Monthly Archives: June 2007

Ox Notes: June 21, 2007

VH-1 is planning a bunch of new reality shows for the fall. One show will follow ’80s hip hoppers Salt ‘N’ Pepa, while aspiring fashion photographers compete on another. I’m most looking forward to America’s Most Smartest Model — a quiz show for models hosted by Ben Stein.

Meanwhile, Fox’s On The Lot keeps on losing viewers. It’s now being watched by only 2.5 million people, and is losing out to shows like Ice Road Truckers on the History Channel.

In case you were wondering, Coral from The Real World recently came out as a lesbian.

Finally, enjoy this list of movie and TV roles turned down by famous actors. Then try to imagine the series Buffy The Vampire Slayer starring Katie Holmes as Buffy.

SYTYCD 3, Top 18: Performance Show

Tonight on So You Think You Can Dance, the top 18 dancers performed. Judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy were joined by contemporary choreographer Mia Michaels.

Lauren & Neil — Hip Hop
Song: Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson & D.O.E., "The Way I Are"
Choreographer: Dave Scott

The performance was a major improvement over last week. Mary said, "I just loved it," and Nigel said, "You’ve set the bar tonight."

Jessi & Pasha — Jazz
Song: dZihan and Kamien, "Stiff Jazz"
Choreographer: Tyce DiOrio

The avian-inspired choreography was silly, but fun. Mia called the performance "quirky, ridiculous, and amazing."

Jamie & Hok — Samba
Song: Gabin, "Bang Bang to the Rock N’ Roll"
Choreographer: Jean-Marc Genereux

It was an enjoyable performance from two Samba newbies. Mia said, "You guys are tearin’ it up." But Mary said their technique "doesn’t cut the mustard in this competition."

Sabra & Dominic — Contemporary
Song: The Pretenders, "I’ll Stand By You"
Choreographer: Mandy Moore (not that Mandy Moore)

The choreographic vision for this routine was Sabra as a bird and Dominic as a "creature" — and it looked like it, I guess. Mia thought they were "beautiful."

Faina & Cedric — Fox Trot
Song: Elvis Presley & Ann-Margaret, "You’re the Boss"
Choreographer: Hunter Johnson

It was solid, but not great. Mia said, "It felt like Ginger Rogers and an insecure Michael Jackson."

Lacey & Kameron — Broadway
Song: "Overture/And All That Jazz" from Chicago
Choreographer: Tyce DiOrio

Lacey & Kameron are a couple to be reckoned with. Mary said, "Danger is your middle names." Nigel said, "You look like you’ve been dancing together for years."

Anya & Danny — Viennese Waltz
Song: Lifehouse, "You and Me"
Choreographer: Hunter Johnson

This is another couple that all of the others should be afraid of. Mia said, "You guys are stunning together." Mary said, "You guys just stepped out of a dream. You are my favorite couple." And Nigel added, "It’s the routine of the night, so far."

Shauna & Jimmy — Hip Hop
Song: Fat Man Scoop feat. Elephant Man & Jabba, "U Sexy Girl"
Choreographer: Dave Scott

Shauna & Jimmy are a couple of squares, so this step routine didn’t work for me. Nigel said, "That was so much fun."

Sara & Jesús– Paso Doble
Song: Queen, "We Will Rock You (Remix)"
Choreographer: Jean-Marc Genereux

They withstood what could’ve been an overpowering song. Mia said it was "awkward," mostly because of the music. But Mia and Mary were both impressed with Sara, since this was her first time dancing in heels.

My favorite dance of the night was Anya & Danny’s Viennese Waltz. My predictions for tomorrow’s Bottom Three are Faina & Cedric, Jamie & Hok, and Shauna & Jimmy — although Sabra & Dominic might be forgotten and slip to the bottom instead of Jamie & Hok.

Ox Notes: June 20, 2007

With the fall TV season looming, there’s no shortage of new reality shows in development. Donald Trump is partnering with MTV in an attempt to salvage disgraced Miss USA Tara Connor’s career. She’ll play "den mother" to other pageant winners on Pageant Place.

