Archive for May, 2016

XFINITY Binge-Watching Guide – Catch-Up Before Summer Shows Return

May 31, 2016

Some big summer shows are just around the corner. Luckily for all of us in binge-nation, there are full season catch-ups available to get us all back up to speed.

What are you watching? Drop me a line on Twitter and be sure to tag your tweets #bingewatching and #XFINITYbinge.

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 1. – “Mr. Robot”:  My wife and I just started this moody thriller so we’ll be ready for the July return.
 2. – “Odd Mom Out”So glad this hilarious hit was picked up for a second season.
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   3. – “I Am Jazz”:  This look at the life of a transgender teen is heartwarming and definitely worth your time.
 4. – “Another Period”:  This randy comedy is not for everybody, but it is laugh-out-loud funny.
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  5. – “The Jim Gaffigan Show”Jim Gaffigan kills it in this funny show about how he balances his career and his family life.  6. – “Ballers”: I actually really got into this show about life in the NFL last summer. It’s basically “Entourage” with likable people.
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 7. – “Wags”:  Former WWE Diva Barbie Blank stars in this reality show about the wives and girlfriends of famous athletes.
 8. –  “Ray Donovan”: The fourth season of this Showtime hit starts June 26th.
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TV Tapas: President Obama Is Asked a Very Embarrassing Question

May 31, 2016
President Obama Is Asked a Very Embarrassing Question ("The Tonight Show")

President Obama Is Asked a Very Embarrassing Question (“The Tonight Show”)

Random Thoughts…

  • Caught the first half of “Roots” last night and was blown away. So hard to watch.
  • “Game of Thrones” hit the brakes to give us a bit of a breather. But, now that that’s done, I want them to fight over Winterfell!
  • The wife and I have decided on Season 1 of “Mr. Robot” for our first summer binge.
  • “American Ninja Warrior” might be the best summer show. Since failure is the norm, you really get excited when they succeed.

Breaking News…

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Trending Videos…

SYTYCD1. ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ – These tiny dancers are just adorable.
TheBachelorette2. ‘The Bachelorette’ – Chad has some harsh things to say about the other suitors.
LateShow3. ‘The Late Show’ – Stephen Colbert takes the Spelling Bee challenge.

What to Watch Tonight…

AGT‘America’s Got Talent’ (NBC: 8pm ET) – Simon Cowell was always my favorite part of early “American Idol.” I’m psyched to have him back on my TV.
Roots‘Roots’ (History: 9pm ET) – The second part of this powerful mini-series is must-watch TV.
MayaandMarty‘Maya & Marty’ (NBC: 10pm) – Martin Short is a legend and I’d watch Maya Rudolph read from a phone book. This variery show should be a blast.

Celebs on Twitter: WWE Superstar John Cena

That’s all the TV Tapas for today. Be sure to check back tomorrow for a second helping. If you have any questions, please drop me a line on Twitter:[twitter_follow username=”gordonholmes” count=”false” language=”en” size=”large”]

XFINITY Binge-Watching Guide: Memorial Day Edition

May 27, 2016

Three free days?! Awesome. Yeah, barbecues and walks in the park and tennis and whatever…but that can only fill so much of the next 72 hours. Surely, you can spend some quality time with your couch watching some of these worthwhile shows…

What are you watching? Drop me a line on Twitter and be sure to tag your tweets #bingewatching and #XFINITYbinge.

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 1. – “Mr. Robot”:  Now’s the perfect time to catch up on this moody hit before it returns on July 13th.
 2. – “60 Days In”This innovative reality show wrapped up this week and you can watch every episode online.
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   3. – “The Detour”:  Everyone in the office loves this rookie comedy from TBS. 
 4. – “Outlander”:  The amazing acting, the lavish costumes, the intricate storylines…this show has so much going for it. 
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  5. – “Nashville”Oh “Nashville,” we hardly knew ye. Enjoy the end of this under-appreciated fave and hope some network somewhere picks it up.  6. – “The Carmichael Show”: Now here’s a hilarious show that isn’t afraid to tackle big issues.
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 7. – “The Night Manager”:  There are only six episodes in this hit, so you should be able to take care of it in a day. Who needs to go outside?
 8. –  “Chicago P.D.”: This week’s finale was intense. Check out what lead to that moment by watching the full season.
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 9. – “Rosewood”: This rookie show finished up its season this week and we have every episode online.  10.“Game of Thrones”: I’m still not over last Sunday’s shocker.  If you’re not into this show…GET INTO THIS SHOW.

