T: go back to high school. So many memories. Hey Mol, if you happen to read this.
(M, if you tell me you hate this song, we’re done.)
M: I’m going to surprise you now and say that I did like this song. I think I even heard it in Ralph’s the other day, and was singing along in my head. Our Ralph’s plays the most hilarious music - you will mock it, but secretly love it.
T: go back to ‘99. God, I loved the real boy band era. And this song is perfect.
M: slap you silly for calling this the real boy band era. Ever heard of New Edition? I will concede this was probably the best-selling boy band era.
(T: What is this obsession with New Edition?!)
(M: I don’t have an “obsession” with New Edition. However, if you’re going to talk about boy bands after 1960, aside from Menudo, they are THE ones who put the idea back on the map. Not to mention, at least they were founding members of New Jack (a musical genre I’m sure not familiar with either. We’re not totally proud of it; but it existed & we need to own it.)
T: You’ve got it pretty easy tonight. With two juicy treats!
NBC starts out with Community. I’m like a broken record, but you can never go wrong with Joel McHale. Ever. Outstanding supporting cast as well. Next up is 30 Rock. It’s kind of been the same this season with Community. A roller coaster. One week is awesome, the next…meh. But meh is better on these two shows than others. Skip 9p and PARKS AND RECREATION is BACK! Easily top 5 comedy. I can’t wait to see what this truly brilliant cast is up to. Pawnee is where it’s at, yo! 8p-9p, 9:30p.
The Big Bang Theory on CBS is a repeat. But I can watch these eps over and over. So I give you this option. 8p.
Bravo brings us the second treat of the night: Kathy! Kathy Griffin’s eponymous show debuts tonight. And I can’t fucking wait! I think this will be the most unpredictable talk show on TV—and that’s a challenge, she’s got Chelsea Handler to contend with. 7p satellite, 10p cable.
Touch and Missing, both awesome, are falling off the reco list simply because I am so behind on them. Doesn’t feel right. But love them both.
M: It’s really hard to choose one movie. And I have to admit, I’d like to roll it into 10 top choices. But when I think about the movie with the most heart, humor, relevance, it’s Almost Famous for me. Yeah, I’d like to include Casino, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Anchorman, 40 Year Old Virgin, and Rocky, but I chose one.
T, it’s time to choose.
Lay it down there.
T: I can do this. Very, very tempted to say Empire Strikes Back. But in the end, that was childhood. And when I think of the pic I love most, it isn’t that. I will say, before the reveal, I’m VERY impressed with you including Casino on your list. I love that movie so much. It’s so very Vegas and so very good. But for the big pick, and this probably won’t be popular with you, M…it’s Notting Hill. I think it’s a perfect movie. Casting, acting, direction, location, script. Nothing wrong with it at all. And Julia Roberts was at her very best. It just makes me happy. And that, in the end, is what it’s all about.
M: I want to knock you, but I won’t. Notting Hill is good, although I MUCH prefer Four Weddings and a Funeral, as you know. I won’t shit all over your movie by saying “Fail,” although that’s tempting. But I empathize. Almost Famous makes me feel good. Because on the inside, I’m rock n roll. It’s just how you feel when “You’re just a girl, standing in front of a boy…”
(T: OK, my “fail” was too much. When it comes to art, there is no fail. You like what you like. We can be critical, but we can’t ever take someone’s like away. My bad, M.)
The Voice Recap (Spoiler Alert) - Once Again, America Shows Their Poor Taste in Music
M: Some incorrect choices were made this week. In addition to Christina sending Jesse home on Monday (everybody defended her right to choose tonight; although Adam admitted he would have kept Jesse around), America chose robot Chris Mann to stick around. At least they had the good sense to select Jermaine Paul, who killed it on Monday.
I’m so stoked that I remembered I have a copy of this on DVD. I’m going to watch it this weekend (tonight is chock full of TV choices - no time. If you don’t own it, check it out.
If you always wondered why Pulp Fiction was a comeback for John Travolta - this is the reason. In the 70s, every dude wanted to be him. (I wasn’t allowed to see the movie when it came out because it was rated R, and I was 6. But I assume every dude wanted to be him. At least I had the soundtrack - a massive tri-fold album.)
Note to self: keep eyes peeled for awesome, white flared leg suit with wide collar. It’s a good look for everyone.
T: I just don’t think I can do it. This one passed me by. I can’t stand John Travolta’s acting. I think he’s a fraud (he’s gay). And this seems so dated. Tell me I can get past these issues and I’ll try and watch. But I don’t really see that happening.
M: Hmm. I don’t want to lie. Think of thing you liked in the 70s, like General Hospital, All My Children, and Days of Our Lives. Now make them cooler. Can you dig it? It probably is the John Travolta you don’t like. It’s a shame, because I think later movies became a parody of this, combined with Welcome Back Kotter. You don’t seem to appreciate anything 70s that wasn’t on Saturday night or midday, so I’m not sure I can sell you. Since you enjoy watching TVLand, it only makes sense. These were the whippersnappers on your front porch.
I won’t be able to write much without giving it all away, so this will be frustratingly brief. D and I applauded at the end. If you appreciate witty, sometimes absurd, humor combined with horror and or scifim, see it. If you enjoyed Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Sean of the Dead, see it. If top caliber actors like Richard Jenkins, Sigourney Weaver, and Bradley Whitford give you a comfort level with a film, see it. If you think Chris Hemsworth is pretty hot, see it. If you want to see an incredibly unique horror(?) movie with tons of surprises and laughs, well, you get it.
Although the movie kicks off with a chick in just panties and a t-shirt (because that’s how I always hang out in the middle of the day); and the gang taking off for the titular cabin in the woods includes a jock, a sensitive sexy guy, a floozy, a virgin and a stoner, you may fear you’re in for your standard horror movie; but the filmmakers quickly clue you in that there’s more at play.
This is a gleeful exploration of horror, comedy, and conspiracy theory, with more homages than you can count.
Have I said too much? I’ve hardly said anything. Certainly not as much as other loud-mouthed critics. Just go see it, and don’t read any reviews or you may know too much.
Raising Hope Finale Confirms Wisdom of Fox's Renewal Decision
M: Even without the parade of guest stars as characters from seasons past on the witness stand, this was one of the best episodes of Raising Hope I’ve seen yet. The writers were on fire! And so was Cloris Leachman. At moments, I was almost moved to tears while laughing at the same time. So happy it’s coming back next season.
Full episode available on Hulu and Fox. You’ll enjoy it more if you’ve watched the full season, but it’s really funny by itself.
T: I kinda feel like this deserves more than a headline. This is a guy that defined a generation. He MADE stars. He hosted and produced awesome game shows. He WAS New Year’s Eve for so many of us. It’s hard to imagine NYE without him, which, now, we must do.
He was a rare mogul. And his footprint is huge. Sad.
RIP, Dick. No more stroke complications to bother with. You’re at peace. Wow. A world without Dick Clark.
T: Close my eyes and go back to Freshman year of high school. And Rick Astley was vastly underrated. This is an AWESOME album. (I am clearly going to be the old school pop advocate. I can’t even imagine what M will have to say about this.)
M: Impose restrictions or a clearance process for “This song makes me want to”
T & M: We’re excited for 1000 posts. Every milestone counts. And we’re proud of this one. We hope all of our features engage you. And we really hope our in-depth analysis gets through to you. We’re not your normal Tumblr’s. But we hope we’re unique enough that we can entertain and inform.
T gives M the biggest props ever. And I can’t believe, personally, how rewarding this has become. With M and with revisiting my passion, writing.
M gives T the biggest props ever, as he is the heart and soul of MauiLovesChachi. If not for his conviction, love of soap operas and hot dudes, and dedication to bringing you original content with an individual perspective, we wouldn’t have hit this milestone.
Thanks to all who have followed us. We so appreciate all of you for doing so!
The amazing Norah Joneshas just released one of the most seductive albums of 2012, moving away from her Come Away With Me sound and slipping into something a bit more sexier. and you can listen to the album in entirety, thanks to KCRW.
T: Somewhat busy night, if you dig certain shows. The main news is that ABC is almost all new. Let’s get to it.
The best programmed night on TV is all new save for The Middle (which is worth watching even when repeating (M: unwatchable for me - pass)). Suburgatory was easily the best new sitcom (more on its possible successor in a sec) on TV this season and I’m really hoping it gets season 2. I’m hearing it will, fingers are crossed. (OH! And we get to go ‘rollin’n with the homies tonight—Alicia Silverstone reunites with her Clueless costar! Woot!) Modern Family returns new this evening. And it sounds so sad! Luke’s old man neighbor friend dies. It’s been an ongoing friendship. I’m sure the show will tackle with humor and heart. Which is what it does best. And any ep that focuses on Luke is automatically great. So onto that whole best new sitcom sitch. I watched The Bitch in Apt. 23 last week with zero expectations. Well, boy was I pleasantly surprised! This is one bitching show! Casting is great. Writing is so sharp. Humor is cutting. It’s almost perfect.
