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By Joe Diliberto Posted: May 13, 2008
Serena's big secret of GOSSIP GIRL is finally out: She feels like a murderer because some creepy aspiring rapist overdosed instead of molesting her. She confessed to Blair, Nate and Chuck — or, as B. dubbed them, the "Non-judgmental Breakfast Club." S. was so horrified by her secret that she allowed Dan to think she had cheated on him instead of confessing she's a "killer." The lie was enough for him to hoof it and end up being comforted by "Sarah" (actually Serena's former partner in crime, Georgina, who set up Serena's fatal tryst! Ironic much?). Sarah/Georgie's masquerade came out, but she was able to spin it to her advantage. Michelle Trachtenberg has been a revelation as the sinister G., especially to anyone who only knew her only as BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER's Dawn. Leighton Meester was surprisingly effective in BFF mode; the glare she gave Chuck after discovering Georgina's whereabouts was a mix of self-satisfaction, anger and predatory glee. The night's other most significant event: Lily left her own wedding rehearsal dinner and ended up at Rufus' concert — where she kissed him. Finally! And Vanessa finally maneuvered Nate into asking her on a proper date, but it was screwed up by Georgie's presence. How lame was Dan, leaving his own father's concert while in thrall to Georgina? Then again, he's only a guy, and he'd just had his heart broken, and Georgie is easy on the eyes...
By Joe Diliberto Posted: May 12, 2008
GHOST WHISPERER: Sadly, GENERAL HOSPITAL's Ignacio Serricchio (Diego, who's really ex this time!) had little more than a cameo in this episode in which Melinda (Jennifer Love Hewitt) got a few answers about her father, Tom (played by indie film mainstay Martin Donovan). But it also raised more questions: Why does dear old Dad seem to prefer his son (previously shown to have a big hate on for Melinda) to his daughter? Is the ghost of the man Tom wrongfully prosecuted long ago possessing his body in order to kill him? If so, why not just throw Tom off a bridge instead of shooting himself? And why is the ghost haunting Melinda decades later? Gabriel's presence makes the long-time viewer want to connect Tom to the underground nightmare of angry spirits lurking beneath Grandview...but is that accurate? Will we ever see Aisha Tyler (Melinda's late best friend, Andrea) again? Um, anyway...Hewitt again cries beautifully (Yes, I do look at her eyes!). Serricchio plays evil-or-not sibling Gabriel with a kind of laconic menace that promises there's something more to his character than what we've seen so far. And I'm interested to see if that river of blood flowing under the door was real or a ghost-image.
By Joe Diliberto Posted: May 9, 2008
How can SURVIVOR: MICRONESIA — FANS VS. FAVORITES continue to surprise me this late in the game? There has never been a season with such a succession of remarkable tribal councils. Each week has been more jaw-dropping than the last, because people just don't learn. Case in point: Erik voluntarily gave individual immunity to Natalie, setting a new high-water mark (or, more properly, a nadir, but I'm working with an island theme here) for SURVIVOR stupidity.
By Joe Diliberto Posted: May 8, 2008
I felt like I had to see this AMERICAN IDOL thing through, so I tuned in for the results show. Wow, is it possible to pack in any more dull filler material to pad out a show? Footage of the hopefuls clowning on a plane? Really? Ryan kicked off the "festivities" with a group sing-along that massacred Steely Dan's "Reelin' in the Years." David Archuleta was not the person you want to kick off a rock song; he looked awkward and sounded worse. Clearly he was waiting for the camera to zoom in for his adoring extreme closeup. Syesha was no better as second voice. David Cook was the only one who acquitted himself well during this number. The mid-tempo song meshed well with his rocker aspirations and limited vocal power. However, the choreography was rudimentary and the warm-and-fuzzy arrangement made the finalists sound like an antiseptic school choir. It was like they were sanitizing Steely Dan for the audience's protection.
By Joe Diliberto Posted: May 7, 2008
With the contestants dwindling to a precious few, it was time once again to check in with SO YOU THINK YOU CAN KARAOKE...er, I mean, AMERICAN IDOL.
By Joe Diliberto Posted: May 6, 2008
Cinco de Mayo means...er, lots of good television to watch (beer goggles not recommended)...
The barracudas start out young on GOSSIP GIRL, and they aren't afraid to use their teeth. Little J dismissed Eric's "crush" on her with a callous "that's cute." But there was nothing cute about the way he bared his own claws and outed her boyfriend, Asher, as gay. Now, Asher was no nice guy — the way he tormented Nate about what he intended to do to Jenny that night was vicious — but did Eric have the right to out Asher like that?
By Joe Diliberto Posted: May 5, 2008
I finally got home early enough on a Friday to watch GHOST WHISPERER. (I absolutely loathe tuning in after a show has begun, and try to avoid ever doing that.) This week's episode featured LAS VEGAS' Nikki Cox (also known as ex-Gina, GENERAL HOSPITAL) as Nina, a grifter out to con Rick into thinking he fathered her child. But he hates kids. Hilarity ensued. Not. Was it too coincidental that Melinda (Jennifer Love Hewitt) and hubby Jim were also wrestling with the question of having kids?
By Joe Diliberto Posted: May 2, 2008
Thursday is one of the busiest nights (along with Mondays). That means the ol' remote thumb gets a workout...
On SURVIVOR: MICRONESIA — FANS VS. FAVORITES, the Black Widow Brigade was in full effect, plotting to oust the menfolk, but this season's curse did most of the work: James' finger boo-boo forced him to be medically evacuated, but Alexis somehow managed to soldier on with a bum leg. However, James was still in the game for the always-emotional visit from loved ones (in his case, dad James Sr.).
By Joe Diliberto Posted: Apr 29, 2008
I am not a fan of PICK A NUMBER — er, I mean, DEAL OR NO DEAL, but I happened to be at my brother's house at 8 o'clock, and my nephew is a big Star Wars fan, so he insisted on watching the stormtroopers hold briefcases (but an early bedtime meant no slave Leias for him). So Howie Mandel can rest assured that he has the under-10 demographic sewed up.
By Joe Diliberto Posted: Apr 28, 2008
Friday is SF/fantasy night. I just wish I got home in time to see GHOST WHISPERER one of these weeks. Nevertheless, I did see some good stuff.