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Dancing With The ‘Stars’

Posted by tvondvdcritic on November 28, 2007

As if the finale of Dancing with the stars didn’t prove my point enough, that it’s a freaking popularity contest, one of the professional dancers is threatening to quit the show based on biased fan votes.

I don’t care about the show, I think it’s kinda ridiculous that these ‘celebrities’ (where’s Bai Ling?) go on a show and pretend to care if they win a dancing show. The only reason they want to win is so they stay on the whole season to gain exposure. And one of my reasons I hate the show, is that some of these celebs already have established fan bases and have unfair advantages.

So as I said, I could care less about the show. However, Mel should have won, everyone knows it, and I’m glad that someone within the show is stepping up to make a stand. Maybe if we’re lucky all these controversies will make this show collapse. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like that’s about to happen since the finale got 24.5 million people watching.

I think my Gramma summed it up best about the ridiculousness of the show when commenting on Marie Osmond’s obsurd doll routine, in reference to Marie being Mormon, my Gramma says ‘Does the church allow that?”


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Futurama Movies?

Posted by tvondvdcritic on November 28, 2007


One of the best cartoons of the 90’s and 00’s will be making it’s long awaited comeback. Futurama has released a ‘movie’ that is really just 4 individual episodes put into 1 set. The show is set to release 3 additional 4 episode sets, and will also have these episodes airing on Comedy Central next season. ‘Bender’s Big Score’ is the first set that has been released on November 27th, with the rest without a scheduled release date yet.

I don’t really get why they would put these out and package it as a movie, yet have 4 seperate episodes making up that ‘movie’, and I also don’t understand why if they already plan on releasing more ‘movies’, why they couldn’t put them on one set when they’ve all been shown on tv. Oh that’s right, money. If they charge 20 bucks (like they are for this first release) for each one, that’s almost quadruple what they could get if they released these as a season, and in one package.

I like this show a lot, however I do not like the marketing for their comeback. Don’t call these movies, call them episodes and release them as a set and don’t rape the customers with such high prices.

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American Gladiators For a New Generation

Posted by tvondvdcritic on November 28, 2007


Who doesn’t remember American Gladiators? Well guess what? Now even the new generation of youth will be polluted by this wonderfully bad show. NBC is bringing back the show in a revamped format with hosts Laila Ali and Hulk Hogan. If that alone isn’t bad enough to get you to watch I don’t know what is.

 I fondly remember watching this show and eating rice crispy treats as I was glued to the set seeing if Blaze or Gold could bring down their opponents on the wall or knock them off in jousting. How into this show was I? I owned the nintendo game, which was horribly bad, but oh so good. I threw my controller on more than one occassion while always losing in the final round since I could never do the rope game or the powerball. That’s not all. I also owned the entire trading card set of American Gladiators. You read that right. I own, and still have, American Gladiator trading cards. In fact, I came across them in my garage a while back, wondering what ever happened to Zap and Siren (the deaf one).

Related Story: American Gladiators Go Gay

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Bad Actor of The Week: Bai Ling

Posted by tvondvdcritic on November 26, 2007

I thought I would do a weekly spotlight profile of a bad/struggling actor since bad acting is one of my favorite things. The first person that stood out to me was a woman by the name of Bai Ling. I’ve heard about her strange ways but I got my first glimpse of  her this weekend in a clip from TMZ of her posing for pictures for celeb crazy fans who wanted a piece of anybody they could find. Of all people this is who they get. They could have at least got that unfunny guy from MADTV, Aries Spears. He was desperate for attention after being rejected from a nightclub in LA. He probably would have paid them to ooh and ahh over him. When asked what movies shes been in, no one knew, so Bai Ling proudly reminded them that she was in ‘Southland Tales’. Bai Ling isn’t a part of the celebrity alphabet list. And after hearing her speak I hardly think she even knows the American alphabet anyway. I guess you could say she isn’t ‘BaiLing-guel’.

Bai is a self proclaimed ‘alien’ from another planet, even though it’s documented she was born in China. I didn’t know aliens lived to be FORTY SIX years old. On her resume, shes credited for acting in Star Wars episode 3, where her scenes were all cut and never made the movie, a two episode guest appearance on ‘Touched By An Angel’ as Jean Chang, and VH1’s ‘But Can They Sing’ where she gives a vivacious performance of ‘Like A Virgin’. I think if I ever stared in a Juicy Juice commercial my acting career would be more successful than hers.

