Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Spectacular Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic's Opening Ceremony Telecast Was Not Totally Ruined By NBC's Bob Costas

Friday night's NBC telecast of the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics was the first time in a long time I made it through one of these events without bailing.

With that bailing caused by no longer being able to tolerate listening to the constant, interrupting, mostly pointless, blathering of Bob Costas and his cohorts.

The blathering and interrupting ruined the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics for me.

My view on the blathering babbling is that I have invited these people into my TV viewing area to watch an event with me. I did not invite them to be constantly talking, telling me useless trivia, which I have no interest in. If an in the flesh person were watching one of these events with me and they were constantly babbling, telling me tidibits of info about what we were viewing, I'd give that person one "shut up" warning and then with the next violation ask them to leave.

Now, with the Sochi Opening Ceremony we did have that regular NBC Olympic irritant, Bob Costas. And other information providers.

However, the incredible spectacle that was the Sochi Opening Ceremony overwhelmed the annoyance of  the NBC babbling. That and there seemed to be a lot less of it the babbling this time.

Perhaps the complaints by the millions of annoyed viewers have been heard.

One of the few times I did find the babbling annoying I think it was Bob Costas providing the annoyance. I am not sure, because the voice was not identified, but it sounded like him. It was when the USA team came into the stadium. A female voice said something like "Let's listen to the reaction as the USA team enters the arena."

I thought, yes, that will be interesting to see how the Russians react to the incoming Americans.

However, what I believe to be the Bob Costas voice began incessant babbling, with the volume of the babbling overwhelming whatever noise the Russians were making. Bob Costas felt we needed to know about the guy who was carrying the American flag, and to speculate as to how proud the guy's kids must be to see dad carrying the flag.

Yes, this was a very important observation for Bob Costas to share with us, much more important than just letting us peacefully, quietly watch and listen.

If Bob Costas had been in my TV viewing room, in person, that point in the ceremony would have been when he would have been asked to leave my abode.

Anyway, good job, so far, Russia, and Mr. Putin. Let's hope the whole show keeps going as well as the opening.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Will The Justin Bieber Gang's Transcontinental Crime Spree Get Bieber Deported To Canada?

How much more trouble does Justin Bieber have to get in to get him finally deported back to Canada?

It would seem that Bieber's recent trans-continental crime spree would be enough to get him evicted from the United States.

The Bieber crime spree began a week or two ago when he and his gang attacked his next door neighbor's property in the Hollywood Hills, with an Egg Attack which resulted in thousands of dollars in damage.

How could eggs do that much damage I wondered when I read the crime report?

To deal with the Bieber Gang's Egg Attack the LA police sent in a SWAT team which somehow resulted in one African-American member of the Bieber Gang being arrested for some sort of drug possession. Was the entire Bieber Gang, including Justin, arrested and hauled to jail after the Egg Attack?

At some point after the Egg Attack the Bieber Gang headed to the east coast where Justin got himself in the news, again, by dropping tens of thousands of dollars at strip joints. For lap dances?  I don't know. The details were skimpy.

And then on Thursday, January 23,  Justin Bieber's bad behavior got him the worst trouble yet.

Apparently Bieber's 38 year old dad,  Jeremy, became part of the Bieber Gang for the Florida part of Bieber crime spree.

Bieber's dad organized a drag race, directing the Bieber Gang to use cars  to block access on Pine Tree Drive at 26th Street in Miami Beach.

Bieber drove a Lamborghini vehicle he did not own, in the drag race.

Police were summoned, Bieber was stopped, put up a profanity lace tirade at the idea the police would have the nerve to stop him.

The police noticed that Bieber reeked of alcohol and acted under the influence. Bieber did not use his right to remain silent and instead, rather stupidly, informed the police he'd been drinking beer, smoking marijuana and taking prescription  medications. Along with drag racing.

Bieber was then taken to the Miami Beach jail where I assume he was strip searched and then attired in the orange jail garb you see him wearing in his mugshot above.

