Thursday, July 31, 2008

"Reality Bites Back"- Episode 3

This week, it's the reverse version of "The Biggest Loser"- "The Biggest Chubby". Here, the player who gains the most weight this week gets immunity. Starting weights for everybody:

Theo: 184.2
Bert: 214.4
Amy: 144
Chris: 153.4
Mo: 180.4
Tiffany: 144
Red: 225

The trainers are Levell and Billy. Here are the team setups:

Lavell (Red): Amy, Mo, Bert and Red
Bill (Blue): Tiffany, Theo, Chris

The training rooms had their training equipment made out of food!

Challenge: After both teams stuffed themselves in the training rooms, they went outside to dive in pools of about 3,000 pounds of custard. One member of each team was chosen to eat as much of their custard as possible; the one who eat more won the challenge for his/her team. The eaters are Red and Theo. Out of 17.5 pounds, the one who ate more was...





...Theo, so the Blue Team won!

After everybody got a chance to eat from a big supply of cheeseburgers, it was time for the final weigh-ins.

Bert: 223.8 (4.4%)
Tiffany: 147.4 (2.4%)
Theo: 193.2 (4.9%)
Amy: 145.9 (1.3%)
Red: 233.6 (3.8%)
Chris: 162.6 (6%)

For Mo to definitely move on to next week, he needed to have gained at least 12 pounds, thus needing to go up to 192.4 or more. His new weight was...



...one hundred and ninety....












...THREE POINT THREE, so he won immunity!

From then on, contestants took turns at picking people to move on to the next episode. The one who didn't get picked was eliminated.

Mo: Theo
Theo: Chris
Chris: Amy
Amy: Red

That leaves Bert and Tiffany. The fourth comedian eliminated is...











Bert
Tiffany

...Tiffany Haddish.

"So You Think You Can Dance" 7/31- Who's in the final four?

The opening performance was done to "The Rose" by Bette Midler.

The six contestants still in play all do solos tonight.

1. Courtney ("Almost Lover" by A Fine Frenzy)
2. Mark ("Wind It Up" by Gwen Stefani)
3. Katee ("Beautiful Disaster" by Jon McLaughlin)
4. Joshua ("I Can Make You Dance" by Zapp)
5. Chelsie ("The Girl's Gone Wild" by Travis Tritt)
6. Twitch ("Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin)

A 6-year-old kid then performs to "Planet Rock" by Afrika Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Force.

I can tell you right now that both Chelsie & Twitch are both in their respective bottom twos. Joining Chelsie on the female side is Courtney and joining Twitch in the male department is Mark.

Lady GaGa then performs "Just Dance".

Now, for the final results. Is Twitch indeed a goner?...








Mark
Twitch

...NO! That means he's a finalist and Mark Kanemura has been eliminated. The female elimination is a real toss-up, at best. The last female to be cut before next week's finals is...


























Chelsie
Courtney

...Chelsie Hightower.

I hope either Katee Shean or Joshua Allen wins it all next week.

"Big Brother X" 7/31

As you may or may not know, an earthquake hit the state of California a few days ago. There are at least a few reality TV show sites that features a hilarious moment from the "Big Brother" house when it hit. Check it out if you can.

Renny's celebrating a birthday today.

But who won't be celebrating at all is the one who got all eight eviction votes, which turns out to be...










...Angie Swindell. Most people saw it coming since nothing much happened in the house over the past few days.

Now, to the America's Player thing. Unlike Season 8, the one that is named America's Player only gets the duties for a week, IF they accept them. The first potential America's Player of this tenth season is...








...Dan Gheesling! He decides to take up on the offer. If he does very well with America, he can win $20,000.

HoH Competition: Be the last one standing on a small, moving building ledge. Along the way, there are surprises, such as falling sand. The winner will be revealed on Sunday's episode, but if you want to know sooner than that, watch the live video online or look up the spoilers.

FIRST AMERICA'S PLAYER TASK: Which houseguest should Dan try to get nominated for eviction?

7/31/2008 Results

Catch 21: Tonight's players are:

Jennifer (Burbank)- Private vocal coach
Anthony Percuso (Bell Canyon, CA but originally from Queens, NY)
Kathryn (originally from San Antonio)- Former opera singer

OPENING CARDS:

JENNIFER: 3 OF DIAMONDS
ANTHONY: 10 OF CLUBS
KATHRYN: 7 OF DIAMONDS

1. Former wrestler-turned-politician Jesse Ventura once told Playboy he’d like to be reincarnated as what?

A: Founding Father
B: Bald eagle
C: 38DD bra

ANTHONY: 38DD bra- RIGHT (100)

CARD: 2 OF SPADES; PASSES TO JENNIFER (5)

2. The film “21” is based on the true story of students using a card-counting system to take the casino for millions. What university did they attend?

A: Harvard
B: MIT
C: CalTech

JENNIFER: Harvard- NO
KATHRYN: CalTech- TRIPLE STUMPER

3. Which of these traditionally comes with foam?

A: Americano
B: Cappuccino
C: Espresso

JENNIFER: Cappuccino- CORRECT (100)

CARD: ACE OF CLUBS; TAKES IT (6 or 16)

4. Which U.S. President was a judo brown belt?

A: Eisenhower
B: Clinton
C: Teddy Roosevelt

ANTHONY: Clinton- NO
KATHRYN: Eisenhower- TRIPLE STUMPER #2

5. Which of these is NOT one of the personas created by “Borat” star Sasha Baron Cohen?

A: Ali G
B: Guru Pitka
C: Bruno

JENNIFER: Guru Pitka- YES (200)

CARD: 3 OF HEARTS; TAKES IT AND FREEZES AT 19

6. What fruit became a vegetable after an 1893 Supreme Court decision?

A: Avocado
B: Tomato
C: Cantaloupe

KATHRYN: Tomato- YOU BET (100)

CARD: 4 OF CLUBS; TAKES IT (11)

7. On her show this year, Ellen jokingly asked which person to walk down the aisle with her?

A: Bill Clinton
B: John McCain
C: ???

ANTHONY: John McCain- RIGHT (200)
CARD: 10 OF SPADES; FREEZES AT 20

KATHRYN:
CARD #6: 9 OF SPADES (20)
FINAL CARD: 2 OF CLUBS; ANTHONY WINS (700)

ROUND 2:

JENNIFER: 3 OF SPADES
ANTHONY: 7 OF SPADES
KATHRYN: 8 OF DIAMONDS

1. According to a survey reported in USWeekend.com, 54% of teens think it’s OK to do what illegal activity?

A: Smoke Marijuana
B: Download music for free
C: Drive over speed limit

KATHRYN: Smoke Marijuana- WRONG
JENNIFER: Download music for free- CORRECT (300)

CARD: 9 OF HEARTS; PASSES TO KATHRYN (17)

2. What Physics formula is also the title of Mariah Carey’s latest music album?

A: Law of Motion
B: E = MC2
C: ???

JENNIFER: E = MC2- YOU BET (400)

CARD: 2 OF DIAMONDS; TAKES IT (5)

3. The popular anti-wrinkle product Botox is made from bacteria that causes what?

A: Poison Ivy
B: Chickenpox
C: Botulism

JENNIFER: Botulism- RIGHT AGAIN (500)

CARD: 5 OF DIAMONDS; KEEPS IT (10)

4. A haircut was widely blamed for a TV show’s sudden dip in ratings, starring which actress?

A: Shannen Doherty
B: Jennifer Garner
C: Keri Russell

ANTHONY: Keri Russell- CORRECT (800)

CARD: 5 OF SPADES; ELIMINATES KATHRYN

5. Where does Cheddar Cheese originate?

A: Yak
B: Goat
C: ???

JENNIFER: Goat- RIGHT (600)

CARD: JACK OF SPADES; FREEZES AT 20

ANTHONY:
CARD #6: JACK OF DIAMONDS (17)
CARD #7: QUEEN OF HEARTS- JENNIFER WINS (1,100)

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND:

JENNIFER: ACE OF SPADES
ANTHONY: 9 OF CLUBS

1. Where did the Hindenburg Disaster occur?

A: Berlin
B: London
C: New Jersey

ANTHONY: New Jersey- CORRECT

CARD: 2 OF HEARTS; KEEPS IT (11)

2. Which of these juices is NOT used to make a traditional Cosmopolitan?

A: Cranberry
B: Lime
C: Orange

ANTHONY: Orange- RIGHT AGAIN

CARD: 8 OF HEARTS; PASSES TO JENNIFER (9 or 19)

3. What would you expect on your plate if you ordered "pommes frites"?

ANTHONY: French Fries- RIGHT YET AGAIN

CARD: KING OF DIAMONDS; WINS AT 21

Super Catch 21: Anthony’s got two Power Chips to work with.

HAND #1: 6 OF CLUBS
HAND #2: 10 OF HEARTS
HAND #3: 2 OF HEARTS

CARD #1: 7 OF DIAMONDS; PLACES IT IN HAND #3 (9)

CARD #2: 9 OF CLUBS; CHANGES IT

CARD #3: 4 OF HEARTS; PLACES IT IN HAND #1 (10)

CARD #4: 3 OF CLUBS; PLACES IT IN HAND #3 (12)

CARD #5: 7 OF CLUBS; CHANGES IT

CARD #6: KING OF HEARTS; PLACES IT IN HAND #1 (20)

CARD #7: QUEEN OF HEARTS; PLACES IT IN HAND #2 (20)

CARD #8: 2 OF DIAMONDS; PLACES IT IN HAND #3 (14)

CARD #9: KING OF SPADES- WIPEOUT

Don't Forget the Lyrics!: On this special new bonus episode, tonight's first contestant is Melanie Heyl from Vegas (who is an elementary school drama teacher and uses the show's host as inspiration for the improv parts of her classes). Her potential partners are Detricia and Mary (sister). Categories:

THE WHO
IN SEASON
ROCK
BREAK UP SONGS
GUITAR LEGENDS
POP
GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS
1960s
R & B

Her first category is the 1960s. The choices from that decade are "My Favorite Things" by Julie Andrews and "The Letter" by the Box Tops. She goes with "The Letter" and gets a three word target:

"My baby just a-wrote __ _ ____"

She gets "...me a letter" for her first $2,500. Her second category is Pop and her choices this time are "How Deep is your Love" by the Bee Gees and "Love Shack" by the B-52's. She tries to fill in four words from a "Love Shack" lyric:

"The Love Shack is a little old place where __ ___ ___ ______"

She nails "...we can get together" to double up. Third subject for her is In Season, and the seasonal song choices are "Summer Breeze" by Seals & Crofts and "Summer Nights" by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John. She tries "Summer Nights" and must get by another three word target:

"Tell me more, tell me more, did you ___ ___ ___"

After locking "...get very far" and hearing from her 5th Grade class on the big screen, she now has ten grand.

To get to the $25K level, she tries to get past a Break Up song. The choices this time are "The Tears of a Clown" by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles and "Rosanna" by Toto. She selects "Rosanna" and has to fill in six blanks this time:

"Since she went away, Rosanna, yeah, now she's ___ ___ _ ____ __ __"

Her guess is "...gone and I have to say"...she won't be gone now, because she now has $25,000!

For 50, she selects Rock next. The songs in play are "One Way or Another" by Blondie and "Spinning Wheel" by Blood, Sweat & Tears. Her choice is the Blondie song and again must fill in six:

"I will drive past your house and __ ___ _____ ___ ___ ___"

She goes with "...if the lights are all off"...NO, so she let all of her helps go to waste. It was "...if the lights are all down". At least she had nothing to lose at this point- she still has the 25 grand.

Trying to do better is Rick Barnes from Mercette, CA (who is a fisherman). His backup singers are Christina (daughter) and Jason (son). Categories:

R & B
DUETS
CLASSIC ROCK
1980s
I'M AN ANIMAL
PARTY SONGS
DIANA ROSS
ROCK
POP

His first subject is Classic Rock, and his first pair of song choices are "Summer of '69" by Bryan Adams and "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by the Rolling Stones. He goes with the Rolling Stones and his first target is five words long.

