I’d bother offering some context for this clip from last week’s Glee, but then I’d have to admit I’ve been watching the never-ending bath salt nightmare of a South Florida theater kid, so shhhhh. All that matters is that Gina Gershon showed up to play Blaine’s mother, and–more importantly–she was joined by Jennifer Coolidge (!!!), Gloria Estefan (!?!), and a Suze Orman’s Midwestern dopplegänger (…) to sing the Pointer Sisters classic “I’m So Excited” (.gif .gif .gif):
OMGina!!! Here’s Gina Gershon Singing “I’m So Excited” on Glee
February 25, 2015
Once, not so long ago, I discovered the ferocious dance magic of 80s Italian variety show superstar Sara Carlson, and it was fabulous. Sure, she set an impossibly high bar by which all others must be judged (sorry, Bonnie Bianco), but Sara Carlson busts moves worth the mind-blowing paradigm shift that will force you to recalibrate your feeble understandings of reality and consciousness. I imagine it’s like dropping acid, but without the whole mess of making your spinal fluid run backwards.
Anyways, while we may never match the inimitable batshit insanity of Sara Carlson’s days on Al Paradise, it’s comforting to also be reminded that Italian television’s well of crazy runs deep. Like, ridiculously deep:
The best I can tell, Tilt is some sort of disco-era dance competition, which explains why everybody’s dancing around in a discotheque straight out of 2001: A Space Odyssey. And the Dali-meets-Magritte floating-apple backgrounds (sure). As well as the two separate instances where Stefania Rotolo flies around on a piano (of course?). You know, the usual imagery for a disco competition. When you’re on angel dust.
Judging by the next clip, though, perhaps Tilt is actually a children’s variety program:
I mean, how could you forget? Those Melrose Place ads speak the truth, y’all:
Of course this ad’s referring specifically to crotch humping, but we’ve already been over that clever little innuendo. The fact is that there’s simply no reason that you shouldn’t be watching the premiere tonight. Seriously, feast your eyes on this 30-second tease of the impending trashapalooza and tell me it doesn’t sending you into a bad-taste tizzy:
Ha haha ha ha ha! AMAZING! I’ve honestly been far more gung-ho about this than I ever was about the 90210 reboot because the original Melrose Place is often spoken of as some sort of mid-90s camp television Holy Grail, and even the mere attempt to try and rebottle that go-for-broke-ridiculightening is all I need to dictate my plans for Tuesday evenings. Added to that, there’s one incredibly important detail that I feel certain guarantees to make this guilty pleasure the guiltiest pleasure in ages:
Alright Already! We’ll Talk About Glee
May 27, 2009
Yeesh. Certain people, who shall remain nameless but might have names that rhyme with Shmarker and Shmathan (just saying, and also, love you guys!), have been all up in my grill about Glee. It’s nothing but “Why don’t you blog about Glee?” this and “I hate your face ’til you blog about Glee!” that. So fine, here we go:
Seriously, was there ever any question? I think not. If anything, my only complaint is that we’re all forced to wait until this fall for more Glee. That’s ass and a half, y’all; fortunately, despite Fox clearly conducting an experiment in patience amongst the nation’s gays (and their fag hags), Glee is anything but ass and a half.
Maybe it’s hyperbole, but Glee‘s the most inspired television show in quite some time. The underdog-competitor-meets-Busby-Berkeley-musical vibe is infinitely charming blend of camp and heartfelt sincerity, and any show that can bring together both the eternally adorable Jayma Mays and eternally fierce Jessalyn Gilsig clearly knows a thing or two about casting. And let’s not forget that Glee gave us the single greatest rendition of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” ever made EVER:
First and foremost, there’s the extended trailer. Without a question, this show is going to be brilliant:
LOLOLOL! This is the best, right? RIGHT.
Still, if you find yourself needing talking points to explain to your friends why you’ll be busy on May 19th, as well as why they should also be canceling plans and staying in for the Glee preview special, then allow me to give you a few suggestions:
- Glee is a genuinely clever spin on the archetypal high-school-set underdog narrative. This is essentially like Bring It On (a movie that nobody, or at least nobody I’d ever care to know, doesn’t love) stretched into a serial television show and made infinitely more camp by being set in the musical-number-laden world of glee clubs. You certainly don’t have to be a ‘mo to love this show, but it probably helps to have one in the family. Or, at the least, your place of work.
- Jane Lynch is in it. This woman is an undeniable force of pure hilarity, and if she’s reason enough to see Post Grad, she certainly is reason enough to watch Glee.
- Any mention of gold stars immediately triggers thoughts of Notes on a Scandal, which is a completely unrelated movie that is totally incredible and you really should see if you haven’t already. Hell, just watching the trailer makes me certain that May 19th is going to be a gold star day.
- Matthew Morrison, the guy who plays the teacher in charge of the glee club, is the Altoid of good looks. He’s curiously handsome.
- Ryan Murphy’s the creator. He gave us the short-lived-but-totally-amazing show Popular and Nip/Tuck, a show that’s now completely derailed into batshit insanity but was genuinely great for the first two seasons. Any television series that casts Famke “Fierce Bitch” Janssen as a tranny can’t be bad.
- One word: Journey.
So there you have it. Now neither you nor any of your friends have any excuses to not to watch Glee. Seriously, y’all, it’s going to be the greatest. Show. EVER!
Much love to Parker for the tip!