American Idol took on one of my favorite styles of music, The Rat Pack era. Sinatra, Sammy, Dean Martin — you know, back when crooners did it with a martini in one hand and a smoke in the other. Everyone, with the exception of Adam stayed pretty traditional with their tunes. Adam stole the show as always with his grand staircase entrance. The guy has stage presence — you have to give him that. For Matt G, it was the week he was most looking forward to and sadly, one of his worst performances. His version of My Funny Valentine fell flat and I think he’ll be headed home tonight.
It was another big night of TV last night, so much so that I couldn’t watch it all. I did watch the Dancing with the Stars elimination show and unlike most, I thought the faux commercials were embarrassingly awful. I watch for the performances, not these silly time-fillers.
Tom kept predicting a shocker of an ending, which I guess it was. I expected Melissa or Ty to go home but it was Chuck and Julianne. Ty will go next week and then it’ll be a really tough call, particularly if Melissa can get past her injury.
Finally, I checked in on NCIS last night to see the new characters from the spin-off series. Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J head up a high-tech, deep undercover version of NCIS in LA and last night they were out to stop an arms dealer with ties to Gibbs and his gang.
The spin-off has a totally different feel and vibe than we’re used to and that’s a good thing. And the cool computer screens in the war room are right out of Knight Rider. I could learn to like this show.
Our president will be speaking tonight on three of the five networks, so check your listings for exact times and programming since I’m getting a different story, everywhere I look.
Tonight On TV — Wednesday, April 29
ABC has the Presidential Press Conference, followed by Lost and The Unusuals.CBS has the Presidential Press Conference, then Moonlight’s Alex O’Loughlin guests on Criminal Minds, and we finish with CSI: NY.NBC starts with the Presidential Press Conference, then it’s reruns of Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order.The CW delivers Go See day on America’s Next Top Model and that’s followed by a rerun of 90210.Fox is all new with Lie to Me and then someone goes home on American Idol.
Over on cable
It’s the mid-season finale for Ghost Hunters on SCI FI Channel.The Cougar is new on TVLand.Make Me a Supermodel is new on BravoTCM has a quirky mix of two of my favorite movies, The Birds and Bye Bye Birdie! Inexplicably, I love them both.
News and notable
Entertainment Weekly says rocker-soap star Rick Springfield will appear as himself in four episodes of Showtime’s Californication.
MTV has added nine new shows to their schedule including Pranked, Popzilla, The Stylist and The Alexa Chung Show, a one-hour, live variety series. Joining them will be returning series’ The Hills, Randy Jackson Presents: America’s Best Dance Crew and Nitro Circus.
Dancing with the Stars — Pictured: Chuck Wicks, Julianne Hough. Photo Credit: ABC/Kelsey McNeal.
Criminal Minds: The Big Wheel — Alex O’Loughlin (“Moonlight”) guest stars as a serial killer who sends a videotape of one of his crimes to the BAU team in an effort to stop his own crime spree. Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS
Make Me A Supermodel — Pictured: Amanda — Bravo Photo: Barbara Nitke