Monday, August 31, 2009

"Dance Your Ass Off"- FINALE

All of this season's contestants are in the studio tonight, including the three finalists. To open the show, the entire cast performs in their Week 1 attire to "Please Don't Stop the Music" by Rihanna.

The first round will have freestyle routines, while the second round will ask each finalist to perform a dance routine assigned by the judges. The performance order for both rounds are random. But the final weigh-ins will close the show to decide the big winner.


1. Pinky (who's competing injured) & Mr. Lucky
Song: "Kiss Kiss" by Chris Brown



2. Ruben & Hilary
Song: "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" by Big & Rich


3. Shayla & Mario
Song: "No Air" by Chris Brown & Jordin Sparks

MAYTE: 10!

Before this finale started, the season's other eight contestants was weighed in, and whoever had the greatest percentage of weight loss since the show began would win a $5,000 bonus. The top two are Miles & Alicia. Alicia's new weight is 209.4 lbs, resulting in a weight loss percentage of 18.71%. Now, let's see how Miles did...

...215.5 lbs, for a percentage of.....17.3%, so Alicia Duque wins the five grand! And host Marissa Jaret Winokur personally pays her!


1. Ruben & Hilary (Paso Doble)
Song: "When I Grow Up" by The Pussycat Dolls

MAYTE: 10!
DANNY: 10!

2. Shayla & Mario (Rumba)
Song: "If I Were a Boy" by Beyonce


3. Pinky & Mr. Lucky (Samba)
Song: "All Nite (Don't Stop)" by Janet Jackson

MAYTE: 10!
DANNY: 10!


So far, what looked to be a battle between Shayla & Ruben on paper has turned into a battle between Ruben & Pinky. But it's still anybody's game when they take on that scale for the final time.

SHAYLA'S FINAL WEIGHT: 170.9 (2.29%)

For Ruben to stay in the running, he must have lost at least 4.5 pounds. His previous weight was 247.4...

...his new weight is 239.9, a loss of 7.5 pounds! That gives him a weight loss percentage of 3.03%, for a final total of 12.53! It all comes down to Pinky. Her previous weight was 161 pounds. For her to pull off the upset victory, she needs to have lost at least 4.9 pounds, thus needing to go down to at least 156.1. Her final weight is...




Another "Millionaire" Season 8 update

After the nine carryover contestants from the "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire 10th Anniversary" finale have played their games, most of the money tree for future "Millionaire" contestants will be changed. The upper tier values will stay the same.

Lower Tier Values: $500, $1,000, $2,000, $3,000 & $5,000
Middle Tier Values: $7,500, $10,000, $12,500, $15,000 & $25,000

Various sources contributed to this report.

Sunday ratings

Last night's episode of "Big Brother" pulled in 7.41 million viewers. As for "There Goes the Neighborhood", its fourth episode was viewed by 3.91 million, up slightly from last week.

Source: The Futon Critic

"Millionaire" Season 8 update

The Tournament of Ten on the upcoming season of "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire" will run from November 9-20. Any ties in terms of money won are broken by how much time the contestants have banked in answering questions. The first player to go in the tourney will be the #10 player, followed by the #9 player, then the #8 one and so on.

Here are the list of the first several Experts for that season:

Week 1: John Carpenter (first-ever $1 Million winner)
Week 2: Alexandra Wentworth
Week 3: Ashleigh Banfield
Week 4: Mo Rocca
Week 5: Robin Meade (first three days), Rene Syler (last two days)
Week 6: Cokie Roberts
Week 7: Ken Jennings

Also, the new season will start a week sooner than reported- September 7th.

Various sources contributed to this report.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Next Week in Game Shows: August 31-September 6

Can you believe it- we're already getting so close to having all the traditional game shows coming back for new seasons! In the meantime, here's what's in store this week:

-The first season finale of "Dance Your Ass Off"!

-The Top 20 round begins on "America's Got Talent".

-We'll find out who makes the final four on the current season of "Big Brother".

All that, plus Dean Cain plays for charity on an all-new episode of "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" and maybe more, next week on GSK.

The Week in Review: August 24-30

Players of the Week:
WINNERS: DiSalvatores ($100,000)("The Great American Road Trip")
RUNNERS-UP: The Cootes- "The Great American Road Trip" Runners-Up
3RD PLACE (TIE): Tyler Rowley ("Wipeout") and Chris & Sunni Schoenberg ("Crash Course")- $50,000 each

ZONK ANSWERS OF THE WEEK: NA (any GS reruns don't count)

"America's Best Dance Crew" 8/30

It's Bollywood Week. BTW, to vote for any dance crew at the end of each episode, either go to the show's website or text your vote to 22444, followed by the number of the performance spot they got on that episode. The voting is sponsored by AT&T.

1. Massive Monkees: "Bang" by Rye Rye featuring M.I.A.
Assignment: Bhangra

JC credited them for changing their formations many times. Shane said this was one of their best performances of the season so far because they had the confidence. Lil' Mama said they were energetic all throughout their performance.

The first dance crew in danger of elimination this week are...

...We Are Heroes.

2. Vogue Evolution: "Calabria 2008" by Enur
Assignment: Rajasthani

Lil' Mama said their performance was good but not great. JC also thought the performance was solid. Shane loved their intro and thought they loved each other on stage.

Joining We Are Heroes in tonight's danger zone are...

...Beat Ya Feet Kings.

3. Rhythm City: "Jai Ho" by A. R. Rahman and The Pussycat Dolls
Assignment: Bharata Natyum

Shane thought they returned to form this week. Lil' Mama said they had the performance of the night so far. JC also thought it was good.

4. Afroborike: "Dance Bailalo" by Kat DeLuna
Assignment: Kathak

Lil' Mama said this was their best performance to date. JC said they were good but some of their kicking moves were out of sync, and Shane said they still weren't killing it on stage.


We Are Heroes: "Arab Money" by Busta Rhymes
Assignment: Giddha

Beat Ya Feet Kings: "So Fine" by Sean Paul
Assignment: Garba

Last week, Southern Movement was eliminated on their second trip to the bottom two. Has the same fate happened to Beat Ya Feet Kings?...

We Are Heroes
Beat Ya Feet Kings



On the Daytime Emmy Awards tonight (which aired on The CW, BTW), "Cash Cab" won the Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show Emmy for the second straight year. Meanwhile, "Millionaire's" Meredith Viera won the Emmy for Outstanding Game Show Host, making her the first female ever to win that particular Emmy twice.

"There Goes the Neighborhood" 8/30

Early on, ice cream treats get thrown over the giant wall for everybody.

Home Challenge #3: Each family is given a giant bag of mail with 500 pieces in it, but only 10 pieces of mail belong to that family. Their own mail must go inside their inbox.

The family that gets all 10 pieces of mail in their inbox are...

...the Johnstons!

NEIGHBORHOOD CHALLENGE #4: Everybody's playing Scrabble, with each family starting out with 10 tiles on each turn. Also on the big gameboard are special squares like Choose Who Loses a Turn. The word NEIGHBORHOOD is put on the board to start.

The Johnstons will go first in each round since they won the Home Challenge.

Johnstons: HEELING (4 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 2) = 11
Nelsons: CLOUDS (3 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 2 + 1) = 9

The Nelsons hit a Lose a Turn square, so they have a turn taken away from the Mullennixes.

Schindlers: BEARDS = 9
Upshaws: JARS = 11

The Upshaws also hit an LAT square, and decide to cost the Johnstons their second turn.

Nelsons: JAW = 13 (22)
Schindlers: ZOOM = 15 (24)
Upshaws: VIEW = 10 (21)
Mullennixes: LEAGUE = 7

The Mullennixes run into an LAT square as well, and decide to lock the Nelsons out for Round 3.

Johnstons: GOVERN = 11 (21)

The Johnstons hit an LAT spot as well and I believe black out the Schindlers for this round. The other words given in this round are PRIDE, MAFIA, HEALER and KNOB (the last of which was given by the Mullennixes for 10 points, giving them 17; they also hit an LAT square and decide to sit the Nelsons out again). The Upshaws now lead with 29 points, while the scores for the Schindlers and the Nelsons remain as they are.


Upshaws: 42
Schindlers: 33
Johnstons: 31
Nelsons & Mullennixes: 22 each


Johnstons: QUEER (10 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1) = 14 (45)
Nelsons: QUEERS (10 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1) = 15 (37)
Schindlers: SOY (1 + 1 + 4) = 6 (39)
Upshaws: PAINT (3 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1) = 7 (49)

The Mullennixes are mathematically eliminated before their final turn, so the Upshaws are Kings of the Neighborhood once again! This time, they earn a backyard set.

ELIMINATION #4: The Upshaws surprisingly don't put up the Schindlers up for eviction again this week; instead, they nominate the Johnstons and the Nelsons. By a vote of 2-1...


