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Here's Kathryn with my boy Jakob.

By Gina Carbone

Phew. I was concerned for a minute there that we were going to have  a Jeanine Mason redux. The judges not only fawned over Kathryn McCormick and compared her to Jeanine (who won SYTYCD season five) they even used the same phrases, like “The rise of XXX.”

Kathryn was named third on “So You Think You Can Dance” season six, leaving an injured Russell Ferguson and still perfect Jakob Karr as the final two.

Ellenore Scott took fourth and married couple Ashleigh and Ryan Di Lello took fifth and sixth, respectively.

To quote the Emperson, everything is proceeding as I have foreseen. Last night I predicted this would be the way of it — although not my personal preference. (I wanted Ellenore and the Di Lellos to beat Kathryn.)

I predicted Russell would end up the winner, even though I would rather it be Jakob. Last night I called several times for Jakob and tried a couple of times for Russell but it was busy every time. It was only busy once for me for Jakob, then it was all too easy. Made me nervous.

Time to beam back to your planet, I guess.

By Gina Carbone

Oh, Ellenore. You grew on me. And I wanted you to beat Kathryn McCormick on “So You Think You Can Dance.” I also wanted the Di Lellos to beat Kathryn, but apparently she is just as close to this season’s answer to (overrated) Jeanine Mason as I feared.

Ellenore Scott was named fourth in season six of SYTYCD. Ashleigh Di Lello took fifth and her husband, Ryan, was sixth.

That leaves Jakob Karr, Russell Ferguson and Kathryn as the top three. Go Jakob! Go Russell!

For the record, I’ve always preferred this kind of scaled-down Adam Lambert to the hip-thrusting screamer.

Ashleigh & Ryan

By Gina Carbone

I’m not a fan of two-hour season finales. Too much recapping. I feel like I wasted time watching the whole season when this best-of episode will do. I’ll have to remember that in season seven.

As the sun now stands, we’re halfway through Wednesday’s season six finale. Ellenore Scott and Legacy Perez are doing the Travis Wall assassin dance.

And the Di Lellos have left SYTYCD.

Ryan was the first to go and it was especially sad because he was propping up Russell Ferguson, who had hurt his leg and was in obvious pain. The results show was live so Cat Deeley made Russell stand there instead of getting him help or a stool (the stool came later, for Ashleigh’s dumping.)

Ryan was grateful for being able to dance with his “sweetheart,” which made me go all “Awww!” again.

They flashed to Ashleigh in the audience and she smiled but didn’t tear up. Later, when Asheligh was dumped, she said she was grateful that God gave her the opportunity to return to dance since she was out of commission for about six years due to illness.

I love these Utah sweeties. Wonder what they will do now.

I believe this is Ashley stealing Jake from single mom Ella.

By Gina Carbone

Hope Jake Pavelka is looking for a model. Either a swimsuit model, a spokesmodel, a model/makeup artist or a fit model — whatever that is.

ABC has released information on the 25 ladies Chris Harrison will spout stock phrases to on “The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love,” which starts its insanity on Monday, Jan. 4.

I’m already rooting for the Massachusetts girl (who is listed as an advertising account manager, which likely means she’s desperate to get on any reality TV show she can find and/or get married so she can quit.)

The following is a press release from ABC with all the details.

Click here for video sneak peeks, including part of the blondes vs. brunettes football game and the chick in the flight attendant outift.

Looks like some trashy doin’s are headed our way. Excellent.


A screen capture of the blondes vs. brunettes football game. Sounds like the brunettes won. Woo hoo!

What do an NBA dancer, a corporate flight attendant, a mortgage loan officer and a captain in the Air National Guard have in common? They all have their sights set on moving to Dallas with the new Bachelor, Jake Pavelka, when “The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love,” the 14th edition of ABC’s popular romance reality series, premieres Monday, Jan. 4 on the ABC Television Network.

Jake, 31, a commercial airline pilot, meets 25 potential soul mates as he begins his exciting search for true love. In the premiere episode, “1401,” Jason prepares for the night of his life, as the 25 beautiful bachelorettes, who can think of nothing but him, begin to arrive.

Rozlyn, a stunning blonde model who isn’t afraid to make the first move, is the first out of the limo, and Jake is immediately smitten by her beauty. Vienna, a bold woman who makes no secret of her fondness for the handsome Bachelor, asks to touch his well-defined abs, while Ashleigh ends up literally falling into Jake’s arms.

As the party begins and Jake makes the rounds greeting the women, Ali, an adorable girl-next-door who is risking her future to win the Bachelor’s heart, confesses her fear of flying.

Ashley, a tempting teacher, causes a ruckus by putting on a very revealing flight attendant’s uniform in her bid to get Jake’s attention and steals him away from the unsuspecting Ella, a single mom and hairstylist who is looking for a nice guy to complete her family.

