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“I can’t thank you all enough for just getting me.”

Season two, episode five of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, “The Quinceañero,” was directed by Kimberly McCullough and written by Emilia Serrano.

“I think you, kinda, you know it’s Carlos’ quinceañero,” Nini awkwardly fumbles when her and Ricky announce the cause of the celebration at Seb’s barn this week. It serves as another delightful callback to season one, which feels even more precious now that Nini is a part of the ensemble once again. While last week’s A-story largely focused on her, though, she and Ricky are relegated…


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“Who wants one or three?”

On Tuesday, May 11, 2021, Jeremy Renner posted the above photo on Instagram with the caption, “Ordering tacos… who wants one or three???! #tacotuesday”

This is insane for myriad reasons. Perhaps countless reasons. Here are the initial points of confusion I see.

  • Jeremy Renner seems to be implying that this photo is him rolling his window down to order tacos. He is clearly in the back seat of a vehicle on the passenger side.
  • This is also an old photo. It seems like Renner might even be in a limo on the way to a…


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“Sometimes, dream schools are overrated.”

Season two, episode four of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, “The Storm,” was directed by Paul Hoen and written by Ritza Bloom.

In the series finale of Community, when the remaining characters envision what a seventh season of the show would look like, Jeff cobbles together an idealized, slightly-contrived premise for the future of the show. It involves Annie, filled with ambition and intellect, sticking around Greendale, rather than pursuing her career goals. She asks, “Being with you guys is great, but why is this a good choice for me? Why doesn’t the…


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“If you can paint, I can walk. Anything can happen, don’t you think?”

You might remember that I made a television montage last year to lead into The Television Project: 100 Favorite Shows. I decided to do the same for my favorite movies. I haven’t decided if I’m going to write essays for them yet. Right now, it’s just video editing because that relaxes me. YouTube blocked it, but you can click on any word in this sentence to watch it, if you’re interested. I’ll also just paste the link below as is. If you’re interested. I’m trying to be…


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“I hope nothing changes between us ever.”

Episode three of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’ second season, “Valentine’s Day,” was directed by Paul Hoen and written by Zach Dodes.

Another week at East High, another round of complete disinterest in the idea that any of these students are actually students. Don’t misinterpret me; I’m not interested in watching E.J. take the SATs or anything like that. I just think it’s funny that Ricky FaceTimes Nini in the middle of class after taking a bus ride to Denver on a school night to surprise her with a song he…


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“Yep. Old drama.”

Season two, episode two of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, “Typecasting,” was directed by Kimberly McCullough and written by Ann Kim.

Over the weekend, Olivia Rodrigo released her debut album, Sour, to acclaim and extreme popularity. She’s essentially become the pop star for the first half of 2021 and it’s been an enormous explosion of fame and talent for her, which just so happens to be occurring concurrently with the rollout of season two of HSM: TM: TS.

One of the popular reactions to Sour came from people in their mid-twenties to mid-thirties talking about…


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“You will never see someone push the rest of the team as hard as I will push everybody the rest of this season.”

Those are the words immortalized forever in the history of Florida Gators football. Uttered by Tim Tebow, then already a Heisman trophy winner, they were part of a promise that his college football team — one year removed from a disappointing finish and two years removed from a national championship — would not lose another game for the rest of the season. It was part of a press conference that came when the Gators did lose (by…


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“When I hear my favorite song. I know that we belong.”

(I’m trying out something new here on Saoirse Ronan Deserves an Oscar. The Monthly Re-Up columns aren’t achieving, creatively, what I hoped they would for me, so I’m shelving them for now. Instead, I’m going to try my hand at weekly recaps for a show I feel like has become a strong niche around this part of Medium: High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. The series airs weekly on Fridays on Disney Plooos. “New Year’s Eve” was directed by Kimberly McCullough and written by Tim Federle.)

Last December…


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“I’m doing good, I’m on some new shit.”

I’m just gonna say this right at the top: I have no idea if this is a good idea. In the past, I’ve written many pieces about what the awards season would look like if I was the only one who voted for the Oscars and the Emmys. However, I do feel like I trust my taste in television and movies. I’m not sure I’m as discerning when it comes to music. I mean, I like what I like and I’ll never apologize for it. But I always tend to go for…


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“Let’s go baby. Gonna be a hell of a story.”

April feels like it might have been the fastest month of my life. I almost considered making these weekly re-ups, but monthly makes more sense because it feels like months are weeks now. This is probably bad for a number of things, unless you’re someone who is eager to get along to May. I know there’s a lot of May-heads out there. Aunt May, May Day, May 8th being the only date you can pronounce with one syllable. Special times.

Anyway, let’s hit the categories.

L.S.U., A.D.

Folks, I bring…

Dave Wheelroute

Writer of Saoirse Ronan Deserves an Oscar & The Television Project: 100 Favorite Shows. I also wrote a book entitled Paradigms as a Second Language!

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