TV Tapas: Donald Trump’s Speech Is Interrupted by an Unwanted Visitor

May 27, 2016
Donald Trump's Speech Is Interrupted by an Unwanted Visitor ("Jimmy Kimmel Live")

Donald Trump’s Speech Is Interrupted by an Unwanted Visitor (“Jimmy Kimmel Live”)

Breaking News…

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Trending Videos…

60DaysIn1. ’60 Days In’ – You’ve got to see how this innovative reality show ended.
TonightShow2. ‘The Tonight Show’ – Jimmy Fallon lets Penelope Cruz style his hair.
TheLateLateShow3. ‘The Late Late Show’ – David Schwimmer and Rebel Wilson have an epic rap battle.

What to Watch Tonight…

ForBetterorWorse‘Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse’ (OWN: 9pm ET) – Will Jennifer’s secret be revealed in the season 7 finale?
CaughtonCameraCaught on Camera (NBC: 8pm ET) – Alright, it’s about time for Nick Cannon to wrap this up so he can focus on “America’s Got Talent.”
500Questions‘500 Questions’ (ABC: 8pm) – This fun quiz show is the perfect diversion. I can probably even answer 12 of those 500 questions correctly.

Celebs on Twitter: ‘The Voice’ Winner Alisan Porter

That’s all the TV Tapas for today. Be sure to check back tomorrow for a second helping. If you have any questions, please drop me a line on Twitter:[twitter_follow username=”gordonholmes” count=”false” language=”en” size=”large”]

TV Tapas: Sports Reporter Berates Anchor on Live TV

May 26, 2016
Sports Reporter Goes Off on Anchor on Live TV ("Tonight Show")

Sports Reporter Goes Off on Anchor on Live TV (“Tonight Show”)

Random Thoughts…

  • What was the deal with that “Nashville” ending?! That’s not how you do a series finale! I need closure!
  • Awesome to see “The Americans” get renewed.
  • “Limitless” finally got the axe. Fortunately we have “Timeless,” “Powerless,” and “Shameless” left.
  • The wife and I are looking for a show to binge this summer? Any recommendations? Drop me a line on Twitter.

Breaking News…

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Trending Videos…

WaywardPines1. ‘Wayward Pines’ – Last summer’s creepy hit is finally back!
JimmyKimmel2. ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ – Kimmel busts people lying about a fictional Donald Trump rally.
TheLateLateShow3. ‘The Late Show’ – Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen join James Corden for a crosswalk version of “The Lion King.”

What to Watch Tonight…

60DaysIn’60 Days In’ (A&E: 9pm ET) – The seven participants get together to discuss their prison experiences in the season finale.
RedNoseDay‘Red Nose Day’ (NBC: 9pm ET) – Comedians and musicians come together to raise funds for young people living in poverty.
OrphanBlack‘Orphan Black’ (BBC: 10pm) – After an iffy season, it looks like this brain-bending thriller is back on track.

Celebs on Twitter: ‘The Voice’ Winner Alisan Porter

That’s all the TV Tapas for today. Be sure to check back tomorrow for a second helping. If you have any questions, please drop me a line on Twitter:[twitter_follow username=”gordonholmes” count=”false” language=”en” size=”large”]

TV Tapas: Jennifer Lawrence’s Joke Gets Her in Big Trouble, ‘Baby Bachelorette’ and More

May 24, 2016
Jennifer Lawrence's Joke Gets Her in Big Trouble ("The Tonight Show")

Jennifer Lawrence’s Joke Gets Her in Big Trouble (“The Tonight Show”)

Random Thoughts…

  • “Dancing with the Stars” and “The Voice” crown their champs tonight. Drop me a line on Twitter and let me know who you think is going to bring home the trophies.
  • The “Survivor” episode of “Price Is Right” was a lot of fun last night. Woo Hwang is still adorable.
  • It dawned on my yesterday that we’re at the halfway point of this season of “Game of Thrones.” Boo… They need to consider a 52-week season.

