Sunday, April 27, 2008

My TV loves me....

Renee (played by Gabrielle Union) is adding is adding even more sass to "Ugly Betty."

I can't do it. I've tried to stay away but with all of this TV goodness, I can't stop blogging. Spread the word: TheRemote is back!

Let's recap the week in review:
Yes. I admit "Gossip Girl" is still a guilty pleasure. All the drinking, booze, catfighting, high-fashion and snippness (the folks on my job have NOTHING on this crew) makes for an enjoyable evening of viewing. When last we left, Blair was unseated in the popular crowd when it was discovered that she lost her virginity to evil Chuck Bass in the back of a moving limo. And then slept with her boyfriend, Nate) (so not a misprint here) a day later and claimed he was her first.

Young Jenny looked on this as her chance to enter the elite society (even though she is p-o-o-r).

When we pick up, Blair is still an outcast and Serena (who was an outcast all due to Blair's conniving) is her only friend. Blair is tormented by the other girls and then decides to take revenge on Jenny and regain her place on the throne.

Jenny is scrambling to keep up with the lifestyles of the rich and famous and is pawning everything in site just to have money. She even resorts to stealing a Valentino dress . When it's discovered by the other girls (at Jenny's birthday party no less) Jenny is out.

Jenny, however, isn't ready to give up so she brings Nate to where the girls went to hang out with Blair and she regains her post. Blair once again, is auf'd.

"American Idol" is my crack. I can't get enough. Everytime I go to rehab for it, I keep hearing no, no, no.

This week was showtunes! by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It was a disaster. And a shocker because poor Carly was given the boot. She clearly was better than Brooke and Jason but I suspect the Grandma vote saved Brooke and the young girls saved Jason. This week: Neil Diamond! Oh joy!

"Law & Order: SVU"
Out of all the shows on TV this one is in my Top 10. I don't think I've ever missed an episode of this show because it just keeps getting better and better. This episode: The lover of a gay football player is found murdered.

Benson and Stabler have a rough go with this case because of secrets. Benson accidentally outs the football player and it causes them to be investigated by internal affairs. We then learn that she's had a secret boyfriend for MONTHS and Stabler, while cordial seems a little peeved that she didn't tell him.

The secret of this show: the chemistry between the two leads. Sometimes, they're like brother and sister, sometimes they seem to have a sexual chemisty. One of the most intense scenes ever had Lou Diamond Phillips in it a few seasons ago and you have to track down that episode.

"Survivor" is having one of its best seasons ever. This season, the fans vs. favorites have more twists and turns than a maze. This week, another blindside. The victim: Poor clueless Jason. After surviving a vote off last week, Jason had the opportunity to save himself once he found an immunity idol at Exile Island but instead he let Natalie bamboozle him into not playing it.

If you listen carefully, you can hear America's screams of "idiot" as he got voted off.

"Ugly Betty" came back and it was terrific. This episode celebrated Betty's 24th birthday which turned out to be the worst birthday EVER!

Soo, soo bad. Henry's babymama came back into town and foiled Betty's plan to spend with Henry.

Daniel was trying to find out Renee's secrets and Willy and Marc were busy trying to keep their secret a secret. At Casa de Suarez, Papa Suarez was feeling neglected since Betty wanted to spend time with Henry.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

The break is over...

Ben is the bomb.

I'm watching "Lost." There are no words. No words. Alex dead. Smoke monster. Jack. Ben. Sawyer. Penny. Vengence

World hopping. Indiana Ben. Wow.

Episode grade: A+++++++++++++++++

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Taking a short break

Hi there,
I'm on the homestretch of job No. 2 so I'll be back on May 24th with new insights on TV and more.

Thanks for your understanding.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

LORD! What has happened to "ANTM'????

After the stunning elimination of Claire two weeks ago, I was going to stop blogging about this show. Tonight, my dear Stacy Ann got the boot second from left. Lauren, let, Whitney, third from left, Anya,DomMANique and Katarzyna are all headed to Rome next episode and so's Fatima who MISSED the photo shoot. Photo by

This show has jumped the shark this season. What the heck is going on? Two weeks ago, Tyrant and her crew let one of their strongest models, Claire, go. If you remember, I picked Claire to win the whole thing so I guess I know nothing about modeling.

This week, Stacy Ann was kicked out. Fatima, who missed the photo shoot because of refugee issues, got to stay.

How unfair was this? In the real world, if a model missed a shoot, she'd be fired. I guess that doesn't matter in Tyrant world.

Episode grade: A big fat WTF???!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Are you watching "The Paper"?

