The Amazing Race 26 Episode 1

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 9:15 pm

The 11 teams that make up The Amazing Race 26 cast for some reason this time consist of half that are dating and half that are just random strangers who are blind dating. Weird. At least it won’t be any worse than the Family Edition.

The single men line up on the starting line, where they will meet their partners for the first time. This will not end well. That’s probably the plan. Let’s find a way to manufacture drama and get more screaming pairs.

From the starting line, they immediately end up crawling through the mud. This is typically reserved for a challenge in some far off country, but they’re throwing them into it right away. There are eight tickets for the earlier flight and three tickets for the later flight (departing 45 minutes after the first) that will presumably be battling for last.

And they have selfie cams this year. Just what the world needs more of.

Hayley & Blair, Mike & Rochelle, and Libby & CJ end up on the second flight bound for Tokyo, Japan.

The detour is a choice between syncing steps or samurai sake. In syncing steps, they will join a techno pop group and learn their choreography. In samurai sake, teams must memorize 10 drink names from a large selection and deliver orders accordingly.

Syncing Steps: Jelani & Jenny, Laura & Tyler, Matt & Ashley, Aly & Steve, Jeff & Lyda, Bergen & Kurt, Mike & Rochelle, Libby & CJ, Hayley & Blair
Samurai Sake: Jeff & Jackie, Harley & Jonathan

Almost everybody opts to do the dancing, except for those who don’t feel comfortable, Jeff and New Kids on the Block member Jonathan. I’m not sure you could really call this dancing, though. In any case, it seems like the harder of the two tasks, in some cases by far.

We’re already on a blind double U-turn. Jeff & Jackie do not U-turn since they think they are in first. Jelani & Jenny and Tyler & Laura do the same. Harley & Jonathan also decline, as do Aly & Steve. Bergen & Kurt pile on. Having struggled with the detour to the point of just about having a breakdown, Mike & Rochelle U-turn Jeff & Lyda, the only team they know are behind them. Seeing this, nobody else needs to use the second one.

After nearly 4 hours and 23 attempts, Jeff & Lyda finally finish the detour. They’re going to kick themselves when they figure out how easy the other one is. They decide to U-turn the long ago finished Jeff & Jackie rather than the once again lost Libby & CJ.

The pit stop for this leg of the race is… a parking space. The lawyers are quicker to figure out what the term “vicinity” means, allowing them to leapfrog the lead team.

First: Jelani & Jenny (win express pass)
Second: Jeff & Jackie
Third: Laura & Tyler
Fourth: Aly & Steve
Fifth: Harley & Jonathan
Sixth: Bergen & Kurt
Seventh: Mike & Rochelle
Eighth: Hayley & Blair
Ninth: Matt & Ashley
Tenth: Libby & CJ
Eliminated: Jeff & Lyda

Having struggled on the detour perhaps more than I have seen on any previous one, Jeff & Lyda have been eliminated. They made a very critical mistake. They refused to switch from a futile detour, possibly viewing doing so as quitting. But that’s the point of a detour, that you have a choice.

It was interesting to see the blind daters take the top three spots. It won’t last, but some of them could continue to work well together.

This was a great night of reality TV. Alas, The Amazing Race moves back to Friday nights after this.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of The Amazing Race 26 Episode 2, which airs Friday at 8/7c on CBS.

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Survivor: Worlds Apart Episode 1

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 7:45 pm

In its 30th season, Survivor remains as compelling as ever. The Survivor: Worlds Apart cast consists of 18 contestants with the new twist being white collar vs. blue collar vs. no collar.

White Collar (Yellow/Masaya): Carolyn, Joaquin, Max, Shirin, So, Tyler
Blue Collar (Blue/Escameca): Dan, Kelly, Lindsey, Mike, Rodney, Sierra
No Collar (Red/Nargarote): Hali, Jenn, Joe, Nina, Vince, Will

Each tribe picks one person to represent them: Joaquin, Dan, and Will. They choose So, Mike, and Jenn to join them. When they get back to camp, each pair will separate and make a decision for their tribe.

The decision they must make is between honesty and deceit. Honesty will earn them a large bag of beans; deceit will earn them a small bag of beans with a hidden immunity idol clue. The first two tribes choose to be honest.

Sierra doesn’t trust that story and starts spreading rumors that they screwed them and took the clue.

So has some skepticism, but Joaquin without question wants to lie and pushes the decision that way. He views this as an advantage, and he’s going to take whatever he can. Is it really? Having less food than the other tribes sounds detrimental. As a result of this plot, they agree to be in an alliance. They lie and say they chose the non-existent neutral option, which nobody believes. In response, Carolyn, Shirin, and Max form an alliance of their own.

Blue Collar gets fire within a couple hours. Pretty impressive. Not to be outdone, Joe makes fire for the No Collar tribe as well. Okay, this is getting a little silly now. Vince’s immediate reaction is jealousy because he fears his crush Jenn will now be after Joe instead.

Mike eats a scorpion. He’s now vomiting on day 1. That’s probably not a good thing.

Lindsey has already decided she does not like Dan, who seems to be talking down to her as they build the shelter. This quickly puts him on the wrong side of the female members of the tribe.

Carolyn doesn’t need a clue to find the hidden immunity idol. She just keeps an eye on So and then looks where she is looking because they all know she’s got the clue.

The first immunity challenge sends them through some obstacles before they must choose between keys to unlock locks or knots to untie. All three tribes choose the keys. Then they all change their minds. Another set of obstacles follows as Blue Collar falls way behind. The big choice is which puzzle they want: 5, 10, or 50 pieces. Each averages about the same amount of time to solve but utilizes a different set of skills. No Collar chooses 10 pieces, White Collar chooses 50 pieces, and Blue Collar picks 10. Shirin is terrible, allowing the last place tribe to catch up. No Collar wins immunity and reward. Blue Collar places second. Reward is a fire-making kit for first place and flint for second. That means White Collar is still fireless, though they will get it after Tribal Council.

So successfully accomplished her part of the challenge of untying knots, which would make one of the other two women the target. Whether that’s a fair comparison to doing a puzzle, probably not.

Joaquin and So lie again, telling Carolyn she is not a target. Tyler informs her she is a target, and her response is that she knows they don’t have the idol because she does. This turn of events makes So her target.

Carolyn opts not to use her idol, and I’m not sure how much sense it would have made to use it at the first vote anyway, although telling someone seems equally questionable.


With 4 votes, So has been voted off the island. For the sake of challenges, they could use her a lot more than either of the other two women, but she lost any credibility with that early lie.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Worlds Apart Episode 2, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBC.

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The Biggest Loser Season 16 Winner

Posted by Shane on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 8:02 pm

Woody fell below the red line in The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 17 and was eliminated, bringing us down to a final three of Toma Dobrosavljevic, Rob Guiry, and Sonya Jones.

They rushed through just about every other episode, but now when they probably need it least is 2 hours to conclude the season. I am prepared for lots of filler, though they usually do a pretty good job with their finales.

Now we start the weigh in for the at home prize. What order are we going in? Random I guess.

Damien: 296 pounds (-92, 23.71%)
Emmy: 212 pounds (-48, 18.46%)
Lori: 210 pounds (-91, 30.23%)
Woody: 274 pounds (-124, 31.16%)
Scott: 246 pounds (-120, 32.79%)
Andrea: Andrea: 174 pounds (-70, 28.69%)
Jackie: 225 pounds (-66, 22.68%)
Zina: 226 pounds (-37, 14.07%)
Chandra: 270 pounds (-71, 20.82%)
Blake: 154 pounds (-97, 38.65%)
Mike: 249 pounds (-150, 37.59%)
Gina: 177 pounds (-65, 26.86%)
Vanessa: 299 pounds (-67, 18.31%)
Matt: 231 pounds (-155, 40.16%)
JJ: 225 pounds (-167, 42.60%)
Rondalee: 187 pounds (-93, 33.21%)
Jordan: 180 pounds (-143, 44.27%)

The Biggest Loser at home winner of the $100,000 prize is Jordan.

Now for the grand prize of $250,000. Or maybe not now but eventually since 40 minutes remain in the show.

Sonya: 139 pounds (-144, 50.88%)
Rob: 245 pounds (-238, 49.28%)
Toma: 165 pounds (-171, 50.89%)

By 0.01%, The Biggest Loser Season 16 winner is Toma.

With the move to Thursday and the continued weird scheduling, this season’s ratings have been rather lackluster. Better than last year’s doomed comedy block but not by much. It’s cheap to produce, but I’m not sure that’s enough. If it could retain these ratings on a Friday, that would probably work. I’d like to see NBC do a reality TV night with this and The Apprentice, which is still entertaining despite the fact that Trump tends to fire people who bring the least drama or who refuse to play his games rather than using the task as any basis. In any event, I’m not holding my breath for another season next year. NBC seems to have happily sacrificed this show.

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The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 17

Posted by Shane on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 3:16 am

After falling below the red line in The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 16, Lori was eliminated.

Here to promote The Today Show is Jenna Wolfe. She will workout with the contestants while pregnant, and Bob will train the new trainers.

They return to the Los Angeles Coliseum, where the season began. Their challenge is to put the weight back on and then shed it. They will run up and down thousands of steps, stopping at 16 different checkpoints where they can deposit the weight they have lost each week. Reward is a 1 pound advantage and $5,000.

With the least amount of excess weight, Sonya takes the lead. Woody’s just about staying with her at first, but he falls behind. At the 7th checkpoint, Toma manages to take the lead, and he never looks back. Rob takes his time to slowly get through the process, but he does finish what for all of them is an emotional challenge that serves as a reminder of how far they have come.

Speaking of which, their next task is to watch a recap of their progress throughout the season.

After the last last chance workout, it’s time for the final weigh in, where the top three finishers will head to the finale.

Toma: 199 pounds (-3, -1, 1.98%)
Rob: 302 pounds (-13, 4.13%)
Woody: 270 pounds (-4, 1.46%)
Sonya: 163 pounds (-6, 3.55%)

His comeback is short-lived, as Woody falls below the red line and has been eliminated. From his starting weight of 398 pounds, he is down 148 pounds to 250 today.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 18, where we will find out who The Biggest Loser Season 16 winner is, which airs Thursday at 8/7c on NBC.

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The Amazing Race 26 Cast

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:26 pm

The Amazing Race 26 cast consists of 11 teams of 2 each with a pre-existing relationship. Oh, wait. This time, there are 6 dating couples and 5 single blind date couples. Meh. This is not The Amazing Race I know, but I guess they get points for being different.

The Preexisting Dating Couples:

Name: Aly Dudek
Age: 24
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis.
Occupation: Olympic Athlete *won bronze at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in short track speed skating

Name: Steven Langton
Age: 31
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
Occupation: Olympic Athlete *won 2 bronze medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in bobsledding

Length of relationship: 7 months

Name: Harley Rodriguez
Age: 41
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Occupation: Group Fitness Trainer

Name: Jonathan Knight
Age: 46
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Occupation: Entertainer (New Kids on the Block member)

Length of relationship: 7 years

Name: Jeff Magee
Age: 57
Hometown: McCall, Idaho
Occupation: Airline Pilot

Name: Lyda Grawn
Age: 49
Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Occupation: Flight Attendant

Length of relationship: Known 20 years, dating 4 years

Name: C.J. Harris
Age: 26
Hometown: Tuskegee, Ala.
Occupation: IT Technician

Name: Lebya Simpson
Age: 25
Hometown: Tuskegee, Ala.
Occupation: Medical Support Assistant

Length of relationship: Known for 15 years, dating for 10

Name: Matt Cucolo
Age: 30
Hometown: Scarsdale, N.Y.
Occupation: Hairstylist

Name: Ashley Gordon
Age: 28
Hometown: Scarsdale, N.Y.
Occupation: Hairstylist

Length of relationship: Known 10 years, dating 3 years

Name: Rochelle Nevedal
Age: 29
Hometown: Kalkaska, Mich.
Occupation: Contract Engineer

Name: Michael Dombrowski
Age: 26
Hometown: Traverse City, Mich.
Occupation: Truck Stop Manager/Pro Wrestling Promoter

Length of relationship: 2 years

The Blind Date Couples:

Name: Hayley Keel
Age: 28
Hometown: St. Petersburg, Fla.
Occupation: Registered Nurse

Name: Blair Townsend
Age: 31
Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.
Occupation: Navy Physician

Name: Jackie Ibarra
Age: 27
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.
Occupation: Professional Dancer

Name: Jeffrey Weldon
Age: 26
Hometown: Tampa, Fla.
Occupation: Account Executive/Sales

Name: Laura Pierson
Age: 29
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Occupation: Talent Booker

Name: Tyler Adams
Age: 26
Hometown: Santa Monica, Calif.
Occupation: Mobile App Developer

Name: Jenny Wu
Age: 32
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Occupation: Blogger and Lawyer

Name: Jelani Roy
Age: 32
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Occupation: Lawyer

Name: Bergen Olsen
Age: 23
Hometown: Sunnyvale, Calif.
Occupation: Human Resources Project Manager

Name: Kurt Jordan Belcher
Age: 24
Hometown: Butler, Ky.
Occupation: Pageant Consultant

The Amazing Race 26 premieres Wednesday February 25 at 9:30/8:30c on CBS before moving back to Fridays.

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Survivor: Worlds Apart Cast

Posted by Shane on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:13 pm

The Survivor: Worlds Apart cast consists of 18 castaways divided by collar (white collar, blue collar, and no collar).

