Of course, with great power comes great responsibility and not all contributors respect that power.
I am talking to you spoilers. Do you know what you’ve done? Probably not. Nonetheless you go on carelessly posting plot-revealing posts, and thus ruining the thrill for the rest of us.
Here’s a hint: any post that involves the phrase: OMG I can’t believe that…probably shouldn’t be posted…and not just because of it’s highly unoriginal word choice.
Some (see article below) are calling for Twitter to add a feature that allows Tweeters to hide posts that may spoil certain Olympic Opening Ceremonies for some people (2WC).
A good idea in theory, but let’s face it most of the people posting spoilers aren’t going to think to designate their series ending cliffhanger spoilers appropriately, but perhaps it’s worth a try.
Personally, I’ll continue avoiding all contact with media until I see my television program of choice through to the end…because that’s possible.
“A Plea to Twitter: Let Us Hide Our Spoilers”: TIME
Dear Academy Awards Telecast:
I have a question for you. Do you hate happiness? Do you strive to see if it is in fact possible to use film to bore millions of viewers at home to death.
Well then, why on earth would you cut the Muppets… I mean best song performances? What did Kermit do to you? Or was it that blue bird from Rio? What did he say?
I know what your reason is, it’s always the same–saving time. I assumed that’s what the stingy nominee list was for. It’s only two songs after all: “Real in Rio” (Rio) and “Man or Muppet” (The Muppets).
Combined, the two songs come in under seven minutes although something tells me you brilliant masters of broadcast can cut a few verses out of the Rio song…don’t touch the brilliance of The Muppets, your nominating counterparts already failed to acknowledge it beyond a song nomination.
I know this is a very serious business where difficult decisions have to be made. If the price for saving time is cutting the most realistic opportunity for a Muppet appearance from your telecast than it’s not worth it.
Remember the destination is not always as important as the journey. True, at the end of the telecast we’ll still know who the elite few thought were the best of the best as selected by an even fewer elite, regardless of whether or not we heard a happy (and deeply insightful) tune (or two) along the way.
If I thought it was beyond hope I wouldn’t even bother, but this situation can be amended. So, I leave you with just one question: Are you a man (or woman) or are you a Muppet?
A very disgruntled fan of movies, music, and Muppets
p.s. Truth be told, this latest blow is one of several complaints 2WC would like to lay against the Academy Awards…but that’s for another blog (prepare yourselves).
“Will Neither Man Nor Muppet Sing at the Oscars?”: New York Times (blog)
Golden Globe fans rejoice! It’s finally here! For those unfamiliar with the awards–we welcome you to the world of arts and entertainment. You’ll like it here.
We can’t think of a better introduction to this exciting new frontier than the more casual and far boozier cousin of the Oscars and Emmys.
Now, without further ado, we give you predictions…well maybe a little bit further ado…2WC acknowledges their inherent bias, favoritism and that they may not have seen all of the nominated films and television shows (yet).
Some are guesses, some are wishes, some are inexplicable hopes. Due to time restrictions we had to make a few cuts…actors, directors, screenwriters, tech, music, etc…we love you too.
Now, without any further ado (for real this time), predictions:
Best Motion Picture
- Zer: ”War Horse” (I hope), “War Horse” (I think)
- Stephanie: “Hugo” (I hope), “Moneyball” (complete and utter guess)
Best Television Series
- Zer: “American Horror Story” (I hope) …and I think, oh let’s face it, this one could go to anyone (I think)
- Stephanie: “American Horror Story” (I hope), “Homeland” (I think and hope to a certain extent), I love you too “Game of Thrones”…I’m torn.
Best Motion Picture
- Zer: “Midnight in Paris” (I hope), “The Artist” (I think)
- Stephanie: “The Artist” (I think), “Midnight in Paris” (I hope)
Best Television Series
- Zer: “Modern Family” (I hope), “Modern Family” (I think)
- Stephanie: “New Girl” (I hope), ”New Girl” (I think)…not Glee
Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
- Zer: ”Downton Abbey” (both)
- Stephanie: “Downton Abbey” (I hope, think…etc.)
- Zer: “Rango” (I hope), “The Adventures of Tin Tin” (I think)
- Stephanie: ditto
Now let the games begin. Remember, no one’s keeping score…unless we’re right. Good luck to all.
Full list of nominees: Golden Globes
Don’t worry, that’s not a horrible typo in today’s title. Today, 2WC is going a bit British for tonight’s Masterpiece Classic season premiere of “Downton Abbey.”
If you haven’t heard of the phenomenon, which began as a 2010 miniseries written by Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) in the UK, made its way over the pond to Masterpiece Classic in 2011, won the Emmy for Outstanding Miniseries, and then went on to film a second season (thus removing its miniseries claim), don’t panic, but you may be living under a rock.
But never fear, 2WC is here to tell you why we love it, and why you should too.
First of all, Maggie Smith. While that pseudo-sentence, in itself should be enough. We’ll elaborate. Ms. Smith (better known to you Potter-philes as Professor McGonagall), as the extremely honest, opinionated family matriarch, redefines the boundaries of actresses above a certain age. Along with Penelope Wilton, who plays her adversary/friend, Isobel Crawley, she quite often steals the show.
And what a show to steal. The intricacy (and logic)with which the lives of 16 (and counting) different characters (from Lord Grantham himself all the way down to Daisy the kitchen maid) are interwoven is astounding. Grounded by the house and the moment in history, what began with the Titanic has barreled full steam ahead towards WWI and presumably beyond. All the while telling a somewhat familiar back-story as seen through the lives of those who pass through this mammoth house.
Speaking of the house (if you can really call it that), this palace of a single-family residence, is a character in itself. In almost every shot, our eyes are treated to its lavishly decorated parlors, grand staircases and gorgeous halls. There’s a reason the show bears this estates name, it is stunning.
Assuming you’re still with us and haven’t run off to start your marathon viewing of season one, we leave you with this: It’s not often that we promote judging anything by its cover, but in the case of “Downton Abbey” we’ll make an exception. From its plot to its setting to its faith in its audience, this show is beautiful inside and out. Enjoy.
…just for fun:
Sweeps week has come and gone, and now we’re beginning to see the wreckage.
For those of you who don’t know what that first sentence means, you probably don’t own a television.
For the rest of us, well, a lot of us are getting really nervous, because we all know what comes after sweeps…
Okay, that’s a bit over dramatic. But for some of us television-addicts it can feel like that.
Yes, I’m talking to you “Community” fans (your show is not canceled). It’s going to be okay (still, not canceled), you’ll make it through these dark months together.
Considering the kind of response a show that isn’t even canceled (did it register this time?) is getting; you can only imagine what’s going to happen once networks start actually putting shows on the chopping block.
We’re creatures of habit, and we don’t like it when our emotional attachments to fictional characters are threatened. We hold on tight, dig our heals in, and usually have no effect on the network’s decision (you’re welcome “Chuck”).
Lucky for us, for every fictional friend we lose there’s three waiting to take its place (if only for a short while).
Those of you still freaking out over the fate of your favorite show (“Community”), don’t think of this as the end (seriously, your show is not canceled). Think of it as an extended goodbye (you have to admit it’s an inevitability).
…just for fun: