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TELEVISION NEWS: Leno Daily Dose, Arnold Schwarzenegger on Prop 8

Since we’re now part of NBC’s little exclusive Digital Network Club, we’re getting a ton of material from them. One of them will be lots of Jay Leno clips. Personally, I hate Leno – and all late night talk shows, but I know a lot of folks do like it, so here’s your daily dose of the Chin. This clip features Arnold Schwarzenegger addressing the Prop 8 ruling

TELEVISION: American Idol is FIXED! Says the New York Times!

American Idol Fixed, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert
I’m vindicated!  The New York Times has an article today about how AT&T may have “fixed,” this year’s American Idol Voting by holding special events and providing free texting services for Kris Allen in Arkansas. There were rumors floating around that for such a small state Arkansas really “represented,” during the final voting. Now we know why, AT&T was behind it.  Here’s the key passage from the article:

“Representatives of AT&T helped fans of Mr. Allen at the two Arkansas events by providing instructions on how to send 10 or more text messages at the press of a single button, known as power texts. Power texts have an exponentially greater effect on voting than do single text messages or calls to the show’s toll-free phone lines. The efforts appear to run afoul of “American Idol” voting rules in two ways. The show broadcasts an on-screen statement at the end of each episode warning that blocks of votes cast using “technical enhancements” that unfairly influence the outcome of voting can be thrown out.”  This service wasn’t provided to Lambert fans.

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TELEVISION NEWS: Abc Has Released the V Promo, and it’s Good!

Whenever people ask me what my favorite movie of all time is, I always say it’s “V The Original Mini-series.” For me it’s has always been and remains the perfect movie because at it’s core it’s a message movie that’s about something. I’ve seen it over 30 times and read the novel at least as much it’s the perfect example of how to write an adaptation – not just copying a screenplay but actually adding a lot of depth and missing moments to the original work.

I couldn’t gen up the passion to be outraged at ABC’s upcoming remake. I wanted to just pretend it didn’t exist. But this week ABC posted a 2 minute promo clip and I hate to say it, or am happy to say – it’s excellent. It hits all the beats from the original while making it relevant for today’s audience with nicely updated effects that are the same as the original but different. I love that this time around they are inviting everyone up and it seems like they are hitting the religious undertones pretty heavily this time where that wasn’t present in the original.  But so far, I really like what I’m seeing.

TELEVISION NEWS: CW Announces New Fall Schedule

The CW Network

May 21, 2009 (New York, New York) ? The CW Network unveiled the schedule for its 2009-2010 season today at a presentation for advertisers, affiliates and national media in the Theater at Madison Square Garden.  The announcement was made by Dawn Ostroff, President of Entertainment, The CW.

“In just three years, The CW has become TV to talk about, with culturally current, quality programming,” said Ostroff.  “Next fall, we will have great flow from Monday through Friday, starting with the Monday pairing of ‘Gossip Girl’ and ‘One Tree Hill,’ which made The CW one of the top destinations for young women this season.  Tuesday night gives us a perfect match with ‘90210’ and ‘Melrose Place.’  And what could be better than our Wednesday night shows from Tyra Banks and Ashton Kutcher – the all-model lineup of ‘America’s Next Top Model’ and ‘The Beautiful Life.’  On Thursdays, ‘The Vampire Diaries’ taps into the continuing fascination young women have with all things vampire, and makes the perfect lead-in for ‘Supernatural,’ which is coming off its strongest year ever.  Moving ‘Smallville’ to Fridays gives us a major player with a loyal fan base to kick off the night.  Top all that off with our heartwarming and humorous midseason drama ‘Parental Discretion Advised,’ from writer/producer Liz Tigelaar, and we have a full slate of great programming to keep our viewers watching, chatting, texting and tweeting all next season.”

TELEVISION NEWS: Your New American Idol!

American Idol Winner: Kris Allen

I never watch recap shows and I kept that trend up for the finale. I watched Veronica Mars, played some Rockband Classic Rock (pretty nice set list), read a bit of the how to develop for Twitter book and sat in my Jacuzzi for a good 30 minutes, anything other than watching that 2 hour trainwreck.  I have to say, I was surprised at the choice in Idol Winners, I was going to make you click the read more button to find out, but what’s the point, I’m sure you know already – KRIS ALLEN is your new American Idol!  It’s pretty amazing that he won, he was this year’s Jason Mraz had the weakest voice of everyone, no personality, bland, predictable, but I have to admire him he stuck it out. I think maybe the judges constant pimping of Lambert and Gokey since week 17 finally turned off enough voters.

This choice is as much a repudiation of the Judges manipulations (especially Simon Cowell’s constant begging people to vote for Adam) this season than an affirmation of Allen. The folks over at Vote for the Worst are trying to claim credit, but it’s complete BS, because they didn’t make Allen their pick until the top 2. I think Adam got a little cocky in the last few weeks which ended in his off performance last night. But the Judges can take heart because they did get Adam to the Finale. I’m a little sad, because it would have been fun to have him be the first open, and I mean OPEN gay American Idol. But with all the horse racing upsets in the last few weeks, this is somehow fitting.

Television: The CW Upfront 2009 Pick-Ups

Lying, cheating, stealing, seduction, backstabbing, betrayal, murder… it’s just another day at Melrose Place.

