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Category: TV

May
29th

Kent sharpshooters survive first episode of ‘Top Shot’

Two Kent marksmen survived the first episode of the History Channel reality show “Top Shot” on Wednesday night.

You can read my profile of Kyle Sumpter and Kelly Bachand here. It ran in last week’s GO section.

The elimination style ‘Big Brother’-meets-‘Survivor’ style show will net the winner a cool $100,000. The show, now in its fifth season, is built around testing the skills of expert marksmen using a variety of weapons and challenges. There were 16 contestants going in to the show tonight. Now, there are 15. (Contestant Greg Littlejohn was eliminated.)

This season

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April
10th

Vicci Martinez to appear on ‘Today’ Thursday morning

Vicci Martinez will appear on the “Today” show with Al Roker Thursday morning, the Tacoma singer-songwriter posted on her Facebook page Wednesday evening.

Martinez didn’t say what the subject was but her duet with CeeLo Green single “Come Along” is getting increased airplay and climbing the charts. It’s now at 19 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Chart, up from 34 in December. She was a finalist on the first season of the NBC hit “The Voice.”

Martinez said her appearance would occur around 8 a.m.

The singer just finished work on a video for

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April
10th

‘Bob’s Burgers’…live in Seattle

FOX’s Emmy Award-nominated animated comedy “Bob’s Burgers” is bringing a live show to Seattle’s Neptune Theater on May 8 and 9.

The voice cast of the hit show will perform including H. John Benjamin (Bob Belcher), Kristen Schaal (Louise Belcher), Eugene Mirman (Gene Belcher), Dan Mintz (Tina Belcher) and John Roberts (Linda Belcher), along with the show’s creator and executive producer, Loren Bouchard.

It’s a night of stand-up comedy, a “Bob’s Burgers” table read, a fan Q & A and sneak peeks from upcoming episodes.

Find more info here.

Tickets for both 8 p.m.

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March
7th

Taxidermist Cat Grey’s giant ‘Nightmare’ spider loses to 9/11

Tacoma rogue taxidermist Acataphasia “Cat” Grey’s nightmarish gigantic spider lost to a patriotic themed competitor on AMC’s “Immortalized” Thursday night.

Read the feature I wrote about Grey here.

She was bested by “Immortalizer” Dave Houser who sported a pink mohawk on the show. Houser is a traditional taxidermist with an unidentifiable accent who said he didn’t care for rogue taxidermy.

Grey commented that Houser didn’t appear traditional. I’d have to agree. Especially when he started dancing.

The show’s theme was “Your worst nightmare.” Grey told the judges: “I went with a generalized ‘Nobody Escapes’ nightmare.”

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Jan.
27th

Tacoma family will ‘Feud’ Monday morning with Steve Harvey

The Pawlak family of Tacoma will compete on the long-running game show “Family Feud” Monday morning.

The show, hosted by Steve Harvey, will air Monday at 9 a.m. on The CW 11 (KSTW 11).

The five Pawlak brothers will attempt to keep up with the Johnsons – a family from Lexington, Ken. in front of a studio audience in Atlanta, Georgia. (The show is taped.) Both families are trying to win up to $100,000 and a new car.

The Pawlak family includes Pat, an IT manager and youth sports coach; brother Adam, a law enforcement officer; brother Eric,

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Jan.
17th

Tacoma’s latest reality TV star is a nerd

Tacoma and the South Sound churn out reality TV contestants at a numbing pace. From Vicci Martinez on “The Voice” to Nellie Veitenheimer on “The Glee Project” to “Cupcakes Wars” and “Survivor” and shows about Ford Escapes and looking-for-love bachelors.

Tacoma’s latest TV star wannabe, Genevive, will be one of 11 contestants vying to be “King of the Nerds” on TBS. The show premiers tonight.

According to her bio on the TBS site Genevive is obsessed with Batman, can’t decide if she likes math or science better and has a dog named Marty McFly. Her mother told

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Nov.
14th

You can audition for ‘America’s Got Talent’ in Seattle Nov. 29

Work on your stand-up routine, dust off the guitar or start training your dog. “America’s Got Talent” returns to Puget Sound for auditions on Nov. 29. The venue is the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

The motivation is strong: $1 million if you win the competition on NBC’s top-rated summer series.

The talent search is open to acts of all ages. Updates, pre-registration forms, audition tips and details with all venue information can be found at www.AGTauditions.com.

Hopeful stars will have 90 seconds to impress the series’ producers. Every type of performer is encouraged –

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Nov.
7th

Federal Way teacher and ‘Jeopardy’ contestant hosts Tacoma viewing party

John Hines, a teacher at Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way, is one of 15 contestants competing on the “Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament” this week. He’s vying for the $100,000 cash prize.

Hines’ episode will air on Thursday and to celebrate he’s planning a viewing party and a fundraiser tomorrow at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Tacoma. It will benefit the Foss High School football team which he coaches.

If Hines wins his quarterfinal match on Thursday he will advance to the semifinals and then to the two-day finals.

The show airs at 7:30 p.m. on KOMO-TV (4).

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