What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Season Finales?

For some reason, Parenthood and Private Practice are ending their seasons early tonight. It makes me worried for the future of Parenthood, as Private Practice has already been announced as canceled. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today are Michael Chiklis and Chris Pratt. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. Betty White's Off Their Rockers. In the first half hour, Bob Harper is the guest. In the second half hour, Nicole Richie is the guest. 7:00 PM CT NBC

3. The Taste. The pressure is on when Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Ludovic Lefebvre and Brian Malarkey put 29 professional chefs and home cooks through their first grueling round of blind taste tests — in which just a single spoonful will decide whether or not they make it past the audition phase and into the competition. 7:00 PM CT ABC

4. Hart of Dixie George's parents meet his girlfriend, his mom tries to force Zoe and George to admit to their feelings for each other, and Lemon is shocked at Brick's secret girlfriend's identity. 7:00 PM CT CW

5. Raising Hope. Jimmy is unsure when Frank wants to host a bachelor party, and Sabrina encourages Jimmy to have a little fun. 7:00 PM CT Fox

6. Pretty Little Liars. Hannah and Emily check out a new clue while Aria is out of commission with the flu, Meredith raises suspicion with her kindly act, and Spencer surprises Toby on their anniversary. 7:00 PM CT ABC Family

7. Totally T-Boz. Before the listening party for T-Boz's new single, she needs to clear the air with Chilli, who was upset to find out TLC wasn't T-Boz's only priority, and Tionne goes to the doctor to get her MRI results. 7:00 PM CT TLC

8. The Bad Girls Club: Atlanta. Will a racial slur get one girl sent home? 7:00 PM CT Oxygen

9. Ben and Kate. Ben is concerned by this new partner bringing in more associates to expand their plan, Kate goes on a date with baker, and Maddie and B.J. audition for a commercial 7:30 PM CT Fox

10. Go On. A former member of the group tries to make the other members choose between her and Ryan, and Anne helps Danny with his divorce. 8:00 PM CT NBC

11. Emily Owens, M.D. Emily, Will, and Casssandra have to describe each other's flaws when competing for the position of Dr. Bandari's research assistant, and a daredevil is forced to change his life because of a rare disease. 8:00 PM CT CW

12. New Girl./span> Nick believes one of Jess' students is hiding a secret and investigates the class while undercover, and Winston and Cece have an awkward encounter. 8:00 PM CT Fox

13. Face Off./span> Contestants are asked to create their own DC Comics superhero, with the help of Jim Lee. 8:00 PM CT Syfy

14. The Lying Game./span> The twins compete in tennis to see who will love as Sutton, Emma cancels plans with Thayer to tutor Ethan, Laurel brings Mads with her on her date with Jordan, and new evidence concerning Alec shows up. 8:00 PM CT ABC Family

15. The Sisterhood./span> Tara forces the ladies into a rigorous workout, but Dominique doesn't want to get sweaty, and a big dispute erupts between Dominique and DeLana. 8:00 PM CT TLC

16. Edge of America./span> In the first half hour, Geoff Edgers tears his way through Oklahoma on a wild west cowboy adventure that includes castrating a calf, a bull-testicle eating competition, a rattlesnake roundup and ends with a bang at an old-fashioned black powder shootout. In the second half hour, Edgers blazes down the “Oregon Trail” on a rugged off-road adventure which includes racing an 80-year-old car on a dirt track while holding a live pig and street jousting from atop a custom built, super-sized bicycle, and speed-climbing an 80-foot tree. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

17. Dance Moms. Melissa starts to feel like Sophia is stealing Maddie's spotlight. Abby puts Maddie and Kendall in a duet, bans Brook from the competition, and gives Paige a solo. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

18. The New Normal. Shania believes Rocky's new crush could be gay, as Jane wonder's about the sexuality of one of her fellow realtors, and David ponder how his unborn son might be treated. 8:30 PM CT NBC

19. The Mindy Project. Mindy's plans to have a one-night-stand with Brendan are thrown off when his brother and Morgan show up, and Danny and Eye Patch go on a date. 8:30 PM CT Fox

20. Parenthood. Season finale. Jasmine and Crosby get exciting news while planning their anniversary, Amber and Ryan contemplate the future of their relationship, and Sarah is forced to make a choice. 9:00 PM CT NBC

21. Private Practice. Season finale. Naomi comes back for Addison's wedding, Cooper has a difficult time as a stay-at-home dad, and Violet begins a new project that has special meaning. 9:00 PM CT ABC

22. Cougar Town. Trying to put some passion back into her marriage, Jules gets Ellie to begin a verbal firestorm, and Laurie helps Travis find his superpower. 9:00 PM CT TBS

23. White Collar. Peter and Neal look for the truth regarding Neal's dad's crime, and Neal goes undercover to bring down an Irish Mob memeber. 9:00 PM CT USA

24. Justified. Drew Thompson's window shows up and gets Raylan in trouble with the FBI, and Boy's strike at the snake church lands a surprising strike back. 9:00 PM CT FX

25. Total Blackout. Contestants were asked to guess the weight of an object just by touching it and, as always, have a little difficulty. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

26. Our America with Lisa Ling. The real word of BDSM. 9:00 PM CT OWN

27. America's Supernanny. Deborah helps a family after a devastating divorce. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

28. Snooki & JWOWW. Jennie's dad puts the moves on one of her friends at a family barbecue, and Snooki goes into labor early. 9:00 PM CT MTV

29. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight are Dana Carvey, Emmy Rossum, and Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite. 10:35 PM CT NBC

 

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – NFC and AFC Championships

The NFL Playoffs continue today, and by the end of the day we'll know who we'll be watching in the Super Bowl. Who are you pulling for? Catch up on your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. NHL Hockey. Philadephia Flyers at Buffalo Sabres. 11:30 AM CT NBC

2. NFL Football. NFC Championship: San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons. 2:00 PM CT Fox

3. Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular. 3:00 PM CT NBC

4. NFL Football. AFC Championship: Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots. 5:30 PM CT CBS

5. America's Funniest Home Videos Clips include a teen waxing her lip the first time, a dog going through the garbage, and cooking incidents. 6:00 PM CT ABC

