FOX aired its 25th anniversary special last night, celebrating the network’s finest programming in the past quarter century. Before FOX came around, the big three networks (ABC, NBC, CBS) dominated the Neilsen ratings. The upstart network started out slow, airing original shows only a few nights of the week. Eventually, thanks to their vanguard programming they became a major player in television which isn’t an easy feat. Just ask the CW and now-defunct UPN and the WB who all tried to become a major network, but to no avail.
While watching the 2-hour special hosted by Ryan Seacrest, I became nostalgic remembering some of my favorite shows from the past two decades. If FOX wasn’t around, the television landscape would definitely be different today. The network was responsible for revitalizing the nighttime soap, bringing animation back to primetime, creating the popular teen-drama format, reinventing comedies and sketch shows, and ushering the dawn of reality television. Speaking of the latter, the special reminded me of some popular past guilty pleasures including “Paradise Hotel“, “Temptation Island” and “Joe Millionaire“. So trashy, but yet so good.
Given this momentous milestone achieved by Fox, I thought I’d ask Homorazzi.com readers what their favorite FOX shows, past and present are. To get the ball rolling, I thought I’d disclose mine. A few of my beloved shows have to be “Melrose Place“, “Ally McBeal”, “Married With Children”, “Party of Five“, “In Living Color”, “American Idol“, “Arrested Development”, and “Glee“. Realistically, I could go on and on since FOX’s programming typically falls in line with my own personal tastes. Now it’s your turn. If your favorites aren’t in the poll, post them in the comments section below.
A few days ago Fox generously released the full-length clip of Mercedes, Santana, Kurt and Rachel’s amazing a capella version of “How Will I Know“. After hearing that rousing rendition of the Whitney Houston classic, I couldn’t wait to hear what other songs “Glee” had in store for us on Tuesday’s Whitney-centric episode. Thankfully, we don’t have to wait til then to hear all of them. All seven songs were released at hour long intervals yesterday on www.whitneyhouston.com. Praise Jesus.
While all weren’t as outstanding as the brilliant arrangement of “How Will I Know”, there are a few standouts. Personally, I love the gang’s cover of “My Love Is Your Love“. They all sound great on the track and do it justice. Another surprise was Quinn and newbie Sam Larsen’s duet on my favorite Whitney ballad, “Saving All My Love For You“. By far the most disappointing for me was Santana and Brittany singing “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)“. Maybe, it’ll translate better when I see the video performance instead of just hearing the vocals. Listen to all the tracks below and be sure to cast your vote on your favorite.
We heard a glimpse of this performance during the previews for “Glee’s” next episode and today we have it in full. The second I heard the stripped down arrangement of this Whitney Houston classic, I instantly got “goosies“. Sorry J. Lo, but I just stole your ridiculous line. Amber Riley, Lea Michele, Naya Rivera and Chris Colfer deliver a thoroughly moving and chilling a cappella rendition of “How Will I Know”. Before Fox airs the Houston tribute episode, titled “Dance With Somebody“, catch the four New Direction singers do Whitney proud below. If you don’t feel anything, you’re truly dead inside. I kid, but you get what I mean.
Ryan Murphy previously stated the Whitney-centric episode will be less of a tribute and more of a “lesson in goodbyes“. If this clip is an indication of the direction of the episode, I’m keeping a box of Kleenex handy. I already found myself getting a little misty watching this. The clip stars off with the gang hanging out near their lockers. Not much more is revealed on what context this performance has on the episode storyline. I just hopes it leads to a happy ending for Mercedes and Sam.
After watching this week’s “Glee“, I just had to write about “Saturday Night Fever“. How much fun was that episode? I know some people really hate disco, but they can hate all they want. I love it and all the cheesy dance moves. Whether or not you were kicking around in the 70s, you’re probably still aware of several tracks from the iconic movie’s soundtrack. I wasn’t partying during the hey day of the disco ball era, but appreciate the impact the movie and music have had on pop culture. I’ve even been to a few disco-themed parties in my time. If you haven’t been to one, organize one now. They’re a groovy good time.
