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  1. Fan Vid Friday – “Not A Bad Thing”

    July 25, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    Brooklyn Nine Nine Jake and Amy

    Posted by Sage

    Fan Vid Friday returns from a Feelies-related hiatus! We’re back with some visual goodies to guide you through those few excruciating hours that stand between you and two days of freedom. Well, relative freedom. Do your laundry. Wash a dish.

    This week’s selection is Justin Timberlake’s “Not A Bad Thing,” the second single off the second volume of The 20/20 Experience. It’s a departure from the style we’ve come to expect from JT’s solo career – a mid-tempo, guitar-driven love song. The Timbaland beat is still there (yes, still in our lives), but I’m partial to the song because I can almost close my eyes and pretend I’m listening to a long lost *N Sync track. It’s rare for J. Timb. to break out of his falsetto, but I think he can wring more emotion out of his voice when he stays in his lower register.

    Seeing as it’s a love letter to just being there for someone, “Not A Bad Thing” is a fan video artist’s go-to choice for “just friends” types, particularly of the sitcom-y persuasion. (I have no greater fan vid pet peeve than when someone assigns a comedy couple a way-too-schmaltzy ballad.) Maybe someone in our ship needs a little convincing. Maybe she’s looking everywhere else but where she should be. But Justin (and our hero) could be “that guy”! He’s got a guitar and he’s telling you “you’re worth it”! See what’s right in front of you, you fool!

    Even the official video to “Not A Bad Thing” is a fan vid of sorts. Justin and his team made it their business to track down a couple who got engaged on the LIRR thanks to the song and met a bunch of adorable couples on the way. We’re so close to mainstreaming this concept, you guys.


    Okay, without further ado, here are our picks for the best in “Not A Bad Thing” fan videos!

    Emma and Hook - Once Upon A Time

    I confess that I don’t watch Once Upon A Time, but these people are really pretty and look like they like each other a whole lot. That’s really all I’m looking for in a fan vid.

    Danny and Mindy - The Mindy Project

    There’s no question that this is a Danny/Mindy song all the way, though I do wish this artist could have held out till the end of the season to set their budding ship to the sweet, sweet sounds of our reigning Prince of Pop. It starts off all hopeful with the “I kissed Danny” and the I’m-carrying-soccer-balls-and-looking-at-the-girl-I-love crooked grin and then ends with sadness and solitary cigarettes and “Why did you even start this?” Can we get a Version 2.0 over here?

    Ross and Rachel - Friends

    Kim sent this link over to me prefaced with “I KNOW you are anti-Ross/Rachel…” I mean, fair. But I wasn’t always! And I can admit that this song suits their ship better than it would have Joey/Rachel. Cause nobody pined like Ross Gellar pined. But I ask you, Friends video artists: where’s the Mondler version of this video? And if one of you decides to make it, can you please omit the weird, scroll-y watermarks we have here?

    Oliver and Felicity - Arrow

    Baahhh, I don’t watch Arrow either. But I do have a casual, from-afar crush on Amell and this cute girl with the thick-glasses and dark eyebrows. They have a pleasing height difference.

    Emma and Knightley – Emma Approved

    This vid on the much-awaited sequel to The Lizzie Bennet Diaries wins for best interpretation of the song’s very first line. (And what a first line – I always get the flutters.) It may also take the prize for style-envy – who does the wardrobe for Emma Approved and can he/she take me and every guy I have to look at shopping?

    Rory and Amy - Doctor Who

    It took Amy two and a half seasons to prove to Rory that being with him was in no way settling. They were each other’s hero; the Doctor was just a friend they loved very much. I’m making myself cry. Bye.

    Jake and Amy – Brooklyn Nine Nine

    The best of the bunch, in my opinion. I love what Brooklyn did with Jake and Amy in its first season. There was playground teasing, harmless flirtation, and some nicely sincere moments from Andy Samberg. I like that Amy is looking for professional respect, not for every boy to like her. And I like double-like that Jake doesn’t punish Amy for her obliviousness. Once he becomes aware of his motives for giving her a hard time, he changes course. This song fits their vibe perfectly; whenever I hear it from now on, I shall think of Detective Right All The Time and Detective Terrible Detective.

    While we’ve got this playlist of “Not A Bad Thing” fan videos, I’ve also found some egregious oversights. How can there possibly not be odes to these couples set to this song? Get on these, respective fandoms:

    Harry/Sally (“You say things like that and you make it impossible for me to hate you.”)

    Chandler/Monica (“How about we move in together and you understand what I’m saying?”)

    April/Andy (“That’s what makes the sauce so awesome.”)

    Early Days Beslie (“Aw, Mean Ben has a soft spot.”)

    Jim/Pam (“Um, I don’t know, Mom. He’s my best friend.”)

    Bridget/Mark (“But the thing is, um, what I’m trying to say – very inarticulately – is that, um, in fact, perhaps despite appearances, I like you. Very much. Just as you are.”)

    That’s all we’ve got for this week, readers. Take to the comments to tell us about your favorite or to suggest songs for coming weeks. Now go enjoy that weekend.

  2. “You guys are DANCERS.” – SYTYCD Recap

    July 23, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    Posted by Kim

    I have no excuse for why this is so late.  So I will just say I am sorry, dear readers!  I had most of this recap written in my head, but I have yet to figure out how to plug my computer directly into my brain to get all my thoughts onto the screen.  Someone get on that PLEASE.  BUT last week’s recap IS up before tonight’s show, so that is something!

    Last week the top 18 danced for our votes and a few favorites began to separate themselves from the pack, a romance bloomed, and Cat Deeley made us all want to wear jumpsuits so we could be as fabulous as she is.  Let’s dive right in, shall we?

    The Bottom Six

    Jourdan, Emily, Bridget, Stanley, Teddy, Emilio

    Now we are starting to see couples being punished for bland or unmemorable routines.  I have to admit that I feel better when a complete couple is sent to the bottom in these early weeks.  Sage accurately predicted Bridget and Emilio for bottom six-dom in her recap and I can’t for the life of me remember what Emily and Teddy danced last week, so there you go.  Jourdan returns to the bottom six proving that America just doesn’t like her (will Nigel start pushing her through like he did with permanent bottom dweller Jenna last season?).  Stanley is paying the price for both the boring Telephone Cord number AND losing his partner, who America hated from the beginning.

    The Cat Deeley Scale of Awesomeness

    Queen Cat was in excellent form tonight both sartorially and personally.  Let’s talk about the outfit first: Cat looked RESPLENDENT in a black silk jumpsuit, sparkly green necklaces, perfect smoky eyes, and Veronica Lake waves.  Seriously this woman is a goddess.  It also made me ponder if *I* could ever pull off a jumpsuit (a thought that usually crosses my mind once a summer) and then I remembered I carry all my weight my middle, so no.  Jumpsuits are really made for one type of woman, and that woman is Cat Deeley.  And Mindy Kaling (who needs to teach me her ways).

    Cat was also on fire as a host tonight from her bashful deflection of earning yet another Emmy nomination (CAN THIS BE HER YEAR PLEASE?) to her flailing over the fantastic group routine to her astute questions to the judges that forced them to clarify some of their critiques (specifically the Marquet critique about the balls of his feet).  We’ve said it before, but Cat’s emotional investment in the contestants is what makes her so wonderful.  Her teasing and delight over the Jacque and Rudy showmance was completely genuine.

