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22 July 2012 @ 11:09 pm
Everybody Dance Now!  
First, let’s talk about “Breaking Pointe”. Who watched it? I was sad it only lasted 6 episodes, especially since I have no idea whether or not they are going to bring it back next year. I was so engrossed in it. Okay, so for those of you that don’t know - it was a reality TV show that went behind the scenes at Ballet West, a major ballet company out of Salt Lake. It had some amazing dancing in it and as a dance-geek, I feel like I learned a lot about the inside world of dance - not to mention the terminology! The reality-TV level of it was about at Teen Mom, which I admit to guiltily watching, but in between that reality-TV style soap opera stuff, there was some serious dancing - so it was like the best of both worlds. It was harsh sometimes though…

Like when Katie got cut. Though I honestly think they should have had two episodes before that happened, so that we had more chance to really get attached to Katie before we found out she wasn’t coming back. Though even as it was, by the time they got to her leaving in the finale, I was so attached to Beckanne and Ronald that Katie’s leaving was upsetting just to see how upset they were. I thought Christiana and her husband were kind of adorable together, even though sometimes she could be high-strung. I went back and forth on whether or not I was madly in love with Ronnie or like completely unable to stand him. I was so over Rex and Allison by the like second episode. Why does he think so little of himself that he stays in a relationship with someone who flat out told him she will never love him?

I think if I ever get a chance to see the performance of “Emeralds” that I will. It may have just been the amazing costumes but I thought it looked like a beautiful show when they performed it at the end.

Now, who is watching “Bunheads”? Okay, when I called all my RL peeps and told them, “I think it will be like Gilmore Girls but with dancing,” I could not have been more right. It is Gilmore Girls. Grandma Gilmore is on it. The lead looks and acts and talks just like Lorelai. She lives in a small quirky town filled with quirky people. It feels so much like The Gilmore Girls that sometimes I expect Jared to come walking into the room. But that’s good, because I did like The Gilmore Girls in that easy kind of way where you don’t have to think too much about it but you know each episode will be zany and fun. The big surprise has been how much the four teenage girls at the dance studio have played a part in each episode, how they have their own storylines and such. I figured they would be more background, but they have stories of their own. Plus, there is more dancing than I expected - I figured they would back-burner the dancing after awhile. Not a ton of dancing, but more than I thought there would be.

The only thing I didn’t like was how they killed off Hubble so fast, or like at all, really. I know why they had too, I understand how it pushed the story forward and how if they ever want her to have romantic storylines with various people they needed to get him out of the way. But still, in the pilot episode, he was my favorite of all the characters. And there is a moment where she says, “I feel like I would be a better person if I could fall in love with a man like him,” or some such thing. Right at that moment I was like, “OMG, I hope she does fall in love with him! That’s what I want, a slow build of love between them.” I was so sad when he died but the show had me hooked right then.

I was going to do So You Think You Can Dance as well, but while I was typing this out The Little Brother called and we were on the phone for an hour. We had a really good conversation about many things but now it is time for bed. Perhaps tomorrow.
 
 
 
Kate: found my wingsceitfianna on July 23rd, 2012 04:48 am (UTC)
I've enjoyed the episodes of Bunheads I've watched though it hasn't caught me the way Gilmore Girls did. I only saw one episode of Breaking Pointe but it looked good. Dancing is such a treat to watch.
dodger_sister: dancedodger_sister on July 26th, 2012 06:41 pm (UTC)
I would have thought you would like Bunheads, since I know you enjoy vegging and watching episodes of Gilmore Girls. I think the real pull is to watch it from the first episode becuase so much happens in that first episode and especially a few key moments that took me from not really liking the lead to suddenly rooting for her.

Breaking Pointe was at that reality show level, no mistake, but I got so invested in each person's story - there was a good month there where it was the weekly show I was looked forward to the most. If it ends up available on Netflix or whatever, I rec you try watching it all.

It was like the Summer Of Dance where 3 of my 5 summer shows that I watch were dance-shows. I'll probably go through dance-withdrawals come fall. ;)
Kate: gaze to tomorrowceitfianna on July 26th, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
I did watch it in a run of the first two episodes and didn't change the channel. So if I catch a marathon on ABC Family, I'd probably watch it and enjoy it. It just hasn't hooked me yet.
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on July 23rd, 2012 12:12 pm (UTC)
I like Dancing with the Stars better than So You Think You Can Dance, but I'm willing to watch both when I stumble across them. All of my fall shows' schedules have been changed and messed up (except for TWD, I think): Glee has moved to Thursdays and Supernatural will be on Wednesdays and I think TWD is Sundays and Doctor Who on Saturdays still (I hope).

