<p>Matt of 'Big Brother'</p>

Matt of 'Big Brother'

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday - Who went home?

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?

 
[Full recap of Thursday's "Big Brother" after the break...]
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<p>Billy Bell of 'So You Think You Can Dance'</p>

Billy Bell of 'So You Think You Can Dance'

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Recap: 'So You Think You Can Dance' Performances - The Top 6

The boys rise again – 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.

Oh, wait, I spoke too soon. Uncross your fingers, Billy is injured. You’ve got to be kidding me. I’m almost wondering if the show needs to take a break so everyone can heal for two weeks, because this is getting to be ridiculous. If we actually lose three dancers in the top ten to injuries, well, whoever wins is going to feel like they got the title by default. I mean, yes, injuries are common in any athletic pursuit, but this is just a bit too much.
 
Anyway, let’s just get to the competition before anyone else hurts themselves.
 
[Recap of Wednesday's (July 21) "So You Think You Can Dance" performances after the break...]
 
 

Lauren

 

 

 

Lauren dances with Twitch. It’s kind of a cowboy/hip-hop thing, and it’s pretty damn good. The routine is more of a slow, giddy-up kind of thing, so it doesn’t have the fire of Alex’s memorable routine, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t great in its own way. I’m rooting for Lauren, in part because, crap, she’s THE ONLY GIRL LEFT.
 
Adam says she’s not who she was in Vegas, because she tore it up. She was lost in the music, which is a good thing. Mia thought she went hard. Kenny Ortega is here (director of “High School Musical” and Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” tour movie and choreographer for everything important of the last twenty or so years), and he just wants to say he’s a fan of the show. Kenny, give Lauren notes! Or a job! Stop talking about the show! Aack! He says Lauren has the energy to power Los Angeles.
 
Apparently, Slingbox doesn’t like it when I yell at Kenny Ortega, and it promptly takes a crap on me.
 
 
Jose
Okay, hopefully I didn’t miss anything important, but we’re on to Jose. He’s going to be dancing with Allison to a Sonya Tayeh routine. Jose feels chemistry, and Allison melts when she looks at him. Everyone has a crush on everyone else, it seems. Dancers are quite the little hormonal horndogs, aren’t they?
 
Sigh. Jose looks like he’s in rehearsal. You know, that “I know the moves, I’m just going through them so I don’t pull anything” kind of look. If there’s chemistry here, I’m not feeling it. Although I love the routine. Allison is emoting enough for the two of them. But it just isn’t wowing me. Or, more specifically, Jose isn’t.
 
Adam says to Allison the cat’s out of the bag about her crush, so he hopes she doesn’t get KNIFED LATER. WTF? Adam, what, you’re insinuating Jose’s girl is a gang member? What? Would you say that to Kent or Billy? Ugh. And wasn’t Jose drooling all over all-star Lauren a while ago? Anyway, Adam thought his character was perfect, but he wasn’t dancing much. Although what he did do was perfect. Um, okay. Mia says it was pedestrian contemporary, which is about all Jose can do, but it was great. Kenny thought he was there for Allison. Lots of love for Jose. Nigel thought it was great that Sonya covered up Jose’s weaknesses. Great. Seriously, can we stop sugar coating it for Jose? Adam has no problem suggesting his girlfriend is a knife-wielding psycho, but God forbid any of the judges point out that Jose is just not that good.
 
 
Robert
He’s dancing with Lauren for a Toasty jazz routine. Lauren and Robert need to fall for one another. They’re fine with that. Because, as we previously discussed, dancers are horndogs. Apparently.
 
I like this, and I think Robert’s strong in the routine. Is it outstanding, though? Not really, but it’s solid. I know everyone’s kind of sick of the storytelling in the dances, but I do see how that makes them stick in your memory.
 
Adam thought they were smoking. He thinks Robert’s amazing. But he needs to watch his hands. Mia loves that it was just a strong, clean jazz piece. She thought it showed Robert was a solid dancer. But Robert needs to watch his head bobbing. See, judges? This is how you’re supposed to judge! Compliments, fair criticism and helpful hints! Kenny thought it showed Robert was grounded. Nigel thinks Robert’s legs are fine, so he can lose the head jerk. I do think Robert is improving – but let’s note, the judges give him pointers. Maybe Jose just  has too far to climb to benefit from pointers, but I feel like the judges aren’t even trying with him.
 