Breaking News…

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Trending Videos…

dwts1. ‘Dancing with the Stars’ – Maybe “Sound of Silence” was a little on the nose for one of Nyle’s dances, but…wow…just wow.
JimmyKimmel2. ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ – Jimmy’s ‘The Baby Bachelorette’ is hilarious. They nail the ridiculousness and the beats. Two thumbs up.
LateShow3. ‘The Late Show’ – Stephen Colbert’s commencement speech was awesome. I miss the conservative pundit character he used to play, but he can still bring it when he needs to.

What to Watch Tonight…

dwts‘Dancing with the Stars’ (ABC: 9pm ET) – For one celebrity, a shiny trophy for their mantle. For the other celebrities…heartbreak.
TheVoice‘The Voice’ (NBC: 9pm ET) – A new ‘Dancing’ champ and ‘Voice’ champ in the same night? Better set that DVR.
TheNightManager‘The Night Manager’ (AMC: 10pm) – This Bourne-meets-Bond thriller comes to an end. Who’s going to come out on top?

Celebs on Twitter: ‘Roots’ and ‘Frequency’ Star Mekhi Phifer

That’s all the TV Tapas for today. Be sure to check back tomorrow for a second helping. If you have any questions, please drop me a line on Twitter:[twitter_follow username=”gordonholmes” count=”false” language=”en” size=”large”]

TV Tapas: ‘Shark Tank’ Star Loses It, Curses Out Contestant, ‘Game of Thrones’ Shocker and More

May 23, 2016

"Shark Tank" Star Loses It, Curses Out Contestant (ABC)

“Shark Tank” Star Loses It, Curses Out Contestant (ABC)

Random Thoughts…

  • Awww…my heart…the end of last night’s “Game of Thrones” was just too much. I’ll never go through a doorway the same way again.
  • I had to watch the Britney Spears performance at the Billboard Music Awards a few times to get over my grief.
  • Loving “Preacher.” Get in on this one early.
  • I might be done with “Silicon Valley.”  Richard is just too stupid.

Breaking News…

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Trending Videos…

TonightShow1. ‘The Tonight Show’ – Jimmy Fallon’s trademark “Thank You Notes” bit always delivers.
snl2. ‘Saturday Night Live’ – An awesome reunion with Maya Rudolph, Andy Samberg, Jason Sudekis, and others.
UnlikelyAnimalFriends3. ‘Unlikely Animal Friends’ – A cheetah and a dog are best friends. Adorbs.

What to Watch Tonight…

TheBachelorette‘The Bachelorette’ (ABC: 9pm ET) – We start with 26, then whittle our way down to one. It’s should be entertaining.
Gotham‘Gotham’ (FOX: 8pm ET) – Will Hugo Strange’s inmates be able to escape in the season 2 finale?
Blindspot‘Blindspot’ (NBC: 9pm) – The first seasons ends with Weller going on a search for the truth.

Celebs on Twitter: ‘Houdini and Doyle’ Star Stephen Mangan

That’s all the TV Tapas for today. Be sure to check back tomorrow for a second helping. If you have any questions, please drop me a line on Twitter:[twitter_follow username=”gordonholmes” count=”false” language=”en” size=”large”]

‘Survivor’ Runners-Up Aubry and Tai Discuss Final Tribal and the $100,000 Chicken

May 20, 2016
Aubry Bracco and Tai Trang (CBS)

Aubry Bracco and Tai Trang (CBS)

One player went from almost quitting in the premiere to leading a solid alliance and making several impressive moves. The other found an immunity idol, earned an extra vote, and sent one of the biggest players out of the game.

And they both lost to the woman who was barely seen before the merge.

I spoke to Aubry Bracco and Tai Trang the morning after the “Survivor” finale and asked about Michele’s game, Aubry’s luck, and Tai’s $100,000 buddy…

Gordon Holmes: This has been driving me insane; was Mark the Chicken named after Mark Burnett or your boyfriend?
Tai Trang: Julia named him after Mark Burnett. I told her not to name a chicken after Mark because then we wouldn’t want to eat him.

Holmes: Aubry, you had two medically evacuated partners. Is it accurate to say you were one of the most unlucky players in “Survivor” history?
Aubry Bracco: (Laughs)
Holmes: How did you come to terms with making the most out of some poorly dealt cards?
Bracco: The “Survivor” gods…there were a few days where I was like, “You’ve got to be kidding me! How is this happening?” But, I do believe that everyone was struggles in life. And life can bring anything.  I think you should take responsibility for your own actions and try to make the best out of everything. I tried to make the most out of it.

