by Jac Kern
Posted In: TV/Celebrity
at 10:50 AM | Permalink
Weekly 'Survivor' recap featuring Cincy's Matt Bischoff (and sometimes Reynold Toepfer)
Watch this week’s
episode of Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs.
Favorites, "Operation Thunder Dome" here.
It’s been two
weeks since the survivors first stepped foot on the island, and after the
elimination of a couple wildcards, both teams finally feel something of a
sense of unity. Perfect time for a tribe swap! At what the tribes believe to be
an immunity challenge, Jeff Probst gives everyone an “egg” to smash on their
bodies. The color of the egg’s insides will determine the new tribes.The Gota
tribe is now: Reynold (fan), Eddie (fan), Andrea (fave), Malcolm (fave), Sherri
(fan), Erik (fave) and Brenda (fave). The new Bikal tribe is: Matt (fan), Corrine
(fave), Philip (fave), Michael (fan), Cochran (fave), Julia (fan) and Dawn
(Fave). Our Cincinnati boys are split up once again — this time not by
alliance, but by tribe.
The new tribes are
sent away with a fresh bag of rice and another flint. By strength alone, it
looks like Gota now has an advantage, but our dude Matt has moved to the luxury
camp, so maybe he and the others will be able to recharge and rebound.
The Gota tribe,
specifically Eddie and Reynold (from this point on referred to collectively as
Reddie), is ecstatic with the switch-up. They new tribe describes themselves as
“gods” and “the young, attractive tribe,” very confident that they will win any
challenge that comes their way. Reddie immediately throws Sherri under the bus,
explaining to the favorites on their team that she aligned with everyone on the original
tribe besides Reddie. But the faves are smarter than to buy into whatever he
says — Eric describes Reynold as a “used car salesman — He’s got his beautiful
baby blue eyes and he’s talkin’ the talk, but it’s definitely not what it
seems.” “What’s it going to take to put this car in your garage today?” Sherri also blabbed to the faves about her issues with Reddie, giving
the favorites something of an advantage. When the favorites know the previous team's weaknesses, it makes it much easier to eliminate them one by one.
The favorites also
appear to be running the show over in the new Bikal tribe. Corrine is giddy
about having “a gay” (Michael) on her team, but keeps a firm stance on staying
true to the faves. Philip approaches Julia (who, bless her heart, has
barely gotten five minutes of screen time in this whole series) about “flipping,”
meaning to turn against her original tribe to join the favorites alliance,
which comes off a bit too strong — to Julia and to the other favorites.
At the immunity
challenge, Bikal is clearly the underdog, lagging behind from the start. Or as Jeff explains, “Bikal appears
to be on some kind of medication, they’re so slow.” Thanks, dude. It's no surprise when they lose and have to go to tribal council.
Michael and Matt
approach Philip to see what his plans are for the elimination. He wants to vote off “the girl,” (Julia) and spouts off a bunch of cray about "Stealth R
Us." Matt and Michael agree to vote her off and eat up the secret agent bullshit
— anything to keep Philip on their side. "Yes, this totally makes complete sense. Go on."When the favorites convene, they
decide to vote off either Julia (the weakest, in their eyes) or Matt (who they
are convinced does not have an immunity idol, and who is close to another fan,
Michael). “God save the gay!” Corinne says, happy that Michael is safe. She
knows either Julia or Matt has to go, but says Matt shouldn’t be punished for
being open and friendly, when all Julie has contributed is a “nasally voice.”
In the end, it was
Matt’s honesty that bit him in the ass. The Bikal faves were most concerned
about a hidden immunity idol and they knew he did not have one. He was voted off 4-3. And with this, 'Survivor' proverbially takes a razor to its beard, shaving away all of my reasons to watch the show
Beardwatch may be
coming to the end, but this is surely not the last we’ll see of Matt “The
Beard” Bischoff. Maybe we're biased, but we think he’d make an awesome candidate for a future favorite! May the force of the beard be with you all.
by Jac Kern
Posted In: TV/Celebrity
at 11:47 AM | Permalink
Weekly 'Survivor' recap featuring Cincy’s Matt Bischoff (and sometimes Reynold Toepfer)
Watch this week’s episode
of Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs.
Favorites, "Persona Non Grata" here.
Warning: It's almost week two on an island for these guys and watching this
episode made me really itchy. (Skip to the last minute to check out a preview
of next week’s ep, "Operation Thunder Dome")
brain-numbingly dumb episode.
