Thursday, April 24, 2008

April 24, 2008 - Another Survivor Gets Blindsided, BB9 Finale This Sunday, Juno, Late Night, and More

This is one cutthroat season on Survivor so far. After Ozzy was blindsided last week, another was coming this week. Parvati was having to do some serious explaining over what happened with Ozzy. The guys along with Amanda were searching for what to do in this game after the other girls made their power play. My favorite challenge was up tonight with the Survivor auction. This is fun every season waiting to see who will pay what kind of money for a surprise item which could end up being nothing at all that they want. I'll get to that in a minute but I'll stick with the major details of this auction. Natalie was getting all kinds of power along with her bids in this auction. One was that she would send someone to exile island and also get to take the remaining money from that person as well. She picked Jason to go back to exile island. Jeff mentioned that the hidden immunity idol was back in play and was hidden in a new spot on the island. Jason went to exile island and did in fact find the idol. This time he had the real one. However, the rest of the tribe was feeling antsy about Jason being able to find the idol. The plan was devised by the women to fool Jason into not using the idol if he did indeed find it. Then, they would vote him out. When Jason returned for the immunity challenge, Natalie told him very quickly that they were voting out James at tribal council. The challenge comes down to Erik and James. Erik wins a close one and the plan was still intact but the women were looking very nervous that their plan was about to be messed up. While Jason was away from camp for a few minutes, Natalie checks his bag and finds the hidden immunity idol. I never like it when they go through each others stuff trying to find idols and this seems to be happening every season now. Just a dirty tactic in my opinion. Natalie went to Jason and made him feel very comfortable in how the voting was going to go. Jason was blindsided. He didn't use the idol and was voted out. James got one vote less as the plan was to get rid of either Jason or James. Other thoughts on Survivor. These women are a cutthroat bunch. Natalie has barely said anything on the show so far this season but she had plenty to say tonight. I thought she really come across as arrogant. That group is definitely in control of the game right now. The auction was fun as it always is. It's fun to see what people will pay and then find out what they bid on. How bad are you wanting cake when you offer to pay money to lick it off of someone's fingers??!! Cirie took Erik up on it too.

Me and my friends had a fun and long conversation about Smallville last week as far as the current, past, and possibly future happenings in the story. It's a fun show to get differing opinions on. I think there were at least five or six of us in the conversation. Maybe we need a podcast!! LOL.

Speaking of Smallville, I thought tonight's episode was all right. Not as strong as the others lately but the last ten minutes did open up some cool possibilities. So, Kara and Brainiac could possibly be on Krypton but be in a different time period. I'm also wondering just what in the world that gadget that Lex has can do. I'm assuming that is what can control Clark but I'm wondering how it works.

This Sunday is the finale for Big Brother 9 on CBS. Do you remember how every year that I have this major withdrawal beginning when the show is about to end? Well, not this year. I am not sad to see this season go at all. The final two is set but let's backtrack first to see how it played out. Ryan won HOH last week in the competition that I thought was completely a rip off from Sharon. Problems arise between Ryan and Adam when Ryan caught Adam whispering to Natalie that he voted for her to stay. The two were supposed to split the vote leaving her to not know how the vote went between the guys. Nominations were made for eviction and Ryan nominated Sharon and Sheila. The veto competition was held and won by Ryan. If Ryan left the nominations the same, that would leave the power to Adam on who to vote out. Ryan does not use the veto. That leaves Sharon and Sheila on the block. Adam looks incredibly desperate when he tries to cut a deal with Sharon for final two if he kept her. Sharon is completely shocked at how quick this gets thrown on her and doesn't take the deal. She later tells Ryan what happened which made Ryan's suspicion of Adam go up. Ryan questions Adam about what happened and he denies it saying that Sharon was trying to cut a deal with HIM. Unreal. I keep trying to figure out what kind of game that Adam is playing or if he even is. Adam ends up evicting Sharon on Tuesday's non-live episode. The final HOH competition takes place which is a three parter. Sheila ends up bailing out in the endurance part one portion of it. Ryan and Adam work a deal saying that Ryan will win this part leaving part two up to Adam to win. Ryan takes part one. Adam does defeat Sheila to win part two. Part three played out on Wednesday's live show. Ryan defeated Adam to become the final HOH. It was then up to Ryan on who he wanted to take to the final two. He takes Adam to the final two and evicts Sheila. It basically played out like they wanted where each of them is taking the others' alliance member out to keep the bad off of themselves. Adam took out Sharon while Ryan took out Sheila and neither looks bad to the people that they took out. That didn't exactly work out though. We got to see the jury house upon Sharon's arrival. The jury was watching the DVD of her eviction and they caught the look that Ryan and Adam gave each other when Sharon was evicted. They figured out then that it was a plan between the two of them and not a one person vote. Some other thoughts on the Big Brother week. What is with the houseguests this season with not being to stop from cussing for five minutes while the live show is on? It's hard to follow the live action after eviction and HOH competitions cause the producers keep having to cut the audio due to the profanity. The houseguests sure were paranoid about the whole deal from the HOH about there being another preexisting relationship in the house. They were trying to figure out if they were related or something and didn't know it. I still find it ridiculous that Big Brother pulled that trick which cost Sharon the HOH and her chance in the game. So, Sunday is the finale to this lousy season of Big Brother. If I had to pick between the two, I'd say that Ryan should definitely win over Adam. Adam just hasn't been a strong player at all and has seemed so completely clueless over so much of the course of this game including his scrambling for a deal with Sharon this past week. If anything, the jury questioning should bring some excitement on the finale.

American Idol had the contestants doing something completely different and that was tackling the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. I thought it added a different element with seeing how the contestants would respond. Some did well while some struggled. Syesha Mercado had her best performance of the season as far as my opinion goes. I thought she was fantastic. Brooke White had the very scary performance of having to start over after she forgot the lyrics. I was surprised to see that she avoided the bottom group last night. The bottom two was Syesha Mercado and Carly Smithson. Going home was Carly Smithson. Yeah, very disappointed this week as I have really liked Carly. The show definitely lost a powerhouse of a voice. Leona Lewis's guest performance of Bleeding Love on last night's show was incredible. She definitely has a star power to her.

Movie box office numbers for last weekend.
1. The Forbidden Kingdom - $21.4 million. 2. Forgetting Sarah Marshall - $17.7 million. 3. Prom Night - $8.6 million. 4. 88 Minutes - $6.9 million. 5. Nim's Island - $5.6 million. 6. 21 - $5.5 million. 7. Street Kings - $4.1 million. 8. Horton Hears A Who - $3.5 million. 9. Leatherheads - $3 million. 10. Expelled - $2.9 million.

It only took visits to three different rental stores but I finally rented Juno over the weekend. Seriously, do I just not rent movies enough or is it harder to find movies in stock now? I can't remember the last time that I couldn't find a movie in stock that I wanted to rent. Anyway, on to Juno. I liked this movie. There has been a lot of hype on the movie so I was curious to see how it was. Juno is about a girl by that name who is sixteen years old and ends up pregnant. The father of the baby is very supportive of her with what she wants to do and the two are long time friends. She decides to give up the baby for adoption and looks in the ads for adoptive parents. Those parents turn out to be a couple played by Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman. I won't go any further into the story in case people haven't seen it yet. The movie is a definite look at all of these people of different ages and different stages of their lives while seeing how they all blend together. Really liked the casting of the movie. I didn't think anybody was bad in it. This was the first movie of Ellen Page's that I've seen and I thought she was very good in it. Garner and Bateman are two solid actors as well so I knew that they'd do well. Movie has a good mix of comedy and drama as they all deal with what is going on in their lives.

This has been rumored for a while now but it appears that this is about to become official. NBC is going to have Jimmy Fallon take over Late Night for the departing Conan O'Brien in 2009. Conan is of course leaving to take over The Tonight Show. Not sure how this will work out. One thing to keep an eye on especially at that time is the momentum that Craig Ferguson is getting on CBS. He has been building an audience and I could see more people jumping over to his show after Conan exits. Maybe not. We'll see.

Fox has renewed Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles for another season. The show will return for thirteen new episodes. I hear good things about the show even though I haven't watched it.

It's been fun seeing Kristen Bell hit the talk show circuit over the last week or so doing promotion for Forgetting Sarah Marshall. She's got an excellent personality for talk shows and seems to really be having fun with it.

First week of the NBA Playoffs has been fun so far. Surprised to see Detroit get beaten in game one of the playoffs by Philadelphia but they rebounded well last night. Boston is dominating. Dallas has their hands full in the first round for the second year in a row. Phoenix is going to have to rebound upon going home in their series with San Antonio. Cleveland and Washington has had tempers going just as expected but Washington won big tonight making the series 2-1 in favor of Cleveland. Tracy McGrady is in trouble of being eliminated again in the first round as Houston has their hands full with Utah. Kobe Bryant put up 49 points last night in game 2 in the Lakers win over Denver.

I really enjoyed the Robin Sparkles episode of How I Met Your Mother this past Monday night. Yeah, that new music video and song is very addictive. I can't say that I expected the finish of Barney and Robin kissing at the end of it though. Although, the two of them have had a good relationship over the show's run so far where they tend to bond when she is going through a tough time.

I don't watch much Indy racing but I was thrilled to learn of the results of this past weekends race which was won by Danica Patrick. She became the first female to ever win in Indy car racing. I've been wanting her to win for a long time now and am just bummed that I didn't watch it live as it happened.

What is it with MTV that they can't start shows on time? I watch one show on there and I have to set my recording for five minutes over and five minutes late to make sure that I get it.

If you're a Laguna Beach fan, you'll notice a familiar face in the new Gavin DeGraw music video for "In Love With A Girl". The girl in the video is played by none other than Laguna Beach's Kristin Cavallari.

I got an email this week wanting to let all the readers know about a new show on Fine Living Network. The show is a travel show called, All-Girl Getaways. It follows a group of different women each week as they plan out and go on a big vacation. The show airs Wednesdays at 8pm central time. For more info, head over to: http://www.fineliving.com/fine/all_girl_getaways

TV on DVD releases for Tuesday, April 29th.
Are You Afraid Of The Dark? (Season Six), Beverly Hills 90210 (Season Four, Expect to see a LOT of music changes in this DVD release from its original airing, yeah, it's annoying), Cheers (Season Nine), Roswell (Seasons One, Two, and Three re-released on DVD), Sabrina The Teenage Witch (Full Animated Series), The Waltons (Season Seven).

TV Line Of The Week:
From Survivor.
"This time maybe you'll get a real one" - Jeff Probst to Jason as he is sent to exile island with hopes of finding a re-hidden immunity idol.

You Tube Video Of The Week:
The TNT crew spoof the new Kobe commercial. Funny stuff. That TNT studio crew cracks me up laughing all the time.

Have a great and safe weekend!! Take care and God bless!!

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