 
Adechike
First, a message from his mom. Everyone’s getting a message from the parents this week. Adechike’s mom loves him, and he should go for it. Yeah, this isn’t a whole lot of insight, but I suppose it’s meant to thaw voters’ hearts or something. Anyway, time for his solo.
 
I have now officially heard Maxwell’s cover of this song one time too many. But Adechike does a
great job of showing off his amazing leaps. The guy is a whole hella lotta graceful. And athletic.
 
 
Kent
Kent is dancing with Kathryn. And he’s so excited! It’s a jazz number by Sonya. Who is apparently very loud.
 
This is cute. Kent seems to be having a great time. Maybe too good of a time. He’s got Broadway face. But he can dance circles around pretty much anyone, so who cares? At least he looks like he’s having fun. This is at least suited to his strengths.
 
Adam says Kent makes the show more special. He loved the handspring. Mia says his animated expression makes the routine almost juvenile. Kenny says he’s a young Gene Kelly and the guy to beat. Nigel thinks Kent has almost outdanced the all-stars, which is a big compliment.
 
 
Robert
 
Robert’s mom says he takes life as a journey. His dad calls him the man. His parents love him. I’m sure they do, but what else are you supposed to say? I’d pay money to see some parents say, eh, we wanted to give him or her away but we couldn’t find any takers.
 
The shame of Robert’s solo is it feels like it’s just getting going when, blip, it’s over. It’s Robert’s birthday today, btw, so we should all throw him a vote, just to be nice.
 
 
Lauren
Her mom thinks she’s very mature for her age. Her dad thinks she’s a great kid.
 
Lauren is a fierce dancer, even if she is wearing a sort of Tarzan and Jane castoff. C’mon, Lauren, stay in it for the girls!
 
 
Adechike
He’ll be dancing with Comfort in a NappyTabs number. It’s a rocky relationship story. The only thing that concerns me is that it’s Comfort’s story, not Adechike’s. Hmm.
 
I’m sorry, but Cat’s dress tonight looks like it was made out of a torn-up curtain from a Victoria’s Secret display. By a drunk guy with a stapler. But her hair looks nice.
 
Comfort slaps Adechike in the dance, and they both look like they’re crying. Considering Adechike was a big blank just a few weeks ago, this is pretty amazing. He’s fierce, he’s angry, he’s seductive and he’s pretty good at this whole hip-hop thing. Great routine, great emotion.
 
Adam felt like it was watching a movie. He thinks it’s amazing for a contemporary dancer to succeed so well at hip-hop. Mia thought it felt real and that it was unbelievable. Kenny thinks it’s like what we’d see if Wesley Snipes could dance. Nigel felt it moved to another level. Nigel thinks he’s shown real honesty.  
 
 
Jose
His mom is as proud as a parent can be. Jose’s dad says, what more prouder can he be? I honestly don’t know how to answer that not-really-a-question, Jose’s dad.
 
Jose isn’t using his ten seconds all that wisely, I’ve got to say. Lots of arm flapping and not a lot of real breaking. But he is smiling and looking happy, and that’s all the judges ever want to see from him anyway.
 
 
Kent
His dad thinks he’s an upstanding young man. His mom and dad are very proud of him. Aw, shucks.
 
Kent’s solo is, of course, very good. And the audience breaks out into tween shrieks of joy. They do that pretty much any time he appears, of course, but if he dances a bit, it really gets them fired up.
 
 
Robert and Lauren
Time for contestant couples! They’re dancing a samba by Dmitry Chaplin. Who looks like he could be Robert’s older brother. And, according to Robert, Lauren’s butt is a lethal weapon.
 
These two are pretty damn hot together. It’s hard to believe that Lauren used to get creamed for being too athletic and not sexy enough.
 
Adam loved Robert’s lines and felt Lauren’s retractions and footwork were unbelievable. Mia thought Robert looked like a samba dancer. But thinks Lauren plies too much. Kenny thought Robert got two out of two tonight. And says nothing about Lauren. Nigel likes their parents. And he likes Robert’s upper body. He thought Lauren made great contact with the audience and with Robert, though technically, not all there.
 
