As 2012 came to a close, it was revealed that Cory and Topanga of “Boy Meets World” will be returning to our television sets. The spin-off, “Girl Meets World,” will focus on the duo’s teenage daughter, Riley , who is battling adolescence just like her parents did.
Offscreen, members of Judd Apatow’s “Freaks and Geeks” cast reunited for the first time since its series finale in 2000. Although this may have only been for Vanity Fair’s January 2013 “Special All-Star Comedy” issue, of which Apatow was acting as guest editor for, it still begs the question, where are they now?
Whether you tuned in each week for new episodes, or caught up on these classics with reruns or Netflix, some ‘90s shows never get old. Were the stars one hit wonders, or did they go on to have successful careers? Check out where some of your favorites ended up:
Boy Meets World (1993 – 2000)
Ben Savage (Cory Matthews)
The Savage brothers were quite a team in the ‘90s with hit shows like “The Wonder Years” and “Boy Meets World,” both of which each brother held the starring role in. Fred’s run in “The Wonder Years” end with the series in 1993, which was the same year “Boy Meets World” premiered. Seven seasons later, Ben left the set and entered the classrooms of Stanford University, where he graduated from in 2004. Ben did not take on another role until indie drama “Swimming Upstream” in 2002. He did a few other small films and returned to TV for appearances in shows like “Still Standing,” “Chuck,” “Without a Trace,” “Shake It Up!” and “Bones” throughout the mid-to-late 2000s. Other than that and a few post-production and pre-production films listed on his IMDB page, it appears the only notable thing he will have done since “Boy Meets World” is this soon-to-be spin-off.
Danielle Fishel (Topanga Lawrence)
Like Savage, Fishel’s filmography was limited after the series ended. She also did small films, like 2000’s “Rocket’s Red Glare” and later 2003’s “National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze,” as well as some TV guest spots on “Yes, Dear” and “The Soup.” Fishel rediscovered success in TV, but not in the way you would suspect. She was a guest on “The Tyra Banks Show” in October 2006 where she revealed losing 20 pounds on the Nutrisystems Diet. This episode led to her being hired as the company’s spokesperson as well as a correspondent for Tyra’s show. In August 2008, Fishel began hosting the Style Network’s “The Dish,” a pop culture commentary eerily similar to E! Network’s “The Soup.” Between “The Tyra Banks Show” and “The Dish,” Fishel was arrested for drunk driving in December 2007 and began taking classes at California State University Fullerton from 2008 until she obtained her degree in 2012.
Rider Strong (Shawn Hunter)
As “Boy Meets World” reached its end, Rider Strong began lending his voice to “Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles,” an animated sci-fi series. He followed this up as one of many horror stricken college grads in Eli Roth’s “Cabin Fever” in 2002 and the sequel in 2009. Like those before him, he guest starred on shows like “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Veronica Mars” and “Bones,” but he also returned to Disney from 2002 to 2004 as football player Brian Flagg on “Kim Possible.” Strong graduated from Columbia as an English major in 2004 and obtained his Master of Fine Arts degree from Bennington College in June 2009. While furthering his education, Strong landed a role in the short-lived WB drama “Pepper Dennis” in 2006. Here, he met co-star Alexandra Barretto, whom he became engaged to in December 2012. Shawn Hunter fans can rejoice because Strong’s IMDB page shows him as appearing in the awaited spin-off as his next project.
Will Friedle (Eric Matthews)
Two years before the series end, Friedle starred in a few Disney Channel Original Movies. You know, those ones we all waited for each Friday night with the cheesy intros. He was cast as Duncan in 2008’s “My Date with the President’s Daughter,” which is about exactly what the title suggests as well as 1999’s “H-E Double Hockey Sticks.” Much of the next decade consisted of staying under the radar with voice acting in TV shows such as “Justice League” and “Teen Titans” as well as video games like “Kingdom Hearts II” and “Chicken Little.” Friedle also joined his “Boy Meets World” co-star Rider Strong on “Kim Possible” as Ron Stoppable, Kim’s partner in crime. Like his three previously mentioned co-stars, Friedle’s intros also states his return for the spin-off. Now all we’re waiting on is “Fee-ee-ee-ee-ny.”
Mr. Feeny is the only teacher in existence to teach one classroom of kids from middle school through college, but we love him nonetheless. Unlike his co-stars, William Daniels had a prominent career before his start on “Boy Meets World” such as voicing the car, K.I.T.T. in 1982’s “Knight Rider.” After “Boy Meets World” Daniels appeared in shows such as “Scrubs,” ‘Touched by an Angel” and “King of Queens.” His most recent role was a five-episode run as Dr. Craig Thomas on “Grey’s Anatomy” in 2012.
