Critic’s Notebook: Utilizing Tune to Split the Television Episodic Monotony

December 9th, 2013

Whatever you considered of NBC’s dwell “Sound of Music” last week, it was not television’s musical celebration of the season. The forthcoming finals of “The Voice”? Also not. Previous month’s Region Audio Awards, Tuesday’s American Region Awards or the recent “Barbra Streisand: Back again to Brooklyn”? Not, not, not.

The winner is Sunday’s hilarious musical episode of the Usa sequence “Psych,” one particular of television’s most persistently intelligent and amusing displays. Marketing places for the two-hour unique episode have been running seemingly all yr, and the payoff is quite sweet.

Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dul? Hill) investigate a criminal offense that entails a psychiatric ward, the theater, a negative review and an previous helpful nemesis.

The guest stars incorporate Anthony Rapp, who logged time in “Rent.” Mr. Hill, who additional his newest Broadway credit score final month when he opened in the jazz revue “After Midnight,” receives to poke enjoyable at himself as his character becomes stage-struck. Steve Franks, the series’ creator, and the composer Adam Cohen wrote the tunes, and nearly no theatrical convention escapes skewering.

For exhibits that do not typically have tunes (as opposed to, say, “Glee”) and accomplish a particular longevity, the musical episode is anything of a television tradition. These episodes no doubt give the forged a way to shake off the doldrums, and they tend to make a massive perception on enthusiasts. Who amid people who saw it can overlook the track “Everything Comes Down to Poo” from the 2007 musical installment of “Scrubs”?

So “Psych the Musical” inevitably prospects us to ponder: What other displays ought to be functioning on musical episodes, if they are not presently? Listed here are a couple of:

‘NCIS’ Fans of this CBS strike have been talking about this probability for several years, because practically absolutely everyone in the solid has a musical history. Michael Weatherly (DiNozzo) has recorded music for “NCIS” soundtrack albums. Pauley Perrette (Abby) was in a punk band known as Lo-Ball. For a comedy, musical episodes appear very easily, but a drama like “NCIS” may possibly have a more difficult time discovering a plot that helps make perception. Perhaps the return of Ziva, the character performed by Cote de Pablo, who left the demonstrate this period and who studied musical theater in higher education? The hook: Every person is so baffled and conflicted about her reappearance that the only way to converse about it is to sing. LL Cool J slides above from “NCIS: Los Angeles” to support folks perform via their thoughts.

‘THE Insane ONES’ It’s a tiny early for this new CBS comedy to be taking part in the musical-episode card, but if it hangs all around, future phone calls. 1 of its stars, Robin Williams, is identified to young children and former children just about everywhere for his bombastic singing on “Friend Like Me” and “Prince Ali” from the animated movie “Aladdin.” The other, Sarah Michelle Gellar, was at the center of one particular of the best musical offerings ever, “Once More, With Sensation,” a 2001 episode of her series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” The two are father-and-daughter advertising and marketing executives on “The Mad Kinds.” Mr. Williams gets a patter music consisting totally of marketing catchphrases. Ms. Gellar sings a lament about getting a borderline-bonkers father.

‘60 MINUTES’ Clearly, this dull crew would need to have support pulling off a musical episode. The remedy would be to recruit as collaborators some performers Morley Safer interviewed far more than 30 many years back: the Muppets. Because “Fozzie” is virtually the only thing that rhymes with “Benghazi.”

‘THE Excellent WIFE’ AND ‘MODERN FAMILY’ Who is aware of what the justification would be for a crossover episode among these two, or what creative and bureaucratic pink tape would have to be lower, because a single is a CBS drama and the other an ABC comedy. But the pairing of Alan Cumming from “The Excellent Spouse,” who has a Tony Award for “Cabaret,” and Jesse Tyler Ferguson from “Modern Loved ones,” whose phase credits contain the musical “The twenty fifth Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” would be something to see.

‘SURVIVOR’ If “Lost” ended up nevertheless about it would get this honor, but CBS’s “Survivor” will have to do. An individual requirements to remake the vintage musical “Hamlet” episode of “Gilligan’s Island” from 1966, and how numerous current exhibits characteristic castaways? In the first, Phil Silvers was a producer who finished up on the island, and the castaways tried out to impress him with Ginger’s acting skills by staging “Hamlet” as a musical. “From Ophelia no a single can steal ya,” Ginger-as-Ophelia sings to Gilligan, who is enjoying Hamlet. Sure, it’s dicey introducing rehearsed tracks to a truth display, but with its treachery, hallucinations and at any time-shrinking solid of characters, “Hamlet” in fact tends to make perfect “Survivor” perception.

‘DUCK DYNASTY’ Talking of reality displays, a musical edition of this A&ampE series about a duck-phone-producing family members is a no-brainer. Particularly considering that the show’s Robertson clan recently released a vacation album. Which is known as, of system, “Duck the Halls.”

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