Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Premature Cancellation of 'The Crazy Ones' and RIP Robin Williams

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by Jeffrey Kluger, Time Magazine


I was not yet a teenager when I met Robin Williams and 'Mork from Ork' on Happy Days. I went on to watch every episode of Mork & Mindy that I could for the hysterical laughter that was a guarantee every week.

Mork inspired the kind of spontaneous laughter that comes from your belly and your soul through a rare, poignant kind of humor that picks on the goofiness of the Human Race and makes fun of it in a loving - if not very sophisticated - way.

And Robin Williams was SO good at it... all by himself, you could tell way back then that he was a lifeforce to be reckoned with: Human or Alien. He was a fast-talker with a keen, quick intelligence that made you wonder how easy such a firecracker would be to live with.

Of course, alot of that was the drugs... Would Mork and/or Robin Williams' stand-up comedy shows during those early years have been quite so entertaining without their fearless, exuberant affects on him? How much of his early performances were 'him' and how much of it was the drugs?

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We found out later after he sobered up... He never lost his funniness or his quick wit, although the crazy mania that seemed to drive him for awhile was toned down - a little. He also seemed to really grow-up throughout the years and started using his fame in ways that sent positive messages out into a dark world.

His most recent project was called, "The Crazy Ones"... A sitcom he starred in as Simon Roberts, an eccentric marketing executive - with another one of my favorite Hollywood Celebrities, Sarah Michelle Gellar from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She played his much more sensible daughter, Sydney Roberts.

Sitcoms were a place Robin Williams SHINED. You could tell that he was at his ab-libbing, comedic best.

The Crazy Ones was the cutest little sitcom full of Robin Williams' wit clashing against his TV daughter's best intentions. It started out well at the beginning of its first season... but by the end of that season, viewers fell drastically and it was cancelled.

Robin Williams recently committed suicide; and his wife has said that he was suffering from early stages of Parkinson's... But, I bet he would still be here if that show hadn't been cancelled so soon. It no-doubt added to his previous struggle with addictions and depression.

Viewers had started out loving and seeming to accept him in this new sitcom - but then to have them fall off like that? Maybe it felt like a rejection of something he used to be good at.

Nothing could be further from the truth... Robin was at his best, and the chemistry between the characters on that sitcom was excellent. It was a show worthy of another chance via season two and maybe even a third season.

In my opinion, Hollywood is too hung-up on instantaneous success. How many of our favorite series of all kinds have been prematurely-cancelled because they weren't making enough money after one season? Whatever happened to tinkering with a show to 'get it right' or improving marketing strategies?

As the audience, we're almost AFRAID to start watching them; so that we don't get hung-up on a cool show that might not remain in production. We often wait until the 2nd or 3rd season to jump on the bandwagon because of this silly phenomenon.

But really, I don't remember seeing much advertising for "The Crazy Ones" since it started - there was much advertising and using Robin Williams' name to bring in viewers, at first. But in this instantaneous information age - people literally have millions of more viewing choices at any given moment in time.

It takes an almost constant marketing bombardment for anything to catch on - and some truly worthy shows have been axed throughout this past decade because of impatience (or perhaps incompetence) on behalf of Hollywood studio executives.

This is also probably one of the main reasons why television shows are so shallow, today - they thrive on HYPE - any kind of hype, and the more disturbing or divisive, the better. It captures the short attention spans of enough of the masses to be profitable - and that is the most important thing.

Always.

What a crying shame.

Nanu Nanu, Robin Williams - Rest in Peace.

Btw, thanks alot CBS for 'claiming copyright' on these Mork & Mindy YouTube videos just since his death. You jerks.


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Keyword Searches on Twilight Obsessions & Fan Addictions

This is another post from my blog about The Twilight Saga that I'm moving over here for easier access - without having to scroll through a long blog intro to read it.

How relevant is this post still in August 2014?

Do a news search on 'Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart' articles and scroll down to read the comments for current fan and anti-fan opinions. Also, check out Twitter & Social Networking Sites; and Twilight, robsessed, krisbian and robsten Fansites if you're looking for gobs of still-heartbroken and/or overly-obsessing fans. You certainly do not need to take my word for it.

Yet another new search phrase on 8/9/14: obsession with twilight

Also, here is a list of mean comments since the beginning of the cheating scandal.

And this is a list of heartbroken fan comments from the beginning.

Most of these keyword search phrases are fairly repetitive at this point in time - that's why I made such a big deal about the last one. :)
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Update 2/28/14 - Yes, these searches are STILL coming through strong, especially on the weekends, Twihards. How long are you going to continue to ignore this issue? How much more time has to go by before 'too much' time has gone by? How long is considered to be a normal timeframe to get past an intense addiction like Twilight? How much harm is being done? How much time does it take for a Human to become jaded by this process?