6. Once Upon a Time. The true identity of the townspeople could be threatened by a stranger, and Cora tries to get back together with Regina. 7:00 PM CT ABC

7. The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Kenya decides to produce her own video after her deal with Phaedra goes poorly, leading Phaedra to retaliate, NeNe comes back to Atlanta, and Phaedra and Kenya's situation surfaces at Cynthia's charity event. 7:00 PM CT Bravo

8. Wild West Alaska. The crew prepares for the annual salmon-cooking competition and garage sale, and a cowboy needs help training his shooting horses. 7:00 PM CT Travel Channel

9. Mob Wives. Renee fears for her life after getting a threatening letter from Junior, and Ramona isn't sure about her boyfriend's sentence. 7:00 PM CT VH1

10. Revenge. Daniel faces his fiercest business rival with Emily's support, Aiden takes a dark turn, and Amanda's future ends up in the control of Conrad Grayson. 8:00 PM CT ABC

11. Kourtney and Kim Take Miami. Kourtney arrives in Miami sans Scott, while Kim's focus is on being a good mom to her new kitty. 8:00 PM CT E!

12. Oprah's Next Chapter. Drew Barrymore is the guest. 8:00 PM CT OWN

13. Shahs of Sunset. The group gets together on a yacht, GG has a hard time pulling off a launch party, and Asa, Reza, and Mike begin doubting Lilly. 8:00 PM CT Bravo

14. Snapped. Tonya Ford. 8:00 PM CT Oxygen

15. Girls. Adam gives Hannah some attention Elijah questions his sexuality, Marnie makes a compromise for her career, Jessa enjoys married life, and Elijah and Marnie keep a secret. 8:00 PM CT HBO

16. Shameless. Fiona worries about the money used for club night, and Frank finds his way home. 8:00 PM CT Showtime

17. Enlightened. Amy and Tyler meet up with Jeff at a jazz club, Abaddonn's security breach is exposed, and Krista's pregnancy is in jeopardy. 8:00 PM CT HBO

18. Hawaii Five-0. Chin gets kidnapped and put in Halawa prison dressed like an inmate and needs to escape before he is recognized by the prisoners. 9:00 PM CT CBS

19. Chasing the Saturdays. Series premiere. A UK pop music group intends on spreading the popularity worldwide. 9:00 PM CT E!

20. Finding Bigfoot. The team heads to Colorado to pour over footage from the 1960s of an alleged Bigfoot and gets help from a Girl Scout troop to set a trap. 9:00 PM CT Animal Planet

21. House of Lies. 9:00 PM CT Showtime

22. Californication. Hank's light at the end of the tunnel could be Faith, and Charlie tries to land movie star Robbie Mac as a client. 9:30 PM CT Showtime

 

Project Runway All-Stars 2: A Not-Unexpected Result

Last week on Project Runway  All-Stars 2, the designers flew to Paris to see real haute couture and learn some of the tricks of that trade.  They also had to try to replicate haute couture themselves.  Anthony Ryan won and Joshua was sent home.

On the runway, Carolyn congratulates the three finalists and then spells out their final challenge:  Make a mini-collection in four days.  The designers will be responsible for all aspects of the show.  That means they will choose a theme and the accompanying music.  They can make as many outfits or pieces as they want, and they will have a budget of $3,000 to spend at Mood.

Back at the workshop, the designers begin to plan their shows.  Uli will make “Winter Wonderland” or “Mystical Winter,” which will make heavy use of her favorite color scheme.  She will also use a lot of fur and feathers.

Emilio’s theme will be “Urban Plantation.”  His show will portray the working women of America using classic American fabrics and colors.

Anthony Ryan’s theme will be “A Thin Line.”  He wants to strike a balance between light and darkness.

After sketching, the designers head out to Mood.  There they spend three grand and 90 minutes.

Back at the workroom, the designers start making their collections.  Carolyn comes in, saying that she knows they need help.  The eliminated designers then troop in.  She tells the finalists they can each choose one assistant.  Anthony Ryan picks Joshua, who begs off, pleading fatigue.  Anthony Ryan’s second choice turns out to be Kayne.  Uli chooses Casanova, and Emilio picks Althea, reasoning that somebody who had also made it to the finals of their season would be helpful.  Emilio also tells us that his mother had worked in a factory while he was growing up.

On day two, the designers and their helpers get to work– except for Casanova, who is catching some z’s in the lounge.  Not cool, dude.  You’re supposed to be helping Uli.

Joanna comes in to make her rounds and starts with Uli, who shows off a feathery jacket.  Joanna likes it and says the collection looks coherent (so far), but it needs a showstopper piece, preferably at the end.

Anthony Ryan shows off a black and yellow outfit, and admits he was worried about it looking “too bumblebee.”  He believes he’s solved that problem.  He says he wants to take something innocent and “create some chaos in it.”

Last up is Emilio, who hasn’t finished anything yet.  He tells Joanna that his looks will be a mix of 1840’s Aunt Jemina and 1940’s Rosie the Riveter.  Joanna says his collection sounds very exciting and she can’t wait to see it.

After Joanna leaves, the designers meet Matin from Laura Mercier for hair and make-up consultations.  Then they go back to the apartment for a toast.

On day 3, the designers and their helpers get back to work.  (This time Casanova actually does help Uli; they’re working on a pair of pants.)  Anthony Ryan comments that Kayne is quick.  Unfortunately, all good things and collaborations come to an end.  The assistants have to leave and the designers have to finish their collections on their own.  Uli tells us about growing up behind the Berlin Wall, while Anthony Ryan talks about how badly he needs the prize money.  If he doesn’t win, his career as a designer will be over, for he’s not earning enough to keep himself afloat.  He’ll have to find a more reliable source of income.  Emilio is working on eight looks, while Uli is making seven outfits that have two or three pieces each.

On the day of the runway, the designers head to Gotham Hall, where the show will be held.  They have three hours to finish their looks.  The models come in to get dressed and have their hair and make-up done.

On the runway, Carolyn introduces the guest judges, actress Live Tyler and model Margherita Missoni.  I’m sorry, but in my not so humble opinion the guest judges for the finale– especially in All-Stars— ought to be actual fashion designers.  Actors and models don’t cut it.

