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With “Julie & Julia” opening today, you might be interested in knowing that PBS is dishing out Julia Child’s shows on its video portal at http://www.pbs.org/video.

With all do respect to Meryl Streep, I can’t imagine a greater impersonation of Julia than Dan Aykroyd’s on the old “Saturday Night Live,” and that’s because he hit on her essence: The chicken might’ve fallen on the floor. The saucepan may have slipped off the counter. But Julia sautéed on.

The result was a life excellently – though not perfectly — lived, with some good eats in the bargain.

Posted by Georgette Gouveia on Friday, August 7th, 2009 at 11:33 am
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Meet the ‘Glee’ cast!


Only one episode of FOX’s new dramedy, “Glee,” has aired, but I’m already a total Gleek.

Are you? The show’s looking for Gleeks like us to come out and support cast members who are touring the country this month.

Actors Cory Monteith (Finn), Lea Michele (Rachel), Amber Riley (Mercedes), Chris Colfer (Kurt), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), Kevin McHale (Artie), Dianna Agron (Quinn) and Mark Salling (Puck) will be appearing at Hot Topic stores around the country, starting Aug. 17 in Boston.

They’ll be on hand to sign autographs, answer questions and show fans a sneak peek at upcoming episodes.

Go to fox.com/glee for more information, but the entire tour schedule is posted after the break…

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Friday, August 7th, 2009 at 6:55 am
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‘So You Think You Can Dance’ announces a new winner


And America’s Favorite Dancer is…


The 18-year-old Miami girl was the Little Engine That Could this season, chugging along with quiet determination in the early stages, only to bring on a burst of fiery energy at the end to win the competition.

Jeanine took the crown after fans cast a record-breaking 21.6 million votes, which allowed her to edge out Brandon, who came in second place.

Rounding out the rest of the Final Four was Evan, who placed third, and No. 4 pick Kayla.

I’ve got to say I breathed a sigh of relief when Evan’s name was called early in the race, because I was worried that his rabid fan base would push him over the top.

He’s a sweet guy who’ll likely have a fine career on Broadway, but was he deserving of the title? Nope. Then again, the best dancer hasn’t always won this show.

In the end, though, viewers picked their favorite, who also happened to have the right combination of technical skills and personality to worthy of the title.

So do YOU think America got it right? Were you one of the millions who voted for Jeanine?

Either way, never fear: You’ll get a chance to pick a favorite all over again in just four weeks!

“SYTYCD” returns for Season 6 on Sept. 9 – until then, keep on dancing!

(Photos courtesy of FOX)

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‘SYTYCD’ Final Four perform!


Remember how I said last week that I didn’t care who won “So You Think You Can Dance” this season?

Well, in a surprising last-minute turnaround, I now have a favorite Final Four dancer.

It might not be your choice, America. But in my book, this contestant made all the right moves in the last performance show of the season, and totally won me over.

So now MY favorite dancer is … JEANINE!

Jeanine came out swinging last evening, from her risky tango-meets-contemporary solo to her Matrix-style paso doble with Brandon. She completely upped her game, flying up over the radar and proving that she has the skills and the personality to win this competition.

But was it enough to match the audience’s love for Evan?

Unfortunately, I have a sneaking suspicion that this nice guy is going to be the one to finish first tonight…

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Thursday, August 6th, 2009 at 8:02 am
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Paula Abdul leaving ‘American Idol’


Yes, it’s true: We won’t have Paula Abdul to kick around anymore. Well, not on “American Idol,” anyway.

Paula announced that she’s leaving the show in a series of Twitter messages late yesterday. And don’t think this is just another ploy for more money in her contract negotiations. That trick apparently failed – she reportedly wanted $20 million a year to stay – because FOX has already confirmed her departure in an official announcement.

Here’s what Paula tweeted in her good-bye note:

<blockquote><div>With sadness in my heart, I’ve decided not to return to #IDOL. I’ll miss nurturing all the new talent, but most of all … being a part of a show that I helped from day 1 become an international phenomenon.</div></blockquote>

Guess this explains why controversial fourth (now third) judge Kara DioGuardi was rehired for another season last week.

