You guys already know that I’ll be devastated this weekend when Glee ends. So, I am refusing to listen to this song. Therefore, I can’t offer any feedback. Except I can say, that I know Darren Criss wrote it as “a love note to Glee” and for that I’m an emotional wreck. I can also say that my timeline has been clogged with people going “AHHHHHH!!! DARRENNNNNNN!!!!” and “ERMEHFERKENGERD LEAAAAA!!!!!” So it’s probably a really good song. Give it a listen, and let us know what you think about it in the comments below or on Twitter: @TroutyMouthBlog.
If my poetic license serves me well, I’m going to try to keep this to EXACTLY 1,000 words because what’s the use of a title like this if I can’t make it clever?
This blog has given me more opportunity over the last four years than I could have ever imagined. Last weekend, I had yet another amazing opportunity brought to you by ol’ TMB.
Last Thursday I was blessed with the opportunity to have lunch with Michael Hitchcock. If you don’t know who he is, be more like Kahlua and figure it out.
We met at a restaurant in Hollywood. I got there a little bit early. I was worried I may be late if I went to the rental house first, so I went there straight from the airport. About five minutes after I arrived, I saw a familiar face walk in the door. I wish I had a camera, because I probably looked surprised that he actually showed up. I stood up, walked up to him, and introduced myself.
We chatted mostly about Glee. He told me some amazing production stories, a couple of interesting tidbits about the crew (and the amount of people it actually takes to make one of their episodes… seriously, astounding), and some stories about other films and projects he’s worked on. He asked me some questions about what I do for work, and what I was doing out in L.A. (I failed to mention I was auditioning for Glee, but I think I am too late anyway). Before I knew it, we had chatted for a good hour or so, and we said our goodbyes. I highly recommend starting any vacation by having lunch with Michael Hitchcock. You can’t be disappointed for the rest of the trip. One of the nicest guys I’ve ever met, and I’m SO grateful to him for taking time out of his busy schedule to meet me — a fan, who, for all he knew, could have been crazy. (Hopefully he didn’t think so!)
After that — I did some non-Glee related things with friends and had a bitchin’ good time.
Then came Saturday, when my boyfriend and I went on the Paramount tour because… you know.
Since it was a weekend, there were some cool opportunities and buildings we got to enter that they don’t always tour on weekdays, but it was also very slow on the lot because only one show was filming, and we weren’t allowed to go near it.
Our guide started our tour by “getting to know us” — asking what TV shows and movies we liked in case any of them were filmed on the Paramount set. Obviously, I said Glee. Since Glee was on that lot for a good 6 seasons, she had quite a few stories to share with us about scenes that were filmed for the show and stories about the cast or crew.
In addition to Glee insight, there were SO many amazing actors, actresses, directors, producers, writers and crew members that have walked that lot. Hearing stories about people I grew up watching (Lucille Ball in “I Love Lucy,” or Woody Harrelson and Ted Danson from “Cheers”) was absolutely incredible to hear.
The obvious first step on the tour: the Lima Bean… Or the Coffee Bean as it’s called on the Paramount lot. You know — that place where everyone goes to get their morning lattes on the show. I was tired from the night before, so I HAD to get a coffee from the Lima Bean!
Then we walked by Lucy Park (named after Lucille Ball), where the game winning touchdown during “Grilled Cheesus” (2×03) was filmed. The park is NOT the size of a football field. It’s amazing what they can do in editing.
After more Paramount tour and hearing about other amazing productions created on the lot, we walked past Production Park where Glee filmed one of their holiday specials. They said there was snow on the ground, so I’m working on going back through some of the holiday episodes to see if I can pinpoint that scene.
Obviously, I tried to take a picture of Stages 11, 12, 14, 15, and 16, but I only ended up with about 25 pictures of Stage 15 and one of Stage 16.
We also went into the Paramount Theatre… Which was amazing because I immediately recognized the staircase from Dalton Academy. It’s CRAZY because the Theatre is not that big. So the scenes that they use it for are pretty short and sweet; but they sure do make that school look huge! Production and editing, man… crazy! (See the video for reference).
As we drove back toward the entrance, we passed what the tour guide called the “coolest golf cart on the lot… because it belongs to one Ryan Murphy.” Her words… Not mine. And truly, it was the coolest golf cart I’d ever seen. I also passed an old red Chevy truck on my way out of L.A. on Sunday, and I felt like it had to be Ryan Murphy’s.
We finished up the tour and our tour guide told us some non-positive things about some of the actors on Glee that I simply chose not to believe and therefore will not publish them here; but I appreciated her tailoring the tour slightly to my interests at any rate.
Then, you know… I went to the beach, and other places in Cali, where I fell in love with just about everything (except the traffic. Thanks Galaxy game…) and continued to have a bitchin’ good time.
Again — Thanks to Hitch for making my entire trip within hours after I arrived in the beautiful city (…despite the smog. Who needs to breathe, right? The Pacific Ocean and Hollywood Hills take your breath away anyway.). And thanks to our tour guide at Paramount who made the tour a little extra special for the Glee fan in me.
If you think I’m going back to L.A. every chance I get, you’re right.