So You Think You Can Dance, June 6 – More of the Same Excitement

I can’t say enough how much I am enjoying the auditions so far on this season of So You Think You Can Dance. They’re focusing so much on the more heartwarming auditions. Sadly, we only get one night a week of them instead of two this season, with Fox deciding they can only dedicate one night a week this summer to “Dance Idol.” And they just happen to be finding a way to making everyone one of those limited minutes worth it this season.

Tonight we’re in Atlanta to hopefully find more heartwarming auditions. Our judges this evening are Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy, and Debbie Allen. Nigel reminds the crowd of auditioners that last season’s winner, Melanie Moore, auditioned in Atlanta.

First up is Audrey Case, 18, Edmond, OK. Nigel gives her a little advice, telling her that when she met with the producers earlier, and they took down notes for the judges, she shouldn’t have given such text as “you can fart with your neck and lick your elbow.” Mary finds something else interesting in the notes, that Audrey has never had a boyfriend. Nigel thinks it’s her other talents scaring them away. Audrey demonstrates her neck, but Nigel thinks it’s more like squeaking than farting.

Audrey’s dancing is much more beautiful than her farting neck. She has a very fluid body. Debbie is enjoying every moment of it. The crowd gives her a standing O, and Nigel goads the judges into doing the same. He tells Audrey she is magical like a little Tinkerbell. She has a magical charisma and terrific technique. He points out that they have had wonderful dancers who get to Vegas and are terrible, as they can only do what they can do. Nevertheless, she’ll get a chance in Vegas to show Nigel she can do more than the dance she just did and make her elbow fart.

Hip hop dancers Boris Penton, 23, Andre Rucker, 21, and Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer, 21, of Atlanta, call their dancing crew “Dragon House.” They don’t just dance together; they also live together with “like 1000 other people,” despite there only being three bedrooms. It’s tough not to have their own space, especially the bathroom. They just have one thing that brings them all together, and that’s dance, but they like it, as they feel they get inspired by the others.

Boris is up first. He moves his own body like a marionette, and the tinkling piano accompanying him is quite unexpected. The judges give him a standing O. Nigel tells him he is mesmerizing, but I think it could be his hair, dyed bright blue in racing stripes. Nigel found it absolutely stunning to watch. He felt privileged to be there watching Boris. Mary doesn’t think there’s a person in the theater who doesn’t think it was extraordinary. She had to be trained for years, yet he did this himself. It’s their ninth season, yet they find him extraordinary. Debbie calls it pure artistry. Nigel asks him if he’s had enough compliments, then offers him a ticket to Vegas.

Before we see the rest of Dragon House, Joshua Alexander, 18, of Columbia, SC, takes the stage next and tells the judges he sings, plays the guitar, and teaches dance. Nigel hopes that will all come out in his dancing. He does a beautiful routine that indeed shows his love of music. He has amazing command of his body. Debbie is really enjoying it. If he doesn’t make it on the show, I see her picking him up. The judges don’t even bother to talk to him; they just each hold up a ticket to Vegas for him. Debbie grabs his face and tells him he’s special and that when he dances, it roused her up, like he was testifying.

Three dancers go unnamed, but have inspirational stories. One discusses growing up poor in Chicago and not having anything. Eventually he joined a dance team that turned his life around. A female dancer was diagnosed in sixth grade with Tourette’s Syndrome. It was hard, because she thought she was weird. Her tics aren’t as severe anymore, as she uses dance to eliminate them. Another dancer lost his mom at a young age, and it was the hardest thing he’s had to go through. He found his rhythm again with his passion for dance.

The first dancer makes Debbie cry, as she calls his performance beautiful. She tells the second dancer she is wonderful and extraordinary. Nigel tells the third dancer he can’t wait to see him express the joy of getting a ticket to Vegas. He expresses it outside, falling on the floor.

Tim Conkel, 21, of Atlanta, is just a happy guy all the way around. He’s also a karate instructor. His mom enrolled him in martial arts originally, because he was being bullied. By high school, he was “kind of a badass.” He’s a ten-time national champion, a three-time international champion, and in 2009, he was inducted into the National Black Belt League of Fame. He ought to do some dancing with the martial arts dancer who was on last week. And again, the martial artist in me just wants to see him fight. Tim started dancing in his freshman year of college because he wanted to get girls. He thinks he has what it takes to be not only America’s favorite dancer, but America’s favorite person.

Tim walks out onstage with a backpack with Selena Gomez on it, telling the judges he just likes to keep Selena with him at all times. He’s going to do some hip hop with some breaking and martial arts. He tells the judges he started dancing to get girls, an answer the crowd loves. The more he kept dancing, the less it became about girls, and more just because he liked doing it. He sets the backpack in the back so that Selena can watch him dance. Nigel believes there’s “something crazy” about him, while Mary says it will either be amazing or horrific. I’ll go with amazing.

The crowd goes nuts, which Nigel acknowledges, but to be honest with Tim, there were certain things he missed. Nigel stands up and demonstrates he was looking for the quintessential “Karate Kid” move, aka the crane stance, and he was also looking for “wax on, wax off.” Tim jokes that he is ashamed of himself. Without question, Nigel knows he saw some incredible moves. Where he got some of the movement to get into them were extraordinary. His only concern was where the actual dancing was in the routine, despite everything being exceptionally impressive.

