Monday, September 30, 2013

The Voice Season 5 Premieres: Christina and Cee Lo Return

**4 Chair Turn** The first singer up for Season 5 was Kat Roubichaud who sang Music in Me-- I thought that Kat had a great tone to her voice but I didn't like the song choice for her; it was too Broadway. I like the rasp in her voice, but I think she has a lot of work to do. I couldn't quite understand why she received a four chair turn when there were other artists far better who didn't receive that. Kat ended up choosing Cee Lo.
Kat chose Team Cee Lo

Caroline Pennell sang Anything Could Happen by Ellie Goulding-- This young lady is someone I could see getting into the finals of this show because she has the x factor that so many people talk about. At 17, wow, what a voice, it's so pure. Blake called her a bad ass vocalist and Cee Lo invited her to be on his team so that she could be herself.
Caroline chose Team Cee Lo

Donna Allen sang You Are So Beautiful-- Donna is one of the oldest contestants this year at 54 and she proves that talent only gets better with age. Donna is reminiscent of Tina Turner in her vocals and she is very traditional in how she performs. I think if she continues to choose good songs for her voice, she could make it to the live shows. Adam and Christina both turned around almost immediately and then no one else does. Christina makes a lame pitch and Blake supports her and says he wanted Donna to pick Christina so that's why he didn't push his button. Adam criticizes the other judges for not turning around and says shame on them because that performance sounded like a finals performance.
Donna chose Adam

Jake Worthington sang Keep Your Hands to Yourself-- No one turned around but Blake left him some good advice which was to work on his voice so he doesn't run out of breath.

**4 Chair Turn** Matthew Schuler sang Cough Syrup-- This is the first contestant of the season that I am 110% impressed with. I love his voice, his style, his confidence. His voice had a great roundness and tone and rasp to it, it was beautiful. He reminded me of Burnell Taylor from American Idol with his voice. He also had great performance skills. It was not surprising to see all the judges turn around almost simultaneously. The judges argued back and forth about who was the perfect coach for him. I love how Cee Lo kicked it off, "who the hell are you?". Adam begged for Matthew to choose him. Christina says she comes back with a refreshed ear, might be true, but she is still the worst coach. Despite that, Matthew chose her.
Matthew chose Christina

Nic Hawk sang Hit Em Up Style--Adam and Cee Lo turned for Nic. Nic does have awesome timing and breath control and he has a fun personality. I love that when he was done with his performance he said to Adam, "what's up handsome?" and Adam said, flattery will get you everywhere. Cee Lo was impressed with how he handled such a difficult song, and complimented him on his breath control.  Blake is laughing the whole time cause he loves that Nic has a crush on Adam. Nic said he doesn't know if he would be able to focus if he picked Adam because Adam is so good looking. Adam started covering his face. Christina told him to go with his heart.
Nic chose Adam

15 year old Matthew Breas sang I Want You Back-- and did not get chosen despite being called a vocal prodigy by one of the judges. They promised him to come back next year.

Shelbie Z sang I'm Here for the Party-- Shelbie was a fun gal but nothing to write home about. Blake turns right away and battle with Christina, and Shelbie, no surprise, ends up choosing Blake.
Shelbie Z chose Blake

Josh Logan sang Too Close--  I actually like the way Josh sang this better than the original. Everyone turned except Cee Lo.  Adam found him to be an original performer, Blake liked his runs and said he had a man crush on Josh, and Christina said he can do anything.
Josh chose Christina

Delvin Choice sang Closer by Neyo-- I actually like this guy and I thought he had a great personality, but the coaches thought the song he chose didn't make them think enough, they were so into the song that they forgot to turn for him. Adam suggested Delvin come back.

James Wolpert sang Love Interruption-- I didn't expect for him to sound like this because he looks so quirky and dorky, but there was something interesting about his voice and this performance. What's surprising is that only Adam and Christina turned; Adam loves the character in his voice and wasn't expecting a nerdy guy and Christina says he is the reason she came back to the show.
James chose Adam
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Jacquie Lee sang Back to Black by Amy Winehouse-- First Jacquie, she should have had a four chair turn, Adam and Cee Lo, where were both of you? This girl has an awesome voice. As it is, Christina and Blake took their time to turn around. I don't find her generic, I love the soul in this girl's voice. Christina warns that Jacquie shouldn't be blinded by Blake's charm--- "he has dimples, he talks like this, and he's married to Miranda," said Christina. Cee Lo wants her boots and asks if she bought them at Aldo and then takes out his phone to take a photo. Christina said, I look up to Blake and Adam said, we all do, he's six nine. LOL! Blake brings up that he specializes in 16 year old girls winning the show.
Jacquie chose Christina

Barry Black sang What You Won't Do For Love-- This guy was interesting without question, but I didn't think his voice was solid. Perhaps Adam and Blake see some potential that the normal person doesn't see. Long story short, the two guys fought it out and Adam won.
Barry chose Adam

Mike Unser sang Dirty Little Secret-- I liked Mike, but I agree with the judges not turning around. I think Mike needs to work on his craft. Cee Lo ultimately regretted not choosing him and Mike vowed to come back.

