I mean, I'm pretty sure I want to see the Jackson 5 reunite. Then again, considering their ages and the amount of plastic surgery on that stage, it could be the worst idea on the face of the planet for all I know. Then again, it might make for a great TV special. Or tour. Those dance moves are going to be smokin', y'all.
betUS has a couple of props about the Jackson brothers and their fate next year. The odds on if they'll record a new album in 2008 are at +175, which actually isn't bad. But with Michael putting out that new 25th anniversary version of Thriller this year, it looks less of a possibility. Actually, the better odds are on whether they'll tour in 2008 at +110, which I can see as being more feasible. I mean, if Michael wants to ever leave the house again without getting arrested.
But, just for my innocence (and maybe yours), here's the video for "Can You Feel It?" for your weekend.
I do not think that I have ever enjoyed an episode of Project Runway as much as I enjoyed last night's episode.
Firstly, the guest judge was NFL running back Tiki Barber. What's awesome about this is that NONE of the contestants except for the ONE heterosexual man from New Jersey knew who he was. The man is one of the greatest NFL athletes of his generation, and all the men were like "I have no idea who he is...but he's HOT!"
Secondly, Tiki Barber talks about how big his butt is and how he has a hard time dressing around it at least twice.
Thirdly, they then cut to Michael Cors face when this horrid, horrid design walks down the runway and he actually looks like he's battling constipation.
Fourthly, then they cut to Tiki Barber's face face when a horrid, horrid design walks down the runway...and he's LAUGHING AT THE DESIGNER.
Lastly, Carmen effs up so badly that she actually sends her model down the runway WITHOUT A SHIRT. It was brilliant.
Okay, so we couldn't resist the dimples. We were charmed all the way through by his sometimes dorkiness. Helio-- elllio, we say with trills in our mouths-- really did charm off the pants off of America. And you know, we were a little worried that the QVC crowd was going to rise up for Marie, but God bless 'em, they didn't. And Mel? I don't think she's all that worried, considering she's got a Spice Girls tour coming up.
We laughed, we cried, we threw stuff at the TV this season on Dancing With The Stars, but overall, it's been a damn fine season (as weirdly cursed as it's been). And tonight will be the final dance for the last three. Brings a tear to our eyes, but there can't be a new season that far off, right? I mean, we have Project Runway right now, and American Idol starts in more than a month (a month, people!)
Here's how tonights odds are breaking down:
Marie Osmond 9/5 Melanie Brown 7/5 Helio Castroneves 5/6
So, I'm perusing the Bodog lines on who will be the official candidate for the Democratic party for U.S. President in 2008. There's a lot to talk about, but here was the thing that was most surprising.
There are odds up for Al Gore. The odds are posted at 5 to 1, which is actually better than John Edwards' odds at 8 to 1.
Al Gore's said over and over and over again that he's not running for office. I know that public opinion tide is that he'll enter at the last minute. Odds seem to suggest that even those in Vegas believe that he'll enter last minute, too. Those are great odds. Great odds. I may even place a small bet on that. $20 would win me $100 if he actually entered the race, and if he entered the race he'd be a sure fire candidate.
I'm just saying. I don't think he'd stab Hillary in the back like that, but then again, some people would argue that he stabbed Bill Clinton in the back during Al Gore's run for the White House previously. Who knows? Here, if you're wondering, are the current lines of potential Democratic presidential candidates: Hillary Clinton at 1 to 6 Barack Obama at 12 to 5 Al Gore at 5 to 1 John Edwards at 8 to 1 Dennis Kucinich at 20 to 1 Joseph Biden at 30 to 1 Chris Dodd at 40 to 1 Mike Gravel at 40 to 1 Bill Richardson at 40 to 1 Remainder of the Field at 50 to 1
Dancing With The Stars: Please send the Pride of Provo home!
With Cameron gone, Jennie Garth is running an uphill battle that she knows she can't win. Even her and Derek know that can't win it, because if you looked at their faces after the judges talked, they knew they're humped tonight.
