FAQ Guide to Voting for So You Think You Can Dance 6, Fall 2009

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The date is Tuesday, December 15th FINALE Night for SYTYCD 6! Last chance to vote! Our radar says Jakob Karr will win! BUT Could Russell be the dark horse? or perhaps Kathryn or Ellenore will surprise us with the win?

The lines are open for two hours! Please vote for your favorites.

Kathryn – 1-888-836-7601
Ryan – 1-888-836-7602

Ellenore – 1-888-836-7603
Jacob – 1-888-836-7604

Ashleigh – 1-888-836-7605
Russell – 1-888-836-7606

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Tonight’s show, December 8th is most crucial because it determines who will be in the FINALE next week. We’re taking the time to put in the numbers of all eight dancers for you to vote! PLEASE PICK UP THE PHONE AND VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE. There is no charge to call. They’re free.

Ashleigh couldn’t dance tonight because of a shoulder injury, You may still vote for her to dance next week! – 1-888-836-7601

Jakob – “When You Say My Name by Mario Spinetti – 1-888-836-7602

Mollee – “Heartburn” by Alicia Keys – 1-888-836-7603

Legacy – “Fancy Footwork” by Chromeo – 1-888-836-7604

Ellenore – “I Got the Feelin’” by James Brown – 1-888-836-7605

Russell – “Holiday Bucness” – 1-888-836-7606

Kathryn – “Shadowfeet” by Brooke Frasier – 1-888-836-7607

Ryan – “Din Da Da” by Kevin Aviance – 1-888-836-7608

How do I vote?
Each contestant will be assigned a toll-free telephone number during the performance shows which feature voting.  However, during the first 3 weeks of voting (starting Tuesday, November 10th, 2009), contestants will perform as couples and each dance couple will be assigned a toll-free telephone number during those performance shows.  To vote, simply watch “So You Think You Can Dance” on FOX each week (see local listings for times in your area) and dial the telephone number of the contestant(s) for whom you wish to vote.  Voting will open at the end of each performance show which features voting.  DO NOT call before the end of the show as the lines will not be open.  For the first 2 weeks of performance shows (October 27th and November 3rd) the results will be decided by the judges and no voting will take place.  During those first 2 weeks the judges’ elimination decisions will be revealed at the end of each performance show.  For all other performance shows which feature voting the results of the vote will be revealed in the results shows that will also air on FOX later the same week (see local listings for details). Rules and procedures are subject to change at producers’ discretion without notice.

Who can vote?
Anyone calling from within the continental US, Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands can cast their vote for “So You Think You Can Dance”.

When can I vote?
For the weeks when the public votes on performances, voting for “So You Think You Can Dance” will open at the end of the performance show each week (see local listings for times in your area) and will stay open for at least 2 hours, subject to time zone restrictions.  Outside of these times, the toll-free lines will play a busy signal and your call will not count as a vote.

Is it true that some people can cast votes outside of the 2 hour window after the show?
No, this is not true. As part of the process to ensure that the “So You Think You Can Dance” voting system is accurate and ready for the public to call and vote, a test window is built into the toll-free system for the morning of each vote show.  During this test window, anyone calling the toll-free numbers from a phone with a West Coast area code will hear the ‘thanks for voting’ message.  This vote window is for testing purposes only and any calls received during this time do not count as valid votes.  Your votes will only count if you call during your valid 2 hour vote window after the performance show, subject to time zone limitations.  Outside of these hours, votes will not count, even if you hear the ‘thanks for voting’ message.

How much does it cost to vote?
Telephone calls to the “So You Think You Can Dance” voting lines are toll-free from landlines so you will not be charged to vote.  If you use a cell phone to call, airtime and applicable roaming and long distance charges will apply.

Can I vote by using my cell phone?
Yes, you can vote using your cell phone, although airtime and applicable roaming and long distance charges will apply to toll-free numbers from cell phones.  Contact your cell phone service provider if you want to know how much you will be charged.

If you are calling from a cell phone and you are in a different time zone from your cell phone number, the system will accept or reject your vote based on the time zone of your cell phone area code.  For example, if you have a New York cell phone area code but are calling from Los Angeles, you will be voting outside the East Coast voting window and your vote will not be accepted.  Try calling again from a land line telephone during the West Coast voting window.

Text message voting is not available for “So You Think You Can Dance”.

I couldn’t get through to the lines or all I get is a busy signal when I call – why?
Although the telephone network is designed to handle huge volumes of calls simultaneously, there may be times (particularly just after the show) when it will not be able to handle every single call due to the sheer volume.  If you are calling during your voting window but can’t get through to cast your vote, be patient and try again.

If you hear the fast busy signal, it may be that you are calling outside of the voting window.  When your voting window closes, lines will switch from a ‘thank you for voting’ message to a fast busy signal.

If you are sure you are calling within your voting window but still can’t get through, it may be that your local phone company has been flooded with calls.  Try waiting a few minutes before calling again.  If you still have problems, contact your local phone company.

If you are calling from a cell phone with an area code that is in a different time zone from that in which you are calling, the system will accept or reject your vote based on the time zone of your cell phone’s area code.  For example, if you have a New York cell phone area code but are calling from Los Angeles, you will be voting outside the East Coast voting window and your vote will not be accepted.  Try calling again from a land line telephone during the West Coast voting window.

Can I vote if I subscribe to a digital phone service or VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) service?
Yes, you can vote if you subscribe to some digital or internet-based phone systems, such as Vonage or Skype. However, note that digital phone and VOIP services often re-route outgoing calls to a different geographical location from which the call is being made. As a result, you may only be able to vote in the voting window to which your call has been re-routed. If you are trying to vote in the regular voting window for your region and your call is re-routed outside of your region by your service provider, you will not be able to vote (instead, you will hear a fast busy signal). However, you still have the availability to vote during the other voting window. For further information, contact your digital phone or VOIP service provider.

When I called one of the toll-free lines, I heard the wrong dancer’s (or couple’s) number – why?
All lines for “So You Think You Can Dance” are tested before going on-air to make sure the lines work properly and are playing out the correct audio.  If you call and hear the wrong contestant’s number (or dance couple’s number), it’s possible you accidentally misdialed, so check the number and dial again.

What will I hear if I call the toll-free numbers?
Voting begins at the end of the performance show when ALL of the contestants have performed – if you call before then, you will hear a busy signal and your vote will NOT count.

At the end of the performance shows which feature voting, phone lines will be opened and voting can begin.  Voting lasts for at least 2 hours, subject to local time zone restrictions, from the end of the show and during that time you will hear a pre-recorded message thanking you for voting for your chosen contestant(s).  Each contestant (or dance couple, during the first 3 weeks of voting) will have their own number read/shown on air, and the phone message will confirm for whom you have voted.  After the voting window closes, no more votes will be accepted and lines will play out a busy signal.

When I called, I was told to call a “900” number – isn’t “So You Think You Can Dance” voting toll-free?
If you call to vote for your favorite “So You Think You Can Dance” contestant(s) and hear a message to call a “900? number, or if you hear anything other than ‘thanks for voting’, you have misdialed.  Do not call this “900? number to vote as “900? numbers are not connected to “So You Think You Can Dance” voting.  Please try the “So You Think You Can Dance” toll-free numbers again, dialing carefully.

How do I know my vote has been counted?
Your vote will count if you vote during your valid voting window and hear the ‘thanks for voting’ message.  If you do not hear a pre-recorded message thanking you for voting, your vote did not count.

How do I find out the results?
“So You Think You Can Dance” will air a performance show Tuesdays on FOX each week (see your local listings for show times) and, with the exception of the first 2 vote weeks when the results of the judges’ elimination choices will be revealed at the end of the performance shows, the results of each vote will be revealed in the results show on FOX each Wednesday (see local listings for details).  So make sure you don’t miss a single minute of ”So You Think You Can Dance” each week if you want to see how your vote affected the results!

