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TELEVISION NEWS: American Idol Top 3 Recap

American Idol Top 3, Danny Gokey

I can’t help myself. I wasn’t going to do an Idol Recap until Adam butchered U2s “One,” one of my favorite U2 songs.  His version of One was an utter mess, it was slow, screechy, cabaret and what was with the tongue? It was AWFUL. I mean really who would actually buy this crap?  Gokey was awful as always with his Terrance Trent Darby, Dance Little Sister, but I blame Paula for picking such an awful song for Gokey. I thought Kris’ version of Apologize was really good – of course the judges didn’t like it because they want Gokey and Lambert in the finals.  And enough with the Mac Ads! Sheesh.  I have to say Glee looks pretty awesome this is the kind of promo the producers of the Fame 2009 movie should have released.

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TELEVISION NEWS: The Idol Fix is in for Gokey and Danny Finale and Spoiler for Tonight

American Idol's Kris Allen
American Idol's Kris Allen

I’ve whined and complained all season about how obviously Idol is fixed and every since the top 13 it’s been clear that the judges wanted a Adam vs. Gokey final. Now the folks at EW have a quote from Simon Cowell that proves my point, the Fix is in, there’s no point in even bothering to watch tonight.  I’ve always made it clear how much I hate reality television but between crap like The Apprentice and the obvious fixing on Idol, I don’t know why people continue to support “Reality” television.

“I’d love [Adam] in the finale but really with Danny, because Kris is a nice guy, but he’s not a good enough singer to compete with Adam,” said Cowell during an interview broadcast on Fox News’ Fox & Friends morning show on Tuesday.  “The only one who can compete with Adam on vocals is Danny.” Here’s the full story.

Also here are the spoilers for the Judges Picks tonight – seem like it’s going to be an awful show –

  • Kris Allen – Apologize, selected by Randy and Kara
  • Adam Lambert – U2’s “One” or Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game” selected by Simon
  • Danny “Douchebag, No Talent” Gokey – Terence Trent D’Arby’s “Dance Little Sister”, selected by Paula

TELEVISION NEWS: Gossip Girl Goes to the Prom tonight.

The folks at TV.com sent over a clip for tonight’s Gossip Girl.  It shows Nate and Blair at the Prom. And I think tonight is the flashback episode that shows Lilly’s past.  EM Writer Sheldon has never understood my love of GG, but I think I’m officially off the GG bandwagon. But I almost feel like I should watch these last few episodes since I’ve come so far, but I just can’t bring myself to care.  I will probably have more fun watching the Wanda Sykes clips over and over on Olbermann tonight.

INTERVIEW: Guiding Light/Otalia International Following Speak Out

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that our favorite fan forum Big Purple Dreams reached another milestone over the weekend. As of yesterday, Big Purple Dreams reached 4000 members! That’s 4000 members in five months for a television show that has been canceled. Hey Lifetime, you might wanna keep an eye on this one, 4000 members in five months…just think what they could do in a year! The members of this fan forum are going exponentially rivaling any other fan forum in daytime or primetime for that matter so congratulations to BPD, Guiding Light and Otalia!

While the U.S. population make up a majority of those very fans, there is an impressive international following as well that most definitely needs to be acknowledge and praised. Guiding Light is being followed in at least 28 countries other than the United States from countries such as Australia, Bosnia, and Finland to Israel, Peru, and Wales. Keep in mind, these countries don’t receive a live feed the way U.S. audiences do. They aren’t even able to watch online from the CBS.com website the way U.S. viewers do either. To say the international following is dedicated is an understatement. Really, how many shows would you go out of your way to find that don’t show up in On Demand or cable reruns or download from iTunes? The international Guiding Light fans have none of that and yet they show up each and everyday to watch the show. They have also started their own international campaign to save Guiding Light with phone calls, emails, postcards and letter writing to join their U.S. family in the fight to save a show they love. I was lucky enough to sit down with several members of Team International over Skype (gotta love technology) to discus how they actually watch the show, differences in culture and how the international audience has a strong voice.

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TELEVISION NEWS: Joan Rivers Wins Celebrity Apprentice, Really? I’m SHOCKED!

Joan Rivers wins Celebrity Apprentice

Ok I’ve never watched more than 10 seconds of Celebrity Apprentice, I hate almost ALL reality shows and refuse to watch them. But this stupid Celebrity Apprentice brings out a whole new level of hatred from me. Not only do I despise Donald Trump but I despise Joan Rivers.  How is it this #$##@ is even famous? What the heck has she done in life to justify her Celebrity status? At least the other woman won a poker tournament or something. Which requires actually having some talent. And am I the only one who finds it strange the Rivers was even in this contest considering she’s been good friends with Donald Trump for YEARS???!!!!

Like I said, I never watched the show so maybe the tasks aren’t subjective. But come on I don’t understand why this stupid show is popular or how Donald Trump continues to get away with portraying himself as a successful businessman. He built his first fortune by using his Father’s connections, money and name. Then lost it, built another one and is about to go bankrupt again. He ripped off a bunch of California investors on a multimillion dollar fake real estate deal earlier this year.  I used to love The Donald until I read his book The Art of the Deal and found out how he really built his empire. He is successful at one thing and that’s promoting himself.  So someone please explain the appeal of this show and Joan Rivers and her #$#@ daughter in particular.