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MELROSE PLACE Pictured (Left to Right): Stephanie Jacobsen as Lauren, Colin Egglesfield as Auggie, Ashlee Simpson as Violet, Shaun Sipos as David, Katie Cassidy as Ella, Michael Rady as Jonah, Jessica Lucas as Riley in MELROSE PLACE on The CW. Photo Credit: Patrick Ecclesine/The CW ©2009 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.CREDITS: THE CW

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The Beautiful Life Pictured: Corbin Bleu as Isaac, Mischa Barton as Sonja, Nico Tortorella as Kai, Sara Paxton as Raina, Ben Hollingsworth as Chris, Ashley Madekwe as Marissa, Jordan Woolley as Egan in THE BEAUTIFUL LIFE on The CW. Photo Credit: Jan Thijs / The CW © 2009 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. CREDITS: THE CW

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The Vampire Diaries Pictured: Ian Somerhalder as Daman, Nina Dobrev as Elena, Paul Wesley as Stefan in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES on The CW. Photo Credit: Kharen Hill / The CW © 2009 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. CREDITS: THE CW

TELEVISION REVIEW: American Idol Top 2 Recap, The Judges Admit it’s Rigged!!

American Idol Top 2 Adam Lambert

Let me start by saying, I’m really digging the commercial for Glee and the new Geico Caveman commercial. Now on to Idol, I’m not going to waste a lot of verbiage tonight but I will say it was a real interesting night. It seemed like Adam knows that he has it in the bag and he’s playing it completely safe tonight.  I will partially take back what I’ve been saying all season, Adam can sing. But in the low ranges, he loses me when goes into the full on screaming/screeching mode.  Each contestant does 3 songs and the script goes about as I expected, only Simon was right in his assessments, I can’t fault him tonight.

  • Adam opens strong with an amazing version of Mad World and knocks it out of the park. He looked fantastic, had the smoke happening and sounded great.  Grade A
  • Adam’s next song was A Change is Going to Come, he did a great job in the low range but lost his way on the high points.  Grade B-
  • The last song was weird, both contestants have to do the same song written by Kara DioGuardi and it was an absolute train wreck. The song is AWFUL, Adam finally left the Judges speechless and not in a good way. Simon had the gall to say HE wasn’t going to Judge Adam on the basis of that Song, but on his performance throughout the season. WTF was that?  Does this mean they are officially saying Idol is fixed, that because Adam blew the song, they are going to rig the vote? They built Kara up all season as this awesome songwriter and that’s what she came up with?  For Adam, The Judges and Especially Kara, an Epic F.

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TELEVISION NEWS: American Idol Top 2 Showdown, Thrilla in Vanilla!

American Idol Top 2 Kris Allen and Adam Lambert

Tonight it all comes to an end; well, other than tomorrow night’s results show. The last Idol showdown and it’s all come down to the understated, no personality, weak voice Kris Allen, to the over the top, gay, Broadway screamer Adam Lambert. My money and everyone’s money is on Lambert moon walking all over the milk toast. But not so fast, the American public may shock us all and give it to Kris because they are tired of the Judges over pimping Adam.

Like I’ve said every week for the last 12 weeks, Adam isn’t good – he CAN’T sing! What he has is CHARISMA; he oozes it. I say give the Judges what they want I really don’t see Adam having a long-term successful pop career. Yes, he’ll be hot the first year, but I can’t imagine that screeching he does will have long-term viability outside of Broadway or Vegas. I can see him becoming really huge in those two forums but as a “Rock Star?” No way. Kris, I don’t know where he goes either or even what type of artist he would be. But despite my criticisms, I admire Kris, this is like the race between the Tortoise and the Hare. Slowly but surely Kris has quietly made it to the top 2 out of nowhere and despite all the odds. You have to admire that.

Of course I’m going to watch tonight, can’t help myself, but I don’t know if I’ll have the energy to do a Re-Cap unless something so over the top bad or good happens. I will predict that at some point tonight, Simon will tell Adam “He just won Idol with that performance,” and no matter what poor schlep Kris does, the Judges won’t’ like it. Well, they’ll try and be even handed and will rave on one Kris performance and slam the other.

TELEVISION REVIEW: 24: Season Seven Recap

24: Season 7

Wow, how did 24 Season 7 end up like this? This was the first season in several years where I was really addicted to 24 and watched it weekly – normally, I’ll either DVR 10 episode blocks or wait for the DVDs but this season was rocking in the beginning until a disturbing pattern formed and that’s the 3 -4 episode arc style of story telling. Every time the show built momentum they caught the bad guy and it was “Oh, I’m just a small fry here…” Then the show introduced new characters and built up all over again, it became a little jarring and disjointed. But I was still hooked.

The show went off the rails around hour 18 when they revealed Tony to really be a bad guy and Jack got dosed with the virus. The show sort of went into free fall from there because then it focused on the President’s daughter who is no Sheri Palmer. She came across as a bush league lightweight, but then again so did President Allison Taylor (Cherry Jones) and her weird “pursed,” lips whenever she was “vexed.”  Almost everything involving the President this season brought things to a halt. Her entire arc was pretty ridiculous but it still somehow worked for me.

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