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  1. Discussing Rose and The Doctor on CrashChords!

    March 27, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    Posted by Kim

    Earlier this week we sat down with our friends at Crash Chords to record a podcast in which we narrowed down our mammoth 49 Hour Rose and the Doctor Playlist into a more manageable hour-long mixtape.  It was not an easy task and Sage and I spent a good deal of time debating what songs we felt MOST signified the OTP that truly launched this site.  We were quite happy with our picks though and we sat down with the boys and discussed the songs themselves, both musically and how they fit into the playlist as a whole.  And then of course we discussed our feelings about how we felt the songs fit within the Doctor Who universe as a whole.

    You can find the episode here.  Enjoy!

    Podcasting Delirium!

    Podcasting Delirium!


  2. “Always the lead, darling.” – Falling All Over Paul McGann at Gallifrey One

    March 13, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    Paul McGann Gally1 Panel

    Posted by Sage

    We GET it, Paul McGann.

    You’re smooth and suave and enormously talented and infuriatingly nonchalant about all of it.

    We’ve been double-teaming our Gallifrey One recaps with Kelly of The TV Mouse, our travel buddy and most direct “pay-it-forward” Whovian creation. She’ll readily agree that we destroyed her life with this fandom in general and David Tennant’s face, specifically. You can read part one of our adventures at the largest and longest running Doctor Who fan convention in the US here. Part two is here. If you read those already, you might have noticed that Kim and Kelly skimmed over all McGann (full name: Sexy Beast Paul McGann) specific happenings. Why? Because Paul deserves his own post. Always the lead, darling.

    Paul McGann Whatever It Is You're Planning

    Also, if he ever finds this, I’m moving to Karn.

    Here at HoF, for better or for worse, we fall hard and we fall fast. It was 6am and I was still bleary-eyed from sleep when the BBC posted a pre-50th Anniversary webisode that finally opened my eyes to everything the Eighth Doctor could be. (For more waxing poetic on “Night of the Doctor” and Paul’s performance in it, check out our picks for the Best Performances of 2013.) So we’d been giddy about being in his presence at Gally since the day he was announced. We weren’t the only ones. A couple hours into day 1, we’d already swapped for handfuls of Eight-specific ribbons, including “The front crashes first, think it through,” and the two-fer of, “This is a ribbon,” and “But probably not the one you expected.” But there were at least two people in LAX Marriott that weekend who hadn’t yet had the experience of watching that 6-minute shove straight into womanhood. One was our friend Gillian. The other was Paul McGann.

    So: Saturday morning, right after we watched “Closing Time” with live director commentary and willed Eleven to really french It’s-Always-Been-You-Craig this time, Paul came out on stage and settled in for his spotlight panel. And when I say he “settled in,” I MEAN IT.

    Paul McGann Gally 1 Lounging

    “Loungin'” – LL Cool J ft. Total and Paul McGann

    I’m not fully convinced that Paul McGann has bones (though he’s free to prove it to me, hey-oooo), because he practically liquified himself onto the Marriott’s blood orange couches at every opportunity. My camera’s got a fly zoom, as you can see, but by the end of each of his panels, he’d sunk below the heads of people in front of us. This poor man’s bald spot was not supposed to be the focus of this photo, FYI.

    To prove my point that Paul is half Irish/half the silver goo from Alex Mack, see this highly sophisticated time lapse photo series.

    Paul McGann Is Sinking Gallifrey One

    Paul McGann is Sinking Part 2 Gallifrey One

    Paul McGann is Sinking Part Three Gallifrey One

    Sidebar: Is that Bald Spot I see again in photo #2? Who did he screw to get an assigned seat?

    Paul is just as chill professionally, since he didn’t even need to see a script before signing on do the webisode. Good thing, because Steven Moffat hadn’t written one yet. Paul told us that Moff was waiting until he got his actor on board before he penned the Eight to War Doctor regeneration story. No time for Moff to waste. He’s a busy man, what with all the character assassination he had to work into Sherlock series 3 and the Who Christmas special this year.

    McGann Moffat kick

    Let’s not mock Moffat too much today, especially because he and RTD were always allies of Big Finish and the audio dramas where Eight embarked on most of his adventures. There’s even a shoutout to his audio companions in NoTD. Cass, very un-companion of that story, was also with us at Gally 1. Emma Campbell-Jones joined the panel halfway through and got to be on the receiving end of Paul’s aggressive informality. In other words, his head was almost in her lap.

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  3. It’s Raining Tens – A Weekend at Gallifrey One

    March 12, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    Waiting to meet our Queen.

    Waiting to meet our Queen.

    Posted by Kelly of The TV Mouse

    FRIDAY. FEBRUARY 14. LOS ANGELES.

    “They always throw it on Valentine’s Day because Doctor Who fans are available.”

    That’s what actor/ writer/ comedian Toby Hadoke said on Friday night to a packed room full of Whovians. Fair play, Toby. But if you’re not going to surround yourself with people who love something enough to fly across the country and talk about it, what exactly is the point of Valentine’s Day?

    And it’s not just the fans who love talking about this show. I’m still not over the fact that Billie Piper, sick with the flu, got on a plane to Los Angeles anyway. Flawless queen. Our first major Gally event was our photo op with her, and as we took our places, she draped her arm around Gillian, who was standing where Billie was looking, and asked the staff about medicine–some beautiful sounding medicine that we don’t have in the States, which led to a conversation about what she needed and an extra long time in Queen Bil’s presence. (Gillian: “That flu is the best thing that ever happened to me.”) Then she apologized for keeping us. Billie, you can keep us forever.

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    To be clear, this is how gorgeous Billie Piper looks with the flu. It would have been my honor to catch a cold from her, but my immune system had to pick this weekend to work perfectly.

