Late Night with Jimmy Fallon clips about the 20th reunion show.

The holdout seems to be Dustin Diamond (Screech)…really?!  C’mon man, you did Celebrity Boxing…you can do this!

Cat Deeley“So You Think You Can Dance” Season 5 started last night.  Unfortunately, my TiVo betrayed me and recorded “Wipeout” instead of SYTYCD, but I found this great website that lets you watch the whole episode, so now I’m caught up.  And TiVo promised never to cross me again.

Of course the dancers and choreographers were great, but the true star of this show for me is the host, Cat Deeley.  She’s the female Ryan Seacrest, beautiful, stylish and responsible for telling America which phone numbers to call to vote for their favorite contestants.  The difference between the two, however, is Deeley is never afraid to make a fool of herself.

She has tried to dance with the poppers and lockers, celebrated with the victorious but even more importantly, comforted the defeated.  She is genuinely happy and excited when dancers do well and continue on to the next show, but she has cried with those eliminated.  She isn’t afraid to be real.  I love Seacrest as much as the next girl, but he’s always one step back from being on the same level as the contestants.  Deeley is a dancer’s best friend.

Favorite Cat Deeley Moments:

 – She put Twitch’s fake teeth in her mouth, slobber and all.

 – When Twitch was eliminated, he was heartbroken.  So was she.  When he collapsed into a ball, she got on his level, hugged him and didn’t worry about moving the show along.  She comforted him as a person, not just as a host.

 – Anytime she says, “Tabithar & Napoleon” (because she’s British, her a’s are ar’s)

There are many more, but I can’t think of them.

My favorite dancers last night were:

Philip & Janine

Evan & Brandi

Tony & Paris

Jason & Cailtin

Brandon & Janette

I’m so glad this show is back (and will be back again in the fall!)

Zack + Kelly = 4-ever!Earlier this week, Jimmy Fallon had Mark-Paul Gosselar on his show.  MPG was promoting the season premiere of his show, “Raising the Bar,” but he did so as the only man/boy I can honestly say I will love forever and ever, Zack Morris!

It was amazing.  He was dressed in acid washed tight rolled jeans, white high top sneakers and a green patterned t-shirt with an open redish brown button up shirt over it.  He was also rocking his classic highlighted blonde hair.  (It’s really the only hair MPG should ever have.)  He had his brick cell phone, he spoke fondly of Belding and his (sadly) ex-wife Kelly, who left him for Jeff from The Max and moved to another zip code.  (AMAZING, she was on 90210)

The best moments of the interview for me, however, were Jimmy’s.  This is saying a lot because, while I adore Jimmy Fallon, his show has yet to win me over.  This interview changed all that.

Best Moments:

Zack talks about his SAT scores (1502), that’s Stansbury material.  Jimmy adds, “The Harvard of the West!?” without missing a beat.

Jimmy asks Zack about his summer job at the beach…”Malibu Sands?”  “Yeah, Stacy Kerosi was hot!”

Zack talks about his band, Zack Attack, and Jimmy asks him to play.  He sings “Friends Forever.”  It was AWESOME!

Zack answers his cell phone, it’s Jessie.  “SPANO!?” cries Jimmy.  His enthusiasm is 100% authentic, and I immediately love Jimmy and forgive the last few weeks of awkward moments on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

Huge thanks to Mark-Paul Gosselar, as well.  It’s refreshing to see a celebrity not afraid to have fun with his past.  Usually it seems like stars are too embarrassed, ashamed, uppity to own how they became famous in the first place.

This interview meant a lot to me as a huge fan of “Saved by the Bell.”  I own all the seasons on DVD and the soundtrack.  I love SBTB!  It validated by continued love.  Thanks, Mark-Paul, Zack and Jimmy.  Hopefully this SBTB reunion happens…it’s been a long time coming!

My friend Amy just sent me a link to this amazing music video for “Total Eclipse of the Heart” on Youtube…it’s the literal version.  People have changed and rerecorded the lyrics to sing what is being depicted in the video.  The result is hilarity.  Enjoy!

