Entertainment Unlimited Presents: The Burlesque Show 2014

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Burlesque is officially the best form of evening entertainment.

Hofstra’s burlesque show on April 25th at Hofstra USA was a blast. This year, the company sent us two boylesque dancers. I knew they existed, but boy was I in for a treat!

Most of the things I had to say about the show are in my audio slideshow below.

The talent for the evening included British host/balloon twister Kenwyn Dapo, Peekaboo Pointe, Topher Bousquet (aka “The Most Bendable Boy of Burlesque”), Poppy Tart, and Chris Harder.

I couldn’t tell which amazed me more: the balloon twisting, the merman contortionist or the “Chicken Licken” routine.

My favorite performance of the evening was Peekaboo Pointe’s Gatsby-esque routine.

Her costume looked like something straight out of Jordan Baker’s closet. Her pearls were simply stunning.

Overall it was a great night. I still can’t believe it was only $3!

Follow the dancers on social media:

Peekaboo Pointe:
Twitter:  twitter.com/Peekaboopointe
Instagram: instagram.com/peekaboopointe

Topher Bousquet:
Twitter: twitter.com/FlexTopher
Instagram: instagram.com/flextopher

Chris Harder:
Twitter: twitter.com/chrisharderxxx
Instagram: instagram.com/chrisharderfilms

Poppy Tart:
Twitter: twitter.com/_PoppyTart_
Instagram:  instagram.com/misspoppytart

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65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards

Emmy Award Trophy

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Last night, television celebrated the best in the business. The Emmys are the most upscale awards show of the year. From the elegant dresses to the sophisticated bow ties, everyone cleans up extremely nicely for the biggest celebration of primetime television. I always enjoy watching the Emmys for its entertainment shock value.

I will begin the recap with the evening’s best dressed:

Best Dressed:

Top to Bottom: Carrie Underwood, Jim Parsons, Stephen Colbert, Alyson Hannigan, Ana Faris

Top to Bottom: Carrie Underwood, Jim Parsons, Stephen Colbert, Alyson Hannigan, Ana Faris

Top to Bottom: Tina Fey, Sofia Vergara, Robin Williams (and wife), Kaley Cuoco, Anna Gunn

Top to Bottom: Tina Fey, Sofia Vergara, Robin Williams (and wife), Kaley Cuoco, Anna Gunn

 

Tina Fey, 30 Rock: I love the rich royal blue color of this dress and the way it hugs her body. Simply gorgeous.

Robin Williams. The Crazy Ones: Robin Williams looked super dapper in a suit and white tie. It’s refreshing to see at least one man with a different colored tie, as this event is usually a black tie affair.

Sophia Vergara, Modern Family: Sophia Vergara was the Emmys “Lady in Red” this year. Rumor has it she wore Kmart underwear beneath this dress. No lo creo!

Kaley Cuoco, The Big Bang Theory: Kaley Cuoco is rocking this rich plum colored dress! The detailing is fabulous.

Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad: This dress is simply incredible. I would pay good money to wear this to a special event. The lace bodice is just gorgeous!

Carrie Underwood: This one shoulder dress looks great on Carrie. The print on the dress is also a nice touch.

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory: I just love the bow tie on Jim Parsons. It adds to his science nerd personality!

Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report: You’ve gotta love this guy. I like the fact that he went with the pocket handkerchief accessory. I didn’t see too many guys with that this year.

Alyson Hannigan, How I Met Your Mother: This purple dress goes perfectly with her red hair. Great choice!

Anna Faris, Mom: I just love the simplicity of this yellow dress. The slit is also very sexy!

The Intro:

The Academy was especially lenient this year with host Neil Patrick Harris. The intro was hilarious.

The show began with Neil Patrick Harris trying to watch all of the primetime shows at once. As he sat in an igloo of television screens, he began to realize that the fictional television characters could see him. Things got critical when the judges from The X Factor and So You Think You Can Dance started to judge him for what he’s doing.

On stage, Harris decided to make a Paula Deen joke, referencing the new series Orange is the New Black. “Because, for Paula Deen,” he began, “orange is the new black. Not soon enough?”

I wonder if Paula Deen was watching…

As if Neil Patrick Harris wasn’t enough, Jimmy Kimmel, Jane Lynch, Jimmy Fallon, and Conan O’Brien also found their way onto the stage.