M: When you know the Parents Television Council has focused its efforts on a show, it’s promising!
I forgive ABC for sending Happy Endings out early (but bring it back, bitches!). Finally, THE RETURN OF REVENGE!!!!!!!!! The recap show was awesome last week. Especially since it feels like it’s been off the air for 23 years. Well, it’s back tonight. I’m curious. Who wants Emily with Jack (me) (screw Emily - who wants M with Jack?)and who wants her with Daniel? Such a soapy, awesome pleasure. I am so happy. This is the best present I could have gotten on my cat’s birthday. ;) 8p-11p.
CBS has Survivor. Hadn’t been able to watch it while NBC had their dead women walking sitcoms (sue me, I liked them) on. Now I’m free to enjoy. For some reason, the show seems more beautifully shot than ever. Wiki says it’s in Samoa. I forget, but wherever it is…I want to be there. 8p.
If Madonna is your flavor, you’ve got her on Rock Center with Brian Williams on NBC tonight. Not much more to say about that. OK, I’ll be a bitch. She doesn’t look human anymore. 9p. (M: Is she still speaking in a British accent?)
TV Land gives us Hot in Cleveland and Happily Divorced. I get shit about these every week from M. Fine. It is what it is. But I swear to you, loyal readers (all 3 of you), these two sitcoms, while throwbacks, are hilarious. They are worth DVRing at the very least. 7p-8p satellite, 10-11p cable.
(Worst board in Los Angeles. You are stupid to buy this. No sight lines. Just awful.)
M: If you are under 70, Bravo has a new episode of Interior Therapy with Jeff Lewis at 9PM PDT. After catching a few repeats, I am now hooked. This is like Flipping Out meets Hoarders meets Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous meets the Three Stooges. Family issues are addressed via design, and the subjects need it - trust me. One of the things I love most is the interaction between Jeff, his long-suffering colleague, Jenny, and his long-suffering housekeeper, Zoila.
South Park is new on Comedy Central. The boys are going ziplining. Do I have to say more? 7p satellite, 10p cable.
(I think my fave ep ever.)
E! servers up The Soup (lame intro, believe me, I know). I’ve gotta head to M’s to help her save The Soup—it won’t DVR for her. What’s odd is that we had that problem for a few weeks. E! (the new shoe company—Google it) is kind of screwed up in general (trust me). But M should be able to DVR. And Joel McHale is one of the best things ever. 7p satellite, 10p cable.
T: Betty White was on Piers Morgan tonight and was as freaking delightful as ever. I liked this exchange a lot. Read on.
Piers Morgan: When you look back at your 90 years, if I could replay a moment for you, outside of marriages and everything like that, a moment in your life that you would say was the greatest moment of your life, what would you choose?
Betty White: The hour and a half I spent in the cave with Koko, the signing gorilla.
White: Absolutely, really. Koko’s a very good friend of mine.
Can I just say that this woman has done more for animals than almost any famous person ever? I so appreciate that. And I adore this is her favorite moment. Just sort of warms the heart.
M: OK, I continue to be in awe of Betty. But Jane Goodall was on The Daily Show last night. She was able to wrangle Jon Stewart (who is hilarious, but interviews tend to be more Daily Show content than a true interview). I was super-impressed by her.
T: Totally agree. She was on with Regis and Kelly today (yes, I know…no comments needed) and it was so fascinating to listen to her talk about all her experiences with animals. Just a cool, cool chick.
T: The following is a very short email sent from a non-The Voice viewer to a The Voice viewer…after being horrified by clips on Hoda and Kathie Lee (judge not).
So, Hoda and Kathie Lee recapped. Just watching. Um, Christina is out of fucking control. They showed she and Blake performing with their people. Blake’s group was highlighted. Christina…however…she sure made sure she was front and center and everything about the song (her song, of course). And that fucking outfit?! Are you fucking kidding me?!
I can’t watch this show just because of her. I thought I was going to die in the two minutes of “highlights.”
T: So, tomorrow, as the press release says (warning right there), there will be a lawsuit filed taking on The Bachelor on ABC for not having had a, as they put it, person of color in 10 years and 23 seasons.
First, I think it’s ridiculous they haven’t had a black guy. Or an Aisian chick. However, I also think this is one of the most ridiculous lawsuit I have ever heard of.
Think about this. In terms of a TV show. Should we now sue Modern Family for not having a black cast member? Should we sue Raising Hope for not having an Asian character? Should we sue the Housewives of Orange County for not having…well, let’s not go there.
