Poconos Got Talent

One local note, which is probably the only way I’d pump a reality show, because it has a local tie.

Tomorrow at Mount Airy Casino Resort there will be open auditions for America’s Got Talent, NBC’s summer answer to American Idol, which is actually this century’s answer to Star Search. The auditions start at 11 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. If you can do something weird, fun or cool, this is your chance to show the world. And us, because we’ll be there with a camera too. I’ll be there to check out the action around 11 for a story in Friday’s Record, so if you’re auditioning and you see me hanging out, feel free to come up and say hi. Here are the rules.

Good luck to anyone who enters!

Short and sweet today, I’m really pressed for time. I’m off on Friday, so the next post may not come until Monday, sorry:

pure musical genius.

pure musical genius.

A couple of months ago when Max Weinberg said he wouldn’t be joining Conan on his new late night show on TBS, I mused that something was up that we weren’t being told. Max finally cleared his E Street Band schedule that kept him off pieces of Conan’s shows for the last five years, Conan’s statement about it included no jokes and Max didn’t get a proper send-off. Now we find out that Bruce … Springsteen … THE BOSS!!! only has one televised talk show appearance scheduled for his remastered release of my favorite Springsteen album, Darkness on the Edge of Town. The show? Conan’s old haunt, The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon. Now we know something is really up with Max not being on Conan’s new show. This reeks of one big “EFF YOU CONAN!!!” straight from the bars on E Street. Oh, and if you know where the Bruce … Springsteen … THE BOSS!!! reference is from, then the Hackett Brothers give you a gold star.

Wanna know the best way to give some publicity to a TV show? Denounce it! I had heard only snippets about what was about to be Jersey Shore until UNICO went ahead and practically begged people not to watch it about a month before it came out. That made me curious, so I watched the first 15 minutes of the first Jersey Shore episode until my eyes rolled back into my head and I started vomiting uncontrollably. I scrolled through this Big Friggin’ Wedding thing and decided not to hit the OK button over the weekend, but now I’m morbidly curious even though I know I should avoid it at all costs.

barely lost a step

barely lost a step

There was no one more worried about Glee this year than me, and I made that pretty clear over the summer. It exhibited all the signs of a show in trouble, or at least of a show that could be in trouble. I was ready to pounce at any time this year with JTS claims. But in one of the more pleasant surprises of the TV season, Glee hasn’t lost a thing. Well, maybe it’s lost a couple things. There are too many breakout stars so it seems like people are missing for weeks at a time. Kurt goes from being in the background for two shows at a time to being the main character. Poor Mercedes … is she even on the show anymore? And the musical numbers don’t have as much meaning as they did last year, now they’re just in there to sell records. I’ve gone back to fast-forwarding through some of them for time purposes. But other than that, it’s still probably the most entertaining and emotional show on TV. When I finally get around to doing the second part of my TV sweeps report, I’ll probably just cut and copy this for the Glee portion, just warning you ahead of time.

Gee, who’s been saying this for about two years now? Oh, that’s right, ME!!! Faithful readers will know I’m been pimping the summer of 2011 geekiness for a while now, but I’m already off 2011 and on 2012. The mistake that article makes is only going back to 2008 and not including 2007, the summer to end all summers. Spider-Man 3, Shrek 3, Pirates 3, Bourne 3, Transformers, Harry Potter 5, Die Hard 4, Fantastic Four 2, Simpsons Movie — it was one big, long tentpole summer.



The advent of HD made Jon Miller and Joe Morgan even more intolerable than they were in the first place because of the delay in the broadcast. No longer could you mute the sound and listen to the game on the radio because the radio was like seven seconds ahead of the action on the TV. So you were stuck listening to Miller over-pronounce every Hispanic name and Morgan talk about why he would have done things differently when he was playing. He was like the next generation of Rick Barry. Good riddance.

Good news for zombie fans — Walking Dead has been picked up for a second season, so it’s safe to watch for this year and next. I wasn’t as much of a fan of the second episode as I was the first episode, but I’m going to make a spoiler prediction here so that I can say I said it before it happens (TURN AWAY NOW IF YOU DON’T WANNA HEAR IT …) — Rick’s wife, the former Sara Tancredi, if you haven’t figured that out yet, was having an affair with Shane even before Rick got shot and went into his coma. There, now it’s out there, so when it happens, I can say I said it.

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