In the above clip, Ling appears in an episode of ‘Lost’ as a tattoo artist. This role is going to be reaccuring so hopefully her bad acting can continue to shine through.

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My Black Friday Receipt

Posted by tvondvdcritic on November 25, 2007


My favorite shopping day has come and gone, and this year was a bit of a letdown. Maybe because I have most of everything that was on sale, my purchasing was limited a bit. I ended up with the following:

Six Feet Under: The Complete Series ($119.99)

Extras: Season 1 & 2 ($13.49 each)

24: Season 2 ($24.99)

Family Guy: Season 4 ($14.99)

House: Seasons 1 & 2 ($12.99 each)

Seinfeld: Seasons 1 & 2 ($14.99 each)

A couple of those things were for Christmas gifts, and the HBO sets were for me. My receipt total was pretty low considering all I got. Hope everyone had a good day of shopping, I did despite the lack of choices.

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America’s Best Bad TV Show

Posted by tvondvdcritic on November 25, 2007


As if my reasons to hate MTV aren’t plenty enough, Randy Jackson of all people puts one more addition to my list. “America’s Best Dance Crew” is scheduled to premiere near the beginning of next year. First of all, what a ridiculous name. Second, don’t we have enough of these shows? So you think you can dance, Dancing with the stars and I’m sure a countless amount of other imitations I’ve never heard of seems to be enough to me.

I have honestly not tuned into MTV since about 3 years ago, however, I do know that they play nothing but bad reality shows (and I mean stupid bad) and this will soon take it’s place amongst some of the worst I’m sure. One more time slot that MTV could be using to show actual music, not that today’s music is any good anyway, but that’s a different story.

Auditions take place next month if anyone is interested in being a part of bad TV.

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Alert The Party Planning Commitee

Posted by tvondvdcritic on November 25, 2007


Everyone’s favorite (especially mine) uptight Dunder-Mifflin accountant is pregnant. Angela Kinsey who plays Angela Martin on ‘The Office’ and her husband are expecting their first child in May.

Congratulations are a must, however what I’m really happy for is what this will do to her storyline. Dwight and Angela having a baby? Pleasure overload. I can imagine how messed up that kid would be. Hurry up and get off strike would ya so we can get this great show back on the air and have Dwight plant his Schrute seed.

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Mindfreak Me As To Why People Would Buy This

Posted by tvondvdcritic on November 25, 2007

I never understood why people would buy reality shows on DVD. I think there replayability is extremely low and for that not worth the price of the set. Even more so is the low replay value of contest reality shows such as Survivor. I get why they would put it out since it’s a hit show (but going down the tubes fast. Honestly, how many more ‘twists’ and shocking betrayals can this show have? I’ve been over this show since season 3) but the only reason I can think of that people would own this is just to collect it.

Than there are other shows that I wonder why people would even buy. Example being Criss Angel Mindfreak. I’ll admit I don’t know much about him or his show, but I kinda get the premise and that’s enough for me to form an opinion.

First of all, he scares me. A lot. I don’t like the way he spells his name either (I bet he doesn’t really spell it that way which is sad). I’ve only seen bits and pieces of the show and all I know is he screams MINDFREAK!! really loud which is part of the reason he scares me and he does illusions, or ‘mindfreaks’ (I don’t know if he calls them that, seems like he would, but boy I hope not) in front of hicks or people who have never seen a ‘magic’ trick, so these people get especially mindfreaked when they see him vanish into thin air or jump off a building or whatever he does.

I saw one part of his show where he was hiding behind a wall on a roller coaster (I guess the hicks didn’t know that behind that wall was where the ‘trickery’ comes into play. Me, I see the wall, and I’m not impressed. Do your freaking out in the open!) and when the coaster comes to his part he’s in the roller cart. Then they pan to the hick crowd and they are shocked, awed, and/or mindfreaked.

I also saw once where he was on Larry King talking about his tricks and illusions and he even showed him some mild magic. Point being, he mindfreaked Larry King. That’s disturbing enough for me, enough said.

I can’t imagine the replay on this show being too high. You see one mindfreak, you’ve seen them all.