Since, last week,
Reynold played his immunity idol and the majority Gota alliance voted off one
of their own (Laura), the fans seem a little more evenly matched and less
This week’s reward
challenge requires two members of each tribe to keep a net elevated by holding
a rope. The rest of the survivors must then try to throw coconuts into the nets of
their opponents. The heavier the nets, the more difficult it becomes to hold
them off the ground. Matt and Michael take on the nets for the fans while
Brandon and Phillip hold it down for the faves. The reward is a barbeque,
complete with meats, veggies, bread and wine.
As the coconuts
pile in, the nets become extremely heavy. Once again, Reynold excelled, not seeming to miss a single throw.
Brandon was the first to let go, then Matt and Michael, giving the favorites
yet another win.
Back at Gota’s
camp, the search for the hidden immunity idol begins again. And because the
number one rule of Survivor is that
it pays to be attractive, Reynold found it again! And so “the bulge” returns.
"This is how you play Survivor!"
Reynold says, noting he needs to keep it more of a secret this time. But he
immediately tells his homegirl, Eddie. #prettypeople4lyfe!
Over in Bikal, a
dumb egotistical tiff between Brandon and Phillip ending with Brandon
expressing that he hopes he doesn't lose control... So who can guess what
The weather on the island has been pretty rough, with heavy rains continuing for two straight
days. Cut to Matt’s gnarly feet: "My feet just look like a dead person's feet"
The other tribe
has received multiple rewards that have helped bolster their shelter, but all
of the fans’ possessions are completely soaked. Matt wishes upon a raindrop the
something good come their way…
Over at the favorites tribe,
Phillip decides the team should throw the upcoming immunity challenge in order to get rid of
Brandon. Word gets around faster on this island than a junior high cafeteria,
so Brandon gets wind of the plan almost immediately. And HE PISSED.
logically, you’re more of a man if you sabotage yourself than facing the
challenge at hand, Brandon storms the team’s shelter and dumped their pots of
beans and rice onto the jungle floor, shouting completely sane things like, “I’m
the author of my fate!” and “What now, bitch?”
Later that day, as
the tribes meet for the immunity challenge, the omniscient Jeff Probst asks
Brandon how things were going. Brandon requests to address the other tribe. He
rambled a bunch of hard-to-follow smack about how the fans will have an
opportunity to make this a real game, and to not let Phillip get too far. Corrine
interrupts to announce that Bikal would like to forfeit the challenge, and
handle this issue in tribal council.
Jeff invited the
visibly unstable Brandon to join him on neutral ground, where B rants on about
controlling his own fate — despite the obvious outcome of any scenario is Brandon
going home — and Jeff proceeds to give him what appeared to be a deep tissue massage. After minutes of childlike bickering, escalating accusations, Jeff awards immunity (albeit by default) to Gota and holds
tribal council right then and there. With a farewell shoulder rub, Jeff sends
Brandon off (not allowing him to return to the camp).Cue the music:
Next week: Philip
plans to take out Corrine and vice versa, but is a team switch-up on the way?
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The snow is melting, crocuses are popping
up; it can only mean one thing — a fresh crop of spring shows! Here’s
what to look forward to in the coming months.
by Jac Kern
at 10:17 AM | Permalink
Weekly ‘Survivor’ recap featuring Cincy’s Matt Bischoff (and sometimes Reynold Toepfer)
Watch this week’s
episode of Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs.
Favorites, "Kill or Be Killed" here.
(Skip to the last minute to check out a preview of next week’s ep, "Persona Non
alliance down to just him and Eddie, the duo was pretty pissed that Matt’s
alliance has turned on them twice. “[The Gota tribe] got rid of Hope tonight
because she was the prettiest one here and she was a threat to everyone because
of that,” Eddie said, angry that Laura, who performed poorly in the last
challenge, was not up for elimination.
In a reward
challenge, tribes competed for a chance to hang with a local bushman (later described
as a “Filipino Gollum.” Nice.) who will show the survivors how to live off the
land, then cook them a meal. The competition ended with all eight tribe members
having to balance on a tiny platform in the water. It appeared everyone on Gota
was on the platform except Matt, who was never quite able to get his foot above
the line. Fans lost for the third time in a row Andrea from the victorious
Bikal tribe recognized that this reward would
have been especially helpful to the down-and-out fan team, and that "really boosted the morale of
our tribe even more.”
