‘Battle Of The Seasons’ Exit Interview: Lacey Dishes On Surprise Hookups And Wes’ Bad Rap

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The Challenge: Battle of the Seasons returns tonight for its second week, and unfortunately, fans of the MTV series will have to do without the always strategic Wes.  The Real World: Austin cast member said his goodbyes last week with his arena partner Lacey, as the two were sent home after getting beat by Big Easy and Cara Maria. (Or at least, that’s what the final pictures prove.)

After showing up for her very first challenge, Lacey Buehler chatted with me about her elimination and experience. For instance, do you really think Jonna was the first to hookup with Zach? Who did Team Austin consider to be the biggest threat, and how did Melinda and Danny handle having to work together? Check out Lacey’s very revealing interview below and stay tuned for more exit chit-chats with the rest of the cast!

First, how was it being on your very first challenge?
LACEY BUEHLER: 
It was really exciting, but definitely a little intimidating! I think anybody would be lying going into a challenge as a rookie [if they said they weren’t intimidated], but it’s definitely very exciting.

Were you and the rest of Team Austin happy it turned out to be Battle of the Seasons?
I was excited because obviously, I already know these three people really well, and so, for me, I kind of felt like it was a net for me, coming in brand new. I felt like I could kind of ride their coattails for a little bit. And I would be a little bit safe. They’re like my friends and my protectors.

Now how long exactly were you there?
That’s so funny. That’s what the customs guy asked me and I couldn’t remember then either! Probably. I think about two weeks.

What was your experience like?
It’s really fun in the beginning because nobody’s stressed yet, and nobody’s really thinking about the game necessarily – I mean, I’m sure there’s a few that come into it pre-plotting and pre-determining what they’re doing, but I just went to hang out in the beginning and just sort of feel everybody out. My favorite part was we got to go to – I guess it was a nightclub, or a bar; they took us all out before the challenge started – and that was just really fun to be on a social setting with people I hadn’t necessarily hung out with before, in a foreign country. It’s definitely not a bad deal.

Did you know ahead of time that Wes, Melinda and Danny would be there?
I didn’t know for a while. They’re pretty good about setting stuff up and keeping it under wraps, and I’m not exactly Sherlock Holmes about these things. I was just excited to get to go, but slowly but surely – I talk to them – so obviously, it’s going to come up: ‘I’m going to the Challenge, what are you doing?’ I knew before the airport, for sure.

Did your team have a certain strategy straight out the gate once the rules were announced?
I don’t think we really thought about strategy. It was more because we didn’t know what the challenges were so we didn’t know what the strengths would be. I mean, I’m not the most athletic person, so I think we decided to just play it challenge by challenge, and just see what we could pull out of ourselves.

Were there any obvious threats or people you thought you wouldn’t have to worry about as much?
I think we were worried about Vegas. I mean, they were our friends, and I think our ally, but just their athletic ability – I mean, you can be an ally with someone, but when you get to the end, you still want to win. And I think they outdid us in athleticism, and if it did come down to them and us in a race, I’m pretty certain that they would win. So, definitely the more athletic teams like that. I’m trying to think – St. Thomas – we weren’t really thinking that they would be a threat, just because they’re new. Not because we didn’t think they weren’t athletic or anything, it’s just -you always assume that the new kids are just going to blend in the background and disappear first. But obviously, that wasn’t the case!

Melinda and Danny clearly have a history. Was there any tension?
I don’t think “tension” is the right word. I think more it’s more “awkwardness.” Neither one of them seemed, or haven’t expressed to me, any real anger about the whole thing. It was more it didn’t work, they both have their reasons it didn’t work, but I think they’re both equally happy with what they’re doing now, so there’s no real resentment. I think they actually truly do wish the best for each other. I mean, obviously they’ll still be bonded forever, in the background. But I think they’re both really happy to be doing what they’re doing – where they are – and just really want the best for each other.

It must have been crazy to think that out of all the couples, those two were now going to be left working together by themselves.
Sure. I guess we felt bad for her. As soon as they made the call that Big Easy hit the bell first, my first thought – I just looked over at Mel, and I just saw the tears start. I’m sure the first part was because she didn’t want us to go, but I’m sure another part was like, ‘Dammit. I’m going to be here with Danny alone. This is not really what I want to be doing.’

