I just finished watching the rest of the first season of ‘The Other Two’ and it is truly the best comedy show I have seen in years. I know I have written about its gay sensibility, but there’s more than that. It’s smart, funny, and topical, and it perfectly frames the times we live in.
- First of all, I love that it feature the Instagay generation. I thought it would be easy to make fun of them, but instead they humanize them. When Cary interacts with them, Cary is the freak, and the Instagays are the sane and normal ones. It’s Cary who wants to take advantage of them for his own benefit.
- The ‘Call Me By Your Name’ scene is perfection. Drew Tarver is great in that scene, and is the perfect ending to his doomed relationship. And as far as relationships, I really was feeling Brooke and her relationship with her ex, a shoe designer (Josh Segarra) but when the season ended, it seems that both Drew and Brooke are still alone.
- And can we talk about how the season ended (I read that the second season has already been greenlit) Their brother Chase seems to be leaving pop stardom to go to college (!) and I think the show would transition to Brooke and Drew still being the ‘other two’ int he context of their mother having a daytime talk show. That only sets the stage for more hilarity.
Sometimes people like something and you just don’t get it. ‘Pen15’ on Hulu has been getting a lot of rave – and the gimmick here is that the creators, May Erskine and Anna Konkle re playing their Middle School selves. The writing is good, but there’s something here that bore me. I saw the pilot episode and I just have no desire to come back to it.
Who would have thought that a sitcom about a tween singing sensation would be the gayest sitcom since ‘Golden Girls?’ Well, I guess I have to clarify – as the title suggests, the focus of the show is on the ‘other two,’ and int his case the ‘loser’ siblings of the Bieber-like character of Chase Dreams. Those two are played Helene York and Drew Tarver, she an ex-dancer and he a waiter-actor searching for his big break.
I am into the sixth episode now, and each one has been a winner. There’s the pilot where everything is set up, as their brother gets a barracuda of a manager (Ken Marino) who is ruthless and clueless a the same time (he tries to cover Chase’s Adam’s apple in one episode) I especially love the mother character, Pat, played by Molly Shannon with non-sarcastic enthusiasm – you can sense that she loves her kids evenly even as her youngest skyrockets to stardom. There is a particular episode somewhat centered on Andy Cohen’s ‘Watch What Happens Live’ that is so precious, so intricately written that to try to describe it would not give it justice. I know I am halfway through the season and am already dreading the finale.
Forgive me for I have sinned. For not only did I start watching the first three episodes of the new MTV show ‘Lindsay Lohan Beach Club,’ but after watching the first three episodes, I can say that I am totally digging it. And it’s garbage, don’t get me wrong. It’s a low-rent Eurotrash version of Vanderpump Rules, only with a bitchy thirty year old Matriarch here. And this leader is a bitch. Lisa Vanderpump, on her show, at least tries to mentor and hone the skills of the people working for her, but here, Queen Lohan is a bitch in wheels. You know she doesn’t really care what happens to her minions, and all she cares about is her brand, and this show. She has no shame in making it look like she herself is creating the drama.
The cast is your usual blend of trouble makers and ‘attractive’ hot messes. And for sure, the liquor flows freely at their house so they act irrational and combative, when needed to be. These young people talk about goals but what do they really get in something like this? At most, probably the potential of more Instagram followers. I also thought the cast may be a tad too old for the usual MTV brand, but I don;t know if I could speak with any authority on what the MTV brand is nowadays. And there isn’t much queer content yet – for Mykonos standards – but that seems about to change in future episodes.
But yeah, i think I will be watching this one.
It’s the New Year and people are joining health clubs and cleaning up their houses. And of course, what better for Netflix to roll out their new series, ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.’ Kondo sparked interest a couple of years ago when she released a book wherein she tells people to get rid of things in their lives that do not ‘spark joy’ in them. And of course, that made me roll my eyes. I wouldn’t have anything in my life that doesn’t spark joy, I thought. Obviously, I have way too much clothes (don’t even pretend you don’t) but more or less, they give me happiness.
I have only seen the first episode, and the show is much more engaging than I thought it would be. It’s your typical HGTV style show, of transforming space from clutter to clean, with a bit of psychological cleansing involved – think Queer Eye where there’s crying and hugging. Kondo’s style is really simple, and seems to be effective. The new-agey part still makes me roll my eyes a bit – in the beginning she makes everyone say a prayer of thanks for their house. As for the ‘spark joy’ part, she has a thing wherein you kiss your clothes and say thank you to it if you want to discard it, but I ask: what if you never wore the clothes and it never served a purpose for you – do you still thank it, and if so, for what? But I am just being cynical, though, really if you have clutter (and I raise my hand) maybe it’s best to start tackling it instead of watching this show.
I was cruising on YouTube one time when I chanced upon videos of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I had been scared of them because I know the Mormons are all a homophobic bunch, and why should I support someone who hates me, right? But I have to admit that the choral pieces really touched me, and I found myself watching several of the performances, and getting really impressed by them I mean, I felt very dirty afterwards, but at the time it was satisfying.
And then I saw that PBS had a Christmas Special from last year, and it had the wonderful Sutton Foster singing Holiday anthems. And so I watched. I learn later that there is a DVD available of the performance – I think there were three performances last year. I think the PBS version is an abridged version of the DVD.
It is kind of wonderful in a weird way. It’s definitely non-secular, and very manipulative. But I just cannot resist Sutton in all her glory singing Christmas carols. She is in fine – though somewhat more nasal than usual- voice but her stage presence here is really special. And I even liked the whole ‘church’ feeling – there’s a solemnity here that is very intimate. It’s a great way to ring in the Holidays.
Apparently, this second season of MTV’s ‘Ex On The Beach’ is a who’s who of reality stars. I guess this just goes to show how out of touch I am with reality TV because I really did not know most of the people in the cast. I was lured into the show by Murray Swanby, who was in the E! show ‘What Happens At The Abbey,’ and I only know that show because one of my best friends practically lives at that bar and goes thee multiple times a week. And Murray is cute, so why not? I had never seen an episode of this show, which I gather has been imported from the UK. Basically, a bunch of people live in a house, by the beach so we could see maximum skin, and their exes start to infiltrate the house, and well, drama.
This cast is hot mess personified. They are all reality show staple – troublemakers, pot stirrers, drama queens. It is led by Farrah Abraham, who I know is from Teen Mom (another show I have also never seen) and here we see her as Queen Bee Diva. Everyone else has big personalities, and not even the first day is through that there are already fighting.
I hate them all. But surely, as drama unfolded, I got caught in it. Some exes come in, and romances get rekindled, only to have wrenches thrown in, and well more drama. I don’t really think all is authentic – I bet a lot of the drama is manufactured, or the situations set up for maximum drama. But yes, a lot of it is pretty engrossing, and I binged the first three episodes with no problem at all. Does that make me shallow? Yes! I am not even calling this a guilty pleasure, it’s just pure television pleasure. I hope it continues that way.