When Elizabeth from Nebraska, an athletic hottie who loves to play games, challenges Jake to a friendly game of touch football, blondes line up versus brunettes in a Bachelor first – a sexy, barefoot-in-eveningwear football scrimmage! The question remains… will Elizabeth win it all in the game of love?

Tensions mount and sparks fly when the “first impression” rose is brought out by Chris Harrison, and Jake makes his first decision much to the delight and surprise of one woman. For Michelle, who is one of Jake’s biggest fans and will stop at nothing to get her man, the pressure is too much and she breaks down in tears when she doesn’t get enough time with the Bachelor.

Then Jake, in his first rose ceremony, must eliminate 10 of the 25 women, leaving 15 to compete for his affection and, in the end, his heart.

Jake and his ladies.

The 25 women are:

Alexa, 25, an entrepreneur from Galloway, OH

Ali, 25, an advertising account manager from Williamstown, MA

Ashleigh, 25, an account manager from North Potomac, MD

Ashley, 29, a teacher from Pittsburgh, PA

Caitlyn, 24, a spokesmodel from Winfield, IL

Channy, 29, a mortgage loan officer from Santa Rosa, CA

Christina, 25, a restaurant manager from San Diego, CA

Corrie, 23, a wardrobe consultant from Kissimmee, FL

Elizabeth, 29, a nanny from Imperial, NE

Elizabeth, 29, a Captain in the Air National Guard, from Washington, DC

Ella, 30, a hair stylist from Lafollette, TN

Emily, 23, a fit model from West Chester, OH

Gia, 26, a swimsuit model from New York, NY

Jessie, 25, a cosmetic sales manager from Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Kathryn, 25, a corporate flight attendant from Lexington, KY

Kimberly, 24, an NBA dancer from Norman, OK

Kirsten, 25, a waitress from Aurora, CO

Michelle, 26, an office manager from Anaheim, CA

Rozlyn, 28, a model/makeup artist from Richmond, VA

Sheila, 25, a commercial pilot from San Juan Capistrano, CA

Stephanie, 24, a dance teacher from Morris, IL

Tenley, 25, a college admissions representative from Newberg, OR

Tiana, 31, a medical technician from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Valishia, 32, a homemaker from Carlsbad, CA

Vienna, 23, a marketing representative from Sanford, FL

Chloe must hate always being the "drab" one.

By Gina Carbone

Bill Paxton’s a fox. He’s one of the only guys I can imagine pulling off the “Big Love” lifestyle, so kudos to him for somehow making this show heartwarming instead of full-on creepy.

HBO just issued a press release on season four, which starts Sunday, Jan. 10. Read on for details and get your DVRs ready…


For years, Bill Henrickson has battled Roman Grant, the corrupt “prophet” of Juniper Creek.  Now, with Roman dead and buried, Bill and his ever-growing family can breathe easy.  Or can they?

The critically acclaimed drama series “Big Love” kicks off its nine-episode fourth season with the episode entitled “Free at Last,” debuting Sunday, Jan. 10 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT), on HBO, followed by other episodes on subsequent Sundays at the same time.

Emmy-nominated for Best Drama series earlier this year, “Big Love” tells the story of Salt Lake City businessman Bill Henrickson, who balances the needs of his three wives – Barb, Nicki and Margene – their nine kids and three houses, and his own entrepreneurial ambitions.

Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin star in the series, which is executive produced by Playtone’s Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, David Knoller, Bernadette Caulfield and series creators and show runners Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer.

Having struggled to mend rifts that threatened the very existence of his family in season three, Bill Henrickson now faces a host of new personal and professional challenges.

Story lines in season four of “Big Love” include:  the launch of a Mormon-friendly casino with his Native American partners; the changing of the guard at the Juniper Creek compound; Bill’s potential candidacy for the Utah state senate; Barb’s controversial role at the new casino; Nicki’s stormy relationship with her ex-husband; and Margene’s career as a home shopping personality, as well as ongoing complications involving Bill’s daughter Sarah and his mother Lois.

Series regulars on the fourth season of “Big Love” also include Shawn Doyle, Mireille Enos, Zeljko Ivanek, Matt Ross, Amanda Seyfried, Cassi Thomson, Melora Walters and Grace Zabriskie.  Returning guest stars include Bruce Dern, Anne Dudek, Branka Katic, Joel McKinnon Miller, Aaron Paul, Mary Kay Place, Douglas Smith and Harry Dean Stanton.

New guest stars this season include Adam Beach (HBO’s “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”), Perry King (“Riptide”), Bella Thorne (“Dirty Sexy Money”) and Sissy Spacek (Oscar-winner for “Coal Miner’s Daughter”), who plays a conservative Washington, D.C. lobbyist intent on inserting herself into Bill’s professional and personal life.


Upcoming episodes:

Episode #35:  “Free at Last”

Debut:  SUNDAY, JAN. 10 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates:  Jan. 10 (11:15 p.m.), 12 (11:00 p.m.), 13 (10:00 p.m.), 15 (8:00 p.m., 1:45 a.m.) and 27 (8:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates:  Jan. 11 (10:00 p.m.), 12 (7:00 p.m.), 16 (1:30 p.m., 11:50 p.m.) and 17 (8:00 p.m.)

