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Monthly Archives: May 2013

John Cochran

It was announced yesterday, May 24th, that John Cochran, two time Survivor contestant and Survivor: Caramoan winner, will write a comedy series called The Millers for CBS.

Cochran expressed his interest in writing during the Survivor Live Reunion Show which aired on May 12th. He felt that he was called to write with his “gift of gab,” despite recently graduating from Harvard Law School. Cochran announced the great news revealing that cast members would include Will Arnett, Margo Martindale, Beau Bridges, and many others.

CBS released this descripion of “The Millers”: “Will Arnett stars in this comedy, from creator Greg Garcia, about a recently divorced local news reporter who is looking forward to living the single life again. That is, until his parents’ marital problems derail his plans for a freewheeling bachelorhood. With his strong-willed mom staying with him while his easily confused Dad moves in with his sister, this separation will mean a lot of togetherness for THE MILLERS.”

Will Arnett, Margo Martindale, play mother and son.

Beau Bridges, Will Arnett, and Margo Martindale play the Millers.

For the Hollywood Reporter Article, click here.

To look at a sneak preview of the show on the CBS website, click here.

The Millers airs this fall, Thursdays 8:30/7:30 c on CBS.

I’m looking forward to the series premier and check back here for a review of the pilot!

– J. Coco

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COCHRAN!!! WOOO HOOOO!!!!

It’s a little late for a Survivor post seeing as the finale was two weeks ago, but none the less, I will post!

Man, oh, man, it was a fangirling filled 24 hours after it was announced that Cochran won. I jumped up screaming, yelling, celebrating that one of my favorite Survivor contestants won! Such excitement!

On the other hand, when I rushed to school the next day exploding with the fabulous news, reactions from my friends varied from relief that this season was finally over so I’d stop talking about it to judging stares and comments of “Oh, that’s nice.” Of course, hardly anyone – scratch that- no one I know watches Survivor anymore, so it was a pretty lonely fangirling party in my head.

When the final episode started, we were immediately hit with the medical evacuation of Erik. 😦 It’s always so sad to see players forced to leave because of something they can’t really control. I can’t imagine how disappointed I would be if that happened to me. I was, however, relieved for Cochran because I saw Erik as an obvious challenge threat. That left Cochran’s competition to Dawn, Sherri, and Eddie. Eddie would be the next immediate threat in challenges, then Dawn and Sherri, respectively.

After Cochran won the next two challenges, he had the game in the bag. Eddie, whom Cochran thought would win if in the final three, was voted off, leaving Dawn, Sherri, and Cochran in the finals.

This just makes me laugh.

I thought Cochran would have a difficult time beating Dawn at the vote. Dawn was like everyone’s mother, so sweet, yet still strong in her alliance and decent in challenges. But she got grilled at the Jury cross examination. I felt so bad for her. If it’s even possible, I might have felt worse for Sherri. Every jury member either ignored her, personally insulted her, or tried to prove to her that her game was crap. However, in Sherri’s defense, it could be argued that her game was decent, at best.

At the Fans tribe she really did take control of her alliance. People definitely listened to her there. The merge was a different story. I think she was only kept because she wasn’t really a threat. Her performance in the merged tribe was obviously her downfall, flipping from alliance to alliance, trying to stay alive. Her argument at the Jury cross examination was that she was “adaptable” to every situation she was in. That may be true, but she also didn’t show any loyalty or try to make her own move. (Not to mention she wasn’t very good at challenges either.) Never in a million years did I expect for anyone to vote for Sherri, and no one did. Oh well,  Sherri. At least you can say you got there – which isn’t something a lot of people can say.

The final vote was a “Cochran” sweep. 9 for you, Cochran! You go, Cochran!

Read this article about Cochran celebrating his win! It’s great! And it’s got some great Cochran quotes:

Regarding his $1 Million Check: “I haven’t seen so many zeros since the Stealth R Us alliance.”

What will he buy with the money? “I think I’m entitled to at least one nerd out purchase.” He’s referring to a segway! I love him!

I find it very fascinating how transformed Cochran is after two rounds of Survivor. He really did go from awkward Harvard nerd to smooth talking Survivor strategist. I remember in his first season he was afraid to take off his shirt! And now look at him! Adorable! Not to mention he has a ginger beard! (it’s a JPT thing…Maybe another post?)