"But if you try sometimes, you might find ___ ___ ___ ___ ___"

He's right with "...you get what you need". His second category choice is I'm An Animal, and the animal tunes here are "Fox on the Run" by Sweet and "Rainbow Connection" by Kermit the Frog. He gets rid of Kermit and goes with "Fox on the Run", and must outlast a three word target.

"Fox on the run, you scream, ___ __ ___"

He comes up with "It's a run" but he's not sure, so he uses the two words backup. He fills in the first and third blanks...

"Fox on the run, you scream, and ___ comes"

He then calls for a multiple choice:

A: "...when everybody leaves"
B: "...and everybody comes"
C: "...and superstitions rise"

He then chooses the right answer of B.

The third category he tries is Party Songs. The choices this time are "Livin' La Vida Loca" by Ricky Martin and "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley & the Comets. After choosing "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock", he learns that he must get by another three word target:

"We're gonna rock, rock, rock ___ ____ _____"

He locks in "...'til broad daylight" and now has $10K.

Kenny Loggins then makes an appearance after the break!

To get to the safe haven, he next attempts the subject of Pop. Choices now are "Lights" by Journey and "Complicated" by Avril Lavigne. He goes with "Lights" and has the same target as his first song did- six words.

"I want to get back __ __ ___ __ __ __"

Rick sings and locks in "...to my city by the bay"...and now has $25,000!

He'll be up to 50 grand if he knows one of these two R & B songs- "Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run" by Billy Ocean and "We're in this Love Together" by Al Jarreau. His pick is "Caribbean Queen" and another six word target is on the way:

"Our hearts they beat as one, __ ____ ___ __ ___ ___"

After blanking early, he comes up with a ridiculous guess of "...and I'm a wrong son of". He then calls on Christina to help him out, and she provides him with "...no more love on the run". Rick then goes with her...and doubles up!

A Rock song is next on his agenda. The choices are "American Woman" by the Guess Who and "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" by Fuel. "American Woman" is his choice and once again, six words need to be filled in:

"Growin' old with you, ___ ____, _ ___ __ ___"

He goes for it with "Now woman, I said get away"...NO. It was "Now woman, I said stay away", so he leaves with $25,000. New episodes are scheduled to resume on September 12th.

The Gong Show: JB Smoove is back for a second turn as a guest judge on this show. This time, joining him are Ron White and Jim Norton.

Act #1: We have a lady named Katie Balloons who's messing with nothing but, you guessed it, balloons. She also does a stripping act during that time, and in the end, fits her whole body inside a huge balloon.

JIM: 350
RON: 401
JB: 232
TOTAL: 983

Act #2: Adrian Kiwi does some stand-up comedian work, starting off by saying the D-word (it's not damn/dammit). He gets gonged early.

Act #3: A rock band which I believe was called "Danny and the F#^$edo" performs.

JIM: 465
RON: 1
JB: 127
TOTAL: 593

Act #4: Danny the Daredevil tries to live up to his name on a skateboard. He goes down a ramp nd goes over a bowl of Caesar Salad.

JIM: 376
RON: 411
JB: 411
TOTAL: 1,198

Act #5: Lady Diabla turns out to be a sword swallower.

JIM: 250
RON: 421
JB: 431
TOTAL: 1,102

Act #6: Ashton Fredenberger lets out a pair of ping-pongers...but he's going to be hitting himself with at least one of them, because Jim gongs him late.

Final Act: A male/female duo called War Pony decides to sing a profanity-laced song while the guy's playing a fake guitar...not a sound idea, according to the judges, so they also get the gong and the daredevil wins!

The Act We Didn't Have Time For: Dave Juskow singing in a broccoli outfit.

Update on upcoming season of "WWTBAM"

The Double Dip lifeline will be replacing the 50/50 and the Ask the Expert lifeline will be replacing the Switch the Question for the upcoming season of "WWTBAM", per host Meredith Viera's blog.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

"Project Runway" 7/30

Alyssa, the model with Wesley last week, was chosen to be cut by Suede.

THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGE: Create a look inspired by looking at NYC during the night. To help them out, they rode through the city on a double-decker bus and made several stops.

Everyone had a $100 budget this week.

Jennifer and Emily got off to slow starts on their dresses.

This week's guest judge is actress/comedian Sandra Bernhard.

1. Keith (Alyssa; this is a different one, I believe)- Lots of shredded paper (I didn't like this one)

2. Blayne (Polina)- Black with a multi-colored scarf on the right side

3. Joe (Topacio)- Gold top and black skirt

4. Emily (Leslie)- Black with flowers mostly to the left side

5. Leanne (Karilyn)- Black top and a skirt with some curves on it (I wasn't impressed)

6. Jennifer (Alex)- Purple with a white line in the middle and at the bottom

7. Jerell (Nicole)- Two shades of pea green

8. Kelli (Germaine)- Black skirt and a top with parts of both arms being exposed

9. Daniel (Elena)- Dark gold

10. Kenley (Shannone)- Multi-colored with most of it being light blue

11. Suede (Tia)- Dark grey with a gold chain

12. Stella (Kendall)- Shiny vest and jeans (I didn't like this one)

13. Korto (Katarina)- Black (I think he didn't get the point of this challenge)

14. Terri (Xaviera)- Multi-colored with most of it being shades of clue (I think goldfish designs might have been on it, but I wasn't sure)

The first ones to definitely advance...

Blayne
Daniel
Emily
Jennifer
Jerell
Joe
Keith
Kelli
Kenley
Korto
Leanne
Stella
Suede
Terri

The winner, and getting immunity next week...

Emily
Jennifer
Keith
Kenley
Leanne
Terri

...Kenley Collins! In the bottom two...

Emily
Jennifer
Keith
Leanne
Terri

...Emily and Jennifer. Emily's look was said to have been distracting and cliched, while Jennifer's dress was boring according to the host.

The third contestant eliminated this season is...











Emily
Jennifer

...Emily Brandle.

"So You Think You Can Dance"- SEMI-FINALS

Adam Shankman is back as a guest judge this week, and Paula Abdul is in the audience!

The first team in line consists of Courtney and Mark, and their first dance is a V. Waltz. Their dance song is “The Time of my Life” by David Cook. Adam thought it was good…as did the others, and Nigel thought it was romantic. I gave them a 9.

The first solo goes to Chelsie and the song is “When I Grow Up” by PCD.

Twitch then does the second solo to “Midas Tough” by Midnight Star.

Katee and Joshua are back together this week and their first performance is a Contemporary routine to “All By Myself” by Celine Dion. Adam thought they continued to show why they are the holy trinity of this show. Mary was confident that both members of this team would get to the final four, and Nigel liked it as well. This gets a 10 from me!

Chelsie & Twitch’s first dance as a team is the Mambo, and playing in the background is “Ahora Me Toca a Mi” by Victor Manuelle. Adam thought Twitch was out of his element. Mary realized that Twitch had never done a Mambo before, so she was lenient on him. Nigel agreed with Adam. I gave them an 8.

Katee then does solo #3 to “Can’t Stop” by Maroon 5.

Her partner Joshua then dances a solo to “Like That” by Memphis Bleek.

The second routine for Courtney and Mark is some Jazz to “The Garden” by Mirah. Adam thought it was so awesomely sick. Mary loved the weird fight scene and Nigel thought the performance was one of the highlights of the night. I gave them a 10 this time for an average of 9.5!

Next, Katee & Joshua dance the Paso Doble to “Filet” from the movie “Le Reve”. Mary did her big scream twice! Nigel liked it as well, so I gave them yet another 10!

Courtney then dances to “Rock Your Soul” by Elisa.

Thus, Mark has the night’s last solo. He dances to “Burn Like You” by Robyn.

Chelsie & Twitch have the night’s last performance, a Hip-Hop routine to “Control” by the Vitamin String Quartet. Adam thought it was great, as did Mary and Nigel. I gave them a 9, for a final team average of 8.5.

I’m pretty sure Twitch is going to be eliminated tomorrow, but I don’t know about the female side.

"Catch 21" 7/30

Tonight’s players:

Staci Lewis (BYU student; very poor)
Ronnie Klaver (L.A.)- Contractor
Gabriel Martin (L.A.)- EMT

OPENING CARDS:

STACI: 6 OF CLUBS
RONNIE: 2 OF HEARTS
GABRIEL: 8 OF DIAMONDS

1. According to a poll with “US Weekly”, 69% of women say they wouldn’t marry which actor?

A: Tom Cruise
B: Johnny Depp
C: Charlie Sheen

STACI: Tom Cruise- INCORRECT
RONNIE: Charlie Sheen- CORRECT (100)

CARD: ACE OF SPADES; KEEPS IT (3 or 13)

2. According to a University of Kansas study, 25% of men admit to what?

A: Cheating on mate
B: Faking climax
C: Not bathing daily

RONNIE: Cheating on mate- NO
GABRIEL: Not bathing daily- NO

3. P. Diddy has described what as “fashion Viagra”?

A: His clothing line
B: Thong underwear
C: Tight halter tops

RONNIE: Thong underwear- WRONG AGAIN
STACI: Tight halter tops- TRIPLE STUMPER

4. Which President once killed a man who reportedly insulted his wife?

A: Andrew Jackson
B: Ulysses S. Grant
C: Bill Clinton

RONNIE: Jackson- RIGHT (200)

CARD: 6 OF DIAMONDS; PASSES TO GABRIEL (14)

5. Since 1996, what name topped Social Security Administration’s list of most popular baby names?

A: Mary
B: Jennifer
C: Emily

STACI: Emily- RIGHT (100)
CARD: QUEEN OF SPADES; BUSTS GABRIEL

6. What band’s song played during the series finale of “The Sopranos”?

A: STYX
B: Journey
C: Chicago

RONNIE: Journey- RIGHT (300)
CARD: QUEEN OF HEARTS; PASSES TO STACI (16)

7. According to a Reader’s Digest article, what percentage of people include pets in their will?

A: 27%
B: 35%
C: 55%

STACI: 35%- NO
RONNIE: 55%- DOUBLE STUMPER

8. Which of these is NOT a French fashion designer?

A: Christian Dior
B: Yves Saint Laurent
C: Ralph Lauren

STACI: Ralph Lauren- RIGHT (200)

CARD: 5 OF DIAMONDS; WIN (700)

ROUND 2:

STACI: 4 OF SPADES
RONNIE: 7 OF SPADES
GABRIEL: ACE OF CLUBS

1. Which “American Idol” judge made a huge gaffe critiquing two of a contestant’s songs…?

A: Randy Jackson
B: Paula Abdul
C: Simon Cowell

RONNIE: Paula Abdul- YOU BET (400)
CARD: QUEEN OF CLUBS; PASSES TO STACI (14)

2. What does supermodel Christie Brinkley wish she had of Scarlett Johanssen’s?

A: Chest
B: Skin
C: Career

STACI: Chest- NO
GABRIEL: Skin- YES (100)

CARD: 9 OF SPADES; BUSTS STACI

3. Who was the first U.S. President to appoint a woman to his Cabinet?

A: FDR
B: JFK
C: LBJ

RONNIE: LBJ- WRONG
GABRIEL: KFL- ALSO WRONG

4. What movie studio, co-founded by Charlie Chaplin, is now co-owned by Tom Cruise?

A: Universal
B: United Artists
C: Paramount

GABRIEL: Paramount- NO WAY
RONNIE: United Artists- YOU BET (500)

CARD: 3 OF CLUBS; KEEPS IT (10)

5. Missouri’s state nickname is what?

A: Show Me
B: Tar Heel
C: Beaver

RONNIE: Show Me- RIGHT AGAIN (600)

CARD: QUEEN OF DIAMONDS; FREEZES AT 20

If Gabriel wins this round, both men will be tied for second at 600, so we will have to go to a tiebreaker for the first time ever.

GABRIEL:
CARD #5: JACK OF CLUBS- WIN (TIED AT 600)

TIEBREAKER: One card is dealt to the two tied players; the one with the higher card wins. Since Ronnie’s the furthest to the left, he gets the first choice of either the first or second card from the first pair of cards. He chooses the second card. Gabriel chooses the second card from the other pair of cards. As in "Card Sharks", Aces are high, deuces are low.

