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ABC turns to Rebel Wilson and The SHIELD for its Fall 2013 Lineup

May 14, 2013

marvel-s-agents-of-shield-tv-show-picked-up-by-abc-in-the-us-134461-a-1368281360-470-75ABC had some surprises in store for as they unveiled their 2013 Fall Lineup this morning. Among them was the downsizing of Dancing with the Stars (which will now only air once a week with the results included each week), moving The Neighbors to Friday and holding Suburgatory for midseason. One not so big surprise was the inclusion of two new series, the Rebel Wilson comedy Super Fun Night getting the plum post-Modern Family slot, and the Marvel comics adaptation The S.H.I.E.L.D. opening up a new programming block on Tuesdays. Both have a great shot at success and we’ll see if the Once Upon a Time spinoff, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, can make magic in the somewhat cursed 8pm Thursday slot…. Also of note, many of the dramas like Revenge and red-hot Scandal will run for two 12 episode blocks bridged by new “limited” series. Interesting… For more on these changes, and the new shows head to ABC or And check out the new schedule below.

ABC’s 2013 Fall Schedule~ 

8/7c Dancing With the Stars
10 pm Castle

8 pm MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D (new action series based on the Marvel Comics characters with Clark Gregg.)
9 pm THE GOLDBERGS (new family comedy set in the 80’s with Wendi McClendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin and George Segel.)
9:30 pm TROPHY WIFE (new single camera comedy with Malin Ackerman as a reformed party girl turned trophy wife to Bradley Whitford.)
10 pm LUCKY 7 (new drama about a group of lottery winners)


8 pm The Middle
8:30 pm BACK IN THE GAME (new single camera family comedy with Maggie Lawson and James Caan and a softball team of misfits!)
9 pm Modern Family
9:30 SUPER FUN NIGHT (new single camera comedy with Rebel Wilson and her friends trying to have the best Friday nights ever!)
10 pm Nashville

8 pm ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND (new adventure spinoff series)
9 pm Grey’s Anatomy
10 pm Scandal

8 pm Last Man Standing
8:30 pm The Neighbors
9 pm Shark Tank
10 pm 20/20

8 pm Saturday Night College Football


7 America’s Funniest Home Videos
8 pm Once Upon a Time
9 pm Revenge
10 pm BETRAYAL (a new soapy legal drama with Stuart Townsend, Hannah Ware and Oscar nominee James Cromwell.)

COMING AT MIDSEASON: Suburgatory, The Bachelor, Killer Women (new cop drama about a female Texas Ranger starring Tricia Helfer), Mind Games (new drama with Christian Slater and Steve Zahn), Mixology (new romantic comedy involving ten single people intermixing at a bar), and Resurrection (a new supernatural drama about a small town where dead loved ones return to the living).

CANCELLED: 666 Park Avenue, Don’t Trust the B—– in Apartment 23, Family Tools, Happy Endings (BOO!!!!! But hopefully a cable channel like USA will pick it up…), How To Live With Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life), Last Resort, Malibu Country, Private Practice (Final Season), Red Widow and Zero Hour


The So You Think You Can Dance Finale is Tonight!!

September 18, 2012

Unfortunately with the wonky scheduling (hello Olympics interruption) and the elimination of the results show, this has been one weird season of Emmy nominated So You Think You Can Dance. However, the quality of the show and the dancers is just as good as ever with some seriously brilliant competitors, including three of the final four contenders. Those three are contemporary dancer Tiffany and ballet superstars Eliana and Chehon. The final hoofer is the incredibly likable and fun animator/hip hop dancer Cyrus. While he continues to grow week to week and has charisma for days, he is completely out of his league against his peers. I really appreciate how well he has done in the competition but it’s a shame better male dancers like Cole, George, and Matthew all were voted off before him. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised because a great deal of this show is a popularity contest or how would Benji have beaten Travis Wall back in season 2 when Travis has gone on to be an Emmy nominated industry star? Anywho, I’m incredibly excited for tonight’s finale which will reunite the entire top 20 including ballroom girl Witney who sooooo has a future on Dancing with the Stars and the ridiculously fun Will. Just who will win is the question? Take a look at my predictions below and check out some videos of my favorites as well… And don’t forget to watch SYTYCD hosted by the sure to win the Emmy next week Cat Deeley tonight at 8pm on Fox.