It got really uncomfortable when Jane Lynch and Neil Patrick Harris started making LGBT jokes.

“I’ll show you how much of a woman I really am. Right now,” Lynch said.

“I don’t think I’d like that very much,” Harris cringed.

“Me neither,” joked Lynch.

Yeah…

Tina Fey and Amy Phoeler sat front row wearing 3D glasses and eating from large bowls of popcorn. When Harris asked what the 3D glasses were for, they said that they wanted to see him up close in case he decided to do a strip tease.

“That would be very degrading,” said Harris.

“No. We’d be very degrateful,” said Phoeler.

Those girls are something else.

And now, for the highlights of the 2013 Emmy Award show.

The Highlights:

1. Nurse Jackie start Merrit Wever’s acceptance speech: “Ok, I gotta go.” (Best acceptance speech ever, according to Neil Patrick Harris)

2. Emily and Zooey Deschanel award presentation: Modern Family‘s “Dad, to gay dad, to old dad.”

3.  Jonathan Winters Tribute by Robin Williams

4. Are John Ham and Alec Baldwin really Neil Patrick Harris’ biological parents?

5. Tony Hale flaunting Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ clutch underneath his arm while on stage.

6. When Neil Patrick Harris said, “Jimmy Kimmel is excited to be presenting this next award with them…I mean her.” (Referring to Sophia Vergara’s boobs)

7. When Jimmy Kimmel said, “Laughter is the best medicine,” and Sophia Vergara countered that by saying, “If you went to the doctor sick and he told you to laugh you could sue him.”

8. How I Met Your Mother “Excessive Hosting Disorder” Skit. Hilarious.

9. Cory Monteith Tribute by Jane Lynch

10. “The Number in the Middle of the Show.” I didn’t know Nathan Fillion and Sarah Silverman could dance!

11. When Diahann Carroll said, “All the men in this room are so beautiful. I’m so happy to be here with all of you!”

12. Jeff Daniel’s Acceptance Speech. He started it off with, “Well crap.”

13. When the microphone kept moving up and down during Jimmy Fallon’s award presentation.

14. The Amazing Choreographers Dance Number. The “Get Lucky” parts were awesome!

15. James Gandolfini Tribute by Edie Falco

Best Performance:

Carrie Underwood’s “Yesterday” Cover

That song is just amazing. Carrie did the song justice.

Winners List:

DRAMA SERIES

Winner: Breaking Bad, AMC

Nominees: Breaking Bad, AMC; Downton Abbey, PBS; Homeland, Showtime; Game of Thrones, HBO; House of Cards, Netflix; Mad Men, AMC

COMEDY SERIES

Winner: Modern Family, ABC

Nominees: The Big Bang Theory, CBS; Girls, HBO, Louie, FX; Modern Family, ABC; 30 Rock, NBC; Veep, HBO

MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Winner: Behind the Candelabra, HBO

Nominees: American Horror Story: Asylum, FX; Behind the Candelabra, HBO; Phil Spector, HBO; Political Animals, USA; The Bible, History; Top of the Lake, Sundance Channel

LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Winner: Claire Danes, Homeland, Showtime

Nominees: Connie Britton, Nashville, ABC; Claire Danes, Homeland, Showtime; Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey, PBS; Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel, A&E; Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men, AMC; Kerry Washington, Scandal, ABC; Robin Wright, House of Cards, Netflix

LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Winner: Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom, HBO

Nominees: Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey, PBS; Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad, AMC; Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom, HBO; Jon Hamm, Mad Men, AMC; Damian Lewis, Homeland, Showtime; Kevin Spacey, House of Cards, Netflix

LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Winner: Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory, CBS

Nominees: Jason Bateman, Arrested Development, Netflix; Louis C.K., Louie, FX; Don Cheadle, House of Lies, Showtime; Matt LeBlanc, Episodes, Showtime; Jim Parsons,Big Bang Theory, CBS; Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock, NBC

LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Winner: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, HBO

Nominees: Lena Dunham, Girls, HBO; Laura Dern, Enlightened, HBO; Tiny Fey, 30 Rock, NBC; Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation, NBC; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, HBO;Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie, Showtime

LEAD ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Winner: Michael Douglas, Behind The Candelabra, HBO