...the Nelsons have become the victims of a backdoor strategy and have been eliminated. They leave with the refrigerator.

"Big Brother XI" 8/30

The winner of the Head of Household competition that began a few days ago is...

...Kevin Campbell!

The first houseguest temporarily safe is Natalie Martinez (who was called into the Diary Room earlier in this episode for a possible rules violation)...

...and the other one is Jordan Lloyd, meaning Michele Noonan & Jeff Schroeder are in danger of being evicted for now.

Bob Barker to appear on "WWE RAW"

Former "The Price is Right" host Bob Barker has confirmed that he will be the guest host for "WWE RAW" on its Labor Day episode.


Saturday, August 29, 2009

"Jeopardy!" programming note

The week before its 26th season begins, on the week of September 7-11, to celebrate the show's 25th anniversary in syndication one more time, five of the most memorable episodes of "Jeopardy's" run in syndication will be rebroadcast. Here's the episode order:

Monday, September 7: The very first episode from 1984!
Tuesday, September 8: Eddie Timanus' fifth win
Wednesday, September 9: Ken Jennings' last win
Thursday, September 10: Ken Jennings' epic first loss
Friday, September 11: The last day of the Ultimate Tournament of Champions from 2005

Another retro "5th Grader" recap

This time, the "5th Grader" rerun I'm blogging comes from the second season, originally airing on November 15, 2007.

First to play was country and former "American Idol" singer Kellie Pickler! She played for two charities- the American Red Cross and the Grandparents Foundation of the AARP. After Kellie made Sierra her first partner, here were her categories:

1st Grade Spelling
1st Grade Animal Science
2nd Grade Music
2nd Grade Foreign Languages
3rd Grade U.S. History
3rd Grade World Geography
4th Grade Anatomy
4th Grade Astronomy
5th Grade Health
5th Grade Math

Before the game even started, Kellie said to the world that she wasn't smarter than a 5th Grader! That could've been a bad omen for her. Anyway, the first category of her choosing was Animal Science.

T or F: Road runners are birds.

She got on the board by guessing True. Her second category was Foreign Languages.

Bonjour means "good day" in what language?

She locked in French and was correct. Her second partner was Olivia and she chose Spelling to close out 1st Grade.

How many times does the letter E appear in the following word- "watermelon"?

She correctly figured out that there are two E's in that word. After hearing a message from her hometown (including the mayor there), her fourth category was the other 2nd Grade one, Music. This was a Classroom Club Question sent in by Morgan from Heritage School:

The piccolo is a member of what musical family?

A: Woodwind
B: Strings
C: Percussion

She was thinking either strings or percussion. Eventually, she locked in percussion, just because piccolo starts with the letter P...based on my long experience with playing percussion instruments (most notably the bells), I can tell you that is definitely NOT a percussion instrument. And strings wasn't right, either- it was the woodwind family. But Olivia saved her by writing down that answer. Kellie then brought up Nathan and her safe haven category was 3rd Grade World Geography.

Budapest is the capital of what European country?

After Kellie thought that was a stupid question, she thought Europe was a country instead of a continent. Following that, Kellie decided to just copy Nathan's answer, which was Hungary. Kellie would've missed by guessing France. Hungary...was right for $25,000.

Video Bonus: Kellie Pickler's France struggle on "5th Grader"

Kellie's $50,000 category was 3rd Grade U.S. History.

Which of the following people was a U.S. President?

A: Johns Hopkins (misspelled)
B: Franklin Pierce
C: Brigham Young

Because Pierce has quite a few letters in her last name, it starts with P and she has had a few ear piercings in the past, she locked in that...and won $50,000! Her next classmate selection was Mackenzie and she attempted to make it to six figures with 4th Grade Anatomy.

How many canine teeth are in a typical adult human mouth?

She decided not to use her peek and walked away with the 50 grand for her two charities. After originally thinking 2 or 4, she would've guessed 4...and would've been right. Kellie then said the magic words yet again.

A civilian game was then played next with Rob Claussen (who was a tailor). After asking Sierra to join him, the categories for this game were:

1st Grade Animal Science
1st Grade Spelling
2nd Grade World Geography
2nd Grade Ancient Cultures
3rd Grade Math
3rd Grade Social Studies
4th Grade U.S. History
4th Grade Life Science
5th Grade World History
5th Grade Science

His opening category was Spelling.

How many times does the letter E appear in the following word- "mathematics"?

He decided to copy Sierra's answer right away, which was one. Rob would've guessed two instead, so it was a good thing he copied Sierra instead to get on the board. He then chose the other 1st Grade subject, Animal Science.

Which is the largest species of cat?

A: Tiger
B: Puma
C: Jaguar

Rob guessed the tiger...correct. After his second kid partner proved to be Mackenzie, he went for World Geography third.

The Earth's largest rain forest is located on what continent?

He locked in, sir. It was South America, which the entire class got right (including Mackenzie) to save him. His fourth topic was 3rd Grade Math.

T or F: The reciprocal of 5/6 is a whole number.

Rob peeked at Mackenzie's answer, which was True. He agreed with her...FALSE, SO HE BECAME A TOTAL FLUNK OUT. It wasn't meant to be for him.

Friday, August 28, 2009

RECAP: Back-to-back celebrity "5th Grader" reruns that I haven't done until now

The following are transcripts of two celebrity episodes of "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" that originally aired on November 14th and 21st, respectively.

First up was Deborah Norville, playing for the New York Center For the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Kassidy filled in for Olivia, at least during her game. Here were the categories:

1st Grade Vocabulary
1st Grade English
2nd Grade Spelling
2nd Grade Measurements
3rd Grade U.S. Geography
3rd Grade Grammar
4th Grade World Geography
4th Grade Earth Science
5th Grade Literature
5th Grade U.S. History

BTW, if she got to the $25,000 safe haven, the entire audience would get a copy of the show's video game made by THQ! The first classmate Deborah chose was Jenna, and her first subject was English.

What's the 24th letter of the English alphabet?

Of course, she knew it was X. She then tried the other 1st Grade category of Vocabulary.

T or F: Someone who is a "nephew" is male.

Deborah said True and was correct, as was the entire class. Her second partner was Bryce and her third category was Spelling.

What letter appears more often in the following word- "shampoo"?

With two appearances, she knew it was the letter O. The other 2nd Grade subject, Measurements, was next for Deborah.

If Mr. Foxworthy has a class of five students, and the next day his class doubles in size, how many students would he then have?

She multiplied correctly with 10. After making her third classmate partner Francesca, the next topic she attempted was 3rd Grade Grammar. For $25,000 and video games for everybody, here was the question:

"Wept" is the past tense form of what verb?

She guessed weep...the entire audience got themselves a "5th Grader" video game! Francesca also had that answer. Back to just playing for charity, Deborah's next category was 4th Grade Earth Science:

T or F: A stalagmite is a mineral deposit formed on the floor of a cave.

She locked in True...True it was for $50,000! Jonathan was her next classmate and she went for $100,000 on 3rd Grade U.S. Geography.

What's the approximate distance from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C.?

A: 800 miles
B: 1,200 miles
C: 2,300 miles

She went with my gut of 2,300 miles, which Jonathan also wrote down...RIGHT for $100,000! The next subject she attempted was 5th Grade U.S. History.

What Puritan was elected governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony 12 times between 1630 and 1649?

Believe it or not, she dropped out at $100,000 for her charity with all the cheats still on the table. She would've guessed John was a John, but it was actually John Winthrop.

NBA star Rick Fox then played the next game for the AIDS Health Care Foundation. Olivia returned for this game and here were the categories:

1st Grade Animal Science
1st Grade Measurements
2nd Grade Spelling
2nd Grade Music
3rd Grade Cultural Studies
3rd Grade Ancient History
4th Grade U.S. Geography
4th Grade Grammar
5th Grade World History
5th Grade Drama

His first partner was Jonathan and Animal Science was his first attempted category.

Black mamba and boa constrictor are both species of what animal?

He knew those two were snakes, as did Jonathan. He then finished out 1st Grade with Measurements.

What month of the U.S. calendar year has the fewest number of days?

Rick & Jonathan both nailed February. After that, he chose the returning Olivia as his second partner; his third topic was 3rd Grade Ancient History.

T or F: Chariot racing was an event at the ancient Greek Olympics.

Everybody was correct with True, and that was the end of Rick's first episode. When Part 2 of his appearance began, his $10,000 topic was 2nd Grade Music.

The bassoon is a member of what musical family?

