*****SPOILER ALERT**** If you live on the West Coast, don’t read this. For those of you on the East Coast, YES! YES! YES! These are the Idol episodes we have been waiting for. It’s Hollywood Week where we separate the men from the boys, the women from the girls and the queens from the, well, queens. It’s also the debut of new Idol judge ELLEN DEGENERES. Yay, Ellen!
Enough chit chat. Let’s get down to business.
100,000 people auditioned. 181 got that elusive Golden Ticket to Hollywood. In one week, that number will drop to 12 guys and 12 girls, so one heck of a cut is coming and that means a whole lot of drama in between. I’m literally salivating as I type this. I’m so excited.
The name Neil Gaiman is synonymous with great storytelling – from his iconic Sandman comics to children’s tales with an edge [Coraline] and expansive fantasy worlds like those of American Gods and Anansi Boys. Now SFX Weekly is reporting that he has confirmed that an episode of Doctor Who will be only his third television credit [he wrote Day of the Dead for Babylon 5 and co-wrote the BBC mini-series, Neverwhere].
Gaiman’s Doctor Who ep will appear in Matt Smith’s second season as The Doctor. On the subject of his Whovian script, Gaiman said, “As anyone who’s read my blog knows, I’m a big fan of a certain long-running British SF TV series. One that started watching — from behind the sofa — when I was three. And while I know it’s cruel to make you wait for things, in about 14 months from now, which is to say, NOT in the upcoming season but early in the one after that, it’s quite possible that I might have written an episode. And if I had, it would originally have been called “The House of Nothing”. But it definitely isn’t called that any more.
Actor Michael Shanks is best known for his role as Dr. Daniel Jackson on the hit Syfy Channel series Stargate SG1, which ended it’s successful ten year run back in 2006. Shanks also reprised this role in two made for DVD Stargate SG1 movies and in guest-starring appearances in the two spin off series, Stargate: Atlantis and Stargate: Universe. Of course this talented and versatile actor has spent time in other roles as well since becoming a fan favorite on Stargate SG1 (so popular in fact that many loyal fans participated in a campaign to bring him back to SG1 after the actor departed the series at the end of season five). Shanks has appeared in guest starring roles on several top rated television series such as 24, CSI: Miami and a very popular recurring guest appearance on Burn Notice as the rogue agent, Victor.
Now Michael Shanks steps into the realm of the superhero as he dons winged armor to become The Hawkman in the upcoming Smallville telemovie, Absolute Justice.
This is a new show but it spans all of the audition cities featuring great talent. In the past, IDOL has been criticized for not doing enough to promote some of the folks who make it to Hollywood. Therefore, this show is aptly titled “The Best For Last.” Here’s hoping.
*Name to Remember: DIDI BENAMI, inspired by her friend who died 4 years ago, she proves she has the chops.
*The One You Hope To Forget: SHADDAII HARIS, gives new meaning to the term “tone deaf.”
*Most Heart Warming Story: HOPE JOHNSON, the poor girl with a heart of gold and a miracle voice.
*Quote of the Night: Kara to 6’8” ADRIAN CHANDTCHI: “Adrian it’s like there is a small school boy trapped in you.” Simon: “Either that or you’ve eaten one.”
The show starts off tonight with a tribute to “Pants on the Ground.” I readily admit that I dropped the ball on this one. I just don’t get the phenomenon it caused, but clearly I was in the wrong b/c everyone has been talking about “Pants…” My apologies to all you “Pants” lovers. Although it makes a nice segue b/c song choice is important and singing a song that is memorable, like “Pants on the Ground,” is just as important.
JESSICA FURNEY, 20, Wamego, KS – Jessica knows the importance of song choice. In Season 8, she sang a Janice Joplin tune that really didn’t work. So this year she auditions with a song co-written by Simon Cowell called “Footprints in The Sand.” Simon says “It’s a beautiful song, so good luck.” He’s waiting for Jessica to bomb. She doesn’t. Her voice is soft and sweet and she knows how to carry a tune. Four YES votes sends her to Hollywood.
With Sweeps Weeks going on and every television network looking to gain even more viewing audiences for their shows, The CW Network and Warner Brothers gave select members of the online press a chance to have an advance viewing of this week’s new episode of the hit series, Supernatural to generate some Sweeps Week buzz about it. After taking advantage of that opportunity to see Supernatural S5.13 The Song Remains the Same, all this reviewer can say about it is WOW!!
Ok, there is more to say than just that. Check out this synopsis to see what I mean.
When angel ally Anna (guest star Julie McNiven) escapes her captors in Heaven she contacts Castiel (Misha Collins) in an effort to find Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles), but Castiel is suspicious of her motives. He soon learns that the former ally has gone back in time in a “Terminator”-like plan to stop the Apocalypse by killing John (Matt Cohen) & Mary (Amy Gumenick) Winchester before their son’s are ever born, thus ending the possibility of the brothers becoming vessels for Lucifer and Michael. Steve Boyum directed the episode written by Sera Gamble and Nancy Weiner.
