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Monday, August 30, 2010

Glee Rocks this Year's Emmys

Several Glee cast members, Emmys host Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Betty White, and Jon Hamm were just some of the stars who came together to kick-off the 2010 Emmys with their awesome cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run." I'm convinced the award-show writers assembled this TV dream-team specifically with me in mind. Many of my favorite TV shows were represented, including Glee of course.
The show that once reminded viewers to "Don't Stop Believin'" arrived at the 2010 Emmys after a whirlwind first season which included a live tour and performances at the World Series and the White House. The Emmy opening performance demonstrated the impact one-time underdog Glee has had on television and popular culture in just one year.

I couldn't imagine a more perfect way for the Glee cast and crew to complete that year than to share the Emmy stage and accept the award for Outstanding Comedy Series. While that honor ultimately went to Modern Family, the Academy recognized Glee with awards for Ryan Murphy, the show's wunderkind creator and director, and Jane Lynch, who portrays the glee club's zany antagonist Sue Sylvester. The Glee team celebrated these accolades as their own, demonstrating the grace and heart central to their success.

Visit Emmys.com for complete coverage of the awards.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

This Week on the Web: Time Lists Including "Top 10 Craziest Fans!"

You all know about my affection for lists. I recently discovered this wonderful RSS Feed from Time, entirely dedicated to Bests and Worsts! The site contains something to interest everyone and I highly recommend it. I particularly enjoyed their list of Offbeat Fan Followings, but then again, I'm quirkier than anyone the list describes!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Other Songs I'm Thinking About

"Can't read my, can't read my, no you can't read my poker face, she's got to love nobody." - Lady Gaga

"I woke up in a car, I traced away the fog so I could see the Mississippi on her knees,
I've never been so lost, I've never felt so much at home, please call my folks and throw away my keys." - Something Corporate

"Don't you remember you told me you loved me baby?" - The Carpenters

"As I'm swimming through the stereo I'm writing you a symphony of sound, it's like I wrote every note with my own fingers." - Jack's Mannequin

The Playlist:
1. "Rainy Days on Mondays" by the Carpenters
2. "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga
3. "I Woke Up in A Car" by Something Corporate
4. "Superstar" by the Carpenters
5. "The Mixed Tape" by Jack's Mannequin
6. "The World is Not Enough" by Garbage
7. "Somebody to Love" by the Glee cast: Music die-hards may scoff at the idea that I have picked this cover rather than the original version by Queen. I chose this cover because I think it better captures what it's like to feel alone in "this prison cell" at times, at least for myself.

Sorry for all of the 20-something angst today, but thinking about these songs actually makes me happy.

Rainy Days and Mondays

I love the Carpenters and this song fits today.

"Rainy days and Mondays always get me down."

The week can only look up, right?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

This Week on the Web: Fictional Character Blogs

I've been doing a lot of research lately on what are called Alternate Reality Characters (ARCs). As I can best describe it, an alternate reality character is a fictional character who "interacts" with real people on social media platforms. I discovered the term when I was browsing online for information about - what else? - Glee, and read it on the discussion board for Quinn's Facebook page.

This page, specifically created by Fox to promote the show (It's linked to Glee's official Facebook page, as are the other characters' pages) depicts what the characters would say and think based on the storylines of the show. Other television favorites of mine, such as The Office and 30 Rock, have similar accounts both on Facebook and Twitter.

I could spend hours reading the blogs and tweets of my favorite fictional characters. In addition to those created by a show's writing and/or marketing departments, fans worldwide create thousands of "unofficial" accounts (called RP accounts). I enjoy reading how they interpret fictional characters as well. In my opinion, the best accounts make you feel like an insider in the fictional world. Some of my favorites include:

AMC's Mad Men - on Twitter Mad Men's fourth season just started, and this site compiles the best tweets about the show, including fictional character accounts, the official MadMen_AMC account, and fan commentary.

This link is good also: http://guestofaguest.com/television/ask-a-mad-man-theyll-answer-on-twitter/

Gleeks should look at this database of Glee Fictional Character Accounts: http://www.gleetwitter.webs.com/. If you'd prefer to follow the actors themselves, @GLEEonFox has a list of them as well as official fictional character accounts written by the Glee writers:
http://twitter.com/GLEEonFOX/glee-cast-crew
http://twitter.com/GLEEonFOX/glee-characters

Monday, August 2, 2010

Imagining My Dream Home, Part 1: Bookshelves

I love looking at interior design photos, particularly those involving bookshelves, desks, and entertainment centers. I'll post links to my favorite photos and blogs on MFT. For today:

http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/27/inside-out-a-bookish-mix/

http://www.lookshelves.com/ A photo blog of real-life bookshelves and the people behind them.

http://bookshelfporn.com/ G-Rated photos of books, I promise! In the editors' words: "A photoblog collection of all the best bookshelf photos for people who *heart* bookshelves." People who fit this description will understand the blog title exactly once they view the photos.

Prepare for wonder.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

My Ideas for Glee Stories, Songs, etc.

This post outlines some songs and stories I'd love to see on Glee! These songs and stories reflect the show's themes of achieving milestones, growing up and friendship and would be great showcases for the group’s musical and theatrical range:

Group Numbers:

“Don’t You Forget About Me” by Simple Minds epitomizes the high school experience. During the scene in “Journey” when the characters talk about who they were before glee club, I was reminded of the closing speech from The Breakfast Club (the movies for which the Simple Minds classic is the theme song). The two speeches are about kids from all high school cliques finding out they can relate to one another and sharing a common experience. In my post written just before the Back Nine aired, I referred to the characters collectively as a “millenial Breakfast Club.”

“Seasons of Love” from Rent is the perfect group number. Rent draws upon Broadway and rock music just as Glee does; further, both shows are uplifting, poignant, witty and at times tear-jerking. “Seasons of Love” is a song about a group of friends reflecting on the times they’ve had together and offers incredible opportunities for solos and harmonies.

“On My Way” by Rusted Root

“Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane

“How to Save a Life” by the Fray

“Bittersweet Symphony” by the Verve

“Champagne Supernova” by Oasis

“This Used to Be My Playground” (from A League of their Own) and “I’ll Remember” would both be great songs for a second Madonna episode. The group covered most of Madonna’s major hits in their first tribute episode and for the rumored second tribute I’d like to hear the club’s interpretations of some of her more reflective songs. On that note, I would love to hear Lea Michele cover “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” and “Live to Tell” - she has the vocal range for both. "This Used to Be My Playground" would also tie in well with a sports-related storyline.

“Walk On” and “With or Without You” by U2. U2 is my favorite band and my first choice for another tribute episode. I would love for the club to sing both songs at Nationals, because we know they’ll make it! The songs are both beautifully moving, and if Finn and Rachel sang “With or Without You,” I know it would be in the same league as their “Faithfully” duet.

I hope we see some of these songs performed on the show as the characters evolve. For story lines, some key milestones that would give the the cast and writers strong material to work with include prom and graduation - not that I want them leaving William McKinley anytime soon! And for that sad day when the series must ultimately come to an end, nothing would be better than the cast reuniting and singing at Will and Emma’s wedding.

These suggestions may sound cliche, but it is the show’s clever interpretations of archetypal themes that make it great.