Archive | April, 2013

New Girl Auto-Tuned

30 Apr

New Girl is back tonight (it feels like it has been gone for so long) and it is an episode that promises to be hilariously awkward as the group each reveals how they lost their virginity all with the aid of flashbacks. Flashbacks that feature wigs, homemade prom dresses, braces, a miniature castle, Dylan O’Brien from Teen Wolf, a jar of lube and prostitutes. This is definitely an eclectic mix! This looks like it could be a big episode for fans of Nick and Jess as the sexual tension between the pair has been growing since their first kiss; will they be able to keep to the middle school dance rules that Jess suggested after their first date confusion?

Fox has produced a video that features many of these Nick and Jess moments from this season and turned it into an auto-tune remix. It sounds bizarre but it works in a strange/funny way and when Jake Johnson posted the link on Twitter yesterday he teased “This video is ridiculous and I like it. New Girl is new tomorrow night. It’s about sex. Old sex & new sex.”


Amy Poehler is a Fabulous 1930s Cosmo Cover Star

30 Apr

Amy Poehler’s appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon took a fun turn when she recreated the cover of a 1930s issue of Cosmopolitan. Last month on Cosmopolitan’s site they posted the uncanny likeness after they had been digging through their vintage archives. The headlines in the 30s were a lot different to now boasting “2 Complete Short Novels” as opposed to “When Your Vagina Acts Weird After Sex.” How things have changed.

Thanks to some helpful props of a glass of champagne and a super cute hat Poehler demonstrated that she does indeed look like the cover (though she claims it looks more like her grandma). This impression also includes both Poehler and Fallon using old timey voices (my favorite kind) and Poehler suggesting that the hat has magical drunk inducing powers.

The high waisted pencil skirt/red polka dot blouse combination that Amy Poehler is rocking with her shorter hair is a really good look (. The video also includes a clip of this Thursday’s Parks and Recreation season 5 finale.

The Good Wife Season 4 Finale: Alicia’s Big Decision

29 Apr

The season 4 finale of The Good Wife aired last night and it’s safe to say that the landscape for next year is going to look very different. The big gamble that Alicia has taken with her career is going to have a huge impact and I for one am thrilled by this move. While it is clear where Alicia will be working when The Good Wife returns in the fall, it is more ambiguous when it comes to matters of the heart.  The first half of the season was a bit of a let down with the story involving Kalinda’s ex-husband, more financial peril for Lockhart Gardner and underutilizing the wonderful Maura Tierney as Peter’s big rival. Thankfully the ship has been steered and the latter half has been a return to form as they have created conflict at work and with the love triangle that has never threatened to overshadow the rest of the story.

What's In The Box?

The case of the week in the finale was linked to the election and involved a lot of running around, switching sides and sleep deprivation and in the end the result of the case had no impact on the victor; the polling data had been incorrect and Peter won by a much bigger margin than expected. The outcome had no real bearing on the results but it did give an opportunity for Alicia and Will to discuss the kiss that has reignited past feelings. This discussion was unresolved and ended with more intense smouldering and making out, part of which was interrupted by Diane and I’m sure she has some thoughts about this hook-up. It’s this sexual desire that leads to Alicia’s decision and when she heads back to her apartment away from Peter’s victory party it’s easy to assume that she is meeting Will as she nervously double fills her glass of wine. We have already ended one season on Alicia and Will getting together and so I was pleasantly surprised to see who was knocking on the door.

It’s Cary! Alicia tells him that she wants to be part of the new firm and Florrick, Agos and Associates is a go. With Alicia on board it means that they get a discounted office space (but also have to provide Colin Sweeney with free legal service for two years and so they’re definitely making a deal with the devil) and I would imagine some of Alicia’s other clients will come with her. What they don’t have is Kalinda and I bet Cary will regret having that conversation with Robyn (though I really like Robyn so I hope she is back next year). Over at Lockhart Gardner they will be losing Diane too as with Peter’s victory this now makes her a State Supreme Court judge and so it will be looking a little bit empty on the employee front. Essentially it’s Will, Kalinda and David Lee; now that sounds like a fun trio.