William Daniels (Mr. Feeny)
Lee Norris (Stuart Minkus)He may have only been in 23 of the 158 episodes, but Lee Norris was one of the few to find success outside of portraying Stuart Minkus. Minkus was your cliché nerdy kid of the series, a pigeon-hole identity that Norris transferred to his role as Marvin “Mouth” McFadden on “One Tree Hill” in 2003. Norris also appeared in “Dawson’s Creek” in 2000 as well as alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in 2007’s “Zodiac.”
Freaks and Geeks (1999 – 2000)
Linda Cardellini (Lindsay Weir)
“Freaks and Geeks,” a cult classic canceled after one 18-episode season, centered on high school student Lindsay Weir. Lindsay was geek-like in her intelligence, but freak-like in her friend preference. She dated and hung out with “freaks,” but was also friends with and even related to the “geeks.” Cardellini’s first role post-Lindsay was a small part in 2000’s “Legally Blonde” followed by a starring role as Velma in the live-action version “Scooby Doo” in 2001 and the sequel in 2004. Cardellini began a six-year run on ER as Nurse Samantha Taggart in 2003, and she also made an appearance as a waitress in the controversial drama “Brokeback Mountain” in 2005. ER ended for her in 2009 and two years later she starred in an indie drama, “Return,” which landed her a nomination as Best Female Lead in the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards.
James Franco (Daniel Desario)
James Franco has undeniably become a household name. His first big role was two years after the show’s demise in 2002’s “Spider-Man” as the Green Goblin’s son, as well as the sequels in 2004 and 2007. Franco also obtained the title role of 2006’s “Tristan + Isolde,” a sappy romance movie set in the Dark Ages. One of his next big roles was opposite “Freaks and Geeks” co-star Seth Rogen in “Pineapple Express” in 2008. Franco took a career-turning role that same year in “Milk,” a movie about the life of Harvey Milk who was California’s first openly gay elected official. Franco played Scott Smith, one of Harvey’s love interests, which was quite a different role for him. Two years later, Franco got his first brush with the Academy Awards due to his Best Actor nomination for his work in “127 Hours,” a film that was also nominated as Best Picture. Before, during and after the filming of “127 Hours,” Franco attended and taught college. One specific instance at NYU where Franco got a “D” in an acting class for not attending because he was, well, acting, got a professor fired. Currently, Franco has many anticipated films such as “Spring Breakers,” “Oz the Great and Powerful” and “This is the End.” “Spring Breakers” has continuously been mentioned for shattering the supposed good girl acts of Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson, but everyone has failed to mention Franco’s grill and corn rows. So much for his pretty-boy persona.
Jason Segel (Nick Andopolis)
Marshall and Lily are one of the most popular TV couples to date all thanks to the continuing comedy “How I Met Your Mother.” It’s no secret that this is Segel’s most well-known role, but he accomplished a lot of other things between “Freaks and Geeks” and “How I Met Your Mother.” Two years after the former, Segel appeared in the comedy “Slackers” before working with Judd Apatow and co-star Seth Rogen yet again in both the early 2000s TV series “Undeclared” and the raunchy comedy “Knocked Up.” He continued his comedic roles in the late 2000s with “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “I Love You, Man” before switching to more serious roles in 2011’s “Jeff Who Lives at Home” and 2012’s “The Five-Year Engagement.” During this time, Segel was also recognized for revamping the Muppets for “The Muppets Movie” with “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “The Five-Year Engagement” director Nicholas Stoller. Segel ended 2012 with another Apatow film, “This Is 40,” which was deemed the sort of sequel to “Knocked Up." Besides continuing to stump audiences on how Ted Mosby met his children’s mother, Segel will appear in the aforementioned “This Is The End” with Franco, other ex-“Freaks and Geeks” co-stars and more.
Seth Rogen (Ken Miller)
Unlike those mentioned before him, “Freaks and Geeks” was literally Seth Rogen’s first taste of acting. He followed this up by snagging a few scenes in an equally cult-like classic “Donnie Darko” a year after the series cancellation, and later began filming “Undeclared” with Apatow and Segel. Rogen worked with Steve Carell on 2005’s “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” as his co-worker, and later appeared in the flicks “You, Me and Dupree,” “Knocked Up” and “Superbad.” He landed more popular roles with “Pineapple Express,” “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” and “Observe and Report” in the late 2000s. This time period also included returning to work with Apatow on “Funny People” in 2009, which was a more serious role (with just a dash of funny) for Rogen just like 2011’s “50/50” with cancer-stricken Joseph Gordon-Levitt and 2012’s “The Guilt Trip” with Barbara Streisand acting as his mother. Rogen tied the knot with girlfriend Lauren Miller, and co-star from films like “Superbad,” “Zack and Miri Make A Porno,” “Observe and Report” and “50/50” in October 2011. Currently, like Segel and Franco, Rogen will also appear as himself in “This Is The End,” a film he is also listed as a co-writer and co-director along side Evan Goldberg.
Busy Philipps (Kim Kelly)
Following “Freaks and Geeks,” Busy Philipps starred in dramatic teen flick, “Smokers” and made a few appearances on “Malcolm in the Middle” and Apatow’s “Undeclared.” She soon found a new home as Audrey in an easily-as-popular if not more-so teen show, “Dawson’s Creek” from 2001–2003. Three years later she switched over to rubbing elbows with Cardellini again on the set of “ER” until 2007. Philipps revisited another old friend next on “How I Met Your Mother” and then moved on to “He’s Just Not That Into You” in 2009. Currently on one of her more well-known roles as Laurie Keller on “Cougar Town,” Phillips announced in December 2012 that she is expecting her second child with husband and screenwriter Marc Silverstein whom she married in 2007. Her first child, Birdie Leigh, was born in 2008 and “Freaks” co-star Lizzy Caplan is the godmother.
John Francis Daley (Sam Weir)
John Francis Daley portrayed part of the geek stereotype on the show as Sam Weir, who was also related to geek-turned-freak Lindsay. Daley moved on to guest and star on various TV shows before landing a slightly more well-known one, on “Kitchen Confidential” in 2005. This show had him sharing the screen with Bradley Cooper and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”’s Nicholas Brendon. Unfortunately, just like “Freaks,” “Kitchen Confidential” didn’t make it past one season. He jumped over to the crime drama “Bones” in 2007 where he still remains today. Daley also decided to try his hand at screenplays when he co-wrote “Horrible Bosses.” His most recent project was co-writing “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” which is a soon-to-be released film starring Steve Carell and Jim Carey as rival magicians.
Martin Starr (Bill Haverchuck)
There seems to be quite a tight-knit family when it comes to all these Judd Apatow films and TV shows (considering his wife, Leslie Mann, and children, Maude and Iris, both regularly appear in his work). Regardless, Martin Starr was also in Apatow’s “Knocked Up” and “Undeclared,” and he will also be in “This Is The End” with Franco, Segel and Rogen, to name a few. In addition to these, Starr dropped in on an episode of Segel’s “How I Met Your Mother,” and had a prominent role as a games operator in “Adventureland.” Recently, he starred opposite “Mad Men’s” Allison Brie and ex-“Freaks and Geeks”/”Party Down” co-star Lizzy Caplan in a romantic comedy, “Save The Date.”
Lizzy Caplan (Sara)
You probably barely remember Sara from “Freaks and Geeks.” She played Sara, or Jason Segel’s girlfriend post-Lindsay (Cardellini) for a few episodes toward the end of the season. Her role in this show isn’t as important as what she was involved with later. You’re more likely to recall Caplan telling her co-star in “Mean Girls” he was “too gay to function” in her role as Janis Ian in 2004. She later popped up in the found footage film “Cloverfield” and “My Best Friend’s Girl” in 2008 before landing one of her next well-known roles in “True Blood” as Jason Stackhouse’s love interest, Amy. As it was previously mentioned, she worked along side “Freaks” co-star Martin Starr in the TV series “Party Down” and movie “Save The Date.” Most recently, she appeared in Zooey Deschanel ‘s “New Girl” in 2012. In her personal life, Caplan has been dating “Friends” star Matthew Perry since 2006 and was named godmother of Busy Philipp’s first child’s godmother in 2008.
My So-Called Life (1994 – 1995)
Claire Danes (Angela Chase)Angela Chase was the picture of teenage angst in the mid-90s, so it’s no surprise Claire Danes’ next starring role was the title one opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in 1996’s “Romeo + Juliet.” She continued her historical roles next with the 1998 movie version of Victor Hugo’s 19th century novel “Les Misérables.” She was cast as Cosette, the role Amanda Seyfried took over in the 2012 reboot. Danes returned to modern day in 2002’s “Igby Goes Down,” a movie supposedly loosely inspired by “Catcher in the Rye.” She got her dose of action next in 2003’s “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” followed by 2005’s “Shopgirl” where she was one point of a love triangle with Steve Martin and Jason Schwartzman. Danes snagged another title role in 2010’s “Temple Grandin,” which was a biopic about the autistic woman who worked to advance practices in the humane treatment of animals on cattle ranches and slaughterhouses. Danes’ current and most recent role as CIA officer Carrie Mathison on Showtime’s “Homeland” landed her two more Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in 2011 and 2012, her first being for “My So-Called Life” in 1994. “Homeland” broke “Mad Men’s” four-year streak for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series when it won in 2012. Danes married fellow actor Hugh Dancy in fall 2009 and gave birth to their first child in December 2012.
