Country music rocks, Jon and Kate talk
Country music gets the spotlight in CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock on ABC starring the industry's biggest stars. Oh, and Jon and Kate have issues on Jon and Kate Plus 8.
Weekend TV wrap-up
The entire gang from Supernatural was present at a convention in Vancouver this past weekend, so I spent most of my days monitoring the Twitter tag, getting instant updates on everything that was said by everyone! It was the next best thing to being there and for that I thank the folks who invented Twitter!
In between sessions I did manage to watch a few shows on TV. I had to try the Syfy movie Mega Shark vs. the Giant Octopus. Lovely photography, horrible movie. Though I did get a big kick out of seeing an 800-foot shark jump out of the ocean and chomp down on a plane in mid-air, and I'm not talking a little private plane, I'm talking a full-on commercial aircraft. So ridiculous it was worth watching over and over.
Going from mega shark to mega bucks -- the last four designers on Design Star had a mega-boo-boo when a miscommunication left Dan spending almost half the budget on a boring pergola for a backyard makeover. That mistake put them $5,000 over budget and would have left the homeowner without furniture for the yard. Design Star coughed up another $5,000 but it's the first time a team has ever gone over budget like that and I swear they wanted to cancel all four of them right then and there. In the end, it was Torie who was let go since she was the project manager. Not only did she not manage the money but in the end they delivered a nice backyard, not a stylish, exciting backyard.
I finished my evening with the second installment of Food Network Challenge: Cereal Bridges. Last time only two out of the four competitors had a piece to enter, this time they only did a little better. No collapsed bridges, but the work wasn't up to the usual standard for this show. A first-timer ended up walking away with the prize which proves that anything can happen if you just get in there and give it your all.
I'm going to give it my all today -- I'm not sure what "it" is, exactly, but it's getting my all. Won't you join me?
Tonight's top TV picks:
CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock (8:00 ABC)
Get to know the biggest stars in country music with this special that combines footage from the recent CMA Music Festival along with day-in-the-life features and behind the scenes action. Jason Aldean, Trace Adkins, Taylor Swift, and even The Judds reunite for the first time in six years.
Jon & Kate Plus 8 (9:00 TLC)
It's the boys against the girls -- sort of -- this week as Kate goes with the little fellas to a dude ranch while Jon has a tea party with the girls at home on Jon and Kate Plus 8.
Hoarders (10:00 A&E)
This isn't one of those clever shows where they laugh about people who have a messy house. Hoarders is a new series on A&E takes a serious look at people with a huge disorder.
In tonight's Hoarders, a woman will be evicted if she doesn't get her hoarding under control. Another woman faces off against Adult Protective Services when they remove her husband from an unhealthy environment caused by clutter.
News and notable
FX has scheduled Rescue Me to end in 2011.
Greek's Jesse Williams is joining the cast of Grey's Anatomy for a short arc.
Pop singer Cyndi Lauper will appear on the September 17 season premiere episode of Bones. The look for Zooey Deschanel, sister of star Emily, to make an appearance later in the season.
Design Star -- Pictured: the final four. Photo: HGTV
CMA Country Music Festival -- Pictured: Lady Antebellum. Credit: ABC/Katherine Bomboy
Bones -- Brennan (Emily Deschanel, L) listens as psychic Avalon Harmonia (guest star Cyndi Lauper, R) gives her information about a case. Greg Gayne/Fox