A: Woodwind
B: Percussion
C: Brass

Rick said that was a brass instrument...but it's not. That instrument actually belongs to the woodwinds, but Olivia was able to save him. Francesca was then chosen to replace her, and Rick's next subject was 2nd Grade Spelling. This was a Classroom Club Question, sent in by Abigail from Gregory Elementary:

How many times does the letter Y appear in the following word- "beautiful"?

Rick wouldn't be leaving with nothing for his charity, because he locked in zero for $25,000. He then chose 4th Grade U.S. Geography as his freebie topic:

In what U.S. city do the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers meet and form the Ohio River?

He decided to peek at Francesca's answer, which was Missouri. That's not a city- that's a state. But he went out on his own and locked in St. Louis...also wrong. It was Pittsburgh, so he didn't win any more money for his charity.

Finally was Jennie Garth, a former "Dancing with the Stars" participant. She played for the American Heart Assoication.

1st Grade Health
1st Grade Animal Science
2nd Grade Math
2nd Grade Spelling
3rd Grade Social Studies
3rd Grade World Geography
4th Grade Ancient Cultures
4th Grade U.S. History
5th Grade Cultural Studies
5th Grade Music

After choosing Bryce as her first classmate partner, the first topic she attempted in this game was Animal Science.

T or F: The animal known as a "minnow" is a type of fish.

She was right with True, and then tried to graduate from 1st Grade with the other subject of Health.

What's the second finger of the human hand called?

A: Ring finger
B: Index finger
C: Pinky

She believed it was the is. She then told Jenna to come on up and her third category was Math.

Every multiple of 10 has what number in the ones place?

She knew it was 0, as did Jenna (she even put a smiley face in the middle of it). Her next stop was 3rd Grade World Geography.

T or F: The Equator runs through every continent except Antarctica.

She thought that was a False statement...actually, the Equator doesn't run through three other continents besides Antarctica- Australia, North America and Europe. For her third classmate selection, she went with Francesca. Her safe haven subject was Spelling, the 2nd Grade topic she didn't try earlier.

What's the last letter in the name of the following U.S. state- Illinois?

Since she was born in that state, she'd better have gotten this one right...and she did by locking in S for $25,000. Francesca could've saved her, because she also wrote down that letter of the alphabet. Jennie then tried to double her charity money by going back to 3rd Grade and choosing the category of Social Studies.

What U.S. city was once known as New Amsterdam when it was part of a Dutch colony?

She decided to Copy Francesca's answer. We need her to have written down New York. Francesca wrote down New...York for $50,000! Incidentially, after locking in her Copy cheat, Jennie would've guessed that, so she wound up wasting a cheat. Anyway, Jonathan wound up being her next partner and her next subject was 4th Grade Ancient Cultures.

In Greek mythology, what was the name of the three-headed dog that guarded the underworld?

She used her peek- Jonathan's response was Serberus. Jennie agreed with him...and both were right for 100 grand! Another 75 large was at stake with this 5th Grade Music Question, also a Classroom Club Question sent in by Danya from Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School:

18th century classical music composer Wolfgang Mozart was born in what present-day country?

With no guarantee that she would be saved by Jonathan, Jennie dropped out with $100,000 for her charity. The right country was Austria.

Michael Jackson update

It has been confirmed by an L.A. coroner that Michael Jackson's death two months ago has been ruled a homicide. It involved several drugs, including propofol and lorazepam. The full autopsy and toxicology reports, however, remain on delay indefinitely.

Various sources contributed to this report.

Ratings notables

The finale of "The Great American Road Trip" had 4.78 million viewers, its highest of the series. Don't expect it back for a second season, though.

For "Big Brother", its Tuesday episode had 7.41 million viewers, but last night's live eviction episode tied its season high viewership of 8.08 million.

As for "America's Got Talent", its last quarterfinal performance episode had 11.19 million viewers, down slightly from last week, while its last quarterfinal results show had 10.87 million watch, up from last week.

And the debut of "Crash Course" had 5.06 million viewers, which doesn't sound too good.

"Hell's Kitchen"- 7.47 million, up from last week
"Wipeout"- 7.56 million, up from its last new episode

Source: The Futon Critic

"WWTBAM" to do a ToC of sorts next season

Next season on the syndicated version of "WWTBAM", it has been announced that the ten biggest winners from the first nine weeks of the season will be offered the chance to risk most of their winnings for a chance to answer a Million Dollar Question. The catch is, like on "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" and "Don't Forget the Lyrics!", they must answer it without using any lifelines. If a player goes for it and is right, s/he remains in the running for a chance to become a millionaire. If they go for it and miss it, they drop to either $1,000 or $25,000, depending on how much they had won previously. After this stunt has been completed, the biggest winner amongst those who answer the MDQ correctly has their winnings augumented to $1,000,000.

Various sources contributed to this report.

"Project Runway" 8/27

The first model eliminated this season was not Erika Macke (who wore the losing design), but rather Yosuzi Sylvester.

THIS WEEK’S CHALLENGE: Create a pregnancy chic look for actress & this week’s guest judge, Rebecca Romijn. Also, filling in for Michael Kors this week is fashion designer Monique Lhuillier.

This week’s shopping budget at Mood is $100.

1. Logan: White shirt w/ black pants (Fatma)
2. Shirin: Red w/ removable black coat (Matar)
3. Nicolas: Black (Ebony)
4. Christopher: Purple w/ black pants (Katie)
5. Mitchell: White w/ beige shorts (Kalyn)
6. Qristyl: Two shades of brown (Erika)
7. Rodney: White w/ removable white/black part (Erica)
8. Louise: Red (Lisa)
9. Gordana: Shades of blue (Tara)
10. Johnny: Black w/ a purse and sunglasses (Emarie)
11. Malvin: Black w/ white top (Valerie)
12. Ra’mon: Purple w/ some white (Vanessa)
13. Carol Hannah: Sea blue w/ black jacket (Kojii)
14. Althea: Black (Tanisha)
15. Irina: Blue (Celine)

The six that have to sweat it out are Althea Harper, Louise Black, Malvin Vien, Mitchell Hall, Ra’mon-Lawrence Cohen & Shirin Askari. The winner of immunity this week is…

…Shirin! In the bottom two are Malvin and Mitchell (for the second time in a row). In the end, Mitchell…


…is in once again, meaning Malvin has been cut. Also, model Valerie Roy did not get saved and has been eliminated as a result.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

"Big Brother XI" 8/27

Early on, while Russell Kairouz was working out, he got into a shouting match with Jordan Lloyd.

THE VOTE: Needless to say, Jordan votes for Russell...


...and he gets the other two votes, so he's been knocked out of the game and sent into the jury house. But he does leave with $10,000.

HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD COMPETITION #9: The four eligible houseguests must run to the opposite end of the gameboard to collect a mug before running back to the start to fill it up with hot chocolate before returning to the end of the board to pour their hot chocolate into their bowl. As they continue filling up their bowl, a marshmallow will continue to rise. As time goes on, there will be special surprises. The first player to grab their marshmallow and get it across the finish line becomes the new HoH. We'll find out who wins on Sunday.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

"Top Chef" 8/26

This week's guest judge is chef/entrepreneur Todd English.

Quickfire #2: Each chef will roll a pair of dice to determine how many ingredients s/he must use in their dish. 30 minutes are on the clock. Salt, pepper & oil are freebie ingredients. The winner wins BOTH immunity and $15,000.

Laurine (3): Asparagus & leek soup w/ lemon
Jennifer Carroll (9): Salmon w/ lemon, garlic, shallot, parsley & jalapeno emulsion
Mattin (4): Carrot soup w/ ginger
Eve (8): Grilled asparagus soup w/ raisins, pine nuts & blue cheese
Michael Voltaggio (8): Nitro gazpacho, compressed cucumbers & toast
Kevin (10): Asparagus & celery salad w/ fennel cream & boiled egg
Ashley (8): Grilled lamb w/ apricot mostarda
Bryan (10): Poached black cod w/ carrot, ginger puree & Daikon radish sprout
Jesse (9): Scallops w/ chimichurri & smashed garbanzo beans w/ toasted garlic

The top three out of those revealed are Michael Voltaggio, Jennifer Carroll & Kevin Gillespie...

...and Michael Voltaggio gets the money and the immunity this time!

ELIMINATION CHALLENGE #2: This will be a battle of the sexes catering for a bachelor/bachelorette party. The men will cater for the bachelorette (Karen), while the women will cater for the bachelor (Greg).

This week's Whole Foods Market shopping budget is $800 within a half hour.

