Million Dollar Money Drop (Monday, 8/7c, Fox)
This is how game-show sensations are born — and Fox certainly hopes this will be their version of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire. Airing Monday-Thursday this week (Tuesday and Wednesday’s installments air at 9/8c, with a two-hour finale on Thursday), this game, hosted by comedian Kevin Pollak, is pretty simple. Contestants are asked multiple-choice questions with a million dollars in cash on the line. They put the cash on the answers they think are correct — one must always be left blank — and if they’re wrong, the cash they’ve distributed on the wrong answer disappears down a chute. Panic sets in pretty quickly. The two-hour premiere goes head-to-head with the finale of NBC’s holiday hit The Sing-Off.
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And you thought creating appetizers out of vending-machine snacks was hard. Or preparing a meal out of the food found in a single grocery aisle.
Those challenges, tested out in previous seasons of Top Chef, are nothing compared to the tasks producers have whipped up for the contestants chosen to compete the show’s first all-star edition (premiering Wednesday at 10/9c on Bravo.)
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By switches teams, we’re talking about New York baseball, not in a sexual sense (if Lady Gaga hermaphrodite rumors were true, though, she’d be playing for both).
Her harrowing experience at Citi Field last week was apparently enough for Gaga to switch allegiances to the Mets’ crosstown rivals. She’s all for the Yankees now!
The Bronx Bombers might want to return her.
On the one hand, she brought the home team little luck last night, as the visiting Mets blanked them 4-0. On the other hand, she at least gave the fans an eyeful:
This is standard baseball-watching attire when you’re Lady Gaga.
Rocking the pinstriped jersey, unbuttoned of course, over a fashionable black bra and panties, she and two female friends sat in a VIP box and were very into the game.
The native New Yorker got surprisingly ticked off by the attention she received at last week’s Mets contest, but certainly wasn’t going for inconspicuous Friday evening.
Lady Gaga was even seen downing a beer which she explained in a Tweet to her fans, “I just kicked my ass in the gym, time to wash it down with an ice cold NY beer.”
Not a lot we can add to that - sounds fun to us! Just button that thing up next time, will you Gaga? George Steinbrenner would be rolling in his grave if he saw this.
Is Tiger Woods already back on the dating scene? That’s the rumor, and it appears that this prowling, swingin’ single has a type: Elin Woods look-alikes.
Well, that’s not entirely true.
During his marriage to Elin, he’s been putting it to any waitress with a pulse. But lately, he’s reportedly been spotted with a blonde, Elin-esque beauty.
The golfer was spotted earlier this week with a blonde beauty on the golf course in his gated community. Is he back in the game off the course as well?
Tiger and Elin Woods have both hired lawyers and have been estranged, especially lately, since his cheating was exposed. They are no longer speaking.
This isn’t likely to help matters: “Tiger was on the golf course the other day, hitting balls,” an eyewitness dished. “He was with a very pretty blonde.”
“She looked a lot like [Elin Woods]. She was sitting in the golf cart while he played. They were talking and laughing and obviously having a good time.”
While this is highly suspect due to the bulging disk in his neck, he’s also been seen back in the nightlife scene in Orlando several times in recent weeks.
“Tiger has been out frequently,” another source said. “He particularly likes Embers, a restaurant/bar. He doesn’t want to stay home alone anymore.”
While there was no overt sign of romance between Tiger and his mystery blonde, witnesses say it marked a shift in direction for Tiger’s personal life.
“She sat in the cart laughing and chatting with Tiger for a long time,” the eyewitness said. “They were very comfortable with each other, relaxed.”
The source adds this classic dig: “It didn’t look like the kind of scene you would see if Tiger and Elin were living together and happy, that’s for sure.”
So far, no official movement on the Tiger Woods divorce front. But expect it soon.
- Apr 14, 2010 05:21 PM ET
Week 13 was a rollercoaster for The Biggest Loser’s Andrea Hough, who won a brand-new car during a challenge and then got voted off days later. When the 24-year-old only lost 3 pounds and became eligible for elimination, along with Sam, 23, she wasn’t surprised her competitors chose to send her home.
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“I had an idea that I was going to be the one going home, not because of any hard feelings, but because Sam doesn’t have a lot of weight to lose at this point. He’s not a threat, but he’s a huge encourager, so he’s a good person to stick around when it comes to the game,” Hough told TVGuide.com.
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The one surprise for the executive assistant from Michigan was why she didn’t lose more weight her final week on the ranch. “I have no clue still to this day, but I do know that week I worked harder than I had any other week,” Hough said. She then added that the minimal number was worth the “huge gains emotionally and mentally” that week.
