Monthly Archives: January 2009

Ox Notes: January 29, 2009

My favorite cheftestant, Fabio, dodged a bullet on last night’s episode of Top Chef New York. Bravo’s website has blog posts from judges Tom Colicchio and Toby Young, as well as Hosea’s explanation of what happened after he kissed Leah.

Donny Osmond told Entertainment Tonight that he’s not going to be on Dancing with the Stars 8 after all. In the interview video, it’s not even clear if he got an offer to appear on the show.

Donny’s sister, Marie, will be on TV this fall with her own talk show, fittingly called Marie.

Variety’s Brian Lowry writes that shows like Mad Men prove that TV has the advantage over movies when it comes to storytelling and character development.

TiVo’s chief executive is encouraging networks to rethink the way they sell advertising space since customers seem to love TiVo’s ad-skipping feature.

Your TiVo will get a lot of use during TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar, which begins on Sunday, February 1. The cable network cleverly organized its schedule of Oscar nominated movies to resemble a university course catalog. Here’s a link to TCM’s full schedule of movies.

This Sunday is also the day of "The Big Game": Puppy Bowl V! The two-hour long program of puppies playing starts on Animal Planet at 3 p.m. ET, rerunning all day until 5 a.m. I plan on watching every minute of the Puppy Bowl, including the Kitty Half-Time Show.

Check out some of the action from Puppy Bowl IV:

Ox Notes: January 28, 2009

Ahead of tonight’s new episode of Lost, TV Guide compiled a list of their favorite Sawyer-generated nicknames. I’m partial to Dr. Giggles for Jack.

Top Chef New York‘s Radhika Desai was interviewed by TV Guide and People.

Occasional Top Chef judge Anthony Bourdain was interviewed by MSN about the current season of No Reservations on the Travel Channel.

ABC and NBC announced new shows in development at the networks, including the celebrity genealogy show Who Do You Think You Are? at NBC.

Twentieth Century Fox is working on an A-Team movie, produced by Ridley Scott. Unless original A-Teamers Dwight Schultz, Dirk Benedict and Mr. T are involved, I don’t care to see it.

Reality Blurred interviewed Survivor: Tocantins contestants Sandy Burgin, Carolina Eastwood and JT Thomas.

The guys from Flight of the Conchords compare being famous to "that nightmare people have when they’re naked at school."

I’m going to spend the rest of the day watching this clip from The Soup over and over again, laughing hysterically:

Ox Notes: January 27, 2009

Yesterday ushered in the Year of the Ox and brought a merciful conclusion to NBC’s disappointing Superstars of Dance. Spoiler alert: the U.S.A. won. Surprise, surprise.

Variety’s Brian Lowry writes that the reality TV genre has gotten stale, citing in particular shows like Superstars of Dance.

The rumor mill is in high gear as we inch closer to the announcement of the cast of Dancing with the Stars 8. Britney’s ex, Kevin Federline, and Cindy McCain say they won’t be participating in the upcoming season, while Donny Osmond is dropping hints that he will.

ABC is adjusting its schedule to create a Thursday night comedy block.

Reality Blurred posted interviews with Survivor: Tocantins contestants Benjamin "Coach" Wade and Sydney Wheeler.

The teams of The Amazing Race 14 were just announced.

Here’s one final performance from Superstars of Dance by the U.S.A. group The Groovaloos:

Ox Notes: January 22, 2009

Only two hours into its new season, I’m abandoning Lost again. I skipped Season 3 entirely, then returned to the fold for Season 4, which was pretty good.

But last night gave me the same bad vibes that caused me to take a break after the abysmal Season 2. I can’t handle another season of slow-as-molasses plot development and dialogue that boils down to this:

"What’s going on?"
"I know the answer, but I won’t tell you."

Greg’s going to stick with it, so he can keep me informed, in case I fall off the wagon again and need to catch up.

What are your thoughts on the premiere? EW has a recap of both of last night’s episodes.

I was much happier with last night’s Restaurant Wars episode of Top Chef: New York. Bravo’s website has blog posts by judges Tom Colicchio, Toby Young and Gail Simmons, as well as Q&As with guest judge Stephen Starr and the ousted cheftestant.

Bravo’s website also has an instructional video on how to make Stefan’s Orange Chocolate Rice Parfait. Yum!

Reality Blurred has a pre-season interview with Survivor: Tocantins contestant Erinn Lobdell.

ER alums George Clooney and Julianna Margulies will both return to the show before the series ends later this spring.

With long running hits like ER leaving the air, NBC is working on an image makeover. Meanwhile, other networks are planning more of the same in order to keep viewers comfortable, such as maintaining a full slate of crime procedurals at CBS.

Speaking of makeovers, a special called Making Over America with Trinny and Susannah, hosts of the British version of What Not to Wear, debuts on TLC on Saturday, January 24 immediately following the 2009 Miss America Pageant.

On Monday, January 26, Bravo will run a marathon of Inside the Actors Studio, featuring some of the comedians who’ve stopped by the show. It all leads up to a new episode with Conan O’Brien at 8 p.m. ET.

Ox Notes returns on Tuesday, January 27. Until then, enjoy this clip from The Soup, starring Star Trek: TNG‘s Geordi La Forge and cast members from Mad Men:

Ox Notes: January 21, 2009

Lost returns to ABC tonight with two new back-to-back episodes starting at 9 ET. You may be able to skip the recap episode (which airs at 8 ET) after reading TV Guide’s helpful Lost catch-up guide.

Tonight’s new episode of Top Chef: New York runs an extra 15 minutes long, starting at 10 ET on Bravo. The network revealed details about the season finale, including the name of the guest judge and the location where it’s being filmed (hint: it’s not New York).

In other Top Chef news, People interviewed ousted cheftestant Ariane Duarte. And head judge Tom Colicchio is being praised as a hero after using the Heimlich Maneuver to save someone over the weekend.

Michelle Obama’s hairstylist is getting his own TV show.

Yahoo! has a list of failed reality shows from recent years.

Speaking of failed reality shows, Monday’s episode of Superstars of Dance drew an audience of 6.5 million, down 600,000 viewers from last week, but still better than the ratings of any of the shows on the Yahoo! list. Nevertheless, enjoy the Team Ireland group dance from this week’s semifinal round:

Ox Notes: January 20, 2009

Zap2It has a list of Inauguration Day events on TV, including a full night of coverage on ABC.

In other political news, Cindy McCain has been approached to compete on Dancing with the Stars 8.

FOX announced its plans for next season, while SciFi announced its plans for spring, including a two-hour Battlestar: Galactica series finale on March 20.

Variety’s Brian Lowry writes that TV movies are making a minor comeback, thanks to cable networks like SciFi and Lifetime.

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner finally signed a contract with AMC, which includes two more seasons of his hit show.

Rob Thomas said that his next writing project is a script for a Veronica Mars feature film.

If you’re brave (or desperate) enough, you can enter a contest to let MySpace users plan your wedding.

Check out the Shaolin monks’ performance from last night’s episode of Superstars of Dance:

Ox Notes: January 15, 2009

President Bush makes his final televised address to the nation tonight. CBS announced how the speech will affect its primetime lineup.

In other political news, The Daily Show will air live on Inauguration Day, Tuesday, January 20. And EW wonders how President Obama’s FCC chair, Julius Genachowski, will govern the airwaves.

Gossip Girl‘s long-rumored spinoff will chronicle the wild times of a teenage Lily van der Woodsen in ’80s L.A.

E! rates the odds of some CW favorites getting picked up for another season. Things look good for Supernatural, which returns with a new episode tonight.

Do you have any interest in watching a John Mayer variety show?

