Thursday, February 28, 2008
Rolling Stone went behind the scenes with Chris Martin and the band to discuss the fourth album. Here's the link to that article - Coldplay-4th-album
Once, an intern walked over to my cubicle and said he too likes "Got Put A Smile Upon My Face" and asked if I knew they (Coldplay) had other songs...whole albums? Heh. I got the point, but to be fair I didn't realize I had played it so many times that day. Maybe that doesn't make it fair, but he was an intern. So shut up. And get me coffe and copy things for me. Just kidding. He was cool. How could he not be...he liked Coldplay.
Not sure when the album will be released, but I hope the following song makes the final cut:
"'Reign of Love' A lovely layered compostition of piano, bass and organ that backs fairytale lyrics."
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
1. They are very self involved. One or two like that in a group might be acceptable, but all of them?
2. They like to say "I am in love with.." Is this elementary school? You like a boy and immediately you LOVE him? Is Jeb going to pull Debra's hair in Sunday's episode?
3. Dylan is a writer and therefore must tell the truth and be all honest. She's saying horrible things about her friends, putting videos of them on the net...how does that make her a writer? She's mean. That's what she is.
4. They are trying so hard to be deep that they are annoying. What is happiness? Maybe this was supposed to be funny (although probably not), but they are so depressing it comes across funny in a bad way and I want to throw things at the television set.
5. Oddly enough, I didn't want to throw things at the computer when I watched the same part or scene referenced above online. I think when I watched it online I didn't expect as much. Sad to say but the quality level was lowered. A lot. I didn't realize that until the transition to TV.
6. Debra needs a brush. Dylan needs to shop for work clothes.
7. Why must Debra make out with boyfriend Danny in front of Jeb when she knows how Jeb feels about her yet claims she is ok with how he feels? Then in the karaoke scene she's between both guys and leans her face against Jeb's shoulder? Mixed signals much? I actually think they are all so self absorbed they probably don't mean to hurt each other but will they ever realize they are hurting each other? How are they all friends??
Ugh. I suppose that's enough. It just is what it is. Maybe it should be left on the internet (based on the ratings that's likely to happen and fast). On my TV screen I expect more from Zwick and Herskovitz - I expect Once & Again, My So Called Life and so on and so on. I give them credit for creating something new and doing so on the internet. I only wish they did it better.
Seriously though, why video blog about your friends like that?? If you wouldn't say it to your friend's face then don't say it in an email (it's never going to come across right), don't say it in a blog and don't don't don't say it via video blog.
That is all.
No... one more thing...to the sibling who knocked my scarf down the stairs and didn't pick it up and almost made me miss my train because I had to run around looking for said scarf...I know where you sleep. Remember that.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
I suppose I'll go to the library and focus on writing. Yes, library and not a hip coffee house. I live on Long Island and we just don't roll that way. We have Starbucks after Starbucks, but I always feel like sitting in one makes me want to come off as pretentious in the eyes of the coffee drinkers meeting up for....coffee. It's really not a look I can or want to convey. I had no problem sitting and writing in the Starbucks a block away from my apartment when I was living in the city. One gets cool points added to their daily tally for doing that in NYC.
My other reason for going to the library is simple- I don't think I'll be able to connect to the internet. I checked and the libraries say the have wireless connections (it's Long Island not some backwards out of touch with modern technology area). It's just the library sites mention filling out some card or something to connect. That's all I need is to give in my last name and set off alarms for all the books the Nestors never did return. I'm sure the library would go into immediate lock down and the scary elderly woman behind the counter would demand payment. Since I have the 40-ish bucks that are not being spent at Target I'd have to fork it over. Damn. Therefore I won't attempt to connect and will be forced to write. Sounds like a decent plan. But can I bring coffee into the library? Hmmm.
The picture above is from "Better Off Dead." That paperboy might be the only debt collector scarier than a librarian!
Friday, February 22, 2008
A year ago today the last episode ever of The OC aired. I’m not going to say it doesn’t feel like a year has passed because it actually does feel like that much time has gone by. Last year I was headed to a lovely apartment to watch the finale with my gals. It was sad on many levels. We spent every Thursday night together for years and we knew that was ending. It was as though we knew for whatever reason – work, friends, life – we’d never be able to schedule time together with such ease. Watching The OC together was more than just watching a show together. It was a time to unwind, break bread and share copious amounts of Pinot and/or Chardonnay with each other. This was different from other nights because we shut out the world and welcomed the Cohens and the rest of
And yes I know, the show wasn’t always on Thursday night. But whatever night and time FOX aired the show before the Thursday night move, well we were there for that too.
I’ve tried and tried to only pick 5 all-time favorite episodes, but can’t do it. You know like when asked which 5 movies you’d bring if on a deserted island? Well, seeing as how said deserted island doesn’t have the means to play the movies I think I can tweak the answer a bit and make the list with 23 of my can’t live without episodes. They aren’t really in favorite order. I think going through each episode each season and picking my favorites tells the story better. Feel free to disagree and keep it to yourself….I kid.
- The Pilot. I remember watching all of the commercials FOX aired that summer and thinking, psssht. What shit. I’m too old for teen dramas. And then I watched that summer and knew before the first commercial break that I was hooked. This show was smart, witty and had a kick ass setting.
- The Model Home. Marissa didn’t suck. Her problems were real and her attitude made sense. One of my all time favorite scenes will forever be Ryan, Seth and Marissa in the yard of the model home….Seth skate boarding in the empty pool, Ryan sharing a bit about his life and learning more about Seth, Marissa and the world they came from. Plus the Jimmy Cooper borrowing 100 grand from Kirsten was awesome. She just had that money….to lend. And it was HER money. This was a crazy place.
- The Homecoming. Kirsten can’t cook, Seth has two ladies, an absolutely hilarious kitchen fight with Caleb, Julie, Jimmy, Sandy, Kirsten, Rachel…, Fresh margs?!... I don’t feel so good. Heh. Ryan did musicals in
- The Secret. Luke’s big gay dad and You (Kirsten) kissed Jimmy Cooper? So much in one episode.
- The Best Chrismukkah Ever. The title says it all.
- The Heartbreak. Kirsten makes me really like Valentine’s Day. I could do without Theresa, but Ryan telling off Marissa and her bangs was wonderful. And
? Sigh. He’s perfect. Sandy
- The Ties That Bind. You knew they’d all be together next year or umm the show is no more. But still. Can you honestly watch Kirsten break down at the end and not cry with her? Seth’s explaining his life pre Ryan to Summer.
sitting with Ryan in the pool house, “I told you you could do worse.” Seth telling off Marissa at the not-the-Peach-Pit-diner, Kirsten and Ryan’s hug. Seth unable to say bye to Ryan. Sandy
- The Distance
- The Chrismukkah That Almost Wasn’t. The kitchen scene alone was worth all the Lindsay drama.
- The Rainy Day Women. Welcome back
. It will take some time, but we’ll all forgive him. The Spiderman kiss, eh. The opening scene with the rain, Blind Melon, Ryan and Seth not wanting to get wet was one of the best openers (teasers). Sandy
- The Showdown. Julie Cooper’s dress when she showed up in the morning to talk to Kirsten…only Julie dressed like that and it was acceptable!
and Kirsten’s kitchen scene and then the car crash. Ouch! Sandy
- The Dearly Beloved. Get your hands off of me! The vodka bottle crashes to the ground. All of the Sandy and Seth scenes. All were amazing. The actually not cheesy intervention (I hadn’t seen or cried at one since Party of Five)….Cringing when Kirsten told Ryan, “I let you into this house.” Ryan responds – “Yeah you did because my own mom couldn’t take care of me. Because she wouldn’t get help even though I asked her to. I don’t want to see that happen again to someone I love.” And then Seth makes Kirsten break down. Rip my heart out. And we still had the shooting. That scene alone kept the roomies and me up all night…is he dead??? No the blood fell this way not that way. We were so CSI that night. And we don’t watch CSI. It was so intense we couldn’t even sleep. But we did. It was a long summer.
I’m not going to say anything for most of the season 3 episodes. Most were not good. Lots of anger was unleashed from us gals. What happened to Kirsten? She was a favorite and so very strong in season one and two and then gone and zombie like in season 3?
13. The End of Innocence
14. The Pot Stirrer
15. The Dawn Patrol
16. The Man of the Year
17. The Graduates
Then came season four. Sadly, I don’t share the love for the season like others do. I didn’t hate it, but it still wasn’t season 1. The Cohens should’ve had more time together. Some kitchen scenes and mornings with the paper, coffee, bagels and witty banter. Kirsten was still pushed to the side. I did love all of the Julie and Kaitlin stuff. Who knew Little Coop was going to be so awesome?
