Monday, February 27, 2006
The Bachelor picks (yawn) Sarah (yawn) is it over yet (yawn)
I have nothing against Sarah from Nashville. She seems very nice and upstanding. Travis too. They're good people. But Sarah was just such an incredibly safe choice. Why go on the show? Doesn't he meet lots of Sarahs all the time? And it seemed wrong for him to act happy with her after what he'd just done. I didn't want to watch them kiss and giggle because I was still feeling bad for Moana. Why should they be making out after he'd just done this hurtful thing?
But I did see it coming. Moana wasn't privy to the scenes with his family, and how they said she "just didn't fit it." And it's true. That family spoke in cliches, and for them that's comfortable. For them the cliches seemed deeper than Moana trying to really put words to her feelings instead of just saying "he's amazing" and "we really had a connection." It's a cultural/socio/religious thing. She was too ethnic. Too exotic. Too hard to identify.
And that's why I couldn't relate to Travis the whole way through. His family would definitely not see me as fitting in! So I guess it isn't surprising that every time I started to get interested in a woman on this show he eliminated her. I didn't pick right one single time. Though I did think he would pick Sarah tonight -- unless we were being totally thrown off by the editing. His last date with Moana didn't have the spark. He just basically ate and left. And he didn't seem too warm towards her, whereas he was snuggling with Sarah after they ate even though she was a lousy tennis player. Someone in a Yahoo chat group I'm in said she looks like Wilma on The Flintsones, and I think that's true!
I wasn't a big fan of Moana in the beginning because she seemed too unstable, but by the last episode I was willing to look past all of her emotionalism because at least she seemed intelligent and aggressive and different and she didn't speak in cliches and when they (Travis's family) wanted her to talk in cliches she refused to. Travis and Sarah can speak in cliches now and have an "amazing connection" together until they put each other to sleep. Okay, I shouldn't have said that. They're comfortable together. Fine. But I hope Moana finds someone who can appreciate her. But I would make on request to ABC. Can they please not allow anyone on the next season to say they have an "amazing connection?" I sure didn't have an amazing connection to this show.
Which probably won't stop me from watching next time. Isn't that terrible?
Sunday, February 26, 2006
Dancing with the Stars Upset is not Upsetting
Anyway, Stacy Kiebler was her usual nicey-nice gracious self after being told she was ousted... "We're all winners" and she was crying and congratulating everyone else and it was so touching and now she's famous and probably won't have to be a professional wrestler anymore, so I guess she really is the winner in the scheme of things...
After Stacy was gone and we got to see all the old familiar faces, the only suspense was whether Jerry's popularity would make the show a complete sham, because it would be ridiculous for him to win. Which raises the question... if the audience voted for the obviously inferior dancer, would they override the decision? In other words, is the show fixed? Seems to me the judges must've been told to give Stacy all tens and Drew all nine's for the last dance just to up the anxiety level so we'd stay through the commercials. I mean hey, Drew Lachey JUMPED over Cheryl Burke's HEAD.
I personally want to congratulate all the stars and professionals for getting through the show without having an affair with their partners. (Now that everyone knows about Kristy Swanson and Lloyd Eisler having an affair I can't wait to see them perform for the last time when their final episode airs!)
And, finally, I have to congratulate Drew's wife for not going up on stage and wrestling Cheryl Burke off her husband.
dancing with the stars
Thursday, February 23, 2006
No Good Television in Costa Rica!
Friday, February 17, 2006
Surprise Elimination on Dancing with the Stars
After her elimination was announced, Lisa Rinna's husband Harry Hamlin looked so worried... but maybe that was because Lisa and her dance partner Louis Van Amstel can't keep their hands and lips off each other, and Lisa said Louis was her soul mate. I certainly think the wives and husbands of the dancers are being good sports here. Drew Lachey's wife, who is plumply pregnant, doesn't seem phazed at all about how her husband's dance partner Cheryl Burke wanted Len to know that they were truly passionate when they danced and Drew recommended that Len take "a little blue pill" to get in touch with his own sex drive.
Stacy Keibler looked humbled when it was down to the last two and we were waiting to see if it would be her or Lisa. I was intrigued. Could America vote her off? Now that would've been a true upset. But no. She'll be back. And it will really be between her and Drew. Does he have a chance? How are the women out there voting? I wonder...
Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Judges
Len Goodman should not have said that Jerry Rice was the worst dancer left. That just plain wasn't nice. It may backfire if enough people are offended by it and vote for him just to make him feel better. Lisa Rinna should be feeling a little nervous right now.
Dancing with the Stars
Thursday, February 16, 2006
Lloyd and Kristy for real?
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Kristy and Lloyd a couple???
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Julie Kenner may be Samantha Stephens in disguise...
Are you a TV watcher? Oh, yes!
What's your favorite show ever? Firefly and 24
What TV character (past or present) do you identify with most? Samantha on Bewitched. But, you know, I’m not supposed to tell anyone about my secret powers, so mum’s the word!
