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American Idol - The AI special, held Sunday night, was featured on the U.S.S. Midway in San Diego. The Catalina Foothills High School marching band performed on the Midway last year on a special trip, but they aren't the only musicians to hit a high note on this retired military ship. Tons of yellow tickets were handed out, including one to actor Jim Carrey's daughter!
The show returned on Wednesday in gorgeous Aspen and the golden tickets were flying there too. I love the singers who don't conform to the pop music model who take already beautiful songs and make them unique. Luckily, Aspen had no shortage of that.
Glee wasn't on this week as many primetime networks halted their big Tuesday-night shows for the State of the Union speech, knowing they wouldn't get as many viewers. Next week the show's theme is Michael Jackson, as the kids do a tribute to the late King of Pop.
Two new Fox shoes have caught my attention recently: Alcatraz and The Finder. Both are crime dramas, but with completely different directions.
Alcatraz follows a young, blonde, clichéd policewoman who becomes part of a secret organization dedicated to finding Alcatraz escapees. Now, for those who aren't familiar, Alcatraz was a top-security prison located off the coast of San Fransisco in shark-infested waters. The prison held the worst of the worst and, according to the show's creator, J.J. Abrams, the prisoners mysteriously disappeared before the prison was shut down. Now they're reappearing and it's the responsibility of the forgettable detective and her sidekick, Lost's Jorge Garcia, to find them. It's a little dry, in my opinion.
The Finder, an infinitely more likeable show, is part Psych and part Bones. The main character, a quirky ex-soldier turned private eye, is endearing and the supporting cast is fun and inviting. The eccentric-genius-and-serious-but-attractive-cop romance is a cliché in the crime comedy/drama world, this show included, but the characters make me want to watch their inevitably rocky courtship. There's just something fresh about it. I'm excited to see more.
(Editor's Note: Allison Childress is a student at Catalina Foothills High School.)
American Idol- The biggest thing on TV this week was the much anticipated season 11 premiere this week. The auditions, which took place in Georgia and Pittsburgh were marked by a surprising amount of fantastic singers.
The usual auditions have a surplus of tone-deaf hopefuls, but at least the first two cities had people who could sing. Most came with stories of overcoming the odds, most notably the last performer in Pittsburgh, who had attempted suicide, and a woman who lived in a tent from the Savannah auditions.
Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson have already shown their weakness for pretty girls, letting through an NBA cheerleader, and awkwardly somewhat inappropriately complementing a 15-year-old girl in front
of her father. There were some crazies, a girl planked, people screamed at the cameras, but nothing nearly as insane as some of the past seasons. Hopefully, we can get a few memorable moments in before the auditions are over.
Coming up, Ido takes auditions to an aircraft carrier in San Diego for Sunday night's show.
In Modern Family news, Claire has a debate with the town council and
the glorious Internet auto-tunes it... in a very interesting way. Gloria and Jay's dog might be suicidal..... and again, Modern Family hasn't been that great. Here's hoping this season gets better.
Dance Moms- Cathy, the rival dance instructor, returns! In this dramatic episode, Cathy cheats to beat the Abby Lee girls, and their apple themed dance number. Kendall, the newbie, struggles to keep up, which leads me to believe she wont last.
I can't wait for more of this addicting show!
January is the season of shows returning from mid-season hiatuses and season premieres. These are a few of my favorite:
Dance Moms- Finally! The Season 2 premiere of the controversial and addicting Lifetime phenomenon! The series follows the ‘Toddlers & Tiaras' path, going for shock value while chronicling the lives of a group of pre-pubescent, yet extraordinary dancers and their mothers. This season kicks off with the introduction of a new girl, Kendall. Will she fit in? Can she match the other girls in talent? Will her overbearing mother stir up trouble? They know how to keep us hooked.
Grey's Anatomy- The show, now in the second half of it's second season, returns with an emotional follow-up to the mid-season premiere. Conjoined twins, Teddy grieving her late husband, lots (I mean LOTS) of crying- what more can you ask of the dramatic doctors of Seattle Grace Hospital?
30 Rock- The Rapture is upon us and weird things are happening at TGS. Liz Lemon is apparently on drugs, Jenna is killing children's dreams on an American Idol parody show, and Jack has a heart... for a while, anyways. It's not the best work 30 Rock has done, but its not bad.
Modern Family- Phil, the metro-sexual realtor, tries to put on a big seminar for first-time homeowners and enlists the help of Gloria, his step-mother-in-law. Claire, Phil's competitive wife, and her dad, Gloria's Husband, compete through their children in an egg-dropping project for school. The constant reminders of the importance of family are this episodes only redeeming trait. I'm a big Modern Family fan, but this was one of the weaker episodes.
Stay tuned for next week.