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There is very little on TV these days that makes me squeal with geeker joy.  But put together one of my favorite actors with my all-time favorite director/creator on one of my favorite shows of the season and the squealing never ends.

That’s right.  Neil Patrick Harris was on an episode of Glee.  AND it was directed by Joss Whedon.  Who just so happens to be a Gleek.  If my DVR dies tomorrow, and I can only save one thing, I hope it’s this episode of Glee.

There was very little about this episode I didn’t love.  NPH’s duets with Matthew Morrison were truly awesome.  And Kevin McHale had a really great story arc, that was both touching and entertaining.  And he even got his own dance sequence.

NPH’s arc was a great one.  He came in as a member of the board of directors for the school, and threatened to take away the school’s music program.  The kicker?  He went to school with Will Schuester.  And he was more popular, and a better singer, and older, and got all the girls.  Talk about drama.

Such tension created awesome music.  Billy Joel’s Piano Man in the bar, and Aerosmith’s Dream On were big numbers for NPH.  And I loved every minute.

What I didn’t love was Rachel’s storyline with her “birth mother.”  A few weeks back, when Rachel got herself a new boyfriend, it seemed as though a conspiracy was brewing – where the rival school would infiltrate New Directions and possibly ruin the Invitational.  What really happened?  Rachel’s new boyfriend is still infiltrating the glee club, but with much different motives.  He is on a mission from Rachel’s birth mother, the opposing school’s show choir director.  And he’s trying to get them together.

Lame.

Sometimes, I think Rachel’s arcs are more filler than anything.  And it’s been weeks since we’ve seen a good arc from Quinn and her baby drama.  Although she’s been teetering back and forth between good and evil – one minute being selfless and helping one person or another feel better about themselves, and the next being mean and nasty and using her baby as an excuse.

And next week is Lady Gaga week.  Talk about May Sweeps.  Although I’m a little skeptical about that episode, but it should be huge.

And there is no doubt that Glee will be renewed for the fall.

What did you think about NPH on Glee?

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A deal is in the works for Neil Patrick Harris to appear in an episode of Glee during May Sweeps that will be directed by the one and only Joss Whedon.

Squeeeeeeee!

I’d heard a rumor about this today, and I wasn’t sure what to think.  Outside of being overwhelmed with excitement that the infamous NPH/Whedon duo is going to reunite, I am more than excited that the reunion will be on my favorite FOX show, Glee.

The news of the upcoming episode was dropped in a Twitter update by EW’s Michael Ausiello, who is no less excited than I, or any other fans are.

I must say, I don’t always look forward to May Sweeps.  I think that’s mostly because Upfronts are usually close by and the fate of our favorite shows hangs in the balance, so the importance of May Sweeps is HUGE, but very overdramatic.

ANYway, NPH.  Glee.

The episode and the role will be tailored specifically to the How I Met Your Mother superstar, and will no doubt include a song and dance number.

Yes.  I am excited.  Although, the waiting for Glee to return in April will be hard, I’m sure it will be well worth the wait.

What are your thoughts on Glee and NPH’s upcoming role?


First up?  My DVR.

And for those of you who were wondering, this is going to be one of those posts where I talk about something painfully mundane, but seemingly interesting.  Well, to me anyway.

Of all the things that need a good cleaning out, my DVR is definitely on the top of that list.  Well, that and my entire apartment.  Because I just want to relax and not worry about anything from Christmas to New Years.

The simple fact is that there is way too much clogging up the DVR.  Way too much.  As in, I should really delete stuff after I watch it.  But some shows just deserve to be watched 2 or 3 times.  And mostly because there are so many other things on tv that are just boring and silly, and I hate daytime tv, so I guess my DVR will remain relatively full.

  • 13 episodes of The Office
  • 2 episodes of Men of a Certain Age
  • 3 episodes of The Big Bang Theory
  • 9 episodes of Two and a Half Men
  • 3 episodes of Accidentally on Purpose
  • 1 episode of House
  • 1 episode of How I Met Your Mother
  • 7 episodes of The Simpsons
  • 1 episode of Let’s Make a Deal
  • 1 episode of WAVY News 10 Local News
  • 7 episodes of Family Feud
  • 2 episodes of The Family Guy
  • 2 episodes of Legend of the Seeker
  • 9 episodes of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
  • 1 DOUBLE episode of Dollhouse – this one keeps recording in 2-hour increments, which is fine, because then it looks like I only have 1 episode, even though there’s 2
  • 1 episode of the Tonight Show
  • 7 episodes of Lopez Tonight
  • 1 episode of SNL
  • 1 episode of Community
  • 1 episode of Cougar Town
  • 1 episode of Glee
  • 1 episode of Modern Family
  • 2 episodes of The Jay Leno Show
  • 2 episodes of Late Show with David Letterman
  • 1 episode of The Price is Right
  • Something’s Got to Give
  • Talladega Nights
  • Dr. Suess’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas

Final count – 94% full with 85 episodes/movies/tv specials.  It’s sick.  And there is way too much on my DVR.  I wonder if I’ll make it through everything so I can make room for new stuff.