And Rob Mariano is developing his own show that will be "bigger than Survivor, bigger than The Amazing Race." I doubt that, considering that the show’s title, Tontine, doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue and refers to an obscure kind of financial arrangement.

Why all of the new reality shows? Because that’s what viewers are watching this summer.

Rumors are circulating that Survivor 16 (the one following Survivor: China) will be another all-star edition. Rob Mariano, however, will not be eligible, since the field will consist of players from seasons 9-15.

Finally, after watching the most recent episode of MTV’s The Inferno 3, I have to recommend the show even if you’ve never seen an episode of The Real World or Road Rules. Why? Kenny Santucci.

Kenny joined the RW/RR Challenge fold three seasons ago, and the guy never fails to crack me up. Here’s an example of one of his narcissistic gems from last night’s show, which you can view in its entirety here: "I’m not one to rub it in peoples’ faces how great I am, but ask me what I’m bad at. Nothing."

There’s not a whole lot of info available on Jersey-boy Kenny (why would there be? He competes on MTV game shows for a living). But I did find his name on the roster of a management company, and their list of clients is an impressive Who’s Who of reality stars.

Ox Notes: June 19, 2007

Despite the headlines, don’t get your hopes up that Al Pacino will join the cast of Dancing with the Stars. Here’s the full quote he gave to Time: "Actually, I would consider it. All due respect and trying to be as modest as I can be, I am a dancer. But I don’t think I would be on Dancing with the Stars mainly because I would be too shy."

In other ballroom news, the New York Post reports that one of So You Think You Can Dance contestant Faina Savich’s dance teachers was none other than DwtS’s Karina Smirnoff.

NBC is reportedly trying to lure Jon Stewart to their network, and may even pay off Conan O’Brien to give Stewart his spot.

And finally, for no good reason, here’s the most intimidating marmot you’ll see today.

Ox Notes: June 18, 2007

I’m still trying to unscramble my brain after watching a DVD marathon of the first season of the The Wire this weekend. As I hoped/feared, it was wonderful — but it’ll be weeks until I can get a hold of one of my library’s copies of The Wire — The Complete Second Season. To quote Tom Petty, "The waiting is the hardest part."

In the meantime, there’s always Age of Love, which debuts tonight at 9 ET on NBC. Host Mark Consuelos discussed the show’s charming premise — pitting women in their 40s against women in their 20s in a fight for the affection of tennis player Mark Philippoussiswith TV Guide.

Across the pond, the winner of the first season of Britain’s Got Talent was announced last night. Paul Potts, a cell phone salesman from Wales, won by singing opera. The video is one of his earlier performances, and it is incredible.

Pirate Master: Episode 3

Even on a ship full of pirates, politeness counts.

As the seafarers journeyed to the site of their next treasure hunt, professional glass blower Laurel mused about how living in a van for the last year prepared her for Pirate Master: "Being a pirate is more about your state of mind than anything. Doesn’t matter if you’re on a boat or on a van."

Fashion publicist Alexis was similarly philosophical about life on a ship: "Dude, like, this is a lot of work."

Then it was time to choose teams and hunt for loot. Captain Joe Don and his officers Cheryl and Ben lead the Black Crew, accompanied by Alexis, Joy, Laurel, and Sean. If his Red Crew was successful, Louie’s nemesis, Capt. Joe Don, would lose his title.

Rowing to shore, the Red Crew gained a lead on Black. The lead grew when, after getting out of the boat to pull it over a sand bar, Alexis refused to get back in the Black Crew’s boat, preferring to walk on the sand instead.

After a run through the jungle, both teams arrived at a river to hunt for a submerged skull containing the key to the next treasure chest. Louie found the key for the Red Crew, and the race was essentially over.

The treasure chest they brought back to the boat contained $35,000 in gold pieces. More important than the money, Joe Don and his cronies were out, and the Red Crew needed to elect a new captain. They chose seventh-level chaotic evil sorcerer Azmyth, who picked his crush, Jupiter, and Jay to be his officers.

