If We Controlled Your Remote… 8/7/12

Wow, what a really light night of TV tonight, especially for scripted shows! Most of the networks are either airing reruns or some sort of reality shows. But it’s just the calm before next week’s new TV storm of season and series premieres and finales. So if you’re not watching the Olympics, tonight’s a great night to work on emptying that DVR for fall! Or if you’re looking for something new to watch, here’s our suggestions.

Kyle’s Choice

We are down to the final 5 contestants on The Glee Project. Last week, the theme was Romanticality. (Is that even a word?!) The six contestants paired themselves into couples for the homework task—Shanna and Michael, Aylin and Lily, and Blake and Ali. Guest judge Darren Criss wasn’t impressed by the girls’ full-on make-out and instead chose Blake and Ali as the top team, with Blake being the winner. This was the first time Blake had won something and the first time Shanna had received any negative feedback (which she blamed on her partner and perennial bottom three, Michael). For the video shoot, Blake chose to keep Ali as his partner, but Lily was paired with Michael, and Aylin was paired with Shanna. Shanna and Aylin hardly connected romantically and seemed to just be having fun dancing, while Blake failed to harmonize, making them the bottom three. In the end, Shanna wasn’t called back.

I think Shanna’s downfall was that she was never in the bottom three, and this was the first time she had to sing for Ryan. While she sang great, she had no connection with Ryan, whereas the others had sung for him so many times that he had more of a sense of their personalities. While it’s interesting seeing this Glee casting process, there are a couple things that bug me with the way this show is run. First, Ryan Murphy seems to be more concerned with finding a pre-packaged character than finding a talented singer/dancer/actor. This past week, I even heard the phrase “this isn’t a talent competition”—that’s exactly what this is! And if they are really looking for characters, I don’t understand why the two guys are still in the competition—there is nothing unique about them. Also, why does it need to be only one person who gets a part on Glee? In the first season, they gave four of the contestants roles. I would be perfectly fine seeing as many of these contestants as they want get roles—I had no problems with the “cop-out” ending to the first season.

In tonight’s episode, “Actability,” acting ability is appraised in a test that includes a performance of the Pink song “Perfect.”

See who goes home tonight on Oxygen at 10/9c. Learn where to find episodes online of The Glee Project @ Clicker.

Tonight, I’ll also be watching/recording Chopped.
Jump with us to see else we think you should watch.

Megan’s Choice

Tonight, there is very little regular programming on, due to my suggestion of The XXX Summer Olympics from London. If you haven’t been watching and cheering on your favorite country, you are missing out! Obviously, I’m cheering for Canada, with Great Britain in a close 2nd place in my heart (Scottish through and through), with my 3rd choice being USA. Speaking of Canada and the USA—how about that soccer game? That was intense and by far a commercial for eye glasses based on the referee’s calls—just saying. 😉 Whether you have a favorite sport or not, there’s a little something for everyone to enjoy and feel some patriotic pride while watching.

During tonight’s block of programming, “Gymnastics, Track and Field, Beach Volleyball,” it includes the gymnastics finals for men’s parallel bars, men’s high bar, women’s balance beam, women’s floor exercise; track and field finals for women’s 100m hurdles, men’s 1500m, men’s high jump; and the beach volleyball semifinal.

Tune in to NBC from 8/7c until 12AM/11PMc to see if your favorites make the podium.

Tonight, I’ll also be watching The Glee Project.

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