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A Good Summer Show, Hiding ‘In Plain Sight’ June 22, 2008

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So, despite the fact that it was one of those shows that reached the level of over-hype with me that I vowed not to watch, the summer TV void has driven me to watch the first three episodes of USA’s In Plain Sight… aka that show about the witness protection program.

My impression of it so far—& judging from the response on the TWoP boards, I’m not alone—is that this show is too much about Mary Shannon (Mary McCormack) when she’s neither a likable or interesting enough character to do that for. (more…)

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Live-Blogging Top Chef Season 4 Finale, Part 2 June 12, 2008

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Apologies for the late posting, I actually missed last night’s finale premiere because I was having dinner in downtown Dallas at Craft at the W Hotel, which is, incidentally, Tom Colicchio’s restaurant. In case you were wondering, it’s a great dining experience. I highly recommend it.

1.) Previously on Top Chef, we started with waaaay too many chefs. Stephanie is awesome & consistently so. Richard likes doing crazy experimental techniques, not unlike certain other runner-ups we know. Lisa is the most negative human being on the planet, not to mention not a very good chef. Antonia is a single mom. And also? Eliminated. That’s right, somehow Lisa has made the final 3. And she’s angry that Richard & Stephanie & America doesn’t respect her. Shut up, Lisa.

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California, Here We Come June 11, 2008

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I’ll be honest. I could never really see myself in Boston for the long haul. People told me you get used to the cold, but when you’ve been in the South all your life, I don’t think you can ever really get used to that. And as much as I loved knowing some of the great people I met there, I could never quite call Boston home.

Next week, I’m moving to Los Angeles to look for my next great opportunity. I’m pretty excited, & can’t help feeling like maybe things are falling into place. When I visited LA last week, I could imagine calling it home.

Very soon, it will be.

Live-Blogging Top Chef Season 4 Finale, Part 1 June 5, 2008

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9:59 – Blogging from LA this week. Previously on Top Chef…Spike was finally, FINALLY eliminated. Unfortunately, that means that Lisa was not, so she & the three legitimate contenders—Richard, Antonia & Stephanie—are heading to Puerto Rico. If you squint, you can finally see the end of this endless season.

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Ad Post: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs – Raise June 3, 2008

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NHL :30 spot

Agency: Young & Rubicam

The Stanley Cup so kicks all other sports trophies’ butts, doesn’t it?  First of all, it’s huge.  And if you win it, you get your name on it…forever. (Or at least until they run out of room, but then your name goes in the hockey Hall of Fame, which is also pretty cool.)  You name gets etched into a living history of the game.

And also if you win it, you get to spend a day with it & take it anywhere you want, which is awesome because it leads to stories like Guy Carbonneau throwing the Cup off Vinnie Paul of Pantera’s balcony into a swimming pool & denting it, which is something Coach Carbonneau denies to this day, but everyone knows it happened.

The Cup, unlike the Larry O’Brien trophy or the Vince Lombardi trophy or that thing with the flags that you win in baseball, is paraded around the country during the season. You can actually go touch it, unless of course you’re aspiring hockey player with dreams of one day winning it for yourself. When you see it, it looks so magnificent, so larger-than-life. When the players who have won it lift it, it seems weightless.

Congrats to the Pens for staying alive. Good luck on Wednesday. I hope you make history.