So will you watch “AI” without Paula’s shaky, nonsensical remarks? I have to admit I’m a little sad about it…

(Photo courtesy of FOX)

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Dog days on THIRTEEN


With the dog days of summer approaching — although they’re not really dog days, are they,  in a summer that’s more like spring —THIRTEEN is keeping us entertained. Tonight, the PBS station has one of the biggest musical stars of the 1950s, Mitzi Gaynor, at 8, followed by one of the biggest folkies of the ’70s, Leonard Cohen (at 9:30).

Tomorrow night at 8, THIRTEEN has David Frost’s actual interviews with President Richard Nixon that inspired the “Frost/Nixon” movie. I can’t wait for that. I always thought Frost was a penetrating conversationalist. His interviews with the likes of Orson Welles and Richard Burton in the ’70s were fascinating stuff.

If you missed “Frost/Nixon,” rent it. Frank Langella got most of the kudos for his deserving turn as Nixon. But Michael Sheen — who was a fabulous Tony Blair and a transcendent Mozart in the 1999 Broadway revival of “Amadeus” — matches Langella as Frost, the seeming featherweight who finds his inner Ali to bring down a titan.

Posted by Georgette Gouveia on Monday, August 3rd, 2009 at 12:12 pm
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Tyra Banks set to be a ‘Gossip Girl’ diva


The CW will be doing a little cross-promoting this season, with “America’s Next Top Model” host Tyra Banks appearing on the Oct. 5 episode of “Gossip Girl.”

Sources tell E! Online that Tyra won’t be guest starring as herself; instead, she’ll play an uber-diva actress named Ursula.

This storyline seems to shed a little light on what Serena will be up to this season: It seems that S. will have a job as a publicist and she’s put in charge of handling Ursula at a movie premiere.

Gee, S., guess Brown and trying to find your long-lost daddy is on the back burner?

The season premiere of “GG” is Monday, Sept. 14, at 9 p.m. (Make note of that time change!)

(Photos courtesy of the CW)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Monday, August 3rd, 2009 at 8:25 am
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‘Lost’ final season update: How often will we see Charlie?


Dominic Monaghan’s surprise appearance at last weekend’s Comic-Con seemed to confirm those rumors that we’ll be seeing more of Charlie Pace in the final season of “Lost.”

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But what exactly does that mean? Are we talking one fleeting Libby-like apparition? Or a full-blown season-long storyline?

Well, E! Online is reporting that Monaghan is signed, sealed and set to appear in three episodes. No word on how much screen time he’ll get in each one, however.

And we still don’t know the answer to the question that Monaghan himself posed about Charlie (via a written message on his palm at Comic-Con).

“Am I alive?”

Posted by Heather Salerno on Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 12:03 pm
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Kara DioGuardi returns to ‘American Idol’


People magazine is reporting that infamous “American Idol” fourth judge (and occasional bikini model) Kara DioGuardi will be back for the show’s ninth season.

But will there be three or four judges in the next round? There’s still no official word on whether Paula Abdul will be returning.

And something tells me that neither lady is going to be getting anywhere near what Ryan Seacrest will be banking. (He’s getting $45 million over three more years for saying “Seacrest, out.” Insane!)

So, “Idol” fans, will you be glad to see Kara again? Do you want Paula back, too?

(Photo courtesy of FOX)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 11:38 am
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‘SYTYCD’ reveals the finale’s Top 4!


So the Top 4 dancers who’ll be competing in next week’s finale are Kayla, Brandon, Jeanine and…EVAN?!?

America, I’m thrilled you got three-quarters of the results right. But Evan? Seriously, people, ARE YOU BLIND?!?

Did Evan hypnotize you with those heavy-lidded eyes of his, making you suddenly feel sleepy and wanting to pick up the phone?

Were you cracked out on Haagen-Dazs, and somehow get tricked into the idea that voting for Evan would rid you of your ice cream headache?

Have you been listening to ANYTHING the judges have been saying for the past few weeks?

Look, Evan seems like a sweet guy. He’s cute in a sad puppy sort of way. I’m sure he’d be the best person you’d ever want to take to see a movie musical. And he’s definitely talented.

But FINALE material? Come on.

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Friday, July 31st, 2009 at 8:49 am
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Who should be in the ‘SYTYCD’ finals?


I know picking on Evan is a bit like kicking a sick puppy.

But let’s face it, when the judges say you’re a standout compared to the other guys only because they expected you to suck, but you didn’t?  Then it’s time for you to hit the streets, pal.

If Evan makes it to next week’s finale instead of Ade – or, heaven forbid, Brandon – there will be no justice in the dance world. And America? I’m coming for you.

As for the remaining contestants, let’s forget about the usual couple-by-couple breakdown. We’re not voting for couples anymore, and as Nigel pointed out, we shouldn’t be voting for which routines we liked best (hint-hint: Melissa and Ade last week?), we should be voting for our favorite dancer.

But my problem is that now I don’t have a favorite. Ever since Janette and Jason were inexplicably kicked off last week, I’ve realized two things about the competition…

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Thursday, July 30th, 2009 at 10:46 am
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‘Lost’ announces dates for Dharma webisodes


At last weekend’s Comic-Con, the producers of “Lost” announced that the series’ final episodes won’t focus heavily on the Dharma Initiative, which was such a huge part of Season 5.

But fans can still find out more about the mysterious group online in a five-part webisode series intended to look like a cheesy documentary program from the ’70s. (How appropriate, since we left our castaways dropping a bomb on Dharma-ville in 1977…)

The faux show, titled “Mysteries of the Universe,” delves into monsters, aliens, cults and more – and now it’s turned its attention to the secret society of the Dharma Initiative, whose members “walk among us, but they are not us.”

The first installment was released on ABC.com over the weekend: Check it out below.

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And here’s the schedule for the rest of the episodes, which will be doled out throughout the rest of the summer and fall:

Episode 2: August 4th, 2009
Episode 3: September 8th, 2009
Episode 4: October 15th, 2009
Episode 5: November 16th, 2009

So Lost-philes, will this tide you over until the final season launches early next year?

Posted by Heather Salerno on Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 at 11:00 am
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Sneak peek at upcoming ‘Glee’ performance!


I love that FOX keeps giving us little tidbits of “Glee” to snack on throughout the summer, tiding us over until the snarktastic show’s Sept. 9 season premiere.

Yes, I know. It’s official: I’m a Gleek. (That’s what the kids are calling “Glee” fans these days.)

Anyway, here’s another sneak peek at an upcoming episode: This one features Mercedes expressing her feelings for Kurt (Kurt? Really?) by belting out a version of Jazmine Sullivan’s “Bust Your Windows.”

Check it out below, or at Hulu.com, where the pilot episode has had more than 1 million hits!

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I dare you not to feel gleeful after watching that one!

(Photo courtesy of FOX)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 at 7:51 am
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FOX changes fall premiere dates


FOX announced revised premiere dates for its fall lineup this week, having decided to kick off the season a week earlier than planned.

Wednesdays will still be song-and-dance night though, with the sixth season premiere of “So You Think You Can Dance” airing on Sept. 9 at 8 p.m., followed by the series premiere of “Glee.”

“Brothers,” the new family comedy with Michael Strahan, was moved back to Fri., Sept. 25, and “Til Death” now won’t return until Fri., Oct. 2.

The dates for “Bones” and “Fringe” remain the same (Thurs., Sept. 17), as does the launch of “House” (Mon., Sept. 21).

As for the rest of the lineup?

Check it out after the break…

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 at 7:40 am
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‘Lost’ Season 6 news from Comic-Con!


The “Lost” crew converged on San Diego’s Comic-Con convention this past weekend for the last time (sniff), where they offered some teasers about the series’ final season.

The biggest news? Absolute confirmation that we’ll be seeing loads of characters from the past, including, as producer Damon Lindelof noted, “many characters we haven’t seen since the first season.”