    This Week’s “Jidges” Score of Awesomeness: 10/10.  I know Sage said we were going to wait for a really wacky outfit or tears before we gave the next 10, but I think Cat’s flailing over all her little ducklings being in love = tears over a soul crushing Travis routine.

    Performances of the Night

    Tanisha and Rudy, Broadway

    Tanisha and Rudy’s joyous Broadway routine, choreographed by 2014 Tony Winner Warren Carlyle was the highlight of the evening (note to Nigel…please bring on more LEGIT Broadway choreographers).  On a night where many of the dancers were accused of pulling faces, Tanisha and Rudy sold this dance with a pure ebullience that never crossed into cheesiness.  They looked amazing (she looked ready to walk in to the role of Roxie Hart) and they gave the show a much-needed jolt of energy in the pimp spot of the night.  Tanisha is clearly the more skilled of the two (THAT BACK BEND) but what Rudy lacks in technique, he makes up for it in spirit and personality.  I allow that in the first few weeks of competition, as long as he continues to grow dance wise.  Plus, his reactions are adorable.

    Ricky and Valerie, Viennese Waltz

    My second favorite routine of the night and not just because I am predisposed to like any routine that features a Jason Mraz song.  Lacey Schwimmer showed up her brother this week, choreography wise,  by creating a dance that played to the contestant strength but was still fully in the style of the Viennese Waltz.  Ricky and Valerie have a LOVELY chemistry together and this waltz was sweetly romantic and sweeping.  Like Tanisha and Rudy, one is clearly more trained than the other (that would be Ricky) but I have yet to feel like Valerie is holding him down.  If anything, it’s forcing her to rise to his level and she has met the challenge two weeks in a row.  She acted this routine PERFECTLY (she has an AMAZING face)…it’s always a good sign when I contentedly sigh after a routine like that.  And like the judges said, props to the costume department, because I had some serious envy over her sparkly dance shoes.

    I AM ready to see Ricky to get DIRTY choreography wise cause he’s been lobbed softballs so far…never being pushed to NOT be graceful and show off those ridiculous lines.  It’s time for something along the lines of Alex Fucking Wong and Twitch’s hip-hop.

    Bridget and Emilio, Jive

    A) Of course there would be a jive to “Happy”.  Fitting song is fitting.

    B) Hai Pasha and Anya!

    C) I automatically liked this one because Polka Dots.

    In all seriousness, this routine was super cute.  Was it the best jive in SYTYCD history? No.  But Bridget and Emilio sold it (and were challenged by it but not TOO MUCH, so well done Pasha and Anya) and it left a giant smile on my face.

    Teddy and Emily, Contemporary

    Teddy and Emily’s desperation at being in the bottom 6 combined with a rather restrained (for once) routine from Tyce Diorio equaled an outstanding performance that will surely keep them from the bottom 6 this week.   Teddy and Emily are both all arms and legs and their combined ganglyness was used to an incredible effect in this routine.  They are also have a strong chemistry and connection that is lacking in several of the other pairs so far.  Also I LOVED Misty’s comment about Emily’s body speaking French.  Dead on accurate.  These two could be dark horses, you guys.  I’m excited to see what they do on this week’s show.

    Carly and Serge, Hip-Hop

    When Nigel started his critique saying he didn’t like this dance, I yelled “What are you smoking?” at my television.  Thankfully Mary and most astute guest judge ever Misty Copeland agreed with me on this one.  I DO think Carly was the star of this one.  She completely nailed the skeleton conceit and truly danced like her head was removed from the rest of her body.  Girl is FIERCE.  It could also be that her skeleton costume FIT her better, with the bones lining up close to where they should be, as Serge’s pelvis design  seemed to rest around his stomach and therefore just looked weird.


  3. Announcing the Winners of The First Annual Feelies!

    July 19, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    Ricky Gervais Better Award

    Posted by Kim and Sage

    This year, instead of uselessly railing against yet another set of disappointing Emmy prospects, we decided to take matters into our own hands. And thus, the Feelie was born.

    After coming up with our own nominations for 10 major categories (see our nominee post here), we handed the power over to you. Since Monday, our polls have been open to anyone with an opinion, making this the real People’s Choice Awards. (Unlike that other one, which should actually be called Awards Conveniently Won By People Who Will Actually Deign To Show Up To This D-List Ceremony.) There were close calls and late surges and, at one point, a three-way tie. Some categories you probably guessed. Some may surprise you.

    Without further ado, we give you your winners. May I have the envelope, please?

    Best Comedy Series

    The Nominees Were…

    Parks and Recreation

    The Mindy Project

    Trophy Wife

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine



    Parks and Rec You Ready

    And the Feelie goes to Parks and Recreation!

    Despite a last minute surge (coming only 3 votes short of a total victory) by TV’s most improved comedy, The Mindy Project,  that comforting bacon topped macaroni and cheese of television Parks and Recreation reigned supreme.  While some of our favorites had uneven seasons (Community) or downright disappointing ones (I’m just going to say it…New Girl), Parks and Rec never failed to deliver in both laughs and overall heart and soul (I dare you to find a more heartfelt comedy on television).  From its season premiere in London to the finale that felt like a series finale before it rebooted the entire show in the last 2 minutes (perhaps the ballsiest move of the television season, second only to The Good Wife), Parks had us laughing, smiling, and FEELING things all season.  What I love most about Parks is that embraces character growth and plays to the strengths of the greatest ensemble of actors on television.  These are not the same people we met in season one…the Parks deparment has grown and evolved and matured and we’ve gone on that journey with Leslie, Ben, Ron, Tom, April, Andy, Donna, Ann, and Chris.  Oh…and Garry/Jerry/Larry/Terry I guess.  We’ve got 13 episodes left in that journey and I can’t WAIT to see where they end up.

    Best Actress in a Comedy

    The Nominees Were…

    Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation

    Mindy Kaling as Mindy Lahiri, The Mindy Project

    Malin Akerman as Kate Harrison, Trophy Wife

    Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath, Girls

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, Veep

    Ilana Glazer as Ilana Wexler, Broad City

    Leslie Knope Often Inspired By Myself

    And the Feelie goes to Amy Poehler!

    Life hero.  Imaginary best friend.  Icon.  These are all terms that can describe Leslie Knope AND the woman that brings her to life, Dame Amy Poehler (she’ll get that title SOMEDAY).  As Sage said in the nominee post, there is not much for us to say about Leslie/Amy that we haven’t said before.  She won this category with 50% of the vote so you are all agreed that she’s amazing.  The fact that she is a perpetual “also ran” at all major awards ceremonies BAFFLES me.  Perhaps they don’t think she is acting because the Leslie persona feels like how Amy would be in real life?  Perhaps they think that giving her awards WOULD make her the perfect human being that no one else could ever live up to?  Whatever the reasons are, they are crap.  Amy deserves all the awards and we are so proud of our readers for recognizing this.  Amy, we’ll be proud to give you your award next time you are in NYC.  Cocktails will be on us.