    Next up was the Big Finish panel, featuring Eighth Doctor/ professional life ruiner Paul McGann (or “Sexy Beast Paul McGann,” copyright Kim and Sage).  Last fall, the man stole our hearts in just six minutes with his 50th anniversary prequel, but being in a room with him takes it to another level entirely. This was such a world-shaping experience for us that we’ve decided to devote an entire post to him, which Sage will be bringing to you shortly. Just know that he ruins people’s lives.

    The benefit of sitting in on Paul’s interview, aside from quite literally everything, was that it gave us great seats for the next event: the Companions’ Panel. Everyone at Gally who’s ever traveled with the Doctor was up there, from the adorable Deborah Watling—whose Victoria traveled with the Second Doctor, and whose every comment was just overflowing with gratitude for the show and its fans—to Arthur Darvill, who was wearing a t-shirt with a cat on the pocket. Arthur would later comment that he didn’t plan to pack so many cat t-shirts, but I’ve seen him sing “Everybody Wants to Be a Cat” with his girlfriend and I don’t believe him.

    These Two…

    They seated the companions in order of their appearance on the show, meaning Arthur and Billie shared a couch and reacted to everything in tandem, like siblings. Billie Piper’s reaction faces are golden. When Frazer Hines said of Sixth Doctor Colin Baker that they’d “shared a woman,” her eyes grew so wide that I think she was trying to summon David Tennant into the room with her just to share the moment.

    The cast of Classic Who was loose and fabulous all weekend. They sassed each other freely, but they were very serious in their appreciation of the show. Rose Tyler got a lot of love up there, obviously. My favorite comment came from Nicola Bryant, who played Peri in the 80s, who still looks exactly the same, whose Twitter bio is “Who girl—always, all ways,” and who needs to start some sort of charity where in exchange for a donation she comes to your house and tells you stories over a plate of pancakes. Nicola explained that after her requests to go over her character’s backstory were denied, she just wrote up a bio for herself, a whole history of everything that mattered to Peri. Even if no one else ever read it, she wanted to know that her character was someone. She said she felt like all of her homework had been read in Rose.

     It hurts how proud I am.

    We carried all of our Doctor Who emotions to a panel by Graeme Burke and Robert Smith?, authors of Who’s 50—The 50 Doctor Who Stories to Watch Before You Die. Kim already befriended them at L.I. Who last year (check out her write-up), and I can now echo her recommendation. Buy this book if you enjoy the show, if you think you might want to start the show, if you’d like to be better versed in the classic series, if you enjoy crying in public places, and/or if you like arguments. No two people can have the same list, and part of the fun of the book is in reading the authors’ dueling opinions and considering what your own list would look like. Mine would be heavier on Tennant, as would my life.

    Fortunately, the hotel lobby made up for what my life has otherwise lacked, aka people dressed up as the Tenth Doctor. All weekend, there were pinstripe suits and long coats. Friday night, we found Ten in his tux and black converse sneakers. Because it was after 6, and he’s not a farmer. (And also because it was Casino Night.)

    Allon-sy!

    After mingling, we popped in on Toby Hadoke’s show, “My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver,” which turned out to be a celebration of the way TV shows in general, and the Doctor in particular, can bring people together. Then we decided against the casino room, because who wants card games when there are Rent songs to be sung at karaoke opposite Mickey Smith and Captain Jack? Priorities.

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  4. No Whovian Left Behind or How We Made It To Gallifrey One

    March 11, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    "On Wednesdays we wear pink."

    “On Wednesdays we wear pink.”

    Posted by Kim

    If there is ONE thing I hate about living in New York City, it’s dealing with travel in the winter months.  Last year I BARELY beat Winter Storm Nemo out of New York to attend the inaugural CommuniCon in Los Angeles.  So needless to say, as our trip to Gallifrey One approached this year, I watched the weather forecast like a HAWK.

    First…a little background.  Gallifrey One is the biggest and longest running Doctor Who convention in existence and it’s held every year over President’s Day weekend in Los Angeles.  Tickets always go on sale for the following convention right after the current one ends (tickets for Gally 2015 go on sale March 21!) with the hotel block opening up a few weeks later.  So we (we being Sage, our friends Michelle and Gillian, and myself) had our trip to Gally booked for almost a year.  The last things bought were the actual plane tickets and we booked 7 AM flights out of JFK on the day before the convention actually started (even though the Thursday night “LobbyCon” is the unofficial kick-off and this year Gally scheduled actual events for Thursday evening).  As we were booking the flights, buoyed by my CommuniCon close call the previous year, I stressed to Sage that we needed to be on the first flight out that day.  Just in cases.  #foreshadowing

    As Gally drew nearer and nearer, we got more and more excited.  Sexy Beast Paul McGann (copyright pending) would be there.  Arthur Darvill would be there.  QUEEN BILLIE PIPER HERSELF WOULD BE THERE (they announced that on my birthday, which I chose to believe it was a present from the fandom gods).  Our excitement could not be contained as we planned which t-shirts we would take, what our cosplays would be, and what our badge ribbons would look like.

    A few weeks before we were to leave for Los Angeles, we hit an unexpected bump in our plans.  Michelle fell ill and was unable to travel, which left us with an open spot in our hotel room and a Gally Badge up for grabs.  Moments after I posted on social networks that we were looking for a friend to take Michelle’s place, our dear friend Kelly of The TV Mouse wrote me a capslocked facebook message saying “TELL ME ABOUT THIS GALLY BADGE”.  I told her and she did what any good fangirl would do: she immediately booked a ticket to Los Angeles.  Luckily online ticket transfers were still open, so we transferred all of Michelle’s info to her and we were set to take Gally by storm, Head Over TV Mouse style.

    Until.

    Given the fact that I am Monica Geller, once we were a week out from flying, I began studying the weather forecast daily.  And there it was: Winter Storm Pax and it was due to hit New York City on Thursday.

    As it became more and more clear that it definitely WOULD start snowing the day we were scheduled to leave, we did our best not to panic.  “We have a 7 AM flight,” I kept saying.  “We’ll make it out before it gets really bad!”.  By Tuesday the forecast looked DIRE.  I called Virgin America and tried to rebook us on a flight Wednesday (despite the fact we didn’t have anywhere to stay that night) and was told there were no seats available.  So the die was cast.  All our hopes laid on that 7 AM flight Thursday morning.

    Wednesday morning at 6 AM I was awoken by my phone buzzing over and over again.  I blearily looked at my phone to discover frantic text messages from Sage: VIRGIN CANCELLED OUR FLIGHT OVERNIGHT (at 3 AM to be specific) VIA EMAIL.  Sage was met with the same response that I had faced the day before…the earliest Virgin could rebook us was Saturday…which was no help considering the con ended Sunday.  And they couldn’t put us on standby as their standby policy was only for “day of” your flight.  “BUT YOU CANCELED ALL THE FLIGHTS THURSDAY” was her response.  She then conferenced in me and Kelly and we worked out a game plan.  We decided to show up at JFK as soon as we possibly could and demand to be put on standby.  There was no way they could say no to our faces, right?

    I should point out that none of us were packed.  I had planned on taking Wednesday to clean my apartment for my friend that was dog-sitting, so my apartment was in shambles.  None of that mattered anymore.  I called my boss saying I wouldn’t be in that day.  I made sure Renee could come a day early to dog sit.  I threw everything in my suitcase, managing to forget my toothbrush but remember my sonic screwdriver, and was in a cab to JFK by 8:15.  I beat the girls there and begged and begged the ticket agent to put me on standby.  She put me on standby for a flight to Vegas that would connect to L.A., which I tearfully (with blessings from the girls) accepted, despite my desperate wish not to get on a plane without Sage and Kelly (NO WHOVIAN LEFT BEHIND).  The ticket agent escorted me to the front of the security line, told me the fastest way to get to the gate, and wished me luck.

    As fate would have it, I did not get on that flight.  I was automatically put at the top of the list for the 1 PM flight to L.A. and by that time, Sage and Kelly had sweet talked their way into being put on standby as well, much to the gate agent’s chagrin.  “Who keeps putting people on standby?  You’re NOT going to get on a plane.  They are all full,” she declared.  “When is the last flight to the West Coast?” I asked.  “Eight PM.”

    And then I looked at her with a steely determination.  “We’ll be here waiting all day then.”

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  5. Three Doctors, A Consulting Detective, A Demi-God and The Entire Wizarding World: A UK Adventure, Fandom-Style

    February 6, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    Ron Swanson London Landmarks

    - Posted by Sage

    A true American like Ron Swanson may not understand the constant pull we fetish-izers of British culture feel to return to the Motherland. But anytime I’m not in London, I’m usually wishing that I were, scone in one hand, umbrella in the other. This January, thanks to the fine people who price the flights at USAirways, I was able to make a UK pilgrimage for what I usually drop in a couple of Etsy sprees. And you know I had to do it up fandom-style.

    Doctor Who British Flag

    *Anglophilia intensifies*

    As you know, the British Isles are home to many fictional characters we adore. Not only that, but – until we can seduce them over to Broadway – several of the actors who play said fictional characters can usually be found treading the boards in London. So, to sum the goals of my trip up in just a few words: 1) pay appropriate homage to British fandoms 2) watch the men I know as super villains and cheeky aliens stretch out their ample theater muscles and 3) eat all the pub food I can find. All of it.

    Sherlock Adventuring

    Here’s what I found when I crossed the pond, plus a few tips for getting the most out of your UK vacation.

    American Psycho at the Almeida Theatre

    Blasting straight through my jet lag, I spent my first night in London at the 325-seat Almeida Theatre in Islington. I’d known of the musical adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel for quite a while – since its successful Kickstarter campaign, really – and had it on my “probably” theater list for months. That is, until the morning that the Almeida announced that Matt Smith’s first post-Doctor Who role would be that of Wall Street psychopath Patrick Bateman. I hightailed it to the ticketing site immediately and snagged the last seat for this performance.

    Matt Smith James Corden Doctor Who Tea

    Watching THIS guy slice and dice hookers? How could I resist?

    Adaptations are just that – with heaps of artistic choices dictated by their medium. So, while not expecting American Psycho: The Musical to look exactly like American Psycho: The Novel or American Psycho: The Christian Bale Movie, I did have high expectations. The book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa pins down the particular humor of the existentially bleak source material; and Duncan Sheik’s original score, with the exception of one or two extraneous numbers, successfully leverages synthy ’80s pop to drive home the glossy and gothic materialism of Patrick’s world. Actual hits from that decade were inserted sparingly and to great effect, especially when Bateman commutes to work with “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” blaring through his Walkman.

    And what of Matt? Respectable American accent, serviceable singing voice, imposing stage presence, and really quite exquisite abs. You may have heard that he makes his entrance in a “tanning bed” wearing nothing but tighty whities. I’m glad I was able to mentally and emotionally prepare myself to watch that in the middle of a room full of strangers. Add some cool graphic direction by Rupert Goold and a supporting cast full of cute boys (special shout out to Jonathan Bailey of Broadchurch who played Tim Price like the young version of McConaughey’s character in The Wolf of Wall Street), American Psycho kept a weary traveler awake and excited about the future of musical theater. Did I mention that Matt Smith was totally in his underwear?

    Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse

    The hottest ticket in London right now is to a 251-seat theater for a little-produced, late-career Shakespeare play. Possibly because, under Artistic Director Josie Rourke, the Donmar has been consistently popping out work that makes a splash at home before an almost guaranteed West End or US transfer. Well, that…and Tom Hiddleston.

    Tom Hiddleston Coriolanus moves

    My brain and body were practically humming after seeing Tom on stage for the first time and in such a tour-de-force. But one thought rose above the general clamor: this is the beginning of his career. This man is 33-years-old. Think about the body of work he has ahead of him. It’s unfathomable.

    I don’t want to be that jerk and say that Hiddleston was just so present in his role. But I’m going to be, because he was. Like I wrote in our “Entertainer of the Year tribute to him, Tom approaches every role with the same amount of careful preparation and gusto. And in this part, he gets to rage, sass, patronize, kiss a boy, kiss a girl, sword fight, take a shower onstage, and break our hearts with wet eyes and a single speech. In the climax of the play, Coriolanus’s mother pleads with him to spare Rome. Until this point in the scene, Coriolanus has been cold and unmovable, even to his best friend and his wife. He faces the audience, his back to his mother. As she talks and without moving a single muscle, he just starts weeping. Full on, snotty-nosed, wet-faced weeping. I could not breathe. GET THEE TO BROADWAY, HIDDLES.

    The rest of the cast give knockout performances too, particularly Deborah Findley as Coriolanus’s steely mother, Hadley Fraser as his sworn enemy, and the one and only Mark Gatiss as – obviously – a dry-witted intellectual. Mark was battling a cold and didn’t come out to sign after the performance. A disappointment, since I really just wanted to shake his hand, thank him for Sherlock series 3, and get a Mycroft bitchy-resting-face picture with him. We were told by the staff that Tom was no longer able to come out to sign post-performance. It makes sense, since the Donmar doesn’t have the space to put up barriers, set up extra staff, or do much really to keep overeager fans from ripping his clothing to shreds. This is why we can’t have nice things, you guys. Behave yourselves.

    So no Me + Hiddles 4Ever picture to show you all, sadly. It’s cool though, since I happened to be sitting just two seats away from my sun and stars, Billie Piper.

    Rose Tyler Excited

    Ommgggggg…..

    Being that I usually refer to Bills as my future wife, you’ll be impressed that I stayed relatively cool. She’s a featured guest at Gallifrey One in Los Angeles next week, so I decided to save the fangirling till then and satisfied myself with acting like a normal person in her presence. I did notice her take a photo and chat to a fan, so rest assured that she wasn’t putting off “leave me alone” vibes. She’s luminous and perfect and wonderful, always. So.

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  6. Breaking Down the Golden Globe Nominations

    December 12, 2013 by HeadOverFeels

    Posted by Kim

    I have a confession to make.  Yeah, yeah The Oscars are considered the “Super Bowl” of Awards shows, but The Golden Globes tend to be my favorite of all the awards shows out there.  Maybe it’s because they celebrate both film and TV, meaning that many more of my favorite people are in the room.  Maybe it’s because they split the movie awards into Comedy and Drama, giving more films and performances the chance to be honored.  Maybe it’s because out of all the awards bodies, the Globes are the ones most likely to think outside the box and honor new shows (they were the first champion of Mad Men after all).  Maybe it’s because that many celebrities + free-flowing champagne = the potential for all sorts of shenanigans.

    Wait.  I KNOW it’s because of the free-flowing champagne induced shenanigans.

    The nominations for the 2014 Golden Globes were announced this morning and I found myself faced with a peculiar feeling.  And that feeling was…happiness and excitement.  Definitely not one I am used to feeling on Nomination Days.  I’m used to feeling RAGE.  Perhaps I am growing less grumpy in my old age or perhaps the fact of the matter is that The Globes got WAY more right this year than they did wrong.  Sure…there were some moments that had me perplexed (NO MAD MEN), but there were more moments that had me squealing with joy (MONICA POTTER Y’ALL!).  Let’s break down the categories, shall we?

    Best Television Series — Drama

    Breaking Bad

    Downton Abbey

    The Good Wife

    House of Cards

    Masters of Sex

    The shocker here is the exclusion of awards darling and winner of this category for the past 2 years Homeland.  I’ve only watched the first nine episodes of the show, so obviously I am behind, but I have really heard NOTHING good about Season Three.  So props to the HFPA for not just sticking to the shows they have honored in the past just cause they are the trendy ones.  Mad Men is out of this category for the third year in a row (Again SO WEIRD because like I said…the HFPA were the first ones to reward this show), so while I am MAD, I am not surprised.  Thrilled to see The Good Wife here because this season has been AMAZING.  But really the favorite in this category HAS to be Breaking Bad for its masterful final season.  Though House of Cards could be a spoiler if the HFPA is feeling tricksy.

    Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series — Drama

    Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
    Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
    Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
    Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
    James Spader, The Blacklist

    This Category is where the HFPA REALLY shook things up, with only ONE returning nominee from last year, in the form of Bryan Cranston, who lost last year to Homeland‘s Damian Lewis.  This makes me quite happy, as it really irks me when the same people get nominated every year because it feels like the nominators don’t even WATCH submission tapes (LOOKING AT YOU SAG AND EMMY).

    I called it the moment that The Blacklist premiered…James Spader would get a Golden Globe nomination for his performance.  So you can imagine I felt quite smug when his name was called this morning.  I just started watching Masters of Sex and while I think Bill Masters is KIND OF the worst, I think Michael Sheen does brilliant work.  The nomination for Liev Schreiber is the only one that strikes me as ODD, but the Globes ALWAYS have at least one WTF nominee.  Who is usually a famous person.  BUT JON HAMM THOUGH.  I guess I am resigned to the fact that his awards days are over.

    Bryan Cranston has to be the favorite here for his brilliance in Breaking Bad, but watch out for Spader.  He has an extensive history with the Globes and they LOVE HIM.  I would not at ALL be surprised if he walked away with the trophy.

    Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series — Drama

    Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
    Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
    Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black
    Kerry Washington, Scandal
    Robin Wright, House of Cards

    With two-time winner for Homeland Claire Danes out-of-the-way (seriously guys, they must have HATED season 3), I really feel like this is ANYBODY’S to win.  Once again, the Globes did a clean sweep of this category, with only Juliana Margulies returning from last year’s crop.  I could hear screams of joy from my friends all over the world when Tatiana Maslany’s name was called.  I PROMISE I will watch at least SOME of Orphan Black before the Globes so I will GET IT.  I am QUITE surprised that Taylor Schilling is the sole nominee from the buzzy Orange Is The New Black, considering that it is a show I really thought the Globes would embrace.  I’m very sad that Lizzy Caplan didn’t get in for Masters of Sex, but this is a TOUGH category.

    My pick to win is Kerry Washington.  If there is any organization that would embrace a show as crazy as Scandal it is this one.  Plus Kerry has movie star cred, which the HFPA loves and oh yeah…she’s fucking brilliant as Olivia Pope.  She’ll need to watch her back for Maslany, but for now, I give this one to the Gladiator.  It’s handled.

    Best Television Series — Comedy Or Musical

    The Big Bang Theory
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine
    Girls
    Modern Family
    Parks and Recreation

    AT LONG LAST PARKS AND RECREATION GETS A NOMINATION FOR SERIES.  YOU GUUUUUUUUUYYYYYYYS.

    If you are a regular reader of this blog, you KNOW how we feel about Parks and Rec.  Will it win?  Probably not.  But it got recognized and we’ll take it.  Yes, I yawn at the inclusion of The Big Bang TheoryModern Family is always a given in this category.  And the HFPA loves Girls, as it won this category last year.  And I imagine it will win again.  But with the exclusion of Glee and nomination for Parks and the SUPER surprise nomination for newbie Brooklyn 99, there will be no table flipping gifs here today.

    Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series — Comedy Or Musical

    Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
    Lena Dunham, Girls
    Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
    Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation

    WE WILL NOT REST UNTIL QUEEN AMY WINS A TROPHY FOR PLAYING LESLIE KNOPE.

    *mic drop*

    (Also, subbing in Edie Falco for Tina Fey and you have the EXACT same line-up as last year.  Lazy.)

    Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series — Comedy Or Musical

    Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
    Don Cheadle, House of Lies
    Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show
    Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
    Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Aside from the surprise nomination for Andy Samberg, this category bores me.  And the nomination for Michael J. Fox is a bit of a joke to me.  Unless the show has MAGICALLY gotten better.  Next please.

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  7. The Top 5 Things We’re Thankful For This Year

    November 28, 2013 by HeadOverFeels

    Posted by Kim

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!  I’m getting ready to head to Brooklyn to cook Thanksgiving Dinner for 10 of  my friends (I TOLD you I was Monica!).  But before I cook all day and then stuff myself silly (but not TOO much, I have a birthday party dress to fit in to in 2 weeks), I thought I would take a moment to reflect on the top 5 Pop Culture things Sage and I are most thankful for this Thanksgiving.  Because without them, this site wouldn’t exist and the world would be a much less flaily place…

    1) Community

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: falling in love with Community changed my life forever.  I’ve attended TWO CommuniCons this year.  I’ve met many many Twitter Communies this year, and they’ve moved beyond just internet friends to ACTUAL friends. I’m so so so grateful for this weird little show about a study group at Greendale Community College and the JOY it has brought into my life, through both the television screen and the relationships I have formed because of it.  Thank you, Dan Harmon for your madness.  Thank you writers for your words.  Thank you to the cast for your performances and your love for the fans and being all around delightful Human Beings.

    And thanks to NBC (I guess) for airing it.  Season 5 starts in a little over a month!!!

    2) Parks and Recreation

    Parks is the ultimate show about optimism and finding the goodness in people.  I swear my heart grows three sizes every time I watch it.  Amy Poehler/Leslie Knope is obviously our life hero.  I could wax poetic on all the characters, but that would make this post WAY too long.  Parks has the best ensemble on television, and that’s coming from a die-hard Community fan.

    NBC has been scaring me with its treatment of Parks this year, which leads me to think, that with the loss of Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe, this COULD be its last season.  I truly hope not.  Television will be a less sunny place without the citizens of Pawnee.

    3) Doctor Who

    I think Sage said it best in her post on “Day of the Doctor” , it is a WONDERFUL time to be a Whovian.  We may be relatively new to the fandom, having loved the show for only a few years, but being the fangirls we are, we love deep and we love hard.  Our mutual feels about the Doctor was one of the driving forces that made us START this blog.  We are so thankful for our Doctor, his companions, and their adventures.  We are thankful to Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat for destroying us with emotions.  We are thankful to Doctor Who as a whole for celebrating the extraordinary in the ordinary. All of time and space…

    This Christmas we will witness our first LIVE regeneration.  While we are excited for Peter Capaldi, we know we will be destroyed by the loss of Matt Smith’s Eleventh (Twelfth?) Doctor.  In the words of Ten…we don’t want him to go.

    4) Sleepy Hollow

    We are thankful for Sleepy Hollow for many reasons.  One, it gave us our Sexiest Man Alive in the form of Tom Mison.  Two, it was an unexpected DELIGHT in a fall season that has been lean in new television hits.  We never expected to love #SassyHollow as much as we do…and now we can’t imagine our lives without it.  It has been amazing getting in with this fandom on the Ground Floor.  It’s been a totally new experience for me, as while I was with a show like Lost from the very start, it was before I fully allowed my inner fangirl to flail about freely.  It has been amazing discovering this show right along with everyone else.  I can’t wait to see how the season ends.

    Though I can imagine the ensuing eight months without my Ichabod and Abbie fix.

