TV Obituaries: RIP 30 Rock

tumblr_lh1v4vON2w1qewawmI’ve been trying really hard to be bitter about the end of 30 Rock, the show that basically shaped Ellen and me as adults and perpetual weirdoes, but I can’t. The truth is, NBC had no reason to pick up Tina Fey’s beloved brainchild after that initial 12 episode run seven years ago, but they did. They took a chance on 30 Rock, and now all they have to show for it is a truck-load of Emmys, insane critical and commercial success, and the gratitude of this humble nerd.

I love this show more than I can express without bursting into tears/hysterical laughter. Liz Lemon wasn’t like any other female character on television at the time. She was weird and obsessive and30-Rock-30-rock-32196024-620-444 cool and smart, and for the first time my thirteen year old self saw someone on TV worth looking up to.

My fondest 30 Rock memory happened during my high school years. It was one of those glorious weekends when my parents decided to take their adorable act on the road, leaving me to experience the world of independent living for a few days. Glorious, that is, until the sun went down and the house started making weird noises (did the fridge always sound like that?) and I suddenly regretted watching quite so much Law and Order: SVU. In an attempt to stave off the panic I could feel building in my teenage tummy, I started flipping though our DVR in search of something entertaining enough to take my mind off the rising crime rates in my hometown but innocuous enough to help me fall asleep. Pretty soon I stumbled upon “Black Tie”, the Black-Tie-1x12-30-rock-14679186-853-48030 Rock episode where Liz and Jack attend a birthday bash for a fantastically inbred Austrian prince played by the one and only Paul Reubens. Pretty soon I was so involved in their misadventures I completely forgot to worry about being murdered in my sleep. Mostly.

So thank you 30 Rock. Thanks for being the coolest, funniest, most bizarre show on TV. Thanks for giving Ellen and me a reason to hang out on Thursday nights. My one parting request? Get Jack McBrayer a new show. Mama needs her weekly dose of apple-faced goon.

-Whitney

Fangirly Poll: Was that New Girl [SPOILER] Everything You Hoped it Would Be?

new-girl-215-cooler-jess-nick-true-american-kiss-foxWow-ee-wow.  Am I right?  Now is the time to look away if you don’t want to be spoiled. [SERIOUSLY.  Look away and stop reading because I am about to start scream-typing.]

IT HAPPENED!  That was pretty epic and I don’t want to judge prematurely but this had to be up there on the list of best kisses on TV.  Yep, that’s right, folks, Nick and Jess kissed and it was awesome.  Actually, when I thought they were going to kiss during the game of True American, it was going to be awesome, but then it was awesome-er.

The two complaints I have heard so far are that it is happening too soon and that Nick ate Jess’ face.  But I was into it.  Nick Miller can eat my face any day.

What did you think?  Let us know in the poll and comments below.

Ellen

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In with the Old: Heart and Souls

Heart20and20SoulsOnce upon a Sundance Film Festival, I happened upon one Robert Downey Jr.  This was pre-Iron Man and pre-his comeback.  The crowd was clamoring around him, whispering about his priors and calling out to him.  Struggling to get his attention, I yelled out the first thing that came to my mind.

“I loved you in Heart and Souls!”

He stopped trying to escape the masses, turned to me, and said, “I don’t get that one too often.”

He then proceeded to his Black SUV, but I will always remember that as the time that RDJ and I bonded.

The important thing about that story is that I wasn’t lying when I said that.  It came from the heart.  No matter how big he gets, to me he’ll always be that guy strolling down the streets of San Francisco singing “Walk Like a Man” with his ghost pals.

This movie was my jam when I was a kid.  I got it on DVD for Christmas this year and I was anxious to see if it would hold up, but it delivered in spades.  I have yet to determine whether that is purely based on nostalgic reasons, but whatever, it warmed the cockles of my heart and isn’t that what matters?

