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The Voice – A Cat for Cee Lo

I don’t usually watch reality TV.  I do my best to stay away from American Idol, The X Factor, all those lousy bachelor shows and the granddaddy of them all – Survivor.  I believe that reality TV has done it’s best to ruin and dumb down the minds of most Americans.  However; while we were up at Kim’s last month, we watched some of this season’s episodes of  The Voice.  I have to admit, I can see the allure.  Blake Shelton is a beautiful site to behold – and he has his country charm and sense of humor up front and center.  The concept that talented people are judged solely for their actual talent and not the way they look does put an interesting spin on the selection process.

And, Cheryl loves the show, so – sad to say – I’ll have to find room for it on our DVR.

Moving on.  While we were watching the show, we noticed that Cee Lo will do his talking to the camera while holding a very beautiful, fluffy white cat.  I asked Kim about it and she said she didn’t understand why he was holding this cat, but she thought it was his.  This morning, I’m flipping through this week’s Entertainment Weekly and there is CeeLo and his cat.  Except, it is not his cat.  It is a rental.  Apparently, you can rent cats (and, I am assuming, other animals).

Seriously?

Dude, you wanted a cat to make you look evil – I’ll get back to that in a moment – and you didn’t want the responsibility of actually owning one?  Personally, I think the producers should’ve gone to an animal shelter and found a cat to rescue rather than rent one.  And, if that couldn’t work out (let’s face it, rescue animals make the best pets, but not necessarily the best actors – Benji is the exception), at least donate some money to a local shelter to make up for the fact that you’re RENTING a cat.  Is it me?  I just find that creepy.

Getting back to a fluffy, white cat making you look evil – seriously?  Because if that is the case, Cee Lo, I’ll see your white fluffy cat and raise you a tailless, black fluffy cat and throw in two more while cats and another black one.  If owning a cat makes you evil, then I’m as evil as you can get.

The End of “Medium”

Last Friday, CBS showed the last episode of “Medium”. Cheryl & I are fans and it took us until now to actually watch the episode. SPOILER ALERT: If you are a fan of “Medium” and have not seen the episode, STOP READING THIS.

Okay, the rest of you saw it, right? Good.

Was that the worse series finale you’ve ever seen? Didn’t Joe and Allison deserve better than that? Didn’t Ariel, Bridget and Marie deserve better than that? Didn’t we – the loyal fans – deserve better than that?

The writers killed off Joe – right at the beginning – his plane from Hawaii goes down and that’s it – or is it?

Flash forward to seven years later, Allison dreams that Joe is alive somewhere in Mexico. She so believes this that she blows a huge case against an evil drug lord to find out what he knows about Joe. Then, she takes a teenage Marie down to Mexico to find him. And, there he is, standing in front of her with no memory of who he is until he calls for her and we find out the whole truth. Joe is really dead and Allison is left on her own to finish law school and raising their three daughters.

Didn’t you just want to scream?

Flash forward 41 years and Allison is living in a nursing home. She passes away and there is Joe waiting for her. They kiss and we fade out.

Worse ending ever!

I want Joe and Allison to have a happy endingg. I don’t want to live 41 years without the love of my life and I don’t want to see two TV characters to do so either. Yes, I know it is just a TV show. Yes, I know that there are more important things to worry about. But, I’ve invested what 6 – 7 years in watching these people and I expected a much better ending. We barely even got to see the kids!

Sad.

There was one bright spot when they showed the main characters through the years and then now walking away.  Oh and the notice that the real Joe and Allison are both alive and well.

Goodbye, Dubois family, I know I’ll miss you.

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And the winner is…

You might know this all ready or you might not, but Jennifer Gray won the ABC competition “Dancing with the Stars”. I know the question on your mind is: Where did Bristol place? And, you can find the article that answers that question here.

And, here is the comment I posted there.  I wouldn’t want you to miss it.

And, here we go yet again, spending more time discussing the LOSER of something than the WINNER. Jennifer Gray won the contest both in talent (based on her perfect scores) and in votes. So, why are we discussing Bristol? Why have we decided in this country to celebrate the losers in anything? For another example that proves my point take Sunday’s Green Bay vs Minnesota. The announcers spent so much time discussing Brett Favre and his losing team that they went into a commercial claiming the Vikings were up by 21 points, when they were losing by 21 points. Getting back to DWTS, I have nothing against Bristol Palin but we shouldn’t be discussing her anymore. She lost. Her mother lost an election and she’s in the news every other day. Game over. I’d rather read an article about how Jennifer Gray competed with an injury.

