So You Think You Can Dance is back and I could not be happier. This might be the show I look forward to the most over the course of the year. Oh Cat Deeley. How I’ve missed you! Cat is seriously one of my absolute favorite hosts of all time. She is gorgeous, charming, funny, clever, quick on her feet and a total fashionista (which means loads of crazy outfits to critique throughout the season). Mary Murphy is back next to Nigel Lythgoe as the permanent judges for season 8. Tonight, Nigel (sporting a dapper haircut) and Mary will be traveling to Atlanta where they were joined by Lil’ C and the Bay Area where Nigel met up with Tyce Diorio and Toni Redpath. The one thing I’ve always loved about SYTYCD is that it tends to keep the focus on the brilliant dancers. Sure we get the melodramatic criers and weirdly confident strippers, but somehow, the judges usually find a way to celebrate these oddballs and encourage them to continue dancing. . . just not on their show. And because there are so few reality competitions for dancers, the pool is larger and less diluted. I just love watching dancers so much. They can’t help but ooze passion. Plus, I’m always super jealous of what they are capable of. The thing about dancing is that it is something that the normal viewer can be subjective about and we know what we like and what we don’t like in our guts, but we need the judges to give the technical assessment and the judges on this show are brilliant at that. Rarely has this show been taken over by teen girls voting for the cutest boy. I love that. I love that the people who vote for this show vote for the dancers that move them instead of the ones that just make their hearts pitter patter. I’m so glad to have a show with true talent back. Continue reading
Last night’s episode of Being Erica was oddly heavy considering the general tone of this show. Erica and Julianne got into with Brett over the fact that he was trying to steal their first book from their new publishing company. Brent wouldn’t compromise or back down even an inch and made it clear that he was going to do whatever he had to do to bring them down. In retaliation, Julianne brought up a video of a clearly drunk Brent making fun of River Rock Publishing’s owner Frank Galvin. She suggested to Erica that they send it to the entire River Rock email list and Erica was all on board for a second, an eye for an eye after all. So far, this seems like pretty standard, petty fare. Erica’s only responding to Brent being a total dick about everything. She tried taking the high road and calling a truce, but he refused and, understandably, Erica and Julianne didn’t want to sit idly by and watch Brent destroy what they’ve barely gotten started.
But Dr. Tom had other ideas and sent her back in time to visit her brother Leo at college which was a regret for her because the first time around she spent all her time with a guy she met on the bus instead of Leo. A couple of weeks after Erica blew off her visit, Leo dropped out of school and became withdrawn. When Erica and Adam (her fellow time travel group therapy participant) arrived, she was thrilled to see Leo, but she soon starts to see that something is not quite right with her brother. Leo had joined a frat and was definitely getting more than his share of the hazing. Adam saw immediately that the brothers were using Leo as their “goat” (the guy everyone else tortures), but Erica wasn’t willing to accept that the big brother she idolized would allow that to happen to him. During the toga party later that night, the frat gave each pledge a date, but Leo got a broom wearing a wig. Erica tried to convince him that the brothers were laughing at him, not with him, but Leo didn’t see it. Their hazing escalated and eventually, Erica discovered they had sexually assaulted him with a broom stick. I mean. That’s some dark stuff right there. It was handled pretty surruptitiously, but the implication was there. No wonder Leo dropped out of school and became so lost. Continue reading