Robin: Duck mole w/ cocoa nibs & apricot
Laurine: Moroccan lamb chop w/ pomegranate pine nut relish
Eve: Shrimp & avocado ceviche w/ smokey tomato salsa & popcorn
Jennifer Carroll: Octopus ceviche w/ citrus vinaigrette
A: Watermelon carpaccio w/ ricotta salata & aged balsamic
B: Bay leaf panna cotta w/ cranberry powder & honey
Preeti: Coriander & sesame-crusted tuna w/ spicy eggplant & wonton crisp
Jesse: Thai chicken lettuce cup w/ Shiitake mushrooms, Shiso & ginger beer

Michael V.: Apple sorbet & goat cheese cookie
Kevin: Chilled almond soup w/ king crab, cucumber & white grape
Michael Isabella: Arctic char w/ smokey caper sauce & Cara Cara orange
Bryan: Sweet & soup macaroon filled w/ guacamole, corn nuts & corn puree
Ron: Lobster cocktail w/ habanero tomato sauce
Hector: Tofu, lemon-lime, tequila ceviche & Guajillo-Achiote tortilla
Eli: Thai tuna tartare w/ puffed wild rice
Mattin: Bouillabaisse w/ aioli crouton & petit basque croquette
Ash: Asian chicken wing w/ pickled pearl onions

The winners are...

...the Men! Bryan, the other Voltaggio, gets the individual victory here this week.

In the bottom four this week are Ashley Merriman, Jesse Sandlin, Preeti Mistry & Eve Aronoff. This is the second time in a row Jesse & Eve are in danger of being eliminated. I will tell you right now that the one having to pack up their stuff is one of those two...

Eve's Eve.

"America's Got Talent" 8/26

A: EriAm Sisters
B: Drew Stevyns

ADVANCING: BOTH (Drew's the first Wild Card Act to make it to the semi-finals!)

A: African High Flyers
B: Pam Martin's Top Dogs
C: Coney Island Chris Allison

A: Recycled Percussion
B: Anthony Morigerato & Matt Lucas

C: Ishaara
ADVANCING: Recycled Percussion

Country music veteran Reba McEntire then sings her new single "Consider Me Gone".

4 & 5:
A: The Lollipop Girls
B: Mia Boostrom
C: Barbara Padilla

D: Erik & Rickie
ADVANCING VIA JUDGES' VOTE: Erik & Rickie (they got votes from Piers & David)

8/26/2009 Results- Debut of "Crash Course"

Wipeout: This is Episode 211, one of the three remaining episodes left this season. Tonight's Qualifier starts with a new thing called the Ballsy-Go-Round, followed by the Sucker Punch, Big Balls, Hurtles & Swinging Cereal Killer (the first swing is filled with milk, while the other one is filled with cereal). Notable times:

Cate Ilfeld: 4:38.3
Tyler Rowley (first one to clear the swings this week): 1:46.8
Denorvell Collier: 9:15.6 (DNQ)
Danielle Bagby: 3:54.9

Joining Cate, Danielle & Tyler in Round 2 are Katelyn Benton, Shane Butler, Brittany Coffin, Heather Brown, Mark Jones, Lonnie Stuart, Nick Bongiovanni, Craig Hamilton & Natalie Masciale.

Crushing Gyro Sweeper:


1. Tyler
2. Danielle
3. Cate
4. Craig
5. Mark
$1,000 BONUS WINNER: Shane

Slippery Course: The first and third heats force contestants to go through the Mesh Mosh Run, while the second and final heats make the players navigate the Slippery Wall. All heats end at the Spinner.


1. Mark
2. Tyler
3. Shane
4. Danielle

THE WIPEOUT ZONE: This week's $50,000 course consists of the Catapault, Gears of Doom, Scary Go-Round and the Gauntlet (Piston Punch, Bumper Turntable & the Drop Bridge)

Danielle: 8:24.13

Tyler: 7:50.25

Mark: TIME OVER (during Scary Go-Round)

Is Shane just the second $51,000 winner of the season?...

...NO, thanks to the Gauntlet (he got up there the first time in about a minute of a half), so he leaves with $1,000 while Tyler goes home with $50,000...and maybe a jug of milk, too.

Crash Course: We start this new series with Episode 102 and these five teams:

Laurie Carrasco (Anaheim) & Gina Nalamlieng (L.A.)- Single moms/models
Nilson Goes (Belem, Brazil) & Adrian Larralde (Santa Barbara, CA)- Pharmaceutical drug salesmen
Ralph (East Pointe, MI) & Jennifer Bryant (Ortonville, MI)- Married couple
Chris & Sunni Schoenberg (Stockbridge, MI)- Chris is an Air Force member and motorcycle rider, while Sunni works at a tanning salon; they're siblings
Ty Snow (Glendale, CA) & Sarah Barker (L.A.)- Roommates

This new series takes place in Detroit but is NOT in HD.

Slip Slidin' Away: After being towed down the track, each team's car is released on a big shuffleboard with various point values ranging from 5 to 100. To earn points, the team's car must have its left front platinum wheel stop on a point square. The team with the lowest score is eliminated. Any ties are broken by how close the cars are from the 100-point bullseye.

Ty & Sarah: 35

Laurie & Gina: OFF THE BOARD- 64.4 ft.

Ralph & Jennifer: OFF THE BOARD- 48 ft.

Chris & Sunni: 10

Nilson & Adrian: 5

Laurie & Gina are the first team eliminated.

Catch Me If You Can: Each team has to move their car on a flatbed truck as fast as they can while dealing with several blue barrels.

Chris & Sunni: :25

Ty & Sarah: CRASH- 2 ft. up the flatbed

Ralph & Jennifer: CLEAR

Nilson & Adrian: ELIMINATED (only about a foot up the flatbed)

Car Dominos: Each team must knock a series of tires underneath each of six upright cars to have them go down. They need to finish this as fast as possible.

Chris & Sunni: :38

Ralph & Jennifer: :48


$50,000 CRASH COURSE: This is the show's version of "The Wipeout Zone". This week, it consists of the Barrel Wall, Drop Zone, Off Road and the Wreck Alley before the team has to switch drivers. At that point, the other team member has to reverse through a dead end and go through one of two Garage Doors before driving through the Animal Crossing and then the final exploding brick wall to stop the clock.

Chris (first driver) & Sunni finish in 3:16- somebody call "Stone Cold" Steve Austin! As for Ralph & Jennifer (first driver)...

...thanks to going off the course at least once (and even getting close to the cameraman), they lose by :48, so the Schoenbergs win the $50,000!

All champions also get a golden steering wheel.

Haterade, anyone?

I have just received word that my local ABC affiliate WRIC did NOT renew "Deal or No Deal" for a second season, and no other Richmond, VA affiliate will pick the show up. That means that I will be relegated to doing that show on Tuesday nights only when the Tuesday MyNetworkTV game show block begins with "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" in about a month from now. Additionally, "Family Feud" will not air in Richmond for the second season in a row. No word yet on "Millionaire", but I doubt that will air in Richmond again.

Speaking of "5th Grader", when it starts out on CMT, there will be a Country Music Stars week.

Various sources contributed to this report.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

"America's Got Talent" 8/25

1. Ishaara
Dance song: Another Bollywood-ish song that I don't know
Buzzes: NONE

2. Barbara Padilla
Song: "Time To Say Goodbye" by Andrea Bocelli
Buzzes: NONE

3. Pam Martin's Top Dogs
Background song: "Do You Love Me" by The Blues Brothers
Buzzes: NONE

4. African High Flyers
Background song: Some Jamaican-like song
Note: The second part of their act tonight involved fire
Buzzes: Piers

5. Mia Boostrom
Song: "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen
Buzzes: NONE

6. Erik & Rickie
Dance song: Nothing special of note
Buzzes: NONE

7. Coney Island Chris Allison
Note: Most of his act involved fire

8. Anthony Morigerato & Matt Lucas
Song: "Think" by Aretha Franklin
Buzzes: Piers

The next two acts are the final Wild Card Acts.

9. The Lollipop Girls
Dance song: "Hey Big Spender" by Peggy Lee
Buzzes: NONE

10. Drew Stevyns
Song: "How To Save a Life" by The Fray
Buzzes: NONE

11. Recycled Percussion
Song: TBA
Buzzes: NONE

12. EriAm Sisters
Song: "Crazy In Love" by Beyonce
Buzzes: NONE

"Newlywed Game" & "Catch 21" season premiere dates announced

The second season of "The Newlywed Game" and the third season of "Catch 21" will both begin on October 12th; their timeslots will remain the same. That means "Bingo America's" future is now in limbo.

Source: Buzzerblog

"Big Brother XI" 8/25

POWER OF VETO COMPETITION #7: All six remaining houseguests will compete in this one. In each round, a riddle is given and the contestants have to search for the banana with the right houseguest’s name on it before going on the ramp and kneeling down at the talking monkey face (who is being voiced by Casey Turner). The last one to bring the correct answer is eliminated; a contestant can also be eliminated if they bring a wrong answer. Last one standing wins the Power of Veto.

