I cannot get into the Olympics this year, or any year. I never cared for swimming, gymnastics or any of those other sports that I either didn’t know existed or never cared to pay any attention to. Maybe I am jealous of all the young girls that have aspiring careers as professional athletes, their rock hard bodies, or all the money they are racking up through fast food and hypocritical endorsement deals. Regardless, I am using the concept to start my own Olympics of sorts- a competition that is judged by me, and you, on the best of the best in television, movies and pop culture of 2012 thus far.
Feel free to comment, rebut, and fight with me over my picks!
Reality Television Show
Bronze: Dance Moms
I am a sucker for crazy moms who force their children into activities such as dance and pageants. I mean, I feel bad, but it makes for great television. Dance Moms is about the Abby Lee Dance Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and four moms and their little girls as they set out to dominate the dance world. One problem, the owner, Abby Lee, is a major biotch who plays favorites and love drama.
Watch it on: TLC
Silver: Snooki & JWoww
I am a long-time fan of the Jersey Shore. I love their skanky ways and no-holds-bar lifestyles. I live slightly vicariously through them. So when I heard JWoww and Snooki were getting their own spin-off, I made sure to set the DVR, just for late night giggles.
Watch it on: MTV
Gold: Mob Wives Chicago
After watching the first two seasons of Mob Wives, which took place in the Staten Island area, I had to tune in for the Chicago version. The women of season 3 are daughters and ex wives of big-time mob criminals including Frank “The German” Shweihs, Vincent Rizza, Wolf DeSimone, Raymond Janek and “Big John” Fecarotta. So much drama, so much entertainment.
Watch it on: VH1
Non-reality Television Show (Comedy & Drama)
Bronze: True Blood
I am so late to the game with this one. I watched season one then stopped because my house did not get HBO. However, I am back on the True Blood train. Now there are fairies and shape-shifters and all types of nonsensical characters, but as long as there is sex, nudity, and of course, those crazy vamps, I am watching!
Watch it on: HBO
Silver: The Big Bang Theory
I am utterly obsessed with these nerds. I love the wittiness; the catch phrases that make these four scientists lovable and the way the show keeps on keepin’ on with new material, characters and jokes that never make it a bore to watch.
Watch it on: TBS
Gold: The Walking Dead
Please, did you think I would say anything else? This show was snubbed Emmy’s for its killer acting but received three nominations for makeup and effects, as deserved. The Walking Dead has been dubbed “The Best Thriller Ever Produced for Television” by Entertainment Weekly. The show is about more than a zombie apocalypse, but about the interpersonal relationships and conflicts those survivors deal with amidst the chaos. Simply wonderful.
Watch it on: AMC
Bronze: The Cabin in the Woods
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Jesse Williams
Silver: Moonrise Kingdom
Starring: Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Kara Hayward, Jason Schwartzman
Gold: The Avengers
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Hiddleston
For the record, I have yet to see The Dark Knight Rises, and because I love scary movies more than anything, this is best mish-mosh of award-giving I could do to get an equal share of genres in there. Moonrise Kingdom is a brilliant independent film directed by Wes Anderson. Read the synopsis here.
Best Looking Male Actor
Bronze: Chris Hemsworth
The Avengers, Star Trek, Thor
Silver: Norman Reedus
The Boondock Saints, The Walking Dead
Gold: Alexander Skarsgard
True Blood, Battleship, Meloncholia
Best Looking Female Actor
Bronze: Nina Dobrev
The Vampire Diaries, The Perks of Being a Wallflower (post-production)
Silver: Mila Kunis
Ted, That 70’s Show, Black Swan
Gold: Kristen Stewart
Twilight, Snow White and the Huntsman, Into the Wild
Bronze: Metric- Synthetica
As a longtime fan of Metric, I have to say this is their best album yet. Emily Haines on vocals is splendid as usual, and the tracks all line up perfectly but are rightfully different, bringing a deep groove and hipster dance-worthy melodies and choruses. Give all their albums a listen and disappointed you will not be.
Silver: Best Coast- The Only Place
I am, as of recently, a huge Best Coast fan. After seeing them in concert a few weeks ago, I have been doing my best to get all my friends on the Best Coast bandwagon. Their tunes are light and catchy, but there is a great depth to them that will make you reconsider sitting on your ass, and encourage plan-making! “The Only Place” is their second album, so go on and take a listen!
Gold: John Mayer- Born & Raised
A more mature sound than his previous albums, John Mayer channels his inner west-coaster on the record. He sings a lot about his mistakes, his apologies and his future. This album is super relatable and very much wholesome and thought-provoking.