 
Adechike and Jose
They’re so excited, because they’re like brothers. Which is a good thing, because they’re doing a paso doble. Choreographed by Dmitry Chaplin and Legacy. This should be interesting.
 
I’m not sure if having them both dance with their shirts off was a great idea, because at the beginning it feels a bit like a West Hollywood Halloween parade kind of thing. It’s pretty good, though not great. There are some bungled kicks and tosses that were hard to overlook, though they get props for looking relatively fierce. If I had to pick a winner, though, Adechike looked a little smoother and more confident, except for the time Jose almost dropped him. Which would do a number on your confidence, I’m sure.
 
Adam loves that the guys were committed. He tells Jose to stretch his legs and feet and tells Adechike he needs more release. Mia thought it was okay but felt the legs were flailing, even though the commitment was there. Kenny felt it was a valiant effort. Nigel thinks they needed to work on their carriage.
 
 
Kent and... Billy?
They’ll be doing stepping with Chuck Maldonado. Billy is injured, of course, so Twitch is stepping (ha, punny) in.
 
Okay, this is one of the few times when I feel like Kent’s moves just aren’t measuring up. There is some white boy chest and leg slapping that looks mighty effeminate here. It might have been better if Billy had been his partner, just because Twitch clearly has a better feel for the genre than Kent does.
 
Adam is thrilled with all the new and exciting dance styles. And he wants to thank Kent for kicking ass? Did he actually watch this routine? He SO did not kill this. Mia thought it was disgusting and gross and loved it. What? Kenny brought stepping to the Olympic ceremonies, so he should be a good critic. But he thinks it was awesome, too. Nigel then points out this isn’t the first time stepping has been on the show. Ooh, burn! But he liked it. Maybe everyone was so fixated on the footwork that they didn’t notice that Kent’s upper body looked like that ridiculously awful guy slap fight in “Bridget Jones’ Diary.”
 
 
So, we may be down to five before tomorrow night’s show even starts, thanks to Billy’s injury. Although I’m still sad that Anthony Burrell (remember he of the pulled thigh muscle?) didn’t make the cut for this season, I’m starting to think that was a small mercy, given that the dancers are dropping like flies and he was already injured. Makes you wonder, though, if the judges knew something we didn’t about how physically stressful season seven was going to be. Hmmmm…
 
Do you think Billy will be able to rejoin the competition? Why do you think so many dancers are being injured? And who do you want to see win?
 

 

<p>Andrew of 'Big Brother'</p>

Andrew of 'Big Brother'

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Wednesday: Another Veto Save

Rachel struggles as HOH – 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!

[Full recap of Wednesday's (July 21) "Big Brother" after the break...]
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<p>James Frain of 'True Blood'</p>

James Frain of 'True Blood'

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Recap: 'True Blood' - 'Trouble'

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...]

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<p>Britney of 'Big Brother'</p>

Britney of 'Big Brother'

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Sunday - Rachel's nominations

The mean girls may be in trouble, but it’s Rachel who’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...]

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<p>Jose of 'So You Think You Can Dance'</p>

Jose of 'So You Think You Can Dance'

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Recap: 'So You Think You Can Dance' Results - Down to 6

A new face is in the bottom three – 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.

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<p>Brendon of 'Big Brother'</p>

Brendon of 'Big Brother'

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday - Who is The Saboteur?

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...

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<p>Kent of 'So You Think You Can Dance'</p>

Kent of 'So You Think You Can Dance'

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Recap: 'So You Think You Can Dance' Performances - The Top 7

Nigel says he sees a new frontrunner – 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...]
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<p>Rachel of 'Big Brother'</p>

Rachel of 'Big Brother'

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Season 12- Wednesday Premiere

The POV competition gets one nominee off the block – 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...] 

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<p>Brit Morgan of 'True Blood'&nbsp;</p>

Brit Morgan of 'True Blood' 

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Recap: 'True Blood' - '9 Crimes'

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.”

Thanks, man.

[Full recap of Sunday's (July 11) "True Blood" after the break...]

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