    5) Tom Hiddleston

    Because everyday during the press tour for Loki: The Dark World I woke up to a twitter conversation screaming over something ridiculous he had done.

    That’s what we’re thankful for this year!  What about you, dear readers? Let us know in the comments!  And enjoy your Thanksgiving!


  8. “Thank God I Still Love Doctor Who” – Graeme Burk and Robert Smith? at LI Who

    November 16, 2013 by HeadOverFeels

    Posted by Kim

    While I was at Long Island Who (a general post about the weekend is coming, I promise) I also had the pleasure of spending a good amount of time with Graeme Burk and Robert Smith?, authors of Who is The Doctor and the new book Who’s 50 – The 50 Doctor Who Stories to Watch Before You Die. Who is the Doctor is an analysis of the new series, episode by episode, through the end of Series 6 and Who’s 50…well that is self-explanatory, is it not? I think that these two books are must haves for any Whovian’s library, and I am not just saying that because I think the authors are delightful human beings.  The books are smart, they are chock-full of tidbits and history, and they are funny.  They read like the transcript of the impassioned debate over your favorite episodes that you have most definitely had with your friends at your local pub or on Twitter.

    But what is the best about these books is that the overwhelming love that Graeme and Robert have for Doctor Who is evident in every word.  So often these “Unofficial Companion” books can feel dry and “facts only” but that is not the case here.  What’s one of the most engaging things about the books is that Graeme and Robert have very different opinions on how Doctor Who should be made.  As Graeme put it at the con, he tends to look at the episodes more in the context of the big picture of the series, while Robert gets analytical about the details of the episodes.  These differing opinions lead to some great and impassioned debates about the merits of episodes and their place in the Who canon.  I can’t recommend the books enough, so I’ll leave it at that and stop gushing.  For now.

    Graeme and Robert hosted a panel at the Con where they talked about the process of whittling down all the Doctor Who episodes to their top 50 and they also read excerpts and took questions about their choices.  They came up with their list by individually making their own list and then comparing notes (which made me chuckle, as that was the exact way Sage and I came up with our lists for our top episodes of The Office and The X-Files!).  They actually matched on 33 out of 50 (wow!) and then broke up the remaining episodes between them and decided that neither one of them could object to the episodes that the other chose…which I LOVE.  That is how, as they put it, some unconventional episodes wound up in the book.  It wasn’t about picking the BEST or most IMPORTANT episodes (because there are tons of books that do that), it was about picking out the episodes that meant the most to THEM…which is why Who’s 50 stands out among the rest.

    Whoops.  Gushing again.

    To open the panel, Robert read an excerpt from their section of “The Green Death”, a Third Doctor story, and the first episode he ever watched.  To give you a taste of just how good this book is, I’m going to share some of what he read…

    “I’ve seen amazing episodes of this TV show – including falling in love all over again with the New Series – that I continue to adore.  But no experience in my life has ever been or ever will be as profound or worldshaking as watching the thrilling finale of “The Green Death” at five years old and losing my Doctor Who virginity.  I went in as a boy and came out a fan.”

    NO I DID NOT TEAR UP A LITTLE BIT WATCHING HIM READ THAT.  I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT.

    Since the New Series is my area of expertise, I thought I would take a look at the episodes that they chose to include in the book.  Several of them matched up with the list that Sage and I chose for people who wanted to get into Doctor Who, which again made me feel like we were doing things right here at Head Over Feels.

    Ninth Doctor: “Rose” and “Dalek”

    Graeme and Robert DID point out that the episodes they ended up choosing for the new series remained fluid right up until the very end.  They were originally going to spotlight “End of the World” and “The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances” from Eccleston’s run but finally settled on “Rose” and “Dalek”, which I wholeheartedly agree with.  The completist in me says you absolutely can NOT have a top 50 episodes of Doctor Who without including “Rose”, which was the jumping off point for SO MANY fans (including me).  It’s the perfect introduction for those unfamiliar with the Who Universe and had it NOT been good, the series probably would have flatlined.  Having rewatched “Dalek” recently, I also feel this episode is an excellent choice.  So much of Series One was about introducing a new generation of fans to the Doctor Who canon and “Dalek” introduced the storied battle between the Doctor and the Daleks in a wonderful way.  Eccleston really brings his A-Game in this episode, showing all sides of The Doctor, but especially tapping into the darkness that we all could tell was lurking just under the surface.  But what is also important about this episode is that it shows just how much Rose’s compassion and utter humanity is beginning to change the Doctor and heal him.  It’s a truly fantastic episode and I high recommend a rewatch of it if you haven’t visited it recently.

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  9. Women in Doctor Who and Reclaiming “Fangirl” – Deb Stanish at Long Island Who

    November 12, 2013 by HeadOverFeels

    Posted by Kim

    While I was at Long Island Who this weekend, I had the pleasure of getting to spend some time with Deb Stanish.  Deb is the co-editor of the Hugo nominated Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who and has also contributed essays to Whovian publications such as Chicks Dig Time Lords and Outside In.   Deb’s writing tends to focus on the female experience in fandom, from the depiction of women on shows to the experience of being a fangirl.  What follows is the transcript of our interview where we discuss everything from how we fell in love with Doctor Who to our favorite companions to women in Doctor Who in the Davies era versus the Moffat era.  Enjoy!

    (And buy her books, because they are excellent!)

    KR: When did you start watching Doctor Who?

    DS: I started watching in June 2005, right after Eccleston regenerated…because I had no interest, to be perfectly honest.  It wasn’t something I grew up with, it was like the weird kid across the street liked Doctor Who.  It just was weird, you know what I mean?  I would bump into it every once in a while on PBS and my response was just “Yeah…no”.  But then I had friends that I TRUSTED through another fandom who kept saying “No…you HAVE to watch this.”  And finally I thought, these are people who I have had intelligent conversations and discourse with and I trust their opinions.  So someone sent me “Rose” and I thought…it was alright.