What does sound like a lot of fun is the potential conflict that will come from this move and the thought of Alicia and Cary in court going up against Lockhart Gardner has me clapping my hands with glee (which makes typing this sentence harder). We have seen how in tune Alicia and Will are when they are working on a case together and I’m sure it will get just as explosive when they’re on opposing sides. We saw this in the mock trial and this episode featured the screaming argument that led to the passionate kiss.

Where does this leave them romantically? This decision to leave the firm and join Cary is partially motivated by this renewed sexual tension with Will as it has been distracting her and putting her in kind of a fever dream at times. By putting physical distance between her and Will it means that this temptation might be reduced. Alicia is pushing him away by doing something that will hurt him both professionally and personally and he will probably see this as a huge betrayal.

Invitation to an Inquest

This move isn’t a random flight of fancy and Alicia’s dissatisfaction with how things are run over at Lockhart Gardner has been brewing since they were all offered equity partner and then had it taken away. Yes Alicia got made a partner, but since she has been sat in the management room she has seen how ugly things can be when it comes to the big decisions and this combined with her Will situation means leaving is the smartest option.

In one respect Alicia has made the choice to stay with Peter and they definitely are comfortable and relaxed in the conversation in the hotel room after Peter’s victory. When we return they could be living together as husband and wife after renewing their vows, but Will is still going to be there even if they’re sat at different tables in the courtroom. Will is also in possession of video evidence that shows that some of Peter’s people did in fact tamper with votes and another scandal would surely end Peter’s political career. This evidence would definitely hurt the two people who Will cares about the most; Diane and Alicia. It could end up being like the voicemail of love and dangle there as the elephant in the room that we know could bring everything crashing down. Will really doesn’t care about Peter, but I’m pretty sure he would do anything for Diane and Alicia even if Alicia has shown that she isn’t always loyal to Will.

The phrase game changer gets used too often when it comes to television plots, but on this occasion it feels appropriate as this decision by Alicia will change the whole dynamic of the show and I am really excited as to the new wealth of storylines that will come from this shake-up.

What did you think of The Good Wife season 4 finale? Are you looking forward to seeing Alicia against Will next year?

Falling Out of Love with Don Draper

28 Apr

Today I am joined by Kerensa Cadenas to discuss what has been happening so far on season 6 of Mad Men and specifically with Don Draper. Don has become problematic this season, even though his actions are pretty much in tune with everything we have seen before and so we wanted to talk about why our reactions and sympathy for this character has changed. Other factors that we consider include what makes unlikeable characters appealing and I explain why I used to be a Pete Campbell defender. We also discuss what aspects of the show we have been enjoying and who we want to see of more this year. And yes Matthew Weiner probably doesn’t care that we don’t like Don so far this year.


Emma: There have been various comments on both Twitter and in longer articles that I have seen that discuss whether Don Draper has become increasingly dislikeable and I wanted to expand upon this further as I have definitely been feeling this way. We’re only four episodes into season 6 and while I still think the show is one of the best on TV, it’s becoming increasingly hard to sympathize with Mr Draper. Previously this hasn’t been the case and while his pattern of lying and cheating is nothing new, it also feels very different this year. Season 5 showed that Don could remain faithful, until the final scene when he is asked “Are you alone?” and it is apparent that the Don we have previously watched for five years is back.

It always seemed unlikely that Don and Megan’s relationship would go the distance; they started sleeping together when he was seeing someone else and the engagement and subsequent marriage was rushed. There is the age/generational difference and Don clearly likes the idea of Megan more than the reality of Megan. When Megan goes against this ideal to pursue her acting career, this is when their relationship really started to falter. With Betty, she quit her job when they got married and became the dutiful housewife and mother; this was never going to happen with Megan. I know other viewers have their issues with Megan and while she’s definitely naive, I also find her really compelling to watch (also from a style point of view she’s also the best dressed cast member and I love seeing what Janie Bryant conjures up for her).

