Primetime Update

Week of July 30, 2004


AMAZING RACE – Wednesdays – 9pm on CTV

Last week, Jim and Marsha made an early mistake, which caused their elimination.

This week, teams depart in the middle of the night and head for a bus station where they must purchase tickets. Mirna butts in when Colin is talking to the only person in the building. On their way to the bus stop, Chip and Kim get lost, but in the end, all teams arrive before the ticket counter opens. Colin finds out that a second bus leaves three hours after the first bus, but because of fewer stops, arrives at the same time. This second bus also has more comfortable seats.

While waiting in the line absolutely everyone argues with someone, but the most prominent talker is Mirna. Colin and Christie bought the last four sets of tickets on the second bus and gave them away to three other teams, to ensure that Charla and Mirna would not be permitted on their bus. Other passengers include Brandon/Nicole, Chip/Kim, and Marshall/Lance.

While waiting for their bus Colin/Christie visit a travel agency and pre-book the earliest airline tickets to St. Petersburg, Russia. Brandon and Nicole get on the next plane directly to St. Petersburg and Marshall/Lance and Chip/Kim travel to St. Petersburg on the third flight, but stop in Madrid. Kami/Karli team up with Linda/Karen on the fourth flight to arrive in Russia and end up on the same plane as Bob/Joyce. Bob and Joyce end up with an England connection before St. Petersburg, thus arriving later. Charla and Mirna make the mistake of booking standby tickets on an early flight, and end up being the last team to depart. However, their flight from Madrid to St. Petersburg also hosts Marshall/Lance, and Chip/Kim putting them on the third flight to arrive in St. Petersburg.

When they arrive at the Aurora in St. Petersburg teams encounter a Detour. Their choice: Block 5 shots (in hockey gear teams must defend a net from professional hockey players) or drink 1 shot (travel further to Anchikov Palace where they must drink one shot of vodka from a glass balanced on the edge of a sword). As Brandon and Nicole are very faithful, they opt to block 5 shots, whereas Colin and Christie quickly drink their vodka and hit the road. The other teams to defend the net are Charla/Mirna and Bob/Joyce, while Marshall/Lance (make the mistake of walking to the clue), Chip/Kim, Kami/Karli, Linda/Karen choose to drink some vodka.

After completing the Detour teams must find the bronze Monument of Peter the Great for next clue which leads them out of the City to Busheikin where they must find the Old Tower Restaurant. Here they encounter a Roadblock: One team member must eat one kg of caviar. Christie and Nicole have a lot of trouble getting the caviar down (Nicole says it is like swallowing a loogie). Chip downs it in ten minutes.

After completing the Roadblock, teams travel by horse drawn sleight to the Pit stop: Catherine’s Palace.
In order of arrival the teams are:
1. Chip/Kim
2. Colin/Christie
3. Marshall/Lance
4. Charla/Mirna
5. Brandon/Nicole
6. Linda/Karen
7. Kami/Karli

Despite that they’re the strongest and most in love couple I’ve ever seen in my life, Bob and Joyce are the last team to arrive at the pit stop, and are eliminated.


Brandon/Nicole – 25/21 – Actor/Model – Dating
Charla (midget)/Mirna – 27/27 – Store Manager/Lawyer – Cousins
Chip/Kim – 46/44 – Owner of Web Company/Owner of Recruit Company – Married parents
Colin/Christie – 24/26 – Cell phone store owner/pharmaceutical sales rep – Dating
Kami/Karli – 26/26 – CafĂ© Manager/Student – Twins
Linda/Karen – 45/41 – Mother, tennis teacher / mother, homemaker – Best Friends
Marshall/Lance – 31/26 – Restaurant Owner/Restaurant Owner – Brothers/ Restaurant Owner

Bob/Joyce – 61/54 – Retired/Medical Practice Administration – Internet Dating Couple
Dennis/Erika – 27/25 – Mortgage broker/wedding planner – Once Engaged
Alison/Donny – 23/21 – Unemployed/Student -Alison was on Big Brother 4 – Dating
Jim/Marsha – 53/26 – Helicopter Pilot/Law Student – Father/Daughter

BIG BROTHER 5 – Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays – 9pm on CBS

Last Saturday, Drew put Holly and Nakomis up on the block. On Tuesday, Nakomis won the power of veto and used it on herself. Afterwards, Drew put Adria up in her place. The four horsemen argued all week about what happened, and in the end it came down to almost unanimous, after Drew, Scott, and Michael saw Jase and Holly getting a little too close. On Thursday the vote was seven to one, Holly was evicted.

The HOH competition was a test of endurance – who could hold a button down the longest? The first five people to fail at the task selected a card off of a board, which determines the house’s groceries for the week. On Thursday we were left not knowing what was to happen.