Any who, I did respect the move he made in his first season that eventually lead to his demise. In a situation where you might be picking rocks to see who goes home, I’d rather make a move. It might have seemed foolish to flip alliances, but someone would have had to flip. It just shows that Cochran isn’t afraid to take the reigns and “be the author of his own fate,” to quote that block head Brandon. I was so disappointed when he was voted off on his first season. I was rooting for him! And I had a huge crush on him… *cough* *cough*… still do…*cough*.  Seriously though, if I saw him randomly on the street, (more likely I’d stalk him) I’d probably start weeping and try to hug him. So, John Cochran, if you’re reading this and some girl approaches you weeping and looks like she wants to capture you, don’t be alarmed! I’m not insane! It’s just a fangirling problem!

But for real, if John Cochran is reading this, please comment or message me or visit me or something because I’d like to express my gratitude for how entertaining and more interesting you made Survivor for me. Like you, I’ve been watching since I was thirteen! And by the way, I’d definitely buy anything you publish because, believe me, you totally have “the gift of gab.” Marry me? Just kidding. But for real. No, seriously, marry me?

Jokes aside, (I wasn’t joking before about the marriage thing)… (ok, fine I realize the chances are slim, but give me a chance?)… (OH MY GOD I NEED TO STOP.) Cochran played an excellent game and I my proud to be one of his fangirls. Thank you, Cochran.

Jeff: “How often does that happen?”
Cochran: “More often than you think.”

P.S. You better believe I’ll post if he publishes something.

P.P.S. I’m seriously not crazy. Just a little …sporadic?

– J. Coco.


Ouran High School Host Club is nothing like what I thought it would be.

I do not read shoujo manga.  I just glanced at my manga shelf.  Shonen Jump on Shonen Jump on Shonen Jump.  I subscribe to Weekly Shonen Jump’s American edition.  I read all of Fullmetal Alchemist and watch Cowboy Bebop late on Saturday nights.  My knowledge of the HST is at the very least satisfactory (not to mention, I know what the HST is).

So why did I start reading Ouran?  Well, it’s all because of J. Coco.

When Coco told me she was watching an anime, I flipped out.  I probably jumped and screamed and everything because I was really excited.  I have been trying to get this girl into anime and manga for years because she loves to read, and watch television, and she becomes so invested in series!  It’s so perfect for her!  But she refused every time.

“Pritz!” I refuse, says Joanna.

I guess she just needed to warm up to the idea…she says she doesn’t like the way you read from right to left… Which I guess explains why she started with an anime.  And once again, we have Netflix to thank for something good in our lives.  First, she told me she was watching Clannad: After Story.  Well, I’ve already seen Clannad so I told her to start with the beginning (a.k.a. not the After Story) and after several occassions full of feels where I tried to relate to her the power of that series, she told me she was also watching Ouran High School Host Club.

I have to say, I judged her instantly for that.  It’s like a cliche that people who like shoujo must be fans of Ouran High School Host Club…and it’s got “host club” right there in the title.  Plus “high school.”  I had to wonder what exactly Coco was getting herself into.  Innocent little Coco…

But I was pleasantly surprised to find that Ouran isn’t about a morally questionable lifestyle filled with entertaining/exploiting women for money…but then it kind of is.  Ha…  I thought I would be dealing with cheesy flirting and the awkward modesty of the Japanese when it comes to romance…but then I totally am.  To use what might be English’s oldest expression, you cannot judge a book by its cover.  I’m literally talking about a book and its cover.

It’s the kind of thing I would avoid wholeheartedly if I saw it in the store.

Here’s the thing: I was so excited about Coco liking an anime that I started reading the manga (at the time I couldn’t find the anime on the internet for free.  No Netflix for me. D’: #firstworldprobs).  I was a bit hesitant…but I did it anyway…

And Ouran is AMAZING!  Even though it has all those things I have disliked in shoujo manga before…they’re presented in a way that doesn’t make the story boring, or sexist, or gushy.  I’m pretty sure it’s actually making fun of shoujo manga.  So I didn’t get any of this, or this, or this (I actually own volume 1 of that…ay caramba…), but I did get this:

And Coco gave me this on my birthday

The characters are developed so well.  The timing of the comedy is impeccable.  And the plot that develops is strong, honest (dare I say realistic?), and gripping.  I could talk in detail about the reasons I love it, but that’s another post.

In the end, I think I’m still prejudiced against shoujo.  But I tried Ouran and liked it.  I can’t wait to watch the anime, now that I’ve almost finished the 91 chapters of manga and found the episodes on Hulu.  And I tried it because Coco tried it.  So maybe this extends past manga.  Putting a little effort into starting with something outside your comfort zone might very well be worth it.  Hot guys might be involved!

To think of what I would have missed out on…

Boyfriend? Psh…nah, I have Tamaki-sempai. 😀

– K-Tosh