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Our TV Memos: SYTYCD, Flight of the Conchords, Scott Baio

Sabra JohnsonFrom time to time I feel the need to pen (or type, really) a little bit of television-related correspondence, but I don’t always have the right email addresses.  So why don’t I use the column inches I’m generous granted here to catch up on a few memos I’ve been meaning to write?  (Don’t worry, that’s a rhetorical question.)  Here goes:

To the voting viewers of So You Think You Can Dance: I’m going to ignore the fact that you actually call in and vote, though it still puzzles me, even after all the votes, that people actually do that (and I’m totally going to get dinged by one of my best friend who I think actually does vote).  Anyway, I’m going to ignore that and say thank you for voting for .  I liked, not loved, the show, but I really enjoyed it when Sabra danced.  She just seemed more fun, more watchable than the other finalists, but I can’t give you a good reason why.  Can’t tell you why anymore than I can tell you why Mary Murphy is ... like she is.  I liked Sabra and she won and that’s always a nice moment when you’re watching a reality show.

Oh, also Sabra’s hair is pretty awesome, so that helps.

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So You Think You Can Dance Tour Announced

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Prime Time, Reality, FOX,


Fans of —that time has come.  Not only are we down to the Final Ten contestants, but we finally get to see the schedule for the nationwide tour.  The increasing popularity of the show has not only upped the number of stops this year, but it has increased the size of the venues the dancers will be performing in.  That may be a good or bad thing depending on what you prefer.

The tour begins Sept. 21 in Albany, NY and ends on Nov. 30th in Reno, NV.  Tickets for most cities (not including pre-sales) go on sale on Aug. 11th

To see if Lacey and Pasha will be coming anywhere near you…click on the link below!

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Summer Reality Thoughts: Part Four

Shaq's Big Challenge

Wherein I ask the tough questions, like, “Why on Earth would I begin a blog entry with the word ‘wherein?’’

All right, it’s been a little while since I posted, so here are the TV questions that have haunted me lately:

1. What did Shaq just say?  No, it’s not that I can’t understand the words that he’s saying; I’m just having trouble figuring out what he means or, more often, why he said it in the first place.  I’ve begun watching “Shaq’s Big Challenge”, wherein (damn it, I’ve really got to cut that out) basketball great and star of Kazaam Shaquille O’Neal conquers the problem of childhood obesity by helping a half dozen kids lose weight.  “Helping” may be too strong a term since Shaq always seems to have other obligations when it comes to the day-to-day assisting of the kids with their programs, but I’m not going to quibble with that.  Any kind of help is a good step; also, Shaq is huge and can easily crush me.

In the first episode, Shaq argues with one of the kids about what kind of donut is the best kind.  Shaq thinks Boston Crème, while one of the kids says crullers are better than the B.C.  Shaq’s response?  “No they’re not!”  Seriously, he starts a debate on donuts and takes a firm stand against crullers.  But, memo to ABC, I’d totally watch “Donut Debate with Shaquille O’Neal.”  Like, every night.

Also, Shaq is show footage of one of the kids eating four slices of pizza during a meal (and dipping each piece in garlic butter as he does), and the dietician asks Shaq how many pieces he eats when he has pizza.  Shaq just smiles guiltily because he doesn’t feel like saying, “I’m the Big Aristotle.  I eat all the pizza I want!” and then instead of, say, talking to the kid about changing his eating habits or, I don’t know, doing … anything, Shaq just says something like, “You’ve got a lot of work to do.”  Thanks for the help, Mr. O’Neal.  Whose name is on this show, by the way?

Really, though, the best example of Shaq quote confusion was when he spoke of one of the kids no longer participating, and said, “If Kit drops out, I’ve failed the system.”  What “system?”  No idea.  Why has Shaq failed this supposed system if one of the kids drops out?  Not a clue.

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Reality Recap - The Best & Worst of June

Celebrity Fit Club

Now that we’ve said goodbye to June and its 30 days of weddings, trips to the beach, and the slow, crippling realization that it’s still a long, long time until comes back, why don’t we take a few minutes and look back at the best and worst of June reality TV?  Nope, that was a rhetorical question.  Yes, I know, there are lots of reasons not to look back, and yet I’m going to do it anyway.

Oh, and it doesn’t really fit here because it’s not a reality show, but Flight of the Conchords on HBO is pretty hilarious.  I don’t really have enough to say about it to write a full column, obviously, but it’s definitely worth checking out.  Okay, here we go…

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SYTYCD and John from Cincinnati: Should I Watch or Should I Go?

So You Think You Can Dance Jessi Pasha

I’m typically not a fence sitter when it comes to television.  Nearly every show can be put into one of two categories: “Shows I Love and Therefore Watch,” and “Shows I Hate or Ignore and Therefore Don’t Watch.”  I don’t labor under the impression that I’ve invented these categories; I imagine that this is the way a lot of people watch television.  I think, though, many people have shows that they’ll classify as “I’m Watching This Not Because I Love It but Because It Happens to Be On.”  This, by the way, is a really lengthy title for a category and I would recommend something zippier, like, “Law & Order reruns.”  Because of TiVo, I haven’t been someone who just watches whatever is on for a while.

Now my categories of viewership have subcategories like, “Awful Reality Shows I Can’t Stop Watching,” (that’d be pretty much any reality show on MTV, except for “Made”) “Brilliant Shows I Can’t Discuss With Anyone Because of Low Ratings,” (that’d be “The Wire,” and “The Thick of It,”), and “Hated Shows I Only Have Watched In Hospital Waiting Rooms,” (that’d be “According to Jim,”), but all shows will fit into one of the two major categories.  That is, until now.

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Summer Reality: Part Two

Top Chef

Because everything’s hotter in the summer ... whatever that means.

Another week, another boatload of new and returning reality shows.  Here are some thoughts:

As I type I’m watching The Next Best Thing, so you can tell just how into the show I am.  So, evidently, this show is about finding the greatest celebrity impersonator.  You know how everybody’s been saying that we need a new great celebrity impersonator?  Oh, wait, nobody’s been saying that at all.  The last time we had a celebrity impersonator on tv it was ... wait, don’t tell me ... oh, I remember.  It was Rich Little at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner.  It was, well, just as excruciatingly awful as this show.

There was just a montage of Frank Sinatra impersonators on the show, that’s how bad it is.  Ooh, and someone just said, “I make part of my living as a Gloria Estefan impersonator.”  Evidently 0% equals a “part.”  (Okay, I had a much ruder joke in here before that seemed far less mean when I was annoyed by watching this show.  It’s gone now because, evidently, I have a desperate need to be liked.  Or at least not hated. Apologies.)

It seems to be that we’re scraping the bottom of the barrel on competitive reality shows.  Yes, networks, the world needs more singers, fashion designers, chefs, and supermodels.  But I don’t know if we need more Rich Littles and Bret Ratners (haven’t seen On The Lot, not planning to).

Actually, I do know.  We don’t.

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American Idol Searches for the Next Great Band

Fox Logo Proof that the American Idol machine just keeps chugging along… comes the announcement that they are now looking for a great band. Titled (awkwardly, I might add) The Search for the Next Great American Band, Ryan Seacrest announced last night that they’re on the hunt for any kind of band—as long as it’s great. This new show is yet another gem in the Idol universe, with other highlights including American Juniors (remember that one?) and So You Think You Can Dance. The Idol‘s songwriters contest was just a glimmer of another take on Idol greatness. No word yet on who will judge the band competition, but of course there will be plenty of auditions and I’m sure the show will highlight those who didn’t make the cut. The judges will select their top 10, and then you know the drill—the viewers vote each week and the final three acts duel to the death for a recording contract. No official date has been set yet, but producers are expecting the show to air in the fall.

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‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Auditions Set to Begin

Posted by Wendy Michaels Categories: Prime Time, Reality, FOX,

So You Think You Can Dance logoPut on your dancing shoes, it’s time to show the folks at So You Think You Can Dance that you can—well, you know—dance. Fox is beginning to hold auditions for the third season of the dance talent competition. Look for auditions in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Atlanta. New York dancers can show their stuff March 1-3 at the Manhattan Center Theater. Chicago folks can make their way to The Legendary Chicago Theatre on March 8-10. Los Angeles hopefuls can try out at the Orpheum Theatre on March 22 -24. The auditions wrap up on April 5-7 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. The dancers who make the cut attend a call-back week, where the top 20 contestants will be announced. So, not only do you need to be a talented dancer, but you also need to be between 18 and 30 years old. Guess my aspirations have been crushed because I’m too dang old. Oh yeah, and I can’t dance either. Sigh.

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