Thursday, November 25, 2021
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Dancing with the Stars' season 30 finale felt a little like a consolation prize
Dancing with the Stars' season 30 came to a close, as the four remaining couples battled it out for the Mirror Ball trophy. I loved the opening sequence with all the former contestants returning to strut their stuff, especially when Martin Kove pretended to knock out The Miz. It was also good to see Melanie C from The Spice Girls and country singer Jimmie Allen return to perform. Notably missing was judge Derek Hough, who revealed he was diagnosed with a breakthrough case of COVID the day after Semi-Finals. His sister - DWTS darling Julianne Hough - was on-hand to fill in his judging shoes for the night. However, this felt like a consolation prize. And really the entire finale felt a bit like a consolation prize after so many of my favorites had already been knocked out of the competition.
From the beginning of the season, it seemed the judges were rooting for pop star JoJo Siwa and her pro partner Jenna Johnson. However, The Talk's Amanda Kloots and partner Alan Bersten certainly gave them a run for their money. The biggest surprises this season were seeing NBA star Iman Shumpert and partner Daniella Karagach and celebrity fitness guru Cody Rigsby and partner Cheryl Burke also make their way to the finale. Would an underdog capture the hearts of voters and take home the trophy or would it be awarded to the same-sex couple predicted to win from the start (not that they're undeserving of the title, but it felt like most of their stronger competition was missing)?
Thursday, November 18, 2021
Evvie likely only could’ve stayed in the game if Xander had played his idol, and why didn’t he? Did he not see it coming? I don’t think he did, or maybe he was just playing it a bit safer for his own game, even though Evvie was one of his only real potential allies. Xander still has his immunity idol but for how long? Still, he does have one thing that does help -- the conflicts that still exist with everyone else.
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Dancing with the Stars' Semi-Finals Night offered a shot at redemption but ended in heartbreak
The pressure was on for the six remaining couples on Dancing with the Stars as they battled for spots in next week's finale and the chance to take home the coveted Mirror Ball trophy. During the first round of Semi-Finals Night, each couple had the chance for redemption by redoing a dance they previously struggled with during the competition. During the second round, each couple danced a remaining dance style. Most of these ended up being Contemporary dances, which gave the couples the opportunity to shine with many near-perfect judges' scores at a crucial point in the competition. I also enjoyed the special Sing 2-inspired performance from the pros halfway through the night.
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
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Friday, November 12, 2021
So unfortunately this leads back to our initial question? Why did Tiffany lose? Because she couldn’t get enough of an alliance together and her former allies no longer would sacrifice for her -- because the only thing that would’ve saved Xander is he both used his extra vote to target Heather and his idol on her -- and that’s really too much to ask even of an ally.
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
'Dancing with the Stars' Janet Jackson Night was full of rhythm & heartbreak
As the eight remaining couples twirled closer to the Semi-Finals on Dancing with the Stars, this week brought a tribute to Janet Jackson and another surprising double elimination. It was an interesting first for the program to see the dance pros challenged with choreographing ballroom dances to the innovative hits of Miss Jackson, but they rose to the occasion admirably. The opening dance to "Nasty" set the tone for the evening, and I almost didn't recognize Tyra Banks in her Janet outfit!
Aside from their solo dances, each couple was also tasked with learning a second dance for the Dance-Off this week. The remaining contestants were divided into four groups of two couples, with a different dance style and judge assigned to each who would award bonus points to the winners.
Friday, November 5, 2021
The CW Network will begin rolling out its new midseason schedule with series debuts and season premieres throughout the winter and into the spring, including the new dramas NAOMI and ALL AMERICAN: HOMECOMING, and the return of The CW's hit series SUPERMAN & LOIS and KUNG FU.
Midseason comes early with all of the devilishly delicious drama wrapped in a holiday bow as DYNASTY returns for its new season on Monday, December 20 with back-to-back original episodes (8:00-9:00pm and 9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).
The CW will kick off the New Year in style by honoring the finest in both cinematic and televised/streaming achievement at THE 27th ANNUAL CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS airing LIVE on January 9, 2022 (7:00-10:00pm ET/PT - check local listings) from The Fairmont Hotel in Century City, Calif, and simulcast for the first time ever on TBS.