GABRIEL: 8 OF CLUBS (this is the fourth card in the deck)
RONNIE: 9 OF DIAMONDS- WIN

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND:

STACI: 6 OF SPADES
RONNIE: ACE OF DIAMONDS

1. What did Heidi Klum nickname Hanz and Franz?

A: Breasts
B: German Shepherds
C: Legs

STACI: Breasts- RIGHT

CARD: 2 OF SPADES; PASSES TO RONNIE (3 or 13)

2. What reality show’s motto is “Outwit, Outplay, Outlast”?

A: “The Bachelor”
B: “The Apprentice”
C: “Survivor”

STACI: “Survivor”- OF COURSE IT IS
CARD: 7 OF DIAMONDS; KEEPS IT (13)

3. In women’s fashion, what does VPL stand for?

A: Very Plain Loafers
B: Visible Panty Line
C: ???

RONNIE: Visible Panty Line- RIGHT

If this next card is higher than an 8, he’s the champ.

CARD: KING OF HEARTS; WIN

Super Catch 21: Ronnie’s the first player to only get one Power Chip to work with here.

HAND #1: 10 OF CLUBS
HAND #2: 7 OF HEARTS
HAND #3: 6 OF HEARTS

CARD #1: KING OF SPADES; PLACES IT IN HAND #3 (16)

CARD #2: KING OF DIAMONDS; CHANGES IT

CARD #3: 10 OF SPADES; PLACES IT IN HAND #2 (17)

CARD #4: QUEEN OF SPADES; PLACED IN HAND #1 (20)

CARD #5: QUEEN OF HEARTS- WIPEOUT

He had nothing to work with here.

Ratings notes

Last night's episode of "America's Got Talent" scored an 8 Fast Nielsen with a 13 share, its best rating of the month.

The season finale of "Celebrity Family Feud" that preceded "Talent" scored a 4.8/8. Expect "Feud" back on NBC soon.

"Wipeout" managed a 5.3/9, while "I Survived a Japanese Game Show" got a 3.4/6. "Big Brother" got a 4/7.

Elsewhere, the fourth season finale of "The Next Food Network Star" scored a 3 cable rating, the highest-rated show in Food Network history.

Source: The Futon Critic

GSN news

Buzzerblog today has repored the following:

-On Labor Day, a "Press Your Luck" marathon will air from 9 AM-7 PM.

-On September 7th, the day before Super Game Show Premiere Day (September 8th), GSN will run a special six-hour marathon from 1 PM-7 PM with episodes of "Match Game", "Let's Make a Deal" and "Dating Game" as a way to salute the '70s. The same night, at 8 PM, a new GSN documentary called "Laugh Out Loud: 70's Game Shows" will air.

"America's Got Talent"- MySpace Auditions

To be exact, everyone performed at the MySpace headquarters.

First up was Michael Trixx, doing a Rock and Roll magic show. He only rocked and rolled with Sharon, so he didn't advance.

Second, Diva Boy unleased some of his "Explosion Dancers". Did he explode with flavor to everyone...nope.

Third in line was Eloy Rendon, who did some motivational speaking (?!?!?)...needless to say, that didn't work.

Trying to have much better luck was Del Hampton with some chicken clucking...nope.

After a few more duds, we had, I believe, our second Ozzy impersonator of the season. This one was Randy Hanson. Sharon didn't like the first one, but she liked this one...as did the other judges, so he was off to Vegas!

Next of note was Holly Stone, who sang Martina McBride's "Broken Wing". In the end...she was as successful as Jordin Sparks with this song, because she was off to Vegas!

The second half of the episode began with a group of college students called The Cadence performing a percussion rock show. They managed to rock with...everybody but Sharon, so they advanced!

Also advancing were Shimshi (magician), the Lasalle Bros. (dancers), Matthew Piazzi (voiceover artist), Kazual (capella singing group), the Tapping Dads and the Army's Daniel Jens (singing while playing the guitar).

Another act that didn't make it was a pair of old ladies called Sweetones (despite only getting buzzed by Piers).

Next week begins the Vegas Callbacks and find out who made the Top 40!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

"Celebrity Family Feud"- SEASON FINALE

Oddly enough, the season finale of "Celebrity Family Feud" turns out to be the FIRST show taped. Here are the teams for the first game.

Tetul ("American Chopper"): Paul, Paul Jr. (son), Mikey (son), Steve and Ron (family friends)(Charity: Make-A-Wish)
Knight: Christopher, Adrianne Curry (first winner of "America's Next Top Model"), Andrea (friend), Christine (Adrianne's mother) and Nick (Adrianne's brother)(Charity: National Breast Cancer Foundation and Precious Paws)

(Note: Christopher Knight is close to offically being named the host of "Trivial Pursuit: America Plays", because Mark Wahlberg is contracted to FOX with "The Moment of Truth".)

First question: Ways you can make bathing a sexual experience. Starting with:

1.
2. Bubbles (24, Christopher)
3.
4.
5.
6.

Paul gave a ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE with suntan lotion, giving the Knight family control. Starting with Adrianne, she says rose petals...#4 (3)! Andrea's first answer is a pretty outfit...that also is a ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE for strike one. Christine tries to do better with a hot oil rubdown...better answer, but that still yields strike two. To avoid a steal attempt right now, Nick tries candles, which is #3 (21)! Back to Christopher, his second answer is music...STRIKEOUT. For 48 points, Paul's guess is having another person in the bath...that's the #1 answer! The other two answers:

5. Drink wine (3)
6. Eat fruit (3)

Second question: Things that might happen if you laugh really, really hard. Beginning with:

1. Piss your pants (33, Adrianne)
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7. Snort (2, Paul Jr.)

The Knights play again. Starting this time with Andrea, she responds with farting...#5 (6)! Christine's second answer is crying, which is #2 (23)! Nick then goes with pulling a muscle...no. Chris' next guess is busting a gut...#3 (14)! Adrianne's next answer is turning red...not there. Andrea now tries to save the team with spitting drink out...three strikes. For another 78, Paul says coughing...#4 (11) to take the "American Chopper" team to 126! #6 was heart attack (2, WTF?)

Triple: Things that might be a foot long. Mikey's in first with a hot dog...all sandwiches/hot dogs are #1 (60) to give "American Chopper" first dibs on a question for the first time tonight! The first answer from Steve is a ruler...that and tape measurers are #2 (18)! Ron then pulls out the foot...and it goes up as #3 (12)! Both Pauls then blank for two strikes, then Mikey tries shin bone...hey, at least that's better than suntan lotion. In any event, it's time to steal, and for 270 and to force Sudden Death, Christopher says the bottom answer is tiles...but it's rope (2), so the "American Chopper" family scores a shutout win at 396 to go into the finals! They'll face one of these two teams in the final:

Bernsen: Corbin, Amanda (wife), Oliver, Henry and Angus (sons)(Charity: Rape Treatment Center at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center)
Cho: Margaret, Seung Hoon (dad), Young Hie (mom), John and Selene (assistants)(Charity: MAC AIDS Fund)

First question: According to 100 men, name something you'd be embarassed for a nurse to do to you in the hospital. Starting with:

1.
2.
3.
4. Taking off your clothes (10, Corbin)
5.

Margaret dudded out with shaving you, so the Bernsens play. Amanda's up first with checking your prostate levels...maybe I would, and most of the survey agrees, because that's the NUMBER ONE answer (36)! Angus then says cleaning you, which is #2 (22; why wasn't this #1?)! Oliver then says being fed...no. Henry then says checking your temperature...I'm afraid that's strike two. Back to Corbin, he tries to avert a steal attempt with calming you down...three strikes in a row. For 68 points, Margaret's response is using a bedpan...no, so the Bernsens keep the points. Rest of the answers:

3. Shot in your ass (11)
5. Giving enema (6)

Second question: Slang terms for someone who informs on a friend. Starting with:

1. Snitch (58, Seung)
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.

The Chos will play this time. Young starts out with rat...#2 (19)! John's opening response is a squealer...bottom answer (4)! Now to Selene, who says Benedict Arnold...no. Margaret's next answer is punk...also not there. Seung tries to avert a steal situation with his next guess of turncoat...three strikes in a row once again, this time on the other team. For another 81, Corbin goes with tattletale, which happens to be #3 (9, why wasn't this higher?) to send the Bernsens to 149! Other answers:

4. Backstabber (6)
5. Narc (4)

Triple: Name something considered rude that you might ask someone about. Angus rings in with the cost of something...well, I'm afraid he just paid the price; that's a dud, allowing Young to take control with the top answer of age (30)! John then says one's salary...that sounded a bit similar to the cost of something, but one's money/income is #3 (23)! Selene then comes up with one's weight, which is #2 (24)! To automatically force Sudden Death, Margaret's bottom answer guess is the amount of time they've been married...yes (24) for 294!

Sudden Death: The question that Oliver and John are asked:

Which talk show has the trashiest guests?

Oliver gets "The Jerry Springer Show" (93) first to give the Bernsens the win!

First question in championship game: According to 100 men, name something you do when you realize you've ran out of clean underwear. Starting with:

1. Wash them (46, Corbin)
2.
3.
4.
5.

The Bernsens will play. Amanda now says borrowing undies...no. Henry then says not to wear undies at all...#2 (20)! Oliver then says to wear shorts instead...strike two. To keep control, Angus says to keep wearing the old undies...#4 (7)! Corbin's next answer is buy some new packs of undies...#3 (18)! To sweep, Amanda's bottom answer guess is not going out...I don't think so. For 91, Paul says it's stealing underwear...but the bottom answer is actually turning them inside out (4), so the points stay with the Bernsens.

Second question: Things people pick. Here's how we begin:

1. Nose (43, Paul Jr.)
2.
3.
4.
5.

The Tetuls now play. Mikey next guesses teeth...#4 (7)! Steve then thinks of the last question and says underwear...can't do it. Ron then thinks of yours truly and saying scabs...NO. To avoid three strikes in a row, Paul tries feet...STRIKEOUT. For another 50, Corbin goes with flowers...#3 (12) to take his team to 141! Unsaid:

2. Fruit/veggies (30)
5. Lotto numbers (3)

Triple: Things people get paid to predict. Mikey tries to suck up to Al Roker by saying the weather...NUMBER ONE (61) for control! Over to Steve, who says the future...that's #2 now (25)! Ron then goes with traffic...can't do that. Paul blanks, then Paul Jr. tries to save the team with stocks...#3 (6)! To force Sudden Death right now, Mikey decides to be like Steve thinking of the previous question and says lotto numbers...steal time. To win the game, Corbin believes that bottom answer is betting on sports events...NO, so 276 goes to the Tetuls and we're going to Sudden Death! It was actually an earthquake (4; one just hit the state of California today).

Sudden Death: Steve and Oliver will decide which team gets another $15,000 for their charity. The question:

Tell me something in your body that you might donate if you're still alive.

The #1 answer of kidney (68) was said by...Steve, so "American Chopper" wins the night! UCLA's Rape Treatment Center will get $10,000 via the Bernsens.

Fast Money: They've just helped their team win $25K for Make-a-Wish; now, the two Pauls will try to turn it into $50K.

1. According to 100 men, which occupation has the sexiest women?
2. Name a pet you might have several of.
3. Tell me another way of saying a woman is pregnant.
4. A flower you might see in a corsage.
5. Name a way you might get around in NYC.

My guesses:
1. Nurse (Waitress was my other guess)
2. Dog (Cat was my other guess)
3. Expecting
4. Rose
5. Taxi

Paul blanked on the first and third questions. He said cat, rose and taxi for 124. Paul Jr. came up with modeling for the first question...that's #1 for 35! Second was dog...also #1 at 38! His third answer was knocked up...20 will do it for 50 grand! The #1 answer for the third question was being with a child.

"Temptation" finally gets the ax

After weeks and weeks of waiting for the final fate of "Temptation", Mediaweek has reported that the show has been cancelled.

"Big Brother X" 7/29

The alliance with Keesha, April and Libra was still alive at this moment, with Dan not being in it right now. Meanwhile, Michelle was talking with Dan.