The other point is that a lead character doesn’t have to be likeable (see Walter White) but there also has to be some kind of character progression and the affair storyline with Don just feels like regression. It’s different in one respect because this time it’s with a woman who lives in the same building, but is also bears all the hallmarks of his previous affairs with women like Midge, Rachel Menken, and Suzanne Farrell; dark haired beauties, who are smart, challenging and who give him something that his current wife can’t. It’s a lot more fun watching Don get stoned in a windowless room with Stan (and his magnificent beard) and debating ketchup vs. mustard as a hot dog condiment than see him admonish his wife and go straight to his mistress.

Perhaps this is what has led me to loathing Don Draper this season; his moral superiority (which is also not a new trait) has become tiresome and all the aspects that previously made him sympathetic just feel like hollow excuses (see childhood brothel flashbacks).

What are you thinking of this season? What about Don has made you adjust your feelings towards this character?

MM_604_JA_1210_0476Kerensa: I really liked the last episode. But I feel like everything other than Don is more compelling to me because he’s just in this constant state of progressing and then regressing. As of late it’s clearly the latter, but I think the thing that’s frustrating and while it’s much more subtext than text is that it seems that Don believes there’s nothing he can do to change. But it feels like he doesn’t ever ACTUALLY try to change.

I agree with you completely that it never seemed like Don and Megan would make it without Don going back into his old patterns. But a part of me last season remained optimistic about it. While I was sad that Don just completely screwed over the wonderful Dr. Faye, Megan to me still seemed like the interesting, complex, intelligent women Don favors to have his affairs with. She’s independent, challenges Don and apparently (well used to be) a very compatible sexual partner in the Don Draper kink department. Don’s needs, frankly, are completely annoying, unrealistic and completely contradictory.  He appears to want a challenging, interesting woman but then when she’s unwilling to compromise what she wants for him, he wants to go back to, I think the model of the dutiful housewife, mostly because it’s someone who is dependent on him. But then he’ll eventually resent that too.

Basically, I don’t think Don Draper wants a woman. He wants the idea of a woman–a vessel that he can project his latest desires upon and discard when he’s done with. I mean this is clearly how I think he operates romantically–his relationships with Peggy and Anna are much different.

I appreciate an unlikeable character, but just Don’s complete inability to even try to look at himself critically–even though I believe we are meant to think he is through his philosophical readings and one-liner emotional thoughts. In the last episode when Sylvia tells Don she prays he finds peace, I felt pretty done. Don has no interest in finding peace and I’ve discovered I don’t really care if he does either.

MM_RJ_603_1129_0088Emma: I agree with what you say about Don wanting the idea of woman, as opposed to an actual romantic relationship is right and I think that the purpose of the flashbacks are meant to show that the kind of women he grew up with might have given him a very skewed opinion of women. What I think would be an interesting idea for a flashback would be to see the kind of women Dick dated before he went to war and came home as Don. We’ve seen what he was like when he started dating Betty, but he was already Don at this point. Also as you mention his relationships with Anna and Peggy are very different, I might even include Joan in this category as despite flirtation this has never developed into anything more. This could be why he was so protective over Joan and the Jaguar seediness that went on at the end of last season. Has Don got the ultimate Madonna/Whore complex?

I’m going to move on to the point that I teased yesterday with the admission that I used to be big Pete Campbell defender and my feelings about Don this season kind of match how I feel about Pete now. Pete has always wanted to be Don and so I think that there is a comparison to be made, especially when Pete got everything that Don had (the fancy office, the beautiful wife, child and house in the suburbs) and it ended up making Pete more miserable.

