Mariah Carey’s holiday special from ABC is out on DVD, a few days before the season officially starts. Carey’s A Christmas Melody, a duet album with long-time collaborator Bebe Winans, debuted last year to rave reviews — not only for its music, but for the depth of Carey’s character throughout. On the show — broadcast in a two-hour-plus format — the star channels her inner Martha Stewart in a certain foodie way, for example, with dishes such as pumpkin cheesecake and pecan pie. She’s got a funny, real side to her too, like the time a paparazzo was giving her the stink eye. (In a moment of affront, Carey tells him to “put the camera down!”) It’s a saucy show, but then it’s pretty much what you’d expect of a Vegas-minded Carey. While viewers may be skeptical that Carey, 46, will be having much more success on her new, post-tour TV endeavors, she deserves credit for doing the unconventional by following her heart, even if the relationship hasn’t proved to be the one with Carey.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer airs Friday, December 1st on NBC.
Sin City, the place it is, is an excellent backdrop for an American musical. It’s small, quirky, and the mood is often warm and friendly. There’s a good chance you’ve been there before, even if only briefly. When it comes to holiday films, we tend to be perfectly happy with fare shot in a dingy motel or carnival with a flickering Christmas tree, a tinsel-spattered walkway and a crying Santa on the back lawn. But what if Sin City had gotten its animation movie makeover back in 1983, with a sort of retro 1930s-style retro feel to it? That would be what we’d get in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which comes out on DVD and Blu-ray this week. The animation style is a bit antiquated and the music is inconsistent, but overall, the cartoon is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon — or weekend. (It’s worth pointing out that it is not without some entertainment value as one of those timeless classic animated holiday shows, kind of like A Charlie Brown Christmas.) In this instance, though, rather than featuring elderly septuagenarians trying to find a career in the real world, we’re introduced to four rich kids’ antics in Las Vegas. Rudolph attempts to provide entertainment for his friends and aids them in their quest to find themselves, and encounters obstacles along the way.
You can watch Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on DVD and Blu-ray this week.
The reality show Flipping Out has been picked up for a third season, which will have more development on its own scheduling. Flipping Out — a six-year-old series featuring Orange County real estate agent Jeff Lewis and his team — is often goofy, colorful and confusing, but it’s also pretty fun. Lewis can get downright tetchy with the costumers who he can’t work with and will happily talk to you with a raised eyebrow, but he’s also more than willing to sit in the audience and invite in his guests to watch their home’s design progress. The show is often chaotic and filled with passionate viewers — who seem to get more out of it than the producers — but none of it is as authentic as it could be.
I’m guessing Season 3 will be even more fun than the second. Season 2 also came with a renewed sense of working for the love of what you do — now with some level of stability to it — and with a slight pay bump.
Flipping Out comes back to Bravo on September 9th.