The nearly forty-year-old establishment had recently undergone a change in both management and menu, a risk that usually marks the ending of a good thing. For those who have never had Suzie’s, it was fairly ordinary Americanized Chinese fair: General Tso’s what-may-be-chicken, MSG-infused and fried all over. But those that have part taken in a Suzie’s feast are saying so long to a comfort food that has followed them from orientation week to their graduation date.
No, we’re not talking about the election, silly. We’re talking about the return of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which had its third season premiere last night.
In the debut, our favorite plastic forty-somethings from the West Coast — sans Camille Grammer, but including newbie Yolanda Foster — returned to our television screens as feisty as ever. In celebration of the event, we decided not only to break down the premiere, but also to survey some of the vast array of wines and spirits that have come from the Real Housewives franchise.
Welcome to a very special edition of Web Series Royale, in which web series come to duke it out in a battle of talent and entertainment. This week we have not two, but three contenders entering the arena for their shot at internet glory. All three series center around the reoccurring episodes, neurotic experiences and unexpected humor that can derived from being a gay man in New York. And these series aren’t anything close to what your television told you kids (Queer as Folk and Will & Grace be damned!).
Each observe this experience from both a different vantage point which logically take place in different parts of the city. The range of the series inhabit spaces from the outer boroughs to the more obvious (read: completely obvious) Chelsea-centric landscape. Overall, however, each series in its own way attempts to articulate the lives of gay men that lie in that middle ground between baffling hate and the world where there’s The New Normal.
Starting out we have the neurotically inclined, comically charmed boys of It Gets Betterish a series that can bounce from irreverent fun to the endearing in a single bound. Hot on it’s heels is the too close to home, intimately modern (is it Girls for gays? IS IT BETTER THAN Girls?) The Outs. And, filling out the race, the Sex and the City treatment of the masculine In Between Men. So, just as Beyonce, Britney and Pink were to once battle in that Pepsi commercial, these titans will fight to the death! Or something.
The vicious vixens of ABC’s hit show Revenge are back in a whole new prime-time slot this Sunday at 9 p.m., and we here at NYU Local are stoked. I mean, after the plane crash, drug overdose, ax fight and pregnancy revelation that occurred in the first season’s finale episode alone, how could we not be? Revenge is the perfect guilty pleasure, as we told you last semester, and we can’t wait for glaring and plotting galore to return to the Hamptons.
There were enough cliffhangers at the end of Revenge‘s first season to put a Lost finale to shame. In fact, there were so many that we need not one but two superfans to work through the wealth of questions that the show left us with. So here it goes. Feel free to speculate with us in the comments, and remember: When everyone you love is stolen from you, someone has to pay.
Welcome back to Web series Royale! This week we have two new web series going head to head for your approval, kind of like what Kate Hudson and Jennifer Aniston do on a regular basis! A pretty good analogy, since this week is all about spoofs of affluent, white celebrities.
In one corner we have Elaine Carroll’s epic and intricate chronicle of one-half of the Olson twins in Very Mary Kate. In the other, there’s Drew Droege’s inspired and wacky take on forever It-girl Chloe Sevigny. Which web series best pins their alternative, fashionista celeb the best? Let the games begin!
Welcome to the Webseries Royale, a new weekly post in which various webseries duke it out. Two series will be compared based on their content, execution and overall entertainment value, and one will be crowned champion! Two webseries enter, but only one can leave victorious.
In honor of Beyonce’s B’DAY earlier this week, our premiere round will be all about DIVAS, including two series that feature BB as a prominent character. In one corner, we have the shade-slinging Got 2B Real, a deliciously satirical series that imagines the conversations on a “Diva Variety Show” that features the likes of Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey and Rihanna. On the other end of the ring we have the quirky The Nekci Menij Show, a cartoon fever dream of internet jargon and bizarre caricatures. Which series will emerge the best representation of divas and the ridiculousness of celebrity? Let the games begin!
At the closing of another year, the NYU Local Staff has turned to glean the lessons we have each learned, the little tidbits we take with us into another summer after our time at NYU and in New York City. So here are the best lessons of 2012, neatly packed into Felicity-like monologues.
“It was finals week, and then I had a thought:
You actually have time to read: “No, really, you do. For all of last year, I felt like I was too busy, stretched hour by hour, and I couldn’t do anything as time-consuming as going to the park and reading a book. But spend a few hours every week outside and stuck in a book. It sounds cheesy, but really improves perspective for the rest of the week. Especially if you used to read obsessively in high school like a lot of us.”
There’s no shame in being a tourist in NYC: “I used to snub certain NYC attractions because they felt cheesy. Studying around Europe has changed my feelings about this. There’s obviously a balance here — but there’s so much I haven’t seen in NYC, despite living there for a couple years. Started making a list about places to go, I’ve never been to the MET!” Read more…
We all like junk food. Yes, even you macrobiotic vegans, with your kale chips and soy- tempeh flaxseed meat alternatives. We’ve seen you face down in a basket of pomme frites, your hands dripping in wasabi mayo (the best mayo). This is because everyone loves to indulge themselves with a little junk, everyone enjoys some trashy non-nutritious fun on occasion. So now, during this long finals week, don’t you need to indulge yourself in some intellectual potato chips and take a few moments to give your brain cells a break with some non-quality, quality viewing.
So, like the ad men on Mad Men arranging a “date” for some of their clients, we have assembled a few of the best options for some trashy, care free, instant fun: Read more…
Your roommate had sex with your fiance, on your birthday… cake. That’s the central comedic bit in ABC’s new show Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23, but the new series offers a lot more than just this devious sight gag. In fact the entire sitcom is surprisingly successful in its composition, defying the expectations of mediocrity that might have spurred from advertisements and the overall lack of hype. Regardless of your low expectations for these opening episodes, the show has so far proven that it has its own quirky merits worth watching.
The series follows June, a naive Midwestern transplant who stumbles in the snare of Chloe, her new con artist roomie who lies, manipulates and steals, but often with the best of intentions. Chloe is also best friends with former Dawson Creek actor James Van Der Beek, who takes self deprecation to a new level by playing over-the-top, with a side of extra douchebaggery caricature of himself. Because that makes sense. But in the reality of Apt 23, the Van Der Creek name drop completely fits, and is easily incorporated in a show where every moment has a need to top the last. Read more…