What’s being done about power dialing?
The “So You Think You Can Dance” voting process is administered and carefully monitored by an independent vote management company. The producers, in consultation with this independent vote management company, reserve the right to remove so-called “power dialing” votes that are identified as having been cast in such a significant block, either by technical enhancements or otherwise, that it could unfairly influence the outcome of the voting.

Why can’t I vote by the toll-free numbers using a payphone?
Votes from payphones will be blocked.  To vote for your favorite contestant(s), use a standard land line telephone or cell phone.  If you use a cell phone to call, airtime and applicable roaming and long distance charges will apply.

Why can’t I vote on the Internet?
Only toll-free phone voting is available for “So You Think You Can Dance”.

Source: Fox/Dance

FAQ Guide to Voting for So You Think You Can Dance

For Season 5, the toll-free phone number to dial starts with 1-888-836-76 followed by the number of the contestant in the order they performed. Example: Brandon Bryant performed first so the number to call to vote for Brandon would be: 1-888-836-7601; for the second performer: 1-888-836-7602 and so on…

UPDATE: August 5th, Final performances: Click here for the numbers to call for the Top 4

UPDATE: JULY 29th

FIND THE NUMBERS HERE FOR THE TOP 6 TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITES…

How do I vote?
Each contestant will be assigned a toll-free telephone number during the performance show.  However, during the first 5 weeks of voting (starting Wednesday, June 10, 2009), contestants will perform as couples and each dance couple will be assigned a toll-free telephone number during those performance shows.  To vote, simply watch “So You Think You Can Dance” on FOX each week (see local listings for times in your area) and dial the telephone number of the contestant(s) for whom you wish to vote.  Voting will open at the end of each performance show.  DO NOT call before the end of the show as the lines will not be open.  Results of the vote will be revealed in the results shows that will also air on FOX each week (see local listings for details). Rules and procedures are subject to change at producers’ discretion without notice.

Who can vote?

Anyone calling from within the continental US, Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands can cast their vote for “So You Think You Can Dance”.

When can I vote?
Voting for “So You Think You Can Dance” opens at the end of the performance show each week (see local listings for times in your area) and stays open for at least 2 hours, subject to time zone restrictions.  Outside of these times, the toll-free lines will play a busy signal and your call will not count as a vote.

Is it true that some people can cast votes outside of the 2 hour window after the show?
No, this is not true. As part of the process to ensure that the “So You Think You Can Dance” voting system is accurate and ready for the public to call and vote, a test window is built into the toll-free system for the morning of each vote show.  During this test window, anyone calling the toll-free numbers from a phone with a West Coast area code will hear the ‘thanks for voting’ message.  This vote window is for testing purposes only and any calls received during this time do not count as valid votes.  Your votes will only count if you call during your valid 2 hour vote window after the performance show, subject to time zone limitations.  Outside of these hours, votes will not count, even if you hear the ‘thanks for voting’ message.

How much does it cost to vote?
Telephone calls to the “So You Think You Can Dance” voting lines are toll-free so you will not be charged to vote.  If you use a cell phone to call, airtime and applicable roaming and long distance charges will apply.

Can I vote by using my cell phone?
Yes, you can vote using your cell phone, although airtime and applicable roaming and long distance charges will apply to toll-free numbers from cell phones.  Contact your cell phone service provider if you want to know how much you will be charged.

If you are calling from a cell phone and you are in a different time zone from your cell phone number, the system will accept or reject your vote based on the time zone of your cell phone area code.  For example, if you have a New York cell phone area code but are calling from Los Angeles, you will be voting outside the East Coast voting window and your vote will not be accepted.  Try calling again from a land line telephone during the West Coast voting window.

Text message voting is not available for “So You Think You Can Dance”.

