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TONYA & NANCY: THE ROCK OPERA coverage coming on WGBH & FOX25
Sarah Kowalski and Tigh Rickman are recent graduates of Stonecoast MFA. Both longtime fans of reality televison, they are both relative newcomers to ABC’s The Bachelor. However, much like crack cocaine, it only took a small hit to hook them both, and now both watch religiously with their fiction writers’ eyes.

The Bachelor Deconstructed: Black Eyed Pleas

In the weeks since last we checked in on Brad and his band of lovelies, much has happened. Our hero felt a true connection with dentist Ashley H. on his first one-on-one date, which was a Scooby Doo-esque outing to an empty amusement park in the woods. Together they sat in the electric glow of the midway’s flashing lights and they bonded over each other’s stories of paternal abandonment, and sealing their connection with a kiss.

Brad also went on a one-on-one date with Jackie; this date was a Pretty Woman affair in which Brad lavished her with expensive clothes and baubles and then took her to a private concert by Train. She told him of her extremely limited dating experience and he nodded understandingly. Swaying slowly under the stars to that top-forty song that sounds pretty much like every other Train song, they sealed their connection with a kiss.

Brad also attended a one-on-one date with Ashley S., in which they recorded ‘Kiss from a Rose’ together at the Capitol Records studio in Los Angeles. It was a touching moment for Ashley, as the song was reminiscent of her late father and the times they had together. She and Brad bonded over stories of what it was like to be without a father, and then sealed their bond with a kiss. (more…)

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THANKS to Tigh & Sarah for seeing Ali through!  And thanks to Woods Hole Film Festival for seeing Celebrities in Disgrace through to its exciting premiere on August 6th.  Along with coverage on WBUR, Boston’s NPR radio, check out THE BOSTON HERALD, an Inside Track story: ‘Ice-ing on the Cake’.

Good to hear from my Tweet friend RON again; check out his SONG ABOUT ALI…& ALI #2 plus a comment/Ali theory…

Sarah Kowalski and Tigh Rickman are recent graduates of Stonecoast MFA. Both longtime fans of reality televison, they are both relative newcomers to ABC’s The Bachelor. However, much like crack cocaine, it only took a small hit to hook them both, and now both watch religiously with their fiction writers’ eyes.

It is said that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. For Ali, the first step was having her heart broken by Jake on The Bachelor, and she’s come a long way since. Over the course of her journey she has toured the world, from Los Angeles to New York, from Iceland to Portugal, and it ends here, in Bora Bora, an idyllic if not muggy paradise where the seed of her future will be planted in dark volcanic soil. But before she chooses between the masculine yet sensitive Roberto and the sensitive yet masculine Chris, both men will meet her family who will in turn provide council to Ali as the moment of truth draws ever closer. This is it. The Finale. The episode Sarah and Tigh have been waiting for. The time for Ali to make her choice and thus forever change her life is here.

Tigh: So this was it. The finale. The episode you and I have been waiting for. The time for Ali to make her choice and thus forever change her life is here.

Sarah: Indeed: and many, many opportunities for Chris Harrison to intone his trademarked Coming Up… as we were treated to flashbacks and prequels galore. I swear, sometimes The Bachelorette feels like its own Cliffs Notes.

Tigh: Hey, it isn’t easy filling 120 minutes, just ask MTV’s Kennedy. Of course, as we suspected, the Big Choice ended up being more the Big Forgone Conclusion.  But there were still dates to be had and the Fedotowskys to meet, and first up to bat…the left fielder…Roberto Perfeeecctooooo (cue entry salsa music).

On Roberto Meeting the Fedotowskys

Sarah: So, the manufactured drama of the first half of the episode was whether or not both men would win over Ali’s family: particularly her father, the floppy-haired Mr. Fedotowsky whose “blessing” was all-important to both Roberto and Chris. Unsurprisingly, Roberto had little trouble charming Ali’s clan with his earnest smiles and salsa-dancing lessons. (more…)

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Blog-readers, be sure to catch the PREVIEW (scroll down) to our movie CELEBRITIES IN DISGRACE.  Plus new coverage for the film on WBUR 90.9FM (Boston’s NPR)… Welcome back, Tigh & Sarah!