1. You couldn’t contain a big smile on his face when he walked outside as a princess from space.
ANSWER: Ronnie

2. He was cut like a diamond, but he fell like a tree and he couldn’t spell the word “continuously”.
ANSWER: Jessie

3. After losing, it was all she wrote; this person went home by an 8-1 vote.


4. Was on his way to the top before he got the boot; was the first-ever houseguest who left as a fruit.

FINAL ROUND: Walk around the house, no shirt, leather coat; this dude was evicted by a tiebreaker vote.

The houseguest in question was Braden Bacha…
…and Jeff Schroeder wins! But hold the phone…

…despite the fact he’s the Head of Household, he decides to use the PoV on Kevin Campbell and replace him with Russell Kairouz as a result of backdooring him. This is Russell's second nomination of the season, while this is Natalie Martinez's fourth straight.

"Hell's Kitchen" 8/25

Challenge: By all accounts, this one has a Vegas theme. Everybody will roll a 12-sided die with each side having a letter of the alphabet on it. Each chef must then select an ingredient that starts with the letter they roll for their team’s dish. 30 minutes are on the clock, and the winners will get a night on the town in Vegas.

Suzanne: R- Rabbit
Amanda: H- Haricotvert
Tennille: P- Potatoes
Sabrina: G- Garlic
Ariel: H- Ham hock
DISH: Pan-roasted tenderloin w/ leg of rabbit & roasted garlic/rosemary puree and ham hock stock

Andy: H- Haddock & T- Tomatoes (he gets an extra roll because Robert Hesse’s still absent)
Dave: F- Figs
Van: A- Angel hair pasta
Kevin: A- Apples
DISH: Braised haddock over angel hair pasta w/ tomato & fig sauce

The winners of this challenge, and heading off to Vegas for a little while are…
…the Men! The Women, meanwhile, have to take in all of the stuff from the delivery trucks.

DINNER SERVICE #7: Just before this begins, Robert arrives during preparations, making Andy Husbands unhappy. Starting this week, chef tables are being inserted into both teams’ kitchens so that chefs from some of Chef Ramsay’s restaurants can taste some of the food. The guest chefs on the Blue side are pastry chef Carl Bertka and sous chef Harutaka Kishi, while the Red’s guests are head chef Stuart Collins & Chef de Cuisine Josh Emett.

Early on, the Women get off to a slow start while the Men start off strong. Later on, Van Hurd serves TWO fish entrees with wax paper in them; also, the Men forget to serve some of their later food to their guest chefs. Robert then has some lamb & rabbit problems.

The winners of this Dinner Service, as determined by the guest chefs’ comment cards, are…
…the Women!

ELIMINATION: Dave Levey was the Best of the Worst this week, so he gets to nominate Robert & Van. Chef Ramsay then nominates Andy for the third time. Leaving “Hell’s Kitchen” tonight, after a shouting match between Andy & Robert, will be…


Robert. I guess the writing was on the wall for him.

CMT renews the "Bee"

CMT has renewed "The Singing Bee" for a second season next year. There will be 20 episodes taped for that season, and Melissa Peterman will return as host.

Source: B & C

Monday, August 24, 2009

"Dance Your Ass Off" 8/24

Tonight’s two dance styles are the Cha-Cha and the V. Waltz. Prior to all the performances, all four semi-finalists got makeovers and a photo shoot in Life & Style Magazine.


Shayla & Mario (Cha-Cha)
Song: “Gimme More” by Britney Spears

DANNY: 10!

Alicia Duque & Italo (V. Waltz)
Song: “The Trouble With Love Is” by Kelly Clarkson



Ruben & Hilary (Cha-Cha)
Song: “Waiting For Tonight” by Jennifer Lopez


Pinky & Mr. Lucky (V. Waltz)
Song: “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain

DANNY: 10!



Alicia & Italo (Cha-Cha)
Song: “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” by Kylie Minogue

DANNY: 10!
NEW WEIGHT: 212.6 (1.62%)

Ruben & Hilary (V. Waltz)
Song: “Ordinary Day” by Vanessa Carlton

MAYTE: 10!
DANNY: 10!

NEW WEIGHT: 247.4 (2.79%)

Pinky & Mr. Lucky (Cha-Cha)
Song: “Just Fine” by Mary J. Blige
NEW WEIGHT: 161 (1.17%)

Shayla & Mario (V. Waltz)
Song: “Fallin’” by Alicia Keys
NEW WEIGHT: 174.9 (1.19%)

For Shayla to definitely move on to next week’s 75-minute finale, she must have gotten at least a 25 on her V. Waltz…



…she does it with a point to spare!

If Pinky wants to claim the last spot in next week’s final, she has to also score at least a 25 on her Cha-Cha…
DANNY: 10!

YES! That means Alicia has been eliminated in fourth place.

"Great American Road Trip"- FINALE

In order for both of the final two families to find their Ultimate King of the Road Challenge destination, they must collect four cubes and put them together correctly. Host Reno Collier gives each family one to start. Each cube has a picture that will lead them to the destination of the next cube.

1. LAX Airport (the second cube is given to each family by another member that didn’t join them on the road trip up until now)
2. Universal Studios Hollywood (home of “The Tonight Show with Conan O’ Brien”; both families pick up their third cube at the end of their tram tour)
3. Roosevelt Hotel (the last cubes are given during breakfast)

(Note: The DiSalvatores inadvertently grabbed the Cootes’ third cube!)

The DiSalvatores are the family that called the Cootes cheaters after the very first King of the Road Challenge (the Cootes' won that one, BTW).

ULTIMATE END OF THE ROAD CHALLENGE: Each family is given eight cubes, with each one showing a picture of one of their past moments during the road trip. They must put them in chronological order on a giant U.S. map. The first family to do this correctly and hit their buzzer not only wins $100,000, but also a year’s worth of gas from Shell, a VIP Universal Studios Hollywood experience and four round-trip tickets from Southwest Airlines.

The winners of “The Great American Road Trip” are…



The minute the Cootes lost that final Vegas challenge, it was mostly downhill for them. Late in the final challenge, they argued. I hope they had a lot of fun anyway. 

"Catch 21" marathon scheduled

On Labor Day, GSN will broadcast a "Catch 21" marathon starting at 9 AM EST and will last until 7 PM EST.

"Big Brother's" EPs sign deal with Sony

Allison Grodner & Rich Meehan, the executive producers of "Big Brother", have signed a two-year deal with Sony. They will form a new production company called Fly on the Wall Entertainment.

Various sources contributed to this report.

Don Lipp dies at 79

Don Lipp, creator of the short-lived game shows "You're in the Picture", "The Money Maze" and "The Big Showdown" (the last of which was with Ron Greenberg), died last Thursday in Phoenix at the age of 79.

Various sources contributed to this report.

Ratings from last night

Last night's suspenseful episode of "WWTBAM" pulled 7.6 million viewers, its second-highest viewership total of its 10th Anniversary run. "Big Brother XI" had a viewership total of 7.4 million; while "Millionaire" beat them in the 8 PM timeslot, "Big Brother" won in the 18-49 demographic with a 2.5.

Episode 3 of "There Goes the Neighborhood" had a viewership count of 3.8 million, its lowest to date.


"Dancing with the Stars 9" teams announced; correction

Here are the entire 16 teams for the upcoming ninth season of "Dancing with the Stars":

Aaron Carter & Karina Smirnoff
Natalie Coughlin & Alec Mazo
Mark Dacascos & Lacey Schwimmer
Tom Delay & Cheryl Burke
Macy Gray & Jonathan Roberts
Ashley Hamilton & Edyta Sliwinska (the latter of which is the only pro to compete in every U.S. season)
Melissa Joan Hart & Mark Ballas (the latter of which is one of the defending champions)
Kathy Ireland & Tony Dovolani
Michael Irvin & Anna Demidova (the latter of which won last season's first professional dancing competition)
Joanna Krupa & Derek Hough
Chuck Liddell & Anna Trebunskaya
Debi Mazar & Maksim Chermovskiy
Mya & Dmitry Chaplin
Kelly Osbourne & Louis van Amistel
Donny Osmond & Kym Johnson
Louie Vito & Chelsie Hightower

Remember, the season begins Monday, September 21st with a two-hour performance episode that night at 8 PM and another two-hour performance episode in the same timeslot the following night. On Wednesday, September 23rd at 8 PM, the first hour-long results show of the season will air, where there will be a double elimination (unlike what I said earlier).

Source: The Futon Critic

This Week in Game Shows: August 24-30

On the last full week of August 2009, colleges are back in session for their Fall '09 semesters. As for us, here's what we've got on tap:

-Will the Coote Family, the winners of most of the King of the Road Challenges, win the $100,000 on "Great American Road Trip"? Or will the DiSalvatore Family, the winners of most of the End of the Road Challenges, knock them off?