Emilio is up first.  He tells the audience that his collection is called “Urban Plantation,” and that Aunt Jemina and Rosie the Riveter were the inspirations for it.  He was the only designer of the bunch to use prints.  His first look was a black and white dress with a chain-link pattern on it.  His third look was a pantsuit made of a multi-colored print fabric.  He used the same fabric to make the dress in his sixth look and the coat in his seventh look.  His solid colors were black, white, and red.  Unlike Anthony Ryan or Uli, he made no gowns; all of his looks involved pants, skirts, or dresses.

Anthony Ryan is next and he tells the audience that his collection is called “The Thin Line.”  His influences were apparently Star Trek and Season 7’s Mila, as practically every piece involved color blocking.  Every single look consisted of two solid colors, and most of them also had cut-outs in the back.  The first and last pieces were gowns, while the other five were dresses of varying lengths.  The first and fourth looks had long sleeves; all the other designs were sleeveless.

Uli is last and she calls her collection the “Mystical Winter.”  As one might guess, she uses a lot of white, gray, and silver– which makes her the only designer in the bunch to use a metallic fabric.  About half her looks involve fur or feathers.  Her last design is a taupe gown with a feathered front and sleeves.  Her second look is a long white skirt, a silver top, and a white capelet. Uli also made pants, skirts, and short dresses.

Afterwards, the judges talk to all three of the designers, starting with Emilio.  Georgina loves his point of view.  Isaac praises the collection’s focus and notes that Emilio’s models are all women of color.  Carolyn loves the coat and Liv likes the colors he’d used.  Isaac says the collection does go a “little junior.”  He especially dislikes the first dress. Margherita says the collection lacks experimentation.  She does know he made said collection in four days, right?  That doesn’t leave a lot of time for playing around with fabrics, colors, or designs.

Georgina calls Anthony Ryan’s first dress “spectacular,” and Liv thinks it was sexy.  Isaac calls the blue and black dress, the “best dress I’ve ever seen on Project Runway.”  He also praises Anthony Ryan’s placement of the pockets.  Carolyn praises his artistic sense.  The only weak spot in the collection that the judges can see is the seventh dress, which was poorly constructed and lacked impact.

The judges also like Uli’s collection.  Isaac calls it a great collection, and Georgina says it’s strong.  Margherita loves it and Liv appreciates the details.  Carolyn does think the jewel on the rear of one design is a bit much, though.  The judges also think the faux furs look inexpensive.

The judges then have their chat.  Emilio is the most cerebral of the designers and his collection has a political angle.  It’s just not very exciting.  Anthony Ryan is very creative and artistic, but his finale dress was weak.  Uli is the most willing to experiment, but her faux furs made some designs look inexpensive.

The judges announce their decision.  Uli is the second runner-up, and Anthony Ryan is the winner.  That means Emilio came in second.

This was not the most suspenseful season of Project Runway.  It was obviously from fairly early on that Anthony Ryan, Emilio, and Uli were going to be the finalists.  The three of them won practically all the competitions.

Next week:  The 11th season of Project Runway starts.

What’s Hot on TV Friday and Saturday – Hockey Makes Its Return

Have you been missing hockey? It makes its grand return with a shortened season this weekend. NBC will air the Chicago Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings game in most areas Saturday afternoon. Will the fans still show up to support their favorite teams? Catch up with your favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

Friday

1. NBA Basketball. Chicago Bulls at Boston Celtics. 6:00 PM CT ESPN

2. Undercover Boss. The president of Moe's Southwest Grill works behind the scenes of his own company. 7:00 PM CT CBS

3. Last Man Standing. A discussion of immigration comes up when Vanessa hires a new housekeeper, leading to Ed checking the OUtdoor Man employees' green cards, and Kristin finds a new way to make some cash. 7:00 PM CT ABC

4. Nikita. Nikita finds out that Amanda's mole is Sonya, and there is still a second mole in Division, and Michael confronts Alex about her substance abuse. 7:00 PM CT CW

5. Fringe. Olivia starts a dangerous journey into the unknown as the team is implementing a plan, and the team battles the Observers. 7:00 PM CT Fox

6. Four Weddings. Marie uses a six-figure budget to create Dracula's Castle, Zuranda has startling news, Karen uses an island dock to exchange vows, and Anumita's wedding takes place at a landmark hotel in New York. 7:00 PM CT TLC

7. Malibu Country. Reba has a hard time being gracious when June gets a meeting with Mr. Bata, and Kim and Lillie Mae find out Cash has an ability that could be lucrative. 7:30 PM CT ABC

8. CSI: NY. The CSI i son the case when a masked man is found at the base of a skyscraper that has a history of mysterious deaths. 8:00 PM CT CBS

9. Dateline NBC. Keith Morrison goes to Belize to talk to John McAfee about him fleeing the country after his neighbor's murder 8:00 PM CT NBC

10. Killer Karaoke. Contestants sing karaoke while stepping into boxes filled with gross surprised, and getting waxed. 8:00 PM CT truTV

11. Say Yes to the Dress. In the first half hour, Becky looks for a dress for her second wedding, Tracey hope her gown will b the last one she wears after surviving a car accident, and Monica is finally ready to get married in a town she's had for years. In the second half hour, Rebecca looks for a wedding gown, Katie's bust line, and Valerie's dreams of a big dress. 8:00 PM CT TLC

12. Ghost Adventures. Sailors' Snug Harbor on the north shore of Staten Island, was once the home for many retired merchant seamen. It also holds a sinister side – one of forbidden love, adultery, suicide, torture and even murder. The park rangers tell the story of a woman who kept her mentally challenged child locked in the basement while she was out of the house, until he killed her and ran off. Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin voyage to the malevolent shores of Staten Island to investigate. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

13. NBA Basketball. Oklahoma City Thunder at Dallas Mavericks. 8:30 PM CT ESPN

14. Blue Bloods. Danny's car matches the description of one used in a drug deal, and police pull him over and find coke in his trunk. His family comes to his defense. 9:00 PM CT CBS

15. 20/20. Stories include how to stay calm and save money while planning a wedding, current wedding trends, wedding mishaps, and extreme wedding proposals. 9:00 PM CT ABC

16. Merlin. On the anniversary of his death, the ghost of Uther returns to the kingdom and passes judgment on Arthur’s reign. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