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I couldn’t get through to the lines or all I get is a busy signal when I call – why?
Although the telephone network is designed to handle huge volumes of calls simultaneously, there may be times (particularly just after the show) when it will not be able to handle every single call due to the sheer volume.  If you are calling during your voting window but can’t get through to cast your vote, be patient and try again.

If you hear the fast busy signal, it may be that you are calling outside of the voting window.  When your voting window closes, lines will switch from a ‘thank you for voting’ message to a fast busy signal.

If you are sure you are calling within your voting window but still can’t get through, it may be that your local phone company has been flooded with calls.  Try waiting a few minutes before calling again.  If you still have problems, contact your local phone company.

If you are calling from a cell phone with an area code that is in a different time zone from that in which you are calling, the system will accept or reject your vote based on the time zone of your cell phone’s area code.  For example, if you have a New York cell phone area code but are calling from Los Angeles, you will be voting outside the East Coast voting window and your vote will not be accepted.  Try calling again from a land line telephone during the West Coast voting window.

Can I vote if I subscribe to a digital phone service or VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) service?
Yes, you can vote if you subscribe to some digital or internet-based phone systems, such as Vonage or Skype. However, note that digital phone and VOIP services often re-route outgoing calls to a different geographical location from which the call is being made. As a result, you may only be able to vote in the voting window to which your call has been re-routed. If you are trying to vote in the regular voting window for your region and your call is re-routed outside of your region by your service provider, you will not be able to vote (instead, you will hear a fast busy signal). However, you still have the availability to vote during the other voting window. For further information, contact your digital phone or VOIP service provider.

When I called one of the toll-free lines, I heard the wrong dancer’s (or couple’s) number – why?
All lines for “So You Think You Can Dance” are tested before going on-air to make sure the lines work properly and are playing out the correct audio.  If you call and hear the wrong contestant’s number (or dance couple’s number), it’s possible you accidentally misdialed, so check the number and dial again.

What will I hear if I call the toll-free numbers?

Voting begins at the end of the performance show when ALL of the contestants have performed – if you call before then, you will hear a busy signal and your vote will NOT count.

At the end of the performance show each week, phone lines will be opened and voting can begin.  Voting lasts for at least 2 hours, subject to local time zone restrictions, from the end of the show and during that time you will hear a pre-recorded message thanking you for voting for your chosen contestant(s).  Each contestant (or dance couple, during the first 5 weeks of voting) will have their own number read/shown on air, and the phone message will confirm for whom you have voted.  After the voting window closes, no more votes will be accepted and lines will play out a busy signal.

When I called, I was told to call a “900” number – isn’t “So You Think You Can Dance” voting toll-free?
If you call to vote for your favorite “So You Think You Can Dance” contestant(s) and hear a message to call a “900? number, or if you hear anything other than ‘thanks for voting’, you have misdialed.  Do not call this “900? number to vote as “900? numbers are not connected to “So You Think You Can Dance” voting.  Please try the “So You Think You Can Dance” toll-free numbers again, dialing carefully.

How do I know my vote has been counted?
Your vote will count if you vote during your valid voting window and hear the ‘thanks for voting’ message.  If you do not hear a pre-recorded message thanking you for voting, your vote did not count.

How do I find out the results?
“So You Think You Can Dance” will air a performance show Wednesdays on FOX each week (see your local listings for show times) and the results of each vote will be revealed in the results show on FOX each Thursday (see local listings for details).  So make sure you don’t miss a single minute of the two shows each week if you want to see how your vote affected the results!

What’s being done about power dialing?
Production will have in place weekly monitoring procedures designed to prevent individuals from unfairly influencing the outcome of the voting by generating significant blocks of votes using technical enhancements.  The producers reserve the right to remove any identified ‘power dialing’ votes.