Back at the Gota
tribe, Shamar continued his narcoleptic behavior and insisted that in order for him to continue the team must serve him rice every day. Once again, Shamar’s bad attitude and laziness gives
both Gota alliances something to agree upon — dude has got to go. But would
they actually follow through? The night just got rougher as storms and a flock
of rats made their way through the camp. By morning, it appeared Shamar was
ready to throw in the towel — for real this time. He claimed some sand had
scratched his eye and after some dramatic scenes of Shamar holding his head in
his hands, host Jeff Probst and a medical team came to his aid. As a medic
checked for abrasions on Shamar’s eye, holding his lids open and poking around,
Probst found it was a perfectly good time to have a heart-to-heart and discuss
Shamar’s “ups and downs.”
After a quick
examination, the medic discovered multiple abrasions on Shamar’s cornea that
would affect his vision. She advised him to leave the island to get his eye
treated by a doctor at home. The tribe was called in to get the news and
everyone pretended to be really sorry the big baby would be leaving.
In a separate
immunity challenge, the fans got off to a slow start, but Matt definitely pulled his weight. Go Go Gadget Arms! © CBSIt was a close finish, thanks
to Reynold’s carnival game skillz, but the team’s lagging start caused them to
lose. Again. Although Reynold and Eddie are on Matt’s opposing alliance, Matt
recognized that they are the two strongest players. He approached members of
both alliances to suggest they all vote off the weakest player, which is
obviously Laura. The women are nervous that, in turn, they will be picked off
one-by-one and Eddie and Reynold straight up don’t trust Matt. Did our dude
just become a target?
At tribal council,
Reynold finally played the hidden immunity idol he found a couple episodes ago.
But it turns out he didn’t even need to, because at least four out of the seven
members voted for Laura, sending her home. Hopefully this is a smart move that will help the Gota
tribe win a damn challenge.One thing Survivor is sorely missing is more one-on-ones with Matt. Check out this unaired gem:
Be sure to follow Matt "The Beard" Bischoff on Facebook for previews, episode photos and info about watch parties with The Beard himself.
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 6, 2013
It’s time to say goodbye to America’s ski-masked sweetheart, a man only known by his alias, “Jon.” Delocated will end with a single, Bourne Identity-esque 30-minute special (12:30 a.m. Friday, Adult Swim).
by Jac Kern
'Survivor' recap featuring Cincy's Matt Bischoff (and sometimes Reynold Toepfer)
Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs.
Favorites airs every Wednesday at 8 p.m. on CBS. Watch this week’s
episode, “There’s Gonna Be Hell To Pay” here.
(Skip to the last minute to check out a preview of next week’s ep, “Kill Or Be
Killed.") This recap primarily follows the fans because the local Matt Bischoff and ex-Cincinnatian Reynold Toepfer are part of that tribe and I pretty much fast forward through all other scenes.
Even though Matt's alliance (six of the 10 Gota "fan" tribe members) voted off Allie last week, this week's episode opened with a very livid Shamar leaving tribal council. The Iraq War vet who seems to rub everyone the wrong way was angry that his name (voted by the four pretty people) was even on the chopping block. But his fury wasn't just directed at the three remaining cool kids. All of Gota felt his wrath, including Cincy's favorite beardo. Matt shaking his finger in Shamar’s face — something he was not allowed to discuss in a previous interview
Reynold continued his reign of douchiness by calling the vote to send Allie home "revenge of the nerds." Hey, Reynold: less bullshit, more bulge. Thanks.
Sherri talked about how she owns fast
food franchises so she knows how to deal with awful teenagers, and hence, Shamar. Despite his apparently unbearable demeanor, she wants to keep him around. Shamar mentioned wanting to quit the game for about 30 seconds, but later decided he's "not gonna be the angry black
man on Survivor." His revelation included an emotional story about being a a veteran and adjusting to life post-war.
Everyone quickly dried their tears and headed to the Immunity challenge, where the reward was "comfort" (beach chairs, a couple throw pillows, tarp and rope). It was a very close race, but the fans lost
once again. At council, Shamar pulled out the classic reality show line — "They're trying to throw me under the bus!" — when the tribe pretty much collectively said that Shamar is a big old asshole.
The votes came in: three for Shamar, three for Hope and three for Eddie. You know what that means? It's time for a #revote! (WHO is seriously live-tweeting Survivor?). Hope was voted out. Looks like Matt's alliance
won't even turn on the utterly deplorable Shamar! Next week: Rat hurricane! I really can’t
believe people watch this regularly.
by Jac Kern
Posted In: TV/Celebrity
at 09:12 AM | Permalink
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Last week on Survivor, most of the
episode was devoted to the Bikal tribe, aka the Favorites. Our homeboy Matt Bischoff didn’t get a ton
of airtime, but was selected to join an alliance with Sherri, Laura, Julia, Shamar and Mike. The other alliance, referred to as “The
Lovers,” is comprised of the four attractive people who bonded early on their
collective attractiveness. When Gota got their buts kicked in the
immunity/reward challenge, Cincy-born Reynold Toepfer immediately addressed his
issues with Shamar. The Iraq War
veteran, who started a tiff with Matt last week, prefers to “conserve energy”
and do crazy Pilates stretches over wasting time fishing, securing the shelter or doing pretty much anything
else. Feel the burn!After Reynold spoke his peace, he proverbially slipped in an extra chair
at the popular kids’ lunch table and asked Matt to join the pretty people’s
decision and vote Shamar off, going against Matt’s original alliance.
Later, Reynold found a hidden immunity idol (which is a thing?) that
protects whoever’s in possession from elimination. After hiding the object in
his pants, trying to keep it secret, Laura immediately noticed a telling
“bulge” and knew the plan to eliminate one of the Lovers was foiled. Clearly,
this was all just a producer’s plot to get people to talk about Reynold’s “bulge.”
Success! Unfortunately, Reynold did not give his immunity idol to cuddle buddy
Allie, and the blonde got six out of 10 votes (Matt stuck with his original alliance). Looks like there’s more space at
the popular table!
Speaking of locals on TV, it looks like Cincy
has their own Sons of Anarchy
You know how at
the end of every Law and Order episode,
a message states that the stories are not based on actual events? Well, we all
know that’s a bunch of bullshit, and this week’s upcoming episode of Special Victims Unit couldn’t make that
any more clear. Via Dlisted:
A famous young Hip
Hop couple in a physical dispute screams “Chris and Rihanna!” but, in SVU world, the abuser done gets killt!
People love it when local products make national news. The latest: BuzzFeed’s
list of “Cincinnati Foods That Are
Better Than Yours.” Sure, you’ve got the ubiquitous Skyline and Montgomery
Inn (yawn, sorry), but there are some fresh Cincy exports like Tom + Chee’s
grilled cheese donut, Kings Island’s blue soft-serve and portable yums from
It’s Just Crepes.
Check nearly any humor blog/Internet recreation site and you’ll likely
find a list of the “Worst Tattoos EVAR” complete with misspellings, poor
drunken decisions and unfortunate portraits. Also, you’ll probably see this
picture. Well, not anymore — Scott Versago of Akron’s Ohio Ink Studios fixed
the butchered tat! Channeling my guilty pleasure crush Oliver Peck (panel judge
on Ink Master and ex-husband of Kat
Von D — don’t judge me), I have to say the “new” tat has entirely too much dark
shading, but it’s certainly an improvement and looks much more like the
original woman who passed away.
The Oscars were kind of fun this year. Seth MacFarlane didn’t attack us
with his arsenal of voices (though many saw his jokes as misogyny at its finest) and the awards were pretty spread out among the films (as opposed to the
usual one or two favorites). But after watching Saturday’s Film Independent
Spirit Awards, no other movie awards show will match up. The
much-funnier-than-MacFarlane Andy Samberg hosted, the show is uncensored on IFC
and the evening was brought to us by Jameson, an apparently magical ingredient for a
high-larious evening. And, yes, independent films are way cooler than Lincoln.
kicked off with the award for Best First Screenplay (See what I mean? What a
cool award.) As the camera panned around to all the nominees, Derek Connolly (of the perfectly surreal Safety Not Guaranteed) took a giant swig
of what appeared to be a wine glass full of Jameson (each table had a half
gallon!). To his surprise, Connolly won and went on to make a speech that
stumbled along for more than six minutes (this was what appeared to be the only time
the show was cut/censored), ending with a fabulous moment with the one and only
Bryan Cranston. Check out this moment and more highlights:
And one last Oscars gripe: I was enraged to see Channing Tatum perform an entire dance sequence onstage without tearaway pants, Ginuwine's "Pony" or a single pelvic thrust. They totally overlooked a potential Magic Mike nod and I don't appreciate it.
0 Comments · Tuesday, February 26, 2013
In an unaired episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show,
the queen of all media shocked comedians from across the country and
world as she awarded each of them with their own television series. “You
get a show, and you get a show — everybody gets a show!”
by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
– Fans vs. Favorites premiered last week and Cincinnati’s Matt Bischoff (whom
we interviewed here) made it through the first episode, officially making it
further than Cincinnati’s last castaway.
Despite my wide-ranging TV prowess, I haven’t watched Survivor in about 20
seasons. But having an interesting local character like Matt actually makes the
show pretty watchable. Survivor, like
every reality show, follows a set of standard rules in editing, and if you read between the lines it appears Matt could be on the show for a substantial amount of
time: He got enough airtime to intrigue viewers, but not
so much that it seems like they’re gearing up for his departure. Elsewhere,
Matt pulled his weight. He stood up to the cocky Marine barking orders but not
actually doing anything, but soon after paved things over, showing that he’ll put a dude in his place, but not be a dick about it. He helped construct the
tribe’s shelter and brought them to victory in the immunity challenge.
But Matt isn’t the
only hometown boy kickin’ it in the Caramoan — Sharonville native and Ken Doll
lookalike Reynold Toepfer, now a San Francisco resident, joins Matt in the Gota
Tribe. Reynold is a Princeton High School and Miami University grad, but he’s
moved away from the Queen City so he’s DEAD TO US. Just kidding, but seriously,
he’s kind of a d-bag. He formed an alliance with Laura because she flew
under the radar by not being “the cutest, not anything.” Gag. Then, no sooner
than night one, dude was getting into some straight-up heavy petting with Alli
during sleepytime. Matt, looking like an island ninja, checking out the "sleeping" situation going on with two of his tribe-mates.Isn’t this
supposed to be a family show? Not that I’m worried about “the children,” it’s
just my feeling that if you’re going to be kind of a sleazy reality show, you
should just be a really sleazy, self-aware reality show.
show has portrayed Matt as something of an outsider. In one particular scene,
four of the young, attractive, conventional Survivor
types (Reynold being one of them) dubbed themselves the “cool kids lunch
table” (gag again) and then the
camera panned out to Matt, looking alone in the ocean. In the show’s defense,
Survivor’s core audience probably relies on this type of blatant stereotyping to
understand what’s going on. More Beardwatch to come!
The Internet acts
as a platform for feedback for companies. So when a TV show gets or cancelled
or a product is removed from shelves, many consumers can share their critiques
online. Now, usually this quickly turns into a bullshit sounding board — just
read a Yelp review from a bitter customer — but sometimes the public can harness
the power of technology and allow its collective voice to be heard. Case in
point: Maker's Mark made news last week when the company announced that
the bourbon would henceforth have a reduced alcohol content in order to keep up
with demand. If the bourbon was diluted just a bit, they could produce
enough booze to meet sales demands, but that shortcut would affect the alcohol
volume by about 3 percent (from 45 percent ABV/90 proof to 42 percent/84 proof).
Bourbon drinkers weren’t havin’ none of that. So guess what? Maker's changed
their minds! The bourbon recipe will remain untouched. Long live Maker's Mark!
For a couple of
Grammy-winning musicians, the Black Keys sure have a lot of time for
extracurriculars! When they’re not making completely random, ponytailed cameos
they’re trolling Beliebers. Well, drummer Patrick Carney is. Justin Bieber tweeted that Carney (“the black keys drummer”) needed to “be
slapped around” in response to a comment Carney made to a reporter about Beiber’s
Grammy “snub.” Carney went on to change his Twitter name and profile picture to
Justin Bieber and JB fans were pissed. He’s back to assuming his own identity
but you can read the hilarious trolling tweets here. And because I look up any topic on the always-reliable Wikipedia before
writing about it, I discovered that Carney was married to (and later divorced)
writer Denise Grollmus in a ceremony officiated by Will Forte. Yes, MacGruber. WTF
documentary debuted on HBO Saturday, drawing in more viewers (1.8 million) than
any HBO doc in nearly a decade. A little self-serving and definitely over-the-top,
fans and critics alike had a field day with Life
Is But A Dream. Basically, Beyonce records her every waking moment, which,
according to this doc, includes lots of traveling, dance rehearsals and iMac
confessionals. We finally got a good look at mini-Jay, Blue Ivy: “We’re not
worthy!” Beyonce even tried to convince us she was down-to-earth by
rocking some crazy braids in the interview portions, filmed inside her childhood
are some quick and dirty deets from NY
Mag including number of manicure close-ups and number of Destiny’s Child
mentions (ZERO!). We got a couple peeks at her preggo belly, but there were not
enough shots of her eating French fries and too many shots of private helicopter
rides to convince me she’s 100 percent human and not an Illuminati alien
goddess. Three stars.