Baby, I’m going to nudge your world.   

I’m stuffed up today and not feeling so hot so I apologize now if anything in this post doesn’t make sense. Also, curses to the person who jinxed me last week by observing that I must not get sick very often with all of the OJ I drink. It was true.

Anyway, you’re not here to read about my uncontrollable sneezing, sore throat, and watery eyes, eh?

The Golden Globes
I watched more of this than I planned and it only served to remind me of why I don’t like award shows. I’m glad America and Ugly Betty won even though I must admit to being surprised by it. JT’s Prince joke was in poor taste and proves that celebrities should be careful when ad-libbing. Shondra was a delight when accepting for GA as was Kyra S. and Hugh L. I really dislike when people use award shows to make political statements or push agendas and naturally those two things happened last night as well. And I also really dislike Sacha Baron Cohen. I know I’m probably one of the few who didn’t find his acceptance speech even slightly amusing or appropriate but I’m also was disappointed that his “film” would even be considered for an award much less be nominated in multiple categories. Eh. Other than that, I thought the whole thing was rather boring. Which, I think, is a natural feeling for anyone who isn’t involved in the process or one of the nominees… especially when we’re talking about the GG’s where there’s very little in the way of entertainment for those not there. Hopefully the rest of you enjoyed it more than I did, especially if you’re into award shows!

Grease: You’re The One That I Want
So, I don’t have much to say about this one. I watched all the way through but it was still not great. I hold out hope that it’s these audition episodes that suck and not the concept. I really expected better auditions from New York but, alas, that was not to be. Here’s a question I have… do we already know who is going to make it to the audience voting portion of the show? I mean, there’s a reason we only met select individuals, right? Then again, they also spent time on a lot of people who got cut so maybe they just suck at editing and producing.

The only people that I even remember from this round was Austin, the guy currently in a show (or who was in a show at the time of auditions) and the “real life” Sandy and Danny duo. Austin stands out in my memory only because he was actually good. I’m not sure he’s someone I’d see as Danny but, so far, he’s the one most capable of playing the role. Meanwhile, the other two… raise your hand if you actually thought they’d both make it? Ha. Even if they had, what were the chances that they’d both be picked? Slim to none. I can’t believe she dumped him, though. Clearly there were lots of other issues already because that’s a stupid reason to dump someone. It’s not like he has any control over the situation and, what’d she want him to do, turn down the job just because she didn’t make it? Again, HA.

Luckily, the auditions are over so we don’t have to sit through anymore of this made-up drama. Now we can move on to the real drama of having to train with a bunch of people who are all trying to land the same role. See, it feels like they have a recipe for a reality hit with the Grease Academy thing alone. Hopefully the show doesn’t prove me wrong.

The Apprentice
I still don’t like the tent thing. And, while it did motivate what’s her face to become project lead, it didn’t actually motivate the team to work together and focus on winning. It’s a pointless punishment and, as I told Mo, I wouldn’t want to work for someone who actually thinks that is going to work as motivation. AND! Then he went and made it worse by taking away the prospect of winning next week. I don’t really get that twist at all. I know he’s probably going to split them up into teams next week but what will be the reward? Will those people get to move into the house or will they have to return to their tents at the end of the day? Because what, besides not getting fired, would make them want to win the task? I should wait to complain about the idea until I see how it plays out but I do have to wonder what the other team will be doing during this whole thing. It doesn’t seem the best way to weed out the best candidate.

But let’s stop talking about next week’s episode and talk about the task this week. Designing a line of swimwear was actually neat. I was a little disappointed in the results from both teams but at least it was an interesting task. I don’t really love when they get creative tasks because there’s rarely more than one or two creative people in these shows. That’s not a put down… these people are not trying to land a creative position so I’m not surprised that it happens that way. I like it better when they are given a creative person to work with and just have to come up with the theme or idea and it’s the creative person who is responsible for executing it. That’s more how these people will be functioning in Trump’s organization anyway. So, as a result, their bathing suits were rather boring. I didn’t think Carey’s suit was as horrifying as Trump made it out to be but I do think it was a poor choice for their line. They really should have been focusing on suits that would appeal to a wider audience (pun slightly intended) if only because they were trying to sell in bulk. They should have been calculating their odds of how many buyers would have been interested in a suit that was clearly intended for a gay man. Even in LA, the percentage of those suits that you’d be able to sell is going to be lower than say a board short type of suit would be. And this task was more about selling than designing… something I think Carey forgot. I guess I don’t have much to say about this one because it I felt like the right person was fired. Carey was responsible for the design of that suit and that suit was the one that didn’t sell and that’s what cost them the task. It was pretty straight forward, even if Carey was trying to convince everyone otherwise.