Why can’t I vote by the toll-free numbers using a payphone?
Votes from payphones will be blocked.  To vote for your favorite contestant(s), use a standard land line telephone or cell phone.  If you use a cell phone to call, airtime and applicable roaming and long distance charges will apply.

Why can’t I vote on the Internet?
Only toll-free phone voting is available for “So You Think You Can Dance”.

Original post on Fox SYTYCD Blog.

The Manhunt is on. A&E Premieres New Original Real-life Series, Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force

Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force on A&E Network. This show is a tad different from what we normally follow as a reality television show.  It is similar to  America’s Most Wanted, but with more of a raw edge and the thrill of the hunt.  We discovered the show as we searched for new material to cover on myrealitytelevision.com and felt it introduces a new and gripping reality experience.

The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, elite agents of the NY/NJ Division in the heart of New York City, the most active unit in the country, go live to track down a different dangerous felon in each episode.

The half-hour series debuting tonight, Tuesday, December 9th at 10PM ET/PT covers twenty-one “high-stakes, heart-pounding real-life” stories including: “the Marshals on the hunt for an alleged former member of the “Jamaican Shower Posse,” a Brooklyn gang renowned for showering their enemies with bullets; a female bank robber who made her hit on Valentine’s Day; and an alleged elite member of the infamous Columbian drug cartel; one of the largest and most notorious drug organizations in the world.”

The Task Force

From the A&E press release:

The Task Force includes Commander Lenny DePaul. Lenny joined the U.S. Marshals Service in 1989 and has been in the fugitive program since 1991. A former member of the Navy’s elite amphibious assault group, he also spent five years with the Secret Service serving in the Reagan White House. Deputized U.S. Marshal Tommy Kilbride, a 17-year veteran of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, and a supervisor with their Detention and Removal Operations (DRO) unit). Deputy U.S. Marshal Michelle ‘Michy’ Mendez. Michy was recruited by the U.S. Marshals Service while an undergraduate, studying criminal justice. Deputized U.S.

Marshal Roxanne Lopez. Roxanne, a detective with the Spring Valley, NY Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit, joined the Task Force in 2003. Detective and deputized U.S. Marshal Rasheen ‘Pep’ Peppers. Born and raised in Newark, NJ Rasheen has been with the Newark Police Department for 12 1/2 years. Deputized U.S. Marshal Federico Merced. For the past 15 years Federico has been an investigator with the NY State Inspector General’s Escape and Abscond Unit. He joined the Task Force three months ago and is the newest member of the team. Vinny Senzamici, a deputized U.S. Marshal, and senior parole officer with the NY State Division of Parole. Vinny, who is known for his “hard nose” investigative style, joined the Task Force in 2002. And Deputy U.S. Marshal Mike Romani. A 15 year veteran of law enforcement, Mike has been with the Marshals service since 1998.

They are the best of the best, hunting down the worst of the worst…. everyone from the DC Snipers and triple-homicide felons to major international fugitives. They are the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, and they are the ultimate “manhunters”.

These guys are the real McCoy.  Recruits with the experience and exposure to present a true life experience in tracking genuine criminals. Watch the short sneak previews and Tune in tonight!



So You Think You Can Dance RoundUp

Created by Nigel Lythgoe

Developed by Simon Fuller

Directed by Don Weiner

Presented by Cat Deeley (2006 – present)

Judges Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy

Running time Varies

Original channel Fox

Original run
July 20, 2005 – Present

O ur number one show, without equal is “So You Think You Can Dance”. While a powerful new voice on “American Idol”, an amazing circus act on “America’s Got Talent” or a great laugh at a wonderful new comic on “Last Comic Standing” are all wonderful to experience, the true talent of the individuals on this show make them seem super human. It is the only show in the group where it is clear, while these contestants may be able to sing or win “America’s Got Talent”, no person on the other shows could do what these people do.

Like American Idol, there are auditions in which the talented people perform to get a chance at the big time along with a bunch of mediocre and downright spastic talent. One contestant landing on his head trying to do a flip he should never have attempted or another seemingly mentally challenged individual that calls himself “Love” that they allow to keep coming back for the laughs and ridicule.