Nominees: Michael Douglas, Behind The Candelabra, HBO; Matt Damon, Behind The Candelabra, HBO; Toby Jones, The Girl, HBO; Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade’s End, HBO; Al Pacino, Phil Spector, HBO

LEAD ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Winner: Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter, Showtime

Nominees: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story, FX; Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter, Showtime; Helen Mirren, Phil Spector, HBO; Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals, USA; Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake, Sundance Channel

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES

Winner: Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire, HBO

Nominees: Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire, HBO; Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad, AMC; Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad, AMC; Jim Carter, Downton Abbey, PBS; Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones, HBO; Mandy Patinkin, Homeland, Showtime

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES

Winner: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad, AMC

Nominees: Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad, AMC; Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey, PBS;Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones, HBO; Christine Baranski, The Good Wife, CBS;Morena Baccarin, Homeland, Showtime; Christina Hendricks, Mad Men, AMC

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES

Winner: Tony Hale, Veep, HBO

Nominees: Adam Driver, Girls, HBO; Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family, ABC; Ed O’Neill, Modern Family, ABC; Ty Burrell, Modern Family, ABC; Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live, NBC; Tony Hale, Veep, HBO

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES

Winner: Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie, Showtime

Nominees: Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory, CBS; Jane Lynch, Glee, Fox; Sofia Vergara, Modern Family, ABC; Julie Bowen, Modern Family, ABC; Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie, Showtime; Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock, NBC; Anna Chlumsky, Veep, HBO

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Winner: Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals, USA

Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Asylum, FX; Charlotte Rampling, Restless, Sundance; Imelda Staunton, The Girl, HBO; Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals, USA; Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias; Lifetime

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Winner: James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum, FX

Nominees: James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum, FX; Zachary Quinto,American Horror Story: Asylum, FX; Scott Bakula, Behind The Candelabra, HBO; John Benjamin Hickey, The Big C: Hereafter, Showtime; Peter Mullan, Top of the Lake, Sundance Channel

REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM

Winner: The Voice, NBC

Nominees: The Amazing Race, CBS; Dancing With the Stars, ABC; Project Runway, Lifetime; So You Think You Can Dance, Fox; Top Chef, Bravo; The Voice, NBC

VARIETY SERIES

Winner: The Colbert Report, Comedy Central

Nominees: The Colbert Report, Comedy Central; The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Comedy Central; Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC; Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, NBC; Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO; Saturday Night Live, NBC

VARIETY SPECIAL

Winner: Louis C.K.: Oh My God, HBO

Nominees: The Kennedy Center Honors, CBS; Louis C.K.: Oh My God, HBO; Mel Brooks Strikes Back! With Mel Brooks And Alan Yentob, HBO; Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update Thursday (Part One), NBC; 12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief

DIRECTING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

Winner: House of Cards, Netflix

Nominees: Boardwalk Empire, HBO; Breaking Bad, AMC; Downton Abbey, PBS;Homeland, Showtime; House of Cards, Netflix

DIRECTING FOR A COMEDY SERIES

Winner: Modern Family, ABC

Nominees: Girls, HBO; Glee, Fox; Louie, FX; Modern Family, ABC; 30 Rock, NBC

DIRECTING FOR A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Winner: Behind the Candelabra, HBO

Behind the Candelabra, HBO; Ring of Fire, Lifetime, Phil Spector, HBO; The Girl, HBO; Top of the Lake; Sundance Channel

WRITING FOR A MINISERIES OR MOVIE

Winner: The Hour, BBC America

Behind the Candelabra, HBO; Parade’s End; HBO, Phil Spector, HBO; The Hour, BBC America; Top of the Lake; Sundance Channel

DIRECTING FOR A VARIETY SERIES

Winner: Saturday Night Live, NBC

Nominees: The Colbert Report, Comedy Central; The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Comedy Central; Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC; Portlandia, IFC; Late Show with David Letterman, HBO; Saturday Night Live, NBC

WRITING FOR A VARIETY SERIES

Winner: The Colbert Report, Comedy Central

Nominees: The Colbert Report, Comedy Central; The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Comedy Central; Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC; Portlandia, IFC; Real Time With Bill Maher, HBO; Saturday Night Live, NBC

WRITING FOR A DRAMA SERIES

Winner: Homeland, Showtime

Nominees: Breaking Bad (“Dead Freight”), AMC; Breaking Bad (“Say My Name”), AMC;Downton Abbey, PBS; Game of Thrones, HBO; Homeland, Showtime