Mary calls Tim’s routine explosive, and says his movement is unreal when it comes to his power tricks. He has such a likable personality, that she knew it would either be terrific or horrific, but he was terrific. Debbie calls Tim out on his charming boy-next-door quality, but says he’s actually a naughty boy. In an alley at midnight, she’d be scared. There’s also a Wolfman quality about him. She wants to see a little more to know if he can really transform.

Asked for what other styles he does, Tim acknowledges that he’s done hip hop choreography, and “a whole seven days of ballet.” Nigel makes a deal with him. If he does a little bit of ballet, the judges will make a decision on whether to send him on to Vegas or choreography. They cue the classical music and Justin does some spins and a leap, and while it’s not great, it’s very entertaining. Nigel tells him “Come get your ticket; well done.” Tim tells Selena it’s for her.

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Rock Center with Brian Williams

Rock Center with Brian Williams continues its travels as it searches for a audience. Tonight it lands in the last hour of primetime on NBC. The stories include the newest project for Napster founders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning, a double amputee who intends to race amongst completely abled-bodied runners in the Olympics, and a look at the danger of concussions in girls’ soccer. Check in with other favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. Live! With Kelly. Neil Patrick Harris is the guest cohost, and Jessica Chastain, Emeli Sandé, and Chris Byrne are the guests. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. Duets. The stars perform inspirational songs with their duet partners, and one of them faces elimination. 7:00 PM CT ABC

3. Breaking Pointe. Ronald needs to make a decision over staying at Ballet West with his brother or leaving with his girlfriend, Ronnie wants contract advice, Katie auditions at Ballet Idaho, and the dancers work on an erotic ballet. 7:00 PM CT CW

4. Take Me Out. Series premiere. Thirty women are hoping to find a summer fling 7:00 PM CT Fox

5. NBA Basketball. Game 6 of Eastern Conference Finals. Miami Heat at Boston Celtics. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

6. Saving Hope. Series premiere. Hope Zion Hospital’s chief of surgery wanders the hospital in spirit form after falling into a coma. 8:00 PM CT NBC

7. The Choice. Series premiere. Celebrities searching for love include Pauly D, Romeo, Jeremy Bloom, and Jason Cook. 8:00 PM CT Fox

8. World’s Dumbest …. Season premiere. Dumb has never been funnier. Danny Bonaduce, Gary Busey, Leif Garrett, Judy Gold, Chuck Nice and Tonya Harding provide hilarious commentary as they present footage featuring the most idiotic suspects, drivers, fans, daredevils, competitions and partiers. 8:00 PM CT truTV

9. The First 48. During a home invasion, a mom is murdered in front of her daughter, and a Dallas teenager tries to sell his gun and pays the ultimate price. 8:00 PM CT A&E

10. On the Fly. In the first half hour, A bachelor tries to fly to his bachelor party using bribes, and Ingrid challenges performers to a dance-off. In the second half hour, a passenger tries to incite the crowd, and a mandolin player tries to get a boarding pass with an impromptu performance 8:00 PM CT TLC

11. Swamp People. Nothing means more to Willie than his family, and when he’s not catching gators, he’s out showing his sons the ways of the swamp just like his daddy did with him.8:00 PM CT HISTORY

12. L.A. Hair. Reality TV star Omarosa drops by the salon for a quick style appointment and magazine interview with Kim. True to her diva antics, Omarosa is insulted by receptionist Charity when she fails to recognize the reality star, causing Omarosa to embarrass her in front of the entire salon. When Omarosa continues her rampage by calling out Kim’s assistant Anthony’s for his clumsy ways, Kim swoops in to save the day. 9:00 PM CT WE

13. Don’t Be Tardy for the Wedding. It’s the morning of the big day, but things are far from picture perfect! With just a few hours to go, Colin Cowie’s crew is still assembling the wedding, and Derek J. hasn’t gotten around to cutting Kim’s wedding wig …. 8:30 PM CT Bravo

14. Rock Center with Brian Williams. Segments include Napster founders SEan Parker and Shawn Fanning launing a new web video project, Airtime, Oscar Pistorius, and girls’ soccer concussions. 9:00 PM CT NB

15. Rookie Blue. The community wants to have Dov investigated after he shoots a black teen during a robbery in progress 9:00 PM CT ABC

16. Men at Work. Milo gets advised how to play it cool, Gibbs and Tyler’s interview with a sex therapist doesn’t go as expected, .and Neal gets teased by the guys 9:00 PM CT TBS

17. Cajun Justice. In the first half hour, a voodoo ritual, a stolen air conditioner, and the swamp search for an elusive drug dealer. In the second half hour, an alligator capture, tracking a lead on a wanted thief, and water patrol officers on an evening trip to the bayou 9:00 PM CT A&E

18. Kathy. Kathy Griffin is breaking her own rules when she hosts fellow funny girls Chelsea Handler and Whitney Cummings. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

19. Tattoo School. In the first half hour, Dr. Bill uses tattoo challenges to teach about heroism. In the second half hour, Tattoo School alumni come back to improve their technique with Dr. Bill. 9:00 PM CT TLC

20. Mountain Men. Find out why preparing for winter is a mountain man’s most important task. 9:00 PM CT HISTORY

21. Conan. Malin Akerman, Chris Hemsworth, and Jonah Ray are the guests tonight. 10:00 PM CT TBS

22. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight include Catherine Zeta-Jones, Louis Zamperini, and Bret Michaels. 10:35 PM CT NBC

 

Real Housewives of New York City Premiere – “A New New York”

New wives, prosthetic leg, love fest, and dinner parties.

