After 'Psych,' The Next 6 Shows That Should Be Musicalized


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It’s the conceit of ‘Glee,’ it was at the heart of the short-lived ‘Smash,’ and every so often it pops up on shows as a departure from the norm and a way to liven things up. It’s singing.

Last night, ‘Psych’ aired its heavily-promoted two-hour musical spectacular, as Dulé Hill, James Roday, and company belted out songs while dancing away for an especially entertaining escapade.

This episodic aberration isn’t entirely rare, but it sure isn’t that common, particularly outside of animated fare. ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ famously had a musical episode anomaly, as did ‘Scrubs,’ ‘Fringe,’ and ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ and ‘Community’ has done it several times in four seasons (once was with puppets, of course).

Other series will inevitably and eventually follow suit, but which ones should step up and take the spotlight? Here are my picks for shows that need to be musical-ized!

'House of Lies'

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Firstly, Kristen Bell. She’s a phenomenally-talented singer who recently showed off her pipes in Disney’s ‘Frozen.’ Secondly….there doesn’t need to be a secondly, because, well, Bell.

Still, if there needs to be another reason to make this darkly comic Showtime drama musical, two other members of the cast, Don Cheadle and Josh Lawson, have some experience – sort of. The network aired an outtake earlier this year in which the two lampooned ‘Les Mis,’ singing their lines instead of speaking them. Needless to say, the clip is pretty fantastic, and leaves us wanting more.

'Boardwalk Empire'

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This period drama about gangsters and guns and wealth and politics may seem like a strange pick for a musical, but you know what else was set in the ’20s and told of money and power? ‘Chicago.’

That’s right;  we’re looking at tangos, jazz numbers, and there can even be a cover of ‘We Both Reached for the Gun.’  What’s more, not unlike Cheadle and Lawson, Steve Buscemi has dabbled in singing. Not only did he lilt at the end of ‘The Wedding Singer,’ but this past April he hung out with Vampire Weekend and had a go. He’s ready.

'New Girl'

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This is sort of a no-brainer. Zooey Deschanel’s talents as a singer are no secret; she does the ‘New Girl’ theme song, for one. She has also showed off her voice in the beloved Christmas movie ‘Elf,’ and has since released four albums with collaborator M. Ward under the band She & Him.

Though her precocious, quirky routine may prove too much for some, ‘New Girl’ should do a musical, and she should star. In the end, it will probably look like an extended version of a She & Him music video, but that’s really what we want, right? On top of all of that, we’ve seen Jake Johnson sing the theme song too, so we know he can keep pace.


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Here is another that would ride the skills and charm of its star. Nathan Fillion, the man who portrays the titular loveable and sarcastic mystery writer, can carry a tune and bust a move, having proven it often alongside Neil Patrick Harris (Emmys, ‘Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog’).

A ‘Castle’ musical is ripe for some romantic ballads, a passionate solo bemoaning the villain, and a dramatic quartet ahead of the climax. There would also be a male-versus-female showdown playing with sexual politics and gender roles of the show, maybe like something from ‘Guys and Dolls,’ or ‘West Side Story.’

'Sleepy Hollow'

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Mysticism, witchcraft, cults, and endless fog make for moody tunes. ‘Sleepy Hollow’ seems ready for some impassioned, dark music, and you don’t have to travel far to connect the dots with ‘Sweeney Todd,’ for example. Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, the talents behind that musical, did their own version of ‘Sleepy Hollow,’ so precedent or more or less set.

Plus, you’re on FOX and it’s only your first year, so why not get some kids from ‘Glee’ to guest star and help you stand out?


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There is really nothing that Benedict Cumberbatch can do wrong, and it seems that he can in fact do just about anything he wants. He was the slithery Julian Assange in ‘The Fifth Estate,’ an awkward cousin in ‘August: Osage Country,’ a slave owner in '12 Years a Slave,’ and of course he was a famed villain in the latest ‘Star Trek.’ Oh, and he is also the voice of Smaug in the new Hobbit film – and that’s all this year.

So, for a 2014 encore, why not return as the noted detective and add one more layer to the mysterious, ambiguous sleuth? He and Martin Freeman would make a perfect pair. Throw a smarmy policeman in along the way, and you already have ‘Singin' in the Rain,’ ‘Me and My Shadow,’ and ‘Gee, Officer Krupke.’ Plus, I can see Watson getting exasperated and Sherlock responding with a rendition of ‘Sue Me.’