We have to talk about the arena competition. That must have been so nerve-wracking.
Yeah, I was not expecting it to be girl on girl and guy on guy. I really thought it was going to be me and Wes versus somebody. When they announced that, in the back of my head I was like, ‘Okay, I’m screwed.’ I mean, I obviously am a fighter – I’ll do my best – but I really wanted it to be me and him going in together because I think he and I work really well together, and we motivate each other. So, I felt like it was weird, being that it was a team challenge, and yet the elimination was sort of, ‘You work it out for yourself, and he’ll have to work it out for himself.’ And so it was very intimidating knowing that it was my first elimination – and the first elimination – and I have to do it myself.

Plus, with the challenge winning team getting to choose what kind of competition you play in the arena and not knowing which players you’re going up against until last-minute.
Yeah, you don’t technically, but people talk. I mean, you’ve seen the show. These people aren’t very good at keeping secrets at all. I mean we knew whom we were going against when we were going in. Even before CJ ever got up and said, ‘us,’ – I mean, there was no doubt. We weren’t sitting around, biting our nails, like, ‘Oooh, I wonder.’ It was like, as soon as we were on the platform at the first challenge and announced ‘Cancun,’ we were like, ‘Okay, well I guess I have to go pack a bag.’ I don’t think they – I think CJ – had a personal agenda to get Wes out. I’m not saying it’s for bad reasons – I don’t really know the back story of their previous history – but he seemed like they have a legitimate reason that he wanted to go after Wes, and he got his way this time.

Even after the taping, what was everyone saying after the close call between Wes and Big Easy?
I think it was split based on who people wanted to win. I don’t think anybody in that situation is every unbiased. I mean, obviously, I’m like, ‘Bullshit! No way!’ because I don’t want to go home. And I also think it depends on where you were standing on that lineup, ‘cause I was up on the side where Wes was, so to me it looked like he got there first, but I was looking at an angle. But of course, Cancun and San Diego – all of those people who wanted to be the big men on campus, who wanted Wes gone – Wes could have hit the bell five minutes early, and they would have been like, ‘No way! Big Easy totally got it.’ I think opinions were definitely based on alliances.

Do you think Wes just gets a bad rap?
I think he gets a bad rap, but I think that he does it to himself sometimes. Some of the hate that comes his way is a bit self-inflicted, because he’s not afraid to speak his mind and be cocky, but when it comes down to it, he’s one of the most sincere people I know. Yeah, he says some douchebag things sometimes, but he’s funny as heck, and usually when you hear him say something that’s super egotistical, he’s half-joking. And the fact that people take any of that seriously is just goofy. He’s just fun-loving, he’s a hard worker – I mean, he is confident – but I definitely think the whole “douchebag, egotistical Wes” thing is a little bit blown out of proportion. He’d do anything for his friends. I mean, could hang up with you right now and call him right now and he’d answer, no matter what he was doing. He’s just a good person like that.

Is there any back story on that Frank and Wes argument? Did people just brush it off because Frank was drunk?
That started from the airport. I feel like Frank came into this wanting to be the new man on campus. And if you think about the cast – obviously, Alton and Trishelle and Sarah all have been Challenges – but without those typical alpha males like the Kenny’s and the Evans and all of that – I think Wes was sort of the big man on campus. And I think Frank was one of those people coming in wanting to take over that role. Wanting to get that reputation, so that he can move forward in his Challenge career. So, he set his sights on Day One on not liking him. I don’t even know if it was a genuine dislike. It might have not been in the beginning. I don’t think they like each other now, but I think it was more his way to place blame and it just escalated into actual, ‘they don’t like each other.’

So the incident happened pretty early on.
That was after the first challenge. That was after we did the first challenge. And Frank was getting his way right away. Wes was trying to set up all of his alliances, and do his thing – and what they really didn’t show was Frank was doing the same thing on the other end. Frank is very confident like Wes is, and so he was getting sort of puffed up about how he was in control of all of these people, and Wes is nothing anymore. What I find funny is all of the nasty things that Frank says about Wes. He’s kind of the same way. He’s like, ‘Wes is manipulative, and Wes is egotistical, and Wes is this and that,’ and I’m kind of like, ‘You’re doing the same thing on the other side.’ I just don’t understand how he points it out in another person and doesn’t see what he’s doing.