Sarah Kowalski and Tigh Rickman are recent graduates of Stonecoast MFA. Both longtime fans of reality televison, they are both relative newcomers to ABC’s The Bachelor. However, much like crack cocaine, it only took a small hit to hook them both, and now both watch religiously with their fiction writers’ eyes.

The Bachelorette – Weeks 8 & 9: A Mole Rat in Paradise
After a nearly two week hiatus, Tigh and Sarah have arrived back in Bachelor Land. In this time Ali went on hometown dates with her four remaining fellows. She played catch in Tampa and sambaed the night away with Roberto Perfecto’s family; she walked along the beaches of Cape Cod with Chris and his black lab (natch) and then made out with him in the private tower at his palatial family home in Dennis; she walked the streets of Chicago and shared laughs with Mole Rat Frank’s family; she went to Wisconsin and was horrified by the temple of taxidermy Captain Kirk’s mustachioed father keeps in his basement. Unfortunately the stuffed skins, and freezer full of the innards, of squirrels and other road-kill fauna proved too much for Ali to bear, and so one time front-runner Captain Kirk was sucked into the cold, inky black nothingness of a limo to the airport. Next stop Tahiti, where the remaining three will each go on a dream date and the possibility of cohabitating the infamous Fantasy Suite with Ali.

On the Hometown Dates

Tigh: So how about those hometown dates. Remember when Roberto did that thing with the thing…and then Frank said something, I think. Maybe we should just talk about Tahiti.

Sarah: That sounds like a plan. I don’t think we necessarily need to cover both weeks in full detail… partly because I only half remember the hometowns at this point.

Tigh: I do remember Roberto Perfecto being really good looking, but that’s about it.

On Tahiti and the State of the Bachelorette

Sarah: The thing about the show is, once we get past the early phases of eliminating the total douchbags/headcases/weirdos/liars, the drama kind of dies back a bit. Okay, so there’s Frank’s exit this week, but honestly, at this point, I’m like, who cares if she ends up with Roberto or Chris? Either way, they’re nice guys, she’s a nice enough girl, and…I’m kinda bored. Can’t wait for The Men Tell All though.
Tigh: Yeah, the show is definitely suffering from a lack of douche-baggery. (more…)

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JAKE & VIENNA, RIP…

Sarah Kowalski and Tigh Rickman are respectively a graduate of, and a candidate at Stonecoast MFA. Both longtime fans of reality televison, they are both relative newcomers to ABC’s The Bachelor. However, much like crack cocaine, it only took a small hit to hook them both, and now both watch religiously with their fiction writers’ eyes.

The Bachelorette – Week 7: Jake and Vienna Steal the Show

Apologies for the slight delay, Bachelor/ette Nation!  Tigh’s on a cross-country road trip and Sarah just became an aunt!  But what a Monday night we all had over at ABC… Ali explored Portugal with her final five, and narrowed them down to the final four whose hometowns she’ll be visiting next week.  But all that was only a prelude to the main event: Jake vs. Vienna, for the first public confrontation since the break-up.  Tigh and I dove straight into analyzing our old pal Jake — recap of Ali’s exploits in Lisboa to follow.

On the Jake and Vienna special: Who could have anticipated that this would end badly?!  (Oh right, EVERYONE.)

Sarah: Oh man.  What a week!  I miss Jake’s special breed of crazy.

Tigh: Me too. It was like seeing an old friend, a friend you really didn’t care for much back when you hung out originally, but who now has an aura of nostalgia about him. Which in the long run was bad for Ali. After all, this is HER season and all, but still, who cared? This was Jake and Vienna imploding on national television, just like Nostradamus said they would.

Sarah: And man, was it captivating!  Where to even begin… Vienna went a long way towards vindicating herself in my eyes this week.  She basically called Jake out on every single thing we’d picked up on about him during his season — his famewhoring, his fakely “sincere” smirky Serious Face (a.k.a. Jake Face), his need to be the center of attention and to control every situation.  It was mind boggling.  I seriously think we could’ve scripted this whole thing four months ago.