Television: Sneak Peeks at the Supernatural Season 4 Finale

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It seems like it was just yesterday that Supernatural season four was gearing up to premiere with the opening episode Lazarus Rising in which we would see Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) being pulled out of hell and restored to life and body by the angel Castiel (Misha Collins who is set to become a regular in season five) and see Dean being reunited with his brother Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki) whom we would find out was headed down a dark path with the demon Ruby (now played by Genevive Cortese).

Now here we are coming up on the season four finale, Lucifer Rising and the two brothers who were grateful to be brought back together are now being torn apart by their own personal issues and by the angels and demons each as chosen to side with in a race to stop the apocalypse. Lucifer Rising guest stars Jim Beaver as Bobby, Genevieve Cortese as Ruby, Misha Collins as Castiel, Katherine Boecher as Lilith, Kurt Fuller as ‘Zachariah’ and Rob Benedict as ‘Chuck.’  the episode was written and directed by Eric Kripke.

Take a look at the three sneak peek clips provided by Warner Bros/The CW Network and then tune in next Thursday, May 14th at 9PM EST on the CW Network to catch the wildest ride yet in Supernatural season four, the season finale.

TELEVISION NEWS: Oprah Breaks, Kentucky Fried Chicken

Oprah breaks KFC

I used to love Kentucky Friend Chicken but the quality of the chicken has gone completely in the crapper in the last few years. Sometimes you’ll get a round that is slap your mother good, but 6 out of ten times it’s completely unedible. When I heard about the free chicken deal, I was ready to give it a try. But the entire thing was totally ill conceived from the beginning. The first problem was it required the installation of software just to print the coupons, this was done I’m sure to include some sort of DRM so people don’t print up 1,000s of passes. The problem was KFC’s coupon scanner only works with color printers even though a large majority of people use black and white, then of course they also didn’t plan on having a lot of folks show up because they ran out of Chicken.  So this entire marketing campaign has been a giant failure. But is that really the case? I mean look at all the buzz (bad buzz, sure) they have gotten from this. And I’m ashamed to say it, but I’m even more curious now to try their stupid grilled chicken.

INTERVIEW: Food Network’s Sandra Lee Launches New Show

Sandra Lee

Food Network star Sandra Lee’s new show, Money Saving Meals, premieres this Sunday, May 10th. I had a chance to chat with Sandra about her current hit series Semi-Homemade and how she’s trying something a little different with her new show, Money Saving Meals. She was also gracious enough to share with me her involvement with the Share Our Strength organization that fights to help feed the over 12 million children in this country that go hungry each and every day.

EclipseMagazine: Sandra, you’re best known for your show Semi-Homemade on the Food Network. Your latest venture, Money Saving Meals, is a new concept. Tell us what Money Saving Meals is all about and how it’s different from Semi-Homemade.

Sandra Lee: When I first did Semi-Homemade, I guess eight years ago now, I wanted to create a brand where the recipes people created would work out. At that time, if you remember eight, nine years ago, Martha Stewart and before her Julia Childs…some of their recipes didn’t work and I thought, “Why is this?” After I went to the Le Cordon Bleu…why is this, I know those recipes work. What I realized was different name brand products have completely different ingredients and components to them and the only way to really ensure that a recipe would turn out is to tell people what name brand you used. Nobody endorsed those recipes, nobody paid to have those recipes created I created them myself and frankly now that I’ve been doing a lot of from scratch recipes…because Money Saving Meals about fifty percent of that show is from scratch, I realized that a Semi-Homemade recipe for the most part is much more involved than from scratch.

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Television: The CW Gets Out Their Fancy Clothes for Two Proms and a Wedding

Starting on Monday, May 11th, the folks at the CW Network are getting out their fancy Clothes as two of their hit series get ready to go to the prom and one prepares for a wedding!

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The festivities start on Monday May 11th at 8PM EST in a Gossip Girl episode titled, Valley Girl. Blair (Leighton Meester) and Nate (Chace Crawford) attend prom together, but run into interference from Chuck (Ed Westwick) and the evening goes decidedly awry for them. While things are not working out as planned for Blair and Nate, Lily Rhodes has a flashback to the 80s where her seventeen year old self (Brittany Snow) has been kicked out of boarding school and runs away to Los Angeles where she hooks up with her parents, Rick (Andrew McCarthy) and Cece (guest star Cynthia Watros, "Lost"), and sister, Carol (Krysten Ritter). Special musical guest is the 80’s group No Doubt who are appearing in the episode as ‘Snowed Out’ and will be debuting their cover of Adam Ant’s  Stand and Deliver.

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At 9PM EST, One Tree Hill in an episode titled Forever and Almost Always, Peyton (Hilarie Burton) and Lucas’ (Chad Michael Murray) wedding day has finally arrived and surprise guests attend. Haley (Bethany Joy Galeotti) plays an unexpected role in the ceremony while Nathan (James Lafferty) hopes to be called up to the NBA.  Skills (Antwon Tanner) keeps Jamie (Jackson Brundage) on a short leash, and Brooke (Sophia Bush) does the same with Nick Lachey (appearing as himself).

On Tuesday May 12th at 9PM EST 90210 is going to the prom as well. In an episode titled Zero Tolerance, Students at West Beverly prepare to go all out for the prom, Annie (Shenae Grimes), Adrianna (Jessica Lowndes), Naomi (AnnaLynn McCord), and Silver(Jessica Stroup) set out to get glam up by shopping for the perfect gowns and visiting a famous hair stylist.