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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!

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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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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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Are you tired of the winter blahs on TV?  Dreading another titular top 12 on American Idol?  Wondering when Heidi Klum will ever grace your screen again?  Grrrrrl – I feel you.  So when the boob tube is bumming you out, just remember three things:

Carla is crazy/awesome on Top Chef!  You go, girl!

photo courtesy BravoTV.com

photo courtesy BravoTV.com

Battlestar Galactica is nearly over, but we can count on Starbuck to tell us where to go!

Fabulous photo by puntabulous.com

Fabulous photo by puntabulous.com

And you do NOT want to mess with Mama Sun on Lost.

THANKS to My Plaid Pants for this one!

THANKS to My Plaid Pants for this one!

(That last one is totally on my desktop right now.)

Enjoy!

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I *heart* Carla!

Crazy Carla, you have my heart!

photo courtesy BravoTV.com

photo courtesy BravoTV.com

Your win this past week in Top Chef was awesome, and you even went to the Super Bowl?

How frakkin’ cool is that?  (C’mon people, you know you love that wide-eyed, crazy smile she has.)

You go, girl! Take it home!

(In other news, buh-bye, Jeff.  I hope you can cook yourself up a real personality in the future.)

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Checking in with…Top Chef

It’s been awhile since I’ve talked about the recent season of Top Chef.  I’m sure you can understand why – my wonderful boyfriend is gone!  And I think it was unfair.  Bring back my Richard!

photo courtesy BravoTV.com

photos courtesy BravoTV.com

So with my reality love gone from my screen, I have had to work to find new people to root for.  Right now I’m pinning my adoration on Carla and Ariane.  Weird, right?  I clearly have a preference for a woman that looks or acts just a wee bit crazy.

I mean, how can you not love Carla when she gets all crazy-eyed fawning over the Harlem Gospel Choir and Kenneth Cole?  And at the same time she shows the integrity not to throw Danny under the bus even though he clearly sabotaged her wonton salad cups.  Also Carla is a DC-based chef right now, and I’d love to see her open a restaurant so I can try it out – I hear she likes to make pies.  (No, I’m not itching to go see Spike’s burger joint.)

Ariane seemed like a real loser when the season started, but suddenly Ms. Jersey Girl is on fire – and becoming a real pleasure to watch.  No one appears more surprised by her success than Ari herself, and that’s pretty cool.  Plus I admit I get a touch of schadenfreude every time she one-ups Jamie in a challenge!  I am starting to wonder if Jamie’s poised to win it all, however.  Just lay off the scallops for awhile, girl.

The men are so-so to me (lots of bravado, not a lot of substance), but Hosea is starting to become a pleasant contender.  We’ll see how long he’s in for it.

So what do you think?  Who’s your favorite now, since the adorable Richard is gone?  And who do you think will win?

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My reality TV boyfriend

Photo courtesy BravoTV.com

Photo courtesy BravoTV.com

It’s been a long time since I’ve watched a reality TV show that I enjoyed and at the same time found a guy on it that was my kind of man (if you know what I mean, and I think you do).  And then into my life this week walks Richard on Top Chef‘s new season – be still my heart!

Reasons for me to adore Richard – let me count the ways:

  1. He’s tall and handsome with a well-trimmed beard.
  2. He does not have a fauxhawk.
  3. He’s out and proud.
  4. He thinks judge Tom Colicchio is cute and wants to take him out for a drink (agreed).
  5. He works in San Diego, one of my favorite places to visit.
  6. He likes to shop at a farmers’ market (see below).
  7. Although he sliced his thumb open, he kept going to finish the quick fire challenge (like a certain other chef I know and love).
Photo courtesy BravoTV.com

Photo courtesy BravoTV.com

Of course Richard has a boyfriend and I have a husband, so this is strictly a fantasy relationship!  And it’s about time I have someone to root for from the beginning, y’know?

Anywho, Top Chef was off to a fun start and I’m really looking forward to this new season.  How about you – did you catch the premiere?  Any early favorites?  Do you hate Stefan already?

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