The season 5 premier introduces not one, not two, but three new housewives to the New York City circle. Heather Thomson, Carole Radziwill, and Aviva Drescher.

LuAnn and new housewife Aviva (whose name I love, btw, and not just because it sounds like a brand of paper towels) discuss their highbrow lives and catch up with each other.

We even get a quick French lesson as they start speaking the romance language to show off their skills.

Turns out there’s a bit of a “love fest” between the ladies and their exes. Translation: a couple of Aviva’s “new” friends have had relations with her ex-husband.Gross.

Sonja’s having a party and LuAnne attends with Aviva—who feels awkward because Sonja is friends with and has probably slept with her ex-husband.

Other new housewives, Heather and Carole, arrive. As a New York Times Best-seller author, Carole is the local celebrity right now.

Ramona arrives with her husband, Mario. LuAnn is less than happy to see Ramons after she degraded her parenting skills. The woman hasn’t apologized yet. And I doubt Ramona will, unless someone dopes her up with the Pino Gritio.

Avia gushes over Carole’s book about dealing with her husband’s cancer. Ramona comes over and the conversation shifts to mommy talk about kids. Boring. I agree, Carole.

LuAnn inquires if Heather speaks any other languages, like Italian. Well that convo is a bust so LuAnn quietly moseys over to Ramona, near the Pino Gritio and alcohol.

“Honey, I need to talk to you,” When those words leave LuAnn’s lips, she’s usually expecting an apology.

Picking up right where they left off, LuAnn is still annoyed with Ramona about the disparaging comments she made about LuAnn’s parenting (from last season) and tries to discuss it with her at the party.

Ramona isn’t having it. She takes her Pino Gritio and marches off.

Aviva and Sonja go for mani-pedis. Sonja’s taken aback when Aviva takes out her large bag. Why, you ask? We learn Aviva has a prosthetic leg, which she introduces not only to Sonja, but to everyone for the rest of the episode.

Honesty is the best policy, right? Why not be upfront about things.

Heather and Ramona clash because they’re both big talkers, fast talkers, and think they know everything. Ramona meets her match in this one because “this woman will not shut up.”

At the dinner party, Ramona freaks out over Sonja saying “my husband” instead of her “ex” husband since there’s an eligible bachelor sitting to her right.

Carole skipped the dinner party so she meets with Aviva and LuAnn for lunch to catch up. It’s total Bash Ramona time. LuAnn has some issues with Ramona threatening her through the kids.

The three housewives agree to never become “mean girls.” Sure, we’ll see how that goes. As usual.

 

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What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Dogs in the City

While The Dog Whisperer has always been a big hit, he’s never made it to the networks like Justin Silver. Tonight, Silver stars in the new CBS show Dogs in the City, where he, too, has a way of communicating with pets and getting to the bottom of their problems. Check out your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guest cohost today is Neil Patrick Harris, and the guests today include Julianne Hough, Kerry Washington, and animals from SeaWorld and Bush Gardens. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. Dogs in the City. Justin helps a pampered pet be treated more like a regular dog, helps a police dog return to to the civilian life, and helps a couple realize their mixed messages are the cause of their dog’s barking and aggression. 7:00 PM CT CBS

3. So You Think You Can Dance. Night three of the auditions. 7:00 PM CT Fox

4. Melissa & Joey. In the first half hour, Mel and Joe find out Lennox and her boyfriend spent the night together, and Ryder’s girlfriend pressures him to start shaving. In the second half hour, Joe wonders if Mel is going out with a married man, a friend’s boyfriend has a crush on Lennox, and Ryder is concerned about getting Holly the perfect birthday gift. 7:00 PM CT ABC Family

5. NBA Basketball. Game 6 of Western Conference Finals. San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder. 8:00 PM CT TNT

6. Royal Pains. Season premiere. Hank and Divya help competitive eaters, Evan begins a business, and Jill ends her time at Hamptons Heritage. 8:00 PM CT USA

7. Haunted Collector. Every object has a story. 8:00 PM CT Syfy

8. Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles. Josh Altman attempts to sell a multi-million dollar home owned by an eccentric inventor who wants to fly. Meanwhile over in Malibu, Madison helps a colleague sell her ill-tempered ex-husband’s stunning lakeside home. Flying high, Josh Flagg meets a client at “rooftop yoga” and nabs a listing for a prized Beverly Hills estate. 8:00 PM CT Brav

9. Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America. In the first half hour, Richman travels to the Northeast, where he decides between a Capicola Egg Sandwich, a Roast Pork Sandwich and a Corned Beef Pastrami Sandwich. In the second half hour, Richman travels to the Gulf Coast, where he decides between a Shrimp Po Boy Sandwich, a Media Noche Sandwich and a Grouper Reuben Sandwich. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

10. Cajun Pawn Stars. Jimmie “Big Daddy” DeRamus and team appraise, pawn and trade the Cajun way. 8:00 PM CT HISTORY

11. Operation Repo. Season premiere. Lou takes his new guys on their very first repo, Matt and Froy get taken for a ride when a driving school instructor convinces his student to give chase, Lou and Sonia fend off a debtor who is armed with medicine balls and deadly aim, and Lou rallies the team together to introduce Ronnie and Carlos. In the second half hour, Lou plans an elaborate sting operation to infiltrate what they think is a cult, Lyndah takes over the office, Sonia heads out with Matt to repo a car from a debtor who turns out to be blind, and Ronnie joins Froy on a shopping cart truck repo. 8:30 PM CT truTV

12. Necessary Roughness. Season premiere. The preseason brings a crisis for the Hawks, and Dani and Matt keep their relationship to themselves. 9:00 PM CT USA

13. The Soup. 9:00 PM CT E!

14. Hot in Cleveland. Melanie’s hair blowout lasts longer than usual, and the tension increases between the ladies and rival hair stylists at Elka’s favorite salon. 9:00 PM CT TV Land

15. Around the World in 80 Plates. The chefs are off to Florence, Italy. One chef makes a potentially unforgiveable mistake with ribolita, and struggles with how to tell his team … 9:00 PM CT Bravo

16. Baggage Battles. The auction experts head back to Miami International Airport. The airport hosts one of the largest airport auctions every six months, to bid on everything from lost luggage to jet fuel cells. Hundreds of lost and found items from North America, South America and Europe are auctioned to an energetic crowd! 9:00 PM CT Travel Channel

17. Locked Up Abroad. British nurse Stephen Comiskey, who is gay, gets arrested in Saudi Arabia where punishment for being homosexual includes execution. 9:00 PM CT National Geographic

18. American Restoration. Find out if you have what it takes to work at Rick’s Restorations. 9:00 PM CT HISTORY

19. Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew. “David Guetta Superstar Challenge.” 9:00 PM CT MTV

20. Happily Divorced. Fran meets a New Yorker starting a pizza place in Los Angeles, and Elliot returns to say he’s finally ready to commit. 9:30 PM CT TV Land

21. Conan. Jennifer Love Hewitt, Breckin Meyer, and JD McPherson are the guests tonight. 10:00 PM CT TBS

22. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight include Julia Louis-Dreyfus and The Beach Boys. 10:00 PM CT NBC

 

Real Housewives of Orange County; Ep. 17 – “Monkey Business”

Costa Rica pt. 2, river rafting, and a breakdown.

Alexis flees the table after the women beat up on her. She doesn’t want to be around anyone and would rather weep alone.

But some of the ladies come after her, like Vicki and Gretchen. Sorry, Gretchen, you’re not allowed into the room.

“I don’t think Alexis is pretentious. I think she’s a great girl. She’s drop-dead gorgeous and they’re all jealous.”

Vicki, tell them how you really feel. I mean, really. Do you actually feel that way?

“I’ve been nothing but that freakin’ girl’s friend. Why in the world would she let Vicki in her room and not me?”

Now Gretchen wants to play the friend card on Alexis.

Alexis packs her bags and leaves—well this isn’t new because she doesn’t have a nanny to watch her kids, so she couldn’t stay the week in Costa Rica anyway. Psh.

The fact that the women ganged up on her during the Alexis Intervention only gives her more reason to fled Costa Rica.

The next Costa Rican event for the women is heading to the beach.

Gretchen is still super annoyed and bothered by Alexis only speaking to Vicki the previous night. Alexis just doesn’t value the friendship they were supposed to have.

Sorry, girls, but the tides in friendship were changing since the beginning of the season.

It’s likely Alexis’s last day on the trip, so Gretchen pulls her aside by a rock on the beach to express her feelings.

Miscommunication is a fixture with people, and Gretchen and Alexis “talk” is no different.

Alexis feels like Gretchen is making the situation all about her. Gretchen feels like Alexis is being too defensive and isn’t grasping her honest feedback on why the others think Lex is so pretentious and fake, for lack of a better word.

After Alexis leaves the beach and Costa Rica altogether, the women all get along and run around, playing like little kids. A monkey hops along the beach towards the women and I think it’s more fearful of them.

I’d run the other way to escape that screaming and commotion.

The women each take a plant to have it grow into some sort of tree.

“Should we get one for Alexis?” Vicki’s the only one concerned about this.

Planting the trees together brings the women a little closer and sort of binds them—symbolically anyway. It’s a happy moment and there’s no screaming. There’s peace. And amongst all that, the thought of dying pops into Vicki’s mind.

Yep, the other ladies are convinced she’s slowly unraveling and losing it.

