What’s Hot on TV Tonight – America’s Got Talent Wildcards

Did you hate saying goodbye to some of your favorite America's Got Talent acts in the quarterfinals? You're in luck. Twelve of them are back tonight to compete for the last four semi-final spots in a wildcard round. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. Live! With Kelly. Joel McHale is the guest cohost, and Zach Galifianakis, Olivia Munn, Skipper Bivins, and Trent Jackson are today's guests. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. America's Got Talent. Twelve previously eliminated acts perform for a second chance. Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen perform 7:00 PM CT NBC

3. Pretty Little Liars Spencer finds out Paige's history with Alison, but Emily holds back on heeding the warning, and Aria tries to assist Ezra in moving on. 7:00 PM CT ABC Family

4. Craft Wars. Kitchen supplies are used to make food-and-wine themed display. 7:00 PM CT TLC

5. The L.A. Complex. Connor runs into someone from Jennifer's past, Beth gets protective, and Abby starts to feel overwhelmed. 8:00 PM CT CW

6. MasterChef. The cooks select mystery box ingredients representing themselves, are surprised by the judges with a twist, and recreate a Graham Elliot dish that was served to the President. 8:00 PM CT Fox

7. White Collar. Mozzie, Neal, and Peter follow clues in a storage unit. 8:00 PM CT USA

8. Face Off. Sean Astin welcomes the competitors, and the artists create original aliens for a cantina scene from Star Wars. 8:00 PM CT Syfy

9. Our America with Lisa Ling. The Exodus International leader credits the show with changing his mind. In the second hour, swingers, and testing sexual boundaries. 8:00 PM CT OWN

9. Beverly Hills Nannies. The nannies step out of their normal routines, Amber comes to a drastic decision, Justin learns golf, and Amber an dKristin disagree again. 8:00 PM CT ABC Family

10. Mysteries at the Museum Special. Don Wildman takes a look at the most memorable museum moments. Whether it’s one of the world’s first and furriest astronauts, a pair of human heads each the size of an apple, or a photograph depicting the ghostly image of a former president, these are among the most bizarre and otherworldly stories found in America’s museums. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

11. Top Gear. The guys head to the narrow streets of New Orleans to try out small cars, and also hunt and survive amongst the Cajun country locals. 8:00 PM CT HISTORY

12. Dance Moms. Abby assigns a new dance style for the yearly recital, and Cathy and her Candy Apples crash. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

13. VH1 Do Something Awards. Honor the commitment of young people to social change. 8:00 PM CT VH1

14. NY Med. Dr. Oz completes a heart valve replacement on an older woman, a newborn needs reconstructive heart surgery, a trauma surgeon has difficulties with getting attached to his patients, and a patient serenades the doctor sewing up his wound on his hand. 9:00 PM CT ABC

15. Covert Affairs. Annie tries to turn the Yemen prime minister's chief-of-staff into a CIA asset. 9:00 PM CT USA

16. What Not to Wear. Rebecca's style lost her her job. 9:00 PM CT TLC

17. Counting Cars. In the first half half Danny makes a reckless buy, Big Ray gets a big Harley project, and Kevin puts an offer in on a 1971 Monte Carlo. In the second half hour, a custom bike is built for a disabled man, a 1960 Coupe de Ville, and a '70s era El Camino. 9:00 PM CT HISTORY

18. The Week the Women Went. The men have to host a formal tea party for socialites, Marine throws his girlfriend's daughter a birthday party, and one woman thinks about leaving early from the camp. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

19. All the Right Moves. With everyone working on solo projects, it threatens the future of Shaping Sound. 9:00 PM CT Oxygen

20. Teen Mom. Maci and Ryan argue at Bentley's brithday, Farrah and Sophia spend time together, Amber and Gary come up with a custody plan, and Catelynn and Tyler help their patents cope. 9:00 PM CT MTV

21. The Burn with Jeff Ross. John Stamos, Gilbert Gottfried, Marc Maron, and Russell Peters help Jeff roast the week's topics, and they he he roasts the paparazzi on the streets 9:30 PM CT Comedy Centralp>22. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight are Shia LaBeouf, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Fun. 10:35 PM CT NBC

 

Project Runway Season 10: Pretty as a Picture… Or Not

Last week on Project Runway, Andrea and Kooan shocked their fellow designers– and a good chunk of the country– by quitting.  Raul was thus brought back into the competition.  The designers also dealt with the week’s challenge:  Design a look for Michael Kors, who asked them to make a day-to-night outfit suitable for a woman “on the go.”  Sonjia won and Buffi was sent home.

Next morning, Gunnar tells us that he’s sorry to see Buffi go, but acknowledges that’s part of the game.  Melissa, who has seen all of her roommates leave, moves in with the remaining women.  In the guys’ area, Raul and Christopher talk about having each other’s backs.

At Parson’s, the designers tense up when they see Heidi carrying the black velvet bag.  Rather than tell the designers what their challenge will be, Heidi calls Nina to the stage.  Nina then tells them that Marie Claire has recently produced a spin-off magazine, Marie Claire at Work, which is, of course, dedicated to fashions for high-level professional women.    As the designers have already guessed, the challenge will be a team challenge.  Cue the groans and muttering.  Everybody has somebody that they do not want to work with.

Each team will make a collection suitable for a female executive.  The designers will have until 11:00 p.m.– and they need to be completely finished, as they will also do their own photoshoot first thing the next morning.  Nina tells them that their designs not only have to be suitable for a professional woman, they also have to be “editorial,” which means they have to photograph well and look good in a fashion magazine.  The winning team will have their photos shown in Marie Claire at Work.

As the last week’s winner, Sonjia gets to pick her first teammate, and she chooses Elena, citing her technical skills.  Heidi reaches into the velvet bag and draws out Nathan’s name.  He’ll be on the opposing team and gets to pick his first teammate, Ven.  The usual schoolyard pick’em proceeds, with Raul being left for last.  He’s livid about this, of course, and he’s also angry that Christopher didn’t pick him.  Christopher tells us in a DR that he didn’t pick Raul  because he knew that he and Ven don’t get along and decided that Raul would do better on a Ven-less team.  (He also probably didn’t want to deal with the drama that usually results when designers who dislike each other wind up on the same team.)

In the end, Sonjia’s team consists of Elena, Melissa, Dmitry, Alicia, and Raul.  Nathan gets Ven, Christopher, Fabio, and Gunnar.  Sonjia’s team, which has one extra person, will be responsible for six outfits and have a budget of $1200 to spend at Mood.  Nathan’s team will make five outfits and have a budget of $1000.  Tim tells the two teams that there will be no leaders, and he promptly dubs them “Team 6” and “Team 5,” based on the number of designers on each team.

The two teams then get their traditional 30 minutes to plan their strategies.  Sonjia wants to avoid trainwrecks by having everybody work on their strongest pieces.  She will therefore make a couple of skirts, Dmitry and Melissa will work on dresses, Alicia will make pants, and Elena and Raul will make tops.  Raul protests, saying he’d rather make pants, as he thinks that’s his strength.  He’s apparently forgotten about last week’s disaster, when he made pants that were several inches too small.  The others haven’t, and eventually overrule him, with lots of shouting and drama.

Over on Team 5, Nathan thinks they should use a fall theme with appropriate colors.  In fact, Team 5 decides to call their collection, “Fall in Color.”  They’ll use black, white, jewel tones, and prints.  Team 6, on the other hand, is having trouble picking a theme.  At Mood, while his teammates search for fabrics in the agreed-upon colors, Nathan tracks down such necessities as thread, buttons, and zippers.  Team 6 is so disorganized that they actually leave a bag behind– and it’s the one containing the wool that Elena had wanted for one of her tops.  She ends up using some jersey instead.  She and Raul both (loudly) proclaim their displeasure at having to work on a team, and at one point, both of them stalk out of the workroom to sulk elsewhere.  Over on Team 5, Gunnar feels that Nathan, Ven, and Christopher are calling all the shots and he hates it.  He especially hates that Nathan questions his aesthetic.  Eventually, Elena and Raul cool off enough to get back to work.

Tim comes in to make his rounds, and he starts off with Team 6, who have gotten a surprising amount of work done.  Sonjia explains how they’d divided the labor.  He likes Raul’s ruffled black shirt and Dmitry’s dress.  Elena worries aloud that one of her pieces is too plain, and Tim assures her that it’s not.  In general, he’s pleased with their progress.