Power of Veto Competition: Joining Keesha, Angie and Jessie were Libra, Bryan and Memphis. The host was Dan. All six players were put into green suits with a flower hat on top. Each player planted themselves into their flower box while placing their head on the headrest. Soon, water started to pour down on each player. When a player thought they had been watered long enough, they left their box. The player who left their box closest to an hour without going over won the Power of Veto. Basically, this is their version of the now-defunct GSN game show "How Much is Enough?".

At the 18 minute mark, earthworms were added to everyone's boxes.

Keesha: 22:20

At the 44 minute mark, compost was added.

Libra left second, Jessie was third, Angie was fourth, Bryan was fifth and Memphis was the last person to leave his box.

The results...









...everybody except Keesha stayed in too long, so the eviction nominations automatically stay as they are.

BTW, you folks at home this season will decide who will be America's Player for a one-week period.

"I Survived a Japanese Game Show" 7/29

After this episode, we will know the final four for next week's championship show.

Main Challenge ("You Stand Still! No, You Stand Still!"): Two players from each team are spun in a chair before they each attempt to cross to the other platform, while having to get past a pair of spinning discs in the middle of a course. One player had a set of keys while the other had a lock. Once they got to the other platforms and collected their respective items, they had to meet at the center platform and unlock themselves, then sit back down to stop the clock. The team with the best time wins.

(Note: The one with the keys on each team was the bride while the lock-wearing person was the groom for each team.)

Bilenda sits this one out for the Yellow Penguins.

The Yellow Penguins go first, with Justin as the groom and Andrew as the bride. Their time...1:09. They had trouble on the unlocking part.

Donnell was the bride while Meaghan was the groom for the Green Monkeys. Their time was...










...1:04, so by five seconds, they have ended their losing streak! These two have won a stay at a luxury hotel and got to eat anyhing they wanted to have cooked there. The Yellow Penguins, meanwhile, had to stay in a dirty castle hotel.

Elimination Round: It's Andrew vs. Belinda. This challenge is called "Clothes On, Clothes Off". Each player must run into the changing room and put on one of three costumes. In the next round, they must go to the next door and change into a different outfit. Three rounds are done; the one with the best total time wins.

ROUND 1:

Andrew: 2:18
Belinda: 2:09

ROUND 2:

Andrew: :57 (3:15)
Belinda: :53 (3:02)

ROUND 3: Belinda beats Andrew AGAIN, so the time doesn't matter and Andrew Kelly-Hayes immediately goes Off the Air.

7/29/2008 Results

Catch 21: The next three players are:

Jayne Edwicco (if she wins the big money, she'll go to England)
Jason (if he wins it all, he might fill his gas tank twice; it's not Jason Block, so sorry)
Todd Staples ($25K might help him with buying a car or taking his girlfriend somewhere special)

OPENING CARDS:

JAYNE: 4 OF DIAMONDS
JASON: 7 OF HEARTS
TODD: 2 OF SPADES

1. According to a 2007 InStyle magazine poll, what show has the sexiest TV cast?

A: "Desperate Housewives"
B: "Lost"
C: "Grey's Anatomy"

JASON: "Desperate Housewives"- INCORRECT
JAYNE: "Grey's Anatomy"- CORRECT (100)

CARD: 6 OF CLUBS; KEEPS IT (10)

2. Which is not a type of salad green?

A: Arugula
B: Tarantella
C: Radicchio

TODD: Tarantella- CORRECT (100)

CARD: 2 OF DIAMONDS; PASSES TO JAYNE (12)

3. Which of these dances is NOT performed in competition on "Dancing With the Stars"?

A: Rumba
B: Conga
C: Samba

JASON: Rumba- NO
JAYNE: Conga- YOU BET (200)

CARD: 7 OF DIAMONDS; PASSES TO JASON (9)

4. What do crocodiles swallow to keep them underwater longer?

TODD: Rocks- RIGHT (200)

CARD: KING OF DIAMONDS, BUSTING JAYNE

5. What TV show co-created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry was turned into a movie this year?

A: "The Naked Gun"
B: "The Dukes of Hazzard"
C: "Get Smart"

TODD: "The Dukes of Hazzard"- WRONG
JASON: "Get Smart"- RIGHT (100)

CARD: 3 OF SPADES; PASSES TO TODD (5)

6. What's the official language of Brazil?

TODD: Portugese- RIGHT (300)

If this next card is higher than a 7, he wins the round.

CARD: KING OF HEARTS; TODD WINS (800)

ROUND 2:

JAYNE: 2 OF CLUBS
JASON: 6 OF SPADES
TODD: ACE OF CLUBS

1. What is the beginning of the U.S. Constitution called?

A: The Premise
B: The Bill of Rights
C: The Preamble

JASON: Bill of Rights- NO
JAYNE: The Preamble- RIGHT (300)

CARD: ACE OF DIAMONDS; KEEPS IT (3 or 13)

2. Last year, "Text-In" Jackie Bibby broke his own record by sitting in a bathtub with 87 what?

A: Tarantulas
B: Rattlesnakes
C: Circus clowns

TODD: Rattlesnakes- RIGHT (900)

CARD: ACE OF HEARTS; PASSES TO JASON (7 or 17)

3. Which actress gave birth in the same hospital in the same day as Katie Holmes?

A: Cate Blanchett
B: Brooke Shields
C: Nicole Kidman

TODD: Brooke Shields- RIGHT AGAIN (1,000)

CARD: 10 OF HEARTS; WIN (1,500)

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND:

JAYNE: 5 OF DIAMONDS
TODD: 3 OF DIAMONDS

1. Who is Martie Nixon?

A: Richard Nixon's illegitimate granddaughter
B: Singing voice of Maria in "West Side Story"
C: Actress who played Miranda in "Sex and the City"

JAYNE: Maria- RIGHT

CARD: 5 OF SPADES; KEEPS IT (10)

2. If the best man at your wedding is also your best boy, where does she probably work?

A: Electronics store
B: Movie Studio
C: ???

JAYNE: Movie studio- RIGHT AGAIN

CARD: 9 OF CLUBS; TAKES IT AND FREEZES AT 19

TODD:
CARD #3: 7 OF CLUBS (10)
CARD #4: ACE OF SPADES; WINS ALL THREE ROUNDS!

Super Catch 21: With all three Power Chips in play for the first time, Todd has the best possible chance of winning the 25 grand tonight. Let's see if he does it.

HAND #1: 9 OF CLUBS
HAND #2: 7 OF CLUBS
HAND #3: ACE OF SPADES

CARD #1: ACE OF DIAMONDS; PLACES IT IN HAND #1 (10 or 20)

CARD #2: ACE OF CLUBS; HAND #1 CLEARED ($1,000)

CARD #3: 2 OF CLUBS; PLACES IT IN HAND #2 (9)

HAND #1: CLEARED
HAND #2: 9
HAND #3: ACE OF SPADES

CARD #4: KING OF HEARTS; HAND #3 CLEARED ($5,000)

He is allowed at least one more free card.

CARD #5: 3 OF SPADES; CHANGES IT

CARD #6: KING OF DIAMONDS; CHANGES IT

CARD #7: 2 OF DIAMONDS (11)

If one of the next two cards is a 10 or face card, he's the first-ever grand champion...










CARD #8: 7 OF DIAMONDS; CHANGES IT

The next card...








CARD #9: 6 OF CLUBS (17)

...is a 9. Darn. He's given the option of stopping...






...and he does at $5,000!

CARD #10: 2 OF SPADES
CARD #11: 7 OF HEARTS

He came SO CLOSE to winning it all, but he still takes home $6,000!

Wipeout: Tonight's Qualifier features the Buoy Run, the Sucker Punch, the Big Balls and the Field Goal Swing. Notables:

Erwin Milan: 3:17.9 (five Wiepouts)
Jessica Bertoni: 1:52.8 (two WOs)
Charles Zaucha: 1:32.9
Sandy Bowles: 10:08.3 (all-time worst, I think)
Robert Duff: 2:09.2 (four WOs)
John Curtis: 2:11.4
Chris Kinyon: 1:39.5
Timothy Ton: 1:49.1

Joining everybody listed (except Sandy and Erwin) on the Sweeper are Tyler Jorgenson, Lili Asvar, Yolanda Ezell, Toni Robinson, Christa Wiktorski and Matthew Thies.

Sweeper: On top of it are some smoke-releasing fake crows everybody needs to jump over.

Elimination order:

1. Matthew
2. Lili
3. Toni
4. Christa
5. Yolanda
6. Jessica

Taking the ten $100 bills is...Robert!

Dreadmill: Contestants have to stay on this for as long as they can while avoiding a big, swinging wrecking ball.

Charles: 2:34.31

John: 1:36.97

Robert: 1:33.23

Chris: 21.35

Jessica: 1:23.78

Charles, John and Robert automatically go to the Wipeout Zone.

Timothy: 1:05.10

The last spot goes to Jessica.

Wipeout Zone: At the water slide, contestants could use a form of transportation to go down the slide if they wanted. The launch pads are more difficult than ever, as shaving cream is falling down there.

Robert (Sled): 16:49.44

John (Innertube): He doesn't get past the Spinner in time.

Jessica (Nothing): Same result as John.

How about Charles?...








...using an air matress at the start, he wins the money at 6:22.56! Robert leaves with $1,000.

(Additional notes: The wall that preceded the Spinner had a waterfall pouring over it; also, most of the pits on the Wipeout Zone course had shaving cream instead of water.)

New "Millionaire" changes revealed

Buzzerblog confirmed the following changes for the upcoming season of "WWTBAM" through Meredith Viera's blog:

-There will be a time limit for each question; how much time is given is based on how much the question is worth. This was rumored to have been the format the sydnicated version was going to start out with in the first place, but that didn't come about until now.
-The Double Dip lifeline will be brought back this season. Also, a new lifeline has been introduced, Ask the Expert. This is basically the same as Phone a Friend, except that it is always a notable "Millionaire" contestant from the past.
-Pictures of Phone a Friend participants will now be shown on the TV screen. Also, each contestant can now only list three possible friends to call instead of five in past seasons.
-Before some questions, a category will be announced.

"The Mole" and "Wanna Bet?" ratings

The second episode of "Wanna Bet?" scored a 2.2 Fast Nielsen with a 3 share, slightly up from last week.

As for "The Mole", it set a series-low rating for the second straight week, only managing a 2/4.

Source: The Futon Critic

"Nashville Star"- Final Four Show

The one who did NOT get to perform twice was eliminated this week. Before each of their first performances, a clip of them performing in their hometown was shown. Now, as of right now, except for "Dancing With the Stars" finale episodes, I will NOT be scoring the final performances for any other reality show finales.

First up was Shawn Mayer with "I'm Here for the Party" by Gretchen Wilson. According to Jeffrey Steele, she was having a wisdom tooth problem while she was singing (going through my side effects of wisdom teeth surgery was an absolute nightmare; they almost caused me to die).

Second in line was Gabe Garcia and his first song was "It's Five O' Clock Somewhere" by Alan Jackson. Jeffrey thought he was shaky at the beginning and the end. John thought he could be the country singer that bridges the gap for the Hispanic community. Jewel said the work was just beginning.

Third, Coffey sung "Sweet Home Alabama". Jeffrey thought he was at his best when he didn't overdo the song. John still doubted he would be this year's winner. Jewel agreed with everybody else that he had lots of charisma.

Then, Melissa Lawson performed the Pat Benatar classic "Hit Me With Your Best Shot". Jeffrey got a bit tired of her hitting the high notes all the time and thought the other contestants were slowly gaining on her.

All four's school districts got a $10,000 donation from State Farm, the night's sponsor.

The first finalist is...









...Shawn Mayer, and she then performed "Nothing Left to Chance" by Mick Kinney.

Joining her next is...










...Melissa Lawson, and she then sung Carrie Underwood's "Jesus Take the Wheel"!

Did Coffey's luck finally run out??...
























Coffey
Gabe Garcia

...YES.

Gabe Garcia then closed the show with "Living in Fast Forward" by Kenny Chesney.

