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Holiday Season Podcast Schedule

Happy Holidays from our pet hamster, Sirius!

Our listeners and readers have likely noticed the complete lack of updates on the site. We just posted our podcast covering top 10 week for The X-Factor, which we recorded before the top 9 episode aired, but never got around to finishing, editing and publishing it until today. Such is the nature of a hobby you do for fun, when life gets busy you need to choose what’s important and what to set aside for a while. As much as we love to discuss and share our thoughts, this is one of those things that will, here and there, go on unplanned hiatuses.

In the interest of keeping our readers/listeners informed of what our plans are for the website during the holiday season, we want to let you know that because of our schedules, we cannot promise a regular schedule for podcasts in the immediate future. Trust us, we want to talk about all that’s happened on The X-Factor and on shows like Dexter and Fringe, but we’re trying to be realistic as well.

We’re hoping to record a short (by that, we mean 10-15 minutes long) podcast with brief thoughts about top 9 and top 7 week of The X-Factor. Listeners can guess that we’re bummed that two of our favorites, LeRoy Bell and Astro, were eliminated from the competition. At this point, we’re rooting for Josh Krajcik or Melanie Amaro to win the whole thing. When we get a chance, we’ll get this podcast together and get it out to you.

For the TV Week in Review segments, these may show up in the form of written posts, to help alleviate the need for editing. I suspect conversations about Dexter will still be recorded, but thoughts on other shows, such as Once Upon A Time, may show up in written word. If we had to prioritize, The X-Factor posts come first, so there may be future weeks where there isn’t a discussion about other shows.

We thank our readers/listeners for understanding! Have a wonderful holiday season!

Where have we been and where are the podcasts?

September 8, 2011 1 comment

If you’ve been visiting this blog for the past three and a half weeks or happened upon it in your internet searching and wondered what happened to the updates and new podcast episodes, then this post is for you. If you’re looking for what happened to Evel Dick in Big Brother 13 or a picture of the So You Think You Can Dance logo, the two most visited and searched items on this blog, then please click on the respective links. If you’re not here for those two items, then read on to find out why Meghan and I went absent the past several weeks.

We should have informed everyone that we were going on a trip home to visit friends and family and do all sorts of fun things. That’s what we were up to from August 17th until the 29th. Of course, we wanted to pretend like we didn’t go anywhere. For this time period we formed this brilliant plan. Right before leaving we’d recover from our lapse in Big Brother podcasts and get a catch-up episode published. Then I’d write a post or two while at home during my free time. Nobody would suspect a thing. Following a lovely vacation, we would be re-energized and recharged, ready to tackle a new set of podcasts. With a roadmap like this, nothing would go wrong.

Before I even left the apartment, the days prior to August 17th saw a setback in my physics research. This required my sudden, undivided attention. It sucked up the little free time I set aside for recording a podcast with Meghan before leaving for home. So it goes. Because the pre-vacation podcast was a no-go, we decided that I would record a solo podcast while I was at home. Why a solo podcast instead of our usual dual hosting? Meghan was going to be in Disney World with her mother most of the trip and I was going to be at my parents’s house. I would have all sorts of free time. I duly recorded a solo podcast. After that all that’s left is editing right? That’s simple!

Meanwhile somewhere in the Caribbean, a little thing called hurricane Irene formed, threatening the east coast beginning with Florida, which was where Meghan was at the time. Many stressful phone calls followed. I put aside the podcast. In the end, Meghan and her mother cut their trip to Disney World short and rescheduled their flight to an earlier time. Hurricane Irene didn’t end up hitting Florida hard, but it was on a warpath towards the New Jersey area, the location of the airport that would fly us home. Our flight was rescheduled from Sunday, which was when the hurricane hit, to Monday. This gave us an extra day, perfect for editing a podcast! The power went out that day. Shelved again.

After braving hurricane Irene and getting on a plane ride home, I had one final surprise waiting for me at the airport parking lot. It was the last thing I needed to have happen and the picture to the right shows what I had waiting for me. You see, unknown to me until two days before returning home was the freak hail storm that passed through the airport and the surrounding area. We’re not talking pea or pebble size hail. This was once-in-a-lifetime stuff, hail the size of baseballs and softballs falling from the sky and laying ruin to anything and everything in its path. I never believed such hail was possible and considered descriptions of ice balls the size of grapefruits to be exaggerations. One look at my car convinced me of the truth. Nature can be brutal. My car was one of the unfortunate ones that suffered heavy damage during the storm. At the bottom of this post you can see three other pictures detailing the state I found the car in when I returned home.

I’ve spent the last week on the phone with the many departments of my insurance company and with a body shop. It hasn’t been a pleasant experience. This is my first time dealing with an insurance claim, so I didn’t know what the procedure would be. Of course, at no point was I given a picture of what to expect, but I learned that insurance claims require talking to several departments that don’t communicate with each other. After a week of phone tag and general feelings of despair, a member of the insurance company’s catastrophe department tells me the car is being totaled out. It’s been a hell of a week and adding in the appearance of hurricane Irene along with my explosion of work right before I traveled home with Meghan, I think you can see why updates to this blog ceased and the podcast went on an unannounced break.

