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Pop Culture Week in Review 10/12-10/19

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Caitlin VanMol

Walking? Dead

Any concerns of this season being boring (the main complaint from last season) were totally erased in the first episode. VAGUE SPOILER ALERT: I’m going to try to not go into specifics, but there will be hints of what happened in Sunday’s season premiere so if you really don’t want to know- skip ahead. First and foremost, all children are accounted for and now bear arms. That’s enough to improve this season leaps and bounds over where were last year. Goddamn Sophia. Any way, the last five minutes of the premiere had me in convulsions. I needed my smelling salts because I nearly went into full on lady vapors. I wouldn’t say I screamed per se, but sounds of shock and horror were emitted from my mouth. This episode was one of, if not the best episode of the series. Holy leg hack, batman. If you fell off last season, watch this premiere and get back on board. It’s a fun ship. I mean, I’m there.

 

Bad Hosting News

Khloe Kardashian (or “kard ashram” as my phone’s autocorrect says) and Mario Lopez are the officially official hosts of X Factor. You may be thinking “That’s been on for weeks and they just now found the hosts?” After spending all their money on the judges, I imagine it was difficult to find ‘people’ to host their television show. However, in Kardashian and Lopez, they did find the only two people who believe they can’t exist outside the television and thus were likely to accept the job for little to no pay.

Best Hosting News

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are hosting the Golden Globes. And it is about damn time. I mean, just one joker lady would have been amazing. But TWO?! This changes everything. Ok, maybe not everything. But it certainly makes me double excited for awards season. And somehow, this also makes me happier about Seth MacFarlane hosting the Oscars, even though they take place after the Globes and I decidedly love Poehler and Fey while I only have general warm feelings toward MacFarlane. Well, I just talked myself out of being happy. Another one for the books. But anyways, here is a delightful video of the ladies presenting an award:

And that was just presenting. Imagine what they can do with the reigns of a full awards show.

Miami University Doesn’t Always Make Me Proud

Major exports of my alma mater include accused sexual-assaultist Ben Roethlisberger, Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan and instructional rape flyers. But I could not be prouder of my school when they do stuff like this:

Good job, Redhawks. This really is love and honor.

You guys, I’m actually looking forward to the Super Bowl

I still don’t care about football but I DO care about the activities of Lady Sasha Fierce. Yes, Beyonce herself will be performing at the Super Bowl Halftime Show come February. I’m crazy in love with this (yeah, I said it).

Munsters reboot isn’t so much a show anymore…

NBC has announced that the Bryan Fuller-helmed pilot Mockingbird Lane will be shown on October 26 as a Halloween special. Now, the network hasn’t officially axed the show entirely. To my understanding through sifting through the statements from NBC and Fuller himself, if this gets good ratings they may make a few more episodes. I wouldn’t hold my breath though- they’ve already dumped a ton of money into the pilot and it seems like they just want to wash their hands of the whole thing. Munsters is (are?) dead. End of story.

As if the debate wasn’t scary enough

OK- I take back my headline. I love Chloe Moretz but Sissy Spacek she is not. And that’s a good thing…unless you are remaking Carrie.

Muppets Take DC

After Romney threatened the existence of Sesame Street (Er- PBS actually) during the first presidential debate, the Muppets decided to go to the mall. The National Mall that is. *high fives self* November 3rd, supporters (like you) of the Public Broadcasting Service are invited to participate in the Million Muppet March to prove to the man who hopefully will not be might be president what kind of adorable hell they can unleash when threatened. Yes, Elmo will be there. But its possible that these guys could be too:

And that, Mr. Romney, is what my sister’s nightmares are truly made of. So you can mess with women, immigrants and the poor all you want- but leave our puppets alone.

The Second Fall TV Casualty Has Fallen

I’m just going to rip off the band-aid on this one: NBC has cancelled Animal Practice (that’s obviously not the bad news but here it comes) and is filling its time slot with (here it is) Whitney.  Still no return date for Community. And I think this is a good idea. Now, before you get the pitchforks and the torches, hear me out. NBC pushed back the premiere of Community claiming that it wanted to be able to throw some major advertising power behind it. By throwing Whitney in the ring as they tag out Animal Practice (to then shoot it in the head ringside), they aren’t disproving this statement. I’m of course ignoring the fact that they said they would put the same advertising effort behind Whitney, but who really gives a shit about Whitney. So, I prefer to think that they are holding back their pinch hitter for when they find themselves falling off in the ratings. It’s NBC- it’s bound to happen. Or maybe Whitney is the pinch hitter and Community is the… umm… good thing at sports? Anyway, my point is I still have hope that NBC will actually deliver this supposed support for Community they have been promising.

That’s all I have for today. Please share any of your thoughts in the comments section below. I truly appreciate and read them all. Even if you do call me names, insult my family or just generally express your dissatisfaction with my writing (not that that’s happened and please don’t do that). And be sure to visit my blog for more of my delightful insights into the wonderful world of pop culture. Til next time -cvm

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