Monthly Archives: February 2009

Ox Notes: February 5, 2009

One of Top Chef New York‘s top contenders was sent home last night. The winning and losing chefs spoke with BravoTV.com about the challenge at Le Bernadin.

Bravo’s website also features Q&As with guest judge Eric Ripert and former judge Gail Simmons (who loved the challenge as much as I did), as well as blog posts by judges Tom Colicchio and Toby Young.

If you live in D.C., this weekend is your chance to see Tiffany "New York" Pollard act in The Vagina Monologues with Survivor: Tocantins contestant Taj Johnson-George.

Reality Blurred interviewed Survivor: TocantinsBrendan Synnott.

MSN has a photo gallery of the best TV office environments.

As you probably suspected, most people eat junk food while watching The Biggest Loser.

Former Dancing with the Stars contestant Vivica A. Fox will host a dating show called The Cougar on TV Land starting on April 15.

The Bob Saget sitcom Surviving Suburbia debuts on April 6 on ABC, following the Monday night edition of Dancing with the Stars.

For the duration of DwtS 8, I propose we nickname Cheryl Burke "Disco Abs" in honor of her new workout video.

Since the cast of Dancing with the Stars 8 will be announced on Sunday night, I’ll have a special DwtS edition of Ox Notes on Monday where we can discuss the new cast. E! has an article about all of the celebrities rumored to be on the show, with the most likely suspects being Denise Richards, Steve-O, Lawrence Taylor and Jewel. Not exactly the A-list (or B-List) group I was hoping for.

Ox Notes: February 4, 2009

Casting for Top Chef 6 begins this weekend. In the meantime, Top Chef New York‘s Jeff McInnis isn’t handling his elimination well. He sounded bitter in interviews with E! and People, where he said: "My opinion about Tom Colicchio’s food is that it’s extremely boring."

In Dancing with the Stars news, OK! reports that Jackass‘s Steve-O is definitely a part of the Season 8 cast.

DwtS pros Mark Ballas and Derek Hough are releasing an album on March 10, the day after Season 8 premieres.

ABC keeps messing with the revamped version of Rob Thomas’s Cupid. The series premiere has been moved back to March 31, and the final episode order has been reduced to seven after network execs reportedly didn’t like a couple of the story outlines submitted by the writers.

Variety’s Phil Gallo writes about the unique arrangement CBS has to integrate music into episodes of NCIS. An upcoming two-disc NCIS soundtrack features 16 previously unreleased tracks.

Variety also features a psychologist’s analysis of House‘s eponymous lead character, Dr. Gregory House.

Ditsy Girl Next Door Kendra is moving out of the Playboy Mansion and getting her own show on E!. If you’re not familiar with the flaky exhibitionist, this safe-for-work video of Kendra extolling the virtues of Olive Garden is an appropriate introduction:

Ox Notes: February 3, 2009

ABC will announce the cast of Dancing with the Stars 8 by revealing the stars’ names one-by-one throughout the course of the network’s Sunday night primetime lineup on February 8. I think I’ll wait until Brothers & Sisters ends and then check out ABC’s DwtS website for the full cast list.

One of the names expected to be on the DwtS 8 cast list is former NFL-er Lawrence Taylor.

Karina Smirnoff recently underwent knee surgery, though the DwtS pro told E! that she’ll be ready to start training with her new partner on February 10.

In other ABC news, producers of The Bachelor flew in special trainers from Seattle to keep Jason Mesnick buff for his shirtless scenes.

More than 95 million people watched Super Bowl XLII.

Reality Blurred interviewed Survivor: Tocantins contestants Joe Dowdle, Jerry Sims, Debra Beebe and Tyson Apostol. Any favorites among these four castaways?

Variety’s Brian Lowry thinks American networks should follow the British model and keep TV shows’ seasons short, especially since most series never make it to the 100 episode mark needed for syndication.

Even shows I really like, such as Battlestar Galactica, have a few filler episodes each season that are so bad they’re almost unwatchable. On the other hand, my favorite series ever, the U.K.’s Peep Show, films just six episodes per season, and each episode is terrific.

I’d rather watch several good shows with shorter seasons each year, instead of a few uneven series with twenty or more episodes each. How about you?