Destinee Quinn sang Cowboy Take Me Away-- Destinne has a beautiful voice, it's very sweet, but I do feel like she struggled with nerves in this performance. It was shaky in parts, but considering that she has been singing for so long and she's only 20! Christina and Cee Lo turn. Blake says he missed the "bottom end" of her voice and said he would steal her in the battle rounds.
Destinee chose Christina

Cole Vosbury sang the theme song from the Jefferson's-- Cee Lo was the only one who turned and I think they make a good match. I love the rock/ soul combination in his voice. His dad and grandmother were both performers. Cee Lo loved his match of country and soul.
Cole chose Cee Lo

**4 Chair Turn** Holly Henry sang the Scientist-- I like this girl, I don't think it was the best performance but she has that breathy raspy voice and she sounds like an indie artist. Blake turned almost immediately, followed by Adam and Cee Lo and Christina got in on the action in the end. Blake asked her name so he could write in under Team Blake. Blake said he is officially excited about season five. Adam makes fun of Blake saying, "I won three times zippidydooda"!
Holly chose Blake

Sammy C sang Where is the Love-- At 15 years gold, Sammy is one of the youngest people auditioning and he was actually good, but the judges didn't choose him. Adam tells him to work on his singing and come back.

Austin Jencks sang Simple Man-- Austin has a great story, but what really counts is he has one of those strong soulful rocker voices. Cee Lo said he had soul power. Christina, once again, regretted not turning around.
Austin chose Blake

EG Daily sang Breathe-- EG has an awesome back story as a voice over artist. I don't know how far she will get in this competition, but she has a pretty voice. Blake and Cee Lo turn around and battle over her not knowing who she is. It's Christina who finally recognizes her, and she admits she was Dottie in Pee Wee's Big Adventure.
EG chose Blake

Jonny Gray sang All These Things I've Done-- This guy is one of my favorites so far this season. His voice is so different and I love the tone of his voice, amazing. Cee Lo said he heard Stevie Nicks and Eddie Vedder. Cee Lo said I want to fight with you Jonny. Adam found his voice so different. Christina said if the guys mess up, she will pick him up in the battle rounds.
Jonny chose Cee Lo

Tessanne Chin sang Try--  So this reminds me of last year when the judges made this huge deal about Judith Hill and she ended up exiting the show much sooner than expected. I think they have similar voices and those very difficult looks to them. I think Tessanne is a little more likable than Judith, but I feel like The Voice has someone like her on their show every year. All the judges turned around and battled it out and in the end she chose Adam.
Tessanne chose Adam

My predictions for the Top 20-- Tessanne Chin, Jonny Gray, Jacquie Lee, Josh Logan, Nic Hawk, and Matthew Schuler.... possibly Caroline Pennell and Kat Roubichaud

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Dancing with the Stars Season 17: Week 2, Latin Night

Who is going home? You don't have to wait til tomorrow anymore, you just have to wait til the end of the show.

There are more changes than solely the eliminated results show on Tuesdays. Scores given on the night of an elimination count towards their total score. There is no more text voting, and special guests and performances will take place on competition night as well.

Couples had to dance a Jive, Paso Doble, Rumba, or Samba.

First up was Elizabeth and Val dancing a Samba-- Len thought it was fantastic. Bruno thought her accuracy for week two was incredible. Carrie Ann said she was in her element, and that she is a strong sensuous dancer. and so in control of her body. I loved the dance and their chemistry, it was so quick and fun, yet sexy. Scores: 8, 9, 8= 25 out of 30

Christina and Mark danced the Paso Doble-- Carrie Ann thought it was insane and on fire and that she nailed every step. Len thought it was a Paso Doble with a modern twist, and called it terrific and well done. I loved the track they were dancing too, it really worked with the dance, and I loved how Mark choreographed to Christina's strengths. The hand claps were so good. Scores: 9, 8, 8= 25 out of 30

Bill and Emma danced the Jive-- Carrie Ann found it entertaining but felt he needed to work on his footwork. Len and Bruno agreed that it had great performance value. Wow, pretty awesome, Bill actually improved. I don't think he's going to be able to keep up with the crowd but this was a good effort. Scores: 7, 7, 7= 21 out of 30

Jack and Cheryl danced the Rumba-- Len felt the dance had style, control, and fluidity. Bruno is impressed with how well Jack has done in two weeks. Carrie Ann felt like she was transported to another time, like Game of Thrones, kind of a weird comment by Carrie Ann. Jack has a real gracefulness when he dances, the motions all seem to be fluid. Scores: 8, 8, 8= 24 out of 30

Keyshawn and Sharna danced the Samba-- The judges shared similar feedback expressing that Keyshawn had improved. This was better than last week, but in my mind, not enough to keep him in the competition. Scores: 6, 6, 6= 18 out of 30

Nicole and Sasha danced the Rumba-- Carrie Ann criticized the lifts and said Nicole made pretty pictures but didn't tell a story. Len thought it was a pretty dance. Bruno believes in her potential. I am actually still surprised with how well she is doing and how serious she is taking the competition. Scores: 6, 7, 7= 20 out of 30

