Top 5ive: Dan Schneider shows

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Dan Schneider created many shows that we have grown up loving. Like everything thing in life, we must list them in order to make them feel loved. Not all of my favorite could make the list. Mainly because they were as spectacular as the ones that made the list. Dan has the Midas touch when it comes to picking out talent and creating magic. So here are the Top 5ive Dan Schneider shows.

5. Zoey 101

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Who didn’t love Zoey 101? It was such good show. It doesn’t get the credit that it deserves. Sure, it wasn’t like the other shows that came from Dan but it was still a good one. It was more of a Drama than the other and it was written less of a comedy. It was pretty much a teen soap opera. And did so well. It didn’t take itself seriously but still made the situations dramatic.

4. iCarly

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“iCarly” took the comedy that made “Drake & Josh” popular (don’t worry, it’s on the list). It also took the rising popular of YouTube and help popularize the viral videos, as that was how the series’s web show “iCarly” became a thing. The writing on the show was extremely well written and introduced many of the things we loved about Dan’s shows.  You can thank “iCarly” for the many of YouTube channels.

3. Drake & Josh

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It’s the original spin-off of a spin-off that what really got everyone’s attention. “Drake & Josh” was the precursor to what iCarly became comedically. It was a show that was so ridiculous at times with the schemes and the plot, you couldn’t help but love it. It gave us a reason to call people boobs and to love Oprah. It also made us all want Pear products instead of Apple products.

2. VICTORiOUS

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The most inappropriate show ever and I loved every minute of it. The music was catchy and the songs were just amazing. The cast was amazingly well done. Every character stood out and made you laugh. The acting was the best I’ve seen on a Nickelodeon show in years. “VICTORiOUS” was pretty much the best show of the early 2010s. It’s also should be noted that it would be a tie between “VICTORiOUS” and “Drake & Josh.” The only reason “VICTORiOUS” beat it is for one name: Ariana Grande. The biggest name to come out of Nickelodeon in years. Dan, if you are reading this – hit me up! I have a treatment for a VICTORiOUS reunion.

1. All That

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It’s the show that started it all. It’s the sketch comedy show that we all love and continue to watch when it’s on “The Splat.” It was the kid version of SNL and it was so good. From “Vital Information” to “Good Burger,” every sketch is a classic that will always stand out in our hearts. Also, without “All That” we would live a less wonderful world.

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Oh my lucky stars! It’s actresses that aren’t known for singing

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In the world of hollywood these days, it’s extremely common for celebrities to be able to do multiple skills (i.e. Sing/Dance, Sing/Dance/Act). Well sometimes actresses think they are the next “J-Lo” and then their singing careers just don’t take off. We’ve compiled a list of actresses that aren’t know for their singing careers. Here a few that made us cringe or just are overshadowed by something they did.

Victoria Justice

Everyone remembers Victoria Justice, or Vicky J as we call her, as the star of the hit Nickelodeon show “VICTORiOUS”. After rumors spread that she ended the show because she wanted her own solo tour instead of a cast tour, Victoria took a break from acting to focus on her “music” (aka do nothing because it never seems like anyone who says they are going to focus on music does a lot).  Vicky J is also the rumored bully of the second coming of Mariah Carey, Ariana Grande. So I think the fans of the world finds the irony in the fact that Ariana has a hit album and Vicky J has…well a song that went Gold with Zumba. Either way, Vicky J is now one of the actresses that doesn’t have a successful singing career…or even a successful acting career either at this point. She’s just getting her Zumba on and no one really cares. Hey Vicky J, say hi to Ariana Grande as she’s on tour with a hit album that actually didn’t go gold…but rather Platinum.

