Tag Archives: Pop Culture

CBS to premiere The McCarthy’s: Boston family with gay son

The McCarthys on CBS

Photo By Sonja Fleming (CBS)

The McCarthy’s is a new sitcom on CBS that takes place in Boston later this month. The lead role stars former NKOTB singer, Joey McIntyre.  I hadn’t heard of the show until I read Out.com’s review, which by the way panned it.

Out.com reviewer, Daniel D’Addario, wrote, “The problem is that Ronny [played by Joey McIntyre] is the kind of walking cliché that savvy viewers would think disappeared sometime between Will & Grace and Happy Endings.” (outch!)

D’Addario describes the portrayal of the gay character played by Joey McIntyre as something that would have been in vogue 10-15 years ago.  While I’ve never been one to put too much credence on reviews, some of the critiques make me cringe. Hopefully a more interesting storyline will emerge following the pilot.  Do you plan to watch The McCarthy’s? 

You can read the full review here.

Post Modern Jukebox returns to Boston

Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Jukebox returns to Boston October 19th at the Wilbur Theatre.  I have repeatedly posted videos of the Post Modern Jukebox – a band that remakes popular songs and performs them in different musical genres with talented vocalists.

I love their work and wanted to share news of their return to the area so you may purchase tickets to see them on tour.

Tickets to Post Modern Jukebox on Oct 19th

Saturday night video

Remember this Carly Rae Jepson 2012 hit? The catchy pop tune spawned a host of video covers.  My favorite was this version by the Harvard University baseball team.

Single Ladies

I’ll be the first to admit I love Beyonce, but her lyrics are ridiculous. Little BoBo (actress Nina Millin) on YouTube has created a series of posts called The Beyoncelogues where she offers dramatic readings of Beyonce’s redick lyrics. The result is hilarious.  Enjoy.

Chelsea Handler

Chelsea HandlerChelsea Handler’s popular show, Chelsea Lately, on E Television will end on Tuesday, August 26th.  I’m  not sure what is next for the author of Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea.  Her show has given a number of comedians an excellent platform, and I really liked her format which is very different from other night time talk shows on television.

I have no idea who will follow Stephen Colbert after he replaces David Letterman on CBS, but I’d love to see her follow Stephen and replace the Craig Ferguson Late Show.

If Pitbull’s song “Timber” was released in the 1950s it might have sounded something like this

Back in March I shared this retro take on Beyonce’s Drunk In Love, performed by Cristina Gatti.  Here is another in that same series of remaking modern hits with a retro sound.  The Tee Tones remake Pitbull’s “Timber” by putting a 1950’s spin on the cover. 

Kenneth Walsh: Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful? a memoir

Kenneth WalshKenneth Walsh, the man behind the uber popular gay blog, Kenneth in the 212, recently released his book Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful? a memoirGay men who grew up before the dawn of the Internet will likely find themselves relating to this memoir that is told through the lens of a young man who came of age in the 1980s and 1990s.   

Here is an excerpt of text I pulled from the book’s Amazon.com page. 

In the summer of ’77, while other boys in the Midwest were busy playing Little League and flocking to see Star Wars, young Kenny Walsh was obsessed with Chris Evert and Woody Allen movies — and daydreamed about moving to New York City. But when his family headed west from the suburbs of Detroit to Phoenix, it was the first in a series of events that set his Big Apple ambitions on the wrong course.

With Memorial Day Weekend now just weeks away, this maybe the must read book to add to your summer reading list.