Ironically as Vicki plants away, the one meant for Alexis falls over and gets ruined, something similar to the like. Heather isn’t surprised.

Onto the next Costa Rican activity—and I like how organized this all is—white water rafting!

Heather’s concerned about the balance of the little boat. What about another ore to keep steady. Alexis sort of screwed the ladies over. Nonetheless, they’re all pumped and antsy about it.

Holy shiznit, there are piranhas in the water! No way are they stepping into that water just to get into the boat.

Maybe I should just scratch off river rafting from my bucket list.

Yelling, yelling, and screaming. Majority of it’s coming from Vicki “The Screamer” Gunvalson.

I would not want to ride a roller coaster ride with her, thank you very much.

Going down the river, Vicki consumes some of the water and regurgitates it back into the river.

Now Heather has to leave Costa Rica. Aw man. Two down and three left on Survival Island, though I believe Heather is capable of sticking it out if she wanted.

The remaining three have lunch and wow Tamra and Gretchen are matching in loud pink jackets and dark caps. Vicki’s crying and brings up her ex, Donn. Her mental state is kaput.

On the next episode: Fresh from the Costa Rica trip, Eddie takes Tamra to Tahiti. Vicki takes Brooks to get his teeth fixed. Alexis is still hosting, trying to become the next Katie Keurig (and no that’s not a typo on my part, refer to Alexis). Gretchen and Slade are arguing some more.

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What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Love in the Wild

The show that’s a cross between The Bachelor, Bachelor Pad, Survivor, and The Amazing Race is back on tonight with season 2 on NBC. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. Live! With Kelly. The guest cohost is Bryant Gumbel, and Jenny McCarthy, and Miss USA Olivia Culpo are the guests. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. America’s Got Talent. Austin, Texas, auditions continue. 7:00 PM CT NBC

3. The Catalina. Morgan feels pressured as she organizes a bikini fashion show in her restaurant. 7:00 PM CT CW

4. Hell’s Kitchen. Night two of the new season. 7:00 PM CT Fox

5. Pretty Little Liars. Season premiere. After a summer of trying to recover from what happened in Rosewood, Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer get together. 7:00 PM CT ABC Family

6. Dance Moms. Season premiere. 7:00 PM CT Lifetime

7. Giuliana & Bill. Season finale. Giuliana and Bill’s family and friends find out about the baby, and Giuliana gets an update regarding her health. 7:00 PM CT Style

8. NBA Basketball. Game 5 of Eastern Conference Finals. Boston Celtics at Miami Heat. 7:30 PM CT ESPN

9. Love in the Wild. Season premiere. The pairs get an additional person in order to complete the first challenge as trios, and navigate through rough waters and a well of snakes, and seven singles are eliminated. 8:00 PM CT NBC

10. Concert for the Queen: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration with Katie Couric. Backstage at the concert that includes performances by Elton John, Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, Annie Lennox, Kylie Minogue, Stevie Wonder, will.i.am, and Jessie J. 8:00 PM CT ABC

11. MasterChef. The second round of auditions. 8:00 PM CT Fox

12. Rizzoli & Isles. Season premiere. Maura’s biological father is shot, straining her relationship with Jane, while Jane and Agent Dean’s relationship is exposed. 8:00 PM CT TNT

13. American Ninja Warrior. The top 30 of the Northeast qualifying round try to advance to the national finals. 8:00 PM CT G4

14. Fact or Faked. The team gets more than it expects when investigating a shimmering Florida UFO. 8:00 PM CT Syfy

15. Hardcore Pawn. Seth schemes to get some fresh cash into his internet department, but when one of his guys makes a colossal mistake, Les demands blood. Unwilling to hand his father a proverbial severed head, Seth takes a stand and squares off against Les. 8:00 PM CT truTV

16. Jane by Design. While facing new pressure at work, Jane worries about Billy’s return, and Ben’s attempts to keep Jane’s secrets hurts his relationship with Rita. 8:00 PM CT ABC Family

17. The Real Housewives of Orange County. The Costa Rica trip continues with the group accusing Alexis of being fake. After Alexis departs early with hurt feelings, the trip continues with a champagne-induced pantsing, and a lot less fighting. Vicki also has a rare post-raft breakdown. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

18. What Not to Wear. Desiree doesn’t spend any time focusing on herself. 8:00 PM CT TLC

19. Mysteries at the Museum. Wildman visits the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, CA, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., and the Warren Anatomical Museum in Boston, MA. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

20. Franklin & Bash. Peter and Jared look to sign the executive of a beverage company to their client list, and Peter meets an attractive cop. 9:00 PM CT TNT

21. Hollywood Treasure. Joe hunts for Hunger Games items props and a truly hellish cube. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

22. Storage Wars. In the first half hour, Dave pushes the bidding in La Verne, CA, Darrell works solo, and Jarrod and Brandi work on a new system. In the second half hour, the bidders go to a Chatsworth, CA vault auction, Jarrod and Brandi get noisy with their purchase, and Darrell makes a find out of Brandon’s discards. 9:00 PM CT A&E

