Monthly Archives: September 2008

Ox Notes: September 9, 2008

Christmas is still more that three months away, but NBC has already announced its holiday plans, which include the special Letters to Santa — A Muppet Christmas.

Reality Blurred has an update on the possible cast members of Celebrity Apprentice 2. The site also features Andy Dehnart’s impressions of Survivor: Gabon cast member Ace Gordon.

In Project Runway news, Us Magazine reports that singer-actress Jennifer Lopez will serve as guest judge on the Season 5 finale. Project Runway 4 winner Christian Siriano will design a gown for an Emmy trophy presenter, as will The Hills‘ Lauren Conrad.

Dancing with the Stars pro Tony Dovolani posted on his MySpace page that his wife and newborn twins are doing well.

FOX game show Hole in the Wall debuted on Sunday night after football, and it returns for a special engagement after tonight’s Fringe premiere. Variety reviewed both Fringe and Hole in the Wall.

Pop Candy has a list of the 25 Top Teen TV Shows, while EW listed the 20 Greatest Sci-Fi TV Shows. Now if only someone would make a list of Best Teen Sci-Fi TV Shows.

Ox Notes: September 8, 2008

Dancing with the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy has been raving about his Season 7 partner, Misty May-Treanor, telling People and TV Guide that she has a "combination of the best qualities" of his previous partners, Laila Ali and Mel B. The new pair’s first two dances will be the Fox Trot and Mambo.

Karina Smirnoff talked with People about her DwtS 7 partner, Rocco DiSpirito: "I need him to let go of all inhibitions and just go for it."

DwtS 7 contestant Cloris Leachman told Showbiz Spy that she was rejected for two previous seasons of the show because casting directors thought she was too old.

The New York Post’s Page Six reports that veteran DwtS pros Cheryl Burke and Julianne Hough are jealous that Lacey Schwimmer was paired with Lance Bass and are giving the new pro the cold shoulder.

People reports that Tony Dovolani’s wife, Lina, gave birth to a boy and a girl early this morning. The twins are named Adrian and Ariana.

The Los Angeles Times covered last season’s Dancing with the Stars junior division winners Brandon & Brittany’s trip to Disneyland, part of their prize for winning the competition.

Reality Blurred’s Andy Dehnart posted his impressions of Survivor: Gabon contestants Matty and Kelly, neither of whom sound very nice.

Project Runway 6, the series’ first season on Lifetime, has been pushed back to January 2009.

Variety has an article about the trouble networks are having promoting new shows that still don’t have finished episodes ready to air.

MSNBC has replaced Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann as anchors of the cable network’s election coverage (including the upcoming debates) with bland talking head David Gregory because parent network NBC didn’t like being accused of having liberal leanings. But it’s okay if FOX News takes orders directly from the White House?

Fortunately, MSNBC is still enthusiastically promoting a new show helmed by unabashedly liberal pundit Rachel Maddow, whom I feel is the smartest, most reasonable person in television news. The Rachel Maddow Show debuts tonight at 9 p.m. ET.

Ox Notes: September 5, 2008

This weekend’s big TV premiere is the series debut of True Blood on HBO on Sunday night. EW has a slide show of 39 HBO Series That Changed TV, including the classic kids’ show Fraggle Rock.

Twenty percent of families with Internet connections watch television shows online, although FOX wishes more of them would do so legally; the season premiere of Prison Break has been downloaded illegally more than one million times since Monday, even though the show is available for free on Hulu.

Stella Zotis, the designer most recently eliminated from Project Runway, talked to People about how competing on the show has changed her design interests. The bio at Stella’s online shop reveals that her middle name is Barbarella.

Anthony Edwards is set to reprise his role as Dr. Mark Greene on the final season of ER, despite the fact that the character is dead.

Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin will guest star on an upcoming episode of Gossip Girl, while GG‘s Blake Lively and Leighton Meester will appear in a November sweeps episode of 30 Rock. Lively and Meester will play classmates of Tina Fey’s Liz Lemon in a flashback sequence, and producers are trying to get Robyn Lively to play the grown up version of little sister Blake’s character.

Monica Seles, the first woman booted from Dancing with the Stars 6, is pulling for fellow athlete Misty May-Treanor to win DwtS 7.

DwtS 7‘s Kim Kardashian, meanwhile, says she would like to record an album "if it was something fun." Is it a bad sign that the season hasn’t even started and I’m already sick of Kim Kardashian?

Ox Notes: September 4, 2008

Fans of All My Children need not worry that Erica Kane will be written out of the show during Dancing with the Star‘s fall season. Actress Susan Lucci will fly back to the East Coast to record AMC on the days that DwtS is off the air.

Last season’s DwtS runner up, Jason Taylor, makes his debut with his new team, the Washington Redskins, tonight on NBC in a game against the New York Giants.

DwtS 2 contestant Stacy Keibler spoke with the Boston Herald about landing a role on the ABC Family miniseries Samurai Girl, which premieres Friday night. The Herald also has an interview with the star of Samurai Girl, Real World: San Diego cast member Jamie Chung.

Ex-vampire David Boreanaz has been making the rounds promoting the new season of Bones, which kicked off last night on FOX. He chatted with The Futon Critic about filming in London, and answered 17 Pop-Culture Questions for EW.

During the Bones premiere, I was watching Project Runway. Bravo’s website posted a Q&A with the auf’d designer, as well as Tim Gunn’s latest blog post, in which he helpfully explains that the CFDA Fund (a charity mentioned during the episode) is the Council of Fashion Designers of America Fund.

The premiere of The CW’s 90210 was watched by nearly 5 million people.

Reality Blurred’s Andy Dehnart posted his impressions of Survivor: Gabon contestants Susie Smith and Bob Crowley.

Chicago Tribune TV writer Maureen Ryan was at the taping of Oprah’s Olympic special in Chicago’s Millenium Park yesterday. Ryan reports that Oprah asked the athletes " exactly the kinds of questions you’ve already heard if you watched any of NBC’s Olympic coverage." No need to tune into that show next week.

My review of the Hindi movie Rock On!! appears in the Naperville Sun today; if it’s playing in a theater near you, it’s worth checking out. The Sun also features my review of College, a movie that should be avoided at all costs.

College was part of a trio of terrible movies released last Friday, none of which were screened in advance for critics. Naperville Sun movie editor Josh Larsen wrote about the unprecedented horribleness of last weekend’s releases, and the warning those films should provide to anyone thinking of seeing Bangkok Dangerous when it hits theaters tomorrow. It wasn’t screened for critics either.

Ox Notes: September 3, 2008

The CW’s heavily promoted spin-off, 90210, debuted last night to lackluster reviews. The premiere was delayed in the Chicago area until after my bedtime because of a baseball game. Did I miss anything?

While 90210 may have been a miss, The CW scored two ratings hits with the season premieres of Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill, even thought their combined audience numbers didn’t equal the 7.7 million people who watched the series debut of Raising the Bar on TNT on Monday night.

90210 and fellow remake Knight Rider may have started a disturbing trend: NBC is planning an ’80s version of The Wonder Years.

Knight Rider is one of five NBC shows whose premieres will be made available at Hulu one week before they air on television.

For a little historical perspective, Variety’s Brian Lowry looked back at the fall premieres of the 1993-94 TV season.

Variety also has an article about the changes Arabic TV stations make to their schedules during Ramadan. For example, MTV Arabia stops airing music videos, focusing more on "reality shows, celebrity news and pop culture documentaries." Based on that programming, MTV must be operating on a perpetual Ramadan schedule in the United States.

Dancing with the Stars 7 contestant Misty May-Treanor will play herself during a guest appearance on Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place.

May-Treanor is in Chicago today to film a special Olympic episode of Oprah, which will air on Monday, September 8. Nearly 200 American Olympians are scheduled to appear on the show, although being barely visible in the background while Oprah spends 45 minutes interviewing gymnast Shawn Johnson hardly qualifies an appearance.

In other Dancing with the Stars news, pro dancer Corky Ballas has a pair of short videos at his website, featuring his partner, Cloris Leachman, his son, Mark, and Mark’s partner, Kim Kardashian. At the website, Corky also proposes a nickname for his DwtS 7 partnership: Clorky. Um, no.

Ox Notes: September 2, 2008

Fall premiere season kicked off in earnest last night, with a new episode of Deal or No Deal scoring for NBC. Prison Break‘s debut came in second, CBS took third with some sit-com reruns, and Gossip Girl beat ABC’s High School Musical: Get in the Picture to finish in fourth.

I spent most of the Gossip Girl premiere declaring which of Blair’s outfits I wanted (her swimsuit was my favorite), so it’s only appropriate that I link to People’s interview with GG costume designer, Eric Daman.

Hulu has a Fall Premiere Lineup page that lists the new episodes of shows that are available for viewing at the website.

Variety notes that, of the new shows debuting this fall, viewers are most aware of revamped versions of old shows, like Knight Rider and 90210. But that awareness doesn’t necessarily make viewers any more likely to actually watch the show.

The Watcher wonders if it’s time for networks to just admit that the best new series are all on cable.

CBS isn’t ready to admit defeat; the network is sponsoring the September 22 issue of People magazine in order to promote its fall fare.

Joining the CBS family this fall is Survivor: Gabon contestant GC, who was interviewed by Reality Blurred.

Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie announced that the second season of Flight of the Conchords on HBO will likely be their last. Perhaps the "Inner City Pressure" was too much for the comedy duo: