2012 Entertainment Olympics

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


Best Movie

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


Best Album

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.

So what and who do you think deserves the Gold? 

14 thoughts on “2012 Entertainment Olympics

  1. Awesome list and a great idea. My TV series winners would be something like this – Bronze: The Walking Dead, Silver: Boardwalk Empire, Gold: Mad Men.

  2. Thanks for finding my blog and leading me back to yours. I love your voice and viewpoint (especially as a guy at almost 40 refusing to admit he’s older than 25!) and look forward to reading it in the future. Oh, and thanks, also, for the music recs here. I’m always looking for something new to try out.

  3. I don’t think I’ve ever felt as different from one of my fellow bloggers as I do today:) I can’t get enough of the Olympics (yes, I’m watching on my big screen and streaming as I type), and although I watch way too much tv, I don’t think I watch anything you do (I gave up True Blood about a season and a half ago). Thank God for Mila Kunis & Big Bang Theory or I’d feel completely isolated! But I love this idea – absolutely:)

    • It could very well be that I don’t know what I like because I won’t give it much of a chance. Swimming isn’t so bad, neither is the volleyball. Perhaps I’ll watch some this weekend:)

    • I have to admit, I have watched a good portion of the Olympics this year. For someone who “can’t get into it”, I was cheering along at the swimming, gymnastics, volleyball, track and field, and even… water polo. You were right, I just had to find my sport/give it a chance:)

  4. I don’t know where that picture of Kristen Stewart came from, but it is the only time I’ve ever seem her looking attractive. Generally, I just don’t see her appeal. I also love the John Mayer album. So good!

    • I use to not understand the hype around her either, and I don’t really think she’s a good actress. There’s just something about her that makes her attractive to me, especially when she’s got a lot of eyeliner on and is all hipstered out at award shows:) Go John!

  5. Sarah while I have different tastes in tv than you I like your post. I like the olympics and think it is awesome how talented many are, but I don’t watch it 24/7. The only thing I don’t like is the mothers that push their kids into pagents. They are horriable. I feel kids should grow up and choose what they like and we should encourage them in it starting as young as they like. But I think most moms who push their kids into the pagents are mom’s who wanted to be and aren’t. I have been to one and I saw how the kids were treated and reacted. I thought it was awful. But I respect your right to voice your feelings. You have some great posts. Thank You.

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