So You Think You Can Dance Season 9 Finale Predictions~

Will Win: Eliana and Cyrus
Should Win: Eliana and Chehon (those two are just astounding in every way!)

And for proof check out these amazing dances by my favorite two dancers of the season…

Chehon & all star Allison (the best female dancer the show has produced if you ask me) choreographed by the brilliant Emmy nominated Stacy Tookey

Eliana & all star Alex Wong

Eliana & Chehon in a ballet piece

And just because she’s adorable and a very worth finalist, please enjoy this incredible contemporary piece starring Tiffany with all star Ade

Rock of Ages Preview~ “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”!

June 12, 2012

The all-star movie musical Rock of Ages hits theaters this weekend and I’m a little too excited about it. I’m not sure if it’s gonna be a hot mess or a really well crafted movie musical (ala Hairspray which was also directed by Ages helmer Adam Shankman), but I will be there day 1 to find out. Regardless, it looks like a really good time and the curiosity factor of seeing Tom Cruise as the ultimate rock god is pretty much reason enough to see it. I’m also thrilled to see Oscar winner Catharine Zeta-Jones back singing and dancing on the big screen like she did in the brilliant Chicago. In the film, she plays an anti-rock crusader and sings the big Pat Benatar classic “Hit Me with Your Best Shot”. Now, I have your first look at that scene below. Check it out!

Rock of Ages~ “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” by Catharine Zeta-Jones

And check out the full film trailer below. The movie which chronicles the rise of two young Hollywood wannabes played by newcomer Diego Luna and Dancing with the Stars’ Julianne Hough on the rocking Sunset Strip in the 80’s also stars Mary J. Blige, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Malin Ackerman, Bryan Cranston and the aforementioned Cruise and Zeta-Jones. Ages features some of the best rock and metal anthems of the 80’s from the likes of Poison, Bon Jovi, Journey, Foreigner, Guns N’ Roses, Warrant, Quiet Riot, Night Ranger, Extreme, Def Leppard and more! It hits theaters this Friday June 15.

Rock of Ages trailer

First Look~ Kelly Clarkson’s “Dark Side” video

May 25, 2012

Grammy winning former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson is having a banner year. She just finished the first leg of her incredibly successful Stronger tour and is prepping a summer/fall leg now. Her album, Stronger, is nearing platinum status and yielded two top ten multi-format smashes, “Mr. Know It All” (which is now in the country top 30!) and “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”. The latter single hit # 1 on the Hot 100 Singles Chart, Pop Chart, Radio Songs Airplay Chart, Digital Songs Chart, Hot AC chart, Dance Club Play Chart and is currently at # 2 on the Adult Contemporary chart. It has also become her biggest selling digital download single of her career with over 3 million units shifted and growing. Congrats Kelly! Now, she is prepping the third single from her hit recored entitled “Dark Side”. This mid-tempo song contains another beautiful vocal and a wonderful empowerment theme that should resonate with her fans. She just performed it on the Billboard Awards and the Dancing with the Stars finale and it goes to radio next week. Now, the new video has hit the internet. Check the wonderful and moving clip below, and don’t forget to watch Kelly on her own new singing competition Duets Thursdays on ABC.