Monday, July 28, 2008

"World Poker Tour" 7/28

Last week, Van Nguyen made history at the WPT Invitational by becoming the first female to win an intergender tournament on the tour. Tonight, at the Bay 101 Shooting Star Tournament in Northern California, Jennifer Harman tried to duplicate the feat while having a bounty on her head. Before I fully explain what was going on, here's the opening chip count:

1. Brandon Cantu- $3,323,000
2. Michael Baker- $1,964,000
3. Noah Jefferson- $842,000
4. Jennifer Harman- $541,000
5. Steve Sung- $474,000
6. John Phan- $374,000

During this tournament, several players had bounties placed on them- anybody that eliminated a player with a bounty attached won a $5,000 bonus. Prior to the final table, Cantu won five of those bonuses. Harman was the only player left in the tournament to have a bounty. Now, for the final table payouts:

CHAMPION: $1 MILLION
RUNNER-UP: $585,000
3RD: $330,000
4TH: $265,000
5TH: $200,000
6TH: $135,000

Harman won the opening pot of $40K on a blitz. The real action began in hand #2.

Brandon: (6S)(2H)
John: (QS)(9S)

BASE POT: $66,000
THE FLOP: (9C)(8C)(7D)

Instant open-ended straight draw for Cantu, while Phan had top pair. After Phan bet $24K, Cantu raised to $75K...and Phan made the $51K call to see fourth street.

TURN: 6 OF DIAMONDS

Since Cantu had the lowest pair on the board, Phan was still ahead. Cantu once again bet $75K...this time, Phan folded, giving Cantu a $291K pot. If the river card had been a 5 or a 10, this could've been a split pot.

The next hand brought us four-way action.

John: (KH)(2C)
Noah: (AD)(QH)
Steve: (JS)(10S)
Brandon: (7D)(6H)

BASE POT: $38,000
THE FLOP: (8D)(QD)(KD)

Top pair went to Phan while middle pair went to Jefferson. Also, Sung had an open-ended straight draw while Jefferson and Cantu had flush draws, but Jefferson had the advantage on the possible flush because he had the Ace of Diamonds.

TURN: 9 OF SPADES- STRAIGHT!

Cantu and Sung were now drawing dead, but Sung bet $20K for old time's sake. Only Cantu folded at that point.

RIVER: 2 OF DIAMONDS- FLUSH!

That flush won Jefferson a $178K pot. Next, there was three-way action.

Jennifer: (KD)(9D)
Brandon: (QC)(7C)
John: (AD)(6H)

BASE POT: $76,000
THE FLOP: (5H)(QS)(2C)

Top pair for Cantu. Phan then bet 25 grand, which Cantu only matched.

TURN: JACK OF HEARTS- DUD

If the lady had stuck around, she would've had a straight draw by now. Phan then tried again to bluff by betting $35K, but Cantu responded by raising to $225K, which would put Phan ALL IN...FOLD, giving Cantu the pot at $386K. We then had three-way action once again on the next hand.

Michael: DOUBLE 3s (Clubs and Hearts)
Jennifer: DOUBLE 6s (Diamonds and Spades)
Brandon: (10C)(2C)

BASE POT: $104,000
THE FLOP: (6C)(4C)(9H)

This could've been a scary hand for Harman; while she did have three 6s now, Cantu had a flush draw. With that flush draw, Cantu bet a hundred grand but Harman pushed ALL IN...Cantu then called.

TURN: 10 OF DIAMONDS

Cantu now had top pair. If that last card was a club card that wasn't a 9, Harman was going home...








RIVER: 9 OF SPADES

...Harman won a $1M pot with a full house and doubled up!

Next, Phan went ALL IN against Jefferson.

Noah: DOUBLE 6s (Clubs and Diamonds)
John: (QD)(8D)

POT: $150,000
THE FLOP: (2C)(KH)(3C)- DUD
TURN: 6 OF SPADES- JOHN PHAN AUTOMATICALLY ELIMINATED
RIVER: 3 OF SPADES

Phan got the sixth place prize. Next hand:

Brandon: DOUBLE ACES (Diamonds and Hearts)
Michael: (KD)(3D)

BASE POT: $1,017,000
THE FLOP: (QS)(2D)(10D)

Instant flush draw for Baker. Cantu then tried to make Baker call ALL IN...YES.

TURN: 5 OF SPADES

Cantu now had a straight draw. If that last card wasn't a Diamond, Baker was gone...









RIVER: 5 OF CLUBS

...NO, so Baker left in fifth place and Cantu took a really big lead by winning this pot for $3,491,000!

At the halfway mark, here's the new chip count:

1. Brandon- $5,384,000
2. Noah- $870K
3. Jennifer- $846K
4. Steve- $418K

Sung then scared off the other three to win a $179K pot. He then played the next hand against Harman.

Jennifer: (KC)(3C)
Steve: (8H)(6H)

BASE POT: $104,000
THE FLOP: (7S)(6C)(7C)

Instant flush draw for the woman, while Sung had two pair. She bet $60K but Sung doubled that bet on a raise and she matched that.

TURN: 2 OF SPADES- NO GOOD

Both checked.

RIVER: 6 OF DIAMONDS- FULL HOUSE!

That last-second full house won Sung a $644K pot. On the next hand, the remaining four players all played it.

Noah: DOUBLE 8s (Clubs and Hearts)
Jennifer: (AS)(7S)
Steve: DOUBLE 3s (Hearts and Spades)
Brandon: (4H)(3D)

BASE POT: $146K
THE FLOP: (4S)(9D)(7C)

Harman had middle pair while Cantu had low pair. If Jefferson got a 6 or a 10 on the turn, he would have an open-ender. Everybody checked.

TURN: 6 OF DIAMONDS

Jefferson now had his open-ended straight draw. After Harman bet $80K, Jefferson pushed ALL IN, causing the other two men to fold. How about the woman...NO, so Jefferson won the pot at $885K. Next hand:

Steve: (AD)(10S)
Brandon: (10D)(3D)

BASE POT: $92K
THE FLOP: (KH)(AC)(JH)

Sung led with the Aces, but both had a straight draw; should a Queen pop up, a split pot was strongly possible. Both bet $60K.

TURN: 9 OF SPADES- DUD

With Cantu being unable to win the pot outright, he then decided to bet $150K...and Sung matched it.

RIVER: 7 OF HEARTS

Sung hung on to win the $512K pot.

Several minutes later, Cantu's monster lead continued to grow and Jefferson went ALL IN against SS.

Steve: DOUBLE 7s (Diamonds and Hearts)
Noah: (AD)(KD)

POT: $1,286,000
FLOP: (3C)(5C)(JS)- DUD
TURN: 9 OF CLUBS- ANOTHER DUD

Jefferson was looking for an Ace or a King on the river to stick around...








RIVER: 7 OF SPADES

...nothing. He left with the fourth place check.

With about 30 minutes left, the new chip count:

1. Brandon- $5,951,000
2. Steve- $1,363,000
3. Jennnifer- $204,000

Let's see who would take out Harman first for the last $5,000 bonus of this tournament. Cantu tried to be the one on the next hand.

Jennifer: (AC)(8H)
Brandon: (JH)(10S)

POT: $418K
FLOP: (8D)(7C)(QD)

Harman now had middle pair and the lead but Cantu needed a 9 for a straight.

TURN: 6 OF DIAMONDS

Harman needed to dodge a 9, a 10 or a Jack to keep her hopes alive...









RIVER: 4 OF CLUBS

...there was a 4! Three-way action followed on the next hand.

Steve: (9S)(3D)
Brandon: (8D)(6D)
Jennifer: (QS)(10H)

BASE POT: $69K
FLOP: (JS)(9H)(AS)

Harman had an instant open-ended straight draw while Sung led with middle pair. After Harman bet 50 grand, Cantu folded and Sung matched her wager.

TURN: 4 OF HEARTS- DUD
RIVER: 7 OF HEARTS- ANOTHER WORTHLESS CARD

Sung won this ugly hand for $169K.

On the next hand, Cantu tried again to win the last bounty from Harman.

Brandon: DOUBLE 9s (Diamonds and Spades)
Jennifer: (AH)(KD)

POT: $645K
FLOP: (JS)(9C)(KC)

Cantu had the lead with trip 9s.

TURN: 4 OF HEARTS- GAME OVER
RIVER: KING OF HEARTS

Cantu just couldn't be caught this night- he won the tournament and a total of $1,005,000 this night! One of the more dominating performances this season on the tour!

MONEY PRESENTATION: Bowls of money

Here was Brandon Cantu's winning hand against Steve Sung:

Brandon: DOUBLE 4s (Hearts and Spades)
Steve: DOUBLE 3s (Clubs and Spades)

FLOP: (9S)(AH)(7H)
TURN: 6 OF CLUBS
RIVER: 8 OF SPADES

"The Mole" 7/28

OPENING MISSION ("How's The View?")- A Hal March Deposit was on the line ($64,000). To start, they were standing outside an old mill in Buenos Aires. Paul and Craig volunteered as the "Young at Heart" people. Paul teamed with Mark and Craig teamed with Nicole for this mission.

Both teams had to run a kiddie obstacle course. One person on each team wore goggles, and would see a mirrored image of themselves while on the course. Mark and Nicole got control of the cameras, which would produce the images that the goggle-wearing people would see. No talking was allowed during the mission.

The first obstacle was a kid cube. Paul amd Craig each had to fit all three given shapes into the cube within a minute. For each shape that was successfully fitted in, $1,000 was added to the pot. Paul got all three...as did Craig, but Nicole spoke while he was placing the final piece in, so he only added $2,000 to the pot.

The second obstacle was to kick a soccer ball into the net. Both Paul and Craig got two to work with. Each goal added $4,500 to the pot.

Paul: DOUBLE MISS
Craig: DOUBLE MISS

The third task was to fill four teacups with tea without spilling any of it outside of the saucer. Each one filled was worth $2,500 to the pot. Paul got two, while Craig got one.

The final task in this mission was to cross a long wooden plank in between two buildings, then copy exactly what was on the chalkboard after reaching the other building. Each success added $10,000 to the pot.

Paul: SUCCEED
Craig: FAIL

OVERALL TOTAL FOR THIS MISSION: $22,500

NEW POT TOTAL: $353,500

NEXT MISSION ("Cell Out"): The last available exemption of the season was up for grabs in this mission. There were four cells marked 1, 2, 3 and 4, and each player chose one to be locked in. On the walls of each cell was a doublet puzzle. Two words were given at the start. Starting with the word farthest on the left, they had to change one of the letters to make a new word. Then, they had to change one letter from that new word to form another word. Then, they had to change one letter from the second new word to form a third new word, and when they changed one letter from the last new word, they would get to the word farthest on their right. Once they solve the puzzle, their cell door opened and they would be able to get out and move on to a paintball obstacle course. The first one that solved their puzzle got to be the sniper for that course. The other three players then had to get past the entire course without getting hit; for each one that made it to the end, $15,000 was added to the pot. Also, one of those three was designated the "exemption" runner; if the sniper hit that person, the sniper earned the exemption. Only the sniper can earn the exemption in this mission.

Cell #1: Paul
Cell #2: Mark
Cell #3: Nicole
Cell #4: Craig

Everybody had the same puzzle. The starting word was CELL and the ending word was MOLE.
There were many different combinations in solving the puzzle, but here's an example:

1. CELL
2. CULL
3. MULL
4. MULE
5. MOLE

The sniper was...






...Mark. He solved his puzzle with CELL-CALL-MALL-MALE-MOLE. How many did he hit?...








...2- Craig and Nicole.

NEW POT TOTAL: $368,500

The exemption was attached to...









...Craig, so Mark is automatically in the final three!

QUIZ TIME:

1. Is The Mole male or female?

2. During the intro of the "How's the View?" mission, where was The Mole standing from Jon's perspective (left to right)?

3. What was The Mole wearing during "How's the View?"- a T-shirt or a sweatshirt?

4. Was The Mole a "Young at Heart" player during "How's the View"?

5. In what order did The Mole's team participate in "How's the View"?

6. In the intro of the "Cell Out" mission, where was The Mole standing from Jon's perspective (right to left)?

7. In which cell was The Mole locked up during "Cell Out"?

8. What role did The Mole play during the obstacle course part of "Cell Out"- the sniper, a player who got hit or the player who safely got out?