The Kent family returns for their second season on SUPERMAN & LOIS on Tuesdays starting January 11, 2022 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), followed by the premiere of The CW's newest superhero series, NAOMI (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT). From Oscar(R) nominee/Emmy(R) winner Ava DuVernay and Jill Blankenship ("Arrow"), and starring Kaci Walfall ("Army Wives," "Power," "The Lion King" on Broadway) in the title role, NAOMI follows the journey of a cool, confident, comic book-loving teenager as she pursues her hidden destiny. When a supernatural event shakes her small hometown of Port Oswego, Naomi sets out to uncover its origins, with a little help from her fiercely loyal best friend Annabelle (Mary-Charles Jones, "Kevin Can Wait"). She also has the support of her adoptive, doting parents, veteran military officer Greg (Barry Watson, "7th Heaven," "The Loudest Voice") and linguist Jennifer (Mouzam Makkar, "The Fix"). After an encounter with Zumbado (Cranston Johnson, "Filthy Rich"), the mysterious owner of a used car lot, leaves her shaken, Naomi turns to tattoo shop owner Dee (Alexander Wraith, "Orange Is the New Black"), who becomes her reluctant mentor. While unraveling the mystery of herself, Naomi also navigates her high school friendships with both military kids and local townies, including ex-boyfriend and high school jock Nathan (Daniel Puig, "The System"); Annabelle's longtime, loyal boyfriend Jacob (Aidan Gemme, "Deliver Us From Evil"); proud "townie" Anthony (Will Meyers, "Bad Education"); and fellow comic book enthusiast Lourdes (newcomer Camila Moreno). As Naomi journeys to the heights of the Multiverse in search of answers, what she discovers will challenge everything we believe about our heroes. Based on the characters from DC, NAOMI is written and executive produced by Ava DuVernay and Jill Blankenship, and executive produced by Paul Garnes of ARRAY Filmworks. Amanda Marsalis ("Echo Park," "Queen Sugar") directed and co-executive produced the pilot episode. The series is from ARRAY Filmworks in association with Warner Bros. Television.
TWO SENTENCE HORROR STORIES debuts its season three with back-to-back episodes on Sunday, January 16 (9:00-9:30pm ET/PT and 9:30-10:00pm ET/PT) following The CW's reimagining of the beloved competition series LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT).
The hit series ALL AMERICAN returns with original episodes on Monday, February 21 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT) followed by series premiere of the next chapter in the "All American" saga, ALL AMERICAN: HOMECOMING (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT). From the executive producers of ALL AMERICAN, ALL AMERICAN: HOMECOMING is a young adult sports drama set against the backdrop of the HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) experience at Bringston University, where Black excellence is a way of life. The series follows Simone (Geffri Maya, "All American"), a young tennis hopeful from Beverly Hills who is trying to fight her way back to great after some time away from the court, and Damon (Peyton Alex Smith, "Legacies"), an elite baseball player from Chicago who is carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. After Simone's aunt Amara Patterson (Kelly Jenrette, "Manhunt"), a journalism teacher and activist, exposes a scandal that threatens to derail the school's beloved baseball program, new coach Marcus Turner (Cory Hardrict, "The Outpost") is determined to bring a championship back to Bringston the honest way - with Damon's help. Damon will adjust to his new normal with fellow baseball player and childhood friend JR (Sylvester Powell, "Five Points") by his side. Meanwhile, as Simone struggles to find her footing, she will get a little guidance from Thea (Camille Hyde, "Katy Keene"), the super-competitive queen bee of the Bringston tennis team, and Keisha (Netta Walker, "Come as You Are"), the school's unofficial mayor, who will help Simone learn how to live her best life. As they contend with the high stakes of college sports, Simone and Damon will also navigate the highs, lows, and sexiness of unsupervised early adulthood at a prestigious HBCU. ALL AMERICAN: HOMECOMING is written and executive produced by Nkechi Okoro Carroll, and executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, David Madden, and Robbie Rogers. Michael Schultz ("All American," "Black Lightning") directed the pilot episode. The series is from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Following their epic five-episode events this fall, both RIVERDALE and THE FLASH will return in March on brand new nights. RIVERDALE will make the move to Sundays, starting on March 6 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), while THE FLASH will race over to Wednesdays, returning on March 9 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT) followed by the second season premiere of The CW's action-packed hit series KUNG FU (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).