Kelly Clarkson “Dark Side”

Lady Gaga, “Pariah” and “Dancing With the Stars” win the first round of GLAAD Awards

March 25, 2012

Last night, the first round of awards for the annual Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Awards were announced at a ceremony in San Francisco. Hosted by Glee stars Cory Montieth and Naya Rivera, the show honored the film Pariah for Outstanding Film in Limited Release and Lady Gaga for Musical Artist. Dancing With the Stars won the Reality Show award for the first time following a season featuring gay contestant Carson Kressley and its first transgender contestant Chaz Bono. Other awards to the brilliant TV Movie Cinema Verite, Diane Sawyer, The Oprah Winfrey Show and Smash/Chicago/Hairspray producers Neil Meron & Craig Zadan . Take a look at the winners below and for more on GLAAD, head here. Also watch for the next round of winners in April which will include the TV Drama and Comedy Series winners.

Craig Zadan & Neil Meron, executive producers of Smash

Katy Butler, openly gay 17-year-old anti-bullying advocate

Pariah (Focus Features)

Cinema Verite (HBO)

The ‘Sissy Boy’ Experiments, Anderson Cooper 360

Battle Against Bullying, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer

No Word in Guyanese for Me by Wendy Graf

The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures by Tony Kushner

Southern Comfort, book and lyrics by Dan Collins, music by Julianne Wick Davis

Dancing with the Stars (ABC)

“Coming Out on the Oprah Show: 25 Years of Unforgettable Guests” The Oprah Winfrey Show (syndicated)

Lady Gaga, Born This Way

And here’s Musical Artist winner Lady Gaga with her equality anthem “Born This Way”

Beginners, Albert Nobbs, Modern Family and Glee are among the GLAAD Media Award Nominees

January 19, 2012

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation announced the nominees for their 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards this morning and we saw some familiar faces. Previous TV winners, Glee and Modern Family were in the mix, along with previous nominees Grey’s Anatomy and Dancing with the Stars. In the Best Film (Wide release category), you have Oscar contenders Albert Nobbs, Beginners and J. Edgar duking it out while Best Film (Limited release) includes standout pictures Circumstance, Pariah, Tomboy, Gun Hill Road and my pic for the winner, Weekend. Take a look at several of the nominees below which feature some of my faves like Hot in Cleveland, The Glee Project and The Big C and for all the contenders and more info, head to the GLAAD site here…. The awards will be given out in 3 ceremonies over the next few months in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Stay tuned for the winners.

2012 GLAAD Media Award Nominees:

Outstanding Film Wide Release:
Albert Nobbs
J. Edgar

Outstanding Film- Limited Release:
Gun Hill Road

Outstanding Drama Series

Grey’s Anatomy
Pretty Little Liars
ABC Family
Torchwood: Miracle Day

Outstanding Comedy Series

Exes and Ohs
Happy Endings
Modern Family
The Big C

Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character)

“Acceptance” Man Up!
“Beards” Hot in Cleveland
TV Land
“Prom” Drop Dead Diva
“Recruited” NCIS
“The Boy Has Style” Are We There Yet?

Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series

Cinema Verite

Outstanding Documentary

Becoming Chaz
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
The Strange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
The World’s Worst Place to be Gay?
Two Spirits
We Were Here
Red Flag Releasing

Outstanding Reality Program

Dancing with the Stars
Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys
Sundance Channel
The Glee Project
The Real L Word
The Voice

Outstanding Talk Show Episode

“Chaz Bono” Late Show with David Letterman
“Children & Teens Caught in the Wrong Bodies” Anderson
“Coming Out on the Oprah Show: 25 Years of Unforgettable Guests” The Oprah Winfrey Show
“The Wedding of Scott Cronick & David Gorshein” Conan
“Zach Wahls” The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Outstanding Daily Drama

All My Children
Days of Our Lives

Outstanding Music Artist

Beverly McClellan, Fear Nothing
Oarfin Records
Girl in a Coma, Exits & All the Rest
Blackheart Records
Hunx and His Punx, Too Young to Be in Love
Hardly Art
Lady Gaga, Born This Way
Interscope Records
MEN, Talk About Body

Outstanding Los Angeles Theater

by Donald Jolly
House of the Rising Son
by Tom Jacobson
Killer Queen: The Story of Paco the Pink Pounder
by Peter Griggs
No Word in Guyanese for Me
by Wendy Graf
Who’s Your Daddy?
by Johnny O’Callaghan

Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway and Off-Broadway

Maple & Vine
by Jordan Harrison
Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical
by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott
Sons of the Prophet
by Stephen Karam
The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures
by Tony Kushner
Unnatural Acts: Harvard’s Secret Court of 1920
conceived by Tony Speciale

Outstanding New York Theater: Off-Off Broadway

She Kills Monsters
by Qui Nguyen
Southern Comfort
book and lyrics by Dan Collins, music by Julianne Wick Davis
The Dog and Pony Show (Bring Your Own Pony)
by Holly Hughes
The Escape Artist
book by John Kelly, songs by John Kelly & Carol Lipnik
The Momentum
by Boo Killebrew, Geoffrey Decas O’Donnell & Jordan Seavey

Kristin Chenowith brings Broadway to Dancing with the Stars

October 25, 2011

Last night on Dancing with the Stars, the psuedo-lebrities took to the stage “dancing” to Broadway numbers. However, aside from Ricki Lake and JR Martinez, most of the performances wouldn’t belong off off off off off Broadway. Luckily, Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth hit the floor to show them how it’s done. Check out her great performance of “Maybe This Time” from Cabaret and “I Could Have Danced All Night” from The King and I. Now, that’s a real star! And keep an eye out for her awesome new series, G.C.B., which is hilarious (and I auditioned for it a few weeks ago, so I really know) and premieres at midseason on ABC.
(On a side note, props to Chaz Bono for growing each week and hanging on for so long! … And on another side note, props to Max for arguing with the judges last night~ hiarious!)

Kristin Chenoweth on Dancing with the Stars.

Kelly Clarkson takes on Carrie Underwood and it’s Brilliant!

October 20, 2011

Grammy Award winning American Idol stars Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood are both amazingly talented and successful vocalists. They have amassed an incredibly amount of hits and awards since winning the show, emerging as vital artists in the music biz and two of my favorites. However, I’ve always had a special place in my heart for our original Idol Kelly. (I think most of you readers know that from my incessant posting on her, lol). And here’s another reason why… She’s simple one of the most brilliant singers of our time. While out to promote her amazing new album (I’ve heard the whole thing and it gets an “A” grade from me) Stronger due on Monday Oct. 24th, Clarkson performed an intimate live show at the Troubadour in LA last night and it was sheer brilliance. She sang a ton of her hits and several new songs, but the surprise highlight was a cover of Underwood’s gorgeous ballad “I Know You Wont”. It was simply stunning. Take a listen below and hear all the emotion and beautiful nuances in Kelly’s voice on this startling cover. Then listen to Carrie’s great, but not as good as Kelly’s, version after that. I’m sure you’ll like both, but sorry Kelly wins by a mile (and again I love me some Carrie). Enjoy. And head to mjsbigblog  here for more videos from the show and Kelly’s set list. And head to for videos of Kelly’s amazing performances of “Walk Away” and “Mr. Know It All” from Tuesday’s Dancing with the Stars results show.

Kelly Clarkson “I Know You Wont” (live)

Carrie Underwood “I Know You Wont” (live at the Grand Ole Opry)

And here are two of my other favorite performances from Kelly’s show last night~

Kelly Clarkson “Dark Side” (live) ~ this is my current fave off the new album

And my fave from her My December album, “Sober” (live)~ chills!

My SYTYCD Quick Wrap 8/3/11

August 4, 2011

Welcome to the Top 6 on So You Think You Can Dance readers… It was a hot battle between the female beasts of the competition last night as Melanie and Sasha went toe to toe and dare I say, Sasha emerged victorious… just barely that is… You see both ladies soared yet again and may just make the first all female final two in the show’s history. I kind of hope they do. However, they’ll have to fend off the delightful Marko and either Ricky or Tadd in next week’s finale. Where’s Caitlyn‘s name in all of this talk? Well, despite having her best night of the competition yet, it was probably her last night on the floor as Sasha and Melanie just killed it. Both of those ladies are assured a spot in the finale… But just how did it all break down last night? Check out my performance rankings below and see.

