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The 84th Annual Academy Awards

In the weeks leading up to the Oscars, people have been predicting who will show up, who will win and what people will wear. It’s the last major award show of the season, which means the stars (usually) bring out the big guns in terms of fashion. Here’s our rundown of the styles and the winners.

The Fashion

Nicole’s favorites

Jessica Chastain – This one is no surprise, as everyone on the red carpet was talking about how great she looked. I was surprised that I actually liked her dress because the gold and black combination isn’t usually a favorite of mine. Everything about her look was perfect though – her dress, her hair, her jewelry. And how cute was it that she brought her grandma with her?

Michelle Williams – I must say I was pleasantly surprised with her pick. She’s usually someone whose dress I either don’t like or don’t have an opinion on. This dress was perfect. I loved the tiers and the color, and it looked great on her. I’m not sure why the back wasn’t the same color, but I didn’t hate that either.

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Time for a New Show!

Now that all the regular season shows have ended, it’s time for all the summer shows to start! I used to not watch many summer shows, but recently I’ve accumulated several on my list of favorites. True Blood, Weeds, Breaking Bad, Man Men…and most recently, Covert Affairs and Franklin & Bash.

But, there’s always room for more! A friend of mine told me she saw a commercial for a new USA Network show starting this week – Suits. After investigating further, I learned it’s about a college drop-out with a photographic memory who inadvertently ends up in job interview a top New York City law firm and gets hired. It stars Patrick J. Adams (you might recognize him from two episodes of Friday Night Lights if you’re very observant) and Gabriel Macht (who I loved as Mandy Moore’s love interest in Because I Said So).

Here’s the trailer so you can check it out!

 

-Nicole

Oldies, but Goodies

Although summer TV has gotten better over the years – thank you, cable – I tend to turn to some of my favorites when the temps heat up and the regular TV schedule winds down. And this summer is no different. Once again I find myself setting my DVR for shows I watched growing up: Friends, Saved by the Bell, Gilmore Girls, and even the original Beverly Hills, 90210. I’ve seen the same episodes over and over again, yet they never get old. Remember the Friends episode when Joey puts on ALL of Chandler’s clothes? Still funny. What about the episode of 90210 when Donna almost doesn’t graduate? Still classic.

Friends

For many years NBC owned Thursday nights with their hilarious sitcom line-up of Must See TV. With shows like Cheers, Night Court and The Cosby Show, and later Seinfeld, Will & Grace and Frasier, NBC drew in millions of people week after week. This list is hard to compete with, but one of the all-time bests was Friends. Monica was uptight, Ross was a science nerd, Phoebe was an oddball, Chandler was sarcastic, Joey was dumb, Rachel was spoiled, but every single episode to this day still makes me laugh out loud.

Here are a few of my favorite moments:

  • Ross and Rachel FINALLY get together – that kiss inside Central Perk!
  • Monica, Joey and Chandler have to explain what happened on the beach… with the jellyfish…
  • Phoebe awkwardly hits on Chandler until  he cracks about his relationship with Monica
  • PIVOT!
  • Ross’s leather pants
  • The holiday armadillo

And the list goes on and on. I’m sure you’ve even got other great moments popping into your head right now! Am I right?

Saved By The Bell

Zack Morris? A.C. Slater? Who could resist! Saved by the Bell is probably pretty high up on the list of cheesiest shows ever made (“I’m so excited, I’m so excited, I’m so… scared!” – Jessie Spano) – but I love it. And most people I know love it. From Zack’s scheming ways to the constant fights over Kelly to Screech’s obsession with Lisa, it never got old.

Thanks to my interns and this show, I felt pretty old recently. Let me just say, I realize 25 is not old, but it’s all relative. Anyway, I remember a time when Saved by the Bell episodes were brand new on Saturday mornings. My interns on the other hand watch the show as they get ready for work… and the episodes are all brand new to them now. See, they were too young to know this show existed until not too long ago. I assumed everyone watched, and then I realized in the early 90s when I was 7-years old, the interns were barely walking.

Saved by the Bell eventually spun off a number of TV shows including the college years and different variations of the new class, as well as TV movies like Wedding in Las Vegas, but nothing could compare to the original days at Bayside High.

