Friday Five – Haley (the Mostly About TV Edition)

1. One Day

You guys. It’s confession time. I do not like Anne Hathaway. I know this isn’t a popular opinion, but who cares. I’ve never really cared about being popular. (This is an enormous lie.) When I heard that she was cast as Emma in the film adaptation of One Day, I was really disappointed. I don’t understand why someone with one of the worst English accents I have ever heard was cast in this role when there are plenty of great British actresses that could have nailed it. If I were Emily Blunt, I would totally be pissed. If you think about it, it’s kind of JUST LIKE when Annie took Em’s trip to Paris right out from under her in The Devil Wears Prada. Conspiracy theory?

Anyway – despite Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement being the lead in this film, I’m really looking forward to seeing it. If it’s anything like the book, I’m sure there will be a lot of ugly crying on my part.

2. Jean-Ralphio Saperstein, Parks and Recreation

If Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) is my favorite character on the excellent Parks and Rec, Ben Schwartz’s Jean-Ralphio is a close second. He manages to be both a ridiculous cartoon of a man and someone that you wish was in your outer circle of friends. (I mean, I don’t think you could handle hanging out with him EVERY week.) While some might believe that he should be a regular character, I think P&R brings him on at exact the right moments – just when you start to miss him, he’s back for an episode. If you haven’t yet been introduced to the delights of this silly, silly man, watch this amazing video. And even more importantly, if you aren’t hooked on Parks and Recreation, why the heck are you reading this? Head to Netflix and watch that joker instantly.

3. Bachelor Pad 2

 TRUTH BOMB! I can’t freaking get enough of Bachelor Pad. And furthermore, I do not understand why this show wasn’t made years ago.  Think about it. The creators of The Bachelor/ette (thanks, Knox McCoy for making that okay) have thousands (okay, hundreds) of rejected contestants with super low self-esteem that are eager to be famous. Why WOULDN’T YOU put them in a house together and create a competition for them to use their magnificent brainpower to plot and scheme against one another. WHY IS THIS JUST NOW HAPPENING? I would say that this is the summer’s guiltiest pleasure, except that I don’t feel one bit guilty about it. It is complete awesomeness. You can watch full episodes of BP on Hulu and don’t forget to read recaps from Culture Poppe’s own Molly Gentry right here. And when you get hooked, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

4. Josh Groban on The Office

It was announced yesterday that singer (and recent Crazy, Stupid Love co-star), Josh Groban will play Andy Bernard’s (Ed Helms) brother on the upcoming season of The Office. Co-sign!

I’ll admit that I’ve been in the camp of people that feel like this show has been a little stale over the past couple of seasons. But with all of recent casting news coming from the set, I hope that these decisions can give it a much-needed shot of life in its first season without Steve Carell. Just what kind of character Andy’s brother will be is yet to be seen – but as we saw in Crazy, Stupid Love, Groban is excellent at playing the douchebag. Regardless, it will be highly interesting to see Andy’s family dynamic. Like I said. Co-sign.

5. Pictures from the season premiere of “How I Met Your Mother”

I am loving the images from HIMYM’s upcoming season that were released yesterday. The orange and black wedding colors, Barney and Robin’s Dirty Dancing-esque moves, the looks on the faces of the gang – all of it has me super pumped for the premiere.

Since Friends went off the air in 2004, we’ve seen plenty of copycats that have, for the most part, completely missed the mark. And despite Molly’s complete dislike for any comedy on CBS (and I am totally with her on this – except for in the case of HIMYM), this show has stealthily filled the void that Friends left. I know this mostly because while late afternoon television used to be saturated with Friends re-runs, HIMYM has now taken its place. Here’s hoping that How I Met Your Mother gets the chance to have 10 seasons, but more importantly – tell us who the mother is, dammit!

Pop Pop!

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Haley Bragg loves, reading, writing and arithmetic-ing. Except for that last bit about math. She is a leading actress in the movies that play inside of her head, but you wouldn’t have seen those. You can follow her on Twitter or be her friend on Facebook, and sending her money would definitely put you on the fast track to best friendship. Read more posts from Haley.

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6 thoughts on “Friday Five – Haley (the Mostly About TV Edition)

  1. I just think that the blurb on Anne Hathaway was the greatest piece of American writing since The Great Gatsby. I feel like I owe you money for being able to read that. Specifically the Emily Blunt part.

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