On Friday, March 11, CHARMED (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT) will continue to conjure up its beguiling magic with its season four debut followed by the return of original episodes of DYNASTY (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).
The following is The CW's midseason schedule, including series debuts, season premieres, and midseason return dates:
MONDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2021
- 8:00-9:00pm DYNASTY (Season 5 Premiere)
- 9:00-10:00pm DYNASTY (Original Episode)
FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 2022
- 8:00-9:00pm PENN & TELLER: FOOL US (Midseason Return)
- 9:00-10:00pm NANCY DREW (Midseason Return)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 8, 2022
- 8:00-8:30pm WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (Original Episode)
- 8:30-9:00pm WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?
- 9:00-9:30pm WORLD'S FUNNIEST ANIMALS (Original Episode)
- 9:30-10:00pm WORLD'S FUNNIEST ANIMALS
SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, 2022
- 7:00-10:00pm THE 27th ANNUAL CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS
TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2022
- 8:00-9:00pm SUPERMAN & LOIS (Season 2 Premiere)
- 9:00-10:00pm NAOMI (Series Premiere)
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2022
- 8:00-9:00pm DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW (Midseason Return)
- 9:00-10:00pm BATWOMAN (Midseason Return)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 16, 2022
- 8:00-9:00pm LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE (Original Episode)
- 9:00-9:30pm TWO SENTENCE HORROR STORIES (Season 3 Premiere)
- 9:30-10:00pm TWO SENTENCE HORROR STORIES (Original Episode)
MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2022
- 8:00-9:00pm NAOMI (Series Premiere Encore)
- 9:00-10:00pm 4400 (Midseason Return)
THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2022
- 8:00-9:00pm WALKER (Midseason Return)
- 9:00-10:00pm LEGACIES (Midseason Return)
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2022
- 8:00-9:00pm ALL AMERICAN (Midseason Return)
- 9:00-10:00pm ALL AMERICAN: HOMECOMING (Series Premiere)
SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2022
- 8:00-9:00pm RIVERDALE (Midseason Return on Its New Night)
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2022
- 8:00-9:00pm THE FLASH (Midseason Return on Its New Night)
- 9:00-10:00pm KUNG FU (Season 2 Premiere)
FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2022
- 8:00-9:00pm CHARMED (Season 4 Premiere)
- 9:00-10:00pm DYNASTY (Return with Original Episodes)
Thursday, November 4, 2021
Of course, it didn’t help that Sydney was abandoned by her former allies as they formed new ones -- Deshawn, Danny, Shan and Liana had their new alliance, Naseer and Erika were fine going along with them, and Ricard was immune. So it really left Evvie and Sydney as the potential targets, and it was almost Evvie voted out (who also lost some of an alliance but at least retained the loyalty of Tiff and Xander -- the same dude she’s been wanting to get rid of!).
I think that Liana misread the Xander situation for the same reason she was complaining about him -- she said he’s been underestimating her the entire game, but instead she underestimated him while he correctly read her planned move. Of course, the only reason everybody knew about the Steal advantage was that Shan let it out in front of Tiff, and suddenly everyone knows everything. Xander may have played that one instance well, but he also weirdly trusted Danny, who immediately betrayed his trust.
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Couples brought their A-game to Dancing with the Stars' Queen Night
It was Queen Night on Dancing with the Stars, and the remaining nine couples brought their A-game to the ballroom in a glitzy blitz that would've made Freddie Mercury proud. Starting with the montage showcasing the judges singing along to "Bohemian Rhapsody" in their cars to the choreographed opening number to "I Want It All," it was a spectacular feast for the senses. I didn't even hate host Tyra Banks' outfit. I loved all the black-and-white and colorful patterned costumes this week!
Aside from each solo dance, each couple was also tasked with learning a second dance for the Relay Dances Round. The couples were divided into three groups of three with the judges declaring a winner of each relay for coveted bonus points. Every point makes a difference at this stage in the competition when so many of the couples are neck in neck. Here's how the relays played out: