Is My Blog Broken AGAIN?

No. It’s not ‘Broken’ exactly.

But…Yes.

There IS something wrong with my blog!

Do any of you remember when THIS HAPPENED?

Well, that sort of problem has resurfaced. Apparently, there is some sort of WebHost/Server fiasco that I will never fully comprehend.

I know that a lot of you have been having a hard time getting into my blog and have been unable to leave comments over the last month or so. Thanks to all for your concern and emails. I am working on the problem. (And when I say “I” am working on it, that really means LESLIE had to find the time in her busy schedule to fix my blog.) I can assure you that no one has been banned or deleted and I have not switched to a private blog. Please bare with me while ‘we’ are trying to resolve these issues.

As a result of the constant and ongoing “cannot connect to the server” headaches, I have to MOVE my blog to a new HOST. During the ‘switch’ this blog and I may be “missing” and / or unavailable for the next 2-4 days while we undergo construction.

(I know. I am freaking out about that too.)

You can still try to access my page during the transition and you may try to leave comments. But, I don’t know if you will be able to. I may or may not be able to post or comment on my end. Who knows?

Thanks for all of your patience everyone.

xxoo

American Idol – Season Seven – Top 10

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Last night they had to sing a song from the year they were born. Here is what I thought of their performances in no particular order. Dont forget to tell me your favorites or most hated in the comments!!

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David Cook

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Yes! He nailed it once again. My FAVORITE of the night. I am ready to buy his CD and tickets to any and all of his future concerts. He has revolutionized every single cover song he has ever sang on that stage. I am downloading all of them into my iTunes as you read this.

David Archuleta

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Yeay. So Cute. So. Good. I didn’t even know the song he was singing. But I certainly liked it.

Jason Castro

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Um, at this stage in the game you really need to BRING it, and he was um…boring. It wasnt BAD, but I was NOT blown away. There was no “wow” factor.

Michael John

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Just because he can work a Freddy Mercury impersonation, does not make him an American Idol. He has NO versatility.

Chikezie

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Well. I hate to say this, but he was sooo boring. I mean, I almost fell asleep.

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Brooke White

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Had me, and then LOST me.I whole heartedly agreed with the judges, she should have stayed solo with the piano.

Syeshe Mercado

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WELL DONE. 2nd Favorite of the night. I really wish I looked like THAT in skinny jeans, or had her pipes!

Ramiele Malubay

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Meh. Unimpressed.

Carly Smithson

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Uncle. She got me. I give in. She can sing. FINE.


Kristi Lee Cook

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Great song choice for her. Probably the only song I will ever remember her singing all year (aside from the 8 days a week fiasco). But Im really done with her.

WHO DO YOU THINK IS IN DANGER OF GOING HOME?

Television Reminders!

Have you heard?

HOUSE is on…

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Tonight!

Is it a new episode? Who knows…and who gives a shit. It’s been so long (since the SuperBowl) I am just glad to see Dr. Gregory House MD in action.

And New Amsterdam will be on right afterwards.

Finally, a Monday that doesn’t suck.

DEXTER

Listen UP People.

I am calling all FANS of the TV series Dexter. AND anyone who has NEVER had the time, or opportunity, to watch the show.

Did you guys know? Showtime now has an “All Things Dexter” section in the ‘On Demand’ menu! Finally, there is full access to all of Season One and all of Season Two, plus bonus material, exclusive interviews, and behind the scenes!!!

Even though I have already watched every single episode, I have a glorious three day weekend ahead of me. I may never leave my house (or sleep). Why would I when I have 40 full hours of Dexter to watch?

HELL YES!

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American Idol – Beatles Style

Why do they always have to push the envelope too far? As an AVID fan of the Beatles, I think A.I. should have left well enough alone after Lennon/McCartney night. Anyway, I think Kristy Lee Cook whatever her name is (who BTW needs to go away now WHY IS SHE STILL ON THE SHOW?) should have sung the song Chikezie sung…and in the same style that HE did it. That could have worked for her. Oh well. At least it worked for him.

Alas these are my favorites from American Idol Gone Beatles (video style).

David Cook
His version of ‘Day Tripper’? Freaking Rocked My Socks Off. He just keeps getting better and better. It was almost like seeing him in ‘concert’. (Oh …and I LOVE the AC on his guitar for his brother.)

