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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Emmyworthy 2010 - The Comedies

Alright, the Emmy nominations will be announced next week, July 7th, and while I have absolutely no sway in them (I almost have an anti-sway with these things. If I want them to be nominated, it'll almost mean for sure they'll never get nominated), here's my personal picks (WORTHY) and my predictions for who WILL be actually nominated (*). (For better predictions, check out Joe's Low Resolution, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4)

I'm starting off with the Comedy categories today. (Dramas here)

BEST COMEDY SERIES
Worthy - My Picks

Community
Cougar Town
Glee *
Modern Family *
Parks & Recreation
Ugly Betty


Worthy Alternatives

Better Off Ted
Nurse Jackie
30 Rock *
United States of Tara


Alternatives

The Big Bang Theory *
Bored to Death
Californication
Chuck
Curb Your Enthusiasm *
Desperate Housewives
Entourage
How I Met Your Mother
How To Make it In America
Monk
The Office *
Two and a Half Men
Weeds

Well, there's no shortage of comedies to pick from this year, which is making competition difficult again. Where once Two and a Half Men easily won a slot, now there's many better alternatives that actually have decent ratings.

I'm still not even sure if United States of Tara or Nurse Jackie even belong in the comedy section or not, but it ends up making me leave off faves like The Big Bang Theory and Bored to Death who might have made my top picks in previous years. Still, I think the Emmy will stay with some of their favorite standby's like Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Office (which I still do love, but not as much as I did during it's earlier and stronger seasons). Meanwhile, Weeds and Entourage are only shadows of their former selves.

I also enjoyed How To Make It In America but it's not quite there yet.


BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Worthy- My Picks

Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock *
John Corbett - United States of Tara
Jay Harrington - Better Off Ted
Joel McHale - Community
Jim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory *
Jason Schwartzman - Bored to Death


Worthy Alternatives

Johnny Galecki - The Big Bang Theory
Matthew Morrison - Glee
Kevin Connolly - Entourage


Alternatives

Steve Carrell - The Office *
Larry David - Curb Your Enthusiasm *
David Duchovny - Californication *
Bryan Greenberg - How To Make It In America
Zachary Levi - Chuck
Josh Radnor - How I Met Your Mother
Tony Shalhoub - Monk *
Charlie Sheen - Two and a Half Men

Strangely, this might the weakest category because many of this years strong comedies are ensembles with most of the cast being considered supporting (from what I know). I have a penchant for fresher choices hence why almost no one I want to be nominated is actually going to be seriously considered. I'm also keeping Kevin Connolly as an alternative because I still think he's the heart and soul of the show and makes whatever still works on the show, work.


BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Worthy - My Picks

Toni Collette - United States of Tara *
Courtney Cox - Cougar Town *
Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie *
America Ferrera - Ugly Betty
Tina Fey - 30 Rock *
Amy Poehler - Parks & Recreation *


Worthy Alternatives

Marcia Cross - Desperate Housewives
Kaley Cuoco - The Big Bang Theory
Julia-Louise Dreyfus - The New Adventures of Old Christine *
Patricia Heaton - The Middle
Felicity Huffman - Desperate Housewives
Lea Michelle - Glee
Eva Longoria Parker - Desperate Housewives
Mary-Louise Parker - Weeds


Alternatives

Teri Hatcher - Desperate Housewives

Honestly, anybody can be nominated here and I'll be happy. There's such a strong group of female leads in a comedy that even the ones on shows passed their due date are still worthy for being terrific on a less than terrific show.


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Worthy - My Picks

Ty Burrell - Modern Family *
Jesse Tyler Ferguson - Modern Family
Nick Offerman - Parks & Recreation
Ed O'Neill - Modern Family *
Neil Patrick Harris - How I Met Your Mother *
Eric Stonestreet - Modern Family *