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Medium: Season 3 Review

Posted by tvondvdcritic on November 25, 2007


For anyone who hasn’t seen Medium, once told the premise they may think its a show not for them. I’ll admit it uses a formula that can at times get a bit tedious. Dream, encrypte, skepticize and solve. Repeat. The payout of the show happens when the beginning ties up to the end. Everything in between may be filler at times, but it gets the job done getting you to point A to point B and once that happens, Meduim shows off how good a show it really is. Having said that, since this show is in its 3rd season, keeping the process of dreaming and solving crime fresh, they need to come up with a way to shake things up a bit. They end up doing a nice job of that by throwing in some continuing storylines for the first time in this shows history. We get the return of 2 evil bad guys, Allison’s nemesis, a fellow mind reader who preys on weak women in a time of need, and an evil Dr. from the past who becomes an evil spirit in helpless victims. Along with them we have Joe, Allison’s husband, who gets a storyline, which to me seemed a bit weak at times, but ended up concluding nicely at the end, and Allison gets one in the form of a 3 episode season conclusion which highlights the dvd set with its strongest moments.Medium excels as a serialized show. I’m quite surprised it hasn’t gone that way already, but with how well the finale worked I wouldn’t be shocked to see them use that format more in season 4. Having each of the final 5 episodes have consequences for the rest really made the show have some pop and break away from the typical stand alone psycic crime solver. Within the final five episodes, Allison’s secret of working for the DA using her special talent gets revealed to tthe world in the middle of a nationwide media frenzy over a killer who decapitates people, and throws her and her familys world upside down, that of which will have consequences for the rest of the shows existence.The season starts out with a two parter titled ‘Four Dreams’. We get to see her real life husband play her dead ex boyfriend, and we also see the extent of Bridgette’s psycic ability as her dreams come into play involving a crime. For about the next 8 episodes Medium sinks into a hole, and never really regains momentum until ‘The One Behind The Wheel’. The premise of, is one where Allison begins to act as a dead womam who was about to be killed by her husband. This of course complicates her marriage with Joe as she stays in the state shes in for a couple days. Insisting she’s not ‘Allison DuBois’ she finally realizes something is wrong and decides to cooperate and fix the problem by solving the mystery as to why she is like that. Though it was a good episode, it suffers the same problem that the season finale from last year had, using one popular song throughout the ENTIRE episode. This song of choice was Corrine Bailey Ray ‘Like a Star’. It adds a good element to the show when they put in a pop song (i.e.- Grey’s Anatomy) but to only use that one throughout the whole episode, dilutes it.

The meat of the season occurs at the end where as I said above Medium becomes serialized for a bit. I surely hope it stays that way for season 4 because I loved it. Joe gets held hostage in his work, and the remaining episodes show him struggling with depression which affects his relationship with the kids and Allison. It didn’t do much for me until Allison’s storyline ended, which happened to involve her being ‘outed’ as a psycic by a news reporter played by Neve Campbell. Campbell befriends Allison as poses as a traveling businesswoman looking for a friend. What she really ends doing is using Allison for information regarding the ‘recapitator’ (puts heads on dead decapitated bodies, don’t ask, just watch the show) and for info on the D.A. When Allison dreams that her ‘friend’ is going to be the next victim of the murderer, she trys to warn her, and when her friend doesn’t believe her, Allison tells her how she knows, and the next day the local newspaper runs a story outing Allison. It was a great way to end the season, leaving a cliffhanger for viewers to wonder just how badly this will affect the DuBois family in the future.

For the most part is was a very good season. It had a low point halfway through but it ended well. Now let me get to the parts I hated since I seem to hate a lot of things about other things. The daughters. Yes, the adorable little psycic girls. However I do like Bridgette. I think for a 8 year old she has fantastic comedic timing. I do not like Ariel. I hate the way she and every other ‘child actor’ overacts. They make every dramatic scene way too dramatic and every other scene too high school play-y, if that makes sense. And there was one scene that made me wanna turn it off when they gave the youngest girl, maybe 2 or 3 years old, a line when she answers the phone, with a smile as if she knows its her big moment and says ‘Its for you Mommy’ before the other person on the line had time to talk.

This season built off the success of season 2, and continued to add to my appreciation for this great show with a great cast, particularly Patricia Arquette.