WHY DON'T YOU CARE?

This is the burning question... 

2/28/14 NEW unique Keyword search combo: im still addicted to the twilight saga
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These are the current search variations (just since January 2013) that are the most commonly used to get into this blog and they are INCREASING at times - especially over the weekends. NO, it would NOT be unusual for obsessing Twihards to STILL be struggling with an intense obsession with the way these 'robsten' Hollywood assaults bash at them.

PLUS... They are dealing with 'no more twilight in sight'. They would have been struggling with that issue at this point in time, anyway; but theoretically that's ALL they would have had to deal with!

BTW, this list is STILL being added to, and NOTICE that they are coming through in MULTIPLE searches - most of these are NOT one-time hits, and some of them are VERY recurring. While I haven't included 'robsten', 'rupsten' or any other of the rude keywords peeps use surrounding Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson - you can probably guess how colorful those are.

Additionally as of August, keyword searches surrounding Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson's current relationship status are running almost neck and neck with addiction searches. Here's an example as of 8/12/13: Robsten no hope?

If you're looking for help with a stubborn Twilight addiction - CLICK HERE.

what if the cullens never come back (this came through on 6/2 - isn't this about as heartbreaking as it could possibly be?)

why are adult women so obsessed with twilight
(this one is easy to answer. ;) 

why are people obsessed with edward cullen

how to get off a twilight addiction

why is twilight so addictive

why am i obsessed with twilight (this is the most recurring one)

why is twilight overly addictive

struggling with the end of twilight

why do teenage girls obsess over twilight

still obsessed with twilight

what to do when you can't get over Twilight

how to end a twilight addiction

yes twilight is addicting but so are

twilight is very addictive

finally realized twilight isn't real

is anyone else obsessed with twilight

too obsessed with twilight

i became obsessed with twilight

obsessed with twilight

help for twilight obsession

i am too obsessed with twilight

why are we so obsessed with twilight

why am i so obsessed with the twilight saga

is anyone really still really obsessed with twilight

obsessing over twilight's edward

how can i still be twilight obsessed (this search combo is slowly moving up toward the top)

im obsessed with twilight movies

i am obsessed with twilight

why am i so obsessed with twilight

twilight obsession

how long obsess over twilight

how to stop your addiction from twilight

why should girls not read twilight

i think i'm obsessed with twilight

how to stop your addiction to twilight

how to handle twilight obsession

how to break addiction to twilight

twilight saga so seductive

i'm addicted to breaking dawn

why are girls addicted to twilight

how to get over the twilight movies

having a hard time moving on from twilight

anyone still addicted to twilight

can't get over twilight being over

i love you i need help with my addiction to twilight

addicted twilight fans

how to get free from a twilight addiction

twilight addiction help

why is twilight so addictive to watch

twilight obsession unhealthy

why am i so crazy about twilight

help twilight obsession

i can't get over twilight

please help me get over twilight addiction

why are twihards so stupid (sorry, I had to add this one. ;)

why am i addicted to watching twilight

why do we get obsessed with twilight

why do i watch twilight over and over

who else is obsessed with twilight

still addicted to twilight

are you still obsessed with the twilight saga

how can i get over my addiction over twilight

can't seem to get over twilight

people obsessed with twilight

are women still obsessed with twilight

10/27/13 - Yes, I'm still adding 'non-duplicate' searches!

how to get over twilight

what is it about the twilight movies

how to get over your twilight obsession

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For perspective - here are some of the other recurring keyword search variations peeps use to get in here:

immortalicum or immortalicum meaning (oddly, when Twilight obsessions are calm; this is the most frequently searched keyword used to get in here - it's almost like a barometer. I know there's something wrong if this starts moving DOWN on the list, ha!)


explain twilight breaking dawn ending (blog title in keywords - yeah lots of hits from this phrase)
fanfiction edward bella dirty talk sex / rough sex (go get a copy of '50 Shades ofGrey' or reread the one you already have!!)
satanic symbols in breaking dawn (??!!!)
demonic messages in twilight (??!!!x2)
twilight fanfiction carlisle inseminate (hmmm... might need more info - then again, maybe not. ;)
naughty, dirty feelings, obsessions (uh huh...)

