Last week, I had the pleasure of going behind the scenes of the new Georgia Public Broadcasting talk show “A Seat at the Table.” This is a phenomenal show! I may be slightly biased because my dear friend and sister of the pen Denene Millner is one of the hosts, but it truly is what we have been missing in the media. Strong black female voices telling our stories AND your stories from our perspective. This is not “The View” or “The Real” or anything close. This is DIFFERENT! This is BETTER! Continue reading “GPB Gives Us “A Seat at the Table” and It’s About Time!”
One of the cool things about living in Atlanta is knowing that many major motion pictures and television shows are filmed here. There’s always a chance that you’ll stumble upon places where your favorites are shot. One day I went hunting for a new coffee spot and (hopefully) a new WriteSpace and ended up on an unforgettable adventure!
My love for Broadway musicals began when I was introduced to The Wiz at the tender age of 3 years old. My parents saw the original production (with Stephanie Mills as Dorothy) on stage in New York and brought the soundtrack (on wax) home. They played it constantly. A year or so later, I got to see it on stage myself and was forever changed.
The original Wiz was ahead of it’s time… and sadly the original version did not last long enough on Broadway (etc) to be immortalized and engraved as beloved stage classics like Cats, Les Miserables, or Phantom of the Opera. The vast majority of humans know that they were plays before they were movies. But not The Wiz. Until last Thursday night, common knowledge of The Wiz’s existence began and ended with the movie version starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. For those of us not so common, that notion makes us cringe.
Nobody knows that The Wiz won 7 Tony awards in 1975… including BEST MUSICAL! Nobody knows that it launched the careers of Stephanie Mills, Ted Ross, and Mabel King (look them up if you don’t know who they are!) Nobody knows that Geoffrey Holder was the director, choreographer, and costume designer for the original production AND received Tonys for it! Hows that for “crisp and clean with no caffeine… ah ah ah ah.” But ya’ll wanna give the movie all the glory, right?
Needless to say… I went into this with an extremely biased and skeptical eye. Yes, I was poised and ready to rip this production a new one if they did ANYTHING to further taint the original legacy of this award winning body of work (because frankly… the movie [with the exception of Michael Jackson as the scarecrow] destroyed it enough, in my humble opinion).
But I have to admit… NBC did a pretty good job. They blended what us old school Broadway snobs loved about the original with the aspects that most loved about the movie and sprinkled a little bit of new school swagger on it for the younger generation to appreciate and be entertained. It wasn’t spectacular… again, I am a snob so I don’t think that it would have been for me no matter what. But for it being on television with commercial breaks, etc. it was good.
I will say this… the costumes were amazing! And the unexpected sounds that came out of Uzo Aduba? MY GOD! I mean… where the hell did THAT come from? And when can we get more? She is now THE most versatile actor in the universe after that ridiculously outstanding performance!
So all in all, not a bad gig, NBC. You successfully achieved what I believe you set out to do.
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Let me start off by saying that these moments are (in my personal opinion) the most pivotal, memorable, and of course, emotional of “The Walking Dead” so far. With the sixth season starting tonight, I thought I’d share them with you! (contains spoilers in case you didn’t figure that out)
Unless you’ve been under a rock over the past week and weekend, you’ve heard that the greatest show on television came to an end last night.
After five incredible seasons, Breaking Bad is over.
I can’t even type that without a lump rising in my throat and my eyes welling with tears.
A little much?
Seriously, if you’ve watched the show, you know that I’m not exaggerating.
While I am confident I would have loved this show if I started with the pilot when it originally aired in 2008, I truly believe my love and obsession for it developed because I binge-watched it on Netflix.
I watched all five seasons… 56 episodes… in two weeks prior to the airing of the first episode of the final season.
Yes, I was determined to catch up and watch it sail off into the sunset with everyone else in real-time.
Seeing it that way… all at once… no commercials… no week between episodes to give you time to process… to breathe… and sometimes to grieve… gave me a tremendous appreciation for the art of this show.
And it is a work of art.
An intoxicating masterpiece.
When you watch it in constant succession you get so much more out of the show.
You see things that most have missed… that you probably would have missed had you had a week break between the episodes or the better part of a year between each season.
Bingeing opens your eyes to the styling… the set… the camera angles… the actors’ position… the wardrobe… all of the creative nuances and the intricate details that go beyond the innovative concept… the brilliant writing… the superb acting and character evolution… the sheer brilliance of the unrelenting storyline from episode to episode/season to season.
All the things that make this show magnificent… It’s just bananas!
When your jaw is on the floor…
When you realize you might not have been breathing for a few minutes…
When you literally stop and try to figure out if you love or hate Walter White after every single episode…
When you finally blink again and come to, I promise you… you will say “This show is effing awesome!” Out loud… and then you will click “play next episode” no matter what time it is or what is currently on your agenda.
You will want to get it in even if you only watch the first five minutes.
It is THAT good.
Every single Emmy this show has won over the years was well deserved… it even deserved the ones it didn’t win.
If you are not into intense, stressful dramas, I say skip this one.
Breaking Bad takes your emotions on one helluva roller coaster ride.
In fact, the friend that turned me on to it told me to wait until I was mentally prepared to watch it before I started… and also not be watching too many other intense shows at the same time because it would be too much.
That assessment was correct.
If I had binged on this in the midst of watching Scandal or The Walking Dead, I’d probably be on Prozac. (also binge-worthy shows, by the way)
I am very sad to see this show go, but all good things (and in this case bad things) must come to an end.
It came in like a lamb and went out like a lion and left us with the most amazing legacy and, hands down, one of the BEST cast of memorable characters in television history… regulars and guest stars.
You will remember Gus.
You will remember Mike.
You will remember Tio Hector Salamanca and his bell.
You will remember Saul.
You will remember Jesse.
And it will be virtually impossible to ever in your life forget Walter White.
It’s over now.
So the only way to see it is to binge.
Knowing there will never be a new episode, you think you can take your time… watch it gradually when you have a spare moment…
But you won’t.
You will feast on each delicious episode like a glutton for punishment one after the other.
Breaking Bad will become a part of you with or without your consent.
Television will never be the same again.