Emily Osment

You remember her as Hannah Montana’s best friend that really couldn’t sing but then magically could in the series finale as she sang subconsciously with Miley “I’m secretly learning how to twerk behind my daddy’s back” Cyrus. This, along with Disney needing to fill their quota of Disney stars that could sing, proceed to have Emily Osment think that she could have a singing career. Granted, Emily does have a good voice, probably a little better than the 2010s Disney Queen Miley and probably could have had the career that Miley has had, minus the foam finger and twerk all up on Beetlejuice part. But she probably turned may people off when she told them “Let’s be friends so we can make out” in song off of her début album. Emily, you’re pretty but that’s just too forward for people but I give you props for telling them your intentions right out of the gate.

Miranda Cosgrove

Miranda Cosgrove is a victim….a victim of the war between Nickelodeon and Disney Channel and we are a victim of having to hear her sing. Miranda was the star of one of the first breakout shows of the late 2000’s Nickelodeon boom, iCarly,  and was up against Disney’s powerhouse show, Hannah Montana. They decided that “Hey, Miranda can carry a tune! Let’s get her to sing a song or three on the iCarly soundtrack” and that’s how her first single “About You Now” was released. Slowly as time grew on, Miranda thought she could sing and she even released her own album and went on tour when we all really wished that she could stop.  Nowadays, Miranda isn’t acting that much but she is working on her second album…let’s hold in our excitement. Especially after she released this on her YouTube Channel:

Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff really isn’t that great of a singer! There, I said it! Hilary was the face of the Disney Channel for 65 episodes, the Disney standard for the early 2000s, of her show “Lizze McGuire”  where we learned that Hilary had a voice…a voice that sounded like she was talking but talking to a jaunty tune.  Disney jumped on this and began their “pimping”  their stars and signed Hilary to their record company, Hollywood Records (she’s still with them too!) and she’s been poppin’ out albums (and the occasionally baby) ever since even though the first one was probably enough.  Don’t get me wrong, Hilary a better singer than most of the Disney stars that came after her but she really should have only released one album. She’s more of a one album joy instead of a 5 album and two compilation albums joy. Don’t quit your day job, Hilary.

Kim Kardashian

This is pretty much self-explanatory. Kim Kardashian released her one, and thankfully only song, for the children. Too bad those children will be scared for life after listening to that song because frankly, it will leave someone begging for their lives. Like most venereal diseases, the song is catchy. It’s three words chorus, which is a lot for her, and will leave you going “Turn me up, Turn Me up” all day to the point where you will want to stab your vocal cords. Like her marriage to Kris Humphries, her singing career ended as quickly as it started. Now if only her family will disappear from our television sets.

Heidi Montag

Oh dear, the one we wish would stop singing. Heidi Montag and her crystal obsessed Husband, Spencer Pratt, having been plaguing our television since the monster known as “Speidi” appeared on “The Hills”. It was only a matter of time before the hated couple (they are more hated than the Kardashians) decided that they were going to try to capitalize on their “success”. Their version of this is by making Heidi think she can sing.  And if seeing them every week wasn’t torture enough, they were going to make us listen to her sing as well. Heidi’s début album “Superficial”, such a fitting name for it too, was……well, Kim Kardashian’s album would have been better, even if she was saying the same three words every moment of ever day. It’s literally the worst album in the history of civilization. Luckily for us, Heidi is working on a follow-up…….yay. If there is one album I could live without, it’s the follow up to her. Nope, I lied. It would be a tie between her first album and then this second album.  But I would like to thank Miss Heidi Montag for scaring me for life with her music like she scared up after her massive amounts of plastic surgeries.

Paris Hilton

This, again, is pretty much self-explanatory. The Heiress extraordinaire Paris Hilton has made a name for self by just being herself….and by releasing a sex tape. The Simple Life star also decided that she could sing and wanted to share it with the world. She taught us so much information in her first album.  She taught us that no only are the stars blind but they are also deaf, that Nothing in the World will stop her from hitting on a teenager and making him feel alright in a music video, and that auto tuning can’t fix everything.  Maybe her album is the reason Tinkerbell is no longer with us? Then she sang her theme song for her show chronicling her never-ending search for a BFF. And who could forget her presidential theme song (HILTON 2016):

