Thursday, January 28, 2010

Idol Week, Lost, Chuck, Life Unexpected, & More - January 28, 2010

American Idol Season 9 Auditions � InsideThe auditions for American Idol continued this week with auditions airing from Los Angeles and Dallas. Not much of interest happening on Tuesday’s show but the obvious talk was about the clash between Kara and guest judge, Katy Perry. The two were not seeing eye to eye on anything. Avril Lavigne was the other guest judge for the day one auditions. Wednesday’s episode with the Dallas auditions was much better and left us some more people that we will remember. Guest judges on this episode included Neil Patrick Harris for day one and then Joe Jonas for day two. Both were good. I thought Jonas was a nice sigh of relief with seeing a singer get up there and be respectful with judging after the night before. The names that got my attention in this episode were Erica Rhodes and Todrick Hall. Really liked both of them. Erica’s story was that she had been a star on Barney and Friends when she was little. She was looking to blast out of that image including her bringing a whip for her performance. I found her to be likable and had a good voice. She sang a very unique auditon song which was En Vogue’s Free Your Mind. I can’t remember many, if any, using that one to audition with. One of my favorites so far. Todrick stepped up and sang an original song of his that was about American Idol and included the judges in it. Really fun audition and the judges liked it as well. Christian Spear was another definite feel good story of the season as she is a cancer survivor which she battled when she was little. 16 years old and a good performance. Besides the judges clashing, my memories of this week’s episodes are going to focus on Erica and Todrick. Really liked both of them.

Carrie Underwood will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl XLIV.

The time is almost here for all of us Lost fans. The final season premieres this Tuesday night on ABC at 7pm central time. The first hour will be a recap and the final two hours will be new episodes. Yeah, I’m hoping to watch season five again before the premiere next week because I’m bound to forget something that happened last season. Look for Lost to be on the cover of the new issue of Entertainment Weekly.

Lionel Richie is going to bring back We Are The World on its 25th anniversary as a way to raise money for Haiti relief. It will be fun to see who gets picked to perform on this remake of a classic.

The series finale of Dollhouse airs tomorrow night on Fox. Hopefully, all of us Dollhouse fans will get an ending that will be a nice closure for us.

Smallville returns tomorrow night on The CW with new episodes after being gone for two months.

ABC announced this week that Ugly Betty will be ending this season. Yet another show that you could argue was a casualty of being moved to Friday nights. The show has recently been moved to Wednesdays but it’s amazing to me that this show is ending after only four seasons cause this show was hot when it began. I’ve never seen it but have heard great things about it.

One week away from the new season of Survivor. Survivor: Heroes vs. Villians premieres on Thursday, February 4 on CBS.

Life Unexpected had its second episode air this week on The CW. Another soild episode which gave us background on Lux’s friends that she had grown up with and the jealousy that they had in seeing her get such a good home. Plus, they didn’t want to lose her either as one of their own. Cate and Baze also had to battle to get custody of her which had Cate ready to roll but Baze not so much. He is still trying to battle his party atmosphere lifestyle while his friend ended up snapping him out of it realizing that he needed to step it up to help his daughter. Ultimately, Cate got to keep her with the decision being made that Baze was not proven to be able to handle it and denied access to having her stay at his place. Nice scene with Lux and Ryan where he gave her a little more information on the dedication that Cate has when she is ready to make something work. Very cool moment with Cate and Ryan showing Lux her new room upstairs that had been secretly worked on. I did laugh at the Spin Doctors line about why Cate picked that album to put up on her wall remembering the story of Lux’s conception being to one of their songs.

Fun episode of Chuck this week with guest stars, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Kristin Kreuk. There was another guest star in there though in the name of Josie Davis. When I saw her in the episode, I just thought is this all she is going to do and be a flight attendant? No, she had a bigger role in the task that Chuck had been assigned to in mid flight. Yes, a solo mission too. He ended up getting help though from his crew. Shaw, the new leader of Team Chuck, put Chuck on the mission and all of us Chuck and Sarah fans are now concerned. We learned more about Shaw’s background including how his partner and wife had been killed which leaves him with that in common with Sarah cause of Bryce. I think we’re all going to dislike this character of Shaw. LOL.

Movie box office numbers for last weekend. 1. Avatar - $34.9 million. 2. Legion - $17.5 million. 3. The Book Of Eli - $15.7 million. 4. Tooth Fairy - $14 million. 5. The Lovely Bones - $8.4 million. 6. Sherlock Holmes - $6.6 million. 7. Alvin and the Chipmunks - $6.4 million. 8. Extraordinary Measures - $6 million. 9. It’s Complicated - $5.8 million. 10. The Spy Next Door - $4.5 million.

I watched the movie, Post Grad, last week. I thought it was ok, but again, I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. It just seems like no movies are blowing me away lately on how great they are. The story follows Alexis Bledel’s character of Ryden graduating high school and having her whole post high school life figured out with what she is going to do. The job, everything. Well, nothing goes as planned and she ends up back home. So, she has to reset and figure out what she wants for her life. The cast is solid in this one and the movie is all right. I guess I just wanted more from it than I got.

TV on DVD releases for Tuesday, February 2. Beverly Hills 90210 (Season Nine), Dynasty (Season Four – Volume Two), G.I. Joe (Season 1.3), Head Case (Season One – Volume Two), The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Season Six), Mister Ed (Season Two), Murder, She Wrote (Season Eleven).

TV Line Of The Week: From American Idol
"What is your big dream here? I know what mine is." - Simon to Erica after her performance of Free Your Mind that included a whip.

Twitter Update Of The Week: Neil Patrick Harris
@ActuallyNPH: “As much as I LOVE me my iPhone, it’s unbelivadiculous how crazy often my calls get dropped. Curse you, AT&T and your exclusivity.”

You Tube Video Of The Week: A real life Back To The Future Delorean. Love this!!!!!


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

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