jlh: MTV sock puppets sifl and olly (duos: sifl and olly)
I keep getting behind because I often don't watch everything until Friday, and no one reads LJ over the weekend, and then it's Monday again. So: this post does not include discussion of shows that aired last night.

HIMYM )
Castle )
Hawaii 5-0 )
DwtS )
Glee is getting its own post later today, because I have way too much to say.
Top Chef )
Community )
Project Runway )
jlh: MTV sock puppets sifl and olly (duos: sifl and olly)
First, since the posts were made earlier and then unlocked, my [livejournal.com profile] startrekbigbang fic is posted here on DW and here on LJ! Hurray! I'm really proud of it and hope people like it.

This week in tv, not so much with the joy.

HIMYM )
Dancing with the Stars )
Castle )
Hawaii 5-0 )
No Glee. Which is just as well as I don't actually have Fox on my cable system right now.
Top Chef Masters )
Community )
Project Runway )
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Default)
I was up at [personal profile] bhanesidhe's this weekend and finally watched the Undercovers pilot! And … it was cute! Like Castle, it reminds me of a USA show with higher production values, and Val and I talked a lot about Undercovers vs. Covert Affairs. I wonder, have the networks ceded not just super high quality shows but also middling-but-pleasant actionish shows to cable?

HIMYM )
Castle )
Hawaii 5-0 )
Dancing with the Stars )
Glee )
Top Chef Just Desserts )
Community )
Project Runway )
Also, The Soup made a Polanski joke about the Chilean miners, and Joel looked super hot in his three-piece suit plus stubble.
jlh: MTV sock puppets sifl and olly (duos: sifl and olly)
Yes, this is not inclusive of tonight's episodes!

HIMYM )
Castle )
Hawaii 5-0 )
Dancing with the Stars )
Glee )
Top Chef )
Community )
Project Runway )
jlh: Ted, Robin, Barney, Lily and Marshall from HIMYM (himym cast)
I still haven't seen Undercovers or Boardwalk Empire. There is no reason for this under than a vague nervousness about new shows.

HIMYM )

Dancing with the Stars )

Castle )

Hawaii 5-0 )

Glee )

Top Chef Just Desserts )

Community )

Project Runway )
jlh: Chef Tom Colicchio (gents: Tom Colicchio)
I had a little bit of a delay in watching some of these, and I haven't watched Undercovers or Boardwalk Empire quite yet, but here's the rest of my premiere week:

How I Met Your Mother )

Dancing with the Stars )

I've decided, sadly, not to watch Mike and Molly. If it ends up being any good, I'll catch it at the end of the season, but the whole Two and a Half Men crew do not inspire me with confidence.

Hawaii Five-0 )

Castle )

Glee )

Top Chef Just Desserts and Reunion )

Community )

Project Runway )

Also, ALSO? OMG NIGELLA LAWSON IS BACK ON FOOD NETWORK THIS SUNDAY. You guys don't even KNOW.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Clio Chibi)
As always I've been entertained by the best-of-the-year and best-of-the-decade lists that have been rolling out over the past six weeks or so. I'm not going to make a list of films or music, having consumed such a small portion of either of them. But television is a different story. So in alphabetical order, the ten shows I most enjoyed watching in the '00s.

