It's an exciting time...all
the reality programs are launching their latest series,
we FINALLY got rid of "Screamin'" Jonathan and Victoria
from Amazing Race, and it's the return of the *original*
commentary column on GSNN -- so old that it started
before this site even had this name -- "Prime Time
It's 2005...so let's just make things simple and call
this little writing explosion "InSites." Each Thursday,
I'll take you where few dare to tread: the land of the
game show and reality contest. Having been given the
perfect day to do such a column...each week I'll be
giving my thoughts on three of the biggest series in
prime time right now: "American Idol," "Survivor: Pulau,"
and "The Apprentice," with a scattering of other random
thoughts thrown in.
For "Idol," I've been doing 'rankings' of the finalists
each season... this year, I'll be held accountable as
they're published here for all to see. That'll begin
when the final 24 are named four weeks from now. One
thing's for sure: this season of "Idol" looks like it
will live up to the hype... the first episode was the
third highest-rated non-sports program EVER on the
The new season of "Survivor" is still a month away too,
so you won't be hearing much from me on that for a
little bit...but when it starts, three people on the
show are from my home state; and a fourth lives less
than a half hour from where I was born. So I'll be doing
some serious rooting, and you'll read all about it here.
That leaves "The Apprentice," which starts tonight.
Longtime viewers of this webpage should be looking out
for Kristen Kirchner, who we believe was a contestant on
one of my favorite shows of the past, "Murder in Small
Town X." She'll be on the "Street Smarts" team. Season
Two contestants Jen M., Stacy, and Bradford appeared on
MSNBC's "The Abrams Report" on Wednesday, and it seems
the overall thought is that the "Street Smarts" team has
the advantage. I'm just happy to see a Mark Burnett
series not be men vs. women for once.
I wonder if NBC/Trump felt badly when Jen C. lost her
real job after appearing on Season 2. What makes me
wonder this is that Jen C. is the commentary person for
Season 3 at NBC.com. http://www.nbc.com/nbc/The_Apprentice_3/jennifers_commentary/index.shtml
The "baby" of the group in Apprentice 3 is 22-year-old
Chris from the Street Smarts team. Expect a lot of
comparisons between him and Andy from Season Two. My
very early money is on Stephanie from the Book Smarts
team, although no one will have a really good idea until
we see them in action. It's probably a safe bet, though,
that Stephanie will at least make it to week two: a man
has been the first eliminated in both previous series.
Next week: We'll see if I have egg on my face over my
"Apprentice" prediction. Also...whatever else comes to
mind. This whole column-writing thing is like riding a
bike: you never forget. Thanks for making GSNN such a
Elliott can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.