He isn’t as happy with Team 5, who have accomplished significantly less, and don’t have a lot on the dress forms.  They are using a lot of silks and bright colors, and Tim warns them that too many bright colors can look “clownish.”  He also cautions them that lace can look “matronly.” He especially dislikes a purple skirt with black lace on it.  He exclaims, “Olé!” upon seeing it and adds that it looks “costume-y.”

After Tim leaves, Gunnar decides to scrap his skirt and make a dress instead.  He adds that he’s not going to listen to his teammates any more.  Um, in the real world, kid, you don’t have that option.  You have to listen to your clients and co-workers.

Over on Team 6, Sonjia wants to know when Raul will finish his shirt, so she can make the accompanying skirt and have it go with his shirt.  When he basically blows her off, she gets annoyed and decides to make the skirt anyway, and let the chips falls where they may.

Elena and Melissa notice that Ven, Christopher, and Nathan all like to use silk chiffon.  They call them the “silk chiffonnies,” and comment that silk chiffon may look nice, but isn’t the most practical material for office-wear.  Elena then jeers at Dmitry for incorporating navy blue in his dress, demanding, “Who wears navy blue anymore?”  Dmitry responds that she should have said something during the caucus, since it’s too late to change colors or fabrics now.  He DR’s that he bets Elena’s attitude probably causes her problems.

The models come in for their fitting, and Melissa notices that her dress doesn’t fit.  Christopher is dithering over whether or not to belt his jacket.  Ven informs us that Gunnar has no taste.  Dmitry tells us that he thinks Ven is a “one way monkey, I mean, one-trick pony.”

By the time Raul finishes his vest-like top, the models have already left, so he gets Elena to try it on.  She calls him “Eddie Munster,” and notes the vest is shapeless and lacks darting.  (Darting or darts is a line sewn into a garment like a blouse or vest to make it more form-fitting and to give it shape.)  Before going home, the designers grab the accessories they plan on using at the photoshoot.

The next morning, it’s off to the photoshoot.  There,  the designers are told that they will have three hours and will have to choose three photos for the judges to examine.  While the models get dressed and made-up, Elena drives everybody nuts by ordering them around, prompting Nathan to DR that Team 6 seems a little tense.  During Team 6’s shoot, Elena and Raul argue about whether to use props or not.  Elena hates the props and thinks they’ll distract from the looks, while Raul argues that the judges will expect them to use the props and might penalize the team if they don’t.  Given that the designers were specifically told about the props, I suspect he’s right.  (If I’d been present, I’d have suggested a compromise:  two pictures with props and one without.  That way, the judges can’t ding the team too badly for not using the props at all.)

Eventually, both teams do their photoshoots and select their pictures.  Then it’s back to Parson’s, where the models go to hair and make-up again.  Then it’s off to the runway, where Heidi introduces the guest judge, Joanna Coles, the editor-in-chief at Marie Claire.

Team 5 is up first.  Nathan gets the ball rolling with a pair of white slacks and a black and purple print top with only one shoulder.  It’s nice– but I can’t think of too many offices where that type of look would fly.  The pants could work, though.

Christopher made a white shirt and a black jacket with mid-length sleeves.  He then made a knee-length, pleated skirt.

Gunnar made a knee-length black skirt trimmed with the black and purple print.  He also made a white top that shows too much skin for the office.  It’s sleeveless and has a cut-out in the back that makes wearing a bra impossible.  Unfortunately, Gunnar’s model is large enough up front to need a bra, and the front of the shirt looks baggy.

Fabio made a short black and white dress with color blocking.  It also has short sleeves.  He also had the model wear a turban-like headdress made out of the black and purple print fabric.

Ven made a knee-length white skirt and a sleeveless black shirt with — surprise! — his trademark sculptured pleating on the front.  It’s nice and looks suitable for the office, but he really does need to come up with another trick or three.  One trick ponies usually only get so far.

Team 6 is next.  Melissa is up first and she sends down a sleeveless royal blue dress.  It has an exposed silver zipper diagonally going down the back and a large cowl neck collar.  It probably wouldn’t work for a banker or a lawyer, but an artistic type could probably pull it off.

Elena and Alicia teamed up on the second look.  Alicia made brown pants, while Elena made a black shirt and a matching jacket.  They livened up the look by having the model wear royal blue pumps and carry a clutch of the same color.  I can see somebody wearing this to the office, although I’d suspect they pick shoes with a lower heel.

Sonjia and Raul worked on the third look.  Sonjia made a knee-length, royal blue pencil skirt.  Raul’s contribution is a sleeveless striped black top with ruffles going down the front– and ruffles generally don’t work that well for an office look, especially if the woman has large breasts.  A professional woman who wants to be taken seriously isn’t likely to choose clothes that emphasize or exaggerate certain parts of her anatomy.

Elena and Alicia both worked on the fourth look.  Alicia made a pair of black pants, which look fine for the office, while Elena made a black with massive, poufy shoulders that make it look like a cross between a biker jacket– and a costume from Medieval Times.  I can’t think of any office where that look would fly.

Dmitry made a short, color-blocked black and navy-blue dress.  It’s sleeveless and has a small v-neck collar.  It also has an exposed zipper and triangular cut-outs in the back, which means a woman would need a jacket or a sweater if she actually wore it to work.

For the last look, Sonjia made a knee-length draped skirt out of striped black fabric.  Raul made a black tank top out of what looks like leather.  For the office?!  Is he for real?!

After the show, Heidi explains that the teams got exactly the same scores.  Both teams had some great looks– and some not-so-great looks.

Team 5 will face the judges first.  Ven tells them that they wanted to use black, white, and prints.  Heidi calls Team 5’s looks chic and sophisticated.  She also likes their fabric choices.  Nina’s favorite piece was Christopher’s skirt, while Michael liked Fabio’s look.  Joanna thinks the collection looks easy to wear.  She also likes Ven’s outfit.

Nina, on the other hand, dislikes Nathan’s draped pants, saying they look too “soft” for a corporate woman.  She calls them “pajama pants.”  Heidi dislikes Gunnar’s outfit and thinks it looks cheap.  In a blatant attempt to stir up drama, she then asks the team who the weakest link is.  Fabio tries to dodge this trap by naming Ven, whom he acknowledges is the strongest competitor and isn’t going to be sent home.  Everybody else, including Gunnar, names Gunnar.  The normally cocky Gunnar didn’t think much of his own efforts this time around.

Then it’s Team 6’s turn, and they explain how they’d divided the labor between them.  Sonjia tells the judges that the idea was to have everybody play to their strengths.  Nina loves Melissa’s dress, calling it “editorial” and a “showstopper.”  She also likes Alicia’s pants and appreciates the fact that she made them different widths.

Michael also likes the blue dress, but hates the ruffles Raul put on his top.  Heidi agrees on both points.  Joanna likes Sonjia’s royal blue skirt, but hates Raul’s ruffled top.  Heidi likes Dmitry’s dress, but Joanna doesn’t as she thinks the cut-outs in the back would make it inappropriate for work. On the other hand, she does like Elena’s big-shouldered jacket.  Perhaps jokingly, she says it would be a good look for a lawyer, and Heidi responds that she’d be scared of a lawyer who wore it.  When Heidi asks who the weakest link is, both Elena and Raul are mentioned.

The judges then have their chat, starting with the designers they’d liked.  Melissa made a dramatic and wearable dress.  Fabio’s look photographed very well.  Christopher’s outfit looked modern and powerful.

As for the designers they didn’t like, Elena is obsessed with huge shoulders to the point that her looks can be unflattering.  Her more normally proportioned jacket, though, was both flattering and work-appropriate.  Raul’s two tops were simply horrible.  Gunnar’s blouse was unflattering and poorly cut.

As for the photoshoots, both teams did a good job overall.  Team 6 crafted modern and polished photos.  Team 5 had a good work scene in one photo– that unfortunately obscured some of the clothes.  Ooops.

Nina then announces the winner of the photoshoot:  Team 6.  Their photos will appear in an issue of Marie Claire at Work.

