Inside TV and Pop Culture with Liane Bonin Starr
Grace is getting a little sick of her brother Nate's complaining
Brothers and sisters don't always get along, but on the new episode of "Mob Doctor" (Fox, Mondays at 9:00 p.m.; episodes also available on iTunes, Hulu and Fox on Demand for free), we see one pair who have slightly weightier problems than who ate the last Pop-Tart.
Dr. Grace Devlin (Jordana Spiro) is a promising surgeon who finds herself pulling bullets out of mobsters to pay off the dangerous debt of her brother Nate (Jesse Lee Soffer). In this clip, Grace puts Nate squarely in his place -- and we're pretty sure he won't be popping by her work to vent his spleen (unless he literally needs to vent his spleen -- she is a doctor, after all) for a while.
The designers must create a costume for the Rockettes
Judging from last week's promo, the theme for this week is the word "bitch." It's like "Sesame Street," but a little naughty! Oh, and there will be Rockettes. I can't get too excited about a challenge focused on dressing Rockettes, because that seems to have as much to do with sophisticated fashion as drag or NASCAR.
Anyway, given that Ven is still in the competition, "bitch" is probably the nicest word I can come up with for a theme this week. Weren't you more than a little disappointed he didn't get booted out last week? I'm fairly certain that his crappy attitude has cemented his place in the final three, however, as he gives us all a reason to watch simply to root against him. I hate the idea that "Project Runway" is becoming so conditioned in these ratings-grabbing ways. Remember when it used to be about talent? But let's get to the show. I'm going to try live blogging this week, so bear with me!
Co-star Amy Adams was the one who said 'we need to cut'
For "Saturday Night Live" fans, Justin Timberlake's finest comedic moments may have come in that Emmy-winning video in which he bears a very, um, special gift tied with a bow ("Dick in a Box"). But for those who are more interested in seeing his subtle side, "Trouble with the Curve" features Timberlake as Johnny "The Flame" Flanagan, a former big league pitcher who fantasizes about becoming a sports announcer. He's also paired up with two major league talents -- three-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams as buttoned-up lawyer Mickey, and Clint Eastwood's aging, cranky baseball scout Gus. Still, despite Timberlake's credentials, the job didn't come easy -- and even once he got it, it almost gave him pneumonia.
The new Lifetime movie could be just the thing for Lohan
While Lindsay Lohan will probably always be a blonde (or, to go way back, a redhead) to most of us, judging from her poster for the Lifetime movie 'Liz & Dick' (currently set for November), Lohan pulls off jet black very, very well. Not only does she smolder in the new poster, it seems the role of Elizabeth Taylor was one she was meant to play. Just look at the text next to her.
Wolfgang Puck joins the judges' table
' isn't back for its tenth season just yet (that will be Nov. 7 at 10:00 p.m.), but until then you can get started learning about the new cheftestants. Bravo has announced the 21 competing chefs who will be joining the show -- which includes celebrity judge Wolfgang Puck
. Judges Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson and Emeril Lagasse as well as Padma Lakshmi will also be back.
Eliana admits her routines with Cyrus had to be
"So You Think You Can Dance" winners Chehon and Eliana
Chehon Wespi-Tschopp and Eliana Girard were announced as the winners of "So You Think You Can Dance" last night -- and no one seemed more surprised about this than Chehon and Eliana themselves. The two classically trained ballet dancers were not early favorites. Chehon seemed to be permanently stuck in the shadow of fan favorite Cyrus Spencer, the street dancer with no professional training who was never in the bottom three, while Eliana only seemed able to step into the spotlight once she was unpaired from Cyrus and later danced with all star Alex Wong. The winners spoke to reporters in a conference call about their unexpected wins, Cyrus, and why they think ballet is getting more respect this season.
It's down to Chehon, Tiffany, Cyrus and Eliana -- but which 2 will make the cut?
"So You Think You Can Dance"
It's down to the final four: Chehon, Eliana, Cyrus and Tiffany. After last week's Moment of Crazypants by Nigel Lythgoe, it seems even more likely that Cyrus will be the winning guy this season. Even if you weren't rooting for Cyrus before Nigel informed the shellshocked dancer that he would not be voting for him, you still might have picked up the phone to give him a pity vote. I'm fairly sure Cyrus will win, but I wonder if this is the win he really wants -- one that might be driven by people feeling sorry for him. Of course, a big pile of money should soothe that wound a little bit. In any case, I'm going to do my best to live blog this, so here we go!
'Project Runway's maxi-pad debacle, a 'Jersey Shore' couple cozies up and more
"So You Think You Can Dance"
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For the textile challenge some designers get graphic in the worst way
It's the make-your-own textile challenge, everyone! Don't you love this challenge? It's just the thing for times when I want to feel seasick or pretend I'm playing a game of "Where's Waldo?" after dropping acid. I realize designing a textile isn't easy, but at this point in the challenge the designers are so overwhelmed and sleep-deprived that most of them seem to take this as an opportunity to vomit up whatever craziness is floating around in the back of their brain pan, and it's not always easy to look at. More importantly, it's not usually something you want to wear unless you're a model or, say, a paranoid schizophrenic.
The dancers bring the wow - but one judge shares a tough opinion
"So You Think You Can Dance"
Wow. After the last few moments of the show, I feel I need to rethink everything I saw in this episode. I'm simply not sure how I feel about what happened, as I felt that what was said was the honest truth -- but absolutely calculated to change what happens as well. But let's not skip ahead just yet. There's a lot of show to talk about first, complete with compelling performances and arresting solos. And truthfully, those are happier to think about anyway.