As I commented last night about
the death of Adam Schlesinger
due to COVID-19, I am a big fan of Fountains
of Wayne. I really enjoy a good pop-rock song with clever lyrics, which
was the band's wheelhouse. So Adam's untimely passing is sad news in the midst
of a time when there's too much sad news to go around. For a reason it will take
me a long time to get around to, this reminds me I've been meaning to share a TV
show recommendation. On a tip from a friend, MrsBlue and I checked out Crazy
on Netflix, and quickly fell in love with it. This is despite
the fact that it's not in my personal wheelhouse, as it combines two genres I
normally have little or no interest in: romantic comedies and Broadway musicals.
So, as I say, this would not usually be my thing by a very long shot. I'm
guessing it would not usually many of yours either, but this show transcends my
biases. It is quite clever, extremely well-executed, and more than a little
edgy. We enjoyed every minute of it, and wondered why we hadn't heard of it
before. Turns out this originally aired on the CW network, which explains
everything. It was the lowest-rated show on TV for three of its four seasons,
and the second-lowest for the other one. The
this makes it "one of the lowest-rated shows in television history to be renewed
through four seasons by its parent network." So someone really believed in it.
And with good cause: It's filled with self-awareness, endearing characters, and
super-clever musical numbers, which can be partially attributed to the fact that
Adam Schlesinger was its musical director (I finally got around to connecting
the dots on this tangent). As I say, on the surface this is not something I or
many of you would normally be drawn to. But it really is surprisingly great, and
if you're looking for something to binge in this time of social distancing, I
cannot recommend it more highly.
Son: Jazz great Ellis Marsalis Jr. dead at 85; fought virus
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.