Meet the cast of "The Paper." They are young'uns who are waaaay to excited the newspaper biz. Poor fools. Photo by

A few weeks ago I happened to be watching MTV and saw the commericial for this show. At first, I thought it was more MTV drivel but it actually was a really good show.

We meet Amanda who's vying to become Editor-in-Chief of her high school newspaper. She's served as copy editor (YAY!!!) and now she's aiming for the big time.

We also meet some other people but because they are soooo busy spouting hate for Amanda that I blocked them out. I know there's the couple who are soooo much in love they don't care about anything else. There's the Sports Editor who seems OK but is surrounding himself with losers. And then there's the shrill queen who's the business editor. He's like he needs more Xanax than Rite Aid could possibly provide. He's going to melt down before the end of the series.

Luckily, Amanda gets the coveted title and immediately the others start to plot against her. It's sooo high school!

The Paper airs Monday nights at 10:30 p.m. on MTV

Episode grade A+

Monday, April 14, 2008

The girls are back!

Oh Susan, Bree, Gaby and Lynette, I've missed you. Thankfully, you were worth the wait!
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After what seemed like the longest writers' strike ever, new shows came back. The TV season isn't a total loss but you could tell that things are rushed and different.

"Desperate Housewives" came back on Sunday and it was in prime form. Kudos to Dana Delany for giving another stellar performance. (If there's any justice, she'll get an Emmy come fall).

This episode picked up the Mystery of Katherine's past and we learned that Katherine slept with Susan's underaged cousin back in the day. He's back on the scene because Susan apparently is too dingy to figure out TurboTax. She spends most of the episode deflecting Tim's attention to underaged girls only to find out that he slept with Katherine and we learned that he saw Katherine hit a man.

Lynette and Bree struggled over church. Lynette had questions about how she survived cancer and a tornado and wanted to get closer to God. Bree was embarrassed when Lynette kept interrupting the service to ask questions. When Lynette finally confided to Bree her motivation, it provided the "awwww" moment of the episode.

Gaby was so in love with Carlos that she believed him that when he said that he would only be blind for a few months. After Edie did some snooping, Gaby learned the truth.

The girls are back in town (at least for another five episodes.)

Episode grade: A+

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Oprah totally faked us out...

Brandi is my pick to win "The Big Give." Photo by

I've been casually following "The Big Give" and tonight they faked us out by not sending anyone home. BOO!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

The horrors of puppy mills

I'll never look at a pet store the same way again after finally watching Friday's "Oprah".
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Animal lovers, you need to skip this blog. Seriously. Just move on to the next entry.

I'm not an animal lover. I respect animals and their place in the world but I've never really owned a pet except for a stray cat that my family called Ralph. We would feed Ralph and would make sure that Ralph was OK but we never took him to a vet or let him in the house.

Friday, Oprah aired a show about puppy mills. I had never heard of a puppy mill before and had no idea that dogs and other animals were treated so poorly. They showed the inhumane conditions these animals lived in and it just broke my heart.

I always thought that the dogs from the pet store were strays or came from breeders but I didn't know about the horrors of puppy mills.

Oprah was a mess throughout the whole show. Her beloved dog Sophie just died and they aired a tribute to Sophie. As I watch, I knew a lot of folks in America were rolling their eyes at this, but you could see the love she had for that dog and it was sad to watch the tears stream down her face. If you even lost anyone or any animal you loved, you could feel her pain.

Lisa Ling who seems to be working solely for Oprah now, did an undercover investigation on the PMs and it was terrible what we saw. The saddest thing was one dog had been chained for so long, that the chain had embedded itself to its neck and hair was growing through it!

Another sad thing was watching dogs and cats being put down at the Fort Worth Texas Humane Society. They kept a list of why animals were put to sleep and it included things such as feral behavior and anti-social behavior. The guy who was explaining why was clearly sad about this but realized it needed to be done because they don't have the room.

Oprah begged folks to have their animals spayed and neutering. I'm surprised that she didn't have Bob Barker on because he's been saying that for years.

While sad, I know that this ranks up there as one of "O"s best shows.

Am I still cool?

My friend Jump the Snark, Ani, David B, Rose W and a few others have been on my case again.

These folks are in my circle of coolness along with Leslie, Liz, Karla and Pat.

Practically ALL of them have been on my butt to jump on the "Battlestar" train. I don't know why, but I guess I'm NOT a true die hard Sci-fi person or something.

I mean I haven't even seen "Star Wars" and fell into "Star Trek" sheerly by accident. As I'm writing this, I'm wearing this cool T-shirt that my friends Rose and Jeff bought me when they went up to Long Beach to check out an exhibit.
So for those of you who missed BSG on Friday, here's a little gift for you above!