On Saturday we found out that Diane won the HOH competition and immediately attacked the four horsemen, putting Scott and Jase up on the block.

See what happens with the power of Veto, on Tuesday, August 3rd at 9pm.

PROJECT DNA: This Thursday Adria and Natalie’s secret will be revealed to the house guests, provided no one finds out on their own first.

Adria (30) – Web Designer from Birmingham, AL. Married
Diane (22) – Cocktail Waitress from Burlington, KY. Single
Drew (22) – Recent College Graduate from Urbana, OH. Single
Jase (28) – Volunteer Firefighter from Decatur, IL. Single
Jennifer (21) – Restaurant Hostess from San Antonio, TX. Single
Karen (30) – Portrait Artist from Saddle Brook, NJ. Married
Marvin (36) – Mortician from Conway, SC. Single
Michael (23) – Security Officer from Durant, OK. Engaged dad.
Scott (26) – Sales Representative from Pittsburgh, PA. Single.
Will (26) – Registered nurse from Tupelo, MS. Single, gay.

Holly (20s) – Model from Los Angeles, CA. Single
Lori (26) – Yoga Instructor from Boston, MA. Single
Mike (41) – Commercial Painter from Eastpointe, MI. Single dad.

CANADIAN IDOL – Wednesdays, Thursdays – 9pm on CTV

The Top Ten: Each week we’ll review what song each finalist sang, what I thought (not that anyone cares), and what the judges thought.

This week the theme was Songs from Britain.

Jacob Hoggard -“Space Oddity”
This kid is outrageous. Dressed up in drag, with props and everything, he kept the judges entertained and definitely amused. He’ll be around for a while.
Theresa Sokyrka – “There’s a Kind of Hush”
This small town prairie girl is way too bland for my taste. If she added a little flavor she’d be a sensation. The judges warned her of the consequences of choosing the wrong song. If she doesn’t step up, she’ll be home in no time.
Kalan Porter – “House of the Rising Sun”
Kalan sang this song during his first audition for Canadian Idol. He’s cute, and has a great voice. His stage presence isn’t that of Jacob Hoggard, but he’s very talented. The judges agree.
Joshua Seller – “Where the Streets Have No Name”
This guy can sing, but he’s not the greatest looking one of the bunch, that’s for sure. I found that he relied too much on jumping up and down. The judges didn’t hate it, but I’m not sure they were really impressed either.
Kaleb Simmonds – “Tears in Heaven”
Too many riffs. He’s got a great voice, but he tries too hard. The judges, however, thought it was a soulful masterpiece. I think, he needs to have his eyes worked on – he looks like he’s ready to unleash a semi-automatic on the audience.
Jason Greely – “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting”
He’s still hot, and a great singer, but not amazing. He doesn’t connect with me the way Jacob and Kalan do. The judges defended his ability to portray who he is, and insisted to Judge Zack Werner that what he shows is what he is. They encouraged him to keep it up.
Elena Juatco – “The First Cut is the Deepest”
She missed quite a few notes. The judges were divided in half. I’m on the more negative side of their half. She’s got to go.
Shane Wiebe – “Something about the Way You Look Tonight”
He’s too bland for me too, but it was better than last week. The judges agreed. But that didn’t save him from the bottom three.
Manoah Hartman – “Sweet Dreams”
She sang worse than Marilyn Manson. The judges agreed and Canada sent her home to Regina.
Brandy Callahan

This weeks bottom three: Manoah Hartman, Kalan Porter, and Shane Wiebe.

Who went home? Manoah Hartman

FOR LOVE OR MONEY – Tuesdays – 10 pm

Didn’t watch it, but a reliable source informed me that Chris went home because of a lack of romantic chemistry. Also, Morgan exchanged cheques with Caleb. The new values are below. We’re left with the Final Four.

Caleb – Realtor, from Tempe, AZ – $1.00
David S. – Sales Representative, from Miami, FL – $1.00
Josh – Real Estate Project Manager, from Lake Tahoe, NV – $500,000.00
Morgan – Sales, from Chicago, IL – $1,000,000.00


Chris – Fitness Professional, from Tempe, AZ – $250,000.00
Alex – Industrial Engineer, from Omaha, NE – $500,000.00
Mike – Corporate Financial Sales, from Santa Monica, CA – $250,000.00
Rudy – Mortgage Broker, from Newburyport, MA – $1,000,000.00

LAST COMIC STANDING – Tuesday & Thursday, 9PM

On Tuesday there was a wild card show, where the first five comics kicked out of the game performed on stage and then the phone lines were opened up for Americans to vote for the funniest.

On Thursday America’s votes were revealed and Jay London returned to the finals.

This Tuesday, the Final Six square off in another live performance. Watch John, Gary, Kathleen, Tammy, Alonzo and Jay bring their best.

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