WRITING FOR COMEDY SERIES

Winner: 30 Rock (“Last Lunch”), NBC

Nominees: Episodes, Showtime; Louie, FX; The Office, NBC; 30 Rock (“Hogcock!”), NBC; 30 Rock (“Last Lunch”), NBC

GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES (presented at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys)

Winner: Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory, CBS

Nominees: Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory, CBS; Nathan Lane, Modern Family, ABC; Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie, Showtime; Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live, NBC; Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live, NBC; Will Forte, 30 Rock, NBC

GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES (presented at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys)

Winner: Melissa Leo, Louie, FX

Nominees: Molly Shannon, Enlightened, HBO; Dot-Marie Jones, Glee, Fox; Melissa Leo, Louie, FX; Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live, NBC; Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live, NBC; Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock, NBC

HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM (presented at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys)

Winner: Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Project Runway, Bravo

Nominess: Ryan Seacrest, American Idol, Fox; Betty White, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, NBC;Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars, ABC; Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Project Runway, Bravo; Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance, Fox; Anthony Bourdain, The Taste, ABC

GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES (presented at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys)

Winner: Carrie Preston, The Good Wife, CBS

Nominees: Margo Martindale, The Americans, FX; Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones, HBO;Carrie Preston, The Good Wife, CBS; Linda Cardellini, Mad Men, AMC; Jane Fonda, The Newsroom, HBO; Joan Cusack, Shameless, Showtime

GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES (presented at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys)

Winner: Dan Bucatinsky, Scandal, ABC

Nominees: Nathan Lane, The Good Wife, CBS; Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife, CBS;Rupert Friend, Homeland, Showtime; Robert Morse, Mad Men, AMC; Harry Hamlin, Mad Men, AMC; Dan Bucatinsky, Scandal, ABC

I hope you enjoyed the 65th Annual Emmy Awards show!

Episode Review: ‘The Mindy Project’ Season 2 Premiere (2×1) “All My Problems Solved Forever…”

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I don’t know how I survived for so long without my weekly dose of Dr. Mindy Lahiri.

The season 2 premiere of FOX’s The Mindy Project was full of awkward and hilarious moments. Just the way I like it!

The episode begins with a proposal by none other than our favorite New York City pastor, Casey.

Of course, right before the proposal, Mindy begins to realize there are ants in the tree they’re sitting in.

“Not exactly the segway I was looking for…,” Casey says as he digs for the ring and Mindy picks at the ants.

After he pulls out the ring Mindy gasps, saying, “Are you kidding?! I need to Vine this!”

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Mind you they’re sitting in a tree in the middle of nowhere in Haiti.

That’s Mindy for ya.

This episode’s pleasant surprise was special guest James Franco, or, as they would call him at the practice, Dr. Paul Leotard.

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James Franco as OBGYN Dr. Paul Leotard

Besides taking over Mindy’s position as OBGYN while she was away in Haiti, he also added something else to his job description:

Sex Therapist.

Need I say more?

I shall.

Dr. Castellano and his ex-wife seek sex therapy from Dr. Leotard in this episode.

Let’s just say it ended in a public announcement of Danny Castellano’s porn addiction and a laptop broken in half.

Yeah.

Other episode highlights include:

1. Dr. Jeremy Reed’s weight gain. The British bloke kept stealing the peanut butter bars from Mindy’s care packages. Needless to say, it all went to his stomach.

2. Mindy’s hair. It’s still short. I don’t like it. I’m glad they’re postponing the wedding so that it has time to grow in a bit.

3. When Casey accidentally pees on Mindy’s wedding dress. You’ll just have to see what happens after that yourself.

4. When Casey says to Mindy after she’s already halfway down the aisle, “I don’t want to marry you anymore.” Heart attacks. Heart attacks everywhere.

5. When Dr. Leotard (James Franco) sneaks up on Mindy. How does he tread so lightly? “I’m part Cherokee,” he says. Okay, then.

6. When Mindy decides not to go back to Haiti with Casey, and both Mindy and Dr. Leotard ask each other “Well, where you gonna work?”

I cannot wait to see what shenanigans Mindy will get herself into for next week’s episode!

Hulu Plus users, catch the episode here!