    KR: “Rose” was my first episode too.  I’m a completeist, so I started at the beginning.

    DS: Yes!  And so the Doctor was talking to the Nestine Consciousness “I fought in the war, I was there” and I thought “This is interesting…there’s a bit of pathos there”.  So a few days later, I watched the next episode…it was still just okay.  And then the next…

    KR: So what hooked you?

    DS: “Father’s Day”.  My husband was away on a business trip, it was late at night, the kids were all in bed…and I watched “Father’s Day” and I CRIED like an 8-year-old girl who didn’t get a pony for Christmas.  And then my reaction was “Well, I can’t stop now, I HAVE to watch the next episode,” which, as you know, is “The Empty Child”.

    KR: I rewatched that the other day!

    DS: It’s SO Scary!  And then I went to “The Doctor Dances” and it’s 2 o’clock in the morning…and at that point I was all in.  And THEN in “Bad Wolf” when the Doctor is looking at Rose on the screen and he says that he is coming for her…I melted.  At that point, I was thinking “This guy is DEAD sexy”.  It’s not just an interesting character…it was the power and the raw energy.  You couldn’t do anything but fan yourself.  His regeneration RUINED me and I was like “Who the hell is this David Tennant guy?”.  I do think it helped that you had this transitional character in Rose made the difference and she eased the way for all these new fans that had just had their world rocked by the regeneration.

    KR: For me, I started watching when Community went on hiatus in its third season and I needed something new to watch, and because of the Inspector Spacetime connection, I went with Doctor Who.  The first episode I ever watched LIVE was “Asylum of the Daleks”!

    DS: WOW!  You’re REALLY new…wet behind the ears!

    KR: Yeah, I’m a baby Whovian!  But I fell hard and fast, because that’s what I do.  I’m a fangirl.

    DS: We love deep and hard.

    KR: I always joke that I have post traumatic stress from “Doomsday”.  I’ve only watched it once.  I literally threw my remote across the room and sobbed.

    DS: I know!  I hadn’t cried that hard in an episode since “Father’s Day”, it was so brutal.   And especially as a shipper fangirl.  I’ve always been a shipper of SOMETHING at some point.

    KR: It’s one of the most epic love stories in all of television.

    DS: I agree.

    KR: I get very angry when people talk about the Rose/Doctor love story in a negative way.  Or when they roll their eyes at me when I say “But I LOVE Rose and The Doctor.”

    DS: I do too.  I don’t necessarily think it was the HEALTHIEST of relationships towards the end, but it was definitely an intense and emotional relationship.

    KR: I think that’s why a lot of women hooked into the show.

    DS: It was a different emotional beat than classic Who had.  Classic Who  always had those intense relationships, but we watch television differently now.  We’re looking for that…especially women in a post-Buffy world.  That is as important element to the story as all the adventures.  We want to see emotional vulnerability.

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  10. “Embrace Humanity” – CommuniCon Returns

    November 1, 2013 by HeadOverFeels

    Posted by Kim

    There are times when it is really hard being a Community fan.  We’re constantly fighting NBC to get on the schedule…and once we get on the schedule, we’re fighting to get them to PROMOTE the show (ahahahaha) and to get people to WATCH it (ahahahaha).  We’ve lost two of the Greendale Seven this year (and no matter HOW WELL they do it, I’m never going to get over losing Troy Barnes).  And most frustrating of all, the fandom has been subjected to tons of behind the scenes drama, thanks to the immediacy of social media and entertainment websites trying to out-scoop each other for page views.

    Use Twitter for GOOD, people.  That’s all I have to say about that.

    And then there are times when it is absolutely GLORIOUS being a Community fan.  The weekend of October 19, 2013 was one of those times.  A mere 8 months (give or take a few days) after its initial incarnation, CommuniCon made its return, and like its predecessor, proved to be a weekend filled with laughter, love, and all things Community.

    When my friend Gillian (the Queen of CommuniCon) emailed those of us that helped plan the original con over the summer saying that we were going to have a second con in the fall, I thought she was insane.  I also thought there was NO WAY I could go.  I had cashed in all my frequent flier miles for the first CommuniCon and don’t exactly have a disposable income.  So I resigned myself to the fact that while I would still help plan the con, I wouldn’t be able to go.  I responded to every one of Gillian’s emails with various versions of *sobs* *dies* *weeping and gnashing of teeth* and *throws self into traffic*.  And then the peer pressure began as more and more of my friends began booking their tickets to LA.  I still cried poverty.  Everyone that really knew me began saying “Kim, you’ll kill yourself if you DON’T go.”  I knew they were right.  I set a price alert on Kayak.com and promised myself if a good flight came up, I would book it.  And I did.  After all…that’s what credit cards are for, right?

    I was going back to Greendale.  And I couldn’t be happier about it.

    flashmob2

    Early Arriving Communies held a Flashmob at NBC Universal

    And thus a mere 5 days after the end of New York Comic Con (for future reference, I TOTALLY recommend doing conventions two weekends in a row.  Exhausting and exhilarating.), I boarded a plane to Los Angeles.  While I didn’t arrive until Friday, Communies started trickling into the area as early as Tuesday.  While I was en route to LA (I was literally boarding my connection in Salt Lake City), the news came through.  Season Five of Community had an airdate.  Sure, it was back the 8 PM Thursday Death Slot (copyright pending) and sure it was premiering in the midst of College Bowl season, but at that moment, none of those things mattered.  WE HAD AN AIRDATE.  It was a good omen for the weekend.

    My flight didn’t arrive in time to join the flashmob at NBC Universal but it DID arrive in time for the free Happy Hour at our hotel.

