Time to check on the hamsters! I really wish the producers would buy the house a giant Zorb so we could actually see our hamsters rolling around in an actual hamster ball, but maybe next season. Still, goodness knows this season could use an injection of fun, because already this is looking like a long, joyless walk as four smug guys waltz into the final four. I miss the saboteur already.
The new HOH makes surprise nominations â€“ but are they a huge mistake?
The judgesâ€™ final decision is a first in 'SYTYCD' history
Egads, it’s Thursday, which means someone’s going home on “SYTYCD,” waah. Although it’s nice to see Kenny Ortega again, who really has done amazing things for dance in his career, even if now he just looks like a big, stuffy business man pulled from the cast of “Mad Men.” I will give “SYTYCD” props for actually having guest hosts who, with the exception of Ellen Degeneres back in the day, actually know dance and can comment intelligently on what we see. Don’t get me wrong, Ellen was fun, but I’ll take fewer jokes and more pointed commentary any day.
[Recap of Thursday's (July 22) "So You Think You Can Dance" recaps after the break...]
Rachel outs a liar to the house, but will he get the boot?
Oh, I have a bad feeling about tonight. Although it would be great if Matt got the boot, and I have no love for Monet, I suspect the dork brigade is going to be just fine and, after tonight, will be in prime position to bulldoze its way to the final four. Unless there’s a twist. Or Matt’s wife’s fake leg disease is outed. Ah, that would be good. Fingers crossed we get some good old fashioned “BB” drama and backstabbing! Yes, this show is one step down for human evolution and compassion, but it’s just so fun, isn’t it?
The boys rise again â€“ but yet another dancer is injured
Eeek, we’re down to our final six for this very special 150th episode of “SYTYCD.” Or, as I see it, our final five and one girl. Really, how weird is this? No offense to the boys, but a sausage fest isn’t what I was hoping for at this point in the competition. Fingers crossed there won’t be any more injuries, because I’m starting to think the way season seven is really distinguishing itself is as being the most harmful to dancers, and that’s kind of a drag.
Rachel struggles as HOH â€“ and nominates a volunteer pawn for the block
So, where were we? Oh yes, the HOH has nominated Monet and Britney for the block. Monet’s initial reaction is to punch Rachel in the face. But she doesn’t, and an opportunity for great lowbrow TV catfighting is lost. Waah!
Jason meets a mystery girl, Lafayette has a date, Eric has a flashback and Franklin is bonkers
As we open on "True Blood" episode five, poor Tara has been dragged to the mansion of the Roy Orbison Vampire King of Mississippi and is being inspected by the King’s minions. Tara is ruled to be “spicy,” which does not impress her. She’s even less amused when Vampire Bill arrives back at the mansion with Lorena and the King, the three of them covered in blood from their takeout mission. Franklin, he of the Woebegone Undead Eyes, has sort of claimed Tara as “mine,” which I guess means she is not to be eaten. Franklin does say he has a present for the king, but it doesn’t appear to be Tara. Poor Tara, meanwhile, begs Vampire Bill for help -- he could at least bite through the ropes binding her, you know, for dessert, but he refuses.
[Full recap of Sunday's (July 18) "True Blood" after the break...]
The mean girls may be in trouble, but itâ€™s Rachel whoâ€™s blown it
You know, I can’t say I’m 100 percent behind chemistry geeks Brendon and Rachel, but I do find it intensely amusing that Rachel being HOH completely screws with the Brigade’s nefarious little plans. Of course, that doesn’t mean the happy couple doesn’t have enormous targets on their backs and could still find themselves in dire straits with just one little twist of Julie Chen’s finger, but for the time being, they have the brigade/junior mafia/hopeless narcissists on the ropes, and I’m going to enjoy every minute.
[Full recap of Sunday's (July 18) "Big Brother" after the break...]
A new face is in the bottom three â€“ but will he go home?
So, boo, hiss, it’s Thursday. And, yes, someone is going home, and it’s sad and painful and just takes us one step closer to the end of the season. Plus, it makes Cat sad, and really, who wants that? But the good news is, we kick things off with a Broadway opening number! So, really, all is forgiven. I’m always glad to see Broadway if for no other reason than the Great White Way is probably where most of the “SYTYCD” alums are going to find regular work, so why not give them all the practice they can get? It’s a Toasty Oreo number (and yes, I know his name is Tyce Diorio, people, come on, and I don’t care if other bloggers call him Tasty, either) and all kinds of fun, have to say.
[Full recap of Thursday's (July 15) "So You Think You Can Dance" after the break...]
Hmm, I don’t think I saw Ashley in the opening number (I’m watching on a tiny, tiny computer screen with poor resolution, so maybe someone else can say yeah or nay on this point more definitively), which makes me wonder if we’re going to be hoodwinked the way we were when Alex left the show – God knows we couldn’t possibly reveal an injured dancer is going home without torturing two other contestants into dancing for their lives.
Who is The Saboteur? Who went home? And did Julie Chen cover her shoulders?
There's a hefty agenda on tap for Thursday's (July 15) "Big Brother." Somebody's going home! We're going to discover the identity of The Saboteur! Maybe we'll be told which hamsters have been friends for years? But mostly, we're going to fill an hour of kinda live TV with Julie Chen and banter.
Click through for all of the fun, done in the minute-to-minute style that makes "American Idol" results shows tolerable for me all spring...
Nigel says he sees a new frontrunner â€“ but is he right?
It’s the Top Seven. Yay. Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m still unreasonably sad that Alex is gone. I know, I know, get over it, but still, it’s just depressing. I’m wondering who all the Alex loyalists are throwing their vote behind, too. It really could be anyone given that there’s such a strong batch of dancers this season. Yikes, Cat has announced another contestant has been injured – Ashley. What the hell? Drink more milk, kids, and remember to stretch!