Pilot Party Ep 04 | Gossip Girl

Wow, rich teenagers sure live complicated lives, amirite???? 

This week on Pilot Party, we're diving into a world of privilege and popped collars as we discuss the pilot episode of Gossip Girl!

The show, based on a book series of the same name, follows the lives and conflicts of a group of high school students living in Manhattan. In this particular episode, the Upper East Side community is shocked by the return of Serena van der Woodsen (played by Blake Lively) who left for boarding school the year before under mysterious circumstances. Many are excited by Serena's homecoming, however her best friend (or ex-best friend, I can't super tell), Blair (Leighton Meester) is less than thrilled. Blair is planning a "Kiss On The Lips" party (whatever that is), and does not extend an invite to Serena, a gesture that ignites unspoken hostility between the two girls.

The episode deals with their fallout as well as the lives of, like, ten other teenage characters that I don't feel like naming as well as their incredibly affluent and vapid parents (you can read a more detailed synopsis here). Most importantly, all of the dramatic high points of this private school community are documented (and thus narrated throughout the episode) by an anonymous blogger, Gossip Girl (voiced by Kristen Bell).

AAAAAAANYWAY, this week's episode of Pilot Party is particularly special because it marks a significant milestone for our little podcast. For the first time EVER, we're joined by some very special guests...

Kat and Patrick Nazaroff!


These guys are some of our dearest friends on planet Earth, and they were gracious enough to lend us their comedic talents whenever they were in NYC back in February (that's right, this recording is, like, 3 months old. But I promise, apart from the fact that our voices will sound 3 months younger, you likely won't notice.)

We had a fabulous time (possibly too great of a time) discussing our high school awkwardness as well as divulging our hatred for Chuck, the show's clearly defined antagonist. 

Something to note: while myself, Daniel, and Patrick had not previously watched Gossip Girl, Kat is practically a SCHOLAR. She has seen the entire series, and in this recording, we frequently refer to her with questions about future storylines. That said, this episode DOES contain spoilers. So if you are spoiler averse, I recommend catching up on the show before you listen to this episode.

Alright, folks, HAVE AT IT:

If you happen to fall in love with Kat and Patrick in this episode, you're in luck! This summer, they are launching a podcast called Does It Hold Up! It's all about examining the movies and shows we loved as kids to see whether or not they hold up now that we are brilliant, sophisticated adults. It's going to be GOOD and hilarious, I'm sure of it. So if you want to be the first to know when their podcast launches, you can subscribe right HERE!

Additionally, if you want to get new episodes of THIS podcast, Pilot Party, sent straight to your phone, make sure you are subscribed on iTunes.

On that note, I wanted to give a HUGE heapin' helpin' of love to those of you who have left reviews for us on iTunes! I mean, that is just super cool of you. That said, if you are digging what you are hearing on this podcast and you'd like to join the list of awesome people who have left us reviews, that would be immensely helpful. 

That's all I've got for you. Until next time!


Pilot Party Podcast is LAUNCHED (Episode 01 | Grey's Anatomy)

Do you like TV? If not, what's wrong with you? Or wait, I'm sorry, were you raised on a boat or something? I imagine children raised on boats probably don't watch a lot of television because there's all of that work to do -- the swabbing the deck and the anchoring the sails or whatever. Plus, I imagine salt water damage is something parents worry about when considering whether or not to have a TV aboard.

But anyway, unless you were raised on a boat (or in the Amish country or a cave dwelling of some kind), you essentially have no excuse not to love TV. To know TV is to love TV. 

And since you love TV, you'll likely agree with me that something that is especially compelling about it is its capacity for development. Many other storytelling platforms -- books, films, theater -- are all kind of digested in one big gulp. Yes, there are story arcs that advance characters along, but there is something truly unparalleled about the episodic nature of television. Not only does the story change, but so do the storytellers. New writers come in. New wardrobe, new producers, new light techs. Hell, Darrin on Bewitched and Aunt Viv on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air literally end up being played by different actors AND SOMEHOW WE ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO NOTICE THIS! 