Worthy Alternatives

Aziz Ansari - Parks & Recreation
Dan Byrd - Cougar Town
Chevy Chase - Community
Chris Colfer - Glee
Ted Danson - Bored to Death
Peter Facinelli - Nurse Jackie
Jerry Ferrara - Entourage
Zach Galifianakis - Bored to Death
Keir Gilchrist - United States of Tara
Donald Glover - Community
Ian Gomez - Cougar Town
Nolan Gould - Modern Family
Clark Gregg - The New Adventures of Old Christine
Simon Helberg - The Big Bang Theory
Josh Hopkins - Cougar Town
Justin Kirk - Weeds
Hamish Linklater - The New Adventures of Old Christine
Jack McBrayer - 30 Rock
Charlie McDermott - The Middle
Kunal Nayyar - The Big Bang Theory
Chris Pratt - Parks & Recreation
Dani Pudi - Community
Jim Rash - Community
Rico Rodriguez - Modern Family
Atticus Shaffer - The Middle
Jonathan Slavin - Better Off Ted
Eddie Kaye Thomas - How To Make it In America
Michael Urie - Ugly Betty
Brian Van Holt - Cougar Town


Alternatives

Jon Cryer - Two and A Half Men *
Kevin Dillon - Entourage
Dominic Fumasa - Nurse Jackie
Mark Indelicato - Ugly Betty
Luis Guzmán - How To Make It In America
Ken Jeong - Community
John Krasinski - The Office
Eric Mabius - Ugly Betty
Kevin McHale - Glee
Cory Monteith - Glee
Tracy Morgan - 30 Rock
Jeremy Piven - Entourage
Tony Plana - Ugly Betty
Victor Rasuk - How To Make It In America
Mark Salling - Glee
Jason Segel - How I Met Your Mother
Paul Schulze - Nurse Jackie
Stephen Wallem - Nurse Jackie
Rainn Wilson - The Office *

Because the cast of Modern Family has decide to submit themselves ALL as supporting, it starts filling up this already crowded category fast. In addition, there's such a strong contingent of really great young actors, I would almost want a new category just for the young kids (including Keir Gilchrist, Rico Rodiguez, Nolan Gould, Atticus Shaffer, Charlie McDermott, Dan Byrd, and Alexander Gould from Weeds). Of course, what the above shows is that they really should have an ensemble award, especially nowadays with shows becoming ensemble pieces more than ever.


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Worthy - My Picks

Julie Bowen - Modern Family *
Jane Lynch - Glee *
Ana Ortiz - Ugly Betty
Sofia Vergara - Modern Family *
Merritt Wever - Nurse Jackie
Vanessa Williams - Ugly Betty


Worthy Alternatives

Andrea Anders - Better Off Ted
Eve Best - Nurse Jackie
Alison Brie - Community
Yvette Nicole Brown - Community
Portia de Rossi - Better Off Ted
Rosemarie DeWitt - United States of Tara
Cheryl Hines - Curb Your Enthusiasm *
Sarah Hyland - Modern Family
Jane Krakowski - 30 Rock
Brie Larson - United States of Tara
Judith Light - Ugly Betty
Becki Newton - Ugly Betty
Elizabeth Perkins - Weeds
Busy Philipps - Cougar Town
Aubrey Plaza - Parks & Recreation
Eden Sher - The Middle
Wanda Sykes - The New Adventures of Old Christine
Kristen Wiig - Saturday Night Live *
Ariel Winter - Modern Family


Alternatives

Dianna Agron - Glee
Lake Bell - How To Make It In America
Conchata Ferrell - Two and a Half Men
Jenna Fischer - The Office
Alyson Hannigan - How I Met Your Mother
Alex Kapp Horner - The New Adventures of Old Christine
Gillian Jacobs - Community
Rashida Jones - Parks & Recreation
Jayma Mays - Glee
Christa Miller - Cougar Town
Tricia O'Kelley - The New Adventures of Old Christine
Amber Riley - Glee
Emily Rutherfurd - The New Adventures of Old Christine
Anna Deavere Smith - Nurse Jackie
Cobie Smulders - How I Met Your Mother
Holland Taylor - Two and a Half Men *

Another category with tons of worthy choices, not helped by the "ensembles" like Modern Family that are really putting leads into the supporting category (and thus pushing out worthy youngsters like the younger MF set Sarah Hyland and Ariel Winter, who could with Eden Sher and Brie Larson, also create a young persons category.

