Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Glee Quickie

The beginning of Glee was very sad (although a little heavy handed but I'll forgive because I think the message prevails) and the ending was semi-shocking. Things were just going to well for her - and that can't be good for a dramedy. Now, did anyone else think of this with the ending:

This had less texting while driving and was a little more dramatic. Man, I miss Alias.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Gossip Girl: Cross Rhodes

I'll try to write a recap later this week. I was at a basketball game so everything is behind. I will say that Serena's hair looked 100% better this week, Alessandra is the worst, and Dan's line, "Yeah this is my fault" made me snort. The not-director of the UCB play reminded me of Daniel Faraday - SPOILER - his mom kills him.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Gossip Girl: Crazy, Cupid, Love

Nate throws a party
where the theme is "high school" [?] cause 
It's Valentine's Day!

I'm very behind on Gossip Girl recaps. There are a couple of things I LOVED in the last two episodes, "G.G." and  "The Backup Dan:"
  • Blair actually went through with the wedding - cause I didn't think that would happen.
  • Her two dads walked her down the aisle! That was a really touching moment
  • The prince finally had enough and is now eeeeevil (imagine him saying that with his accent, I guess it would sound like eee-fil)
  • The music at the wedding reception was very non-royalty and non-Blair, but for some reason I thought it was funny
  • Blair turns to Dan for help (squeee!) 
  • Blair's hair looks miraculously better at the airport. Thanks Jet-Blue!
  • Dan lies to Serena and has seemingly ignored her love declaration. I think this is amazing.
  • Dan finally sort of stands up for himself and storms out - but only as far as the hotel bar
  • Blair tells Dan to get a haircut
  • I got a text from a friend after "The Backup Dan" that said: Ok, I'd be happy with Dair. This was followed by me telling her I needed to find my Dan and she said he was probably at home watching the boy version of Gossip Girl. I decided that was either Gossip Girl or Swamp People
  • Dan lurking in the corner at the end of the second episode. I like sneaky Dan. Too bad his Sideshow Bob hairstyle makes it hard for him to be incognito.
There were also things I hated:
  • Serena's hair still looks terrible. The wedding style had potential in the front but had a stringy ponytail in the back

Wedding party in the front...
  • Speaking of hair, Blair would NEVER wear that hairstyle at her wedding. Never. I don't even think the Prince's mom would let her wear her hair like that
  • Georgina is fake Gossip Girl?
  • Serena has the nerve to be mad at Dan for lying when she just lied to him 5 minutes earlier about being at the wedding and then lied about being the one who sent the GG blast AND had lied a day earlier by saying they had to keep fake dating for Blair's sake
  • I just hate Serena
  • Nate hitting on the waiter girl is really predictable, but he is still pretty. She however, isn't as pretty as fake Charlie, but has a less grating voice
  • The excuse that Blair gave Chuck for not paying the dowry (oh yes, there is a dowry) for her. Lame.
  • Blair going off with Louis at the end made me sad
  • This, though, was the worst:

The recap of Crazy, Cupid, Love is after the JUMP!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Gossip Girl Suggestion

No haiku today cause I'm in a hurry, but can they just kill off Louis? I'd be real excited for a "Who killed Prince Louis?" cliffhanger. The suspects are endless and Serena would (like the idiot she is) take the blame when she thinks it's someone that she loves who did it. I'd love to see her in an orange jumpsuit and her hair would probably look better in jail than it has been looking recently. Really, everyone should want to kill Louis because he's super annoying and his accent is terrible. They could lead us to think it was one of the UES gang when eventually his crazy sister and the fake priest could get pinned for the murder then there could be a long shot of Cyrus burning his bloody clothes cause you know, he'd be the last person they'd suspect.

Pretty please can this happen?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Cougar Town Tour: Watch Cougar Town!

Cougar Town world tour
Hits the Drafthouse in Austin -
I laugh my ass off.

Bill Lawrence decided he didn't need the network's support (cause it wasn't there; [See: Chuck]) to help get the word out about Cougar Town. Instead of waiting  around, he launched his own tour of the show. Genius. Upcoming episodes would be screened for fans in cities across the US; they'd provide t-shirts and drinks and guarantee that at least one writer and one cast member would be in attendance. Word went out via Bill Lawrence's Twitter and the Cougar Town Facebook page about the events and how to get on the list.

T-Shirts for everyone!
I was lucky enough to get on the list for the Austin event that took place January 28th at the amazing Alamo Drafthouse. Me, two friends who watch Cougar Town, and my friend who did not watch but I knew would enjoy it ventured out to see what these parties were all about.

Turns out it was awesome.

Executive producer Kevin Beigel, writer Blake McCormick, Ian Gomez and Dan Byrd were all in attendance  with Ain't It Cool News's Harry Knowles introducing them (more on this later). They previewed three of the upcoming season 3 episodes: episodes 1, 4 and 5, which were all hilarious - but with heart. Jules and Grayson's relationship is progressing with no mention of the baby dilemma from season 2,  Laurie is still wearing bright colored lipstick and having adventures in dating, Travis has moved into a new place with 8 roommates (we only meet one and let me tell you, he is NO Kevin), Bobby may have found a new romantic love interest and - in my favorite turn of events, Ellie and Andy are dealing with Stan's really really terrible twos (ones?). Sharking, foam helmets, a green screen and a song from The Little Mermaid are some of the other things people have to look forward to when Cougar Town returns on February 14th. 

In the Q&A after the screening they seemed excited about being there - genuinely excited. They were appreciative to have an audience that laughed and drank along with the show and in return the crowd was appreciative for the early screening. After the show they invited everyone to a nearby bar to drink and mingle. They all were kind enough to pose for pictures with fans, take tequila shots, drink beers and answer more annoying questions from the fanboys and girls like me. 
As a fan already, my assessment of this event shouldn't count. I'm one of the fans that watches, was disappointed when ABC decided to put on the ridiculous Work It on their schedule instead of Cougar Town, and I will be sitting at home on Valentine's Day watching [this is not only cause I don't have a date] the premiere so of course I loved it. As I watched the episode at the Drafthouse, I paid close attention to my friend's reaction. She did a slight catch up the day of the event - she needed to know what Penny Can was - but I was unsure of what she'd think. She laughed her ass off. I asked after if she enjoyed it and she said she did. She's now a fan and I am convinced she'll spread the word on how the show with the silly name is in fact silly - in a good way. 

Let me back track a second and talk about a conversation me and my friends had in the lobby. We were talking about being a panelist or in a focus group on new tv shows where we could have the opportunity to give our opinion to someone who'd actually read it. We laughed and talked about how we could become famous [I think all of us in that conversation dream of a life where we paid to talk/write about food and tv] from the genius things we would write on those comment cards. Once we were in the theater and Harry Knowles steps up to introduce his friend Kevin Beigel. He begins by talking about Kevin used to work with Ain't It Cool News and wrote a review/recommendation for the movie There's Something About Mary. It was read by all sorts of higher ups and immediately he was offered jobs with both the studio and the Farrelly Brothers. My friend and I turned to each other and said: Our dreams CAN come true!

Watch Cougar Town on ABC and your dreams can come true too. Seriously. And thanks to the Cul-de-Sac crew and writers for a great night.