Holmes: I do a lot of pre-game interviews and I used to ask if people were willing to lie. I’ve stopped asking that because everyone is like, “Yup, I’m gonna be a lying machine.” However, you seemed more conflicted about this than anyone we’ve seen in a long time.
Trang: I was going through the game, I wanted to play a nice game. I wanted to be myself. But, I realized I was playing a game. I was strategizing. It is conflicting, every single move I do my heart is telling me to do something else. I decided that I would stay loyal to Aubry because I was really comfortable with her.

Holmes: In recent years, winners have had these resumes of big challenge wins, big moves, leading their alliances, where it seems like Michele managed to hang back at first, then come on strong and win votes with her social game. Do you think that might signify a shift in how the game is played?
Bracco: I think that we had a very unique group of people. I think Tai was incredibly proactive as a threat in the game. He found an idol, he won challenges, he made the move he thought was right in the moment. I was proactive too. I worked with Tai, I worked with Cydney, I tried to make the best decisions. And when you have a lot of big personalities, which we certainly did, I think the kind of person that can fade into the background and not pro-actively do anything that would upset those personalities ended up being to her advantage. I also think she was an underdog at that point in the game. And you can’t tell people you’re an underdog, they have to believe it. And in that moment, the people sitting there did not see me or Tai as an underdog. We both played super hard, but we didn’t have it that night with that group.
Holmes: So in a season of big moves the person who hangs back will stand out?
Bracco: Somewhat that.

Holmes: What do you credit Michele’s victory to?
Trang: The jury likes the underdog aspect. I made some moves, Aubry made a lot. I wasn’t managing the final Tribal well. I was not on my game. I was completely exhausted. But, I think Michele had those moments of winning the last immunities and she hadn’t upset any of the jury. I’m not surprised by the vote at all.

Holmes: I like to think that “Survivor” is like the circus where if you don’t like the trapeze you might like the clowns, and if you don’t like the acrobats you might like the animals. For “Survivor” if you don’t like the exotic locales you might like the people in their underwear, and if you don’t like the cool challenges you might like the clever strategy. What I’m getting at is; people who like the strategic part of the game are pretty upset that Aubry didn’t get the votes. Is that any consolation?
Bracco: Yes. I’m flattered. I appreciate it, but I also think the beauty of this game is that it’s the jury that gets to decide who wins. The winner who won was the winner who was right for that jury. I love the game, I love the strategy. I love the social part. Any fan that feels like they related to me, it could have just as easily been them. It’s very nice. It’s very humbling. Every bug bite, infection, and med-evac’d ally has been worth it.

Holmes: When I spoke to Michele she thought that maybe one of the reason’s she had won was because she had worked with more of the jury whereas you had specific people you were working with.
Bracco: I think that Michele would casually speak to Scot or Jason a little more. But it was tough. Scot was not willing to work with me. And if I spoke to Jason, people in my alliance would get funky that I was even socializing with him. So, I agree with her to an extent. But the “Survivor” gods dealt her cards and she made the most of it.

Holmes: When Neal was removed from the jury, were you worried that his comments to her would reflect on you negatively?
Bracco: Yes, absolutely. For a second I thought, “Yes, he was going to vote for me.” Then I thought, “You just made her the underdog.” I think that comment put Michele in this position that she’s playing from behind. I don’t think that it helped.
Holmes: Which juror would you have eliminated if you’d won?
Bracco: I would’ve eliminated Scot. I knew that he wasn’t open to seeing my way of doing things. I wasn’t sure where he was going to throw his vote, there were a couple of people who were question marks. But I knew he didn’t relate to me.

Holmes: Tai, which juror would you have sent packing?
Trang: I’m still going to say Neal. He knows the game so well and I knew for sure that he was going to vote for Aubry. And he can influence the jury.

Holmes: Was Cydney a question mark or did you know she was going to vote for Michele?
Bracco: I thought it was possible that I got Cydney’s vote, but she wasn’t able to get over the way she went out of the game. She didn’t have enough time to process it. I was hoping she’d see my strategy instead of going the emotional route. But, that’s the beauty of the game.

Holmes: Tai, I think you missed the boat by not saying, “You know, I kept a chicken alive around starving people for weeks. How’s that for a social game?”
Trang: (Laughs) I worked hard to feed the tribe so nobody would look at Mark as meat. And Mark has a name, and Mark walks around freely, he’d come and go.
Holmes: And who knew that chicken would be worth $100,000?
Trang: (Laughs) I didn’t see it that way! Yeah! That money can go a long way to benefit a lot more animals. And thanks so much to Sia. I was so shocked and surprised.
Holmes: Were you a fan of Sia before last night?
Trang: Honestly? When she walked up I had no idea who she was. But she’s a huge star. After that I listened to her music and I said, “Oh, I know this music!”

Any Questions? Drop me a line on Twitter: @gordonholmes

XFINITY Binge-Watching Guide: Season Finales Keep Coming

May 20, 2016

It’s such a bittersweet time of year; our favorite shows are leaving us for the summer, but they’re going out with a bang. Just this week alone we saw jaw-dropping moments from “Empire,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “The Blacklist.” So, here’s a look at some shows that are finishing things off soon and a few others that we can’t stop watching.

What are you watching? Drop me a line on Twitter and be sure to tag your tweets #bingewatching and #XFINITYbinge.

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 1. – “Fear the Walking Dead”:  This spin-off is finally picking up momentum and building its own identity. Mid-Season Finale Date: May 22 
 2. – “60 Days In”: I may sound like a broken record, but this look at innocent citizens who go undercover in a real prison is the best new reality show this year. Finale Date: May 26
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   3. – “Chrisley Knows Best”:  This reality comedy is easily the most popular guilty pleasure in the office. Finale Date: Not for a While
 4. – “Dancing with the Stars”:  Catch up on every single pasodoble before the trophy is handed out. (Wait, can there be a single pasodoble?) Finale Date: May 24
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  5. – “The Simps0ns”: Every episode of this iconic series is available online. That’s right, all 237 seasons. Finale Date: May 22  6. – “The Voice”: Yeah, we’re missing out on a Christina Aguilera/Whitney Houston hologram duet at the finale, but the rest has been really good. Finale Date: May 24
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 7. – “The Night Manager”:  With only five episodes to catch up on, you can easily run through this excellent series in a day. Finale Date: May 24
 8. –  “Chicago P.D.”: This season has been an emotional rollercoaster, and I don’t think the finale will be any different. Finale Date: May 25
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 9. – “Rosewood”: This rookie hit is definitely worth your time, and we have every episode online. Finale Date: May 25  10.“Game of Thrones”: OK, the finale isn’t for a while, but it’s always a good time for a trip to Westeros. Well, unless you’re invited to a Westeros wedding. Finale Date: Hopefully Never

TV Tapas: Things Get Heated During Debate on ‘The View’

May 20, 2016
Things Get Heated During a Debate on "The View" (ABC)

Things Get Heated During a Debate on “The View” (ABC)

Random Thoughts…

  • Attention “Orphan Black” fans: Stay away from the Internet if you have not watched last night’s episode yet. Seriously.
  • Actually, I’m going to issue a similar warning to “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Blacklist” fans. Quite a night last night.
  • I watched a lot of trailers during this week’s Upfronts and the one that has me the most psyched is “Designated Survivor.” Check it out.
  • Talked to the new “Survivor” champion yesterday morning and she shed some light on her contentious Tribal run-in with Neal.

Breaking News…

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Trending Videos…

TonightShow1. ‘The Tonight Show’ – Jimmy Fallon and Seth Rogen tells jokes that were written by little kids.
TheLateLateShow2. ‘The Late Late Show’ – James Corden gets to choreograph a “Dancing with the Stars” bumper.
Blacklist3. ‘The Blacklist’ – Will Red be able to avenge Liz’s death?

What to Watch Tonight…

Grimm‘Grimm’ (NBC: 8pm ET) – Season five comes to an end with two episodes of creepy goodness.
Banshee‘Banshee’ (Cinemax: 10pm ET) – Lucas is ready to leave Banshee, but something might be holding him back.
SharkTank‘Shark Tank’ (CBS: 9pm) – Apparently one of the sharks loses their cool when one of the inventors says something to upset them. My money is on “Mr. Wonderful” or Mark Cuban.

Celebs on Twitter: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Ellen Pompeo

That’s all the TV Tapas for today. Be sure to check back Monday for a second helping. If you have any questions, please drop me a line on Twitter:[twitter_follow username=”gordonholmes” count=”false” language=”en” size=”large”]


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