With the grand opening of the Blackfoot Magic Casino only days away, the Henricksons make last-minute preparations under the skeptical eye of Tommy Flute (Adam Beach), son of Bill’s (Bill Paxton) partner Jerry (Robert Beltran).  As the feds continue to probe unfinished business concerning Roman Grant (Harry Dean Stanton), Alby (Matt Ross) has a close encounter with Dale Tomasson (Ben Koldyke), the state-appointed trustee of Juniper Creek’s assets.  At the compound, Adaleen (Mary Kay Place) shares a shocking secret with Nicki (Chloë Sevigny), who’s under fire for opening a new bank account for Roman.  Though her home-shopping business is thriving, Margie (Ginnifer Goodwin) makes an on-air slip-up that prompts her boss Beverly (Katherine LaNasa) to voice concerns about possible burnout.  Worried for her safety, Lois (Grace Zabriskie) offers Frank (Bruce Dern) a piece of her fledgling bird-purveying business.  Bill and J.J. Walker (Zeljko Ivanek), Nicki’s unpredictable ex, work out an arrangement allowing Cara Lynn (Cassi Thomson) to stay at the Henricksons’ house while attending high school during the week.  Ben (Douglas Smith) lands a gig with his Christian rock band, and ends up being called into backup duty for another.

Written by Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer; directed by Dan Attias.


Episode #36:  “The Greater Good”

Debut:  SUNDAY, JAN. 17 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates:  Jan. 17 (11:00 p.m.), 19 (11:00 p.m.), 20 (10:00 p.m.), 22 (8:00 p.m., 2:25 a.m.) and 27 (9:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates:  Jan. 18 (10:00 p.m.), 19 (7:00 p.m.), 23 (1:30 p.m., 11:35 p.m.) and 24 (8:00 p.m.)

Ignoring pleas from Nicki to become Juniper Creek’s next prophet, Bill contemplates running for the vacant Utah State Senate seat against ardent polygamy foe Roy Colburn (Tom Amandes).  Joey (Shawn Doyle) and Wanda (Melora Walters) return to Juniper Creek, but a suspicious J.J. is lurking.  Sarah (Amanda Seyfried) and Scott (Aaron Paul) decide to forgo a wedding in Bill’s church in favor of a civil ceremony, shocking Barb (Jeanne Tripplehorn), who nevertheless takes steps with Bill to be re-admitted to the church that excommunicated them.  J.J., making his mark in a UEB satellite compound in Kansas, has a contentious dinner at the Henricksons’ with his cancer-ridden wife Malinda (Malinda Page Hamilton).  Barb confronts Nicki about her feelings for Ray Henry (Charles Esten), who’s moving away after losing his case.  A reform-minded Dale tries to keep Alby at bay, to little avail.

Written by Paul Redford; directed by David Knoller.


Episode #37:  “Strange Bedfellows”

Debut:  SUNDAY, JAN. 24 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates:  Jan. 24 (11:00 p.m.), 26 (10:30 p.m.), 27 (10:00 p.m.) and 29 (8:00 p.m., 2:00 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates:  Jan. 25 (10:00 p.m.), 26 (7:00 p.m.), 30 (1:30 p.m., 11:35 p.m.) and 31 (8:00 p.m.)

Bill, Nicki and Cara Lynn travel to Washington, D.C., where Bill tries to land an endorsement from Congressman Clark Paley (Perry King) while repairing his relationship with Nicki.  First, however, he has to get past a faux pas he’s made with Marilyn Densham (Sissy Spacek), Paley’s political crony.  Back in Utah, Margene and her “Hearts on a Sleeve” line go prime time, but her on-air triumph is tempered by a case of mistaken identity.  Joined by Sarah, Barb leads a series of seminars on sensitivity training at the casino.  Fearing that Wanda spilled the beans about Roman’s murder to J.J., Joey goes to extremes to safeguard their dirty secret.  Barb and Sarah hit a young Native American woman with their car, prompting Sarah to personally compensate the victim and her baby.  Even as his affection for Dale deepens, Alby is tormented by reminders of his late father’s judgment.

Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa; directed by Adam Davidson.


Episode #38:  “The Mighty and Strong”

Debut:  SUNDAY, JAN. 31 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates:  Jan. 31 (11:00 p.m.) and Feb. 2 (10:30 p.m.), 3 (10:00 p.m.), 5 (8:00 p.m., 1:20 a.m.) and 17 (8:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates:  Feb. 1 (10:00 p.m.), 2 (7:00 p.m.), 6 (3:00 p.m., 11:30 p.m.) and 7 (8:00 p.m.)