Heidi then announces which designers are safe.  Alicia and Christopher are both in, and Melissa is the winner.  Fabio, Sonjia, Ven, Dmitry, Nathan, and Elena are all in, leaving Gunnar and Raul in the bottom.  Raul is out, which means Gunnar is in.

Next week:  The contestants have to make clothes for plus-sized clients.

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss

I've never been a huge fan of the Extreme Makeover series, no matter what they were making over, but I have to say this summer I really like the Weight Loss edition. It gets so inspiring watching these people work for a whole year to accomplish their goal. Tonight is the season finale. Catch up on your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. 60 Minutes. Lehman Brothers financial collapse, Dublin's archbishop, and Aerosmith. 6:00 PM CT CBS

2. Dateline NBC. Gabby Douglas, hidden cameras pointed on air conditioner repairmen, carnival games, and Steve Harvey. 6:00 PM CT NBC

3. Big Brother. The winner of the last Head of Household competition is revealed, and they nominate two other players for eviction. 7:00 PM CT CBS

4. NFL Preseason Football. Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers. 7:00 PM CT NBC

5. Leverage. To bring down a competitive cheerleading company that profits by putting young girls at risk, the team has to tackle Congress. 7:00 PM CT TNT

6. Off the Hook: Extreme Catches. Fishing in the Graveyard of the Atlantic 30 miles off the coast, and hunting flounder in the Cape Carteret shallow waters. 7:00 PM CT Animal Planet

7. Mob Wives Chicago. Season finale. the body of Nora's dad is exhumed, and Leah accepts the possibility of losing her mom. 7:00 PM CT VH1

8. MLB Baseball. Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

9. Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. Season finale. A newlywed wants to get healthy and lose half of his 548 pounds. 8:00 PM CT ABC

10. Falling Skies. Season finale. The newly combined resistance force is approached by Skitters, Tom gets life-altering news, and the 2nd Mass comes across a dangerous threat. 8:00 PM CT TNT

11. Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Kris begins to arrange her funeral, and Khloe gets asked to be the guardian of her nephew. 8:00 PM CT E!

12. Oprah's Next Chapter. Oprah's guest is Rihanna from Barbados. 8:00 PM CT OWN

13. Hoarding: Buried Alive. Kathy's 12-year-old son is forced to move out of their home because of her extreme hoarding. 8:00 PM CT TLC

14. All You Can Meat. Chuey Martinez is on a quest for America’s best ribs. Martinez tries it all, from award-winning barrel-smoked ribs from America’s BBQ capital of Kansas City to traditional Texas-style beef ribs in Austin, TX. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

15. Drop Dead Diva. Jane represents the mom of a teenager on life support, Teri and Luke masquerade as Jane and Owen for a celebrity wedding menu tasting, and Grayson and Kim work on a case involving a sperm donor. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

16. Hell on Wheels. Durant confronts a threat, and Lily and Elam are forced by a crime to strike a deal. 8:00 PM CT AMC

17. True Blood. Bill falls into religious fervor, the military gives the Authority an ultimatum, Sookie looks for insight from the faerie Elder, and Alcide reconnects with his dad. 8:00 PM CT HBO

18. The Great Escape. Three teams have to escape the Louisiana bayou by making their way through the choking vegetation. 9:00 PM CT TNT

19. Political Animals. Elaine's resigning plans are hindered by Garcetti, and Douglas decides to admit to his betrayal. 9:00 PM CT USA

20. Married to Jonas. Dani is asked to cook dinner for the whole Jonas family. 9:00 PM CT E!

21. Storage Hunters. Buyers get stung when a locker unleashes a swarm of more than just merchandise. Then, when our buyers back away from a bin piled sky high with rusty office cabinets, one hawk-eyed competitor sees something no one else does. And later, Jesse throws down to win antiques, but when the dust settles, our winning bidder will discover a treasure trove of concealed cash. 9:00 PM CT truTV

22. Lovetown, USA. Oprah challenges the town of Kingsland, GA, to focus on love for one month. 9:00 PM CT OWN

23. The Real Housewives of New Jersey. The housewives and husbands arrive at a breathtakingly beautiful wine vineyard, where Caroline gets the surprise of a lifetime from her kids. Later, Caroline and Kathy question Jacqueline’s recent “reconciliation” with Teresa. Is their mended friendship going in the right direction, or causing Jacqueline more harm than good… 9:00 PM CT Bravo

24. Copper. A gripping crime series set in 1860s New York City and centering on Detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones), an intense, rugged Irish-American cop working the city’s notorious Five Points neighborhood. Corcoran is struggling to maintain his moral compass in a turbulent world, while on an emotional and relentless quest to learn the truth about the disappearance of his wife and the death of his daughter. 9:00 PM CT BBC

25. High School Moms. Florence's first prom, and a prom queen campaign. 9:00 PM CT TLC

26. Ice Road Truckers. Rick crashed into a road superintendent, Austin gets a tough challenge, Porkchop is sent to help Jack, and Darrell Ward struggles to stay warn in a stalled truck. 8:00 PM CT HISTORY

27. Army Wives. Kevin goes hame and takes his frustrations out on Jackie, Marcus appears at Piedmont Place High, and Trevor receives new orders. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

28. Bridezillas. Self-proclaimed Divazilla Remy knows what she wants and knows just where to get it – fiancé Rob’s wallet. However, man-diva Rob doesn’t feel so generous when it comes to having the money dance at their wedding. Our ‘Zilla makes up for the lack of incoming cash by requesting not one but two wedding rings. Twisted ‘Zilla Tasha is super stressed at her rehearsal dinner. Sadly, her idea of relaxation involves one too many appletinis. But what goes down must come up and it does, in the car on the way home. 9:00 PM CT WE

29. Breaking Bad. Walt, Jesse, and Mike get upset over the future of their business, and Jesse is weighed down with concerns over occupational hazards. 9:00 PM CT AMC

30. Newsroom. A mock debate, Mac has an epiphany, Lisa doesn't go by the script during an interview, and Meal goes undercover. 9:00 PM CT HBO

31. Weeds. Nancy gets promoted with new responsibilities, Silas and Shane begin new jobs, and Doug tries to legitimize her charity by recruiting homeless people 9:00 PM CT ShowtimeNancy is promoted and takes on new responsibilities; Silas and Shane start their new jobs while Doug recruits homeless people in an attempt to legitimize his charity.

32. Episodes. Merc battles for his career, Matt and his stalker hook up, and Sean gets jealous over Beverly's dating. 9:30 PM CT Showtime

 

What’s Hot on TV Friday and Saturday – The Boss Returns

Starz has a real hit on its hands with The Boss starring Kelsey Grammer. It’s back on tonight with season two. It’s more of the same in this upcoming season, with Kane’s illness getting worse. Yet on tonight’s premiere, he’s doing very well politically. Catch up with your favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

Friday

1. Teachers Rock. Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Fun, Josh Groban, and Garth Brooks perform in this show honoring teachers. 7:00 PM CT CBS

2. NFL Preseason Football. Detroit Lions at Baltimore Ravens at. 7:00 PM CT Fox

3. 20/20. Parenting methods that include bribing, a day who taught his daughter a lesson and became an Internet sensation, people who work with animals, animal attacks, and animal parks and zoos safety. 8:00 PM CT TBS

4. Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse. In the first half hour, Leslie doesn’t want reminders about getting older. In the second half hour, Leslie tries to arrange a blind date for Jennifer. 8:00 PM CT TBS

5. Say Yes to the Dress. In the first half hour, Krystle wants the perfect dress, and wants the glitz, beads, and sparkle. In the second half hour, Katie is a double lung transplant survivor, Molly wants to dress that shows she’s ready for womanhood, and Christy comes to her first fitting minus 160 pounds. 8:00 PM CT TLC

6. America’s Most Wanted. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

7. Boss. Season premiere. Kan’s legacy is cemented with the groundbreaking of the modernized O’Hare terminals, but despite his career looking rosy, Kane has his struggles with his disease. 8:00 PM CT Starz

8. Dateline NBC. A murder investigation turns up a message written in blood. 9:00 PM CT NBC

9. Say Yes to the Dress: The Big Day. The bride wants unequalled French-inspired decadence and fashion. 9:00 PM CT TLC

10. The Dead Files. Amy Allan and Steve DiSchiavi investigate reports of paranormal activity at Smalley’s Inn in Carmel, NY. 9:00 PM CT Travel Channel

