Archive for March, 2009
Two down, eleven to go. “Dancing with the Stars” presented two dances on Monday, March 30 that have never been performed in the show so far, Lindy hop that is all about rock and roll and requires high technique of lifting; as well as Argentine tango which is all about sensuality and passion.
Opening the night were David Alan Grier and Kym Johnson with lindy. So serious these two in winning the competition that during the rehearsal they came to visit the real routine performed at Lindy Groove in Pasadena. Len thought it was neither the best and the worst out of David but this was tackled by Carrie who thought it was a good one. Bruno gave advice for David to keep his rhythm while dancing fast. The score was 8-7-7, giving it 22 out of 30.
Second couple to perform and the first to dance the tango were Lil’ Kim and Derek Hough. Derek admitted that he also knew little of this type of dance so they were learning together. Both Bruno and Carrie thought it was a marvelous performance with the former getting up his seat. Len however, thought there was something missing that didn’t quite ooze the passion. The score was 9-8-10, giving it 27 out of 30.
Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough were up next, doing lindy and dressing in old school fast food employees uniform. Carrie, Bruno and Len all agreed that there was some room left for improvement and they wanted the couple to go further than that in order to be in the game. The score was 8-7-7, giving it 22 out of 30.
Next were Lawrence Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska with the tango. To show Lawrence how things should be done, Edyta brought in her husband Alec Mazo into the rehearsal. The actual performance however, was deemed too “heavy” and lacking the essential passion by the judges. Bruno pointed out that Lawrence’s footwork was not correct. The score was 7-5-7, giving it 19 out of 30.
Ty Murray and Chelsie Hightower gave the lindy a shot. Chelsie said in the rehearsal that she wanted to make use of Ty’s strength to do the lifts. There was a lot of falling down in the rehearsals but the performance was missing that. Carrie raved on and on about it and promised to give a good score. Bruno complimented Ty’s strength although mentioning that there was still rough patches. Len summarized it, “Hot dog and darn my britches!” The score was 9-8-8, giving it 25 out of 30.
Steve Wozniak and Karina Smirnoff took the stage next with the tango. So far they were the couple with the danger of leaving, but Steve arranged a self-campaign, going for a bike trip with his wiz friends to garner votes. The performance however, was not one that got votes from the judges. Carrie had nothing positive to say, Len said there was indeed improvement although not much and Bruno thought there was nothing Argentine tango about it except its stench. The score was 4-4-4, giving it 12 out of 30.
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani tackled the lindy hop. In teaching Melissa how to “kick”, Tony put a piece of tissue on the bottom of her foot. The judges were impressed by the difficulty and the effortless lifts. Len confided in them moving all the way to the final while Bruno said they had explored all the steps in lindy hop. The score was 10-9-10, giving it 29 out of 30.
Holly Madison and Dmitry Chaplin went for tango. It was revealed that Holly’s back had been suffering from pain and this was shown in the rehearsals footage. Bruno was still itching on her detached movements that he advised her to loose the “Barbie and bring out the vixen”. Both Carrie and Len wanted Holly to have more strength. The score was 5-6-5, giving it 16 out of 30.
Steve-O and Lacey Schwimmer gave the lindy hop a shot. Lacey gave the jackass a clown costume since he looked stressed out of the complications during the rehearsals. The judges had a problem with Steve’s timing. Carrie said that he was always one beat away from Lacey while Len wanted him to listen to the music and stay with it. The score was 5-5-5, giving it 15 out of 30.
Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke, the highest scorer so far, did the tango. Cheryl wanted Gilles to use his acting skill to ignite the passion between them which is pretending to be in love with each other. The performance received a standing ovation from the audience. Len went on and on about how much chemistry and heat there were while Bruno called Gilles a “quintessential Latin love with animal magnetism”. Carrie meanwhile, thought Gilles was like a professional dancer himself. The score was 10-10-10, a perfect 30 out of 30.
The last to dance were Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas with lindy hop. They took the rehearsals to a gym where Shawn usually does her routines as a gymnast. There was so much lifting and tricks that there was actually little dance, according to Bruno. Carrie pointed that there was no signature lindy hop footwork that are light and fast. Len sounded similar comment. The score was 8-8-9, giving it 25 out of 30.
Disney Channel have finally found a time slot for the premiere of “J.O.N.A.S!”. The new original series by the mouse house has been given a new promo that reveals it debuting on May 2 at 8/7c. “We’re brothers. We’re a band. And now we’re a show,” the Jonas Brothers said.
