December 2008 Archives
I know we're pretty gushing fangirly about Jon Hamm on this blog, which can be a bit nauseating at times, but when he does stuff like this... it's just hard to fall out of love with him. While making the what must have been excruciating press whore rounds for the tiny part he had in The Day the Earth Stood Still Sucks
(nailed it), Hamm stopped by the greatest online fake interview series around, Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis
. It's not quite as awkwardly hilarious as the Michael Cera one, but Hamm is a great sport and is able to keep up with Zach's comedic prowess, which bodes very well for his upcoming 30 Rock
stint. Also, he likes websites! So, you know, he's basically our soulmate because we are
a website! Yeah, I don't get it either. It's Monday. Clips for both the Hamm and Cera editions below!
My lovely boss Angel
asked me to sit in on a conference call with Ryan Seacrest on the eve of his latest reality show offering, Momma's Boys
. Doubtless you've already been bombarded by the show's promos but for the uninitiated, it's sort of a dysfunctional spin on the traditional reality dating show -- three guys who are
inordinately attached to and reliant on their moms are searching for love amongst the usual mansion-full of good girls, aspiring singers, ex-cons and Penthouse Playmates. The spin is that their moms are along for the ride, helping weed out the gold-diggers and totally c*&k-blocking their sons when they try to get sexay with the aforementioned "ladies" in the hot tub.
I have to admit that I wasn't so jazzed for the new batch of webisodes for Battlestar Galactica. Usually I have a hard time getting engaged in this show, when it is dispensed in three minute segments. However, I do adore Grace Park, so I gave it a whirl, and so far, so good. The first installment of "The Face of the Enemy" went up today. (You can watch it here.) Nine days after the finale when we saw the destroyed planet Earth, Gaeta's in a raptor, covered in blood, and we're given a little bit of a preview of what's to come in the rest of the nine parts of this webisode series. Needles, knives, chaos. Looks good.
I am probably one of the very few (read: twelve) people who actually likes/watches the show Kath & Kim
. For various reasons (it's a disgrace to the original Aussie version, the casting is all wrong), people just loooooooove to bitch about this colorful bit of camp. Well, I object. Sure it's nothing like the original, and it's a good thing, too, because Aussie humor doesn't always translate, and unless you're privy to the various slang terms and cultural touchstones of Down Under, you can easily get lost. But I maintain that the Americanized version kept the essence of the show -- complete with the end-of-show "wine time" segment and the near-constant exclamations by both Kath and Kim that something or other is "soooo
unusual." I think Molly Shannon is perfectly loverly as the unflinchingly cheerful exercise fanatic Kath, and despite all the protests that Selma Blair isn't believable as her daughter, I quite enjoy her grouchy, junk-food addicted "trophy wife" Kim. Oh, and John Michael Higgins can basically do no wrong.
The world has been waiting for the return of
Lauren Graham for what feels like eternity. You all agree she's the best, right? Well, if the reports of her return to TV
are true, we might fina-friggin'-lly be getting our wish. Graham is said to be tied to an as-yet untitled ABC sit-com from the Will & Grace
scribes (not so good) and produced by Mitch Hurwitz (insanely good) that will follow her tribulations as a life coach-typed person whose own life begins to unravel after a super-rough breakup. Could be a hoot or the worst thing to happen to her since Because I Said So
, which made me want to stab my eyes out, re-grow them with the help of stem-cell technology and then stab them out again.
While we were working on last week's shows that were canceled too soon, we couldn't help but think about the shows, like JAG, that just dragged on forever and ever, with seemingly no end. Did anyone actually watch all million seasons of Wings? We highly doubt it. So we came up with this week's list of shows that deserved to be axed long before they finally were. There were so many more (Everybody Loves Raymond and Will & Grace, we're lookin' at you) that narrowly missed making the cut. And we limited the list to just recent shows, because if we'd started back with Happy Days, we'd have had to do this as a ten part series.
Yay the Nineties! Star Magazine
, that cornerstone of journalistic integrity, has exposed the mystery
of the Gossip Girl
spin-off with its blinding search light of justice and truth! According to those bozos, the early years of Lily and Woofus will be the central focus of the offshoot. So that means we'll be regaled with visions of proto-Lincoln Hawk in all its grunge-lite glory! Flannels and stringy hair and heroin! Oh my!
Or maybe they do, I don't know. I know that I personally don't. Nevertheless, Marc Cherry is in talks with ABC
to extend the show an extra two seasons past the previously planned seven, meaning Desperate Housewives
will be on for nine seasons, or as I like to refer to it, for effing everrrrrr. And ABC is into it, of course, because they are great fans of making money. "I started recently talks with (ABC Entertainment president) Steve McPherson and (ABC Studios chief) Mark Pedowitz about continuing the show for a ninth season," Cherry said. "We're going to find a way to make it work."
We've barely buried the most recent season of Dancing With the Stars
and already the rumor mill is churning out possible contestants for the next season. The nerve! Have some respect for Brooke Burke and her glorious gams, show!
While I was disappointed that the live TV broadcast (at least the Today show version) covered very few TV categories, I was pretty excited by a couple of things. Normally the category of Actor/Actress in a miniseries or made-for-TV movie is something I just shrug at and pretend doesn't exist, but my ears did perk up quite a bit when I heard that Kiefer Sutherland had been nominated for his role in 24: Redemption. Jack's Back! That's pretty awesome!