Okay, so. Marie? I'm over it. Stop with all the crazy antics to make up for the fact that you can't dance. Landing in your brothers' laps? CREEPY.
Of course, in Jocelyn's infinite awesomeness, she sent me this screencap that she took of Marie's face, which was basically the only awesome thing about her last night:
I pray that it'll be Marie and Jennie in the bottom 2, but I'm pretty sure it'll probably be Mel and Jennie. Bodog will have your new odds up tomorrow, of course, and we'll be all over it.
You probably don't want to be hearing about people losing weight before the Thanksgiving holiday this week. I mean, don't get me wrong-- I'm going to be doing some serious running this week so I can get ready for Thursday-- but there's a new Biggest Loser tomorrow (a live weigh-in!) and Bodog has all the odds on the remaining contestants.
Kae (3/1) - Total loss to date: 66 lbs. Kae could be the first woman to win The Biggest Loser, and I think her chances are pretty good, considering that any time she sniffs out confrontation, she goes for a run to deal with it. That's the kind of girl that could go all the way.
Bill (2/1) - Total loss to date: 100 lbs. At first, Bill had a better advantage over everyone else because his brother was with him in the program, but after his elimination, it just seemed like Bill was out to crush everyone. The unfortunate thing is, the guys lose weight more easily than the women do, and if he and Kae make it to the finale, it's going to be on the home workout in the months before then to make a difference.
Isabeau (8/1) - Total loss to date: 57 lbs. Isabeau started off pretty much out of the way of everybody, and now she's been getting more and more votes in the voting room. It's looking like it's lights out for Isabeau's fridge this week, especially with Hollie and Julie's alliance after last week's immunity win. She needs to make sure she can keep up.
Neil (5/1) - Total loss to date: 57 lbs. Or as I would like to start calling him: Dr. Evil, 'cause that whole 17-pound water weight gain was just downright evil and sneaky and gross. Don't let that cute little thumbs up in that picture fool you: this dude is not playing around in this game. But it also may just end up coming back to bite him in the ass pretty soon, because Bill owns him right now as far as the guys.
Bryan (5/1) - Total loss to date: 70 lbs. B! I love Bryan. He's one of those people who is the exact opposite of all the reality show whores who go from show to show like Ian Bernardo on American Idol, etc. (except he's been on AI and was a Hollywood semi-finalist)-- he's actually doing these shows for the right reasons, and he's got a lot of heart. The sucky thing for him is that Kim's his trainer, and she's terrible.
Hollie (7/1) - Total loss to date: 43 lbs. I thought it was noble for Hollie to stay in the fight after her mother passed away from leukemia. But sympathy votes only go so far in this game, and now that it's down to the indies, her clock is ticking, too.
Nicole (7/1) - Total loss to date: 57 lbs. Nicole's been laying as low as possible for awhile. As far as her weight loss, she's actually a threat to the other girls except for Kae. She'd better start stepping it up if she really wants a crack at Kae.
Julie (6/1) - Total loss to date: 38 lbs. Julie's been lucky in two ways: she's on the black team, and she's in an alliance with Hollie, which means that even though her weight loss is the least out of all the women, she's still going to stay on the show. And now that it's down to individual weight loss, she could be in real trouble right now.
I'm of two minds with the writers' strike: on the one hand, as a writer I completely support their cause and they should be getting the compensation they deserve for the online distribution of their content. At the same time, I don't like the idea that any number one of these things will happen:
1) Lost won't start until 2009, people; 2) I'll never get to see the series finale of Scrubs; 3) More dumb reality shows; 4) No more snappy one-liners from Pushing Daisies; 5) More dumb reality shows.
We're going to be going into week 3 starting on Monday, and nobody's done any talking. Nobody's really sure when this horrible standoff will end, but Bodog has the odds on which month they think it might finally get resolved.
The odds are trying to lean toward this month, but we have 2 more weeks in the month left and it's not looking to good. It might happen in December, but that would mean that talks would have to start happening in the next couple of week in order for that to happen. The 1988 strike went on for 5 months 5 months, people. I don't want 5 months of reruns and just watching reality shows (I mean, not counting the end of Project Runway and a whole season of American Idol ahead of us in a month and a half!)
Either way, let's hope it ends soon. Meanwhile, the writers at The Daily Show have started doing their own little show on the strike:
So, it seems as though the producers of Project Runway went out of their way to find the sixteen most oddball contestants they possibly could this season. Odds haven't even been posted yet (though we can barely wait), but already we have some favorites.
Chris Who doesn't love a heavy dude who designed for Beach Blanket Babylon? What we loved most about his his him trying to haul his hefty frame "running" to get fabric for the first challenge. There's never been a "plus size" winner of PR. We hope this is one. Christian What a freak. He even admits he's a "celebrity in his own head." I'm sure that boyfriend can design a ton. I'm sure we're in for some kind of freakish Santino Rice/Jeffrey Sebelia merger but without the class. I'm sure Christian will be kept on the show as long as possible because he is excellent TV.Elisa Is an "interdisciplinary artist" from the desert. I don't even know what she's talking about most of the time. She's cray-cray. We hope she goes far. Jack Because he is hot. It should be a good season. Let's get it ON.
I am still wondering why Jennifer Lopez & Marc Anthony waited so long to announce their pregnancy. Oh who am I kidding? I really could care less. I don't know why this couple makes me gag so much, but they do. So they officially announced that they are expecting while wrapping up their joint tour in Miami on November 8th. Bodog is one of the best places to check out celebrity odds, and they have several up right now on the whole J Lo & Marc Anthony baby saga. You can bet on if they will have a boy or girl, when it will be born, and even what name they will choose. Drop us a line if you have any questions about how to place a bet at Bodog.
Two dances from the last 5 competitors, so that means double the fun, right? At least nobody had a heart attack or a stroke this week. (Then again, everything seems to be happening after the results show, so the week is young.)
Everybody seemed to be better on their second dances, which is probably more of a warm up thing rather than the dances being better or worse.
The unfortunate thing is, Marie's "Lil' Bit Country" bit (and, you know, dead father) is going to carry her into next week, despite having the lowest scores of the night, which means that our favorite cutie Jennie Garth might just be getting the axe. Even though we'll take Cameron. Or maybe they'll both be in the bottom two.
Duane "Dog" Chapman is like the crazy mulleted uncle that shows up to Thanksgiving chain smoking Marlboro reds on the front porch and telling stories about almost killing a man, while sipping on a Crown Royal on the rocks. Then, the drunker he gets, the more he talks about some road trip he took with an old Vietnam buddy in the 80's and how he met some beautiful coke dealer chick in an Arizona biker bar and that advice she gave him that changed his life but can't remember what she said.
But being of that generation (aka my parents and uncles), there's still a bit of residual casual racism going on, even when the folks of that generation have friends and family of a different race than them. It's unfortunate, but true. Anyway, for the second time, with a different son, a tape of Dog on the phone was sold to the National Enquirer, where he spouted off the N-word without even batting an eye. At first, A & E suspended production of his hit reality show, and last week they straight up cancelled it, not saying whether or not they would bring it back. (Though, with the writers' strike, they may have to rethink that.)
Bodog has the odds on whether or not A & E will bring Dog's show back on the air. Woof. Yes is at +120 and No is at -160, which means that it's not looking good that you'll be seeing Dog on TV anytime soon. No more dramatic monologues in Hawaiian Pidgin about how he's gonna catch a brah? Say it ain't so!
And just as a small postscript, here's Dog on Larry King, all weepy-like:
I have a genuine admiration for Amy Winehouse: one the one hand, if I could get my hair to do what hers does, I'd be beehiving it all day. And if I had a voice like hers, I'd be singing my ass off. Drunk even, as evidenced in her performance at the MTV Europe Music Awards just 4 days ago:
Anyway, Bodog has the odds on which one of these incidents will happen in Amy's life first, they're good ones.