Now my sympathy for Pete and subsequent defending started at the start of season 2 when his father died and he didn’t know how to respond. Pete’s parents are also awful in that lack of emotion way and so it became easier to understand some of Pete’s less desirable character traits. The scene at the end of this season when Peggy reveals that she had his baby is also heartbreaking and added further fuel to this sympathy. Moments of whining like “Why can’t I have everything that I want all at once?” are incredibly bratty and might be a sign of how awful Pete is (and why people like to punch him) but I still persevered. Then there’s Trudy and the marvellous Alison Brie and yes it was awful when he threw the roast out of the window that she had prepared (“Hell’s bells Trudy!” is still one of my favorite lines from Mad Men), but then they danced the Charleston and all seemed well. The moment with the German au pair was a low, low point and it was at this point that I started to reconsider my Pete Campbell feelings. After this Trudy and Pete’s relationship improved and so once again I started to like him and his involvement in the whole SCDP caper only made me like him more.

Bit by bit Pete has returned to his slimy, weasel like ways and now that he lives life like Don Draper, he also doesn’t respect Don all that much anymore. The affair last season, his involvement with Joan and his punch up with Lane all made me see why people loathe this character, with the final straw coming a couple of weeks ago. In this moment I was cheering on Trudy Campbell as she yelled at her awful husband along with every other viewer and the spell has been well and truly broken.

So what’s the point of this long Pete Campbell diversion? It’s as you say we can like an unlikeable character but there has to be something compelling in their flaws. Don is still charming and Pete is a weasel, but at this point I’m probably more interested in Pete’s story. I think one aspect in this comparison that I’ve used is that Don is the lead character, whereas Pete is part of a large ensemble but the lead needs to remain the one we want to see. At this point it’s every other story that I want to watch and I’m pretty sure that’s not how it should be. Obviously we’re only a handful of episodes in and I can never predict what direction Mad Men will go in (which is half the fun), I just hope it isn’t a season of seeing Don back in this old routine.

I feel like I went off on a bit of a tangent there! So Don is the least compelling part of the season so far, but whose storyline are you enjoying the most/want to see more of?

MM_604_JA_1204_1170Kerensa: I’ve never been a Pete defender, but I totally agree with your point. Although I think Pete is a total weasel, his storyline is more compelling to me than Don’s (also having my girl Alison Brie around always helps). And it’s fine having the your lead unlikeable, I mean there are so many examples of that, but when I’m watching Walter White or Hannah Horvath even if I am currently despising them or can’t stand their choices, I’m still interested in what they are doing. Right now, I don’t have that for Don at all. I completely agree with you that I hope this season isn’t all about Don’s old routine.

I mean my girl, Peggy obviously. I’d be so happy if the show was just about her and Joan. I was really happy to see a storyline developing for Dawn last week and I’m hoping that we get more about her. I’m curious about James Wolk’s character, mostly because he’s my ideal man, but also because we know nothing about his character. just did a really funny piece about that exact thing.

I also want more angry tween Sally Draper storylines. What about you?

MM_RJ_602_1119_0095.SizedEmma: I’m with you on both Peggy and Joan as even though they’ve both progressed professionally within this world they are both still facing struggles at work; Peggy’s is less to do with her gender but how she can manage the staff below her and well, Joan has Harry to contend with and the feeling that she’s just a better paid secretary with a fancy title. I’m so glad that they’ve expanded Dawn’s role too and her assessment of SCDP being an office full of sad people was spot on. The mysterious Bob Benson and subsequent speculation is also hilarious and I’d definitely like to see him hook-up with Trudy (can you imagine Pete’s reaction?!). More Stan and Ginsberg with their fabulous facial hair would also be appreciated.

I’d also like to spend time in the Betty Francis household and whereas before this would have been purely to see Sally get progressively more snarky with her mother, I’m actually interested in Betty’s storyline too. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Betty’s role in the season 6 premiere and by how much I liked this character (probably the first time since she confronted Don with the knowledge of his Dick Whitman past in season 3). While it’s harder to find room for Betty in an episode, I hope that we get to see her and her new brunette hair soon. Plus I want to see how much screen time both Bobby and Gene get this year.