Leah and Tony danced the Samba-- Len thought the samba stuff in it was great and he complimented her pretty hands. Carrie proclaimed that she unleashed her Samba Goddess and she loved it. Leah attacked this dance and she wore it well. I hope Leah stays in this competition for a long time because I'd like to see her conquer the things in her life that are bothering her right now through dance. Scores: 8, 8, 8= 24 out of 30

Bill Nye and Tyne danced the Paso Doble-- Len said some of the technique was missing in the dance, but he appreciates the commitment Bill has put forth. Carrie Ann told him to work on his feet. Regardless of what the judges say, he'll be around longer than he should, and why? Because he has a huge fan base. Scores: 6, 5, 6= 17 out of 30

Corbin and Karina danced the Jive-- Carrie Ann said she wanted to see it again, and he turned out every move perfectly but it had this raw edge to it that made it exciting. Len said it's fabulous to watch you, you can dance. Bruno called it a preference of dazzling brilliance. Corbin is my pick to win this whole thing; I love his attitude and his passion. Scores: 9, 8, 9= 26 out of 30

Valerie and Tristan danced the Paso Doble-- At times, I must agree with Len that Valerie looked uncomfortable. She is such a beautiful person though and I appreciate her spirit. Len liked that she started the dance on her own but did point out that she seemed nervous. Bruno mentioned she lost her timing a few times and Carrie Ann felt it was difficult to judge Valerie. Scores: 6, 6, 7= 19 out of 30

Brant and Peta danced the Rumba-- Bruno said the women in the house are going crazy. Bruno told him to work on his feet. Carrie Ann felt their chemistry was incredible and fun to watch and that he can move and that as the male partner he was wowing them. Len said he liked it but he was pigeon- toed. I like Brant; he really seems like he would be a good dance partner. He has a lot of passion. Scores: 8, 7, 8= 23 out of 30

Amber and Derek danced the Jive-- Carrie Ann, I continue to be impressed by, but this was a little bit flat footed. Len told her to work on her footwork. Bruno agreed and thought it looked a little like a lindeyhop. I also liked Amber's dance but I did see some flatfootedness. It will be interesting to see how she does in the up coming dances. Scores: 24 out of 30

At the end of the night, Keyshawn ended up going home. It's possible that Valerie or Bill Nye is going home next week, but both of these contestants are so loved which makes me question that.

The Leaderboard:

Corbin & Karina- 26/30
Elizabeth & Val- 25/30
Christina & Mark- 25/30
Leah & Tony- 24/30
Amber & Derek- 24/30
Jack & Cheryl- 24/30
Brant & Peta- 23/30
Bill & Emma- 21/30
Snooki & Sasha- 20/30
Valerie & Tristan- 19/30
Keyshawn & Sharna- 18/30
Bill Nye & Tyne- 17/30







Monday, September 23, 2013

Emmy's 2013: Fashion Watch

There were several good things about the Emmy's Broadcast last night, it was up in ratings, the highest since 2005. I liked the majority of the people who won last night, including the nominees for best choreography in the broadcast was a nice touch, and there tributes to some of those who passed away in the past year were absolutely touching.

What lacked was the number of stars who were well dressed. I didn't see as many as I usually do to tell you the truth. Each choice I made this year in terms of my five best dressed were easy choices. I've listed them in alphabetical order to keep it fair.

Carrie Underwood looked regal in a princess like purple Romona Keveza gown. She always picks the most flattering outfits for herself.



Julia Louis Dreyfus looked surprisingly well put together in a sequined strapless Monique Lhuillier gown that sparkled like Julia's eye when she accepted her Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy. 




Kate Mara was angelic and modern in white J. Mendel gown; she wasn't the only woman wearing that designer but she was one of the most beautiful. 



Mindy Kaling isn't just funny, she also has a definite sense of style. Her plum Georges Chakra dress flattered her figure perfectly. 



Anyone who has read my blog knows I am not the biggest Sofia Vergara fan, but I can admit when she looks good and last night happened to be one of those nights. Her Vera Wang gown was sexy and suited her personality, red hot! 





Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Finale of America's Got Talent-- Is this the Most Talented 6 Ever?

Jimmy Rose performed his original song from the first time he saw the judges-- And I have to agree with Howard that it is that much more special when someone performs their original song because it means that much more to them. That's what Jimmy has going for him; he makes a connection with the audience.

Kenichi Ebina-- In this first performance Kenichi was genius. He is so hardworking and people just probably do not realize how difficult everything that he does is. When he drops his head, it literally looks like his head is separate from his body. The amazing things is that each performance happens to be so original. He does everything from choreograph to dancing to coming up with the concept. There are so many tricks involved and so much attention to detail.

Cami Bradley performed Believe by Cher from the quarterfinals-- Her performance was haunting and angelic. Howie thinks her sound is unique and regardless of the outcome she has become a star. Howard says he is proud that the judges found talent like her.

Collins Key performed a close up magic trick-- The card trick Collins did was so good that I don't even know how he did it. I love how he involved the judges, and everything was so close that it makes me know and believe what a great magician Collins is, and only 17, wow.