I've never in my life had four shows that I wanted to keep up with before. And really, until The Glee Project is over, it's five shows total (though TWD doesn't start til October, and I think SpN doesn't start til September). The others all start in August.

I tried to watch Gilmore Girls back in the day... and I was just bored. I guess that's kind of sad, isn't it?
dodger_sister: dancedodger_sister on July 26th, 2012 07:07 pm (UTC)
I can see the appeal of watching amatuers learning how to do the different styles and being put through the paces ala Dancing with the Stars, but I think I just prefer my dancers to be professionals when they start. (wow, I am a dance-snob! I just realized that, huh).

I haven't even started paying attention to the fall lineup (I can always trust Tivo will record my shows for me even if I am not paying attention) but Idek what new shows are coming out (except "Revolution" which I am crazy-excited about). I should probably go look at a fall schedule sometime soon!

I've never in my life had four shows that I wanted to keep up with before.

Really? Wow. We usually have four shows that my sis and I watch together and then I usually have two or three more that I watch myself - and that isn't counting the summer schedule. Though there is usually one or two shows that I am super, super excited about each week (last fall it was American Horror Story). I am currently debating whether or not to drop Once Upon A Time - aside from AHS, it is the only new show from last year that I didn't drop or that didn't get canceled.

I tried to watch Gilmore Girls back in the day... and I was just bored. I guess that's kind of sad, isn't it?

It's an acquired taste. It took me awhile to warm up to it, honestly. I couldn't stand Lorelai and that never really got better but I loved everybody else (especially Luke). I think I was prepped to watch a show about a quirky town with zany characters because I grew up on Northern Exposure.

Edited at 2012-07-26 07:10 pm (UTC)
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on July 26th, 2012 10:42 pm (UTC)
But you see, watching the non-dancers learn how (and possibly make some pretty funny mistakes, or even cause accidents) is fun for me in two ways: if they're good at it, I can enjoy the unexpected success, and if they're bad at it, I can feel all superior and junk (it's like Jerry Springer Syndrome, where you watch and go, "thank God my life is at least better than that"). Or amused (have you seen Magic Mike yet? If not, I'll just say there's a very funny moment with one of the older background strippers that fits into category #2).

Yup - it's usually been just one at a time that I care about. There were two during the last few seasons of Buffy, which rose to three during its 7th season, first half, when I wanted Firefly, Angel, and Buffy. Joss is Boss!

Ah, I never watched Northern Exposure, either.

dodger_sister: dancedodger_sister on August 1st, 2012 05:50 pm (UTC)
if they're good at it, I can enjoy the unexpected success, and if they're bad at it, I can feel all superior and junk (it's like Jerry Springer Syndrome, where you watch and go, "thank God my life is at least better than that").

Lol My sister calls that the "Hoarders Effect". This feels like when The BFF tried to watch that acapella singing show and had to give it up because she was so frustrated by it. She was able to pick out each individual person in the group who was off-key and whenever they didn't hit the note right and she just got annoyed. I know I should try Dancing With the Stars but I have a feeling it would be like that for me.

(have you seen Magic Mike yet?

Not yet. I am waiting for the dvd.

two during the last few seasons of Buffy, which rose to three during its 7th season, first half, when I wanted Firefly, Angel, and Buffy.

I should make a list of the shows in my Tivo manager - I meant to do it last year during the fall season but forgot - then you can see how much free time an unemployed person has.

Joss is Boss!

Word, sister!

Ah, I never watched Northern Exposure, either.

I really enjoyed Northern Exposure a lot - it had a lot of untraditional characters on it which was nice - but I don't think it is your kind of show really.

Edited at 2012-08-01 05:52 pm (UTC)
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on August 2nd, 2012 02:13 am (UTC)
My current guilty tv pleasure is The Glee Project. Just two episodes left! Those kids are talented... but now? I want a TGP where they recruit real teachers to compete for an arc on the show.
dodger_sister: dancedodger_sister on August 5th, 2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
See, Idek what the Glee Project is. When I first heard about it, I thought it was some sort of drive to get kids involved in charity works. Then I realized it was a TV show and I thought it must be some sort of reality competition thing. I see people talking about it all the time but I have no idea what it is.
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on August 5th, 2012 09:24 pm (UTC)
It's a competition between fourteen young performers (this batch was ages 18-24 or 25). The prize is a seven-episode arc as a cast member on Glee, which is a pop- and Broadway-hit show about outcasts in a high school: the Glee Club. Since I loved my show choir time better than just about any part of my high school, I love Glee quite a lot.