When an audit uncovers insurance discrepancies at Home Plus, Bill takes drastic steps to protect his secrets and save his candidacy.  J.J. approaches Alby with a partial solution on how to dispose of a “flock cast adrift,” flummoxing Nicki.  Lois, Frank and Jodean (Mireille Enos) encounter a border scare in their quest for exotic birds.  Sarah gets a taste of motherhood, albeit with someone else’s child.  Alby is tormented by his inner Roman, and torn by what he sees as Dale’s betrayal.  Troubled by Tancy’s (Bella Thorne) surprising revelation about Margene and Ben, Bill decides that a change of scene might be best for his firstborn son.

Written by Melanie Marnich; directed by Dan Attias.


In addition to its Emmy nomination, “Big Love” just received three Golden Globe nominations:  Best Television Series – Drama, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama (Bill Paxton) and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Chloë Sevigny).

Ryan Di Lello, Ashleigh, Di Lello, Ellenore Scott, Russell Ferguson, Kathryn McCormick and Jakob Karr. Go Jakob! Kathryn, just go away!

By Gina Carbone

This is it. The last night we can call for “So You Think You Can Dance” season six. Tonight we are voting in the winner and voting out the bottom six.


I’m seeing it as a Russell Ferguson/Jakob Karr finale … with the win going to Russell.

I love Jakob best, but when Mary Murphy starts choking up talking about how in six seasons she’s never seen anyone grow as much as Russell, it makes me think he’s going to take it.

Jakob has been the best dancer from the beginning and sometimes viewers prefer watching a kind of transformation.

And even though Russell has also been good since day one, he’s a krumper; not only have they never had a krumper on the show before, it’s pretty much the farthest thing from the styles he’s been asked to do. And he’s always smiling through everything, even the loss of partners.

Speaking of, Ashleigh seemed to heal quickly. She even threw Russell during their lyrical jazz routine. (In which Russell was praised and she was ignored.)

Kathryn McCormick, meanwhile, is as overrated as Jeanine Mason was last season. If Kathryn wins I may stop watching this show. Too much disconnect between my views and voters’ views.

What on Earth are they all seeing in Kathryn?

The judges and audience gave a standing O and raves for Kathryn’s contemporary piece with Jakob. They are both contemporary dancers and this is their style — which the judges failed to mention. There was no back story and I didn’t see a connection between them or feel anything. They’ve both done so much more.

I agree with Nigel on one thing, though. Jakob should join a company and dance with others of equal talent. If he puts on a solo show in Boston I would love to see it.

I feel like Ryan & Ashleigh Di Lello are going to take the bottom spots this season, with the phenomenal Ellenore Scott (who really fought for a win Tuesday night, moving her above Ashleigh on my list) taking fourth and Kathryn logging in at No. 3.

But we’ll see.

Numbers to call Tuesday, Dec. 15:

(Ranked in order of my preferred finale placement)

Jakob for the win.Jakob Karr: 1-888-836-7604

Russell Ferguson: 1-888-836-7606

Ellenore Scott: 1-888-836-7603

Ashleigh Di Lello: 1-888-836-7605

Ryan Di Lello: 1-888-836-7602

Kathryn McCormick: 1-888-836-7601


1. Kathryn McCormick & Ryan Di Lello, samba

Ryan was shirtless and barefoot. He did an amazing lift at the end where she went over his head and into a kind of piggyback.

But, of course, the judges went wild over Kathryn because she is not the ballroom dancer. She wasn’t as good either, but they tend to leave that out when talking about her.

Nigel Lythgoe said if you told him only one of them was a ballroom dancer he wouldn’t believe it.

Ryan, you deserve more praise than the judges gave you this season.

Mary Murphy called Ryan an “Italian Stallion” and said Kathryn was so into it and eating it up.

Adam Shankman said”This show should now be called the rise of Kathryn.”

(Last season, during the finale, they went on about “The rise of Jeanine,” meaning Jeanine Mason, who ended up winning.


2. Ellenore Scott & Jakob Karr, Broadway

They are just amazing together. Both so sharp.

Nigel said Tyce Diorio has allowed Ellenore to be Fosse-esque and Jakob to be Jakob-esque. It showed then off to their best.

Mary said Ellenore was smoldering and just as sexy as can be. Jakob is tremendous out there and tonight there’s just a little bit extra.

Adam said it made the Broadway style hip, young and new again. Ellenore has never looked more gorgeous, he said. And Jakob is a selfless dancer because with all he can do he could easily make it about himself but he’s a great partner.


3. Ashleigh Di Lello & Russell Ferguson, lyrical jazz

Now Russell is shirtless. This is one of those dances that would do well with some intro explanation of the intent.

Nigel said Ashleigh should forgive him because the whole routine was about Russell. Nigel couldn’t take his eyes off Russell. Russell is such an inspiration. There was a great chemistry between the two of them.”Russell, you are just bloody incredible.”

Russell will probably win. Go Boston boy!

