TV Review: SMASH – Season 1 – “Let’s Be Bad”

Megan Hilty in SMASH - Season 1 - "Let's Be Bad" | ©2012 NBC/Will Hart

Stars: Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Angelica Houston Writers: Julie Rotenberg & Elisa Zuritsky Director: Jamie Babbit Network: NBC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: March 5, 2012 “Let’s Be Bad,” as an episode, is all over the place, but on the plus side, the SMASH writers have backed off on a couple cliches. They went hog wild on the others, though, including a final scene you could see coming from the back balcony far corner with restricted sight lines in that sound dead corner of the auditorium. We start out with Julia (Debra Messing) still behind on pages […]Read On »

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TV Recap: THE VOICE – Season 2 – The Battles Begin”

Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton on THE VOICE - Season 2 - "Let The Battle Rounds Begin" | ©2012 NBC/Lewis Jacobs

Network: NBC, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: March 6, 2012 If you want to see why AMERICAN IDOL appears to be losing its mojo, you only have to tune into a few minutes of the battle rounds for THE VOICE in the appropriately titled “The Battles Begin.” Here, 48 contestants are paired up by each of the four coaches where they duke it out in a boxing ring-esque box on stage – dueling with their opponent to one-up the other person and also keep up with them during the harmonies of each particular song. The Battle Rounds look like they’ll […]Read On »

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AMERICAN IDOL recap (and photos): Who are the Top 13? How about more boys than girls!

Hollie Cavanagh performs in front of the Judges on AMERICAN IDOL - Season 11 - Finalists Chosen | ©2012 Fox

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: March 1, 2012 It’s decision time on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. But why do we need a two-hour results show? Seriously, we have had four freaking hours already of this show why make us suffer through fluff, needless drama and lousy bits? Just give us the results and move along. Luckily, they went right to most of the results at the beginning but it proved they could have squeezed it into an hour. I’ll spare you the […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 11 – “Semifinalist Girls Perform”

Shannon Magrane performs on AMERICAN IDOL - Season 11 - "Semifinalst Girls Perform" | ©2012 Fox/Michael Becker

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: Feb. 29, 2012  After the men delivered a mix bag of songs on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, the chicks are up and hopefully will perform better. Now, obviously I was in the minority when it comes to the judging given how much every singer was just dandy in their eyes last night. Maybe it sounded better on the stage then across the TV, but it certainly appeared at times we were not listening to the same song. […]Read On »

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TV Review: SMASH – Season 1 – “The Cost of Art”

Katharine McPhee as Karen Cartwright in SMASH - Season 1 - "The Cost of Art" | ©2012 NBC/Patrick Harbron

Stars: Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Angelica Houston Writers: David Marshall Grant Director: Michael Morris Network: NBC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: February 27, 2012 There is no getting around it that SMASH is a fun show to watch. The singing and dancing are wonderful fun. The original songs don’t suffer too much from Andrew Lloyd Webber syndrome (beating you over the head with soulful sappiness and the tendency to become insidious ear worms). In fact, the  featured production number in this episode “The Cost of Art,” I Never Met a Wolf Who Didn’t Love to Howl, […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 11 – “Semifinalist Boys Perform”

American Idol: Top 24 Semi-Finalists | ©2012 Fox/Michael Becker

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: Feb. 28, 2012  So it begins … Seacrest said it best at the start of the show, after weeks of enduring wave after wave of auditions and narrowing the contestants to just 24, the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, has finally reached the point where the voting starts. Let me just get this out of the way first … no nip slip J.Lo? Really? I guess this show isn’t good enough for you, eh? And by good enough I […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 11 – “Final Judgment, Part 2” – And the Top 24 is …

AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 Final Judgment Part 2 | (c) 2012 Fox

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: Feb. 23, 2012 The drama was thick in the previous episode of the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, as the judges narrowed the competition to just 24 semi-finalists. All the while the drama was playing out they walked contestants through a dark hallway, through smoke and flashing lights and into the rotunda of doom. A very silly ending to the show that begins the live performances next week. While most of the people that were eliminated we had seen […]Read On »

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TV Review: SMASH – Season 1 – “Enter Mr. DiMaggio”

Megan Hilty and Michael Swift in SMASH - Season 1 - "Enter Mr. DiMaggio" | ©2012 NBC/Will Hart

Stars: Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Angelica Houston Writers: Theresa Rebeck Director: Michael Mayer Network: NBC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: February 20, 2012 The testament of a good show is to be able to turn it on, intending to watch a few minutes, and getting sucked in to watch the whole thing. That’s what happened while watching SMASH, the “Enter Mr. DiMaggio” episode. I was only going to check out how things held up after the first two stellar weeks, and well, I was sucked right back into the series. Of course, with the good, […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 11 – “Final Judgment, Part 1”

AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 Final Judgment Part 1 | © 2012 Fox

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: Feb. 22, 2012 It was once again time for mass amounts of drama on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, as we dwindle the remaining 42 contestants down to a svelte Top-24. And then the real competition begins and we can all start voting and kick off the really good, cute chicks because the tweens hates chicks and keep in a bunch of terrible singers that have no place in the competition and … huh, what’s that you say? […]Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 11 – “Performance Challenge”

AMERICAN IDOL S11 Performance Challenge | © 2012 Fox

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: Feb. 16, 2012 I was amused after the final round of “Hollywood Week” on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, over how excited people were to go to Las Vegas. Yeah, I guess the excitement of moving along is one thing, but it’s not like they are going to some great place where they can all do something fun. Half of the people are under 21 and that means no gambling. And as I said before, you can get […]Read On »

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