So, what do you think? What shows need some musical improvement and spontaneity?

- USA Network
- BBC one
- Don Cheadle
- Kristen Bell
- Jake Johnson
- Zooey Deschanel
- Steve Buscemi
- House of Lies
- Psych
- Sleepy Hollow
- Sherlock
- Boardwalk Empire
- New Girl
- Castle (2009)

Written by: AnthonyWrites
Dec 16th, 2013, 4:07 pm

Images courtesy of Showtime, USA, ABC, FOX, HBO, BBC


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Message Posted On Dec 25th, 2013, 3:09 am

Very few shows can pull off a musical episode. The urge to copycat what is "trendy" at the moment can spell catastorphe for those who attempt it. 

I'm sorry, but a show like Sleepy Hollow as a musical? Is that a really stupid joke? The show is doing fine on its own and does not need to copy any other show out there. Also. It's not a comedy. It has moments of humor, which are perfect as they are. Do not fool with what is not broken.

Castle, same deal. Just because Nathan Fillion pulled it off for the brilliance that is Joss Whedon, doesn't mean it should be tried again. 

I cannot comment about the other shows on whether or not they could pull off a musical episode. I do not watch them. 

I respect the writers right to an opinion. However, I do not agree with it. 



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Message Posted On Dec 19th, 2013, 5:17 pm

the big bang theory!!


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Message Posted On Dec 17th, 2013, 5:36 pm

The author is an idiot.  Only Communtiy has done a decent job but then it breaks most formats (except Breaking Bad's new trick of stopping the episode in the middle of a scene) so throwing in an occassional musical version is par for the course. My favorite part was that most of the songs were short so they could get back to the storry quicker with having to hit fast forward much. 

Fortunately, Boardwalk Empire is way too serious of s how to ruin it with a musical format and it already has lots of non-obtrusive music incorporated in it in the natural way it should be.

However, I could easily see New Girl doing a musical episode.  We all know Zooey can sing and it's a pretty insane show to begin with,  They are all "nuts" on that show.

Finally, the reason I hate boradway it they are ALL musicals.  Nobody does pure drama or comedy in NYC anymore it's all singing and mostly bad singing like in Psych. What that author fails to get is it was really a SPOOF of a musical episodes that also wrapped up a left over storyline. It's even hinted to in the lyrics if you bother listening to them. That's why Z reject Shawns musical play at the end of the episode.  Dummy! since they stink!  What you are seeing is the musicalized verion in Shawn's head of what really happpened but with people acting normal in reality which is why he is acrrying the urn.  The event are real but his version of them with them singing are not because in reality no sane person breaks out in song all day long.  That reality is a lie.





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Message Posted On Dec 17th, 2013, 3:43 am

With Cobie Smulders having music video experience in "How I Met Your Mother", it would be great to see Agent Maria Hill in a singing role in a musical episode of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.


Message Posted On Dec 17th, 2013, 2:52 am
I hated the psych singing crapisode. I suppose I hate all musical episodes from normal shows. The one that sticks in my mind was Grey's Anatomy, the auto tuning used was horrendous. Please just write a real 2 hour special in the style of the show and stop these garbage episodes by actors who cannot sing.

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Message Posted On Dec 17th, 2013, 2:20 am

The "Sad pathetic soul" was a writer who actually attached his name to the article. If you're going to be a dick put your name on it.

The only one of the shows he mentioned that I watch is 'New Girl' and I think that it makes sense that they would do one, specifically, a holiday musical. On top of the Zooey Deschanel reasons, it fits Jess to go nuts for Christmas. 

The idea of Nathan Fillion doing a parody of "Anything you can do", from Annie Get Your Gun, sounds hilarious to me and I'd watch the show just for that.


Message Posted On Dec 16th, 2013, 7:12 pm
What SAD PATHETIC SOUL was tortured into writing this GARBAGE! I'm sickened at the depths stooped to for nothing. At bare minimum one could have chosen television which actually would benefit from a musical. Instead a bunch of random television was tossed out with no apparent reasoning. Where is the Joan Fontaine tribute? At least that would have made sense.
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