If you’ll be in Las Vegas on January 27, check out the live musical revue starring cast members of Mad Men at the MGM Grand. has blog posts about last night’s episode of Top Chef: New York by judge Toby Young and the ousted cheftestant.

In Dancing with the Stars news, The National Post reviewed the DwtS Tour when it stopped in Toronto. Season 2 contestant Lisa Rinna recently released a dance fitness DVD with DwtS pro Louis van Amstel.

Charity site Clothes Off Our Back is auctioning off dresses worn by DwtS co-host Samantha Harris and former contestant Monique Coleman, as well as a wine bottle signed by pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Tomorrow, I’m going to review the Hindi film Chandni Chowk to China for MOIB’s sister website, Ox Notes will return on Tuesday, January 20. Until then, enjoy a performance by Russian soloist Maria Kochetkova from this week’s Superstars of Dance:

Ox Notes: January 14, 2009

The identities of the sixteen Survivor: Tocantins contestants have been revealed. posted interview videos with all of the cast members. The new season premieres on Thursday, February 12.

Matthew Fox told TV Guide that it will be "a relief" when Lost is over. The show returns on Wednesday, January 21.

Sit Down, Shut Up, FOX’s new animated series by Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz, will feature the voices of AD vets Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Henry Winkler when it premieres on April 19.

Michael Cera is the only cast member who hasn’t signed on to do an Arrested Development movie.

The second round of auditions for So You Think You Can Dance 5 begins on February 3 in Miami, with more auditions scheduled for Los Angeles, Denver, Memphis and Seattle. The first round of auditions for this summer’s season were held earlier in New York.

Superstars of Dance, the latest endeavor by SYTYCD creator Nigel Lythgoe, lost viewers in its second week. The first half of the semi-final round was watched by 7.1 million viewers on Monday night, landing the show in fourth place.

Here’s a terrific solo performance by one of the dancers representing India from that low-rated episode of Superstars of Dance:

Ox Notes: January 13, 2009

TV Guide’s print magazine has dropped listings for shows on MTV and The CW from its programming grid in order to free-up space, though it kept the listings for shows on QVC. Is the magazine acknowledging that it’s not reaching young people, or is it simply giving preference to networks who buy ad space within the magazine?

Reality Blurred says that tonight’s American Idol 8 premiere is actually pretty entertaining. I’m still not going to watch it.

Variety reports that a 20th anniversary Moonlighting reunion TV movie may be in the works (hooray!). Click this link only if you want to have the theme song from the show stuck in your head for the rest of the day.

Several Veronica Mars cast members are reuniting for VM creator Rob Thomas’ new show on Starz, Party Down.

People interviewed ousted Top Chef: New York contestants Gene and Melissa.

Members of the Kardashian-Jenner clan have no plans to leave reality TV any time soon.

I skipped the semi-final round of Superstars of Dance last night. If you watched it, how did the show hold up in its second week? Here’s a video of the performance by the American group The Groovaloos:

Ox Notes: January 8, 2009

PBS is warning that low-income families could suffer if the federal government’s digital converter box rebate program runs out of money. The publicly-funded network also announced a new reality series about the Big Apple Circus, debuting in Fall 2010.

EW posted a video tour of the Real World: Brooklyn house. In recent seasons, the tricked out houses have been more interesting than any of the contestants.

EW also has a satisfying rant about why the People’s Choice Awards are stupid and meaningless.

Zap2It has the info on the new cast of The Celebrity Apprentice.

CBS pulled Million Dollar Password from its winter schedule with two episodes yet to air.

Dancing with the Stars 2 contestant Lisa Rinna says she looks "like a freak" after some recent plastic surgery.

I was happy with the results of the double elimination on last night’s episode of Top Chef: New York, which introduced new permanent judge Toby Young. has blog posts by Tom Colicchio and the new judge, as well as the judge he replaced, Gail Simmons.

I’ll be back on Tuesday, January 13 with a new Ox Notes. Until then, enjoy the Shaolin Monks’ performance from this week’s Superstars of Dance: