Work Hard, Play Hard, Dance Hard.

…and this is why I love going to work each and every day!

MTV Staff Members Do Viral Dances

(Watch me whip. my. hair.)

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April 21, 2011. Tags: , , . Live Performances, Music, Music Videos, Reality TV, TV. Leave a comment.

Someone Like THIS GIRL

Oh Connie Talbot. Little Connie Talbot.

We thought we had seen it all when you melted Simon Cowell’s cold–because it’s only covered by a thin layer of  tight t-shirt cotton even in the winter–heart with your performance of Over The Rainbow on “Britain’s Got Talent” a few moons back.

But no, you were not done. You were like, “Yeah, I’m cute an’ all, but I’ve got badder pipes than that.”

Badder pipes indeed, Connie. So, like all former reality stars, you turned on your video camera, pointed it at yourself, and uploaded the finished product to Youtube.

And we are thankful you did.

Check out Connie’s creepy–because she’s only 10 and the song’s about still being in love with your already-moved on ex–and hauntingly beautiful cover of Adele’s Someone Like You.

March 31, 2011. Tags: , , , . Live Performances, Music, TV. Leave a comment.

Correctile Disfunction

I’m not embarrassed to say that my favorite show currently on television is ‘The Good Wife,’ starring the bad-ass Julianna Margulies and the good-assed Josh Charles. And, I’m even less embarrassed to admit that I look forward to Jada Yuan’s dynamite recaps on NY Mag’s Vulture page every Wednesday.

In yesterday’s post, Jada expressed excitement over more screen time for Teri Polo’s scorned politician’s wife, Lana Timmerman. The line made me pause, because I hadn’t noticed any appearance by First Lady Helen Santos (#mmhmm) thus far in the second season. In fact, I had commented out loud to myself during the previous night’s episode that the actress portraying Lana had a weird face—-something I’ve NEVER said about Teri Polo–and then proceeded to look her up on IMDB (sorry, Rebecca Brooksher).

So, needless to say, when I saw Jada’s line in her otherwise delicious recap, I felt compelled to comment publicly about it on her blog. In an effort to question Ms. Yuan with respect, I resorted to humor:

cbnadler: question: is ‘tgw’ pulling a fresh prince, and re-casting lana timmerman after she’s already made an on-screen appearance? we saw rebecca brooksher play her last night, but are they ousting her for helen santos???? i’m okay with it!

And, until this morning, my user comment had gone unanswered. But alas, when I turned on my comp at work to check the page–as I had been doing every 10 minutes or so since I posted the query–I got a shout-out from the super-star recapper herself:

Jada Yuan (NYMAG): @cbnadler – Whoa, I totally thought that was Teri Polo. My bad.

Not only did Jada give me an @cbnadler, but also a retraction of the incorrect line.

Bam.

March 31, 2011. Tags: , , . TV. Leave a comment.

Some Mid-Morning Tears

I don’t have much to say about this video, mainly because it speaks for itself.

I have a hard time trashing reality television after it introduces us to a guy like Chris:

Now, that’s what I call a man.

January 27, 2011. Tags: , , , . Live Performances, Reality TV, TV. 1 comment.

‘Parks And Rec’ Is Back With the Funny

In honor of last night’s season 3 premiere of my favorite NBC comedy–sorry Steve, Tina and Alec–‘Parks And Recreation,’ I have decided to list out the TOP 10 reasons as to why this particular single-camera sitcom is the fairest in all the land.

10. A simple premise–local government in middle America–that seems inherently unfunny, but is actually hi-larious

9. A large ensemble cast with fully-realized characters, all of whom are respected series regulars

8. Aubrey Plaza

7. The writers do not rely on humor extremes–being crude, offensive or physical–for a each and every laugh

6. Aziz Ansari

5. Fresh–(and sexy and permanent)–meat is introduced to the cast after an appropriate amount of time (two seasons) in the form of Rob Lowe and Adam Scott

4. Nick Offerman

3. A centralized theme that viewers can rally around–the survival of the Parks Department–is omnipresent (in some form) in each episode

2. The show took its time to find its stride–after a less than promising first season, ‘P&R’ came back with an ever-progressing sophomore year–and didn’t settle for anything less than the best

1. Amy Poehler

If you’re not watching the show, you best get on this laugh train now.

’nuff said

The season 3 promo:

January 21, 2011. Tags: , , , , . TV. 1 comment.

‘Off The Map’ is On The Right–Yet Predictable–Track

SO, I know that ABC’s ‘Off The Map’ premiered last Wednesday night, but I decided to wait until after the second episode aired before writing my own review of the network’s latest medical dram(edy?), and brain-child of former ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ (and ‘Private Practice’ and ‘DH’) writer Jenna Bans.

I’m not gonna lie, part of what drew me to the pilot of ‘OTM’ was the fact that ABC sold it as the newest ride at Shondaland,–after all, the executive producer is none other than ‘Grey’s’ and ‘Private Practice’ showrunner Shonda Rhimes–and also the beautiful people/places/things showcased in the on-air promos.

Most of the criticism before last week–and for that matter, most of the criticism since last week’s premiere–has been some version of  “Wah Wah, it’s ‘Grey’s’ set in the rainforest” or “Boo Hoo, it’s just another superficial medical show with pretty people.”

Having now watched the first two episodes in full, I am happy to report that ‘Off The Map’ is absolutely 100% a re-packaged version of ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ And you know what, I LIKE IT.

No one has falsely advertised ‘Off The Map’ as something that it’s not. ABC execs aren’t promoting the show as an intellectual juggernaut that forces society to question its moral standards and deepest motivations. It’s a show about hot people who act slutty, get way too personal way too quickly, and throw (occasional) witty dialogue back-and-forth as if someone didn’t write it down for them.