    Best Actor in a Comedy

    The Nominees Were…

    Adam Scott as Ben Wyatt, Parks and Recreation

    Chris Messina as Danny Castellano, The Mindy Project

    Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Geoff Stults as Sgt. Pete Hill, Enlisted

    Joel McHale as Jeff Winger, Community

    Louis C.K. as Louie, Louie

    Danny Castellano You and me okay

    And the Feelie goes to Chris Messina!

    After some initial competition from co- HOF Sexiest Men Alive 2012 Adam Scott and Joel McHale, the runner-up for HOF Sexiest Man Alive 2013 (what can we say? We like our sexy men talented) handily won this category with over 40% of the vote.  Danny Castellano is more than a crotchety dreamboat who wears old-man glasses.  In Chris Messina’s hands, Danny is a man of ambition and integrity.  He’s a man who has been hurt before and is terrified of the emotions and the vulnerability that comes with falling in love with his best friend.  He’s a man who will learn about Micheal Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch and Bradley Cooper because he knows you like them.  He’s also a MAN who is not afraid to man the fuck up when the situation demands it.  He’s a man who will always go for the ass grab when he kisses you.  He’s a man with the sexiest goddamn half smile on the planet and sweet dance moves that he uses just for you.

    He’s perfect and we would like to thank Chris Messina for ruining our lives all season.  It would be offensive if it weren’t just so damn perfect.

    Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy

    The Nominees Were…

    Aubrey Plaza as April Ludgate, Parks and Recreation

    Marcia Gay Harden as Diane Buckley, Trophy Wife

    Michaela Watkins as Jackie Fisher, Trophy Wife

    Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer, Veep

    Kate McKinnon as Everything, Saturday Night Live

    Natasha Lyonne as Nicky Nichols, Orange is the New Black

    Kate McKinnon Angela Merkel

    And the Feelie goes to Kate McKinnon!

    10 Minutes before the polls closed this race was a three way tie between McKinnon, Natasha Lyonne, and Aubrey Plaza.  Kate eked out this victory by ONE VOTE.  The tightness of this race throughout the entire voting period (the top 3 all held a solo lead at one time during the week) proves that we picked excellent nominees in this category and that the field of supporting actresses in comedy is SO RICH with talent.  Well done, ladies.

    It’s hard to believe that this season was Kate McKinnon’s first as a principle cast member on Saturday Night Live. She proved to be an invaluable player in what many considered to be a rebuilding season of the show and she is poised to join the ranks of the all time female SNL greats.  She heightens every sketch she is in whether she is doing her remarkable Ellen DeGeneres impression or one of her wacky Weekend update guests.  And to think…she is just BEGINNING.  We’ve got so much more to see from her and I can’t wait to see what she does in the coming years.

    Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy

    The Nominees Were…

    Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson, Parks and Recreation

    Chris Pratt as Andy Dwyer, Parks and Recreation

    Danny Pudi as Abed Nadir, Community

    Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother

    Albert Tsai as Bert Harrison, Trophy Wife

    Timothy Simons as Jonah Ryan, Veep

    Ron Swanson I regret nothing

    And the Feelie goes to Nick Offerman!

    Like with Amy Poehler, there is very little to say about Ron Swanson and Nick Offerman that we haven’t said before.  Years from now television scholars will look at this character and actor and write essays on why awards bodies were FOOLS not to shower him with all the things.  The best thing about Ron’s character growth is that we have seen that the man who claims to love nothing actually loves EVERYTHING and he loves it DEEPLY, even if he doesn’t always know how to express it.  It has been such a joy seeing him softened by his friendship with Leslie and by becoming a husband to Diane and father to his children.  Don’t let the gruff exterior fool you.  Ron’s a big old softie and he is a fount of wisdom for all the people he encounters.  There are few things better than a Ron Swanson smile or giggle and I love that the show has let that side of him come out more as he has evolved.

    Plus, he’s right about frozen yogurt.  Be ice cream or be nothing.

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  4. “I can’t get enough of you.” – SYTYCD Recap

    July 15, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    So You Think You Can Dance Extension

    Posted by Sage

    Our apologies for the hiatus, America. We weren’t here to hold your hand through the hurried Los Angeles Week (which still doesn’t have quite the ring of Vegas Week, sorry) and Green Mile episode, or the first live performance show. But we’re here in time to meet the pairings who will be endeavoring to enchant us with their skills and chemistry over the next few weeks, as well as our first eliminations. And as Queen Cat says, those first ones are always tough. When the Bottom 6 were announced, we learned who already has the audience’s hearts and who needs to earn them. But before we got to the tough stuff, we were treated to an energetic opening number to the On the Town score by Broadway choreographer Josh Bergasse. (Not Tyce. Rejoice!) Turns out, our winning dancers will have a spot in that show’s New York ensemble, a perfect gig that can be molded to fit any styles and strengths. And good news for me. Now that Newsies is closing, I need a new regular Broadway meet-up spot with some of America’s Favorite Dancers.

    Bottom 6

    Brooklyn, Casey, Jordan, Nick, Marlena, and Serge

    What we saw in these voting results, particularly for the girls, were the consequences of being a Top 20 contestant who didn’t get much audition/LA screentime. The folks at home don’t feel like they know Brooklyn and Jordan yet, really. It’s up to those ladies to make us remember. Marlena didn’t surprise me; she suffers from Bitchy Resting Face.

    As for the boys, Nick is the only one I would have predicted. He’s a wee one. And as fast as his feet may be, he’s not going to be able to deliver the explosive lifts and tricks we’ve come to expect from our top couples. Casey also suffers from lack of camera time. And I don’t know what Serge is doing here unless America got wind of this bizarre coupling.

    Cat Deeley Scale of Awesomeness

    Cat Deeley Dancing

    First of all, big ups to Cat for another well-deserved Emmy nomination for Best Reality Host! There’s little hope that the Emmys will go to the people who actually deserve them (especially since most of those people weren’t even nominated – vote for The Feelies instead!), but maybe this is her year.

    Cat went casual chic this week with a belted, long-sleeve leopard print dress, black ankle booties, and simple make-up and hair. She had an animal-print moment with Emily after her Hip Hop number (“Digging your pants, girl!”) and gave us her best Boris and Natasha after Marquet and Jordan’s interrogation-themed piece. (“We have ways of making you talk.”) Nigel gave her shit for the weak first pitch she threw at the Dodgers game, but who cares, she looked fucking fabulous. She also provided emotional support to the Bottom 6 and the eliminated dancers – just another duty of an Emmy-nominated hostess.

    This Week’s “Jidges” Score of Awesome: 9/10. Now that we’re in performance shows, I’m going to be a little tougher on her. (Tough, as you see, is a 9.) Saving the next 10 for a crazier outfit or when a Travis Wall piece makes her cry.

    Performances of the Night

    Valerie and Ricky, Contemporary

    I’m just going to say it: Valerie lucked out. There’s no question that Ricky is head and shoulders above most of his competition, but that divide was considerably more apparent when he was paired with the tapper. Not to be down on Valerie. She rose to the occasion in this Travis piece; I was particularly impressed with that back bend lift. Still, anyone can see that she’s not a trained contemporary dancer. The flexibility and effortless flow aren’t there quite yet, but Ricky certainly isn’t going to make her look bad. He’s untouchable. And he’s going to keep her in this competition.

    Carly and Serge, Contemporary

    Sonya obviously didn’t hear that “Latch” belongs to Maks and Meryl, so she went ahead and choreographed this number for Carly and Serge. It was a fairly conventional and romantic piece for Sonya; the pair showed us an emotional connection; and we know how America loves to see the dancers in this element. Will it be enough for Carly to make herself stand out from this season’s pack of brunettes?

    Jordan and Marquet, Hip Hop

    Mark my words: Marquet is going to be on this stage until the bitter end. He’s a spark plug; the energy just flows through him. Ballroom dancers usually get the character thing on a deeper level than their peers and I hope we get to see Marquet act his little heart out every week like he did in this Sean Cheesman number. I didn’t have the same issues with Jordan breaking character as the judges did. I was mostly impressed that the ballerina got down to this. Of all the girls who drew Hip Hop this week, Jordan worked the deepest into the floor. And you know you better work, bitch.

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  5. The First Annual Feelies

    July 14, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    Posted by Kim and Sage

    As I ranted and raged about the Emmy Nominations on Thursday, I tweeted “Maybe we should just do our own awards on Head Over Feels”.  Less than an hour later Sage and I had compiled our nominees in Comedy and Drama and the “Feelies” were born.  The Feelies have no bias against genre shows.  The Feelies don’t vote for things just because they are on HBO.  The Feelies don’t nominate movie stars just because they are movie stars deigning to do television.  And the Feelies know the difference between a DRAMA and A MINI-SERIES (NONE FOR YOU TRUE DETECTIVE!!).

    Side Note: We don’t watch enough Mini-Series to fill a category.  Maybe next year.

    But most of all the Feelies are about celebrating the shows and performances that gave us all the feels and flails over the television season.  While we want to celebrate our favorites, we also wanted to remain objective and REALLY focus on the quality of the work over the course of the season.  The Winners are going to be determined by YOU, dear reader.  The polls will remain open for a week, after which we will do a post to announce the winners.  Sage is gonna walk us through our comedy nominees, while I will make the case for our drama choices.  It’s all in your hands, guys.  Make us proud.

    Disclaimer: Header Gifs in no way indicate our choices in each category.

    Best Comedy Series

    The Nominees Are…

    Parks and Recreation

    The Mindy Project

    Trophy Wife

    Brooklyn Nine-Nine



    There are few greater feats than getting a new comedy off the ground, particularly a good one and particularly on network TV. So our dream list of nominated comedies includes a few sadly posthumous nods. Trophy Wife showed us how a modern family sitcom could be broad enough to be a living room staple and still have something to say. Losing the inspired Army comedy Enlisted was another heartbreak, as a 13-episode run with the Hill brothers and the rest of their bumbling yet well-meaning Rear D platoon was hardly enough. Veep remains the quickest and most verbally dense comedy on TV, with a cast that slays its material weekly. Brooklyn Nine-Nine put as much care and energy into creating relationships between its diverse cast of characters as it did setting up punchlines, a Mike Schur specialty. After struggling to find its voice and Mindy’s character in season one, The Mindy Project hit us with a squee-ful rom com homage and a practically perfect season two. And finally, Parks and Rec kept right on delivering Pawnee-style storytelling, pushing through cast shake-ups and, oh yeah, boldly rebooting the entire show in the final minutes of its season.


    Best Actress in a Comedy

    The Nominees Are…

    Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation

    Mindy Kaling as Mindy Lahiri, The Mindy Project

    Malin Akerman as Kate Harrison, Trophy Wife

    Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath, Girls

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, Veep

    Ilana Glazer as Ilana Wexler, Broad City

    Just saying that four of the six performances on this list come from series with one or more female showrunners. And even those that don’t have their leading ladies doubling as producers. Just putting that out there. Lena Dunham showed new levels of Hannah’s neuroses and self-absorption in Girls season three as she struggled with middle-class guilt and insecurity over her boyfriend’s budding success. Nobody can do what Julia Louis-Dreyfus can do with a look and a finely-crafted insult on Veep. Malin Akerman ended up as the emotional center of the Trophy Wife cast, essential, but in a particularly tricky part. What can we say about Amy Poehler that we haven’t already? Leslie Knope is, at this point, iconic. I fell in love with Comedy Central’s girl BFF comedy Broad City this year and with Ilana Glazer’s bonkers and unpredictably warm performance. And as Dr. Lahiri finally fell for Dr. Castellano, Mindy Kaling showed us what she can really do.


    Best Actor in a Comedy

    The Nominees Are…

    Adam Scott as Ben Wyatt, Parks and Recreation

    Chris Messina as Danny Castellano, The Mindy Project

    Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Geoff Stults as Sgt. Pete Hill, Enlisted

    Joel McHale as Jeff Winger, Community

    Louis C.K. as Louie, Louie

    Adam Scott and Chris Messina put movie leading men to shame on Parks and Mindy, respectively. And they’d better, to stay on the level of their formidable ladies. Ben came into Pawnee as the straight man, but has proven himself to be just as goofy as the rest of the crew. And anytime he plays Mr. Wyatt drunk or sick or high, it’s is nothing short of poetry. Messina is so well cast that I want to scream. Danny Castellano is infuriating and dreamy and crotchety and truly the heart of that show. Andy Samberg has proven that he can carry a show and even be a romantic hero in his own right. (That Jake/Amy scene from the finale!) We love all the brothers on Enlisted, but Geoff Stults deserves the nod for playing Pete’s PTSD storyline with humor and grace. Community had another uneven season as Dan Harmon returned to the show, but Joel McHale can still churn out a sly and vulnerable performance as the Study Group’s leader. And Louis C.K. challenged us with another conversation-generating Louie season and himself with doomed love affair with his non-English speaking neighbor.


    Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy

    The Nominees Are…

    Aubrey Plaza as April Ludgate, Parks and Recreation

    Marcia Gay Harden as Diane Buckley, Trophy Wife

    Michaela Watkins as Jackie Fisher, Trophy Wife

    Anna Chlumsky as Amy Brookheimer, Veep

    Kate McKinnon as Everything, Saturday Night Live

    Natasha Lyonne as Nicky Nichols, Orange is the New Black

    Trophy Wife should be to this category what Modern Family has been to the actual Supporting Actor Emmy. Meaning that it should dominate. Marcia Gay Harden clearly delighted in playing hard-assed alpha mom Diane and even gave her a gooey, emotional center. Michaela Watkins channeled a little Phoebe Buffay as hippie-dippie yet ever-so-secretly wise Jackie. Anna Chlumsky had even more to do on Veep this year as Amy’s DC ambition and slowly withering spirit waged a war inside her. I think people assume that Aubrey Plaza is playing herself on Parks, but it’s just not true. April has come into her own this year without losing the edge that made us love her in the first place. Nicky is OITNB‘s most compelling character, and the show comes to life in Natasha Lyonne’s scenes. (We’re not just saying that because we still want to be Jessica in America Pie.) And Kate McKinnon is just destroying sketch after sketch on SNL. Dyke and FatsHer Bieber. Her Billie Jean King. Her Ellen. Her life-giving Russian accent. She’s a superstar and one of the few nominations the actual Schm-Emmys got right.


    Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy

    The Nominees Are…

    Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson, Parks and Recreation

    Chris Pratt as Andy Dwyer, Parks and Recreation

    Danny Pudi as Abed Nadir, Community

    Neil Patrick Harris as Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother

    Albert Tsai as Bert Harrison, Trophy Wife

    Timothy Simons as Jonah Ryan, Veep

    WE FIXED IT. The snubs in the original list in this category inspired us to burn Utica to the ground and then rebuild. There’s simply no good excuse anymore as to why Nick Offerman isn’t constantly in his woodshop, building new shelves to hold all the awards he’s received for playing Ron Swanson. We’ve also been campaigning for years Chris Pratt to get some recognition as the straight up comic genius that he is. (Though maybe he’ll just have to settle for being a movie star.) We may still be smarting over the way the conclusion of How I Met Your Mother went down, but it just doesn’t seem right that NPH never took home a statue for creating Barney Stinson. Danny Pudi has the toughest job on Community and has consistently shown a deep understanding and love for his complex character. We’re still not over Troy and Abed’s goodbye (or his Nicolas Cage meltdown. –K). There’s throwing a cute kid into a cute situation and then there’s what Trophy Wife creators found in little Albert Tsai. We’ll miss everything about that show, but precious Bert we’ll miss most of all. And finally, though Tony Hale gets all the Supporting Actor attention for Veep (residual love for Buster Bluth plays a role here), we’re lobbying for Timothy Simons. Jonah Ryan is one of television’s truly great bastard-people and we’ll continue to love-to-hate him for as long as he slimes around Washington.


  6. Happy Emmy Rage Day!

    July 10, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    Posted by Kim

    It happens every year (and OMG this is our THIRD year covering the Emmys…our little website is growing up!). I wake up on Emmy Nomination day brimming with hopes and dreams that this will FINALLY be the year that the Television Academy will think outside the box and realize that there are more people on Parks and Recreation than Queen Amy Poehler. That they will overlook the fact that they just want to be British and will realize that Downton Abbey is a shadow of its former self, quality wise. That they will TRULY watch from the pool of contenders instead of just checking off recognizable names like Edie Falco and Melissa McCarthy.

    But every year, my dream turns into a nightmare.

    Not that the Emmys don’t get some things right on occasion. They do. And I realize that the television landscape is SO vast and there is so much quality programming these days that snubs are inevitable. It’s just disappointing when it seems that the same people are being snubbed every year despite acting their ASSES off.

    Let’s get to the nominees, shall we? And fear not…we are currently compiling our OWN list of nominees that YOU will be able to vote on. We have our list, we’re just trying to come up with a clever name…so stay tuned!

    Outstanding Comedy Series

    “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS)
    “Louie” (FX)
    “Modern Family” (ABC)
    “Orange Is the New Black” (Netflix)
    “Silicon Valley” (HBO)
    “Veep” (HBO)

    DOES ANYONE WATCH SILICON VALLEY? I mean…seriously. This is just the Academy sucking up to HBO. I will never understand the lack of love for one of the most consistently brilliant comedies of the last six years, Parks and Recreation. Clearly the Academy lacks souls. The real question here is…can anyone topple 4 time winner Modern Family? Buzzy Netflix dramedy Orange Is The New Black and Veep have a LOT of momentum, so they are going to do their best. Also I like to think that the Academy is pissed about the How I Met Your Mother finale too, hence the lack of nods for the final season. I’ll allow it.

    Biggest Snub: Parks and Recreation

    Surprises: The out-of-left-field Silicon Valley

    WE WISH: The Mindy Project, Enlisted, Trophy Wife

    Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

    Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory”
    Ricky Gervais, “Derek”
    Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”
    Don Cheadle, “House of Lies”
    Louis C.K., “Louie”
    William H. Macy, “Shameless”

    Jim Parsons is the sole nominee from a network comedy. I’m convinced they vote for Don Cheadle just because he’s Don Cheadle because House of Lies gets no love anywhere else. Shameless has previously submitted in drama, so the move to Comedy clearly paid off for Macy. Will anyone BEAT Jim Parsons? Every year they say it is Louis CK’s year…and every year he loses. So we shall see.

    Biggest Snub: Golden Globe winner Andy Samberg

    Surprises: Ricky Gervais

    WE WISH: TV Boyfriends Chris Messina and Adam Scott

    Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

    Lena Dunham, “Girls”
    Edie Falco, “Nurse Jackie”
    Julia Louis Dreyfus, “Veep”
    Melissa McCarthy, “Mike & Molly”
    Amy Poehler, “Parks & Recreation”
    Taylor Schilling, “Orange Is the New Black”

    Again, I am pretty sure they vote for Edie Falco JUST because she’s Edie Falco. Same with Melissa McCarthy. The biggest question here is WILL AMY POEHLER FINALLY WIN FOR LESLIE KNOPE? Dreyfus has been unstoppable as the Veep, but Amy’s win at the Golden Globes could finally mean that the tides are turning in her direction. Whether she wins or not, I am sure Amy will have some sort of delightful comedy bit that will steal the show.

    Biggest Snub: Mindy Kaling. Especially considering she got up super early to ANNOUNCE the nominees.

    Surprises: ZILCH. All previous nominees, and newbie Schilling is in the buzziest new comedy of the year.

    WE WISH: Malin Ackerman’s daffy Kate on Trophy Wife.

    Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

    Andre Braugher, “Brookiyn Nine-Nine”
    Adam Driver, “Girls”
    Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”
    Ty Burrell, “Modern Family”
    Fred Armisen, “Portlandia”
    Tony Hale, “Veep”

    Typically, this is the category that has caused me the most rage for the past 5 years, as it has been dominated by the men of Modern Family. Tony Hale was an upset winner last year, and Modern Family’s vulnerability in the comedy race is most evident here, as it only snagged nominations for previous winner Ty Burrell (whose inclusion I will never argue with) and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (who had great material with Cam and Mitchell’s wedding). While the incredible depth of comedy supporting actors is STILL not represented (SERIOUSLY THE MEN OF PARKS AND RECREATION), I AM happy to see new blood here.

    Biggest Snub: I will NEVER understand why they haven’t caught on to the brilliance of Nick Offerman. Sigh.
    Biggest Surprise: I squealed with delight when I saw Andre Braugher on the list. His deadpan police chief on Brooklyn 99 is a delight.

    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

    Mayim Bialik, “The Big Bang Theory”
    Julie Bowen, “Modern Family”
    Allison Janney, “Mom”
    Kate Mulgrew, “Orange Is the New Black”
    Kate McKinnon, “Saturday Night Live”
    Anna Chlumsky, “Veep”

    Sage called it way back when Kate McKinnon was a featured player on Saturday Night Live…not only is she the show’s new MVP, she’s a star. I’m so happy that she gets the nomination in her first full year as a Not Ready For Primetime Player. This field looks wide open…which means of course Julie Bowen will win.