(She must have secret powers to write all those books!)
Does your main character watch any TV in the novel? Nope. She’s way too busy running for her life. If she had time, she’d probably watch a lot of the shows on E! And I don’t think that after her ordeal she’d watch 24. Too much like her real life!
Not surprisingly -- considering Julie writes mysteries and studied the law -- she likes crime show type stuff. On her website she also admits to watching Rescue Me, The Shield and CSI.
Julie writes a range of stories from sexy and quirky romances to chick lit suspense to paranormal mommy lit. Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer Mom, was selected as a Booksense Summer Paperback Pick for 2005 and is in development as a feature film with Warner Brothers and 1492 Pictures. Julie lives in Central Texas with her husband, daughter, several cats, and two birds.
(She has time to feed cats and birds on top of everything else? Definitely has super powers...)
Julie has the greatest book titles... THE GIVENCHY CODE came out last year, out now is THE MANOLO MATRIX and next year comes THE PRADA PARADOX. Visit her on the web at http://www.juliekenner.com to check out all her other books too!
Monday, February 13, 2006
Another Father Figure Goes Home on Skating with Celebrities
Anyway, the high point of the show was watching Kristy Swanson and Lloyd Eisler skate. It came right after a cute video of them practicing together, giggling a lot, and Kristy saying he was like an older brother to her. Then they did this really hot, sexy skate together on the show. Kristy looked happier and better than ever (has she lost weight?) and they “really had a connection,” which has to be the cliché of the decade. I think they should get married or have an affair or something.
Who will win between Kristy and Jillian? Could go either way… Does it really matter? Not really. Both teams are really good. For some reason the last show isn’t until two weeks from now. I hope I catch it. But if I miss it, that’s okay too. I have the feeling this show isn’t coming back, huh? The thing is… we all thought it was going to be packed with people falling and hurting themselves and humiliating themselves. The skill level, dare I say it, was too high.
There was a nice moment near the end, though. Tai was crying. She has the most interesting smile. Is it the teeth? Anyway, she said that she loved, when they're skating together, to look up and see Bruce. That was sweet.
skating with celebrities
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Michelle Kwan Faces Reality
Was that mean?
Skating with Celebrities
Friday, February 10, 2006
Dancing with the Stars Says Good Bye to George Hamilton!
And yes, it was slightly annoying and not really that funny when George proposed to Stacy Keibler over and over again, especially at the expense of ignoring his own adorable and gorgeous partner Edyta Sliwinska . She was such a good partner for him, made him look good, laughed at his jokes. How dare he flirt with Stacy!
Anyway, Jerry has his work cut out for him. And dare I say he will be voted out next. Or maybe it's Lisa who should be worried now...
Dancing with the stars
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Dancing With the Stars for the boys in Iraq
I still miss Tatum O'Neal.
Dancing with the stars
Monday, February 06, 2006
Skating with The Bachelor
Also frustrating. I had no more sense of what goes on between Moana and Travis after seeing them together. They kissed after he left the house, but it was hard to read. I’m not getting any sense of “connection” (as they say) between the two of them. So how has she gotten this far?
Sarah B. from Winnipeg and Travis seemed happy and giggly together while they were feeding the birds at that ugly river. (I wish they would’ve shown us more of Winnipeg!) And then they went to the bar and there was all that tension over Moana.
Then he went to her house. Sarah’s two brothers were so cute, how they sat there smiling. Travis got freaked out that Sarah still lived with her mom. I guess he’s worried that she’s too young and that made her seem younger.
When they were alone together on her bed, I felt like they really needed to be alone together to talk. I wished there wasn’t a camera on them. But there’s so much more between them than there is with him and Moana. (unless it’s the editing…)
Travis has some questions about Sarah from Nashville. He thinks she’d make a great mom, and would be fun to hike with… but it that all? Meaning… he’s not sure if he wants to have sex with her. Other problem: will she move away from her family in Nashville to be with him in the mountains. Where he would like to hike with her. But might not want to have sex with her.
I think Travis is bored with Sarah from Nashville. She’s totally appropriate and totally blah. He didn’t need to go on the show to get her.
Or maybe I’m just bored with her. She seems nice and everything but she never says anything interesting. But maybe I’m just not catching all the Southern clues that would tell me they’re bonding. I did like the video of her singing when she was a teenager. That made her seem spunkier than she seems otherwise. And "the kindergarten teacher" would make a good mom…
I admit, I missed most of what Susan was saying during their picnic cuz I was (sort of) paying attention to my family. She seemed to be saying something convoluted about glasses being half empty and full… I just see her as an opportunist actress who is rebounding from a broken engagement. And she’ll never go hiking with Travis in the mountains… though he probably would like to have sex with her. That’s the eternal problem of all men, isn’t it? How to find the woman who you can hike with AND have sex with. It was a good moment when Susan’s mother said she might just be… (dramatic pause)… acting.
