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“There’s got to be an ending” – Farewell to Phil Harris

“Got to get the end, the end to the story – there’s got to be an ending”

Phil Harris to Todd Stanley

On this week’s “After the Catch”, cameraman Todd Stanley told us about his final days with Phil Harris, and Phil’s request that he film those days in the hospital.  Todd relayed the story of spending hours upon hours in the wheelhouse with Phil, explaining to him that every good story had to have a beginning, and middle, and an end.  When Phil awoke in the hospital, he called Todd to his side and made it clear that he wanted him to film this journey.  He told Todd that there had to be an ending to the story.  This week on “Deadliest Catch” we were privilege to bear witness to that ending – the ending of the story of Phil Harris; father, friend, and fisherman.


Deadliest Catch – The beginning of goodbye to Captain Phil Harris

If you are not watching “Deadliest Catch” this season, you are missing some of the most gripping and personally compelling story telling on television.  The show has always been good and has always been entertaining – but this season it has raised the bar.


American Idol – My final thoughts on the Finale

Before I go through all of the performances from last night- – just let me say that I really enjoyed the show.  It struck the right balance between irreverence and respect.  Were all of the performances great?  No.  But, on balance, I thought it was a solid show.

I also want to congratulate Lee on his win.  He came a long way over the course of the season –and his voice, when recorded, was one of the better this year (live is another story…).  I’m anxious to see what kind of record he is allowed to make.  I also want to congratulate Crystal.  She came in as an independent musician and stayed that course.  More importantly, though, she had fun.  She was able to embrace the Idol experience and strike the right balance between making the most of it, and staying true to herself.  She proved that you CAN be an artist, with a strong sense of self, and not be consumed by the machine that is American Idol.  I hope she opens the door for more artists like her next year.

So, all in all, not the best year for Idol ever – but still not bad.  It came on stronger in the last few weeks and, as I’ve said before – I’m still watching.  I can’t wait to see what type of music Lee, Crystal, and Casey make (I’ll be sure to review their records once the come out).  For now, you can find my full review of each of the performances from last night after the jump.  Until next season, The Word Zombie out…


American Idol – and the winner is…

I have to say, that was one of the more entertaining “American Idol” finales in recent memory.  The music, for the most part, was good.  We got to see Alice Cooper, Joe Cocker, The BeeGees, Chicago, Christina Aguilera, Janet Jackson, Brett Michaels, Alanis Morrisette, and almost all of the former Idol winners (alas – no David Cook).  Simon was sent off in style, and even Paula made an appearance.  The cheesey comedy was kept to a minimum, and the focus was mostlly on the music.  That I can appreciate.

I can’t say that I’m surprised that Lee won.  The good news is – Lee, Crystal, and Casey will all likely be making records this summer – so the public can vote again this fall with their dollars.  I’ll have a full recap posted tomorrow.  For now – congrats to Lee Dewyse.  The Word Zombie out…


American Idol – Will it be Crystal or Lee?

Here we are folks – the last performance show of American Idol, Season 9.  It seems like only 4 months ago that we started this journey – ending tonight with the hopes and dreams of Crystal Bowersox and Lee Dewyze hanging in the balance – reliant upon the dialing skills and patience of TV watchers everywhere.  How was the show?  Well – let’s take a look.


My first thoughts on the final “Lost”

“Lost” – Pilot
We see Jack, alone, lying in a bamboo forest. We see a close-up of his eye, flying open, pupil dilating, drawing us into his world. As he became aware of his surroundings, he heard a noise in the brush. Suddenly, a dog (Vincent) bursts from the trees, heading towards Jack. As Vincent nears Jack he whimpers, bounds for the forest, and quickly disappears. It’s almost as if he is afraid of Jack, or feels that something is wrong. They say that dogs are a good judge of character.

To appreciate where you are, you have to appreciate where you have been. We’ve been to a lot of places with the castaways from “Lost” – now we are at the end. I’ve had a day to absorb the finale, and consider where we started. I have to say – I loved it – the entire thing. This was exactly the end that “Lost” should have had. It moved me in a way few films or television shows have and, more importantly, it really made me think.


American Idol: I may have found my “moment”

I said yesterday, and last week as well, that I have not been as emotional invested in the contestants this year on Idol. I wanted to have a “moment” last night and I didn’t. Well, tonight I finally felt that connection that I have been looking for all season. The funny thing was – it came in the elimination show, not the performance show. Who did I connect with? It might not be who you think.


American Idol: Still waiting for a “Moment”…

Only one week to go and, I have to say, I’m still waiting for the one big “Moment” from American Idol this season.  We are down to the top 3 and while I still watch the show each week, I can’t say that I’m nearly as invested in these contestants as I have been in the past.  That being said, we are still getting ready to crown this year’s winner, so there is at least a modicum of excitement in the air.  Who will it be – Lee, Crystal, or Casey? This…is my American Idol recap.


American Idol: Stumbling towards the finale…

Well, another week is in the books, as American Idol stumbles towards this year’s finale.  This week we had both solo performances and duets, Jamie Foxx trying desperately to seem half as relevant as Harry Connick Jr., more forced humor from Ellen, a triple feature of guest artists on the results show, and the end of the road for someone.  So who’s in the top 3?  Find out after the break.


Connick Jr. sets a new standard for Idol mentors

We just got through watching this week’s American Idol and Harry Connick Jr. is without a doubt the best mentor they have even had.  Setting aside some of the lackluster performances tonight, having Connick Jr. not only mentor, but arrange the songs and play with the Idols was a stroke of genius.

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