Jared Leto (Jordan Catalano)
Jordan Catalano was Angela Chase’s brooding, musician love interest, so it’s no surprise actor Jared Leto ventured into the music business as well with the band 30 Seconds to Mars. Leto continued with his acting in well-known flicks like “Urban Legend,” “Fight Club,” “Girl, Interrupted,” “American Psycho” and “Requiem for a Dream” from 1998–2000. He kicked off his musical endeavor in 1998 as well, but it was not until their 2005 album, “A Beautiful Lie,” and single, “The Kill,” that the band would become more of a household name. Leto continued acting while simultaneously playing shows, but he mostly put his efforts toward his music. Regardless, Leto is currently filming “Dallas Buyers Club” with Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner. Like McConaughey, Leto went through a dramatic weight loss to play a transsexual woman with AIDs for his first movie in four years.
Dawson's Creek (1998 – 2003)
James Van Der Beek (Dawson Leery)
One year into his title role as Dawson, James Van Der Beek also starred in one of the most popular sports movies to date, “Varsity Blues.” Van Der Beek made various appearances post-Dawson’s Creek in things like “Criminal Minds,” “Ugly Betty” and “One Tree Hill” as well as some TV movies like “Sex, Power, Love & Politics,” “Eye of the Beast” and “Football Wives.” He had a slightly reoccurring role as Dr. Joe Briggs in 2010’s “Mercy” before “slanderbeeking” “Ke-dollar sign-ha” in the rainbow and Unicorn-filled battle that is “Blow.” Currently, Van Der Beek is in the TV show “Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23” opposite Krysten Ritter.
Katie Holmes (Joey Potter)
As Katie Holmes moved away from the creek, she began taking on more complicated roles with the thriller “Phone Booth” with Colin Farrell and as the black sheep of the family in “Pieces of April.” In 2004, she starred in “First Daughter” with Michael Keaton as her president-father. One of her most popular roles outside of Joey Potter was as Rachel Dawes in 2005’s “Batman Begins,” where she played Christian Bale’s love interest, later being mysteriously replaced by Maggie Gyllenahall in 2008’s “The Dark Knight.” Soon after her Batman role, Holmes began dating Tom Cruise. She birthed one of the tabloids’ favorite celebrity offspring, Suri, in April 2006 and married Cruise the following November. The focus of a family made Holme’s resume’ decrease, with 2008’s “Mad Money” being her first movie in three years. She starred in Guillermo del Toro’s “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” in 2010 before devoting time to the 2011 series “The Kennedy’s” as Jackie. Holmes filed for divorce from Cruise in June 2012 out of fear of Suri’s abduction by Cruise and his religious preference, the Church of Scientology. A settlement was reached in July, and Holmes has already boosted her projects with upcoming “Untitled Christian Camargo Project” and opposite Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford in “Responsible Adults.”
Joshua Jackson (Pacey Witter)
Joshua Jackson starred in films like “Urban Legends” and “Cruel Intentions” during his time on “Dawson’s Creek.” After the show’s demise, he appearred in the werewolf flick “Cursed” with Christina Ricci in 2005 and similarly creepy “Shutter” in 2008. Following this, he began his continuing five-year involvement with the JJ Abrams created series, “Fringe.” Currently, he is dating fellow actress and former model Diane Kruger, whom he has been involved with since 2006.
Michelle Williams (Jen Lindley)
The same year “Dawson’s Creek” began, Michelle Williams starred in one of many Michael Myers flicks, “Halloween H20: 20 Years Later.” During her time at the creek, she appeared in other films such as “Dick,” “But I’m a Cheerleader,” “Prozac Nation,” and with Ryan Gosling in “United States of Leland.” Williams worked with Gosling again in “Blue Valentine” in 2010 before her other breakout hits “Shutter Island” and “My Week with Marilyn.” As Marilyn, the latter earned Williams the 2011 Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Motion Picture. In her personal life, Williams began dating Heath Ledger in 2004 after meeting on the set of “Brokeback Mountain.” She gave birth to their child in late 2005, and the couple later split in September 2007. Ledger died from an accidental drug overdose in January 2008, which thrust Williams and their daughter into the spotlight. After Ledger, Williams dated director Spike Jonze, and more recently Jason Segel, whom she split from in February 2013. Williams’ next release will be with Segel’s ex-“Freaks and Geeks” co-star James Franco in “Oz the Great and Powerful.”