I don’t remember anyone from the other team because the editors have stopped trying to add any suspense about which team is going to lose. Or maybe they knew there was no chance we’d think that team had a chance to win once we saw Carey strutting his stuff, and I do mean HIS STUFF, in that suit. The looks on the faces in the crowd were priceless…

The L Word
Now, this episode was much better than last week’s! I was going to comment how on we went from no one talking to Shane to it being back to normal but I do realize it isn’t. The joking with her isn’t the same and Jenny is totally doing her passive-aggressive thing with her. Speaking of Jenny, can I tell you how much I love that people don’t love her book? Her larger than life ego and self-absorbtion made it easy for the reporter to get the information she wanted out of her. I wish it’d be enough to make her wake and realize how she acts and treats people but I know it won’t be. No one else reinforces the lesson so you know she’ll just keep blaming the other people involved. The Papi thing was great and should make the people complaining about the lack of sex lately happy, eh? Wonder if Papi will end up sleeping with everyone in their group before the end of the season. She’s well on her way!

Though I’m letting the Shane thing go, I will say that this episode felt oddly disjointed or disconnected from that first episode. It didn’t quite feel like we were missing something in between because it picked up at a logical place but it did feel like there was a lack of immediate fallout to the things that happened. But maybe that’s how life really is? Everyone tries to get back to normal even as they are all showing signs that things are not normal? I dunno… I think I’m overthinking it all. I can’t wait for next week. I’m not sure I like the overly obvious TA but I am curious to see how Bette deals with her. Hmmm, I know I had more to say but my nose is distracting me from my TV thoughts.

Desperate Housewives
I don’t know why I bother to comment. I’ve actually liked the last two episodes. Possibly because I’ve stopped overthinking things and just gone back to letting the episodes flow as they may. I’m a little confused about the whole Alma/Orson mess. I said before that I won’t ever buy Orson as completely innocent or a good guy since we already know he ran Mike over. But did he kill the woman he was having an affair with? Or did Alma do that? I wonder? I suppose they could say that someone else did it and Orson thought Mike did it and that’s why he ran over Mike. Still, why would he be keeping that from Bree at this point? Why not come clean to her… she’s stayed by his side through so much other crap, it’d seem safer just to tell her everything. Uhh, I can’t think of anything else I want to comment on. I’m glad that the kids finally some kind of storyline and even Mike’s jail stuff is interesting to me. It seems like they’ve finally gotten all of the characters back to interesting storylines so hopefully they’ll keep that up.

The Class
Ethan and Cat are my absolute favorite characters on this show and I adore the addition of Kyle to their mix. I can easily see that trio carrying the show. That said, I actually liked the Richie/Lina/Nicole/Duncan combo storyline this time. I really do like it more when each of the characters are interacting with each other but I know they had to work up to this point. We wouldn’t have believed it if they had all suddenly started hanging out. Now, though, I like the way they play off of each other. Anyway, great episode… which no one probably saw but you want to watch it online if you get the chance because it was good.

Table Read Webcast (no spoilers)
I’m not going to talk about the episode that they read (they said it’d be airing on February 19th). If you have already watched, please avoid talking about any of the spoilers in the comments below and, if you haven’t watched but want to and want to avoid too many spoilers, I’d watch almost to the end and then turn it off … or fast forward past the last lines of the episode back to Jason and Jesse saying bye. Anyway, watching the table read was great. I’d like to know how many of those people are normally there for the table read. They mentioned that they had a bigger crowd than normal because of the webcast. I’m curious to know if they usually get that many reactions on which to judge how the jokes are working. It was a little weird to hear them reading in character but not really reacting in character. Or, rather, performing the actions that go with the lines. Like I wonder how the writers determine if a sight gag is really funny enough to make the cut? I guess that’s what the run thru is for, eh?