A Sad Au Revoir to ‘Bunheads’

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The wait is over. ABC Family has decided to cancel Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Bunheads.

I cannot believe that after being in limbo for five months they’ve decided to drop the series.

With all the new shows being added to the lineup on the network, there really isn’t a spot for Bunheads. ABC Family has chosen to pick up shows such as The Fosters, Twisted, and the new Ravenswood this fall.

This isn’t the first time ABC Family dropped a show I’d grown attached to. Last year they dropped Jane by Design, a show about a high school girl named Jane who got a job as an assistant to fashion designer Grey Chandler. The only reason she was hired for the position was because she was mistaken for an adult.

I can see how a plot line for a show like that would fizzle out, but Bunheads? No. Bunheads was special.

The show Bunheads is about a Las Vegas showgirl named Michelle Simms (Sutton Foster) who gets swept off her feet by Hubbell Flowers, an admirer who frequents her shows. She marries and moves with him to Paradise, California where he dies in a car accident hours after the reception. Michelle is left with Hubbell’s mother, Madam Fanny and her ballet dance studio. Since Michelle was a former bunhead (ballerina) she ends up helping to teach the classes.

I’m really going to miss Michelle. She had a very sarcastic and witty sense of humor that will turn any bad day upside down.

I’ll also miss the students from Madam Fanny’s class, especially Ginny and Boo.

Also seeing one of my favorite contestants from So You Think You Can Dance, Jeanine Mason as Cozette, was very refreshing. I didn’t even know she could act. It’s great to see that her career is taking off.

However, this is the end. No more quirky ballerinas. No more Michelle’s hot surfer dude boyfriend with a PhD. No more cute Carl and Boo romance. No more ridiculous barista at the town coffee shop.

The saddest part is that the season 1 finale (now the series finale) ended with Ginny crying on Michelle’s shoulder. Now I’m crying with Ginny!

I hope the actors of Bunheads get picked up for other shows. I’ll be looking out for them.

And now for a few of the amazing ballet dance routines from Bunheads:

Episode Review: ‘Awkward.’ 3×3 “A Little Less Conversation” (with Viggle)

During last night’s episode of Awkward., “A Little Less Conversation”, I decided to test out the Viggle app.

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I’ll tell you more about the interactive app later.

This episode was a lot less dramatic than the first two of the season. It begins with Jenna and Matty walking through the halls. Jenna’s voice over gives a brief reminder of the fact that Matty still wants to talk about the pregnancy scare.

Tamara and Ming come to the agreement that Matty’s response “Sure, babe”, to all of Jenna’s requests means it’s over. Naturally, Jenna is now afraid to be alone with him, because she fears that he will break up with her after the talk.

This show really lives up to it’s title. After Tamara, Ming, and Jenna finish having their little girl talk, Becca, the evil Asian chick, walks by. In order to abort her suspicions of any lingering romantic feelings between Fred and Ming, Henry slides onto the bench out of nowhere and squeezes Ming’s boob.

What?! Can you say AWKWARD.?

Becca then proceeds to quiz Ming on Henry’s life, just to make sure they’re legit. Her smarts really come in handy during this scene.

Jenna realizes that the only thing that she can do to distract Matty from wanting to talk is seduce him. Her love arts fail miserably, and she leaves the “sanctuary” in despair.

Meanwhile, Sadie suspected of killing Ricky. The principal and my favorite character, Val, the guidance counselor question Sadie, implying that she must have wanted to get back at him for his manwhore-ish behavior. She reminds them that there are also 300 other girls who would want him dead for the same reason, and therefore she should not be the only suspect.

Jenna and Tamara decide to have a BFGFBFF, a date involving couples who are also best friends, so that Jenna won’t have to be alone with Matty on their date. Apparently Tamara has been dreaming of this date since she was a wee little girl.

As Jenna leaves school, Matty offers her a ride, but she refuses. Instead, she pretends to be walking home with the closest person in range, Cece. As Cece gives her weird looks, Matty “sure babes” Jenna yet again after she tells him she’ll see him later tonight. To that Cece goes, “Dude, you just got sure babed.”

Even strangers know things are going downhill for the couple.

The BFGFBFF date is hilarious. The couples spend almost half of the date in the driveway playing musical chairs with the passenger seat so that Jenna will be forced to sit next to Matty. Correction, “Chinese Backseat Firedrill,” as Matty calls it. “No offense.”