Tigh: And to prove it, let’s go back to the first installment of this blog, written around week six of Jake’s season of The Bachelor:

Sarah: I hadn’t realized I felt this way until now, but I’m prepared to say that, barring the excuse of being a serious athlete or actor, I just don’t think you get a 12-pack without some major personality issues.  Seriously: do you know anyone with that many abs who’s also an interesting, emotionally healthy human being?

Tigh: I don’t see Jake as nuts in a dangerous way, but I could definitely see him being a little unhinged. […] But when his real emotions do come to the surface, I wouldn’t be surprised if they do in explosive outbursts. Put it this way — I wouldn’t want to piss in this guy’s Corn Flakes.

and, from the following week:

Tigh: It’s a fine line between protective and possessive, and given his constant need for attention, I’m pretty sure what side of it Jake comes down on.

Sarah: Dude’s got so many walls up… and I’m not sure why.  I think you’re onto something with the abandonment issues, but according to his bio, his parents are happily married.  So I’m guessing it’s some combination of a lack of parental approval, a whole lot of childhood trauma and some serious past relationship hurt.

Sarah: Yep.  This week definitely brought back up all the various theories we had about him at the time — in which we were trying to figure out what exactly his damage was. (more…)

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COUNTDOWN TO JAKE & VIENNA (thanks Tigh, for preview…)

Sarah Kowalski and Tigh Rickman are respectively a graduate of, and a candidate at Stonecoast MFA. Both longtime fans of reality televison, they are both relative newcomers to ABC’s The Bachelor. However, much like crack cocaine, it only took a small hit to hook them both, and now both watch religiously with their fiction writers’ eyes.

Bachelorette – Week 6: Conflict in Constantinople

After dispatching Chris N. and Kasey last week in Iceland, Ali is closer than ever to finding the man of her dreams. She has developed connections with all the remaining men, some physical, some emotional, some both and the decisions are only going to get harder as we head into the final episodes of this season of The Bachelorette. This week, the gang continues their global love fest in one of the world’s oldest and most beautiful cities, Istanbul, Turkey. In shadows of mosque spires and underneath intricate Moorish arches that have sheltered countless lovers over the centuries, Ali will try to find timeless love of her own in this, The Bachelorette, Week Six.

Tigh: Six in German is SEX!

Sarah: Ah… and six in Turkish… I’ve got nothing.  Most of my Turkish vocabulary has disappeared.  But a thumbs up is considered a rude gesture — I know that much.

Tigh: In all languages, sex is pronounced ‘Roberto’.

Sarah: He’s really quite good looking, isn’t he?

On Turkish Delights

Sarah in Istanbul

Tigh: So as a lover of Istanbul, what were your thoughts on how the city was presented in this week’s installment?

Sarah: Honestly, it’s so easy to make Istanbul look good… the places they went barely scratched the surface.  I practically did all that in my first weekend.  Blue mosque, spice bazaar, boat rides on the Bosphorus, Basilica cistern, Aya Sofya (which they didn’t even go into, from the looks of it).  Also, I’m pretty sure I’ve been to the same hamam they went to.  Ali wasn’t exactly correct about the rules of most bathhouses; it’s not that women aren’t allowed — the hamams are just usually sex-segregated (i.e., men go to separate rooms or on separate days).

Tigh: Well, that’s good to hear. I was afraid they were destroying 300 years of beautiful NO MA’AM tradition of the sake of The Bachelorette.

Sarah: Not so much.  But when I went, the best part was that the crew of portly Turkish women in black one-piece bathing suits, whom you could pay to scrub you.  They take off the first few layers of skin and show them to you afterwards, like, “look at this gross stuff that I pulled off your body!”  It was awesome.

On Rated “R is for Regret” R’s Exit (more…)

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THANKS to RON for his SONG ABOUT ALI…& ALI SONG #2

Sarah Kowalski and Tigh Rickman are respectively a graduate of, and a candidate at Stonecoast MFA. Both longtime fans of reality televison, they are both relative newcomers to ABC’s The Bachelor. However, much like crack cocaine, it only took a small hit to hook them both, and now both watch religiously with their fiction writers’ eyes.

