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So You Think You Can Blog

Wow, I'm behind. You'd think just because American Idol is over (though the rehashing has only just begun, sigh) that the reality season was over, the way I haven't been posting. Not so.

Caught up with the first half of The Apprentice season finale the other day. Lee and Sean are the final two, and they've each been assigned to oversee a major fundraising event: Lee a celebrity hockey game and Sean a Barenaked Ladies concert in Atlantic City. Not one of these finales has gone by without some kind of "crisis," real or created, appearing to derail one or both events. This time, Lee's trouble was a total lack of ideas and a very annoyed representative of the charity. But over on Sean's side, team-member Andrea rushed to the doctor because she was coughing up blood. Coughing. Up. Blood. Were the producers that desperate for there to be a complication? OK, kidding. I was all primed to joke about whatever those complications might be, but this one seems pretty awful.

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But what was funny: At the beginning of the episode, Sean was still waiting for either Allie or Roxanne to return from the boardroom before he ate dinner, not knowing that they'd both been fired. He finally gave up, saying something along the lines of how he was just [kidding] himself that he cared about either of them, and Lee gave this hilarious shocked glance at the camera, as if to say, "Did he really just reveal his total insincerity?" Yes, yes he did. Later, the whole cast was in the apartment so Lee and Sean could each choose three other contestants to join their team, and Lee chose Lenny, Roxanne and Pepe. Everyone was pretty surprised about the choice of Pepe, but no one more amusedly than Carolyn. After the new teams left the boardroom, she was like, "Who was that guy on the far right?" Which kicked off a whole chain of comments from Trump and George that was snicker-worthy.

So we'll see on Monday who pulls through. I hope we don't have to see too much of Sean mooning over Tammy because that's just sickening. Almost as sickening as Lee's inexplicable trust in Lenny.

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Tonight was the second episode of So You Think You Can Dance and I guess I wasn't the only viewer since they brought it back for a second season. At the moment, it's still auditions -- as with American Idol, I much prefer watching later in the season. Watching people shake it delusionally on stage is too much to take sometimes. But the interplay among the judges is interesting, and seeing how they react to the really good people (and watching the really good people) is definitely good TV.

I have to mention, though, that tonight, judge Mary Murphy (who goes a little Paula now and then) definitely looked different from last season. I don't know if she just had some dental work and a new hairdo or more than that, but she definitely has changed. (Still has that laugh that cuts through everything else, though.)

Can't wait to see more. Good thing it's on tomorrow, too.

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I'm more than a week late on this, but I caught up on Top Chef this weekend, and I'm so so so glad that Harold won. Tiffani was just wearing on me more and more, and he just seems a lot nicer and more level-headed. So yay on that one.

I also saw my first episode of Little People, Big World, which follows an Oregon family with two parents who are little people who have four kids, three average-size and one little person. It's really compelling TV -- it sounds like it could be exploitative, but it's really not. I highly recommend it. I will definitely be checking out more episodes in the future.

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