Bits and Bobs: TV is still awesome

TV is as good as ever (LOVED the twist on The Vampire Diaries last night that when an original dies their whole bloodline dies with them) but I’ve found that when the TV I love is really good, I have less of a need to blog about it.  Here are a few bits and bobs that I’ve been thinking about anyway:

- Nothing makes me happier than seeing So You Think You Can Dance alum in new projects – last week I pointed out that Alex Wong is in Newsies on broadway (along with Jess LeProtto from season 8 and Evan Kasprzak from season 5), this week it has come to my attention that Kathryn McCormick from Season 6 is starring in Step Up: Revolution out this summer.  Not only that, but Travis Wall is going to be choreographing a few of the dances.  Dude.  This is going to be the best (dance-wise) in the series yet!

- Do you think America is ready for a black Bachelor? If ABC/Mike Fleiss go with Lamar Hurd from Portland, OR I think the answer is ABSOLUTELY!  Check out his audition video in which he comes across as sincere, well-spoken, actually interesting and also adorable!  That smile!  Seriously, ABC.  You should do this.

Show pickups for next season are starting to trickle in from the networks and so far there haven’t been any major surprises.  I’m still holding out hope for a Fringe renewal from Fox though.

- I have finally watched Terriers, the FX series from 2010.  It is awesome.  I still have 1 episode to go but it is so worth checking out on Netflix if you’re looking for a great show.

 

So You Think You Can Dance: Enter The All Stars (Top 10)

Last night on So You Think You Can Dance the top 5 girls and the top 5 guys danced in new pairs – with one of our 9 All Stars – and performed solos (Melanie and Marko for the first time).  Joining Nigel and Mary on the judging panel this week was Neil Patrick Harris.  Personally, I thought he did an excellent job of staying pretty level-headed in his criticism and because of that Nigel and Mary both seemed more coherent as well.  Also, just in case you were wondering, tickets for the tour go on sale on July 29th (mom, are you listening?).

Marko & Chelsie danced a pretty smokin' samba.

Marko & Chelsie, Samba, choreographed by Jason Gilkison, performed to “Cinema Italiano” by Kate Hudson: I’m so excited to have a ballroom professional on our stage!  Chelsie looks awesome and by virgue of that, Marko looks really good as well.  He looks like he’s having a great time and is doing a good job of keeping his masculine energy while doing all of those hip swivels.  I loved all of the acrobatics that Jason incorporated into the dance while never losing the Samba of it all.  This really proves that Marko has all of the chops a dancer needs on this show.  I agree with Nigel that Marko didn’t lose any of the chemistry he had with Melanie by changing partners.  I think he did a really good job of keeping up with Chelsie, but man has she become a great dancer in the 4 years since she was on SYTYCD.  I know she was on Dancing With The Stars for a couple of seasons (and I think it’s great that she has been able to be an “expert” on both shows) which probably didn’t hurt her any.

Sasha, “Syrup & Honey” by Duffy: In the first solo of the night, Sasha once again proved that she has the most dynamic, expressive musicality of any performer.  Her solo was simply gorgeous.  I didn’t want it to end.  I love how quirky and charming she is when she dances.  I think she might need to add a few more levels to her performance because she stayed pretty close to the ground most of the time, but it was lovely. Continue reading