    Biggest Snub: Marcia Gay Harden. She’s an Oscar winner doing a sitcom. Even though no one watched Trophy Wife (YOU PEOPLE ARE THE WORST), that should have guaranteed a nomination, no?
    Biggest Surprise: We love Allison Janney more than anyone, but really? She’s TRAPPED on a middling sitcom. Maybe it’s a pity nomination because they know she is better than that? But she got the nomination for her spectacular work on Masters of Sex…so maybe they just wanted to fill the category and she is a recognizable name.
    WE WISH: Michela Watkins, Trophy Wife


  7. “So awesome it hurts.” – Our Favorite Jason Mraz Deep Cuts

    July 9, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    Jason Mraz Go Your Own

    Posted by Sage

    I know I usually come off as a big, ol’ pushover, but the truth is that unblinking and plain-faced sincerity almost always makes me squirm.

    The exception to that rule is Jason Thomas Mraz.

    I’d follow that little trucker-hatted troubadour anywhere. (My twitter handle is a lyric from “Curbside Prophet.”) His love-everyone crunchiness is so unpracticed that it can even win over people who’ve been vomited on on the subway or navigated the Obamacare website in the first month. He is the human antithesis to Transformers: Age of Extinction. When life hands me bullshit and I’m tempted to give myself over to whining about what I expected or feel I’m owed, I close my eyes, count to ten, and think, “WWJD?” What would Jason do? Now, I imagine it’s easier to accept those twists and turns as a multi-platinum recording artist who’s also Chipotle’s main avocado supplier (and one of Willie Nelson’s smoking buddies), but that doesn’t mean his acceptance example isn’t helpful.

    In honor of Mraz’s July 15th release Yes, I’m looking at my favorite Jason deep cuts. Deep cuts are a sore subject for many Mrazians, since “I’m Yours” belonged to us as a demo and a live favorite before it became a ubiquitous phenomenon. (“Anyone who doesn’t know ‘Who Needs Shelter,’ go to the back of the line,” my friend yelled to the mainstream radio crowd at our first post-”I’m Yours” Mraz show.) But I’ll put my fan privilege aside to acknowledge some lesser heard work from one of my generation’s most prolific songwriters. It’s what Jason would do.

    jason mraz hula hoop


    Jason sang about the “sophomore slump” curse in the first single from his follow-up to Waiting for My Rocket to ComeMr. A-Z. To be perfectly honest, that album is scattered and “Wordplay” didn’t move us like “The Remedy” did. “Plane” is the record’s standout track – more melancholic than what we’d come to expect in the little time Mraz had been in the spotlight but in line with his coffee shop open mic past. And it’s killer live.

    Favorite Lyric:

    “I’m leaving your town again
    And I’m over the ground that you’ve been spinning
    And I’m up in the air said ‘baby, hell yeah’
    Well honey, I can see your house from here”

    “You Fuckin’ Did It”

    From Jason’s darkest song to one of his most joyful, “You Fuckin’ Did It” is a melodic tribute to his friendship with percussionist Toca Rivera. (Fun fact: Toca is the heir to an island in the South Pacific, but gave up his claim to the throne to pursue music in San Diego, of all places.) I heard this song for the first time at one of Jason’s acoustic Carnegie Hall shows; the entire crowd responded to its tongue-twisting lyrics and perfectly Mrazian sentiment.

    Favorite Lyric:

    “You touch me like an iPhone application
    Move me like a smooth jazz music station
    Doin’ what you do in the way that you choose to do them
    Oh my god”

    “I’m Coming Over”

    We almost lost the hidden track when CDs became obsolete. (Thank god “Man From Milwaukee” got in under the wire.) But this sweet little gem is tucked away on Jason’s last studio album, Love Is A Four-Letter Word. So many of Mraz’s songs are about loving life and being your best self that we forget he can write the crap out of a traditional love song. There are few concessions I wouldn’t make to anyone who wrote me this song, is my point.

    Favorite Lyric:

    “I’m coming over, just to say ‘good night’
    I hope you notice I was never over you”


    The legend behind “Butterfly” is that Jason realized – to his disappointment – that he’d never released any music that would be played in a strip club. Thus, this song was born. It’s sexy without being cheesy, makes excellent use of the horn section he brought out on the We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. tour, and usually results in some harmless yet devastating hip rolling.

    Favorite Lyric:

    “You know that fortune favors the brave
    Well let me get paid while I make you breakfast
    The rest is up to you, you make the call”

    “No Doubling Back”

    “Anybody here on a date? Anybody here on a date, but you already know you’re gonna break up with that person?” That’s the intro on the most-played live version of this on my iPod and really, there aren’t enough songs with this specific purpose. You’ve got to pay careful attention for the dumpage lyrics, as “No Doubling Back” could easily pass for a cheerful ballad at first listen. Remember when Augustus Waters said, “It’d be a privilege to have my heart broken by you”? That.

    Favorite Lyrics:

    “We have dodged the ropes of rain
    Well the cats and dogs well they love to play
    On the handsome fella with umbrella
    Who once saved you your day”


  8. Crazy Train – Supernatural Recap

    June 29, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    Supernatural Sam face

    Posted by Sarah and Dawn

    It’s been an exciting couple of weeks over in the Supernatural-writin’ wing of Head Over Feels. Sarah got engaged (it being the era of the internet, you can see the moment in its grainy glory here at 02:59:04) and Dawn headed off to Florida! Now that the dust has settled, so to speak, our ladies of Salt and Sass are back at it with Season 1, Episode 10.

    Sarah: Welcome back, my similarly scared SPN sister-fans! I am getting hitched! (at some point! In 2015!) I spend a lot of time doing this:

    Parks I Love You and I Like You

    Aaaanyway. I have yet to watch the second season of American Horror Story because I read that it takes place in an abandoned asylum and that (shocker) scares the crap out of me. On the other hand, I love ghost stories and stories of haunted buildings and hospitals and the like. So color me both terrified and intrigued by this episode.

    Dawn: Forgive the lateness, my demons and angels — I spent the last two weeks dealing with an interstate move, and I swear it almost made me want to live in an abandoned asylum. Because I love me some abandoned asylums. Madness and the supernatural go together like me and Dean Winchester — a great combination that is entirely in my imagination.

    Season 1, Episode 10: Asylum
    Written by: Richard Hatum

    We start our episode with the usual teensy recaplet, this time with descriptive title cards! So now we know for sure how old Sammy is. It’s like watching a movie trailer that isn’t, quite. Also no flames, and so we are kinda bummed. But bonus Baby, which is kinda cool.

    Thanks to our ever-helpful chyron person, we know we’re at Roosevelt Asylum in scenic Rockford, Illinois. It’s abandoned, graffitied, and creepy as fuck, as all derelict asylums should be, and this doesn’t bode well for anyone. We meet Sgt. Exposition and his helpful partner, Clueless Rookie. Sgt. Expos comments that they just can’t keep those gosh darn kids out of said abandoned asylum. When his partner seems confused, he launches into an expository monologue that actually begins with the words, “That’s right, I forget, you’re not from around here.”

    Basil Exposition Meme

    Sgt. Expos tells Clueless Rookie that as local legend has it, spending the night at Roosevelt Asylum will cause you to go insane…driven there, helpfully, by the spirits of its inmates.

    Then they charge into the Asylum, announcing their presence. Because when cops on TV announce their presence, things always go well.

    Sgt. Expos is really taken aback that this latest group of kids has brought bolt cutters with them. We consider that enterprising, really. And also practical, and proof that these particular teens believe in research and preparation.

