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Spoiler Alert

“I can’t believe ______ got eliminated! I’m so mad!”

“_______ dies?! Why am I even watching?”

“______ killed _______ and I never even saw it coming!”

“Oh my god, it was _______ the whole time! MIND BLOWN.”

Alright folks, it’s time we had a come-to-Jesus meeting.

As social media becomes a more prominent and integral part of everyone’s day to day life, we need to remember the age-old rules of courtesy when it comes to spoiling shows, games, or movies for our friends and followers. Through trial and error (I once read a spoiler for Harry Potter and it was the worst day of my life), most of us have gotten good at knowing to avoid certain people’s tweets or our Twitter feeds entirely during awards shows, sporting events, or television episodes that we can’t watch until later or the next day. However, I don’t feel we should have to avoid all contact with the outer world in order to keep simple plot secrets intact. I don’t search for spoilers on other websites or in magazines, so I don’t want to read them on my Facebook timeline while I’m mindlessly scrolling. Sometimes people just can’t watch the show/game/etc. during it’s original airing whether due to work or another prior engagement. WHY MUST THESE PEOPLE SUFFER?!?!?!!?!?*~*~*!&!

Just in the last week I’ve accidentally seen spoilers for ‘Breaking Bad’, ‘Project Runway’, and ‘Modern Family’, all on my newsfeed. I CAN’T UNSEE THESE. I don’t even watch ‘Breaking Bad’ (I know, I know…) but when I saw the spoilers I was angry for everyone who I knew did watch it and would see the statuses. I even saw someone’s status that was complaining about reading a spoiler on Facebook, and she spoiled it herself in her complaint status. Very meta.

Now, I understand it might seem like I’m being a liiiittle crazy, but my love for tv is a little crazy. Don’t get me wrong, I love to read what people think about what they’re watching, but it’s not necessary to give away the major plotlines in doing so. Stick with a nice “I can’t believe what just happened!!” and a good hashtag that you can follow, or at least preface your comment with a “SPOILER” warning. That way, everyone can be happy.

So please, for the love of entertainment, I beg you, no more spoilers.

xoxo,

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The Real World: Knoxville

“This is the true story of 8 friends who chose to live in a house together…”

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I started this post several weeks ago and then realized that, besides the fact that I live with 7 roommates, our lives are not at all like The Real World. Luckily, I was able to unearth it from the depths of my “drafts that sucked so bad I couldn’t publish them” because……

This weekend MTV is having a #RetroMTV weekend, showing episodes from old seasons of The Real World including New York, San Francisco, and Las Vegas. (Currently watching San Francisco, which was the show’s third season.) All of this is to promote the new season that premieres on Wednesday at 10pm.

The three seasons they picked to show are the more “groundbreaking” seasons. New York, which aired in 1992, was the first season, and therefore an entirely unknown experience to the creators, castmates, and viewers.

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New York: Home of the Turtleneck

There were fights about race, domestic violence, and drug abuse. All of the cast members had goals and dreams that brought them to the city. One was an aspiring dancer, another an up-and-coming hip hop artist, and another still, a(n actual working) model.

San Francisco, airing in 1994, was the first season to experience a roommate eviction. Puck, the bad-boy SanFran native, was gross, un-friendly, and didn’t seem to care if his roommates loved or hated him. After the infamous “peanut butter incident,” the roommates decided that he simply was more trouble than he was worth and kicked him out.

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This season was also largely based around roommate Pedro Zamora and his fight with AIDS, which ended the day after the final episode of the season aired. His two best friends on the show, Judd and Pam, later married and continue to spread his message to this day.

Then you’ve got Las Vegas.

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Airing in 2002-2003, this was the season that changed the definition of The Real World. No longer was the show about real issues and real 20-somethings trying to figure out careers and relationships, it was now simply about sex and partying. This is the business model that stuck. Since Las Vegas, every season has provided its cast members with a 3-month long party before they have to join the actual real world (oh, the irony).

The new season that MTV is promoting right now is The Real World:Portland and is the franchise’s 28th.