I think my favorite part about watching the table read was watching the way they were interacting with each other. Jason and Lizzy definitely have a certain chemistry even offscreen. I’m sure that’s why they work so well onscreen. At one point, after he got done reading through a scene that includes her, she scribbled something on his script to him and he laughed. Now why couldn’t we know what she wrote?! Anyway, I liked seeing that just because it’s relatable. It’s what I do in meetings with my coworkers so it made me smile to see them interacting that way. I wasn’t able to watch the table read live but I do hope to watch tomorrow’s run thru live. Check it out if you get the chance, live webcast of the Run Thru at 1pm PT/4pm ET on Weds, January 17th.

On my schedule for tonight: Veronica Mars (repeat, see below), Boston Legal, and Dirt

Starting Tonight: American Idol is back tonight with it’s sixth season premiere on FOX from 8PM to 10PM.

Can You Repeat That? My favorite season three episode of Veronica Mars, “Spit & Eggs,” is repeating tonight on the CW at 9PM in preparation for an all new episode next week. And, USA is continuing their reruns of the first season of Psych in preparation for the second season premiere this Friday. Here’s your chance to get caught up!

9 Responses to “Baby, I’m going to nudge your world.”

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    harper47 says:

    Awww – sorry you’re feeling bad. I didn’t watch the Globes so no comment there. I’ve been enjoying DH this season. It doesn’t seem to be trying as hard (and failing) as they did last year. But I am a little leery of this Alma twist. I don’t like the actress playing Alma very much and since we’re only get head and should shots of Bree due to her pregnancy – it really takes me out of her storyline.

    Did enjoy all the Edy/Susan/Julie moments and I love the Gaby/Carlos show these days.

    I agree with you re Grease. And the funny thing is I know tons and tons and tons of male actors that could totally kill as Danny in the dinner theatre circuit. Everyone must have turned their nose up at this or was in the middle of a show or something because the lack of talent (or at least the lack of showcased talent) is appalling. Other than Austin – nada. I’m hoping the Academy kicks up the talent, the competition and the fun quotient.

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    spectralbovine says:

    I’m glad America and Ugly Betty won even though I must admit to being surprised by it.
    Yeah, same here. I joked that it was Reward the Minorities Night.

    JT’s Prince joke was in poor taste and proves that celebrities should be careful when ad-libbing.
    Really? I thought it was pretty funny.

    I really dislike when people use award shows to make political statements or push agendas and naturally those two things happened last night as well.
    Well, I liked Meryl Streep’s agenda, which was, “Why the hell can’t you see these great movies in every theatre in the country?”

    And I also really dislike Sacha Baron Cohen. I know I’m probably one of the few who didn’t find his acceptance speech even slightly amusing or appropriate but I’m also was disappointed that his “film” would even be considered for an award much less be nominated in multiple categories.
    Heh. I think the movie’s a bit overrated, but I still thought it was funny. Actually, I know it’s overrated, because there’s no way it should have gotten a frickin’ WGA nomination. I am POSITIVE there is a more deserving script out there.

    Eh. Other than that, I thought the whole thing was rather boring. Which, I think, is a natural feeling for anyone who isn’t involved in the process or one of the nominees… especially when we’re talking about the GG’s where there’s very little in the way of entertainment for those not there.
    I’d never watched the Globes all the way through, as I’m an Oscars guy, but the lack of host was weird. And there was so little amusing pre-presentation banter and all that. At least a few of the speeches were good.

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    carpedi7 says:

    I actually make sure I see The Class each week. I love the show. Cat and Ethan are my favorites also and Cat yelling at Kyle, calling him “new guy” was really funny. Lina and Richie are uncomfortable to watch in one way (I think it is the fact that both have a weird way of speaking) but are still cute and funny together. I didn’t really like Duncan and Nicole at first, but when they are paired with Richie and Lina I like them a lot. Honestly, if they kept Holly out of the rest of the episodes, I wouldn’t compain.