-A new ABC game show debuts this week after "Wipeout" on Wednesday- "Crash Course". This will be Dan Cortese's second GS hosting gig, while this is Orlando Jones' first.

-The Top 48 round of "America's Got Talent" concludes. Will one of the last two wild card acts make the Top 20?

-Find out if Robert Hesse will be forced to withdraw from "Hell's Kitchen" for the second season in a row due to medical reasons.

-Which three teams on "Dance Your Ass Off" will get to dance for $100,000 next week?

All that, plus "Top Chef" moves back to its old 10 PM timeslot, a revised GSN weekday schedule begins this week, and more this week on GSK.

The Week in Review: August 17-23

Player of the Week:
WINNER: Rick Bayless ($100,000 for charity)("Top Chef Masters")
RUNNERS-UP: Nik Bonaddio & Chris Maslowski ($100,000 each)("WWTBAM")
3RD PLACE: Daniel Vosovic ($100,000)("Project Runway")

Other Big Winners and Notables:
Leah Asbury & Liz Schuller- $50,000 each ("Millionaire")
Coote Family and DiSalvatore Family- FINALISTS ("Great American Road Trip")
Ken Basin- First $475,000 loser EVER on "Millionaire"

And no, I will NOT count Ken's million-dollar losing answer last night as a ZONK ANSWER, because it mostly wasn't his fault (although some people are chewing him out for his attitude, espescially as he locked that final answer in).

"America's Best Dance Crew" 8/23

The first two dance crews to perform on this episode, and therefore safe, are…
Afroborike and We Are Heroes!

This week, each group has to incorporate a type of martial arts into their routine.

1. Afroborike- “I Know You Want Me” by Pitbull
Assignment: Capoeira

Unfortunately for them, they end up turning in the weakest performance of the season so far according to all three judges.

2. We Are Heroes- “Starstruck” by 3OH!3
Assignment: Karate

Lil’ Mama said they continue to make no sense, in a good way. JC & Shane, however, said the performance started slowly

Now, let’s get to Rhythm City and Vogue Evolution. The first group to face elimination this week are…
Rhythm City.

3. Vogue Evolution- “Work” by Ciara featuring Missy Elliott
Assignment: Kung Fu

JC said that performance woke him up in a positive way, although it was chaotic at times. Shane absolutely hated the performance, but Lil’ Mama agreed with JC.

The other crew in danger of being sent home are…
Southern Movement- that’s their second Sudden Death appearance.

4. Massive Monkees- "Bounce" by MSTRKRFT
Assignment: Extreme Martial Arts

Shane said that was a very exciting routine, but criticized them because only one of their members did the 540. JC said they were mostly clean and fresh. Lil’ Mama said it was an action-packed performance.

5. Beat Ya Feet Kings- “Chillin’” by Wale featuring Lady GaGa
Assignment: Tae Kwan Do

Lil’ Mama said the crew was slow-paced and clean. Shane suggested that they stop watching stuff on YouTube, because he’s seen some of the same dance moves over and over again. JC said most of their choreography was very upright.


Rhythm City: “La La La” by LMFAO
Assignment: Muay Thai

Southern Movement: “Ugly” by Bubba Sparxxx
Assignment: Kali

Last week, Southern Movement was safe…

Rhythm City
Southern Movement

…this week, they’ve been eliminated.

"There Goes the Neighborhood" 8/23

Home Challenge #2: Each family has two 25-foot strands of Christmas tree lights in their box that have been severely tangled.

The first family to untangle it all are…
the Mullennixes! That’s the second challenge in a row they have won.

NEIGHBORHOOD CHALLENGE #3: Each family must collect eight boxes from their garage and take them inside their household. Inside each box is part of an entertainment system- a 40” flat screen LCD TV, a five-disc CD changer, a Blu-Ray Disc player, a Surround Sound receiver, air speakers and a TV stand. Each family must then install all of that stuff into their household; the first family to successfully install their entire entertainment system wins and gets to be the only ones to keep it.

Since the Mullennixes won this week’s Home Challenge, they only have to take one box from the garage while the other seven boxes have already been placed in their house. Now, this challenge is right up the Schindlers’ alley, because David is an audio/video guru. The winners are…

the Upshaws! In addition, they also win a laptop, a 47” flat screen plasma TV, a digital handheld camcorder, a digital camera, and most importantly- they temporarily get their own electricity back!

ELIMINATION #3: On the elimination block for the second week in a row are the Schindlers; the Bussieres are their latest opponents. Getting no votes in their favor, and therefore leaving the game right now, are…


…the Bussiere family.

"Big Brother XI" 8/23

Let’s start with some unfinished business. Late in the competition, each houseguest was given six gold cans. If somebody got one of them into their tubes, they got to close off another’s tubes for a minute.

The winner of the Head of Household Competition is…
…Coup d’Etat user Jeff Schroeder! He won a down-to-the-wire battle between himself and Kevin Campbell. Earlier on, Kevin & Russell Kairouz got into a back-and-forth battle with the gold cans. The two players with the lowest amount of cans in their tubes, however, become the week’s Have-Nots…
…and they are Russell & Michele Noonan. As determined by you folks at home, they get forced to eat churros and chitlins.


1. Russell
2. Michele
Final pick: Jordan

Natalie Martinez gets nominated for the fourth time in a row, and Kevin, Lydia Tavera’s best friend, will be joining him this time.

Sunday, August 23, 2009


Well, this is it- the last night of the 10th Anniversary run of “WWTBAM” on ABC. Our returning contestant, Jim Robinson, is wearing money on his vest and he’s hoping to win a lot of it before this night is over. BTW, prior to being on the show, he’s been driving a car that’s getting close to clunker status (don’t forget ladies and gentlemen, the Cash for Clunkers program ends after tomorrow night), and his kitchen doesn’t have a ceiling or any cabinets. Let’s show everybody the 15 categories he’s working with right now, because they weren’t shown on the last episode due to time:

Lower Tier: Aw, Shoot, Built to Drive, U.S. Holidays, Barbie & Just My Type
Middle Tier: In the Shade, What Am I?, Mother Teresa, Old Yeller & Comedy Catchphrases

Upper Tier: Indie Cred, Ticket Master, History Books, Read Me a Story & A Few Words

Remember, he has 2:42 on his million dollar question clock, and has only used up his Ask the Audience lifeline. The Expert for tonight’s finale is Bill Nye the Science Guy. Here is his $25,000 question in Comedy Catchphrases:

In a much-quoted “SNL” sketch, Christopher Walken plays a 1970s record producer who demands what from his band?

A: Extra triangle!
B: Louder tambourine!
C: Another gong!
D: More cowbell!

He’s an “SNL” fan, but he doesn’t remember that particular sketch, so he will Phone a Friend with :11 left. Available on the line are Bill (Bolden, MS), Christian (Columbus, MS) and Mattie (Starkville, MS). He decides to call his brother Christian, who Regis mistakenly calls Bill when he gets on the line! Anyway, Christian’s 100% sure it’s more cowbell (“The Price is Right” announcer Rich Fields once said that line during the first IUFB of the “Price” episode last season where George Diaz won over $82K in cash and stuff). Jim then immediately locks that in for $25,000! With 2:53 on his million dollar clock, here’s his $50,000 Indie Cred question:

Where are the West Indies?

A: Just south of Thailand
B: Just north of Venezuela
C: Just west of Australia
D: Just east of Somalia

Jim’s sure that the West Indies are just north of Venezuela, so he makes that his final answer with :34 left…right for $50,000 and a new million dollar clock total of 3:27! Ticket Master is the subject of this $100,000 question:

As of August 1, what’s the top-grossing movie in the U.S. in 2009?

A: “Up”
B: “Star Trek”
C: “The Hangover”
D: “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”

He will Double Dip at the :11 mark. His first answer is “Up”…I don’t think so. His other guess is “Star Trek” with six seconds left. Prior to activating the Double Dip, Jim says he read something about “The Hangover”, but didn’t think it was the #1 grossing movie. The good news is that he’s right about that…

A: “Up”
B: “Star Trek”

C: “The Hangover”
D: “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”

…the bad news is that it’s not “Star Trek” either. Tough luck, Jim, but at least you won $25,000; hope that helps out a lot with either one of your problems!

(Note: The category tree was finally shown just before the $100,000 question was asked; Matt Cohen’s getting lazy again!)

Here is the final group of 10 new contestants:

Ken Basin (L.A.)
Brian Peterkin (Brooklyn, NY)

Kazia MacLeod (San Diego)
Alan Carver (Federal Way, WA)
London Pfahler (Upland, CA)
Matt Sittel (Bellevue, NE)

Will Capp (Tampa, FL)
Melissa Brown (Syracuse, NY)

Russell Carmon (Bryan, TX)
Karen Geddeis (Elmhurst, IL)

I will tell you right now this will be the final Fastest Finger Question of this series. Here it is:

Put these U.S. states in order of their total population, starting with the smallest.