Forte performed The Prayer from the Vegas round-- Forte totally brought down the house and they brought tears to my eyes. Mel B. said incredible and she got it right. Howard said he always viewed them as the front-runners in this competition, but this is such a great night and everyone is performing so well that he doesn't know what is going to happen.

Taylor Williamson performed the routine that got him into the top 12-- "Heidi, I hope you like my animal jokes because you were married to a seal". And don't even get me started on the little black dogs love fat white bitches joke. He had a choir sing it and he was waving an American flag. What more could I ask for?

Cami Bradley sang I Wanna Hold Your Hand by The Beatles-- Mel B. broke out her fan. Howie even said he wanted to hold her hand and he doesn't do that. I thought this was a great rendition.

Collins Key did the best trick he's ever done on stage. It was clear, concise and as Heidi said the magic he uses is a fresh, new magic. I love his usage of YouTube, the hash tag (#), and everyone seemed so genuinely surprised, especially the people he used for his trick.

Jimmy Rose sang Garth Brooks' The Dance--The judges all liked Jimmy and like his voice but Howard and Howie didn't think he made the right song choice. Heidi felt that Jimmy gives people what they want to hear and it's beautiful.

Taylor Williamson -- I went out with a girl, true story. Worst date I ever went on, I went out with this girl, she said to me, Taylor, I love spending time with you, you remind me of my little brother. And I said, wow, after expensive dinners with your brother, I hope you put out. Heidi said you and I have a connection. Howie urged people to vote for Taylor. Howard said you are funny and you deserve a shot at this. I also loved Taylor's Mariah Carey joke! So funny!

Kenichi Ebina-- The amount of creativity that this man has is astounding. Mel B. wasn't as impressed as she normally is. Heidi feels his creativity is limitless and would vote for him. Howard says he is mesmerizing and deserves to win AGT because he is captivating. Howie stood up and said please let him win.

Forte-- Nick Cannon said it best, "epic". Heidi said they did a song sang by Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli justice. Howard told Howie that no one cares about his Twitter account. Howard went on to call it a great night, called them the Crosby, Stills, and Nash of opera, and couldn't be critical of them.

And now for my take on everything....

O-M-G!  This is the most talented 6 acts ever. I have no idea who is going to win. I love Taylor though, I find him to be really original and I love that he has developed this amazing character that everyone loves. Kenichi is a force of nature. Collins is the future of magic. Forte, Jimmy Rose, and Cami Bradley have all already made it is as singers as far as I am concerned. Each of them could put out records tomorrow and be successful with it all.

Dancing with the Stars: Season 17 Starts Now!

Brant & Peta danced the Cha Cha Cha to Blurred Lines by Robyn Thicke, T.I., and Pharell-- Len told him to sail on. Bruno found that his timing was off. Carrie Ann said she will be interested in watching their chemistry evolve and develop. I will too; I think they are going to be fun to watch Scores: 7, 8, 7 (all scores will be in order of Carrie Ann, Len, Bruno)= 22 out of 30

Leah & Tony danced the Foxtrot-- Bruno felt that Leah has done this before. Carrie Ann felt she had sass and class. Len thought that she should be proud of herself and that it was a bit careful but at the same time clean and precise. I agree most with Len's comments. I do hope Leah relaxes a little bit so she is able to enjoy the dancing more. Scores: 7, 7, 7= 21 out of 30

Corbin & Karina danced Contemporary-- Carrie Ann thought it was beautiful and passionate, tons of emotion. Len said the standard is fantastic, he liked that it had attack and attitude. Bruno saw someone strong and athletic yet emotional as well. Corbin is someone I got really excited about when I found out he was going to be on the show, and he didn't disappoint me. I also really like the pairing of Karina and Corbin; I think they're going to push each other. This was a great performance considering this is just week one. Scores: 8, 8, 8= 24 out of 30

Jack & Cheryl danced the Foxtrot-- Len said you can dance, you were fabulous, good posture, good footwork. Bruno thought he was very uplifting and the intricacy of the footwork was really good. Carrie Ann thought it was so smooth and called him a ballroom dancer, she was blown away. I loved Jack's energy and how light he was on his feet; it was absolutely awesome. Scores: 8, 8, 7= 23 out of 30

Amber & Derek danced the Cha Cha Cha to Wing by Little Mix-- Wow! All the Glee kids were cheering so loud and proud. Bruno called her the "tigress" of this season. Carrie Ann said you turned that cha cha out. Len thought it was full on flat out fabulous. It was fun, it did have energy, and I could tell that she loved what she was doing. Do I think it was worth 27? Maybe not. Scores: 9, 9, 9= 27 out of 30

Elizabeth & Val danced Contemporary to Imagine by John Lennon-- Carrie Ann said you were like a centered passionate angel. She said it was so much better than Showgirls. Len called it lovely to watch. Bruno said the choreography was beautiful and his only critique was for her to extend her arms more. I've always been a fan of Elizabeth, and this performance had a lot of grace to it. Scores: 8, 8, 8= 24 out of 30

