Monday, May 28, 2007

Black dolls, white dolls

After a relaxing three day weekend, I decided to catch today's "Oprah." I'm so glad I did.

She had a teen-age filmmaker on who did a documentary on black kids and what kind of doll they desired if they had to choose between a white doll and a black doll. I was stunned to see ALL of the children chose the WHITE dolls. This test isn't anything new because Kenneth Clark did the same test back in the 1940s as part of the Brown v Board of Education.

It's shocking this behavior still exists in 2007. But, I'm guilty too because when I was a boy, I used to fantasize about being Superman, Wonder Woman, The Bionic Woman (she was cooler) but no black ones. Although, there weren't that many and still aren't, although DC Comics did try.

"Oprah" is usually full of fluff but today, she's full of substance and thank goodness for that.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

And so begins, the summer TV season

Are you ready for some re-runs? I'm not. This Memorial Day weekend, I was hoping that some new programming would start so that we could have more to blog about. The best I could find is National Bingo Night and the directions to that show was sooo confusing, I can't even BEGIN to describe it. Needless to say, I've decided to skip that all together.

Scrolling through the channels tonight, the best I could find is a two-hour "Dateline" which looked bor-ing. Or I could be bummed that my guy Stone Phillips has been given the boot.

I'm debating on whether or not to try "So You Think You Can Dance?" or "America's Got Talent" but neither of them make my freak-flag want to fly high.

Needless to say, Netflix might be my friend this summer....

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Heroes! 24 and American Idol

My LORD What a finale last night! It was just beyond awesome. In case you don't know, Peter AND Nathan sacrified themselves so others could live. But a few lingering questions remain: Why didn't Peter just fly himself away from danger? He's used two powers at once before: remember the episode where he turned invisible and was using TK to fling stuff at Isaac? So when he went nuclear, all he had to do is swoop out of there to some place where he couldn't do any harm. What's up with Candice keeping the illusion on when she was knocked out? I still don't get Nikki/Jessica but oh well.

While the season was disappointing I loved the finale! I can't wait to see where they take Jack next season.

American Idol
Jordin is so going to win this. But the Blake supporters might rally. Stay tuned.....

Sunday, May 20, 2007

The finales are coming, the finales are coming!

Tonight begins a week of long goodbyes to some of my favorite (and not so favorite) shows.

Desperate Housewives

As I type this, I'm sitting here watching "Desperate Housewives" which I've had an on again-off-again-on-again love affair. This season was waaaay better than last but they lost me about six episodes ago. When I heard Marcia Cross was coming back for the finale, I knew I had to tune in. I've been spoiled about the ending so all I have to say is wooow! Who knew that one of the best characters on the show would try to off herself.

Heroes and 24
One of these shows was the bomb the whole season while the other bombed. Guess which is which? I'm counting down to the "Heroes" finale and can't wait!!! "24" I'm not so anxious about. I have no idea how either is going to end.

American Idol

I don't care who wins. Really. Melinda was robbed. That's all.

What's next?

Have you been catching the crapstatic commericals for the summer shows? There's one on ABC called "The Next Best Thing" where celebrity impersonators compete to see who's best. (YAWN)

Not to be outdone, CBS is offering "Pirate Master" about folks seeking buried treasure. Can we save "Survivor" lite.

And NBC is offering "America's Got Talent." Oh boy!

Needless to say I'm going to be Netflixing for the next few months.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

I've been scammed!

Earlier this week, a friend asked me if I would go to a TV sneek peek with him. I said sure because I thought at last, someone will actually CARE what I thought about what's on TV.

Last night was the "sneek peek". Unfortunately, it was for the commericials they were showing with the TV shows. I knew something was odd about this whole scenario when before they showed the shows they had us fill out a survey asking us things like what kind of dog food we use to what kind of water/soft drink we prefer.

Then the lights dimmed and they showed us these two really OLD shows. Like, 1998 old. The reason I knew is one starred Kim Raver from "24" and she looked as if she was in her mid 20s and the guy that played T-Bag from "Prison Break"." He too looked extremely young. What really tipped me off is one of the people was using a cell phone in the preview and she had to flip it out and pull out her antenna. The show was horrid! It was called "Soul Mates" and it was about two people who were lovers in a former life. It was BAD.

Then the bad MC of the evening proceeded to ask us more questions about things we liked and then we were into the second show. It too was old. It looked like "Full House" and starred C. Thomas Howell. Only on this one, every one of the male leads had a child. GAG. I'm sure some of those kids who looked to be around 8ish at the time are probably in high school now.
Rue McClanahan was actually the bright spot of this dismal show.

After that, they had a raffle and I won a $40 gift basket which will be mailed to me in "2-4 weeks" (Yeah, right)

We also took an 80-question plus survey which asked all sorts of crapola. I'm positive most people knew this was a marketing scam but many were good sports about it. I have to go though, suddenly, I have this strong urge to eat Lay's potato chips.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Worst. Day. EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Goodbye Veronica.

Note to the CW: "A long time ago, we used to be friends but come fall I won't be thinking of you at all..."

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Upfronts and "Idol"

ABC and NBC rolled out their new schedules yesterday and today.