…Oh, and sometimes they do medical procedures.

As I watched episode 2, I couldn’t help but see the doctors at La Clinica Cruz del Sur as Seattle Grace doppelgangers. I mean, the character parallels are uncanny:

Dr. Lily Brenner (aka Dr. Meredith Grey): thick-skinned, private (with inappropriate outbursts of emotion), mouse-like, and will undoubtedly fall in love with the head doctor at the clinic, Ben Keeton.

Dr. Mena Minard (aka Dr. Christina Yang): intense, cutthroat, multi-layered, competitive, abrupt, and has a poor bedside manner–good doctor, bad physician.

Dr. Tommy Fuller (aka Dr. Alex Karev): frat boy, ladies man, eye candy, plastic surgeon–obsessed with vanity, exteriors, eager to prove he’s more than meets the eye.

Dr. Ben Keeton (aka Dr. McDreamy): cocky, brave, chiseled, mcguyver-like, all-around hot piece of doctor ass, will fall for newest Padawan, Dr. Brenner.

Dr. Otis Cole (aka Dr. Bailey): hard-worker, tough on newbs, blunt, secretly nurturing, respects patients without judging them.

Dr. Ryan Clark (aka Dr. Addison Montgomery): beautiful, traveled, Ginger, former hookup of McDreamy, holier than thou attitude, can make incredibly perceptive statements–like telling Minard she’s a good doctor, but bad physician–as easily as she can spurn a former lover.

Dr. Zee is the only character that can’t be translated directly over, but as the single Latina regular, she reminds viewers that the show is set somewhere in South America.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining about the character parallels, but one can’t deny that they exist.

Obviously, ABC got something right with it’s Thursday night lineup and from their POV, as cliche as it sounds, why should they fix something that ain’t broke?

Fans of  ‘Grey’s’ and ‘Private Practice’ are going to like ‘Off The Map,’ and that’s what matters. There are already enough viewers tuning in week-to-week for the well-established medical dramas; ABC ain’t looking for new blood, but rather old blood to flow into Wednesday nights, too.

So, for all the critics bashing ‘Off The Map,’ I say move on. Redirect your anger at programming that is truly worth your time and frustration (ahem, ‘The Cape’). Or, if you can’t leave ‘OTM’ alone, waste your ink detailing the hotness of Zach Gilford.

Ep. 2 Promo:

January 20, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , . TV. 1 comment.

Review: Shamelessly Optimistic

SO, last night was the premiere of SHOWTIME’s “own” ‘Shameless,’ an Americanized re-telling of the popular British comedy.

The show’s got some big names–Bill Macy, Emmy Rossum, Justin Chatwin & Joan Cusack–as well as Reba’s own Steve Howey.

As far as a pilot goes, the ep. did a good job introducing the show’s central Gallagher family–highlighting all of their quirky vices–and unearthing a few nuggets of the clan’s past to keep viewers wanting more.

My only major problem with the pilot was that it gave us two-episodes worth of plot in one single hour. I enjoyed the fast pace of the show, as it fits nicely with the chaotic world of the main characters, but each storyline felt a bit rushed.

The nudity, debauchery and misfit adventures are sure to keep a steady audience watching week-to-week, but it’s the unapologetic introduction of a VERY unlikable paternal figure and the incredibly honest portrayal of the bond between brothers and sisters–especially Lip and Ian–that will keep my ass glued to the couch on Sunday nights.

Check out the trailer:

January 10, 2011. Tags: , , , , . TV. Leave a comment.

Playlist of the Day: OnRepeat

SO, when I like a song, I listen to the shit out of it.

And, as is often the case, I will put a selected track on repeat and enjoy it 3 or 4x on my daily walk to work.

Recently, my collection of ‘Can’t Get Enough Of Them’ songs has grown to such an extent that I have been able to create a modest playlist–OnRepeat.

Without shame or embarrassment, I now share the current CGEOT title holders:

Christianne Noll “Back To Before” RAGTIME THE MUSICAL

Idina Menzel “What I Did For Love” from A CHORUS LINE

Jennifer Hudson “I’m Here” from THE COLOR PURPLE THE MUSICAL

Gavin Creel “I’ve Been” from NEXT TO NORMAL

Sherie Rene Scott “My Strongest Suit” from AIDA

Jeremy Jordan “I Am Yours” & “Carry Me Up”

Oh yea, did I mention most of them are from musicals?

EnjoY.

They get better each time you listen!

January 10, 2011. Tags: , , , . Live Performances, Music, Music Videos. Leave a comment.

I Have Never Laughed So Hard In My Entire Life.

SO, my co-worker Casey just sent this to me, and in the last 20 minutes I have dropped it like it’s hot all over the interwebz–fbook, twitter, aim–without coming up for air.

In all honesty, I can’t remember a when I’ve laughed so hard.

Prepare yourselves.

December 22, 2010. Tags: , , . Live Performances, Reality TV, TV. Leave a comment.

It’s J-Hud’s World.

Holiest mother of ba-nanas.

Jennifer Hudson has been laying low recently–most likely due to to motherhood duties–and only gracing the small screen every so often to show off her svelter frame for Weight Watchers.

But at long last, our beloved diva is back…and belting.

Here she is performing Aretha Franklin’s legendary power track Respect at the ceremony honoring Tina Fey with the “Mark Twain Prize For Humor” in Washinton, DC.

The bod. The hair. The voice.

I loves it all.

EnjoY.

November 15, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Live Performances, Music. Leave a comment.

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