Bill Nye & Tyne danced the Cha Cha Cha-- Len found it painful to watch. Bruno said the elements were there, but it was all backwards and forwards. Carrie Ann said contestants like Bill make the show what it is, and he alive and she loves that he loves dancing. He is the heart of the show. I didn't think the performance was as bad as the judges thought it was. Scores: 5, 4, 5= 14 out of 30

Keyshawn and Sharna danced the Cha Cha Cha to Treasure by Bruno Mars-- Bruno said it was like trying to have the Empire State Building try to be a Rockette. He thought that Keyshawn lost timing. Carrie Ann told him to keep the confidence. Len thinks his attitude is great but he needs to work on his technique. I felt like Sharna was dancing all around him, she was doing all the work. Scores: 6, 5, 6= 17 out of 30

Christina and Mark danced a Contemporary-- Carrie Ann told her to open up more because she is a beautiful dancer. Len told her to open up a little more and to not be so careful. Bruno told her to work on her hands. Christina is someone that I look at and I see a dark horse. To me she could win this whole thing, she definitely has the potential. Scores: 7, 7, 8= 22 out of 30

 Bill & Emma danced the Foxtrot to Hot Stuff by Donna Summer-- Len said well done. Carrie Ann was happily surprised but felt that he needs to learn to move better. I like Bill, but he could be gone week one. Scores: 6, 6, 6= 18 out of 30

Valerie & Tristan danced the Foxtrot-- Valerie danced so elegantly and she has such a wonderful reason to be here. The judges kind of took it easy on her, but she deserved it. Bruno said she was radiant and stylish but mentioned some basic ballroom issues. Carrie Ann is crying and talks about how inspirational it is to have Valerie on the show, but tells her to work on her sports. Len compliments Tristan's choreography and liked the ease of the dance. Scores: 7, 7, 7= 21 out of 30

Nicole & Sasha danced the Cha Cha Cha-- Carrie Ann thought she had great form and just went for it. Len called her a "pocket rocket" and loved that it was fast and enjoyed her footwork. He also complimented Sasha's work on the dance. I was actually really impressed with Nicole. Bruno also loved how she went for it, but he said he wants her to make sure that she keep stretching the back of her leg. A fight ensues at the judges table as Len and Carrie Ann don't agree with Bruno. Scores: 8, 8, 7= 23 out of 30

Scores:

Amber & Derek- 27
Corbin & Karina- 24
Elizabeth & Val- 24
Jack & Cheryl- 23
Nicole & Sasha - 23
Brant & Peta- 22
Christina & Mark- 22
Leah & Tony- 21
Valerie & Tristan- 21
Bill & Emma- 18
Keyshawn & Sharna- 17
Bill Nye & Tyne- 14

Look for Bill, Bill Nye, or Keyshawn to make the first exit. Bill Nye has a pretty big fan base so I don't think it's going to be him. What surprises me is how stuff Keyshawn was, usually the athletes are not that stiff.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Are You as Excited for Fall TV 2013 as I Am?

What you'll want to watch...

Sunday

@ 8 pm-- The Simpsons on FOX, premieres September 29th-- Say it ain't so! Could season 25 be The Simpsons last? I am convinced that no matter how many seasons this show does, it will be sure to end with a bang. This season Gordon Ramsay, Eva Longoria, Daniel Radcliffe, and Kristen Wiig  all guest star just to name a few. Lisa becomes a cheerleader, Marge blames herself for Bart's rebelliousness, Marge gets upset when Homer sells stock to buy a bowling ball.

@ 9 pm-- Revenge on ABC, premieres September 29th-- Season 2 of Revenge was a bit of a letdown after the drama that was Season 1. Producers promise that Season 3 will get back to what the show was all about, Emily, aka Amanda, taking people down one by one. Each take down will reveal more about who Amanda really is. Let's not forget that Jack found out at the end of last season that Emily is really Amanda. Click the first "Revenge" to see a sneak peek of how Season 3 begins; it's a shocker.

@ 10 pm-- Betrayal on ABC, premieres September 29th, New Series!-- Click HERE to see what Betrayal is all about. The description doesn't give me the best idea what it's about, but it intrigues me enough that I want to check it out. Think the television of the movie Unfaithful.

For mid-season, check out:

@ 9 pm-- Believe on NBC, from JJ Abrams comes the sci-fi series introduced at comic con about a young girl named  Bo with the ability to control nature and predict the future. She has been raised and sheltered by a small group of people called "true believers". At the age of 10, Bo's abilities have grown stronger and outsiders threaten to use her powers for their own personal gain.

@ 10 pm-- Crisis on NBC, Gillian Anderson, Dermot Mulroney, and Michael Beach all return to TV and lead the cast of this political thriller. I didn't know how to describe it, but here's the premise, as I found it on Wikipedia, During a school trip, students of the Ballard High School, attended by the children of Washington DC's elite, including the President's son, are the victim of an ambush. A national crisis begins and Secret Service agent Marcus Finley finds himself at the center of it on his first day on the job. FBI agent Susie Dunn also discovers her niece, the daughter of CEO Meg Fitch, is among the kidnapped children.