Azmyth’s rise to power immediately brought about some changes. First, he combined his share of the money with his officers’, and they divvied it up so that everyone on the Red Crew got the same amount.

More importantly, Azmyth inexplicably began speaking with a quasi-British accent. Jay said it was "like somebody gave him, like, an English pill or something," since the accent only surfaced after Azmyth first walked into the captain’s quarters.

But the pill never wore off, and the accent remained, even as the captain and his officers deliberated over which crew members should be given The Black Spot, marking them for elimination.

Alexis was an obvious choice, after the way her dawdling hurt her team. They hoped a black spot might serve to motivate Laurel, who seemed to be coasting. That left one more spot, and Joe Don certainly deserved it.

But Jay — who’d been getting money on the side from Joe Don — suggested that Cheryl might be the better choice. He didn’t like her aloof attitude, and he argued that she should be forced to defend why she’s kept her distance from the rest of the crew.

Captain Azmyth and his officers gave the final spot to Cheryl. Once the crew learned who was up for elimination, Jay began to rally troops to get rid of Cheryl. Nessa, Christa, and Kendra were on board, as was Louie, who was eager to get rid of anyone remotely tied to Joe Don.

Since eight pirates would vote to determine who would be cut adrift, Jay needed to secure one more vote against Cheryl for a majority. He gave Sean, who was inclined to vote for Alexis, $1000 to vote his way.

At Pirates Court, Aussie host Cameron Daddo asked Azmyth, "Have you got an accent now?" Azmyth replied that it came with the hat and coat. He then explained his reasoning for giving the black spot to Cheryl, Laurel, and Alexis.

Jay arrogantly disclosed that he’d been the one to nominate Cheryl for elimination, because of the way she "looked down her nose" at him. If she didn’t go home that night, Jay had made himself an enemy with that speech.

Then it was time for the three pirates in jeopardy to defend themselves. Laurel said that she really wanted to be there, and hoped everyone knew it. Cheryl said that she’d stayed apart from the crew at Joe Don’s request, and was doing her best to be a team player.

Alexis offered an argument that has become the standard reality show explanation for a bad attitude: "I’m me, and I haven’t put up any front or any facade, or tried to do any sugar-coated tap dance ‘this is me’ for any of you. You know what you’re getting."

The essence of that argument is, "I’m a jerk, and I’m not going to change for you," and that ‘sugar-coating’ is more commonly known as manners. Admitting to a lack of understanding of basic social graces didn’t give Alexis’ fellow pirates much reason to keep her around.

When the votes were cast, they were split evenly between Cheryl and Alexis. It turns out that, in the event of a tie, the captain casts the deciding vote. Azmyth voted for Alexis, and she was cut adrift.

Next week, Sean has to explain to Jay why he changed his vote from Cheryl to Alexis.

SYTYCD 3, Top 20: Results Show

Tonight on So You Think You Can Dance, the judges cut the two dancers they felt gave the worst solo performances — even though it meant eliminating a couple of early favorites.

The Results Show started with all twenty contestants performing Wade Robson’s choreography to Busta Rhymes’s "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See."

Recapping last night’s show, Jamie & Hok and Anya & Danny were told they were safe, while Sabra & Dominic became the first couple in the Bottom Three.

Then, Lacey & Kameron, Ashlee & Ricky, Sara & Jesus, and Jessi & Pasha were brought on stage. Ashlee & Ricky were told they were the next couple to join the Bottom Three. Nigel said that, in future choreography, their height should be taken into consideration, so that Ashlee doesn’t look much larger than Ricky.

Finally Faina & Cedric, Lauren & Neil, and Shauna & Jimmy took the stage, where Faina & Cedric learned they were the last couple in the Bottom Three.

Before the six dancers at the bottom danced to stay in the competition, reigning SYTYCD champ Benji Schwimmer returned to dance — dropping his pants at the end of the performance to show off his American flag underpants. Somewhere in the distance, I could’ve sworn I heard a someone singing "America the Beautiful."