23. Pregnant in Heels. Rosie’s client Corrie has her hands full expecting twins, and her reaction to holding two babies doesn’t exactly scream “motherly love.” After putting them down she states, “People say you feel the joy. People say you love it. And that didn’t feel like loving it…” 9:00 PM CT Bravo

24. Big Brooklyn Style. Series Premiere. In the first half hour, a woman wants a more feminine look, another looks for a sexy dress, and a third admits to being a print virgin. In the second half hour, a woman looks for clothes on a budget, another wants a hot dress, and a customer wants to pick up her motorcycle jacket. 9:00 PM CT TLC

25. United States of America. How many Americans have gone under the needle? 9:00 PM CT HISTORY

26. The Glee Project. For Individuality Week, the finalists perfor Here I Go Again, and Lea Michele pays a visit. 9:00 PM CT Oxygen

27. Kendra on Top. Kendra meets with her agents to discuss taking her career to the next level now that she’s got her body back, and former co-star, Holly Madison, pays a visit. Meanwhile, now that he’s finished with the NFL, Hank sets out to prove to Kendra that he can be a successful host and actor. But all plans comes to a halt when what seems like a quiet morning at home turns into “HOLY SH!T I’m pregnant!” – or so she thinks. 9:00 PM CT WE

28. Conan. Charlize Theron, Curtis Stone, and Bahamas are the guests tonight. 10:00 PM CT TBS

29. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight include Emma Stone, Chris Hemsworth, and Chris Robinson Brotherhood 10:35 PM CT NBC

 

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Two Hours of Chef Gordon Ramsey

It’s two hours of Chef Gordon Ramsey tonight, and not because it’s a two-hour edition of one of his shows. It’s two separate one-hour premieres on Fox tonight, first Hell’s Kitchen, and after that, MasterChef. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. Live! With Kelly. The guest cohost is Bryant Gumbel, and the guests today include Cat Deeley, Gavin DeGraw, and the Scripps National Spelling Bee champion. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. MLB Baseball. Los Angeles Dodgers at Philadelphia Phillies. 6:00 PM CT ESPN

3. America’s Got Talent. Austin, Texas, auditions. 7:00 PM CT NBC

4. The Bachelorette. Emily takes her bachelors to Bermuda, has a two-on-one date with John and Nate, and goes on a group date with the others as they race sailboats. 7:00 PM CT ABC

5. Hell’s Kitchen. Season premiere. The new crew make their signature dishes for Chef Ramsey. 7:00 PM CT Fox

6. The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Season finale. Anne gives her family important news, and Ben visits Dylan’s school to decide if he wants to transfer. 7:00 PM CT ABC Family

7. Basketball Wives. Reunion 7:00 PM CT VH1

8. American Ninja Warrior. The Northeast region preliminary round finishers move on. 8:00 PM CT NBC

9. MasterChef. Season premiere. the judges test the contestants’ signature dishes. 8:00 PM CT Fox

10. NBA Basketball. Game 5 of Western Conference Finals. Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs. 8:00 PM CT TNT

11. Eureka. Jack starts swapping bodies uncontrollably and Allison must help before Carter’s consciousness disappears for good. 8:00 PM CT Syfy

12. Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels. In the first half hour, Gene and Shannon again talk about adoption and talk with Nick about his own future plans. Thinking Gene has second thoughts about adopting, Sharon sets up meetings between him and families with happy adoption stories, and Nick tries to find a place to live. 8:00 PM CT A&E

13. Are You Normal, America? Calling out the wrong name. 8:00 PM CT OWN

14. The Real Housewives of New York. New York welcomes its 3 new housewives, Heather Thomson, Carole Radziwill, and Aviva Drescher. Find out how they mesh with NYC veterans Ramona, Countess LuAnn, Sonya (and how they mesh with each other!) 8:00 PM CT Bravo

16 . Cake Boss. In the first half hour, Father Bob gets a cake for a special church-goer, and Danny gets surprised on his fiftieth birthday with special guests. In the second half hour, Buddy celebrates the new year with a dragon cake, and the team has to create a life-sized punching bag. 8:00 PM CT TLC

17. Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. Tony tries a banana leaf-wrapped rice and shrimp dish, and eats fresh snapper on Monkey Beach. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

18. American Pickers. Tony discovers a rice and shrimp dish wrapped in a banana leaf; eating fresh snapper on Monkey Beach. 8:00 PM CT HISTORY

19. Single Ladies. Keisha wants SEan’s help to get out of trouble with the IRS, April becomes interested in a guy she meets while roller skating, and Raquel gets back together with her first love. 8:00 PM CT VH1

20. Lost Girl. Bo fearlessly sets out on another bold adventure. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

21. Monster In-Laws. In the first half hour, A tries to escape his sister-in-law by moving his family seven-hundred miles, only to find out she has relocated as well. In the second half hour, a wrestler’s mother controls his life and talks down to his wife. 9:00 PM CT A&E

22. Hotel Impossible. The Southern Oaks Inn owners get in a power struggle for leadership of the hotel. 9:00 PM CT Travel Channel

23. Pawn Stars. Tony discovers a rice and shrimp dish wrapped in a banana leaf; eating fresh snapper on Monkey Beach. 9:00 PM CT HISTORY

24. Tanisha Gets Married. Clive grows even more jealous of Sean, and Tanisha and Clive battle it out during couples’ therapy. 9:00 PM CT Oxygen

25. Conan. David Mizejewsk, Aaron Paul, and Neon Trees are the guests tonight. 9:00 PM CT TBS

26. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight include Martin Short, Aubrey Plaza, and Def Leppard. 9:00 PM CT NBC

 

Real Housewives of New Jersey – Ep. 6: “Uncivil Union”

Coming out, bad jokes, wedding preparation, and therapy talk.