Ah, the age old question.  The one that has nothing to do with the chicken or the egg.  Or baskets, as a matter of fact.  But more than similar to the question “does life imitate art, or does art imitate life?”  Or maybe that’s not an age old question.  Maybe it’s just a theory that makes you go, hmm.

Either way, this is a fairly new phenomenon to me.  You see, very rarely in life do I find myself in a darkened cemetary at night fighting off vampires.  And I’m certainly not running a brothel disguised as a dollhouse.  And I’m not a neurotic doctor, or even one that is an overly-sensitive surgical junkie.  Oh no.  And I’m definitely not a tiny blonde teenage detective with a penchant for bad boys and lost causes.  Nope.

But apparently, TV from time to time just so happens to mimick peoples lives. 

Chriso had been saying this for years.  More specifically that someone MUST be following him with a pad of paper and pen and writing down absolutely EVERYTHING, because he’d see things that were just absurd that happened to HIM in a variety of episodes of The Simpsons.  No, he does not work for a nuclear power plant, and he doesn’t have an ancient boss with a love of money.  He’s talking about the more specific things, like the time he was in a Barbershop Quartet.  Not the B-Sharps, of course, but similar enough.  And just last week, Homer and Marge took in a holiday at a local hotel called Ocean-View. 

Ahem.  Cough, cough.  Seriously?

I thought it was funny that Chriso would think that the Simpsons writers are following him around, or at least have a spy in the house.  But Ocean-view?  That was uncanny.  So I no longer doubt him.  It’s actually really funny.  Chriso and I, when we first got to Virginia, lived out of a hotel.  The name of the hotel?  Ocean View.  And it was ON Oceanview, a part of Norfolk that was not on an ocean, but on the bay.

Strange, no?

And then there was that time on the Cleveland show where Cleveland picked up everything and was planning on moving to California, but stopped in Virginia for a day or two and decided that he would stay there forever…

Yup, that’s a little close to home.

But I will let him stick with his Simpsons theory, as nothing else really seems to be applying to MY life in particular.

Although, I must say that the upcoming episode of Glee is feeling awfully familiar.  In that, once upon a time, I had a crush on my music teacher.  And once upon a time, Don’t Stand So Close to Me was our song.  And once upon a time, I am engaged to be married 11 years later, to that very man.

Now doesn’t all that sound painfully familiar?  Um, a little.  Actually familiar enough that Chriso doesn’t want to watch the episode.  But he probably will, reluctantly.  And I won’t be surprised if he deletes it immediately from our DVR.  I’m not so sure about him, but I seem to be more comfortable with our story than he is.  But that’s okay. 

I’m more than looking forward to Glee’s take on Sting – because I LOVE Sting.  And seeing where the story actually will go, rather than sitting and speculating.  Because more often than not, the story goes in a COMPLETELY different direction than what I was thinking.

So, does TV imitate life, or is it life that imitates TV?  I will forever be maddened by this question, because it’s the type of question that simply has no answer.

I guess I’ll just have to watch more of the Simpsons to find out.  Hey, maybe Lisa becomes a blogger in the next episode.

What do you think about TV and life and who is the one being the copycat?


Honestly, I love EW for a lot of things.  But most of all, I love them for their lists.  They provide me with much needed blog fodder from time to time.  And who doesn’t love lists?  I mean, really.

But I love this particular list because it takes an honest look at what’s wrong with TV these days, and some shows that we just shouldn’t be watching anymore.  I will say upfront that I don’t completely agree with every show on this list, but I can certainly respect why they are on it.

  1. Heroes – Not gonna lie, I broke up with this one after season 2.  And then again after season 3.
  2. Dollhouse – One of those shows I love, that I don’t think should be on this list… but the ratings just aren’t up far enough yet to keep it from failing in its Friday night timeslot.
  3. America’s Next Top Model – I’ve never watched this show, and I don’t plan to start now.
  4. Project Runway – Um… same deal.  But hasn’t it been on long enough?
  5. The Office – I love this show, and really don’t see an end in sight.
  6. Gossip Girl – Ha!  I really tried watching this one, but it’s a daytime soap opera that airs at night on a crappy network.  The End.
  7. Hell’s Kitchen – This used to be a must-see… sadly, not so much anymore.
  8. Bones – I love this show.  I’ve always loved this show.  BUT it is one of those shows that you can put down for awhile, and pick up later and not miss much.  That could be deadly for a show.
  9. House – Yet another show that I love, but can drop for awhile and pick up whenever.  Sure, there’s new things going on this season…
  10. One Tree Hill – This is one that I tried watching, and it felt a little like a soap opera, and a little bit forced.  6 seasons might be long enough.
  11. Dancing with the Stars – They try to keep it new and fresh, but like American Idol, it’s just getting old.
  12. 90210 – I’m fairly certain I remember mentioning last season that this was a mistake to begin with.  Again, I will say, why mess with a good thing?  The original was good.  Leave it there.
  13. Glee – Ok.  I love love LOVE this show.  No, it’s not for everyone.  But I am definitely surprised that it’s even on this list.
  14. Private Practice – I actually finally got caught up with this one like I did with Grey’s Anatomy.  I never really like it all that much, but it was always something to watch when there was nothing else on.
  15. Fringe – Even though Joshua Jackson is my TV-boyfriend, I’ve always felt that this one needed to go.  Come on.  It’s the X-files.  It’s already been done.
  16. Mad Men – I often hear mixed feelings about Mad Men.  It’s good, it’s not good.  Truthfully, I’ve been wanting to check it out, but there’s always something else to be watched.
  17. CSI: Miami – Procedural shows are always great because they really know what they’re talking about.  But CSI has been on for a LONG time.
  18. Ghost Whisperer – Another soapy show that just doesn’t need to be on anymore.
  19. Smallville – Apparently this one has run its course.  Smallville is yet another show that I want to get into, but the more seasons there are, the harder it is, and the longer it’s going to take.  And do I really want to invest all that time?
  20. American Idol – Old and tired.  And I hate reality TV.  And without Paula’s crazy antics and sexual tension with Simon, I just think it’s a waste.  And besides, it’s been on way too long.  It’s just old.

