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'Capture': The CW presents 'The Hunger Games'

Poorly!

I’m sorry to report that as of now (the one-hour premiere aired Tuesday and will air again tonight), the CW’s new reality series Capture is less Hunger Games and more Really Big Game of Hide and Go Seek. There are 12 couples (each week, a different team will conduct The Hunt while the others will be The Prey) competing for $250,000 and the chance to say “I didn’t die on television!” The problem is that the other people will also get to say that. I know it’s not The Hunger Games exactly, but after the fancy race start narrated by a tweak-y Englishman (host Luke Tipple, disappointingly wig-less as far as I can tell), I craved genetically engineered wasps, poisonous berries, Mockingjays (though at one point we did see a random fat bird) or a gift of warm, fresh bread from Camera Crew 11. Anything! READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: I'm too invested in a reality show couple

My friends know if it’s late July or early August, if I’m not watching Big Brother, I’m talking about Big Brother. In seasons past, I’ve discussed game play and my picks for which houseguest can’t, under any circumstances, possibly be a real, functioning adult. But in terms of “showmances,” the casual hook-ups/BFFdom/relationship-lite, I’ve never really cared one way or another. Sure, it was silly to see some of the girls cry to the cameras when their beaus were voted out of the house, but it never really made or broke the show for me.

But this season of Big Brother is different. Not only have the headlines been bigger – racist houseguests, anyone? – but at least one showmance has gotten seemingly 100% real. And I’m, embarrassingly enough, 100% in. McCrae and Amanda got their start, as so many great television loves do, with Amanda coming to McCrae’s bed as soon as he got just a little bit of power. So naturally the assumption was the relationship would fizzle out right around the time one of them needed to throw the other under the bus and out of the house. But somehow it didn’t end there; over the past couple of weeks they’ve become inseparable. In a montage of their relationship in last night’s episode, the program even showed the two of them semi-seriously discussing their future together post-Big Brother, with Amanda hoping McCrae would move to Florida to be with her and become her “trophy wife.” (Her words.) READ FULL STORY

Jon Hamm hosts ESPN's ESPYs tonight. Do you care?

The ESPY Awards are, by definition, a weird thing. Why hand athletes trophies that commemorate Excellence in Sports Performance? Don’t those athletes already get trophies for their excellent sports performances by… winning games?

That said, even those who don’t understand the show’s existence may find their interest piqued by this year’s host: Jon Hamm, modern-day renaissance man extraordinaire. His SNL appearances have made us laugh; his Mad Men performance has made us think; his car commercial voiceovers have made us listen in spite of ourselves; his pants have made us widen our eyes in amazement. We love him so much that we’d watch him read the phone book, provided phone books still existed.

But is all that enough to get legions of people who don’t care about sports — who take pride, in fact, in how little they care about sports — to pay attention tonight?
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NBC's 'Camp' premiere: Find any 'glistening nipples'?

NBC’s new dramedy Camp — not to be confused with USA’s reality series Summer Camp, which premieres tonight, even though the conflicting promos certainly do their best — debuted Wednesday. I love Rachel Griffiths and therefore want to love this, but I’m not quite sold, not yet. The show seemed to want to project a “freakish outdoorsy cult mentality,” but I mostly saw people sitting around fabulously lit-from-all-sides bonfires and kids interrupting their parents during somewhat juicy sex talk. (Wait, they’re at a “family camp”? What is this, Dirty Dancing? Ooh, I wish.)

I think I was hoping for idyllic and understated with a bit of quirk, and instead there was clunky popsicle humor… and shoehorned-in references to Comic-Con, Sons of Anarchy, and America’s Got Talent. Overall I felt like camp director Mackenzie (Griffiths)’s son Buzz at the end of the show: “I love you — but that was a lot of words, mom.”

But it’s summer, I’m in a good mood, and Camp did offer a decent array of sparkly water patches for me to enjoy. So why not mention those instead? In the spirit of oversexed teenage Buzz, let’s call them…

My “glistening nipples” of the Camp series debut: READ FULL STORY

Elisabeth Hasselbeck exits 'The View': Who should replace her?

The search is on for a new co-host at The View.

Today marked Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s last day on the weekday gabfest and so far, according to the rumor mill, former Playboy model Jenny McCarthy and actress Brooke Shields are among those in the running to fill the former Survivor contestant’s seat. But are either of them the best choice to fill Hasselbeck’s small but fire-filled shoes? The answer depends on whether or not The View wants to use this opportunity to re-invent itself.

Hasselbeck, who famously represented the conservative point of view on the show, spent much her decade on the show fighting. Fighting her co-stars. Fighting critics. Fighting for her political views. Regardless of your opinions about Elisabeth Hasselbeck, she was often the center of The View‘s watercooler moments.

On this point, both McCarthy and Shields, whose name has been in the mix since March, have both had their share of headline-making. These days, McCarthy is known as much for her controversial anti-vaccine stance as she is for her career. And Shields once took criticism from actor Tom Cruise for her use of antidepressants to treat her postpartum depression. These women are not afraid of a debate, which could make them both good fits for the show. (Personally, I’d give the edge to Shields for her Princeton education and incredible star-power.)

All that said, are either of these women the right mix for The View, politically speaking?

I won’t pretend to precisely know how either McCarthy or Shields lean, but the absence of that knowledge in my pop culture-filled brain in a way makes a point. Some say neither McCarthy nor Shields would be a good fit because the show needs a strong (and loud?) conservative Republican voice or else the The View could turn into a table of synchronized nodding heads. So with that in mind, should someone like Meghan McCain be thrown into the running? Or even former Clueless star Stacy Dash, who took a lot of heat during the presidential election for backing Mitt Romney?

Again, it all comes down to The View‘s view of the future. Should they be looking for Elisabeth 2.0? Or give peace a chance? Your opinion is welcome.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck's greatest hits on 'The View'

In the past 12 years, Elisabeth Hasselbeck has matured (?) from the poster child for abs and pigtail buns (seriously so cute) on Survivor to one of the most outspoken yet least informed clangy kitchen utensils on the planet. Now that she’s officially leaving The View for Fox News, here’s a roundup of some of her most memorable and controversial moments. Consider it the worst greatest hits album of all time. READ FULL STORY

'The Conjuring' commercials are freaking me out!

The incessant TV spots for The Conjuring (out July 19, if you can stay alive ’til then, which is not likely) have infiltrated my brain so thoroughly that I never want to sleep, light candles, or hang laundry again. And two out of three of those are major pastimes of mine! This is VERY inconvenient. I used to be so full of hope.

The evil geniuses promoting the movie seem to only air these at night — all night, on every channel — with the express purpose of freaking us the f— out. In case you’ve managed to escape these commercials (which would mean you haven’t turned on your TV this month — congrats), allow me to answer your burning questions.

What’s in my bed? Mosquitoes, plus “a dark force — something inhuman — which has latched itself to your family.”

Will I sleep tonight? No. There’s a “lady in a dirty nightgown” that you, too, will see in your dreams. She will likely “conjure” you out of the bed at 3, 4, and 6 a.m. so it might be best to just not. READ FULL STORY

'Pacific Rim': Are those celebrity tweets helping?

To combat early reports that Guillermo de Toro’s Pacific Rim was tracking poorly — meaning its blockbuster status could be challenged at the box office come July 12 — the marketing folks are making sure moviegoers know it’s more than a human-controlled robot vs. monster movie. And in addition to featurettes and TV spots, they’re using celebrities’ Twitter feeds to get out that message.

On the one hand, it’s brilliant: People who won’t take the time to press play and view a clip online might take two seconds to read a tweet and then be open to watching an ad on TV that they’d otherwise have fast-forwarded. It’s far-reaching with little effort: Get the celeb to an early screening, then have him or her (okay, usually him) share his opinion as someone who’s actually seen it.

On the other hand, when the tweets start piling up, the mechanics of it are as overt as product placement within a movie, and we know those highly orchestrated, succinct endorsements can be grating. Is that portion of the marketing plan working? Poll below!
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'The Goodwin Games' are nearly over: Why you should check out the finale

On the surface, The Goodwin Games seems to exemplify an increasingly common small screen trend: Disappointment Television, a.k.a. pedigreed, mega-hyped series that build impossibly high expectations and end up landing more with a whimper than a bang. (See also: Smash, The Newsroom, and, to some extent, Arrested Development‘s fourth season.)

Like its brethren, Goodwin was conceived and created by a big-name team — in this case, How I Met Your Mother‘s Carter Bays and Craig Thomas. Like the others, it features a cast of talented ringers, including Scott Foley, Beau Bridges, and most of all Becki Newton, who deserves to be about one jillion times more famous than she is. And like both Smash and The Newsroom, it had an auspicious beginning: Fox won the right to air the sitcom after a fierce bidding war, and it was officially picked up to series last May.

Then trouble struck. Fox elected not to air The Goodwin Games in the fall, saving it for midseason instead. In November 2012, the network abandoned that plan altogether, halting production on Goodwin and reducing its initial order from 13 episodes to 7. The comedy finally found its way to screens in May, when Fox began burning off airing its truncated first season. And though Goodwin hasn’t officially been canceled, its placement on Fox’s schedule and its history — not to mention Scott Foley’s new gig as a series regular on ABC’s Scandal — don’t bode well for its future.

Which is a real shame — because unlike the other pillars of Disappointment Television, The Goodwin Games is actually, well, goodREAD FULL STORY

In defense of Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan

Miss Hannigan is not a sacred role.

Hundreds have played the negligent, booze-soaked ward of that Depression-era orphanage. That’s one of the great things about musicals. The parts are interchangeable by design. We may have our favorites, but on a certain level, we accept that the part is expected to live on separately from any individual performance, transcending generations and even the beloved soundtrack. Committing that performance to film, however, does tend to get people riled up in a way that, say, Nick Jonas playing Marius in Les Misérables on stage does not.

After months of wondering whether Sandra Bullock would take on the part in Will Gluck’s adaptation of Annie, news broke Wednesday that the coveted part would in fact go to Cameron Diaz. Unless they’d announced that some Broadway crossover (à la Sutton Foster) had snatched up the role, the knee-jerk reaction was never going to be great. Diaz is pure Hollywood. Is she too beautiful? Too young? Too old? Can she sing? Is this a case of disaster stunt casting that is just indicative of our worst fears that Jay-Z, Will Smith, and Gluck aren’t interested in making a good film?

But let’s step back for a moment. Diaz’s casting is not only not a bad thing, she may actually make the movie. Bear with us.
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