TV pet peeve #4: The ‘Magnolia’ moment

Anyone who saw Magnolia will remember Paul Thomas Anderson’s crowning preciosity, the pan-diegetic sing-along (featuring none other than Crazy Wanda from Big love and everyone’s favorite Dr. Steve Brule!):

Very clever and very Oscar-tempting way back in 2000.  The sing-along schtick was still viable in 2004, when transposed to the small screen and folded back into a specific story arc via a collective tryptamine experience:

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Less convincing in 2006.

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And fully expired by 2007.

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On a related note, the comedic sing-along does manage to avoid peeving, if it’s done well.  Sing-alongs sustained one season of Flight of the Conchords

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..but then turned around and killed the second.  They have also propelled some very strange British comedians to (well-deserved) stardom:

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J.C. Freñán

Mark my words, bitches.

Which teen drama’s marketing elves will transform Choir Of Young Believers into an It Band this year?

Keep your ears open some time this fall, I’d say.  (TubaTV is, like, way ahead of the curve.)