VIDEO HERE

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David Archuleta
Sang ‘The Long And
Winding Road, EFFORTLESSLY. (If there was ever going to be another ‘Rat Pack’ of singers for our generation, this cat is in the lead spot.)

VIDEO HERE

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Carly Smithson
(I still don’t ‘like’ her, she is hard to look at, and don’t even get me started on her husband…) but I have to give her credit for the way she worked ‘BlackBird’.

VIDEO HERE


Lastly,

Syesha Mercado
Nailed ‘Yesterday’ with an UN-forgettable performance. Finally, I hope people start to notice her more. She is absolutley talented.

VIDEO HERE

New Amsterdam Part Two

New Amsterdam Monday Nights 9pm on Fox

*Yeah, yeah, I know. I am behind schedule this with posting this week. Sorry. I am only human. I will catch up with American Idol by tomorrow. Pinky Swear.*

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About The Show:

The main character John Amsterdam is a brilliant and enigmatic New York homicide detective unlike any other. And he has a profound secret…he is immortal.”

If you missed the first few episodes you can catch up here. (And I suggest that you do!)

Sorry people. * SPOILER ALERT.*

(I don’t feel like a doing another ‘review’ … I want to TALK TV with you.)

~Last week’s episode:
The brutal rape and murder of a nun and similar attack on a photographer’s assistant who escapes death leads
Amsterdam to remember similar crimes he witnessed in the 1800s when he was a coachman for a wealthy landowner. And John & Sara ‘get to know’ each other better.

Yeah, Um…How happy are we that little miss doctor (Sara) is SEPARTED? Yes! And, in previous episodes, I was never really into the crime solving aspect…but, this week? Wow. I was thrilled with all of the twists and turns involved. Oh soooo good.

Canterbury Law – Part Two

Canterbury Law : Monday Nights at 8pm on Fox

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There is virtually nothing to watch on Monday nights. Until now. And as much as I am sick of law shows, or lawyers, (with the exception of Boston Legal and my long time love affair with Law & Order) I am in LOVE with this show.

I have been a fan of Julianna Margulies, since her days on NYPD Blue, long before ER.

And she doe NOT disappoint this go around.

In case you haven’t had the pleasure:

About The Show:

An attorney on the rise, she puts her career on the line to take on risky and unpopular cases, even when they take a toll on her personal life. Elizabeth and her law professor husband, MATT FUREY (Aidan Quinn), haunted by the unsolved disappearance of their young son, struggle to distance themselves from the tragedy and put their relationship back together. But those goals become elusive whenever Elizabeth’s work provides a stark reminder of the justice absent in their own lives.

The premier of the show was brilliant. This past Monday night I was reduced to tears. Actual tears at the end. (Yes I am a big baby and I take things to heart, as if the things on Television are actually happening.)

I don’t want to ruin the show or give anything away, but I can say as a MOTHER watching Julianna Margulies play out some of my WORST fears on screen is a powerful experience.

I love her unconventional approach to law, I love her attitude, I love her gusto, and she breaks my heart.

Yep. They Got Me. I Am Hooked.

American Idol – Season Seven: McCartney / Lennon Night

David Cook

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Yes! He nailed it once again. My FAVORITE of the night. He completely housed ‘Elenore Rigby’.

David Archuleta

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Oh. No. My poor baby. That was a HOT MESS. I cannot believe he screwed up the lyrics like that. I wonder if his performance was so…um…crappy, due to the ‘rumors’ of being ostricised by the other contestants? Or if this just wasn’t his bag? Either way I still love this kid.

Jason Castro

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The first two notes of ‘Yesterday’ were good, and then, not so much. and then, Not. Even. A. Little. good. It was like he was struggling to sing. Nope. I did not like it. At All.

David Hernadez

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Um. ‘Saw Her Standing There’ has now been destroyed. Not Pretty.

Michael John

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Totally redeemed himself after last weeks fiasco. He did a wonderful job with ‘Across The Universe’.
Chikezie

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Randy was right. WHO KNEW? This dood blew it up. He was incredible. Just like a pro. I loved it. LOVED. He looked like he was having a great time, he sounded great, hell he even put me in a GREAT mood.

SIDEBAR: Paula finally had a ‘good hair day’.

Brooke White

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She has manged to shock me for THREE weeks now. Okay okay, uncle. I am a fan. I give up. Crazy is good. Her rendition of ‘Let It Be’ was phenom.

