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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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TELEVISION NEWS: Gossip Girl Spinoff Dead, Lost Questions Answered, and Dollhouse Tanks

Gossip Girl

Our blog partners, the fine folks at TV.com  have a couple of interesting stories going on over at their site today including a look at The Dollhouse ratings tanking. The show ain’t coming back folks.  Check it out here. I don’t watch Lost but the TV.com folks try and answer the 10 questions that are still linguring from the show, here.  And they have this to say about the new Gossip Girl spinoff.

While a new Melrose and The Vampire Diaries are chugging along quite smoothly, Deadline Hollywood is reporting that the ballyhooed Gossip Girl spinoff, featuring a young Lily van der Woodsen (née Rhodes) tromping around 1980s Los Angeles, is “done” as in dead. “Put a fork in it,” said author Nikki Finke, a proven source of inside information.

Whoa, what!? This was a shoo-in for the fall schedule and now it’s done? E! Online has another side of the story, with insiders saying that “nothing is dead,” and everything is still in the race. However, that sounds more like PR spin than any actual scoop. For the record, the CW’s official statement on the situation is “No comment.” Read the full story.

TELEVISION NEWS: Finally someone Shows Class in the Mrs. Universe Mess

Shanna Moakler

Ok I’ve avoided commenting on the whole Miss Universe controversy because frankly I don’t care. But the crap is all over the place and it’s impossible to avoid. First of all anyone who thinks Donald Trump was going to strip that lying ditz Carrie Prejean of her crown was smoking drugs. Trump doesn’t care about honesty or integrity he only cares about himself and controversy sells, when was the last time a stupid Beauty Pagent generated any kind of publicity?  What I don’t understand is how this ditz (I’m trying hard to avoid profanity) can justify being a jesus freak while lying everytime she opens her brainless mouth. She was on the Today show this morning or yesterday claiming she didn’t take the Nude photos, it was a “wardrobe malfunction,” yeah, right. I hate people like this which is why I rarely do any celebrity coverage at Eclipse. But she won’t go away.  Anyway, finally today, someone does a classy thing – the California Pagent Co-Director, Shanna Moakler stepped down today saying,

“Since the press conference yesterday, I had a chance to think about what has taken place, and I feel that at this time it is in my best interest to resign from the Miss California USA organization,” Moakler said in a statement this morning.

“I cannot with a clear conscious move forward supporting and promoting the Miss Universe Organization when I no longer believe in it, or the contracts I signed committing myself as a youth.”  In my book that’s called class and following the courage of your convictions.

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

CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT: Win our Exclusive Battlestar Galactica Zune!!

Win a Battlestar Galactica Zune1

Our new buds over at Microsoft have given us something really cool to giveaway – An Exclusive Battlestar Galactica branded 16 Gig Zune!  This Zune is a pretty sweet little device.  I find that I’m liking the Zune software more and more. Originally it was just so different than iTunes – which I really don’t like, just tolerate it because it’s cohesive and easy to use.  The audio quality on this Zune blows away my iPod Touch and iPhone, the base on it is pretty thumping. I would actually switch to a Zune in a heartbeat if I wasn’t already so locked into the iTunes/iPod/iPhone ecosystem.

Win a Battlestar Galactica Zune

This exclusive Zune comes with ½ of Season 3 and the full final season of Galactica that’s 30 Episodes of Galactica on one little device. You also get one free month of access to the Zune Music Subscription service that will let you download almost 2 million songs for “free,” the service is $15 a month after your free trial.  Contrary to popular belief, as the picture shows below, you can run the Zune on a Mac using Parallels.

Contest Rules

  • Contest is simple the contest period will go from May 12, 2009 to June 12, 2009.  Leave a comment about
  • BSG, Music, or why you would want a Zune.

On June 12, 2009 I will select 1 winner at random to receive it.

I would really like to get a minimum of 50 comments (real comments, no spam. Only 1 of your comments will count) before giving it away otherwise I may put it back in the Prize vault.  Many of you Non-DC area readers constantly complain about us only having DC Related contests, well here’s your chance to participate.

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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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Hollywood Insider: Bringing Forte’tude to Star Trek- An Exclusive Interview with Actress Marlene Forte

Marlene Chair

Marlene Forte is living proof that success stories can happen to those who put their hearts, minds and fortitude into making them happen. Forte, a Cuban American immigrant, former teenaged mom and self-made business entrepreneur who spent six solid successful years as a video store owner, has turned herself into the female version of a Quentin Tarantino, with an encyclopedic knowledge of films, directors and actors. Both her impressive acting portfolio and her one of a kind story have positioned her as a creative voice and force certainly to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry.

With her current TV role as Rosie Hernandez in Tyler Perry’s TBS Sitcom ‘House of Payne’ and her upcoming big screen part in ‘Star Trek XI’, Marlene is living proof that it’s never too late to follow your calling, and her fiery Latin heritage doesn’t even begin to capture the extent of her resilience!

Forte is one of those rare talents whose dedication continues to set a standard in Hollywood. With each character and role she takes on, Marlene Forte is refining a formula of proving Hollywood wrong by continually breaking through Hollywood’s stereotypes and carving a niche for the Latino community and tearing down the walls of “ethnic minorities”.

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