It’s a typical day at the Guidice residence: the girls are running about the place and there’s yelling. Oh Milania. The little cutie that spells trouble is pestering big sis, Gia.

What’s going on with Gia lately? Her angry eyes, temper tantrum, and blow up at Jacqueline’s Field Day caught everyone off guard, including me.

Teresa serves her daughter some waffles and tries to find out why Gia’s so upset over what’s going on with her and Zio (Uncle) Joe (Joe Gorga).

C’mon, children feel what their parents feel. Teresa’s upset so Gia is upset. Gia only sees Teresa’s side of the family brawl, which probably explains her anger towards Joe.

Joe Gorga is beyond fed-up with Teresa’s drama and the constant fighting. Therapy isn’t exactly the traditional Italian way, but it doesn’t sound so bad right about now.

He texts Teresa – this seems to be the main source of communication with these people – about seeing a therapist and how he wants to work things out.

Out of everyone on the show, Teresa of all people certainly does not need a therapist. Especially with all the personal issues she may be going through, with husband Joe and finances.

Kim D. is with her when she receives Joe Gorga’s text and she does nothing but feed Teresa’s obstinate mind set against therapy.

Rosie officially comes out to her niece and nephew, Joseph and Victoria.

The kids are more understanding than she expected and completely cool with it. As for questions, does everyone who’s gay have “gay-dar?”

I guess that’s the first thing that pops up in Joseph’s mind. Sure. Maybe. No antennas are involved undeniably.

Kathy and her family return to the shore, renting a shore house. The Gorgas and some friends of Kathy are also joining.

One sizzling hot woman catches Rosie’s eye for the night. Rosie practically drools at the sight of this woman who gives her special attention in the hot tub.

Sadly, the friend of Kathy is taken and straight. Rosie’s day will come.

Caroline’s brother, Jamie, is getting married to his partner of 13 years, Rich, and has invited the family to Chicago where it’s being held.

Teresa is invited since she’s a friend. That’s going to be a fun time. Awkward moments between an in-denial Teresa and a for-good-reason standoffish Caroline.

What’s going to add to that fun is Joe Guidice who—let’s face it—comes off as narrow-minded towards homosexuality and anything related.

Joe makes a homosexual joke about Greg, friend of the Manzos, that goes a little too far. Not to mention just flat out rude and crude.

On the next episode: Jamie’s wedding day. Teresa tries to make nice with Caroline, but it comes off as fake—as usual and pushy. Family and friends discover more magazine interviews done by Teresa that places them in a negative.

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What’s Hot on TV Tonight – MTV Movie Awards

The MTV Movie Awards are sometimes more interesting than the Oscars. The reason for this is that these honor movies that we saw the first time they came out instead of deciding we should see them because they were nominated for a bunch of Academy Awards. To prove its popularity, it’s airing on several channels tonight, including MTV and VH1 Catch up on your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. NASCAR Racing: Sprint Cup. FedEx 400 from Dover International Speedway in Dover, DE. 11:30 AM CT Fox

2. 2012 French Open Tennis. Fourth round of Men’s and Women’s from Paris. 12:00 PM CT NBC

3. MLB Baseball. New York Yankees at Detroit Tigers. 12:00 PM CT TBS

4. PGA Tour Golf. Final Round of Memorial Tournament from Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, OH. 1:30 PM CT CBS

5. IndyCar Racing. Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix from Detroit. 2:30 PM CT ABC

6. Arthur. A remake with Russell Brand taking on the Dudley Moore role of the rich irresponsible playboy, and Helen Mirren in John Gielgud’s role. 3:55 PM CT HBO Signature

7. 60 Minutes. SpaceX, a neo-Nazi leader’s murder, and a profile of Angelina Jolie. 6:00 PM CT CBS

8. Dateline NBC. Five years and two trials later, a former radio DJ’s death is finally solved. 6:00 PM CT NBC

9. Adele Live in London. Footage of the singer’s cncert at Royal Albert Hall and her discussion with Matt Lauer. 7:00 PM CT NBC

10. Secret Millionaire. Season premiere. A millionaire and his daughter spend a week in Newark, NJ, deciding who is deserving of sharing some of their fortune. 7:00 PM CT ABC

11. Sand Masters. Rusty Croft and the sculptors create a gravity-defying masterpiece for California’s Strongest Man Competition in Huntington Beach. 7:00 PM CT Travel Channel

