Last night on American Idol Crystal Bowersox wowed us yet again by taking on Gladys Knight & the Pips’ “Midnight Train to Georgia,” stepping out from behind the acoustic guitar to behind a piano and then stepping out from behind said piano. Despite what Simon said, it was lovely to see another side of her, because no matter the instrument or the shoes or the hair it was still quintessential Bowersox.
But, as my sister remind me, many of us (or just my sister and I) best know this classic tune as performed by Kirk Cameron and Tracey Gold on Growing Pains. Could it be that Bowersox grew up addicted to the show just like us? Will she put her own spin on “Show Me That Smile” during “Classic TV Themes Week? One can only hope and pray (although it seems that Chris Daughtry has beat her to it).
Just to tie a bow on yesterday’s John Stamos-Beach Boys-DWTS post, here’s last night’s surf rock medley, with Stamos performing not one, not two, but three instruments, and looking, in the words of my mother, adorable: [via Gawker.TV]
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Could this be a storyline for that long-awaited Full House reunion? Uncle Jesse goes on tour with his teen heartthrob twin sons Nicky and Alex? But the show is cut short when niece Stephanie goes into labor? How rude! Younger sister Michelle shows up at the hospital just in time, barreling into the waiting room exclaiming “I’m coming, I’m coming, I’m coming. I’m here!”? You got it, dude!
Also Gawker.TV did what I couldn’t do and found the classic clip of the Tanner clan joining The Beach Boys on stage for “Barbara Ann.” I hang my blog in shame.
And so ends the Full House portion of our week. Or does it?
I was watching Dancing with the Stars last night (which I had a perfectly good reason for doing, one that I won’t explain here), and learned that John Stamos would be performing on tonight’s episode with the Beach Boys! Stamos and the Boys together again, just like the late 80s! Stamos, as you might recall, for some reason, has often played with The Beach Boys over the years, and apparently frequently still tours with the group. You might also remember a little more clearly the song “Forever,” which was recorded with Stamos on vocals, but featured on Full House as the smash hit video from Uncle Jesse’s rock band, Jesse and the Rippers. I mean, how could you ever forget this:
Even though The Beach Boys weren’t properly credited on the sitcom as the real band behind “Forever,” they did make several appearances on the show, even bringing the whole Tanner clan on stage in the episode “Beach Boy Bingo,” and later engaging in a group hug in the family’s living room (only mere feet from where Uncle Joey slept in season 1).
We should also not forget that Stamos played the congas on that perennial summer jam “Kokomo.” I’m not sure that anyone, and I mean anyone, has ever rocked a pink tank top like Stamos in this video (nostalgia side story: a friend whose name I’ve long since forgotten and I performed this song for our summer day camp talent show. I must have been about 5 years old at the time, but I’m pretty sure we brought the house (elementary school gym) down).
And that is how I learned the geography of the Caribbean.
Ever since Seinfeld, opening title sequences have been getting shorter and shorter, culminating in the extreme minimalism of the LOST opening, which is no more than a word and a musical note, and is just about pitch perfect. But although they get a blue ribbon for their short, straight to the point title card, one whose brevity allows for maximum time to present questions they most likely won’t answer, fans seem to desire something more traditional, over the years creating mash-up credit sequences inspired by Growing Pains, The A-Team, Full House and Friends. But they all pale in comparison to this Saul Bass-style opening:
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New challenge: LOST in the key of My Two Dads. Any takers? Winner gets a case of Dharma fish biscuits.
I mistakenly thought that Tina Fey was hosting SNL this past weekend (so much so that I nearly flipped out on my DVR for failing to record the show). But I must have jumped the gun, as the show doesn’t return with host Fey and musical guest Justin Bieber until April 10 (and now that I can use the tag “Justin Bieber” my page views are sure to skyrocket. Thanks, SNL!), or maybe they re-ran the Fey-Carrie Underwood episode from February 2008. Either way, there was no new show this week.
But don’t fear, we’ll fill that vacuum. Instead of another edition of “What Up With That?”,we have Jumped the Snark hero Jason Sudeikis on Jimmy Fallon (an interview from earlier this month that, we admit, slipped through our cracks). Sudeikis’ alcohol drenched description of his hectic work schedule explains his relative absence from the recent Jude Law-helmedSNL, a deficiency that we noted here. Somehow everything this man says in hilarious. New sketch idea: Jason Sudeikis reads the classifieds. Could totally work.
If there was any justice in this (reality TV) world, last night’s American Idol would have been a double (and perhaps even triple) elimination, with at least Tim Urban joining Paige Miles on the way out the door, and with neither securing a spot on the Idol Summer tour. But at least with Tim on the tour the producers won’t have to worry about a shortage of crying, screeching 13-year old girls.
But since the only surprise last night was not who went home but who didn’t, we thought we’d take a look back at a true Idol elimination shocker, one of our favorite pieces of video in the history of video.
Love how Seacrest just slides it in there, like Hanks at the Oscars. It really seems like it takes a few seconds for everyone to realize what had happened, or perhaps they expected this to be one of Seacrest’s customary teases; “Chris, you are going home tonight…to get ready next week’s top 3 show!” But no, the journey was over, just like that.
And that, friends, is how you do an Idol elimination.
We we came home to an unexpected treat last night. No, not the Rangers-Islanders game broadcast in 3D (because who besides Future Marty McFly owns a 3D TV? (although, I guess future Marty McFly would now be Present Marty McFly, but that’s there not here)). We’re talking about a special Wednesday episode of Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains (moved up a night, as is the yearly tradition, to accommodate March Madness, or, as I think of it, Annual Exploitation of College Kids in Order to Line the Already Deep Pockets of Television Networks and Elite Universities While at the Same Time Deferring Attention From the Start of the Baseball Season Madness. Wow, two sports references in the first paragraph. We’ll stop, promise). And boy, was it ever special.
After our hero Lt. Tom Westman was voted out two weeks ago we* were glad that the show had a mini-hiatus last week. We needed the time to mourn, to come to terms, to learn to love again. And honestly, when the show started last night we didn’t know if we still had the desire. Perhaps the spark was gone. And when it soon became clear that Colby, Tom’s deputy and the last remaining true hero, and Russell, the most entertaining and devious competitor, were on the chopping block our excitement for the rest of the season was diminished even further. A show with no Tom, no Colby, no Russell (and no curmudgeonly Randy)? Would that even be a show worth watching? Why continue tuning in to see Rupert sacrifice his integrity for a weak alliance, to see James hobble his way through challenges and jackass his way through Tribal Councils, to see Courtney literally waste away, to see Sandra make it to the final three by doing absolutely nothing (and to begrudgingly see Boston Rob dominate physically and mentally). I’m just not sure that’s a show I want to watch.
And after the combination reward/immunity challenge, and the promise of both tribes going to Council, the show tried to tease us into thinking that Russell would maybe outsmart Boston Rob, and that perhaps the Heroes tribe would (a week too late) vote out James if he couldn’t beat JT in a footrace. But we knew better than that. They were just trying to create false drama, a faint, feigned glimmer of hope that our white knight and our red devil wouldn’t be going home. Sorry, Survivor, you can’t fool us that easily.
Since the top two searches leading visitors to this blog are “Jason Sudeikis dancing” and “Jason Sudeikis What Up With That” I thought that today we’d just give the audience what they want. And even though I’ve been vocal about my dislike for this sketch, Sudeikis’ moves are the saving grace and definitely worth the time.
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Now if they could just deep six the rest of the sketch (except for Galifiankis. He’s pretty incredible in this one).