17. Say Yes to the Dress: Randy Knows Best. The top 10 most heartfelt moments. 9:00 PM CT TLC

18. Teen Trouble. Josh tries helping an older teen who is addicted to heroin and getting involved with criminals. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

19. Real Time with Bill Maher. The panelists include Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, former Rep. Steve LaTourette, Martin Short, former Sen. Bob Kerrey, and Rula Jebreal. 9:00 PM CT HBO

20. Banshee. Hanson, a desperate underling of Proctor, holds a rave in an Amish barn, selling homemade E pills stolen from his boss to Banshee youth, including Deva, Carrie’s rebellious daughter. 9:00 PM CT Cinemax

21. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight are Chris Tucker, Bob Costas, and Big Boi. 10:35 PM CT NBC

Saturday

1. College Basketball. Maryland at at North Carolina. 11:00 AM CT ESPN

2. College Basketball. Connecticut at Pittsburgh. 11:00 AM CT ESPN 2

3. College Basketball. West Virginia at Purdue. 1:00 PM CT CBS

4. College Basketball. Missouri at Florida. 1:00 PM CT ESPN

5. College Basketball. Texas Tech at Oklahoma State. 1:00 PM CT ESPN 2

6. NHL Hockey. Chicago Blackhawks at Los Angeles Kings. 2:00 PM CT NBC

7. College Basketball. Oregon at UCLA. 3:00 PM CT CBS

8. College Basketball. Syracuse at Louisville. 3:00 PM CT ESPN

9. College Basketball. Creighton at Wichita State. 3:00 PM CT ESPN

10. Cops. A suspect escapes after abandoning a stolen vehicle, a man claims he was threatened with a gun, and alcohol is find in a car that hit a female pedestrian. 7:00 PM CT Fox

11. Six Little McGhees: Special Delivery. 7:00 PM CT OWN

12. Blades of Glory. Typical Will Ferrell, as he's joined by Jon Heder. The two of them on skates is funny enough as it is, let alone seeing them skating together as a pair. 8:00 PM CT ABC

13. Tasmanian Devils. The ultimate thrill unleashes the ultimate predator. 8:00 PM CT Syfy

14. Pit Boss. Shorty tries to rescue a loose dog from a motocross track, and Ronald and Sebastian are sent to an adult-themed gig accidentally. 8:00 PM CT Animal Planet

15. Cyndi Lauper: Still So Unsusual. In the first half hour, Cyndi performs at a private concert. Ron Wood makes an appearance. In the second half hour, Cyndi and family and friends go to Coney Island. 8:00 PM CT WE

16. College Basketball. Gonzaga at Butler. 8:00 PM CT ESPN

17. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Johnny Blaze is hired by members of a secret church to save a boy from Satan. 8:00 PM CT Starz

18. 48 Hours. Jodi Arias's interview for 48 Hours becomes evidence in her murder trial. 9:00 PM CT CBS

19. Wedding Band. The band gets booked for an “End of the World” party, but end up competing against rivals playing a similar gig 9:00 PM CT TBS

20. Pit Bulls and Parolees. Tia and her team are brought to a dog-fighting ring by an anonymous tip, and a pit bull waits for permission to go to a new home. 9:00 PM CT Animal Planet

21. Beyond the Headlines: Prosecuting Casey Anthony. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

22. Saturday Night Live. Jennifer Lawrence is guest host, and The Lumineers are the musical guest. 9:00 PM CT NBC

 

Top Chef: Seattle – Ep 11 – The Episode Where I Get Mad At Padma

That’s right, I’m very sad to say, but right now…we’re fighting, Padma. Because what transpired in this episode seemed to stem directly from Padma. And the result that it produced was so awful, so ridiculous, and shines a bright light on a couple of warts upon the skin of the show that I have long said I did not like. If you have not watched the episode yet, well, you really need to stop watching because I am going to spoil it early on.

To recap from last week, Restaurant Wars was split into two episodes this year – last week, the chefs battled over concepts, and this week the two winners led the teams in opening restaurants based on those concepts. Kish and Papa Smurf won last week with concepts focusing on fine French dining with a twist and Filipino cuisine inspired by Papa Smurf’s grandpa…er…Grandpa Smurf. With Micah’s elimination, Papa Smurf’s team was one person short, and as it turns out, they are doing a Battle of the Sexes in the Wars. Last week, I questioned the logic of Kish choosing Josie and whether or not it was better to have her on the team, or to be shorthanded. To answer the question – it was better to be shorthanded.

Papa Smurf’s team made good food with only nitpicks against the menu. The problem was Stefan the Thumb’s bad service and hospitality. I mean, he was not good. One dish came to the judges without him around and unable to actually describe it. When he did, he did so in such a way that the judges felt they were condescending and insulting to their intelligence. At one point, he answered a question with what sounded like this answer, “bbbadehdah, bauaddityyalyy.” Seriously, no idea what he said. He was like Benicio Del Toro in The Usual Suspects. He was like a Charlie Brown grown-up. Guests were backed up, it was a disaster. Now, I think his troubles were partly his fault, mostly perhaps, but partly a result of the lack of a fourth teammate. He had to prepare his food, set up the front, train the staff, manage the staff and be the host. He had to rely on the random Redshirt waiters to take on a lot of responsibility. And it backfired. If Papa Smurf’s food wasn’t as good as it was, The Thumb would have been gone.

As it turns out, Kish’s team wound up losing the War and one of the women was going to leave. Brooke and Lizzie each rocked their dishes, so they were safe. That made it a Kish vs. Josie decision. Kish made a big mistake in taking on a LOT of responsibility. She wanted to have a hand in everything that went out. As Tom said, her concept was in her head, and was not properly relayed to her team. She even made two dishes, which had faults, but were not criticized to the point where you would think they were the worst dishes.

Josie’s dish, however, was clearly the worst dish served in this challenge. To me, that should be both Strikes One and Two. To quote Tom from years ago…it’s a cooking competition! Where the disconnect between the judges and reality came in to play was the fact that we saw things they didn’t know. We saw Josie refusing to begin her prep the day before, despite Kish’s urging. We saw Josie’s dish was not ready in time as a result, leading to Kish having to order her to cut corners in order to get it out on time…and for that, it was actually on time as the tables had to wait for that course. We saw all of the kitchen drama, the judges didn’t. They saw Kish biting her tongue and refusing to drive the bus over Josie. Meanwhile, Josie had no problem getting behind the wheel to save herself by blaming Kish’s concept and leadership for her faulty dish.

