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"It's funny to think about how the things in your life that can make you cry just knowing they existed. They can then become the same things that make you cry, knowing that they're now gone. Those things come into our lives to help us get from one place to a better one."

-Ted Lasso

Thank you, TED LASSO, for doggone doing it again. You've come into our lives, helping us get from one place to a better one. We can all "Wise Up" by listening to the lovable head coach of AFC Richmond. I'm glad to report the second season kick-off doesn't have a "case of the yips," and I still firmly "believe."

So why has the simple sport's premise In TED LASSO become the most lovable TV character in the last two years? It's not just because of his hilarious quotes like, "I haven't seen someone that disappointed to see me since I wore a red baseball cap to a planned parenthood fundraiser."

No, it's because Ted is a much more complicated person than his simple persona lets audiences believe. Ted went through a difficult divorce last season and yet continues to do what most of us do in life, strive to be a good human being. That lesson carries over in Ted's coaching, and it's an absolute joy to watch other characters try to be better. Like Roy (Brett Goldstein), yelling at Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham) that she might be settling for a guy by saying, "you deserve someone who makes you feel like you've been struck by f*cking lightning."

Just like an expensive tape measure, season 2 of TED LASSO has snapped back really quickly. It continues to be a must-watch on Apple TV+.

Wherever SCHMIGADOON! is heading, I'm along for the musical journey. After episode 3, I have "That Skinner Feeling" that I'm in love with this show.

The latest 28 minutes of Broadway musical bliss opens with a reprise of Aaron Tveit belting out "You Can't Tame Me" to "You Done Tamed Me," and from there, we are off to the races. The leads, Melissa (Cecily Strong) and Josh (Keegan-Michael Key), are trying to figure out ways to break out of this musical madness by finding true love, yet their schemes keep failing. Luckily, they are smart enough to find their way out of Ikea, so they should be able to escape SCHMIGADOON! 😂

While we attempt to "Cross That Bridge" hilariously with our leads, the show continues to have something to say about the musicals of yesteryear. From correcting previous color-blind casting, closeted husbands ("He's a Queer One, That Man o' Mine"), and dialogue like, "women were so underwritten in early musicals," this woke musical addition is welcomingly fixing the mistakes of the past.

Thanks to my mom and her theatre-loving past, I'm a sucker for a good musical. SCHMIGADOON! is not just the best musical of the year; it's also quickly becoming one of the best TV shows.

I can't wait to "Enjoy the Ride" next week on Apple TV+.

The Good News: It's time to "get your head in the game" and be a guest to East High's production of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST! And it's delightful hearing the complete ensemble sing "Something There."

The Bad News: Just like the first season, the penultimate episode ends on a cliffhanger. 😤 Also, audiences get a brief cameo from Jordan Fisher, only to have him serve as a plot device rather than a character. This is the same Jordan Fisher that filled Ben Platt's humungous shoes in the Broadway production of DEAR EVAN HANSON!

The Results: I'm sticking to the end of season two for this musical, but after that, the final rose petal will have fallen, and I'll graduate from East High never to return.

It's available on Disney+.


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