You get the point. While I certainly would welcome a person of any ethnicity on The Bachelor—if I watched it—I don’t think they have an obligation in the casting process AT ALL. Hollywood is about creativity at its core. And the producers should have free reign in cultivating what they have created. This isn’t about racism. This is simply casting the best (ha!) person they can find for that season.
I hope this lawsuit is thrown out. It has no merit and is a complete waste of the court’s time.
M: Do I agree with you that the suit is frivolous? 100%. It does, however, highlight a bigger issue, though: much of what is shown on air and on-screen does not reflect our society today. A lot of this has to do with opportunity, as well as those that drive both the business and production of entertainment. People behind the camera are typically influenced by their upbringing, which means more of the same faces on-screen. Executives and creators are disproportionately Caucasian (as are top-level executives in most U.S. companies). This is a result of decades/centuries of advantage. It would be great to see more minority education, scholarship, incentive and internship programs so that our boardrooms and entertainment on a whole can be as diverse as we are as a society. This will be accomplished by companies and individuals that invest in making this change.
M: OK - I’m reading it. I’m probably going to read the whole thing. But sometimes, it’s embarrassing to read it. NOT because of the S&M thing - that’s quite titillating (huh huh - she said titillating). It’s really poorly written. I haven’t read a bodice-ripper in a long time, but I forgot how silly the situations and dialogue can be. I guess this is porn for women.
T: Just saw them talking about this book on Access Hollywood Live. Will have to check it out.
M: Check him out. I hope I don’t offend anyone when I say he’s a more whimsical Rufus Wainwright. He’s an extremely talented dude who plays multiple instruments and I want to follow him whereever he goes when he whistles.
T: And since when did we care about offending anyone?! I’ll check this dude out.
T: Garry Marshall was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. I can’t think of a more worthy inductee. Aside from his awesome film resume (Pretty Woman, Beaches, Runaway Bride and one of my guilty pleasures, Overboard), he is most definitely a TV legend. The Odd Couple. Laverne and Shirley. Happy Days. Angie. Mork and Mindy.
Prolific. Awesome dude. Top that off with founding a theater here in Toluca Lake and I’d say you couldn’t have had (still has!) a better career.
Congrats to Garry. One of the nicest guys in the business.
T: A couple of great season (and for one, sadly, probably series) finales tonight. Let’s get to it.
New Girl is on FOX after the show that will no longer be named in WTW. It’s that bad. New Girl, however, is not! Last weeks ep was hilariously awesome. I, personally, think Schmidt is the total star of this show. I’d call it Schmidt. But it’s a really great ensemble and I wouldn’t get rid of anyone. Without Zooey, we certainly wouldn’t have ever had that unbelievably funny skit on SNL. Next up is the renewed (YAY) Raising Hope. Season Finale time. It’s part two of last week’s crazy funny episode. The look back at the family history was genius. And the ep tonight is called: I Want My Baby Back, Baby Back, Baby Back. I bow to you, creator and writers. This show is such a treat. 9p-10p.
That takes us to The CW’s Season Finale of Ringer. Unfortunately, this is probably the end of the road. You don’t do a .8 every week, even on The CW (though they make such idiotic decisions at the network there could be a slight, slight, SLIGHT chance). That said, I very much doubt it. The CW’s new Prez has gone on a development spree. So they will have much to choose from. I hope they all suck and they have no choice but to keep my Ringer alive ;) OK. All that aside, it IS the last episode of the season, and what a kick ass ride it’s been. The big question of the night: will Bridget finally tell Andrew she’s really Bridget and not Siobhan? 9p.
M: I LOVE Ringer. I’m even bumping The Voice for it and catching that On Demand.
Finally, we’ve got Cougar Town on ABC. Crazy ass show. Incredible cast. Quirky out of its mind. This is another one to catch while you can. While it’s not Season Finale time just yet, series end looms, I’m afraid. Less that 4MM viewers on ABC is not a good sign. ABC has, though, stuck by the show (sort of…it kinda got screwed this season…but then again, it IS still on the air). So we shall see where this goes. Bottom line: if you want to laugh, roll your eyes and enjoy a really great cast who make the quirkiness work…Cougar Town is your show. 8:30p.
Happy Viewing! (WATCH RINGER!)
M: One addition: Julia Louis Dreyfuss of HBO’s Veep will be on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart tonight. That should be a great combo. And I still think the Daily Show is so consistently funny - I’d put it up there with Modern Family. That’s correct: politics and current events in our country are so laughable that they make for some of the best comedy on television.