When it comes down to the chosen few though, the moves and steps in the dances they must learn in a few hours are phenomenal even for professionals. And many of the contestants often have to dance well out of their element. A hip hop dancer performing a Waltz or a ball room dancer dancing Jazz. Of course, there are some that are trained in all forms of dance, but some, like this year’s Twitch or Joshua shock as they seem to easily adapt to whatever dance form is thrown at them.

This show is our favorite because it involves the broadest talent, the most beautiful art and the most sensational choreography of any show on our list.

American Idol RoundUp

Created by Simon Fuller

Directed by John Pritchett (live shows), Bruce Gowers (live shows, 2002-2008), Nigel Lythgoe (audition shows), Ken Warwick (audition shows)

Presented by Ryan Seacrest, Brian Dunkleman (season 1)

Judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson

Country of origin United States

Original channel FOX (repeats on Fox Reality)

Original run June 11, 2002 – Present

American Idol is America’s favorite reality show without question. And it is one of ours too, shallow as it may seem. The show is professionally presented and always draws the best performances, although many of our favorites are the botched horror shows during the early auditions.

The judges are all great at calling the show, with Simon’s honesty telling the real story most of the time. Although he has botched plenty, like last year’s final. The stages and camera work are all exceptional. And the show’s costume designers, professional accompaniment, and the presentation are exceptional, making what start off as reasonably talented amateurs into seemingly seasoned professionals by year’s end.

And who doesn’t dream of being Kelly Clarkson or David Cook or Jordin Sparks up on that stage and wowing millions, in some cases after having no exposure whatsoever? And doesn’t every contestant appear a winner, when a fourth place finisher like Chris Daughtry becomes a downright American icon pulling off hit after hit in his first year as a professional performer. Or Kellie Pickler, who got eliminated in the final ten, only to show up with a new set of breasts and a top country hit “In My Red High Heels“.

kara_dioguardiIn mid 2008, American Idol announced a new addition to the judges lineup for Season 8 that premiered in January 13, 2008. Kara DioGuardi is the fourth judge for American Idol. How she fares as a judge remains to be seen going into the actual competition.

American Idol is our number two favorite.

THE AMERICAN IDOLS:

Season 1: Kelly Clarkson, 20, from Burleson, TX

Season 2: Ruben Studdard, 25, from Birmingham, AL

Season 3: Fantasia, 19, from High Point, NC

Season 4: Carrie Underwood, 21, from Checotah, OK

Season 5: Taylor Hicks, 29, from Birmingham, AL

Season 6: Jordin Sparks, 17, from Glendale, AZ

Season 7: David Cook, 25, from Blue Springs, MO

Season 8: ????

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America’s Got Talent RoundUp

Created by Simon Cowell, Ken Warwick, Cécile Frot-Coutaz, Jason Raff

Presented by Jerry Springer (2007-Present), Regis Philbin(2006)

Judges Piers Morgan, David Hasselhoff, Brandy Norwood (2006), Sharon Osbourne (2007-Present)

Running time
Varies

Original channel
NBC

Original run June 21, 2006 – present

W hile America’s Got Talent is entertaining, the judges rate very low on the scale of reality show judges. Their quips are predictable, constantly repeated, and the most creative thing they contribute during a performance is the press of the buzzer during an annoying or bad performance.  If you don’t hear Hasselhoff say, “That is what this show is all about!” at least once a week, you probably missed a week.

What really makes this show entertaining are the exceptional off-beat acts we could never see anywhere. A cowboy that can lasso the audience, a magic act that dazzles like Married Magic act David and Dania that change costumes right in front of your eyes Or perhaps an Elvis impersonator that is so original and talented you would swear he may be better than Elvis himself. It would, however, be much better to stick to that theme and not make this just another place for American Idol wannabes or rejects to get another chance, so it would be better for the show to cut most singers out of the competition rather than allow every one that has even a decent voice to get to the finals. The other sickening thing about the show is the elderly and kid factor. Any kid that can sing decently or any elderly person gets special treatment, wasting spaces for real talent.