A: Wyoming
B: Delaware
C: Pennsylvania
D: North Carolina


The last one to make it into the hotseat is…

Ken: 3.71
Kazia: 7.2
Alan: 6.55
Matt: 5.34

…Ken, a former “Jeopardy!” contestant during its 2003 College Championship (he won $5,000 back then)! Also, his daughter Pam won the 2000 College Championship. Currently, he’s an entertainment lawyer. His categories:

Lower Tier: Selling It, In the Shower, It’s Elemental, Award Shows & UPS
Middle Tier: Phrase Origins, From the Swahili, Grandmas, A Talented Life & Spell It Out
Upper Tier: He’s a Keeper, Listen Carefully, In the Middle, Making Headlines & Bottoms Up!

In a straightforward 2008 ad campaign, Michelob used the slogan “Crafting a Better” what?

A: Coffee
B: Soda
C: Beer
D: Double chin

GUESS (:09): Beer- CORRECT (:54)

Hair products known as “2-in-1s” are typically a combination of shampoo and what?

A: Toothpaste
B: Conditioner
C: Shaving cream
D: Deodorant

GUESS (:07): Conditioner- CORRECT (1:01)

On the periodic table, what’s the only element that’s named after a U.S. state?

A: Europium
B: Neptunium
C: Californium
D: Einsteinium

GUESS (:07): Californium- YOU BET (1:08)

In 2009, what entertainment awards show announced that it was expanding its pool of “Best Picture” nominees from five films to 10?

A: Tonys
B: Emmys
C: Grammys
D: Oscars

GUESS (:11): Oscars- CORRECT (1:19)

To maintain its vast fleet of delivery vehicles, each year UPS uses thousands of gallons of what color paint?

A: Brown
B: Blue
C: Red
D: Green

GUESS (:09): Brown- REACHES $1,000 (1:28)

Which of these expressions comes from golf and not baseball?

A: Right off the bat
B: Par for the course
C: Step up to the plate
D: Out of left field

GUESS (:21): Par for the course- RIGHT (1:49)

What popular game’s name is derived from a Swahili word meaning “to build”?

A: Scrabble
B: Jenga
C: Boggle
D: Dominoes

GUESS (:20): Jenga- RIGHT (2:09)

What 2009 big screen comedy features Betty White as a wacky grandmother?

A: “I Love You, Man”
B: “The Proposal”
C: “Paul Blart: Mall Cop”
D: “The Hangover”

GUESS (:21): “The Proposal”- RIGHT (2:30)

Reflecting on a career that brought him worldwide fame, Garry Kasparov penned a 2007 book titled “How Life Imitates” what?

A: Cooking
B: Tennis
C: Chess
D: Fashion

GUESS (:20): Chess- RIGHT (2:50)

Which of these historical names can be spelled out by writing three U.S. state abbreviations in a row?


GUESS (:18): GANDHI- REACHES $25,000 (3:08)

Ken’s the only contestant on this edition of the show to make it to the upper tier with all four lifelines intact! Here’s his $50,000 question in the category of He’s a Keeper:

Which member of the Obama Cabinet held the same job in George W. Bush’s administration?

A: Robert Gates
B: Ken Salazar
C: Timothy Geithner
D: Steven Chu

Ken locks in Gates at :35...still the Secretary of Defense, it is indeed him for $50,000! 3:43 now on his million dollar clock, and all of the lifelines are yet still intact as we “Listen Carefully” to this $100,000 question:

In the 1984 movie “Gremlins”, which of the following is NOT one of the three rules for taking care of the creature Mogwai?

A: Don’t get him wet
B: Keep him out of bright light
C: Never feed him after midnight
D: Don’t let him sleep too much

After eliminating choices A & C in his head, he decides to Double Dip with :26 left. His first answer is don’t let him sleep too much…correct for $100,000! He has now broken the four-minute mark when it comes to the current amount of time for the million dollar question, because he now has 4:09. For $250,000, here’s the question in the topic of In the Middle:

If you want to take a vacation to the “Geographic Center of North America”, you should pack up your car and drive to what U.S. state?

A: North Dakota
B: Texas
C: Colorado
D: Wyoming

(Note: As of last season, the graphic at the top-right corner of our screens that tells us how much a contestant is playing for on the given question, starting at the $16,000 level, had been discontinued. For at least tonight, that has been reinstated, starting with this guy’s $250K question.)

He wants to save some lifelines for the million dollar question, so he’s going to answer right away. His final answer with :25 left is North Dakota…
A: North Dakota
B: Texas
C: Colorado
D: Wyoming

…he now has $250,000!! His new million dollar clock total is 4:34.

BTW, in our audience this evening is the last contestant up until now to have gone all the way on this show (and also the only female ever to win the million here), Nancy Christy!

For half a million bucks, here’s a question about something that has been Making Headlines:

What film actress’ death was reported on the front page of the debut issue of USA Today?

A: Audrey Hepburn
B: Marlene Dietrich
C: Grace Kelly
D: Greta Garbo

11 seconds into this question, Ken Phones a Friend. His phone menu consists of former “Jeopardy!” champion (and the third-place finisher in the show’s Ultimate Tournament of Champions) Jerome Vered (L.A.), Alan (North Hills, CA) and Dan (Cambridge, MA). Ken decides to select Jerome, who’s only 35% sure it’s Grace Kelly. Then, at the :26 mark, he calls up Bill Nye for help, who’s guessing it’s Audrey Hepburn. With five seconds left…Ken’s going for it! His final answer is Grace Kelly…
A: Audrey Hepburn
B: Marlene Dietrich
C: Grace Kelly
D: Greta Garbo

…JEROME’S RIGHT FOR $500,000!!!!! Since this new format was instituted last season, Ken’s the first contestant to make it this far!! He’s also the first contestant since the last $500K winner, Lyn Payne, to have the Ask the Audience lifeline available for the final question. He will have a final total of 4:39 to answer this question in the category of Bottoms Up! For ONE MILLION DOLLARS, this is the question-we’re all with you, Mr. Basin:

For ordering his favorite beverages on demand, LBJ had four buttons installed in the Oval Office labeled “coffee”, “tea”, “Coke” and what?

A: Fresca
B: V8
C: Yoo-Hoo
D: A&W

With 3:36 left, he wisely doesn’t make any guess right now and will Ask the Audience, so as to not heavily influence them in any way. 40% said Yoo-Hoo, 33% said A&W, 15% said Fresca and 12% said V8. With 1:12 left…
…HE’S GOING FOR IT!!!!! His final answer is the audience’s majority of Yoo-Hoo. That means his half million dollar check is now kaput (as is said annuity). Let me remind you that the last time the audience was asked on the Million Dollar Question, they were wrong and Lyn Payne wisely decided to walk away with the half million dollars. Furthermore, if Ken should be incorrect, he’ll lose $475,000, joining three unfortunate “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” contestants, and he’ll be the first person to lose that much on this show. Remember, his final answer is Yoo-Hoo…

A: Fresca
B: V8
C: Yoo-Hoo
D: A&W


OUCH. The audience has gotten another Million Dollar Question wrong. It was Fresca, the grapefruit-flavored soft drink by Coca-Cola that now no longer exists. Well folks, after 10 years on the air, we finally have a Million Dollar Question loser on this show in America. As they say in this business, there’s always a first for everything. He goes home with $25,000 (for a total of $30,000) and a ton of applause. After tonight, you “Millionaire” players have learned a new lesson- when you get to the Million Dollar Question, if you still have the audience lifeline left, don’t trust them (even though some of the 12 millionaires on this show did Ask the Audience and did get the $1M question right) after asking them the question.

Video Bonus: "Millionaire" $1M QUESTION DISASTER

(Note: The clock for the $1M question is gold.)

And now, Meredith Viera comes in to inform Regis…that they’ll be trading places (they won‘t be switching chairs, however)! That’s right, Meredith will be hosting the final question of this series, and Regis will be trying to answer it for $50,000 for the same high school he played for when he was on “Fifth Grader“, Cardinal Hayes. Furthermore, Meredith announces that the nine leftover contestants tonight will be next season’s first nine contestants on the syndicated show! Here’s the question:

Which of the following has never been the answer to a winning Million Dollar Question on the primetime version of “Millionaire”?

A: Richard Nixon
B: Peru
C: The Grapes of Wrath
D: 93 million

Regis uses the Double Dip after eliminating Richard Nixon & 93 million (which of course, are the right answers to the first two winning MDQs from John Carpenter & Dan Blosky, respectively). His first response is Peru…but that was the answer to David Goodman's winning question, so he’s wrong. He then locks in The Grapes of Wrath to win the cash for his charity!