    Clueless Rookie treks down to the Boiler Room. It’s dark and ominous. Sarah nominates him for our Deadshirt of the night; Dawn thinks it’s too obvious. Meanwhile, Sgt. Expo’s creepy and dangerous situation turns out to be a McGuffin – instead of DANGER, he finds TEENS! Mission accomplished.

    Back in the Boiler Room, though, Deadshirt!Rookie opens a door marked with a BioHazard warning he totes fails to notice. While he’s trying to figure out why his flashlight has gone out, another door opens behind him.

    We cut immediately to teens driving off in a sportscar, overseen by Sgt. Expos. He radios for Deadshirt!Rookie, who appears, RIGHT BEHIND HIM. And is also now extra creepy.

    Here's Johnny The Shining

    So no winner yet on Deadshirt roulette. Both cops get in the car together and prepare to drive off – Sgt Expos is behind the wheel, and Creepy Rookie is creeping pretty intensely in the passenger seat. Also his nose is bleeding inexplicably.

    Suddenly it’s Later That Night, and Creepy Rookie has creeped upstairs to his pretty blond wife.

    Shit, there’s a new candidate for first Deadshirt of the night. Could be, especially because CR (actually named Walt) is reaaaaaaaaaallly methodically taking off his gear and emptying his pockets – gun, watch, etc. – while Blonde Wife apologizes for what is apparently not the first time tonight. He grabs his gun, and from outside the house, we see and hear two gunshots.

    Oh, great, SPN. A murder-suicide.

    Now we’re with the Brothers Winchester, who are bickering inside of their Motel Room-of-the-Week. Sammy wants to call the Feds to report their father missing. Dean is afraid of his wrath if they go that route. Sam doesn’t care…not after KANSAS, where he Should Have Been (and, we the audience know, Actually Was). The brothers continue to bicker while Dean’s we-love-the-mid-2000s flip phone rings and rings. He opens it and ZOOOOM goes the camera to reveal coordinates.

    “I don’t believe it!” Dean says, “It’s a text message. Coordinates.”

    Sam is not on board, as their father can “barely work a toaster.”

    Dean thinks Something is Afoot, though, because the coordinates are for (surprise, surprise) good old Rockford, IL! Not only is Deadshirt!Rookie’s murder-suicide on Dean’s computer, he lets us know that Papa Winchester had previously earmarked Roosevelt Asylum in Scary Demonbits. Well, then. So we have a total of seven unconfirmed sightings and two deaths — well, four, now.

    Sam is annoyed that their dad wants them to work a job. Dean is just thrilled that there’s some sort of communication and is gonna follow those coordinates no matter what, dammit. Just so we are clear, Sam is the Rebel. Dean is the Good Son. Or at least the obedient one. Some are born to their roles. Some achieve them. And others find those roles thrust upon them. These two boys got all three.

    Next thing we know, Baby is parked outside of The Terminal Pub.

    Sarah: I sincerely hope that the locations department FINDS some of these pubs and that it’s not all just clever art dept. signage. Just saying.

    The World's End Drink

    Inside the Terminal Pub, Dean approaches Damian Gunderson (nee Sgt. Expos), who is, understandably, having a beer. He unleashes his alias of the week – Nigel Tufnel with the Chicago Tribune.

    OK, Dean is out on a serious limb if he truly thinks that anyone Sgt. Gunderson’s age will truly never have heard of Christopher Guest’s infamous Spinal Tap character. But apparently, Spinal Tap is not a timeless classic in the SPN universe. It’s okay though, because Sgt. Gunderson is totally capable of calling Dean out for his asshole move even if he does believe his name is “Nigel.” And as soon as he does, there’s Sammy to the rescue, shoving Dean off the barstool and telling him to “show a little respect.”

    So, this case kicks off with Sammy’s dreams coming true then. He gets to call his brother a “serious jerk” in service of a case. He calls it method acting, which Dean doesn’t get (and which makes Sarah wince). But the beer Sam bought Sgt. G pays off – he gets the goods on the Deadshirt and the Asylum.

    It’s daybreak, and the brothers Winchester are breaking into Roosevelt. It looks like the aftermath of a terrible frat party. They land at the South Wing, which is where two kids died in 1972. Dean figures if it were truly something icky, the body count would be higher. Sam helpfully points out that it looks a whole lot like someone usually chains that shit up…though whether to keep something in or some other folks out, it’s hard to say.

    Dean calls Sam “Haley Joel Osment” and it’s kinda the line of the night. Big Brother is trying to come to grips with Sam’s emerging talents, and it’s not going so well.

    Supernatural Cas Understatement

    The South Wing is creepy as fuuuuuuck. The brothers are sort of 50/50 between spirits possessing people and spirits driving people nuts. After bickering about WHAT IT MEANS that their father isn’t with them, they find a door plate that says “Chief of Staff: Sanford Ellicott.”

    Dawn: Dr. Stanford Ellicott just sounds like a creepy old mad scientist from a Hammer Horror movie or a Gothic novel.

    Next thing we know, Sam is paying a visit to a Dr. James Ellicott, a local psychiatrist. Sam is playing a slightly AU version of himself – a “local history buff” – which is how he just HAPPENS to know that this Dr. Ellicott is related to the Dr. Ellicott who worked in the South Wing at Roosevelt. He tries to get Dr. E to talk about an incident in the South Wing, but today’s Dr. Ellicott isn’t biting – he reminds Sam that they’re on his dollar, and there to talk about Sam. Shockingly, Sam plays along, or tries to. He is spectacularly bad at talking about himself, though it’s pretty clear he wishes he were. He tries to drive things back to the South Wing again, and is challenged with a toss-off comment that is also A Clue — If Sam is truly such a history buff, he knows all about the riot, the doctor remarks, before telling Sam he’s avoiding the real subject: Sam. The doctor dangles info about the Roosevelt Riot in front of Sam, promising to tell him all about it if Sam can just tell him one true thing about himself.

    Oprah suspicious

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  9. Crank It Up – SYTYCD Recap

    June 21, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    SYTYCD We Said We'll Dance

    Posted by Sage

    Phase 1 of Season 11 of So You Think You Can Dance closed out in Atlanta this week. The last stop on this audition tour always brings out some serious hip-hop talent and even the mainstream debut of a few new styles. Am I allowed to be disappointed that not one contestant gave us the “peace up, A-Town down”?  That’s the one ATL move I can do. Maybe in another 10 years, crankin’ will have trickled down to an Usher frat party track so we can all get in on it. And until then, let’s leave the hard stuff to Dragon House. Annnnnnnndddd…cue music!

    Cat Deeley Scale of Awesomeness

    Cat Deeley Lauren Froderman

    Queen Cat seemed particularly low-key and relaxed this week. She could host this show under a double dose of Nyquil and still be the most charming. Even her style read “kickin’ it” – dig that embellished sweatshirt. She still shined, of course, especially when she gleefully hoisted up a girl who’d just been given her ticket and bemoaned the fact that dancers are now auditioning who started watching the show in elementary school. (“Which makes me 107.”) Please be with us until that day actually comes, Cat. You’ll still be fabulous.

    This Week’s “Jidges” Score of Awesome: 10/10. Always a 10, this girl.

