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Escape From Reality

Posted in american idol, tv with tags , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2010 by jefferyrn

Up until now the majority of my posts have been about reality TV shows.  I find myself escaping my own reality by watching an alternate one on TV.   Now I find myself with a new problem.  These alternate realities have become hostile and boring.

 First take a look at DWTS.  The last two episodes we have seen fighting between the judges, fighting between the stars and their professional partners, not to mention some of the worst dance ever (Kate Gosselin go home!).   Buzz Aldrin, a hero from another time and place, goes home, but Kate the “scary bitch from hell” remains.

 Now let’s look at AI.   We have a group of uninteresting kids who for the most part can’t sing.  How did they get selected in the first place?  We have Tim Urban hanging in there because nobody really cares enough to vote for the others.   We have bad advice from the judges throwing some contestants like Didi off their game and into elimination.  And we have some weird dynamics between Simon, Kara and Ryan.  First off Kara needs to quit kissing Simons ass on the air.   We also need to quit promoting her “finds” as guests on the results show.  And never ever ever let her write the finally song again.  Second, Ryan needs to get over himself.  Yes I said Ryan not Simon.  We know who Simon is and we expect his behavior week after week.  And he is usually right about the contestants.    We don’t know who Ryan is…..  It makes for some odd TV to see Ellen who is comfortable enough with who she is to tell the world, be on the same show as Ryan who appears to be very immature and afraid.  I won’t say he is gay…..we don’t need to be unfairly labeling people, but the producers should not be throwing this question in our faces each week with the banter between Ryan and Simon either.   If he isn’t gay let it go!   If he is gay, shame on him for not having the guts to stand up for himself.  Either way it is an affront to gays and the human rights movement.

Okay so now that I have tired to put some reality back into reality…..lets hope for some entertainment this week.

Clay nation!

Posted in american idol, tv with tags , , , , , , on February 24, 2010 by jefferyrn

Former Idol runner -up, Clay Aiken, has come forward to promote gay rights in his hometown.  He will be giving a speech this weekend at the Human Rights Campaign Carolinas gala in Raleigh, North Carolina.

“I don’t feel like this is the place to be horribly politically charged and bash people and talk about the wrongs that have been done,” he said. “My goal is to be hopeful, that it’s time for everyone to have equal rights.”

“It’s more important to me, as a parent, that my son have all the rights — if he’s gay — than it is for me. I don’t want to do anything today that’s going to inhibit, or be a detriment to, his rights,” he said.

 “Some Southern families like to sweep things under the rug,” he said. “We just don’t talk about it.”

 Actress Meredith Baxter will also deliver a speech.

There isn’t much press on what Meredith plans to say but the “Family Ties” star has away been a favorite of mine since “Bridget Loves Bernie”, a short lived show from the 70’s.

Wanda Sykes and Black History Month at NBC

Posted in tv with tags , , , , , on February 5, 2010 by jefferyrn

Did you catch Jay Leno last night.  I can’t speak for everyone but I never watched Jay at 11:35.  It was past my bedtime.  I am  going to miss him at 10:00.    Anyway,  Wanda Sykes was on last night and she gave Jay a little razing for his problems at NBC, but mostly she poked fun at NBC’s cafeteria menu for Black History Month.   Fried Chicken, Black-eyed peas, greens, etc.   She said she was afraid to see the dessert menu, but they had better be taking if off the rind first.