The Baby Bachelor

I can think of no better way to kick off the weekend than with this great clip from last night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! Between this and the wonderful webseries Burning Love, the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise has proven to be ripe for parody.

 

So cute – I’ll definitely be tuning in for episode two next week (psst….don’t tell Fallon!)

Happy Friday!

Pop Culture Odds and Ends

It is time once again for your bi-weekly round up of pop culture stories that you may have missed. I like to think of these roundups as pop culture cheat sheets for people. If you see a story that you think should be included, please feel free to pass it along to me on the blog’s Facebook page (like me!), Twitter (follow me!) or in the comments. I’m always interested in reader feedback. And a special welcome to all my new blog followers – thanks for reading!

Let’s get some of the sad stuff out of the way first:

Now on to the more sublime:

  • Vin Diesel announced that Fast and Furious 7 will be released on July 11, 2014. The sixth installment of the franchise will open nationwide on May 24th of this year.
  • A new red-band trailer has been released for Netflix’s new original series Hemlock Grove. As this comes from director Eli Roth, it is most decidedly NSFW:

 

  • Speaking of Adam Scott (the actor, not the golfer):

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  • Vulture also imagines Mad Men as a kid’s Saturday morning cartoon spinoff, Mad Men Kidz.

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  • Apparently the Academy didn’t received the memo from the American people – the producers for this year’s abysmal Oscars ceremony will be back.
  • Tonight may be the last episode ever of Southland, which would be a real shame.
  • If you go to see Iron Man 3, stay through the credits (and if you want to know what happens now, click here *spoilers*)
  • The winner of random video of the week: Macaulay Culkin singing “Kokomo”:

 

  • A prequel to the film adaption of The Mortal Instruments is already being planned, despite the fact that The Mortal Instruments hasn’t even been released yet.
  • The fictional Veep and the real life VP met:

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  • The casting for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy continues to intrigue me. The newest member of the cast is The Walking Dead’s Michael Rooker.
  • Watch Community and Mad Men‘s Alison Brie recreate some popular memes (her grumpy cat is pretty spot on):

 

  • Grantland looks at the career arc of friend of the blog, The Rock (I’m assuming, if he knew this blog existed)
  • Ryan Murphy has a deal with HBO. I can only imagine what he’ll do when not restricted by basic cable.
  • The Awl debates which song is worse: the Brad Paisley/LL Cool J song “Accidental Racist” or Ray J’s song “I Hit It First” about Kim Kardashian. I vote for the latter – though misguided, Paisley was at least trying to do something good. Ray J is just a jerk.
  • Oy. Amanda Bynes continues her quest to be the craziest of them all with this new video that she posted on YouTube:

 

  • Patrick Duffy is game for a Step-by-Step reunion.
  • I am a grown-up, so I didn’t watch the MTV Movie Awards, but if you are curious who won or what people wore I have you covered.
  • Funny or Die has released their Steve Jobs movie, iSteve (starring Justin Long).
  • Jon Hamm was on Seseme Street, apparently in attempt to see if he could make me love him more:

 

  • See Jaime Foxx as Electro on the set of The Amazing Spiderman 2. Or is it The Amazing Spiderman: Ghost Protocol?
  • Snoop is a busy guy – he also collaborated with Miley Cyrus

 

  • Interesting – the same kid who played a young Don Draper on Mad Men also played a young Michael Bluth on Arrested Development and a young Ice Truck Killer on Dexter.
  • Steve Carrel made an appearance on last night’s Deadliest Catch’s new pre-game show, The Bait.
  • New trailer for Man of Steel:

 

  • This Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle/Entourage parody is better than either of these shows separately:

 

  • NBC’s never ending quest to beat every good idea they have into the ground continues – a kids version of The Voice is allegedly in the works.
  • Here’s a Conan double shot. First up, Conan hosts a roundtable discussion with some of his former colleagues from The Simpsons’ writers’ room.

And now the mashups and super-cuts:

  • A super-cut of fake websites featured on TV shows:

 

  • Love this – the synopsis of every romantic comedy ever made. It’s funny because it’s true:

 

  • A supercut of Tyrion Lannister’s best lines on Game of Thrones (NSFW )

 

  • A homemade version of the final race from The Fast and the Furious:

 

  • And finally – an Anchorman/”Thrift Shop” mashup:

 

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Burning Love webseries

I think The Bachelor is ridiculous.

Now, I say this without ever having actually watched an episode of The Bachelor. But I feel pretty comfortable in making this assertion.  The entire concept of the show is flawed – I just don’t think it is likely that you can go on a television show and find true love. The record of successful relationships that the show has produced kind of proves my point. There are only a few “winners” that are still a couple. The show is all about the romance and the whirlwind of emotions; it is not about truly getting to know the other person and building a solid foundation for a relationship. It’s easy to be happy when the liquor is flowing and you are constantly being whisked away for elaborate dates. It’s not so easy when you are in real reality and not TV reality. I’m not saying that it is impossible for eternal love to blossom in front of the television cameras, but it’s highly unlikely.

And from what little I know of the show, it doesn’t sound like women are really portrayed in the best possible light. When my friends who watch the show discuss it, I often hear the adjectives “crazy” and “desperate” when referring to the women. That tells me all I need to know. I already have my issues with the casting of reality shows and The Bachelor sounds like more of the same. The whole thing just isn’t my bag and I tend to roll my eyes at it. But I get it – everyone has their guilty pleasures. I’m sure there are plenty of things that I enjoy that others would find ridiculous.

When I heard about the new Yahoo! Comedy web series Burning Love, a parody of The Bachelor, I figured that was more my speed. The series had some great comedic names attached to it; Ben Stiller is the executive producer and it features actors from Party Down and Childrens Hospital. I’m glad to report that I wasn’t disappointed.

The show follows the quest of fireman Mark Orlando (Ken Marino) in finding his soul mate. He’s looking for “someone who can make him laugh and who isn’t afraid of robots.” The women vying for his love are quite the assortment: one of the women is pregnant, there is an 84 year old “cougar” and another refuses to take off a panda suit because she doesn’t want her physical appearance to distract Mark from the real her. One of the women is Ken Jeong (The Hangover, Community) in drag. Several of the contestants appear to have only a loose grasp on emotional stability. There is also a very fun surprise cameo in the second episode. All the tropes of  The Bachelor are included, though instead of asking women to accept a rose, Mark asks the women if they will “accept his hose.”  There are a lot of “immediate connections” formed. It’s silly and encapsulates just about everything I dislike about reality dating shows. I loved it.

The web series debuted yesterday with the first three episodes already posted (you can watch them here, here and here). New episodes will be released every Monday and Thursday. They also have a series of background videos that introduce you to Mark and many of the female contestants (Meet the Bachelorlettes) that are worth checking out. I’ve already subscribed so I don’t miss any new episodes. Parody can be a difficult thing to sustain over a prolonged period of time, but I am confident that with all the great creative minds associated with the project that they will be able to do it. It’s not like there isn’t a lot of material to mine for comedy gold. I think the web series will be enjoyable to both those who enjoy The Bachelor and The Bachelorette and those who like to make fun of the shows. It’s definitely worth the 8 minute an episode investment especially for people who miss Party Down. It has a lot of the same comedic sensibility.

For all things Burning Love, check out the series’ webpage at http://screen.yahoo.com/burning-love/.