Also doesn't help with Nurse Jackie and United States of Tara floating between dark comedy and drama and taking a spot here. All worthy, just hard to categorize, and strong performances either way.

I'm gonna do the guest categories together with drama on another day.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

SYTYCD7 - The Countdown Begins... 10, 9...

So You Think You Can Dance - Season 7 - Top 10 Results Night - The Cut From 10 to 9 - Ep. 709
Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mia Michaels, Adam Shankman

Top 10 Group Dance
Choreographed by: Sonja Tayeh
Song: "Royal T" - Crookers feat. Roisin Murphy
Grade: B+

I realized whoever choreos these group dances are going to have to deal with imbalanced guys and girls this season, and they probably won't know how imbalanced unitl the week before. Before, you may no know who you're going to have to work with, but you always had even girls and guys, but that won't happen this year. It'll be interesting to see how they deal with it.

So far I thought Sonya did a great job dealing with having 2 girls less than boys. It was the usual Sonja funky moves things with some Roisin Murphy thrown in. I still felt there wasn't a power move as a unified ensemble in there but I also noticed that not all the dancers were doing the same moves in a moment where it looked as though they were all supposed to make the same move, so I'm wondering if it was cleverly designed to work with the dancers personal styles.




The Predictions from the Top 10 Performances:
Bottom Three: Melinda, Ashley, Adéchiké

Going Home Melinda
Also, Travis is going to murder Tyce DiOrio with a Fosse Hat.


The actual results were:

Kent is safe of course. Duh
Adéchiké is safe. I was wrong about him again. I thought he did great last night, but didn't think he'd get the votes. Oops.
Cristina is in the bottom 3 again. She's my favorite girl of the bunch, so of course she's in the bottom. Thanks America.
Alex is safe. Duh. Despite a bad Broadway, which is more to say about choreographer Tyce than it does Alex, he's still the power of Alex.
Jose is safe. Bollywood saves the day.
Ashley is safe. I like her but I keep forgetting about her. Apparently I'm the only one. Another wrong guess.
Melinda is in the bottom 3 again. So two repeats in a row again.
Lauren is safe. I predict she's going to go the farthest of all the girls (even if she's not my favorite)
Billy is safe. No really?
Robert is safe. But that means poor Robert, my FAVE right now, is in the bottom 3. America. WHAT THE HELL?

So, the Bottom 3 are: Cristina, Melinda and Robert. I got 1 right.












The Filler:
Brian Gaynor and Remote Control
Song: "Agnus Dei" - Eskmo
Very cute. Loved his Brian Gaynor's "Fireflies" audition and it was nice to see Nigel keep his word and invite him back. It's not more than a novelty act for me, but it's sweet that they've given him this huge forum to perform at, especially with the whole inspiring story behind it.

Debi Nova
6 All-Stars are dancing. I have no idea who this chick is, but I see Mark, Neil, Lauren, Ade, Comfort, and Courtney. Thank you Debi Nova! Oh man that made me so happy!




Dance For Your Life:

Cristina Santana
Song: "Quimbara" - Celia Cruz & Johnny Pachego
Grade: B-
I like her a lot, and I think she's the best girl here, but I still find her solos lacking the full pizzazz needed. It's good, but it should be GREAT.

Melinda Sullivan
Song: "Heels" - Q-Tip
Grade: C+
I used to love tap but I'm finding solo tapping so boring nowadays and Melinda has not convinced me otherwise. (A group in unison is a different, and more interesting story).

Robert Roldan
Song: "Everywhere I Go" - Lissie
Grade: B+
Ok, not up to the best contemporary solos but it's his first, and he looked like he wanted to put in everything into it, so it came out a little cluttered and big, but at least he's got his heart on it, and he's still my underdog to watch for this season.



The Cut:

Robert is saved. Whew. Nigel voted for Melinda to be cut. But Mia and Adam voted for Cristina.
So goodbye Cristina Santana. WHAT?


So I was totally wrong again. I thought Melinda would finally go but apparently the judges really can't let go of a tap dancer so early like they did last year, so they bit the bullet and kicked off the only Ballroom person left. Damn those judges. And they can't cut Robert, one of the best on the show right now (and my personal fave now).

