Primetime Update

Week of September 12, 2004

WHAT’S NEW ON PRIMETIME

AMAZING RACE – Wednesdays – 9pm on CTV

I’m very mad about the way this show is progressing. We’re down to four teams, and there’s still another non-elimination point in the race. Last week Brandon and Nicole were excused from not being able to shave their precious religious heads.

This week, however, the highlight was Chip’s mistake of not yielding the twins, and then his scramble to complete the tasks to avoid being last. Activities included sledging down a turbulent river with small waterfalls, digging in a boiling mud hole for clues, and inflating a huge beach ball, called a zorb, and rolling down a hill inside of it. There’s no more huge fights, or confrontations. The teams respect each other.

This week’s order of arrival:
1. Colin/Christie; 2. Linda/Karen; 3. Brandon/Nicole (who started this leg with no money); 4. Chip/Kim

Finally an elimination round, Kami and Karli were sent packing.

THE TEAMS:
Brandon/Nicole – 25/21 – Actor/Model – Dating
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
Linda/Karen – 45/41 – Mother, tennis teacher / mother, homemaker – Best Friends

WHO’S BEEN ELIMINATED?
Dennis/Erika – 27/25 – Mortgage broker/wedding planner – Once Engaged
Jim/Marsha – 53/26 – Helicopter Pilot/Law Student – Father/Daughter
Alison/Donny – 23/21 – Unemployed/Student -Alison was on Big Brother 4 – Dating
Bob/Joyce – 61/54 – Retired/Medical Practice Administration – Internet Dating Couple
Marshall/Lance – 31/26 – Restaurant Owner/Restaurant Owner – Brothers/ Restaurant Owner
Charla (dwarf)/Mirna – 27/27 – Store Manager/Lawyer – Cousins
Kami/Karli – 26/26 – Café Manager/Student – Twins

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

Last Saturday an emergency HOH competition was held, and immediately Marvin was evicted from the house. Afterward, Nakomis was again granted HOH.

On the block: Drew and Michael. The boys, along with Drew’s bedmate Diane, plotted against the Nakomis/Karen alliance and joined forces to allow Diane the power of veto. As a result she takes Drew off the block, leaving Nakomis with the only action of replacing him with Karen. Since Drew and Diane were the only ones to vote, Karen was evicted. After the eviction, Drew won the HOH competition and on Saturday nominated Nakomis and Diane for eviction.

Find out who will be in the final three, and who will decide who’s coming with them this Tuesday and Thursday on Big Brother.

PROJECT DNA: Nothing new. Show is actually getting kind of boring.

MEET THE HOUSEGUESTS
Diane (22) – Cocktail Waitress from Burlington, KY. Single
Drew (22) – Recent College Graduate from Urbana, OH. Single
Jennifer (21) – Restaurant Hostess from San Antonio, TX. Single
Michael (23) – Security Officer from Durant, OK. Engaged dad.

EVICTED
1. Mike (41) – Commercial Painter from Eastpointe, MI. Single dad.
2. Lori (26) – Yoga Instructor from Boston, MA. Single
3. Holly (20s) – Model from Los Angeles, CA. Single
4. Scott (26) – Sales Representative from Pittsburgh, PA. Single.
5. Jase (28) – Volunteer Firefighter from Decatur, IL. Single
6. Will (26) – Registered nurse from Tupelo, MS. Single, gay.
7. Natalie TWIN 2 (30) – Birmingham, AL
8. Adria TWIN 1 (30) – Web Designer from Birmingham, AL. Married
9. Marvin (36) – Mortician from Conway, SC. Single
10. Karen (30) – Portrait Artist from Saddle Brook, NJ. Married

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 judges chose the songs. The idols all got the chance to perform two. All of the idols did exceptionally well. Like last week, I didn’t vote because I wasn’t sure whom I liked best.

Theresa Sokyrka – “What the World Needs Now” and “Ready for Love”
Kalan Porter – “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “Nature Boy”
Jacob Hoggard -“If You Don’t Know Me By Now” and “I Want You to Want Me”

People Canada Already Sent Home:
Jason Greely, Shane Wiebe, Kaleb Simmonds, Elena Juatco, Joshua Seller, Manoah Hartman, Brandy Callahan

Who went home? Jacob Hoggard

The judges especially Zack, were mad to see Jacob leave. Zack has said multiple times that Jacob is the only competitor ready to put out an album and entertain the world. I like Jacob a lot, but at the same time I can appreciate that not everyone enjoys him the way I do.

THE APPRENTICE 2 Thursday, Sept. 9th, 2004

If you didn’t watch this show last season, you should have. It was more entertaining that Survivor, and much more intelligent. Basically, we start with 18 men and women (living in luxurious Trump Tower) who are divided by sex into two teams. Each week Donald Trump gives them business activities to perform, and the team who is less successful must go to Trump’s boardroom, where the man himself will fire the weakest member of the team.

Each week, the teams elect a project manager (who, if the team wins, will be exempt from being fired the following week) who will lead them through the activities. On Trump’s panel are Carolyn Kepture and George Ross, who will observe the team’s efforts and help Trump to make major decisions.