Also have you seen how Kiernan Shipka has been killing it on the red carpet this week? I’m always impressed that she dresses age appropriate (ok most 13 year old girls don’t get to wear Chanel, but you get my point) and she never comes across as precocious. Yep a 13 year old dresses much better than me.

Kerensa: Kiernan Shipka is probably the most fashionable 13 year old ever.

How are you finding this season of Mad Men? Have you fallen out of love with Don Draper?

Kerensa Cadenas is a writer living in Los Angeles. She is a staff writer for Women and Hollywood. She also writes for This Was TelevisionForever Young Adult, and Bitch magazine. She was the Research Editor for Tomorrow magazine. You can follow her on Twitter and read her ridiculous thoughts about teen television at her website.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

26 Apr

It’s “Look of the Week” time! Once again there has been a rich amount of different costumes across various shows this week. This is a snapshot of what I have been watching and each pick is for a variety of reasons including; what it adds to the storyline, what it tells us about the characters involved or simply because it looks good. I’m mixing it up with this edition as I’m including a look from the red carpet. Near misses included the Pat Benatar-like girl and her epically high waisted jeans on The Americans and Stan’s amazing fringe jacket (plus his beard) on Mad Men.

Winner: Elizabeth Jennings and Claudia/Grannie on The Americans “The Oath”

The Americans weddingThis is the second week that Elizabeth Jennings has been included on this list and thanks to the many costume changes and wigs that The Americans showcases this isn’t a surprise. In this scene Elizabeth and her handler Claudia (who she despises and doesn’t trust) are attending the wedding of “Clark” posing as his mother and sister. “Clark” is of course Philip Jennings and this wedding to Martha is just so he can manipulate her into getting more information on the FBI. It’s a real wedding involving a fake character and it turns out that his marriage to Elizabeth could be considered even more of a sham as they never actually had a wedding.

The scene begins in an amusing way thanks to all of these contradictions but this quickly turns into something sad; Elizabeth is finally realizing what her relationship with Philip means and it’s clear that Martha is going to get her heart broken (or something much worse will befall her). They really do look like they could be mother and sister in this scene in wedding attire that features a similar washed out color palette and those oh so amazing big glasses. Also how does all of Elizabeth’s incredible hair fit in that wig?

Runner Up: Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham in Hannibal “Potage” 

Hannibal 1.03

So this is technically from last week, but I haven’t seen the newest episode yet and so I’m including this one instead (the rules of “Look of the Week” are flexible) and I really wanted to mention the costuming in Hannibal as it has been excellent so far. I also resisted the urge to include Will in his bedtime wear of t-shirt and boxers. Hannibal’s costuming is particularly intriguing as there has been a lot of power clashing; plaid jackets with patterned ties being a signature look. This demonstrates Hannibal’s sophistication and because his clothes look expensive it shows that he is good at his job as people probably pay a lot for his service. Whereas Will’s style is a more muted, it’s as if he wants to blend into the background. In the scene above he takes off his glasses (if anyone knows what brand they are can they let me know, thanks) to make himself seem more approachable perhaps, a hard task in this moment as he has just been referred to as “insane.” There’s a clear difference in how there two characters operate and their costuming is a constant reminder of this.

Runner Up: Kiernan Shipka at The Paley Center Mad Men Presentation 

Paley eventKiernan Shipka who plays Sally Draper has long been serving up red carpet hits (which as a statement sounds weird because she’s only 13 years old) over the past six seasons of Mad Men red carpet events. Shipka always wears age appropriate outfits on the red carpet and this can be something hard to navigate when you’re going from childhood to teendom in the public eye. This is a slightly more mature look for Shipka and her heels are adding inches as she gets older, but it’s still a fun outfit and is a perfect for a Mad Men event as it captures the essence of the 60s without looking like she’s come straight from set. I’m looking forward to seeing more of Sally on Mad Men this season as we got a glimpse of a brattier Sally in the premiere and I’m intrigued as to how Betty will deal with the perils of having a teenage daughter.