The Bachelorette: Heating up in Iceland

As we enter into the fifth week The Bachelorette, we find our heroine Ali and her band of merry men heading east across the Atlantic to Iceland. Here, amongst the glaciers, active volcanoes and sweater shops, she will choose which seven bachelors out of the remaining nine will continue with her on this journey. Will Kasey reveal his secret? Will she learn the truth about Kirk’s past? Will she open her heart to passion hot as flowing lava, or will she instead turn her heart from them, cold as the permafrost…?

On the Reykjavik Poetry Slam and Kirk’s One-on-One Date

Sarah: So we began with a gambit: this week’s one-on-one date wasn’t assigned via date-card as usual; rather, the gang held an impromptu poetry slam on the streets of Reykjavik, in which the object was to win fair Ali’s heart with a hastily composed love poem — preferably incorporating some Icelandic phrases.

Tigh: Ja! You know, I often feel a little inadequate when it comes to my poetry writing abilities, but after watching these guys I feel a lot better about myself.

Sarah: Honestly, it made me a little sad about the state of our American literary education that, out of all these guys, it didn’t occur to a single one of them that poems don’t have to rhyme. Seriously, guys — it’s the 21st century.

Tigh: Especially Frank. Isn’t he supposed to be a writer and somewhat literary? And since they all chose rhyming schemes, I was a little disappointed that Chris L. didn’t at least fulfill his birthright and come up with a ‘Man from Nantucket’ limerick.

Sarah: That would’ve been brilliant, actually.

Tigh: But the clear winner was Captain Kirk, who by far had the best poem and presentation. His “eyes like root beer” line was actually pretty good, I thought. And Ali’s eyes are indeed like root beer, one of a kind. But the downside to the exercise was that it forced heretofore Silent Chris to express himself verbally. It was in this way that the question of whether his silence was strategic or a result of a complete lack of personality was quickly and painfully answered. (more…)

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Sarah Kowalski and Tigh Rickman are respectively a graduate of, and a candidate at Stonecoast MFA. Both longtime fans of reality televison, they are both relative newcomers to ABC’s The Bachelor. However, much like crack cocaine, it only took a small hit to hook them both, and now both watch religiously with their fiction writers’ eyes.
THE BACHELORETTE, WEEK THREE…

As we move into the third week of The Bachelorette, we find Ali feeling good about things. She’s happy with her group of guys, fully immersed in ‘the process’ and getting the opportunity to go on some very unique dates. Also, last week, with the help of The Weatherman (Jonathan), she managed to weed out someone who wasn’t there for the ‘right reasons’: Craig M., the debonair man-about-town with perfect hair and an AARP card. With his removal, has Ali finally brought peace to the House of Bachelor, or will someone else take up the Craig M.’s douchey mantle?

On Roberto’s One-on-One Date

Sarah: So, week 3: when the number of men Ali’s kissed starts to approach slightly gross levels. Seriously.  My friend and I had a conversation a couple years ago about how, in college, we’d play spin the bottle and totally kiss 20 people in a night without a second thought. But somehow you get to be an adult and all that kissing starts to seem kinda… icky. Like, all those cold germs? Clearly I am aged and decrepit.

Tigh: No, I can see what you’re saying. I mean, if I was one of the guys, sitting there watching her make out with another one of the guys (a la Frank at the end of last week’s episode), the last thing I’d really want to do would be to go kiss her right after. I mean, germs aside, you’re kind of vicariously making out with the guy you think is unsavory. I wonder how much of the show’s budget is dedicated to mouthwash. However much, I’m guessing it’s not enough.

Sarah: Exactly. Cooties! So many cooties.

Tigh: It’s funny how we are hyper-aware of cooties as children and adults, but not as young adults.

Sarah: So true.  All those pubescent hormones must temporarily overpower our cootie-detectors.

Tigh: So this week, the first guy to stake his salivary claim was Roberto, which Sarah, you totally called in last week’s article. Well done.

Sarah: Yep, I was not at all surprised to see him get the first one-on-one date of the week. And the date itself was another Bachelorette classic: we got a helicopter ride, a high-wire walk, and a rooftop dinner/cuddle-fest. Was this a carbon copy of Jill and Ed’s first date or what?

Tigh: Well, there are only so many dream dates out there, I guess. It also reminded me of the first date between Jake and Vienna (taking a helicopter to a bungee-jump). (more…)

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