Mary said Ashleigh was absolutely drop-dead gorgeous tonight. Her passion throughout the dance was so right on and believable and Russell helped her along the way. She started choking up talking about how she hasn’t seen anybody grow in six seasons the way she’s seen him grow.

Adam said Ashleigh was literally his guardian angel in the piece and she did a beautiful job portraying that. Russell kicked that dance’s ass.


4. Ellenore & Ryan, jazz

Ellenore is a contemporary jazz dancer, so this is kind of her thing. She looked like it, too, but Ryan was just as good.

Jerky, robotic movements with expressionless faces. It does compute!

Nigel said the problem for him is it was totally devoid of emotion. “It becomes like a technical exercise.” It was more techno than jazz so it made him uncomfortable. But they did everything that was asked of them.

Mary loved it because it was different and unique. She found herself getting into it. There were some dynamic moments.

Adam said he agreed with both of them. He thought Ellenore was the choreographer’s muse and Ryan was a great utility player in the relationship.


5. Ashleigh & Jakob, foxtrot

I missed them as a couple, but I’ve never missed a foxtrot. I wish they had a more exciting dance. Maybe the Bollywood she was supposed to do last week?

Ashleigh has the expressiveness of Katee and Kayla from the past two seasons.

Nigel said Ashleigh was fantastic in that. The chemistry between the two of them this season has been outstanding. He didn’t think it was as strong as some of the routines they’ve seen tonight.

Mary said Ashleigh is more toward the Latin side, but she does this style beautifully. Mary said Jakob is improving in ballroom, although he still needs a little bit of work in the hold.

Adam said Ashleigh was lovely and the dance suited her. The Ginger Rogers/Fred Astaire foxtrot was about showing each other off and they did that beautifully.


Ellenore & Russell, paso doble

Love the shadows behind the screen and the fiery background. Russell is shirtless again.

Very strong from both of them. Ellenore doesn’t really need The Jakob Effect, does she.

Nigel wondered where the shirts are tonight. He criticized Russell’s steps and hips, but applauded his passion and fire. But he didn’t have as much passion and fire as Ellenore. She was perfect and gave him all the emotion he wanted from her last routine.

Ellenore! Meep bleek rrwsbt xxirspo &3xriptBre! (She understands.)

Mary said Ellenore was a little Spanish vixen. Russell didn’t quite have the technique but he made up for it with his passion.

Adam said Ellenore was extroverted in her Broadway and introverted in this routine, dancing from within. Russell was doing pointed toes and straight legs and looked amazing.


Kathryn & Jakob, contemporary

Two contemporary dancers doing a contemporary piece. But my favorite part was hearing the Michael Bublé song. They just didn’t feel connected, to me. Although they gave it their all, certainly. Loved his floor pounding at the end. What can I say? Maybe I just need a back story.

The judges and audience loved it, though.

Nigel said “You guys just stopped the show.” (Really?) Nigel said Kathryn is his favorite girl and has been for several weeks. She picks up whatever they give to her. Jakob now has to grow even more and mix with dancers who are as equally good as him. He needs to join a company. Because he will become an incredible soloist.

Mary said it was one of the best performances she’s ever seen.

Adam said “that was a game changer.” They humbled him and made him mad and he’s going to stop talking. (Because he was choking up.)

(Why didn’t anyone mention that they are both contemporary dancers and this is their style? They always bring it up for every other dance.)


Ashleigh & Ryan, contemporary

Ryan got to dance with his wife on the last performance show of the season. Aww!

Ashleigh is such an expressive dancer. All that emotion in her face. She reminds me of Katee from season four and Kayla from season five — my two favorite dancers from the past two seasons.

She has kind of an Evangeline Lilly (Kate on “Lost”) thing going on.

Nigel said a lot of people would say both of them are in the finale because of the groundswell of emotion from her injury. He said the pair of them have accounted for themselves very well tonight. But he thinks Ashleigh has better chemistry with Jakob than her husband.

(I HATE when people use the “a lot of people would say…” passive-aggressive approach to a backhanded compliment.)

Mary said it’s very rare for a married couple to have a moment like this on a world stage and what a memory this will be for the two of them.

Adam asked the how it felt. Ashleigh said “It’s perfect” as Ryan wiped away a tear. The hallmark for Adam was to experience the tenderness.

(They didn’t seem to rave about the dance like the last piece. Why not?)


Kathryn & Russell, hip hop

Final dance of the night is serious placement. I feel like SYTYCD is selling Russell and Kathryn to us.

I am not feeling this dance at all. Kathryn does not translate for me most of the time. I’m seeing her purple shoes more than her dancing.

Nigel said that was the final competitive routine of this season. So he was happy to be able to say “Yes, that was great.” He said this was Russell’s style (not true) and he couldn’t believe Kathryn was as good as she was. She got down and dirty. (What??) She stole his heart.

Mary gave a woo hoo and said they stole her heart, too.

Adam said this is the absolute beauty of the show. Kathryn did contemporary and samba before putting on jeans and tearing up the floor. Russell did jazz and paso before he went and killed it. “That was so hot you guys!”