What a wild ending to this latest primetime run of “Millionaire”. I’m so glad that I got back to recapping this show after over a year not doing my own recaps of this show. During these 11 nights, the civilian contestants have won a grand total of $751,000. I hope that the syndicated version of the show will be back in my area in a few weeks from now. See you next time!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: Dick Colbert dies at 85

Dick Colbert, the syndicated man who founded Colbert Television Sales, best known for distributing the Barry & Enright game shows like "The Joker's Wild" and "Tic Tac Dough", died yesterday morning at the age of 85.

Source: B & C

Friday, August 21, 2009

Versus may be dropped from DirecTV very soon

As of right now, due to a dispute in carriage fees, DirecTV will temporarily drop Versus from its lineup at the end of August. Versus was the home of the most recent season of "The Contender".

Source: B & C

"Big Brother XI" finale expanded

Thanks to this season's success, the season finale of "Big Brother XI" will now run two hours long, starting at 9 PM EST.

Source: The Futon Critic

GSN schedule changing next week

According to Seth Thrasher, beginning this Monday, the GSN weekday schedule will be switched up:

1 PM: "Match Game '7x"
1:30 PM: "Family Feud" (Dawson)
2 PM: "The $100,000 Pyramid"
2:30 PM: "Chain Reaction" (GSN)
4 PM: "Family Feud" (Karn)
5 PM: "Deal or No Deal"
8:30 PM: "Family Feud" (O'Hurley)
9 PM: "Lingo"
10 PM: "Catch 21"
10:30 PM: "The Newlywed Game" (GSN)

Ratings notes for this week, Part 2

"Millionaire": Wednesday's episode featuring Ken Jennings was watched by 6.88 million viewers, up from Tuesday. Last night's show dipped slightly to 6.84 million.

Last night's "Big Brother" scored 7.33 million viewers, winning the 8 PM timeslot.

Elsewhere, "America's Got Talent" had 10.29 million watch its latest results show; like this week's performance episode, the rating was down from last week. Also, the sixth season premiere of "Top Chef" had 2.6 million viewers, down slightly from last season's debut. The finale of "Top Chef Masters" was viewed by 2.42 million; "Top Chef Masters" is now the highest-rated first season reality competition series in Bravo history. And the debut of "Project Runway" on Lifetime scored a 3.3 household rating, which is a new record for both the series and the network in terms of season premieres.

Source: The Futon Critic


After a long hiatus, "Project Runway" is now on Lifetime. Here are this season's designers:

Althea Harper (Dayton, OH)
Ari Fish (Kansas City, MO)
Carol Hannah Whitfield (Charleston, SC)
Christopher Straub (Shakopee, MN)
Gordana Gelhausen (Charleston, SC)
Irina Shabayeva (NYC)
Johnny Sakalis (L.A.)
Logan Neitzel (Seattle)
Louise Black (Dallas)
Malvin Vien (Brooklyn, NY)
Mitchell Hall (Savannah, GA)
Nicolas Putvinski (NYC)
Qristyl Frazier (Brooklyn, NY)
Ra’mon-Lawrence Coleman (Chicago)
Rodney Epperson (NYC)
Shirin Askari (Richardson, TX)

This season, in addition to $100,000 and a feature in Elle Magazine, the winner gets a trip of a lifetime for two to Paris. Now, here are the models competing for not only a fashion spread in Marie Claire, but $25,000 courtesy of L'Oreal:

Celine Chua (NYC; originally from Singapore)
Ebony Jointer (Hacienda Heights, CA)
Emarie Wiltz (NYC)
Erica Milde (Chicago)
Erika Macke (Las Vegas)
Fatma Dabo (L.A.; originally from Gambia)
Kalyn Hemphill (NYC)
Katie Sticksel (L.A.)
Kojii Helnwein (L.A.; originally from Ireland)
Lisa Blades (L.A.)
Matar Cohen (NYC; originally from Israel)
Tanisha Harper (L.A.)
Tara Egan (Chicago)
Valerie Roy (NYC)
Vanessa Fitzgerald (NYC)
Yosuzi Sylvester (L.A.; originally from Venezuela)

OPENING CHALLENGE: Create a red carpet outfit that represents one's innovation & point of view.

The workplace for this season is The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles. This week's budget at Mood is $200 within a half hour.

Early on, Johnny gets off to a terrible start, not happy with any of his early sketches. He gets emotional when having a private talk with Tim Gunn because of his past addiction problems, and even considering quitting.

This week's guest judge is the controversial Lindsay Lohan.

1. Althea: Silver w/ flowers on top (Tanisha)
2. Gordana: Light blue w/ wrinkled top (Tara)
3. Malvin: Grey (Valerie)
4. Mitchell: White (Yosuzi)
5. Louise: Silver w/ black fabric (Lisa)
6. Christopher: Black/beige dress (Katie)
7. Ra'mon: Purple (Vanessa)
8. Shirin: Silver w/ removable black top (Ebony)
9. Rodney: Black (Erica)
10. Irina: Gold w/ black waistband (Celine)
11. Ari: Silver dress w/ blue & yellow shorts (Erika)
12. Johnny: Red (Emarie)
13. Carol Hannah: Gold (Kojii)
14. Qristyl: Purple on left side, multiple colors on the right side (Kalyn)
15. Logan: Silver w/ some black (Fatma)
16. Nicolas: Black w/ some silver (Matar)

Definitely moving on to next week's episode are: Shirin, Rodney, Gordana, Carol Hannah, Logan, Althea, Nicolas, Irina, Malvin & Louise. Now, let's see the next four to move on, including the season's first challenge winner. The winner's name is in gold, while the bottom two contestants are in blue...


...Christopher is the season's first immunity winner! Now, let's hear about what the bottom two did wrong. When I saw Ari's dress, it just didn't look right to me; the judges had no idea where she was going. Mitchell's look was said to be unwearable on the red carpet because it was a sheer nightgown. With that being said, the first contestant this season to be out is...


...Ari. Heidi & Co. agreed with me on that.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

"Project Runway"- ALL-STAR CHALLENGE

Before we get to the sixth season premiere of "Project Runway", it's time to bring back eight former contestants for a chance to win $100,000, which is being furnished by Garnier Fructis & Loreal Paris. Here they are:

Jeffrey Sebelia (Season 3 champion)
Daniel Vosovic (Season 2 runner-up)
Korto Momolu (last season's runner-up)
Uli Herzner (Season 3 runner-up)
Chris March (Season 4 third runner-up)
Mychael Knight (Season 3 third runner-up)
Sweet P Vaughn (finished fifth in Season 4)
Santino Rice (Season 2 second runner-up)

THE CHALLENGE: Design a mini-collection of four looks- one of which must be designed for Nicole Kidman's red-carpet premiere of the movie "Nine", which will premiere in the Fall. Another of the looks will consist of raw materials from the restaurant everybody ate during their celebration dinner, with 1/4 of that look coming from the fabrics they used on their first three looks.

Everybody will be working at Cult Studios in NYC, with their budget being $1,200. The judges are Nina Garcia, Michael Kors & Diane von Furstenberg.

1. Black dress w/ silver pants and a diamond necklace
2. Silver outfit
3. Black/white outfit (this was the restaurant one)
4. Another silver outfit

1. Blue
2. White w/ plastic yellow triangles (restaurant)
3. Yellow dress w/ blue skirt
4. Pink w/ yellow waistband

1. Beige w/ some fabrics over top of it
2. Another beige outfit with a crumpled-up top
3. Beige/silver
4. Beige/silver/gold outfit w/ black pants (restaurant)

1. Red
2. Beige w/ silver & gold neckline
3. Black (restaurant)
4. Black/white

1. Black/grey dress w/ orange pants
2. Another black/grey dress w/ black skirt and pink pants
3. Silver dress w/ black bra top (restaurant)
4. Black/silver/grey crumpled-up dress

1. Blue/white dress w/ black skirt
2. Black/white dress w/ blue pants
3. Blue/white dress w/ black center (restaurant)
4. Black/white

1. Black/dark green
2. Pink/silver dress w/ black jacket
3. Black skirt w/ silver waistline, black/silver necklace and pink shoes
4. Pink dress w/ black stuff dragging from the neck that looks like hair (restaurant)

Sweet P:
1. Pea green
2. Pink dress w/ light orange skirt
3. Yellow dress with some flowers at the top, a pink tie at the waistline and a pea green/brown dress (restaurant)
4. Another pea green outfit

The first four contestants eliminated are...

...Mychael, Santino, Uli & Jeffrey. The next two out...

...are Chris and Sweet P. And the winner of tonight's $100,000 special, redeeming themselves from their previous runner-up finish, is...