Um, wow. That's really about all I can muster after watching the first part of the three part "The Real Housewives of Jersey Shore" reunion, which is so far beyond crazy that I almost expected it to end in a spray of bullets or a cult suicide. With everyone so completely past sane, the unfortunate side effect is that there's almost no one to side with without feeling a little crazy yourself. Let's face it -- when Teresa seems relatively balanced, you know the situation is dire.
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"666 Park Avenue" is one of this week's new shows I didn't write a review of. As I said on Thursday's podcast, campy gothic horror/soap opera isn't generally my kind of show, and this one's not so well-done to transcend my disinterest. Of course, I'm also not a fan of either "Once Upon a Time" or "Revenge," the two ABC shows this one is kind of mashing up, but I know many of you are. (And FWIW, Fienberg liked "666 Park," while Liane was mixed.)
So for those of you who tuned into "666 Park," what did you think? Were Terry O'Quinn and Vanessa Williams chewing up enough scenery for you? Did you like Rachael Taylor and Dave Annable, or find them too naive to care about? Did you find the show creepy or just goofy? And will you watch again?
Have at it.
I posted my review of the new season of "Dexter" yesterday. Now it's your turn. Given the unhappiness so many "Dexter" fans had with the last season (if not the last two, or even three of the last four), were you satisfied enough with how the show dealt with the Deb/Dexter cliffhanger to put those bad feelings aside? Or are you always going to feel skeptical about the show from here until the end? Is anyone done with the show now, and/or has anyone been roped back in after giving up, like I was? Have at it.
My Sunday plate's too full to put "Dexter" back into the rotation, but I'll definitely be back to discuss the season after the finale, and possibly once or twice in between if something notable happens.
A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I can find an insult in a bed of roses...
So, after waiting all summer for "Once Upon A Time" to return to the air, fans of the show were rubbing their hands together in glee at what seemed like an inevitable plot payoff on tonight's season premiere. When we left the show, the curse over Storybrooke had been lifted, and all our fairy tale favorites were no longer blinded to their true selves -- or evil queen Regina (Lana Parrilla)'s role in that unpleasantness. So yeah, she's gonna get her what for and how, right? Well, kind of.
Given that “666 Park Avenue” is centered on such a fundamentally monochrome battle of good versus evil (The demon’s sneaky emissaries! Pitiful, weak-willed humans!), it seems downright wrong to feel wishy-washy about the show. In the pilot, it doesn’t seem as if our main foursome has much tolerance for shades of grey, and I’m not talking about the book.
1. Lil Wayne: Weezy surpasses Elvis Presley for the most appearances by any artist on the Billboard Hot 100 (there are caveats galore here). We can’t wait to hear Lil Wayne’s version of “Love Me Tender.”
2. Mumford & Sons: The British folk rock group will take “Babel” to the top of the Billboard 200 next week with the highest first-week sales of the year. If you stacked up 600,000 CDs, would they be as high as the Tower of Babel?
3. Katy Perry: Billboard names the California Gurl its Woman of the Year.
4. George Strait: Country’s King George announces that he will retire from touring in 2014. He’ll always be king of our hearts, just no longer king of the road.
5. Reba McEntire: After hosting the Academy of Country Music Awards consecutively since 1999 (and for the last two with Blake Shelton), the legendary country artist hangs up her hosting shingle.
6. Sony /ATV: Apple may seem unstoppable, but it would appear that’s not the case: According to several published reports, the world’s largest music publisher, Sony/ATV, halted Apple in its tracks from introducing its streaming service via the iPhone 5 after they couldn’t agree on a rate schedule.
7. Lyor Cohen: Warner Music Group’s gruff and tough chairman/CEO steps down to reportedly start his own talent management firm. Good luck to the labels who will now deal with him on the opposite side of the negotiations table.
8. Universal Music Group: UMG completes its $1.9 billion purchase of EMI after more than a year vetting by various territory’s regulatory commissions. Wait... we’re still haven’t heard from Lichtenstein.
9. The Beatles: The newly remastered Beatles albums will come out on vinyl for their first time in November. Let the magical mystery tour begin anew.
10. Jay-Z: He kicked off the first of his 8-night residency at Brooklyn’s brand new Barclays Center on Friday night. SInce he’s a minority investor in the arena, it’s the same thing as a house gig, right?