(Really? Am I the only one completely missing the hotness?)

Edward and Bella rule IMDb ... unfortunately.

By Gina Carbone

This is mildly depressing: Robert Pattinson has ended Johnny Depp’s five-year reign as the No. 1 celebrity on IMDb’s STARmeter.

According to a press release issued on Monday, “STARmeter, a tool that ranks celebrities’ popularity among’s visitors over the year, reported that Pattinson attracted the most interest, vaulting him from No. 33 on last year’s list, to the top spot for 2009, ending Johnny Depp’s five-year domination at No. 1.”

Kristen Stewart — Bella to Pattinson’s Edward in “The Twilight Saga” — came in at No. 2, with Johnny D. taking No. 3. Megan Fox was No. 4.

But I'm still Sexiest Man Alive, right?

Here are some notes on various appearances and absences on the list:

* Zooey Deschanel is at No. 9, up from No. 50 last year, likely on the strength of “(500) Days of Summer.”

* Ryan Reynolds continues to prove popular at No. 10, helped by the strength of “Wolverine” and “The Proposal” but very much owing to his own star power as well. His respective co-stars in those films did not see the same lift, as Hugh Jackman is at No. 34 and Sandra Bullock at No. 47.

* Ellen Page got knocked down in the rink and in the box-office competition with “Whip It” and fell from No. 17 last year to No. 82.

* Jessica Alba went from No. 13 to No. 69 and James McAvoy, who was at No. 18 last year, fell off the top 100 entirely.

* Also of interest is the notable absence of the cast of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” from the top 25.  Though the film was a box-office smash, Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger, moved from No. 42 to No. 53 and Daniel Radcliffe, Harry himself, slipped from No. 41 to No. 73.

If you look at the top 25 list, below, it skews very young. Too young for my taste. My taste is for the Twilight-for-adults show, “True Blood.” And I’m disappointed to see none of my Trubies made the cut. (Then again, no one from “Vampire Diaries” made the list either.)

Actually, Johnny, Alexander Skarsgard is the Sexiest Man Alive.

I now plan to visit Alexander Skarsgard’s page more frequently so we can get him at least into the top  of 2010.

Click here for the full list of the top 100 from 2009 and 2008.

STARmeter Top 25 for 2009:

1. Robert Pattinson

2. Kristen Stewart

3. Johnny Depp

4. Megan Fox

5. Taylor Lautner

6. Brad Pitt

7. Christian Bale

8. Dakota Fanning

9. Zooey Deschanel

10. Ryan Reynolds

11. Ashley Greene

12. Angelina Jolie

13. Gerard Butler

14. Leonardo DiCaprio

15. Nikki Reed

16. Shia LaBeouf

17. Scarlett Johansson

18. Tom Cruise

19. Miley Cyrus

20. Seth Rogen

21. Nicolas Cage

22. Will Smith

23. Clint Eastwood

24. Heath Ledger

25. Jennifer Aniston


STARmeter Top 20, 25 and Under:

1.  Robert Pattinson

2.  Kristen Stewart

3.  Megan Fox

4.  Taylor Lautner

5.  Dakota Fanning

6.  Ashley Greene

7.  Nikki Reed

8.  Shia LaBeouf

9.  Scarlett Johansson

10. Miley Cyrus

11. Jackson Rathbone

12. Zac Efron

13. Kellan Lutz

14.  Hayden Panettiere

15.  Emma Watson

16.  Selena Gomez

17.  Keira Knightley

18. Olivia Wilde

19.  Daniel Radcliffe

20.  Michael Cera

Poor Joan. She gets fired and has to put up with a lemon of a husband and still can't get a Golden Globe nod.

By Gina Carbone

Bah. Those tricksy Golden Globe Awards. Not quite the Emmys. Not quite the Oscars. But somehow just as desired.

So I’m disappointed in some glaring snubs in the 67th annual Golden Globe nominations:


Best Picture, Drama
”The Hurt Locker”
‘Up in the Air”
”Inglorious Basterds”
”Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

Snubbed: I want “The Hurt Locker” to win, but I’m disappointed that “Where the Wild Things Are” was left out.  Plenty of good films were snubbed — including “The Road,” “An Education,” and “Bright Star” — but “Where the Wild Things Are” is one of 2009’s best pictures. It could easily have taken the “Up in the Air” spot, and “Up in the Air” could’ve moved to the top of the less impressive Best Picture, Musical or Comedy lineup.

Don't worry, "Where the Wild Things Are." If nothing else, you shall achieve cult status.


Best Picture, Musical or Comedy
“(500) Days of Summer”
”The Hangover”
”It’s Complicated”
”Julie & Julia”

Snubbed: No “The Informant!” “Bruno,” “Duplicity” … there really aren’t that many award-worthy comedies, are there.