Monday

@ 8 pm-- Dancing with the Stars on ABC, premieres September 16th. . . . I was on the edge of my seat as the new cast was revealed on Good Morning American on Sept. 4th.

Elizabeth Berkley of Saved by The Bell, CSI: Miami, and Showgirls famed is paired with Valentin Chmerkovskiy

Corbin Bleu who got his start in High School Musical and most recently played Jeffrey King on the online version of One Life to Live is paired with former champ Karina Smirnoff

Brant Daugherty, Noel on ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars will be dancing with former champ Peta Murgatroyd

Grammy nominated comedian Bill Engvall is teamed up with newcomer Emma Slater.

Valerie Harper who became a stand out on the Mary Tyler Moore Show and went on to have her own sitcom Valerie is paired with Tristan McManus

Keyshawn Johnson, a former NFL Super Bowl Champ, is partnered up with Sharna Burgess.

Singer, songwriter, actress Christian Milian is paired with former champ Mark Ballas.

Emmy Award Winner and star of PBS Series of the same name, Bill Nye the Science Guy is paired with newcomer (and Kym Johnson look alike) Tyne Stecklein.

Reality Star and member of the famous Osbourne family, Jack Osbourne is paired with former champ Cheryl Burke.

Jersey Shore alum Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi teams up with newcomer Sasha Farber.

She's done it all from Head of the Class to Who's the Boss? to Saved by the Bell to King of Queens, Leah Remini will try her hand on the dance floor with former champ Tony Dovolani.

Amber Riley moved us with her vocal talent as Mercedes Jones on Glee and will now take on the ballroom with former champ with the most wins at four trophies, Derek Hough.

@ 8 pm-- The Voice on NBC, premieres September 23rd-- The 5th Season premieres with Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green returning to the show after a one season hiatus. Last season saw the introduction of Usher and Shakira, and soon after the season ended, sparked the debate, why aren't they staying? Nevertheless, Season 5 returns to the original mentoring panel....



@ 8 pm-- Hart of Dixie on The CW, premieres October 7th-- Last season Lavon and Annabeth were together. Lemon and Wade called a truce to run a bar together. Zoe ran away from Wade and George to a fellowship in New York City. All this, despite the fact that Wade confessed his love for Dr. Hart and that he felt they belong together. This season: Annabeth is a series regular. Several new players join the series, a possible love interest for Zoe, a possible love interest for Lemon, and a meddling cousin of Lavon's who tries to ruin Lavon and Annabeth's happiness. Zoe and Annabeth will develop a close friendship especially considering that Zoe and Lavon are best buds and now she's dating Lavon. Robert Buckley of Lipstick Jungle and Josh Cooke join this years cast in recurring roles, could they be the newest love interests for Zoe and Lemon?

@ 9 pm-- Free Slot! Watch something you recorded from earlier.

@ 10 pm-- Hostages on CBS, premieres September 23rd-- Hostages is a short form drama series; there are 15 episodes in the season which makes it jam packed with action. Toni Collette plays a surgeon Dr. Ellen Sanders who is ordered by rogue FBI Agent Duncan Carlisle played by Dylan McDermott to assassinate the president when she operates on him. With Ellen's family threatened, what will she do?

@ 10 pm-- The Blacklist on NBC, premieres September 23rd-- The plot as I have read and heard it many times: "Raymond "Red" Reddington (played by James Spader), one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, surrenders in person at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He claims that he and the FBI have the same interests: bringing down dangerous criminals and terrorists. Reddington will cooperate, but insists that he will speak only to Elizabeth Keen (played by Megan Boone), a rookie FBI profiler. Keen questions Reddington's sudden interest in her, though he claims that Keen is very special. After the FBI brings down a terrorist he provided information on, Reddington reveals that the terrorist is only just the first of many. In the last two decades, he made a list of criminals and terrorists he believes the FBI can not find because they did not know they exist and that they matter the most. Reddington calls it "The Blacklist"".

For mid-season, check out:

@ 8 pm-- Almost Human on FOX, premieres November 4th-- Another J.J. Abrams sci-fi infused drama, this one stars Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, and Minka Kelly. Almost Human is a police procedural and takes place 35 years in the future and pairs human cops with a robot cop counterpart.

@ 10 pm-- Intelligence on CBS, premieres February 24th-- This is one of the shows I am most excited about. It's a great cast that includes Josh Holloway from LOST in the starring role along with Marg Helgenberger in a strong supporting cast. Holloway is Gabriel Vaughn, former Delta Force turned U.S. Cyber Command ├╝ber-agent with a micro chip implanted in his brain.

Tuesday

@ 8 pm-- Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC, premieres September 24th-- If you're a fan of the Marvel movies, you'll be interested in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel’s feature films; he puts together the best agents from around the globe to form an elite organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Their job is to serve and protect the public.

@ 8 pm-- The Originals on The CW, premieres October 3rd (Special Night, will regularly air on Tuesdays)-- For all those who are fans of The Vampire Diaries, The Originals is a spin off of that with many characters that we saw on the parent series. Klaus, Elijah, Rebekah (all siblings and all vampires), and Haley (the werewolf) have all crossed over to this show. It takes place in New Orleans where the siblings originally grew up.