Gilmore Girls

I was a little late to catch on to the Gilmore Girls craze, but once I discovered this show, I was hooked. Sophomore year of college my roommate and I happened to catch an episode on The WB. From that night on we would have marathon evenings crowded around her laptop, watching four, five, six episodes online at a time.

Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel were fantastic as Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. Their dynamic as mother and daughter was something not often seen on TV, but beyond that they were best friends. It was their relationship, in addition to outstanding writing, that made the show what it was. And who can forget the quirky neighbors that made Stars Hollow a place I wanted to visit week after week: Miss Patty and Babette the town gossips, Taylor the obnoxious town Selectman, Lane the punk-rock best friend, and Luke the bitter diner owner who I always pulled for. As outrageous as Richard and Emily were, even they were lovable in their own way.

One of my favorite things about Gilmore Girls, besides the characters, was all of the pop culture references. If you weren’t up-to-speed on what was going on outside the TV show, then you missed the joke… and half the fun.

Beverly Hills, 90210

Looking back, I know I was way too young to be watching Beverly Hills, 90210. Back in the early 90s, I was in elementary school, while Brandon, Brenda and the gang were wandering the halls of West Bev. And what do high schoolers deal with and talk about? Drugs, alcohol, and sex of course… things I knew nothing about at, I don’t know, 8-years-old. Blame my mom.

But I watched the characters go from teenagers to college students to real adults. Some of the stories were outrageous and some of the characters were awful – Emily Valentine, anyone? – but I stuck with the show for 10 long years.

I did a little research (thank you, IMDB) and wanted to share some fun facts:

  • Dylan McKay was originally only supposed to be in a couple episodes
  • Jim Walsh is ranked #41 on TV Guide’s list of the “50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time”
  • Potomac, MD was the inspiration for the show and also creator Darren Star’s hometown
  • Gabrielle Carteris was 29 years old when the series began, playing a 15-year old

90210 may be back on The CW, but the new show and cast will never come close to the original. Annie and Dixon Wilson are no Brandon and Brenda Walsh.

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Now you know some of my favorites. What shows can you watch repeatedly that never get old?

-Katie

The Voice: Live Show #2

Spoiler Alert: I will discuss the outcome of last week’s episode in this post. If you don’t want to know which members of Team Christina and Team Blake made it to the next round, stop reading now. 

I’ve told pretty much everyone I’ve come in contact with, and I’ll tell you too, The Voice has quickly become my biggest TV obsession. If you don’t watch it, I don’t know what you’re waiting for! Every episode is still available on Hulu, so I suggest you mosey on over there and start catching up.

This week’s show started off by getting right down to business. Christina was very emotional as they were announcing which of the women on her team would be going home. Considering how feisty she’s been, I was happy to see her take this moment seriously and not use it as a reason to start trash talking the other judges. I was very happy when they announced that Beverly McClellan was saved by America’s votes. Her performance last week was fantastic and her win was well deserved. Christina chose Frenchie to join her in the semi-finals, which meant Raquel Castro and Lily Elise were sent home.

They decided to wait until the end of the show to announce the results for Team Blake, so in keeping with that theme I’ll wait until the end of this post to share that outcome with you.

This week, Team Cee Lo and Team Adam performed. Team Cee Lo’s first performers were Tori and Taylor Thompson, who performed Boogie Woogie Bugel Boy by The Andrews Sisters. The performance was cute and energetic, and the girls had on matching costumes, but I didn’t love it. Next on Team Cee Lo, Vicci Martinez sang Dolly Parton’s Jolene. Vicci has a very strong voice and I loved her rendition of this song. Nakia – the singer who won Cee Lo over during the auditions by singing “Forget You” – sang Kings of Leon’s Sex on Fire. He, too, has a very strong voice, and his performance was great. Finally, Curtis Grimes performed a country version of Robert Palmer’s Addicted to Love. Following his performance, Adam said “I’d look like an idiot if I wore a cowboy hat but you look sweet in one!” It was hard for me to decide which two members from Team Cee Lo I’d like to see continue, but I think I would go with Vicci Martinez and Curtis Grimes. As great as Nakia was, I was much more into Vicci and Curtis’ performances.

Up first on Team Adam was Casey Weston, who sang KT Tunstall’s Black Horse and the Cherry Tree. In the rehearsal footage, they showed Casey being very apprehensive about singing a high energy version of this song, so I was worried her fear was going to show. I was wrong! This performance was amazing! Blake even said he was going to download it right away. Next up was former pre-med student, Devon Barley, performing Stop and Stare by OneRepublic. I don’t care for this song in the first place, and I wasn’t particularly drawn to Devon’s performance of it either. He sang well, but it didn’t really “wow” me. Then, Jeff Jenkins performed Carrie Underwood’s Jesus Take the Wheel. He has a great voice, and I really enjoyed his performance. He dedicated it to his mom and it was clear that he wasn’t faking the emotion of the song. Lastly, Javier Colon performed Angel by Sarah McLachlan. Javier has been a favorite of mine from the start, and he did not disappoint with this performance. As a result, my votes for Team Adam go to Casey Weston and Javier Colon. I don’t want to see Jeff go, but I couldn’t imagine either Casey or Javier leaving next week either. I see why the judges have such a hard time deciding who to save!

After all the performances, they announced the results of who will be continuing on Team Blake. America’s votes saved Dia Frampton, which was far from surprising. The shocker there would’ve been if America didn’t save Dia. Carson asked Blake who he was going to send to the semi-finals with Dia, and he said “I can’t affect change with Jared Blake or Patrick Thomas like I can with Xenia, so I pick Xenia.”  These were the two Team Blake members I wanted to continue, so I’m happy with the results.

As with last week, the two teams did group performances. Team Cee Lo performed Everyday People by Sly and the Family Stone – complete with Cee Lo sporting an afro. Team Adam performed With a Little Help From My Friends. Both performances were good, but Cee Lo’s was definitely more entertaining.

Aside from the performances, there were lots of other things that happened during those two hours. Cee Lo was rocking a glittery jacket, which is a look that few can actually get away with. Of course Cee Lo is one of those few. Christina kept her inappropriate comments mostly contained this week, except for a few outbursts. Curtis even provoked her after his own performance and joked about taking his pants off, saying “Patrick wouldn’t do it, but…” But I’d have to say the most surprising statement of the week came from Jeff Jenkins. When Alison, the social media correspondent, read a tweet for Jeff that asked if he has ladies lining up for him now, he said “I don’t know, I’m still waiting on that legal Thompson sister.” That sounded like something Christina would say, not Jeff. The only difference is it got a laugh from me rather than a cringe.

Voting is open until Monday for this week’s performers. Who will you be voting for?

 

 

 

-Nicole

Christina Aguilera makes me uncomfortable…

I finally got around to watching the first of The Voice live shows. Reality TV is a whole new ball game for me as I don’t usually indulge in it, but now I see that it’s not something I can wait almost a week to watch. I’ll do better next week.

During the blind auditions, Christina Aguilera made her fair share of awkward comments, and part of me thought the producers would tell her to tone it down for the live shows since they can’t edit her. That part of me was wrong. She told Adam Levine that he’s going to soil himself after watching one of her singers perform. Adam took the words out of my mouth when he said “What does that even mean?” She also took any opportunity given to her to call the other three judges stupid. It might be seen as friendly team rivalry/bickering if it happens once or twice, but I think she took it a bit far. At one point Adam told her to “shut up!” I only wish he told her that a few more times during the show.

But on to the performances… This week Team Blake and Team Christina performed, and two members from each team will be voted off on next week’s show. Personally, I’m rooting for Dia and Xenia on Team Blake to continue, and for Beverly and Frenchie on Team Christina.

Dia stole the show for me with her performance of Kanye West’s Heartless. I would be truly surprised if she gets voted off. Xenia, on the other hand, is still so shy and scared when she performs. Her voice is so unique and I think she deserves to stay on the show, but I’m worried her shyness will prevent people from voting. Patrick Thomas is also on Team Blake, and while he’s a great singer, I’m really rooting for the girls.

Dia performing Kanye West's 'Heartless'

I surprised myself when I decided I wanted Beverly to continue. Up until this point, I’ve found her to be way too intense for me. She’s a great singer, but her intensity stresses me out. This week, though, she performed a more calm song and I enjoyed her a lot more. And of course I want Frenchie to continue because her voice is amazing. Christina’s other two members, Raquel and Lily, had great performances as well, but I think Beverly and Frenchie were the strongest this week.