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 – 2003)
Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy Summers)Jamie Lee Curtis was the “scream queen” of the 80s, and there is no doubt that Sarah Michelle Gellar took on that role in 90s. This was obvious with her screamtastic roles in “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” “The Grudge” 1 and 2, “The Return,” “Possession” and more. She stopped playing the victim with her duty as vampire slayer Buffy Summers, and got even further away from her pigeonhole role in 1999’s “Cruel Intentions” and 2002’s live-action “Scooby-Doo.” Gellar began dating “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and “Scooby-Doo” co-star Freddie Prinze Jr. in 2000, and married him in 2002. The couple is still together and has two children, the most recent being born in September 2012. One of Gellar’s most recent roles was as the star of “Ringer” where a woman on the run from the mob poses as her supposed twin sister as a way to hide in plain sight. The drama was canceled after just one season in 2012, which leaves Gellar’s next move up for debate. Rumors have been circling that she will co-star with Robin Williams on an upcoming show titled “Crazy Ones.”
Alyson Hannigan (Willow Rosenberg)
“This one time, at band camp,” may be one of the most popular quotes to come out of the 90s, and Willow was responsible for it. Well, actually, Alyson Hannigan was in a different role as Michelle Flaherty in “American Pie.” Hannigan appeared in the next few American Pie movies as well as “Buffy” spin-off, “Angel.” She also had a few guest roles on “That 70’s Show” and “Veronica Mars” before landing her current role as Lily Aldrin, opposite Jason Segel, in “How I Met Your Mother.” Hannigan married “Buffy” co-star Alexis Denisof in October 2003. Despite Hannigan’s lesbian role on the show, Alexis is indeed a man and played one of Buffy’s fill-in Watchers in the series. The couple currently has two children, the latter arriving in the summer of 2012.
Nicholas Brendon (Xander Harris)
Did you know there are two Xanders? Well, kind of. Nicholas Brendon has a twin brother, Kelly Donovan, who acted as a Xander stand-in and even appeared on screen in one episode where Xander split himself into two identical halves. As mentioned before, Nicholas Brendon went on to “Kitchen Confidential” after “Buffy” before making some appearances on “Without a Trace” and the “Grey’s Anatomy” spin-off “Private Practice.” He signed on for various appearances from 2007 – 2012 on “Crimninal Minds” as Kevin Lynch. Brendon checked himself into rehab (http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,631412,00.html) post-“Buffy” in 2004, but still struggled with his issues with alcohol in March 2010 when he was tased and arrested . He returned to rehab in May, which led to probation and community service for his cop encounter. It doesn’t seem that Brendon has done much else but get into trouble since his days as Xander Harris, but he currently has three upcoming projects listed on his IMDB page.
David Boreanaz (Angel)
David Boreanaz is best known for his role as the friendly vampire, Angel, whom Buffy takes an interest in. He was basically the less sparkly Edward Cullen with better acting skills of the 90s. Boreanaz was part of “Buffy” from episode one, but he ended his recurring role to begin his self-titled spin-off in 1999. He reappeared on “Buffy” a few more episodes as would “Buffy” characters appear on “Angel,” but the latter became his main focus until its end in 2004. Boreanaz began work as Special Agent Seeley Booth on “Bones” in 2005 opposite Zooey Deschanel’s older sister, Emily, which is where he still is today.
James Marsters (Spike)
Spike was the opposite of Angel, at least for the most part. Californian James Marsters portrayed this sassy, bleached blonde, British vamp for all seven seasons. He also made appearances on “Angel” before resorting to guest roles in the mid-2000s on “Saving Grace” and “Without a Trace.” After “Buffy” and “Angel,” Marsters began working on “Smallville” from 2005 – 2010 as well as “Supernatural.” TBS’ new show “Wedding Band” was his most recent role as Declan Horn, a tortured musician in search of a writer’s block relief. In real life, Marsters dabbled in music as a solo artist and in various bands.