11. Real Time with Bill Maher. Panelists include Mark Cuban, Reihan Salam, Alex Wagner, and Chelsea Handler. 9:00 PM CT HBO

12. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight include Jason Statham, Allyson Felix, and The Offspring. 10:35 PM CT NBC

Saturday

1. NASCAR Racing: Nationwide Series. NAPA Auto Parts 200 from Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal 1:30 PM CT ESPN

2. PGA Tour Golf. Third round of Wyndham Championship from Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, NC. 2:00 PM CT CBS

3. Golf. Semifinals of U.S. Amateur from Cherry Hills Village, CO. 2:00 PM CT NBC

4. MLB Baseball. Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals. 3:00 PM CT Fox

5. NFL Preseason Football. New York Giants at New York Jets. 6:00 PM CT NFL

6. The Devil Wears Prada. Anne Hathaway plays a new journalist without fashion sense who takes a job working at a fashion magazine. 2:30 PM CT FX

7. NFL Preseason Football. Washington Redskins at Chicago Bears. 7:00 PM CT Fox

8. Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s: An Extra Slice. In the first hour, a picture is stolen from the restaurant, Robbie’s grandson likes about who he is dating, and Tim and Jenae look for the perfect nanny. In the second hour, Tim sets up a cook-off with Miss Robbie to find recipes for the menu, Jenae tries to get attention, and Charles begins bartender training. 7:00 PM CT OWN

9. My Cat From Hell. A fat cat who eats everything possible, and a breast cancer survivor who tries to move on with her life, but her cat refuses to allow potential suitors. 7:00 PM CT Animal Planet

10. Smart Cookies. In an homage to the Girl Scouts of the USA’s 100th anniversary, a successful real estate agent gets a new perspective when she’s asked by her boss to lead a struggling Girl Scout troop of misfit girls through their annual cookie drive and begins to transform them from zeroes to heroes. 7:00 PM CT Hallmark

11. Tanked Wayde and Brett put together a koi pond for an NFL linebacker, and a client requests an 8-foot-tall 500-gallon tank. 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

12. Friends with Benefits. Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis star as two best friends who decide they can just have a physical relationship and keep it platonic. You probably know how it turns out, but it’s still a great funny and warm story. 8:00 PM CT Starz

13. 10 Kids 2 Dads. Series premiere. In the first half hour, Clint and Bryan try to fill up spring break with productive activities. In the second hour, with the end of the break nearing, hey need to arrange driving tests sand a birthday, and also deal with bullying issues surrounding Caleb. 9:00 PM CT OWN

14. NFL Preseason Football. Dallas Cowboys at San Diego Chargers. 6:00 PM CT NFL

 

Big Brother 14, Aug. 16 – “See you, Jack”

No matter how you look at it tonight, Janelle's old team is falling apart quickly. After she left last week, now either Wil or Joe will be evicted. It all depends on who the others decide to vote out – someone who is irritating to all or someone who is a big threat.

After Frank keeps Wil and Joe on the block in the power of veto ceremony, Dan is completely relieved, as he was worried about being backdoored. He won his season and figures he'll have to worry throughout the rest of his time in the game. Frank didn't use the veto because he was worried it could rock the boat too much. The decision could make or break his game later down the road.

Wil can't believe Frank didn't use the veto. He feels that Frank had a golden opportunity to get rid of a major player in the game in Dan and thinks he just chickened out. Wil's plan now is just to play it cool. Joe sometimes digs his own grave, so Wil's hoping he does his job for him. Joe says he may be on his knees this week, but he's going to give it everything he's got to stay. Ashley tells Wil that things change all the time, despite it seeming like the odds are against them.

Britney tells Danielle and Shane that they need to win HoH next week, but she doesn't think they'll get that lucky again. She doesn't think it should have been a concern this week. With Frank having considered backdooring Dan, she's worried, and thinks the Silent 6 are crumbling already. Dan walks in, and she asks if he's going to win HoH. He tells her it's not in the foreseeable future. He tells her he always tries. Who is he kidding? Everyone knows that's part of his schtick, not winning.

Ashley tells Joe she guesses that Frank just didn't want to use the veto. Joe assumes he just didn't want to rock the boat. He asks her how she's going to vote, but she doesn't know and says it's so hard. He explains to the DR, “I went looking for a yes, and I got a maybe, and a maybe means no way Baby, so I gotta get my buttocks to work.”

Frank surprises Dan who is in the HoH listening to music. Dan knows it's difficult to trust in these situations, but he appreciates it, because he knows Frank probably could have backdoored him. Frank admits he's thinking about it, because he wants Dan to be able to trust him moving forward. Dan tells the DR, though, that this means he can't trust Frank, and he knows it could be an option later in the game. If he gets an opportunity to “shank Frank,” he's going to do it. They discuss the vote, and Frank thinks sending Wil home is the best bet, because Ashley will be by herself, and it will be easy to send Joe home the next week.

Ashley wants ice cream, and also wants info from Frank to see how the vote might be going this week, so she asks Frank on an ice cream date. Dan respects her making a move and not waiting for the guy to guy come to her. As it is, Ian never asked her out after the slop date. Ian says he was going to make her dinner, but Dan doubts him. Ian tells the DR that this is supposed to be his flirtmance.

Frank and Ashley have their ice cream date, but there's no ice cream around, so it's just beer and wine for them. He remarks it went from G-rated to more of a PG or PG-13 date. She tells him it sucks because she thought Wil had it pretty good, but now he's not looking good. She's trying to support him. Frank says Wil's problem is he wears his emotions on his sleeve. Ashley agrees he gets paranoid. She feels alone, as he has “Boogs,” and she has Wil, but she needs some testosterone in her life. Frank tells her when they finish their drinks they can make out on the couch. She cracks up, then says she doesn't want anyone thinking she's doing this for game purposes. It's simply a nice getaway.

Britney tells Ian he's apparently dumped and asks how he's feeling. He's worried with Ashley on a date with Frank. And Frank's not going to miss the opportunity. He jumps onto the making out thing right away, perhaps calling her bluff. He asks if she wants to and she says let's do it, then asks if he's serious. He says this is one of his favorite moves, and it works most of the time. Ashley thinks he's Channing Tatum-esue, is manly, has nice lips, and a very soft tongue. She laughs and tells him she can't believe he did that, but admits she liked it.

Ian is upset, saying he thought he and Ashley were exclusive. Ashley tells Frank this is exactly what she wanted. He's a little upset, thinking about Ian. She tells him that's all fake and that he's not really all that upset. Frank disagrees. Ian's outside playing badminton and thinking they're probably doing “I don't know what.” Ashley's plan was to get closer, so her plan works. She got a lot more than she bargained for than ice cream.

Wil asks Britney, Shane, and Danielle if they're still contemplating about Thursday. He doesn't want to pressure or annoy anyone, but he can guarantee Ashley will work him, yet in this house a person's word is worth nothing, and for all he knows, there could be some big group targeting, him, Joe and Ashley. Shane knows he only has until Thursday to figure out what's going on. Britney calls it awkward after he leaves.

Britney thinks their Quack Pack group just needs to get on the same page. It's hard to not raise suspicion among others in the house. Joe is trying to put the word out about himself but doesn't want to go against Wil directly. He can be extremely loyal and straightforward, and he cooks a lot. Dan says the bottom line is their alliance has the numbers and they control it. It's good to be the king.

The show must be worried that Joe will lose out tonight, as we get to meet his family tonight in Schererville. His four kids can't wait for him to come home as the only good thing their mom cooks is crab cakes. Not long after they met, they realized they'd be together forever. He admitted to Dan in the house recently that he was actually dating his wife's mom at first. One of the kids calls him Joe, and he said he and his wife have been together eight years, so some are possibly his stepchildren. None of them like Mike Boogie and want him gone. They think he's full of himself. Joe's son would like America to talk Joe into getting that white thing off his face. His wife just wants him to stop yelling in the diary room. We all do, Hon.

Top Chef Masters 4 – Episode 4 – I’ve Got Me A Canyon, It Seats About 20…

Of course, this week Top Chef featured the B-52s, because when I think about fine dining, I instantly think about the B-52s. And what better casting for a show airing in 2012 than a band that last hit it big during the first Bush Administration. People born the week that “Love Shack” was released are now old enough to drink. The entire U.S. Olympic gymnastics team was not even born yet. Derek Jeter was in middle school. Padma was a teenage model. Tom was working in NYC kitchens. Curtis was studying for midterms at some Melbourne junior high school. Taylor Swift, Jordin Sparks and Daniel Radcliffe were infants.

But, yes, the B-52s are here to judge food. I guess Wolfgang Puck will be showing up in The Voice later this year.

So, the eight remaining chefs file in and Stone twists the Mark Elimination Knife a bit for Clark, implying that Clark can now claim the win in household arguments. They are shown a giant salad bar with 52 ingredients and instructed to make a gourmet salad. The Hat comments about how deceptively difficult it is to make a salad – much less difficulty in tossing salad. Well, for some. Stone drops a hint as to who the guests will be when he tells them to make a salad “as big as a whale, and there’s 8 minutes to set sail.” Oh, Stone.

Yeo smartly runs to the pantry instead of the salad bar to focus on making her vinaigrette instead of slamming into everyone else at the bar. Art goes for the blender to mix up some fruit soup, which Clark thinks is a risk given the time. Um, it’s a blender. It blends really quickly, you know, to save time. Kerry again comments about how much he wants to win – as opposed to the others who blindly stumble around and accidentally win all of the challenges. Lorena is the one taking a real risk as she races over to the grill to heat up her cauliflower. She barely makes it back in time to plate her dish.

Stone joins Kate and Fred from the B-52s to eat the salads, and surprisingly, no one questions why two singers are going to judge their food.

The Hat – Baby Arugula, Beets & Blueberries with Rice Vinegar Dressing – Kate doesn’t like fruit in her salad, but she digs this. Fred begins his ongoing theme of bitching about the dressing.

Lorena – Grilled Cauliflower with Lemon Vinaigrette, with Teardrop Tomatoes and Hearts of Palm – Kate sings about sad tomatoes before making yummy sounds and digging the saltiness of the dish.

Takashi – Romaine and Arugula with Beets and Pickled Radishes, with Yuzu Wine Vinaigrette – Fred wanted more dressing, and Kate commented on the tanginess. Stone likes the flavor and says it is a good salad.

Clark – Green Olives and Hearts of Palm with Mustard Vinaigrette – Kate loves the pretty presentation, and Fred is hung up on the tangy dressing.

Art – Tomato, Cucumber and Pomegranate Salad, with Balsamic Vinegar and a side of Watermelon Soup – Art calls this the Holy Trinity of Southern Food. I would agree, if it was fried. Fred bitches about the dressing, Kate likes it, but the soup is too sweet.

CC – Romaine Lettuce with Radish, Egg, and Soft Herbs – Kate thinks you can’t go wrong with radishes. Fraggles around the world agree. However, the salad is underdressed and a little bland. CC takes great umbrage with this.
Kerry – Salade Russe with Yogurt – Kate and Fred seem to both like the flavors a lot.

Yeo – Chopped Romaine and Chinese Noodles with Yuzu Dressing – Fred loves the “tacky” crispy noodles.

Kate and Fred are greeted with dancing and merriment from the chefs, and they give their top three salads, and none for the bottom. Lorena gave them a “tingling taste sensation.” There’s an ointment for that at your local CVS. The Hat’s fruit/veggie combo worked, and Kerry had a nice flavor combination. Lorena earns the win, the $15K for her charity to fight obesity, and the coveted immunity.

Elimination Challenge – Stone tells them that we all rely on the land for our ingredients, apparently forgetting about the existence of fish. An aside – The Existence of Fish will be my next punk band name. He brings in Louise Benson, part of the Tribal Council for the Hualapai Native American Tribe. No Jeff Probst to be found for the Tribal Council. She is inviting them to come to Arizona and cook a meal for the tribe using their native ingredients. Cool challenge.

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Gabby Douglas on AGT

NBC seems unwilling to let the Olympics go. Tonight, Gabby Douglas will guest on the elimination episode of America's Got Talent, and Missy Franklin is one of Leno's guests. Check out your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

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

2. MLB Baseball. Texas Rangers at New York Yankees. 6:00 PM CT ESPN

3. Big Brother. The veto competition and PoV meeting. 7:00 PM CT CBS

4. Oh Sit! Series premiere. Twelve daredevils go head-to-head through obstacle course-type eliminations. 7:00 PM CT CW

5. So You Think You Can Dance. The final fourteen perform the Best of Mia Michaels' routines, and Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt are the guest judges.. 7:00 PM CT Fox

6. Melissa & Joey. Lennox starts working for Mel, but finds conflict when she becomes interested in her aunt's political rival's intern, and Joe starts work as an online financial consultant. 7:00 PM CT ABC Family

7. Baby Daddy Ben is inspired by a “super mom” to clean up his act, and Emma gets Bonnie and Riley in trouble for shoplifting. 7:30 PM CT ABC Family

8. America's Got Talent. Four of the YouTube acts advance, and Gabby Douglas and Karmin perform. 8:00 PM CT NBC

9. Royal Pains. An undercover DEA agent thinks she could be have been infected with meth toxicity. 8:00 PM CT USA

10. Haunted Collector. John Zaffis and team look into paranormal claims in Ansonia, CT, and visit the Hardin County Museum in Elizabethtown, KY. 8:00 PM CT Syfy

11. Storage Wars Texas. Season premiere. In the first half hour, the buyers travel to Mineral Wells, TX, Ricky and Bubba fight Victor for a luxury locker, and a classic lighter could be worth something. In the second half hour, Moe's protégée gives a new buy a run for her money, Ricky learns about human anatomy, and Bubba looks to sell his explicit art. 8:00 PM CT A&E

12. Million Dollar Listing, LA. Season finale. All three brokers are faced with life-changing decisions. Josh Flagg receives a concerning call from his grandmother Edith, and isn’t sure how to react. Later on, Madison lays his dog to rest in an intimate beach ceremony. When Heather appears in the crowd, Madison can’t tell if she’s come to (yet again) stir the pot, or if she’s showing her true support for the friendship they once had. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

13. Toddlers & Tiaras. Mackenzie and Christian vs. Jayla and Chloe. 8:00 PM CT TLC

14. Adam Richman's Best Sandwich in America. After traversing the nation in search of the best sandwiches America has to offer, it’s time for the ten regional champions to come face-to-face in the Best Sandwich in America Championship Finale! It’s a fight to the last ingredient for the crowning title. Three sandwiches. One final decision. One will be crowned Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America! 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

15. Necessary Roughness. Dr. Dani treats a video gaming pro, Matt and Dani consider the positive side of their breakup, and Matt and Coach think about making cuts. 9:00 PM CT USA

16. The Soul Man. Lilli and the church ladies are caught by a church member's wife gossiping about her, and Barton doesn't approve of Stamps' girlfriend. 9:00 PM CT TV Land

17. Paranormal Witness. A family excavates a basement in their dilapidated townhome and find a strange door that leads to a dirt-filled room. 9:00 PM CT SyfyWhile excavation a basement in a dilapidated townhouse, a family discovers a strange door leading to a dirt filled room.

