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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Summertime TV Watching

Used to be, by Memorial Day you could pack up your TV, head outside, remember what the sun felt like on your face and work on losing all the weight you put on during the winter ... or, if you were like me, you could perfect your video game playing indoors, in the air-conditioning and work on maintaining a healthy "husky" fitness level.

Now though, the rise of original programming on basic cable has made all of TV land a playground of enjoyable, mindless television watching fit for all seasons. In that spirit, I will be following, and blogging (some), the following Summertime guilty pleasures: The Bachelorette, So You Think You Can Dance (which, yes, I think I can), Covert Affairs, Burn Notice, Warehouse 13 and maybe, maybe Big Brother (depends on how drunk I can get before airtime).

Any other shows airing this summer that you're interested in? Leave a comment and we'll see what we can do. On My DVR never sleeps and never vacations, we just keep on staring at the glowing box.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Biggest Loser: Brett and Cara Who?

So, I admit it, I didn't watch a single episode of Biggest Loser this season. I had been a faithful watcher ever since Season 7 (that was the one with Tara, right?). Anyway, I read some recaps this season, and while I had no idea what the contestants looked like, I certainly read plenty about their personalities, how much weight they lost and how they interacted with their trainers. So, last night, because there was nothing else on (and I was waiting until Glee was over to watch it on my DVR), I tuned into the Live Finale. As always, it was too long and mostly boring. The women overall were amazing, especially the 3 finalists. The sisters, Hannah and Olivia, looked amazing, although Deni, who won the at home prize, reminded me a little of how Rebecca looked in the finale of Season 8 - skeleton like. I get the thinking. Starve yourself, win the $100,000 at home prize, and then go back to looking normal again. I don't know if they'll show Deni in a Where Are They Now special down the road, but I'm guess she'll look better then she did last night. Anyway, getting to the point of this post, they announced last night that Anna Kournikova was going to be the new trainer. So, please tell me, what was the point of bringing in Brett and Cara for this season? After everything I read about the show, I am very glad that they will not be continuing as trainers. I wonder if she's a good choice? Anna strikes me as nice, a bit like Bob. Is she capable of opening up a can of whoop-ass on the contestants like Jillian or is Bob going to try to be a little meaner next season (think Rnady Jackson trying to be mean like Simon Cowell - which I don't think worked very well). Somehow, I don't see a vein popping out of her forehead when she gets frustrated.

Either way, I will consider this season that just ended to be a blip on my radar and I'll resume watching in September and keeping you posted (hopefully there will be a "you" by then), when the show goes back to its normal, two-trainer arrangement.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Bachelorette: The One Where Ashley Gets Punk'd

15 minutes into watching last night's premiere episode of The Bachelorette and I was dying to get to the credits to confirm that Ashton Kutcher was an executive producer and that newest Bachelorette, Ashley, was getting Punk'd. Otherwise, who in the hell did she piss off at ABC to deserve this cast of rejects, losers, evil masterminds and possible homicidal maniacs. Oh, and the guy with the mask fetish.

Of course, this will be her problem to deal with week to week with but my joy to watch. I will tell you truthfully that I am sad to see that both the creepy butcher and the alcoholic narcoleptic were sent home so early.

So who is your early frontrunner? I have to give some love to Jeff (a/k/a the Mask Guy) for no other reason than his sheer dedication to the schtick.

Check back soon for a full rundown of the mentestants, the early drama and the rules for the "Ashley cries, everyone drink," drinking game.