White Collar (Masaya Tribe)

Tyler Fredrickson, 33
Current Residence: Los Angeles
Occupation: Ex-Talent Agent Assistant

So Kim, 31
Current Residence: Long Beach, Calif.
Occupation: Retail Buyer

Carolyn Rivera, 52
Current Residence: Tampa, Fla.
Occupation: Corporate Executive

Max Dawson, Ph.D., 37
Current Residence: Topanga, Calif.
Occupation: Media Consultant

Shirin Oskooi, 31
Current Residence: San Francisco
Occupation: Yahoo Executive

Joaquin Souberbielle, 27
Current Residence: Valley Stream, N.Y.
Occupation: Marketing Director

Blue Collar (Escameca Tribe)

Kelly Remington, 44
Current Residence: Grand Island, N.Y.
Occupation: State Trooper

Sierra Dawn Thomas, 27
Current Residence: Roy, Utah
Occupation: Barrel Racer

Mike Holloway, 38
Current Residence: North Richland Hills, Texas
Occupation: Oil Driller

Lindsey Cascaddan, 24
Current Residence: College Park, Fla.
Occupation: Hairdresser

Dan Foley, 47
Current Residence: Gorham, Maine
Occupation: Postal Worker

Rodney Lavoie Jr., 24
Current Residence: Boston
Occupation: General Contractor

No Collar (Nargarote)

Jenn Brown, 22
Current Residence: Long Beach, Calif.
Occupation: Sailing Instructor

Hali Ford, 25
Current Residence: San Francisco
Occupation: Law Student

Joe Anglim, 25
Current Residence: Scottsdale, Ariz.
Occupation: Jewelry Designer

Nina Poersch, 51
Current Residence: Palmdale, Calif.
Occupation: Hearing Advocate

Vince Sly, 32
Current Residence: Santa Monica, Calif.
Occupation: Coconut Vendor

Will Sims II, 41
Current Residence: Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Occupation: YouTube Sensation

Survivor: Worlds Apart premieres Wednesday February 25 at 8/7c on CBS.

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The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 16

Posted by Shane on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 8:40 pm

Pretty much nothing happened in The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 15. Makeover week concluded with an unsurprising non-elimination, and although someone at Comeback Canyon won to return to the house, they didn’t want to tell us who.

So that’s where we open up this week’s show. Bob walks through the door of the weigh in room. They are happy to see him until they find out he’s not alone. Behind him is Woody, who survived one whole week at Comeback Canyon.

Rob particularly overreacts as is his pattern. He just thought he was in the final three. A few minutes later, he realizes he’s back to the final five. Dolvett wants him to embrace some emotion other than anger. At least he’s not quitting like the bunch of whiners from a few season ago.

From his starting weight of 366 pounds, Scott is down to 240 pounds today.

Bob identifies with Rob right away. He sees himself in him. One of his first courses of action is to help him tackle a familiar obstacle, the vertical jump on to a box.

Their challenge is to row 2000 meters then shoot medicine basketballs of various weights up to 10 pounds from behind or on the free throw line. Toma is the first to finish rowing with Woody behind him then Rob, Lori, and eventually Sonya. Rob, Lori, and Toma are neck and neck. If anyone thought this was a skill-based event, Rob’s granny shots suggest otherwise. In a photo finish, Toma comes out just ahead of Rob to win a 1 pound advantage. His overhand shots arriving at the basket quicker seem to be the difference.

On weigh in day, Sonya will turn 40, which is an emotional day of regret of what she has not accomplished, despite what she may have done over the past few months.

Toma: 202 pounds (-14, -1, 6.94%)
Lori: 220 pounds (-6, 2.65%)
Sonya: 169 pounds (-6, 3.43%)
Rob: 315 pounds (-15, 4.55%)
Woody: 274 pounds (-11, 3.86%)

With his best week of the season, Toma’s advantage proves irrelevant. Lori put up what seemed to be a pretty good number and is now at the weight she was when she left the Olympic team in 2004, but she has fallen below the red line.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 17, which airs Thursday at 8/7c on NBC.

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The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 15

Posted by Shane on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 10:37 pm

After falling below the red line in The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 14, Woody was eliminated.

It’s makeover week. With only 4 people and a 1 hour episode, they won’t have much time to spend on this or much else.

More importantly, this is the final week at Comeback Canyon, and either Scott or Woody will be going back to the ranch after it is over. Scott was not happy when Woody voted him out and took it personally.

After their makeovers, they will be in a photo shoot with Us Weekly magazine. I guess there are people who still read those things. Bob decides he won’t leave his guys out and brings Tim Gunn by to give them a makeover as well. The transformations are stunning as always.

Rob: 330 pounds (-2, 0.60%)
Toma: 216 pounds (-1, 0.46%)
Sonya: 175 pounds (-3, 1.69%)
Lori: 226 pounds (-1, 0.44%)

The contestants may look pretty, but the numbers from spending the week being made over sure do not. Lori and Toma have fallen below the yellow line. But nobody’s really going home, as Tim Gunn reveals that everybody is safe.

Woody: 285 pounds (-6, 2.06%)
Scott: ???

Yeah, they’re not going to tell us who is coming back. So basically nothing of consequence happened this week.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of The Biggest Loser Season 16 Episode 16, which airs Thursday at 8/7c on NBC.

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