October 22, 2007 |
First of all, what's with the goofy, soapy midepisode recap, sponsored by JC Penney? I realize that embedded advertising is the future in a DVR world. But please, I don't need to be told what's just happened in the first half-hour of "Friday Night Lights." The show has me at "hello"! The corporate-sponsored recaps are both no big deal and a microcosm of a sophomore jinx, demeaning a quality show with faux intrigue.
March 1, 2007 |
BEFORE getting into Tuesday night's March of the Duds on "American Idol," let me take you back to a special time, 10 days ago, when the Final 24 were still shrouded in mystery. To a special place -- a department store in Beverly Hills called Neiman Marcus. Where I came face to face with that giant of fashion and entertainment alike, Randy Jackson. For a moment, I gaped from afar in awe but didn't approach, considering the great judge wants his peace and solitude while at Neiman's.
December 19, 2008 |
A little birdie told me that the Dec. 8 "Gossip Girl" episode was the last we'd see of Aaron Rose, Serena's artist boyfriend who had recently whisked her off to Argentina for the winter break. The CW confirmed the news, and as much as I detested the character, I felt compelled to write Aaron a proper breakup letter. Dear Aaron: It was good while it lasted . . . OK, maybe not. You did arrive bearing full potential -- what girl wouldn't swoon at some clever art installation that she didn't understand or melt at the fact you remembered her out of all the other pretty, rich girls at Camp Suisse?
November 2, 2007 |
An "is it scripted or isn't it?" storm is brewing around this season of "The Hills." Some sloppy editing in recent episodes, reported in several newspapers and blogs, have raised the question. And last week an online expose by its star Lauren Conrad's onetime date Gavin Beasley sent "Hills" fans into a tizzy trying to figure it out. MTV has always 'fessed to doing "pickup shots," staged scenes that address issues of continuity, not storylines.
August 18, 2007 |
Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance," which just wrapped up its third installment, might be the best competition show on prime-time television. On what other program are viewers treated to a pool of talented contestants working as hard as they can on a beautiful art form, knowledgeable and caring judges, and noteworthy performances each and every week? This season's winner, crowned at the end of Thursday night's results show, Sabra Johnson typified everything that is wonderful about the show.
November 16, 2007 |
No need to pile on about the fact that Monday's "Heroes" episode, bridging last season to this season, should have been done a few episodes ago. There are enough critics doing that. The show's creator, Tim Kring, knows his mistake, and has admitted as much with his highly publicized apology in Entertainment Weekly. It's understandable to lead the season with a bit of intrigue and mystery, but sooner or later you have to bring everybody up to speed.