Winter/Spring 2011 Season

31 12 2010

Here’s what’s on deck for Jess Blogs TV during the winter/spring 2011 TV season:

The Bachelor, ABC, 8 PM (premieres 1/3)

America’s Next Top Model, CW, 8 PM (premieres 2/23)
Survivor, 8 PM, CBS, 8 PM (premieres 2/16)
Note: I will most likely not be watching/blogging American Idol this season.

Wipeout, ABC, 8 PM (premieres 1/6)
Grey’s Anatomy, ABC, 9 PM (returns 1/6)
Private Practice, ABC, 10 PM (returns 1/6)

Project Runway‘s return is still TBA. I’m also hoping to finally catch up on The Office and 30 Rock—we’ll see. Spring is actually pretty light, but my schedule isn’t!

How about you? Any big TV plans for the winter/spring? Am I missing something huge that you want to see covered? Comment with your ideas, or send me a pitch for a guest blog!

(If you’re looking for a show not listed above, check out TheFutonCritic.)



American Idol: I Was Wrong

26 05 2010

You can tell I didn’t watch most of this season of Idol based on my earlier prediction that Crystal Bowersox would go home last week. Last night, she blew me away. I started watching convinced that Lee would walk away the winner, but it’s a real toss-up for me now. Crystal was better than him last night—she had real confidence and she’s not afraid to be herself (proven by that awesome little “I’m beside Ryan Seacrest” joke—didja catch that?), and I love that about her. Lee did good, but not great. He seemed nervous and, to steal a word from Randy Jackson, “pitchy.” Crystal’s “Up to the Mountain” completely overpowered Lee’s “Beautiful Day.” (And I have to admit, although it may have been a cry for votes, Crystal’s send-off to Simon was touching.) If I voted, I’d have voted for Crystal last night. When it comes down to it, though, both their voices are amazing and I’d be happy with either one winning.

It hasn’t always been like that. I was devastated when Bo Bice lost in Season 4, even though I liked and continue to like Carrie Underwood. It was after his loss that I stopped voting—I put in a ton of text votes and called in a few times that night, and when he didn’t win I gave up on voting against the waves of teenyboppers who control the outcome of this show. I disliked Kris Allen last season—I still find him really, really, really boring and would have preferred to see Adam Lambert win the prize. I was rooting for Katharine McPhee over Taylor Hicks because again, the dude’s boring. But I like both Crystal and Lee a lot, so I know I can’t be disappointed tonight.

That said, we’ll know soon! Can’t wait—it’s bound to be a good show, and the last time cantankerous judge Simon Cowell will be on American Idol. Tune in tonight for Fox’s 2-hour Grand Finale, starting at 8 PM.

American Idol: Drawing Me in Again

19 05 2010

I started losing interest in American Idol when Katie Stevens left, and the show lost me entirely when America sent Siobhan Magnus packing. (So what if she’s the second coming of Adam Lambert? The girl could really sing.)

Let’s face it: “Pants on the Ground” just couldn’t be topped.

Seriously? Seriously awesome.

But I also haven’t cast a vote since all of my votes for Bo Bice did not pan out in the season 4 finale (though I do like Carrie Underwood, really, I do), and I’m a proponent of the “if you don’t vote, you can’t complain” camp. So instead of complaining, I quit watching with the knowledge that my opinion and America’s opinion are often at odds.

But last night, when my roommate and I were waiting for Lost to start, we put on Idol for a few minutes. And that Lee DeWyze, man–he won me over with “Hallelujah.” Not only is the song amazing, but he did something pretty unique with it. And even if it’s not unique, as this article suggests, it’s still really, really great.

See for yourself:

And that’s why I’m going to watch American Idol next week. I might even try my hand at live blogging. I wouldn’t expect Idol to have a permanent place in this blog unless next season really blows my socks off (because really, this one was generally boring—but the Final Three all have excellent pipes, and I’m now excited to see how it turns out), but I’ll pop back in every once in awhile.

My prediction for tonight is that Crystal Bowersox will go home, because the voting populace is made up primarily of teenybopper girls, but I have not seen enough of this season to predict fairly, and females often make it far.

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