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I just haven’t been gabbing about TV much lately.  Perhaps you’ve noticed?  No blog posts in weeks?  What could be causing this situation?

Hard to say – chalk it up to the mid-season doldrums.  I’m floating in a sea of “meh.”  Let’s do a quick run-down of my TV schedule and get at the problem areas.

Mondays are around strictly for comedy – The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother.  Even though these are still highly reliable shows for good laughs (“Cat funeral…”), I think I’m craving a little more.  Maybe I was hoping there would be more laughs to be mined from the unlikely pairing of Robin and Barney.  And is the relationship between Penny and Leonard taking the edge off of Sheldon’s disdain?  No worries – these shows are still funny and I’ll keep watching.

Tuesdays just suck, honestly.  Can someone tell me what we should be watching?  Right now it’s Netflix night.

Wednesdays, on the other hand, are far too packed with stuff to watch!  5 different shows, at least 3 of which I watch live.  And they range from just OK to awesome.  First up there’s America’s Next Top Model, which is fast becoming the show I need to let go.  The novelty of short models wore off real quick, and most of these girls just aren’t good – Nicole’s the only one worth watching.  But it’s hard to watch her, because at every opportunity Tyra has made this show all about her.  I mean, come on – “smize?”  Unless the show gets awesome again fast, I think this is my last cycle.

Photo courtesy CWTV.com

Photo courtesy CWTV.com

The good show is definitely Glee!  Yes some of the episodes have had some not-as-great parts, and sometimes we’re concentrating on too many plotlines.  But you have to admit that when it’s good it rocks!  Jane Lynch is blowing the lid off this show time and again, and those musical numbers are just so much fun.  Long live this show!

Photo courtesy FoxTV.com

Photo courtesy FoxTV.com

Conversely I’ve been real disappointed in Top Chef.  It has just felt like the wheat (Jen, Kevin, the brothers) and the chaff (everyone else) are really obvious.  Can we just cut all the way to the finals, please?  I don’t know how many more weeks I can watch Robin skate by while waiting for the inevitable Jen vs. Kevin showdown.

So You Think You Can Dance is certainly gearing up to be a good season, but it’s felt like forever for us to get there!  How many audition shows must we suffer through?  I know that this week we finally get our top 20, but I’m afraid to believe it for fear that Cat will say, “But first – auditions from Omaha!”  On a side note – word on the street is Mia could be leaving the show.  Noooo!!!

There is one other new show this fall which has garnered a season pass on our TiVo, and that’s Modern Family.  It’s smart without being too smart, and silly without being stupid.   Great acting, and oddly relatable.  I’m hoping this one will be around for the long haul!  (But do me a favor, ABC – move it to a less busy night for my sanity.)

Photo courtesy ABC.com

Photo courtesy ABC.com

Thursdays are for more SYTYCD, and from time to time we might catch a little 30 Rock.  But we gave up on The Office long ago.  And then there’s Project Runway.  Let’s face it – this season went from fab to drab.  And I think it can all be traced back to inconsistency in the judging, which Nina has pointed to herself.  She swears things will be better next season when they are back in New York, to which I say – I hope so!  We don’t deserve to keep watching Logan making crap and skating by week to week.  (My early pick to take it all – Althea.  I think she’s been the most consistent.)

And that’s basically it for our TV week.  I don’t even watch The Amazing Race any more, so our weekends are wide open.

So what do you think – is this season living up to your expectations?  What’s failing and what’s flying?  And what really great shows am I not watching?

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The new Project Runway

project-runway-season-6At long last, the sartorial madness of Project Runway has returned to television.  But now it’s on Lifetime.  Is that good?  Is it bad?  Let’s discuss.

Well here’s the good news – the show is pretty much exactly what you know, love and remember from it’s previous 5 seasons on Bravo.  There is no discernible change in the variety of the challenges.  Tim is still there giving his pithy comments, and Heidi adds amusing commentary with her delightful accent.  The runway shows are set up exactly the same, right down to the music.  And that means – you guessed it – the drumbeats of doom are still there, too!

The biggest change is that this season is taking place in Los Angeles, although the final runway shows will still be back at New York’s Fashion Week.  The move to the west coast isn’t a big one – the work room at FIDM is similar to Parson’s (although a bit roomier), and there’s even a branch of Mood nearby.  We do get some establishing shots of sunny weather, of course.

But the real change with the move to LA is that the number and wattage of the celebrity judges is increased.  We’ve already seen Lindsay Lohan and Rebecca Romijn.  We know that Eva Longoria Parker is coming up in the near future.  Who knows who could drop by?  Now, all that might make you worry that we’re not going to see many luminaries in the fashion world, but never fear – we’ve already had Monique Lhuillier sitting in for Michael Kors this past week.

