Archive for March, 2012

Being Safe on Spring Break

Posted: March 30, 2012 by snwolk in Samantha

Hi bloggers!  For this week, I wanted to change the topic in light of it being the beginning of spring break.  I’m sure a bunch of you will be going away on vacation, so I just wanted to say be safe!!!

Some facts (especially if you’re going out of the country and are legal):

-Alcohol is present in 1 out of 3 drownings, so be careful in the pool or ocean!

-Drinking and the sun can be very dehydrating, so make sure to drink a lot of water and liquids! Also, don’t forget to apply sun block regularly

-If and when you go out, always make sure you are with at least one friend at all times!  Being alone can be very dangerous.

-If you are going to a place like Mexico, be very careful about drinking the water.  I would go even so far as to say to try getting drinks without ice, but I also have a sensitive stomach.

-Make sure you know the laws and rules of where you are going.  One of the worst things would be to get in trouble in a foreign country–they have different procedures than we do here in the U.S.

-Additionally, while it may be pricey, I think it would be beneficial to look into an international plan for you cell phone for the amount of time you will be away.  It is always safer when you have a mode of getting in contact with other people.

-You should also fill out a medical information sheet to have on you in case of an emergency.

-And finally, don’t forget your passport!!!

Be smart and be safe!  Have a great break!

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Where are they now?

Posted: March 30, 2012 by Sidney in Sidney

Have you ever wondered what happened to the stars of popular shows and where they are today? I know I do… that’s why this week I chose to see what the Brady Bunch clan is up to today!

The Brady Bunch was an extremely popular TV show that ran from 1969-1979. The show was about the adventures and daily lives of a large family brought together after the marriage of two widowed parents, Mike and Carol Brady. Carol brought three daughters, Marcia, Jan, and Cindy, into the marriage while Mike brought his three sons, Greg, Peter, and Robby. The classic storyline revolved around the family’s sibling rivalries, and other typical issues that come along with growing up. So where is the Brady Bunch today?

Mike Brady – The father of the family was played by Robert Reed passed away in 1992 at the age of 6o. After Robert’s career as Mike Brady came to an end, he appeared in several other TV shows and TV movies. Some of his more recognizable roles were his appearances in Roots, Hawaii Five-O, Charlie’s Angels (TV series), The Love Boat, and his final role in Jake and the Fatman in 1992.

Carol Brady – The mother of The Brady Bunch, played by Florence Henderson, is still alive and well at the ripe age of 78. Florence got her start on Broadway before appearing on The Brady Bunch but stuck with TV after the show ended. Florence appeared on The Love Boat, ABC Afterschool Specials, Ally McBeal, The King of Queens, and just last year, Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated as a the voice of Ruby Stone. Florence has written a novel and even appeared on Season 11 of Dancing with the Stars in September of 2010. Though her dance career did not last long, her appearance proves that she is still as lively as she was in The Brady Bunch.

Marcia Brady: Marcia, the oldest daughter, was played by Maureen McCormick who is now 55 years old. Maureen faced some troubles with drug abuse and addiction after her role on The Brady Bunch came to an end. Her reputation in the business was lost when she showed up to a Steven Spielberg audition high on cocaine. However, Maureen went through several bouts of therapy and turned her life around for the better. She is perhaps the best known of the bunch today, but more so for her personal life than for her appearances on TV or in movies.

Greg Brady: The eldest of all the children, Greg was played by Barry Williams, 57 years old today. Barry did not find much success in television after the conclusion of the Brady Bunch and instead focused on musical theater. Barry performed in Grease, The Sound of Music, and the West Side Story. Along with his stage work, Barry appeared on a few shows as a guest. In 1992, Barry wrote an autobiography that stayed on the New York Times Bestseller list for three months. Today, Barry has three shows in the works, Flea, Bigfoot, and You’ll Never Amount to Anything. The future in the entertainment field looks brighter still for Barry Williams.

Though there are four other Brady children, I found these ‘main’ characters to be the most interesting! If you are interested in what happened to Jan, Cindy, Peter, and Robby, IMDb is a great place to start! I think it is interesting to see that even through the huge changes the TV and entertainment industry has gone through, these actors still appear in the business periodically whether we realize it or not.