“Total Eclipse of the Heart”

“Head Over Heels”

“Fever Pitch” is on TV this weekend.  I love this movie.  Not only is it an adorable romantic comedy, but it’s a baseball movie.  Jimmy Fallon loves the Red Sox.  No, he loves them.  Drew Barrymore is a workaholic who falls in love with him, but can’t compete with his love of the team.  Anyway, it’s amazing and funny and I’ve already watched it on TV twice, and I own it.  (Sidenote:  Why are movies that we own so much better on TV?!)

I love baseball movies.  I can’t decide which one is my favorite, but it’s probably a dead tie between “The Sandlot” and “A League of Their Own.”  “The Sandlot” has Benny “the Jet” Rodriguez, Hamilton Porter, Squints, Smalls, Wendy Peffercorn & The Beast.  “A League of Their Own” has Tom Hanks as Jimmy Dugan, Geena Davis, Jon Lovitz, Lori Petty, the cows, Madonna, hell, even Rosie.

I guess its a good thing I’m not an umpire; I wouldn’t be able to make the tough calls.

Other baseball movies I adore:

“Field of Dreams” – I love in Iowa, for pete’s sake!

“The Rookie” – Dennis Quaid, such a D.I.L.F.

“For the Love of the Fame” – Kevin Costner, he’s pretty good.

“Angels in the Outfield” – Hey, it could happen!

“Major League 1 & 2” – Wild Thing!

“Hardball” – Keanu Reeves teaches inner-city kids how to play and becomes a better man in the process.

“Little Big League” – What if you inherited a baseball team?  What if you were a kid?

“Rookie of the Year” – Henry breaks his arm and becomes the best pitcher, ever.

“Summer Catch” – Freddie Prinze, Jr., ‘nough said.

The summer reading program has started at work.  It is one of my favorite things Barnes & Noble does.  Any 1st-6th grader that reads 8 books and fills out a summer reading log earns a free book!  Awesome.  We are also giving them a sheet of paper to write their name, age and favorite book on to hang in the Kid’s department all summer long.  I wish they did that when I was little (if they did, I didn’t have a B&N nearby).  Little readers are the most excited, cutest, proudest readers of all.  I love them.

This past week I have been thinking how nice the evenings have been (weatherwise) and have been having really strong memories of summer nights when I was a kid.  I remember going to the pool every day, all day, and then going home and my mom would be making dinner and my dad would be lighting the grill and I would sit outside and read.  I think the youngest I must have been doing this was 7 or 8.  The first “series” books I remember not being able to put down are the “Kids of Polk Street School” by Patricia Reilly Giff.  They have new covers since I loved them, but they are still so good.  I repurchased the whole series a few years ago, although I am sure they are still in a box in my parents’ basement.  I love visiting old “friends” like Emily Arrow, Richard “Beast” Best and the other kids of Ms. Rooney’s class.

Questions:  

Any books you associate with summer?

What were your favorite books as a kid?

One of my guiltiest TV pleasures, and I really enjoy TV, is “Wipeout” on ABC.  This show is amazing.  (And just started airing new episodes for Summer)  A group of contestants, it might start at 40, eventually gets narrowed down to 3 by completing, or failing to complete as the the case may be, a series of obstacle courses.  Those 3 move on to the ultimate course that looks like a level of “Super Mario Brothers.”  Much like “Most Extreme Challenge,”  several of the obstacles are near impossible for the average person.  The best wipeouts are replayed in slo-mo.  The man or woman left standing wins $50,000.  Who wouldn’t make a fool of themselves for that kind of money, especially in this economic climate.

I also enjoy “Hole in the Wall” on Fox.  Here, teams of contestants stand on a platform and must contort their bodies to match the cutout shapes in the wall coming toward them, lest they be pushed into the pool of water behind them.  Hilarity ensues.

What both of these shows have in common, is the possibility for disaster.  And disaster is inevitable.  When people willingly put themselves in the position to have an “America’s Funniest Home Video” moment, I can’t help but watch.  And laugh.  A lot.