Archive for Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Lambert serenades ‘Dance’ finalists

December 16, 2009


Clearly, the only thing better than winning “American Idol” is not winning.

Adam Lambert, runner-up of the most recent contest, returns to Fox to perform on the season finale of “So You Think You Can Dance” (7 p.m., Fox).

If you can’t name the actual winner of the 2009 “Idol” off the top of your head, or without resorting to a search engine, you’re probably not alone. By the way, it was Kris Allen, who now joins Jordin Sparks, David Cook and Taylor Hicks in the ranks of “Idol” winners not exactly on the tip of everyone’s tongue. To change all that, Allen will appear tonight on “Late Show with David Letterman” (10:35 p.m., CBS) along with Robert Downey Jr.

• “Great Performances at the Met” (8 p.m., PBS, check local listings) opens its 2009-2010 season with a new production of Puccini’s “Tosca,” featuring soprano Karita Mattila in the title role.

• “Modern Family” (8 p.m., ABC) repeats a Christmas-themed episode that reminds us why this comedy is nearly universally acclaimed as the breakout new series of the season. Like only the smartest sitcoms, “Family” blends the smart and even edgy with the sweet and occasionally touching without ever descending to blatant sentimentality. That’s a hard trick to pull off, but “Family” does so consistently and seemingly without effort.

Folks who missed last week’s “Family” may have been watching the fall-season finale of “Glee.” That musical melodrama won’t return to the Fox schedule until April 13.

• For every memorable holiday-themed special or episode, there seem to be at least five forgettable duds. And occasionally some rise to the level of memorably bad. As I’ve noted before, “Disney Prep & Landing” (7 p.m., ABC) — repeated for the third time tonight — is a terribly ill-conceived combination of Christmas, militarism and adult ennui. But for all of Disney and ABC’s efforts, I think it will simply vanish from our collective hard drives and never rise to the level of truly, unforgettably dreadful.

The same cannot be said of the 2004 comedy “Surviving Christmas” (9 p.m., TNT), possibly the worst-reviewed Christmas movie since “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.” The holidays truly came early for film critics that year, offering them a chance to savage this Ben Affleck and James Gandolfini offering with rare gusto. The movie bible “Variety” called it “An almost mirth-free, poorly conceived comedy destined to offer Ben Affleck bashers satchels full of new ammunition.” Ouch! “Newsweek” described it as “formulaic swill.” The LA Weekly continued the gastronomic theme and pushed it away like a steaming plate of “Capra-corn gone rancid.” And “Entertainment Weekly” groaned weakly, “There are no survivors here.”

Now that’s a Christmas movie worth watching! At least once.

Tonight’s other highlights

• The judges pick the numbers for the five competing groups to perform as medleys on “The Sing-Off” (7 p.m. NBC). Two groups will leave tonight.

• An addict’s death may have been premeditated on “CSI: NY” (9 p.m., CBS).

• Roxie hosts a dinner-party setup for Jamie and Darryl on “Eastwick” (9 p.m., ABC).

Cult choice

Adrian Pasdar (“Heroes”) stars in the 1987 Western-vampire hybrid “Near Dark” (7 p.m., IFC), directed by Kathryn Bigelow (“The Hurt Locker”).


asinancy 7 years, 12 months ago

I cannot believe you would allow Kevin McDonough, the writer to write anything since what he says is utterly untrue. He believes Adam Lambert is more well known than David Cook? He says nobody has heard about David Cook? Where has Kevin McDonough been for the last 2 years? Perhaps he should research a person's accomplishments before he writes anything. TRASH, MUCK RAKING JOURNALIST!!! Adam Lambert is disgusting and now I place Kevin McDonough in that SAME category. NO CLASS!!! Isn't this article against your bashing other people policy. The article should be taken down!!!

pharisee2 7 years, 12 months ago

Just a little wee bit of research would have been good. If David Cook were such a failure then why is his name on a lot of Billboard's End-of-the-Year charts? For a list, go here, there are links to the actual Billboard charts locations -

Cook's debut album is the highest-selling debut album in its chartyear. It stayed in the Billboard 200 for 44 straight weeks, and added another week just recently, making it a total of 45 weeks.

Music journalist Fred Bronson also wrote about Idol Charts Achievements recently. He discusses a few successful Idol alumni in this article, among them David Cook: (One note: Cook actually already has 2 platinum singles: Time of My Life and Light On)

CindyB55 7 years, 12 months ago

How could you possibly put David Cook in this category?? What rock have you been hiding under? Check your fact McDonough before making stupid comments. David's CD went platinum, he just wrapped up the longest tour ever that brought in hundreds of fans in small venues, Billboard has recognized him for so many honors that I can't begin to count and most importantly, David is a very talented, sincere and kind artist who connects totally with his fans, and believe me, he has lots of fans. Too bad you're too stupid not to be one of them.

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