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Back at home, Hough is down to 206 pounds from her starting weight of 298, but admits that “temptation sometimes is so overwhelming. Sometimes I just really want chicken wings and I know I can’t have them so I try and substitute… but the temptation is definitely still there.”
- Apr 11, 2010 10:00 PM ET
Dancing With The Stars, Chelsie Hightower
After two weeks of tense video packages featuring her and partner Jake Pavelka, Chelsie Hightower wants to set the record straight. “We have a lot of fun together. We goof off, but they haven’t shown that yet in our packages,” the Dancing with the Stars pro tells TVGuide.com. “It’s not that dramatic. We have a few moments like every couple does, and that’s what they end up showing. What can you do? They want to show the stupid drama we have!” Their drama, she says, is partially rooted in the fact that the former Bachelor has never been coached before. So how are they doing this week? Find out below. Plus: Will Hightower return to So You Think You Can Dance as an All-Star?
TVGuide.com: You told Jake last week that you need willpower and focus from him. Has he shown that this week?
Chelsie Hightower: Yeah, definitely. He’s not used to being in a coaching atmosphere. It’s foreign to him. He’s not used to someone telling him what to do and correcting him, so it was time to set the ground rules. I told him if you’re working as intensely on something as we are on the show, it’s just how it is. You have to learn to accept it and just work harder. He totally got it. He’s doing a great job. We’re actually a bit ahead of the game as far as our tango goes.
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TVGuide.com: So could the tango be a breakthrough dance for him?
Hightower: I’m hoping so! It definitely has the potential to be with the way it’s going so far. We actually got the whole routine down in one day to music. We’re doing well!
TVGuide.com: It could be a comeback too after being in the bottom two. Were you surprised you ended up there?
Hightower: I don’t know if I would say I was surprised. I’ve been here two years and you know nothing can ever be a shock. So much depends on votes. But I’m super-happy we made it through and got another chance to redeem ourselves and show what we’re made of. I wasn’t too worried [about elimination] until it was us and Buzz [Aldrin]! [Laughs] Then I was a little worried because he’s an icon. … I wasn’t really surprised that he was eliminated. His dancing wasn’t up to par. I was shocked when Shannen [Doherty] left first. She had potential. People just didn’t vote.
TVGuide.com: People think Kate [Gosselin] should’ve been eliminated already.
Hightower: Yeah, that’s been a big topic: whether she should go home or not. And I don’t know! [Laughs] It depends if you like her or not. Her dancing’s not the best; I’ve seen better. But she’s got the fan base!
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TVGuide.com: What do you think of the two-score format this week for technique and performance?
Hightower: It’s interesting. It puts a lot of pressure on us. Now we’re not only getting judged on teaching the celebrity, but we’re also getting judged on our actual choreography. That’s basically what the artistic score is. It’s more pressure than normal. It’s going to be out of 60. It’s just this week, though, and then next week is movie week or something like that.
TVGuide.com: What does Jake need to work on the most?
Hightower: Just getting the steps down and getting into character. Being stiff, but not tense. When he tries to be really sharp, he tends to get really tense, so we’re working on that. The judges have commented on the fact that his legs are flexible, which will actually help him in the tango because you don’t have to be as stiff as you are in the quickstep.
TVGuide.com: Your acoustic paso doble with Derek [Hough] was great last week. Will we see more stripped-down performances like that?
Hightower: I hope so! It was fun. It was Mark [Ballas] and Derek’s idea. It was actually originally supposed to be me, Derek, Mark and Cheryl [Burke]. But Mark ended up getting hurt, so it ended up being Derek and me. We choreographed it together.
- Apr 4, 2010 10:00 PM ET
Dancing with the Stars - Erin Andrews
It’s no surprise that Erin Andrews feels unnatural on Dancing with the Stars — not because she has never danced, but because she’s a self-described tomboy. “I’m sitting here looking at my face and seeing what all this makeup has done to me. It’s like, ‘Aaahh!’” she tells TVGuide.com. “There are just some things that you’re not used to.” The ESPN reporter, who will
- Apr 2, 2010 12:55 PM ET
Morena Baccarin and Kate Gosselin
Television is rife with ethically dubious characters. This week a bunch of them made us laugh, cry and cheer their misdeeds. Gossip Girl’s Little J set her sights on her stepsister’s boyfriend, Southland’s Detective Bryant saw a young mentee become a murderer, Jesse exacted delicious revenge on his already exhausted parents on Breaking Bad, and Anna, V’s alien den mother, followed up some really weird sex with a little cannibalism. Welcome to Top Moments: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Edition.