It is this disconnect that often hurts the judging process. They don’t see what’s going on. And, if you ask me, they should NOT speculate about what may have happened and judge the food. They could not really understand what happened between Josie and Kish – all they could get out of it was that Kish ordered the changes to the dish, that the dish was delayed coming out, and that Josie has ALWAYS been late with her service. Do the math guys, and figure it out.

American Idol 12, Jan. 17 – Breaking My Heart in a Whole New Way

I have to admit I wasn't as annoyed with Nicki Minaj last night as I thought I'd be. I was annoyed with the whole catfight thing with Mariah Carey. Are those two divas going to do that the whole season? We no longer have the fake fights between Simon and Paula, but now we have to have this instead? Did the producers set that up on purpose as it almost seemed like some of the catfights were a little staged. Yet it's not them breaking my heart tonight; it's the last auditioner.

The first contestant tonight is Mackenzie Wasner, 17, of Leiper's Fork, TN. Ryan Seacrest interviews the family looking for musical types and finds her dad who is a piano player and singer/songwriter. Mackenzie started singing early, with her first gig being alongside her dad as they sang the ABCs for her Kindergarten class. Her dad plays keyboards for Vince Gill, and she thinks of him as her own Idol judge.

Mackenzie sings a song first with her dad at home, then in front of the judges here in Chicago. She has a great classic country voice. Mariah loaves her voice and thinks she's beautiful and has a star power that can be honed. Nicki feels someone like her walks into a room once every few years. That didn't sound like being in a competition; it sounded like her first single. She blew her mind. She is a star.

Randy Jackson loved the song and thought she did it justice. He feels she has a huge road ahead of her. What Keith Urban loved is that she has a great blend between of strength and vulnerability like he could hear in Lee Ann Womack's first record, with a little bit of Dolly Parton as well. She gets four yeses. Well, three and a “pow” from Mariah.

Austin Earles, 19, fast food services, Lakeview, MI, gets told by Randy that the judges are all like a family, although we don't learn why he said that. Austin launches into his audition and gets laughter from the judges. Mariah cuts him off, claiming it's because of time. Nicki argues they're not out of time, and Mariah think she might like to hear him sing to her some more. Nicki claims she'd like to hear it every day.

Kiara Lanier, 21, college student/teacher, Chicago, sang for President Obama at his birthday fundraiser. She was comfortable with it as she was singing classic. He hugged her and shook her hand. Kiara asks the judges how they've been enjoying Chicago, then thanks Mariah, because as a little girl she liked seeing someone else who was multi-racial and looked like her.

Kiara sings The Prayer and has a beautiful tone and great emotion. Nicki gives her a “Wooh! Take me now!” when she finishes, and after the other judges add some wows, Nicki tells Kiara when you can only hear wows, you know it was “pretty freaking pretty.” She has a lot of control, soft and hgh, but pretty and beautiful, especially being so youg. Randy was impressed. Mariah feels she has potential, is a beautiful girl, and she loves how she went in and out of the soft, and not in a typical way. Keith thinks she looks ready to be a star, and he loved the little nuance in the runs of Aaron Neville. She gets four easy yeses.

Stephanie Schimel, 21, a lingerie store employee, Milwaukee, sings Dream a Little Dream With Me and sounds beuatiful, alhtough she apologizes for it shaking because of the nerves. Mariah liked the choice of song and felt she had a really nice tone. Keith heard an interesting Carrie Underwood/Gwen Stefani blend. He loves her whole light. Nicki wasn't wowed, but thinks Stephanie and her voice are pretty. They've just seen such magnetic things, and she doesn't feel she compares. Randy thinks she's really talented. It comes down to a vote and Nicki is the only no, but Stephanie doesn't like her any less. Nicki notes they have the same color of eye shadow on.

This elicits a catfight with Maria, of course, and leads into a montage of a whole day-long catfight. Keith beats his head on the judges' desk and comments that he feels like a scratching post sitting between the two of them. It's obviously stressing Ryan out, so he gets a massage from one of the auditioners.

The masseuse is Melissa Bush, 27, Grandville, MI. She's a quieter person, but wanted to show her personality, so got this pink one-piece unitard that looks like a 70s-era Elvis costume that got washed in hot water with a red sock. She likes that it's shiny. She's a bad dancer, so I can't imagine the singing is going to be great. She does bring Randy a t-shirt, and it says, “Get down DAWG.” She sings Downtown and does sing a little bit better than her dancing. A little. All the judges can say is “Okay,” until Keith asks, “Check please?” Voting, Nicki says “Bush, you'll always be my Bush, but no.” Huh? The others vote no as well, and Mariah calls them all vulgar, assumably for the Bush comments.

Past Idol finalist Haley Reinhart warms the waiting crowd, and Nicki is acting up again.

The Small Town Idol Bus Tour rolled through Iowa City and found rocker Gabe Brown, 21, a baker, Marion, IA, and invited him to audition in Chicago. He comes bearing gifts, cookies. He and and his mom made them. He's been humming and making noises forever, but didn't begin making words and singing until he was around 2, like Little Teapot and Mary Had a Little Lamb. He sings Gimme Shelter and is a screamer.

Keith loves it, then cracks he'd like to hear something with volume. Mariah asks for something a little softer or more mellow. Gabe sings We All Die Young, and it's mellow, until he cranks this one up too. Nicki likes him, and so does Randy. Nicki believes him when he's doing the rock thing and hears authenticity. Keith likes it too, saying the guys with the big massive voices have big voices as well. Mariah votes yes, as do the rest of the judges. He's onto Hollywood.

