of the time.

A pleasant surprise: I saw Sir Anthony Hopkins in the audience. And Katie Holmes and Suri.
An unpleasant surprise: Ryan’s idiotic comment ‘The guy next door vs. The guyliner’. But why did I say ‘unpleasant’? it’s not like we are not used already with Ryan’s stupid remarks.

Now let’s review the songs. First song was picked by finalists. Second was handed down to them by Simon Fuller – the producer of the show, and the third one was Kara’s composition, the same for both of them. Probably to level the field somehow.

Adam
Because Kris won the coin flipping contest, he chose the second position. Note: I guess he was just a visionary for what is to come, right? Anyway, strategically speaking, in normal circumstances it’s better to be the second one in the competition hoping to leave the last impression that will be good enough to secure you the victory. But these are not normal circumstances, because you have Adam as opponent. A good, strong and very talented one.

Kris
He just rubs me the wrong way, regardless what he’s doing. His wife unit was as ugly as usual, even if she was dressed up. Some guys on various forums made the comment that she is already history.

That being said, here were the songs for Adam along with my rating:
1. Mad World– Very Good
2. A Change is Gonna Come– Brilliant
3. No Boundaries– Good (sucky song)

Songs for Kris along with my rating:
1. Ain’t No Sunshine– Brilliant
2. What’s Going On– Good
3. No Boundaries– Bad

Simon nailed it again while talking about Kara’s composition ‘No Boundaries’: “I’m not going to judge that song”. As in… it was bad. Seriously, it was. Kris could not reach the high notes even if he used a ladder. On top of that he seemed to have forgotten the lyrics at some point.
Kara tried to help… stick a knife into Kris’s back, by saying that he should not be judged for that particular performance, as in’ it sounded like crap, man!, but you tried your best honey’.

Who should win?
Adam– hands down.
He is a roundup artist, nice and humble, graciously giving thanks to the band that helped him during the competition, politely listening to judges’ comments without making that ‘yeah, yeah, shut up already’ face as I have seen more than I would have liked, even on Kris.
He is awesome and I would agree with Paula: he is iconic. He has an aura of good energy around him and he remained true to himself from the beginning to the end.

I am not going to watch the show tonight because I can’t stand Carrie Underwood. I never liked her, never will. She is above annoying. And honestly the outcome it does not really matter anymore. Adam has a wonderful career ahead regardless what the result will be tonight. And I don’t really care about Kris. He is going to fade into obscurity because he is not bringing anything special.


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