The Kardashians feud, America’s Got Talent continues and it’s a night of big balls over on ABC with Wipeout.
Last night the Disney’s “High School Musical” team narrowed down the field to ten teens who then had to perform duets in front of the public at Epcot Center. They were amazing, the whole bunch of them. Add on the fact that most of them were under 17 and it was quite something to see. From the ten, the judges picked six kids to move on and I’m glad to a see a variety of shapes, sizes and abilities made the grade. The ratings on the first night out weren’t stellar for this new series but I hope it catches on because I’m enjoying it immensely.
Next up was “Nashville Star” which I’ll cover in my recap later today and then the finale of “Legally Blonde: The Search for the Next Elle Woods.” Again, I was blown away by the final performances. These girls really have come a long way and when you put them in costume and wigs and put them on that Broadway stage it’s easy to see them as Elle. In the end Bailey was the winner and I think she was a great choice (stay tuned for our interview with Bailey in the next few days). She wasn’t the best singer but she brought a special joy to Elle that was really fun to watch. If you live in New York, you can see Bailey make her Broadway debut TOMORROW. I’m excited for her.
I’ve got “The Middleman” on the DVR for later today and plenty more shows scheduled to record. Check it out:
Tonight on TV
ABC is all new with “Wipeout,” “I Survived a Japanese Game Show,” and “Primetime: Family Secrets.”
NBC has The Kardashians vs. The Ed McMahon’s on “Celebrity Family Feud,” which is followed by a new “America’s Got Talent” and a repeat of “Law & Order: SVU.”
CBS goes with reruns of “NCIS” and “Without a Trace,” with “Big Brother” inexplicably stuck in the middle.
The CW is also in reruns with “Beauty and the Geek” and “Reaper.”
FOX returns with an old “Kitchen Nightmares” and then it’s “House.”
Over on cable
“The Cleaner” is new on A&E at 10:00. ABC Family has “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” and Jeff is “Flipping Out” again on Bravo.
The Food Network has a new “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” and the Neely’s return for “Road Tasted.”
It’s home renovation time on “Tori and Dean” and learn “How to Look Good Naked” on Lifetime at 10:00.
Finally, check out the new HGTV series “The Stagers” at 9:30. It’s about a company that stages houses for sale. I saw a preview episode on Sunday and it was really fun.
News and notable
CBS is swapping the timeslots for “Swingtown” and “Flashpoint,” which doesn’t bode well for the swinging 70’s series.
“Gossip Girl” will once again be available to watch online (The CW had pulled it for a test) this fall.
Movie critic Roger Ebert has left the building after 23 years of “At the Movies.”
TNT has picked up a pilot from “24” creator Joel Surnow about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Disney is preparing a spin-off of “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.”
USA’s “Monk” will hit it’s 100th episode in September and they’re celebrating with a long list of cameos including Eric McCormack, Sarah Silverman, and Andy Richter.
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