SYTYCD Canada, again

Ah, I knew it. Has a reality show contestant pegged as a potential winner from the start ever end up winning the whole thing in the end? Congrats Nico on winning So You Think You Can Dance Canada!

No hot Russian ballroom contestants, but we did get lots of representation from Quebec in the top 20. I was impressed with the talent and liked most of the choreography, although including Go Go dancing in the finale – what? There wasn’t a better concept for the two female finalists, really?

Still, looking forward to season two.

final two – Nico and Allie

congratulations Nico

2 group dances from the top 20


So You Think You Can Dance Canada is the first reality show I’ve actually voted for. With the exception of Isaak, I thought all of the top 6 would be fine contenders for the grand prize ($100,000; a 2009 Mercedes Benz C230; and the inaugural title of Canada’s favourite dancer).

Last week I concentrated my votes solely for Nico and Miles, because I didn’t think Isaak should make the final (and he didn’t). That meant sacrificing votes for the girls, but I was fine with any of Allie, Lisa, Natalli making the finale. I wouldn’t normally campaign against a contestant because they’re all great dancers, but last week I couldn’t believe that Izaak moved on, but people didn’t vote for Vincent, who’s fantastic. While Izaak did bring it with his solos, I always thought why doesn’t he dance like that with his partners?

Anyways, finale show is tonight.


Miles, Natalli, Nico.

Austen fun

Two fun Austen things:

Lost in Austen – I mentioned this show and posted the trailer for episode one here, a four-part miniseries from UK broadcaster ITV. It’s about a woman, Amanda Price (Jemima Rooper) who travels back in time to Austen’s Bennet household and swaps places with Elizabeth. Amanda’s presence throws Pride and Prejudice off the rails – don’t expect a faithful book adaptation here. Fun, and episode two in particular had some great comedic moments – since Amanda lacks pianoforte skills, she breaks out into a bit of Downtown. :P

In the course of the miniseries, Amanda attracts the attention of Bingley, poor Jane marries skeevy Mr. Collins, and Wickham turns out to be a help to Amanda. If you’re a fan of the BBC miniseries of Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, you’ll get a couple of fun in-jokes like Amanda’s cell ringtone in episode one, and of course, the wet shirt later on. There’s a longer look at Lost in Austen over at The Book Smugglers.

And spotted via Austenblog – listen to a Jane Austen drinking game by Mostly Water Theatre, to Sense and Sensibility.

fall tv

That time of year again. No dvr/pvr here, so I do things old school and make a list of shows to watch and check out.

Sept. 8 – Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles season two starts on Fox

Sept. 9 – Fringe debuts on Fox (might check out. I’m still a little bitter when it comes to JJ Abrams with the way Alias ended.)

Sept. 16 – Chuck season one comes out on dvd

Sept. 22 – Heroes premieres on NBC

Sept. 23 – The Mentalist debuts on CBS

Sept. 28 – The Shadow in the North on PBS
The second of Philip Pullman’s Sally Lockhart books adapted by the BBC. PBS will also repeat the first book The Ruby in the Smoke the previous week, on September 21. I’m tuning in for JJ Feild from Northanger Abbey. Stars Billie Piper as Sally Lockhart, I think this aired months ago in the UK.

Sept. 28 – The Amazing Race starts on CBS – cast here.

Sept. 29 – Chuck and Life season two premieres on NBC (see here for Life’s weird schedule)

And this looks like it could be fun, coming to ITV in the UK this fall: Lost in Austen. No idea if it’ll get picked up by a North American broadcaster, but it could show up on youtube. Here’s an intro and look at the trailer for episode one.

Heh, Claude Bennet? :)

A listing of the North American premiere dates for various shows.

Harry Potter goodness

July 31 – Happy birthday to Harry, and of course, to JK Rowling. Warner Brothers timed this well – a trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince has been released, great way to celebrate. Mark November 21 July 17 July 15, 2009 on the calendar.

There’s this article from the Telegraph:

Tom is played by newcomer Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, nephew of Ralph Fiennes, the actor who played Lord Voldemort in previous Potter films.

Director David Yates has said: “The fact that he’s related to Ralph wasn’t the primary reason for choosing him. Primarily I went for Hero because of this wonderful haunted quality.”

Interesting, keeping it in the family. From the trailer he looks like a good Tom.

The film has been chosen as this year’s Royal Film Performance, and money raised will go to the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund, supporting British film and television.

ETA: just noticed Amazon will be selling The Tales of Beedle the Bard as well.