Best Actor, Drama
Jeff Bridges, “Crazy Heart”
George Clooney, “Up in the Air”
Colin Firth, “A Single Man”
Morgan Freeman, “Invictus”
Tobey Maguire, “Brothers”
Snubbed: The biggie: Jeremy Renner for “The Hurt Locker.” The star of the best film of the year is usually nominated and Renner definitely earned a nod. Also left out: Viggo Mortensen for “The Road,” Max Records for “Where the Wild Things Are,” Sharlto Copley for “District 9.”


Best Actress, Drama
Helen Mirren, “The Last Station”
Carey Mulligan, “An Education”
Emily Blunt, “The Young Victoria”
Gabourey Sidibe, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Sandra Bullock, “The Blind Side”

Abbie Cornish (right) was snubbed in "Bright Star," which was also snubbed for Best Picture, Drama, and Best Director, Jane Campion.

Who is missing: The biggie” Abbie Cornish for “Bright Star.” She was certainly as good as Carey Mulligan, who may win this year. Also left out: Hilary Swank for “Amelia” (thank you for that), Saoirse Ronan for “The Lovely Bones” (is this movie going to be bad?)


Best Director
Kathryn Bigelow, “The Hurt Locker”
James Cameron, “Avatar”
Jason Reitman, “Up in the Air”
Quentin Tarantino, “Inglorious Basterds”
Clint Eastwood, “Invictus”

Snubbed: Lee Daniels for “Precious,” Rob Marshall for “Nine,” Jane Campion for “Bright Star,” Peter Jackson for “The Lovely Bones,” Neill Blomkamp for “District 9.” Love that this is pitting James Cameron and his ex-wife, Kathryn Bigelow, against each other. Go Kathryn!


Best Actor, Musical or Comedy
Matt Damon, “The Informant!”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Nine”
Robert Downey Jr., “Sherlock Holmes”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, “(500) Days of Summer”
Michael Stuhlbarg, “A Serious Man”

Snubbed: Alec Baldwin or Steve Martin from “It’s Complicated,” Clive Owen from “Duplicity,” any of the guys from “The Hangover”


Best Actress, Musical or Comedy
Meryl Streep, “Julie & Julia”
Marion Cotillard, —”Nine”
Meryl Streep, “It’s Complicated”
Sandra Bullock, “The Proposal”
Julia Roberts, “Duplicity”

Snubbed: Everyone else in “Nine,” Zooey Deschanel in “(500) Days of Summer,” Amy Adams in “Julie & Julia”


Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz, “Inglorious Basterds”
Christopher Plummer, “The Last Station”
Woody Harrelson, “The Messenger”
Stanley Tucci, “The Lovely Bones”
Matt Damon, “Invictus”

Anthony Mackie of "The Hurt Locker"

Snubbed: Anyone else from “Inglorious Basterds” would be better here than Matt Damon, but the number one omission is Anthony Mackie of “The Hurt Locker.” Seriously, why no acting nominations for that film?


Supporting Actress
Mo’Nique, “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
Vera Farmiga, “Up in the Air”
Anna Kendrick, “Up in the Air”
Penelope Cruz, “Nine”
Julianne Moore, “A Single Man”

Snubbed: Mélanie Laurent or Diane Kruger in “Inglorious Basterds”

Melanie Laurent of "Inglorious Basterds"



Best Series, Drama
“Mad Men,” AMC
“True Blood, HBO
“House,” Fox
“Dexter,” Showtime
“Big Love,” HBO

Snubbed: “In Treatment” was here last year and now it’s gone because season two didn’t air in the right time frame this past year.


Best Actor, Drama
Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”
Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”
Hugh Laurie, “House”
Simon Baker, “The Mentalist”
Bill Paxton, “Big Love”

Snubbed: Gabriel Byrne won in this category last year and now he’s gone. Bryan Cranston is a perennial favorite, but there’s no “Breaking Bad” here at all. What gives? I’ve never gotten into that show, but for some reason *They* always rave about him.


Best Actress, Drama

January Jones, “Mad Men”
Anna Paquin, “True Blood”
Glenn Close, “Damages”
Julianna Margulies, “The Good Wife”
Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer”

Snubbed: Sally Field for “Brothers & Sisters” — she was here last year, along with Mariska Hargitay of “Law & Order”


Best Series, Musical or Comedy
“Modern Family,” ABC
“Glee,” Fox
“30 Rock,” NBC
“The Office,” NBC
“Entourage,” HBO

Snubbed: “Parks & Recreation” is actually as strong as “The Office” this year, and better than “Entourage.” “Weeds” was shut out.


Best Actress, Musical or Comedy
Toni Collette, “United States of Tara”
Courteney Cox, “Cougar Town”
Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
Tina Fey, “30 Rock”
Lea Michele, “Glee”

Snubbed: No Mary-Louise Parker for “Weeds”? Guess they are done with her.