Lindeof and co-producer Carlton Cuse went on to say that Juliet and Faraday WILL be in Season 6, though there’s no telling whether they’re dead or alive.

Who else will be popping up? Well, considering that Dominic Monaghan apppeared suddenly onstage at the end of a “in memorium” slideshow would seem to indicate that Charlie Pace will be showing up again.

(UPDATE: The reporter of this New York Times piece on the “Lost” panel spied something an interesting message written on Monaghan’s palm as he waved to the crowd, a clear homage to the “Not Penny’s Boat” note as Charlie drowned at the end of Season 3. This time, the message read: “Am I Alive?” Oooh, I’ve got shivers!!)

And Ian Somerhalder – who wasn’t part of the “Lost” panel, but was at the Con to promote his new show, the CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” – gave that audience the scoop that he will be returning to the island in some form.

Other hints? Well, maybe the new poster unveiled at the convention center has more clues, especially when it comes to the comeback of those Season 1 castaways.

The poster shows a long line of folks we know and love (and love to hate): This website – a product of comedian Paul Scheer who gave a wacky presentation at the panel – has the full list of exactly who’s in the photo. (Some you might not expect, like Michael, Ana-Lucia, Libby, Bernard and Rose.)

That’s not the only interesting thing about the poster, though. Every one of the characters are facing forward, except for John Locke (a.k.a. the Man in Black, etc.), whose back is turned. Yikes, what does that mean? Vent your theories in the comments section below.

You can go to YouTube to see the entire panel for yourself (it’s broken into segments, so just search for “Lost,” “Comic Con,” and “2009”).

But if you’re short on time, keep reading here for the highlights…

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Monday, July 27th, 2009 at 9:05 am
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It’s all about the demographic, Mr. President


The Fox network’s decision to opt not to air President Obama’s health care press conference Wednesday night paid off big time, for Fox, anyway.

More people tuned in to hear Obama’s pitch for a health care overhaul, but he had a 10-channel advantage. In all, 24.7 million people caught the press conference. But as any network ad buyer will tell you, it’s all about the demographic.

Viewers flocked to Cat Deeley and guest host Ellen Degeneres in droves, particularly the highly sought viewers aged 18-49. Broadcasting & Cable breaks down the hard numbers…

Dance averaged a 2.8/10 and 7.3 million viewers. The presser averaged a 1.3/4 across the three networks in the 8 p.m. hour, with ABC leading the way at 1.5/5, followed by NBC (1.4/5) and CBS (0.9/3). NBC’s coverage drew the most viewers with 6.4 million.

Now, of course, Obama’s not selling ads, so he only cares about the raw numbers, and he reached a far wider audience of his target demographic: voters, health care consumers, etc.

<p>But Fox only cares about what its network rivals are drawing, and it came away the clear winner by going with its own reality show in lieu of the President’s. What’s more, parent company News Corp. aired the press conference on Fox News Channel and Fox Business Channel, bumping up the President’s numbers and possibly helping those outlet’s ratings cause.

Now that it’s all played out, feel free to vote at Remote Access’s Readers Poll to your right, where we ask, “Did Fox make the right call?”

Posted by Brian Howard on Friday, July 24th, 2009 at 10:27 am
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‘SYTYCD:’ Was Janette robbed?


Jason was the guy going home on last night’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” which wasn’t THAT much of a surprise, since he’s been no stranger to danger.


Janette, the Miami fireball who hadn’t ever, EVER been at the bottom of the contestants? Janette, who many (myself included!) had pegged to possibly win the entire contest?

America, how could you get it so wrong?

It truly was the shocker of the season, prompting Nigel to confess that Janette had been his favorite. Her rejection ruined the show’s 100th episode celebration for him, and I think that sentiment was echoed by plenty of at-home viewers.

But oh well, anything can indeed happen on this series. Arguably, it was Tyce’s breast cancer routine that  saved Melissa and Ade from being the ones to pack their bags instead. Also – quite inexplicably, in my opinion – “SYTYCD” voters simply love Evan. However, I am pleased to see that enough fans are picking up the phone for Kayla (a.k.a. White Lightning) to squeak by each week.