18. The Avengers
19. The Gringos
20. The Cold Turkey. Kirsten had an important part! And the homeless showing up was pretty funny. Then the Ryan and Julie scene. Still makes me cry when I watch it.
21. The My Two Dads. Ryan calling Sandy his dad? Who doesn’t feel their heart smile when watching that? The end scene…Cohen family time on the couch watching meerkats because that’s what Kirsten wanted to watch. I love the Cohens. Even the stupid Seth and Summer wedding crap can’t ruin the episode.
22. The Night Moves
23. The End’s Not Near, It’s Here. Truth? Hated it. Hated. We all did. Later that night I re-watched it and finally cried and cried. The last maybe 15 minutes are wonderful. That’s what the episode should’ve been. About the Cohens and Ryan. I’ve re-watched that ending a handful of times. I still haven’t watched the Josh commentary. Just can’t bring myself to do it yet. Maybe this weekend I’ll do that. I never like when a family moves in a show. I want to know they are where they have always been so moving to
I will one day sit down and watch all of season four again. Perhaps I will appreciate it more. Maybe I won’t be so harsh when viewed a few years later. I’ll let you know when that happens.
I don’t know if anyone is still reading? But you must’ve been a fan too if you made it this far. Feel free to share your thoughts. And thanks to Josh, Stephanie, the cast and crew for such an awesome show. The first spec script I wrote was of The OC. And that’s because the characters were so fresh and real I could get into their heads. They were original and had such depth to them. Getting to play around with them for a while made me realize that’s the kind of story I want to tell. Almost forgot, the music, including the season one score which returned in the series finale, was always perfect.
I can only hope that one day someone feels that way about a show I write for. I got to meet Josh once at the Tribeca Film Festival. Even have a picture with him which is framed. Yes, I’d stalk him if not for the 3,000 miles separating us! I got to tell him I love the show, but that was pretty much it. I was almost speechless. He was really cool and not even rushing me, but I just couldn’t think of anything else to say. That’s obviously not me under normal circumstances. Hopefully one day I get to sit down and talk with him. Pick his brain about the show. As if he doesn’t get that enough.
Final exchange between Seth and Ryan - “At least I leave you funnier than when I found you,” Seth says. “I’m a lot better off than when you found me,” Ryan says. “Me too,” Seth says. Aren’t we all better off, Seth? Aren’t we all?
And one more thing…we used to all watch the show together during lunch at work. Those memories are just as important and I cherish them--Friday lunches in the conference room, assigned seating, ordering Italian or Thai, even the occasional breakfast viewing (and I hate getting up early let alone arriving that early to work!), the special cakes, cookies and parties and the list goes on. We’ve yet to find a show to take The OC’s place. We’ve tried but nothing has that great mix of humor and drama. I suppose I’ll just have to go and create it!
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Speaking of quality shows, how about that Friday Night Lights?
I know I'm late in discussing the season (? please) finale, but I waited a bit to watch it. I gotta say, the second to last episode of the season was wonderful. Where the hell was that show all season? I don't want to blame the writers if the show doesn't get more episodes, but how did they think most of season two could even compare to season one? I'm all about giving them another chance. What does NBC have to lose? Or maybe they want Deal or No Deal on for, say two hours, every night? The least they can do is give the fans closure. That finale left a lot of things open.
Tomorrow brings a new episode of Lipstick Jungle. Anyone have thoughts on that? I'm thinking maybe it can get better if they are given a second season? Sometimes first seasons aren't so great because they are so new. We the viewers have so much to learn. Ha, so now I'm kind of saying it's ok to suck and then be good. Being great right out of the box makes it harder to consistently be great. That's why I'm going to be a mediocre writer. Lower the expectations now and shock them later! My new way of writing. Really though. At least the ladies on Lipstick Jungle can make me care a bit about them.
A last thought... which TV families/characters did or do you care about? For me, the Cohens (+Ryan) will always be at the top top top of the list. Along with Julie Cooper-Nichol. Heck, I even cared for Jimmy Cooper before they killed his character. Also, the Taylors, Walkers, Gilmores...the list goes on. Give me a TV character I can care about and be emotionally connected to and I'll be your truest fan. TV with heart. That's all I ask for.