9. Where was The Mole successfully hit during "Cell Out"- on the arm/elbow, shoulder/back, or was The Mole not hit at all?

10. Who is The Mole?

The last player executed before the final three is...















Craig
Nicole
Paul

...Paul Grassi.

7/28/2008 Results

Catch 21: The players tonight are:

Maureen Murphy (Southern California)- Endangered specie
Court King (originally from Brooklyn)- Project manager/construction worker
Sam Neely (Texas)- Auctioneer

OPENING CARDS:

MAUREEN: JACK OF CLUBS
COURT: 3 OF HEARTS
SAM: KING OF CLUBS

1. What actress was so happy about being pregnant, she said, "I'm so happy I can't ask for anything more, except big boobs"?

A: Ashlee Simpson-Wentz
B: Nicole Kidman
C: Salma Hayek

MAUREEN: Nicole Kidman- CORRECT (100)

CARD: 4 OF DIAMONDS; PASSES TO SAM (14)

2. The classic Greek Salad favors what kind of cheese?

A: Gouda
B: Feta
C: Mozzarella

SAM: Feta- RIGHT (100)

CARD: 5 OF SPADES; KEEPS IT AND FREEZES AT 19

3. Who graced the first cover of "Playboy"?

A: Ann-Margret
B: Sophia Loren
C: Marilyn Monroe

COURT: Marilyn Monroe- CORRECT (100)

CARD: 3 OF DIAMONDS; PASSES TO MAUREEN (13)

4. Which of these celebrities was a professional hairdresser before hitting it big?

A: Harrison Ford
B: Jeff Bridges
C: Danny DeVito

COURT: Danny DeVito- RIGHT AGAIN (200)

CARD: QUEEN OF CLUBS, BUSTING MAUREEN

COURT:
CARD #5: ACE OF SPADES (4 or 14)
CARD #6: 7 OF DIAMONDS; WINS AT 21 (700)

ROUND 2:

MAUREEN: 2 OF DIAMONDS
COURT: 3 OF SPADES
SAM: ACE OF CLUBS

1. Where on a woman's body would you find her "Cupid's Bow"?

COURT: Top lip- CORRECT (800)

CARD: 5 OF DIAMONDS; KEEPS IT (8)

2. Who was Hillary Clinton talking about when she joked, "He's always had a crush on me"?

SAM: Rush Limbaugh- RIGHT (200)

CARD: 6 OF DIAMONDS; PASSES TO COURT (14)

3. Which of these is not one of the four C's used to determine the value of a diamond?

A: Color
B: Cut
C: Cost

COURT: Cost- RIGHT (900)

CARD: 4 OF HEARTS; PASSES TO SAM (5 or 15)

4. With over 15,000 hours, who holds the 2008 Guinness World Record for most time on TV?

A: Larry King
B: Johnny Carson
C: Regis Philbin

COURT: Regis- RIGHT AGAIN (1,000)

CARD: QUEEN OF HEARTS; PASSES TO MAUREEN (12)

5. Who is known to her millions of fans as the "Money Lady"?

A: Martha Stewart
B: Oprah Winfrey
C: Suzie Orman

COURT: Suzie Orman- RIGHT YET AGAIN (1,100)

CARD: 10 OF SPADES; BUSTS MAUREEN

6. According to "Woman's World", eating oranges in the summer can cut your risk of this by 85%. What is it?

A: Getting bit by a mosquito
B: Getting sunburned
C: Catching a summer cold

SAM: Catching a summer cold- CORRECT (300)

If this next card is a 6 or higher than a 7, he wins the round.

CARD: 10 OF DIAMONDS; WIN (800)

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND:

COURT: ACE OF HEARTS
SAM: 9 OF DIAMONDS

1. Which is NOT one of the names that Walt Disney reportedly considered for the "Seven Dwarfs"?

A: Baldy
B: Bendy
C: Burpy

SAM: Baldy- INCORRECT
COURT: Bendy- CORRECT

CARD: JACK OF SPADES- WINNER ON A BLITZ!

SUPER CATCH 21:

HAND #1: 5 OF SPADES
HAND #2: 5 OF CLUBS
HAND #3: 4 OF CLUBS

CHANGE CHIPS AVAILABLE: 2

CARD #1: 9 OF HEARTS; PLACES IT IN HAND #3 (13)

CARD #2: KING OF HEARTS; PLACES IT IN HAND #1 (15)

CARD #3: 3 OF DIAMONDS; PLACES IT IN HAND #2 (8)

CARD #4: QUEEN OF CLUBS; CHANGES IT

CARD #5: ACE OF SPADES; PLACES IT IN HAND #2 (9 or 19)

CARD #6: 7 OF CLUBS; PLACES IT IN HAND #3 (20)

CARD #7: 2 OF CLUBS ($1,000)

He decides to go on.

CARD #8: JACK OF HEARTS; CHANGED

CARD #9: 10 OF HEARTS- LOSS

American Gladiators: It's #2 vs. #5 matchups tonight. For the men, competing tonight are Jeff Davidson and James Ruggiero. Their first event is Rocketball and the two Gladiators in play are Toa and Zen.

Jeff: 2
James: 6

Tonight's females are Lillian Thomassen and Tiffaney Florentine. The first female event is Pyramid. Chasing Lillian is Gina "Crush" Carano and going after Tiffaney is Steel. Do either score...no.

The second male event is Atlasphere. In the Gladiator spheres are Hurricane and Titan.

Jeff: 4
James: 2

James' lead is down to 2, 8-6.

The second female event is Tilt, and Hellga will attempt to pull both of her challengers in the water...she only gets Tiffaney into the water, as Lillian goes the distance for 5.

The men get the Gauntlet third. The four Gladiators in play are Zen, Wolf, Militia and Justice. Wolf decides to switch places with Zen for some reason. Jeff gets 5 due to a DQ against Justice for holding him down too hard...while Militia gets zapped by the ref for the same thing, allowing James to get a restart at the halfway point and going on to get 10, increasing his lead to 18-11.

Now, the women try the Gauntlet. This time, challenging both players are Jet, Crush, Phoenix and Hellga. Tiffaney musters her first 5...and Lillian gets the same result to keep her five-point lead.

The score's still 10-5 (neither scored in Hang Tough and Skytrack) for the females as they head into their final event, Joust. They face Crush again...and Crush continues her undefeated streak in this event, meaning Lillian gets a 2.5 head start in the Eliminator.

James scored 10 in Hang Tough and 5 in Joust, while Jeff didn't score jack in either event. Therefore, James now leads 33-11 as they get Powerball last. The Gladiators in play are Wolf, Titan and Beast.

Jeff: 2
James: 2

With a final score of 35-13, James has an 11 second head start in the Eliminator. But considering that Jeff had the best Eliminator time before Tim Oliphant bested him, I wouldn't count him out if I were you.

Female Eliminator: If either lady wins with a time of 2:06.9 or less, they're definitely in the finals. Lillian has the lead but falls off the handbike, allowing Tiffaney to take over the lead. The winner is...








...Tiffaney, with a time of...








...2:06.2, not only the best female Eliminator time of the season, it also puts her in the finals next week!

Male Eliminator: Jeff takes a NASTY spill from the swinging rope into the handbike pit. Does he shake it off and pull it out for the win?...









...NO, James wins with a time of 1:43.2. That means James will have to wait until after the first half of next week's two-hour finale to see if he's joining Tim in the finals.

Wanna Bet?: Here are the stars and charities for tonight:

Tom Bergeron: March of Dimes
Melissa Peterman: American Red Cross- Minneapolis Chapter
Corbin Bernsen: United Cerebral Palsy and UCLA Rape Treatment Center
Richard "Rip" Hamilton: Rip City Foundation (Coatesville, PA)

Act #1: Mike Lloyd will try to literally kick himself in the head 45 times within a minute. The predictions:

Tom: FAIL
Melissa: FAIL
Corbin: SUCCEED
Rip: SUCCEED

Result: Mike does it with about ten seconds to spare!

(Note: Every time he kicked the button, the "Family Feud" survey reveal bell went off!)

Wagering:

Tom: $10,000 ($15,000)
Melissa: $7,000 ($18,000)
Corbin: $12,444 ($37,444)
Rip: $10,000 ($35,000)

Act #2: Jack Ziemkiewicz and Justin Barnes, using a pair of tractors, must move one strand of spaghetti twenty feet and have it lie between the two tractors; then, with one of the tractors moving forwards and the other moving backwards, that spaghetti strand must be moved into a pool of tomato sauce without having it break in a 2:30 time limit.

While I say this will FAIL, everybody thinks they'll SUCCEED.

Result: The first time they really moved a strand of spaghetti...they did drop it, but it didn't go in the bucket. They FAILED.

Tom: $8,000 ($7,000)
Melissa: $10,000 ($8,000)
Corbin: $2,566 ($34,878)
Rip: $15,000 ($20,000)

Act #3: Thomas Schuster, normally a children's party entertainer, attempts to guess the weight of 4 out of 5 chosen people within 2 kilos from a big group of people while each one stands on his stomach.

For the second time in a row, all of the stars lock in SUCCEED. In this case, I agree with them.

Results:
1. 58 Kilos
ACTUAL: 62.7- MISS

2. 71.5 Kilos
ACTUAL: 71.6 (1)

3. 78 Kilos
ACTUAL: 77.8 (2)

4. 53.5 Kilos
ACTUAL: 46.6 (FAIL)

Tom: $4,000 ($3,000)
Melissa: $6,000 ($2,000; she wanted to bet only $5,000)
Corbin: $14,122 ($20,756)
Rip: ALL IN (BUST!!!)

This is now a lock game for Corbin.

Final Act: 11-year-old Kaitlyn Conner will try to do something that has been done on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" at least once before- skate forwards and backwards under a series of limbo bars.

Result: She does it!

Final predictions:

TOM: SUCCEED
MELISSA: SUCCEED
CORBIN: SUCCEED

Final wagers:

TOM: ALL IN- $6,000
MELISSA: ALL IN- $4,000
CORBIN: $14,755- WINS AT $35,511!

Another inflation change for "TPIR" this coming season

Another one of my "Mo' Money" suggestions posted on the FLASHGames Message Boards has been implemented for Season 37 of "The Price is Right"- the top prize in Punch a Bunch will now be $25,000! The game is the same as normal, except one of the $10K slips has been replaced with a $25K one.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Next Week in Game Shows: July 28-August 3

Next week, as we close out July:

Catch 21: It's the second week of the new GSN game show. Don't ask me why, but I have this feeling we're going to have the first $25,000 win this week. Will I be right?

Nashville Star: This week is the last chance for the remaining four contestants to perform for your votes. One more contestant will be eliminated this week.

America's Got Talent: I get back to covering this show this week with an episode that features online auditions for the first time!

Wanna Bet?: This week, Tom Bergeron and former "How Much is Enough?" host Corbin Bernsen are two of the contestants!

Don't Forget the Lyrics!: A special bonus episode with Kenny Loggins as a guest for one contestant!

All this, plus the semi-finals continue on "American Gladiators", Jennifer Harman tries to duplicate Van Nguyen's feat on this week's "World Poker Tour" episode plus some additional action from "Wipeout", "Big Brother X", "So You Think You Can Dance" and more.

The Week in Review: July 21-27

Players of the Week:
WINNERS: Van Nguyen (first-ever female "World Poker Tour" winner) and Mark Wales ($142,804 in six days)("Jeopardy!")
RUNNER-UP: Tim Oliphant (new all-time best Eliminator time)("American Gladiators")
3rd PLACE: Aaron McCargo, Jr. (WINNER)("The Next Food Network Star")

Other Big Winners:

George Takei- $106,150 for charity ("Wanna Bet?")
Tim Denkins- $100,000 ("Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?")
Casey O'Farrell- $51,000 ("Wipeout")
Paul Lachman- $50,000 ("Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?")
Ethan Ruby- $50,000 as runner-up ("World Poker Tour")

ZONK ANSWER OF THE WEEK: On Episode #2 of "Catch 21", before the answer choices were even revealed, contestant Royce Johnson thought Natalie Portman's name was a combination of Hebrew and French Cajun which roughly translates to “Thank God for beef”. He didn't make it to Round 3.