Michelle Trachtenberg (Dawn Summers)
Dawn appeared on the Summers’ doorstop as a pre-teen, well sort of. She wasn’t really a pre-teen, or even related to Buffy. Trachtenberg began the show in 2000 and rode it out until the end in 2003. Her first role following the innocent portrayal of Dawn was the wild comedy, “Euro Trip” in 2004. She later made appearances in “Six Feet Under” and “House M.D.” as well as starred in Disney’s “Ice Princess” and “17 Again,” and she appeared in the horror flick “Black Christmas.” Trachtenberg began her run as the scandalous Georgina Sparks on “Gossip Girl” in 2008 until 2012, working on the role of drug dealer Emma on “Weeds” in between.
I wasn’t a big fan of MTV before this year. For a channel with “music” in it’s name, they shouldn’t play more than 20 hours of reality TV each day, leaving music videos only for the wee hours of the morning.
The concept of “Teen Mom” is ridiculous, and don’t even get me started on “Snooki & Jwoww,” but “Buckwild” is what pushed me over the edge. I’ve never been pregnant, and I have never put extensions in my hair, but I am a West Virginia native, so MTV’s latest edition of tomfoolery hits home.
“Buckwild” filled “Jersey Shore”’s time slot Thursday evenings upon the latter’s series finale. Thirteen episodes later and the crew was signed on for a second season despite the arrests of two cast members. There’s nothing like a couple drug charges and a DUI to make your state proud.
I can deal with being asked if I have all my teeth or jokes about potentially marrying a cousin, but the amount of times I have been asked since the show’s January premiere if my hometown is like the “Buckwild” set is insane. I can now empathize with New Jerseyans, and similarly, I can attest to some falsities in the portrayal of my native state.
Urban Dictionary defines the boonies as “the sticks, in the middle of nowhere. Usually associated with living out in the country.” In episode one, “the girls” get kicked out of their house, and we’re told they’re moving to “the boonies.” This supposed location is Sissonville, W.Va, a mere 15 minutes from Charleston, the state capital. The characters were seen gallivanting around the city in episode one, but Sissonville is still being sold as the middle of nowhere. They may very well be in the middle of nowhere, somewhere, but I’m willing to bet it’s not actually Sissonville. The house claiming to be one of the castmember’s family members’ is most likely not, considering the house they were evicted from was rented solely for the show.
Quaker Steak & Lube
Another Sissonville mistake goes to the Quaker Steak & Lube the girls go to for “Girls Night Out” (with the boys…?) in episode three. Sissonville is supposedly in the middle of nowhere, right? But MTV claims this restaurant is within city limits. It’s not. West Virginia has two Quaker Steaks, Wheeling, and another in Charleston. I’ve been to both. So, again, this show seems to be located in the nation’s capital more than anything.
Cleanest Town in W.Va.
Sissonville? Nope, Eleanor. MTV would like you to think they’re using stock footage of the town their characters inhabit, but the B-roll of the beer bottle in front of a “Cleanest Town in WV” was staged. A quick Google search shows that Eleanor, W.Va., is the proud, clean town, which is further proven by the Blue Devils and Kanawha Valley Baptist Church signs in the footage. Both the team and the church are 50 minutes away from Sissonville, and all completely unrelated to the show.
I’m more familiar with the northern panhandle of West Virginia seeing as it’s where I live, but I can also say I’ve heard some accents from the southern part of the state, and none of them sound anything like Shain Gandee. Shain, who is the Snooki of “Buckwild,” is the goofball of the group. He throws a mattress down the stairs of someone’s house, rolls down a hill inside of a tire, and has the idea to fill a dump truck with water and call it a pool, but something just isn’t right. More often than not, his scenes are accompanied with subtitles to clarify his hard-to-decipher dialect, but have you noticed he’s the only one with this issue? From the crustache to the camo, Shain is every cliché I’ve heard about West Virginia rolled into one. He’s what most people would picture when they hear West Virginia, so it wouldn’t shock me if MTV got a little creative with their casting.
I honestly would not be surprised if Johnny Knoxville showed up in “the holler” based on the amount of stupid stunts this cast decided to try to pull off. Rolling down hills in tires and jumping into a dump truck pool was just the start of it. There was also a “West Virginia Waterslide,” or a tarp covered in soap unrolled down a hill, garbage can lid sledding and potato gun firing. Although I’ve never personally witnessed those things, I have seen people participate in “muddin’.” This is the act of driving around, usually in a truck or jeep, and finding the biggest puddles of mud to speed through. Exciting, right? I also know people who have been taught to shoot in the middle of the woods, but never any of them in heels.