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Lance Armstrong on Oprah

Tonight is Oprah Winfrey's interview with Lance Armstrong over his alleged lies, cheating, and doping scandal. I'm not quite sure why it even matters anymore to make it such a big deal. Catch up on your favorite shows you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show Mark Wahlberg, Josh Hopkins, and a 10-year-old who gives his allowance to cat rescue are the guests today. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. 30 Rock. Jack convinces Liz to accompany him to Florida, and they find out something shocking about his mom. Jenna and Tracy take over the show while Liz is gone, leading to disaster for Kenneth. 7:00 PM CT NBC

3. Last Resort. Marcus tries to surrender the Colorado while Adm. Shepard and Kylie try to bring down the president. 7:00 PM CT ABC

4. The Vampire Diaries. Rebeka unexpectedly shows up at Mystic Falls High and gets shocking information out of Elena, Prof. Shane reveals too much, and Caroline tries to give comfort to Tyler 7:00 PM CT CW

5. American Idol. Night two of auditions, this time in Chicago . 7:00 PM CT Fox

6. NBA Basketball. Los Angeles Clippers at Minnesota Timberwolves. 7:00 PM CT TNT

7. Haven. Season finale. In the first hour, Duke gets into some trouble when he mysteriously transforms back into a teenager. In the second hour, Audrey finally finds some answers, but not everyone will survive the truths 7:00 PM CT Syfy

8. Parks and Recreation. Councilman Jamm derails the bachelorette party that Ann planned for Leslie, and Chris as game night at Ben's. 7:30 PM CT NBC

9. The Office. The new espresso machine is abused by everyone, Dwight brings Clark along on a sales call, Darryl interviews at Jim's company, and Pam pays Jim a surprise visit. 8:00 PM CT NBC

10. Grey's Anatomy. News comes in about the plane crash lawsuit, Richard avoids Catherine coming on to him, and Jackson takes on a former patient of Mark Sloane's. 8:00 PM CT ABC

11. Anger Management. Season premiere. Charlie loses it at a baby shower and wonders if his dad is getting Alzheimer's. 8:00 PM CT FX

12. The First 48: Missing Persons. A husband is missing the day after his second wedding anniversary, and a missing hotel guest is shown via surveillance video leaving the building. 8:00 PM CT A&E

13. Oprah's Next Chapter. Lance Armstrong is the guest. 8:00 PM CT OWN

14. The Millionaire Matchmaker. A Jewish hip-hop manager wants to settle down, and a 40-year-old divorced plastic surgeon gave his last ex surgical enhancements 8:00 PM CT Bravo

15. Project Runway Season finale. The designers get four days to complete a mini-collection before the winner is chosen. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

16. Mary Mary. Mary Mary begins intense choreography rehearsals for their upcoming Essence performance, but when Teddy finds out that Tina is pushing herself too hard and suffers an emergency pregnancy scare, he may pull the plug.? 8:00 PM CT WE

17. 1600 Penn. The president and First Lady host an extravagant party hoping to rally support for new education reforms, and Skip tries to gather up the nerve to ask a mailroom clerk to go with him to the event. 8:30 PM CT TNT

18. Rock Center with Brian Williams. Stories include Director Paul Haggis discussing Scientology, Bob Costas discussing Lance Armstrong, and Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner discussing the fress school they built in Kibera. 9:00 PM CT NBC

19. Scandal. More changes rock the White House, flashbacks show more about the rigged election, and Edison makes a shocking accusation. 9:00 PM CT ABC

20. King of the Nerds. Season premiere. Teams are picked and alliances are formed. 9:00 PM CT TBS

21. Suits. Harvey and Mike handle a criminal suit that hits close to home. 9:00 PM CT USA

22. Archer. Season premiere. Amnesiac Arches believes the only care is a spa weekend. 9:00 PM CT FX

23. Impractical Jokers. The guys portray optometrists, give financial advice, and look for political votes. 9:00 PM CT truTV

24. Beyond Scared Straight. A wannabe rap star, gets hard truths at Portsmouth Count Jail, siblings face difficult choices, and officers threaten to leave a disrespectful teen in jail longer 9:00 PM CT A&E

25. Kathy. Season premiere. T.I. is the guest. 9:00 PM CT Bravo

26. What Not to Wear. Tristen from Upstate New York considers herself a Jersey girl, complete with skimpy outfits. 9:00 PM CT TLC

27. Double Divas.Series premiere. In the first half hour, Cynthia creates a flattering nursing bra. In the second half hour, Molly does a photo shoot, and Cynthia creates a seasonal bra. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

28. Buckwild. Shae confronts her boyfriend about a cheating scandal, Tyler is tested by an unwanted guest, and Joey becomes the center of attention on his birthday. 9:00 PM CT MTV

29. NBA Basketball. Miami Heat at Los Angeles Lakers. 9:30 PM CT TNT

30. Legit. Series premiere. Jim Jeffries brings a friend with advanced stage muscular dystrophy on a road trip to Vegas. 9:30 PM CT FX

31. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight include Naomi Watts, Richard Engel, and Train. 10:35 PM CT NBC

 

American Idol 12, Jan. 16 – Hooking Me Again

This is the first time since season one that I am not looking very forward to American Idol. I had no idea what the show was going to be like in season one, and my kids begged me to turn it on. After hearing Kelly Clarkson's voice one time, I was hooked. And now this year, I know what to expect, and it's not Nicki Minaj. Oh, why couldn't they have left Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez in the judging seats?

This can't be right. Ryan Seacrest is recounting past seasons and talks about 371 #1 hits among the past Idols. What? That can't be right! Really? He also mentions assembling the biggest names in the business for the judging. Nicki Minaj? Really? Who said no so that they had to accept her? She joins Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, and of course, Randy Jackson.

We start off tonight watching auditions in New York City. Nicki has her drum majorette hat, and that touches off an argument between her and Mariah, as the latter didn't know accessories were allowed, yet she does love the hat.

The two female judges are still arguing as Michael Buonopane, 27, a shuttle driver from Saugus, MA, comes dancing his way in and singing custom lyrics to We Will Rock You. Keith jokes that he wants him to come out of his shell. Mike claims he didn't know what to do until he got through the door. Then he starts saying something about listening to a radio and starts singing again, random songs, like he's on the radio.

Nicki asks if Mike is going to sing, and Randy just wants to skip the formalities and asks if they can just say “no” now. Mariah is just going to yes, feeling like her vote doesn't matter anyway. Randy tells him it's not him, it's them. Mike tells Mariah on the way out that All I Want for Christmas is the best modern-day Christmas song. Mariah looks right at Nicki, saying that it's seventeen years later and still number one. Nicki repeats over and over “She's a bitch.” Mariah wants to rebuke it if she called her something that starts with a B and ends in itch. Three words. Catfight is coming.