That mugshot has caused some consternation among some of Bieber's dwindling number of fans, due to the fact that one can quite clearly see that Justin has a few pimples sprouting on his face.

And why would this cause any consternation you are sitting here wondering?

Well, Justin Bieber has a lucrative endorsement deal with Proactiv. Proactiv is an acne treatment, which either does not work very well or Justin is not using. Even though he endorses the product.

What's up next for the Bieber Gang one can not help but wonder? Has Bieber's downward spiral now hit its bottom? I suspect it has not.....

Nielsen Rating's Top 20 for January 13 - January 19

The Nielsen Rating's Top 20 TV Shows for Nielsen Rating's Top 20 for for January 13 - January 19. The first number is the ranking, the second number is the season average, then the show name and network. The last number represents the number of viewers in millions. An asterisk * indicates a tie.

1. NFC Championship: San Francisco at Seattle, Fox, 55.9 million
2. NFC Championship: The OT, Fox, 30.34 million
3. NCIS, CBS, 19.7 million
4. NCIS: Los Angeles, CBS, 15.9 million
5. American Idol (Wednesday), Fox, 15.2 million
6. American Idol (Thursday), Fox, 13.4 million
7. Blue Bloods, CBS, 12.6 million
8. Person of Interest, CBS, 12.4 million
9. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 20 million
10. The Following, Fox, 11.2 million
11. Hawaii Five-O, CBS, 10.6 million
12. Criminal Minds, CBS, 10.4 million
13. CSI, CBS, 10.3 million
14. Mike & Molly, CBS, 9.8 million
15. The Blacklist, NBC, 9.4 million
16. Modern Family, ABC, 9.1 million
17. Castle, ABC, 9 million
18. Undercover Boss, CBS, 9 million
* 2 Broke Girls, CBS, 9 million
20. How I Met Your Mother, CBS, 8.6 million

Friday, November 15, 2013

American Horror Story Coven's Delphine LaLaurie & The Axeman Are Actual Historical Real Killers

Currently I think my favorite show currently on TV may be FX's American Horror Story: Coven. Wednesday, 10/9 C.

I find the hour viewing American Horror Story: Coven goes by faster than any other show I am currently viewing, thus indicating I must find American Horror Story: Coven entertaining.

Entertaining and educational.

The first episode of the 3rd iteration of American Horror Story started off in the early 1800s with Kathy Bates being a human horror, torturing, terrorizing, maiming and being a racist pig via a character named Marie Delphine LaLaurie.

Well.

I was quite surprised when I learned that Marie Delphine LaLaurie is an actual historical character who actually did the type stuff we have seen depicted in American Horror Story: Coven, well, except for being risen from the dead and brought alive in to the present time where she reacts in horror to learn that America has a black president.

Below is a blurb from the Wikipedia Delphine LaLaurie article, and below that more surprising reality horror from American Horror Story: Coven...

Marie Delphine LaLaurie (c. 1775 – c. 1842), more commonly known as Madame LaLaurie, was a Louisiana-born socialite and serial killer known for her involvement in the torture and murder of slaves.

Born in New Orleans, LaLaurie married three times over the course of her life. She maintained a prominent position in the social circles of New Orleans until April 10, 1834, when rescuers responding to a fire at her Royal Street mansion discovered bound slaves within the house who showed evidence of torture over a long period. LaLaurie's house was subsequently sacked by an outraged mob of New Orleans citizens, and it is thought that she fled to Paris, where she is believed to have died.

The latest episode of American Horror Story: Coven's first segment was set in 1919, showing the Axeman of New Orleans terrorizing the town with random ax murders, culminating in a night were the Axeman, via a letter to a local newspaper, warned the locals that they'd better be playing jazz music on a certain night or face ax annihilation.

Well, imagine my surprise at finding a Wikipedia article titled Axeman of New Orleans, which details the serial killer crime spree of a never caught murderer, including the following blurb...

