Tuesday June 11, 2013

Interesting episode of The Bachelorette  last night.  A few questions/observations:

1) How long do you think they made everyone wait around on the first group date for Brooks to make it back?  I'm saying at least 2 hours, if not more.   

2) How desperate a recording artist do you have to be to accept an invitation to perform for the Bachelorette and her private date for all of one song? 

3) That Jerry Springer-esque blind side was well-played by the producers.  Kudos.  Here's host Chris Harrison's take on it, courtesy of TV Guide 

I knew he was completely full of sh-- and trying to save himself [when] she had the exact dates of our production because he told her, "I'm going on this day and I'm finishing on this day."  And this girl isn't Meryl Streep; you don't come up with that kind of emotion. People didn't see, but even before she walked in she was bawling, saying, "I don't know if I can do this, I don't want to see him." I was proud that she found the courage to purge herself for 30 minutes on this guy. He finally admitted they slept in the same bed the day before which basically means that the morning he left he was in bed with another woman, got up, grabbed his bags and came on to The Bachelorette.  She was just duped, and to her credit they were taking a bit of a break, but she thought it was so he could "better himself."

Looks like Kevin Federline has had a few too many cupcakes once again. 

I'm about half way through season 2 of Scandal  and it continues to get better with each episode.  I've said this before, but the acting is fantastic, the show is dramatic, fast-paced and not shy to throw twists and turns at every corner.  Here's a Q&A with Kerry Washington discussing Shonda Rhimes and her thoughts on possibly becoming the first African-American lead actress to win an Emmy.  

Matt Seitz (Vulture) had this to say about Scandal  yesterday: "It's a TV feast now. Season two is where Scandal went from being an interesting, promising show to a flat-out terrific one. Hell, let's call it great: to do otherwise would imply that Scandal is innately less respectable than Homeland or The Americans, both of which are good, at times superb shows, and which mix domestic intrigue and political skulduggery so that one feels like an extension of the other. Scandal is the equal of both those series as pure entertainment, and if you can get past the hothouse wildness of Rhimes's tone — there are really only two modes on Scandal, urgent and EXTREMELY URGENT!!! — it's just as meaty."  Again, I'm still in the middle of season 2, but amen. 

Mad Men  got back on track this weekend, which was a relief.  I pay no attention whatsoever to the Lost-like theorists who seemingly have way too much time on their hands, but here's what Matthew Weiner has to say about whether or not Bob Benson is a spy.  For what it's worth, The Wrap  makes it clear that "[t]here are many theories about Benson, played by James Wolk. But the most persuasive, furthered by VultureRolling Stone, and the sleuths at Reddit is that he's a government spy."

SyFy's extreme game show Total Blackout will end its summer season with a special celebrity episode on Tuesday, July 9 at 9:30p. In Celebrity Blackout, international music star Aubrey O'Day, television host Bob Guiney, and actors Erin Way and Neil Grayston will go head-to-head in the dark for the opportunity to win up to $15,000 for their individual charities.  Evidently SyFy has a different definition of "CELEBRITY" than the rest of the free world.

Here is one of what I'm sure are dozens of reviews of John Oliver's debut as the temporary host of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart .

Howard Stern watched a screener of Under The Dome  and had very good things to say about the premiere.  The show debuts on CBS on Monday June 24.

Here is the complete list of winners from last nights Critics' Choice Awards:

Best Talk Show | The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy | Kaley Cuoco (Big Bang Theory), Eden Sher (The Middle) — TIE

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series | Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory)

Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series | Patton Oswalt (Parks and Recreation)

Best Comedy Series The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Best Reality Series | Duck Dynasty (A&E), Push Girls (Sundance) — TIE

Best Reality Series – Competition | The Voice (NBC)

Best Reality Show Host | Tom Bergeron (Dancing With the Stars)

Best Animated Series | Archer (FX)

Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries | Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story: Asylum)

Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries | Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Asylum)

Best Movie/Miniseries | Behind the Candelabra (HBO)

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series | Michael Cudlitz (Southland)

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Monica Potter (Parenthood)

Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series | Jane Fonda (The Newsroom)

Best Drama Series | Game of Thrones (HBO), Breaking Bad (AMC)

Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries | Elisabeth Moss (Top of the Lake)

Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries | Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra)

Best Actress in a Comedy Series | Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Veep)

Best Actor in a Comedy Series | Louis CK (Louie)

Best Actress in a Drama Series | Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)

Best Actor in a Drama Series | Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)

Icon Award | Bob Newhart

Best TV Moment (voted by fans) | Michael Scott’s return to The Office