After a break, while the makeup and hair crew are going to town, Mariah says she wants to lose three pounds, and Nicki claims to know how to do it. It turns out she's just doing a quote from Mean Girls, a film they are both familiar with. Irony.

The next contestant, Tenna Torres, 28, a promotional model, Queens, is very excited to see Mariah. She's been listening to her since she was 5 and even went to Camp Mariah when she was younger. She even had a chance to sing for Mariah when she was 13 and hopes she remembers when she shows her a picture. Mariah is glad to have an alumnus there. Randy wants to hear Tenna now, but Mariah says she'd rather look at pictures of herself. Keith, MIA so far, tells Tenna she should have said she'd bring the pictures to Hollywood if Mariah wanted to see them longer.

Tenna sings You've Got a Friend and is pretty good. The judges seem to be enjoying it as well. Mariah and Nicki celebrate, but when Mariah says she needs to comment first, Nicki pouts. Mariah says if they can have someone like this come out of season 12, she'll be proud. She votes yes. Keith calls Tenna refreshing and thinks she has a lot of patience and pace. Nicki votes yes, as does Randy. She's through, and Mariah asks to get copies of the pictures.

Tenna isn't the only good one, as another three contestants get good comments from the judges and go through. One of them looks like Snooki.

James Bay, 15, of Long Island, wants to be sensational superstar like Justin Beiber. If he would “die yesterday, it would be a miracle.” Hmm. He tells Keith he sings in his room all the time and knows what the audience wants. They want a character. He sings One Less Lonely Girl, and Randy looks out the window, because I don't think he has the papers to hold in front of his face to block the obvious laughter.

Nicki tells James she likes him a lot and asks if he has a girlfriend. He doesn't and is single. James wants to do a collide with her one day. She interprets and suggests maybe he wants a collaboration. Mariah suggests he DJ instead, and Keith didn't think he had the whole package. Randy cuts to the chase and tells him singing isn't his thing. Randy wanted to be a NASCAR driver, but it's not his thing. Nicki wanted to be a bus driver, but it's not her thing. James gets four noes, and Nicki tells him she means it when she says he's special. She tells him he's young and not afraid, and she never would have done that at his age. She hugs him on the way out. She's showing a tiny bit of heart.

Christina “Isabelle”, 21, Duluth, GA, says she can't look at the judges until after she sings, because they're all so gorgeous. Nicki brings up that she read that Christina struggled with her weight, as to her, Christina walked in all amazing, beautiful, and confident. She admits she was 200 pounds in high school, and she wanted to be a singer and feel good, so she lost about fifty pounds. This ends up back in a discussion of Mean Girls.

Christina sings Summertime and sounds gorgeous. It is just so crisp and clear. Keith gives her a wow after a high note, and the others just smile away. Nicki utters “O-M-G” when Christina is done. She thinks she should feel proud and thinks she could go far in the competition, because what she did was a combination of amazing skill with beautiful tone and beauty.

Keith thinks Christina is a natural singer. She admits she listened to Mariah when she was growing up. Keith appreciates the vulnerability and humanity in her voice. Nicki liked that she knew who she was when she started singing. Mariah loves the song and has been singing it since she was a baby. She wants to hear her explore it a bit more. Randy wants her to believe more in herself. She probably will with four yeses. She thinks it will prove that no matter your size, if you have the confidence, you can go far.

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – American Idol Premiere

I still don't know what to think about this new crew of judges on American Idol, but tonight we get our chance to find out. It's the big two-hour season premiere. Check out your other favorite shows at TV-Links.

1. The Middle. Frankie and Mike dedicate one day to each of their kids, with Axl taking them to a paintball range, Sue having them do seventeen different activities, and Brick wanting to go to a sci-fi convention. 7:00 PM CT ABC

2. Arrow. Oliver goes on a break from being Arrow, Tommy puts on a benefit for the firefighters, and Thea tries to life Moira's spirits. 7:00 PM CT CW

3. American Idol. Season premiere. 7:00 PM CT Fox

4. Big Rich Texas. Part 2 of the Dallas divas and daughters reunite to discuss the season. 7:00 PM CT Style

5. NBA Basketball. Houston Rockets at Dallas Mavericks. 7:00 PM CT ESPN

6. The Neighbors. The Bird-Kersees are very terrified and confused when the Weavers come down with a cold. 7:30 PM CT ABC

7. Criminal Minds. Reid gets help from the BAU team in trying to find his girlfriend before it's too late. 8:00 PM CT CBS

8. Modern Family. Gloria and Jay plan a surprise party for Manny's 14th birthday, and Haley starts spending time with a much older guy. 8:00 PM CT ABC

9. Supernatural. Castiel needs to rescue an angel that is being held captive by Crowley, and Amelia asks Sam to make a choice. 8:00 PM CT CW

10. Ghost Hunters. Season premiere. The team uses a laser grid and shadow detector to investigate a house. 8:00 PM CT Syfy

11. Toddlers & Tiaras. Paetynn, Elesha, and Daisy compete in the Pirate Pageant in Nacogdoches, TX. 8:00 PM CT TLC

12. Baggage Battles. On the second Saturday of every month, professionals and amateurs flock to Florida for the Tampa Machinery Auction, which sells off hundreds of every kind of vehicle imaginable — cars, buses, trucks, police cruisers and even boats, which may or may not run. Billy Leroy, Mark Meyer and the Martins travel to Tampa in hopes of winning a fully-functioning, highly valuable vehicle.. 8:00 PM CT Travel Channel

13. Suburgatory. George takes care of Tessa while she recovers from her wisdom teeth removal and also deals with Fred Shaly, who has moved into their basement, and Dallas isn't feeling secure about her relationship with George. 8:30 PM CT ABC

14. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation During a live broadcast, a news anchor is investigated by the CSI. 9:00 PM CT CBS

15. Nashville. Rayna and Juliette get ready for their first concert together in San Diego, Rayne makes an interesting proposal to Liam, and Gunnar and Scarlett leave on a road trip. 9:00 PM CT NBC

16. American Horror Story: Asylum.Sister Jude's chance of release is threatened by a new inmate, and Grace's obsession with the aliens gets violent. 9:00 PM CT FX

17. Hot in Cleveland. Melanie hopes her first time with Alec will be perfect, Joy takes on work as an extra, and Elka and Mamie become bad influences on Wilbur 9:00 PM CT TVLand

18. Ghost Mine. The team hears about a previous crew who tramped out on the job because they were hearing strange noises. They decide to introduce paranormal investigators, although some of the miners think having Kristen go into the mine would be bad luck. 9:00 PM CT Syfy

 

What’s Hot on TV Tonight – Steve-O & Nick Lachey Help Betty White

Okay. I get Nick Lachey appearing on Betty White's Off Their Rockers, but Steve-O? They're both onboard tonight to help her in sketches and to lend some advice. Catch up with all the TV you may have missed at TV-Links.

1. The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The guests today are Nicki Minaj and an 11-year-old girl who was barred from playing football. Syndicated, check local listings.

2. NCIS. The team comes together to finds answers and protect colleagues after something a close-to-home event. 7:00 PM CT CBS

3. Betty White's Off Their Rockers. In the first half hour, Steve-O helps Betty in some sketches, a woman steals alcohol from someone's shopping cart, an a customer in a department store falls asleep. In the second half hour, it's Nick Lachey offering Betty advice, a senior tires to have a basketball arena's height requirement enforced. 7:00 PM CT NBC

4. Hart of Dixie Lavon's mayoral duties slip when he becomes preoccupied with his personal life, Zoe takes on some new projects, and George gives relationship advice to Brick. 7:00 PM CT CW

5. Raising Hope. To get money for an engagement ring, Jimm takes part in some medical experiments, and the perfect ring he finds at a pawn shop ends up being Virginia's. 7:00 PM CT Fox

6. Pretty Little Liars. The girls suspect Mona of being up to her old tricks, but don't have the evidence to support it, and something important is missing from Aria's room. 7:00 PM CT ABC Family

7. Totally T-Boz. To get her solo career going, T-Box is interviewed by Perez Hilton, has a professional photo shoot, and gets confronted by her family about her unhealthy lifestyle. 7:00 PM CT TLC

8. The Bad Girls Club: Atlanta. Season premiere. It's a whole new breed of bad girl, but Janae can't keep up with the others. 7:00 PM CT Oxygen

9. Ben and Kate. Tommy's new girlfriend is introduced to the gang, and Ben goes ahead with his business plan. 7:30 PM CT Fox

10. NCIS: Los Angeles. A Marine's widow asks Sam and Callen to look into her husband's last battle when she suspects a coverup, and the team believes another evaluation is on the horizon. 8:00 PM CT CBS

11. Go On. PUshing aside Carrie's warning, Ryan asks her flaky friend on a date, although he has some competition from snowboarder Shaun White, and Yolanda gets hired at the hospital where Sonia works. 8:00 PM CT NBC

12. Happy Endings Jane's ex visits, and Brad is suprrised she's a woman, and Max's new roommate upgrades their place. 8:00 PM CT ABC

13. Emily Owens, M.D. Dr. Aquino comes back after a year-long absence and needs to make amends with Dr. Bandari before rejoining the staff, and Emily tries proving that Will had jealousy issues with her recent date. 8:00 PM CT CW

14. New Girl./span> Nick's dad shows up with his son worrying he's a pawn in one of his gambling schemes, but Jess just wants to fix their relationship, and Schmidt gets Robb's help in trying to win Cece back. 8:00 PM CT Fox

15. Face Off./span> Season premiere. 8:00 PM CT Syfy

16. The Lying Game./span> Sutton informs Emma of her plans to win back Ethan, Madds visits prison to see her dad, Dan continues investigating Derek's murder, and Jorda goes to his new school. 8:00 PM CT ABC Family

17. Dance Moms. The original moms come back, Sophia Luccia stays with Abby, and the moms deal with Abby's wrath after striking for two weeks. 8:00 PM CT Lifetime

18. Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too. Season finale. 8:00 PM CT Oxygen

19. Tia & Tamera. Season finale. Tamera gets ready for her baby's birth, but fails to include Tia, and Tia tegs some bad news about her TV project. 8:00 PM CT Style

20. The New Normal. Bryan and David both want the role of stay-at-home dad after they can't find a nanny. 8:30 PM CT NBC

21. Don't Trust the B—- in Apartment 23. 8:30 PM CT ABC

22. The Mindy Project. Mindy's goddaughter demands a bunk bed on her sleepover, so Mindy tries to buy one, and Sauna and Betsy try to figure out who has been stealing magazine and are surprised with what they find. 8:30 PM CT Fox

23. Vegas. One of Sheriff Lamb's exes wants help finding the man who beat up her husband, and Savino takes care of the narc inside his casino. 9:00 PM CT CBS

24. Parenthood. Joel and Julia consider the long-term effects of adopting Victor, Jasmine and Crosby get frustrated with Renee for overstepping her boundaries, and Hank is worried when Mark and Sarah discuss their relationship. 9:00 PM CT NBC

25. Private Practice. At Henry's court date Addison figures out the judge is concerned about Jake's past, Sheldon wants his friends to meet Miranda, and Charlotte goes into labor. 9:00 PM CT ABC

26. Cougar Town. Jules gets nuts when Travis is going too long from game night, Ellie trains Andy like a dog, and the guys try to look cool by growing mustaches. 9:00 PM CT TBS

27. Justified. Raylan gets mixed up with a dangerous famiy with a dark secret, and Boyd takes on a snake-handling preacher. 9:00 PM CT FX

28. In the Bedroom with Dr. Laura Berman. Toxic fighting leads a couple near divorce. 9:00 PM CT OWN

29. America's Supernanny. Deborah tries helping a blended family with bickering stepbrothers, a busy working dad, and a mom who can't take it anymore. 9:00 PM CT Lifetime

30. Snooki & JWOWW. Snookie is overwhelmed with her pregnancy, and Jenni is hinting that a proposal from Roger is in order. 9:00 PM CT MTV

31. Total Blackout. Contestants identify objects inside a tank and use their mouths to find plastic rings in scary boxes. 9:30 PM CT Syfy

32. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The guests tonight are Jessica Simpson, D.L. Hughley, and Vintage Trouble. 10:35 PM CT NBC