En la Cama, Special Delivery, American Idol Exit Interviews
What: Two people, one night, one bed.
Why: Sex, conversation, a broken condom--it's all in a one-night stand for cute Chilean twentysomethings Daniela and Bruno. They meet at a party, head for a hotel and alternate hot sex with light conversation. As the night goes on they flirt, spar, argue and reveal more of themselves. They're both taking a time-out from turning points in their lives, and the film avoids easy sentiment or tidy resolution (though not some melodramatic plot points) in showing the pleasures and limits of their hours together.
Online: myspace.com/ special delivery
What: Prank reality series.
Why: Hey, here's a fun idea--let's humiliate the delivery guy! And put it on the Internet! It sounds like a creepy viral video, but it's actually a new MySpace-TV series in the tradition of Punk'd, Candid Camera, Boiling Points and other hidden-camera reality shows. It's more like a reverse Punk'd, in which the joke's on the peons instead of the stars. How long can they keep it up, and how many new situations can they create? That's part of the unsettling challenge, updated twice a week for nine weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
What: Axed contestants justify and say goodbye.
Why: HBO's In Treatment pretends to show therapy sessions; these farewell rationalizations are the real deal. "Everything happens for a reason" is a favorite. So is "This isn't the end; this is actually just the beginning." It's a genre begun by Survivor, reshaped here for Idol's blend of deluded optimism and Darwinian competition. In Colton's immortal words: "It's whatever, and, you know, I'm only 18, I have so much longer in my life to pursue my dreams." To which Joanne, sitting next to him off-camera, instantly adds: "And I'm only 25. And that's really young still too."