    You read that correctly.

    This time around CommuniCon was held at the Embassy Suites in Glendale and let me tell you…if you are ever seeking a venue to hold a convention in, an Embassy Suites is the way to go.  The rooms are quite spacious and can comfortably fit five people.  They offer a FREE full breakfast that features everything from made to order omelettes to pancakes to all the bacon and scrambled eggs you have.  But best of all…they have an evening cocktail reception with snacks and complimentary cocktails.  I am sure it was not INTENDED to be a situation where people sit there for the entire two hours and get TIPSY…but that’s what we did.

    And then tipsily walked to the nearest In and Out Burger.  As you do.

    The Evening Reception

    The other wonderful thing about having the convention at a hotel was the fact that the majority of the attendees stayed there too, which meant lots of time for socializing, which is really the best part of CommuniCon.  After countless hours tweeting with each other, it was a real treat to get to hang out with each other in person.  I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again…I have yet to meet a Community fan who isn’t JUST as delightful in person as they are on Twitter.  We all piled into one hotel room on that Friday night for a raucous game of Cards Against Humanity that lead to a security guard (Officer Cackowski, is that you?) knocking on our door at midnight telling us we needed to keep it down.  Whoops.

    TQs

    CommuniCon staff ready to go!

    The Con kicked off on Saturday with a writers panel where former Community writer Hilary Winston joined veteran writers (and past CommuniCon attendees) Andy Bobrow and Tim Saccardo and new season 5 writers Carol Kolb and Matt Roller.  In the green room before the panel, I took GREAT pleasure in showing off my “pathological” Jeff/Annie button to Andy Bobrow, who caused QUITE the Twitter kerfuffle earlier in the year when he lashed out against some VERY insistant Jeff and Annie shippers.  “Oh man,” he laughed.  “I’m really going to pay for that this weekend, aren’t I?”

    “Any teasing I do, Andy, I do in love,”  I replied.  I’ve got to  give Andy (AND all the Jeff/Annie shippers who sported the buttons) credit…he took the (gentle) teasing very well and all the fans just let their buttons speak for themselves.   As Jenn just said in a wonderful post about Jeff and Annie, we took the term “pathological” back and made it into an inside joke.

    Andy was sporting his own Pathological button by the end of the panel.

    pathological

    Proud to be Pathological

    What I loved about the panel with the writers was the fact that while they DID talk about the work they are doing on season five, I still feel like I have no idea what is going to happen in the upcoming season.  And as a spoiler-phobe, I like it that way.  I feel like we knew WAY too much going into Season Four, and I think that was due to everyone’s desperation to get the fans to watch a post-Harmon Community and to reassure us that it was still going to be the weird and lovable show it was before.  And now with Dan back…I think they feel like there is no need to bait the fans.  They’ll be there.  Besides, leave the spoiling to NBC.  If they decide to promote Community that is.

    The writers praised the work that Breaking Bad‘s Jonathan Banks is doing on the show, but other than saying he was AWESOME (and terrifying) they were tight-lipped about what exactly he was DOING.  Instead of spoilers, we were treated to great stories about goings-on in the writers room, especially in the notorious marathon sessions where writers would be huddled up in a room breaking stories for hours on end.  They also deftly and gracefully avoided (or briefly touched on) questions regarding Dan’s infamous remarks on Season Four and the recent feud (was it a feud? We’ll just call it snarky tweets) between Dan and former writer Megan Ganz (I started rocking back and forth in my seat when someone brought that up in the Q&A).  They were gracious and most of all they were hilarious.  It was really lovely to see the fresh energy that Carol and Matt brought to the panel as new writers and you could tell that they were just loving their jobs.  I’m excited to see what they bring to the table this season.

    Also, Tim Saccardo has the world’s most expressive face and I wish I could just make reaction gifs of him.

    Hilary Winston, Andy Bobrow, Tim Saccardo, Carol Kolb, Matt Roller

    Hilary Winston, Andy Bobrow, Tim Saccardo, Carol Kolb, Matt Roller

    Immediately following the panel was the return of Fans vs. Writers Community trivia.  The fans still won, of course, but it was a much closer contest that at CommuniCon 1.  Clearly, the writers studied up this time.  Or maybe the questions were harder to preserve the writers’ egos and to keep the fans from steamrolling them.

    Maybe it was a bit of both.

    Sadly, there were no shirtless Jeff Winger questions this time.

    The Return of #TeamWives

    The Return of #TeamWives

    After a delicious lunch (seriously…I would consider moving to LA based on the fact that they bring out ranch dressing with french fries WITHOUT YOU HAVING TO ASK FOR IT) across the street, we kicked off the afternoon with the crew member panel, which was a new addition for CommuniCon 2.  Moderated by precious blueberry Andy Bobrow, the panel featured members from Costuming, Casting, Set Design and Construction, and Make-up.  Andy did a terrific job moderating, joking “This is educational for me too, considering I don’t know what half of you do.”

    The crew panel was a fascinating peek behind the scenes as we learned about everything from who takes the longest in make-up (Alison Brie, because they make her look younger.  Also Joel, because he is vain.) to specific wardrobe choices (they have specifically been modifying Annie’s wardrobe through the seasons as she has gotten more mature.  My tweet after they said that? THE WARDROBE DEPARTMENT KNOWS ANNIE IS NEARLY 23 WHY DON’T THE WRITERS? {sorry not sorry}) and the initial panic over the construction of the pillow fort.  One of the set guys was also a big Whovian and talked about attending Gallifrey One, which lead to me excitedly running up to him during the break to talk about all things Gally and what to expect from my first time there.  What amazed me the most about the crew panel was their attention to detail when bringing the world of Greendale to life.  They are so dedicated to their work and it was lovely to celebrate them.

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