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Fall TV Season Recap

The fall TV season is upon us. What shows/specials are your tuning into and what are you turning off? Here are some of the shows that interest me:

The X Factor
I was a bit underwhelmed with this show last season. I think Simon hyped it a bit much. The truth is I like a lot of the top 12 acts on here… plus with new energy from Britney Spears and Demi Lovato, it is shaping up to be a good season. “The Voice” is strong early on, and then limps to it’s finish, not so with this show.The X Factor

Revenge
I am trying to pick up this show. I didn’t watch it at all last season, so I am little confused having seen only 3 episodes so far. But with “Desperate Housewives” gone, I am looking for a Sunday night guilty pleasure.

Grey’s Anatomy
I still enjoy this show. The finale saw the doctors in a plane crash, that already claimed the life of Lexi. And others are written out or leaving soon, like Mark and Teddy. So Shonda Rhimes has a chance to remake her show again. I will be watching.

Modern Family
Last season was great, I have been catching up over the summer. Now with Gloria’s surprise pregnancy, there will be another dynamic to all the family fun. I see that they fast –forwarded Gloria’s pregnancy, so the baby will be born during sweeps I am sure.

Gossip Girl
I was thinking of tuning out this year, but when I heard it was the last season I tuned in to see how they wrap it all up. So far, I am liking “90210” more than this show, it is time for it to go.

As for new shows, I am watching:

666 Park Avenue
Vanessa Williams and Terry O’Quinn headline this new supernatural series set in a haunted apartment building. So far it looks promising, the building has a lot of secrets.

The New Normal
Not sure what to think of this show yet. I watched it because of Ryan Murphy. So far I find it very preachy, and not as funny as it should be. Ryan definitely likes to push issues, but c’mon this is supposedly a comedy, at least it has a good cast.

The Mindy Project
Mindy Kaling leads up a new workplace comedy. I like her, and the cast is pretty good. We’ll see if it gets better. She is definitely someone I am rooting for.

Steel Magnolias
OK, so not a series, but a Lifetime TV remake of the Julia Roberts movie from 1989. This one with an all-black cast headlined by Queen Latifah, Jill Scott and Phylicia Rashad. Not as good as the original, but I still found myself crying during the touching moments. Condola Rashad is the weakest part of the cast… but the friendship between the women is what holds this movie together.

Married to Jonas
This show follows Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers, as he navigates married life with his wife, Danielle. Plus his in-laws seem to pop in often. I like them together, let’s hope they don’t become another reality TV couple statistic.

Nashville
So far I am digging this show. Hadyen Panetttiere and Connie Britton star as 2 country music stars, one new, one on the decline. The music is very nice, and this feels more real than the trainwreck that was “Country Strong”. The election subplot is the only sore spot for me.

Let me know what you are watching or not watching this season. Remember the spring TV season is just a few months away.

Spice69man is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. The eBook, A View from the Cheap Seats, can be downloaded from LuluAmazon and the iBookstore. It can be read on any computer, smartphone, or tablet.

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Who Will Win American Idol Season 11?

The reality institution has shown some wear after 10 seasons. It has seen ratings decline and new shows like “The Voice” and “The X Factor” have come on challenging their formula of taking unknowns and turning them into household names overnight.American Idol Season 11

“America, you’re on fire, because this is an amazing top 10 brewing,” said judge Randy Jackson. We know some will rise to the occasion, others will crash and burn — and don’t forget a surprise elimination or 2. This year’s finalists are a diverse crop of individuals, but who’s going to win? Here are my predictions:

10. Soulful 28-year-old teacher Elise Testone of SC. Reminds me some of the girl from Season 10, Hailey Reinhart. Needs to find her groove, or she is a goner too. Despite the fact that she was good on “Let’s Stay Together,” I think her age is a factor. This is a young person’s game.

9. 17-year-old student Deandre Brackensick of CA. Otherwise known as the pretty boy with the hair he likes to flip. I liked him more with his hair pulled back.

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Singing Competition Overload

I admit it, I like reality shows. But I am starting to feel a bit of singing competition overload. In the past year, we have seen “The Voice,” “American Idol, “The Sing Off,” and “The X Factor” not to mention “America’s Got Talent” and “The Glee Project” too which have singers on them. It seems like America is searching for new talent year round now.The X Factor

“American Idol” is still the best of the bunch as far as I am concerned. There is something about taking someone who was an unknown and turning them into a star. You can’t deny the track record: all the album sales, concert tickets, Grammy Awards and even an Oscar winner from their ranks. It is a pop culture institution at this point. It introduced the world to Simon Cowell and reinvigorated the career of Paula Abdul. Sure there have been some weaker seasons and winners, but overall it is the one I still love the most. And the one I follow pretty religiously. They have 3 genuine stars from their ranks: Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry and Carrie Underwood.

“The X Factor” was supposed to knock “Idol” out of the water — but it hasn’t. It has done decently in the ratings, but to me, it is not that different than “Idol.” It was renewed for season 2, but there are some things that need to be fixed. Nicole Scherzinger needs to go, she brings nothing to the competition. She is a good singer and I enjoyed her when she played in “Rent” on stage but not here. I don’t like the drastic cuts, having 2 cuts where 2 acts go. If you need to start earlier to avoid things like that, then do it. The same thing happened to “So You Think You Can Dance” when it was on in the fall (since there is a shorter time span in the fall from Sept to Dec. than when shows go in the spring from Jan. to May). The arrangements and production are so overblown. Do we need all the fireworks, and backup dancers? Sure these people want to be touring artists… but they will only get there based on vocals and great songs. I would like to see more of the actual mentoring of the contestants with their mentors. I do like the idea of having older singers and groups too, so keep those categories. It is supposed to be about the SINGERS and not the judges, so remember that!

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