Best Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie
Jane Lynch, “Glee”
Janet McTeer, “Into the Storm”
Chloe Sevigny, “Big Love”
Rose Byrne, “Damages”
Jane Adams, “Hung”

Snubbed: A lot of people, including most of the women on your favorite shows, but the most unforgivable omission is Christina Hendricks on “Mad Men.” For shame. She should be winning this. I’m also upset for Hope Davis that “In Treatment” was shut out because of its air dates.


Godric, go bite the Hollywood Foreign Press for snubbing Allan Hyde! And pray for an Emmy.

Best Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie
Michael Emerson, “Lost”
Neil Patrick Harris, “How I Met Your Mother”
William Hurt, “Damages”
John Lithgow, “Dexter”
Jeremy Piven, “Entourage”

Snubbed: I wanted Allan Hyde here for “True Blood.” His Godric was, to me, the second best thing about TB’s fantastic second season. The first was the rise of Alexander Skarsgard as Eric. I would’ve been happy to see Skarsgard here as well, or Nelsan Ellis as scene-stealer Lafayette. But how about John Slattery as Roger Sterling on “Mad Men”? Or Ty Burrell of “Modern Family”? Or, since my choice to win is Michael Emerson of “Lost,” what about Terry O’Quinn? Locke is the lasting icon of “Lost.”

Dexter Morgan: Single father?

By Gina Carbone

Holy crap. I actually had a gasp-and-cover-the-mouth moment when I saw little Harrison sitting in blood, just like the blood young Dexter’s Dark Passenger was born from.

All that blood. Rita. Julie Benz.

Rita was a pill this season with all the nagging and whining — really, she should’ve known what she was getting into, even if she didn’t quite understand the scope of it — but she didn’t deserve to die such a cold, gruesome death, right when she and Dexter (Michael C. Hall) were getting back on track.

But now what?

Some lingering questions:

1. Will Dexter be a suspect? I vote no. This is obviously a Trinity (Quad?) Killer murder. What is more likely, to me, is Debra (Jennifer Carpenter) and Quinn (Desmond Harrington) will dig into the investigation of why Trinity (the great John Lithgow) went after Dexter. They’ll find out Trinity’s family knows Dex as Kyle and a whole pack of lies will unravel.

2. Did Trinity tell Rita about Dexter before killing her? I think not. Or maybe I just want to think not since she already had to die, why die hurt and confused as well as terrified and tortured? I wish Rita had lived long enough for her to catch Dexter or find out somehow about his Dark Passenger. I’ve been waiting four seasons for that. This is kind of a cop out in that respect. So now the main issue is…

3. Will Deb find out about Dexter’s Dark Passenger? My theory is, she will understand at least some of what he’s doing and become his new Harry in that she’ll be his protector and moral compass. She’ll try to keep him on the straight and narrow. After all, she made that speech about how he kept her alive and made her the person she is today. They are connected for life and she is nothing if not f–king loyal. Plus, she knows Dex will be left taking care of Harrison, Cody and Astor and she won’t want to put away their only surviving parental unit.

4. Are we done with LaGuerta and Batista’s romance now? I am so sick of this subplot. I never bought them as having some kind of passionate, illicit affair. (What was wrong with the chick in vice?) And they really were arrogant in front of the boss. They swore they were not together anymore, then kept their affair going. When they were called on it, they got a quickie marriage and threw it back in his face as if they had actually proved a point beyond “We’re both about 15 years old.” That poor guy must have better things to do than play hall monitor with them. They’re boring, move on.

5. Are Deb and Quinn going to get together? Quinn had that line a few episodes back, if you put two people in a room together long enough, sooner or later they’re going to f–k. And since his girlfriend went the way of murder-suicide — and Deb is still reeling from being engaged to the Ice Truck Killer (Dexter’s bro, which she just found out) — they are kind of perfect together. But it needs to be done right. At this point if they got together it wouldn’t be as out-of-nowhere as LaGuerta (Lauren Velez) and Batista (David Zayas), but they also shouldn’t be allowed to dominate the season with an on-again-off-again thing. It’s Dexter’s show. Don’t forget that.


What are you hoping to see in season 5? Read more of my “Dexter” stories in this handy archive and come back for my thoughts after the Sunday, Sept. 26 season 5 premiere.

L-R: Ryan Di Lello, Ashleigh, Di Lello, Ellenore Scott, Russell Ferguson, Kathryn McCormick and Jakob Karr. ©2009 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Kelsey McNeal/FOX

By Gina Carbone

“So You Think You Can Dance” judge Adam Shankman is a broken record.

Mollee Gray is peaking. America has to pick up the phone and vote tonight.

Kathryn McCormick is peaking. America has to pick up the phone and vote tonight.

Jakob KarrJakob Karr is one of the best dancers the show has ever had. America has to pick up the phone and vote tonight.

Has he mentioned we have to pick up the phone and vote tonight? Guess we should do it. Scroll down for whom in the top eight I’m voting into the finals.

The SYTYCD season six two-night finale will be held next Tuesday, Dec. 15 and Wednesday, Dec. 16.

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