As for the rest of the anniversary extravaganza?

Well, we were treated to a pre-taped performance by Katie Holmes, an homage to Judy Garland that benefitted the show’s new charity, the Dizzy Feet Foundation.

Was her number the world’s best song-and-dance, as the pre-show hype would have us believe? Of course not.

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Friday, July 24th, 2009 at 8:31 am
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‘Lost’ University? And own a piece of the ABC series!


Okay, so you won’t exactly be playing hacky sack on the quad with Sawyer.

And sure, Lost University is really just a shameless ABC marketing ploy: Semester 1 just happens to begin on Dec. 8, the same day that the fifth season of “Lost’ comes out on DVD.

That doesn’t mean that this website isn’t a whole lot of fun, though. (Student “enrollment” starts Sept. 22, 2009, the five-year anniversary of the crash of Oceanic Flight 815.)

Just imagine it.

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could actually take a physics class taught by Jeremy Davies (who played the doomed Daniel Faraday)?

Or a psych course that analyzed all of the characters’ dysfunctional family relationships?

Anyway, check around the site and see if you can find any clues to what’s coming up on the show – or maybe at Comic-Con this weekend. I’m sure it’s not a coincidence that ABC launched the “university” just days before the convention’s scheduled “Lost” panel on July 25.

In other news related to the “Lost”-verse, you’ll also get a chance to own a piece of the show. An auction of “Lost” memorabilia will take place next May, coinciding neatly with the series finale.

According to the (N.Y.) Daily News, some of the items up for grabs are:

• Hurley’s winning Lotto ticket

• Charlie’s guitar

• Kate’s toy plane

• Sawyer’s letter

• Locke’s hunting knife

• Eko’s club

Personally, I’d love to get my hands on James Ford’s iconic letter to the original Sawyer (and Locke’s father).

What would you buy if you could?

(Photos courtesy of ABC)

Posted by Heather Salerno on Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 at 2:27 pm
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Ellen DeGeneres provides comic relief on a weepy ‘SYTYCD’


Last night’s “So You Think You Can Dance” opened with glow-in-the-dark dance/rockers – and WHEE! another glimpse of Travis Wall! – and ended with a pair of homicidal zombies.

And in between?

Everyone got weepy over Tyce Diorio’s moving number with Ade and Melissa, which was a tribute to a friend’s battle with breast cancer.

Not even guest judge Ellen DeGeneres (who was clearly on the panel as a ratings stunt) could crack a joke about that one, calling it “the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen.”

Gulp. Can I confess something? I have to be honest: The routine didn’t move me quite as much as everyone else.

Read on before you smack me with the insensitivity stick: I’ll explain in the breakdown below.

But before I do, just a quick word on the solos. What happened to everyone this week? They were outstanding! They were even almost – dare I say it – as good as the choreographed duets.

Melissa, Jeanine and Janette all tried something a little different – Melissa actually got a bit of contemporary flair going – and their attempts totally worked. Kayla was way more energetic than usual. And I didn’t think it was possible, but Ade’s enthusiasm was off the charts last night. So was Brandon’s, who went for the shirtless look. (Good call, dude.) Evan and Jason were a little clumsy, but all in all, an A for effort from everyone.

Now, onto the couples’ routines…which for the most part, I’ve got to agree with Nigel, fell a little flat.

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Posted by Heather Salerno on Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 at 8:59 am
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Readers weigh in on Jackson coverage and call it over the top


I don’t even want to offer a comment on this except to say that I’m not surprised.

More Remote Access readers than not felt the coverage of Michael Jackson’s death and funeral was overkill or at least a bit over the top. A sizeable minority felt it was well warranted for such an American icon.

It’s a tough thing to weigh in on because it’s so emotional. No one should speak ill of the dead, but then there are so many aspects to the story that leave us feeling uncomfortable and missing that bright eyed kid who outshined his siblings in the Jackson 5.

It’s not a story with a happy ending, and that’s all I can say about that.

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