This search got me thinking and leads me to wonder where the TV stars of today will be in 20 to 30 or more years; addicted to drugs? still appearing in the business? or living a normal life? Only time will tell but maybe these four people are a good indication of the broad range of futures for actors. What do you think? Who is your favorite/least favorite TV entertainer and where do you think they will be in the future? Just a little food for thought… leave a comment!!! :)

 

Have a Fun and Safe Spring Break Madison!

Sidney

Glee influence

Posted: March 28, 2012 by Kim VDH in Kim
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Hey fellow Gleeks! This week I’m going to talk about one of the many controversies surrounding Glee. If you are like me and have always loved Glee, but haven’t been able to find tons of time to watch it while at school then here is a recap of the episode from someone on Youtube.

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Some people thought by doing this episode the show was promoting teen sex, saying that it was alright and something that normal teens do all the time. More and more TV shows talk about teen sex on TV like Sixteen and Pregnant, Secret Life of an American Teenager, and many more are showing this apparent trend.  Is Glee wrong for doing the same and making it seem as if teen sex isn’t that big of a deal?

    

I feel that teen sex is something that has always been going on, but now people are more open with the type of information they choose to share. I don’t feel that is was necessarily wrong for Glee to show Rachel and Finn, and Kurt and Blaine getting truly intimate for once one the show.  It is something that teens are faced with everyday and should be made aware of instead of pretending like it never happens. For the longest time shows used to only show the “good” stuff about life and none of the hardships of being a teenager, getting divorced, or being homosexual.  People need to realize that it is 2012 and the world is changing weather people want it to or not. Instead of complaining about Glee for doing similar things to all the other shows, people should be making teen pregnancy and self-awareness groups if they want to make a difference, because even if Glee didn’t air this episode, someone else would have aired one just like it.

Are You There, Commercials?

Posted: March 28, 2012 by snwolk in Samantha
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Hey Bloggers! I hope you all had a good weekend!

As none of you probably know about me, I am an avid Chelsea Handler fan.  So, I decided it would be a good idea for me to watch her new show, “Are You There, Chelsea?” in which she actually plays her sister and Laura Prepon, also known as Donna from “That 70s Show”, plays Chelsea.  I decided to go wild and make a change; instead of watching it on Hulu, I watched in on NBC.com.  I truly did enjoy the show—it’s very funny and stays somewhat true to the persona that Chelsea Handler has created for herself, but that wasn’t the best part.  What interested me the most was the fact that there were absolutely no commercial interruptions.  I don’t know if it was just this episode, or a glitch in the system at the time I was watching, but I was very, very pleasantly surprised.

I decided to look into this further (and for my own entertainment) and watch another episode.  The same thing happened.  So, I decided that it was not in fact a glitch or just the pilot episode.  It made me wonder, why when most other network websites show commercials during their streaming episodes did NBC not.  Was it to get people invested in the show? Do they want people watch when it airs?  Was it to get people invested in/become loyal to the network?  Are they trying to get viewers to stay on their website?  Or was it truly a glitch in the system that happened to work in my favor?  Whatever it was, I was very happy.  Why do you all think a network would not use advertisements when showing their content online?  Is there a motive?  Can it be successful?

That’s all for now!  Enjoy your week!

Is TV better than books?

Posted: March 27, 2012 by ahaffner in Andrew

Today, whilst searching the web for something to ramble about for the sake of a blog post, I came across something of genuine interest to me. This article: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/arts/television/john-doyle/mad-men-and-the-triumph-of-television-over-books/article2379660/?utm_medium=Feeds%3A%20RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=Opinions&utm_content=2379660 talks about how the sociological importance of modern television, as well as the psychological depth of character seen in certain shows, has led to supremacy of television over novels. I for one definitely have watched more tv in the last 2 months or so than I have read books; however, I think that there are a few reasons for this, with non of them being that tv is just out and out better than a book. TV is easy. TV is accessible at the flip of a switch. TV is social. I read plenty of newspapers and magazines, but a book requires a real time investment. I am far less likely to compulsively read part of a novel than I am to watch an entire TV episode. Give the article a look if you’re interested, I think it makes some points that are worth thinking about.