Back in Paris, after the videos, I felt as confused as Travis seemed to. Should he marry the good mother kindergarten teacher? The cute student who likes to camp out? The sexy actress who would make a great trophy wife? Why was Moana so emotional when it seems like they never really connected? How did he complete her? (They MUST be editing stuff out.) It’s tough.
The real question is… not who does he want to marry… but who would he want to go on an amazing overnight date with.
So who did he get rid of?
My favorite! Sarah from Winnipeg. Okay, maybe she was too young. But she grew on me. I can’t say I’m very excited by any of the ones who are left. But maybe we’ll finally see what’s so great about Moana. Or will they keep editing that out?
Who am I going to root for now?
Skating with Really Cute Guys, I mean Celebrities
The first two couples tonight were hard to beat. Jillian Barberie’s washboard abs were impressive with her little bra/bathing suit top. And finally Kristy Swanson and Lloyd Eisner were truly appreciated by that icky judge John Nicks. Plus I finally noticed something. Lloyd Eisner and Jillian’s partner John Zimmerman are REALLY HOT. Hot in a way that male skaters usually are not hot, if you know what I mean. Gee. How had I not noticed? Okay, actually I had noticed about Lloyd, but the other guy had somehow not been on my radar, and I realized tonight that he's cute too!
Now, it was ridiculous that Bruce Jenner and Tai Babalonia came in first last week. I think that was more about sentiment for the two 70s stars than skill. But Bruce has gotten so good considering he just started skating 7 weeks ago and he’s the old guy there. He’s doing jumps, “edge work” as they say, lifting Tai, spinning. I guess the guy really is an athlete, huh? Though, as that judge said, he is so stiff. Though, as Bruce said, bad knees, kidney surgery and 2 Olympics…
It was no surprise that Dave Coulier got booted. Bruce outskated him! Nancy Kerrigan seemed truly sad to have to go. But none of this was as good as the time she skated with Chris Farley on Saturday Night Live. Now that was a classic.
Skating with Celebrities
Thursday, February 02, 2006
Dancing With the Stars With Fake Tans
George Hamilton said something about how he started out tan, but now everyone was tanned. That's become the most notable thing on the show. How they all have fake tans. So I gape at the fake tans... and Stacy Keibler's legs... and that vien on her forehead that pops out. One of the judges said she was as good as the professionals. I wondered if the professionals felt at all insulted by that. Can you get that good in a few weeks? (I ask the same question while watching Skating with Celebrities...) Stacy Keibler has perfected being all sweet and nice and girl next door saying the right things... and then you see her on cover of Stuff magazine looking all soft-porn... she's got it all figured out!
Dancing with the stars
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Melissa Senate's new novel THE BREAKUP CLUB just came out
Melissa's debut novel See Jane Date launched the Red Dress Ink imprint in 2001, has been translated into over ten languages, is an answer to a question in the 20th Anniversary Edition of Trivial Pursuit, and was made into a television movie for ABC Family. Her debut novel for teens Theodora Twist (such a cute name) will be published by Delacorte Press in May. And her fourth novel The Breakup Club about four singles in Manhattan, has just come out now.
But the real issue here is... does Melissa watch TV? The answer is yes! She might be walking in the woods up there in Maine or chopping wood or something... or she might be watching "The 200 Pound Tumor" on Discovery...
Are you a TV watcher?
I am such a TV watcher that I even watch shows like: "I Am My Own Twin" and "The 200 Pound Tumor" on Discovery Health. From "House, MD," currently my favorite show, to too many "Law & Order" reruns (love SVU too) to "Super Nanny" to every award show, to Noggin, which I put on every morning from 6-7 am for my three-year-old, TV can be a great souce of info and entertainment and it lets you unwind while eating popcorn. I'm especially grateful for the Noggin channel because it's educational, fun TV for preschoolers and there are no commercials.
What's your favorite TV show ever?
There aren't even reruns anymore, except sometimes on Nick at Nite, but: "Rhoda," which starred Valerie Harper. (One of my total favorites.) It was a spin-off show (for all you youngins) of the Mary Tyler Moore show. I loved Rhoda, her family, her job as a window designer, the issues of class, that New York accent, her "role" as the "perfect" Mary Richards' best friend, the great Julie Kavner (voice of Marge Simpson!) for a sister and the hilarious Cloris Leachman for a nemesis.
What TV character (past or present) do you identify with most?
For a long time I identified with Ally McBeal (in those first few amazing seasons, before the show went nuts). But now that I'm married and have a young kid, I tend to identify with any family show that nails family relations.
Does your main character watch any TV in the novel?
Hmmm. The Breakup Club has four main characters, and now that I think about it, NONE of them watches television in the book. The only one who does is Lucy's jerk of a husband, who's more interested in watching a segment of "Stupid Pet Tricks" on The Late Show with David Letterman than in the seduction she's trying to pull off. "Stupid Pet Tricks" wins, unfortunately. Or fortunately, since Lucy finally accepts that her marriage is ovah!
Check out Melissa's website for more info.