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Of course I’ll sign your McKinley High yearbook!

Dear New Directions,

Have a great summer, see you next year!

and don’t worry, one day you guys will beat Vocal Adrenaline!

xoxo -I eat Pop Culture

Last night’s Glee finale did not disappoint—it had all the high drama, emotion, singing and dancing one could ever want AND it included Olivia Newton-John and Josh Groban. Glee had a fantastic first season, and I can’t wait for the next one!

For those of you who haven’t checked out this show, YOU NEED TO! Fox will re-run episodes this summer (check local listings). Click here for clips/additional info about the show.

And for you fans out there—what songs/artists would you like to see Glee cover next season???

*Image source Fox.com

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…Pop Culture Bites…Pop Culture Bites…Pop Culture Bites…

  • Samantha Micelli returns to TV with a new series, Romantically Challenged. Didn’t she learn anything? All you have to do is hire a live-in male housekeeper, let the sexual-tension build for a few years, and then voila! romance galore. — ABC
  • Larry King has announced he’s divorcing again, this makes number eight. But don’t worry, looks like he and his suspenders are already working on getting wife #9. — Perez
  • Oh, isn’t this such wonderful news—more annoying reality TV is coming our way. — Hollywood Reporter
  • TUNE-IN ALERT: Dust off your favorite Madonna outfit and get ready for next week’s episode of Glee.  — Fox

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The people heart Johnny Depp

Last night was the People’s Choice Awards, and not only did the people choose Johnny Depp as their favorite film actor for the year, but for the DECADE.

The other big winner of the night?? Vampires! They picked up six awards: Breakout Star, Favorite On-Screen Team, Favorite Movie, Favorite Franchise, TV Obsession and New TV Drama. My goodness, that is A LOT of bloodsucking.

Other notable winners for the year include Sandra Bullock for Don’t Call It A Comeback Best Actress, Hugh Jackman for Action Star, Steve Carrell for Comedy Actor, Glee for New TV Comedy and Ashton Kutcher for Web Celeb.*

Below is the entire list of winners, courtesy of E!Online:

FILM

Actor: Johnny Depp
Actress: Sandra Bullock
Action star: Hugh Jackman
Comedic Star: Jim Carrey
Breakout Actress: Miley Cyrus
Breakout Star: Taylor Lautner
On-screen Team: The Twilight Saga
Independent Movie: Inglourious Basterds
Comedy Movie: The Proposal
Favorite Movie: Twilight
Family Movie: Up
Favorite Franchise: The Twilight Saga
Actor of the Decade: Johnny Depp

TELEVISION

TV Drama: House
TV Comedy: The Big Bang Theory
Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show: Supernatural
Competition Show: American Idol
Drama Actor: Hugh Laurie
Drama Actress: Katherine Heigl
Comedy Actor: Steve Carell
Comedy Actress: Alyson Hannigan
TV Obsession: True Blood
Animal Show: Dog Whisperer
Talk Show: The Ellen DeGeneres Show
New TV Comedy: Glee
New TV Drama: Vampire Diaries

MUSIC

Male Artist: Keith Urban
Female Artist: Taylor Swift
Country Artist: Carrie Underwood
R&B Artist: Mariah Carey
Pop Artist: Lady Gaga
Rock Band: Paramore
Breakout Artist: Lady Gaga
Collaboration: Run This Town
Hip-hop Artist: Eminem

MISCELLANEOUS

Web Celeb: Ashton Kutcher

*Personally, I think Ashton should have won for Best Camera Spokesman…guess that means I’m going to have to start The I Eat Pop Culture Choice Awards now.

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’09 In Review: The most entertaining/enticing characters on TV

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…I’m throwing in one more year in review listicle before I move on to 2010 and new business…for all you TV junkies out there, here’s my pick of the best TV characters of 2009 (in random order):

  • Joan Holloway/Mad Men (Christina Hendricks)–she had fewer appearances this season than the previous two, which had us wanting her more. She is stunning, fierce and endearing, and the most compelling female character on the show.
  • Charlie Kelly/It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Charlie Day)–he’s more than Paddy’s handyman, Dennis and Mac’s sidekick, and Frank’s roommate—sometimes, believe it or not, he’s the smartest one in the bar.
  • Abed/Community (Danny Pudi)–he had me at The Breakfast Club quotes…Abed provides the contrasting slapstick to Jeff’s (Joel McHale) smug and smart-ass remarks, and also, a plethora of pop culture references (awesome!).
  • Sue Sylvester/Glee (Jane Lynch)–at first she simply enchanted us with her tough-talking ruthlessness, only to be revealed as one of the most complex characters on TV, with some of the most whip-smart memorable lines ever.
  • Gemma Teller Morrow/Sons of Anarchy (Katey Sagal)–she’s more than just Clay’s (Ron Perlman) ‘old lady,’ she’s the most bad-ass mom currently on television, and she’s the heart and soul of this show.
  • Phil Dunphy/Modern Family (Ty Burrell)– the fun-loving pushover father/husband steals the scene every time, with his antics, excuses and young-at-heart energy which keeps us laughing and always rooting for him to finally get it right.

