I know lately I’ve been focusing on art more than my TV blogging, but just because I’ve neglected it lately doesn’t mean it’s forgotten. In fact, it’s time for me to share something I’ve been sitting on a while that I briefly mentioned on tumblr – I’m part of a pretty cool start-up!
PopCircle is a site where you get to make collections of recommendations and share them with everyone. They can be collections of anything – books, TV, movies, songs – and you can even add little reviews. Want to make a list of recommendations for people who like Harry Potter, or Sherlock Holmes? Congrats, you can do that on PopCircle.
I’m on board as a TV Expert, meaning that I make collections of TV shows to recommend (you can see my first few here) and they appear as a fancy expert recommendation that’s for the whole community. Right now PopCircle is still in beta mode for mostly experts, but as an expert I can invite a select number of people to start beta-testing if they’re interested. It’s first come, first served, so leave a comment with your e-mail address if you are so I can send you a fancy referral link, and I look forward to seeing you all there!
Best Wedding – Liz and Criss, 30 Rock
If I had to choose a favorite TV wedding, I should probably say that my favorite is Monica and Chandler’s, or Jim and Pam’s, or Marshall and Lily’s. But as I’ve mentioned before, my stance on weddings is, to put it lightly, highly atypical. And my wedding, should I ever have one, is going to resemble Liz and Criss’ on this week’s 30 Rock far more than anyone in my life probably feels comfortable with.
Look, I’m with Liz (shocker) — the wedding-industrial complex is nuts and I have no desire to have a big party where I have to be nice to people I never wanted to invite and look the most like I a beautiful princess I have ever looked in my life. Weddings, in my opinion, should ideally reflect the couple and the kind of life they want to share with each other. And maybe some people want to share a perfect fairytale life, but that sounds like a lot of pressure to me. Give me a small, personally significant, completely ridiculous and goofy wedding any day, because life is never going to be a perfect fairytale. But if you’re lucky, it will be a fun, silly gathering of close friends who love you, and of course, a few who don’t but are just there for the ride. And let’s be real, who wants to be Cinderella when you can be Princess Leia? No one I want to hang out with, that’s who.
Voting in 2008 and in 2012
When I woke up yesterday morning, it was seven AM. My mother, who was the Democratic Ward Captain, was on her cell phone and, I think, the house phone with the local congressional office. There was some sort of confusion about where people from each ward lined up, which ward they were in, and if ward maps existed that could be passed around the line. I had woken up to all this noise with radiating jaw pain from clenching my teeth in my sleep and a horrible stress headache, which was how I had woken up for the last three or four days in a row. I took double the amount of Xanax I usually take every morning. I was terrified that I would go to sleep that night in a country where Barack Obama would no longer be my president.
Well, my friends, the time has come. It’s the final category of my dream Emmy nominees. I put it off until the Comic-Con furor died down, but by Thursday we’ll know what the (inevitably disappointing) nominees are. But until then, let’s live in the magical world where good comedy is actually rewarded. The nominees for Best Comedy are…
Parks and Recreation
Normally, at this point I’d go through the highs and lows of each show, play a few clips, and crown a winner. But I am not going to do that in this category for a simple reason — going through the highs and lows is impossible to do until you know what specifically the Best Comedy Emmy is designed to reward.