    Audition of the Night: Ricky Ubeda

    Ricky is the dancer who told Cat he grew up watching the show and it makes sense. He’s molded himself into the ideal contestant. This 18-year-old cutie-face will definitely command the teenybopper vote and in this case, I’m fine with it. Ricky’s impeccably finished extensions and impressive power wowed the judges, and he won me over instantly with his music choice. (Coldplay’s “Us Against the World”) Contemporary choreographers are gonna go nuts for him – think about that inevitable Travis Wall number – and he’s certainly got the strength to be a solid partner. Plus, he loves his mama. Gotta love a boy who loves his mama.

    Top 20 Material:

    Angelina Granitz

    I’m so enamored with everything about Angelina Granitz from her goofy demeanor (“Hello, I’m back.”) to her insane control and poise on the floor. But most of all, I’m enamored with her brother, who featured heavily in her pre-audition package and is fine.

    Cristina Moya Palacios

    No word on whether Nigel finds Cristina to be a “miracle dancer,” but he and the rest of the panel were certainly dazzled by her technique. I’m no expert, but I don’t think she was messing around with the level of difficulty in this routine. From the pirouette that opened up into an arabesque to the sort-of bridge pose with one leg extension, her solo showed that Cristina is in it to win it.

    Mariah Reives

    I feel like we’ve seen more jazz auditions than usual this audition tour and I’m not complaining. Mariah opened the show this week with a refreshing solo that was all sass and cool. She can act the crap out of a number without resorting to pulling silly faces. That slow-mo drop into a split made my thighs hurt. She even worked a little tap step in there. I get the feeling that she’s super versatile – we’ll see next week how she handles callback craziness.

    Eric “Silky” Moore

    Silky is a great dancer and a good man, as I would have gone all Sideshow on Nigel if he rudely cut off my routine right at the start like that. He’s supes presh though, with his purple pants and his “here’s my thing about the ballroom.” He definitely knows how to pick a piece of music and his interpretation of it was so much more than move after move after move. He used the floor, which is an issue with some animators. He got his ticket not just because he’s good at what he does, but because he made an effort in his solo to hint at the other styles he’s “dabbled” in but could really tackle with some instruction.

    Marissa Milele

    “Princess Warrior” Marissa Milele wants none of your delicate, frou-frou, music box contemporary, thank you. The routine she showed up with makes it look “like I’m about to fight somebody,” she told Cat, and no that’s no joke. I’m with guest judge Jenna Dewan Tatum, who was totally into it. And look at that body. I like a lady dancer who looks like she could squeeze the life out of a man with her thighs.

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  10. “Loneliness Is Tragical” – Ranking the Top 12 BSB Music Videos

    June 20, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    Posted By Kim

    Happy Friday, dear readers!  Normally we do a Fan Video post on Fridays, but since we’ve been all Backstreet Boys all the time this week in preparation for seeing them on Sunday, this lovely Friday I am taking a look at the BSB videography.  Earlier this week, I focused on my favorite songs that didn’t get released as singles, but today I turn to the singles and the all important music videos.  Holy CRAP did this make me nostalgic for the days of TRL!!!

    I wanted to do a top 15, but that would literally be half their videos, and Sage put her foot down, and rightfully so.  I always WANT to be definitive, but it’s hard when you love things so much.  So after much back and forth yelling over gChat, we finally settled on allowing me to have Twelve.  The dirty dozen one would say. Enjoy!

    12) “I Still”

    I must admit I chose “I Still” because I am incredibly partial to the song (as you saw in my last post the Never Gone album is my favorite).  It kind of feels like a sequel to the video for “Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely” (which…is not on this list.  Blame Sage and her demand for ruthlessness) with each of the boys wandering sadly through New York City thinking about their lost loves.  Obviously, my favorite set-up is sad Kevin trying to drink away the thoughts of the girl he lost (WHY DO I NEVER SEE THAT AT ANY BAR I GO TO?), followed closely by Nick sitting desolated at a bus stop, because let’s face it, all New Yorkers have done that at LEAST once.

    Also let’s discuss perpetually clean-shaven Brian’s shadow of a goatee here.  Did he grow it in to make him more angsty? Brian, didn’t anyone tell you it was dangerous to walk in traffic?  Not just walk, but COLLAPSE in the middle of the street because you miss your lady so much.  I love it.  And just how much of a cab fare did Howie run up as he sat there with the door open, too paralyzed by grief to GET OUT OF THE CAB?

    11) “Bigger”

    The video for “Bigger” finds Brian (WHO AGAIN IS SITTING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD AND SINGING SO HE CLEARLY HAS A DEATH WISH), Nick, A.J., and Howie gallivanting all around Tokyo.  It at first feels like an odd choice…but knowing how popular BSB is in Japan, in retrospect, it is surprising that it took them so long to film a video there.  Plus, “Bigger” lends itself to group sing-a-longs with the “La La La La”s of the chorus and what better place to do that than the birthplace of karaoke.  I am also a massive fan of all the boys’ little asides into the camera.  Congrats on all your faces, fellas.  Bonus points to Brian’s red scarf and A.J.’s hat.

    Also I don’t know WHY it hasn’t been my life’s ambition to go get a private karaoke room with The Backstreet Boys until JUST NOW.

    10) “Straight Through My Heart”

    This Is Us was released in the heyday of Twilight and True Blood mania, so it is not at all surprising that the video for lead single “Straight Through My Heart” has a vampire theme.  We’ll forgive them for that.  “Straight Through Your Heart” has a great club beat and some sweet dance moves proving that jam on, cause Backstreet’s (still) got it.  They’ve got it going on, oh yeah.

    9) “I’ll Never Break Your Heart”

    “I’ll Never Break Your Heart” came early in the Boys’ career when management really felt it was important to  firmly establish individual personalities, thus putting the boys in their own environments.  Kevin is dark and exotic (yeah he is) (also HAI that bubble bath scene).  A.J. is sleek and modern.  Howie is the soulful musician.  Brian is…Southwestern?  Nick is…anime and apparently friends with Meg Ryan’s flat-iron from Kate and Leopold.  Seriously guys…Nick’s 90′s hair had some ISSUES.

    “I’ll Never Break Your Heart” reminds me of the best kind of Boyz II Men song, from the spoken intro by Kevin to the super rich harmonies to the earnest riffing by lead vocalists Brian and A.J., who will NEVER break our hearts.  You KNOW A.J. really means that cause he takes off his glasses and gives us the puppy eyes.

    8) “Incomplete”

    “Incomplete” continues the Backstreet Boys “Desert Period” as it feels like a sequel to the video for “More Than That”.  Clearly, the girl(s) they were singing to there abandoned them.  Angry sand throwing!  Windstorms!  Fire!  Rain!  The world is literally ending for these guys over this lost love.  Brian continues his music video death wish by trying to drown himself in the Ocean.  Obviously, the video wins for having Kevin on a piano in the middle of the desert.

    7) “The One”

    Yeah, yeah.  I know I complained about “The One” being chosen as a single in my Deep Cuts post.  But the video for “The One” is nothing short of delightful.  It’s a giddy and dizzying scrapbook of the year of Millennium and a love letter to all the fans.  Plus, I am forever a sucker for any sort of behind the scenes stuff.