I'm really excited about "The Bionic Woman" ( It looks awesome. I pray that Lindsey Wagner will guest star as an aunt or a cousin or something. Plus, I need to see the slow-running and hear the neh-neh-neh-neh bionic sound.

Other than that, I'm not that thrilled with their schedule. And I'm shocked that they are doing a "Heroes" spinoff. But, we'll see how it goes.

I'm waiting on pins and needles about the fate of "Veronica." It sounds as if hope is gone but I need them to tell me something. It'll be a shame to see this brilliant show go away.

American Idol.
WOW! I have NO idea who's going to be the next "Idol" because all three of them kicked major booty tonight. I want Melinda to win but I suspect it will be Jordin Sparks because she's the best all-around. Blake seemed to gimmicky to me but we'll see how America votes.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

"Survivor" update

Yep. My spoilers were dead on! The final three of Earl, Cassandra and Dreamz.

It was the best Tribal Council ever as Dreamz went back on his word and stabbed Yau-Man in the back. Had he not, Yau would have TOTALLY won and should have won this season. You had this skinny, older man who outwitted, outlasted and outplayed a bunch of these youn'uns. I'm hoping that Rosie O'Donnell or someone will reward him for his efforts. He was TOTALL cheated. It also goes to show you that you can't trust people.

Plus we learned that Dreamz has a child and that he went on national TV and lied. He went on and on about how it hurt him. Whatev dude. You didn't win.

Are you ready for the "Survivor" finale?

I was on the road last week and I stopped at a cousin's house to see the last 10 minutes of "The Amazing Race." I couldn't believe who won!! Tonight, my other "Can't Miss" reality show is on. We're down to the final five and with a two-hour finale, I'm betting two folks will be booted within the first hour.

I've read some spoilers and if they are true, it's going to be a doozy. I would LOVE if Earl or Yau-Man won because they've played the game the best out of everyone. If Earl wins, he'll be the first African-American male to win "Survivor." If Yau-Man wins, he'll be the second Asian following Yul from last season.


"24" was yet another dud this week. I absolutely don't care how this season ends because after a bang-up start, they just couldn't seem to get it together. R.I.P. Milo. Please tell Tony, Michelle and David Palmer that we miss them. Give a hug to Curtis for me too.


This week, the trainers all grieved for the loss of Doug who died unexpectedly in January. I thought he was the classiest person on the show but I was taken aback that they devoted less than FIVE minutes to his death on the show and more about the fat people who participated in Jackie's weight-loss camp. I know it's Jackie's show but really?! Couldn't Doug's death have taken up a whole episode? Next week is the reunion show and based on the previews, it's going to be ugly with Rebecca, Jackie and Jesse oh and let's not forget MIMI returns!

Veronica Mars

OY! The wait for renewal is KILLING me. Everyday new news happens. Some say it will be renewed, others say it won't. I wish that it would and I'm not to thrilled about this FBI concept. But I still want to see Kristen Bell on my TV every week so I'll take what I can get. I LOVED Paul Rudd this week. He was AWESOME beyond words. I hope they'll bring him back next season. (Yeah, I said it).

Law & Order SVU
Lordy. Did y'all see they were thisclose to showing Chris Meloni's backside? I kept yelling for the cameraman to drop the camera but alas no. Of course, I could rent copies of the greatest drama ever and watch it at will. The stories keep getting better and better and it was so cool to see Sean from "Nip/Tuck" do a turn as a bad guy. He's so goody-goody on that show that it makes me sick sometimes.


American Idol
America got it wrong. That's all. LaKisha goes home BEFORE Blake the human beat-box???!!

"Lost" has lost me. I'm so glad they announced an end to this show because I'm ready for it to be done. My guess, it'll be the dream of some passenger on the plane. If it's an austistic child, I'm through.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Delurking to say...

Eric and Danielle! NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! WHY?????!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

One last post before vacation....

I'm taking a few days off to make a long overdue visit to family and friends but wanted to do a quick round-up around the tube.

Tonight! The return of VERONICA MARS! I've seen the episode it and its amazing. Our girl is BACK in a big way. At first, I didn't like the fact that we're going to do solo mysteries but I think the format works. I pray that enough people will tune in so we can get a fourth season of the show.

Best things about the show: Veronica and Wallace. Keith! Mac and a possible new love interest! and the birth of ViPiz!

If you're not watching, you really are missing out on one of the best hours TV has to offer.

American Idol
Tonight the "Idols" got to rock it out with Jon Bon Jovi and let me tell you that LaKisha and Melinda were great, but Blake (with a new black 'do) stole the show! My prediction that Jordin and Chris are in danger.

The Amazing Race

Well, the final three are The Beauty Queens, Eric and Danielle and Charla and Mirna. My guess is that the Beauty Queens are going to take this thing. However, I wouldn't count Charla and Mirna out. If they can get the other teams to discount them and they work together and think they might have a shot.

Ugly Betty

This is the gem of the season. I'm totally in love (in a non creepy way) with Justin and Mark. Last week's episode when Justin told his mom to ditch the earrings was just priceless! I just pray that Henry and Betty wind up together.

And that's it. I'll pick the blog up in a few days. Until then, remember, it's not you, it's not me. It's TV!