February 19, 2009

Reality Rundown: Blindsides and Bad Eliminations

Welcome to what I hope will be a recurring post, my reality rundown. As you all know, I watch an extraordinary amount of TV and a large chunk of that is still reality. From the good to horrible, I seem to dabble in it all. So here's some thoughts on all the delightful reality I watched this week.

The Amazing Race - Welcome back Amazing Race! Apparently the logo was updated, but I didn't notice. I did notice the jazzier theme song. I still love the Amazing Race, but it has become a bit stale. It's the same partners every year, which is why I hope this season brings something a bit more. I love the brothers who are both stunt doubles, and the mother and deaf son are interesting, and a gay father and son make an interesting grouping. And luckily, the bickering dating couple, who down the line would become insufferable, went home first! The teams went to Switzerland and hilarious had to haul 50lb cheese wheels down a hill. I think my strategy would've been to let the cheese roll down the hill intentionally and then chased after them. What's great this season is Phil Keoghan, the host, is blogging about the show for Entertainment Weekly- I highly recommend. All the TV show host blogs are really insightful about the contestants, show, process, etc.

The Bachelor - This week was fantasy suite dates which is always a great week for the women to feel degraded on television (more specifically, the girl who gets sent home that week). Every week I watch this show, I grow to dislike the Bachelor, Jason, even more- he gets uglier and skeezier each week. And after a semi-pornographic make-out session with Jillian, aka Hot Dog Girl, he cuts her! And now that news has leaked about the "most shocking ending" to the Bachelor ever, I can confirm Jason seems more like a loser jerk than ever. I won't spoil, but it is kind of shocking and once the After the Final Rose airs, I think I can air my grievances, Festivus-style, against Jason.

I Love Money 2 - How I love this trashy program. I can not get enough Buckwild and Saaphyri, the best reality show BFFs out there. Who I don't want anymore is Leilene and Buddha- good news is, whiny Leilene went home. Leilene, a known crybaby on these shows, was there for love. Has she watched these shows? There is no love on VH1! Unless love can be cured with a little penicillin of course. Now if only they could get rid of the arrogant Buddha- he really just uses the women to get ahead and it's sick. Here's hoping Frank the Entertainer wins it all and gets out of his parents basement. And Heat- just go away. You can tell when someone is really hamming it up for the cameras, and Heat is just a famewhore.

American Idol - Finally it is the Top 36 which means everyone at this point can sing! Wait, no. What an awful episode of poor singing and crummy talent. I'm glad I DVR the show because a 2 hour episode of Idol can be completed in 20 minutes. Fast forward through half the song, skip the boring talk with the parents/family (time wasting!) Just a little bit of singing and the judges- it makes the watching of the show so much more tolerable, because clearly this could have been an hour and a half, but instead it was dragged to two hours. My choices to move on were Pink Haired Girl, Dead Wife Guy, and Anoop. Anoop was instead replaced with the Oil Driller or something. I knew the third pick would be a "personality" pick, I'm just surprised they picked such a dull one- I'm on your team Anoop! I am just glad Tatiana is gone for now because that girl is nuts- legitimately. I wouldn't be shocked if she made suicide threats last night after being eliminated. She didn't do a loud flip out when she was cut, rather one of those passive-aggressive shove-aways. I'm sure she'll get picked as a Wild Card for drama sake.

The Biggest Loser - What's crazy about this season compared to the past 2 seasons I watched is that for once, I am routing against every person on Jillian's team. Usually Jillian has the lovable underdogs- this season, they are whining, annoying, and just plain uninteresting. I could only tell you the name of one person on Jillian's team (loudmouth Aubrey in yellow). I am all for any of Bob's teams taking it all... except the Brown Team. Every week the NBC promos hype the "youngest contestant ever" and how "America's fallen in love" with him. Really?? Cause I sure haven't and until this past week, I couldn't even tell you the kids name. For the first 3 or 4 weeks they never even focused on this team. Next week the pairs are split into teams, the infamous black and blue. I think poor Bob is going to get stuck with a bunch of Jillian's a-holes. And please remind me that I need to try my Bob Harper's Yoga Blast DVD this weekend.

From G's to Gents - Of course I watch this! Fonzworth Bentley is as dapper as ever, and the G's as G-riffic. Luckily tonight eliminated Riff Raff who was maybe the spookiest looking person I've ever watched on television - and I watched Sister Patterson on I Love New York. Riff Raff didn't seem to want to change, he just wanted the money. This season has a lot more G's who want to change for the better.I'm routing for Blue, who is homeless and gave up his bed in a shelter for this. But I hope Faheem stays around for awhile because I do a really good impression of him.

Top Chef - Crazy Carla - clap clap clap clap clap! That has been my anthem since day one. I loved Carla's kooky personality and her Hootie-Hoo's, but I never thought she'd make it to the final 3. I hope Carla takes it all because, compared to the other cheftestants, her food is the only one I'd want to eat. Her food always looks so hearty and delicious- something the other contestants lack. And poor Fabio went home. Granted, his cooking actually has been weak quite often, but he had the best personality. I mostly wanted Stefan gone because I am tired of the contrived Stefan vs. Hosea rivalry (which seems more one-sided- get over it Hosea!) I'm really excited for next week's finale and hope that when the cheftestants cook their 3 best dishes that they can really bring it.

Survivor - Another blindside! That's two in a row for those counting- and the show has only been on two weeks! Coach, whose intitial strategy was to eliminate the weak, only caved in after six days and decided to get rid of someone he found annoying, yet was physically strong. During the first five minutes of the show a CBS local news bulletin scrolled the bottom of the screen, removing the high definition transmission temporarily. It's not until they go back and forth between standard and HD that you realize how phenomenal Survivor looks now that it's shot in HD. It really is breathtaking. And Taj, the lady from SWV (Sisters with Voices!) who is married to a Heisman winner really should've thought out a better story about her husband, rather than flat out say who he was. While Survivor is about being out in the wild and surviving, money is a huge factor for most. Sadly, her target got a lot bigger way to early; if only she could've kept in a secret longer than six days.

America's Best Dance Crew - First off, I need to express a gripe I have about this week. The theme this week on ABDC was Boys Vs. Girls. The first crew danced to a Chris Brown song and the last group danced to a Rihanna song. I find this extremely poor timing and in bad taste. This show is filmed live and recent, it's not like it's from three months ago. Someone at the show or MTV should have expressed how low this was. No, back to the show.It's down to the final four squads, three of which are great. For some reason, Fly Khicks are still around, despite America not voting for them three weeks in a row. I just find their routines predictable and unoriginal. What pushed me over the edge of dislike was a few episodes ago where they performed with a wind machine. Really?? If you don't want to be perceived as the "sexy ladies" crew, then stop with the wind machine and booty-poppin'. The crew sent home this week was Strikers All Stars, which was disappointing as they were strong competitors all season but had a down night. Clearly the final two will be Quest Crew and Beat Freaks. I'd be perfectly happy with either crew winning because they have both been consistently excellent, but I'm leaning towards Beat Freaks to win, especially after last week's performance that infused magic. But Dominic and Hok, I still love you- you know I'm a loyal So You Think You Can Dance fan!

Well my friends, that was indeed a long post of the Reality Rundown. See you next week to talk more, including why I still can't stand Jason from The Bachelor, who makes the ABDC Finals, and who gets pitchy on this week's Idol.

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