So poor Cristina is let go so that Melinda can live another week for whatever reason that I can't explain. (Maybe they're just picking off in alphabetical order from the bottom 3? Alexie last week, now Cristina before Melinda and Robert this week... hmm... (haha)). I can't believe I wish Nigel had more power now. Ugh.

Apparently the Fantasy Pool I was selling is cancelled (for some inane reason I'm not even going to bother acknowledging) but maybe that's good since I had Cristina at 7th place.

At this point, here's my guess for what WILL happen (but I'm usually totally wrong on these things):

1. Kent
2. Billy
3. Robert
4. Alex
5. Lauren
6. Jose
7. Ashley
8. Adéchiké
9. Melinda

As of last night, I had pegged Robert to win. He's probably ranked farther higher than he's going to be, but I've still got a little hope.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

SYTYCD7 - TENchnically Great

So You Think You Can Dance - Season 7 - Top 10 Performance Night - Ep. 708
Judges: Nigel Lythgoe, Mia Michaels, Adam Shankman

So Top 10. Ten great technical dancers. Still in search of some soul.

Tonight wasn't as great as last week's performances but since this week more dancers were farther out of their comfort zone, that was partly to be expected. That and with two Tyce DiOrio choreo's, one that is highly praised, how high can our expectations be?


Cristina Santana with Pasha Kovalev
Choreographed by: Jean-Marc Généreux and France
Style: Paso Doble
Song: "Ira Deorum/Sanctus" - James Dooley
Grade - Dance: B+
Grade - Contestant: B+

I think Cristina did a pretty good job. When I could tare my eyes away from Pasha, Cristina seemed to bring a similar power to the dance, and seemed to match. And the fact that she didn't mess up the dance and made it look unified with Pasha, must mean it was pretty great. No?

I still wish there was more passion between the two of them. I think Cristina has the moves and the passion within herself, but considering you're dancing next to Pasha, we should be able to see the passion between the two dancers.

But seriously, who is not looking at Pasha through that whole routine? Through any of his routines? Yes, I know you straight boys were looking too!

Here's the video of Cristina and Pasha's Paso Doble:



Adéchiké Torbert with Allison Holker
Choreographed by: Mandy Moore
Style: Contemporary
Song: "Listen To Your Heart" - (Edmée's Unplugged Vocal Edit) D.H.T. feat. Edmée
Grade - Dance: B+
Grade - Contestant: B+

Ok, last week I thought Adéchiké was the weakest male in the competition. Now, at least seeing him do his own style, I'm totally changing my mind on him. I thought it was a beautiful performance with amazing technical movements but I thought he seemed to flow with the emotions better. Nigel agrees he's improved (though seems to want even more).

Mia wants him to put more heart into the "heartform". Adam thinks he's dancing from his head. So again, seems like we have great technical dancers who need to dance with more soul. Still, much improved from last week.

Here's the video of Adéchiké and Allison's Contemporary:



Alex Wong with Lauren Gottlieb
Choreographed by: Tyce DiOrio
Style: Broadway
Song: "Summertime" - Sylvester
Grade - Dance: B (C- for routine, A for Lauren)
Grade - Contestant: B-

Damn those are ugly costumes.

And love or hate Lauren, you gotta admit she's a pretty damn good dancer.

I thought Alex did a pretty good enough job keeping up with the steps but something was missing with the movements. Oh good, Nigel seems to agree as he tries to educate Alex with Fosse style. You could definitely tell Alex was coming from ballet and needed to loosen up for Broadway more. Alex looked like he was enjoying it, but almost in a "look at me! look at me ma! I'm doing it" way.

Adam hits it on the nail. It's a lot of flash but he needs more smolder.

Here's the video of Alex and Lauren's Broadway:



Ashley Galvan with Mark Kanemura
Choreographed by: Travis Wall
Style: Jazz
Song: "Wonderful" - Annie Lennox
Grade - Dance: B
Grade - Contestant: B+

Loved the moves, though I feel the routine as a whole won't be memorable. Didn't have a cohesiveness to it and instead was a collection of many wonderful elements (by my honey buns Travis Wall). Whoa, Nigel criticizes it for not being Jazz enough and a bit too much Contemporary.