12. Jerseylicous. To save their jobs, Tracy and Olivia begin an image-consulting service, Gigi is upset wen Tracy eats at Frankie’s, and Alexa gets surprised by Danny. 7:00 PM CT Style

13. 2012 Movie Awards Punk’d Pre-Party. Ashton Kutcher pranks the red carpet arrivals. 7:00 PM CT MTV

14. MLB Baseball. St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets. 7:00 PM CT ESPN2

15. NBA Basketball. Game 4 of Eastern Conference Finals. Miami Heat at Boston Celtics. 7:30 PM CT ESPN

16. 2012 Miss USA Competition. Andy Cohen and Giuliana Rancic host the 61st annual beauty pageant competition. 8:00 PM CT NBC

17. Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. Season premiere. A man whose weight problem has left him without a job and strained his relationship. 8:00 PM CT ABC

18. American Ninja Warrior. Northeast qualifying round. 8:00 PM CT G4

19. The Glades. Season premiere. Jim and Carlos take on the case of a wealthy man who dies and leaves his fortune to a band of UFO enthusiasts, and Callie has difficulties finding a job in Palm Glade. 8:00 PM CT A&E

20. Oprah’s Next Chapter Oprah interviews Neil Patrick Harris and his partner David Burtka. 8:00 PM CT OWN

21. Sister Wives. In the first half hour, Janelle wants to open a gym, while Meri talks about her prior fertility problems. In the second half hour, Kody and his daughters attend daddy/daughter dance at school. 8:00 PM CT TLC

22. Ice Road Truckers. Season premiere. The new season continues to lead our fated drivers along the treacherous icy paths of the unknown. Following family traditions and with days numbered, they carry vital equipment to remote outposts in the race against elements, time and each other in the hopes of hauling in the biggest prize 8:00 PM CT HISTORY

23. Drop Dead Diva. Season premiere. Kim finds out that the firm is in financial trouble, Teri is sent to bring Jane back, Grayson deals with his feelings, Fred and his new girlfriend move on, and Stacy looks for advice from a relationship guru. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

24. Snapped. “Tyonne Palmer.” 8:00 PM CT Oxygen

25. Empire Girls: Julissa & Adrienne. Series premiere. Julissa works on her accent to try to appeal to a more mainstrem audience, and Adrienne tries to erase her former boyfriend from her life. 8:00 PM CT Style

26. 2012 MTV Movie Awards. The list of presenters includes Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Mila Kunis, and Mark Wahlberg. 8:00 PM CT MTV and VH1

27. The Killing. After returning to the casino, Sarah and Holder find themselves on the run while Stan and Richmond must make life-altering decisions that will decide their fate. 8:00 PM CT AMC

28. Game of Thrones. Season finale. Theon brings his men to action, Luwin gives advvice, Brienne quiets jaime, Arya gets a gift, DAny enters a strange place, and Jon proves himself. 8:00 PM CT HBO

29. Nurse Jackie. Cruz gets reveng on Jackie’s coworkers, Eddie lends support to Jackie’s case, Lenny plans to move to Europe, and O’Hara leans on Coop. 8:00 PM CT Showtime

30. The Big C. Cathy pays maxine and Dave back, Sean finds out the good and bad to his relationships with Time and Giselle, and Paul finds something out about Cathy. 8:30 PM CT Showtime

31. Longmire. Series premiere. A widowed sheriff in Wyoming tries to overcome his loss by pushing himself more into his job. 9:00 PM CT A&E

32. Are You Normal, America? Question surrounding skinny-dipping and talking on the phone while using the restroom. 9:00 PM CT OWN

33. The Real Housewives of New Jersey. Caroline’s brother Jamie announces he’s marrying his partner of 13 years. Teresa expresses her support, which leads Caroline to call her out for being a hypocrite. Kathy’s sister also introduces Rosie to a woman who’s just her type, and she leaves her drooling… 9:00 PM CT Bravo

34. My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding. To have their dream wedding, Heath and Alyssa end up defying both sets off their parents, and Heath’s aunt is ready to excessive violence to stop the nuptials. 9:00 PM CT TLC

35. Gem Hunt. Veteran gem dealer Ron LeBlanc and his team of gem hunters travel to the gem-rich nation of Madagascar in search of gemstones they can turn into a small fortune. There’s much profit to be made from these rocks, but buyers must be skilled in spotting flaws, “fake” synthetic stones and knowing when – and just how much – to bargain. 9:00 PM CT Travel Channel

36. The Client List. Selena and Evan start dating, Travis gets caught in a curious situation, Riley gives advice to a client, and Linette and Taylor compete with each other. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

37. Mad Men. Don follows a surprising lead and Sally goes out. 9:00 PM CT AMC

38. VEEP. Selinda asks for a “partial” disclosure of all correspondence at the office, and also threatens to fire one of the key staffers. 9:00 PM CT HBO

39. The Borgias. Juan tries to use his combat injury as proof of his valor, Lucrezia gets a lover, and Della Rovere recruits a young friar. 9:00 PM CT Showtime

40. Girls. Hannah goes further into Adam’s world, and Jess and Marnie meet a guy who isn’t what he appears to be. 9:30 PM CT HBO