To be honest I wasn’t satisfied with my solo Big Brother podcast, so it’s not a loss that it never was edited and published. It was boring and awkward, personal touches that Meghan’s presence suppresses. That does leave us with the question of what is going to happen with the Big Brother podcasts for Reflections on Pop Entertainment since the show is almost over. As far as the podcast goes, we’ve decided to hang up the towel on this one. At this stage in the show, we won’t have much to contribute to the dialogue. If anyone was looking forward to listening to us discuss the recent events in Big Brother, we apologize. All my joking aside, I am sorry that we weren’t able to keep up with the show. But as you can see, life happens and other things take priority. For those wanting anything Big Brother related, Meghan wants to write a couple posts about this season, so keep a lookout for those.

With the fall lineup we’re getting ourselves ready to record again. As we mentioned in recent podcasts, we’re going to do a weekly episode covering The X-Factor. The previews promise lots of drama and ridiculousness, as well as some genuine talent. And it’ll allow for some self-indulgence, as I get a platform to make snarky comments about people that I don’t think can sing well, but are being heralded as the next big pop star. I’m looking forward to it.

Another fixture will be a week-in-review podcast. We watch a lot of shows during the fall and spring television seasons and we want to discuss anything interesting. Although we haven’t done one of these yet, we’re planning for these episodes to be informal and unstructured. The shows we discuss will vary from week to week, based on what we find interesting. We’re excited to see where this format goes for us.

That brings us to the present. I’ll leave you with this graphic, which gives a summary of all the new shows premiering this fall. Maybe it’ll help you find something new to watch in the coming weeks. At least it will make you laugh.


Other pictures of my totaled car. Thanks a lot hail.

Upcoming Podcast: Big Brother 13 for Week 3

Hey everyone. We wanted to let everyone know that we should have a new Big Brother 13 podcast up no later than Tuesday, just in case you’ve stopped by looking for a new one. Normally our release schedule has it appearing on Sunday before the new episode, but our weekend proved to be busy and we also felt that being able to talk about the winner of the HOH competition would make for a better show, since we want to concentrate on Dominic’s eviction and Daniele’s game-play. So keep checking in with us on this blog or watch our twitter account, we’ll update both once the podcast is done and uploaded.

Thanks to everyone that has been listening to us!

The 90s are All That… Again!

This one’s for anyone who grew up during the 1990s, when the television channel Nickelodeon was a daily staple of your kid diet and cartoons such as DougRugrats and Ren & Stimpy and live action shows such as Clarissa Explains It All and Hey Dude were in heavy rotation. Like on any network, new shows came in to replace and phase out the old ones. By the 2000s the live action shows were a distant memory and the cartoons saw rare re-runs, yet these early Nick shows remained in the minds of today’s young adults. I fondly remember these shows and Meghan and I found an early bond discussing our love for Doug during college.

Old shows find new life through DVD releases and chatter on the internet. Sometimes this surge of demand revives a cancelled show, with Family Guy and Futurama being prime examples of the phenonmenon. Amazon.com worked out a deal to provide official DVD releases for classic Nickelodeon shows and  Netflix provided instant streaming access to select cartoons, much to the delight of many a Generation Y’er. Numerous Facebook pages popped up, urging Nickelodeon to re-run these shows. A wave of nostalgia hit our generation and the internet provided a forum to voice it.

And Nickelodeon listened. Starting tomorrow at midnight E.T., a 2 hour block titled “The 90s are All That” dedicated to the classic 90s lineup begins on TeenNick. The sketch comedy All That, a sort of Saturday Night Live for young teens, starts things off and is followed by Kenan & Kel, Clarissa Explains It All and Doug. An official Facebook page and word of mouth provide the primary promotion for the block, so get the word out to your friends and fans of classic Nickelodean. If this proves to be popular, we can expect more shows to be rotated into the block, which viewer demand will determine. I hope that a high level of popularity would move the block to a better time, such as 10 PM E.T., so that constant DVR’ing isn’t the only way that I can catch these shows.

So remember, midnight on July 25th, set your DVRs. It’s time to be a kid again.

An Exciting Wednesday and Thursday Night of Television

We were treated to an exciting couple days of television with So You Think You Can Dance and Big Brother, both containing a lot of things we can’t wait to podcast about! I’m excited to sit down and record our shows this weekend, I think we’ll get some good stuff together for both shows.

Big Brother finally started to pay off this week, with the beginning of a Jeff and Jordan feud with Brendon and Rachel. Rachel’s behavior and logic were hilarious this week, as was her crying in the bushes and complete meltdown once Cassi called her out. She’s won the Head of Household again, which is annoying but we’ll all still watch because there’s going to be a train wreck somewhere in all this. Just one time Big Brother, let Rachel lose control, put up Jeff and Jordan and let the drama commence!

So You Think You Can Dance also delivered this week by pairing the Top 10 dancers with returning all-stars. There were some excellent routines this week, in particular the hip-hop piece with Twitch and Sasha and the Pasha ballroom pieces with both Caitlynn and Melanie. The Tyce kiss-of-death reared its ugly head again this week, landing both Mitchell and Ricky in the bottom 4. That’s something we’re definitely going to address on the podcast.

