Thursday, June 3, 2010

Not so full of Glee

I have a bone to pick with Ryan Murphy and the others who are involved in the writing of scripts and selecting tunes for the hit Fox TV Series: Glee. Most of you know that in spite of my NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, FIFA and sportscenter preferences I do enjoy this show to the fullest. Tuesday's episode is one I have to bitch about.

The title of the episode was FUNK. FUNK. They did some great numbers like Good Vibrations, Loser, Man's World and others but
I really think that they missed out on an excellent opportunity. Hell they even mentioned the band P-Funk by name AND used the phrase MOTHERSHIP CONNECTION. WITHOUT DOING a P-FUNK song. I consider that sacrilegious, well not quire perhaps, but nearly.

I can see how possibly they thought that the show would somehow disrespect the reputation but I say that's ridiculous. Sure P-Funk is very different from anything the producers behind Glee have ever attempted, but they've pulled it off before. Don't Stop Believin was a played out old early 80's hair band song until they re-introduced it to the world and shocked us all.

Here is some P-Funk linkage:

Parliament on Wikipedia

On a side note Sue Sylvester may be the greatest shit talker who ever lived on film.

EDIT: So hopefully anyone who saw the episode will realize that I wrote this during the commercials. Blogging takes a lot of time and ... oh quit bitchin. For those who didn't see it I will now admit that the show did a parliament number at the end! For those who have to ask Parliament is P-Funk. THEY DID IT! Has there ever been a show wish brassier balls? Normally shows crash because they push limits to this level.

Right now I need Ryan Murphy's email cause I have some other suggestions. Okay. The P-Funk number was not the best the show has had. It was not phenomenal. It was very, very good though.

They didn't select the best P-Funk song but it was a good one and they did Turn This Mother Sucker Out ... in their own way.

I'll leave you with some George Clinton/Parliament quotes:

"You can dance underwater and not get wet!"

"I don't surf or swim!"

"This is a real type of thing, going down, gettin down."

"So kick back, dig, while we do it to you in your eardrums."

"Good evening.
Do not attempt to adjust your radio, there is nothing wrong.
We have taken control as to bring you this special show.
We will return it to you as soon as you are grooving."

"Everybody's got a little light under the sun."

Anyway I get it. If you don't get it you don't get it. Fine. and if you have to ask you'll never know. I suppose I've dated myself with this but I don't care. I WAS pretty cool ... once upon a time back when.

And yes this post is short and the reason is I have news. Marietta Zacker emailed ME yesterday and APOLOGIZED for taking so long to get back about the crit of my first 30.

I told her not to worry of course, we all know agents are busy ... but I also asked if she would mind accepting my first person re-written opening instead of the first 30 I already sent and she agreed to do it!

I will be sure to keep you all up to date.

EDIT: I just heard a terrible story on NPR this morning. Apparently MGM who is partnered with Warner Bros. for the production of The Hobbit is so broke that they have halted production of the films. Sad sad day. Hopefully they'll get this worked out soon.


Ted Cross said...

They MUST get the Hobbit movies going again (and they better do them right)! I can't go on without them!!

Josin L. McQuein said...

If they want to get The Hobbit going again, they'll have to find a director that won't cut and run. The show was gut shot when Peter Jackson pulled out, and it was pretty much put down completely after Guillermo Del Toro bailed. I'm not sure anyone else wants to touch it now.

The worst thing they could do was hire "anybody" just to get the movies finished and thus make them awful.


Unknown said...

Sue Sylvester rocks my socks off and if it wasn't for her I probably wouldn't stay tuned into the show as much!

I enjoyed Glee this week but not as much as the Madonna episode, though that is quite the episode to comapre it too but it's the best one I've seen considering it was the first I'd seen!

Christina Lee said...

haha this post made me smile- all you side notes. Good luck with the first 30!!!!!

Vicki Rocho said...

I think I need to watch the show with a music lover so their enthusiasm rubs off.

I planted flowers in the back yard last night....oh and got bit by some angry critters.

I should've stayed inside and watched TV

JE said...

Glee *sigh* I'm glad it was the season finale because now people will stop talking about for awhile. LoL ;-)

That's so cool about your pages!! I'll wait patiently for the post on it!!


Creepy Query Girl said...

I enjoyed the episode but agree the last sequence with the funk song could have been a lot stronger. The pregnant teenager dancing was weird. lol. I'm glad you're going to get your 'new' first thirty pages critiqued! Aweosme! And what are these hobbit movies?

Matthew MacNish said...

JD, there is actually one more episode.

And Katie you must be joking.

Lindsay said...

We haven't had that episode yet here in the UK so I can't say if I like it too much or not...yet. :)

Great news on the critique though. ;)

Giles Hash said...

P-Funk and Parliament are great, and all, but what about Tower of Power... or the king of funk, James Brown?

Candyland said...

You're freakin' hilarious!!! And PLEASE keep me updated on the critique! I feel good things coming on!!!

Shannon said...

What's a hobbit?

Don't hit me, I'm just kidding.

I'm still diggin' Glee, too, but there were some awkward moments in the show.

Keeping my fingers crossed for you!

Slamdunk said...

I have to confess, when I saw a blog post recently about Glee I had to Google it. If it is not programming meant for 3 year olds then I am clueless.

Jessica Bell said...

Oh no! hobbit movies stalled??? NOOOO!!!!

Tahereh said...


you're so funny, Matt. i love that you care so much!

and bad news about the Hobbit, huh?

what to do now??

Sarah Ahiers said...

we lost power multiple times during Glee so we ended up missing big chunks in the middle.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Yeah, Del Toro had to move onto other projects due to the Hobbit delays, so they've no director, either.

Arlee Bird said...

I missed this week's Glee because I had thought a friend of mine was going to be on America's Got Talent. I found out afterwards that he wasn't going to be on and I wasted 2 hours watching a really dumb talent show.

Someday I really need to find out about technological advances like DVR or how ever the heck you can record shows while you're watching something else.

Tossing It Out

About Me said...

At least you got to resubmit the first 30 pages, that should make up for the Glee thing.

Matthew MacNish said...

Hah! Great point Crimey.

Kay said...

OMG!! They stopped production of The Hobbit?? That's...bizarre. I can't believe it.

Good to know, so I'm not sitting around waiting for it to come out. :-(

Just a quick note, I posted an interview with Casey McCormick on my blog if you wanna check it out. She gave some great answers, awesome tips...well, she's pretty great and awesome all around, so no surprise there!

Hope all is well, Matthew!