We start this time around with the finale of American Idol. It
was set this past Wednesday night, as Lee Dewyze will battle Crystal
Bowersox for the title of American Idol champion for Season 9. Casey
James was eliminated after he went home to Cool, Texas and sang
“Daughters” by John Mayer and “OK, It's Alright With Me” by Eric
As an avid Idol watcher, this finale is setting up just like last
year. Crystal Bowersox is Adam Lambert with dreadlocks. To me, she
is the much more talented finalist. And Lee Dewyze is Kris Allen. He
is the boring, middle of the road guitarist who is as “hot” as Casey
James so all the girls will vote for him instead of recognizing real
Mark my words, the voting public will be swayed by Lee’s good looks
instead of Crystal’s real talent and Lee Dewyze will be this year’s
champion. And then we can finally put this awful, miserable season
Over on the beach, Russell Hantz made the final three for the 2nd
time in a row in the finale of “Survivor: Heroes v. Villains”. And
for the 2nd time in 2 seasons, he got spanked. Sandra Diaz-Twine
received six out of the nine jury votes, won her 2nd $1M prize, and
became the first person to repeat as “Sole Survivor”. Russell
repeated as the “Sprint Player of the Season” and won $100,000 for
There wasn’t as much yelling this season, but there were still some
cries of “Russell was the best player and got screwed again!” I was
one of those people last season, but this season I am going to say
that he didn’t. He didn’t learn from last season. While you can say
he was great with the finding and use of the Immunity Idols and
stabbing people in the back, he still doesn’t understand that this
is a social game. Russell will go down as the best player NEVER to
I am looking forward to see what happens in Survivor: Nicaragua for
Seasons 21 and 22. This is going to be fun stuff.
The final three is also set on Dancing with the Stars. Chad
Ochocinco was kicked out of the game and we have Erin Andrews,
Nicole Scherzinger and Evan Lycacek competing for the disco ball
trophy. My prediction is Nicole will win. She has been the most
As for the producers trying to get Betty White for next season, I
say go for it! It would be an amazing “get”.
The sun is shining, the weather is over and it’s time to think
of....NEXT FALL?!??! That’s right. It’s upfront week. Upfronts are
where networks announce the schedules for next fall. Let’s see what
the networks have in store for us in the game/reality show world:
--On CBS, “The Amazing Race” stays on Sundays at 8PM. The big move
is that “Survivor” is moving to Wednesday nights at 8PM, to make
room for a CBS comedy block from 8-9PM.
--On the CW, “America’s Next Top Model” returns.
--On ABC, “The Bachelor” and “Dancing With the Stars” are coming
--On Fox, we have a fall season of Hell’s Kitchen. The big news was
that when American Idol comes back for season 10, the Tuesday show
has been cut down to 90 minutes and the results show will be cut to
30 minutes. And “So You Think You Can Dance” will be back for Season
--On NBC, “The Biggest Loser” is back. In the Spring of 2011,
“Minute To Win It”, and “Celebrity Apprentice” return. Also picked
up, “America’s Next Great Restaurant” with Bobby Flay and “The
--And on “The Hub” (formerly Discovery Kids which will launch
10/10/10), we have “Family Game Night” According to buzzerblog.com,
each hour-long episode will see teams of families of all ages
compete in various Hasbro games for points and prizes. Some games
first announced are Cranium, Bop-It, and Connect 4.The show looks to
be airing in the network’s “Family Prime” block which will air from
7:00PM to 11:00PM. Family Game Night is produced by Hasbro Studios.
Block Party Quick Hits Time:
--The PS3 is the latest home for “The Price Is Right”
--Regis Philbin has been announced as the host of the Daytime Emmys.
It will be broadcast on June 27th on CBS.
--$1M winner on “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” Kathy Cox is
stepping down at State Schools Superintendent and running an
--Bruno Tonioli drops the F-Bomb Live on Dancing with the Stars.
--“Minute To Win It” is casting for Season 2. Submit a paragraph
about yourself, your name, address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you
can go to minutetowinit.net
--“WCG Ultimate Gamer 2” returns to Syfy in August.
--The Bret Michaels recovery tour continues. He returned to the
public eye on Oprah, made the final 2 on “Celebrity Apprentice”, and
will return to the road on May 26th. His new show “Bret Michaels:
Life As I Know It” will have a sneak peek on VH1 May 31st.
--Wayne Brady posted on his Facebook page that Let’s Make A Deal has
been renewed for Season 2. This is well deserved.
--Noel Edmonds signs a 2 yr deal to return as host of UK’s Deal or
--Top Chef DC starts June 16th on Bravo. And Top Chef Masters Season
1 winner Rick Bayless cooks and tweets about his gig cooking for the
President of the United States and Mexico at a state dinner.
--Dance Your Ass Off returns for Season 2 on Oxygen June 7th.
--The Chiller Network gets “Fear Factor”
--In the “You Have to be Kidding” department, $500,000 Big Brother
winner Adam Jasinski’s lawyer suggested taxpayers pick up the tab
for his drug rehab at Kennedy Health Care Center in New Jersey.
Appearing taken aback, U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Leo T.
Sorokin assured Adam Jasinski, 32, now awaiting trial in Boston on
drug-dealing charges, that this was one argument the fallen reality
TV star wasn’t going to win.
“Given that he won $500,000 from ‘Big Brother’ and has not been
found indigent. . ,” Sorokin told attorney Valerie Carter, his voice
trailing off as his mouth hung open.
Jason Block's season is over, but he'll be back in the summer. E-mail him at email@example.com.