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Big Brother 11: Power of Veto #4

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Aug 5th 2009 1:15AM
Russell is the head of household this week in the Big Brother 11 house

(S11E12) This week in the Big Brother 11 house, it's all about fractioning the factions. As is typical, it's already a house divided. So, for fun ... let's divide it twice more! Oh, heck. Go for thrice-divided. Even with a scorecard, it's hard to tell who's on first. Therefore, I think we need advanced mathematical equations. The show is often about lying and backstabbing, but it's generally a bit more predictable than this. This time we're talking crossing party lines.

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Big Brother 11: HoH #4 conclusion, Nominations #4

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Aug 3rd 2009 2:48AM
Jeff goes for the win in the HoH comp on Big Brother

(S11E11) When we last left our Big Brother 11 hamsters, they were vying for head of household in a twisted graduation-themed masochistic amusement ride scenario. Why graduation? Well, it's the end of the cliques, and they're all solo players in the game. Folks like Natalie are feeling very vulnerable. After all, what game has that girl got other than being Jessie's pit bull? Jeff has his worries, too. While being a part of the athlete clique, he never really was a part of the group. We're finally into some strategy other than the bullies with a head-start advantage ruling the game. Good.

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Big Brother 11: Live Eviction #3, HoH #4

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Jul 31st 2009 9:30AM
Jessie nears the end of his HOH reign on Big Brother 11

(S11E10) Regrets, he may have a few, but there's no way he won't brag of his second head of household reign in the Big Brother 11 house. Julie Chen, the beloved ChenBot, might regret saying lines like "it's the banana's final appeal." That was about Casey, a man in a banana suit for the week, nominated for eviction. As much of a groaner as Julie's line was, this show certainly had a few more interesting ones.

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Big Brother 11: Power of Veto #3

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Jul 29th 2009 9:30AM
Casey in a cheap banana suit on Big Brother

(S11E09) I understand that we're in troubling economic times. I realize that budget cuts are affecting many companies. But really, Big Brother. We are talking the national television level here. Are there cutbacks in the creativity arena? The idea of a banana costume unrelated to anything specific is in and of itself a bit odd. But, such a cheap unisex half-costume takes the step to badly bizarre. I mean, it gives Casey yellow man-boobs. I don't blame him for being an angry banana man.

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Big Brother 11: Nominations #3

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Jul 26th 2009 11:48PM
Natalie thinks she has Jessie in her pocket on Big Brother 11

(S11E08) So, who's the head of household this week in the Big Brother 11 house? Jessie, you say? Well, as is typical for the pinheaded overly-muscled narcissist, he's not really calling the shots. He never does when he's HoH. The last time, it was Russell. This time, it's Natalie. Sure, Jessie thinks he's in charge. He thinks he's only looking out for himself in the game. But he needs to remember that his advisory staff has their own agenda.

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Big Brother 11: Live Eviction #2, HoH #3

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Jul 24th 2009 12:19AM
Kevin is almost invisible in the Big Brother 11 house

(S11E07) This is Kevin. He's in the Big Brother 11 house. With the exception of the occasional dramatic diary room session, you might not even realize he's there. While the more outspoken folks earn both friends and enemies, Kevin just kind of oozes along beside his off-beat clique pal Lydia. He lets Lydia do confrontation. He's all but invisible amongst the more vocal characters in the house. Is it a plan? Is he the one we should watch for the win?

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Big Brother 11: Power of Veto #2

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Jul 22nd 2009 12:12AM
Ronnie thinks he's the supreme gamer in the Big Brother 11 house

(S11E06) In the Big Brother 11 house, Ronnie is the boy who thought he would be king. He's the supreme gamer. He's the debate champion. He is the mega-fan who can recite the order of every eliminated house guest on the show throughout the seasons. He's in the brains clique. It's like this guy should have been declared the winner the first night and spared us the summer. I mean, no one in his shoes can screw this all to heck and back ... can they?

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Big Brother 11: Live Eviction #1, HoH #2

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Jul 17th 2009 12:20AM
Jeff is a Big Brother 11 hamster

(S11E04) Is it just me or does Jeff from Big Brother 11 have a real Jason Bateman thing going on? Of course, Jason Bateman has too much sense to go into the house of hamsters. But then again, this season with its high school theme could be a case of Arrested Development, right? I'm just talking in circles until we get off the main page just in case you haven't seen the show yet. Read on!