"The Axeman" was not caught or identified at the time, and his crime spree stopped as mysteriously as it had started. The murderer's identity remains unknown to this day, although various possible identifications of varying plausibility have been proposed. Most notoriously, on March 13, 1919, a letter purporting to be from the Axeman was published in the newspapers saying that he would kill again at 15 minutes past midnight on the night of March 19, but would spare the occupants of any place where a jazz band was playing. That night all of New Orleans's dance halls were filled to capacity, and professional and amateur bands played jazz at parties at hundreds of houses around town. There were no murders that night.

The night of no murders on the Axeman's jazz night, was the night depicted on American Horror Story: Coven with the witches luring the Axeman into their lair by playing a non-jazz recording, where the coven then murdered the Axeman, thus ending his axed reign of terror.

I can find no Wikipedia article about an actual witches coven in New Orleans, or any speculation that it actually was a coven of witches who did in the Axeman.....

Friday, November 8, 2013

The X Factor Voting Blunder Caused An Un-Bloated Not Overly Produced New Competition Show


One would think after years of reality tv shows having viewers vote for contestants that the voting methods would have been perfected by now.

However, a couple weeks ago Dancing with the Stars had a voting snafu which resulted in no one getting kicked out of the glittery ballroom, that week.

And now, this week, I went to watch the DVRed X Factor results show to have the annoying Mario Lopez informing viewers that due to a blunder with the voting the previous night's excruciating Motown night would not count, and that rather than booting anyone, the acts would all act again, with a new song.

To me this resulted in a vastly improved X Factor.

Rather than a bloated two  hours, it was a fast  paced one hour. With no time to come up with tacky production numbers, with backup singers and dancers and way too many flashing lights, this was X Factor-lite.

Like I said, vastly improved. Maybe X Factor has accidentally come up with a production formula that works.

But, it may be too late to save this show. Apparently the ratings have tanked.

X Factor has never done well in the ratings, never on a par with the other singing competitions, as in fellow Fox show, American Idol, or NBC's The Voice.

I have heard no mention made of the X Factor winner winning a $5 million dollar contract, unlike its previous two seasons.

I am not the only viewer to note that neither The X Factor or The Voice has found a singer who has gone on to have a hit record, be in a movie or another TV show. I think the first X Factor winner was in a commercial, during the Super Bowl, which may have been the last time the public has seen her.

American Idol has given the world Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry, Clay Aiken, Kris Allen, Kellie Pickler, Adam Lambert, Jordan Sparks, Scotty McCreery and Phillip Phillips, and likely others I am not remembering right now.

I don't seem to go a day without hearing Phillip Phillips on the radio.

Fast forwarding through The Voice's result show, last night, it does not appear, to me, that that show has found an American Idol type popstar, this year.

It will be interesting to see how American Idol does this year, after last year's version, which is widely regarding as a dud. Because it was.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Cher Successfully Adds Being A Dancing With The Stars Judge To Her Resume With Brant Daugherty Leaving The Ballroom

That is Cher sitting in Len Goodman's chair this 8th week of Dancing with the Stars.

I had no idea that being an expert judge of ballroom dancing was among Cher's amazingly varied talents. The show open with Cher descending from above, singing Believe, wearing a mini-skirt.

A few decades ago there was a lame joke, often  repeated, that two things would survive a nuclear holocaust, those being cockroaches and Cher.

Cher is now in her 6th decade in show business. Cher is 67 years old. Cher is the youngest looking person in their 60s I have ever seen. Cher has won Emmys, Grammys, Golden Globes, Oscars and multiple other show business awards around the world.

Is Cher currently the most famous celebrity, world-wide? If not Cher, who is it?

The studio audience was loving everything that Cher said, including a moment that got bleeped whilst commenting on Elizabeth Berkley.

Dancing with the Stars has suffered a drop in the Nielsen ratings, what with being up against NBC's The Voice. I suspect this week's Cher episode will see a bump up in the ratings.

Cher's critique of Brant Daugherty was basically that she liked his smile. So, along with the other judges, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli, Cher gave Brant a 9.

A total of 27 did not save Brant Daugherty and partner Peta Murgatroyd from being the pair asked to leave the ballroom this week.