Winter/Spring 2011 Season

31 12 2010

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

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

Wednesday
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.

Thursday
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.)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Contest Winner Announced! (And TV snippets for the week.)

9 10 2010

(Did I not post this already? I could have sworn I did, but then it wasn’t there. Sorry, everyone…!)

I took this week off from blogging due to a death in the family, but the good news is that the time off gave me a chance to assemble judges and decide the winner for what I have affectionately come to call the Sookie Book Limerick Contest. The prize, as you know, is an autographed hardcover copy of Dead in the Family. There’s only one book, but the second place limerick will be published here as well.

The entries were judged on five criteria: originality, creativity, humor, adherence to limerick form, and poetic rhythm. The rhythm and adherence to form weighed heavily on the judges’ decision, since there were several original, creative limericks that made us laugh out loud.

The winner is Lauren from Texas:

There once was a vampire named Eric,
Who some would find most esoteric,
But it’s without his clothes
When he’s banging some hoes,
We see his assets are perfect genetics.

And our honorable mention is Ryan from Massachusetts:

The kings offer came with a wink
Fairy blood he wanted to drink
Sookie scoffed at his proposal
poured Talbot in the disposal
Now poor Russell has sex with the sink

Congratulations, Lauren and Ryan! And thank you to everyone who entered. Your limericks were great.

And now, since I skipped major blog posts this week, I’ll give you some little snippets on my impressions:

Dexter: I’m kind of happy that Astor and Cody decided to live with their grandparents—it frees Dexter up for more serial killer hijinks! I’m really loving this season so far.

Weeds: The butter-eating contest made me gag, for real. I feel bad that the Botwins couldn’t actually claim their prize, but that would have made life too easy. Still not happy with this boring season.

America’s Next Top Model: Catfights galore. Things should calm down some now that Lexie is out, but I’m sad about it because I liked her (and Rhianna, who was sent home last week) and I don’t really like Kacey. But Lexie’s ousting was a long time coming, really. I loved this week’s photoshoot, and my fave Ann won top photo for the fourth week in a row—a Top Model first!

I will write a full Survivor post once things settle down here. Check back a little later.





Reality TV Roundup: ‘Big Brother’ Finale and ‘America’s Next Top Model’

16 09 2010

The Survivor premiere gets its own post later today, but it’s easy enough to combine these two. The Big Brother finale was, as usual, ridiculously drawn-out—a seven-minute season recap, CBS? Seriously? But I enjoyed the final HOH challenge, and despite my overall dislike of Hayden, I was satisfied with the outcome. I feel for Enzo—the guy has a family to take care of—but he just wasn’t a good player. I was rooting for Lane despite his masturbation, tales of small-animal killing, and misogyny throughout the show, but I’m not devastated that he lost. Hayden sure needs the cash more than Lane, and ultimately, the outcome has no real bearing on my life or emotional state. I’m in it for the entertainment.

The person I feel the worst for is Britney. Early Wednesday morning, the house she was renting with fiance Nick was severely damaged by a fire. It’s good that they didn’t own the house, that Nick and the dogs made it out okay, and that she won a total of $35,000 between the find-the-coin challenge and the Fan Favorite vote. If Nick can forgive her for being away for three months and kinda-sorta-here-and-there flirting with Lane, hopefully she can forgive him for not paying close enough attention to the gas grill before going to sleep.

I loved the reaction of the Final Three when Andrew revealed Matt’s lie. The Jury knew, of course, but Enzo, Lane, and Hayden had no idea. I still hate Monet and her refusal to acknowledge her bitchiness—Rachel is a piece of work, but I really do think she has a good heart underneath it all. It’s good to see her and Brendon still happy, and her considering leaving Las Vegas to be with him at UCLA. There was shock and horror all around as Ragan was shown to be the second Saboteur; everyone thought it was Matt or Kathy. It was fun, too, to see Kristen and Hayden’s showmance finally revealed. I wonder if the vote would have changed if they’d shown that footage first?

All in all, it was a decent finale to wrap up a relatively boring season. I enjoyed the show up until the Final Three, but the guys weren’t all that interesting or intelligent, or people I’d befriend in real life. Once Rachel, Brendon, and Britney were gone, a lot of the entertainment value was lost for me. I’m crossing my fingers for a better cast in BB13!

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Top Model was a lot of fun last night. The girls got to walk in a Diane von Furstenberg runway show four stories up on a glowy scary catwalk, then have words painted on their bodies for an anti-bullying photoshoot. Kayla really endeared herself to me, being the only lesbian in this cycle. She had some serious issues with her bully word, “queer,” but it came together for her in the end.