What about that Zach and Jonna hookup?
Yeah, he was actually fiddling around with Trishelle before that happened! I’m not saying they slept together, but there was definitely some making out and some stuff going on. That’s why Wes keeps calling Trishelle a cougar because obviously, Zach’s a quite a bit younger than she is. That was happening for a couple of days, and then all of a sudden I saw him kissing Jonaha, and I was like, ‘Oh. Oh. I guess we’re just swapping ‘em out!’

So they didn’t try to hide that first kiss?
Oh, they were out about it. That was the funny thing – I saw him making out with Trishelle one day, and then the next day he was standing in that bar area kissing Jonaha, and Trishelle’s standing there, and I thought, ‘Oh, please. That’s totally fine?’ I don’t know.

Did his ex Ashley ever have a reaction?
Yeah, I guess she dated him. He says she broke his heart. I don’t really know the details about their breakup. She said she was seeing somebody else. I think she thought it was skanky. I don’t think she was upset like, ‘You don’t even care about me anymore!’ I think she just thought it was rude and skanky that girls were like, ‘Oh, I want to make out with him!’ right in front of her, without even checking to see if she had any residual feelings from their relationship. Nobody cared. They were like, ‘Who cares. You broke up, I can make out with him now.’

Any other hookups you witnessed?
I saw a little clip of Devan and Big Easy, which I find baffling. I think it’s cool that they’re happy, but I would have never put my money on that. So, that will be interesting to see what happens with them.

Would you ever consider doing another challenge?
I would love to do another challenge! I was really disappointed going in and coming home right away. It’s been a long time and I never got an opportunity to do one. So for me, it was like a big tease. It’s like, I got to, but then ‘go home.’ So, I would absolutely love to do another one.

Now that it’s all been taped, did you all find out who won already?
Well, it depends. I’m tight-lipped, but I suppose that some people – Twitter is kind of dangerous, because I feel like everybody drinks and tweets, and it’s a bad combination.


‘Scandal’ Interview: Katie Lowes On Quinn Perkins, More Twists To Come, And Reveals Plans For A Cast Dance

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What’s better than finding out who Quinn Perkins is on tonight’s season two premiere of Scandal? Finding out just a little more about the actor who plays her—Katie Lowes. Seriously, could she be more likeable? Quinn was caught in quite the cliffhanger last season, but don’t fret fans! She will soon be revealed and then some. According to Katie, viewers of the ABC series will be happy to find out her true identity, but soon realize that we’ll be introduced to whole lot more soon.

So with not too many spoilers (we swear!) here’s our exclusive with Katie about all things Scandal. She not only touches on Fitz and Olivia’s relationship and her favorite episodes, but also what its like to film a political series during election year.

Bonus: There’s a chance the cast will tape a dancing video after they complete all 13 episodes. Apparently, the crew at Olivia Pope and Associates like to choreograph a dance when the cameras stop rolling.

 

Quinn came in as quite the newbie lawyer. What do you love most about playing her?
KATIE LOWES:
 I love that she’s the newbie. I can definitely relate to that! Not that I feel new to acting – I mean, I’ve been an actor since I came out of my mom’s belly, is what I always say – I’ve been doing it forever! But in a way, this is an ensemble show, and everybody in the cast has worked a ton, and I just haven’t worked as much as [they have.] So, I can relate in that I sort of feel like the newbie on set. And sometimes to get into the scenes, we definitely like to act like our characters with each other. So I can relate to her in that way, and I love playing that part about her.

I also love playing roles where they’re just placed in terrible situations, and your job is to react honestly. And that is so Quinn! Being the new person in this crazy crisis management firm, where every day, you know, some horrible, crazy scandal walks into your office. Whether it [is] a murderer thing, or a sex scandal, if it’s a political figure, or an athletic figure, or a celebrity – or whatever it is – Quinn gets to really see it for the first time. She’s the audience’s eyes and ears. I like to say you guys are seeing this world for the first time, and so is Quinn. I take on that responsibility to show the world of Olivia Pope and Associates to you guys and I take it seriously – and I love it!

This season is going to be really interesting for Quinn, because she’s not the newbie anymore – she’s been around for a little bit, and even though she’s definitely functioning as the audience’s eyes and ears, she definitely knows more. She definitely has secrets. She’s definitely hiding some stuff. There’s a lot of conflict going on for her this season, which is so fun to play!

