Choreographer plugs the dance competition series' 200th episode
Mia Michaels is a fascinating woman.
A choreographer on the hit FOX show, "So You Think You Can Dance," Michaels has grabbed headlines as of late for the work she did teaching Tom Cruise how to move in the big-screen musical, "Rock of Ages."
After finishing up the movie, Michaels returned to "So You Think You Can Dance" to once again guide young dancers and give them the steps and confidence they need to win.
Michaels, 42, chatted up reporters in a teleconference to promote the show's 200th episode, which is airing Wednesday June 27, the same night the Top 20 finalists will be revealed.
MSN TV: What advice would you give to the top 20 finalists?
Mia Michaels: Be inspired. Have a healthy competition with the people around you but stay focused and be the best you can be. Become your own competition. That's always what I've done in every phase of my career.
Are there any dances you want to learn?
I would love to learn Latin ballroom. I want my legs to look like that. My parents ballroom danced and dance was always a part of everything. I was running around a studio at 3 years old. Plus I'm from Miami.
Is there anything you think the finalists should work on?
Have a work ethic. We had to have them really open up and we worked to pull more out of them as performers. Initially, they held back a little bit during rehearsals but after last night's show, they got it. They know now that it's important to go hard. It's a blood, sweat and tears sort of thing. Having a work ethic is everything. That's the key for sure.
What is your dream collaboration?
I would love to work with Tim Burton. I want to do film and stage musicals and I love his work. And Baz Luhrmann. And Sting.
Are there any dances you want to bring back from the past?
The Roger Rabbit. I Roger Rabbit-ed for the gods. (Laughs) They need to bring that back in a really unique and classic way.
"So You Think You Can Dance" airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
Former daytime queen reportedly will make cameo on E! reality series
Oprah, how the mighty have fallen! In order to land big interviews these days, Oprah Winfrey apparently has to offer big favors in return.
According to US Magazine, Winfrey -- once the most watched and respected media mogul on earth -- has agreed to appear on an upcoming episode of E!'s "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."
"Oprah signed the release!" the story quotes an excited unnamed source.
Not coincidentally, Winfrey was fortunate enough to recently score Kim Kardashian for an interview on her OWN cable network (which, due to poor ratings, is teetering on the brink of nonexistence). During the interview, according to US, Kardashian said, "I've obviously made plenty of mistakes in my lifetime, but I'm not the type to sit and beat myself up over it." Winfrey then replied, "That is so perfect, I could weep."
It's possible that Winfrey's cameo consists entirely of allowing E! to use footage of her interacting with Kardashians backstage at OWN. And, for Winfrey's sake, we hope that's all it is. However, the US story seems to suggest that more is involved. And, of course, it spins Winfrey's commitment not as a quid-pro-quo situation, but as an organic byproduct of her becoming instant BFF's with the K-Klan.
"She and Khloe [Kardashian Odom] especially hit it off," the US source said. "Khloe had her dying laughing. It meant so much because she loves Oprah!"
"Keeping Up With the Kardashians" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on E!
The worst-timed kiss in franchise history leads to a surprise elimination in Prague
By Diane Vadino
Special to MSN TV
Welcome to what is quite possibly -- and entirely not ironically -- the best episode of "The Bachelorette" of all time. It has everything: actual romance (between puppets), gorgeous locations (in Prague), an all-time most-awkward kiss (oh, Doug), fireworks on demand, and a weeping man (hello, Chris). So here we go: one group date, and three one-on-ones. And next week, hometowns. What more could we ask for?
Arie's up first, and we have the minimal drama of Arie having dated Cassie, a "Bachelorette" producer with whom Emily is friends. Chris even breaks in, presidential-news briefing style, to bring us up to date (so this is what "full disclosure" looks like): Cassie and Arie dated five million years ago, approximately twice, but no one mentioned any of this to Emily, who is put out by the entire thing. Emily and Cassie have a little discussion about Arie's supposed indiscretion. Then Emily and Arie talk. Sample:
Arie: "What is another important thing to you?"
Emily: "Not having any secrets ... that's huge."
And so on. Then Emily, Arie, and Cassie talk, but off camera. Who made that decision? At the same time, though, who in the world cares? Arie is like, Are you crazy, that was ten million years ago, can we please talk about something else. Like how he's realized he's in love with Emily. "If things keep going this way," Emily says, "nothing would make me happier." Cue fireworks!
Next up is John, in this week's placeholder date. This date basically consists of John saying things like "This is going awesome" and Emily just sort of nodding with a sad smile on her face. Also, John confuses saying private things aloud with actual intimacy, so every once in a while he'll offer something up about a past relationship (his ex-girlfriends must love being picked apart on TV). "I'm not a starter—I'm a closer," John says confidently, while Emily keeps nodding. "I'm falling for Emily. It's happening," John says. It's like watching someone narrate a landslide. "That ledge of mud and dirt is falling. It's happening." There's no roses on the one-on-ones this week, but if there were, it's exceptionally hard to imagine John getting one. Even if he thinks he aced it.
John comes home soon enough and provides the guys with an inaccurately rosy picture of their date. This, however false, has the pleasing result of making both Chris and Sean insane. Pretty much everything you need to know about them is seen in how they handle this news. Sean more or less immediately runs out into the street and shouts Emily's name ub the street, until he tracks her down and takes her out for a drink. Emily is tickled pink. By contrast -- and take note, guys -- Chris begins his slow spiral into rose-ceremony weeping. "I love that Sean had the confidence to just come out and find me," Emily says. "This is the best surprise -- my face hurts I'm smiling so much." Emily apologizes for the group date. "You don't have to say sorry," Sean says. Hopefully Chris is at home watching this, seeing how it's done.
Next up is the group date, and it is awesome. Let's begin with Doug. Poor Doug. I really like Doug, and I don't think Emily got to see the same, awesome Doug we saw at home -- he always seemed basically terrified of her. "Today's going to be an awesome day," he says, incorrectly. "Doug is so sweet, and so sweet for me, but I don't know if we have that chemistry that I want," Emily says, revealing that he was nearly eliminated last week. After a conversation that visually resembles two guidance counselors talking about a bad student in the cafeteria, Emily takes Doug out for a serious conversation. She's clearly about to give him the boot, but he's equally clearly not getting it. "I have the hardest time getting a read on her," Doug says. "I'd love to give her a kiss." Emily is on the opposite wavelength. "I completely understand slow moving but then there's no moving at all," she's says. Doug is incorrectly interpreting this as...oh, it's just so terrible, because then, at the worst possible moment, he moves in to kiss her. "Thank you for that," she says. But she's sending him home. "I feel really stupid for just giving you a kiss," he says. What sucks is that he interprets this as having taken a risk and failing, rather than the truth, which is that he waited seven episodes too long to take a risk. Nothing else that happens on the group date is nearly as entertaining, except Chris laying into Emily for not giving him a one-on-one date. It's icky. Unsurprisingly, Sean gets the rose.
Finally, we have Jef's one-on-one is beyond adorable. If I were placing bets (totally unspoiled), I'd put them on Arie, but she does actually seem to have an even better time when she's with Jef, right? There seems to be more genuine laughter between these two than any other couple I remember being on this show, ever. Next, Jef tells Emily he loves her through puppets. It's so adorable. Like, if you saw it in a romantic comedy, no one would believe it, because it's so ridiculous and adorable. "It somehow makes it easier to express some big feelings," Jef says. Isn't this sort of the plot of that Mel Gibson movie where he has to took through the stuffed beaver? Also, they both want kids "yesterday." Also, Jef says, "I want to date you so hard and marry the **** out of you."
At long last comes the rose ceremony, which is unremarkable save for Chris's disintegration into unmanly tears. It's obviously going to come down to John and Chris, who had a master plan for apologizing for his group date behavior at the cocktail party. Except: we're totally skipping the cocktail party! Jef and Arie get their roses, and Chris, obviously, freaks out the moment the final rose is announced. At the moment of truth, he asks Emily to speak with him privately. He's basically crying at this point. "I really took this week for granted," Chris tells her uninterested ears. "I'm falling in love with you. If I wasn't able to say that, it would kill me. I do not want this to end between me and you."
It doesn't: Chris wheedles his way into the final rose. John is like, So that's what crying gets you? Next week: hometowns!
"The Bachelor" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Two up-and-coming reality stars confess to not watching TV
San Francisco "sexpert," radio host and author Emily Morse is a real-life Carrie Bradshaw. But she has never seen "Sex and the City." Gasp!
Morse, who co-stars on Bravo's new reality offering "Miss Advised," (that's her pictured in the center) also sheepishly admits she had never watched Bravo because she hadn't owned a TV in 20 years. Double gasp!
Morse bought a TV after filming wrapped, she said during an interview last week, so she can "catch up on all the stuff" she'd been missing.
"Now I've been overdosing on TV," says Morse, 42, who along with New York matchmaker Amy Laurent and Los Angeles-based relationship columnist Julia Allison, is featured on "Miss Advised" as an expert trying to help others while juggling her career and love life.
"Before this, I had never seen a Bravo show, I didn't know who Bethenney (Frankel) was and I had never seen a Real Housewife of anywhere," she said. "But that's changed. I even own a DVR now."
Morse isn't the only reality newbie who has been living TV free. Last week when I interviewed Justin Silver, the trainer and star behind CBS' "Dogs in the City," he said he has been too busy to watch the boob tube and wasn't familiar with that other pooch training show, "Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan."
"To be honest with you, my cable could've been shut off for all I care because I've been so busy," Silver said. "I've actually started watching TV now that my show is on. But I don't really have a lot of time to watch anything. If anything, I watch documentaries at night to fall asleep to."
Ahh! The life of a reality TV star.
"Miss Advised" airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo. "Dogs in the City" airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
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Report: Pink-slipped star possibly planting fake tabloid rumors
Pink-slipped Jill Zarin could be telling tall tales about being asked back to "The Real Housewives of New York City."
According to tabloid truth tracker GossipCop.com, a report in the current OK! Magazine announcing her possible return is false and may actually have been planted by Zarin.
The OK! report, available on newsstands only, quotes one "show insider" saying that Bravo "really wants to add Jill back" due to low ratings, and another saying that "it would take a lot of groveling and a hell of a lot of money" for that to happen.
However, a legitimate Bravo insider says there is "no truth" to the report, nor the claim Zarin made in January to RadarOnline that another "show insider" asked her back and she declined.
Zarin -- who was replaced last fall, along with fellow cast members Alex McCord, Kelly Bensimon and Cindy Barshop -- seems to have had a hard time adjusting to the boot imprint on her butt. On June 12, she posted an entry on her personal blog suggesting that her fans might want to try the same type of letter-writing campaign that once brought actor Patrick Duffy's Bobby Ewing character back from the dead on "Dallas."
"I am certainly not advocating anything," Zarin wrote, "just thinking of all the scenarios out loud."
"The Real Housewives of New York City" airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.