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The number of roommates is now eight, but everything else is pretty much interchangeable with the more recent seasons. No longer are cast mates memorable and dynamic. Commercials spots for the new season that I’ve seen in the few minutes I’ve been watching SanFran include: a cast mate who always takes his pants off, another who smashes everything in the kitchen in a drunken stupor, and an entire spot dedicated to a dog that poops in the confessional room. They’re calling it “the realest season you’ve ever seen.” So, needless to say, I’m happy to be a member of this demographic. We’ve really evolved since the days of Umbros, Enya, and beepers (all of which have made an appearance in the episode I’m currently watching…SCORE.)

Maybe someday the show will get back to its slightly deeper roots (yeah, right..) but until then, it’s fun to take a look back at the visual history. With the constant Twitter stream at the bottom of the screen, it’s interesting to see what others think about these older seasons. At least cameras and fashion trends have come a long way since then…?

Anyway, cheers, I’m off to set up a season pass on my DVR and apply for the next season!

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Netflix For Facebook? No Thank You.

The other day I was reading an article on Mashable about a Netflix and Facebook integration. To sum up the story, apparently people were not allowed to share their Netflix histories on Facebook because of a law passed by Congress and President Reagan in 1988 called the Video Privacy Protection Act. It prohibited  “wrongful disclosure of video tape rental or sale records” and  “similar audio visual materials” which basically meant that sharing your Neflix history was evil.

But that’s all about to change!

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Now Netflix users can share their viewing histories on Facebook to their heart’s content!!!

When I was reading the article I thought to myself “Self, who in the world would want to share their Neflix history on Facebook for all to see?!” I mean, doesn’t everyone get sucked into watching something weird or truly terrible at one point or another on Netflix? Be honest now…

I started thinking about it and a person’s Netflix history can really say a lot about them. This is what mine would look like. I think it says, “Lucy is a cool gal who appreciates spending time outside and hanging with friends”:

Monday: “5PM: Lucy watched episodes 1-22 of How I Met Your Mother-Season 4″

Tuesday: “6PM: Lucy finished Season 4 of How I Met Your Mother and watched episodes 1-13 of Season 5″

Wednesday: “2PM: Lucy watched episodes 14-19 of How I Met Your Mother; 7PM: Lucy watched episodes 20-24 of How I Met Your Mother; 12AM: Lucy is still watching How I Met Your Mother

Thursday: 10PM: “Does everyone know if Lucy is ok? She hasn’t logged any episodes of How I Met Your Mother today”

Friday: 11PM: “Lucy is watching My Life is a Lifetime Movie followed by Preacher’s Daughters

and that’s not including the weekend. Boy do I get crazy with my Netflix on the weekends! Perhaps a romantic comedy here and a “Critically-acclaimed Understated Father-Son Drama” or a “Cerebral British Crime Movie from the 1980’s” there.

(Sidenote: why are the categories SO specific?)

What I’m trying to say is a) that I watch too much How I Met Your Mother (thanks a lot, Elizabeth) and b) that Netflix is a guilty pleasure. No one wants to show just how much time they spend watching it. That, I can assure you, is one application I will not be installing on my Facebook…

Seriously though, who doesn't wanna be this guy's friend?

Seriously though, who doesn’t wanna be this guy’s friend?

That said, Netflix has truly revolutionized television. Cable is all but obsolete these days. Netflix has no ads and has an app for smartphones. The next episode is right at your fingertips. It even has its own shows like House of Cards which is insanely popular.

Plus, for the 95% of people that mooch off of someone else’s account, it’s free!

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Taylor Swift: An Ode

Taylor Swift has had a rough time in the media lately. People, it seems, are no longer falling for the charm and innocence that she was once so widely praised for. And let’s be honest, the only person she truly has to thank for this “charming innocence” facade is Kanye. If he hadn’t interrupted her during his “rant-heard-around-the-world,” she would never have been able to play the victim card. That is her bread and butter.

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When she first started to get popular on the country music scene she was singing songs like “Teardrops on My Guitar” and everyone was like “Oh poor girl! Some jerk just kept ignoring her! That must be so hard!” Followers gained. Then the whole Joe Jonas “he broke up with me in a 27 second phone call” thing happened and people were like “Oh man! What an a-hole! I’ll never buy another Jonas Brothers CD ever again!!!!” Followers gained. Aaaaand then it started to get a little out of hand.

