Recapping Television's Hottest Shows with Monkeys as Critics
A booze-fueled week spells trouble for New Directions as well as Will
Heather Morris and the 'Glee' girls dance
Well, after last week’s “Glee” debacle, I wanted to drink as much as the characters did in this week’s installment, “Blame It on the Alcohol.” This episode sent me back to more tried and true reactions, which left half of me wanting to toast the episode and the other hand feverishly looking for booze to numb the pain. There are times in which I’ve not liked an episode of “Glee” because it was either dull or offensive. Tonight’s episode falls under another category of disappointment, but it’s the best of my personal three. “Alcohol” left me underwhelmed due to the show’s chronic inability to edit itself.
[Recap of Tuesday's (Feb. 22) "Glee" after the break...]
With an Express Pass and an U-Turn up for grabs, 11 favorites return
These two people are Amanda & Kris of 'The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business.' What? You don't recognize them?
I really don't know why this is so hard to understand: "Amazing Race" premiere
s need to be two-hours. Or, at the very least, they need to be 90 minutes.
And I say this every premiere cycle. Or at least I say it in every premiere cycle that doesn't begin with a two-hour "Amazing Race" premiere.
Of course, the reason I say it is because "Amazing Race," unlike "Survivor" or "America's Next Top Model" or most of the shows in the competitive reality universe, has the responsibility to at least vaguely introduce every single competitor in the initial episode. With "Survivor," you can have a castaway pull a Kelly Purple and go the duration of the game doing nothing. But on "Amazing Race" every team is doing the same thing at the same time and while some teams might perform tasks in less interesting ways, they're invariably going to be temporarily spotted in action. So in a premiere, you have to find a way to introduce people and let Your Friendly Neighborhood Bloggers figure out names and quirky nicknames.
"Amazing Race" has found a couple ways to circumvent this issue. The show has periodically cast J-list celebrities, people who are vaguely or plausibly familiar to some portion of the audience, but who aren't distracting enough to dominate the game (for the most part). There have been former Miss Americas, ex-reality show contestants aplenty, YouTube staples, poker stars and writer-actor Mike White, plus a couple other folks who were recognizable for certain viewers with certain points of reference. The other occasional solution utilized by "Amazing Race" and pretty much every other reality show these days: All-Stars!
Maybe that's why Sunday (February 20) night's "Amazing Race: Redemption Island" -- Ooops... "Amazing Race: Unfinished Business" -- premiere was so disappointing. Despite providing me with 11 teams I could easily identify, including at least eight or nine teams I was genuinely pleased to see return, Sunday's premiere *still* left me muttering about the annoyance of not getting a two-hour or 90-minute premiere.
More thoughts on the "Amazing Race: Unfinished Business" premiere after the break...
Will Carmelo Anthony still be a Nugget by the end of the night?
Blake Griffin dunks over a car with an assist from Baron Davis in the 2011 NBA All Star Saturday Night dunk contest.
Credit: AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill
It's pouring rain in Los Angeles, but the NBA is hoping to heat up Staples Center with tonight's NBA All Star festivities. The NFL may be America's game, but at HifFix NBA talk dominates so we thought we'd give some love to the Dunk Contest, the 3-Pt shoot out, the Skills Challenge and, um, the Shoot Out (although we love those WNBA players). Plus, chances are Charles Barkley is gonna say something that will make Commissioner David Stern wince. Let's get started...
Sensing an impending rift between universes, Walter confronts an impossible choice
Joshua Jackson of 'Fringe'
“Fringe” is all about an impending universal collapse, in which Over Here is locked in a war with Over There that neither truly understand. Problem is, “Fringe” is threatening to collapse under a different type of struggle: the struggle between the show’s sci-fi strains and its increasingly melodramatic ones. It’s not as if the show has been devoid of emotional elements: indeed, the core family at the heart of the show (The Bishops, Olivia, Astrid) have given it a special place in the post-“Lost” pantheon of genre shows. But there’s a difference between having a beating heart at the center of a fantastical story and explaining away intergalactic vortexes away through the power of THE HUMAN HEART, as evidenced tonight in “6B.” One makes me happy. The other makes me slightly queasy.
Damon takes on an Original but gets more than he bargained for
Paul Wesley and corpse of 'The Vampire Diaries'
Credit: The CW
So, it’s Elijah killing season! Or at least, that’s what Damon is hoping. He’s got his dagger, he’s got his Elijah hunting license, he’s got a few pints of Andie’s blood in his system, he’s ready to go. But will that wascally dagger do the trick?
[Full recap of Thursday's (Feb. 17) "Vampire Diaries" after the break...
After last night's groups, the contestants face The Rooms of Doom
An 'American Idol' hopeful
To give "American Idol" a little credit, Wednesday night's epic two-hour Group Day episode definitely introduced us to some new people, several of whom might possibly have seemed talented. Unfortunately, because I hadn't met them before and because their names whizzed by in a matter of seconds, I probably didn't retain their names.
Hopefully Thursday's (February 17) blissfully short "Idol" episode will reintroduce a few of them until they stick in my head.
Click through for the full recap...
A classic Tribal Council gets the new season off to a strong start
Phillip of 'Survivor: Redemption Island'
Pre-credit sequence. Welcome to Nicaragua, boys and girls. It seems like only days ago that we handed Fabio his well-deserved default million bucks. And now we're back! We quickly meet software CEO Phillip, who tells us that in a past life, he was a federal agent. He thinks that's meaningful, so we nod politely and move on to Matt, who seems like a Fabio wannabe until he says that he's all trying to become more like his Savior. I assume he means Jesus, but I hold out hope that he's talking about Fabio. And then there's Ralph. "We ain't never had a dumbass win the game, have we?" asks self-described redneck Ralph. Well that's a fun trio.
Elmo compares one chefâ€™s food to cow flop and another gets shaken loose
'Top Chef' guest judges Telly, Cookie Monster and Elmo
I am so glad it’s time for another edition of “Top Chef,” because I’ve had the “Beef Tongue” song on a loop in my head for the last seven days and I’m hoping this episode will force it out once and for all. As long as it isn’t replaced by Fabio repeating the word “hambooger” over and over again, I’ll be happy.
[Full recap of Wednesday's (Feb. 16) "Top Chef" after the break...]
It's time for Group Singing, always a Hollywood Week highlight
A group sings on Wednesday's 'American Idol'
It's time for our second "American Idol" episode from Hollywood Week.
Last Thursday, we re-met all of the same people we met in the audition rounds.
Will Wednesday's (Feb. 15) episode showcase some fresh faces? Click through to find out...
Reeling from The Cheerios' defeat, Sue takes desperate measures to regain her mojo
Chord Overstreet of 'Glee'
Credit: Adam Rose/FOX
Is it really a surprise that this week’s “Glee” was a pale imitation of the great one that aired at roughly the same time last week? Of course not. “Glee” isn’t written so much as concocted by a few writers that approach the show in much the same way that amateur cooks would in creating a new stew on a weekly basis. The basic ingredients that go into said stew might not be bad on their own. Some of them might even be pretty tasty. But there’s no thought process about how those ingredients go together. Occasionally, the mix produces brilliant results. But since these would-be Iron Chefs didn’t bother to write down the recipe that produced a winning meal, they are unable to replicate the process after tasting success.
[Full recap of Tuesday's (Feb. 15) "Glee" after the break...]