We thought Gary Busey would be the must-see drama on Celebrity Apprentice, not Dionne Warwick!
Last night, the chanteuse who didn't know the way to San Jose didn't know her way around playing well with others as the teams took on a camping-themed challenge. And while yes, there were some grand Busey-isms ("I can hear my toenails grow"), his unfocused but ultimately successful stint as project manager was nothing compared to the nasty doled out by Whitney Houston's cousin at the ladies' team leader, Niki Taylor. That is not what friends — psychic or otherwise — are for, Dionne.
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Question: What is up with Saturday Night Live? Who are all these people?? There are so many people in the cast that I simply can't connect to them. Back when SNL started, the Not Ready For Prime Time Players was a cast of 7 and you really "knew" them. You knew their characters, their skits, you looked forward to Roseanne Roseannadanna and Belushi's Samurai. Now with a cast of thousands (it seems), no one really cares. I, like so many others, watch the opening, fast-forward to the musical guest (maybe), watch the news, then erase. The best thing the PTB could do would be to trim the cast, keep the ones we really like (Wiig, Kenan, Samberg, Hader, Meyers) and start writing for them, not just writing to fill the time. — Deb
CBS's The Big Bang Theory is getting another visit from a real life scientific genius. Following guest appearances by Nobel Laureate astrophysicist George Smoot and Hayden Planetarium astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Columbia University physics professor Brian Greene will play himself in the sitcom's April 7episode, "The Herb Garden Germination."
It wasn't unanimous, but on Thursday night American Idol's bubbly Latina, Karen Rodriguez, was given her walking papers. Rodriguez, 21, is the second elimination from the Top 13, and once again, the judges decided not to use their one save to prevent her from going. But Rodriguez made everyone sit up and take notice when she was the only one chosen from some 33,000 online auditions to make it into the Top 24, and when she was able to skillfully blend English and Spanish in her performances of "Hero" and "Love Will Lead You Back." TV Guide Magazine spoke to the native New Yorker about her unique approach to Idol.
TV Guide Magazine: You sang in two languages, why?
Hell to the yes!
We lead off this week's rundown with congratulations to New Directions for winning Regionals, but more to the point, to Glee for finally giving us something to sing about again, delivering an overdue winner of an episode that reminds us why we fell in love with this musical-comedy-fantasy in the first place. Seeing an episode that gets so many things right, after so many recent episodes that felt perilously off-key, has me wondering if Glee wouldn't be better off producing on a cable schedule of fewer episodes per season, allowing for more polish and less thematic incoherence. A moot point, because corporate greed and the show's own popularity would never allow it.
Over its five seasons, HBO's Big Love masterfully divided story lines between its polygamous foursome — Bill (Bill Paxton), Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn), Nicki (Chloë Sevigny) and Margene (Ginnifer Goodwin). But cocreator Will Scheffer points out, "This is Jeanne's year. Barb has been utterly transcendent." Her journey, and all the reunited Henricksons' (Amanda Seyfried is back as daughter Sarah), comes to a close in Sunday's emotional series finale as Barb is finally able to embrace her life as an independent woman/wife/mother... and priesthood holder.
Last night's booted contestant, Karen Rodriguez, can take some comfort in the fact that on American Idol, you don't have to be the winner to sell records — and for very important people to sit up and take notice.
And that includes the producers of the show. For the first time in 10 seasons, Idol is including also-rans in its opening credits. Watch closely, because they go by quickly. Better yet, hit the pause button a couple of times if you record the show. Because what you'll see first is the electronic image of Season 1 winner, Kelly Clarkson, as expected. But then the very next image is that of the eighth season's runner-up, glam rocker Adam Lambert.
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