Thursday Night TV Roundup


Feb. 15 2008, Published 6:12 a.m. ET

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The Celebrity Apprentice: “I usually don’t write about this show, but I feel compelled after watching Piers Morgan and Omarosa get into it last night. Donald decided to switch up the teams and put them together, so I was ready for a fight: after all, Piers and Omarosa has proven that they are equally matched being unjustly cruel to their fellow competitors AND teammates. Appointed project manager, Piers thought he had found a surefire way to bring his nemesis down: If Hydra lost, he’d take with him in the boardroom the fellow players who brought in the lowest amount of funds for charity carriage rides in New York, knowing Omarosa didn’t have the same high-rolling friends as the rest of the team did. But Omarosa had her own strategy to bring Piers down, she wickedly teased, which basically consisted of her insulting his role as a father. Okay, insulting is too kind of a word. She was downright disgusting. The tirade she spit out all afternoon, filled with expletives, was vile. It broke Piers, for sure, but was it worth it? I mean, would I want to turn on the TV and see myself acting like such a witch (and yes, please replace that W with a B!)? Omarosa, you couldn't think of a smarter way rip on Piers, who is a pompous, self-centered ass? You had to stoop to ragging on his family? It was mean, it was childish, and you looked like the ass. Maybe it’s all an act just for the cameras, but I’m sure the charity she’s playing for doesn’t want a spokesperson on their behalf coming across as nasty as she did. In the end, Pier’s team won, and Donald couldn’t fire either of them. (In a surprise turn of events, Donald didn’t fire any one on the other team either.) It will be interesting to see next week if anyone even wants to work with Omarosa, knowing that her rep as a hater is the realest part of this reality series." – TV Fanatic

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Lipstick Jungle: "So it's the second episode and it seems like the only thing that's improved drastically is Brooke Shields' makeup. Otherwise, the whole ep left much to be desired. No longer looking obscenely haggard and rundown, Wendy walks into work pumped after her weekend box office success, but she's unable to bask in the glory when a real page-turner of a manuscript hits her desk -- a salacious tell-all by her former nanny Mariska Havel that brands her as a suck-tastic mother. She learns that her nemesis Janice Lasher (Lorraine Bracco) is the publisher and is already courting it to studios as she holds a personal vendetta against Wendy for dropping a Hillary Clinton tale of lies. I wasn't an avid Sopranos viewer, but I appreciated Lorraine's work, not to mention her stuff in Goodfellas, so what the hell was this?! Woman was beyond awful that I was thisclose to putting her scenes on mute. Wendy tries to get Mariska to retract everything with the help of her hubby, who refuses and drops a bombshell on her -- he shared some of the juicy deets with Mariska that is in the book. Raise your hand if you think Shane pulled a Jude Law with the nanny! The most telling sign was the close-up on his face in bed when Wendy was reading the script. After declaring to Janice that she can't break her, Wendy was snapped departing the building in tears, which Janice sold to Page Six. As for Nico, she was thrown when her photo director walked in to discuss an upcoming spread with her assistant -- Kirby. Now this has never been done before! Not! Nico makes a special trip downtown to pick up the boards and winds up on top of them. This show may be on network TV, but you'd never know it with these ultra-steamy sex scenes. With her sex life reinvigorated, Nico feels liberated to take charge at work, much to the chagrin of big wig Hector, who berated her with a grand lecture. Kim Raver continues to bring her A game to this, and she’s definitely the most redeeming part of the show. Then there's Victory, who's still down in the dumps about work. In the midst of downsizing, her assistant Reese tells her she's leaving for a new job and naive Vic tells her she can take any memorabilia. When she said that, I knew Reese will crib Vic's sketches. And of course she sells them while Victory is left chasing down a tranny and septuagenarian for a fugly purple knitted hat she made back at F.I.T. Beau Joe gets it back and implores her to get back to work. I like his character (or more like Andrew McCarthy), but two episodes in, he seems awfully enamored by her and I can't quite explain why. Common sense will tell you no man as cocky as he is an episode and a half ago would tolerate the hot mess we know as Victory." – Joyce


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