There are definitely a few shows on this that list that I vehemently do not agree with.  But everyone is entitled to their own opinion.  As long as they can accept that Bones, House, Glee and Dollhouse are actually good shows.  And I will not be breaking up with any of these shows this season.

There are, however, a few shows that don’t show up on this particular list. Two and a Half Men is a great show, but with recent changes this season like Charlie being in a committed relationship are just things that are going to hurt the original premise of the show.  Plus, Jake is getting a little old to still be the “half” man on that show.

How I Met Your Mother is another show that I’m less than impressed with this season.  Not gonna lie, after that Britney Spears episode two seasons ago, I’ve been really turned off.  And I will say that there are a few good scenes in a few episodes this season, but Barney being committed and dating Robin just really takes away from his character mold.

I don’t see either of those shows ending anytime soon, but it’s something to think about.

What shows are you thinking about breaking up with this season?


Glee – Preggers

Kurt joins the football team just to impress his father. Finn and Quinn’s relationship get a shocking development. Rachel thinks her star is fading when Tina is given a better part during rehearsals which causes her to leave. Sue continues her schemes to dismantle the glee club.

I totally forgot about the other things I wanted to record from Wednesday.  I remember vaguely wanting to watch Cougar Town and Modern Family, but they both COMPLETELY slipped my mind.  But I heard Modern Family was awesome.

ANYway – Glee.  I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’m LOVING this show.  I’m honestly really surprised at how much I’m enjoying it.  And this week’s episode was pretty much an hour-long parody of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.”  And it was great.

Not gonna lie, I’m a little turned off by the storyline with Mr. Shue’s wife, and how she’s had a hysterical pregnancy, and is trying to steal a baby from a high school girl who doesn’t want to tell anyone she’s knocked up.  It makes her less and less likable.  But maybe that’s the point.  Meh, who cares.

Everything else was so cool.  Although, I found myself realizing that I was SO Rachel in high school.  I was always the complainer and EXTREMELY high maintenance when it came to music and drama.  So, kudos to the music director for putting up with it.  Yup, I was Rachel.  Looking back, it’s hysterical and sad all at the same time.  But I guess that’s another reason to love the show: it’s relatable.

Can’t wait for next week’s episode.


From the Internet, courtesy of Fox, I caught up on Glee.  And while looking for episode recaps and pictures for this post, I stumbled across THE MOST AMAZING THING.  Ever.  A Glee Wiki.  It contains a full episode recap, as well as trivia AND lists music from the episode.  SO!  If you missed something or couldn’t remember the name of that song they sang during that one scene where there were doing stuff, you can now find it quickly, and move on.

I’d been hearing all kinds of things about Glee, some good.  Some great.  Then A called me and told me that if I didn’t watch it, he would fly down to Virginia Beach IMMEDIATELY and beat me to death with a shoe.  So I watched on Friday.  And my DVR is now setup to record the rest of the series.  Yup.  I’m a convert.

Pilot

Will Schuester an optimistic high school teacher, tries to reinvent the McKinley High School’s glee club, while reinventing himself. He challenges a group of outcasts to realize their true star potential, while facing harsh criticism from everyone in the school.

Showmance

Will finds out that he must recruit more people for New Directions in order to show up at Regionals. Then the Glee Club has their first performance in front of the whole school. This leads Quinn to realize that Rachel has feelings for Finn making her go through great lengths to keep her man. Meanwhile, Will’s wife receives some unexpected news.

Acafellas

Will forms an a capella group and spends more time with them than he does with New Directions after he is asked to preform at the PTA meeting with some surprising additions to his group. Meanwhile, Kurt is under pressure in his life which isn’t helped by Mercedes new found interest in finding a relationship.

I don’t know what else to say about this show other than it is AWESOME!  The music is great.  The plot is interesting.  I think I’ve found my obsession for this year.

What do you think about Glee?