E: Nerd and pop culture worlds collide – Neil Patrick Harris is going to be a guest judge on American Idol.
I don’t know, maybe liking NPH doesn’t make me a nerd, even though what I really like him for are Doctor Horrible and his stint as the Shoe Fairy on Sesame Street. Both of which involve singing, as did his hilarious turn as host of the Tonys. So to this news I say, Huzzah! (I am still rooting for them to have Paula back on the show, though.)
C: I don’t watch Idol, but I’d give anything to see a crossover with How I Met Your Mother that involved Barney singing.
M: So, generally I don’t really care who the guest judges on Idol are. They don’t tend to add much, and I don’t watch the show for the judges (and contrary to his belief, NO ONE watches it for Seacrest). However, NPH will definitely suit up for it, and bring the awesome.
E: Speaking of Neil Patrick Harris, have you heard about Accomplice, a bit of interactive theater he’s helped produce? It’s part mystery, part history tour, part bar hopping, and apparently all awesome.
C: In other words, it’s the “Theater of Life” gag in The Man Who Knew Too Little, done for real instead of as the premise for a hilarious spy spoof. Presumably NPH’s version doesn’t involve actual gangsters.
E: My aforementioned friend A has done Accomplice and had a fantastic time. If they don’t launch the promised version near us, we’re going to have to make a pilgrimage to NYC next summer and try it out.
Speaking of friends, our family friend Sam Moscoso sang at the Memorial Service for the late Senator Kennedy last Friday. Sam sang the first verse of “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling,” in case you’ve already seen it. He’s a stupendous talent, whom we’ve known since, gosh, M, he was in junior high? Or earlier? (C: He and I were campers together in junior high, so you wouldn’t have met him until later, E. M: yep, I first met him through knowing his older sister when she was still in her early high school years, and he totally upstaged the Irish Tenors. woo!) Anyway, it was nice to see a friend during such a sad event. And here’s a photo from the funeral that made me smile – it’s so familiar and odd at the same time. (M: I think he’s sitting alone because everyone else is trying to avoid the bolts of lightening that accompany Jack into any house of God.)
And speaking of sad events, the quibbling siblings are very upset to learn that Chuck isn’t supposed to be returning until March. MARCH?!!! Are they kidding? Quibbling siblings don’t like waiting 9 months for new episodes.
C: It was bad enough when Battlestar Galactica made us, but they at least had the excuse of being on cable. This seriously feels like sabotage; is NBC is trying to kill off Chuck? It must be awful for them, having a show that’s so beloved…
M: I have two takes on this, and neither are that bad. First, with shows like 24 and Lost, and to some extent BSG (though that’s a different story, any show that takes a “mid-season” 13 month hiatus is pushing it with their fans) running only in the spring, I’ve gotten used to this.
Second, is that I feel like Chuck being on in the spring, closer to when network execs make their decisions on the next season, is better. Kind of like a more organic version of the ridiculous crap pulled by films trying to angle for Oscars by “releasing” in two theaters on December 31st, then coming out in theaters for real right about when everyone is set to vote, and thus being fresh in voters minds. The movies that came out the previous March usually get forgotten. Well, in Chuck’s case, at the very least it will be fresh in the viewers minds, so they can pull off another campaign like this year’s to get the show saved if need be (which hopefully it won’t).
C: Here’s a completely unrelated link that brought me joy. We haven’t commented much on the Twilight phenomenon, because none of the siblings are fans. Know who else isn’t a fan? Glamorous actress and icon of awesome Lauren Bacall. She revealed in an interview that her granddaughter sat her down to watch “the greatest vampire film ever.” Says Bacall: “After the ‘film’ was over I wanted to smack her across the head with my shoe.” One more reason to love Ms. Bacall!
E: Hee hee! That’s fantastic. Love Lauren Bacall. Final bit – Final Destination 47 (or whatever) wins the weekend’s box office. Horror movies are another thing the siblings do not love. Let’s hope for better next week.