1. I’m thankful for 1600 Penn and it’s subsequent cancellation, because it has given us the adorably out-of-touch yet alarmingly intelligent Marcus from “About A Boy” (Benjamin Stockham), the young comic to Billy Crystal’s veteran comic in FX’s upcoming “The Comedian” (Josh Gad), and the coolest uncool mom, Joyce, in “Growing Up Fisher” (Jenna Elfman). The funniest parts of that show have given me great new projects to watch.
2. Today brought news that some of my favorite veteran comedians, Lily Tomlin and Billy Crystal, are returning to television. Lily Tomlin, joined by Jane Fonda, will co-star in “Grace and Frankie,” a new Netflix comedy series co-created by Marta Kauffman (“Friends”). Billy Crystal, joined by Josh Gad (see above), will star in “The Comedian” on FX as a comedy veteran who’s paired with a newcomer (Gad) for a late-night sketch show. It’s a good time to love veteran movie comedians in today’s television landscape.
3. I’m a huge fan of David Walton, but he just can’t seem to get a second season. He has played a lead role in 4 NBC shows that have lasted less than one season. These include “Quarterlife,” “100 Questions,” “Perfect Couples,” and “Bent.” Of the four, I really wanted “Quarterlife” and “Bent” to succeed. I was hooked on the web series “Quarterlife” and desperately wanted it to make it as a network series. NBC cancelled it after ONE episode. Then came “Bent.” The sitcom, co-starring Amanda Peet, Jeffrey Tambor, and the incredible Joey King, had so much potential, but lasted 6 episodes before NBC gave it the boot.
America, we CANNOT let “About A Boy” be the fifth failed NBC series for David Walton. With the original story by Nick Hornby, the adaptation by Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights”), and names like Jon Favreau and Robert De Niro attached as executive producers, this show has no choice but to succeed.
Last night, I had one of those dreams that feels so real that it still affects you hours after you realized that it didn’t actually happen. One of those dreams that is so all-encompassing that you wake up feeling like you didn’t sleep one bit.
I had a dream that a few of my friends and I were at a party and we were all shot. But the weird part was that none of us were killed, or even left overwhelmingly injured. I was shot in the back and had a difficult time finding an ambulance. As I walked all over town attempting to track down an ambulance, I wasn’t bleeding, but seemed to be in pain. I even made it in to work and made sure to alert my bosses that I was in no condition to be working, but I was there only to wait for an ambulance. The friends that were involved in the shooting were nondescript people that were only friends in the context of the dream, but I woke up feeling concern for one specific friend who wasn’t a primary character in my dream. And wasn’t even injured with the rest of us.
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?! I don’t usually buy into dream theories or hidden/deeper meanings, but all of these puzzle pieces seem too specific and deliberate to mean nothing.
I don’t ordinarily remember my dreams, but when I do it’s always disturbing. But hopefully it means nothing more than a fitful night of sleep.
1. Your diet (don’t get me started on counting calories…)
2. How fat you are (what do you say to that?!)
3. The criticism you received from your boss (and maybe you should have shut the door while you were having this conversation…)
I’m not your personal therapist. You should probably find a professional.
1. To support my Los Angeles Lifestyle. You might ask what this includes (and no, it does not include plastic surgery or botox injections):
- A gym membership, because right now in my current state of unemployment I have all the time in the world to stay fit.
- Gas Money. If you can find gas below $4, count your blessings
- Eating out more frequently than I should. If I lived in LA for the rest of my life, I still wouldn’t be able to eat at all the restaurants on my ever-growing list.
- I don’t even drink all that often, I think it’s a frivolous expense and I would much rather pay for food. Food trumps pretty much everything in the chain of necessary expenses.
- Clothes so that I can dress for success. Desperately in need of a fashionable pencil skirt, still on the hunt
- Concert Tickets and albums. Music is best seen and heard live, but I do still buy physical CDs and vinyl for many reasons but especially because I don’t want to cannibalize the industry I hope to work in.
2. I’m currently living in a frat house and I need to get out. Like STAT. My shaving cream has been stolen from the shower. My window can’t shut all the way. My packages have been opened before I can get to them. Beer has been poured on the mail. Now most of these things are pretty harmless, but opening someone else’s mail is a FELONY.
3. The worst part of being unemployed after college is explaining to other people why you haven’t been able to find a job. The real answer – “well, my major was a joke and the market for communication positions is oversaturated with all the other blonde sorority girls looking to find a job at the lowest rung of the entertainment industry ladder” – is not what people want to hear.
4. My student loan grace period is up in November and my first payment looms over my head.
Peanut Butter Jury Time
Bucket List #14: Jury Duty
Served my civic duty by sitting in the arctic for an entire day reading and trolling the Internet. I still hold hope alive that next time I will get picked for a jury and make it past day 1. Day 2 is when they start paying for your lunch.
Observations from today:
1. The jury duty orientation lady was at times condescending, at times grammatically incorrect, but ALWAYS not funny.
2. There was a man with the last name Shats (poor soul)
3. The man next to me farted so loudly in his sleep that he woke himself up (speaking of shats…)
4. Downtown LA has lots of fun things to do/nice places to sit during lunch
5. The Courthouse WiFi seemed to have blocked Instagram (but not Facebook or Twitter or any other social networking site..)
6. Jury Duty was a pleasant experience for someone who did not have anything else to do that day..
1. NEVER go to Time Warner on the first of the month. NEVER
2. Body surfing in the ocean is a summer requirement
3. There is more cane sugar than popcorn in Trader Joe’s caramel popcorn. There are also 7 servings in a bag. Whoops. Ate it all
4. Things I have learned about living in a frat house (for the summer):
- Everyone will judge you for watching movies in bed on a Saturday night
- No one will wake up before 11am on Sunday
- The bathrooms will be disgusting
- No one will take out the trash
5. Being unemployed without an income in LA sucks.
To the two of you who read this (hi mom): thought I’d start writing these thoughts of the day posts again!
1. For my music and TV class, I’m writing a paper on SNL’s musical sketches. This means watching Lazy Sunday on repeat because it’s good research, ok
2. Public Service Announcement: R. Kelly’s “I’m a Flirt” is on sale for $0.69 on iTunes, so get on that.
3. I’ve heard these rumors about a Friends reunion season and I don’t like it. Yes, I am still considering them rumors even though NBC has allegedly confirmed it because no major industry news outlet has reported on it yet. Elite Daily and Starmedia.us seem a little iffy…
Disclaimer: Friends is the one show that I consider my favorite. I know every line. I’ve seen every episode many times over. I know most of the episode titles. In my life, Friends is an institution, something that has most definitely shaped who I am today (including teaching me things that I probably shouldn’t have known at the age of 10 — the perks of being a kid without cable).
And for those reasons, I am not in favor of a Friends reunion. In the later seasons, it was not nearly as witty and creative and amazing as it had been, and time would not improve that. The actors are no longer these characters, they have moved on for better or for worse. Reunion shows (and movies, I see you Growing Pains) are NEVER as good as the first time around. I challenge you to prove me wrong.
1. My mind told me no, but my body told me yes - R. Kelly playing with Phoenix was the most fantastic moment of Coachella (slash my life, the man did write a memoir entitled Soula Coaster). Not only because I believe “Ignition (Remix)” should indeed be our new national anthem (because, it’s still hot and fresh out the kitchen), but also because it encapsulated the remix culture that we are currently living in. Think about it: R. Kelly, the King of R&B, played with Phoenix, a French indie rock band (not that they are indie, but that’s the way I would categorize their sound). Doesn’t that blow your mind?! They took control of their songs and mashed the two drastically different styles up themselves. This is what live music is about: giving the audience a brand new (hopefully incredible) experience.
2. Some bands that I thought delivered something special and unique:
- Allen Stone (and his fantastic soul/rock outfit)
- The Lumineers (they’re so adorable!)
3. In the words of R. Kelly (always eloquent) “it doesn’t matter where you are, good music is good music.” I spoke to a man this weekend who describes himself as half indie and half raver. He berated kids these days for being too selective when it comes to music and not keeping an open mind. While it may seem cool to be selective, good music is good music - you don’t have to make dividing lines.
1. People that use a straw in a hot drink starbucks cup. And that pursed lip thing they do before suggestively wrapping their mouth around the straw.
2. People who enter an elevator before you have a chance to exit. Especially the people that wait right in front of the doors and block you in so you’re held captive and taken away to a floor you didn’t intend on visiting.
3. Unpaid internships. More particularly, unpaid internships in which you’re expected to get up and move your car every two hours because they don’t provide parking and the only street parking within walking distance is 2 hour parking.
4. Base faces that look snotty. YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE THAT
5. Girls who wear makeup at the gym. Most of the time, you’re wearing too much makeup for real life, which is a gagillian times more makeup than necessary at the gym (I draw the line at concealer for those explosive blemishes)
1. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has a thing for movies and TV shows beginning with numbers (3rd Rock From the Sun, 10 Things I Hate About You, 500 Days of Summer, 50/50) and I have a thing for JGL movies that start with numbers.
Also, of all the people who have watched 10 Things I Hate About You, am I the only one who, like JGL’s character, has a great uncle Milton?
2. The only thing better than receiving a surprise present is to give a surprise present that you know will be adored. If Friends taught me anything, it’s that there is no selfless deed, that even the deeds that put others first still make you feel good about yourself.
3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime ~ Mark Haddon
While the book is a fantastic look into the mind of an autistic boy, and captivates you with an intriguing mystery (who killed the dog?!) and a HUGE twist that you only slightly saw coming (no spoiler here, I wouldn’t do that to you), I only read it because I felt obligated to. As though putting the book down would make me a bad person.