Pretty Little Liars reve”A”led!

Posted: March 25, 2012 by Priyanka in Pri

This past week, all you Pretty Little Liars fans were jumping out of your seat to watch the season finale of the show. A jaw-dropping, nail biting episode left viewers stunned. As questions began to be answered, an abundance of new questions began to form. If you don’t watch PLL, heres a quick recap:

Alison Delaurentis, the “perfect” queen bee of Rosewood High rules the school with her four best friends, Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer. However when Ali disappeared at the night of their 7th grade sleepover, the girls are left confused and devastated. It wasn’t until a year later Alison’s dead body was found, and as horrified as the girls were, they think that all their little secrets are finally safe. Soon after, they begin to receive messages from a mysterious person known as “A”. The threats turn to blackmail as “A” brings out all their dirty secrets. After 2 seasons of utter torture, the girls finally figure out that “A” is Mona, Hanna’s long time best friend. However, it isn’t just Mona, there’s a whole group of people on “Team A”. Viewers begin to ask who is the leader of Team A? Who else is in the group? What do they want from the four girls? How does this all connect?

So fans, what are your thoughts? Any idea what’s going to happen next season, if Team A will ever be revealed?

The next season has fans excited and ready to face new problems, new characters, and new secrets. Bloggers, get ready for the show that everyone can’t stop talking about.

Where is the Substance Today?

Posted: March 23, 2012 by Sidney in Sidney

Alright readers, this week you’re in for a unique treat… I am revealing to you one of my (many) favorite shows of all time. Are you ready?! Well, here it is….

Boy Meets World. How can you honestly tell me you did not love this show growing up (and still today if you’re like me)?! This show had it all; drama, comedy, school, family issues, friend issues, relationship issues, and most importantly, lessons about getting older.  The three best friends, Cory, Shawn and Topanga, go through everything a typical teenager goes through. This is one of the reasons I think this show was so great. The relatable plot lines with little humorous twists taught me countless things about what growing up entailed in an entertaining way. The main characters aren’t older than they appear, they aren’t obsessed with fame and fortune, and they aren’t focused on the latest teen pregnancy or celebrity marriage; they are simply trying to get through high school relatively unscathed while simultaneously dealing with the changes that come along with growing up. The show first aired on Disney Channel in 1993 and ran for seven years and seven seasons and is now available on DVD (I, myself, am guilty of owning one season). The cold hard truth of the matter is there really aren’t TV shows like this anymore. Whatever happened to shows about real life that didn’t over-generalize the typical high school experience by overusing stereotypical jocks, cheerleaders, nerds, and misfits? Sure, those TV shows are interesting too, but they aren’t as relatable or as lesson-oriented as the shows of the 80’s and 90’s were. They simply don’t make them like they used to.

If you’re like me, you haven’t turned on Disney Channel for a few years now so I thought I’d check out what new shows are on in this day and age. Everyone, meet Austin & Ally, two aspiring musicians who become an unlikely duo; one writing the songs and one performing them. The comedy focuses on juggling the unique musicians’ newfound fame, school, and family. The show that premiered in December of 2011 has even been described as a “pint-sized version of Entourage” (which I find interesting). Not that I think that any of you readers will be sincerely interested in watching this show (though I won’t judge you if you are) I thought it was worth mentioning to help emphasize the comparison between shows of the 90’s like Boy Meets World and the shows of today, almost 20 years later.

Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I miss the old shows like Boy Meets World, Full House, the Cosby Show, Fresh Prince, and so many more. I definitely think it is possible that shows had to change to fit the changing times, but is an over-acted, non-relatable show what should be on TV today? I don’t have the answers, but I’d love to hear what you have to say about it! Is it just me, or do you also miss these shows? What was your favorite show growing up?

Leave a comment, I’d love to hear your thoughts! :)

Have a fantastic day!

Sidney