Dianne Choie's TV is in Brooklyn, NY. She has a cat, several reusable shopping bags, and other mildly annoying stereotypes of youngish people who live in Brooklyn.
Hyphen TV: Sorbet So Blah on Top Chef, Ink Blots on Project Runway
Pink desserts prove problematic for Sally on Top Chef: Just Desserts; Anya and Olivier form part of a chaotic dream team on Project Runway, Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains the health effects of 9/11.
Hyphen TV: Inspired by Gehry on 'Top Chef,' Not So Inspired by Painting on 'Project Runway'
Van has a rough time with musical cakes on Top Chef: Just Desserts, and Olivier struggles with avant garde and colors on Project Runway.
Hyphen TV: 'Just Desserts' Premiere, Athletic Fashions on 'Runway'
The second season of Top Chef: Just Desserts premieres, Project Runway contestants run, fall, cry, and create maxi dresses/skirts.
Hyphen TV: Family Restaurant, Project Runway Dyeing, George Takei
The premiere of Family Restaurant, Anya impresses with her dyeing ability on Project Runway, George Takei visits Conan
Hyphen TV: SYTYCD Finale, Stilt Fashion, Aziz Ansari on Conan
We wrap up another season of So You Think You Can Dance, Project Runway designers have a tall order to fulfill, and Aziz Ansari on Conan.
AAIFF '11 Reviews: 'The Learning' and 'Wedding Palace'
We review Asian American International Film Festival selections: A documentary on Filipina teachers in the US, and Christine Yoo's fictional account of a Korean American in L.A. whose family is cursed.
Hyphen TV: Getting into the 'SYTYCD' Finale, Pet Store Fashion on 'Project Runway'
Marko and Tadd are in the SYTYCD finale, Olivier impresses with a pet supply look on Project Runway, plus Tony Hsieh on Colbert, a Chinese knock-off Conan, and Jenna Ushkowitz on The Glee Project.
Hyphen TV: Runway's Back, So You Think You Can Keep Your Hat
The premiere of Project Runway, Marko and Tadd advance to the final six on So You Think You Can Dance, and Steve Byrne on Conan.
Hyphen TV: The Guys to Beat on 'So You Think You Can Dance'
Marko and Tadd continue to rock So You Think You Can Dance, making it through as two of the show's top eight dancers.
Hyphen TV: 'So You Think You Can Dance' Edition
Hyphen TV: Marko the Domination Man, Tadd's Identity Crisis, and Ali Wong on the Tonight Show
Continued fancy footwork on So You Think You Can Dance, Cindy Chang leaves America's Got Talent, comedian Ali Wong on the Tonight Show.
Hyphen TV: The Voice Wraps Up, Hip Hop Greatness, Asian American Susan Boyle
Season finale of The Voice, hip hop storytelling on So You Think You Can Dance, and some surprises (and non-surprises) on America's Got Talent.
Hyphen TV: Dia's Losing Her Religion, Marko and Tadd Are Dance Stars
Hyphen TV: Dancing Statues, Tea Time on Top Chef
An exciting start to the So You Think You Can Dance competition, and Floyd is our new Top Chef Master.
Hyphen TV: So You Think You Can Be Japanese, 'Heartless'ness on 'The Voice'
Finalists to look out for on So You Think You Can Dance, Dia performs live on The Voice, plus Floyd makes it to the Top Chef Masters finale and Steven Ho batters Conan.
Hyphen TV: Dance Crew Reunion, Science in the Kitchen, and South Park's Little Tokyo
Finale results on America's Best Dance Crew, more auditions on So You Think You Can Dance, and catching up with the rest of reality TV and South Park.
Hyphen TV: Dance, More Dance, and Ken Jeong
Getting things started on So You Think You Can Dance, almost the end of America's Best Dance Crew, plus some singin' and faux ninja-in'.
Hyphen TV: Childhood Games on ABDC, Top Chef Masters in Love
Our weekly TV recap. Plus, two shows with Asian faces are cancelled. Is it worth losing mediocre shows if it means underrepresented groups get less airtime?
Hyphen TV: Down to the Wire on 'ABDC', Maggie Q Does Yoga with Conan
Crews in danger on America's Best Dance Crew, Top Chef Masters get a musical challenge, and Maggie Q does an unusual workout with Conan.
Hyphen TV: New Contestants on The Voice, Continued Dominance on ABDC
The Voice has lots of new contestants for us to keep an eye on, our crews continue to get love on America's Best Dance Crew, plus updates on Top Chef Masters, Community, and other faves.
Hyphen TV: Drag Race and Great Restaurant Finales, Bad News on Top Chef and ABDC
Mixed results on a couple season finales, (lack of) Asian sex symbols on Glee, and one last take on Tiger Moms.
Hyphen TV: Sunshine on 'Glee' and the First Results of 'ABDC' Voting
Glee returns with Sunshine Corazon (Charice) and features of Tina and Mike, America's Best Dance Crew has its first full roster of performances, and we've got our eyes on a couple contestants in some upcoming finales this week.
Hyphen TV: Chinese Business Affairs on Community
This week we meet the rest of America's Best Dance Crews, get some punnalicious Asian jokes on Community, and see some cookin' from master chefs and ... not so masterful restauranteur hopefuls.
Hyphen TV: The Return of America's Best Dance Crew
Meet some of the APAs on this season of America's Best Dance Crew, coming down from the pedestal for Top Chef Masters, and America's Next Great Restaurant on wheels.