I thought Ashley and Mark did a nice job with it but like the judges, I don't think it helped make her any more memorable and considering she's the dancer this year that I keep forgetting is in the competition, she really needs to wow us. I think she already lucked out by having Travis and Mark both working for her here.

Here's the video of Ashley and Mark's Jazz::



Billy Bell with Comfort Fedoke
Choreographed by: Lil' C
Style: Krump
Song: "So U Think U Can Krump" - Tha J-Squad
Grade - Dance: C
Grade - Contestant: C+

I like that he tries to Krump it up but it wasn't quite there (as Mia basically states). He tries. But yah, it was still Billy Bell. Adorably awkward, but I gotta say, was better than I thought it would turn out better than I thought (but I thought it was going to be horrible).

Here's the video of Billy and Comfort's Krump:



Robert Roldanwith Anya Garnis
Choreographed by: Jean-Marc Généreux and France
Style: Argentine Tango
Song: "Libertango" - Bond Quartet
Grade - Dance: A
Grade - Contestant: A-

I noticed Robert double check his step at one point but the rest of the time, he looked pretty damn confident considering he's so far outside his comfort field. Anya's such a great partner but I think Robert held up his own and managed to do a pretty great job. There were split-second moments of nerves but maybe because of his dark features, I totally bought the smoldering attitude required for this dance.

Nigel thought everything was fantastic. Anya, Robert, the dance, the routine, the lighting. Mia thought Anya overpowered Roberto. Adam was Switzerland.

Here's the video of Robert and Anya's Argentine Tango:



Melinda Sullivan with Ade Obayomi
Choreographed by: Stacey Tookey
Style: Contemporary
Song: "Squander" Skunk anansie
Grade - Dance: B+
Grade - Contestant: C

Poor Melinda. She's out of her element again, AND she's in a f%$king horrible dress. Playing "Mother earth". Love Stacey Tookey, and I thought the dance and concept was fine, but I couldn't get over that ugly dress which didn't help hide Melinda's lack of lines.

Nigel thought Melinda had fantastic lines (HUH?) and was pleased with it. Mia thought her lines were beautiful too. Did I see something different?

Compared to Ade, I thought Melinda tried but just didn't compare. Maybe the dress blinded me.

Here's the video of Melinda and Ade's Contemporary:



Jose "Full Deck" Ruiz with Kathryn McCormick
Choreographed by: Nakul Dev Mahajan
Style: Bollywood
Song: "Marjaani Marjaani Kasem" Billu Barber (Soundtrack)
Grade - Dance: A
Grade - Contestant: B-

When does Bollywood NOT look fun? Unfair advantage! And I loved the Aladdin/Genie in a bottle motif. I'm a sucker for that stuff.

Ok, Jose still didn't get it quite right, especially while dancing next to Kathryn who was just so ON, but Jose did a fun job with it. (The judges basically said the same thing)

He looked like what white dancers look like when they try Hip-Hop/Krump (see Billy Bell). Still, he seemed to be having fun and trying. I'll give him an A for effort. Luckily, Bollywood has it built in that even if you're doing it wrong, it still looks good. He's really lucky.

Here's the video of Jose and Kathryn's Bollywood:



Lauren Froderman with Dominic "D-Trix" Sandoval
Choreographed by: Tessandra Chavez
Style: Lyrical Hip-Hop
Song: "If I Wer A Boy" - Beyoncé
Grade - Dance: B+
Grade - Contestant: A-

I still find Lauren's real life personality is kind of annoying with the cutesy blond thing going but I was surprised by her Hip-Hop performance. I thought it was going to be horrible but I thought Lauren did a pretty great job. There were some technical aspects that Nigel points out, and Tessandra was quite clever in giving D-Trix so many tricks to do, but Lauren and Dominic's unity was surprisingly good.

Lauren's emotional performance was actually the best part and kind of unexpected. Especially after her interview reel.

Here's the video of Lauren and Dominic's Lyrical Hip-Hop:



Kent Boyd with Courtney Galiano
Choreographed by: Tyce DiOrio
Style: Jazz
Song: "Amy Amy Amy" - Amy Winehouse
Grade - Dance: B
Grade - Contestant: B

Oh boy, Kent's so precious in those vids! And in his interviews. And while being judged.

