The best minds in the US are tucked away in a remote town where they build futuristic inventions for the government’s benefit.
The tagline given to the show Eureka, a television series that aired from 2006-2012 doesn’t do it much justice. Although it only ran for 5 seasons on the Sci-Fi channel, it was one of the most interesting series I’ve ever come across. It blended traditional sci-fi elements of what you might see in Star Trek or Battlestar Galactica with a series like Pushing Daisies (or maybe Pushing Daisies stole some of its whimsy from Eureka, who knows.) It’s bright, colorful, and a sci-fi fanatic’s dream. Who knows if we may have an actual town in the U.S. with geniuses and a Cafe Diem? We might. You can watch the entire series streaming on Netflix. If you want to discover a great series, check it out.
*Fun side note: If you’re a fan of Orphan Black, Matt Frewer, who plays Dr. Aldous Leekie, is also on Eureka. Plus, he does a really fantastic Australian accent.
Orange is the New Blackwent live on Netflix with its first season on July 11th. Within days, it became a hit. And, within days, the colorful cast of characters who live within the walls of the prison with the protagonist, Piper Chapman, became household names. Red, Crazy Eyes, Pornstache, and Taystee all mean something to you if you’re watching the show. The amount of fabulous character actresses on this show is insane and it’s unbelievably entertaining. There are also inside references to American Pie (because of Jason Biggs and Natasha Leone, respectfully) and Star Trek (Kate Mulgrew played Captain Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager. ) If you don’t have Netflix, get it. It’s worth it just to be able to binge-watch all 13 episodes of the first season. The show has been adapted from the memoir of an ex-con and Smith educated woman, Piper Kerman, who served 13 of her 15 month sentence in a federal prison for money laundering and drug trafficking. Even though it’s inspired by true events, the mix of reality and the world of the show is well balanced. It may seem intense. But leave it up to creator Jenji Kohan of Weeds fame to help add a little humor to prison. The characters are the real deal, including the actors who play them. It’s so wonderful to see a show where the writing is funny AND smart and the cast is predominantly female. Netflix has really stepped up their game in recent years with original online-only content. This show is the reason to join the millions of subscribers.
He only has 15 videos on his Youtube channel so far, but Jon Cozart, who goes by the Youtube name “Paint,” has become a Youtube sensation in less than a week. Thanks to publicity from some heavy hitters in the industry like George Takei who shared Cozart’s latest video “After Ever After” (see below,) people all over the country are taking notice. He even tweeted that he had an interview with the Huffington Post yesterday and today, all three of his songs are in the top 10 comedy songs section of iTunes. When I, myself, viewed the video, it had a view hundred thousand hits. This morning, I looked at it again, and it had over a million. Harry Shum, Jr. who is on the hit Fox show Glee, tweeted this morning:
“@ktanch: The most impressive YouTube video I’ve seen:youtube.com/watch?v=diU70K…” THIS deserves an award!The entertaining truth. 👏👏👏
— Harry Shum Jr (@iharryshum) March 15, 2013
The ironic thing is, Jon Cozart even did a video audition for Glee back in 2010 when he was 18. Chances are that this time, he might just get on the show. Who knows? But this should show you that if you do what you love, the success will follow.
With this video, he took something that was relevant to a specific generation and updated it using his talent for music. He’s a fantastic singer and he was pretty witty with the lyrics too. And another thing, am I the only one that noticed if you replace the “C” in his last name with an “M” you have Mozart? Maybe this explains where he gets some of his talent.