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VIDEO: Can 'American Idol' finally zoom ahead of 'Amazing Race'?

September 17, 2008 |  5:04 pm

As I note in my overview article about the Emmy program races (CLICK HERE), TV's top program, "American Idol," has never won best reality-competition show and, even more amazing, "Amazing Race" has never lost.

At the Creative Arts Emmy ceremony last Sunday I caught up with Kynt and Vyxsin — "a couple of Goth kids from Louisville," says Kynt — whose elimination episode of "Amazing Race" will decide that show's fate this year. That's the one that was judged by Emmy voters — and it's a doozie full of thrilling action as five teams compete in Mumbai, India, to thread 108 flowers into a wedding garland, deliver propane gas tanks to residents and ride a rickshaw to a tailor shop.

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However, "American Idol" submitted an excellent episode too: the two-hour season finale that not only includes the gripping suspense over which of the two Davids (Cook or Archuletta) will win, but their joint performance of Nickelback's "Hero" and other socko musical turns by Donna Summer, ZZ Top, the Jonas Brothers and past "Idol" champ Carrie Underwood.

The episode selection is so good that "Idol" actually has a shot at winning this year — except for one, big, annoying thing. Nine minutes into the episode there's a stupid plug for Mike Myers' movie bomb "The Love Guru" that refuses to end. Will Emmy voters be so turned off that they'll, literally, turn the DVD screener of the episode off too early?

It's painful to watch. "Idol" producers force the two Davids to sit through a screening of "The Love Guru" and pretend to laugh, then they're subjected to a personal encounter with Guru Pitka himself, who barks unfunny advice at them. Even though the guru dons a beard, he yells at Cook for having facial hair: "It's not the '90s! The last time I saw stubble like that I was at a 'Melrose Place' party." And the prediction he snickers at Archuletta is totally creepy: "Soon you'll have hair in weird and wonderful places!" As if all of that isn't insufferable enough, the "Love Guru" plug continues further into the episode with — no, please, noooooo! — an actual visit by Myers to the set of "Idol," forcing poor Ryan Seacrest to make fumbling small talk and pretend to laugh at Myers' awful "jokes."

Please forgive these crazy Goth kids in this video. Kynt makes an Emmy goof right up front. "Amazing Race" has won the Emmy as best reality-competition show five times straight, not six. At least so far. Maybe, just maybe, this will come true on Sunday night -- thanks to the Love Guru.

Photos: ABC, Fox. Video: Los Angeles Times


Will Razzie voters get smitten by Mike Myers and Justin Timberlake in 'The Love Guru'?

June 18, 2008 |  2:38 pm

From the first reviews for his new movie "The Love Guru", it looks like the only kudos coming Mike Myers' way this year will be Razzie Awards. The film, in which Myers plays, no lie, an Indian swami, is currently rated as an absolute zero by Rotten Tomatoes.

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Just two weeks ago, the comedian hosted the MTV Movie Awards to promote the release of "The Love Guru," his first live-action picture in five years. His last such movie, the costly "The Cat in the Hat," disappointed Dr. Seuss fans and critics alike earning just $100 million in the U.S. and eight Razzie nods in 2003. Luckily for Myers and company, that was also the year of Bennifer and "Gigli." However, Myers' new movie, which costars two other lightning rods for the critics -- Jessica Alba and Justin Timberlake -- can't count on an even worse reviewed one coming out this year. Indeed, "The Happening" which landed with such a splat last weekend, scoring only 21 at Rotten Tomatoes, seems like a critical darling by comparison.

While the goose egg for "The Love Guru" is based on only the first six reviews, don’t bet on that number rising into even the double digits by the time the film opens Friday. By comparison, the tepid response so far to "Get Smart," which also debuts this weekend, makes that TV show adaptation seem like a comic gem. With the red hot Steve Carell and the still hot Anne Hathaway assuming the roles of Maxwell Smart and Agent 99 and Oscar winner Alan Arkin onboard as the Chief, this comic caper looks likely to be the box office winner this weekend.

Mike Myers began his career on TV, winning an Emmy Award in 1989 for writing in the first of his six seasons on "Saturday Night Live." One of his most successful characters on that late-night sketch show provided the inspiration for his first feature film, "Wayne's World," in 1992. While the 1993 sequel was certainly not its equal, Myers' other film that year, "So I Married An Axe Murderer," was a resounding failure. Only with "Austin Powers" in 1999, did Myers bounce back and the three films in that franchise and then the "Shrek" series have kept him on the A list. They have won him six MTV Movie Awards as well as the MTV Generation Award last year.

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