I didn't watch last season of TGP, but the two boys (they picked two instead of just one) who won the arcs were fantastic on the actual show. They even gave consolation prizes to two others, who each got to appear in two episodes.
dodger_sister: noah puckermandodger_sister on August 6th, 2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
I am a big fan of Glee itself. Well, I was in love with it during the first season and then I had a dysfunctional relationship with it in the second season. I recorded the third season and it still sits on my Tivo, unwatched. I really want to see Puck through to his last episode, cuz he was always my favorite, but I just haven't found time yet this summer with all the other good shows on right now.

I even wrote a little Puck fic once. I always had intentions to write some more Glee stuff - including a boarding school AU. And maybe some of the 'fics' I had Dean write in that story where Dean was a Glee fanboy.

But I still never could figure out what The Glee Project was. So, were there people in the second season who won their way onto the show that way or was it only the third season that the winners appeared on the show?
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on August 6th, 2012 11:33 pm (UTC)
Heh, well... third season was not nearly so good as second season, but I DID NOT STOP WATCHING NO MA'AM NO WAY.

Rory the Irish boy, and Sam the barefoot dreadlocked Christian boy, were the winners of TGP. Unique, the criss-dressing competitor with the super-rival show choir, and the black-haired girl at the NYADA audition prep group, were the two-show winners.

You know what, glimpses into early Winchester life are, to me, the main strength of ficwriter1966, who is wonderful. I see no reason why you couldn't post any piece you wanted. You could even break the summer piece into smaller snapshot drabbles.

I WOULD READ THE HELL OUT OF DEAN WRITING GLEE! ALSO, GIVE ME ALL YOUR PUCKING, BABY! (see, that's MUCH dirtier than anything we've said in this thread so far.)
dodger_sister: noah puckermandodger_sister on August 7th, 2012 02:14 am (UTC)
See, I did not like season two very much. Actually I liked most everything except the stuff with Kurt, which was such a huge presence in the season that it was hard to avoid. The stuff with Kurt and Dave was very triggery for me. As much as Kurt is Ryan Murphy's own voice, clearly Murphy never actually went to school in fear for his life because, trust me, you don't make friends with your bully.

Sam - the blonde who lived in the motel because his dad lost his job and then dated Mercedes and then moved away at the end of season two (though I think I heard he came back later in season three but I only saw the first three episodes so far). That Sam?

You know what, glimpses into early Winchester life are, to me, the main strength of ficwriter1966, who is wonderful. I see no reason why you couldn't post any piece you wanted. You could even break the summer piece into smaller snapshot drabbles.

That is true. And yes, it is ficwriter1966's strong suit and I always like that stuff. I could try that. It is a little outside my comfort zone but I do love writing weechesters and it is good to challenge myself. It would be a challenge to write compelling stories like this. Maybe I'll see what else comes out after I have finished The BFF's secret fic and The Nephew's HS AU fic.

ALSO, GIVE ME ALL YOUR PUCKING, BABY! (see, that's MUCH dirtier than anything we've said in this thread so far.)

LMAO. Okay.

My Puck fic.

Dean writes Glee fanfic. There are two AUs that Dean writes - the zombie one and the kids working at the copy store - that always seemed like they would make such good stories.
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on August 7th, 2012 11:10 am (UTC)
Sorry, Sam is the actor's REAL name - I meant the character of Joe. (Did you know that Sam - Chrod Overstreet - went to the art school here in my town? I may have even judged him at a forensics meet a few years back, but I judge a LOT of kids, so I could be wrong.)

Yay, fics! But I'll have to read them this evening. I'm slow this morning.
dodger_sister: gleedodger_sister on August 15th, 2012 01:19 am (UTC)
(Did you know that Sam - Chrod Overstreet - went to the art school here in my town?

That's cool! 'Art school' as in painting or as in performing arts - because I would be highly impressed if he was also an accomplished 'art' artist.
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on August 15th, 2012 02:00 am (UTC)
Nashville School of Performing Arts - but they also have a drawing/painting/sculpting/etc, curriculum.

I think he was all about the music, acting, and guitar, though.