The line between “looking for love” and “looking for material for my next Platinum hit” started to blur. She began dating people seemingly just to be able to write songs about them. (Even my beloved Harry Styles!) Now I’m not going to say that I don’t love those songs and own all of her CDs…I’m just saying she needs to give up the act. She is no longer the victim of some mean boys trying to break her heart into a million little pieces. She is as equally to blame, if not more so these days, and I’m not buying it anymore.

That brings me to my next point. Taylor Swift, if she wants to people to stop hating her, MUST MUST MUST stop with the surprised face when she wins awards.

Girl has won ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY AWARDS. I think by now, she would probably be more surprised if she didn’t win. (In fact, here is her reaction shot when she lost to Adele at the Golden Globes. I think it says “I will cut you.”)

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And now she is trying to play the victim card agaaaaain calling out Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for making jokes about her during their Golden Globes hosting duties. In her Vanity Fair article out this month, our girl Taylor referrenced the quote ‘There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women’ in regards to their quip about her love life. Hmmmmm. I’m pretty sure that Tina and Amy are two of the biggest feminists in Hollywood. If you’re going to pick fights, don’t pick them with some of the most beloved and revered people in the game these days. Just a suggestion..

Anyway Taylor, #luvya, I’m just thinking that this might be a time for a little reflection and perhaps an overhaul of your image. What was once cute and sweet is now just annoying because you. are. a. superstar. No one feels bad for you. I’m rooting for you to do a complete-180 and become so insufferable to be around because of your insane confidence.

Nothing is more annoying than false modesty.

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And The Oscar Goes To…OREO

The executives at Oreo need to be given a raise. Or at least a pat on the back. They have managed to take advantage of every widely watched program on tv in the last few months. First, there was the Super Bowl blackout. Oreo had executives watching the game with members of the advertising team which allowed them to put out this viral Twitter ad immediately after the blackout occurred:

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And how much did this cost? Well, quiiiiiiiiite a bit less than those $3.8 million commercial spots. Enter: piggybackers galore. Walgreens and Tide, along with numerous other brands attempted to copy what Oreo had already done on Twitter with tweets like “We can’t get your #blackout, but we can get your stains out. #Superbowl #TidePower.” Still though, they couldn’t top Oreo. Too little, too late.

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Now, flashforward to the Oscars last weekend. (I realize I’m a little late–I was going to “live-blog” them but they were too boring and I was watching with people. The only notes I took were “8:37 pm- Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron dancing………….” and “9:23 pm- James Bond video-WHY SO LONG?!” but I think that about covers the gist of the broadcast..) Oreo knew that they had “won” the Super Bowl, and utilized a similar strategy for the Oscars. Throughout the show they tweeted references to James Bond, Wreck-It-Ralph, and even The Walking Dead for those who weren’t watching the Oscars. Here’s an example of what they were tweeting (click here for the motion pic):

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The Oreo brand is gaining followers galore on social media, more copycats than it can count, and publicity for days for next to no cost. That’s called revolutionizing the game. That’s why Oreo will be around for a long time. And that’s why I will look to Oreo first to see what the big trends are.

Now I’m off to eat some Oreos. Yummmm.

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A Kase Study on the Kardashians

Let’s talk Kardashians for a moment.

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We’v’e got Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, Kris, Kendall, Kylie, and….Rob (obvi not pictured). Why they couldn’t come up with another “K” name is beyond me, but just go with it. So this family shot to fame a few years ago because of Kim, and has grown into a monstrosity of an empire that practically runs the E! network (which, in turn, runs my life). They have numerous shows, beginning with “Keeping Up With The Kardashians”, followed by “Kourtney and Kim Take Miami”, “Kourtney and Kim Take New York”, “Khloe and Lamar”, and I’m sure there is probably a one in the works called “Kim and Kanye Take The World”, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

LOL we make so much $$$$$$!

LOL we make so much $$$$$$!

Everyone is always hating on Kim for getting famous basically for having a big butt and making a sex tape. While I can understand that, I also find it insanely impressive that she got famous from that. I mean, if I could market my average and unimportant traits to such an extent that I could make millions of dollars for doing absolutely nothing, I would.

While Kim got famous first, the others are certainly not just riding her coattails. Khloe has multiple perfumes, Kourtney runs every aspect of their DASH stores, the three of them have worked on a fashion line for Sears, and well, Rob has a sock line..Plus we’ve already established that he’s the outlier in this qualitative data anyway.

Kris, the momager, can market her kids until the cows come home. They are paid thousands of dollars to attend parties and just sit in the VIP section. Now that is when you know you’ve made it.

All of the Kardashians are extremely connected on social media. Kim was the first celebrity to get paid to tweet about a product. KIM KARDASHIAN. Not, say, Brad Pitt or the like. The others all have hundreds of thousands of followers. (I just double checked. They all have MILLIONS of followers. WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN?!) Khloe is well-known for being extremely involved with her fans on Twitter, and Kourtney was able to sell her baby pictures for an offensive amount of money. Also, her son Mason who is like 3 makes $3000 an episode on the laundry list of tv shows they have.

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Their social media savvy has allowed them to become more than just D-list celebrities. They managed to extend their 15 minutes of fame to a lifetime. Kim was the most Googled celebrity in both 2010 and 2012 and there are no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

So I say, Kongrats Karshashians, you’ve truly done what no one before you has ever done. Way to use social media to build a career that no one ever expected would last.

Here’s a lolz-worthy picture from the day Kim announced her prengancy. I seem to have a Beyonce thing going on this blog so I felt it important to continue it.

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It’s Arrested Development…

What’s in a title? That which we call a blog

By any other name would smell just as sweet..

 

The time has come for me to address the title and URL of my blog. After countless questions (or none) about where it came from, I would like to admit that it came from one of my all-time favorite shows, Arrested Development. If you don’t’ get it, watch the show. You’re already behind. Anyway, Ann, George Michael’s girlfriend, is a running joke on the show. She is constantly forgotten about or referred to as something unfortunate by pretty much every other character.


 

The best thing about Arrested Development is its ability to continue jokes throughout episodes and even seasons. My family can pretty much have an entire dinner conversation spoken only in Arrested Development quotes.

 

The idea that, in a mere few months, I will be graced with 14 new episodes streaming on Netflix makes me ecstatic. Me and my friends have already planned a marathon of the first three seasons followed by the new episodes. We’ll probably have to eat snacks made with a cornballer.

There are very few tv shows these days that are written as well as Arrested Development, and for some reason, I have an insane ability to kill these well-written shows. Anytime I find a show that I love, it is either immediately cancelled or on the brink of cancellation for its entire run. Some of the shows I’ve killed include:

1) Arrested Development

2) Friday Night Lights

3) Ed

4) Freaks and Geeks

5) Veronica Mars

Now, I’m not trying to sound conceited or anything, but ALL of these shows got cancelled once I got into them. There’s got to be some award for that.

My hope is that, if the new season of Arrested Development does well, these other shows might get the chance to continue, whether it be in show form or movie form. It’s probably unlikely, but a gal can dream!

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A Super Bowl of Controversy

Well, let me first say, Mr. Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, so spring is coming early this year! It’s a good thing, because I simply cannot handle one more day in this icy, arctic tundra we call Knoxville.

But enough about my feelings on the weather. (“No please go on!”) Let’s get to what you all want to hear! My very own feelings on the Super Bowl!!!!!

The SuperBowl is, for a lot of advertisers, the be-all-end-all when it comes to success. To create an ad that is popular amongst the target, easy to remember, and can generate social media buzz basically says that, yes, you are the best at what you do.

What happens, though, when your ad gets popular for the wrong reasons? The game hasn’t even aired yet this year, and already there are some serious concerns about some of the ads that have been teased or shown in full this past week. One of those ads is for Gildan, the t-shirt company.

 

Gildan is trying to change its brand image to become a little cooler and edgier. The controversial ad is coming under fire for its supposed promotion of one night stands. For DeVito/Verdi, the ad agency who created the spot, I’m pretty sure that any publicity is good publicity. What do you think of the ad?

 

Then of course, we come to the Volkswagen ad. If you haven’t already seen it, you’ve probably at least heard that it is being accused of being racist. It follows a man speaking in a Jamaican accent to his peers in a boring office, trying to cheer them up.