18. American Hoggers. Season premiere. In the first half hour, Jerry decides to turn the family business over to Robert, but it doesn't wit will with Krystal. In the second half hour, Krystal tries to show she's more qualified to run the business than her brother. 9:00 PM CT A&E

19. Top Chef: Masters. First, the chef’testants are tasked with taking boring salad bar ingredients, and whipping up new creations for music legends, the B-52s, and only have eight minutes to get their salads plated. Later on, the chefs head to the Grand Canyon and must serve the Hualapai tribe, using only ingredients from the tribe’s sacred land. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

20. Toy Hunter. In the first half hour, Jordan Hembrough’s mission takes him to his own backyard of New Jersey. Hembrough knows collectors in the area, but getting these toy boys to give up the goods at a reasonable price is another story. In the second half hour, Hembrough journeys to North Carolina – Bryson City, Asheville and Charlotte – and meets some great people driving hard bargains. 9:00 PM CT Travel Channel

21. Picked Off. Season finale. The competition comes to a breaking point. 9:00 PM CT HISTORY

22. The Real World. Robb beats himself up over Marie, while Trey keeps distancing himself, and Laura gets wild. 9:00 PM CT MTV

23. The Exes. Paul and Holly are invited by the guys to the party of a lifetime, and Stuart finds out that Paul's ex might still be part of the picture. 9:30 PM CT TV Land

24. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight include Sylvester Stallone, Missy Franklin, and Dwight Yoakam. 10:35 PM CT NBC

 

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – America’s Got Talent Returns

With the Olympics now over, America's Got Talent makes its return tonight with a look at the twelve YouTube acts battling for our votes. But Olympics aren't totally done, though, as the Girls Gymnastics team guests on Letterman tonight. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. Live! With Kelly. Chris Harrison is the guest cohost, and Jordin Sparks is among today's guests. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. America's Got Talent. Twelve YouTube acts perform for the first time onstage. 7:00 PM CT NBC

3. Hotel Hell. Chef Ramsay begins to feel Juniper Hill Inn in Vermont can't be saved. 7:00 PM CT Fox

4. Pretty Little Liars The girls try to figure out where Maya was before she was murdered, and Aria deals with the aftermath of meeting Ezra's mom. 7:00 PM CT ABC Family

5. Craft Wars. Crafts are created out of gardening tools for Halloween displays. 7:00 PM CT TLC

6. The L.A. Complex. Connor helps Raquel whose troubles get worse, Abby and costars have a wild night together, and Beth brings Simon to a lengthy audition. 8:00 PM CT CW

7. MasterChef. The cooks divide into teams to recreate signature dishes of a restaurant, and have to prepare steak three ways. 8:00 PM CT Fox

8. Rizzoli & Isles. A dead woman is found inside a statue, the squad gets a new homicide detective, Dennis Rockmond comes back to woo Maura, and Lydia goes into labor. 8:00 PM CT TNT

9. White Collar. A female art thief offers to make a deal with Neal for important information. 8:00 PM CT USA

10. Destination Truth. Josh talks about why staying connected isn't always a good thing while on vacation. 8:00 PM CT Syfy

11. Hardcore Pawn. Les is tempted to break store policy when a fast-talking customer pins him to the wall. But when Seth steps in, will the cash be taken off the table? 8:00 PM CT truTV

12. Shipping Wars. In the first half hour, Mar experiences bad weather during the transport of a custom-built hot rod, and Jarrett puts three chicken coops into his trailer. In the second half hour, Marc deals with an upset customer, and Jarrett delivers two sculpture to a museum. 8:00 PM CT A&E

13. Beverly Hills Nannies. Cindy sets up Kristin on a surprise date, Lucy can't decide what to do with her boyfriend, and Maggie's first job don't go as planned. 8:00 PM CT ABC Family

14. Top Gear. The buy compete around Detroit to find the best new police car to replace the Crown Vic. 8:00 PM CT HISTORY

15. Dance Moms. Cathy finds out one of her students has gone back to the Abby Lee Dance Company, Maddie refuses the chance for a solo, and Melissa fights the other moms over the them of this week's group dance. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

16. NY Med. A262-yea-rold cystic fibrosis patient needs new lungs, a nurse is inspired by a patient's story to make a change in her love life, and surgical residents discuss being hazed by senior surgeons . 9:00 PM CT ABC

17. Franklin & Bash. Season finale. Jared's dad tries to buy the firm from Stanton Infeld, and Peter helps out an old high school friend running for governor. 9:00 PM CT TNT

18. Covert Affairs. Annie travels to Israel to find out who leaked the American technology. 9:00 PM CT USA

19. Collection Intervention. Series premiere. Consetta transforms her home into a museum for Stars Wars, Nad Mark ignores his bad finances to continue this obsession and get another Catwoman. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

20. Storage Wars. In the first half hour, Darrell and Brandon try to buy a locker fit for a fiesta in Lakewood, CA, and Dave acts like a bully while Barry has to pay the price for his locker addiction. In the second half hour, a new buyer finds a Cold War keepsake in Gardena, CA, and Darrell makes a small profit on his purchase. 9:00 PM CT A&E

21. Our America with Lisa Ling. Restarting life after being wrongfully convicted of a crime. 9:00 PM CT OWN

22. What Not to Wear. A late-bloomer who loves fairy tales gets help with her wardrobe for her to survive in the publishing world. A woman needs help picking out a more appropriate Southern belle fantasy wardrobe. 9:00 PM CT TLC

23. Counting Cars. A dune buggy, a 1931 Ford Model A Cabriolet, a 1967 Pontiac GTO, a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy, and a 1968 Camaro SS 350. 9:00 PM CT HISTORY

24. The Week the Women Went. The Yemassee, SC women get ready to leave their town for one week to leave the men and kids to fend for themselves. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

25. The Glee Project. Season finale. Chris Colfer is the guest mentor. 9:00 PM CT Oxygen

26. Teen Mom. Farrah challenges Daniele in their relationship, Maci and Ryan don't agree about his new girlfriend, Amber looks for a new home, and Catelynn and Tyler try to reach a decision about college. 9:00 PM CT MTVp>27. Late Show with David Letterman. The Olympic gymnastics team, Gabrielle Douglas, Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney, Kyla Ross, and Alexandra Raisman, Jennifer Garner, and Rodriguez are the guests tonight. 10:35 PM CT CBS

 

Top Chef Masters 4 – Episode 3 – In Case You Didn’t Know, Bravo Is An NBC Channel

Using some patented NBC/Bravo synergy, Masters put together an Olympic based Quickfire challenge – one that had nothing to do with Ryan Lochte peeing in the pool, Gabby Douglas’ hair, McKayla Maroney’s sour face, Usain Bolt’s ego or cheating badminton players. Yes, I am officially Olympic obsessed and am currently carrying massive crushes on Lolo Jones and Hope Solo. And yes, I want to combine their names to make Lolo Solo. But that’s just me.

Anyway, instead of asking what Brian Boitano would do, we are presented with the question – what would Brian Boitano eat. Bravo does a double synergy whammy by trotting out former Olympic skater Boitano, and keeping the network’s gay cred going despite the sports angle. I’ll lay off criticism of the fact that Boitano is a winter athlete and his appearance should have been saved for the Russian Winter Olympics in 2014.

Anyway, the chefs enter and Stone presents them with a massive display of seafood on an ice wall. The chefs are excited, but that enthusiasm is lessened upon learning that they have to make a dish without heat. So no stoves, ovens, grills, open fires, Bunsen burners, etc. Not a single luxury. Takashi is very excited over this – especially the sea urchin. The chefs have 20 minutes to prepare the raw meats. Art drops his on the floor – how embarrassing. Kerry wants to win – well, duh! Mark takes on Maine lobster because, well, he lives in Maine. CC has a great idea as he uses a charcoal brush to give it the illusion of being cooked. It’s not a trick, Michael, it’s an illusion. Hat feels good about his dish, while Takashi amazingly doesn’t even start doing anything until there were only five minutes remaining.

Takashi – Aji Sashimi with Sea Urchin, Heirloom Tomatoes and Daikon Apple Salad – Boitano loves the crunchiness, not the messiness.

CC – Mackerel Fra Diavolo – Boitano likes the many flavors and Stone is impressed with the complexity of the dish. Yeo is impressed by Boitano’s food chops. No word on what he thinks of her figure skating.

Art – Yellow Tomato and Avocado Soup with Chopped Clam and Prawn Salad – Boitano again comments on crunch. Stone says the presentation was a letdown.

Kerry – Hamachi with Lemon Eucalyptus Oil – Botiano likes the plating, but wants more oil. Stone laments the lack of acidity.

Clark – Oysters with Watermelon and Lemon Relish – Boitano says it had the perfect combo of acid and crunch. Seriously, dude, enough with the crunch.

Mark – Maine Lobster Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes – Boitano likes the “tomato bed,” which I think is an obscure skating maneuver.

The Hat – Geoduck, Cucumber and Seaweed with Sea Urchin Dressing – Boitano noticed the textural similarity of the elements. Stone says there’s a party in his mouth. No word if everyone was invited.

We have no idea what Lorena or Yeo made because Top Chef hates women. I mean, I didn’t realize how badly the season was for the ladies until this challenge – Lorena and Yeo are the only two women left!

