Things We Love is a place for the contributors of Really Late Reviews to let you know what we’ve been enjoying in pop culture this month. From wedding-themed romantic comedies to shows starring Sutton Foster to television fan conventions, Things We Love is a way to discover some new gems and re-discover some old favorites.
The TV Land Awards
I love TV awards because I love anything TV-related. In recent years, my enthusiasm has waned because many of the shows and actors I love continued to be overlooked for nominations. In addition, I haven’t kept up with all the shows nominated, so I’m not able to accurately conclude who or what show deserved a win. Given my years of disinterest, I was pleasantly surprised when my old excitement for awards shows returned quite unexpectedly. I learned at the last minute that “Parenthood” was nominated for the TV Land Awards. “Parenthood” currently elicits my most fangirl moments, so naturally, I had to see this awards show. I didn’t expect to enjoy the non-“Parenthood” moments as much as I did. From Terry Crews’ lip-syncing TV songs to the honored show casts’ speeches (including “The Wonder Years,” another favorite of mine), every moment was entertaining and memorable. I loved seeing TV casts reunite, reflect upon their shows, and recognize their fans. The cherry on top was seeing the “Parenthood” cast publicly honored for how much they meant to fans. The show never gets industry recognition but has made a difference to a lot of people – including myself. The TV Land Awards’ focus on honoring select, older shows importance to the TV landscape is a good reminder of why TV is special.
“The X-Files” on Fox
When “The X-Files” revival series was announced I was ecstatic. I was a huge, giant, incredibly obsessed fan during its initial run. It’s the first show that I remember using the internet for and actively searching for stuff while I eagerly waited for next week’s episode. My adoration for the show is also deeply rooted with specific memories of my late brother, and for that I am entirely grateful. My brother, who did not watch the show, would use the school’s computer to print off black and white pictures of Mulder and Sully and attach them to the cork board I had on display in my room. Each week he would add new photos to the cork board, and the picture of the fluke man monster totally creeped my sister out. He bought the Playstation game for me and we beat it together. This is the first time I’ve watched the show since my brother’s death and after 20 years it’s amazing how much of the show holds up, especially the chemistry between the two leads. The mythology arc ultimately comes to a dissatisfying end, but even the bad episodes have their moments. I’m almost watching it through Scully’s eyes now. (FYI: I love Gillian Anderson and I’m convinced she’s going to be my future wife.) The show was about Mulder, sure, but sometime after the loss of her sister the show is as much Scully’s journey as we realize just what she’s giving up to pursue these truths. I love it and I can’t wait for the new episodes. The truth is out there.
EyeCon Return To Tree Hill Convention
At the end of March, I made a trip to Wilmington, North Carolina to attend EyeCon’s Return to Tree Hill Convention. It was a trip I planned and saved up for months, and let me tell you it was worth every penny as I’m a huge “One Tree Hill” fan. EyeCon is like a smaller version of Comic-Con. Comic-Con focuses on a lot of media all in one weekend, whereas EyeCon focuses on one show for the entire weekend. The entire weekend consists of many different panels, autograph and photo ops, parties and concerts, and a banquet dinner with the celebrities. In between breaks there were vendors selling some pretty rad stuff. EyeCon also had location tours the day before and after the convention. I’m glad I made this trip as I got to see some filming locations, met the actors, attended Tyler Hilton and Wakey! Wakey!’s concerts, and had dinner with Lee Norris! It’s a weekend I’ll never forget as a “One Tree Hill” fan. EyeCon is having another Return to Tree Hill convention in August with some of the main actors already confirmed. You can buy your tickets here.
“My Big Fat Greek Wedding”
“My Big Fat Greek Wedding” is hilarious! If you haven’t seen it, I highly suggest you do. It’s about Greek families. The role of Greek women (in the film) is to get married to a Greek man and have babies. If you can’t find a Greek man, you work in the family restaurant. Tula is not having the best of luck. She’s 30, looks like she’s 50, and works in the family restaurant. One day, a man walks into the restaurant and she’s completely stunned. He’s handsome! She decides to go back to school, give herself a makeover, and work for her Aunt. Upon working at her new job, the handsome fellow sees her. She looks younger than ever! The two fall in love, but there’s a problem, he’s American. Will her family accept him? “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” is one my favorite movies that still holds up so many years later.
“Younger” on TV Land
“Younger” stars Sutton Foster as Liza, who after a divorce and a daughter out of the house studying abroad wants to get back into the job market. She finds that after having taken a hiatus from working to raise her family, her expertise and knowledge in the publishing field makes her overqualified for entry-level jobs, but no higher-level jobs will hire her because she hasn’t worked in so long. Her best friend Maggie gives her the idea to pose as someone younger to find a job, and soon enough Liza lands a position an a 26 year-old assistant to a high-powered publishing executive. She befriends Kelsey, a mid-twenties editor at the company, and through Kelsey learns about what reliving her youth really means. There are attractive bartenders, navigating how to create a Twitter account, and plenty of digs at millennials, but “Younger” is ultimately about the friendship between the women on the show. Sutton Foster exudes a playful lightness in all her scenes, and brings her long history of Broadway showmanship to create a dynamic lead character. It is such a delight to see Foster find a new vehicle for her talents (RIP “Bunheads”), and “Younger” is best served with some comfy Saturday pajamas and a large group of female friends.
Do you agree with the things we love for April? What are you all enjoying this month? Let us know in the comments below.