 

Ever since this ad came out earlier this week, there has been a rollercoaster of controversy. First, the commercial itself was accused of being racist. Then, officials in Jamaica said they were happy with the spot, so then viewers calling the spot racist were called racist. WHEW! Did you follow all of that? When you watch the ad on Youtube, comments are scrolling in by the second and there are already over 5 million views.  Last year, VW didn’t have a very successful campaign during the Super Bowl. Do you think they expected the controversy and welcomed it? I guess we’ll see when the statistics come out.

I think we all know that the true Super Bowl winner will be Beyonce’ anyway.

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Don’t Mess with the BOHAN

On Monday, Caroline Pekarsky, a recent UTK Ad alum, came to speak to our Social Media class about blogging specifically, and life after graduation more generally. She works Engagement for an Advertising firm in Nashville called BOHAN that has accounts ranging from the Music City Music Council to Pidgeon Forge.

BOHAN is a smaller firm that focuses on diversity and individuality. Oh, and they’re also located right across from the trailers used when filming the tv show Nashville! (Connie Britton is brilliant, though she will always remain Tammy Taylor of “Friday Night Lights” to me. Sidenote–I’m sure I’ll get to my obsession with FNL at some point this semester so, you’ve been warned).

Being able to talk to someone who has so recently graduated and entered the working world was exciting and interesting, especially since I’m about to venture into that Unknown myself. My plan has been to move to Nashville because, as much as I love Chattanooga and everything it has to offer, I want to try somewhere new and exciting so that I can challenge myself (but not so much that I’m going to move to some crazy other region where I don’t know anyone! Are you crazy?! Baby steps.)

Anyway…

A few things I learned from Caroline’s talk include:

1) Apply for jobs early–like I should’ve started yesterday…(Next weekend is going to be dedicated to that, I swear.)

2) Apply a lot of places.

3) Don’t be suprised when you never hear back from the majority of the places you’ve applied besides the obligatory, “We received your resume and will be in touch if anything opens up.” Yeah, sure you will..

4) Having a solid grasp on social media is what can set you apart from other applicants.

5) Using strategic #hashtags, links, categories, etc. will help immensely in increasing your influence and visibility online.

6) TITLES, TITLES, TITLES! I will say, my last post got a lot of traffic. Now, whether or not that was the traffic I was intending…

and my personal favorite piece of advice:

7) Never be afraid to be a FANBOY on Twitter. –Therefore, I am going to dedicate this semester to getting Lena Dunham to a) follow me back (whaaa? That’ll never happen!) b) reply to a tweet (slightly more achievable) or c) retweet me (laaaame but it’ll do). I will keep you, my legions of readers, updated as the saga continues. Wish me luck.

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GIRLS Gone Wild

Lena Dunham is my hero.

At age 26, she has written, directed, and starred in her own award-winning film, Tiny Furniture, that garnered extensive critical acclaim, she has earned herself a $3.5 million book deal with Random House, squared off with Howard Stern, and oh, she created a little show called GIRLS.

For those of you that have been living under a rock, GIRLS is a show about four friends living in New York City after college graduation, trying to figure out how to transition into the “real” world of work and relationships. The show is so painfully realistic that it is often times awkward and cringe-worthy. (I mean that in the best way possible). Nearly everyone can relate to one character or another, (I am personally a Shoshanna. Represent!), which leaves him or her ready for more after each 30-minute episode.

One reason I think Lena has been so successful, is her strong social media presence. She is prominent on Twitter and Instagram and, rather than constantly plugging her show or other business ventures, she acts like a true peer. She is extremely relatable and it translates to the show. HBO has even followed suit and created hashtags like #MistakesGIRLSmake and #ResolutionsGIRLSbreak to get conversations started on Twitter. To be successful today, it is important to know how to connect with your consumer/viewer/target, and right now, social media is the tool that can do that.

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Season 2 of GIRLS premiered this past Sunday on HBO to strong ratings. At the same time, Lena was at the Golden Globes winning 2 awards for “Best Actress in a Comedy Series” and “Best Comedy Series.” Not too shabby.

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Way to go, Lena! Two Golden Globes AND my first blog post!

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