The synopsis for the series is read: “The Jonas Brothers seem to be your typical teen rock band hoping to make it to the big time. They travel the country in their rickety tour bus, performing shows, selling homemade CDs and meeting fans. What a life!”
“What the fans don’t know is that the Jonas Brothers are actually J.O.N.A.S. – Junior Operatives Networking as Spies – who, along with their secret agent dad, are under assignment from a super-secret government agency out to thwart evil – usually in the guise of Dr. Harvey Fleischman, a diabolical dentist out to take over the world’s young adults.”
“However, thwarting evil and saving the world can be difficult when you’re also going to high school, keeping their secret identity from Mom, and being stalked by Stella Malone, a teenage reporter working undercover who’s trying to get the behind-the-scenes scoop on your up-and-coming band.”
Apart from the brothers, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas and Kevin Jonas, the series is also starring Chelsea Staub, Frankie Jonas and Davida Williams.
The kids have voted and the TV favorites at the 22nd annual Kids’ Choice Awards are revealed. Nabbing the coveted Favorite TV Show is “iCarly” that beat heavy contenders such as “Hannah Montana“, “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” as well as “Zoey 101”.
Selena Gomez, additionally, was voted Favorite TV Actress for her role as teen witch in “Wizards of Waverly Place”. She won over others such as Miley Cyrus (“Hannah Montana”), America Ferrera (“Ugly Betty“) and Miranda Cosgrove (“iCarly”). The Favorite TV Actor in the mean time, was grabbed by Dylan Sprouse who beat his twin brother, Cole Sprouse, “My Name is Earl” actor Jason Lee and “The Naked Brothers Band” star Nat Wolff.
FOX’s “American Idol” continued to reign the Favorite Reality Show, besting over “Deal or No Deal”, “America’s Next Top Model” and “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?”. Beloved undersea creature SpongeBob SquarePants meanwhile, won Favorite Cartoon from its competitors like “Phineas and Ferb”, “The Simpsons” and “The Fairly Odd Parents”.
The 22nd Annual Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards was held over the weekend on Saturday, March 28 and hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson”. The awards show also honors favorites in other categories such as movie, music and athlete.
* Favorite TV Show: “iCarly”
* Favorite Reality Show: “American Idol”
* Favorite Cartoon: “SpongeBob SquarePants”
* Favorite TV Actress: Selena Gomez, “Wizards of Waverly Place”
* Favorite TV Actor: Dylan Sprouse, “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”
This summer, FOX will make use of the time slot to premiere the new seasons of its reality shows. Apart from the return of “Hell’s Kitchen“, the network also lines up “So You Think You Can Dance” to replace “American Idol” on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
“Dance”, which is accommodated to provide competition to ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars”, will return for a fifth season on Thursday, May 21, the night after “Idol” crowns its winner. The dancing show will air two-hour special on both the premiere and on Wednesday, May 27. It will take regular slots at 9/8c on Wednesdays for two hours of performance and Thursdays for a one-hour result show.
On May 22, “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” which is hosted by Wayne Brady, will be back at 8/7c. It is paired with a new medical drama called “Mental”, where an unorthodox doctor Jack Gallagher (Chris Vance) battles with his conservative boss (Annabella Sciorra).
Additionally, game show “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” will take over on Friday, July 3 at 8/7c followed by the two-hour season premiere of “Hell’s Kitchen” on Tuesday, July 21 at 8/7c. The cooking competition will air regularly on Tuesdays at 8/7c.
On August 10, the network will telecast Teen Choice Awards.
A day after premiering the single-camera comedy “In the Motherhood,” ABC has cut its episode order by half.
Based on the Web series of the same name, the series chronicles the lives of three mothers, played by Cheryl Hines, Megan Mullaly and Jessica St. Clair, (pictured) in different stages of parenting, using ideas and stories generated from real-life mothers.
The show had the unfortunate timing of launching against “American Idol” which aired on Wednesday and Thursday this week because of President Obama’s Tuesday night press conference. As a result, it was slaughtered by “Idol” on Fox and NCAA Basketball on CBS.
ABC Entertainment Group President Steve McPherson ordered the show straight to series after the writer’s strike, asking executive producers Ali Rushfield and Jenni Konner to develop 13 episodes. Today, according to sources, McPherson cut the order to seven.