Reality check: Alien werewolf puts bite on 'Face Off' contestant


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Remember when your mom said, "If you can't say anything nice ..."?

That pretty much sums up the working relationship of two local makeup artists this week on "Face Off" (Syfy, Tuesdays).

Arnold native Autumn Cook and Eric Zapata, who attended the Tom Savini Special Make-up Effects school in Monessen, were teamed in a challenge that put a new spin on an old classic.

It did not go well.

Ms. Cook is outspoken. Mr. Zapata is not. Each team was to imagine if werewolves lived on other planets, and theirs was Jupiter. They failed to communicate; talk about your men-are-from-Mars-women-are-from-Venus irony.

Their werewolf was supposed to have sort of a rocky frame beneath the fur, but it was a mess. The judges did not have much to say in the way of praise, and it was no surprise when they landed in the bottom two.

In the end, Ms. Cook, 35, was sent home.

"I'm not ready to leave the competition, but apparently everybody else is ready for me to leave the competition," she said in an exit interview.

Impressions to impress

Some of the queens on "RuPaul's Drag Race" (Logo, Mondays) boggled the mind this week.

It was time for one of every season's most anticipated challenges, a "Match Game"-type show. Here was the chance for everyone to do their best, funniest celebrity impersonations.

Detox chose Ke$ha. Coco picked Janet Jackson. Pittsburgh's Alaska went with renowned queen Lady Bunny. Ivy Winters did a pretty clueless Marilyn Monroe.

Jinkx Monsoon announced she would do Little Edie Beale, which prompted snorts of derision from a few of the contestants.

"Wait, they don't know who Little Edie is?" she said, surprised that a bunch of queens wouldn't know the star of a documentary -- "Grey Gardens" -- that has become almost as iconic to the gay community as Liza or Barbra.

Host/mentor/judge RuPaul Charles seemed a bit taken aback as well. Yet Jinkx had the last laugh, impressing guest judges "Downtown" Julie Brown and the "other" MTV Julie Brown with her spot-on impression.

The runway show, themed "Fishy Fierceness," was less a success for her, but she was still the night's overall winner. As the queens paraded in various states of aquatic attire, Alaska carried what she proclaimed was a stuffed trout her grandfather caught in Lake Erie: "Grandpa would be so proud and completely horrified."

Sashaying away was Lineysha Sparx, who did a dreadful impression of salsa singer Celia Cruz after deciding Michelle Obama would be too tough.

Hopewell native still surviving

On "Survivor" (CBS, Wednesday), another of the "cool kids" got the boot after a three-way tie at the Fans' Gota tribal council. Although most signs pointed toward the exit of Marine Shamar Thomas, ultimately, Allie Pohevitz was sent packing.

Hopewell native Laura Alexander appears to have backed the right horse in her choice of alliance. Even after a weak performance in swimming during the team immunity challenge, her safety was never in doubt.

'Joe Schmo' counts down

"The Joe Schmo Show" (Spike TV, Tuesday) brought back Lorenzo Lamas, who was supposed to win a rigged immunity challenge. But Lawrenceville's Chase Rogan surprised the producers by smashing through reinforced doors on an obstacle course, which led to the writers coming up with a new scenario for setting up a finale showdown next week with Mr. Lamas.

"They weren't accounting for [my] real adrenalin," he said recently.

A viewing party will be held in Erie at the Sand Bar, which is owned by the uncle of Mr. Rogan's wife, Taylor.

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Maria Sciullo: msciullo@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1478 or @MariaSciulloPG.


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