My SYTYCD Performance Rankings 8/3/11~
1. Sasha & Kent (contemporary): talk about ripping your heart out and handing it to your lover and them smashing it on the floor. That’s exactly how this routine felt. It was simply astonishing, stunning and made you feel perhaps more than any other dance this season, and Sasha was transcendent throughout it. Her technique was flawless of course, but her connection to the material was so deep, raw and real that it moved beyond dance into the realm of true art. And she made me ignore one of my faves Kent. That’s a true feat.
2. Caitlyn & Marko (Jazz): well, that was aggressive, dirty, hot and just fantastic. This Sonya piece was weird and wonderful as all of her best work is and both dancers rose to the challenge. This was also easily Caitlyn’s best work of the season.
3. Melanie & Tadd (Broadway): in this incredibly sexy, saucy and spicy number, Melanie proved yet again that she can do anything. She makes even the smallest movement or a look in her eye mean so much. Amazing, and Tadd was great too. It’s no small task to hold his own with her and he did so wonderfully in this tremendous piece by Broadway hottie Spencer Liff.
4. Ricky & Jamie (contemporary): I loved this number that was so fluid, interesting and unique. While the props stifled and constricted Ricky a little, he still did a very admirable job. However, all-star Jamie was brilliant and helped this number rise into my top five for the night.
5. Caitlyn & Pasha: ok, first let’s just state yet again that Pasha is simply AWESOME. He was so good in this number from former SYTYCD contestant turned Emmy nominated choreographer and Dancing with the Stars pro Dimitry Chaplin that I had to keep reminding myself to watch Caitlyn. I’m glad I did though because she did an exemplary job in this sexy fun number too.
6. Sasha & Ricky (whacking): um, I kinda love whacking which I would just describe as drag queen dancing for better clarification. It was super fun and they did a good job, but Sasha really owned this number and Ricky here.
7. Marko & Jeanette (paso doble): despite one little stumble, Marko was very good, powerful, passionate and precise in this entertaining number. And that move where he used Jeanette as the cape~ amazeballs!
8. Melanie & Twitch: wow, I don’t think Melanie has ever been this low on the list before. But it’s not her fault. This number just felt a little forgettable compared to the other dances tonight. Regardless, she did a really good job especially as she got down and dirty in the second half of it.
9. Tadd & Elenore (jazz): well, um, what do say about this one? … Um, I loved the chandelier and Tadd did his best… But sorry, it didn’t really speak to me and I think it did Tadd no favors. Plus, they had no chemistry and who the heck is Elenore again?

1. Melanie (best solo of the season and perhaps the best female solo in the series… definitely since Janelle’s finale solo in season 5)
2. Sasha
3. Marko
4. Caitlyn
5. Ricky
6. Tadd

Going Home: Caitlyn and Ricky (but Tadd should keep his fingers crossed….)

So in the immortal words of Boyz II Men, we’ve come to the “End of the Road” for Caitlyn and Ricky. At least that’s how I see it. But what do you think? Will Ricky escape once again and will Tadd see his hopes of a finale dance dashed? … Plus how awesome was Emmy winner/Tony nominee Christina Applegate as a guest judge? Loved her. She was so informed, gave great critique, and was a wonderful addition… Oh and is it me or are they playing fast and loose with the term “All Star” because Jeanette and especially Elenore are far from all-stars (despite their talent) in my book…. What do you think? Sound off below and watch the results show featuring my fave Idol girl from this season Pia Toscano tonight on Fox.

And here’s Sasha’s amazing routine with Kent choreographed by a resurgent Tyce Diorio from last night.