My husband, Daniel, and I were talking about this recently over pizza -- about how a show's beginning is sometimes a terrible indicator of what it will eventually become. Specifically, we were talking about TV pilots: that first episode of a series used to pitch a show to a network. Even some of my favorite shows -- 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, Gilmore Girls -- have pilot episodes that feel like totally watered down versions of the show. 

But even so, a good pilot, even if it's awkward and the lighting is weirdly low and the lead character's hair looks like it was styled at SuperCuts -- even then, it often provides glimmers of what the series could become. It's a bit like life that way (for example, even though I had a massively oily forehead throughout most of my adolescence, I like to think that you could still tell I was going to become a functional adult). In our pizza-fueled conversation, that's what Daniel and I became fixated on: what a pilot, however bad it may be, has to tell us about the future of a TV series.

And that's when Daniel uttered the dangerous words: "THIS SHOULD BE A PODCAST!"

Friends...Daniel and I have started a podcast! 

It's called Pilot Party and it's about -- you guessed it -- TV pilots! Every episode, we'll select a new pilot to review (preferably one that you can access via streaming on Netflix, Hulu, HBOGo, etc.) Sometimes we will have in-depth knowledge about the entire series. Sometimes we will be going in blind. Also, sometimes we will *think* we have in-depth knowledge, but in actuality, we'll just end up talking out of our butts. Hope that's cool with you. 

In this first episode (OUR PILOT EPISODE), we are talking about the pilot of Grey's Anatomy, the massively popular medical TV drama created by the incomparable Shonda Rhimes (Scandal, Private Practice, How To Get Away With Murder). This pilot follows Meredith Grey (played by Ellen Pompeo) on her first day on the job as a resident surgeon at Seattle Grace Hospital. Naturally, in our discussion of this episode, Daniel and I are sharing our "first day of work" stories and endlessly debating the likability of the litany of characters to whom we are introduced.

Just a heads up, this is a series Daniel has watched a considerable amount of and that I've seen only on-occasion. Not only do we share plot points from future seasons (soooo SPOILER ALERT), but we also get some stuff wrong. We want to be upfront about that because we don't want people to throw rotted garbage at us as we pass them on the street.

Here are a few things we got wrong in this first episode:

1. I accuse George O'Malley, played by T.R. Knight, of being a giant baby (because he spends much of the pilot episode drinking out of a juice box and toddling around the hospital). I've since learned that he is basically everyone's favorite character on the show, so in order to avoid alienating our entire audience before we even begin, I retract my statements (sort of).

2. We got the name of hospital where the entire series takes place wrong. Whoops. 

3. We mention that a character later dies, but actually, they just get injured (by an icicle). Oopsy doopsy.

If you want to follow along with this pilot episode of Grey's Anatomy, you can find it on Netflix, or you can use this episode summary as a little refresher. 

So without further adieu, here's our first episode of Pilot Party:

We actually recorded this way back in January and have since recorded two subsequent episodes (you can look forward to our discussions on Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl soon! Not sure why we started out with such intense lady dramas, but trust me, we'll be diversifying eventually). If you have a TV series you are dying to see us cover, feel free to leave it in the comments or shoot us an email at pilotpartypodcast@gmail.com. 

Thanks a million for joining us on this goofy journey! I know it's a bit of a side step from my usual christyoshoney.com business, but whatever, we're just having fun and we hope we help you have some too. 

P.S. If you like TV and what we're doing here, you can subscribe to Pilot Party on iTunes (or your preferred podcatcher). A quick note about this particular episode: the one that is up on our iTunes feed is an older version that has a small glitch in it (basically we accidentally cut out our introduction to Katherine Heigl's character...uh oh...she'd hate that). We have since fixed it, but it won't update until tomorrow. Apologies for this, however, if you listen via this page or on our Soundcloud, the correct version is up. We're learning! We're scrappy! Forgive us!

P.P.S. You already know how to find me, but if you want to learn more about my cohost, Daniel, you can follow him on Twitter or Instagram

P.P.P.S. I love you.