Who would you choose as your look of the week?

The Dress

24 Apr

Here is something I wrote a while back and it was for a writing competition that was called “The ____ That Changed My Life” with the focus on something important in your wardrobe. I didn’t win, but I still like the piece I wrote and it’s got a pop culture theme so here is is:

A photograph from my first trip to New York City perfectly showcases the dress that means the most to me; the item of clothing in question is a simple French Connection floral jersey dress and the photo is a typically touristy one (hey, it was my first time). I’m standing on a shut-down Madison Avenue with the buildings looming above and the dress has a subtle pop of color that separates it from the mostly neutral tones of the people in the background and I somehow standout in this grand city, just for a moment.*


There are dresses for a multitude of big moments in our lives; prom, weddings, a first date, an interview, so why would I pick this one that you wouldn’t necessarily notice amongst all the other ones that hang in my closet? For one thing it holds the power that only a favorite item of clothing can possess; to make you feel confident.

Growing up you would be more likely to find me in jeans, with a dress possibly making an appearance but only as worn over the jeans (it was the late 90s after all). As I got older and high school parties turned into university ones and the odd fancypants soiree was thrown, my collection of formal wear grew, but I still didn’t really have any dresses for everyday affairs. A few were added to my collection after I graduated that could be dressed up or down and my favorite was one I referred to as the Brokeback dress; not because it looked cowboy-esque but as it was a less frumpy version of Michelle Williams’ costuming in this movie . It wasn’t until later when I purchased ‘the dress’ that my collection really began to grow and I finally mastered the non-formal dress.

This is around the time that Mad Men first aired and it soon became apparent that it would influence what we would see on the catwalk and in stores. As someone who writes about TV now, and was in the process of getting a Masters in Film and TV at that time, this show had (and still has) a huge impact on my wardrobe. Prior to Mad Men there was Sex and the City which spawned just as much attention from the fashion world but there is something about the updated 60s style that appealed to my sensibilities. I could never pull off Carrie’s wonderfully daring approach but the influx of dresses taking their cues from Betty Draper was an instant win.

So pop culture is one place where I take my style cues from and New York City is one of the most filmed/sung about/photographed cities, so of course I wanted to look my best when I first visited and this dress makes me feel both super comfortable and stylish. It hugs all the right places and flatters the rest, it allows me to reveal my legs without being too self conscious and it works perfectly in both the summer and winter (just add tights and boots). Clothes can serve a multitude of functions and the most uncomfortable item can look stunning and you just have to hide the pain. I prefer the least amount of discomfort route; which is why at any event that requires me to wear a heel you will find me with my shoes in hand after a few hours (classy I know).

I now have other dresses in the same style from French Connection in an array of patterns and colors and now on days off from being stuck behind my computer you will likely find me in one of my growing collection. Instead of looking to Betty Draper, now it is Don’s new wife Megan that clothing stores seem to be emulating, there will probably be a hint of this evolution with my own dress choices.

Back to the dress in question and another reason why it continues to inspired me. The photo of me on Madison Avenue (home to Don Draper) holds a special place for me. There is something about me standing in that dress on such an iconic road, in such an iconic city that epitomizes how confident this dress makes me. It seems like there are endless possibilities and this dress makes me feel like Superman.

* The quality of the photo isn’t the best as it was taken with a disposable camera (yes I still use disposable cameras, I like the surprise element) and I can’t locate the disc that has these photos on them, so it is a photograph of a photograph. The colors are duller than they are in the original copy and for some reason it makes it look like I’ve used a filter to give a 70s vibe. I still like the picture even if I look a little dorky. 

