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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!
Monday, Alex had surgery and is still in the hospital. And he sent a little video of himself in his hospital bed, because he hopes to see everyone soon. I do hope he comes back for a third season, although I have to wonder if that’s really in his best interest.
Anyway, time to see our line-up!
[Full recap of Wednesday's (July 14) "So You Think You Can Dance" after the break...]
The POV competition gets one nominee off the block â€“ but not the alliance
So, Rachel and Brendon are on the chopping block. And there’s a saboteur loose in the house. Oh, and Annie has a target on her back for having gotten buddy-buddy with Rachel and Brandon, even if she did make gagging noises while they geek-flirted with one another. And Kathy and Andrew are either savvy manipulators or incredibly sucky game players. Well, can’t say this season of “BB” is off to a slow start or anything.
[Full recap of Wednesday's (July 14) "Big Brother" after the break...]
Things get darker with Bill and the Vampire King, while Sookie and Alcide bond
OK, as we open on the fourth episode of "True Blood" Season Three, we’re definitely Team Werewolf. Alcide the hot werewolf is shirtless and letting Sookie mop up his wounds. She’s also pumping Alcide for information about his love life, but that’s fine, as long as it keeps the scene going and, ergo, provides us with a lingering view of Alcide’s hot abs. Team. Werewolf.
Oh, bye bye, Alcide. There he goes. Sookie is getting phone dumped by Vampire Bill and has to walk away from Alcide’s frame so she can argue and cry. From his new player mansion in Mississippi, Bill is telling Sookie that he’s once again taken up with his maker, Lorena, and that “we f***ed like only two vampires can.” Oh, and also, “I am death.”
[Full recap of Sunday's (July 11) "True Blood" after the break...]
The first nominees are put on the block â€“ but are they the right ones?
So, last we saw our latest batch of hamsters, they were going all kinds of “Lord of the Flies” on one another, as Julie had revealed the presence of the saboteur. I was talking about this with a friend of mine, and he brought up the very valid point that “BB” blew it by revealing the saboteur twist this early in the season, as now everyone is too paranoid to form alliances and may actually isolate themselves in order to wallow in their growing paranoia. And we know that’s always good TV, people locked in a house staring suspiciously at one another in nervous silence.
[Full recap of Sunday's "Big Brother" after the break...]
Would bad dancing or bad health doom the latest 'SYTYCD' contestant?
Oooh, this is a nerve wracking episode. We kick things off with a heavenly (literally) Mia Michaels routine with all the dancers floating around on little puffy clouds, then Nigel gets to prattle on about Emmy nominations, Adam gets excited about getting nominated for the Oscars, and finally Nigel gets excited about National Dance Day. But can we really focus on any of this when we’ve got an injured front runner and two other dancers about to join him in the bottom three? Seriously, this is not good for my heart.
[Full recap of Thursday's "So You Think You Can Dance" results after the break...]
'Big Brother' is back â€“- but with a devious twist
Some people call “Big Brother” one of the impending signs of Armageddon and the nadir of reality television schlock, but I call it a little slice of heaven. Really, the only thing that could make it better is a devious, underhanded twist. Or a fatality. And guess what? We get one this season! I mean, a twist. Yes, a saboteur, so it’s basically “The Mole” meets “BB” so, good times.
[Full recap of Thursday (July 8) night's "Big Brother" after the break...]
Mia gets booed for her comments â€“ but are the judges using a double standard?
So, the new twist in tonight’s episode is that everyone is dancing once with an all-star, then later with a competitor. Which should be interesting, given that there are only two girls left, which must be making the guy all-stars completely ticked off. But none of that matters, because Alex is injured! Nigel says at best, he’s off this week, but at worst, it could be a ruptured Achilles tendon, which would definitely mean his time is up. And there he is in the audience, getting a little weepy, and this is just awful. For him to be such a front runner, then get the boot from the show for reasons that have nothing to do with his dancing for the SECOND time, egads, that’s rotten, rotten luck.
Anyway, let’s move on with the dancing.
[Full recap of Wednesday's (July 7) "So You Think You Can Dance" after the break...]
The judges say the worst dancer isnâ€™t going home this week
Oh, yay, elimination night. It seems like a forgone conclusion that Melinda and her tap shoes are shuffling out the door, but we still have to sit through an hour of false tension and filler segments, so let the games begin!
[Full recap of Thursday's (July 1) "So You Think You Can Dance" after the break...]