Kerry and The Hat get put in the bottom, and further the shameless Olympic synergy with the medal system. Mark gets the Bronze, CC the Silver, and Takashi wins the Gold Medal. Boitano gives his explanation, but I don’t really care. Why? Because he’s an ice skater. Just like I don’t care what Michael Phelps thinks about shoes.

Elimination Challenge – It’s Teppanyaki Time. What’s that? Ever been to Benihana? It’s that. The meal will be served to the critics and to former Masters – Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Fenniger, Jonathan Waxman and Rick Moonen. Yay, Jonathan! I can break out my Obi-Wan nickname for him again! The chefs are broken out into groups of three – Art, The Hat and CC; Takashi, Yeo and Clark; and Mark, Lorena and Kerry.

The former Masters join with the critics – Bert, Ruth, Stone and Francis Lam, the features editor at Gilt Taste, and senior writer at Salon. No Katniss this week, instead, we have Lam. Meanwhile, the chefs cone out to use the grill with Mark putting bok choy on the grill for the first time, and Kerry doing a whole lot of talking and making Lorena nervous. The team has 30 minutes to cook – about 10 minutes each, but if one goes too long, no extra time will go on the clock for the others. Bert wonders about Kerry’s combination of tarragon and sesame oil, and about the sheer amount of Lorena’s ingredients. Susan notices that the three of them failed to actually taste the dishes as they prepared it, and the lack of seasoning showed.

Kerry – Shrimp with Eggplant Herb Salad and Gochujang Sauce – Bert liked his showmanship but Ruth found the shrimp to be overcooked.

Mark – Scallops with Bok Choy, Pickled Mushrooms and Soy-Ginger Dipping Sauce Moonen noticed that Mark didn’t have the bok choy in the center of the grill and Susan found it to be a safe meal.

Lorena – Chicken Fried Rice with Spicy Chili Oil, Cilantro and Orange Guava Sauce – Obi-Wan felt there wasn’t much to the sauce, and it lacked ample salt. Susan thought Lorena ran out of ample time to make it properly.

The next team comes out and the highlight is Yeo pretending to do a striptease. Bert was disappointed that the group was a bit lackluster with its presentation. Obi-Wan was impressed that the three of them worked well together and made it like a meal. And we learned that Moonen loves lettuce wraps. Who knew!

Yeo – Beef Kalibi Lettuce Wrap with Gochujang Sauce – Mary Sue wanted more of a sear and marinate.

Clark – Lobster Tails with Mango and Orange Butter – Susan felt it was underseasoned, but Ruth loved it.

Takashi – Sautéed Calamari with Savory Oko Momiyaki Pancakes – Man, I wish those were chocolate chip! Anyway, Susan found them to be gritty.

The third team comes in and Art and CC continue their bickering. This one was over a mandolin. Bruce Hornsby wants them to cut it out.

Art – Griddled Shrimp, Cheese Grits Cakes and Swamp Greens Salad – Bert thought it was a little salty, but Susan found it to be the best of the day.

CC – Grandma Easton’s Rhode Island Clam Chowder – Moonen found it to be tasty, but a little thin.

The Hat – Pear Crepe Flambé with Almond Cream and Pear Butter – Mary Sue found it to be gutsy to make a crepe, and Moomen thought it was more like a waffle cone.

The winners were Art, CC and The Hat. Bert loved Art’s cakes, Lam praised The Hat’s pears as a classic dish, and Ruth found CC’s to be very ambitious and that perhaps he needs to be an Angry Chef. Not an Angry Elf. Art gets a somewhat unexpected win thanks to his cakes – a big differences from his bad cakes from last week. Upon return to the Stew Room, Lorena basically mugs him in celebration. However, it is not a long celebration as she joins her team in the Bottom Three.

It came down to some bad seasoning for the most part. Mark’s was too safe, Lorena’s didn’t cook properly throughout and Kerry’s shrimp were overcooked. Kerry’s showmanship probably helped him, and Lorena’s flaw was seemingly something that could be easily corrected with some seasoning and even fruit juice. Mark was boring and safe – and that’s a bad combo on Top Chef. He gets taken out and the Nelson pair is torn asunder. Instead, Clark and his haircut will have to move forward alone.

Quickfire Hits
• Art and Lorena are a little crazy with each other – “My baby!!” “Miss sexy!!”
• It took every ounce of restraint in my body to resist mocking Boitano’s critique of a dish having a “salty sea taste in (my) mouth.” Every. Ounce.
• You know, is it me, or has this season had an inordinate amount of Asian based challenges?
• CC digging through clams in Whole Foods made me think that there are tons of walruses swimming around the Arctic who would be baffled by his pickiness.
• What Whole Foods has a massage therapist on staff? And would you do what The Hat did and actually get one in the spice aisle? It made me agree with CC in my amazement that The Hat would do that – although I probably wouldn’t actually call him a “ding dong.”
• I can listen to Lorena basically say anything. I would listen enraptured to her read the Paul Ryan budget plan – and I’m a dye in the wool liberal!
• Art and Thierry’s hats must get so incredibly sweaty in the kitchen.
• I like how Art removes his hat for the judging. I don’t know why, I just like that.
• Did I miss when Clark injured his thumb? Seems strange to omit that, unless he stuck it in a socket or something stupid.

Next week Love Shack Baby!

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Project Runway Season 10: On the Go or On the Run

Last week on Project Runway, the designers had to work in pairs to make a red carpet look fit for the Emmys.  They also had to make their frocks for actual clients, who were all former Project Runway contestants.  Ven won by pleasing the loudly enthusiastic Kenley, while Raul was sent home for saddling Mila with an unflattering black dress.  The next morning, Buffi and Melissa wake up to find that Andrea has disappeared in the night.

Christopher, who doesn’t know that Andrea has departed, worries about facing her at Parson’s, as he thinks he may have crossed a line during last week’s judging.  Kooan DR’s that he doesn’t feel good, and Gunnar notes that he’s unusually quiet.

The designers then leave their apartment to meet Tim at Michael Kors’ new store on Madison Avenue.  It’s huge and filled with everything a fashionista could want from clothes to accessories to make-up.  The designers are suitably impressed.

Tim informs them that Andrea has left the competition; neither he nor anybody else has had any contact with her, but the folks in production believe she’s all right.  The designers are shocked and disgusted by this news, as they know that thousands of people try out to be on the show.  At least one comments that Andrea, a teacher, is setting a very poor example for her students.  Michael comments, “Fashion’s not for sissies.” and Tim urges the designers to “bounce back” from any mishaps.

Michael then describes this week’s challenge.  He starts by describing the type of client he wants them to have in mind:  “a woman on the go.”  She’s a work hard, play hard type who needs chic clothes that are practical and versatile.  He advises the designers that textiles will be vitally important; they should avoid anything that wrinkles.  It’s a one-day challenge, and they will have a budget of $150.00.

The designers then have the traditional half-hour to examine Michael’s goods and sketch.  Several of them talk about Andrea instead.  Tim tries to keep everybody on task by urging them to think about a typical day for their “woman on the go.”  Fabio wants to make a dress with a black and white print, while Melissa wants to make a black dress.  Gunnar plans to make a skirt using several different shades of brown.

At Mood, Buffi is drawn to pink fabric, while Dmitry is having trouble finding any fabric he likes.  Fabio notes that Kooan seems quiet and distant.  Christopher indulges in more breast-beating and blames himself for Andrea’s departure.

Back at Parson’s, Kooan has an announcement:  He’s quitting.  At first, some of the other designers think he’s joking, but he’s not.  He really wants to leave.  Christopher begs him to stay, and Nathan says he understands that the pressure of the competition can be tough to deal with.  He admits that he’s been tempted to quit himself, but refuses to do so.

Tim stops by to announce that Andrea has sent an e-mail saying she’s fine and out of the competition.  Kooan then tells Tim that he wants to leave, too.  He adds that he “needs to find his own way” as a designer.  The constraints of the challenges are apparently not for him.  Tim at first tries to talk him out of it, but Kooan won’t change his mind.  Tim then escorts Kooan out of the workroom.  Sonjia comments that designers need “tough skin.”  Buffi notes that people are “dropping like flies.”

Tim then returns and jokes that he’s afraid to make any more announcements, lest somebody else quit.  He then announces that Raul has been brought back.  Raul is delighted to be back and DR’s he’s confident he’ll win.  I’d say that’s doubtful; the only returnee to make it very far was Chris March, way back in Season 4.  Most returnees have short stays.  Ven DR’s that he’s not at all happy about this development, since Raul complains constantly.