The solo performances were to the following songs:
Sabra — David Gray, "Shine"
Dominic — Earth, Wind & Fire, "Let’s Groove"
Ashlee — Barbra Streisand, "Cry Me a River"
Ricky — Jamiroquai, "Virtual Insanity"
Faina — Christina Aguilera, "Ain’t No Other Man"
Cedric — Wade Robson, "Dream Within a Dream"

While the judges deliberated, musician Lloyd performed the song that Faina & Cedric danced to last night: "Get It Shawty."

The judges rendered their verdict on the girls first. Sabra and Faina were told they were safe. Speaking for the judges, Nigel said that Ashlee’s solo relied to heavily on emotion — at the expense of technique — and she was sent home.

Of the boys, Cedric was the first told he was safe, and Dominic evidently saved himself by taking his shirt off during his routine (while spinning on his head). The judges felt that Ricky’s performance wasn’t up to his usual standards, and he was given the axe.

Ox Notes: June 14, 2007

We may have our first two official cast members for Dancing with the Stars 5: former Spice Girl Melanie Brown and actress Jennie Garth. Publicists for both women are openly discussing their clients’ preparations for the upcoming season.

Another fall season casting rumor: WWE diva Ashley Massaro may be a participant in the next edition of Survivor.

In news of another Mark Burnett show, scientist/exotic dancer John revealed that, thankfully, there is a "ghost crew" that keeps the Pirate Master boat afloat.

Finally, a Variety article about Spike’s new development strategy mentioned that the network paid $2 million per episode to air reruns of CSI: New York. No wonder the rest of their programming is Star Trek reruns and Jean-Claude Van Damme films — not that I’m complaining.

SYTYCD 3, Top 20: Performance Show

So You Think You Can Dance 3’s top twenty dancers performed in pairs tonight. Here’s what each couple danced.

Jamie & Hok — Hip Hop
Song: Eve, "Tambourine"
Choreographer: Shane Sparks
Shane voiced his objections from the audience when Nigel said he thought the choreography held Hok back.

Anya & Danny — Jive
Song: Avril Lavigne, "Girlfriend"
Choreographer: Tony Meredith
Mary Murphy said that Anya just fell off the "hot tamale train." The couple looked great together.

Lacey & Kameron — Contemporary
Song: Elisa, "Dancing"
Choreographer: Mia Michaels
Nigel said, "You’ll be there next week. No problem."

Sabra & Dominic — Disco
Song: Donna Summer & Westlife, "Enough Is Enough (No More Tears)"
Choreographer: Doriana Sanchez
The period costumes were distracting, but Mary called the routine "corny and fun." It had some great lifts.

Ashlee & Ricky — Argentine Tango
Song: "Sentimiento Tanguero"
Choreographer: Alex de Silva
Ashlee is beautiful, but when she danced with Ricky, it looked like Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman. Dan said, "It wasn’t that sexy."

Sara & Jesus — Pop Jazz
Song: "Cabaret Hoover" from The Triplets of Belleville
Choreographer: Wade Robson
I didn’t like the choreography, but the judges seemed to love it.

Jessi & Pasha — Smooth Waltz
Song: Norah Jones, "Come Away With Me"
Choreographer: Tony Meredith
Dan said, "It was so beautiful to watch," and I agree.

Faina & Cedric — Hip Hop
Song: Lloyd, "Get It Shawty"
Choreographer: Shane Sparks
These two don’t go well together, and Faina was out of her comfort zone — Nigel called her performance "dance by numbers."

Lauren & Neil — Club Salsa
Song: Mazerati 5, "Friday Night Rhythm"
Choreographer: Alex de Silva
Dan said, "The performance didn’t match the dancing," and felt that the couple lacked chemistry.

Shauna & Jimmy — Broadway
Song: "Ease On Down the Road" from The Wiz
Choreographer: Tyce DiOrio
As Dan said, it was definitely "fun to watch."

After all of the performances, Mary said that Anya & Danny were definitely safe, and Dan said that Ashlee & Ricky were in danger.

I agree with both of the judges on their predictions. My other favorite couples were Lacey & Kameron and Jessie & Pasha — although quirky Lauren is my early favorite dancer. Faina & Cedric might be in some trouble.