I'm still having trouble getting into "American Idol" this year. I said over the summer that CBS' "Rock Star" (which encouraged originality, musicianship and seasoned performers) was everything I'd always pretended that "Idol" was. Having witnessed the real thing (even if it was only covering one genre), it's a lot harder to enjoy I Can't Believe It's Not Great Music! Mandisa was easily the best last night, and beyond that, you're better off reading the comments of my friend Dan, who used to do snarky recaps for Zap2it.com, and now writes them for his blog.
The only other show I've gotten to so far was "House," which once again reminded me I shouldn't have married a hospital administrator if I wanted to watch medical shows in peace. Every thirty seconds or so, Marian was throwing her hands up and loudly protesting whatever House was doing to poor Greg Grunberg and his dead wife. Good episode with a formula-breaking case. And was I the only one who watched that last scene and immediately thought, "On March 7, James Wilson was asked to leave his place of residence. That request came from his wife."? Okay, only me? Fine. Be that way.
I'll probably hit "Scrubs," "Race" and "Shield" tomorrow. Today's "Sopranos" story: David Chase talks about the music.