@ 8 pm-- The Biggest Loser on NBC, premieres October 8th-- Jillian Michaels, Bob Harper, and Dolvett Quince return as the trainers and Alison Sweeney returns to hosting duties for Season 15 of the inspiring weight loss reality series. This year's contestants include American Idol Season 2 winner, the velvet teddy bear himself, Ruben Studdard who's weight gain was fueled by emotional turmoil. Although Ruben's story may be the most familiar, it is not the only story that touches the soul.

@ 8:30 pm-- Brooklyn Nine Nine on FOX, premieres September 17th-- Okay I admit it, I used to watch SNL because I thought Andy Samberg's Digital Skits were funny, think d**k in a box with Justin Timberlake for instance. Well Samberg has graduated from SNL to a costarring role in comedy Brooklyn Nine Nine alongside the incomparable Andre Braugher (think Last Resort and Homicide: Life on the Street). Samberg plays Detective Jake Peralta who's unconventional antics are put on told when a new, yet seasoned by the book Captain named Ray Holt (Braugher) arrives to reign on his parade. For all those soap fans out there, Melissa Fumero (formerly of One Life to Live) also stars.

@ 9 pm-- The Voice on NBC-- This will ultimately be when the results show airs.

@ 10 pm-- Person of Interest on CBS, premieres September 24th-- The popular series returns for season three after what I found to be a lackluster season two. I loved season one and then season two just didn't live up to the hype. I am hoping this is a return to the show I loved.

@ 10 pm-- Chicago Fire on NBC, premieres September 24th-- The end of last season saw Dawson and Mills ending their relationship (I was so sad :-( about that; I really wanted these two to be together for the long haul!) Severide found out that he was going to be a father when Renee came back from Spain to reveal that she was with child. Casey was reeling over the death of his girlfriend Hallie. Shay wanted to be with child as soon as possible. This season? Severide discovers he may have a sister. Dawson keeps her distance from Casey who looks to find inner peace with Hallie's death. Rumor has it Dawson and Mills will both move on with new people, but will there be unresolved feelings? Also, rumor has it that Dawson and Shay's friendship will be put to the test.

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@ 9 pm-- About a Boy on NBC-- Based on the best selling book, this comedy looks quite refreshing. It produced and written by Jason Katims who is behind two of my favorite shows ever: Friday Night Lights and Parenthood. Minnie Driver is one of the stars of the show, and I am excited to see how she does on TV.

Wednesday:

@ 8 pm-- Survivor: Blood vs. Water on CBS, premieres September 18th-- This is the 27th installment of Survivor. So what brought me back? The good old days. Blood vs. Water takes past contestants and pits them against a family member on the opposing team. Check out the cast by clicking the link.

@ 8 pm-- The X Factor on FOX, premiered September 11th-- This is the third season of the show and the third different judging/ mentor panel. This year Simon decided to take his chance with three ladies, returning  judge Demi Lovato, one third of Destiny's Child Kelly Rowland, and Latina superstar Paulina Rubio.

@ 8 pm-- Revolution on NBC, premieres September 25th -- Will the lights go on? Or will they remain off? At what cost? One of the most action packed shows returns for season 2, and I am pretty confident based on this preview from Comic Con that it's not going to disappoint.



@ 9 pm-- Criminal Minds on CBS, premieres September 25th -- Criminal Minds, one of my longtime faves returns for Season 9 with the remaining cast still intact. At the end of last Season Section Chief Strauss died in the arms of Hotchner and the team finally caught the replicator. This season NYPD Blue alum Esai Morales takes over as new Section Chief, and he and JJ have a past that we will get to know about. Eva La Rue is also joining the show as Agent Mays. There is also rumor that there will be a Garcia and Morgan romance this season. At some point this season, in a flashback, Hotch will see Haley and Foyet alive again. The show will also celebrate a milestone this season hitting 200 episodes! Joe Mantegna who plays Rossi on the show will direct his first episode.

@ 9 pm-- Law & Order SVU on NBC, premieres September 25th-- The other long running law enforcement centered drama left us with a major cliffhanger as Benson was held at gunpoint by a rapist. What happens will definitely have an affect on Benson and change her. Will the new man in her life step up to the plate in the aftermath or will Benson deal with this alone?

@ 10 pm-- Nashville on ABC, premieres September 25th-- The critically acclaimed drama made it out of Season 1, now it has to sink or swim in Season 2. The end of last season left viewers with an explosive finale with tons of cliffhangers. Teddy discovered that his mistress Peggy is pregnant. Juliette laid her mom Jolene to rest. Gunnar proposed to Scarlett but she didn't answer. Will she marry him or return to Avery? Rayna's oldest daughter Maddie discovered that Deacon is her real dad. When Deacon discovered the news, he turned back to the bottle. The closing moments had Rayna and Deacon fighting in the car with Rayna driving and the two getting into a car accident. The show returns with Deacon sitting by Rayna's side awaiting a pending jail sentence while Rayna lays in a coma.