Quinn left season one with quite the cliffhanger!
Well, definitely in the first episode back, you find out who Quinn Perkins is right off the gate. You find out who she is and where she comes from. But, of course – as only the brilliant Shonda Rhymes can do – it leads you to SO many more questions. I think the viewers will be satisfied for like, a minute, and it’ll just be like, ‘Oh my God! This is part of something so much bigger, and much higher stakes.’ We’re only on episode six of the season and I only learn as I get each script. Shonda keeps everything secretive.

So much about Scandal is about the twist and the turns, and all of these cliffhangers, and who is really who, and who can you trust, and nothing is as it seems. So, if it was leaked, I just don’t think it would be as exciting. I spent all summer with people asking me on the streets – strangers stopping me – asking, ‘Who is Quinn Perkins?’ And that’s all because Shonda Rhymes is amazing at her job.

That must be a favorite characteristic of yours about her. Does she always keep it tight-lipped? You’ve worked on Grey’s.

Yes, it is one of my favorite parts now, even though at first it’s SO challenging. Because you just have to trust her, and you just have to trust the process. Clearly, she has quite the wonderful track record, so you’re like, ‘obviously she knows better than me. What the hell do I know?’ So you trust her, and you’re just along for this ride, and in a way it’s really freeing, and I’ve just been absolutely loving it!

Have people been begging you to find out what Quinn’s real name is?
Oh my God! Begging! It’s a really good name! I like it. Yeah, people are begging to know the name.

It must be so exciting because it’s difficult to keep loyal viewers today in television with so many shows out there. But Scandal’sdone a great job at that. Do you get a sense of success on the set?
We are so fortunate in that yes, I can say that. I can say that honestly, yes, we are so excited, and genuinely, 100%, all get along and hold each other up in the best way an ensemble can do. And I don’t think that that’s the case. I don’t have a ton of experience with this, but I have heard horror stories where that is definitely not the case. Where people work on a show that they don’t believe in, or they don’t like the material, or they don’t like each other. And this show, the stars aligned or something. We love the material and everybody really loves their part. Whenever somebody else in the cast gets really meaty scenes, we’re calling and texting like, ‘I can’t wait to watch that!’ We are really excited, and we all feel incredibly indebted to our fans for getting us a second season and staying loyal to the show. It is hard. There are so many other shows, and there are so many other networks and stations and it is really hard to get a following of a show. Our fans are kick-ass!

Do you have a favorite episode?
Last season, episode one was obviously one of my top favorites, just because it’s where everything started. It was my audition scenes, so it will always have a special place in my heart. But my favorite episode of the season last year was actually episode six, which was the flashback episode. Quinn was very light in the episode, but it was the flashback episode where you see how Olivia and the president first meet, and what their relationship was two years ago. I just thought it was the coolest episode ever directed by Tom Verica, who is working with us a bunch this season, and he’s an actor as well. And that’s just such a gift to work with a director who is an also an actor, because he just gets it. And then, this season, Episode 1 is clearly my favorite because it’s all about ‘Who is Quinn Perkins?’ But so far, another favorite of mine is this episode that we read today, that I can’t tell you anything about, but it’s episode six. When you watch it, you’re going to flip your s-h-i-t.

Can’t wait! What are your thoughts on Olivia’s relationship with Fitz?
It’s so weird. This is why Shonda Rhymes and all of the writers are so good. Nothing is black or white, and you can’t – as much as you want to judge Fitz for cheating on his wife, or sleeping with the little White House aide – as much as you want to judge him, you realize that all of these characters are human, and they are all very conflicted. And so, as much as you want to hate the president, you just love him because he loves Olivia so much, and he just married the wrong woman at a very young age, and people make mistakes. I think that’s what’s awesome about this show too. You can’t really judge anyone! Nobody’s evil. Nobody’s right. Nobody’s wrong. Nobody’s evil, and nobody’s good. Everyone is really messed up and human, in the best of ways.

Is it exciting having the political election going on right now?
Oh, yes! Unreal! It is so cool! We are a political show, during an election year, and I think that that is only good for the show. It definitely keeps us heated on the set. In no way, shape, or form does anyone try to tell anyone how to vote, but our show is especially passionate about voting, and having an opinion, and making sure that you know it’s your duty to have your opinion heard. I don’t know if you know, but Kerry Washington spoke at the Democratic National Convention.

Yes, she did!
And she was awesome! She was the first person to come back on set and be like, ‘that was extracurricular! Just please make sure everyone vote. This is so important to be a responsible citizen of this country.’