Now read my review of Supernatural S5.13 The Song Remains the Same.
It’s the Mile High City – Denver, CO. It’s where Chris Daughtry got his start in 2005 and he didn’t do too bad. Can someone from the Denver auditions follow in his footsteps?
*City: Denver, CO
*Celebrity Judges: Victoria Beckham (Skeletor is back)
*Number of Contestants: Unknown (they didn’t say)
*Name to Remember: DANELLE HAYES — She will be Top 20 and will be HUGE!
*The One You Hope To Forget: KENNY EVERETT — He thinks he should be Top 20 (he also thinks he’s the male Mary J. Blige).
*Most Heart Warming Story: HAELEY VAUGHN — “The Miracle Child” who wants to be the first African-American pop country singer.
*Quote of the Night: Simon: “Victoria wants to know if you have eaten any helium today?” before NICCI NIX’s very powerful audition.
MARK LABRIOLA, 28, Aurora, CO — A Jack Black look alike and he kinda sounds like him, but I think Jack Black can carry a tune pretty well. Can Mark? Well, if past auditions tell us anything, numero uno is usually el stinko. Hmmm? He does have an interesting story though. His mother kidnapped him from his father when he was 4. You don’t say! Anyway, on to the audition.
After ten-and-a-half months, Lost returned with its final season premiere, a two-hour premiere called LA X, last night. The final Lost recap, in a stroke of genius, was narrated by Michael [Ben Linus] Emerson and tracked the individual character arcs of the main cast members – an approach that was unique for these things – and set the tone for a most unusual beginning to Lost’s end. I have no idea how many theories were rendered invalid last night, or how many fans were thrilled or ticked off, but no can say the answers didn’t begin with a couple of big bangs!
No, I haven’t seen anything more than the almost new footage-free spots that ABC has been airing for the much anticipated final season premiere of Lost [ABC, 9/8C – Recap at 8/7C] – or the collections of soundbites from the cast members – all content-free but talking about such things as the show’s legacy and their places within it. And no, you’ll probably still be a bit confused afterwards, but we are promised that answers will be coming beginning with LA X, so we’ll see…
I do know that a few of the twelve thousand [12,000!] fan who traveled from around the world to attend the last Sunset on the Beach screening of the premiere have posted shaky, cell phone cam recordings of the premiere and those postings haven’t managed squat in viewings – and a wealth of comments to the effect of, “Why would I want to watch a shaky, cheapo version of this? I’ve waited for almost a year to see what happens next and I’m going to watch it in HD, not your pissy little video!”
Network suits everywhere are astounded!
Tomorrow, I’ll post my reaction to LA X, the two-hour premiere of the final season of Lost.
High school nerd Gary (guest star Colton James) conjures up a body-switching spell and changes bodies with Sam (Jared Padalecki). Thrilled by his new handsome and well-built body Gary (now Sam) investigates a case with Dean (Jensen Ackles) and takes advantage of Sam’s good looks and age by hitting on women and getting drunk. Meanwhile, the real Sam is stuck inside Gary’s teenage body, dealing with intrusive parents and high school.
Before we get into the commentary about Supernatural S5.12 Swap Meat and why I feel that this episode suffered from a lack of a certain necessary continuity, I want to talk about the big Supernatural news that happened this past weekend.
I’m talking about the big party they had up in Vancouver, B.C. on Saturday to celebrate the filming of Supernatural’s 100th episode. Yes Supernatural is 100 episodes old and still going strong and that is quite an accomplishment for the offbeat genre show on a struggling netlet that everyone thought wouldn’t last more than two seasons. Of course we here at Eclipsemagazine.com have always known that Supernatural had what it takes to be a success; great writing, directing, producing and most of all two very talented lead actors in Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles who have made Sam and Dean Winchester two of the most compelling characters on television today. So a big CONGRATULATIONS to Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Eric Kripke, Sera Gamble and the rest of the Supernatural creative team (the late Kim Manners most definitely included) on this milestone success and here’s to more success to come. ‘Kick it in the Ass!’
Now, let’s move on to my commentary about Supernatural S5.12 Swap Meat.
Syfy’s most dangerous night of the week just got a bit darker. With the airing of Beauty and the Beast, Syfy’s Saturday Night Original Movies begins a series of re-imagined classic fairytales, legends and pop culture characters from Little Red Riding Hood to Hansel and Gretel to Aladdin and Sinbad the Sailor.
Beauty and the Beast [Saturday, February 27, 9/8C] marks the premiere of these unusual films. Directed by David Lister and written by Gavin Scott, Beauty and the Beast is not the traditional Disney fairy tale. In this gritty celebration of Valentine’s Day, a young Beauty (Estella Warren) with a gift for healing helps a deformed Prince (Rhett Gilles,Wraiths of Roanoke) regain his throne and defeat the ruthless nobleman who wants to be king — and then together they try to destroy a power-hungry witch.