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    afrocurl says:

    I’m going to join the others in saying it sucks that you’re sick right now, but hopefully it will leave you soon enough.

    I didn’t watch the GG so I have few comments, except that I’m happy to see America win. I watched her speech, and what she said did suggest that the show is good for something in today’s society that has decided that beauty in in the eye of the beholder.

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    raelee says:

    Thanks :)

    But I am a little leery of this Alma twist. I don’t like the actress playing Alma very much and since we’re only get head and should shots of Bree due to her pregnancy – it really takes me out of her storyline.

    I’m not to sure about Alma either but I figure she’s another one of those characters who will be gone by the end of the season. That house is just bad luck for new characters! ;) I honestly haven’t noticed Bree’s head and shoulder shots so much. I try not to think about it so I won’t notice.

    Everyone must have turned their nose up at this or was in the middle of a show or something because the lack of talent (or at least the lack of showcased talent) is appalling.

    That’s what I was wondering too. Especially since they were in NYC. It is a chance to get the lead on a Broadway show but I’m wondering if that’s all that person will get from the lack of real talent in the mix. There has to be a reason that no one who has actually worked on Broadway auditioned and I can only assume it has something to do with the community there letting it be known that getting your part this way would be frowned on? I dunno but it’s the only thing that makes any kind of sense.

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    raelee says:

    Really? I thought it was pretty funny.

    Well, I think I would have thought it was funny if there had been a host and that kind of joking had already been taking place. Instead, it felt wrong because there really wasn’t anyone else making jokes and it was obvious it wasn’t planned because JT and the others all had “why isn’t Prince coming up” looks on their faces.

    Well, I liked Meryl Streep’s agenda, which was, “Why the hell can’t you see these great movies in every theatre in the country?”

    I don’t have a problem with her agenda. I didn’t have a problem with the other guy’s agenda/message even. I just have a problem with people using awards shows to voice their agendas… whether I agree with them or not. I don’t actually happen to agree that asking a theater is going to get the movie there. I’m sure there are plenty of theaters that would love to have those movies but can’t afford to… I had the same problem with the Oscars last year when they kept harping on the message of “go see movies in the theater” which came off as very naive, believing that it’s all about people choosing not to go and not that price and quality are a large part of the problem.

    I’d never watched the Globes all the way through, as I’m an Oscars guy, but the lack of host was weird.
    It was weird… I guess because I see the host as someone who helps tie the whole thing together. Still, there are a lot of people who like it that they get right into the awards and don’t spend time on any amusing side bits. It just doesn’t make for the most entertaining of shows, especially if you aren’t someone who likes to play Spot the Celebrity.

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    raelee says:

    I actually make sure I see The Class each week.

    Oh, I didn’t mean that no one was watching! I just meant that there was some confusion about this episode and whether it was new or not. With the GG on, I figured most people had watched that instead and didn’t realize there was a new episode on. But, I’m glad you watch each week… I really want it to get picked up for next season and I’m afraid it won’t.

    I, too, loved Cat yelling at Kyle. I think her, “You’re here a lot.” was my favorite scene between them. Probably because it’s what I was thinking too. I think you may be right about Richie and Lina and their weird way of speaking. I couldn’t figure out why I don’t find their scenes as great as I do when there are others in the scene but that makes sense. And I too didn’t used to like Duncan or Nicole but pairing them with others has made them grow on me.

    I wonder what they’re doing with Holly, actually. She hasn’t been in the photos much lately and she’s rarely a part of the episodes. I wonder if they got back negative feedback about her part? I could do without her too… I think part of my problem was that she and her husband were almost too much at times.

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    raelee says:

    Thanks :) – I took the day off work and computering yesterday and that seems to have helped a bit. Damn colds!

    I must admit… I got a little tear eyed during America’s speech. Of course, it could have just been seeing her so happy and honored to have won. It was obvious that her reaction was genuine.

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    carpedi7 says:

    I did find it funny with Holly, when Fern called her last week, but I think that was because we only got a split second of her.

    I actually don’t think enough people are watching this show. I would love to see it back so I really hope it does get picked up. Although if I remember right a lot of people weren’t watching HIMYM at first either and then it just caught on so “fingers crossed”.