11. Best Cliff-hanger: Caprica’s mid-season finale reveals that Zoe the Robot Dead Girl is on the run! After learning that her father, Daniel Graystone, plans to remove her consciousness from its Cylon body for eventual destruction, Zoe high-tails it out the door to join her Soldiers of the One cohorts in Gemenon. She kills her charming suitor, Philomon, along the way. It’s unclear how the giant robot — essentially a giant pile of steel — will escape, given the massive roadblock she faces as the episode ends. But is it weird that we’re kind of rooting for her?
10. Best Femme Fatale-in-Training: Our Little J is all growed up! In this week’s Gossip Girl, a drugged Jenny Humphrey narrowly avoids a date rape with the help of a surprising rescuer: Nate Archibald (aka Serena’s true love… this week). They’ve always been fond of each other, but Nate’s protective overture raises visions of boyfriend-stealing in Little J’s ethically complicated, peroxide compromised noggin. If Nate’s pathetic Internet stalking is any indication, Serena should prepare for the worst.
9. Best Intro: Fringe returns from a too-long hiatus with “Peter,” a blockbuster episode that flashes back to 1985 to explain how the younger Bishop came to be both dead and not so. In keeping with the show’s totally tubular setting, those cheeky monkeys at J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot Productions reimagine the show’s opening credits, theme song and title cards as if they had been created 25 years ago. The overall effect is subtly wry and eerily accurate. (See the results for yourself.)
8. Most Shocking Exit, Part I: Darryl Strawberry tells Donald Trump to fire him instead of project manager Michael Johnson on Sunday’s Celebrity Apprentice. The four-time World Series champ chalks it up to exhaustion after a busy year, and in the process becomes only the third person to quit The Apprentice.
7. Biggest Loser (no, seriously): We’re constantly amazed at the success of Biggest Loser contestants, but this week’s episode flabbergasts us with a live weigh-in of super-fan Wayne Vandenlangenberg, who weighed more than 600 pounds just two years ago. By changing his diet and walking a lot, he lost 418 pounds, all on his own.
6. Most Heart-Wrenching Turn: Southland’s Detective Sammy Bryant arrests Casper, a young informant to whom Sammy has grown attached, after he kills another teenager defending himself in a neighborhood attack. Sammy, who spends the episode trying to get Casper off the streets and into the LAPD’s Explorers program, sobs as he hugs, then handcuffs Casper in one of the brutal show’s most moving scenes yet.
5. Most Shocking Exit, Part II: Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains loses one of its most prolific players Thursday when newbie Russell Hantz organizes a group vote against veteran “Boston Rob” Mariano. Given that he’s one of the tribe’s strongest physical competitors, the game’s best puzzle solver and a natural camp leader, we think his teammates will miss him a lot sooner than they expect. And not just because of that unmistakable accent.
4. Sweetest Revenge: On Breaking Bad, Jesse, fresh out of rehab, uses the windfall from Walt’s big meth sale to make a real estate investment — with a little help from everyone’s favorite “criminal lawyer.” When Jesse learns that his parents are selling the house they once kicked him out of, he hires Saul to talk them into lowering their asking price. How does he do it? By reminding them that their basement used to house Jesse’s meth lab. And that they may be breaking the law by not disclosing it. Trying to get back at your parents in a big way? Better call Saul.
3. Worst Tantrum: Kate Gosselin brings unnecessary yet predictable drama to Dancing with the Stars by hassling her good-natured partner, Tony Dovolani, over his teaching skills — to his breaking point. “I quit,” he says, clearly no longer wanting to dance through the pain. He walks out of rehearsal, leaving her in tears. Of course, he comes back and apologizes. “A lot of people quit on me in life,” Kate weeps. Or at least they try to.
2. Best Return: “The Package” is an episode of Lost about Jin and Sun, but ultimately its namesake is not a what, but a who: A woozy, drugged-up Desmond Hume has been forcibly relocated to the island, brutha, and Charles Widmore seems to think he has a prominent role to play in its endgame. We always knew, as Mrs. Hawking warned, that the island wasn’t done with Des. But it’s a great surprise to see him so surprisingly thrown back into the fray. He’ll always be our constant.
1. Most Consuming Sex Scene: Now that the resistance is getting its act together on V, Anna decides it’s high time to create a Visitor army of her own. After hand-picking a suitor, she turns on the fog machine, slips into a Victoria’s Secret robe and proceeds to engage in a sexual coupling so oddly choreographed it’s like you’re 12 again sneaking a peek at Cinemax. Eight seconds later, after declaring herself pregnant (”my army is to be born”), her fertilized eggs need nourishment. So she unhinges her jaw, exposes her true, lizard self — fangs and all — and devours her unwitting inseminator.