Beverly performing Melissa Etheridge's 'I'm the Only One'

But, I think my favorite performance of the evening was Team Blake’s rendition of This Love by Maroon 5. I particularly enjoyed seeing Adam’s reaction when the music started and how thoroughly he enjoyed watching country crooner Blake Shelton sing a non-country song. And, Xenia seemed more comfortable performing it than I expected, which was nice to see.

I’m excited to see the outcome next week, and even more excited to see Team Adam and Team Cee Lo perform. I think Adam has a really strong team, especially Javier Colon, so I’m looking forward to seeing how he does.

-Nicole

It’s a sad, sad day

As an avid TV watcher, one of my most prized possessions is my cable box – it stores all of my regularly scheduled shows on the DVR, allows me to watch my favorite episodes (and movies) over and over again On Demand, and up until now, has never let me down.  As of Tuesday, June 7, my cable box died; it breathed its last breath; it’s officially dunzo.

Even worse, the “new” cable box I received was defective. It’s like the TV Gods are trying to play a cruel trick on me. Guess who’s not laughing…

I know this sounds ridiculous, but I don’t know what to do with myself after work. My room is filled with the quiet void of nothingness. At work I’m on the outside of the entertaining lunch convos discussing what happened on Franklin & Bash the night before. I don’t get to enjoy re-runs of Glee season 2 in preparation for New Directions’ arrival in DC. And I missed the Real World Vegas Reunion last night (yes, I still watch after all these years).

On the other hand, I get to do really fun things like laundry and reading books and walking my monstrous (but adorable) puppy in the 95 degree heat. Of course, by fun, I mean boring, awful, miserable, etc. These things tend to fall to the bottom of the list.

But I have a plan. A catch-up schedule if you will for when that lovely new box arrives.

 

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

9:00 AM

Love Bites Rookie Blue

3:00 PM

Rookie Blue Friday Night Lights

4:00 PM

Gossip Girl Friday Night Lights

5:00 PM

Gossip Girl Friday Night Lights

6:00 PM

Gossip Girl

9:00 PM

Franklin & Bash

10:00 PM

Franklin & Bash

11:00 PM

Love Bites

12:00 AM

Audrina

Keep in mind the above plan requires having little to no life this weekend.

Aggressive? Very. Doable? Absolutely! Likely? Ehh…

-Katie

I Need to Know What ‘The Event’ Actually Was!

It’s old news that NBC cancelled The Event, and considering it didn’t make it to season 2 there probably aren’t many people who care. I, however, care a great deal. I started recording it from the beginning but never got around to watching it (a problem I often have since I overachieve when it comes to watching TV). Then my DVR broke (that was a tragic day) and I lost it all and didn’t plan to make an effort to find it elsewhere. But then, Jason Ritter tweeted and said the first half of the season was available ondemand for a few more days. Seeing as though I’m always up for the challenge of watching excessive amounts of TV before it’s taken away, I decided to give it a shot.

My initial interest in the show was because I’m a fan of Jason Ritter. The whole alien thing didn’t really appeal to me, but I figured I’d give it a shot for him. As the show went on, though, I became less and less interested in his character and more interested in the White House story lines (of course, it all intertwines). I think it’s because I really like Željko Ivanek and Ian Anthony Dale. But I digress…

I was surprised to hear it was cancelled only because I remember Jason Ritter talking in an interview back in September about how the writers wrote five full seasons from beginning to end and sold it as a five-year deal. I must’ve misheard or he must’ve misspoke because that does not appear to be the case. But, since the writers planned for five years, the end of season one did not wrap anything up. That’s no way to end a show that’s never coming back! I need answers!!

I read on Deadline that SyFy might pick it up as a miniseries, and if it does well it could lead to another season. I really hope that happens because one way or another, I need to find out what “the event” actually is!

The only positive outcome of canceling this show would be if Jason Ritter goes back to Parenthood. I don’t know what it is about him and Lauren Graham together, but I like it!

-Nicole

UPDATED 6/9: I just read an article on About.com saying Syfy is not picking the show up. Craig Engler, a senior executive at Syfy tweeted: “To answer some questions I’ve been getting, at this time we have no plans to pick up The Event.”

Sad 😦 You can read the rest of the article here, if you want.