Was it me or was that dance a mashup of Mandy Moore's Table Dance (with Sabra and Neil), West Side Story's opening, and some African Jazz thrown in? Again, some good elements cobbled together but didn't feel unified as a whole, but maybe it's because I have something against Tyce DiOrio. I admit that.

It was fun seeing Kent in a routine like this, and I thought he did some fine moves there but like Mia said, the "Kent-ness" of Kent never really leaves, and yah, Courtney could eat him alive. Still, I enjoyed watching Kent do this.

The snide remark by Nigel that was a backhanded slap at Travis Wall must've pissed Travis off. You could see him say something. I think he said "I'm going to kill you Tyce". I hope he said that. I hope he follows through. I wouldn't think any less of him.

Here's the video of Kent and Courtney's Jazz:



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The Final Roundup:

While this new format makes it hard for me to figure out how to grade it all, it makes it far easier to figure out how the individual dancer themselves rank against each other.

The Dancers:
Best of the Night: Robert (with Anya)
2nd: Lauren (with Dominic)
3rd: Cristina (with Pasha)
4th: Adéchiké (with Allison)
5th: Kent (with Courtney)
6th: Ashley (with Mark)
7th: Jose (with Kathryn)
8th: Alex (with Lauren)
9th: Billy Bell (with Comfort)
10th - Worst of the Night: Melinda (with Ade)

The Routines:
Best Routine of the Night: Jean-Marc Généreux and France's Argentine Tango (with Robert and Anya)
2nd Best Routine of the Night: Nakul Dev Mahajan's Bollywood (with Jose and Kathryn)
3rd Best Routine of the Night: Tessandra Chavez's Hip-Hop (with Lauren and Dominic)

The All-Stars:
All-Star MVP: Lauren
All-Star MVP 2: Anya
All-Star MVP 3: Courtney
All-Star MVP 4: Pasha
All-Star MVP 5: Dominic

The Predictions:
Bottom Three: Melinda, Ashley, Adéchiké

Going Home Melinda
Also, Travis is going to murder Tyce DiOrio with a Fosse Hat.

Anyways, at this point, this is how I rank all the dancers overall (#position from last week in parenthesis):
Overall Ranking:
1. Robert (1)
2. Kent (3)
3. Billy (4)
4. Alex (2)
5. Christina (5)
6. Jose (6)
7. Adéchiké (8)
8. Lauren (10)
9. Ashley (7)
10. Melinda (11)

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Top 11 Performances, Top 11 Results
Season 7 Top 11 Showcase
Auditions:
Dallas, Nashville, Vegas Week and Top 11 Announcement
Los Angeles and Chicago
New York City and Miami
Announcing the All-Stars! With Sexy Pictures!
Discussion on Format Change

Decadeworthy - SYTYCDworthy - Ranking All the Top 10 Dancers from SYTYCD and SYTYCDCanada (w/ Videos) - List Format

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Finale - Final 6 Results
Final 6 Performances
Top 8 Performances, Top 8 Results
Top 10 Performances, Top 12 Results
Top 12 Performances, Top 12 Results
Top 14 Performances, Top 14 Results
Top 16 Performances, Top 16 Results
Top 18 Performances and Results
Top 20 Performances and Results
Introducing the Top 20, The Top 20 Showcase

So You Think You Can Dance Canada - Season 2 with So You Think You Can Dance Season 6 Auditions:
Finale
Top 4 Performances
Top 6 Performances, Top 6 Results & US Vegas Week Auditions Continued
Top 8 Performances, Top 8 Results & US Salt Lake City and Vegas Week 1 Auditions
Top 10 Performances, Top 10 Results & US New Orleans and Atlanta Auditions
Top 12 Performances, Top 12 Results & US Boston Auditions
Top 14 Performances, Top 14 Results & US Phoenix Auditions
Top 16 Performances, Top 16 Results & US Los Angeles Auditions
Top 18 Performance, Top 18 Results and SYTYCD Top 15 Dances of all time
Top 20 Performance, Top 20 Results
Top 20 Announced
Auditions - Toronto, Vancouver, Saint John
Montréal, Edmonton