Score: 8/10

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Heroes: Season 1 Review

Posted by tvondvdcritic on November 25, 2007


Maybe the most hyped-up show of last fall season was Heroes. Now, I had not seen a single episode on tv, and I came into the show thinking it was gonna be sci-fi to the max, and I don’t particularly care for sci-fi. However, all the hype and all the praise can’t be wrong right?

 I could make this review really short. Here it is in a nutshell:

Random people discover random powers and decide to use them to save the world. However, they do not know what they are saving the world from, only that they need to save it. Some characters know how to use their powers, some don’t. Some know how to act, some don’t.

I must say that this had some of the worst acting *I have ever seen*.

In large part of Milo Ventimiglia. His screaming scenes and scenes of terror make me cringe, and also wonder how he got cast on this show.

The characters are spread across the country, but yet most of them are conveniently located in New York, where the ‘saving of the world’ will take place. They all awkwardly discover their powers and struggle with how to use them. Some more ‘amazing’ then others. Hiro’s ability to travel time is pretty cool I guess, as long as you ignore the fact that he ends up in ancient Japan in the 1400’s as part of the cliffhanger of season 1. You read that, ancient Japan. Someone tell me why I should care and how that makes sense.

Other powers include Jessica and Nikki. I still don’t know if it is one woman or two. Throughout the season the evil one appears to fight bad guys because the nice one is too weak. But then the two personas fight each other, and then they make up, and then at the end it turns out it’s the nice girl all along! She IS strong enough to fight the bad guys. How nice for her, how ridiculous for me.

And then there is Officer Parkman, formerly of my favorite show Alias, who can hear people’s thoughts. I didn’t have a huge issue with him except for the fact that halfway through the season he leaves to fight Sylar (who I will get to in a minute) and nothing else is explained about his wife and unborn child.

We also have  Mohinder, who is as annoying as his name sounds. He is ‘normal’ (for how long? Please, I can see this hidden power coming from a mile away) His father apparently searched the world for people with powers and was killed, so Mohinder takes over. How do they find these people with powers? I still don’t know.

Then there is Peter. The lead actor, god help us. He has the ability to absorb anyone elses powers when he is around them. He has a hard time learning to control his abilities and chaos ensues on more than one occassion. He also learns that he is what these heroes need to save the world from, because he is gonna explode! How? Who knows! They don’t bother to tell us why in the world he blows up! Guess we need to use our imagination!

There are several other heroes who don’t annoy me as much. There is Claire, the cheerleader, who was a part of the stupid slogan, ‘Save the cheerleader, save the world’ which in the end doesn’t turn out to be true, and she also has an adopted Dad, who, let me see if I get this straight, works for a company that captures these heroes for tests, and puts tracking devices inside them, and then finds out he has to bring his own daughter in to run tests, so instead he fakes his own death. Ok, I guess I hate Claire too.

The only character I could semi stand was Nathan, the brother and, get this, Claire’s real Father. He is running for office, congress I think, I stopped caring, and has the ability to fly. At one point he flys away during a speech to thousands, and nobody questions anything! Stupid townsmen.

I gave you the short version of the season, now here is the slightly longer one. As stated, random people recieve powers, for no reason at all, and must stop Peter from blowing up. However they don’t know that’s even happening until the second he’s about to explode. The entire time before, they know they have to save the world, but don’t know from what, so they look even stupider than they already are. Along the way they also have to defend their lives from ‘the bad guy’ Sylar. He, like Peter, can absorb other powers, but to get his he must kill them and steal their brain. Trust me it’s not exciting.

On a side note, another reason this show frustrated me, is anyone and everyone had a power. There seems to be no shortage of gifts under the super power tree. No explanations to why they have them, and even the smallest of characters (role wise and size wise) have powers. Maybe you too have a power. The power to not watch this show perhaps?

As you are about to read my score for this show, you may be surprised to why I gave it that high of score. I will say that most of my frustration and what I wrote is directed to the second half of the season. The part when they are supposed to explain what was, for the most part, an interesting show that just needed some answers, but instead we just got more confusion. If you can tolerate a show with a potentially good storyline that goes downhill and bursts into flames (literally, Peter Petrelli) in the second half, Heroes is the best show ever.

Score: 5.5/10

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