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The Emmy Nominations

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 16th 2009 9:05AM
EmmyThe Emmy Award nominees were announced this morning, and with the help of a lot of caffeine and my DVR, I managed to catch the announcement. Here are the nominees in the major categories, with some comment on who was nominated and who was neglected.

If you notice, the major categories have more nominees starting this year.

Outstanding Drama

Mad Men
Big Love
Breaking Bad


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Big Brother 11: Power of Veto #1

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Jul 15th 2009 1:03AM
Lydia takes a nap at the Big Brother 11 house

When we last left the new hamsters in the Big Brother 11 house, not-so-beloved returnee Jessie had automatically assumed the position of head of household. Now, I didn't want to see him return to the show. But for him to return and be in a position of power? Egads! Yes, I said "egads." It just seemed fitting for the situation. Tonight's show proved that Jessie is easily steered. You just have to handle him right ... he's not all that bright.

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Big Brother 11: Nominations #1

by Jackie Schnoop, posted Jul 12th 2009 10:50PM
Braden from Big Brother 11 is kind of out there, dude

(S11E02) Tonight's episode of Big Brother 11 was technically the nominations show. However, in true Big Brother fashion, it was full of fodder. It was during the fodder moments that I decided that surfer dude Braden isn't quite on the same plane as most of us. He just doesn't make sense! It's kind of like he wants to be the Ben Wade of the Big Brother house with spiritual philosophical mumbo-jumbo. But in reality, I fear he's just an eye-candy space cadet.

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Bret Michaels loses one round fight with Tony Awards set

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jun 8th 2009 6:26PM
Bret Michaels was hit in the face with stage scenery at Sunday's Tony Awards.Rock of Love star Bret Michaels ran smack into a descending piece of stage scenery at Sunday night's Tony Awards, going down for the count with multiple injuries.

You can watch the video here, or just watch after the jump. If you're not a fan of Michaels, his band (Poison) or his "looking for romance" reality show, you should resist the urge to watch it about 10 times while giggling. It's wrong to laugh at another person's misfortune. This reporter would certainly never dream of enjoying something like this.

MIchaels' injuries include a broken nose and three stitches in his lip. He had a CAT scan today as a precaution s he has an old neck injury. No word what effect the impact had on his permanent make-up.

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Strangeness in the Saturn Award nominations

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 11th 2009 1:51PM
awardThe nominations for the Saturn Awards came out and as Claude Rains in Casablanca said, "Round up the usual suspects." Lost lead the pack with 11 nominations, six for Heroes, and four each for Battlestar Galactica and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Newbie sci-fi/horror like Fringe and True Blood also received nominations, as well as the outre Dexter, Life on Mars, Jericho and The Ghost Whisperer.

All those make sense to me. However, why did the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror films choose to nominate Bryan Cranston for Breaking Bad and Kyra Sedgwick for The Closer, as Best TV actor and actress, respectively?

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Reflecting on the Golden Globe TV noms

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 11th 2008 10:33AM
GlobeOne of the biggest victims in last year's Writers Guild strike was the Golden Globe awards. Fortunately, the SAG threats of a strike remain just that -- threats -- so the Globes are on and the nominations were announced this morning.

Unfortunately, there were few surprises among the TV noms. In fact, it's kind of worrisome that these nominations are way too similar to the Emmy nominations. Among the new network shows from this season, and last, very little.

NBC will broadcast the Golden Globes on January 11. For the complete list of the Globe noms, click here, and for some instant impressions on said noms, read on after the jump:

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No home for the Daytime Emmys?

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 19th 2008 9:03AM
EmmyThere's a real problem brewing for the Daytime Emmys. The annual broadcast which has been switching off from year to year between ABC and CBS, may not make it to prime time because CBS has decided to skip its turn...and ABC is not ready to step up and take on the award show.

To some this is simply a symptom of the decline of interest in daytime dramas, which dominate the awards. If you check out my post from last year's show, my assessment is not that the broadcast is the problem, but rather it's the nominations. There are too many repeat winners, too many actors who are overlooked in the nominating process, and too much sameness. The Daytime Emmys problem starts with the awards, not the show.

Still, what about the foreseeable future and the 2009 awards -- will they be shown on TV?

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