Lambert On Today's 'View' Two Days Ago
Posted December 9, 2009
ABC made Adam Lambert pre-tape his interview and performance on The View two days early. Two days!!

What did they think he was gonna do that it'd take 48 hours to edit out? The answer as far as I can tell is, "Nothing." My guess is that ABC is showboating a little bit.

Seems to me ABC has been having it both ways during all this ruckus over Lambert's controversial American Music Awards performance. One thing that can't be denied is that people are actually still talking about the AMAs. Other than the next morning, when has anyone ever talked about what they saw on the AMAs?

So ABC goes and cancels a few high-profile Lambert bookings: Good Morning America, New Year's Rockin' Eve, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. That's a move that makes ABC look "outraged" and "responsible," while benefiting from post-AMA buzz, and grabbing some ratings juice from this anticipated Lambert appearance on The View.

Lambert performed "What Do You Want From Me" (below), which is definitely the stand-out track from his album For Your Entertainment. Cool looking set behind him as he sang. Reminded me of Star Wars. In the interview (below), Lambert explains himself ("I'm not a babysitter") for the umpteenth time.

The person who's gotten the worst deal out of all this? Jimmy Kimmel. I'm sure he could've used the buzz and ratings that cancelled appearance would've brought.

Is SNL Suffering From 'No-mentum'?
Posted December 8, 2009
"On DVR From New York, It's Tuesday Morning!"

Kinda sums up my ambivalence about Saturday Night Live this season. I just got around to watching last weekend's show with Blake Lively and Rihanna.

No doubt that SNL has lost some momentum lately. That's too bad, because they're coming off a pretty strong season, which had the election, and many opportunities to send-up Obama, McCain, and most notably, Tina Fey's hilarious and spot-on Sarah Palin.

Without the political excitement, SNL's letdown can be compared to, well, the country. We're all watching and waiting for things to get better.

Of course, the annual complaint that SNL "isn't as good as it used to be" started season two. If the 35-year old show truly deteriorated every season, by now the quality would have to be lower than the temperature of liquid hydrogen.

Get a tad better it did this week. Baby steps. They lampooned the White House Party-Crashers, and raised a few eyebrows and controversy with the Tiger Woods getting walloped by his wife sketch. Maybe it's my love for music. But the "Shy Ronnie" digital short (below) with Rihanna and Andy Samberg had me rollin'.

Even through this dry spell, Seth Meyers continues to deliver on Weekend Update. Great writing and performance that could only be improved by the return of his partner Amy Poeller, who did a Tina Fey to prime time. Here's a Seth gem from Saturday: "A new study has found that lineman on college football teams are often obese. The study was conducted by the University of My Eyeballs!"

Of course, that's the same university that will be watching for signs of improvement on SNL.

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