The new Project RunwayAs for the designers, it’s hard to keep up with all of them at this early stage of the game, but I certainly think that Christopher is a cutie to watch.  Of course, if he keeps up the “I have no formal training” shtick every week, he’s going to wear on my nerves.  I’m also starting to like Althea, who seems to just be very genuine and sweet.

So – overall, the show is really all that you love, and you’ve got nothing to fear by switching your channel to Lifetime.  Sit and debate with your friends which network is more for gay men.

There is a change that comes with the new producers – Bunim/Murray of The Real World infamy.  They’ve developed a short follow-up show called Models of the Runway, where we see all of the model selections/eliminations, and the girls all live in the same house.  But America’s Top Model this ain’t.  It’s bland, full of shrieking girls with mashed potatoes for brains, and a complete waste of time.  Do yourself a favor – when this show comes on, turn the TV off and curl up with a good book.  I recommend the one I’m currently reading – My Life in France by Julia Child.

Photos courtesy Lifetime Television

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Today is the day!  The casts have been announced for two beloved reality TV shows – are you ready for it?

First up, the designers from the long-awaited season 6 of Project Runway, premiering on Lifetime.  Check them out below, and start pre-judging them!

Mike Yarish/Lifetime Networks, 2009

Mike Yarish/Lifetime Networks, 2009

For more information, check out the reliable folks at Blogging Project Runway.

And back on Bravo, it’s time for another season of hot dish on Top Chef!  The show is taking place in Vegas – fun!  Toby Young will be coming back as a regular judge – not so fun!  But here is the cast below.  Who looks luscious to you?

Justin Stephens/BRAVO

Justin Stephens/BRAVO

For more information on the season, read the article on E!

So set your DVRs now, people – it’s going to be a hot month!  What else are you looking forward to?

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The main TV season is over for the year, and the summer season has begun.  Let’s talk about what’s gone, and what’s coming up!

First off, I have to mourn the loss of our dearly departed Reaper.  Maybe it wasn’t a truly amazing show, but it always gave us some giggles, and the series finale had a couple huge laughs.  The writers did a nice job in season 2 keeping the storyline moving along, and introducing Nina the demon as a girlfriend for Ben was genius.  Clearly the finale wasn’t meant to be a real end for the series, but it will have to do.  I guess I’m back to just 1 show to watch on the CW anymore!

Reaper Ben Nina

Currently it’s still a good time for TV.  We’ve been blessed with the final episodes of Pushing Daisies, which is being prematurely canceled.  At least we have a few more moments to savor.  If the upcoming episodes feature Olive singing additional songs by Lionel Ritchie, I say – heaven!

Talking about TVAlso we have been sucked into So You Think You Can Dance.  It’s a show that my friends have been imploring me to watch for years, but I think I was too gun-shy from American Idol.  Fortunately SYTYCD is vastly superior, and really features some top-notch talent.  The judges offer substantive feedback to the dancers, and some people are put through to the next round even if they aren’t totally photogenic.  Imagine that, Idol producers!  Right now I have my eye on the two blond sisters that auditioned in separate cities.  They were showing modern dance at its best.  Also I’m fond of this redhead (Natalie) – she’s utterly charming.  So bring on the tamale train!

Finally, you should pencil something into your August calendar now – it’s the return of Project Runway!  According to the folks at Entertainment Weekly the show isn’t going to change much at all now that it’s on Lifetime, other than the current season taking place in Los Angeles.  I can hardly wait!  Bring on the withering stares from Nina Garcia!

So that’s my story – now it’s time to tell me yours.  What shows are you sad to see cancelled this year?  Or are there any that you breathed a sigh of relief when you heard they were renewed?  And what will you be watching during this long hot summer?

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I want to keep you up to speed on all the latest TV news, so here are a few tidbits you should hear if you haven’t already:

Pushing Daisies will be back!  But only to finish out its season.  But the specifics are, unsurprisingly, vague from ABC.  Insiders have reported that it could be mid-summer, so keep your eyes peeled around June.

photo courtesy ABC.com

photo courtesy ABC.com

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At long last, the legal brouhaha over Project Runway is over.  The details don’t really matter to us, the fans – all you need to know is it will air on Lifetime very soon.  Expect to see season six episodes sometime this summer.  The whole season has already been filmed, so they just need to broadcast it!  (After marketing it heavily during TV movies starring Melissa Gilbert and Lindsay Wagner, of course.)

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Lastly, I want to continue sharing the love that is Susan Boyle.  I feel like I’ve told everyone in the free world to watch this clip, but in case you missed, become one of the 12 million hits on YouTube!

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