The basic plot of Heart of Souls  centers on RDJ’s character, Thomas, who was born near a bus crash and as a result was granted/cursed with the four “guardian angels” of the victims.  With the mounting child psychologists and calls home, the angels decide to watch him in silence.  However, when Thomas is a grown man they are told that they were supposed to be using him as vessle to settle their unfinished business.  They are given a little extra time to do so, but Thomas does not take seeing his former “imaginary friends” very well.  Crazy hijinks and tender moments ensue.

While much of my love for this movie probably stems from those memories of watching this in my family’s basement and dancing along with Thomas and the gang, I still feel like I can say it’s a good movie.  Not a great movie, but a good one.

After that resounding recommendation, have I sold you?  Did anyone connect to this movie on a visceral level as a 7 year old?

Ellen

TV Obituaries: RIP Ben and Kate

ben and kateWe have only just begun the season’s cancellations and if this a sign of things to come, I am not going to be in good shape.  While Ben and Kate has not been officially cancelled, production has been halted and much like my face when I heard this news, it is not looking good.

Assuming this happens, I will never understand how this show didn’t make it.  It’s the kind of comedy that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy after you watch it while still remaining funny and sharp.  The show seemed to be settling into the characters with Kate finding her dorky awkwardness, Ben finding his ambition, Tommy getting over Kate (for now), and B.J. establishing her general awesomeness.

I will always struggle with smart, lovely shows getting cancelled while networks can still find room for your Last Man Standings and Whitneys.  How does this happen?! How do we LET this happen?!  And I’m just going to say it:  Ben and Kate is a better show than The Mindy Project.  That’s just how I feel.  I still enjoy watching Mindy, but Ben and Kate had more to love, and now everything I loved is being taken from me.

What?!  I don’t get too invested in TV, but my life is over.

Ellen

Web Bytes: The Lonely Island “Yolo”

Before “D**k in a Box”, before “Lazy Sunday”, and even before Andy Samberg showed up on SNL, my friend and I were college freshman who were obsessed with three guys who made random web videos about The ‘Bu, storks, sandwiches, and a “frazzy-haired Jew girl”.

When it comes to the guys known as the Lonely Island, I really CAN say that I knew them when they were nobodies and I have always loved that my boys are now getting to make their videos with a somewhat higher production value.

In case you haven’t already seen it, I give you “Yolo”, the song that knows that we really do only live once and we should be careful with that precious gift of life.

Considering that my previously mentioned college roommate and I would regularly argue over which of the Lonely Island boys was the cutest, we would have gone nuts for this video, because all of them are looking pretty fly in their acid-washed denim jackets.

Watch the video and see if your heart is also sent aflutter.

Ellen

Fangirly Exposed: Billie Piper (Again!)

Billie-Piper-Girlfriend-137625What makes an artist? Some say it’s creativity, or passion, or talent. Personally, and I apologize if this sounds pretentious, I feel that a true artist dances around in midriff tops and leather pants to catchy 90’s chart toppers. Call me fastidious, but that’s just my opinion. And few people fit that definition better than Billie Piper, the brilliant teen-pop-idol-turned-serious-actress. I could present you with well-planned arguments to support my case, but if Billie’s music has taught me anything, it’s that style is WAY more important than substance. So without further ado, I present you with three of my favorite Billie Piper music videos.
-Whitney

Fangirly Crush of the Week: Wesley Schultz (The Lumineers)

LumI thought I would break the mold a bit here and NOT pick someone that is on a TV show (but expect us to return to form soon).  Although, I have to admit that I was reminded of my love for this week’s crush by his appearance on a TV show.  I’m talking about The Lumineers’ appearance on Saturday Night Live, and by default, lead singer’s Wesley Schultz.

My love affair with The Lumineers started over a year again when I heard “Ho Hey” on an episode of Hart of Dixie (don’t judge).  The album wasn’t out yet and neither were any videos….

Said love affair took a turn when said videos and press photos came out.  Wesley Schultz.  Hum-a-nuh-hum-a-nuh.  He is my hipster dreamboat, y’all, and he has the same name as the Carey Elwes in The Princess Bride.  Also, it doesn’t hurt that The Lumineers album was my soundtrack of 2012 and his voice pierced my soul for the duration.

Check out Wesley’s general crush-worthiness in the video below.

Ellen