My SYTYCD Quick Wrap 7/13/11

July 14, 2011

Last night on the newly Emmy nominated So You Think You Can Dance with Emmy nominated host Cat Deeley, the top 12 dancers really had to step it up with two routines in the hopes of making the top ten and going on tour. Three couples look like strong bets to move forward, but three others will invariably have to dance for their lives. So just who’s in danger and who’s on the hot tamale tour train? Take a look at my rankings below.

SYTYCD Performance Rankings 7/13/11~
1. Marko & Melanie (Contemporary): ok, when aren’t these two at the top of the list? … Um, they’re not, because they’re always awesome, especially with this amazing number choreographed by Dee Caspary. It was simply brilliant and goose bump inducing.
2. Jordan & Tadd (Contemporary): in this fantastic piece by newly Emmy nominated Travis Wall, Jordan & Tadd gave their best performance to date. Jordan really showed her tremendous strength, technique and fire here while Tadd rose to her level oustide of his genre. Outstanding.
3. Marko & Melanie (Tango): here they are again with their sizzling and sexy tango choreographed by a moonlighting Dancing with the Stars expert Louis Van Amstel. It was intricate, difficult and executed wondrously. This couple is unstoppable just like Sonya said.
4. Clarice & Jess (Lyrical Hip Hop): with this number (and then later in the jive), I finally saw what viewers and the judges have seen in Clarice for weeks. She really sparked for me with true emotion and a great honest performance here. And Jess is continuing to surprise too as I believed him throughout this number and he’s growing less affected with each week. Well done.
5. Sasha & Alexander (Jazz): while these two have the chemistry of a potato and a soda, they sure can dance. This number was utterly delightful and showcased their tremendous ability.
6. Caitlyn & Mithcell (Jazz): Um, sexy as hell Ms. Caitlyn! … And Mitchell was pretty darn good too… Hello, we also saw another cool side of Travis’s choreography as well. Nice number.
7. Jess & Clarice (Jive): with arguably the most joyous number of the evening, the little duo that could delivered an immensely entertaining number despite a few little technical issues. Still it was really really good.
8. Sasha & Alexander (Paso Doble): I’m not sure that I agree with the judges about Alexander holding his own against Sasha in this one. I felt like she kinda slayed him here. It was a fierce and powerful number, but one that was a bit forgettable as the night wore on. And seriously, I feel like these two can’t stand each other. I bet they’ll be thrilled to get new partners if they make it through to next week.
~ and now for the not so good dances of the night…
9. Ryan & Ricky (Cha Cha): these poor kids can’t get a break as they’re bound to be in the bottom 3 again after this middling number. While Ricky kinda killed it, Ryan was awkward and uncomfortable and there’s no chemistry between these two either.
10. Jordan & Tadd (Broadway): Is it me or was this number just a bit slow and uninspired. While I love Spencer Liff and his choreography, this one fell below the mark and Jordan & Tadd didn’t seem engaged or committed.
11. Caitlyn & Mitchell (Hip Hop): apparently this number had something to do with freeing abducted Ugandan children, but all I got was that it was pretty bad. The emotion was lost and the two were not in sync or connected at all in the piece. It’s unfortunate because I love them.
12. Ryan & Ricky (Broadway): this dance could’ve been great in the hands of Jess & Clairce who would’ve nailed the style and nuances. Instead it was sloppy, boring, muted and a big miss. Sorry.

Bottom 3 Couples: Caitlyn & Mitchell, Jordan & Tadd, Ryan & Ricky
Going Home: Ryan & Ricky

So, it looks like Ryan and Ricky will be dancing for their lives for the final time on tonight’s results show. But will they prove me wrong and survive? And will Sasha & Alexander make a surprise appearance in the doomed dancer den? We shall see… Now, before I go, I have to applaud guest judge and another Emmy nominee this morning, Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), who was not only insightful but hilarious and an unabashed fan of the show. Great job (you too Sonya!)… And congrats to the whole show, Cat, and the Emmy nominated choreographers from last season (Travis, Mia Michaels, Stacy Tookey, Mandy Moore and NappyTabs)! Good luck to you all!