The couples end up playing a game of Charades during the date where Jake and Jenna share a memory in order to accurately guess a movie. This upsets Matty even more.

Tamara then suggests that Jenna go with her to the “bathroom, bathroom, bathroom” to discuss their boy trouble. The clever Tamara gets Jenna to realize that the only reason Matty is upset is because she told Jake about the pregnancy scare before telling her own boyfriend. Simple as that. And how does Tamara know this? “Because I’m a communicater. And a little bit psychic,” she says.

I respect Matty for wanting to be a man and talk it out. Too many people go on with their lives suppressing their anger, which only causes them to take it out on the people they love. I hope that viewers take a hint from Matty, especially those in romantic relationships, because as cheesy as it may seem, communication is key to any successful relationship.

The Matty-Jenna confrontation was definitely sappy, but I won’t spoil it for you. Head over to the Awkward. MTV webpage to watch it when it becomes available if you haven’t already!

During the show I decided to use Viggle. I heard about it during a commercial on Monday evening, so I downloaded the app a few hours before watching Awkward. in order to test it out.

The app allows viewers to check into whatever show they are currently watching by hitting the Viggle logo as soon as the app opens. The app listens to the television as the characters speak in order to determine which show you are watching. Connect the app to Facebook and Twitter to share the check-in with friends and followers.

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I was unable to share my check in on Twitter for some odd reason, but here is what it looks like on Facebook:

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From then on, Viggle allows you to view the Awkward. Facebook, Twitter, IMDb, Wiki, and Amazon Merchandise pages, all via the app. No need to switch to a mobile browser.

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Personally, I don’t find much use for an app such as this one. I’ll be deleting it from my phone shortly, because I don’t have that much memory left for apps.

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It is great for those annoying commercial breaks though. Click on the Twitter feed for the show to see the outrageous tweets from fans and even the cast of the show.

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If Viggle decides to integrate this app when Smart TV becomes more popular, it may definitely take off. I would suggest teaming up the app with Shazam, so that viewers can easily find the soundtrack to each episode.

P.S. Did anyone else see Fred the ninja at the end of the episode?!

WRHU 88.7 FM Hofstra University

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This lovely Monday I spent some time at the radio station WRHU 88.7 at my school, Hofstra University. Autumn and Alex were there hosting Alternative Nation, a segment that plays alternative rock songs from artists such as Sixpence None the Richer, Breaking Benjamin, and my favorite, Neon Trees.

They played some really good stuff while I was there. I sat at the table and jammed out to “It’s My Life” and “Do You Really Love Me?” by No Doubt, and the amazing “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay. They even let me request a song! Watch here.


Clearly I had a good time.

Autumn, a broadcast journalism major at Hofstra who helps out with the show “Alternative Nation” every other Monday from 11am-1pm, let me interview her when the show was over. She’s such a sweetheart. Watch the interview here!


WRHU serves the Long Island, NYC, and Conneticut areas. It is home to the New York Islanders Hockey, and of course, Hofstra Pride sports teams.

The station is known for being the leader in development of multimedia, new media, and diverging media platforms. It is Long Island’s largest radio news station team.

WRHU hosts a variety of shows and segments, including “HMWC” (Hofstra Morning Wake Up Call), “Off the Charts”, “Political Seance”, “Jazz Cafe”, “Polka and Oberek”, “R&B Serenade”, “Dead Zone”, “Women’s Show”, “The Locker Room” and more.

WRHU can be streamed online or via iPhone app. To listen online click for PC or Mac. For the iPhone app click here.

WRHU 88.7 allows students to sign up for a training program in order to help out with the station and/or create their own radio show. A few of my friends have participated in the 10-week training course, and they do not regret having taken it one bit!

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If you’re a musician, you can send your music in and they might play it on the air! Send submissions to:

WRHU Music Director
111 Hofstra University
127 Dempster Hall
Hempstead, NY 11549

The Couples On “Pretty Little Liars”

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If you happen to be a Pretty Little Liars fan, you probably wish the couples on the show were real. The way the men treat their women (and in Emily’s case the women treat her) is something hard to come by in the real world. Nevertheless, fans crave the on screen action from Ezria, Haleb, Spoby, and Emaya.