What irked me during "The Next Food Network Star" finale

I personally would like to say that the finale of "The Next Food Network Star" wasn't executed properly. Yeah, at the start of the season, I did hear that the selection committee would be deciding the winner this time around instead of the home viewers as in seasons past. Under futher review, it was said this was done because last season's winner, Amy Finley, had her show cancelled fairly quickly. Also, they taped the finale instead of airing it live. By doing that, they exposed a danger of having it spoiled by another source. Click this link to a Realty TV Magazine article to see what I mean. Furthermore, Wikipedia said that the winning moment was accidentally posted by a FoodNetwork.com employee on the network's website!

Yeah, I'm OK with Aaron winning, but I'm not sure if America would've agreed with the committee on the final decision. Also, throughout the season, I saw graphics telling America to go vote for who they thought would win; what's the point in putting them up when the committee was going to decide the winner this season?

After this season, I'm not sure if I'm going to watch this show anymore.

"The Next Food Network Star"- Fourth Season Finale

For the final challenge, the remaining three each had to do a pilot episode of their potential cooking show. Gordon Elliott was the producer for all of those shows.

Lisa Garza's opening pitches were "Beautiful Basics", "Pure & Simple" and "Fashion Feast". Eliott liked the "Beautiful Basics" concept the best.

For Aaron McCargo, Jr., he had a concept of "Bold & Flavorful". But Eliott suggested "Big Daddy's Kitchen", based on the "Big Daddy" nickname some of the other finalists gave Aaron during the season.

And Adam Gertler came up with a title of "Hungry in Philadelphia". He wanted to use the Internet in some way with his show.

All of the pilots were shot at the studio where Rachael Ray does some of her cooking shows for Food Network (obviously not her sydnicated talk show).

Lisa did her show first and demonstrated how to make a black cod dish topped with an Italian custard. She wasted lots of time during her presentation and didn't finish on time initially. Also, like most of this season, she was uncomfortable.

Adam's show was second. He talked live to a lady named McCall while she was on the computer monitor.

That meant Aaron went last. After all of the takes were done, he didn't feel very confident about his show.

The final pilots were then put on a big screen in front of a studio audience. The finale was hosted by judge Bobby Flay.

I will tell you right now...












...that one of the men starting with the letter A has won, meaning Lisa was out of this. The winner of the fourth season of "The Next Food Network Star" is...














...AARON "BIG DADDY" McCARGO, JR!!!

"Big Brother X" 7/27

Keesha, the current HoH, has an alliance with Michelle (and maybe Libra).

Early on in the second segment, Keesha wanted to put Angie up on the eviction block. She later tried to put Dan in her alliance. A little later, Libra had doubts about Keesha, which could've put her out of the alliance.

Food Competition: On each turn, one man and one woman stood on opposite sides of a wall. Both stood on a spinning record, searching through a basket of socks. Each color and number of a sock corresponded to one of the five food categories.

Meats: Green
Fruits & Vegetables: Red
Desserts: White
Drinks: Blue
Breads & Cereals: Orange

Once they think they had a match, they placed their sock in the corresponding position for that category, then the next man and woman came in. For every match made, a food item was earned for the week.

Here's what they won after the challenge:

Meats: Beef (1), pig's feet (2), chicken (5) and deli meats (6)
Fruits & Vegetables: Apples/bananas (2), squash/broccoli (4) and avocado/corn (6)
Desserts: Cookies/brownies (1) and raisins (6)
Drinks: Beer (1), juices (2) and wine (5)
Breads & Cereals: Cereals (1) and pumpernickel (2)

After that, April suggested to Keesha that she put up Angie and Memphis. Keesha decided to definitely put up Angie. Who joined her on the block?...












...Jessie.

"High Stakes Poker" returning, after all

A few days ago, GSN announced that "High Stakes Poker" will return for a fifth season. Its future had long been in doubt after it had been reported that the network wanted to dump poker altogether.

Various sources contributed to this report.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

"Golden Girls" star Getty dead at 84

Estelle Getty, one of the "Golden Girls" with Betty White, Beatrice Arthur and Rue McClanahan, died last Tuesday of a brain disease at the age of 84. Getty appeared on the John Davidson and Tom Bergeron versions of "Hollywood Squares" and was also on "Super Password".

Various sources contributed to this report.

Friday, July 25, 2008

7/25/2008 Results- Season finales galore

Jeopardy!: Mark Wales has already helped the show end the season on a very good note by winning at least five games. Will he go out as the season's last six-time champion? Not if Emily Thorsley (an administrative assistant from Seattle) and Matt Heimer (a magazine editor from Brooklyn) can help it. Opening categories:

FRENCH ARTISTS
COLOR MY WORLD
DINOSAURS
"The New York Times"- 2008 NEWS
BREED 'EM
& W "EEP"

After "EEP" gets cleared out, everyone has $1,000 to start. When both challengers are tied for the lead at $1,400 a little later, Heimer finds the Daily Double under the $800 Dinosaurs clue. The champ is $200 behind both of them. His wager is EVERYTHING:

The name of the Laplatasaurus honors a river on the border of Uruguay and this country.

"What is Argentina?"...DOUBLE to $2,800! At the first break, he now has four grand. Wales has $1,400 and the lady at the end has $1,000. A little later, Wales takes the lead after getting the first four clues in Color My World to go to $4,400 and tries to sweep the category with this clue:

He earned the nickname "Galloping Ghost" after scoring five touchdowns in a 1924 college football game.

Matt: "Who is Red Grange?"- RIGHT ($5,000)

When the round ends...

Mark: $5,000
Matt: $6,200
Emily: $2,600

...the magazine editor still has a slight lead.

LACH TRASH FOR ROUND 1: $2,800

DJ! Categories:

BRITISH PHYSICISTS
I WON AN OSCAR, EMMY, TONY & GRAMMY
CZAR POWER
"CH" ECK THE NAME
FILL IN THE BOOK TITLE (initials are given)
GREEK ALPHABET SOUP

As soon as he re-takes an $800 lead from the champ following the $2,000 Oscar, Emmy, Tony & Grammy clue, Heimer finds the Daily Double under the $1,600 Czar Power Clue with $9,800. Thorsley meanwhile has $3,400. His wager is $2,000. To stay in the lead and go to five figures:

At 43 years, the reign of this founder of the Russian Navy was the longest of any czar.

"Who is Peter...the Great?"...is RIGHT to go to $11,800! The $2,000 clue there:

The 1604 invasion against this czar by the false dmitri and his Polish troops marked the start of the "Time of Troubles".

Mark: "Who was Ivan the Terrible?"- NO ($7,000)
Emily: "Who was Boris Godunov?"- RIGHT ($5,400)

Left now are British Physicists, "Ch"eck the Name, Fill in the Book Title and Greek Alphabet Soup. $400 Fill in the Book Title clue:

"A.Y.T.G.? I.M., M." by Judy Blume

Mark: "What is Are You There God?, It's Me, Margaret?"- RIGHT ($7,400); $800 BOOK CLUE

"J.A.T.G.P." by Roald Dahl

Emily: "What is James and the Giant Peach?"- YOU BET ($6,200); MIDDLE BOOK CLUE

"A.I.L.D." by William Faulkner

Matt: "What is As I Lay Dying?"- CORRECT ($13,000); $1,600, SAME CATEGORY

"E." by Jane Austen

Emily: "What is Emma?"- RIGHT ($7,800); LAST BOOK CLUE

"T.K.R." by Khaled Hosseini

Emily: "What is The Kite Runner?"- RIGHT AGAIN ($9,800); $400 "CH" CLUE

Politican and author of "A History of the English-Speaking Peoples".

Emily: "Who was Churchill?"- RIGHT AGAIN ($10,200); $800 "CH" CLUE

A lake on the New York-Vermont border is named for this explorer who visited the region in 1609.

Emily: "What is Champlain?"- RIGHT ONCE AGAIN ($11,000); MIDDLE CLUE, SAME CATEGORY

Diplomat and Premier of China from 1949 to 1976 (one spelling).

Emily: "Who is Quo-Tai-Chi?"- RIGHT AGAIN ($12,200); $1,600, SAME SUBJECT

Lucy Walter was this English king's mistress during his exile in the 1600s in Holland.

Emily: "Who is Charles II?"- RIGHT ONCE AGAIN ($13,800); FINAL "CH" CLUE, FOR A POSSIBLE SWEEP

In 1948, he testified to Congress that Alger Hiss had illegally passed him official documents.

Matt: "Who was Whitaker Chambers?"- CORRECT ($15,000); $400 BRITISH PHYSICISTS CLUE

His Universal Law of Gravitation explained many things, including the action of tides and the motion of comets.

Matt: "Who was Newton?"- RIGHT AGAIN ($15,400); $800, SAME CATEGORY

Robert Boyle invented a vaccum pump and discovered that this doesn't travel in a vaccum.

Emily: "What is sound?"- RIGHT ($14,600); $1,200, SAME TOPIC

Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge, he was born on January 8, 1942, 300 years to the day after Galileo's death.

Emily: "Who was Hawking?"- RIGHT FOR THE LEAD BACK ($15,800); $1,600, SAME CATEGORY

DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLYYYYY DOUBLE #2! Her wager is $2,000.

In 1932, James Chadwick discovered this subatomic particle that appears in all atoms except Hydrogen.

"What is the neutron?"...you bet it is to keep the lead and move to $17,800! Final clue in that category:

Known for the Second Law of Thermodynamics, this Lord helped with the laying of the Transatlantic Cable.

Emily: "Who is Kelvin?"- RIGHT AGAIN ($19,800)

GREEK ALPHABET SOUP BEGINS WITH THIS $400 CLUE:

High blood pressure and Glaucoma can be treated with Metoprolol, one of this "blocker" class of drugs.

Matt: "What are beta blockers?"- YES ($15,800)

$800 CLUE TOLD BY CHERYL FROM THUNDERBIRDS SITE IN LAS VEGAS:

Several times in each show, all six Thunderbirds flying 18 inches apart team up in this formation named for a Greek letter.

Matt: "What is Alpha?"- NO ($15,000)
Mark: "What is Delta?"- RIGHT ($8,200)

$1,200:

Charlton Heston played a survivor of an apocalyptic war in this 1971 thriller.

Matt: "What is Omega Man?"- RIGHT ($16,200)

$1,600:

This triple star system is the brightest celestial object in a certain horsey constellation.

Matt: "What is Orion's Belt?"- WRONG ($14,600)

TRIPLE STUMPER #1: Alpha Centauri

FINAL CLUE OF THE ROUND:

Found in blood serum, they countain the antibodies of the immune system.

TRIPLE STUMPER #2: Gamma Globulins

LACH TRASH FOR DJ!: $3,600

SCORES AFTER DOUBLE JEOPARDY!:

Mark: $8,200
Matt: $14,600
Emily: $19,800

CORYAT SCORES:

Mark: $8,200
Matt: $13,600
Emily: $19,400

Mark is going to have to wager conservatively and hope the challengers both mess up in FJ! to have any hope of winning his sixth game.

LAST FJ! CATEGORY OF THE SEASON: Adjectives.

Meaning "painful", it literally refers to the type of pain inflicted on Jesus and on the followers of Spartacus.

The champ wrote down "What is dolorous?"...nope. I hope he wagered conservatively as I said not too long ago...








...$2,201, so he's down to $5,999. Heimer wrote down "What is excruiating?"...









"What is excruciating?"

...IT'S OVER FOR MR. WALES. But he still leaves with $142,801, which I believe is 8th all-time on the regular season winnings list for this season. We hope to see him in Vegas next year. Back to Mr. Heimer, his wager was $8,000, taking him to $22,600. The lady wrote down...








...the same thing, and with a wager of ten grand, she takes $29,800 into next season! Well, we didn't get a six-time champion to close the season, but at least we got a decent win out of it, and the champ would've never won regardless of how he fared in the final.