M: Tonight’s competition introduced the “instant elimination.” Christina and Blake each had to send home one performer based on tonight’s performances.
Team Christina: Wow - I’m shocked. First of all, Christina looking much better tonight in a draped black top - definitely a hooker you’d pay $1000’s per hour for as opposed to picking her up on the corner of Fountain and Cahuenga. (Exception: performance of “Fighter” with her team, in which she chose a bustier/bodysuit that I assume is from a few years ago. The great thing about bustiers is that you can get them by cup size; but Christina must not be aware of this.) And to wrap up my bashing/praise, I’d say only 40% of her feedback was about herself, so that’s a real improvement. Random thought: is her spraytan budget part of her salary or incremental?
But I was shocked at her instant elimination choice, and could tell her other team members were too. She sent home Jesse Campbell. What?? You could see the shock Ashley de la Rosa and Chris Mann were feeling, as they were the weaker performers tonight. The other judges seem surprised as well.
Props to the Crenshaw High School Choir, who joined Team Christina - they rocked it!
Team Blake: First of all, Blake was looking FINE in his blazer - now I know why all those country chicks love him. In a much briefer speech than Christina’s, he sent home Jordis Unga. To be honest, I thought her performance of “A Little Stronger” tonight was much better & I was starting to hold hope for her. One of my favorites, Erin Willett, did Adele’s “Fire from the Rain,” and although she did better than most would, I didn’t think she quite did it justice. But she made it through.
Performance of the night for me was definitely Jermaine Paul doing Phil Collins’ “Against All Odds.” He wasn’t one of my top 3, but he may join those ranks if he keeps this up.
It’s funny — the best vocal performances by Team Blake were on the group song. Unlike Christina, Blake didn’t put himself front & center; and let his singers shine. The Eagles’ “Heartache Tonight” started out pretty lame — maybe it was the mic levels — but then something clicked, and they were all really amazing, even RaeLynn. (Note to self: file for karaoke.)
Well, my favorites are all still intact, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow & next week.
Maroon 5 performed their new single “Payphone” (what’s that?) with Wiz Khalifah joining. How tall IS Wiz?
Best of luck, Jordis and Jesse!
T: I’ve been critical as hell as M has undergone this journey with The Voice. But I have to admit, she makes it sound compelling. It does sound different from the other lame ass expired singing comps. And from this recap, having never watched the show, I felt like I want Jesse to win! From a recap! Maybe I’m just crazy. But M’s got mad skilz.
Good Morning America appears to win over Today for the first time in 16 years
T: 852 weeks. If ratings hold up, and this turns out to be real, then NBC has even more heartache. Today is probably their number one money maker. It’s a cash machine. And, obviously, it’s not going to go dry. But for ABC to finally retake the crown…that’s impressive. Ann Curry is unwatchable. While the team at ABC is fantastic. Good on you, GMA. FIRST TIME IN 852 WEEKS!!!! You look to be number 1!!!!!
M: Just saw on The Black Keys’ Facebook feed that they will be enjoying Woodyard Bar-B-Que with Anthony Bourdain on No Reservations. 8PM EDT on The Travel Channel.
This should be… interesting?
T: I suppose I should finally check out these damn Black Keys’ before I write “bored” again. Hell, you love them. I might possibly like them. God knows you go on and on about them. So good on you, M. I’m going to check them out.
M: Live performances continue tonight on NBC’s The Voice; and miraculously, my favorite competitors are actually still on the show (American & I rarely agree when it comes to voice competition shows. Probably because America refers to droves of hormone-raging tween/teens who don’t care about text charges. I have unlimited texting, but I still can’t stand repeat texting).
Who are my faves?
To be honest, Jordis earned a spot for me on Rock Star: INXS, and her numbers on The Voice have been spotty. I feel like somebody killed her spirit. I hope she gets it back. She’s going to have to bring it, since she & Juliet have similar sounds Erin, more of a power belter, has been up and down on The Voice; but when she’s up, she’s up.
Jamar has brought it every time. This kid has a great voice, and he’s, as shudder, Christina says, “the whole package.” I also really have dug Juliet’s throaty, raspy voice pretty much every time she’s been on stage.
T: It blows my mind you are this into this show. I know I need to stfu, but it still does surprise me! But I’m glad! I’m just so over the music competitions. Besides Kelly and Carrie, who have we really gotten out of these shows? One question: did that Tony Luca dude make it through? The one with all the controversy last week?