On last night’s finale of The Amazing Race, the network debuted a promo for the upcoming season. It’s another All-Stars edition. The CBS show first did one in Season 11 and then Season 18- the latter being dubbed Unfinished Business.
As a side note: While I was rooting for the Afghanimals, I was fine with a Jason & Amy Season 23 win. They had great attitudes, played a clean race and always helped out their alliance members. Had it not been for Amy, Travis and Nicole never would’ve made the Top 3. Girlfriend helped out Nicole big time (TWICE).
While I enjoy seeing returning favorites, I have a problem with teams coming back for a third time. Producers need to spread the wealth. I scoured online and uncovered the teams coming back. I also discovered several teams that were considered but never made the cut. If you love elimination spoilers, there’s also info about the first few below.
With Paul Rudd and One Direction on tap, Saturday Night Live rebounded after hitting a season low among adults 18-49 when Josh Hutcherson and Haim dropped by. Creatively speaking, the sketches improved massively as well. Rudd is hilarious on his own, but with surprise help from his Anchorman 2 cast mates, it reached a whole new level.
Kristen Wiig reprised Dooneese in a Sound of Music segment. Will Ferrell, Steve Carrell and David Koechner backed up Rudd during his opening monologue where they faced off against One Direction. Other highlights include the Michaelangelo small penis sketch, 1D concert line clip, the first black movie for white audiences and Jebidiah Atksinson’s holiday movie reviews. Check out all the clips below.
Gladiators brace yourselves. The number of Scandal episodes for Season 3 have been reduced from 22 to 18. Why would ABC do this? Surely, it’s not due to ratings. The political drama rakes in consistently high ratings. Last night’s episode propelled the show to become the season’s No. 1 broadcast drama in the key 18-49 demo.
Speaking of the episode, what did you think of the jaw-dropping revelation about Mama Pope? It’s all very Alias. Remember Sydney Bristow’s (Jennifer Garner) wickedly delicious mother Irina Derevko (Lena Olin)?
With such great numbers, what’s the reason behind this unfortunate decision. Though she’s never confirmed it, I highly suspect it’s due to Kerry Washington’s pregnancy. I can only imagine how difficult it would be for Shonda Rhimes to craft episodes with Olivia’s limited availability. After all, she is the epicenter of everything. Makes perfect sense to reduce episodes, rather than film substandard OMFG ones. Don’t you agree? Sound off below.
During last night’s The Sound of Music Live!, NBC debuted the first promo for the 2014 Golden Globes. Unlike Carrie Underwood’s wooden acting, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are two of my favorite things. The comedic BFFs return for their second time hosting the funnest awards show of the year. Earlier this year, the duo signed on for two more hosting stints after their well-reviewed debut as Globes hosts.
In the clip, Amy is on piano duties while Tina attempts to give a preview of their opening number. Unfortunately, they’re off-key and can’t harmonize. While musically they never hit the right note, I have no doubt they will hit all the perfect comedic notes come Golden Globes night. The 71st annual Golden Globe Awards will air on NBC on January 12, 2014. This year’s Miss Golden Globe is Sosie Bacon- daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick. Watch the promo below.
NBC’s big gamble (reportedly $9 million production) paid off. The live special of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer scored boffo ratings. It was NBC’s best Thursday performance (excluding sports) in the adult demo since the ER finale on April 2, 2009 and best overall viewing since the Frasier finale in 2004. The musical earned a 4.6 adults 18-49 rating, peaking at 19.3 million viewers during the 9pm hour. The NBC offices were definitely alive with the sound of music today for sure.
No doubt, Carrie’s huge fan base tuned in to support Nashville’s favorite daughter. I’m sure a fair amount also checked it out to see how Underwood would handle the iconic role of Maria von Trapp which was immortalized on film by the legendary Julie Andrews. While no one can ever touch Andrews, especially in this role, I thought Carrie handled the musical numbers quite well. Her acting, however, left something to be desired. Not surprisingly, she was quite wooden. With exception to very few outlets, Underwood was raked over the coals. Check out some of the scathing reviews in between the musical numbers below.
On a more positive note, I thought the Von Trapp kids were fantastic. “Do Re Mi” and Liesl’s duet with Rolf on “Sixteen Going On Seventeen” were two of my favorites. Audra McDonald as Mother Abbess was simply divine. Her Broadway roots definitely shined through. Acting opposite her, must’ve been daunting for Underwood. Also props to NBC for pulling this off so masterfully. Given the scope and logistical nightmare, I’m shocked there were no major technical problems. I hope NBC plans to bring another beloved musical to television next year. This is one holiday tradition I can get behind.
It’s another double elimination on The X Factor. If the FOX show factored in iTunes sales like The Voice, Jeff Gutt, Restless Road and Alex & Sierra wouldn’t be in any danger of leaving. Gutt hit #5 on iTunes rock chart, Restless Road peaked at #2 on the country chart and Alex & Sierra topped iTunes main singles chart. Their “Say Something” cover even bested A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera’s original version.
Even more impressive is the fact all the downloads were live performances and not studio ones like The Voice releases. Sufficed to say, it’s the best showing for any performance ever on The X Factor. Could that be enough for FOX to renew the show? It certainly makes things more interesting.
In other non-eliminated happenings, Little Mix and Emblem3 engaged in a battle for X Factor supremacy. While the Emblem3 guys are decent eye candy, they were no match for the sassy quartet from the UK. From their vocals to their choreography, everything was tight. I absolutely love these girls. If you haven’t purchased their latest album, Salute, you should (UK release only). It’s EVERYTHING. They’re a modern day All Saints meets Destiny’s Child with a dash of En Vogue realness.
Once again, there’s a double elimination on The X Factor this week. Previously, we bid adieu to Lillie McCloud and Josh Levi on Thanksgiving Day. Who will follow in their footsteps? I have a couple of acts in mind, but as we saw last week, anything can happen. On the agenda tonight, a diva number and unplugged one were required from each act. Who delivered and who faltered? Watch below.
Before we get to the performances, can we briefly talk about Paulina Rubio? Not trying to insinuate anything, but she appeared a tad influenced by something tonight. She was a special kind of crazy and incoherent tonight. I loved that Simon called her out at the end of the show by reading wacky ramblings she wrote down during the show. “Puppies love balloons…” What was up with that?
The second half of Teen Wolf’s third season is a little over a month away. After the well-received first half, fans are on the edge of their seats, waiting to see how the rest of the season plays out.
MTV recently released the creepy teaser for Season 3B. It begins with Stiles (Dylan O’Brien) walking down a long hallway that looks both beautiful and haunting. At the end, Stiles looks into a mirror seeing himself covered in blood. What happened? Is his fears of turning into a monster coming true?
Also in the teaser, we see Allison (Crystal Reed) petting a wolf and a tank-wearing Scott (Tyler Posey) trying to talk some sense into Stiles. Check the “Lose Your Mind” clip below. Teen Wolf Season 3B begins on January 6 at 10 p.m. ET on MTV.