12/06/13 The Feed
SEASON PREMIERE The Sing Off, 9 p.m., NBC
Did you know The Sing Off is a show in which 10 a capella acts do really cool versions of popular songs — or that it's been on the air for four years? Yeah, neither did we. The only thing we vaguely recall about this singing competition last time it was on is that Nick Lachey was involved. He's back as host for tonight's two-hour premiere, but this time the new (and honestly, only recognizable) judge is Jewel. Good for her, still finding ways to be employed in the music industry. The show's having a limited run that ends Dec. 23, so tune in soon to see such cleverly titled groups as acoUstiKats, the Filharmonic and VoicePlay (who got their start in Orlando!)....
The first sign that Thursday’s Scandal would go teetering off its precarious perch into the abyss of absurdity is the title of the episode: YOLO. As in, YOLO Quinn, so make sure Huck doesn't kill you! (Or lick your face again, eeesh). Or YOLO vice pres, better kill your secretly gay philandering husband before your secrets come out!...
Against our better judgment, we watched the three-hour live staging of The Sound of Music on NBC Thursday night. Like most things on NBC these days, it was kind of a train wreck. Unlike most things on NBC, we couldn’t stop watching. Here are five reasons why.
UPDATE: Apparently you couldn't stop watching either; early Nielsens ratings show that a whopping 18.5 million viewers watched The Sound of Music Live, averaging a 4.6 rating among adults 18-49. It was easily the most-watched program of the night....
AMC announced today that the network will host a Breaking Bad marathon at the end of this month, airing all five seasons of the masterful Emmy-winning drama. Bring on the bingeing! Starting at 11 a.m. each day, the episodes will run Dec. 27-30. (And yes, if you must know, there’s also a two-day marathon of The Walking Dead starting Dec. 31, but as a Dead hater, I can’t talk about those two shows in the same breath and feel good about myself.)...
12/05/13 Food & Dining
We're in the heat of the holiday season, so we know you're going to be putting in overtime in your kitchen for the next few weeks.
But if you're looking to ease up your workload, we suggest you order dessert. We found some great Tampa Bay bakeries whipping up delicious cakes, pies and candy confections that'll make you wonder why you ever fussed with dessert in the first place.
Toffee To Go in Tampa was just named one of Oprah's Favorite Things in the December issue of O Magazine. Lisa and Jim Schalk are taking the adage "quality, not quantity" to heart, offering three different toffee flavors. But you don't need any more choices when the toffee's this good....
In this week's Play Tampa Bay, Michelle and Katie found some great Tampa Bay bakeries that are whipping up delicious pies, cakes and candy confections for the holiday season. If you're going to be putting in overtime in the kitchen the next few weeks, why not order dessert to ease up on your workload? Details on those places are below, and for more things to do this week, go to tampabay.com/things-to-do ...
It's time for this week's top TV picks, including A Charlie Brown Christmas (who can resist that sad, little tree?), SNL Christmas and a live version of The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood (yeah, we don't get it either). Click here for the full list!
When can you see the Grinch? How about A Charlie Brown Christmas? We've got you covered. Click here for the list of holiday TV specials, including everything from It's a Wonderful Life to Frosty the Snowman to National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation....
11/27/13 The Feed
A Charlie Brown Christmas, 8 p.m., ABC
Vince Guaraldi's jazzy score. That scrawny little tree. Linus' speech. The existential crises of Charlie Brown. The most infectious dance sequence ever to appear on television. Who can resist this Peanuts classic?
CMA Country Christmas, 9 p.m., ABC
Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles hosts this special for the fourth time, featuring a bunch of country stars performing holiday songs and sharing their traditions. Stars like Hunter Hayes, Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow, Kellie Pickler and Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson. Because what's a singing special without someone from the cast of Duck Dynasty?...
11/27/13 The Feed
Hallmark Hall of Fame: Christmas in Conway, 9 p.m. Sunday, ABC
Now this is what the holidays are all about. Somehow, the great Andy Garcia and Weeds' Mary-Louise Parker (who'd we watch in literally anything) agreed to do this cheese-tastic holiday movie making its television debut. And boy is it already in the running for our favorite Hallmark movie of the year. The premise? Parker's character has some sort of awful illness that leaves her weak and bed-ridden, so her husband Duncan (Garcia) decides to build a Ferris wheel in their back yard for Christmas to rekindle memories of their youth. Mandy Moore brings that A Walk to Remember charm as Parker's caretaker, and Cheri Oteri of Saturday Night Live fame is saddled with a comic (we use that term lightly) relief role as the nosy neighbor. The whole thing is so incredibly sappy we might lose our lunch, but, you know, in a really good way!...
So, Miley Cyrus performed on an awards show last night. And it was interesting. What'd you expect?
Miley showed up in barely any clothes, natch, to close out the American Music Awards on Sunday with her hit Wrecking Ball. The weird part? She performed with a giant cat floating onscreen behind her. On a scale of Miley weirdness, we give it a 4 out of 10.
We do wish Miley would tone down the antics a bit because, even though she doesn't have the best voice, she always sounds pretty great on this song, and we thought she gave a typically good vocal performance last night. Watch the video below. (Plus, come on, Wrecking Ball is unbelievably catchy!)...
This week for our top TV picks, it's all about Thaksgiving, especially the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Where else can you see the Big Apple Circus, Jimmy Fallon, Joan Jett, the cast of Sesame Street and host Matt Lauer's fledging beard in the same event? And don't forget about the Peanuts' Thanksgiving special and, yes, even the Grinch makes an appearance. Next Sunday is Dec. 1, after all....
We knew something was off during this season of Dancing With the Stars when cancer patient Valerie Harper, a contestant right in this show’s emotional wheelhouse, was voted off way back in October during week four.
But we didn’t know that this would go on to be one of the weakest, most boring seasons this show has had.
So what’s the problem?
The biggest issue this season doesn’t seem to fall with the show, but with the voting audience. Lots of people who were actual good dancers left far too early. Major contenders Brant Daugherty and Elizabeth Berkley (who easily could have won the whole thing) were inexplicably voted off in recent eliminations. And you might not like Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, but she did not deserve to leave the competition weeks before so-so dancer Leah Remini....
I'm a fervent Miley supporter (okay, maybe a little less tongue, girl) but even I think this is excessive: MTV is handing the network over to the entertainer for eight hours Saturday to celebrate her 21st birthday.
Miley and her new bleached eyebrows will host the festivities, natch, which start at noon with the debut of 21 Candles: Miley’s MTV Moments. The special will celebrate the 21 reasons why fans loves Miley, and feature celebrities and fans giving birthday shout-outs. Cyrus will appear throughout the special to reflect on her career and what’s to come in her 21st year....
11/22/13 The Feed
The Voice, 8 p.m., NBC
The Voice is having its best season ever. Why? At least half of the Top 8 artists remaining deserve to win; the best singers have been kept around by America's votes and the lackluster ones have gone home (with the exception of the rockin' Kat Robichaud, who left last week and will be very missed); and one judge's chair is now home to the Sexiest Man Alive (Adam Levine, of course. Who'd you think we were talking about? Blake Shelton?). ...