Things I Learned Watching My First Episode of ‘The Bachelor’

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I LOVE trash television. I am the live action Grinch of trash television. I devour it. I hoard it. I construct my own beautiful, twisted world with it and inside it. Reality shows of all shapes, sizes, genres, and networks give me life. Whether that happens via schadenfreude or envy, I’m not entirely sure. **SPOILER ALERT for season 21 of The Bachelor**

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Jane the Virgin Recap: Straight Outta Romance Novel

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(S)Heeeee’s baaaack! After an impromptu and accidental hiatus, I have returned to bring you my take on the season three premiere of CW’s Jane the Virgin. We reunite with Jane after her own agonizing and cliffhangerrific hiatus that left her heroic hubby Michael with a GSW to the chest and STILL no sex with his one true love to speak of. Let’s turn the page on “Chapter Forty-Five” and try to resist the urge to scroll to the bottom of my post. I’m hoping the journey will be worth it. Continue reading

Make Your Case: The Acting Categories

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Just under the wire, people.

With this first Emmys post, I want to welcome a handsome, dashing gentleman who is now an official part of the (Pop) Culturally Informed team, Brian Pope! Brian is a pop culture weirdo who’s bringing a ton of new and exciting ideas to this blog, and Ben and I could not possibly be more thrilled to have him with us.

And with that said, here are our picks for the Emmy’s big acting categories!

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Game of Thrones Recap: Okay Ladies, Now Let’s Get In Formation

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Welcome back, nerds.

After a long 10 months of endless speculation, book readers losing their smug upper hand, and keeping up with poor, beleaguered Kit Harington’s haircuts and flight itineraries, Game of Thrones is back and has already killed off several characters in its first hour of Season 6, the entirety of which is is the adaptation equivalent of “going north of the Wall.” The action of this episode could best be summed up as “bleeding and scheming” (which would incidentally make an excellent tagline for the entire show), but we still got some big reveals and at least one solid bitch-slapping fight scene that made it all worth it.

Well, let’s get down to it. God, I missed this show.

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What’s Next for (Pop) Culturally Informed

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Oh… hey there, guys.

So, yes. It’s been a while, thanks to new jobs, shows, and a myriad of other excuses, but whatever. (Pop) Culturally Informed is getting back on its feet and launching more content to clog your newsfeeds!

Nina will, of course, resume her Game of Thrones recaps after its premiere on April 24, and is planning on writing separate pieces about how that show is working with its truly weird adaptation struggles. She’ll also be talking about the state of comedy on TV (spoiler alert: it’s good).

Ben is planning on writing some thinkpieces about summer blockbusters and segments about how pop culture is interfering with the current presidential election circus.

We’ll also resume coverage of big pop culture news with tidbits here and there, and, if time allows, will give ICYMI another shot (but don’t hold out much hope for that one, kids). We’ll also be publishing opinion pieces  so we can keep shoving our feelings in your face.

Okay, then! Gird your loins or whatever! New content coming soon.