The camera work on the show is horrible. When we are watching a performance, we want to judge it ourselves. But the America’s Got Talent cameras are all over the stage, on the audience and on the judges’ faces during the middle of critical parts of many performances. The television audience doesn’t need to see Hasselhoff’s face ten times during a dance routine. And they really don’t care about his reaction until the end, if they care at all. The live audience isn’t watching his face, they are watching the performance. Why do we have to see Pierce’s ugly puss (the straight-faced British judge that is a Simon Cowell wanna be) in the middle of a potentially prize winning act? We see him enough before and after.

America's Got Talent

All that said, this is a majorly entertaining show with some of the most amazing and unique acts ever seen on television. Who can resist seeing twenty dancers all clog in step on a Las Vegas stage? Or perhaps a magician that you have never seen that stuns the audience. Or last year’s amazing victor, Terry Fator, a puppeteer of unmatched talent and an unparalleled master ventriloquist.

This show rates number 3 on our list of favorite reality shows. If they fixed the camera problem and got rid of the “too many singers” problems, it may even make it to number 2.

The Amazing Race RoundUp

Amazing Race on CBS


Created by
Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster

Presented by Phil Keoghan

Theme music composer John M. Keane
Composer(s) Mark Phillips
Erik Aho
Dan Beyer
Christopher Holden

Running time 42 minutes

Original channel CBS

Original run September 5, 2001 – present

Premise: An American multiple award-winning TV reality adventure game show; Select the team of two or four among the competitors to win $1 million grand prize.

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Last Comic Standing RoundUp

Created by Peter Engel

Presented by Jay Mohr (Seasons 1-3)
Anthony Clark (Season 4)
Bill Bellamy (Seasons 5-6)

Running time 60 minutes (including commercials)

Original channel NBC

Original run June 1, 2003 – present

Premise: An American reality talent competition; Select a comedian among the roster to win $250,000 grand prize, including an exclusive talent deal with NBC.

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L ast Comic Standing brings up the rear on our list of favorites. It was a big favorite of ours in the first two years, but last year they seem to be stretching the fabric of humor. Last year was a disaster, with promising talent after promising talent ignored while boring acts were consistently chosen by the judges who appeared to never laugh as they picked the people they wished to torture us with. There was one true talent in the group, Lavelle Crawford, and he made it to the finals with such hysterical lines as “Why are you breathing that heavy?” “So I can live!! What Kind of Stupid Question is That?” And did he win? No. It was a joke. I guess that is appropriate for a Comedy show though.

Funny KuThis year, they have stepped it up.  The talent appears to be much better, but the recent elimination of Esther Ku tells me that the biggest reason someone does not win in this show, and in many other reality shows involving performances, is he or she had to go first.  The last performance always always seems to garner the most votes.  And the first elimination show of this season was no exception, the first act went home while the final act garnered the most votes, when there was little difference in the quality of the performances.  In fact, I laughed more at the first.  But people’s memories are short, and that is why, as Alonzo Bodden said, we invented instant replay, “Because we can’t remember something we just saw five seconds ago.”

The show should also have more performance competition and less hype.  Allowing the contestants to vote off other contestants forcing them to go into elimination just makes it mean spirited.  I would rather see more of a face off of the talents like on American Idol.  And the viewing audience does not get to vote at all.  They leave it to the live audience, perhaps leaving their viewers a bit detached.

That said, winners like Josh Blue, Alonzo Bodden and Dat Phan have made me laugh more at a television comic than even the professionals making millions touring.  There are times I am nearly in tears laughing at this show.  So, if they continue to step up the talent, and the judges can continue to pick winners like they did this year, this could move up on our list.