Project Runway for season 8 returns with Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Michael Kors and guest judge Selma Blair

Project Runway for season 8 returns with Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Michael Kors and guest judge Selma Blair.

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Recap: 'Project Runway' - Season 8 premiere

“Runway” is back with an extra half hour and a grueling intro challenge

Oh ma God, “Project Runway” is back, and not a moment too soon! I don’t know about you, but my life is just a little emptier without Tim Gunn cradling his chin and ordering shaky designers to make it work. I briefly contemplated buying some Liz Claiborne separates just to get my Tim fix, and then I got past it, in part because the brand is moving to JCPenney in August and it’s not really in stores right now, unless you count Liz Claiborne New York, which is only available on QVC, and I don’t shop QVC because it tends to make me fall asleep. Probably because it only ever occurs to me to watch it when I have insomnia at three in the morning. Anyway, I got over it, and now he’s back with Michael, Nina and Heidi and really, life is good again.

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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 - Two dancers head home

A favorite ends up in the bottom three – and two dancers go home

So it’s time for a “SYTYCD” first, in that their sending home two people at once. Which isn’t a first I’d get all excited about, but I guess Fox needs to work an angle, so we need to hear this little factoid over and over again until, presumably, this becomes a Can’t Miss episode and we stand over a water cooler discussing it with co-workers. To which I say, if you’re not already that committed, a double elimination isn’t going to send you over the edge. But let’s move on, because, well, it’s a very special episode, isn’t it?


[Full recap of Thursday's (July 29) "So You Think You Can Dance" results show after the break...]
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<p>Lauren of 'So You Think You Can Dance'</p>

Lauren of 'So You Think You Can Dance'

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

The competition gets tougher – and yet another dancer is injured

I love this. Cat announces that, miracle of miracles, no one is injured tonight! And promptly tells us all the dancers will be hoofing it three times each this evening. Gosh, how did all of those dancers get injured before? It couldn’t have been overuse, could it? Hmm, it’s all a mystery! Seriously, find a musical act for Wednesdays, producers, before we have some serious bone breakage.  

Ballroom expert Toni Redpath will be joining the judges. As I recall, she gives good notes, so she’s a nice addition to the team. Really, anyone who actually knows dance and isn’t Ellen DeGeneres is pretty ducky. I guess this is another way to fill time on the show, but for once it’s a filler that makes sense. 
[Full recap of Wednesday's (July 28) "So You Think You Can Dance" after the break...]
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<p>Kathy of 'Big Brother'</p>

Kathy of 'Big Brother'

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Wednesday: Will we get another veto save?

The POV competition takes a twist the brigade doesn’t predict

Oh, boy. Another day with Matt HOH is just like bamboo under the fingernails, if you ask me, but there is a dim light at the end of the tunnel, as it’s time for the POV. The light is dim, of course, because the likelihood or Rachel or Brendon not only competing in the contest but winning is pretty slim, and the annoying “brigade” seems to have pretty much everyone under their thumbs, so if someone else wins the likelihood of Rachel or Brendon getting backdoored is pretty good. Matt may not be as smart as he thinks, but he’s clearly smart enough to be controlling the game in the short run, and that’s just a drag when there’s no one I’d like to see get a good old fashioned humbling than him.


[Full recap of Wednesday's (July 28) "Big Brother" after the break...]
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<p>Carrie Preston of 'True Blood'</p>

Carrie Preston of 'True Blood'

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Recap: 'True Blood' - 'I Got a Right to Sing the Blues'

Tara gets aggressive, Bill gets tortured and the Vampire King shares his plan

Welcome to this very special recap of "True Blood’s" season three, episode six -- powered by the blue electricity from Sookie Stackhouse’s Southern workin’ girl hands.

[Full recap of Sunday's (July 25) "True Blood" after the break...]

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

Matt of 'Big Brother'

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

The new HOH makes surprise nominations – but are they a huge mistake?

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.

[Full recap of Sunday's (July 25) "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 - A 'SYTYCD' First

The judges’ 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...]

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<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 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.
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.
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.
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 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’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.
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!
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.  
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.
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?


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<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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