Bella Thorne

Don’t know who this is? Don’t worry, you aren’t missing out.  Bella Thorne was on a little Disney Channel gem called ‘Shake it Up” and that show pretty much sucked. It wasn’t as bad a A.N.T. Farm but it still sucked. Like all the Disney Darling’s before her, Disney decided to “pimp out” both her and co-star Zendaya for all the money they are worth. Bella’s music wasn’t as beautiful as her name is in Italian and Spanish. Her only “hit” was kinda like Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” but it was stupid and sucked more than Heidi Montag’s liposuction did.  They even tried to mash-up with Zendaya’s real hit song but that just sounded awkward so Disney thought, “Hey, Let’s just let her record another song”. Sadly, the song sucked worse and made millions of people HATE her even more.  It took Disney at least until the end of “Shake it Up” to realize that they shouldn’t have Bella sing so they stopped giving all the attention to her and focused on Zendaya, who actually better way better than Bella.  Bella Thorne, and Heidi Montag, is the reason not everyone should be made to believe they can sing.

Leave it all to Sam & Cat to Make it Shine!

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Fans of Nickelodeon’s Victorious and iCarly rejoice! “Sam and Cat” is the network’s newest half-hour comedy series that celebrates the best of both beloved shows, which are now no longer in production (I cry a little every time I think about this fact,).  The show features Jennette McCurdy, and the lovely Ariana Grande.  As Ariana’s #1 fans, we here at The Pop Project can’t get enough of Grande, so we made it our mission to review this spunky new sitcom for you.

Grande portrayed the role of Cat on Victorious from 2010 until the show’s abrupt end in early 2013.  Fans of the show were devastated and downright outraged by the show’s conclusion, or lack thereof.  It has been said in the interwebs that the show’s end could be attributed to a certain lead actress’s decision to do a solo concert tour, abandoning her cast for her own personal glory…but that’s an irrelevant story. I mean…Victoria who?…

As Victorious came to a close, avid Nickelodeon viewers held on to their adoration for the loveable character Cat, as well as the badass, brash, and unapologetically hilarious character of Sam Puckett (Jennette McCurdy) from iCarly, which had also come to an end three months prior to Victorious. So what happened next? Dan Schneider, creator of basically every single hit sitcom Nickelodeon has ever had cooking in his “bakery”, whipped up a fresh concept to satisfy the hunger of the crazed Victorious and iCarly fans. Behold, Sam and Cat was born.

The show premiered on June 8th, 2013, and let’s just say it did more than live up to my expectations.  The show features Sam Puckett and Cat Valentine, who are roommates who start up their own babysitting service.  Enter in a slew of colorful characters such as Cat’s eccentric Nonna, and neighbor kid “Dice”, as well as the babysitting clientele, and it makes for a hilarious and quintessential “Dan Schneider” masterpiece that is sure to satisfy fans of the previous shows, as well as new audiences.  The premiere episode begins with Sam rescuing Cat from a garbage truck,as bizarre as that sounds. It actually makes for a whimsical and logical opening when you consider the characters involved here.  Other notable moments from the episode include “Elderly Acres”, where we find Cat’s Nonna playing Twister and old people getting chicken wing tattoo (Yep. Totally normal in Dan Schneider’s world). The best part of the episode for me has to be the onscreen dynamic between Ariana and Jennette.  Their comedic timing is impeccable, and their offbeat chemistry somehow works perfectly despite the vast differences in their characters.  Cat herself said it best in the episode:

“We sort of have this whole, fun odd couple dynamic, with built-in conflict, and lots of potential for more adventures…”

As a self-proclaimed Victorious fanatic, and wannabe Cat Valentine, I for one cannot wait to see what adventures are in store for Sam and Cat this summer in what is sure to be yet another hit sitcom for the network.

Be sure to check out Sam and Cat every Saturday at 8pm on Nickelodeon.

 

Rating: 5 Mr. Purple Giraffes out of 5

Want even more fun? Check out Dan Schneider’s blog for exclusive “Fun Facts” about the debut episode of Sam and Cat!