Look! A bonus podcast! Janine, Lindsey and I tackle what we want to see, and what we hope we don't see, next season on Glee. Will we watch if they bring in a new cast of singers? Can a show like this sustain itself over the long run? And will Glee be more British "Skins" or "Saved By The Bell: The New Class?"
The kids hit the Big Apple on Glee, which entails original songs, a few appearances on Broadway stages, a "shocking" kiss, and a marked lack of heckling. Every time we've been to New York, there's been heckling.
We're torn on the episode. There were some sweet parts -- Rachel and Fin's date, Kurt and Rachel's duet and Shue's realization, among others -- and parts we weren't so thrilled with. Exhibit A: Original songs. We get why the show is doing it (and it involved buckets of cash), but we can't help but feel that it lessens our enjoyment of the show. What's the point if you can't sing along?
Lindsey, Janine and I dissect what we liked, what we didn't, and what we think of when everyone else is thinking about, say, the thrill of being on a major stage (I was thinking "Look out for Teamsters!") Take a listen, then tell us whether you agree or disagree with our assessment of the finale.
"Nothing makes me want to click my heels more than suspenders, a neckerchief, and some colorful balloons!"
When we first heard about the extended Lady Gaga episode of Glee, we were a little annoyed. After we watched the episode we understood: those extra 30 minutes allowed for more complete storytelling, letting the plots luxuriously expand and acquire a bit more flavor. But now we're annoyed again, because as enjoyable as that extended episode was it could have been much better employed for the season finale, which was stuffed tighter than a summer sausage.
I'm having an out-of-Lima experience
Naturally, a show that is ordinarily staged in Lima, Ohio (coughCaliforniacough) is going to look a little off in the streets of New York City. And also naturally, kids going to NYC for the first time are going to be wound up like toddlers on a steady diet of Pixi Stix. But with lines as subtle as a Merry Melody cartoon and a completely butchered-for-the-sake-of-updating "New York, New York," we were already out of our comfort zone in the first five minutes. Also, we were really worried one of those kids was going to fall off the Lincoln Center fountain.
Oh, Glee, why must you make us weep openly? It's not fair to deploy WIlly Wonka when we're emotionally invested -- that's bound to bring on the waterworks!
Seriously, Jeanie's funeral was wonderfully touching, but we're a bit bummed that the show had to knock her off to make Sue human again. Maybe if she hadn't descended so far into caricature (Really, Sue? Libya?), they wouldn't have had to take such drastic measure. Lindsey, Janine and I also discuss song choices (Lindsey and I loved Kurt's song, while Janine was unimpressed), Jesse's attractiveness, Schue's potential fate (why pack up everything if you only think you'll be gone for a few months at most?) and Mercedes' and Rachel's awesome pipes. Plus, what's Quinn planning, and will any of us survive her wrath?
One Tree Hill gave us a lovely, elegiac series finale... and then ruined it by telling us they were coming back next year. Darcel and I don't get it. Everyone's finally happy. Why do you want to screw that up? What more do you have to say? How many more times can you make Brooke cry, or have Jamie teach us a valuable lesson? Will you unload a whole psych ward full of stalkers to give the final season that little bit of extra frisson? Why have the show come full circle so beautifully if you're just going to make it spin out of control again? What gives?
As you might have guessed, we're grumpy about the show's renewal. But are we right? Listen and find out!
The season finale of Gossip Girl left us with a few genuine surprises, a few lingering questions, and the last suspenseful hostage drama of all time. Seriously, does Russell Thorpe honestly think he's a bad-ass? Because he folded like a cheap suit when Raina deployed her puppy-dog eyes. Feh.
Lindsey, Janine and I discuss true love (is it tempestuous dram and occasional crashed bar mitzvahs, or is it someone who will wait at a party for hours because he believes in you?), true narcissism (seriously, Serena had to get Nate and Dan to schlep out to school so she could tell them... nothing?), true guile (we seriously didn't see the Charlie reveal coming) and true hate (there's nothing redeeming about Vanessa. Out!). Plus, we argue about Serena's vacation plans and job prospects, wonder about the pregnancy test, and debate the changes in Eric's physique over the past seasons. All that, plus Georgina! Wheee!