“If you’re from West Virginia, you don’t wanna leave West Virginia because that’s all you know, and hell, that’s all you need”
Hi, I’m a West Virginia native currently attending Kent State in Ohio. Nice to meet you. It’s one thing to be proud of your state, but it’s another to make all viewers believe that West Virginians don’t need or want to leave. Those on the show who appear to be in college are attending (or were attending at the time of filming) West Virginia University. It’s safe to say that 75 percent of my graduating class joined the “Buckwild” cast in “Motown,” but there’s 25 percent, like me, who got out.
The awe of Beyoncè’s Super Bowl XLVII performance slowly melted away just hours after it happened thanks to a tweet and Facebook post that surfaced around 6 a.m. that Monday. The announcement that “the future of fall out boy starts now” sent music news sites and social networking accounts aflutter with the confirmation of the long awaited return.
Fall Out Boy’s last tour was coincidentally as an opening act for Blink-182’s reunion run in summer, 2009. They later announced their hiatus in November 2009, soon after the release of a greatest hits album.
The break allowed members to tackle other musical endeavors, like vocalist Patrick Stump’s solo career. He released “Spotlight (Oh Nostalgia)” in November 2010 and included it on the “Truant Wave” EP in February 2011. Stump followed up with his most recent “Soul Punk,” in October 2011. Drummer Andy Hurley and guitarist Joe Trohman formed a heavier band by the name of The Damned Things with Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die on vocals. The group disbanded in 2010, but Hurley continued his hardcore streak by moving onto various heavy bands while Trohman joined With Knives.
Bassist Pete Wentz cited his high profile marriage to now ex-wife Ashlee Simpson as a reason for the band’s split, but that didn’t stop the music. Wentz launched Black Cards with vocalist Bebe Rexha in July 2010. Guitarist Nate Patterson (The Receiving End of Sirens) and drummer Spencer Peterson (Saves the Day, VersaEmerge, Hidden in Plain View) helped the band put out one EP and two mixtapes. They later lost a couple of members and Wentz and Peterson now remain as a DJ duo.
Despite their path splitting for a little over three years, Stump, Wentz, Hurley and Trohman have all come back together to pick up where they left off. Their return to the music scene comes with a summer tour that sold out in less than a day, a new single that is available now and a new album, “Save Rock and Roll,” to be released worldwide May 6 and 7.
Three years worth of rumors and wishes of the reunion that finally came will hopefully inspire other bands in this genre to pick up their instruments and rejoin forces. See where some of your old favorites ended up and why they should come back:
The Format (2001 – 2008)
Nate Ruess, now of fun., and Sam Means formed The Format in their Arizona hometown in 2001. Ruess announced in February 2008 that The Format would no longer be making music. Their music was much more relaxed than fun., and that makes them the better choice. Fun. has a list of singles that have become background noise in a sea of Top 40 hits, but The Format could croon on for hours without the need to hit next. Regardless, fun. just walked away with two Grammy’s, so chances are The Format will not be reuniting anytime soon.
The Academy Is… (2003 – 2011)
Vocalist William Beckett and bassist Adam Siska paired up in 2003 and then added guitarist Mike Carden. A few lineup changes later, the band would finally be set with second guitarist Michael Guy Chislett and drummer Andrew Mrotek. Opening with Cobra Starship for Fall Out Boy, The Academy Is... continued to succeed with the release of “Santi” in 2007 and had even more success with 2008’s “Fast Time at Barrington High.” Their first single, “About A Girl” was included in an episode of MTV’s “The Hills,” and a second single “Everything I Had” made it onto “Total Request Live.“
“Lost In Pacific Time” EP squeaked out in 2009 before the May 2011 departure of Mrotek and Chislett. Mrotek continued The Animal Upstairs, which refers to both his band and artwork while Chislett joined Pistol Youth and 1969. Beckett later announced their demise in October 2011. Beckett went solo, and has already released 3 EPs while Siska joined Say Anything as their permanent bassist. One can only hope they will reunite in 2015 for a 10-year reunion of “Almost Here,” if only for one Chicago show like they did for the five-year reunion.
Midtown (1998 – 2005)
A bunch of friends start a band, make some music and break up to pursue other projects; do you see a trend here? Midtown’s vocalist/bassist Gabe Saporta, drummer Rob Hitt and guitarists Tyler Rann and Heath Saraceno are no different. The band would split after three albums and a few EPs. Saraceno joined Senses Fail until 2009, while Rann sang for Band of Thieves before turning to the clothing industry. Hitt works for Crush Management and created his own label, I Surrender Records, which signed I Am The Avalanche, Four Year Strong, Valencia and more.