Right away, each team must permanently give up one member to the opposing team. This person must act as the first project manager for the team of the opposite sex. For the men, Bradford immediately steps up to lead the women. Pamela (the really tall blond Cruella DeVille type chick) steps up.

That being said, let’s meet this season’s teams (names in bold are the project managers):

Mosaic
Andy (23) – Recent Harvard Graduate (nationally ranked debater)
Chris (30) – Stockbroker
John (24) – Marketing Director
Kelly (37) – Software Executive
Kevin (29) – Law Student
Pamela (32) – Investment Firm Partner
Raj (28) – Real Estate Developer (guy in red pants)
Rob (32) – Corporate Branding Salesman (Crustacean Nation)
Wes (28) – Private Wealth Manager

Apex Corp.
Bradford (33) – Attorney

Elizabeth (31) – Consulting Firm Owner
Ivana (28) – Venture Capitalist
Jennifer C (31) – Real Estate Agent
Jennifer M (30) – Attorney
Maria (31) – Marketing Executive
Sandy (28) – Bridal Salon Owner
Stacie J (35) – Restaurateur
Stacy R (26) – Attorney

The Task: Each Team must develop a brand new toy for Mattel, and present it to a panel of Mattel’s top executives. The team that creates the most marketable toy, judged by Mattel’s panel, wins the challenge.

The women are upset at Bradford’s arrogance. Instead of putting ideas to a vote, Bradford tries to use his own idea, disregarding those of the rest of the team. Maria expresses her desire to strangle him. In the end, however, Mattel’s design team rejects the “football guy” idea.

Later, Stacey J. freaks out that no one will pay attention to her silly 8-ball insistence. Her paranoia pushes her to confront some of the others. Then she tells everyone that she thinks they won and insists that they should just go claim their prize. The rest of the team responds negatively to Stacey’s lack of self-control and some insist that she must be fired.

When Mosaic goes into the focus group (with the kids) Pamela criticizes a kid’s haircut. Carolyn (Trump’s colleague) was in the same room and seemed agitated with the lack of professionalism.

The final projects: Mosaic: plastic figurines called “Crustacean Nation” that are different animals that have morphed from different kinds of sea creatures. The panel tells them that their line of action figures was a little bit old.
Apex: A remote control car, called the Metamorpher, which has all kinds of removable and interchangeable parts. The panel really enjoyed the novelty of the cars.

The clear-cut winner is Apex. They win dinner with Donald Trump himself, in his home. Mosaic will go to the boardroom.

The Boardroom: George and Carolyn criticize the team’s inability to relate to male children, as well as Pamela’s criticism of the children’s appearance. The general consensus is that Pamela and Rob are responsible for the team’s failure. Pamela is given the choice of two, or three, people to bring back into the boardroom with her. Instead of jeopardizing a fourth person, Pamela decides to hold Rob and Andy partially responsible for the team’s loss. Pamela is criticized for her edge, Rob is criticized for his lack of contribution, and Andy is criticized (by Pamela) for his lack of experience. In the end, however, Trump decides to cut the useless fat and fires Rob.

Next Week: In another 90-minute episode, Stacey becomes a loose canon and teams must create a brand new flavor of ice cream, and in the boardroom Trump calls someone stupid.

FATHER OF THE PRIDE Wednesdays

This show is absolutely hilarious. I won’t be doing any updates on it, but do watch it if you have the time. It’s a great laugh. It’s a cartoon about a lion named Larry (the voice of John Goodman), who is the star of a magic show. The basic story line involves his ability to overcome obstacles on his way to stardom. Other characters involve a variety of animals as well as cartoon depictions of Siegfried and Roy. The setting is in Las Vegas, where the animals act similar to humans (always a riot).

JOEY Thursday, Sept. 9th, 2004

I wasn’t overwhelmed by this show, but it was all rright. Joey, of Friends fame, moves to L.A. where his sister (Drea DeMatteo of the Sopranos) has found him an apartment with a “view” of the Hollywood sign. Joey gets a new agent who gets him auditions for a cop show, an entertainment TV show, and a show called Nurses (which goes big time after Joey turns it down). The second plot line involves Joey’s sister Gina and her son Michael. Michael is in his twenties, has graduated from university and works as a rocket scientist, but is still living with his mother. When he and Joey spend some time together, Michael insists that Joey should let him move in, to get away from his mother. A lot of the action centers on getting Gina to agree that it’s all right. I won’t be doing updates on this show.

LAST COMIC STANDING: BATTLE OF THE BEST Tuesday, Sept 7th, 2004

I won’t be doing updates on this show either, but I will be watching. The reason is that there’s not much to tell. It’s a very entertaining piece of work, and I do recommend watching. Basically, the comics from season one and season two compete against each other. Each week the houses choose four comics, at the end of the show the viewers vote on the favorites and the next week the comics with the least amount of votes are dismissed (one from each house). Definitely take a peek, though.

NEW SHOWS STARTING THIS MONTH
Survivor: Vanuatu – Thursday, Sept. 16th 2004 (Probably 9pm)

If there are any other shows you want updates on, or any comments you wish to make, please email me at abaldwin@shaw.ca!

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