Tim then comes back to make his usual rounds.  He starts with Dmitry who is making a black dress with a single seam.  Tim  is suitably impressed.  Fabio is planning a leisure outfit including a jacket.  Tim, noting how short the dress is, warns him to mind his proportions.  He calls Ven’s look “fascinating” and warns Gunnar not to over-design.  When Elena shows off a bulky-looking jacket, Tim warns her that the judges have seen the football player silhouette before.  He warns Buffi not to over-design.

Christopher confesses his fears about ending up in the bottom again.  Tim suggests his look may actually be too dressy.  Tim warns Nathan to mind his proportions.  Upon learning that Melissa is making an outfit with four garments, Tim comments that she has a lot of work to do, and lets her get to it.

After Tim leaves, the models come in for their fitting.  Fabio discovers that his dress is indeed too short, and Buffi (rightly) deems her own dress to be shoddy.  Melissa is worried because she hasn’t finished sewing her garments.  On that note, it’s time to go home.

The next morning, the designers get back to work.  Buffi frets about her look.  Raul DR’s that he shouldn’t have been sent home; Ven disagrees.  Christopher then suggests to Buffi that she should use some black chiffon instead of the coral fabric she’s got, and she angrily blows him off.  Rude, yes, but I can sort of see where she’s coming from.  First off, they’re in a competition, so why would he be helping her?  Wouldn’t it be in his interest to just let her crash and burn?  Second, Buffi prefers to use lots of color in her designs.  Using a lot of black would go against her so-called aesthetic.

Tim sends in the models for their final fitting and Raul discovers a serious problem:  His pants are way too small.  They’re not even close to being able to close.  Somehow he’s missed the mark by several inches.  As the models go to hair and make-up, Dmitry tells us that he considers Christopher serious competition.  Buffi tells us she has never used chiffon or jersey before, apparently hoping the judges will give her an A for effort.  Just as Tim is calling everybody to take them to the runway, Raul finishes his pants– and then grabs some accessories.  He hadn’t taken the time to pick them out before.

On the runway, Heidi talks about her disappointment in the two quitters.  She then introduces the two guest judges, designer Rachel Roy and actress Hayden Panettiere, who is probably best known for playing Claire in Heroes.  She apparently has another show coming out.  No, I don’t know why she’s a guest judge either.

Sonjia is up first.  She made a long-sleeved, knee-length dark gray dress.  In the front, it has an asymmetrical collar with a knotted effect on one shoulder.  In the back is a small v-neck.

Alicia made a white shirt with mid-length sleeves and put leather elbow patches on it.  She also made gray knee breeches.  I’m guessing it’s “casual day” at her client’s office.

Melissa made an outfit consisting of black leggings, a long-sleeved black tunic, and a black hoodie.  She put a wide gray collar on the tunic and then added a scarf.   It looked as if she’d decided to make a fall or winter look.

What was Buffi smoking?!  She made a mini-dress with black and purple zebra stripes and then topped it with a coral smock or toga or whatever.  It might work for a trip to the beach, but not as a day to night look.

Fabio made a black-and-white print mini-dress and paired it with a kid-sized black jacket with mid-length sleeves.  It’s cute, but impractical, as the jacket would be utterly useless on a chilly night– and the overall look really only works as nighttime wear.  The dress is way too short to wear to the office.

Gunnar made a sleeveless dark purple turtleneck top.  It’s long enough to qualify as a tunic, but a lot more snug.  It’s also open in the back, so his client would need a jacket to wear it to the office.  He also made a knee-length skirt incorporating several shades of brown and off-white.  He used a thin belt and a dark green clutch as accessories.

Nathan made a sleeveless, knee-length mustard-colored dress and attached a short cape to it.  He attached some embroidered gold and purple detail to the neckline and added a purple clutch as an accessory.

Dmitry made a sleeveless dark grey dress.  There’s strips of material criss-crossing the front, like a set of bandoliers.  The dress also has a cut-out in the back, which means its owner would need a jacket or something in order to wear to the office.  Dmitry also gave the model magenta shoes with 3- or 4-inch heels.  His outfit is a good night-time look, but would need a jacket and different shoes to work as a daytime look.

Ven made a sleeveless, tan knee-length dress with a single shoulder.  He put his usual pleats down the front, but they’re softer and less sculpted than usual.  What looks like gold trim is actually a gold zipper.  In the back is a small slit, and another gold zipper.  It’s another dress that works better as nighttime wear than anything for the office.

Raul made a pair of gray pants, a sleeveless light gray shirt with a loose collar, and  some kind of hybrid of jacket and vest made from black and gray print material.  It’s obvious his accessories are last-minute additions.  The big silver belt isn’t bad, but in what universe do royal blue shoes and a magenta clutch go together?

Elena’s look consists of a big gray jacket– think David Byrne’s oversized white jacket from the 1984 movie, Stop Making Sense.  She also made a brown shirt and skinny black pants, and used sunglasses and a big gray handbag for accessories.

Christopher made a knee-length black dress with an odd train hanging down the right side.  He also made a child-sized black leather jacket with mid-length sleeves.  It’s well made, but I don’t get this trend for kid-sized jackets on grown women.  I prefer jackets that might actually keep me warm on a chilly night.

Heidi then calls Gunnar, Ven, Nathan, Alicia, Melissa, and Elena.  They are safe and will move on to the next round.  It’s the other six who will have to face the judges.  The safe designers gather backstage and try to guess who will be in the top and who will be in the bottom.

The judges start with Sanjia, who tells them her look is for a busy woman.  Heidi and Michael both like it.  Nina calls it “conservative, but sexy.”  Rachel Roy notes that it could even work if worn reveresed, probably because of the asymmetrical collar.

Next up is Fabio.  Michael says he’s surprised by the structured look of his outfit.  Rachel notes that Fabio’s personal style is quite idiosyncratic and wishes it showed more in his design.

Christopher tells the judges that he made his look for a married working woman.  Heidi thinks he did a great job and Hayden loves the jacket.  Rachel deems it a good day-to-night look.

Buffi simply wanted to use prints and colors.  She then demonstrates ways to belt the look in order to make it more versatile.  Hayden likes the colors, but Heidi thinks the outfit looks cheap and that the colors clash.  Rachel dings Buffi for depending on the belt.  Michael (rightly) comments that the toga looks like a hair-dresser’s smock.  Worse, when the judges ask Buffi to raise the toga to give them a better look at the dress, they find a poorly-sewn hem.

Raul calls his look “his interpretation of a suit.”  Michael says he’s “confused.”  Hayden hates the crotch of the pants.  Nina thinks the jacket is too long.

Dmitry tells the judges that he loves dresses.  Michael thinks it’s the best-made garment of the evening.  Heidi likes it, but doesn’t consider it a “wow” dress.  Nina praises the simple design, and Rachel thinks it’s good for evening wear.

The judges then have their chat, starting with their favorite designers.  Sanjia made a great day-to-night dress that looked “effortless.”  Nina considers Christopher the most editorial.  Dmitry’s dress isn’t glamorous, but it’s well-made and he chose good fabric.

As for their not-so-favorites, Fabio simply made a boring dress.  Buffi is “hiding behind kookiness” and her dress makes no sense.  Raul bit off more than he could chew and has editing problems.

Heidi then calls the designers back in to announce the judges’ decision.  Christopher is in and Sanjia is the winner.  Hayden tells Sanjia that she would love to wear her dress to a red carpet event.  Sanjia, of course, is delighted.

Dmitry and Raul are in, leaving Fabio and Buffi in the bottom.  Buffi is out and Fabio is in.

Next week:  Another team challenge.  Plus, a photography session.

Also, Laura Bennett from Season 3 has a blog chockful of insights on the show.  Find it here:  www.mylifetime.com/shows/project-runway/blogs/laura-bennett-blog.  This week, for example, she discusses the two quitters, and goes well beyond the self-righteous line “Fashion’s not for sissies!”  For instance, losing designers are sequestered in their own version of Losers’ Lodge, so they can’t spill the beans about anything on the show.  Andrea knew that– which is why she 1) bailed in the middle of the night, and 2) didn’t contact production until