“So you’re telling me after 21 years at this label, if I don’t open for your little ingénue, who wouldn’t even make it as one of my back-up singers, that you’re not going to support me? Well…you can kiss my decision as I’m walking out the door.”
Earlier this week, thanks to Hulu, I watched the pilot for Nashville, which premieres tonight at 10/9C on ABC.
As a woman, a native Nashvillian and a rabid Connie Britton fan (TEXAS FOREVER), I AM the core demographic that Nashville was written for. I was sold on the show from the moment I read the summary after it was announced in the spring. My hopes for the show were boosted even higher when most TV critics named it among the best new shows of the fall. I was desperate for the pilot to live up to expectations.
I’ve already season passed it on the DVR. I already have a ship (shippers gotta ship, y’all!) that is sure to be deliciously angsty, as one of them is married. And before you judge me, there is a scene between these two characters where the chemistry is SO ridiculous, you’d have to be dead not to ship it. I’m not going to go into anymore detail than that. When you watch it, you’ll know what I was talking about. The cast, lead by Britton and Hayden (Save the Cheerleader) Panettiere, is universally strong, and the characters, while there are some soap opera archetypes (the power-hungry daddy, the struggling waitress with a dream), are strongly defined. And the music is great, especially the Civil Wars-esque ballad that closes the show. All in all, the pilot is a must see, and I hope that the series continues to build from here.
After I watched Nashville, I got to thinking about pilot episodes. They are definitely a tricky thing, which is why I am so impressed when one is excellent. Pilots have to introduce all their characters, set up the storyline so that the audience CARES about the characters (so they are often overstuffed with exposition), and at the same time show the Network Suits what the show is capable of and how it could bring them all the money and acclaim that they desire. It’s a tall order.
One of the many reasons I love my co-blogstress is that she knows exactly how to cheer me up on an awful day. When nothing is going right, and I feel unappreciated and powerless, GChat flashes words of encouragement: “You are Jenna Rink. Big-time magazine editor!”
Okay, so maybe pep talks from 13 Going on 30 and the like don’t directly apply to my life, but they nevertheless motivate me to keep going and power through the bullshit. When in doubt, I make a quick trip to YouTube for a 30 second boost from one of heroes. It’s therapy for people who can’t afford therapy.
I want to share my favorite pop culture pep talks with you, Heads Over Feels’ers. Bookmark this post in case of emergency. The next time your spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend/boss/friends/
parents/personal trainer/ATM balance display/DVR backup brings you downs, let one of these inspirational pieces remind of your innate awesomeness.
Jeff Winger kicks off the list with an epic speech from the pilot of our beloved Community. Even at the lowest point in his life, Jeff finds and is elevated by the extraordinary in every member of this ragtag study group. “You are all better than you think you are, you are just designed not to believe it when you hear it from yourself.” Hear, hear, Jeffrey.
“You must remember this…a kiss is just a kiss.”
Unless you are characters on a television show. Then a kiss can be everything.
One of the biggest reasons we tune into TV shows every week is to see the relationships between the characters. I will admit that I am a shameless shipper. I squeal and/or flail about when my favorite couple finally kisses. And before you scoff at the term “shipper”…if you ever wanted two characters to get together, guess what? You shipped them. And if you never wanted two characters to get together…why are you even watching TV?
Earlier this week our friend Angel said we should do a post about our favorite TV kisses. Since I love lists, as they will without a doubt stir up a discussion…here are my Top 5 TV kisses. Look out for Sage’s Top 5 later today.
5) Derek and Meredith, “Losing My Religion”, Grey’s Anatomy
Season Two was torture for fans of Meredith and McDreamy. Derek chose to stay in his marriage to Addison, even though he was clearly still in love with Meredith. So we had a season full of longing glances, stolen moments full of sexual tension and epic fights culminating in this moment at the Prom (yes, I know it is ridiculous, but the concept worked, so just go with it).
Meredith: Stop looking at me!
Derek: I’m not looking at you.
Meredith: You are looking at me! And you watch me and Finn has plans. I like Finn, he’s perfect for me and I’m really trying here to be happy. And I can’t breathe, I can’t BREATHE with you looking at me like that, so just STOP.
Derek: Do you think I want to look at you? Don’t you think I’d rather be looking at my wife? She doesn’t drive me crazy, she doesn’t make it impossible for me to feel normal, she doesn’t make me sick to my stomach thinking about my veterinarian touching her with his hands. Man, I would give ANYTHING not to be looking at you right now.
And then he kissed her and they had some really really hot sex right there in the exam room. It was so hot I didn’t even care that the sex was all illicit and adulterous. Sorry, Addison.