June 16th, 2011, 03:08 PM
They’re baaaaaaack! And so is A!
This might so far be my favorite week of summer! Pretty Little Liars returned Tuesday night, The Nine Lives of Chloe King pilot was not bad, and the Top 20 dancers on So You Think You Can Dance did a bang on job last night. Switched at Birth must just be an anomaly!
Pretty Little Liars. Yaaaaaassss! Man alive, I appreciate this show, even as I cringe every time Aria and Ezra Fitz interact (awwwwkward). Toby and Spencer have a kind of Romeo and Juliet thing going on, which makes every scene they have together that much hotter. Caleb is back (via Lucas, and can you imagine the fanfic?!), but where is he staying? I guess only time will tell, now that Hanna’s kicked him to the curb again. Emily might move to Texas and is minus any possible love interest, as crazy Paige didn’t show nary a bobbed hair or intense eyeball. A is up to his/her/it’s old tricks–using Aria’s key to steal stuff from Ezra and plant it in the girls’ therapist’s office; taking advantage of Emily’s open house to erase the videos from her computer; possibly planting texts on Melissa’s phone to make Spencer think it’s Ian (or is it?!). A is still one of the best, menacing characters on television, even if we never find out A’s identity (I hope we never do–the speculation is just too fun!). Everyone’s a suspect!
The Nine Lives of Chloe King is actually pretty awesome! Take notes, Switched at Birth: you don’t need to cram six episodes worth of info into one in order to get a great pilot. Less is more! And yeah, Chloe was a bit forced at times (the dialogue was occasionally cringey), and heaven help me, I keep wanting to call her Andie (her character on last season’s great hope and big failure The Gates), but Skyler Samuels gives good protagonist, when she’s given good script. And Chloe is way more awesome than Andie, for sure. Plus, Grey Damon plays Chloe’s love interest (star-crossed love interest!), and his smokin’ hotness on Friday Night Lights as Hastings Ruckle has more than translated. Yowza!
So You Think You Can Dance continued to impress this week, even with random guest judge Megan Mullally along for the ride. Just to note: upcoming guest judges will include Kristin Chenoweth and Lady Gaga! Fingers crossed we’ll get some performances out of them! Neil Patrick Harris and Ellen DeGeneres are also in talks to guest judge, and while Ellen wasn’t the greatest judge last time around, she is always enjoyable. There were no major fails last night (unless you count Mitchell Kelly, who had to sit out with an elbow injury and thus is automatically in the bottom 3), and some truly amazing routines. My favorites included Iveta and Nick’s Jason Gilkison-choreographed quickstep (and what a great pairing, too!) and Melanie and Marko dancing Travis Wall’s contemporay routine (holy smokes). Least faves include anytime Broadway dancer and eternal mugger Jess is onscreen. He’s like a tiny Tyce! Please make it stop!