Officially releases the video for her new single "Love is a Losing Game" (5/2): I mean, did she even shoot a video for this song? I would make a separate prop about whether the video is a live one or not (and I'd go with the "yes.") Is dropped from her record label (6/1): This is highly doubtful, only in the fact that her shenanigans are great publicity for her. The music's good, but I would venture that her being in the gossip rags has helped more than her label's gonna admit. Gets arrested for DUI or Possession (5/6): I'm surprised this isn't happening, like, right now. Husband Blake Fielder gets sentenced to jail time (2/1): And here's where you'll probably double up, not only because he just got arrested, he's about to go on trial for beating up a bartender.
We know. We tried to gather up some kind of enthusiasm for the American Idol spinoff show, The Next Great American Band. We really did, because we (heart) AI around here. Not even kidding.
But we just couldn't find it in our little party hearts to stay home every Friday to watch it. That doesn't mean we won't talk about it if there are odds, and we've actually got some for you. betUS was kind enough to put up some odds on all the bands left in the competition. (To see the odds, click on a number, then "Future/Props," then "Entertainment Props," then "The Next Great American Band."):
Sixwire (+250): They're a little older bar band from Nashville (which gives them a little country tinge) whose lead singer looks just like Kenny Loggins, but has nice charisma when he sings. If they're going for the Adult Contemporary route, they might be able to make it all the way. But is this show really the demographic they're looking for? Doesn't seem like it, but they're more solid that most of the groups left. Franklin Bridge (+350): In their bio they have a wide array of pop and hip-hop acts as influences, which is interesting for an R&B-ish band from Philadelphia. They sound like a party band that is waiting for that sweet cover to come by in the competition so they can knock it out of the park. And I hope they do. The Clark Brothers (+250): A trio of adorable brothers from Nashville, they've played for SHeDaisy and Carrie Underwood (surprise, being that this is an American Idol spinoff). They're a solid act, but the thing about country singers, and the reason why Carrie won her season, was versatility. Would they be able to pull out the pop if they had to? Tres Bien (+450): This Florida band has a bit of a Fall Out Boy look to them, which is worrisome. They're going for a British Invasion (think Kinks) kind of sound, which is a good sound to cop for this kind of show. But watching their videos, they don't seem to quite make the covers their own. Dot Dot Dot (+750): Are these guys for real? With a new-wave aesthetic, anime haircuts, and a glam-punk sound, it just seems way too overdone. I get it, I get it-- post-irony-indie-pop-culture-doohickey-whatever. Whatever happened to just playing music just because? Light of Doom (+550): Oh. My. God. A pre-pubescent metal band from San Diego. I love them. They're too cute. But you know the weird thing? They're actually good... when they can remember the lyrics. (Man, and that's not even 'cause they're on drugs. Well, hopefully.) The Muggs (+2000): I'm sure these guys were doing well in Detroit before they came on this show, but it just seems like they're really out of place here. I mean, they look like they're having fun, but that's about it. And their odds reflect that. Denver and the Mile High Orchestra (+1000): No kidding, there are 12 people in this band. Awesome. The unfortunate thing is that they draw the line between being great musicians (like Chicago) and sounding like a jazz/swing parody (like Richard Cheese). That just doesn't go far with pop bands. Rocket (+2500): They're an all-girl punk-ish band from (surprise) L.A. who list Mr. Belvedere as an influence (a plus in my book). The thing about their performance is that they try and do the coy little girl routine that just falls flat. I mean, who can top The Go Gos at this point, right? Cliff Wagner and the Old #7 (+800): A cute little bluegrass band from Los Angeles of all places, they're a solid band, but bluegrass doesn't really go far in pop circles unless you're willing to go all the way and just do an all bluegrass version of The Wall or something.
Well, Jane went home, and she wore her sassy gold bodysuit on the way out. Now it's just Marie, and I don't want to sound catty, but losing your father a day after doing a dance dedicated to him pretty much ensures that you'll be around for another week.
I just about had a heart attack when Jennie was possibly getting eliminated. That's not good.
I don't really mean that. I love older women. Someday I will be an older woman, but this week, it's time to send at least one of the old broads on Dancing with the Stars home.