My Top 25 Routines from SYTYCD Season 1-5

So You Think You Can Dance - Season 5:
Finale
Top 4 Performance
Top 6 Performance, Top 6 Results
Top 8 Performance, Top 8 Results and Panel Chat
Top 10 Performance, Top 10 Results and Panel Chat
Top 12 Performance, Top 12 Results and Panel Chat
Top 14 Performance, Top 14 Results, Top 14 Panel Chat
Top 16 Performance, Top 16 Results and Panel Chat
Top 18 Performance, Top 18 Results and Panel Chat
Top 20 Performance, Top 20 Results and Panel Chat
Auditions - Vegas Week Part 2 - Top 20 Announcement, Top 20 Pictures/Panel Chat
Vegas Week Part 1
New York City, Denver, Miami, Memphis, LA, Seattle

So You Think You Can Dance Canada:
Finale
Top 8 and 6 Performances and Results, Top 4 Performances
Top 10 Performances, Results 10 to 8
Top 12 Performances, Results 12 to 10
Top 14 Performances, Results 14 to 12
Top 16 Performances, Results 16 to 14
Top 18 Performances, Results 18 to 16
Top 20 Performances and Results
Introducing Canada's Top 20
Auditions:
Toronto Week - The Cut to the Top 20
Vancouver, Halifax, Calgary, Montreal - West, East, Middle and Quebec
Toronto - Toronto's Best Foot Forward
The Judges, The Host, The Teaser, All Photos from CTV

So You Think You Can Dance - Season 4:
Finale
Top 4 Performances
Top 6 Performances and Results 6 to 4
Top 8 Performances, Results 8 to 6
Top 10 Performances, Results 10 to 8
Top 16, 14 and 12 Weeks Recaps by Vance again
Top 12 Performances, Results 12 to 10 - Guest Blogger Linz McC
Top 14 Performances, Results 14 to 12 - Guest Blogger Linz McC
Top 16 Performances, Results 16 to 14 - Guest Blogger Linz McC
Top 18 Performances, Results 18 to 16
Top 20 Performances, Results 20 to 18
Introducing the Top 20
Auditions:
Callbacks in Las Vegas - The Top 20 Revealed - What Happens In Vegas
Milwaukee, WI - How The Midwest Was Won
Charleston, South Carolina and Washington D.C. - S.C.D.C. The New Electric (Boogaloo) Term!
Salt Lake City and Dallas - Yeehaw Utah!
Los Angeles - It's Time To Put On Those Dancing Shoes Again Kids!

So You Think You Can Dance - Season 3:
Live Tour - Toronto, Pasha's Solo Video, Neil's Solo Video
Finale - Winner Result
Top 4 Performances - Finals
Top 6 Performances, Top 6 Results
Top 8 Performances, Top 8 Results
Top 10 Performances, Top 10 Results
Top 12 Performances, Top 12 Results
Top 14 Performances, Top 14 Results
Top 16 Performances, Top 16 Results
Top 18 Performances, Top 18 Results
Top 20 Performances, Top 20 Results

For So You Think You Can Dance Season 2:
Favorite Video Clips
Song List Live Tour 2006 - Toronto
Live Tour 2006 - Buffalo, Pics, More Pics
Thanks to Rickey for the media
Vance at http://tapeworthy.blogspot.com


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Seeing Both Sides Of - Fences - Play Reviews

Fences - The Huntington at BU Theatre - Boston, MA - **** (out of 5 stars)
Written by August Wilson, Directed by Kenny Leon
Closed Oct. 11th 2009

Fences - Cort Theatre - Broadway, New York, NY - **** (out of 5 stars)
Written by August Wilson, Directed by Kenny Leon
Closes Jul. 7th 2010


I saw two productions of Fences in the past theatre season. One in Boston, one on Broadway. One with some TV character actors. One with big movie stars. Same play. Same director. Two very different productions. Yet both terrific and thrilling pieces of theatre.

