The kids are all wrong
Published: November 30, 2011
The Sing-Off (7pm Mon, NBC)
Last year’s installment of the vocal-group competition featured the king of a cappella music, former Persuasions lead vocalist Jerry Lawson. Incredibly, the 60-something Lawson was tapped as a contestant rather than a judge, and he and his new group provided a weekly clinic in singing from the heart. The panel of judges could do little but bow down before him, marveling at a set of pipes that gives Otis Redding and Sam Cooke a run for their money.
Lawson’s not around this season, so there was nowhere for the series to go but down. Word has it, however, that he’ll return tonight for a holiday-themed guest appearance.
Any current competitor who wants to win The Sing-Off had better listen carefully to Lawson’s performance. It’ll be a lesson in Soulfulness 101 — a class most of these young singers seem to have missed in school.
One Born Every Minute (9pm Tue, Lifetime)
I admit that I fainted in the hospital when my son was born. There was just too much blood and screaming for a wimpy TV critic to take. So I appreciate the chance to return to the maternity ward as a more detached observer in this remarkable series, which chronicles the miracle of birth at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Each episode takes several couples and their families from the buildup to the big moment, and the mini-dramas are truly intense. Will the baby be healthy? Will the mother survive the trauma? Will the family members be on speaking terms when it’s all over?
I’d appreciate it if you could tell me what happens at the end of this week’s episode. I did fine for the first 45 minutes, but when the screaming started, I was out like a light.
Dean Robbins covers television entertainment for the Current. Read his longer complete column each week, only at sacurrent.com.