Moment of the Week: Cee Lo (and Gwyneth) Forget You

I’m a fan of anything Henson. I’m also a fan of people who respect the Muppets. So when I got a text telling me about Cee Lo Green’s performance on the Grammy’s (if you recall, I don’t watch the Grammy’s), I definitely had to find it on the interwebs.

What I didn’t realize was that this performance would stay on the minds of others in the world — either because they thought it was plumb crazy or they realized the Henson tribute. After all, Cee Lo dressed just like Elton John in his performance on The Muppet Show playing “Crocodile Rock.” But really, the internet was a-buzz with Cee Lo and his crazy feathered getup.

Am I thrilled that Gwyneth Paltrow joined in? Well, not that great. You all know I’ve OD-ed on the Paltrow coverage. And while, sure, she has a decent voice, it really did kinda show that it’s not the best voice out there, when you put her next to someone with such a distinctive voice as Cee Lo.

Anyway, check out this week’s moment of the week below.

I love the backup singers best. 🙂

And in case you’re ready to go back in time, check out the Elton John performance from The Muppet Show with The Electric Mayhem.

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Five People to See Less of in 2011

Now that we’re coming to the end of 2010, it’s time to start looking back on the year that’s passed and the year to come. Here on Raked, we’ll be doing a few top ten lists and awards for the year, but first up, how about noting the top ten people on our minds? In two posts, we’ll hear the Top Five People We Want to See More of in 2011 and the Top Five People We Want to See Less of in 2011.

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first.

Five People We Want to See Less of in 2011

Lea Michele – She may be the new Barbara Streisand with the nose and voice, but she’s certainly not impressing me. Michele is incredibly overexposed since Glee has won a popularity contest as of late. Sure, she’s got a great voice, but with her diva action on screen and off, I’m a bit tired of her. (I’m also tired of seeing her half naked. Just sayin’.)

Gwyneth Paltrow – Choice number two also has overexposure to blame. From her appearance on Glee (which I hear was decent) to her brand-new movie, Paltrow is everywhere, especially where I spend my time the most: the internet. I’m tired of Paltrow headlines and commercials, so let’s just move on. I’m tired of hearing about her comeback. (Sadly, my request might not be granted, what with rumors that she’ll be returning to Glee.)

Steve Carell – I get it. He’s leaving The Office. Can he get gone already? He hasn’t been funny on the show for quite a while (in fact, most of the cast hasn’t), and I don’t understand why people are upset he’ll be gone. I hope he takes a break from my viewing for a while (and takes the rest of the show with him).

Miley Cyrus – Is it just me, or is Hannah Montana Forever just dragging on? Yes, it’s funny that I’m commenting on someone who’s the star of a show that I’m way too old to be watching, but between her presence on the Disney Channel and her misadventures reported on the web, I’m fine with seeing less of her in 2011. In fact, let’s add a few other tween brats to this list, including Victoria Justice (her song sucks), the entire casts of Sonny with a Chance and Step It Up, and any other Disney star who has released a music video on the Disney Channel in the last two months. Oh, and Oliver and Rico, of course.

Jim Parsons – Great as the weirdo roommate on Big Bang, but the minute Sheldon fell into the spotlight, he became overexposed and annoying. The funny went right out the window. But the fans still obsess about him. I’m not entirely turned off from Parsons, but I sure am getting there. If I see less of him in 2011, well, not only would it alleviate some frustration on my end, but it just improve The Big Bang Theory. He should always remain the annoying, quirky sidekick.

I didn’t even touch on reality TV “stars,” so I’m sure there are a lot more we can identify. Maybe that’s another top ten list…

What about you? Who do you want to see less of the in the coming year? Let me know in the comments.

*images from Yahoo! TV and Zap2It

Glee: Bullies and Substitutes

KT thought you’d never ask.

GLEE:  2.06 “Never Been Kissed”
GLEE:  2.07 “The Substitute”

Glee is rapidly turning into a show that’s fun to watch, but hard to write about.  It’s hardly worth trying to talk about the characters, because they’re only consistent in a very broad sort of way.  Is Rachel willing to be part of the team this week?  Is Will the cool teacher or the out-of-touch adult?  Is Sue trying to take down the glee club or are she and Will allies?  Any of those could be “yes” this week and “no” next week.  This really isn’t a show with story arcs, it’s a show with a premise-of-the-week — so then it’s hard to talk much about plot, either, besides recapping.

Anyway, at least things have been happening the last couple of weeks.  Happily, the competitors for Sectionals change every year, so the gimmicky schools we met last year have been exchanged for new gimmicky schools: a boys’ school with an a capella group and a night school group for adults getting their GEDs.  Not surprisingly, the boys’ school turns out to be a dating opportunity for Kurt.  Also their a capella group sounds amazing.  (Actually, it reminded me a lot of the mens’ a capella group at my college, except that the audience at their concerts always had a high percentage of women, haha.)

But most of the plots in “Never Been Kissed” had to do with bullying.  Kurt is still getting bullied by the huge football player — who turns out to be deeply in the closet.  Puck is back, but finally is forced to admit that he, the badass of McKinley High, was low man on the totem pole in juvvie.  After spending the episode being a bad influence on Artie, they strike a deal to try to invert that relationship so that Puck might pass geometry.  But they get a great duet – their voices go really well together.

There’s also a weird subplot in which some of the teens picture Coach Bieste as a way of keeping from getting too aroused — word gets around, she gets upset, apologies must be made.  That started out funny, but was a dead, dead horse by the end of the episode.  Both the boys and the girls produced some cool mash-ups, though.

This week, the amazing Gwyneth Paltrow visits McKinley High, earning my Least Likely Glee Guest Star award.  She plays the kooky substitute that all the kids love, and she earned my approval as soon as she burst out into “Conjunction Junction.”  Yay.  Her Chicago duet with Rachel seemed weirdly placed and under-choreographed (after all that talk about a good dance beat), but she rocked out on “Forget You.”

But the two numbers that make this episode worth watching (‘cause really, the plot didn’t do much for me) are the ones from Singing in the Rain.  It may only be Will’s fever dream, but Matthew Morrison and Harry Shum really bring their A game for “Make ‘Em Laugh,” and I loved that they used many of the gags that Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor perform in the movie.  And while I was initially skeptical about what they might do to modernize “Singin’ in the Rain,” that number really blew me away.  Fantastic.

You know, I think this might be one show that could actually put together a worthwhile clip show episode:  just run a bunch of their best musical numbers.