Ann and Kayla, my current faves, had the best photos this week. I also 100% agreed with Tyra’s decision to send Anamaria packing—not only was she annoying and conceited, but she did seem like she had an eating disorder based on the way she spoke and her body itself. One issue I have, though: This is only episode two. Anamaria walked in a bikini in casting, and the judges would have seen her body, her ribs, her lack of any fat. If they cast her just to set an example and make this episode into an after-school special about bullies and anorexia, then I’m not into that. I feel the motivation behind ousting her was good, but not if they planned it.

That’s all for now. I’ll be back later today with some Survivor awesomeness!





Reality TV Roundup: ‘Big Brother,’ the ‘America’s Next Top Model’ premiere, and Ali & Roberto in Boston!

9 09 2010

First, Big Brother. Last night was devastating for a lot of us—I can tell by the Google searches people use to find my blog that Britney Haynes is a fan favorite, and her eviction, though expected, was disappointing. I really don’t want Lane, Hayden, or Enzo to win, and now there is no other option. It almost feels like I’ve wasted my summer when there’s no one to support, but I’m hoping one of the guys will give me a reason to root for him before next Wednesday’s finale. I don’t really care who wins this final HOH, but if I had to pick one person to not make it to the final two, I’d pick Hayden. Lane’s a rich jerk but I like him because he liked Britney, and Enzo, though a poor competitor, has a little baby to look out for. I suppose Hayden was the best at challenges and he played hard to win, but I can’t stand his personality or his constant yelling in the Diary Room. Watch, Hayden will win HOH now. Just watch. Vote for the Fan Favorite!

America’s Next Top Model premiered last night. I usually don’t have much to say about reality TV premieres because I don’t know the contestants yet, and this one is no exception. But, this season seems like Top Model on speed—the theme is high fashion, so the model wannabes will have some crazy tasks ahead of them. The “pretty” girls, those who lack ability and just rely on their looks, will probably be out early. The really tall dorky girl, Ann, is my initial favorite because she’s the quirky underdog, but my opinions might change as the season progresses. Note that if I have to miss a show, I usually pick this one—my coverage may be spotty.

And finally, for all you Bachelorette fans, here’s a shot (taken from Ali’s Twitter account) of “Aliberto” at Fenway Park this week. Miss Fedotowsky herself threw out the first pitch at Tuesday night’s game!

Ali and Roberto at Fenway Park

Ali and Roberto at Fenway Park

I’m glad they’re still happy and in love since that gorgeous proposal in Bora Bora.

Talk to you soon! Less than a week until the Survivor premiere!





Jess’s Fall TV: What you can expect to read about.

27 08 2010

Fall Leaves photoMy TV schedule changes with the leaves. I will continue to blog Weeds, True Blood, and Big Brother until their respective finales, but this fall, I’ll be watching:

America’s Next Top Model, CW, Wednesdays at 8. Premiere: Sept. 8. I’ll be DVRing this one once Survivor starts, but I should still be able to blog about it.

New day! After 9 years of airing on Thursdays, Survivor (CBS) is moving to Wednesdays at 8. Premiere: Sept. 15; this season takes place in Nicaragua. This show is basically why I started a TV blog, so you can expect plenty of coverage.

Grey’s Anatomy, ABC, Thursdays at 9. Premiere: Sept. 23.

Private Practice, ABC, Thursdays at 10. Premiere: Sept. 23.
(GA and PP are so related that I may combine posts; we’ll see how it goes. I am taking two classes and working full time this fall.)

Dexter, Showtime, Sundays at 9. Premiere: Sept. 26.

The Walking Dead, AMC. Premieres on Halloween—Sunday, Oct. 31, at 9. It conflicts with Dexter, so the DVR will be getting some action.

Others:

-I’m behind on Gossip Girl, so although it premieres on Monday, Sept. 13 (CW, 9 PM), I probably will not be able to cover it. Unless I catch up. Hmm….

House starts on Monday, Sept. 20 (8 PM, Fox), but I’m a few episodes behind still. We’ll see.

-I’m going to give Shit My Dad Says a try, but I don’t know if I’ll blog about it. If not, I’ll at least give you my initial reaction and review. Premiere: Thursday, Sept. 23, 8:30 PM. (CBS).

-I’m still behind on The Office and 30 Rock, but they both start on Thursday, Sept. 23 on NBC.

The Amazing Race (CBS, Sundays, 8:30) premieres on Sept. 26, but I’m not sure yet if I’ll blog about it.

Is there anything else you want covered? Check out EW‘s Fall Cheat Sheet for a full list of premiere dates.