Archive for the ‘Television’ Category

“Memorable” commercials- Post #5

June 6, 2011

Hee hee…I was surprised when I first saw this series of ads on TV, and rolled my eyes, but once I saw the tag at the end and knew what they were trying to accomplish, I thought it was brilliant!

Seriously, though…if you have a family history, get checked out!!!

“Memorable” commercials- Post #4

May 17, 2011

The things you discover while surfing the Internet!

I have never heard of this thing, but MAN- would my friends and I have ever had fun with it! *Edit: never mind, I see it’s from the 70s…too vintage for this young’un!  😉

“Hey, good lookin’…”

My aversion to Glee

May 4, 2011

So, a friend recently tweeted that “Glee” is coming out (hee hee!) with a 3-D movie version of their summer concert tour later in August. Notwithstanding the fact that I won’t watch ANY 3-D movie because they make me dizzy and nauseated, I certainly will NOT be going to this one. surprised

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You may ask the question: why bother devoting your time (or in this case, a blog post), to something that you don’t like? Don’t you have better things to do? Well, yes, I do. The thing is, I’m not sure why I dislike “Glee” so much. Two of my very close male friends are ardent fans, and my best friend actually convinced me to watch the show once. “It’s awesome!”, he said. “You’ll love it!”. Off I went to download the first 3 episodes (I do this with most new-to-me-shows), and I sat down to watch the pilot. I got about 5 minutes into the show, and had to turn it off because I disliked it so much. This is the same girl who still sings along to Backstreet Boys songs, who has the songs “Insensitive”, “Stupid”, and “Call and Answer” on her iPod, and who loves going to professional and, yes, high school musicals. Speaking of “High School Musical”, I wasn’t a fan of that either. Perhaps that’s why I don’t like “Glee”; to me, it’s basically a “grown-up” version of the tween franchise. Yes, I know the storyline is different, but hey- they both take place in high schools!

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To those who ARE “Glee” fans; I apologize right now. The who know me can attest to the fact that I am MORE stubborn than a mule, and that I defend my (often strong) opinions to the death. I don’t like the show, so by extension I’m not going to be a fan of the concert tour movie. I’ll try and restrain myself as best I can when someone posts something about it, but sometimes something just slips out! I am a realist; for example, my bff and I have been friends for 20 years. I like the Backstreet Boys; he hates them. I liked the show “ER”; he did not. He likes “Glee”; I don’t. I’m sure there are countless other likes and dislikes as well! However, we have managed to stay friends and have never, not ONCE, gotten into a fight about anything, let alone entertainment choices. I hope it stays that way with all my friends, and I use this as an open invitation to give me a slap on the wrist if I’m mean, or if *gasp* my sarcastic streak comes out once in awhile. Do understand, though, that this passionate, stubborn streak also makes me a very loyal friend. I promise! 😀

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p.s.- I really don’t like “”Seinfeld, and two of my all-time favorite shows are “Golden Girls” and “Three’s Company”. I suppose I’m really in no place to mock the “Glee”-watchers out there! :p We all have our “things”, and it’s part of what makes us interesting  🙂

My favorite YouTube clips: a series!

April 8, 2011

Those of you who have read some of my previous posts know that my interest in such things as TV shows can be a bit eclectic; certain people I know even tend to mock certain choices (you know who you are!!).  One of my favorite shows of all time is “America’s Funniest Home Videos”, or “AFV” as it is known in its current incarnation. I find it amazing that the show has gone from the age of the VHS to DVD and finally digital media; I remember the host once saying something to the effect of “Sure, you can post your video on YouTube, but where else can you have the chance to win $10,000 for being stupid?!”

The following clip is my all-time favorite, hands down. Why do I find it so funny? Perhaps it’s because I have a kid brother of my own who used to do this sort of thing for attention quite frequently (he would boo the choir in church!). Maybe it’s because the boy in the video looks so darn serious as he is doing his “moves”. Whatever the reason, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 😀

MadTV: RIP to a comedic genius!

March 22, 2011

I have a certain IRL friend who has been subject to my countless “MadTV had the BEST parody of that music video!” comments way more times than the poor guy should have had to have been, and I’ll tell him right now that the references are not likely to stop as long as we communicate with each other :p

I started watching MadTV back in high school when I would babysit on the weekends. I’d put the kids in bed, and was free to watch tv until the parents came home. These were the Dark Ages before satellite/digital TV, so my choices were limited to *gasp* basic cable! MadTV was on Fox at midnight in my area, so I saw many, many episodes during my informal childcare “career”.

Since I took a 2-hour nap today courtesy of my cold, I’m wide awake and figured I’d use the time productively 🙂 Therefore, behold some of my favorite MadTV clips. Theme of the day: music video parodies! Beware…this is not the last time I’ll post MadTV clips!! (To those not “in the know”, the last episode of MadTV was in May of 2009 😦 )


Help; Name That Song!