Saporta traded in his bass for neon attire when he launched Cobra Starship, a band that supposedly started as the result of a peyote-induced vision in the Arizona desert in August 2005. Saporta would contribute the single “Snakes on a Plane (Bring It),” to the movie of the same name a year later. This track included guest spots from The Academy Is..., Gym Class Heroes and The Sounds, and would be the first of several hits. That song made their first album, “While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets,” and Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump would produce their second, “¡Viva la Cobra!,” but it would not be until their third, “Hot Mess,” that the band would reach radio fame. Leighton Meester of “Gossip Girl” would sing on “Good Girls Go Bad” in 2009, which led to several other singles throughout their still thriving, and far from over career.
Something Corporate (1998 – 2006)
“Konstantine” is one of the only 9-minute songs that won’t bore you to death. We can thank the vocal styling and piano skills of Andrew McMahon for that. Something Corporate’s most successful release, 2002’s “Leaving Through The Window,” included singles like “Punk Rock Princess” and “I Woke Up In A Car,” both of which aided in getting the album to No. 1 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart and No. 101 on the Billboard 200. Their first hiatus was in 2004, a period in which McMahon began his second project, Jack’s Mannequin. “Everything in Transit” would be Jack’s Mannequin’s first release, and reach great popularity though mediums like guest star spots on “One Tree Hill.”
Something Corporate reunited for Bamboozle Left Festival in October 2006. It looked like their last show, until a brief reunion at that same festival in March 2010 followed by Bamboozle Right and Bamboozle Chicago in May 2010. The band did a brief reunion tour in the summer 2010, but have been MIA ever since. McMahon continued to release work through Jack’s Mannequin during the back and forth of Something Corporate, but he recently pulled the plug on that project as well. He now opts to use only his name for future work as of August 2012, and will be embarking on a small venue tour in spring 2013, which makes the reunion of Something Corporate or Jack’s Mannequin pretty unlikely.
Armor For Sleep (2001 – 2009)
Bamboozle apparently brings people together because Armor For Sleep is another that would reunite for the festival in 2012. They put out three albums throughout their career and the last one, “Smile For Them,” was released in 2007, two years before their demise. After not touring for a year, the band finally announced their break up in October 2009. 2005’s “What to Do When You Are Dead” was representative of the emo generation of the mid-2000s, so it came with great sadness when yet another band bit the dust. The original line-up played the festival in May and three other shows in July, but made no other plans beyond that.
Vocalist Ben Jorgensen had a brief solo career, and collaborated with Sierra Shardae, who is now working with The Academy Is…’s Andrew Mrotek on his band, The Animal Upstairs. Guitarist PJ DeCicco worked with former Senses Fail bassist, Mike Glita, in a band called Love Automatic. Despite there being no foreseeable reunion for Armor For Sleep, like all the others mentioned, they will be remembered for setting a precedent in this scene.
Cats and the Internet: they’re like peanut butter and jelly. They go hand-in-hand, unless you happen to be allergic to peanuts. Or cuteness.
Grumpy Cat, or Tardar Sauce as his owners, Tabby Bundesen and her daughter Crystal, like to call him, has held the throne for approximately the last four months. The now 10-month-old kitten got his start after Tabby’s brother, Bryan Bundesen, this past September, posted his photo on the popular user-generated news site, Reddit. Bryan shared the photo and it exploded from there. A merchandise site has been created by the owners and it’s hard to go a day without seeing a Grumpy Cat meme.
There are the generalized adorable cats yawning, falling or striking a pose, but then there are the specific ones who lead the pack in the quest for Internet fame. Grumpy Cat is currently the reigning king of cat land, but it looks like he could have some competition.
Sam, who has yet to receive an Internet created name other than his social networking username “samhaseyebrows,” seems to be vying for the attention of cat lovers everywhere. The only thing you need to know about Sam is that he does indeed have eyebrows, and a look of worriment in his natural state as a result.
Sam started gaining his popularity through an Instagram page created by his owner in mid-December. In a mere month and a half it has garnered more than 24,000 followers, a number that is continuously growing. Twitter was conquered next with an account [http://twitter.com/Samhaseyebrows] that launched Jan. 29. With a strong social media presence and the impending launch of SamHasEyebrows.com, it is clear that this furrowing feline’s owner is preparing for a takeover.
Sam’s owner has denied comments to media outlets like The Huffington Post in preparation for said website, so it looks like we’ll have to wait it out to see whether Sam will take the kitty crown.
Which distressed cat are you rooting for in the quest for the kitty crown?