TV Ate My House: The Double Life of a TV Home

23 Apr

Buildings can be famous for a number of reasons and a TV character’s home can take on a double life as it plays a role in fiction and in reality. In a city like New York pretty much every street seems as if it has featured on either the small or big screen and that’s probably because it has. There are certain places that take on a larger than life iconic status and become instantly recognizable to legions of fans. Exterior shots of locations such as the Friends building that housed all six characters at one time or another and Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment (that in reality is 5-bedroom brownstone) in Sex and the City are ones that immediately spring to mind.

For the people who live in these buildings made famous by these TV characters, their home is not just theirs but also forever belongs to Carrie, Monica, Chandler, Rachel, Ross, Phoebe and Joey. Last year the brownstone used in Sex and the City sold for a whopping $9.85 million and with that price tag comes a beautiful abode but also plenty of people who want their photograph taken on those steps. A small price to pay perhaps for a beautiful home located in Manhattan’s West Village (featured in the photo below).

SATC apartment

John Jeremiah Sullivan provides an account of what living in a famous TV house is like in his book Pulphead: Dispatches from the Other Side of America. Both the exterior and several rooms inside his house were used for the character of Peyton on One Tree Hill all while Sullivan, his wife and their young daughter lived there. This show was shot in Wilmington, North Carolina a place that has been used for multiple movie and TV shoots (I automatically think of Dawson’s Creek when I hear this location). There was already an agreement in place with the previous owners of the house and when Sullivan saw how much they were willing to pay to use the space it felt like a good financial decision for his family.

At first there were assurances that they would only be using two rooms inside the house, rooms which were decorated and furnished by the studio and Sullivan says that essentially “it meant that we lived on a TV set.” By all accounts they were treated well by the crew (Sullivan calls them “hyperprofessional”) and he is especially complimentary of Hilarie Burton (who played Peyton on One Tree Hill) saying “You could see Hilarie’s sweetness in the way she humored our families.”

Peyton's house OTH

Having fans turning up daily and from all over the world wasn’t the biggest issue Sullivan encountered with his house featuring on a TV show, as the fans were always polite and generally just wanted their photo taken in front of Peyton’s home. In reality it isn’t Peyton’s home; it belongs to the Sullivan’s and this is where the lines begin to blur. In a hotel room in Wilmington that they got put up in whenever extensive scenes were being filmed, Sullivan started watching the show and he explains that “We formed memories of our house that weren’t memories; we’d experienced them solely through television. We hadn’t been there for them, yet they’d occurred while we lived there.”

This kind of association took a turn for the disturbing when a storyline was introduced with “Psycho Derek” and this character did some truly terrible things to Peyton and her best friend Brooke in the basement of her/Sullivan’s house. Inevitably there came a time when it all became too much, especially as their young daughter was getting old enough to figure out that this wasn’t a normal set up for a family home and despite the offer of more money this was the end of Sullivan’s house being Peyton’s house.

This isn’t where the story ends for this house being recognized as a piece of One Tree Hill’s history (although it was also used in one episode of Dawson’s Creek) as they still get visitors wanting their photo taken. Thanks to reruns and DVDs this means that someone can experience a show for the first time long after it initially aired and so this house will always in some way be Peyton’s place. It’s very easy with the aid of the Internet to find the address of many homes that have been used on TV shows and so once a property has belonged to a beloved (and sometimes not so beloved) character there will always be a duel history; the fictitious and the real.

Jake Johnson Talks Drunk Acting and the New Girl Audition Process

23 Apr

New Girl isn’t back until next Tuesday, but don’t despair as Jake Johnson joins Paul F. Tompkins on his YouTube series Speakeasy to discuss his forthcoming movie Drinking Buddies, the New Girl audition process and his improv background. It’s a relaxed interview and while the pair enjoy a Stoli on ice with a bit of lime Johnson reveals that the road to Nick Miller was a long one beginning with New Girl creator Liz Meriwether recommending him for the part (thanks to working together on No Strings Attached) to a very long audition process (which appears to be the norm during pilot season). He also discusses what the atmosphere is like on set as there is a lot of good natured teasing when anyone screws up from both the cast and crew. With performing this kind of material you should be having fun with the material and each other and it seems like this is very much the case on New Girl.