Before Whitney Houston and her “bodyguard” sang they’ll always love us, “Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track” was the top selling soundtrack of all time with over 15 million copies sold in the US and over 40 million worldwide. The “Queen of the Night” shattered that with 17 million domestic and 44 million worldwide sales. The disco album won Record of the Year at that year’s Grammys and is ranked at #131 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Just like “The Bodyguard“, the “Saturday Night Fever” OST track listing was dominated by one musical act. In this instance, it was the Bee Gees with six tracks. The brother band became the poster boys of the disco movement along with the film’s leading man, John Travolta. Check out all the tracks below, along with my Top 5 favorites.
This week, Gleeks rejoiced as the hit FOX show made its triumphant return to the network after a month-long hiatus. Next Tuesday, the New Directions take on the task of disco and personally I cannot wait. I love disco music and am excited for the show to take a step back in time and do some golden oldies like they used to. Should be a refreshing change from the top 40 hits they’ve been covering so much as of late.
One of next week’s performances has hit the web and once again, Darren Criss gets an A+. This time around, Criss takes on the Bee Gees classic Should Be Dancing. This tracks was one of the songs I performed when dancing on a cruise ship and I absolutely love it’s vibe. Darren Criss is backed by cast members Harry Shum Jr. and Heather Morris aka Mike and Brittany. The three pull out some classic 70′s dance moves and look good doing it. Check out their performance below.
With “Glee” on hiatus for the past several weeks, I was looking forward to its return tonight with Matt Bomer appearing as Blaine’s older brother. Love Bomer and think he’s fine as shizz, but now that Fox has released the first images from the upcoming Whitney Houston show, I’m like Matt who. Sadly though, I have wait til April 24 when the tribute episode, titled “Dance With Somebody“, airs. BOO. Oh well, hopefully “Glee” will make it up to me by giving me a couple of shirtless scenes of Bomer tonight ;)
As you can see in the picture above, one song that is definitely going to be included in the Whitney-centric episode will be “How I Will I Know“. With those 80s hair bows and glittery sliver dress, what else can it be. Now the question remains, what other songs will appear on the show? Ryan Murphy previously mentioned that eight Houston songs were planned for the tribute which will be a “lesson in how to say goodbye.”
When news first broke out, I made a couple of predictions. I thought Blaine and Kurt could duet on “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” since rumor has it Klaine are dunzo. Also, I thought and secretly hoped the girls would belt out “I’m Every Woman” and then a group number by New Directions on “I Wanna Dance With Somebody“. Given the episode title refers to the latter track, it appears to be a solid bet for that pop track’s inclusion.
School is about to come to a close for high school students across the country. With that comes the ritual of receiving a year book to document all the highs and low of the school year. Why should it be any different for the kids over at McKinley High. Given that Kurt, Rachel, Finn and a few others are graduating this year, it’s only fitting that the producers create the Official William McKinley High School Yearbook to send these seniors off in style. H.A.G.S. Bitches!!!
Written by the show’s gossip columnist, Jacob Ben Israel bestows “Most Likely To” awards to various members of the Glee Club. Who’ll be pulled over for riding a Segway, perform at the Super Bowl halftime show, and to design his own brand of jeans? You can find out when the actual book becomes available in stores on May 1st. In the meantime, get a glimpse of some of the fun stuff in the book including an official hook-up chart. You can almost hear Vitamin C’s “Graduation (Friends Forever)” track playing in the background.
You would think Matt Bomer’s upcoming guest appearance on “Glee” is like the second coming of Jesus, considering the number of posts we write about it. He does have that silky dark hair though. LOL. To be fair, it’s just not Bomer I’m excited about, but the fact we get eight straight new episodes of the Fox musical when it returns. Plus, like most of you, I’m curious to know if the writers killed of Quinn.
Up to this point, we’ve seen backstage footage of Matt Bomer and even seen one of his duets with Darren Criss. The two cover Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know“. Given that the episode is titled “Big Brother“, we simply can’t be treated to just one duet. It is Matt Bomer after all. The one I’ve been looking forward to hearing the most since I first learned about it, is the Duran Duran mashup. After hearing it, I have to say it was worth the wait. The two belt out the 80s classics “Rio” and “Hungry Like The Wolf“.
If that wasn’t enough music for you, the familial drama continues with an emotional solo by Darren Criss. His character Blaine really goes to town on Christina Aguilera’s first foray into rock music, “Fighter“. It’s definitely one of my favorite tracks ever from Xtina. Criss does a solid job on the angst-ridden track. Check out “Fighter” and the Duran Duran mashup below, before the powers-that-be take down the YouTube audio.