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fox’s ‘the choice’: my newest (not so) guilty pleasure of the summer

Let’s just get this out the way now: In terms of format, The Choice is based on NBC’s The Voice. I’m far from the first or last person to point out the similarities, and I’m sure those same similarities turned a lot of viewers off without ever watching the show. I was almost one of those people, but fortunately, I accidentally (seriously!) recorded and ended up watching what just knocked Baggage off its former standing as my favorite game show (outside of the classics, of course).

I’m not sure if it was the contestants or the celebs (more on both of those later), but The Choice‘s first episode was quite the enjoyable experience. Cat Deeley is already well-versed in handling quirky personalities from her SYTYCD duties, and she gets to have a little more fun with that skill as host of this show.

There are “four of the world’s most desirable bachelors” (or at least there were in the first episode, lady celebs will get a shot at some point) and they find their dream date like this:

  • Blind Round: Bubbly (and a few more reserved) contestants take 30 seconds to convince the celebs to turn around (by pulling the ‘love handle’) and pick them. Just like The Voice, except we’re not bored with any “getting to know the contestant” intros and we’re less invested in whether or not the lucky lady (or gentlemen) is picked. If more than one celeb turns around, the prospective date gets to make a pick and the celebs have to pretend like they’re heartbroken at being “rejected”. At the end of this round, the celeb acquires a team of three potential dates.
  • Speed Dating Round: The first-run of this round was a little weird. Clearly the celebs thought they were supposed to ask all the questions, but the ladies had a few generic questions to ask themselves. At the end of this round, the celeb gets rid of one person from their team.
  • Question Round: In the final round, each celeb asks their last two remaining picks a question and based on the answers, the celeb has 10 seconds to pick their date. I’m not sure why, but the chairs turned around during those arbitrary seconds and once it’s over, the celeb runs to the stage and crushes one person’s dreams. Two of the guys were especially quick with their decisions.

Episode 1’s celebs were DJ Pauly D, Romeo (formerly Lil’ Romeo), Jeremy Bloom and Jason Cook  (the only Shawn Brady as far as I’m concerned), and they were HILARIOUS. They played off each other well, didn’t take the show too seriously and had fun interacting with the ladies. The female contestants were all varying degrees of gorgeous. Some were high-energy and obviously knew how to work the crowd, while others seemed like they were picked off the street and thrown onto the show with very little prepping. All of this flowed together to make the show feel relatively less staged than most reality TV these days. I plan to tune in next week to see how the dates went, but mostly to find out if the hilarity of this episode was a fluke or something I can expect from the show.

Catch next week’s The Choice on Thursday (6/14) @ 9/8c

Nicole is a TV junkie and TVDM helps her feed a lifelong addiction. She can be found here, providing biased commentary (sprinkled with a few Pop Up Video-esque insights) on her favorite shows, every week.

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house of lies recapping: amsterdam

Previously on House of Lies: Gods of Dangerous Financial Instruments


Marty and his team (Jeannie, Clyde and Doug) head to Phoenix to wield their magical consultation powers and repair a fractured sports franchise. The Huskie owners are divorcing and as is usually the case, things are messy. Jeannie thinks she’s meeting up with her ex-beau, Derek, for brief hookup, but finds out that he’s really there to offer her job opportunity. Throughout all this, Marty continues his ongoing battle with Roscoe’s Principal Gita over his son’s affinity for cross-dressing.

Marty and Monica continue their ex-sex, which results in an amazingly crass exchange and a mention of tickling taints. So far, I love the way Marty’s little life lessons are interlaced into his personal and professional life. He was able to instruct us on being ‘willing to violate’ so that ‘all that’s left is the yes’ using the visual of him “violating” his ex-wife”. The opening scene ending with them choking each other until they were both forced to cry out the safe word, “Amsterdam” of course.

Doug and Clyde immediately knew Marty recently had sex, which notes the closeness of their team, something I really want to see develop over the season. Jeannie is the perfect fit in their boy’s club, but she does consider leaving them for another firm. Marty’s obvious “maybe I did, maybe I didn’t” response to Jeannie when she realizes that he killed the deal she was working on let us know that Marty has a bit of a heart and that in his eyes, Jeannie is an invaluable part of their puzzle. Speaking of that puzzle, if Doug is the numbers guy and Clyde provides the visuals, and Marty’s obvious role is obvious…what does Jeannie bring to the table?

If Amsterdam is any indication, this show will follow a basic formula: team gets a client, team visits client, team saves client and/or team loses client, team bonds and episode ends. It also demonstrated that this show has something that makes it fun to watch, with Don Cheadle’s Marty channeling Ari Gold if he was single as one of the main draws. Outside of Marty the Kaan-man (I’m sure whoever thought that up was especially pleased with themselves), here were the other great things about this episode:

  • Doug wears vanilla lightly spritzed behind his ears for the ladies, because we associate that scent with romance. Apparently, this isn’t entirely untrue.
  • SYTYCD reference followed by an actual Cat Deeley appearance. Her look was toned down from her usual sparkly garbs, but she was still credited as “the dime piece of all time” and had the ability to make Doug jizz in his pants. Deeley win.
  • “What’s another word for cunt?”
  • Watching Clyde “school” Doug on how to be smooth and land a lady. As a woman, I’m not at all ashamed to admit Clyde would have gotten a “yes” when his fake sister, Amelia, was mentioned. Jean-Ralphio would be proud. We already knew Marty has the magical ability to woo any woman, but apparently it extends to those around him as well….I want to see more of that.
  • “You have to be willing to violate. Violate personal space. Violate manners. Violate the law. Hell, violate every molecule so all that is left is the yes.”
  • I have a feeling I’m going to slowly fall in love with Roscoe, but the whole fudge packer exchange hints that it won’t be all jokes and video games for the father and son as the season progresses.

Next week’s episode: Microphallus

Nicole is a TV junkie and TVDM helps her feed a lifelong addiction. She can be found here, providing biased commentary (sprinkled with a few Pop Up Video-esque insights) on her favorite shows, every week.

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