It’s hard to believe that we are only two short months away from the 44th Annual NFL Superbowl. Being the core Football fanatic of the bunch (more obsessed with the CFL but the NFL has grown on me), I felt it was my duty to discuss the highly anticipated post-Superbowl TV Event. Each year, following the ‘big game’, major networks typically follow the broadcast with a debut of epic proportions. In past years this has included smash hits such as the Simpsons (combined with the launch of American Dad) on Fox, as well as the first episode of another Survivor installment on CBS.
What’s lining the pages of TV guide this year? Is it the Heroes vs. Villains Survivor (in lieu of Rich’s awesomeness)? Or ABC’s recent smash hit The Mentalist? Nope, and for the first time since 1995, CBS will debut a new television series directly following the live football telecast.
Well, if you’re already going through Glee withdrawals, you’re in luck with some more musical medicine heading your way. Tonight, a new show called “The Sing-Off” debuts, hosted by Jessica Simpson’s 98 Degrees ex, Nick Lachey. Dubbed “The Ultimate A Capella Competition” The premise of the competition is eight a cappella groups “sing-off,” battling it out for the grand prize of $100,000. Unfortunately for the larger size groups, this means a much lower payout in comparison to some of the smaller groups. If they all agree to split evenly, the biggest payout is $25,000 per person, and the lowest is $8,333.
“The Sing-Off” will take place over four-nights premiering tonight (8-10 p.m. ET) and continue on December 15 and 16, finishing off with a live finale on December 21 (8-10 p.m. ET each night).
Are you going to watch?
Here’s the song list for tonight’s 2-hour premiere, according to EW:
Opening all-group number: “Under Pressure,” Queen/David Bowie
“Unwritten,” Natasha Bedingfield
“I’m Yours,” Jason Mraz
“Watcha Say,” Jason Derulo
“Magical Mystery Tour,” The Beatles
“Dancin’ Queen,” Abba
“Somebody to Love,” Queen
“Livin’ On A Prayer,” Bon Jovi
“Think,” Aretha Franklin
Now, meet the competing teams…
“Mamma mia – here we go again!” With the season finales of The Hills and The City this week, a new “reality” show has washed ashore- Jersey Shore, to be exact. Well, Seaside Heights, Jersey to be even more exact. The show, which premiered last night, is about 8 guidos (for men & for women) living in a summer house. Their over the top personalities and their commonality as Italian-Americans make this show different, as they face the same drama that the other MTV reality show characters encounter with their personal lives, career, friends, and night life. The other difference is that they are all living under one roof, in comparison to The Hills where they often meet at birthday parties and over sushi. Eight strong personalities being filmed, all under one roof can only lead to one thing: drama. Sounds promising, right?
Well actually, the show has already created some controversy, even before airing, with Italian American communities across the country upset about the racism towards their kind. “What’s a matter for you!!!??” The cast members and those involved in the show have said that they are proud of their heritage and the show is not in any way supposed to be racist. In case you missed the two-hour season premiere, here is an introduction to the housemates. Catch up next week!
Here we go, it’s all come down to this final episode. 13 weeks of challenges and eliminations.
Last week we saw the “getting to know the finalists” episode. Althea and Irina have more drama. Carol Hannah prays to the porcelain god that she’ll be well enough to finish her collection. And Tim Gunn pretends that he likes going to meet strangers out in the freezing cold New York Suburbs.
The end surprise twist is that they to create a 13th look, and they each get a sewing helper. Since the filming was about 8 months ago, the internet has already published all the final collections. This is the first season there were no dummy collections (to try and throw off speculating who made the finale). Apparently, the designers didn’t open their shows so the audience didn’t know who’s collection was who’s.
Last week, we found out our final three. Congrats to the ladies: Althea, Carol Hannah, and Irina.
Based on the challenge alone, Gordana really should have beaten Althea, but as the sparsely attending Nina Garcia ironically stated “I don’t know who she is as a designer.” Well, maybe if you showed up to more than a handful of challenges, you might know that. Recently, Nina gave a quote saying she regrets missing any episodes, but it was a choice between PR and the Paris runway shows, and she chose Paris.
This week’s episode is the first of two finale episodes. We get to see Tim visit all of the designers homes, and we also get to see all of the designers reunited after months of work.
Althea speaks about the tension between her and Irina, but I think it’s more the producers baiting her into talking about it, as it the tension doesn’t really come across when we see the designers together.
The designers all leave the LA space, back to their homes. Tim comes to give them all advice mid-way through their collection design time.
It’s all fun & games until someone loses…their life. A contestant on the 3rd season of the ABC hit show “Wipeout” died after suffering a stroke while performing one of the stunts on the show. A 33 year old recent graduate from USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism named Tom Sparks was pronounced dead on November 5th.
While performing one of the stunts on the show, he suffered a stroked and was rushed to the hospital where doctors performed several brain surgeries on him, but ultimately found that there was too much brain damage and Sparks eventually died.
He first started complained of pain in his knee at the beginning of the obstacle course. The producers told him to stop, and then medics noticed he was short of breath as well…so they took him to the hospital. His father, Bill Sparks, told friends and family that his son did have a pre-existing condition called antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS), which causes unnatural clotting of the blood. He seemed healthy though and certainly was living his life to the fullest, having just completed the Long Beach Marathon. Obviously, there was more going on with his health than people, including him, knew.
Oooh, last challenge before Bryant Park! Anybody remember Ari Fish? Or Mitchell Whatshisname? Over the last eleven weeks, we’ve seen the same number of designers miss their mark.
Last week, lady favourite Logan made a hideous mess and was sent packing. Five designers remain for the last challenge, which for the third week in a row, is an inspiration challenge. Damn, I was hoping for a drag queen / female wrestler / these are high end designers, but let’s kick one out because they can’t do niche pieces challenges.
Irina and Althea are a little awkward toward each other because of the plagiarism accusations of last week. Meanwhile, Christopher can whack off as loud as he wants now, as he’s the last man / boi left and is alone in the apartment. I bet he cries during that too.
The inspiration for the challenge this week comes from the Getty Center. LA mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa greets the designers on site to introduce the challenge (oh please don’t let him be the guest judge this week).
Last week on Project Runway, the designers were handed a challenge from occasional judge and consistent bitch Michael Kors to design an outfit inspired by a city. The usual top performers performed well, and again Christopher was in the bottom three. And AGAIN he was safe.
This week, with six people left and one more challenge after this one, the designers had to make a look based off one of their winning looks… Oh, except for Logan, because he never won. I’m sorry, why is Epperson not still in this competition?
I was impressed with most of last weeks looks. Here’s hoping this week can produce something good as well.
At the beginning of the episode, Logan and Christopher verbalize what we’ve all noticed. The boy talent this season is lacking. Out of the six designers left, these two are clearly the worst and I think they know it.
On the runway, all the designers are facing away from the catwalk so that their past outfits can be set out on the stage. When they turn around, Heidi let’s them know that the challenge is to make a companion piece that compliments and enhances their best previous look. I enjoy the premise of this challenge. It makes sense as a fashion challenge. Designers have to be able to make a cohesive look in a collection, so this should give a hint as to who will thrive at Bryant Park.