And lastly, are there any behind-the-scenes jokes on set?
Oh God. We’re ridiculous because it’s such a dramatic show, and we’re a group of such idiots. Just silliness goes on set. We all love to dance, and right now we’re in the middle of choreographing a Scandal dance with the cast. About every other day we add on another move, and the move will usually be inspired by some sort of blocking that somebody else does. So we have that going on!

Is there a certain song that goes with that?
We haven’t picked a song yet! We’re going to make the whole thing over 13 episodes, and then we’re going to pick a song, and we’re going to try to tape it or something. What else do we like to do? We like to do these little things called “eye hugs” where we’ll look at each other from across the room, and as slow as we can, blink our eyes and give each other a nice little “eye hug.”

This must be the most unique inside joke on a television set ever.
If you or anyone else were to come to set, they would be shocked at how skilled at everyone is at making a fart noise and then jumping into the most serious life or death scene.


Penny Marshall On Her New Memoir ‘My Mother Was Nuts,’ And Directing Brother Garry In ‘A League Of Their Own’

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For those who want a fast read and a great laugh, do your self a favor and pickup Penny Marshall’s latest memoir, My Mother Was Nuts. The iconic filmmaker and actress (who’s famous for name dropping her close A-list friends) reveals all and doesn’t mind looking a little nuts herself while doing it. She may have started out in dancing classes as a child to please her mother, but Penny shows (even though she probably wouldn’t admit it!) that her carefree lifestyle and ambition is how she ended up becoming the first female director in history to make $100 million at the box office for her work in Big and A League of Their Own. As her motto goes, “Try hard, help your friends, don’t get too crazy, have fun.”

In the book, Penny pens just about everything. “I hope they enjoy it,” she says about readers during her New York press rounds. “I hope they get a laugh, they feel something and that you can identify with [it].” Some of the most memorable stories include her Bronx upbringings, infamous birthday parties with best friend Carrie Fisher that included Hollywood’s elite, that time she was robbed twice and for the most part stayed calm, her friendship with John Belushi, how Robert De Niro almost snagged the Big lead and her past marriage to Rob Reiner. “No, I didn’t talk to them before,” she said on not telling Garry, her daughter Tracy or Rob about writing the book initially. “I talked to Rob afterwards.” Saying, “‘You better warn your wife. There are two pictures of us in there. And do you remember who took the wedding photos?'”

In our discussion, Penny further went into detail about working with her brother Garry Marshall, if she would have ever acted in the best baseball film ever made (my opinion, not hers) and takes a look back on being a part of the Paramount lot during a time when some of the greatest hits including Laverne & Shirley, Happy Days, Mork & Mindy, Taxi and Bosom Buddies were being taped in the 1970s.

I love your relationship with your brother and how he said he’d help you get in the business, but afterward it’s up to you. But what’s the dynamic like directing him, especially in A League of Their Own?

PENNY MARSHALL: Easy! I wanted Christopher Walken and we couldn’t afford him! [Laughs] “Gare, can you come in?” And so he came in and he did it! He’s good! He’s funny!

He knew Tom [Hanks]. Look. That was the first movie I ever did on location: Chicago and Evansville, Indiana. And so I brought as many family members as possible: my daughter, my niece—three nieces and my brother. And he’s easy. Me and Gare don’t talk in full sentences…so it’s easy.

If you were to have acted in the film, would you have liked to play Dottie or Kit?

No, I don’t like to be in some—I have no objectivity on myself. So I don’t have the ego to have to be in front of the camera. And luckily in order to direct I didn’t have to be in it. Like some people have to be in it in order to get the opportunity to direct. I didn’t even ask to direct, but I don’t need—I don’t have the—I’ll cut myself out period. That’s it. I don’t like looking at myself.

You mention that you’re always one of the guys. What are some funny memories you had with actors like Robin Williams and Tom Hanks on the Paramount set?

They had all series on the lot. That’s why we were there. It wasn’t hanging out to hang out. I had a series there. My brother had created three series. Tom was in Bosom Buddies. Taxi was on the lot, which was with my brother. And we would meet in the commissary on whatever day. And I appeared on almost every show because our ratings were higher. [Laughs] “So okay, I’ll run over here and do Taxi. I’ll do a Bosom Buddy.” And a lot of the—because back then, if you did commercials they didn’t let you on television. If you did television you couldn’t do movies. Now, everyone’s doing everything! All of the major stars are doing commercials, which there’s nothing wrong with that, but you weren’t allowed to then. And so it’s very different.

There were only three major channels that they did special shows for, and most of those people went into directing. From Danny [Akroyd] to Rob [Williams], to even Henry Wrinkler. Ron Howard. You know, most of those people went into directing. I know because three multi-camera, which is a three-camera, we didn’t have video things staring at us. We did film. And so we all got used to creating a little bit, and bahaviorizing a bit.

 

Best TV Soundtracks: ‘Dawson’s Creek’ Music Includes Biggest TV Theme Song

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As many iTunes lovers and Youtube fanatics understand, music (old and new) has become a huge factor on hit television shows and both the show and artists featured benefit from the collaboration. Ever YouTube a certain scene from your favorite show for hours on end? Did it have a catchy song that you immediately downloaded? Yes, the odds are that you have.

Television show soundtracks are an obsession over here and the music played make that specific scene that much more memorable. Take Dawson’s Creek, for example. Its theme song (and our favorite show song to date) put singer Paula Cole on the map. It also also continues to remind fans everywhere of Pacey, Joey and Dawson when the song comes on the radio. You know, the good ole’ days when the kids just walked on the beach, not arguing just yet about a love triangle or who’s going to tell Jen she’s been getting out of control lately.

Anyways, check out 10 of our favorite songs from the WB series (RIP) and stay tuned weekly here at Ology for a look back and a look forward to some of the best soundtracks that some of the greatest television shows have featured. Some of our collection will of course include One Tree HillThe O.C.Friday Night Lights and even current series like Glee and The Newsroom.

1. Chantal Kreviazuk- “Feels Like Home”

2. Heather Nova- “London Rain (Nothing Heals Me Like You Do)”

3. Sixpence None The Richer- “Kiss Me”

4. Sarah McLachlan- “I Will Remember You”

5. Billie Myers- “Kiss the Rain”

6. Evan and Jaron- “Crazy For This Girl”

7. Five for Fighting- “Superman”

8. Nine Days- “If I Am”

9. Les Miserables- “On My Own” (Come on, this was a must!)

10. Paula Cole- “I Don’t Want To Wait”


Big Brother’ Showmances: 10 Best And Worst In History

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Big Brother uses a lot of key terms in the house, and over the years houseguests have added to the list. (That we all diehard fans would love to utter because then you’d meet Julie Chen, but immediately regret it, realizing you’d be stuck inside all summer with a bunch of strangers.) In any case, there’s Head of Household, Power of Veto, backdooring, double eviction and the always entertaining showmance. Danielle and Shane seem to have one this year (haha, no) but there’s definitely been more memorable ones over the years. After dwindling it down, here’s the five best and five worst romances we actually care about.

BEST: Jeff and Jordan are by far the best showmance in Big Brother history. Jeff recently told Julie Chen he’s got a due date on proposing and they moved in together. Plus, Jeff is HOT even if he’s going a little grey. Like, really hot. Keep Jesse away, bring back Jeff and Jordan more often in future competitions to host. Please and thank you.

WORST: Jesse, Lydia and Natalie. Minus the Natalie. She actually thought she belonged in this showmance. The two did it on camera and Lydia and Natalie later cried during Jesse’s funeral. You know, when he got evicted from the house. Some of these people even belonged to what some called the Nerd Herd. I wonder why.

BEST: Drew and Diane in season 5 really started a romance in the Big Brother house. Like, really. They make it on the list as one of the best because after canoodling all season Drew actually evicted her when they were in the bottom three. Yep, good ole’ Michael the cowboy stayed instead. Word has it the two reconciled after the show though.

WORST: Boogie, what were you thinking? Sure, he seems to be a great businessman outside the house, but apparently the guy isn’t all that smooth in the love department. He proposed to Krista on live television, but the two later called it quits. A few years later (even though he won at one time) a certain kid named Ian salted the BB wounds when he betrayed him and kicked him out of the house.

BEST: Daniele and Nick didn’t seem to be all that interesting in season 8 at first, but that always changes when you have the girl’s dad under the same roof. Plus, Nick was just really adorable. The two were clearly just a fling, but it gave viewers something else to look at besides Evil Dick and Jen always fighting.

