Scandal may be on a three-week hiatus, but that doesn’t mean we’ve turned off our televisions here at the R. Click in for news on from Arturo Garcia and me on Idris Elba, Project Runway, and more.
Psy Returns: … 1,525,247,746 YouTube viewings later, the man behind “Gangnam Style” now attempts to escape One-Hit Wonderville — at least, outside of South Korea.
As Jeff Yang pointed out at The Wall Street Journal, the video for Psy’s new single, “Gentleman,” made its public debut before a crowd of 50,000 in Seoul. So he’s probably not going to be hurting for work, no matter how it’s received in North American markets.
Regardless, at least give Psy some credit for not completely resting on his last hit’s laurels. Because while the video for “Gentleman” revisits many of “Gangnam’s” elements, this is a different kind of parody track. Namely, Psy’s character is a more active–and more unsympathetic–figure this time around, as he trolls virtually everyone around him until meeting his match in Son Ga-In from Brown Eyed Girls. Even if it is a little off-putting at first: Psy’s willingness to make himself an anti-hero, if not an outright villain, is also interesting–the vision makes more sense after reading a translation of the lyrics from PolicyMic:
If I’m going to introduce myself
I’m a cool guy with courage, spirit and craziness
What you wanna hear, what you wanna do is me
Damn! Girl! You so freakin sexy!
Yang also notes that the centerpiece dance move is taken from her group’s single, “Abracadabra.” But the question remains: What will “Gentleman” mean for K-pop’s collective commercial fortunes in America? If it gets Psy another hit, great. But will “Abracadabra” and BEG as a whole get more radio play out of it?
How many people are going to start screaming “WestSIIIDE” during the bridge and not the actual lyric, “Wet PSY”? —AG
Jamie Foxx and SyFy Colab: Deadline let us know this week that Foxx will write, direct, and produce a series for the SyFy network. Currently billed as a “horror anthology,” I can’t help but wonder whether the end product will skew more Haven and Alphas than Megasharkopolous.–KJ
Romeo and Juliet: Between traveling, the strains of life, and the effort it took to calm my inner middle-schooler after hearing this, we’re a little late on this one. You may have seen it announced last week that Orlando Bloom will be starring alongside Condola Rashad (Felicia’s daughter) in an interracial (and aged-up, it seems) revival of Romeo and Juliet on Broadway starting August 24th in the Richard Rodgers Theatre. The Capulets are Black, the Montagues are white, and I’m quite excited to see how, if at all, the text is altered or manipulated to utilize the drama of an interracial relationship.–KJ
Project Runway: Filming wrapped ages ago with the finale shooting at New York Fashion week, but the show’s finalists were only revealed on this week’s episode. It was hard to get a bead on who would make it this season, but after a challenge that took the designers all over Europe, Native American designer Patricia Michaels made the final four! Patricia hails from Taos Pueblo, NM, and describes her design aesthetic as “contemporary Native American.” Spoilers and pictures from NYFW are no doubt somewhere on the web, but for those who want to wait, Project Runway airs Thursdays on Lifetime. Best of luck to Patricia in the finale!–KJ
Elba. Idris Elba.: It’s not like we’re all Toyota-heads here, but we wanted to give some shine to this ad campaign featuring Idris Elba, which had Shadow & Act’s Tambay Obenson wondering if it was really a hidden-in-plain sight audition for the role of 007. Works for us.–AG