  • American Idol. I've spilled a lot of ink on this one—you're either on the train by now, or you're not.
  • Avatar the Last Airbender. I ripped through the first two seasons on DVD on bad days, accompanied by quantities of donuts, and the combo always made me feel better. The finale was great, but I'd already gotten everything I needed in "The Boiling Rock."
  • How I Met Your Mother. I've talked a lot about this show as well, so let's just say it's the only currently running show I own DVDs of.
  • The Mole (first season). Ruined me completely for The Amazing Race. Hosted by a post-Channel One pre-CNN Anderson Cooper, who when I asked him if there was any truth to the rumor that the brainy puzzles of the first season had been dumbed down for the second, said "Of course not!" in a tone that really meant, "Of course they were; this is television." And so they were, and so the show was cancelled. But the first season? Amazing.
  • Project Runway. I'll let them have one bad season; everyone gets one. They gave me Tim Gunn after all, so they deserve a little break. And they introduced us all to the beauty of competency porn.
  • Sex and the City. To me it's not about sex, or Jimmy Choos, or fabulous parties, but about how women are friends today. And for that, I love it.
  • Six Feet Under. It had its bumpy moments in the middle to be sure, but overall it managed the trick of letting the characters be unlikeable without making me detest them or the show. It had one of the best final episodes of any television show, ever, and one of the best couples of television history in David and Keith.
  • So You Think You Can Dance. I believe in the dance, and so does the show. The love of the craft and the entertainment of dance seeps into every single frame—for all his grouchiness, you know it's a labor of love for Nigel, which keeps him from being the mean judge he sometimes tries to be.
  • Top Chef. More competency porn with a smoking hot bear of a head judge who champions simple New American cooking and appreciates fine French technique, who sees skill as a way to better cook from the heart. I love Padma and Gail, but it's Colicchio's mentoring and his stature in the industry that keeps the young chefs and the established guest judges coming back season after season.
  • Veronica Mars (first two seasons). I just saw the little 20-minute piece they filmed of VM at the FBI, and it made me ache with missing her. Those first two seasons—has there been anything better?


There are plenty of things I still need to see—the rest of Deadwood and Freaks and Geeks for starters, plus Wonderfalls—but this is a list I can stand behind.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Tim Gunn!)
Debate: Obama gave a great defense of the pro-choice position, and blew out all that negative crap Palin's been saying. Otherwise, it was kind of a snore, with McCain being really condescending and annoying.

Runway! I find I don't have a lot to say. I always watch the collections as soon as they come out. After all, they don't reflect challenges that might have kicked someone out; many's the time my favorite of the collections wasn't only not the winner, but was a decoy (Chris March, Kara Janx). spoilers! )

Top Design: Was it just boring because the show is boring this year, or because of all the activity on TV before it, or because designing the room of the future is inherently lame? Also, I'm no gear freak, but why are there never electronics in these rooms? I mean, the room of the future, I would think, would have some large screen and a whole wired thing going on, unless you're going all post apacolyptic. I miss the carpenters and being able to watch people build, which is interesting, rather than watching people shop, which is boring.
jlh: Simon Cowell, with the word "FAIL (gents: Simon fail)
Today was a day of FAIL, so thank you, Simon.

Project Runway and Top Design )

I have been reading this really fun Idol story and I don't want to spoil anyone so don't read this sentence unless you've read through chapter 19 of Renegade. I'm really done with people making Simon the villain! First, he's a doll; second, he LOVES D Cook and did the whole way through; third, it's really predictable! Do something else! Though to be fair, it isn't done, and I'm still hoping that the traitor is actually Carly and not Simon. Now I need to catch up on [livejournal.com profile] jm_cats's fic, which I thought he was posting to his journal and [livejournal.com profile] cakeforever but I was mistaken and it's like, 9 chapters in or something! But that also means more to read, which is yay.

Oh, I forgot, I totally worked out how I'm going to "watch" BSG. I started reading Jacob's recaps and as Jonathan Adler would say, j'adore! It means skipping over a little bit of the first half of season 2 because the Strega recaps are some serious ugh, but I reckon I'll read these recaps and get myself all caught up, and maybe watch a few things here or there. Everybody wins!
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Tim Gunn!)
Sorry for the delay--I went home last night and basically just passed out in the chair. Anyway, on to part three, which won't get to Avatar because my shipping PTSD story got way too long.

So Clio (you might ask) why did you run off into some reality television haze? Well, the first reason is that it gave me what I was looking for, and the second reason was timing.

Let's get real. )

Meanwhile, there was one scripted series I didn't drop from my TIVO: How I Met Your Mother. I know that many of you are pretty dismissive of this show and of sitcoms in general, but I really love it ). It's smart, it's funny, it has heart and is willing to show it, it has NPH, great writing, directing, acting, a fantastic sense of both time and timing--it's really just about everything I want in a show.
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Tim Gunn!)
J Lo had to back out of judging the Project Runway collections at the last minute and who stepped in? Why, Tim Gunn! My goodness, to see him at the judges' panel! And the very last one on Bravo/with Magical Elves.

The Bryant Park show was this morning; six designers and who knows how many of them were decoys. Project Rungay has the pics up from Getty:

Jerell
Suede
Joe
Kenley
Korto
Leanne

It's J Lo

Sep. 9th, 2008 01:09 pm
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (OMG JAY!)
US Magazine is reporting that Jennifer Lopez will be the guest judge for this year's Project Runway finale, which films on Friday under the tent at Bryant Park. Given that we have eight designers left and this week is a double elimination, there should be six collections showing, though it's unclear how many of them will be "spoiler" collections.

(The spoiler collections are shown at Bryant Park to keep us from knowing who will be auf'd in the next few weeks of PR, and are covered by all the press equally as no one knows which ones are which. However, they won't be included in the finale episode. In the past I've often preferred one of the spoiler collections to the collection that ended up winning!)

Time for another PR poll. Since we're halfway through I'm hoping that you lot are actually paying attention now, and I'll get more than eight respondents.

[Poll #1256589]
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Tim Gunn!)
The other day P____ was asking me what I thought about last week's PR and then said, "I should just read your blog so you don't have to repeat yourself" and I replied, "I haven't actually been posting about it." Well, except for that poll that six people voted in. Ah well, here goes!

Making a dress out of a car. )

What did you think?
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Tim Gunn!)
I cannot wait for Top Design, for reals. I fear that the only people with me on this are [livejournal.com profile] ziggy1278 and [livejournal.com profile] slytherincess, however.

You expect me to march into that birdsnest stadium dressed in that? With these thighs? )

A general note on the season as a whole: NBC is really using this show as a promotional vehicle, aren't they? It's almost as bad as Fox planting random stars of their shows in the audience at Idol. First the Olympics, then Brooke Sheilds, who stars in an NBC show. Some of it really does make the Top Chef sponsored challenges seem more organic in comparison.

P____ pinged me last night and said that he thinks PR might have jumped the shark. I've been saying lately that I'm personally over the whole bitchy-gay-fabulousness thing, which of course women can also do. I'm finding that I prefer the vaguely lesbian vibe of Top Chef; maintaining the appropriate level of fabulousness is exhausting. Besides, my two boys, P____ and D__, are not particularly obsessed with it nor demand it of me. However, I find that the seven fabulous gay boys this season—that is, all of them but Joe—really leave me hanging, while the women, who are by and large downtown girls rather than uptown ladies like Laura Bennett, are doing very well. Korto, Terri, Kelli and Kenley are all making clothes I would wear—I might even wear Stella's in the right mood. I don't have a lot of time for Jennifer (is any of that surreal?) or Emily and Leanne is too mannered for me. But on the boy side, I can't say I'm excited about any of them except Daniel, and him less as he repeats himself. And straight-boy-Joe is just kind of boring, though I adore him for being very aware of his responsibilities as a father of daughters.

Anyway, time for a poll, I think.

[Poll #1237393]
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (OMG JAY!)
Toni Basil is a big-name choreographer and who did "Mickey" as a one-off kind of fun thing while she was helping to pioneer the music video form. So, there you go. (That said, all that talking about street, like, whatever Toni.)

It's been pretty clear to me, anyway, from watching the dances last week that Will, Twitch and Katee would be in the top three, with Courtney and Chelsie battling for that fourth spot. Not that I don't adore Josh and Gev, and enjoy Mark, but Will is so good and Twitch so popular that I don't think they can be denied.SYTYCD )

Runway )

Top Design season 2, September 3!
jlh: Debbie Harry, recently (music: Debbie Harry)
Cat and Ryan: TWOP thinks Cat Deeley was robbed and is clearly better than Bergeron or Seacrest. I think she's clearly better than Project Runway's Heidi Klum, who yes, has hugely improved since season one, but really splits the hosting duties with Tim Gunn. Padma Lakshmi does a lot more on Top Chef than Heidi does on PR. Also, the performance show of SYTYCD is not live! I feel this makes all the difference. Love him or hate him, Ryan has to get a bunch of amateurs (and the singers are MUCH more amateur than the dancers) on and off the stage and keep the judges from taking over the show and get everything in on time and he does it night after night after night. Cat doesn't have to control Nigel; they just edit the comments to fit. I adore Cat—she's my second favorite host and given my Ryan love that's saying a lot. I agree that she should have been nominated. But I think it's Heidi and Howie Mandel who are the head scratchers in that list, not Tom and Ryan.

Andy Cohen: I rarely say really negative things here—it's just not my style. I'd rather talk about things I like than things I don't. But I was on the Bravo web site today looking at the judge blogs and noticed a little "catching up with Ronnie" (from Make Me a Supermodel) and decided to click on the video. Unfortunately, it was one of those annoying Andy Cohen interviews and I have to say, just because he's a network exec doesn't mean I have to listen to him. I used to find him amusing until he started taking over all the reunion shows. He was dreadful on the Top Chef reunion! His show online is like a really bad cable access show, but without the charm. He epitomizes that sort of gay male sensibility that I don't have much time for, where everything has to be either fabulous or bitchy. Ugh. After the Emmys last year he said "who cares about America Ferrara?" and pretty much, he lost me. I don't care if his after the show can only be seen by AmEx members; I certainly don't want to watch!
jlh: Donyelle from So you think you can dance season 2 (ladies: Donnyelle)
To keep my mind off other things, I am not-really live blogging SYTYCD! Lucky you!

Top Ten! Where your vote REALLY counts! )

As for our friend Project Runway, it's great to have Tim and Heidi back no matter what. First challenge! No voting allowed! )
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (OMG JAY!)
I'm finding that I have really limited interest in the revolutionary speeches of the French working class of the late 1860s. Moving on…

Two awesome television events this week! First, I know this has been all over the flists of some of you, but Avatar concludes on Nickelodeon this week. I love endings, so I'm really excited to see this one! Check out [livejournal.com profile] ali_wildgoose or [livejournal.com profile] yaytime's LJs for more details, or heck, the TV Guide. (I know, old school!)

Second, the next season of Project Runway starts on Wednesday! It snuck up on me because I'm not watching Shear Genius so I have missed all the promos. AND, TiVO alert: starting at 8am Bravo is rerunning all of PR4! Rewatch Christian's march to victory! Jack's sad and far too early exit! Chris March's totally goth use of human hair! Jillian's many mini skirts! Sweet P's endless freakouts! Rami's overuse of draping!

Okay, back to the Proudhonists now.

ETA: DONE with Proudhonists. Do not think I will include level of doctrinaire detail in the review I've yet to write.
jlh: Bennett Cerf smoking a pipe (Bennett Cerf)
So with American Idol finished, Top Chef still going, So You Think You Can Dance about to start and another Project Runway waiting for us later this summer, I found myself wondering why professional competitive reality shows—or really, these four particular professional competitive reality shows—became my comfort since my oft-referred-to-but-not-yet-explained freak out over narrative scripted television last spring. Particularly, I was reading [livejournal.com profile] astolat's entry about Tuesday's Idol in which she said:
I have to say, a fictional fandom has never hurt anywhere near this much, largely because I'm always satisfied to fix it for myself. Not quite so easy to fix the real world.
and I wondered, why don't I feel the same? Why was it healing, rather than more hurtful?

It's all about the process. )

So after all that: anyone else with me? Anyone watching reality shows for the unfolding of the process rather than the backing of a particular contestant or set of contestants? Or am I just a cold-fish weirdo?

notes )
jlh: Chibi of me in an apron with a cocktail glass and shaker. (Tim Gunn!)
on tonight's results )

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