I’ve been obsessed with a lot of TV shows over the years, but the way I feel about “Sons of Anarchy” puts the rest to shame. Maybe it’s because I watched all six seasons of the show in a month, sometimes as many as 10 episodes a day, so the drama in Charming started to blur with real life and the men of SAMCRO are my boys. I have literally been tap-tap-tapping my feet awaiting the show’s seventh and final season and now, finally, we have a trailer hyping the 90 minute (!!!!!!) premiere on September 9. Basically, Jax Teller has no fucks to give following the tragic happenings in season six, and in season seven, he’s going to war. Cannot. Wait.
Growing up there was one show that I bingewatched before “bingewatching” was even a word: “I Love Lucy.” On Tuesday nights, Nick At Nite ran six episodes back-to-back. I used to record them all on VHS tapes (LOLZ) and watch them other nights of the week. As a result, I have a weirdly specific knowledge base about 1950s Hollywood movie stars, a diehard love of polka dots, and a lifelong envy of redheads. (Even fake redheads.)
I didn’t realize it until I grew older, but Lucy — both the TV character, Lucy Ricardo, and the actress, Lucille Ball — was a strong feminist role model for me as a girl. She may have been constrained by her domineering husband and a society with a specific path in mind for nice, white, middle-class ladies, but Lucy had gumption in spades. She believed in herself and never took “no” for an answer. She was creative and just a little bit naughty. And her best friend Ethel Mertz was by her side for every harebrained scheme.
As for Lucille Ball, she came from nothing and worked hard to succeed in Hollywood on her many talents. She and Desi Arnaz (her real life husband, who played Ricky Ricardo) broke ground depicting an interracial marriage on TV. ”I Love Lucy” was also the first show to depict a pregnant woman on television — even if America was still so censorious about sex that they had to say the word “pregnant” in Spanish. She continued to star in TV shows centered around her talent throughout the rest of her life.
Today is Lucille Ball’s 103rd birthday. She passed away in 1989 at the age off 77, but she lives on — both in dozens of VHS tapes in my parents’ family room and the Internet. In honor of Lucy, who I love, here’s eight life lessons we can all take from “I Love Lucy”:
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Conan O’Brien did an all-”Orange Is The New Black” episode last night, with an intro set to that Regina Spektor song and the band decked out in orange prison jumpsuits. Here’s the opener, in which Laverne Cox — who plays Sophia, Litchfield’s resident hairstylist — helps Conan in the makeup chair. She even gets in a little joke about another man famous for his mane…
There’s a new reality show coming to Bravo this Thursday: “Extreme Guide to Parenting” will be an hour-long show that follows the lives of a variety of families, all living on the “extreme” edge of parenting. Several stereotypical parenting philosophies will be represented, from the helicoptering couple to the overly attached attachment parents, authoritative parents who push their kids to excel at everything, and even a mom who hypnotizes her husband and children. Keep reading »
I still can’t tell whether James Franco’s personality is a joke or not, but when he’s with Stephen Colbert, an especially bubbly side of him seems to come out. On his latest visit to “The Colbert Report,” he tried to get Stephen to break character when asking about his departure to head to “The Late Show.” No dice, but good try I guess, James! (Also, he’s Team Orlando Bloom in the Bieber/Bloom fight, which suddenly makes us much more sympathetic to him.) [NYMag.com]