Sarah Palin’s Alaska

It must be Sarah Palin’s day here at Top Of My Head – three articles in one day.  But, the Palins are headline grabbers, so here goes.

According to an article on MSNBC, the ratings for Sarah Palin’s Alaska are down – a lot.  I’m not surprised.  The show received a lot of hype, a lot of attention, Palin is a name, so ratings would be high for the original broadcast.  It isn’t unusual for any reality show to lose viewers.  I was speaking with my friend, Preston, this weekend and he said he couldn’t believe that I wasn’t watching the show.  I told him I wasn’t interested in Sarah Palin’s Alaska.  It isn’t my cup of tea.  To be honest, the show could be called Katie Couric’s Alaska and I still wouldn’t be interested.  I’m not a nature show watcher.

But, the article mentions Andy Almon, Willow’s boyfriend.  I guess he appears on the show, which makes me a little confused.  I thought Sarah Palin’s show was all about Alaska.  A travelogue, if you will, about what to see when you’re in Alaska.  I thought it would show forests and ice flows or whatever it is they have in Alaska.  So, what’s Willow’s boyfriend doing on the show?  How does he work into this?

So, if I’m reading the article right, the show is like “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” mixed with a pretty, woodsy outdoors?

I’m a little more than surprised. I would think that Palin would keep her children out of it as much as possible. A nice nature – come see Alaska – show would probably serve her better than to show family meltdowns and drama.

Am I wrong?

An Open Letter To Chuck Lorre

Dear Mr. Lorre;

I just finished watching tonight’s “Mike and Molly” show and I have to say, I was disappointed.  Oh, don’t get me wrong, the episode was hilarious.  I laughed until I cried.  Mike’s mother giving Molly that hat.  And, using egg salad as a code word – Priceless!

Having Mike invite their network of friends and having to purchase a bird that wouldn’t fit in the oven!  It’s every person’s Thanksgiving nightmare.

But, then, at the end with that so ugly he’s cute dog walking under the table being fed food – you, sir, went way to far with the sentiment!  Having that poor little dog sit there while Mike and Molly held hands brought tears to my eyes!  It was the sweetest thing!

And, for that, sir, I will never forgive you.

Sincerely;

Julie

Losers to the Left of Me, Losers to the Right

Will you be watching the Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight? According to the NBC website, Christine O’Donnell will be on the show. Why is that? She lost. What can she possibly say? What about her will be so entertaining? Are we going to make the same mistake with Christine O’Donnell that we have made with Sarah Palin?

If Leno wants to talk to a politician, perhaps, he could talk to the man who defeated her, Chris Coons. If he wants to talk to a right-wing or tea party politician, why doesn’t he talk with Rand Paul – who WON his election?

Why indeed.

It is because we are becoming a nation of losers. We actually celebrate the people who lose more than we celebrate the people who win. Last Sunday night, the Green Bay Packers trounced the Dallas Cowboys. And, what did the announcers discuss? The poor Cowboys. Hardly any praise for Green Bay and these guys kept talking about things that weren’t even game related. Worse announcing ever. During the last half, it was almost like they weren’t even watching the game.

And, that brings me back to Sarah Palin. After the Republicans loss in 2008, Palin was touted like some golden girl. We’re still not rid of her two years later. And, history is repeating itself because here comes O’Donnell onto the Tonight Show.

It’s just sad. It would be different if O’Donnell had won or had been someone with a lot of political experience and public recognition and now he wants to talk to her.

I guess it really shouldn’t matter to me, except I fear what is going to happen to our nation as time goes by and we keep celebrating the losers and dummying down everything.

Mike & Molly

Did you catch Mike & Molly last night?  If you didn’t, you missed a great sitcom.  This is a great sitcom.  I’m really hoping that this show lasts.

The story is about Mike & Molly – two large people who meet at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting and fall in love.  Mike, played by Billy Gardell, is a Chicago police officer and Molly is a school teacher.  Molly, played by Melissa McCarthy, lives with her skinny mother, Joyce, and sister, Victoria.  Swoosie Kurtz is brilliantly playing Joyce.  Katy Mixon plays her pot smoking sister.  Reno Wilson plays Carl McMillan, Mike’s single, lives with his grandmother partner.