PS- I know I complimented the B&S writers and then two paragraphs later took it away. The thing is I think there's still a lot of good to the show. It's still appointment viewing. I still care about the Walkers and all they are going through each week. I just long for more episodes like Game Night in season one. Die Kitty Die. Remember? Charades. It was Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, but Kevin was pissed at Kitty and that was his guess. Find that episode and fall in love with Brothers & Sisters.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
I'm not sure why this popped into my head today, but it did. When I was about 6 or 7 I loved the ball pit at Chuck e Cheese's. Loved it. At least, that's what I say. Truth is I'm not so sure how I felt about it. I recall one time (the time that shaped all future ball pit adventures) standing on the edge ready to jump in when my sister shouted, "Don't go in the middle or you will drown." Say what? Plastic balls in a dry pit, I know. But she was my older sister and therefore wiser? But I couldn't not jump because she was right there in the middle with some friends. I was too cool or too stupid to let a silly thing like drowning get in the way. If I knew the word crap I'm sure I whispered it before taking the leap. All I can remember is trying to get above the balls and to the side as fast as I could. I turned back to show my sister that I was still alive. Look at me! Yeah, she was already off to the corner not even caring about me. Nice. Who would've saved me? And had she been joking why didn't she wait to see the end of the joke? Didn't she assume I would've freaked out tossing plastic balls all over the place trying to get to the side? Because that is how it panned out.
Now, if I want to be all philosophical about it or as Emilio said to Louanne Johnson in Dangerous Minds, "Oh what now you're trying to psychologize me?" maybe I would link that fear of jumping in and drowning to writing. Trying a whole new career without knowing what the end will be but trusting that I will make it ok on my own.
But eh, I'm not that deep. I probably thought of the ball pit because my nephew mentioned Chuck E Cheese's as a possible birthday party location next October. Gotta love a kid that pre plans so far in advance!
Almost the end of February and no snow. Did I just jinx the whole thing? Apologies if we are all digging out of 4 feet of snow this weekend. Could be worse...could be digging through plastic balls:)
Thursday, February 14, 2008
The real question....when did I become so uncool? (An answer is not really needed) I can only hope that if she had a glass of wine I would've been excited. I know I'm a wine girl and not a beer girl. That must be it.
Oh and Keith? AWESOME. He's by far my favorite male country artist. Friggin Awesome. Totally worth the headache I have today. I mean really, must the sound be that loud? ;)
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
First thing first…. Who are the Jonas Brothers? Are they Hanson 2.0?
I recently went Netflix carazy and added a bunch of movies to my queue. This was mostly due to the writer’s strike finally hitting primetime, and hitting it hard. I don’t do reality so I was screwed. Ok I do some reality, but I was taking a stand. A well done scripted show can kick any reality show’s ass. Most poorly done scripted shows can do the same. But what to do for the next few months? Reading has been fun, but what if I kept the TV turned off? Would I pass on scripted TV for a novel? Would I finally read….Harry Potter?? Would I never return to TV?! I kid. Of course I would. I know eventually the strike will end bringing back all of my favorite TV shows and friends. So for now, I’m taking advantage of the strike and watching movies. Or I thought that was my new plan. The fact that my Netflix plan is 4 a month/ 2 at a time was overlooked. I suppose after viewing 4 movies and not receiving more I’d realize the kink in my plan. It’s all good because I didn’t get that far into the plan.
I made the mistake of selecting disc 1 of season two of The Closer when I really wanted season one. Ugh. I returned it and only had one rental left which would become season one disc 1. While waiting for the movie to arrive I played around with my queue. Time to bump all season 1 of The Closer to the top. And yes, I know The Closer is a TV show…I’m simply easing into this strike contingency plan. I decided to add The Red Balloon to the queue. Based on that selection I received some “you might like this” recommendations. In an attempt to make a long story short, I can only imagine my mood when I started accepting their recommendations. The list: A Mighty Heart, The Ultimate Gift, Divided We Fall, Children of Heaven, The Chorus and Nowhere in Africa. I think some of those movies have subtitles? I must’ve been on some strong allergy meds, which for me would be Claritin-D. The movies before the new ones: The TV Set, RV, Gone Baby Gone, I Could Never Be Your Woman, Fun With Dick and Jane and Once. The most random movie was The Towering Inferno. So who knows if I’ll move movies around or attempt to get through the current queue? The end of last week was the start of the next cycle and I’ve yet to upgrade to unlimited rentals. I did receive and watch “I’m Reed Fish.” It put me to sleep. I wasn’t tired. Explain that?! It was supposed to be about a small town guy whose high school sweetheart comes back to town and messes up his engagement to the current town sweetheart. Yeah yeah the story has been done before, but I’m a sucker for that plot and romantic comedies in general. However this was neither romantic nor comedic. Go figure.