We’re hoping to record the SYTYCD podcast Friday evening and have it posted no later than Saturday afternoon. The Big Brother podcast will likely be posted Sunday afternoon, a few hours before the Sunday show begins.

Big Brother 13: Evel Dick explains his departure

Evel Dick Donato mysteriously disappeared from the Big Brother house this past Thursday before the live feeds went up. Neither the remaining houseguests or the live feed watchers had any idea where he went or what might have happened. This left a lot of watchers confused and started up the rumor mills as to where he was or what could have possibly happened to make him exit the Big Brother house voluntarily. The rumors included: he was arrested, he was diagnosed with cancer, his girlfriend or son was in the hospital, he was kicked off for violating his contract, he left to advance Daniele’s game, etc. Of course, none of them were actually the truth.

Evel Dick posted his personal statement about his early departure on his website on July 11th, 12 AM EST. Meghan and I were lucky enough to get the video loaded before the website crashed due to the high volume of traffic. Here are the major points that Dick made in the 10 minute video:

  • None of the rumors concerning his departure are true. He listed many of them in the video, including all the ones I listed above.
  • He wishes that he did not have to leave and never intended this to happen upon entering the Big Brother house.
  • His departure came about because someone close to him suddenly had a personal emergency that Dick felt he had to help out with/be present for. Dick does not go into details, citing that the matter is private.
  • How he found out: the production team was informed of the situation and opened the Diary Room door and asked Dick to enter. There was no announcement. They told Dick what happened and he immediately decided he had to go and be there for his friend.
  • He apologized to CBS, all the fans and the members of his alliance for his early departure. He hopes that in some future season he can re-enter the Big Brother house and try to be a two-time winner.

I can understand the situation. When someone you are close to falls on hard times and needs help, you help them out. Anyone who feels this explanation was a vague cop-out, understand that Dick’s friend is not a reality TV personality and it is not anyone’s business as to what happened. We have an explanation and this is likely what we’ll hear from CBS on Wednesday.

It’s a shame that Dick had to exit early, as his performance on the Thursday and Sunday episodes of Big Brother had him positioned to go far in the game. Keep in mind though, his early exit radically shifts the dynamics of the game, which provides an organic twist that the other houseguests were not expecting. It can keep the veterans from running roughshod over the newbies, which of course will make for some interesting TV. I’m very excited to see what happens on Thursday after eliminations.

So You Think You Can Dance Season 8 Week 4 First Reactions

Another week, another round of So You Think You Can Dance! Here are some initial thoughts before we get the podcast up tomorrow.

On the Performances
The reaction on twitter was mixed following the performance show. There were several tweets with people saying they were underwhelmed by the overall choreography. I have to disagree with that sentiment. There were several great pieces, along with a surprise for both myself and Meghan. The only weak performances were the Ashley/Chris salsa and the Sasha/Alexander hip-hop, we really liked everything else. Clarice/Jess and Caitlynn/Mitchell both stole the show with incredible contemporary performances, showcasing the variety that the genre can bring. We were also floored by the Ryan/Ricky performance in their Jazz piece by Chuky Klapow. They, especially Ryan, did great! We were so happy to actually see her connect with the piece and get the character correct. We’ve said it before, we love being proven wrong on this show. We rarely dislike a dancer so much that we refuse to change our mind when they pull out a great performance.

The show was also a showcase for a collection of new choreographers for So You Think You Can Dance. It was exciting to see their work and we’ll be discussing them more in the upcoming podcast.

On the Elimination
The elimination choice this week was not surprising. On the podcast we’ve been saying that Ashley should probably go home for about two weeks now, as she just hasn’t been connecting well in the partner work. It’s a shame, as her audition and Vegas Week work was phenomenal and it’s difficult to pinpoint what went wrong. Chris was a foregone conclusion after his poor performance in the salsa, much like what happened with Wadi in week two. Up until this week, I was willing to give Chris the benefit of the doubt as his technique had been good, but oh boy were there serious problems in the salsa, even when we take into consideration that the choreographers made it way harder than was necessary. No one else would have made sense.

We were actually surprised to see Ryan and Ricky in the bottom instead of Alexander and Sasha, considering they did so well this time around. Perhaps it’s a backlash from the past couple weeks where the judges (especially Nigel) gave them free passes and didn’t give constructive criticism. Maybe Sasha and Alexander have built a big fanbase that I’m unaware of. Either way, it didn’t affect the results in the end. I must admit, Ryan’s journey on the show is starting to remind me a lot of Kayla from season five, where it took a long time for her to build a fan base and she had many detractors. What she does next week is crucial.

The Podcast
As always, we’re planning to have the SYTYCD podcast recorded and uploaded sometime Friday evening. I also want to mention that we’ve partnered with Pure So You Think You Can Dance, where we’re cross-posting our podcast links and summaries directly on the blog. We hope this partnership will result is getting our show out to a wider audience as well as enrich the content already featured on Pure SYTYCD. They have a great community going there, with thoughtful responses in nearly every comment thread for the performance and results show. I encourage everyone to check them out if they haven’t already!