I liked the characters and the script was hilarious.

Try to catch this show – it’s wonderful!

Dancing With The Stars

ABC’s Dancing With The Stars announced it’s line up of stars today. Lined up are David Hasselhoff, Florence Henderson, Kurt Warner, Margaret Cho, Jennifer Grey, Rick Fox, Michael Bolton, Kyle Massey, Brandy Norwood, Audrina Patridge and two others.

What were their names again?

Oh, yeah, Mike Sorrentino and Bristol Palin.

Yes, you read that right. Somehow, the guy they call “The Situation” from that ridiculous reality show The Jersey Shore is considered a star. A FREAKING STAR! Really? Really?

Why do we watch these train wrecks on reality shows? I saw a grand total of 30 seconds of that show and I lost ten IQ points. We have truly gone nuts in this country when we – not only watch these train wrecks – but allow them “star” status.

Burt Reynolds is a star. Marlon Brando was a star. Frank Sinatra. Rosemary Clooney. Sammy Davis, Jr. George Clooney. Demi Moore. Ashley Judd.

Those are stars – very good stars in fact.

I can see David Hasselhoff and Florence Henderson, but why does ABC have to stoop so low to include “The Situation”?

And, I have made a point in the past of not picking on Bristol Palin. I don’t believe in including celebrities’ children in political discussions, but this isn’t a political discussion. And, by signing up to be on this show (and being over 18), she leaves herself up to this.

Since when is Bristol Palin a star? What has she ever done to be granted that? She’s waved at the crowds, but not much else. How could DWTS consider Bristol a “star”?

Maybe, I could talk my mom into running for Vice President, so I could wave at crowds and appear on DWTS.

I think we’re really lowing our standards in this country. Glad I have better things to do with my time then watch DWTS. I really hope you do, too.

Teresa Giudice’s belongings up for auction – CNN.com

Okay, I’ve never had to file to bankruptcy.  I have no idea what can happen to cause this and, because I’m a sympathetic person, I feel bad for the Giudice family.

BUT…

It’s the very last line of the article that has me all riled up:

Mrs. Giudice’s lawyer stats: “”I don’t think Teresa is happy seeing all her belongings displayed on the Internet,” he says, adding that she feels it should have been handled in court before being made public. “Clearly they are under the microscope because they are famous.”

Famous?  Who the heck is this woman?  She was on a reality tv show.  Why does that make her famous?

When are we, as a country, going to stop watching these train wreck shows?  When are we going to stop making these people famous?

There’s only one reality show I even like and that’s Dance Your A$$ off.  At least it is entertaining and the people are working toward a goal.

Other than that – the only reality I want to see is my own.

What happened to Andy Taylor?

This past Sunday, Cheryl and I watched a bunch of the old “Andy Griffith Show” episodes on TV Land.  They were all from the first season.  Andy doles out advice to young and old.  Andy puts two young lovers on the path to martial bliss by stopping the feud between their fathers.  Andy teaches Opie about character and how when you give your word, you need to stand by it.
And, just watching these old black and white shows made me wonder just what happened to Andy Taylor?  Why don’t we see sitcoms on TV where the parents teach their children right from wrong? Why don’t we see sitcoms where the fathers are more than cartoonish men who fail at life, love and fatherhood?
I realize that society never was like Mayberry.  I realize that many children are being raised in fatherless homes and 50% of marriages end in divorce.  I do pay attention to what goes on in the world.
But, don’t our children, who spend more time watching TV than playing catch, deserve to see stand up guys on TV as fathers?
Where else is a fatherless boy going to find a good role model? (Yes, Dad, I know there’s still the Boy Scouts.)
Where is a child with a bad father going to learn what a father should be?
When I was a kid, we had to be home at six to eat dinner.  It wasn’t until I reached my teens that I discovered that not all families gathered around the dinner table and ate their evening meal together.  It was a shock to my system.
I realize that life has changed since 1960 – the year the Andy Griffith Show premiered.  I know that women no longer wear dresses and stay at home.  I get that, but did we have to sacrifice the stand up sitcom dads, like Andy Taylor, to have progress?
Someone please bring back Andy Taylor next fall.  That’s a show I would watch.

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