Bobby and the boys keep an eye out for unlikely plot twists.
Supernatural dives into the Lovecraft mythos, sort of, but there's nary a non-Euclidean angle or tentacled monstrosity in sight. We feel cheated. We suppose it's good we weren't driven to madness by the Elder Gods... but we're a wee bit worried about the Younger God. The thought of Cas as an insane deity is a little much to take, you know?
Lovecraft, you idjit!
OK, some background. Once upon a time, there was a writer named H.P. Lovecraft, and his stories were awesome. Seriously, go read them. You've got a summer off from Supernatural, and what else are you going to do, go outside? Feh!
ANYway. Lovecraft was obsessed with opening doors to other dimensions. One day, at a dinner party, he and his friends did just that. (We'll stick to Trivial Pursuits as our after-dinner entertainment, okay?) They cracked open purgatory, and something fell out. This particular something took up residence in Lovecraft's maid and then spent the next year killing everyone involved. Then -- after sending the meatsuit's son to the looney bin -- she settled down to the life of a medieval studies professor and occasional bedmate of Bobby Singer. Yup, Professor Visyak, the woman who had the dragon-killing sword, is a former resident of purgatory.
Read on for angsty Dean, Wooby Sam, deified Cas and more!
America's Next Top Model: Sahel, Khafif, Zoulnah--Covergirl
"Ohmigosh, I can't believe you lost AND they gave you that haircut!"
It’s down to the final two models in Cycle 16 of America's Next Top Model and the grueling competition hits high gear with the Covergirl commercial and photo shoot, the Vogue shoot and the runway show. And just to add a little intrigue, we have a surprise makeover right before the final decision is announced. Please tell us they don’t bleach their eyebrows!
One Tree Hill: Happily ever after...until next season
The end-of-season calm before next season's storm
One Tree Hill ends the season on a high note, with everyone happy and content. In fact, they're so happy and content that we're kind of sorry the show got picked up for another 13 episodes. We can only imagine the show will put everyone through the wringer again, and honestly? We're not sure we can take it.
Nathan, Haley and Jamie
The cafe is open, Lydia is flourishing, Haley sings, Nathan does an adorable little "Ma Na Ma Na" lip-sync with the baby... They're happy. They're in love. Life is good. And we're thrilled for them -- they deserve it -- but "happy" and "life is good" can't sustain a series, you know? So something will have to go horribly wrong for these two next season, or what's the point of them being there?
Jamie does have a bit of a challenge when he succumbs to peer pressure and takes off the "girly" shoelace that he shares with Madison. She's hurt, she breaks up with him (you know, as much as 8-year-olds can date), he sulks, he eventually apologizes and tells her he likes her, and then they're back together again. Again, that's not going to cut it for 13 episodes next year, so we shudder to think what's in store for the kid.
It's almost time for nationals and we're left feeling a little confused about the promos FOX has been airing for Glee lately. It seems all the spoiler scenes were for...next week? Was this week not important in the eyes of the marketing team? Because some pretty damn important things went down.
Anything you can do I can do better
Nationals are approaching, and new glee consultant Jesse wants to put the Vocal Adrenaline stamp on New Directions. This means picking one star and letting everyone else sway in the background a la "Bohemian Rhapsody." And since we have more than one diva on the team, auditions are in order and egos are out and swinging. Plus, we get to see Schue play Paula Abdul to Jesse's Simon Cowell.
We would just be appreciative of the continuance of refreshingly organic ways to introduce musical numbers, but even that relief gets drowned out by the tryout performances. Granted, none of the song choices were surprising, but then, smart performers play to their strengths. As we've said before, we love Amy Winehouse on Santana, Kurt's flair for classic numbers with snarky overtones justifies his "Gypsy" obsession, and, Oh Mylanta, do we love that Otis Redding tune. Mercedes' incredible performance will never trump this scene, but it comes pretty damn close.
And Rachel...well, all we can say is, Kurt said it best. That girl can sing. But in the end, Schue predictably sticks with his gut and chooses an ensemble performance with original music.
Read on for an unexpected death and equally unexpected Willy Wonka props.