For a bonus here is Jake Johnson recreating some popular Internet memes including Grumpy Cat (who did it better Jake Johnson or Alison Brie?)

Mad Men Music Monday

22 Apr

Let’s start the week off with a new feature “Mad Men Music Monday” as the diverse collection of music helps capture the essence of the 1960s, even when they have to pay $250,000 for the pleasure (see last season with The Beatles). I’m launching this feature with Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot’s spellbinding “Bonnie and Clyde” that accompanied Joan’s trip to The Electric Circus in last night’s episode of Mad Men. We haven’t seen Joan enjoying a night out with a girlfriend since season 1 (and this ended with her friend confessing her love to her) and while Joan was clearly out of her comfort zone at first she soon showed that she could party with the best of them in this hypnotic club (and by party I mean make out with the guy who makes terrible Bonnie and Clyde name comparisons).

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

19 Apr

It’s “Look of the Week” time! Once again there has been a rich amount of different costumes across various shows this week. This is a snapshot of what I have been watching and each pick is for a variety of reasons including; what it adds to the storyline, what it tells us about the characters involved or simply because it looks good. Or because it is funny.

Winner: Elena Gilbert in The Vampire Diaries “Pictures of You”

Pictures of You

It’s Senior Prom on The Vampire Diaries this week and there were a lot of beautiful gowns on display. It’s not surprising that Nina Dobrev looks incredible as Elena in this dress, but the reason why I have picked this as the “Look of the Week” is thanks to the circumstances in which she ended up in this attire. Elena is currently a very different character to the one that we have seen over the past four seasons as she has no humanity at the moment. This version of Elena is a bitch who mean girls her former BFF’s with cruel jibes and she steals the dress that she helped pick out for Caroline (it’s ok Caroline still manages to find a stunning alternative). How long Elena is going to remain like this is unclear and as the season is nearing the end this would suggest not for long, but she’s been entertaining to watch and it has given Nina Dobrev another chance to shine playing yet another variation of this character.

Runner Up: Ron Swanson and April Ludgate in Parks and Recreation “Article Two”

Ron and April hats

It’s the second week that April has featured and originally I was going to just focus on Ron, but the pair of them having to endure a management teaching seminar was too good to not include both of them. Really this is all about the way both of them have such disdain for the hat that Chris is making them to wear.

P.S. I really want April’s shirt.

Runner Up: Joan Harris in Mad Men “The Collaborators”


Joan hasn’t featured too heavily in this new season of Mad Men (and really I hope that changes with the next episode), but in her limited screen time she managed to remain strong and focused in front of the man who she was essentially sold to last season (Joan also managed to get in one excellent dig “I know there’s part of you that you haven’t seen in years”). Joan keeps her cool and only lets this facade drop when she goes into Don’s office and pours herself a big glass of vodka. This strong blue and red outfit gives the impression of strength and it is something that Joan exudes in her brief moment in this episode.

Runner Up: Elizabeth Jennings in The Americans “Covert War”

Elizabeth Jennings

It’s not uncommon for an episode of The Americans to feature multiple looks for lead characters Elizabeth and Philip Jennings and “Covert War” included several; Elizabeth-centric flashbacks showed her in 1964, 1971 and 1976, Philip appeared as “Clark” and there is a new look for the pair as they went off book with a mission that is incredible personal for Elizabeth. We have seen Elizabeth in an array of seductress costumes (starting with the opening scene of the pilot) and this time she opts for a crossword loving, scarred beauty. The endless supplies of wigs that this pair have access to is fascinating and I’d really love to see the person who hooks them up with these disguises (if I had to work as part of a spy agency I would like to work in the costume department). I do still have wig fear that in a romantic moment one of their wigs will accidentally come off (Martha and “Clark” seems like the obvious choice for this).

Who would you choose as your look of the week?

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