Whenever there’s tension between the couples on the show, tweets fly from left and right about how sad we’ll all be if [fill in the blank] split. Fans have grown to love the on screen romance and want to see the couples make it through. Let’s take a closer look at each of the PLL couples and what makes them special.

Ezria (Ezra Fitz and Aria Montgomery):

Ezra and Aria’s relationship is by far the most risky of them all. Ezra and Aria met before they knew that he would be teaching at Rosewood High, where the girls attend school. This relationship is filled with the thrills of sneaking around, making it all the more interesting.
Ezra quits his job at Rosewood High due to a student’s treat to expose the relationship to the authorities. He soon lands a job at Hollis as a college professor and is coincidentally reunited with an ex, Jackie, who also threatens to expose the couple. Aria’s parents find out about the two, and her father, Byron, is furious. Byron tries to promote Ezra to a school out of state so that he would be away from his daughter, but fails to convince him that he should leave. When Ezra’s mom finally meets Aria, she tries to bribe her with money to break up with her son. Ezra becomes livid, because a similar incident occurred with his ex in high school. At the time Aria doesn’t know, but Ezra had gotten a girl pregnant as a teen and his mom gave her money to shut up about it and have an abortion.
Wesley, Ezra’s younger brother, drops in during season three with a skeleton from Ezra’s closet—a son he never knew about. Apparently Maggie, the girl he got pregnant, never had the abortion. Ezra learns about his seven year old son from Spencer because of a prank from “A”. He decides to go visit his ex Maggie and her son, leaving Aria to wonder if things will ever be the sane when he returns.

Haleb (Hanna Marin and Caleb Rivers):

Hanna’s boyfriend Caleb is a former foster child. He’s a computer wiz who has come in handy as the girls run into technological obstacles while investigating “A”. Caleb begins living in Hanna’s basement, and one morning her mom almost discovers him. Hanna quickly jumped into the shower with Caleb in order to keep his basement residence a secret.  Calling those 3 minutes an awkward moment would be an understatement.
Caleb loses Hanna’s trust in season one and he leaves Rosewood, causing Hanna to believe that he never really cared for her. Before leaving though, he leaves a note with Hanna’s friend (now frenemy) Mona. Hanna never gets the note.
When Caleb returns he does everything to try to win her back. Hanna finally gives in, and it is now in his best interest to protect her from Mona, who has revealed her involvement with the “A” team.

Spoby (Spencer Hastings and Toby Cavanaugh):

In the beginning, none of us thought that anything would ever happen between creepy Toby and level headed Spencer. Boy were we wrong! Toby has become one of the sexier men of the cast, along with heartthrobs Ezra and Caleb.
The relationship between Toby and Spencer was not always smooth. Spencer once disapproved of Toby’s friendship with Emily, but as she saw him being taunted in the streets for Alison’s murder, she began to sympathize. Toby was proven guilty, and a romance formed between the two.
Sadly, Toby was reavealed as season three’s betrAyer. As part of the “A” team, he works closely with Mona, who is also part of the team. Spencer finds out about his involvement on the night of their anniversary, leaving her devastatingly heartbroken.
Spencer hires a private investigator to follow him around and find out what door the key she found labeled “A” opens. The private investigator gives her the address and she tells him that she hopes to find the things she and Toby always talked about behind the door. If she doesn’t, the investigator recommends that she move on.

Emaya (Emily Fields and Maya Saint Germaine):

The short lived relationship of Emily and Maya was by far one of the most tragic. On top of the fact that Emily was discriminated against for being lesbian, which caused people to treat her differently, Maya was killed in season 2. Maya was Emily’s first girlfriend and first love. She had a tendency to lead straight guys on, and that bothered Lyndon James, a guy that showed interest in Maya. He begins to stalk her, driving her decision to run away to San Francisco with friends. Lyndon follows her and kills her, causing Emily to fall into a deep depression.
Paige comes along and tries to be everything Emily ever saw in Maya. Unfortunately, Lyndon wants revenge from Emily. He wants to make her feel what its like to lose someone you care about. Therefore he tries to kill Paige, but Emily ends up shooting him with his own gun. Caleb gets mixed up in this mess as well, requiring surgery for a bullet wound. Of course, Emily is now traumatized.

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Let’s see how her relationship with Paige turns out.

We love the PLL couples, and hope that they can make it through any obstacle that “A” puts in their way.

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