But if I had to choose a side, and avoid sitting on the fence, I would lean just slightly enough (to avoid getting a wedgy) to the less starry cast at the Huntington production. As fantastic as the Broadway cast is and as terrific as the star(/stunt?)-casting of Denzel and Viola Davis have been, I found the less famous actors in Boston to give a more emotionally nuanced and gripping performance and with Leon's very different take, the entire Boston production was ultimately more heart-wrenching. However, I do recognize that it may have also been because it was the first time I saw August Wilson's Pulitzer-winning play (part of his ten-play cycle of the African-American experience in the 20th century), the the twists and shocks were more surprising the first time around.

In Boston, John Beasley (Everwood) and Crystal Fox (In the Heat of the Night) give a more aged approach to the role of long married couple Troy and Rose.

Beasley's Troy is way past his prime and it gives his regrets, and his current mistakes an even heartier, more regretful longing.

Beasley and Fox's Troy and Rose have a loving comfortable relationship with just enough zest that you can see why they lasted together this long, despite Troy's lingering regrets and mistakes.

Beasley's Troy is slow and steady, thunderous and beastly. His power increases with his years aging along his garbage truck route, and his stronghold over his son Cory (a terrific Warner Miller) is built on a forced respect.

Crystal Fox's Rose is loving and no-nonsense but understanding and it makes Troy's constant mistakes all the more heartbreaking as Rose keeps bearing the brunt. It's such a loving performance and its power is in its subtle approach against Beasley's soft gruffness.

The ensemble cast who include Bill Nunn (Spider-Man 1,2,3, The Job) as a terrific Gabriel, Troy's mentally handicapped brother, Eugene Lee as best friend Bono, Brandon J. Dirden as first son Lyons, and Warner Miller, formed a perfect balance, and with Marjorie Bradley Kellogg's terrifically plain scenic design and Ann Wrightson's lighting anchors the play in a realistic 1950's Pittsburgh. Simple, struggling (but not poor), but proud.

Warner Miller gives a confident performance as Cory and his relationship with his father, the core of Fences is quite devastating in it's simplicity and family drama. It feels honest and like a truthful peak into this families dynamics.


On Broadway, Denzel Washington (no reference necessary) and Viola Davis (Doubt, The United States of Tara) give a younger, more youthful spin on Troy and Rose. Denzel is light on his feet and his tall and lean stature gives his Troy a power from idolizing respect, and it means his mistakes in life are made from poor decisions.

Troy's marriage to Rose is the best decision he's made, but his regrets from a baseball career that never was clouds over his relationship with his son Cory (an also terrific Chris Chalk). Denzel gives an automatic charisma of a player that never got to play, and its built up simmering leads him to his devolving relationship with son Cory and gives the sparks that fly between him and wife Rose.

The command that Denzel Washington and Viola Davis brings to the stage, with a glossier set by Santo Loquasto (Onegin, Ragtime) that has a bit more sheen than the Boston version and some beautiful lighting, lifts this troubled family into a brighter limelight. Troy and Roses' house is depicted slightly nicer, slightly more nostalgic and the entire production feels more like a Greek tragedy, with some bolder moves. This is no longer a typical neighborhood in 1950's Pittsburgh but a family devolving into an epic outcome (including a final moment that finishes off the epic tragedy nicely).


Stephen McKinley Henderson's Bono is a wonderfully lovable buddy. Chris Chalk's Cory is plucky and charming but his strained relationship with his father is built on fear. Russell Hornsby's Lyons comes in all swaggering and cocky that gives his father Troy reason for questioning doubt. While Mykelti Williamson's Gabriel is playful but feels almost forgotten by Denzel's Troy.

There are times when Denzel's charismatic and handsome face pulls you out from believing him as a failure and a plain, but his performance is forceful and gives Troy a stubbornness that suits the powerful man he knows he should have been.

The star power Denzel automatically imbues Troy with makes the devastation he causes to Rose and his family all the more devastating but it also feels like karmic justice, and I felt more heartbroken from Beasley's Troy and Fox's Rose in their softer interpretation.

Either way, it's amazing how two great casts and one great director have pulled two very different aspects from one Pulitzer-winning play. Again, I felt the Boston cast united a bit better to give a cohesiveness to the production but each production had its benefits, and each casts helped define its different approaches.

Vance at http://tapeworthy.blogspot.com


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