Syeshe Mercado

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Meh. Unimpressed. “Forgettable” version of ‘Got To Get You Into My Life’.

Ramiele Malubay

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‘In My Life’ is one of my FAVORITE songs. I think she did alright, but I kept waiting for a big moment, or something to blow me away…and that moment never arrived.

Carly Smithson

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hmmm…’Come Together’ great song for her. She did done good. But I still dont like HER. Not sure why?

Amanda Overmyer

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She sang ‘You Cant Do That’ and while she did ok, I think she would have done MUCH better with a song like Revolution.

Kristi Lee Cook

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Time To Go Home. WTF was that all about? ‘8 Days A Week’ country, complete with banjos? John is rolling over in his grave.

Talk to me people! Who did you love and hate? And who do you hope gets KICKED OFF??

Where Have All The Good Shows Gone?

*Announcement: (Melevision will return to the ‘American Idol’ chronicals tomorrow. So, be sure to have caught up with viewing all of the performances from last night. We have a lot to talk about.*

In the mean time, I am PROUD to bring to you A Special Guest Appearance. Yes. Thats right! This post was written by the totally super awesome Michael C from the blog : The Wonderful World Of Nothing. So sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Where Have All The Good Shows Gone?

Some say that TV is cyclical. Game shows have come back to being in vogue, courtroom dramas have always been a mainstay and sitcoms have come and gone and gone and come back again. There is however one very big notable absence in the revolving door of good TV, the Variety Show. They used to create the one big night of TV where the entire family could sit together and watch. You just don’t see mom, dad, sister and brother all sitting down to watch ‘Paradise Hotel’ these days. American Idol maybe, but that’s stretching the ‘Variety’ concept.

Watching PBS’ ‘Pioneers of Television’ a few weeks ago got me thinking about how cool variety shows were and how everybody had one. Of course there was Ed Sullivan, (possibly the homeliest looking individual on TV, short of President Nixon), Steve Allen, Milton Berle, Bob Hope, Sonny and Cher, Flip Wilson and one of my personal favorites, Dean Martin. Tony Orlando and Dawn had one as did the Smother Brothers with their establishment and network censor challenging late 60s show. Glen Campbell filled in for them during the summer months with his own show and the Brady Bunch had a couple of variety shows if I recall correctly. They were very common back in the day and offered a little something for everyone, assuming of course that you were into music, dance and sketch comedy. While not entirely a variety show, I also need to mention the Carol Burnett Show as a staple of entertainment back then.

Perhaps one of the best things about variety shows was that they were able to showcase new and upcoming talent and offer a stage for it before the days of cable and Youtube. Elvis, The Beatles, George Carlin, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Bob Newhart and so many more were able perform for virtually all of America as up and comers. Many times a variety show appearance was the only way that people could be introduced to comedians and musical acts like the Rolling Stones, many of the great Motown Artists and just about any music group from the 1950s-1970s. So great was the appeal and reach of variety shows that Elvis was famously ‘censored’ on more than one occasion because of his performing style by Ed Sullivan and Steve Allen. Granted there were only a few channels to watch back then, but virtually the entire TV watching public tuned in for Elvis and the Beatles. That’s quite a feat.

It’s great to look back today at some of the performers and situations in which some of the greatest performers of all time appeared in comedy sketches or musical duets. I think that’s what I long the most to see today. Imagine politicians (like Nixon on Laugh In) or Sinatra swinging on the Dean Martin show one minute and then in a skit the next. How would we react to seeing jugglers or a dancing act on TV today? Other than Saturday Night live perhaps, there is just no current outlet like that on TV.

Maybe in the days of DVDs, movies on demand, reality shows, Oprah and Law and Order we need a little more to keep us entertained than Topogigo the puppet or a couple of guys in tights that can spin dishes on poles. Sadly, I’m not sure the straight variety show format could work on network TV today and that’s unfortunate. Hopefully more and more of the classic variety shows from our past will make it to DVD sets so that we can enjoy one of the best formats from the golden age of television. What could be better for today’s short attention span viewing audience than an hour-long program that offers something new every 10 minutes? Yeah, we can cut out the part with the men in tights spinning dishes though…

If you enjoyed this post (or if you like fried cheesy goodness) just wait till you read HIS BLOG!!

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