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Watch SMASH or NBC will fire me

Alright, they probably aren’t going to fire me just over that, but seriously, watch SMASH.  It’s a fun, slightly soapy (okay, very soapy) show about making a Marilyn Monroe musical on Broadway.  It’s not too insider-y (which makes some critics sad and I admit, it would be cool to get a true look at the behind the scenes world of Broadway) and is very easy to watch and follow along with.  Some of the characters are absolutely awful, for different reasons.  The actor who plays the son of Debra Messing is positively the worst actor in television.  His dad or mom must be a producer, or else he slept his way into the show.  There’s no other excuse for him being on such a high-profile network show. The character of Ellis is a terrible character as well, as he’s just a villainous guy who always hears things he shouldn’t and is always in the wrong place at the right time.  Yet as opposed to a villain you kind of love to hate, he’s someone you just don’t understand why he does anything.  So it’s annoying.  With those particular quibbles out of the way, the talent on display is really the reason to watch SMASH.  The musical numbers are fantastic, and most of the cast is truly talented, especially Megan Hilty (who plays Ivy, one of the characters competing for the role of Marilyn) and Katherine McPhee (who plays Karen, the newbie making her big break in Broadway and who was also up for the role of Marilyn).

Anyway, watch the show, especially if you are a Nielsen family.  It’s been renewed for another season, yay!, so there’s hope it can improve its ratings.  A new showrunner is also coming on board for next season, so maybe he can ditch the terrible actor and figure out some better plot threads for these talented actors.  As a hint of the awesome numbers, here’s a clip below.  If a musical were actually made with these numbers, I’d go see it in a hearbeat!  Doesn’t hurt that the chorus boys are pretty hot.

[hulu:http://www.hulu.com/embed/5QocYvTOKEF8q7RPazKLFw]

In book stuff, since I last wrote about the Game of Thrones series, I’ve made serious progress forward.  Serious progress.  I’m now on Book 5, A Dance With Dragons, and I think the last time I wrote about it on this site, I was on Book 2.  They’re huge books and so much goes on!  Highly recommended series, and if you can, watch the HBO show too.  Freakin’ epic.  I also just received the latest Stephen King book, another entry in the Dark Tower series, set squarely between books 4 and 5.  Stephen King even says the new book, The Wind in the Keyhole, could be referenced as Dark Tower 4.5.  Haven’t started reading it and probably won’t till I finish ADWD, but I love having a queue of awesome books to look forward to.  Eventually I’ll have to read the last of Gregory Maguire’s Wicked series too. Anyway, I brought this up as the website Vulture.com ranked all 62 of Stephen King’s books.  I don’t agree with some of the explicit rankings (Rose Madder is not his worst book by a long shot) but overall, it’s a fun read.  Each book gets a paragraph or two about why it sucks or why it rocks, and those descriptions immediately transported my mind to my own experiences reading these books.  I think I’ve missed about 3 or 4 of his books, but everything else, I’ve been there.  I just re-read IT, which they ranked as #3, and it’s hard to dispute it.  I forgot how good that book was till I re-read it.

Here’s the link to Vulture’s slideshow list:
http://www.vulture.com/2012/04/ranking-all-62-stephen-king-books.html

 

Okay, So 3 in a Row Was Optimistic (MM)

Yeah, yeah, yeah.  But hey, three in one week?  That’s pretty good for me as of recently!  Thursday and Friday were a blur, to be honest, and then yesterday Larry & I spent most of they day in Brooklyn or on the subway back and forth between Manhattan and Brooklyn.  And on the way back from Brooklyn, it was also time spent being approached by recently-released psycho patients asking me “why blacks make so much noise in the subway station” in a station full of black people.  I was not about to engage this moron/psycho in any kind of conversation, so I took full advantage of the fact that my allergies were in full effect so I open my red swollen eyes, start snorting up all the snot that’s impacting me, and tell him I don’t know.  I look like the Plague, and even InsaneRacistPatient thinks so, and mutters that I look sick and he should stay away.  I confirm this, and tell him “That’s a Good Idea.”  Ah, NYC.

On to Days 3-6…..

Day 01 | Your favorite song

Day 02 | Your favorite movie

Day 03 | Your favorite television program

oooh… I do love me some TV.  I’m such a media whore that I love all the media types, especially music and movies. Ask anyone who has seen my DVD/BluRay collection and you know I am not lying.  As for my favorite TV program – wow…this is harder than I thought it would be actually.  Runner-ups?  Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The X-Files, LOST, 24, Friends, and Will & Grace.  But my favorite  television program is Ugly Betty.  I know, I know….really?  But yes, indeed, it is.  I think it lands at the top for now because not only was it insanely hilarious and had some completely unforgettable characters such as Amanda, Wilhelmina, Marc, & of course, Betty, and some fantastically written lines (“Did you just gesture at me when you said Kwanzaa?” – Wilhelmina to Daniel), but it closely and strangely paralleled my life during certain times.  Marc came out to his mom in the first season episode “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” literally a month or so before I did.  And the whole NYC theme of the show always resonated with me.  It sucks that it ended last year.  But at least some other recent shows have started making inroads on my favorite list, like Mad Men.  Seriously, how freakin’ awesome is that show?  I also have to admit that Survivor, Big Brother, and Amazing Race are very high on my can’t-miss list, but I decided to rule Reality TV out of this for now.

Day 04 | Your favorite book

Stephen King is my favorite author, so of course it’ll be one of his books.  IT and The Stand are national treasures as far as I’m concerned, but they aren’t my favorites of his.  Here’s where we now have to determine what are the rules of this little contest.  Can I choose a series?  Or do I have to pick just one book?  Because I think I can toe the line here and declare that The Dark Tower series is my all time favorite book, or story.  I think I got the first book, The Gunslinger, from a friend in middle school.  It started with the line, “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.”  Pure wondrous story followed, and  I was hooked.  The Gunslinger, Roland, is an iconic loner type, but over the course of the next two books, he joins up with several other characters, including scrappy Eddie Dean, parapalegic and schizophrenic/divided Detta/Odetta, and young Jake.   There’s such a great story told of doors between worlds, magic, destiny, fate and inevitability, but of course the quest to get to the Dark Tower.  Unfortunately for 8th grade me, those first three books were all there were for YEARS.  About 6 years later, the fourth book, Wizard & Glass, finally came out while I was in college.  SO EXCITING!  But then another 6 years passed before Stephen King finally decided to continue writing again, and it was looking iffy there when he got hit by a car and kept writing OTHER books.  How dare he?!?!  The last 3 books came out within the span of 3 years or so, when I was a Captain in the Air Force…..about 15 years after I started the series.  Crazy.  It was a journey well worth it, but frustrating when I think about people who can just pick up Book 1 and not have to worry about if the story will ever end.  Although even that is kind of ironic, if you know how Book 7, The Dark Tower, “ends.”

Day 05 | Your favorite quote

I have a couple that always entertain me.  One is from the movie Sunset Boulevard and is spoken by the delusional fading movie star Norma Desmond:  “I am big, it’s the pictures that got small.”  It doesn’t really apply to me, but I love the sentiment in it.  From Ugly Betty, Marc tells his boyfriend Cliff:  “Beauty if pain, Cliff, and you’re hurting me bad”  Again, not too applicable to anything in particular, but hilarious nonetheless.  But my favorite quote is from one of my favorite movies, Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion:  “We’re not being conceited, we’re just being honest.”  You have to own what you’ve got, even if it could come across as arrogant…or deluded.  Screw all the haters.

Day 06 | Whatever tickles your fancy

I am really looking forward to moving back to Los Angeles.  I can’t wait to live in a place where there’s room to spread out, I can’t wait to be near the beach, I can’t wait to have a car – maybe even a convertible, and I can’t wait to be out there near friends and family with Larry.  It’s going to be an amazing experience for both of us, and the weather is just going to be the cherry on top.  I hope it all works out.   I don’t know if Day 6’s topic should have been today.  I’m spent from all the other writing to come up with something more at this time.  Plus I’m hungry and I can smell what Larry is cooking and it smells DELICIOUS.  That kind of sounds like a line from when the Rock was wrestling, doesn’t it?  OH yeah, by the way, I saw The Other Guys today with Larry.   Mostly okay, funny at points, and surprisingly political at the end when they display graphs of all the money spent and lost and swindled by Madoff, AIG, Goldman Sachs, as well as within the TARP.  WTF?