Because of primetime repeats, it’s been a heavy reality TV week for me. I’m watching THE SING-OFF, THE FASHION SHOW, WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE and tonight is TOP CHEF ALL STARS. I’ll also watch PSYCH because they’ve decided to give us two, count ‘em, TWO new episodes tonight. My overall viewing is lighter and I’ll be watching screeners of upcoming shows over the holiday weeks.
THE FASHION SHOW: Isaac Mizrahi continues to be a tremendously strong judge as he consults with both teams before they forge ahead on each challenge. Iman is the true hatchet man on this show as her cutting remarks often ring the death knell for a designer. Iman’s presence and strength is a constant wonder to behold and it’s a thrill seeing her on TV every week. I also love the mix of designers they’ve had on the show including Rachel Roy and socialite/fashion plate Susan Fales-Hill. This week’s episode was especially fun as the designers had to cater to the design whims of The Real Housewives of Orange County and New Jersey and the gals were quintessential demanding clients. I especially love Caroline Manzo and she really took her designer to task when she disliked the first dress he created.
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE: Andy Cohen is doing a live half-hour Sunday through Thursday this week and he had Diane Von Furstenberg and Iman on last night. Yes, it WAS just as fabulous as you’d think it would be! His guest tonight is Denise Richards so I’ve decided it’s not even worth my DVR space. Cohen will also host a live 90 minutes New Year’s Eve show from the Bravo clubhouse, directly competing with Anderson Cooper and the network NYE shows.
MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE: The second season came out of the gate very strong with all three of the principals, Joe, Owen and Terry, facing big changes in their lives. Joe wants to try out for the Senior PGA tour, Terry is trying to be a car salesman at the Chevrolet dealership Owen took over from his father. Owen is learning to be a boss and trying to fill his father’s big shoes. I can’t stress to you enough how beautifully written this show is; always subtle, smart and wry but never ham-fisted or false. Don’t let the title put you off: Ray Romano, Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula deliver solid, touching performances week in and week out. New episodes of MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE air Mondays at 10pm on TNT after THE CLOSER.
SONDHEIM VISITS COLBERT: Just watch and try not to love this – it’s impossible: http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/368532/december-14-2010/stephen-sondheim
NO SURF THURSDAY as I’ll be out and about at a holiday commitment. I may be at a set visit Friday but that’s not confirmed yet.
TODAY’S SURF WRITTEN WHILE LISTENING TO: “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” by Darlene Love - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UV8x7H3DD8Y
Love is going to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and this soulful singing legend richly deserves the honor. What the heck! Let’s make it a Darlene Love TRIPLE PLAY!!!
Here’s Love with the swoony, wonderful “(Today I Met) The Boy I’m Gonna Marry” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4x78Et7Cv24
And let’s not forget: “Christmas for the Jews” from SNL: http://www.hulu.com/watch/1373/saturday-night-live-christmas-for-the-jews-song
ABC: The Middle [R], Better with You [r], Modern Family [r], Modern Family [r], Cougar Town [r], Cougar Town [r]
CBS: Survivor Nicaragua, Criminal Minds, The Defenders
NBC: The Sing-Off, L&O: SVU
FOX: Human Target, Hell’s Kitchen (finale)
CW: Vampire Diaries [r], Vampire Diaries [r] – marathon continues
BRAVO: 10pm: Top Chef All Stars, 11pm: Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen
Comedy Central: The Daily Show, The Colbert Report
HBO: 10pm: 24/7 Penguins/Capitals
USA: 9pm & 10pm: Psych
MTV: 10pm: The Challenge finale
VH1: 830pm: Rock Docs: Let’s Spend the Night Together – Pamela des Barres, the most infamous rock groupie, hits the road to gather groupie stories.
That’s a wrap for now.