April 2011 Archives
Did anyone really believe this pair of gin-soaked women was gone for good? Jennifer Saunders recently announced that she will be penning a few more Absolutely Fabulous episodes for the BBC this summer, which can't come soon enough. We're dying to know what Saffy and (not so) baby Lola have been up to. And Is Gran still around? What's Bubble wearing now? What religion are Bo and Marshall this year? One thing is for certain, though: Eddy and Patsy will be exactly the same -- drunk, drugged and fabulously deviant. Here's our fond look at the signature AbFab traits we can't wait to see make a return to television.
Every now and then, a sitcom comes along that isn't just forgettable, it's unforgettably bad. We aren't saying we can do better, mind you, we're just saying that it's unbelievable that some comedies progress through multiple stages of development and make it to TV screens while still being irredeemably awful. The latest show to make us shake our heads is The Paul Reiser Show, which is all about Paul Reiser's real life, something that hasn't been very interesting since Mad About You (or even, arguably, My Two Dads). And while there have been bad television shows since the birth of the medium, we're going to focus on the ones that are still freshest (and therefore still painful) in our collective memory. Editor's note: After reading the premise of each of these, insert the words "Hijinks ensue."
After so much March Madness, How I Met Your Mother is finally returning for the last leg of its season. Compared to last season, this one has been okay, with a particularly effective recent string of episodes, but that just isn't enough. We remember a time when we thought that HIMYM was going to save the laugh-track sitcom's soul and we think there's still a chance for the series to return to peak form -- by using past shows as a guide to what should happen in the future.
Since the dawn of the Cold War, spies and comedy have gone hand-in-hand -- probably to ease the tension of knowing there are people out there looking to destroy your way of life -- and television has developed a long tradition of wacky spy shows. Currently in its fourth season, Chuck is a shining example of the genre, making great use of famous TV and movie spies in guest roles, and the animated Archer takes the James Bond type down a new, hilarious road. But the newest comedic spy series on TV is Chaos, about a team of misfit CIA agents who fight their superiors and departmental bureaucracy as much as they fight terrorists, and so far it looks like it splits the difference pretty evenly between comedy and action. While some series are funnier than others -- both intentionally and unintentionally -- these are some of our favorites from the genre.
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