Posts Tagged ‘Amber Riley

15
Oct
09

Glee and Ghosts

Sue Sylvester

One of my favorite Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) quotes from last night’s Glee: ”I don’t trust a man with curly hair. I can’t help picturing small birds laying sulfurous eggs in there and I find it disgusting.” This episode was rife with funny lines, most of them courtesy of Lynch, whose haughty, preposterous character steals every scene she’s in. I’m not a betting woman, but I’d put money on an Emmy nomination (oh hell, Emmy win!).

Then there were the uniformly solid musical numbers, including a scorching rendition of Jill Scott’s “Hate on Me” featuring the fantastic Mercedes (Amber Riley) on vocals and Mike (Harry Shum Jr.)  popping, locking and generally looking amazing. Plus Kurt in a fluffy angora sweater. I’m beginning to love these “kids.”

No graceful way to segue into…

Steve and Tango

Steve and Tango (photo: Syfy)

…Interesting Ghost Hunters ep last night: The team investigated historic Fort Henry in Kingston, Ontario. Military sites are often hotbeds of paranormal activity, which makes sense considering the untimely deaths that often occurred in these places. Lots of spontaneously opening and closing doors at the fort, including one that slammed shut on demand. Plus weird knocking sounds from behind a glass wall in the officers’ quarters and a ghostly figure glimpsed by Grant. All very creepy. There were also some big, fat spiders lurking about to scare the bejesus out of poor arachnophobic Steve, who wonders about his condition, “How did this happen to me?” The comic relief provided by Steve’s many fears and Tango’s reactions is one of the show’s charms.

Speaking of which, there’s a new GH spin-off coming next month. According to Syfy: Ghost Hunters Academy features a group of college students, led by seasoned TAPS investigators Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango, who search for the paranormal in haunted hotspots around the country and around the world.

The commercial almost gave the impression of a competition with shaky participants freaking out, but the official description doesn’t really sound like “American’s Next Top Ghost Hunter,” which is too bad. That would be very amusing.

17
Sep
09

Supersmeyes Me

Just for the heck of it, I re-visited my very first guilty-pleasure reality show last night: that’s right, America’s Next Top Model, now in its 13th “cycle.”  Which means that I have officially been watching

She's smeye-ing, isn't she?

this sort of stuff since 2003, when despite being on vacation in the California desert, I had to catch the latest episode of ANTM, this addictive new reality show.  A bad portent of things to come, I now realize. Anyway, the show was sort of fun and refreshing back then, and much less slick.  Tyra seemed pretty normal, even. Cut to last night’s episode where she whips off a trenchcoat and transforms into a superhero named, I believe, “Supersmeyes” “Supersmize.”Her superpower: smiling with her eyes.  I’m embarrassed just thinking about it. She then uses this skill to slay a rude photographer in one of the silliest segments I’ve ever seen on ANTM, and that’s saying something. To be sure, Tyra has demonstrated smeyes-ing smizing — a skill she’s obviously very proud of — in previous cycles,  but it culminated last night in a high-speed challenge during which the contestants had to emote crazily with their eyes. Incroyable.

Anyway, this season’s girls are all petite models (under 5’8″), but everything else is pretty much the same. Maybe a little more frenetic and wacky.

Acafellas

Acafellas

Glee continues to feature great song-and-dance numbers AND be laugh-out-loud funny. My favorite line last night came when chubby Mercedes (Amber Riley) asks her crush, the obviously gay Kurt (Chris Colfer), if he’s ever kissed somebody, and he replies, “Yes, if you mean by ‘somebody’ the tender crook of my elbow.” Riley, who has a lovely voice (she was apparently voted off American Idol some years ago), later vents her frustrations with the fierce song “I Bust the Windows,” a definite highlight. Will’s scrappy boy band, the Acafellas, were pretty great, too, especially in their original incarnation. Not enough Jane Lynch in the episode, but that’s OK. A little goes a long way.