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In the news: Best Years reviews

These are reviews about the American premiere, about the show currently airing on Global:

David Bianculli of the NY Daily News:

  • Class struggle in ‘Best Years’
    “”Degrassi” head writer Aaron Martin is the creator of “The Best Years,” and establishes his new, college-age series with a scattershot approach that would earn different grades. For starters, he gets an A for casting Charity Shea as Samantha. She’s a fresh-faced young actress who, like Anne Hathaway in “The Devil Wears Prada,” exudes vulnerability, confidence and casual beauty.”

Robert Philpot of the Star-Telegram:

  • ‘The Best Years’ has the smarts for college
    “With Veronica Mars and Gilmore Girls no longer doing first-run episodes, there’s a dearth of series about college. The Best Years, the first series on The N to move into higher education, tries to change that. It doesn’t have Veronica’s smarts or Gilmore’s wit, but it’s a watchable genre entry nonetheless.”

In the news: Canadian Idol results show

Sofi Papamarko of Chart Attack recaps the results episodes:

Leah Collins of the Victoria Times Colonist talks about the hometown contestants:

  • Island singers continue on Canadian Idol
    “Victoria’s Liam Styles Chang, 17, and Port McNeill’s Clifton Murray, 27, received enough votes from viewers to continue to the next week of competition.”

The Abbotsford News follows the Fraser Valley contestants:

  • Idols impress judges, fans vote both to Top-18
    “Jepsen and Abbotsford’s Greg Neufeld had an easy time of it during Wednesday’s results show. Both of them found out early on in the program that they were safe for another week.”

Jason Roessle of the Mission City Record talks to that city’s contestant:

  • Jepsen learns to follow instinct
    “Carly Jepsen performed with the rest of the women June 26, belting out a rendition of Corinne Bailey Rae’s Put Your Records On.”

Upcoming episodes: From the Ground Up, Global, July

From Global:

DebbieTravisFrom The Ground Up Season 2
Thursdays – 9pm ET/PT
July 5: “The Kitchens” – It’s a tizzy of a task as Debbie throws everything but the kitchen sink at her protegés. Forced to take creative control, the protegés are given the task of redesigning a kitchen for a client they’ve never met. Debbie enlists the help of the mystery client, ultimately proving that sometimes “mother knows best”.

July 12: “The Sono-Tubes” – Taking a break from right-angles, Debbie has her protegés create a complete furniture collection out of sono-tubes. Debbie and one lucky protegé have everything riding on this one as the winning design will be featured in one of the hottest design magazines!

July 19: “The Living tableau” – Debbie forces her protegés to think in a completely new direction about the job as her Chief Designer; market the Debbie Travis Brand into a living ad that will be unveiled to the public audience. During this final stretch of the race, one solid designer will crack under the pressure and break Debbie’s heart in the process.

July 26: “The Super Bowl of Design Parties” – An impossible feat: plan and design a high-end industry party in less than two days! The protegés get off to a rocky start causing Debbie’s stress and anxiety to mount. With RSVPs pouring in and deadlines looming over her head, Debbie is forced to bring in an event planner to help her protegés pull off the party.