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Goodbye to The Fosters and Nashville

Two TV shows that I have watched since their debuts are going (or already gone) off the air this year. One I will be sad about and one I will be happy about. Let’s get to the good one first.

Der-Cast-Von-Nashville-In-Der-Sechsten-Staffelfosters-ending-spinoff-freeform“The Fosters” premiered on June 3, 2013 on ABC Family (now Freeform). It was created by Peter Paige (Queer as Folk) and Bradley Bredeweg. It concerned an interracial lesbian couple raising 5 kids, one biological and 4 adopted. The white mom (Stefanie) is a cop who works with her ex-husband (Mike). Her wife is a biracial black woman (Lena) who is an administrator at the school that the kids attend.

This is a family that I fell in love with. Callie and her brother Jude first came to the house as foster kids. Brandon is the oldest son, and biological son of Stephanie and Mike. Mariana and Jesus are the adopted twins that came to the house as young kids.

Over the course of 5 seasons, there was a lot that happened to this family. Callie and Jude came with a lot of baggage; and then there was the drama with trying to adopt the kids. Then Brandon and Callie had a forbidden romance. Jesus had a serious brain injury. Mariana had relationship troubles and was juggling multiple guys. Brandon was going to an exclusive music school until he messed it up. Jude came out as gay and had boy troubles too. The adults had their share of issues too: relationship struggles, struggles with careers and aging parents.

There are so many issues that got covered on this show: LGBT issues (gay marriage, gay teens, transsexual rights); public education (charter schools versus public schools); immigration, teen prostitution; the challenges of the foster care system; cheating (in school and relationships), drug addiction, guns at school, and more!

At the end of it all, this was a family that was always there for each other. I am happy that the story is going to continue with Callie and Mariana in the new show coming in 2019 — Good Trouble. And it looks like most of the family is going to be dropping by from time to time. Be sure to catch up with “The Fosters” on Netflix.

Which brings us to the bad — Nashville. Nashville premiered on October 10, 2012. It ran for 4 seasons on ABC; and 2 seasons on CMT. It was created by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri.

It was centered on the rivalry between a country superstar (Connie Britton) and a young country-pop upstart (Hayden Panettiere). Plus, there were other characters who were adjacent to them who also worked in or were trying to be in the country music business.

I have to admit I am happy this show is going off. It is a train wreck. And I have been hate-watching it this entire last season. I don’t like any of the storylines. The first 3 seasons of this show were good. The show started to have some issues in Season 4, then it was cancelled by ABC. But it was picked up by CMT — but it was never as good as it was on ABC. Then they went and killed off the Connie Britton character. And it was all downhill from there.

The thing that has kept me watching has been my love of the characters and the music. At the end of the day, it was a soap opera. And they definitely played up those elements in Seasons 2-4. There used to be great original music in each episode too. They even sold soundtracks to the show and made a few concert tours and specials too.

I loved the fact that there was a gay country star portrayed on the series (even if he was only one of the supporting characters). And I loved the dynamic between the 2 main females. Their characters ended up becoming friends over the course of the series. And there were some cute guys on the show too. And wonderful songs and performances. Too bad it didn’t last.

Farewell, and good riddance, Nashville — you over-stayed your welcome!

So, what do you think? Are you going to miss The Fosters and Nashville? Sound off in comments. Thanks for reading.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Kilts lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.


Goodbye to Glee

Glee recently ended its run after 6 seasons on Fox. Though the show suffered the last few seasons in quality, there is a lot I am thankful for with it. Plus I know I will miss the great musical numbers and fun, loveable and relatable characters.glee-cast

When the show first premiered in 2009, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of it. Created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, the show was described as the anti-High School Musical. (And I am a fan of that Disney series of movies). I saw the first episode, and was impressed with the level of talent among the kids in the Glee Club. But I can’t say it won me over that first episode. But into the first season, I came to love the show and it’s stars.

There was Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison), Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), Rachel Barry (Lea Michele), Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith), Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer), Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman (Mark Salling), Mercedes Jones (Amber Riley), Tina Cohen Chang (Jenna Ushkowitz), Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron), and Artie Ambrams (Kevin McHale). Later seasons brought us Britney S. Pierce (Heather Morris), Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera), Sam Evans (Chord Overstreet) and Blaine Anderson (Darren Chris). These misfits all came together in song, and the world is a better place for it.

Like a lot of gay teens, I totally felt left out and different growing up. I was an outcast or misfit myself. I so wanted to be in the ‘”in crowd” and be popular. I guess plenty of other people could identify with this feeling and why we latched on to “Glee.” We became “Gleeks” — a person who marches to the beat of their own drum, and is not afraid to sing about it.

I love the fact that you had openly gay teenagers on the show. It was a big deal at the time, and the producers took a lot of heat for it. Today, with how things have progressed as far as gay rights, I’d like to think that “Glee” had something to do with it. I also enjoyed the relationship between Kurt and his father. This was also something you hadn’t seen before on TV, with a Dad (Mike O’Malley) being supportive of his gay son.

The musical numbers were always great, and gave us many memorable moments. I have around 10 of the “Glee” CDs and listen to them often. Their interpretations are often as good as or better than the originals. And who can forget their mash-ups, where they put 2-3 songs together in a medley to dazzling results. I also love how much joy those songs/performances brought to the world. It looked like the kids were having so much fun in those scenes. I would have loved to be in that club!

I love that the show had songs from all different genres: Broadway, pop, rock, R&B, folk and more. There were often times I heard a song on the show first, only to find out who the original artist was later.

It’s a shame that so far the stars of the show have not gone onto successful recording careers: Darren Chris, Amber Riley, Lea Michele and Naya Rivera all have great voices. Maybe the next stop is Broadway for some of them.

I also want to mention Cory Monteith. What a tragedy. He was fantastic in the role of Finn Hudson, and I cried when I heard that he died. He may be gone, but his songs and acting will live on. I loved the fact that they brought back the original performance of “Don’t Stop Believin” from the pilot episode, it had me all teary eyed.

So goodbye, “Glee” — it was great having you around for the last 6 years. I know that the show and songs will always have a special place in my heart. The quote on the plaque in the last shot said it all: See the world not as it is, but as it should be.

KiltManinSoCal is a Los Angeles-based writer and designer. Be sure to check out the latest T-Shirts for sale here, including Marriage Equality and Real Men Wear Kilts lines. They make great gifts for friends, family and loved ones.

Goodbye 90210/Smash

Saying goodbye is never fun or easy. Two of my favorite shows are ending in a few weeks. One was a reboot of a classic Aaron Spelling soap, the other was a pedigreed show that never quite lived up to expectations. I am talking about 90210 on the CW and Smash on NBC.

The original Beverly Hills, 90210 ran for 10 seasons on Fox from 1990 to 2000. It launched the careers of Jennie Garth, Shannen Doherty, Jason Priestly and Luke Perry. The reboot 90210 debuted in 2008 and will be ending its five year run this coming May. Though not as long running as the original, it still had a decent run (compared to the rebooted Melrose Place which only had 1 season).90210

90210 concerned a bunch of rich kids in Beverly Hills, first attending West Beverly High and then California University, if going to college at all. This version at least added some people of color, with Tristin Wilds as Dixon and Michael Steger as Navid. It also updated viewers on some of their favorite ladies from the original series in the first year or 2 of the show.

I watched all of season 1, part of season 2, missed season 3, and picked it up again for seasons 4 and 5. There was always plenty of beautiful people having a lot of drama in their lives with school, careers and love lives. It seemed like everyone dated everyone on that show. And they had a lot of fun too, fabulous parties and crazy getaways.

I got to know these people and liked spending time with them. Shenae Grimes as Annie Wilson; Tristan Wilds as Dixon Wilson; Jessica Stroup as Erin Silver; AnnaLynne McCord as Naomi Clark; Michael Steger as Navid Sharazi, Jessica Lowndes as Adrianna Tate-Duncan; and Matt Latner as Liam Court. They fought, they loved, they cried, but at the end of the day they were still friends.

Smash debuted in 2012 as a mid-season replacement on NBC. Headlined by Katherine McPhee and Megan Hilty as dueling divas, both vying for the same job — playing Marilyn Monroe in a fictional Broadway musical named Bombshell. Other stars include Debra Messing, Anjelica Huston, Jack Davenport and Christian Borle.


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