Dear Jane Seymour: Your attitude has been crappy and you've behaved like a child. I don't believe for a minute that you had food poisoning. I think that you thought that you were about to be eliminated and acted like a small child. And I LOVED you on Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman. You're spoiling my memories when you bad mouth Mel B. and my boyfriend Maks.
Dear Marie Osmond: I applaud the dignity with which you handled the passing out thing, but it's time. Tell your droves of doll-purchasing fans that they should really be voting for the best performer. And as a performer, you know that you are not the best dancer or even performer on that show.
At Bodog, you can actually bet on who will last longer: Jane is at -130 Marie is at -110
Well, it was official at midnight today: the Writers Guild of America had gone on strike. The basic reason why they're on strike is because they don't get any residuals for online content. If I download an episode of Scrubs from iTunes, none of the writers on that show get any money from it, which is crappy in my opinion. I thought they were getting that money, but they really weren't. So they all went on strike, and I say more power to 'em.
The other crappy part about it is reruns, more terrible ideas for reality shows (and maybe some good ones, who knows?) and no more material for shows that need daily information like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, along with late night TV for the likes of Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien. Bodog has the odds on which late night show will be the first to have a "writer free" episode.
(We're fighting with Blogger today, so I can't post pictures!)
The Late Show (2/1): David Letterman went through this already back in 1988, taking it in stride, so I'm sure he's come up with some creative ways to have his show with no writers. I believe in Dave. He's like that nerdy uncle that is always so funny but never quite has it all together. The Tonight Show (4/1): Jay Leno's got the most popular late night show on TV right now, so him losing writers will be a blow for him. (And personally, I don't think the writing's that good on that show anyway, so it won't be losing much.) Jimmy Kimmel Live (5/2): Jimmy Kimmel could just have a bunch of cool bands be on his show playing songs every night during the strike, and it wouldn't be a problem, right? Late Late Show (3/1): The viewership on Craig Fergason's show is so low that I don't think anyone would even notice that he did a "writer free" episode. Late Night with Conan O'Brien (7/2): I pray that Conan would do a "writer free" episode, and just some weird reality TV thing that will blow the face off of late night television FOREVER. (But probably not.)
Sure, wars rage on, the poor stay poor while the rich get richer and the Earth will be dead in a hundred years -- but in some ways there IS justice in the world.
I remember back in the day when Family Guy first debuted on FOX, also known as "The Network That Brought You Paradise Hotel." I was immediately in love with that show. I was immediately in love with Stewie and his totally dysfunctional family. It was one of the best things on TV since the The Simpsons, and since The Simpsons was in one of its lesser phases it was actually BETTER than The Simpsons at that time.
And then they canceled it.
But the people revolted! There were petitions. There were demonstrations! People may not have cared about George Bush or organic food, but they wanted Family Guy back!
And it happened! This Sunday, Family Guy will air its 100th episode! Celebrate with me and watch it while sitting at home alone and drinking.
And also, remember how good Paradise Hotel was? Here's a little reminder.
I know it's not even Thanksgiving, but I'm already thinking about Christmas! With all the hype around "Global Warming," will there continue to be such a thing as Snowfall on Christmas? Will the world soon forget the sight of a White Wonderland?
For now, the odds are looking pretty favorable that SOMEWHERE in the world, there will be snowfall on Christmas. In fact, BetUS has odds posted on the likelihood that it will snow in various cities around the world! Yep, that's right! You can make money predicting the weather! And we all know that we are way better at predicting the weather than our actual "Weather Man," so why not take a stab at it?!
Some of the coldest cities in the world are Oslo, Stockholm, and Copenhagen. They've even thrown London into the mix as a city whose snowfall you can bet on!
Will it snow on Christmas Eve in Oslo?Yes is at +175.No is -250. How about Stockholm? Snowfall on Christmas Eve is Yes at +175and No is at -250. Copenhagen shows Yes at +550and No at -1000.
But will is snow in London on Christmas Day?Yes is at +550and No is at -1000! I did a little research on this one and found out that in recent London winters, snow has generally settled only once or twice! Thus, "No" seems like a good bet from my point of view!
Stay warm this Winter - and make a little money by betting against your weather man!