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Glee=the best new comedy of the fall TV premieres

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That’s right, I’m putting it out there–-Glee is the best new comedy of the fall TV premieres. A musical comedy about high school, primarily through the eyes of the members of glee club, which includes kids from various stereotypical cliques, as they not only try to get through their own issues, but navigate through the club’s moments of glory and humiliation, and actually win their singing competitions

Unfortunately, the adults around them aren’t all that helpful as they are caught up in their own dysfunctional entanglements, demonstrating the notion that even grown ups aren’t grown up. Glee is full of over-the-top characters and antics, and brims with sharp dialogue. And the musical performances–varying in genres and decades–kicks up the energy and of course help move along the narrative.

And above all that, it’s got Jane Lynch, and every single scene she’s in—bullying her way through the halls of William McKinley High School as the cocky and abrasive cheer coach, the Cheerios as they are called, sparking a confrontation, scheming with her cheerleaders, ridiculing her archenemy, Spanish teacher and director of the glee club, Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison), giving that unflinching stare while brilliantly delivering some of the most absurd yet whip-smart lines in TV history—she steals it.

Lynch is primarily known for her performances in Best in Show and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, but watching her as the tough-talking, ball-busting, manipulative, extremely competitive, political-correctness-what’s-that Sue Sylvester, I can’t imagine her in anything else.  And for that I not only expect that she will be nominated for an Emmy, but that she will probably win.

Below is an eight minute clip from last night’s episode…the first part includes Lynch, but of course I recommend watching the whole clip…

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Fall 2009 TV Preview–the shows I care about and you should too

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Hey fellow TV junkies! Get out your calendar and warm up the Tivo, because we have a whole bunch of TV premieres coming our way! Some brand new series (Glee!) and some returning favorites (The Office!)…here is the list of shows I’ll be watching (in premiere date order):

Tuesday, September 8:

  • Sons of Anarchy on FX @ 10 PM (Season 2 Premiere)…Riveting, with full-throttle drama, this series about a biker gang/family hierarchy in Central California is top notch. The acting is superb and the writing is truly compelling and original.

Wednesday, September 9:

  • Glee on Fox @ 9 PM (Series Premiere)…After the sneak-peek premiere earlier this year (and online), we haven’t stopped believing that this high school dramedy is going to be a big hit. And with one of the show’s creators coming from “Nip/Tuck” and “Popular” it is sure to be irreverent and whip-smart.

Thursday, September 10:

  • The Vampire Diaries on CW @ 8 PM (Series Premiere)…I pretty much know nothing about this series except that the promos are dark and sexy and make me want to check it out. And vampires seem to be all the rage these days.

Tuesday, September 14:

  • Gossip Girl on CW @ 9 PM (Season 3 Premiere)…We were assured during last season’s finale that gossip girl will follow everyone to college, so that’s a relief!  All I really care about is seeing more of that damn Mother Chucker.

Thursday, September 17:

  • Fringe on Fox @ 9 PM (Season 2 Premiere)…Ok, so I must confess when this show first came out I hated it. But then I kept watching, and now I’m hooked. It’s a great sci-fi series, and just when things get too serious, too out there, they throw in a comedic line.
  • The Office on NBC @ 9 PM (Season 6 Premiere)…I think we are supposed to see Pam and Jim finally tie the knot, right? Of course, they will drag it out until the season finale, but I’m sure hilarity will ensue in the meantime.
  • Community on NBC @ 9:30 PM (Series Premiere)…This show could really suck or be really good, an ensemble comedy taking place in a community college. Why am I tuning in? For more doses of Joel McHale!
  • It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on FX @ 10 PM (Season 5 Premiere)…This show started out so strong, and had a couple of great seasons/outstanding episodes.  I think it’s time they wrap it up or introduce a brand new plot point or character arc. I will of course still watch because they always end up doing something zany and out of control.

Wednesday, September 23:

  • Cougar Town on ABC @ 9:30 PM (Series Premiere)…When this show was in development and then was picked up I  laughed at how ridiculous it sounded. But then, after catching some of the promos it looks hilarious! Courtney Cox Arquette  as a recently divorced hottie looking to have some fun–yes, please, take us to Cougar Town!

October…two premieres to point out:

  • 30 Rock on NBC, the 15th @ 9:30 PM (Season 4 Premiere)…who knows what the hell will happen this season, whatever Tina Fey’s genius brain wants. As long as Jack, Tracy, and Kenneth keep coming back then I’m in.  If not? Then that’s a dealbreaker, ladies!
  • Southland on NBC, the 23rd @ 9 PM (Season 2 Premiere)…this show goes beyond the typical cop show, it’s unflinching and the characters have so much depth. It stars Ryan from the “O.C.” and Regina King, who really deserves an Emmy nom for this role.

Other shows I care about…but won’t premiere until early 2010 (so I’ll cover later this year):

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Don’t stop…believin’…

…in awesome scripted programming on network television!!

Last night Fox premiered the first episode of Glee, a mostly-comedic series, threaded with moments of hopelessness and heartache, about the clique-y/awkward/glory days of high school, as seen through the eyes of  the theater/musical kids, and OMG was it OUT-STANDING!

The writing is fantastic…earnest, authentic, with a refreshing energy lacking in most of what is currently airing on network television. The casting: superb and convincing.

What I think I’m trying to say here is YOU MUST CHECK OUT THIS SHOW!  It has wide appeal, is highly entertaining and provides irreverent commentary on today’s society while highlighting America’s obsession with competition, fame and status.

Not only did Fox brilliantly premiere it after last night’s American Idol, but now they will have us salivating all summer long for more because the show doesn’t actually premiere until this fall!  But don’t worry, you can go to Fox.com and watch the first episode as much as you want.  And below is the trailer in case you haven’t seen it yet…

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