March 18, 2011

This has been bugging me for awhile; can anyone tell me the name of the song that Will is playing on his boom box in this clip??? And does the Running Man usually “go” with it? Thanks!!

“Memorable” commercials- Post #2

February 13, 2011

Typically, I deplore PSAs; they are generally cheesy and tacky, with an overlying “This is not good for you” theme. However, this recent one makes me smile every time I watch it, and I think it and its creator deserve some sort of media award!

So You Think You Can Dance: Season 7

June 23, 2010

Ever since a good friend introduced me to this show in its fifth season (I’ve also watched both seasons of the Canadian version, and even a live show featuring the stars of Season 2 when it came to my city!), I’ve been completely mesmerized with it. Do I think I can dance? No. CAN I dance? Nope! But I like the show for a number of reasons:

1) It showcases a medium of art in which I have great interest but little knowledge. The information in the show is presented in such a way that even someone like me grasps  the difference between a jive and a waltz, and what makes a good dancer.

2) For the most part, the dancers on the show are amateurs, or at least people who don’t have a huge amount of professional experience. They are on the show because they love what they do, and it shows.

3) I love seeing people “grow” over the course of the season. For example, Season 3 of the Australian version had a young man named Robbie. At the audition, he seemed very shy and insecure, with a mouthful of braces and a face that was always looking at the floor. By the 4th or 5th show, he was brimming with confidence and ultimately won!

There are many other reasons why I watch SYTYCD (yes, I’m too lazy to type the whole thing out  :). But on to Season 7! They are doing things a little differently this season. Instead of having a Top 20 (10 girls, 10 guys) , they have a Top 11 (5 girls and 6 guys). Each contestant is paired up with a different “all-star” of the opposite sex from a past season each week. Another departure from past seasons is that instead of having the bottom 3 couples each week, they have a bottom 3 dancers. I watched the first performance show a couple of days ago (the previous shows were the auditions and a showcase where each dancer performed in his/her own style), and it was odd to see 3 girls in the bottom 3. Let’s see if I can remember the contestants off the top of my head:

Kent

Robert

Billy

Ashley

Melinda

Crap…here’s the official site (the other names are AdéChiké, Alex, Alexie, Christina, José and Lauren!). In past seasons, I’ve connected with contestants pretty well right away; I detested Season 5’s Melissa from the beginning, and I fell for Season 6’s Russell on his first audition! Some people don’t shine until halfway through the season or more, though, so I try and give people a chance. Hey, if they make it that far, they must be good! Honestly, though, I’m not quite sure what to think about Season 7. Kent is a very…special person, but his performance the other night really, REALLY impressed me. José reminds me a bit of Russell, so I think I’m biased there!  As for the girls, none of them have wowed me so far. I think I’m just looking for another Janette  🙂

Stay tuned for more reviews/comments on the show…I think it’s going to be a good season!

Let the music play!

January 26, 2010

Ahhh, the good old days when Much Music actually played music and not teen-bopper vampire shows…yes, I know I’m an old fuddy-duddy! I used to eagerly anticipate Friday evenings at 6:30, when the Much Music countdown would come on. Now, I still watch music videos, but things just aren’t the same as they used to be  🙂

I thought I’d share a couple of my favorite music videos here. Keep in mind that I’m a 28-year-old woman, so my tastes might not be quite the same as others’! Enjoy!

Ah, the golden days of television…

October 30, 2009

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A friend and I were talking today about older tv shows from the 80s, specifically two of my favorites; “Golden Girls” and “Three’s Company”. I was too young to get into Three’s Company when I was younger (it started in 1977 and ran until 1984), but I started watching it about 5 years ago. The premise (one guy living with two girls) was a taboo subject back in the day, but it is hardly an issue anymore. What I like about the show, though, is the sheer comedic genius of John Ritter; he was what they call a “physical comedian” and will be sorely missed.

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Golden Girls…I know some people don’t like the show [:)], but GG is one of my favorite comedies of all time. “Friends” had nothing on these roommates! Sophia, Blanche, Dorothy, Rose…each one had her own sense of humor and gave her own little touch to the show. There were even guest stars; Burt Reynolds, Sonny Bono, and George Clooney, to name a few. There were many, many episodes where I literally laughed out loud. Bea Arthur recently passed away, and the only remaining Girls are Betty White and Rue McClanahan. They only get better with age!

What I think drew people to these shows is that they were about real, normal people, and not about beautiful people, gorgeous apartments and glamorous jobs. Jack was a chef, Chrissy was a secretary, Janet worked in a flower shop, Terry was a nurse, Dorothy was a teacher, Rose was a counsellor and Blanche worked in a museum. No fashion directors for Ralph Lauren, no talent agents…just jobs that a regular Joe would have. I own all seasons of both of these shows on DVD (Three’s Company ran for 8 seasons, Golden Girls for 7) and I think they were well worth the price. Here’s to original programming!