All in all, this 24th season of "Jeopardy!" was world's better than last season. We had two players that won at least six games (Dan Pawson and Larissa Kelly), saw the largest female winner of all time crowned during the Tournament of Champions (Celeste DiNucci), and during most of the episodes in the past several weeks or so, we had lots of wins that were of at least $20K. That's all that happened despite the fact that we had **3** RETURNING CHAMPION SHUTOUTS this season. Just amazing. Who knows how the 25th Anniversary Season is going to turn out. I hope to see you then!

Catch 21: Wrapping up the first week of the series are:

Eric Westin (orginally from West Bloomfield, MI)- Owns and operates a gourmet cookie company
Lori Ann Hursinger (originally from Chicago)- U.S. Navy veteran spouse and a reading tutor
Matt Gainsley (L.A.)- High school teacher

Opening cards:

ERIC: 5 OF SPADES
LORI ANN: 6 OF CLUBS
MATT: 6 OF SPADES

1. Whitney Thompson made "America's Next Top Model" history by being the first winner to be what?

A: Plus-sized
B: Under 5'8"
C: Bald

ERIC: Under 5'8"- NO
LORI ANN: Plus-sized- RIGHT (100)

CARD: 3 OF DIAMONDS; PASSES TO ERIC (8)

2. According to the USDA, they come in various sizes from Jumbo to Pee-Wee. What are they?

A: Eggs
B: Hot Dogs
C: ???

MATT: Eggs- CORRECT (100)

CARD: ACE OF CLUBS; KEEPS IT (7 or 17)

3. According to a 2007 CareerBuilder.com survey, what do bosses say is the biggest mistake job applicants make during an interview?

A: Talking too much
B: Dressing inappropriately
C: Telling a bad joke

MATT: Talking too much- INCORRECT
LORI ANN: Dressing inappropriately- CORRECT (200)

CARD: 8 OF CLUBS; PASSES TO MATT (15)

4. Which of these is traditionally found in the Swaa-style salad?

A: Fish
B: Chicken
C: Steak

MATT: Chicken- WRONG AGAIN
LORI ANN: Fish- RIGHT AGAIN (300)

CARD: QUEEN OF HEARTS, BUSTING MATT (25)

5. "Swifter, Higher, Stronger" is the motto for what?

A: Marines
B: Olympics
C: Sharon Stone

ERIC: Olympics- RIGHT (100)

CARD: 9 OF CLUBS; KEEPS IT AND FREEZES AT 17

LORI ANN:
CARD #6: JACK OF HEARTS
FINAL CARD: 2 OF HEARTS- WIN AT 18 (800)

ROUND 2:

ERIC: 4 OF HEARTS
LORI ANN: 9 OF SPADES
MATT: 5 OF HEARTS

1. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, what was the top cosmetic surgery for women in 2007?

A: Breast augmentation
B: Liposuction
C: Nose job

LORI ANN: Breast augumentation- RIGHT (900)

CARD: 8 OF DIAMONDS; PASSES TO MATT (13)

2. What politician is reportedly a distant coustin of both Dick Cheney and George W. Bush?

A: John McCain
B: Arnold Scwharzenegger
C: Barrack Obama

ERIC: Barrack Obama- CORRECT (200)

CARD: KING OF HEARTS, BUSTING MATT AND ELIMINATING HIM FROM THE GAME

3. According to a Cosmo poll, 70% of guys say they like it when a girl gets what?

A: A little jealous
B: Experimental in the bedroom
C: Urge to pay for dinner

LORI ANN: Experimental in the bedroom- INCORRECT
ERIC: A little jealous- CORRECT (300)

CARD: 9 OF DIAMONDS; TAKES IT (13)

4. Who nervously tried to interview Jane Fonda as she sat on his lap and kissed him?

A: Stephen Colbert
B: Brian Williams
C: Wolf Blitzer

LORI ANN: Wolf Blitzer- WRONG AGAIN
ERIC: Stephen Colbert- YOU BET (400)

CARD: JACK OF SPADES, PASSED TO LORI ANN (19)

5. Which of the following is NOT an actual baby product?

A: Boudreaux Butt Paste
B: Tushies
C: Bottoms-Up Baby Enema

LORI ANN: Tushies- THREE WRONG ANSWERS IN A ROW
ERIC: Boudreaux Butt Paste- NO

6. Who's the first person to ever use the word "period" to describe a woman's time of the month on American television?

A: Courteney Cox
B: Bea Arthur
C: Katie Couric

ERIC: Bea Arthur- NOW, HE'S WRONG AGAIN
LORI ANN: Courtneney Cox- RIGHT (1,000)

If this next card is a 2, 9, 10 or a face card, she wins her second round in a row. But, she knows something I don't know- she could freeze before seeing the card, and she decides to freeze at 19.

CARD: 8 OF HEARTS- ERIC WINS AT 21 (900)

Well, as it turns out, she would never have won even if she hadn't frozen prematurely.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND:

ERIC: 10 OF SPADES
LORI ANN: KING OF DIAMONDS

1. For his fourth film adventure, Indiana Jones went in search of what crystal object?

ERIC: Skull- CORRECT

CARD: 9 OF HEARTS; PASSES TO LORI ANN (19)

2. What self-help book has spent over 70...?

A: "The Secret"
B: "The Wish"
C: "The Whisper"

LORI ANN: "The Secret"- RIGHT; FREEZES AT 19

ERIC:
CARD #2: 3 OF CLUBS (13)
CARD #2: QUEEN OF CLUBS- LORI ANN WINS!

Super Catch 21: Lori Ann gets her two change chips to start.

HAND #1: ACE OF HEARTS
HAND #2: 10 OF CLUBS
HAND #3: 10 OF SPADES

CARD #4: QUEEN OF DIAMONDS ($1,000)

CARD #5: 6 OF DIAMONDS; CHANGES IT

CARD #6: 7 OF SPADES; PLACES IT IN HAND #2 (17)

CARD #7: JACK OF SPADES; CHANGES IT

CARD #8: KING OF HEARTS; PLACED IN HAND #3 (20)

CARD #9: JACK OF HEARTS- LOSS

She's the first contestant to actually lose money in this round.

Duel: This is the second season finale and it also might very well be the last episode ever in this country. Dave McNeil, who just prevented a good champion from taking home the $500,000 at the end of the last episode, is back for his first Max Question:

Which of the following state names is NOT derived from a Native American word?

A: Wyoming
B: Colorado
C: Utah
D: Ohio

His guess is Utah...

A: Wyoming
B: Colorado
C: Utah
D: Ohio

...no, it's the Rocky Mountain state of Colorado. He risks his entire $20,000 to play again. Tonight's contestant gallery starts with:

Stephen Guyer (Scotia, NY)- Small business owner
Amy Shywalter (Louisville, KY)- High school drama teacher
Randy Howell (Cochran, GA)- Stockbroker

He faces Amy. First question:

Which is NOT a real fish?

A: Parrotfish
B: Squirrelfish
C: Dogfish
D: Ferretfish

Double Max Out to start. Answer: Ferretfish. Second question:

Which of these famous directors was rejected from USC's film program?

A: Steven Spielberg
B: George Lucas
C: Ron Howard
D: John Carpenter

After locking in Howard and Carpenter, Amy uses her Pressure Button, forcing Dave to max out. The answer is...Spielberg, so Dave wins another $2,500! For another $2,500:

What was often found insde the mummified remains of Egyptian people?

A: Diamonds
B: Cats
C: Onions
D: Chocolate

He goes with cats...

A: Diamonds
B: Cats
C: Onions
D: Chocolate

...no meow of approval here. It was onions. With $22,500 now, he keeps playing. Replacing Amy in the gallery is Gryphon Ward from Montclair, NJ (who is a tutor), and that's who he will face.
First question:

What colors are on the flag of Switzerland?

A: Blue and yellow
B: Green, white and red
C: Red and white
D: White and blue

Both say everyting but B (those are the colors for Mexico). Answer: C, so we start with an 8-8 tie. Second question:

What's the nickname of the New England Patriots videotape scandal that rocked the NFL last year?

A: Tailgate
B: Bradygate
C: Spygate
D: Chowdahgate

Both easily get Spygate. Third question:

Which state currently has the most seats in the U.S. House of Representatives?

A: New York
B: Texas
C: California
D: Each state has equal numbers

The champ covers Texas and California and uses his Pressure Button. Gryphon takes a chance by only covering up California. If that's the answer, we keep playing; if it's Texas, Dave retains his championship. Otherwise, we go to a Shootout...


A: New York
B: Texas
C: California
D: Each state has equal numbers

...it's California, giving Gryphon the one-chip advantage. Fourth question:

In 2008, which city did Men's Fitness name as the fattest city?

A: Boston
B: Denver
C: Las Vegas
D: Los Angeles

Double Max Out, keeping Gryphon ahead 5-4. Answer: Vegas. Next question:

Which of these artists has NOT been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

A: Sex Pistols
B: Madonna
C: The Who
D: KISS

Dave locks in everything but KISS while Gryphon goes with everything but The Who. If the answer's Sex Pistols or Madonna, we keep playing. If it's The Who, Dave wins another duel. If it's KISS, we have a new champion...

A: Sex Pistols
B: Madonna
C: The Who
D: KISS

...it's KISS, so Dave loses everything and Gryphon wins his first $15K. His Max Question right now:

What did the 8-year-old Serovich twins invent to discourage bullies?

A: Wedgie-proof underwear
B: Swirlie-proof toilet
C: Purple-nurple-proof shirts
D: Wet willy-proof earmuffs

He goes with the earmuffs...

A: Wedgie-proof underwear
B: Swirlie-proof toilet
C: Purple-nurple-proof shirts
D: Wet willy-proof earmuffs

...but it's the undies. Now in the gallery is John Serby (a corporate event planner from Kenosha, WI). Gryphon will now face Steven. First question:

Who would most likely conduct their primary buisness in "The Octagon"?

A: Bruce Lee
B: Jackie Chan
C: Colin Powell
D: Randy Couture

Steven maxes out while Gryphon only covers Couture, after he nearly covered up Lee and Chan as well. Good, because that's right to give him a 10-7 lead. Second question:

What animal has five hearts but no lungs?

A: Boa constrictor
B: Earthworm
C: Tree frog
D: Sea turtle

The champ maxes out while Stephen only covers up boa constrictor and earthworm...earthworm is right to cut Gryphon's lead to 7-6. Third question:

Who is TV's "Agent 86"?

A: Maxwell Smart
B: Fox Mulder
C: Sydney Bristow
D: Jack Bauer

After Stephen maxes out, he uses his Pressure Button. Gryphon goes with Maxwell Smart at the last second...and that's right to increase his lead to 7-3! Fourth question:

Which of these is NOT a territory of the U.S.?

A: Guam
B: American Samoa
C: The Philippines
D: Puerto Rico

Stephen locks in American Samoa while Gryphon goes with the Philippines...

A: Guam
B: American Samoa
C: The Philippines
D: Puerto Rico

...Stephen just realized his mistake- the Philippines is right, meaning Gryphon now has $25K. To make it $35K:

Which of these men made the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine as a model in his youth?

A: JFK
B: Gerald Ford
C: Bill Clinton
D: Ronald Reagan

He says Reagan...

A: JFK
B: Gerald Ford
C: Bill Clinton
D: Ronald Reagan

...but it's Ford. He decides to leave with his $25K.

Randy and John play the last duel in a while. It comes down to this question for $20K. Randy leads 6-2 with all the Pressure Buttons gone. Here it is:

Which breed of dog is Disney's Pluto?

A: Labrador Retriever
B: Basset Hound
C: Cocker Spaniel
D: Bloodhound

Randy goes with Basset Hound and Bloodhound, while John says Labrador Retriever...

A: Labrador Retriever
B: Basset Hound
C: Cocker Spaniel
D: Bloodhound

...it's the Bloodhound, so Randy's the last champion of the season. This last question of the season will determine if he leaves with $20K or $40K:

At 405 years old, which claimed the title as the longest living animal in recorded history?

A: Tortoise
B: Clam
C: Komodo Dragon
D: Koi fish

He's pretty sure it's tortoise for $40K...

A: Tortoise
B: Clam
C: Komodo Dragon
D: Koi fish

...but it's not. It was tortoise, so he leaves with $20K.