2014 Musicians on TV Power Rankings

2014 Musicians on TV Power Rankings

Not only are movie and stage actors flocking to TV for more stable and quality roles, musicians have begun to get in on this golden age of television. Musicians are putting down their instruments and picking up their acting chops, getting major and minor roles on sitcoms and procedurals. We have always had late night television performances, but those have even been ratcheted up with the help of the Roots and more artists eager to collaborate on live television.  So in honor of this trend, I decided to put together a 2014 Musicians on TV Power Rankings. One disclaimer is I clearly can’t watch everything, so things like E-Street guitar player’s Steven Van Zandt’s starring role in the crime-drama Lilyhammer and Ice-T’s ongoing role in Law & Order: SVU are outside my purview.  Also, I decided to leave off reality and live TV shows, so the late night magnificence of the Roots won’t be recognized on this list, either will any role from anything like The Voice or American Idol. So this isn’t a comprehensive list, but it’s my best attempt based what I’ve seen and what I enjoy.
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Weak List Wednesday: Top 5 Television Programs of 2012

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2012 was a great year in television.  Unfortunately, that means the shows we are used to being great stayed great for the most part, without much new blood being thrown into the mix.  In fact, only one new show cracked our eight selections below (the top 5 plus each of our “just missed”).  New shows like The Newsroom on HBO, and NBC’s big-budget post-apocalyptic program Revolution were summarily awful (not that I expected too much out of Revolution, but come on, JJ Abrams has to have another hit in him at some point).  ABC’s Last Resort showed quite a bit of promise, with an intriguing premise and solid cast, but no one cared enough to tune in, so it already got the axe.  And the new sitcoms, my god the new sitcoms.  They were all awful.  So, back to the established shows to scratch our TV itch.  Enjoy, and as always, let us know what we missed, forgot, or even if you agree.

5.  Parks & Recreation

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Leslie Knope & Co. just keep the train rolling during the fourth and fifth seasons, after really hitting hitting its stride during season three.  The ensemble cast, anchored by Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Chris Pratt, Aubrey Plaza, Adam Scott, and Rob Lowe has now been a cohesive unit for three seasons, making every interplay between the characters all the funnier.  Hopefully, people keep watching at a high enough level to keep this rare network gem on the air.
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The 2012 Emmy’s: Listen to Us Rip on Another Award Show

To be honest, I was thinking about writing about the new Mumford & Sons album, Babel, for today.  After the first few songs, I wasn’t in the mood to listen to any more manufactured build-and-release folk music anymore.  They are not all bad, but I’m not sure if I fairly review it in my current mood.

So instead, I’m gonna go ahead and talk about the 2012 Emmy Awards a little bit.  I really feel right now is the golden age of television.  Networks keep on rolling out high-concept programming, particularly on the drama side of things, that I can’t even imagine airing twenty years ago.  HBO started the charge with their 2000’s holy triumvirate of The Sopranos, The Wire, and Six Feet Under.  But now, everyone from FX to AMC, and even a few of the major four networks, are releasing interesting (if not always successful) programming.

So without further ado, here is what the 2012 Emmy Awards got right and epically wrong.
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A Very She & Him Christmas Review

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A Very She & Him Christmas

She & Him Christmas Album Cover

While she had undoubtedly some small memorable roles before it, Zooey Deschanel’s shower duet with Will Ferrell in Elf of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” was in many ways a declaration of her multi-talented persona. Since, she has starred in big summer comedies (500 Days of Summer, Yes Man), put out two solid retro-pop albums of originals and standards with M. Ward under the She & Him moniker, and most recently, starred in the clichéd yet pleasant new sitcom New Girl. So now at the height of Zooey mania, the quirky star returns to Christmas with what seems like a perfect fit in A Very She & Him Christmas. However, while racked with its share of nice renditions of standards, A Very She & Him Christmas is more like a lukewarm cup of hot chocolate; sweet but stale.
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