WORST: “BRENDANNNN!!!” Oh, Rachel and Brendan. The Brigade and everyone else may have hated you whole-heartedly but at least you stayed together once the show ended! Even after Brendan was caught on Skype doing something really nasty that CBS wouldn’t approve of! Anywho, the two mirrored what they did in the house recently by getting married. When we asked Brendan a few days prior to come join our live chats, he replied, “@ologize We would if we weren’t practicing our wedding dance. :)”

BEST: Eric and Jessica were too cute for words. Who honestly thought these two would ever get together? The duo competed in season 8 together, but eventually decided to go their separate ways once it ended. He did throw out an “I love you” though in her goodbye message.

WORST: Kristen was out the door pretty quickly and its all because of Hayden. Well, sort of. The two made out a few times (yes, even when she was dressed in that leotard), but she eventually got kicked out because he obviously had an alliance going on with The Brigade. The duo were just…annoying. (PS: We love you Hayden.)

BEST: Will and everyone will always be the most amazing showmance in Big Brother history. Whether it be with BOOGIE, Janelle or Shannon, Dr. Will clowned everyone in that house and made out with some showmances along the way. He’s so sneaky and disloyal and adorable all at the same time.

WORST: Danielle is CRAZY about Shane and Shane is just not having it. Come on now girl, if Shane really wanted to hookup with you don’t you think he would have done it already? YES. ABSOLUTELY. ALL OF THE ABOVE. This is the worst showmance ever because (HELLO!) it really isn’t a showmance AT ALL.


Best TV Soundtracks: Top 20 Best ‘Glee’ Covers

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As many iTunes lovers and Youtube fanatics understand, music (old and new) has become a huge factor on hit television shows and both the show and artists featured benefit from the collaboration. Ever YouTube a certain scene from your favorite show for hours on end? Did it have a catchy song that you immediately downloaded? Yes, the odds are that you have.

Television show soundtracks are an obsession over here and the music played make that specific scene that much more memorable. “Don’t Stop Believin'” instantly became a hit all over again when the Glee club sang it in the first episode. And remember “My Life Would Suck Without You” before the credits scrolled? McKinley High may do covers for the most part, but at least we get a Mr. Schue shimmy out of it from time to time.

Check out 10 of our favorite cover songs from the FOX series and stay tuned weekly here at Ology for a look back and a look forward to some of the best soundtracks that some of the greatest television shows have featured. Some of our collection of course includes One Tree HillDawson’s CreekFriday Night Lights and even current series like The Vampire Diaries and The Newsroom.

 1. Journey- “Don’t Stop Believin'”

2. Adele- “Rumor Has It/Someone Like You”

3. Train- “Hey Soul Sister”

4. Usher- “Without You”

5. Rihanna- “We Found Love”

6. Florence and the Machine- “Dog Days Are Over”

7. Katy Perry- “Teenage Dream”

8. Bruno Mars- “Billionaire”

9. Alicia Keys/Jay-Z- “Empire State of Mind”

10. The Beatles- “I Want to Hold Your Hand”

11. Britney Spears- “Stronger”

12. Fleetwood Mac- “Never Going Back Again”

13. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole- “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”

14. Kelly Clarkson- “My Life Would Suck Without You”

15. Fun.- “We Are Young”

16. Queen- “Somebody to Live”

17. Grease– “Summer Nights” 

18. Katy Perry- “Firework”

19. Fleetwood Mac- “Go Your Own Way”

20. My Chemical Romance- “Sing”


Top 20 Teen Movies Of All Time

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Some may not like this list in its entirety, but I’d hope you agree that all of these films should have made it onto a top teen movie list at one point or another. With a variation from John Hughes to more current films likeThe Notebook and Can’t Hardly Wait, all of these are a must-see. Blame it on the fact that I grew up with these films, but features like Mean Girls and A Walk to Remember made the ranking too.

And before I forget, don’t get too harsh when you check out what came in first. A teen film about high school kids stuck in detention on a Saturday is of course an all-time win, but at the end of the day a teen film is best when there’s some type of love story. And when the film just so happens to create the best young male character of all time too.

20. Save the Last Dance

19. Mean Girls

18. Sixteen Candles

17. St. Elmo’s Fire

16. Drive Me Crazy 

15. Pretty in Pink

14. Footloose

13. Clueless

12. Never Been Kissed

11. Now and Then

10. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

9. Dirty Dancing

8. A Walk to Remember

7. Can’t Hardly Wait

6. The Notebook

5. Empire Records

4. She’s All That

3. 10 Things I Hate About You

2. The Breakfast Club

1. Say Anything