Some good news….the strike appears to be coming to an end. Whoo hoo! Hopefully the writers are getting what they deserve. From what I’ve read, the strike was worth it. Voting to approve the new contract takes place today and writers might be back at work tomorrow. And then we get new episodes of some shows in April. Bring ‘em on! I’m guessing there will be a lot of clip shows appearing soon!
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Earlier in the week, “Those She Left Behind” aired. Joanna Kerns starred in the 1989 made-for-TV movie. Ironically enough, she was also in “The Man With Three Wives.” But back to TSLB…. if I’m correct, Gary Cole (“Office Space” – Bill Lumbergh!) and Mary Page Keller (Life Goes On) were married, had a baby, the mom died during childbirth, dad has to raise baby, can’t handle it, gives her up for adoption, family is pissed, dad has a change of heart, wants baby back, in the end he gets the baby back. I remember the final scene, which is a bit fuzzy in the brain, but Joanna Kerns (friend of the father) is outside the father’s house with him when he notices the car in his driveway has a license plate that reads ‘from Katie’ or something heart tugging like that. Oh, the baby was named Katie. I don’t know if Joanna Kerns bought him the car or what the deal was, but that movie is never played on the regular Lifetime. Not in the last decade anyway. It makes me sad to think of what else I’m missing. All of those wonderful Saved By the Bell/90210 actor made-for-tv movies…are they on LMN? Valerie Bertinelli, Markie Post, Gerald ‘Major Dad’ McRaney, Nancy McKeon, Veronica Hammel, Barry Bostwick…..and so many more.
I’m going to e-mail Cablevision again. They said it wouldn’t work with GAC (Great American Country), but I suppose they got tired of my emails because that channel was recently added. I will fight the good fight and I will not rest until I can do so on my couch with a warm blanket, a cup of hot chocolate and LMN on my TV screen.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Speaking of candy....has anyone tried to eat a roll of Sweet Tarts lately? I tried a few years back and the package lasted for at least a full week. Just sitting right there on my desk for me to snack on whenever I wanted. No adult around telling me to save some for later or share with your sister or save room for dinner. How could Sweet Tarts ruin dinner?? I eventually threw the uneaten Tarts that remained into the garbage. I discovered- 1 Tart is nice, 2 Tarts and they get tarty, 3 Tarts and I get sick. Then dinner is in fact ruined as is every other meal that was to come after the Tarts. As a kid I can recall walking to the candy store with my sister Katie and friends and when we finally decided the candy of choice we'd pay, open it and usually have it eaten before we returned home. My mom used to ask us how we ate those things?? But mom they are sooooo goood! And now, I wonder how we ever ate them, too. I was also shocked to discover that same candy store charged 80cents for the candy. It was only 50 cents when I was a kid. Next thing we know gas will be like, $3.23 a gallon and once again we'll be walking to the stores.
Now for something more random than dental implants and candy blogs....
Greek. That would be the ABC Family TV Show. Does anyone watch? It's so so very good. If you went to a college with a Greek system it just makes the viewing process that much funnier. The second season starts March 24th while the first season DVDs come out on March 18th. I suggest you Netflix them if ABC Fam doesn't run a marathon. You seriously will not be disappointed. Fear not your age- it's for us out of college "kids" as well as those in college. The season finale set a record for the network- the most watched episode of an original series on the cable net among 18-34 year olds. See, we fit in there! Geek revolves around a freshman geeky guy in college who decides to pledge a fraternity. His sister attends the same school, is in a popular sorority and is way cooler than her younger bro. As the official website states, the show "focuses on the social minefield that is the Greek system." It's very funny, well written and well acted. I give it lots of "snaps."
Thanks for reading.
The Tuesday work day is half gone. yay!
Friday, February 1, 2008
That will have to end this blog. I'm headed to The Palace to meet some friends for drinks. Does The Palace mean anything to anyone? Not a palace palace. How's that for a hint? Ok, perhaps one should think TV. I mean this is Carolyn blogging!
Enjoy Friday night Funday!!