Hyphen TV: Surprisingly Handsome
I'm not gonna bury the lede here, guys -- Thia Megia's off of American Idol! I can't say I'm terribly terribly surprised, but Thia is undoubtedly talented, and I'll miss her stoic non-emotion. Okay seriously, I'll miss the kid.
Hyphen TV: Not Offensive!
Look, I'm as sick of measuring how "offensive" things are as anyone else. So it was nice to get a moment of levity from 30 Rock's Jenna Maroney, arguably a close second in the Out of Touch with Reality contest to Tracy Morgan's Tracy Jordan.
Hyphen TV: The Land of Candy Bars and M&Ms
The college study-group-cum-surrogate-family that is the cast of Community continues its second season with (Ex-)Señor Chang (Ken Jeong) as a strange new permanent addition. Though, I can't say I hate the odd dynamic his presence adds to the group, particularly with the development of his possibly being the father of fellow student Shirley's child.
Hyphen TV: What Is a Tiffin Box?
Last week I didn't have a chance to check out the premiere of the new show America's Next Great Restaurant, but I'm now caught up and in the words of SNL Miley Cyrus, it's pretty cool.
Hyphen TV: Vaguely Asian Magazine
I promise this won't turn into the Asian American Idol blog (okay, maybe that's more of a strong reassurance than a promise), but it can't be ignored: Thia Megia was voted into the top 13 on Idol!
Hyphen TV: Panda Hair
All right guys, first things first. THIA MEGIA MADE IT ON IDOL! Was there ever any doubt? Of course not, not even when she was the last contestant through, narrowly beating out the poor girl who got rejected for the seventh time -- and on her birthday.
Hyphen TV Special Edition: Richard Lui
Richard Lui can be seen every weekday from 10am to 11am on MSNBC’s Jansing and Company. In 2007, he became the first Chinese American male to anchor a weekday national newscast on CNN’s Headline News. Think he went to journalism school? Think his parents wish he were a doctor? Think his last name is actually Lui? Wrong on all counts!
Hyphen TV: Are You Playing Angry Birds?
Before we jump into this week in television, can we discuss how massively disappointed I am with the contestants on the new season of Survivor? Seriously, that is one white group of people.
Hyphen TV: All Guys from Quebec Are Good at Karate
Hyphen TV: Speaking Slower Doesn't Help Anything
We got a rare glimpse of some of the Asians in Scranton on this week's episode of The Office. Of course they were employees of a local Chinese restaurant, but that's more or less par for the course in plenty of American suburbs, so I'm not hatin'.
Hyphen TV: Dragalicious
I love reality television. I love drag queens. RuPaul's Drag Race? Uh, yeah. Love that show. LOVE. It was with much eager anticipation that I awaited the third season, which premiered with three glorious, fabulous hours last week.
Hyphen TV: Not a Party in the USA
Okay you guys NOW I'm feeling that the 2011 television season has started for real. Idol? My NBC comedies? All I need is RuPaul (coming next blog post) and I'm all set. Ahh, all is right with the world once again.
Hyphen TV: Where My Asians At?
We hit a bit of a dry spell this week on Hyphen TV -- what can I say, it can't always be dim sum and half-Korean gay weddings.
Hyphen TV: Dance Forever
Happy new year, fellow television fans! The holidays are all well and good, but I am nothing without new TV (two weeks without, akk), so let's get back into the groove.
Hyphen TV: Can't Beat the Backbeats
I am a FOOL for not watching The Sing-Off from the start. Thankfully, I have rectified the situation and caught up on all the a capella goodness I've missed. The Backbeats were an early stand-out for me, particularly the group's adorable creator, Kenton Chen. Joining him is alto Catherine Ricafort, and I can't discuss the group without mentioning the gorgeous voice of Joanna Jones. LOVE THESE GUYS. Their energy and wackiness are nicely counterbalanced by their emotion -- I got chills during last week's performance of "Landslide." Oh man, just check them out.
Hyphen TV: Where IS that Asian Santa?
I have to make an admission right up front, you guys. There are a bunch of reality shows this season with Asian American contestants, and I don't watch them all. I know, I'm filled with shock and horror too. There's only so much time/DVR space in the week! But fear not, I'll still keep you up to speed, and I'll be adding a couple of series recordings to my already bloated record list...
Hyphen TV: Scallops Take 2
Top Chef All-Stars, you guys! Top Chef! All-Stars! As if it weren't enough that the beloved show has returned along with some of its most skilled and/or beloved past contestants, Filipino American, New York City-based Chef de Cuisine (fancy!) Dale Talde of season four is back. The guy's got a known feisty streak (see: clip of him punching a locker in his season), is big on bringing Pinoy food to the mainstream (YES fire up the pork adobo and keep it comin'), and he has plenty to prove (see: Anthony Bourdain calling Dale's butterscotch scallops the worst dish in the show's history during season four).
Hyphen TV: Here Go Hell Come?
Hope you all had a restful and delicious Turkeyday, my fellow TV fans! Unfortunately, national holiday = repeats and recaps, but there was a tiny bit of new television to cling onto this past week. Okay, basically one show. I still need to check out your suggestions as well (my parents' house is TV-free -- I KNOW -- so I haven't have a chance to catch up). Let's dig in!
Hyphen TV: Roundup
Hi, Hyphen blog fans! I'm your new guide/conversation-mate on all things Asian American on television. I thought we might get to know one another by sharing what shows and Asian American characters/contestants we've been watching -- any overlaps on our lists? Anything I'm not watching that I need to check out? Let me know in the comments.
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