@ 10 pm-- Ironside on NBC, premieres October 2nd-- Blair Underwood plays Detective Robert Ironside. His instincts are second to none and he's as tough as they come; two years ago, a bullet hit his spine leaving him wheelchair bound, but he refuses to let it slow him down. I am a huge fan of Underwood so I am hoping that this drama is compelling.

Thursday

@ 8 pm-- The X Factor-- This will be the slot for The X Factor Results show

@ 8 pm-- The Vampire Diaries, premieres October 3rd-- I am not liking where this is going, Silas took over Stefan's body/ identity at the end of last season. The point is, the real Stefan is at the bottom of a river.



@ 9 pm-- The only slot where I am unsure if I want to watch anything at all.....
There's The Crazy Ones on ABC, premieres September 26th with Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar but critics don't seem excited. Then there's Glee on FOX, the show I fear I will be too emotional to watch following the death of star Cory Monteith. This may be an hour where I watch something I missed earlier in the week.....

I suppose I am writing about The Crazy Ones because I noticed I didn't have too many comedies on this list, and I didn't want to be a party pooper for those who do like comedy. Although, don't expect to come to my page and read the latest spoilers on Parks & Recreation cause it's not happening. The crazy ones tells the story of Simon Roberts (Williams) and his daughter Sydney (Gellar) who work together running an ad agency that has some of the biggest and best clients. Sydney and her dad are opposites, she is the focused, determined, organized one who looks after her dad. Along with them is a cast of characters, in this case, their coworkers.

@ 9:30 pm -- The Michael J. Fox Show on NBC, premieres September 26th-- The show is loosely based on Fox's own life as he plays a former TV news anchor who left work to spend time with his family after being diagnosed with Parkinson's. It's five years later, the kids are grown up and with Mike growing restless, he wonders whether or not it's time for him to go back to work.

@ 10 pm-- Scandal on ABC, premieres October 3rd-- Season 3 of the political series picks up a few minutes where Season 2 left off. Olivia has been revealed as the President's mistress, but who shared that information is unknown; the first episode is promised to reveal that. This year we'll learn a lot about Olivia's past and it's kind of shocking.

@ 10 pm-- Parenthood on NBC, premieres September 26th-- Oh my goodness, how happy I was to discover that one of the most undiscovered shows for the majority of the public was coming back for a fifth season. At the end of last season Jasmine and Crosby discovered they were expecting a baby. Julia and Joel made it official and adopted Victor. Amber and Ryan got back together. Drew graduated high school. Sarah chose Hank who decided to move to Minnesota and Mark walked away alone. This season starts with Jasmine and Crosby getting ready to have their second child. Sarah has moved into her own apartment and manages the building. Hank has moved back and is working in his photography studio, but Sarah has no idea. Max has taken an interest in photography and is spending time with Hank. Ryan was sent to Afghanistan and Amber learns how tough long distance relationships are. Joel is working on a huge construction job while Julia applies for a job at a law firm. Kristina lands herself a new job offer. Drew is in college but still around.

Friday

@ 8 pm-- Undercover Boss on CBS, premieres September 27th-- I love Undercover Boss. I wish that some of the companies I have worked for over the years would participate in it because it would give them such an honest look of not only the good parts of their company but the bad. In any place you work, there will always be those who work hard and those who don't. Season 5 will bring us more of that as well as more touching moments between boss and employee. The folks who put the show together says it has gotten harder for them to fool people and make them buy into what they try to do with the show.

@ 9 pm-- Hawaii Five-O on CBS, premieres September 27th-- At the end of Season 3, Kono and her ex-gangster boyfriend were on the run from the Yakuza. Danno reunited with his girlfriend played by Autumn Reeser (of the cancelled yet brilliant ABC series Last Resort); and an imprisoned Wo Fat and a visiting Steve McGarrett under siege by the kingpin's enemies. This season Chi McBride is joining the show (loved him on Boston Public). Also guest starring will be Nick Jonas, Tim Daly, Henry Ian Cusick, Daryl Hannah, Carol Burnett, Jorge Garcia, Terry O'Quinn, Rebecca DeMornay, Taryn Manning, Rumer Willis, and Melanie Griffith as Danno's mom. Kono is not leaving the show, she'll just have a separate storyline from the rest of the team for a little bit. Steve and his girlfriend Catherine may face some issues; his inability to make himself vulnerable to her may cost him.

@ 9 pm-- America's Next Top Model on The CW, premiered already-- I need to be totally honest, this has been one of the most interesting dramatic seasons of America's Next Top Model. I love the fact that they added the guys. It's something I feel like they should have done sooner. In a lot of ways, I find the majority of the guys more interesting than the girls. I don't want to jinx anyone by saying who I think is going to win, but there's a good chance it will be a guy. I love the dynamic between the men and women on the show, I love watching how they interact with one another and their chemistry. I can only hope for more seasons like this one.

@ 10 pm-- Blue Bloods on CBS, premieres September 27th-- This season Jamie will have a new partner, a rookie and a female. They're close as can be without being involved. Frank may move forward and date for the first time since losing his wife. Bebe Neuwirth will guest star for three episodes as a potential love interest for Frank. Danny's partner Maria Baez will be his permanent partner (Marissa Ramirez is now a permanent cast member).