naughty explicit orgy with bella edward (You know, an orgy just would not be part of *my* Twilight sexual fantasy. ;)
the truth behind stephenie meyer (no comment, just keep reading)
why is Stephenie Meyer ok with her (Smug, Pride, GREED)

i think stephenie meyer is selfish (It's search phrases like these that validate this blog)
is twilight believable (Ummm... That would be a NO, not even SORT OF!!)
robsten vs. rupsten (This one is my FAVORITE!! And now that I've just done a search on this to see where this blog comes up on it - I'm EVEN MORE angry, and I honestlywould not have thought that was possible!! YOU Twihards seriously NEED to READ THIS!!)
breaking dawn suck meyer blame twilight fans (This is true. I haven't been paying attention to what she's been saying recently, but this is what she had to say in November 2008 about her fans' ORIGINAL reactions to Twilight: Breaking Dawn shortly after it was published in August 2008.)

how do you explain why you love twilight - Girls, you don't have to explain why you love it. Even though Twilight IS a seriously dysfunctional literary DRAFT of a manuscript; we older girls who can see why that is, ALSO KNOW WHY you love it - and yes, you have some VERY GOOD REASONS for loving it... It's just that IF the VERY FIRST Twilight book had been written AND published responsibly - you wouldhave still fallen in love with Stephenie's pretty characters and stories; BUT they would have been MUCH LESS HARMFUL on your young, developing lives. That MIGHT not/SHOULD not have EVER MATTERED if Hollywood's gossip mags and paps hadn't started going WAY OVERBOARD in their PR assaults against your VERY profitable(for them) TwiObsessions. 

did stephenie meyer channel twilight - interesting but possible, if only in an accidental kind of way (like her writing is accidentally addictive). I doubt (with her moral code) that she intentionally channeled anything. THIS is WHY people who don't knowwhat they're doing with intangible, emotional and/or spirit-world (dream) concepts like this should probably have their work critiqued by a REAL professional. When you read her talk about writing Twilight on her website, she certainly sounds OBSESSED about her own story/characters. But really, I don't think you can 'channel' anything without KNOWING what you're doing. Yeah, Twilight seems to be an accident because the sparkly 'Vampire' within her dream had her mesmerized - not sure what that says about her or the existence of The Twilight Saga, LoL! ;) I DO KNOW - as someonehaving grown up in a 'conservative' home no-doubt similar to Stephenie's; MOST Religions WARN their followers about delving into 'evil' stuff like this (see the 'satanic symbols' and 'demonic messages' keyword searches above).

For instance, when I told my Mom that the sparkling character on my computer screen was (supposed to be) a VAMPIRE, it was a huge turn-off for her and she didn't want to hear anything else about it. I would imagine THAT is one of the reasons WHY thisstory turned out like it did - because the amateur author wasn't compelled to be interested in 'the evilness' of Vampires to research them. So INSTEAD, we all ended up with this MUCH MORE HARMFUL-on-blossoming-souls VERSION of Twilight; apparently out of nothing but ignorance on the author's part AND negligence on the 'professional' publisher's part.

I've had email exchanges in here with people who agree with my 'wonky idea' thatTwilight is 'too obsessive' - but suspiciously so. They insinuate that Stephenie must have somehow been 'sent this dream' and/or someone manipulated her by some sort of outside spiritual/mystical influence.

Conspiracy theories ABOUND surrounding Twilight - I mean, HOW ELSE could this BAD of a storyline have gotten to be this popular and captured the hearts AND minds of so many women of all ages?

A COUPLE of major literary accidents by an amateur author; topped off by the professional negligence of her publishers and production companies - it's as simple as that, children. ;)

This is YET another 'thing' that neither GOD nor the DEVIL had anything to do with. We Humans are perfectly capable of accidentally creating our own evil. 

For those of you who are HUNG UP on this 'seductive because of evil inspiration' or whatever. I know you're out there - I've talked to you and seen some of your 'Twilight is Evil' websites. You won't find any of them in here - because FOR YOU, your obsession IS your religion.

SO WHAT IF Twilight was somehow manipulated into Stephenie's brain by some sort of EVILNESS lurking in the darkness of her dreams; OR by continuing to torment her LONG AFTER while she was obsessing about finishing this book?

I'm pretty sure Twilight is no different than any other good or evil thing going on in this wide, wonky world - whether you believe any maddening OR heart-warming thing to be spiritually/mystically inspired or not.

does twilight deserve its popularity - absolutely NOT. It might have IF all these Hollywood PR Assaults hadn't built up to such a ridiculous crescendo.

scummit and twilight - Yeah, we all know WHO is to blame for this crap; but for some really strange reason that I have yet to quite figure out, NO TWIHARDS want toput blame where it belongs. Well, you don't have to anymore - those petitions are GONE and the new petitions are for HOLLYWOOD. As far as I can tell - NONE of you have ONE good excuse to NOT sign them!!