January 2009 Archives
Here at TWOP, we love us some Battlestar Galactica. Yes, it's dark; yes, it's depressing; yes, it's a little convoluted, but it's still one of the greatest shows on our magic picture box every week. And while the joy of it is in the journey -- from Caprica to New Caprica to Earth -- the show still manages to plant little landmines along the roadway, and when they go off, they will frak you the frak up. Resident BSG megafan Angel put together a list of the show's greatest "BOMG" moments, the ones that made us pause our DVRs for a second to let our brains cool down. Check out the gallery here!
I get it. The Super Bowl is a blown-out-of-proportion commercial consumergasm, and we should all be better than that. All of that is justified, but as a football fan and die-hard Super Bowl apologist (yes, even this year), I was tasked with coming up with 10 good reasons to sit through the lengthy shillfest. And believe me, there are 10 reasons to watch it. I swear! Read on and I promise to share my hot wings with you.
The fifth season of stress-test competitive cooking show Hell's Kitchen
premieres tonight at 9 PM on Fox, and in anticipation, I risked my own dignity to ask scary sweaty meanie-pants chef/star Gordon Ramsay (who, for the record, Paris Hilton
, is not
the PM of Great Britain) a few questions (along with some other "journalists"). The highlights -- with little to no yelling and a minimum of swear words -- are after the jump.
So far, it seems like Lost is firing on all cylinders, as we're already on the third episode, and the surprises just keep on coming. No more castaways sitting on the beach discussing their feelings, crap is getting D-U-N done, and in, like, seven different decades to boot. We watched Episode 3 last night (after watching Episode 2: The Cliff's Notes Version), and we just had to gush over the five moments in "Jughead" that blew us away like a hydrogen bomb.
In honor of Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!'s post-Super Bowl Office
roast special (we totally scooped 'em!), our resident Office
super fan (for real -- he's even got the ringtone) Zach Oat has selected each Dunder Mifflin employee's most embarrassing moments, in ranking order.
Peruse the list, and then come back to add your own favorite Office
humiliation moments in the comments below!
Disgust. This was my reaction to news
that Fox was mounting a remake of the cult Brit comedy Absolutely Fabulous
starring Kristen Johnston and quite possibly Kathryn Hahn. Yes, what a perfectly wonderful idea: take a show beloved by audiences and endlessly imitated but never improved upon, and tart it up Fox-style with a couple of B-list American actors, some rejiggered plot-points and a misogynist marketing campaign. Because the Telefile is not equipped with emoticons or audio function (and because my editor made me), I'm not able to impart my visceral response to this development, which is probably for the best. Swearing is also discouraged. So I'm trying to sublimate my violent rage a bit with a methodical, rational list of the reasons why this is the worst idea in the history of the world. Or, you know, whatever.
I don't think there's any way to disagree with the opinion that last night's Nip/Tuck
, even for Nip/Tuck
. Both cases of the week were nuts, so much unexpected crap happened in the overarching storylines, there was a music video about crotch stank; the list goes on. There was just so much going on in one hour of television, especially when compared to the other shows I watched right before it -- Fringe
and American Idol
-- where pretty much nothing of importance happened, and rarely does (I'm pulling for you, Fringe
, but let's get moving on The Pattern conspiracy already. Thank you). Crazy as it was, I was yet again reminded why and how much I love this show. In celebration of the most batshit Nip/Tuck
episode ever, the list, in order of least to most crazy below:
Once upon a time, in the golden age of sketch comedy, there were a dozen sketch shows on the air at a given time. Since then, the field has been whittled down to a precious few, until for a while it was just Saturday Night Live battling an ailing Mad TV. But there has been a new power rising in the East. A dark power, made up of equal parts Kids in the Hall, The Vacant Lot and Exit 57, fueled by the power of feces and prone to having sex with animals. They're The Whitest Kids U'Know, and their third season of uncensored sketch comedy begins tonight on IFC. We talked to them about why Hitler is an inspiration, why dinosaurs are awesome and why this season was almost called "Season Drugs."
They say it's an honor just to be nominated, but we all know that's not true. So while we're thrilled that TWoP has once again been selected as one of the five best entertainment blogs by the Bloggies, a.k.a. the Weblog Awards, we're also selfish enough to want to win this sucker for the second consecutive year. And unlike the Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes, whose prizes are closed to public influence, the Bloggies want real people to pick their favorites -- go figure. TWoP is up against some stiff competition from Best Week Ever, TVgasm, /film and Vulture, so we can use all the help we can get. If you dig what we do (and hey, why else are you even reading this?) and have a few minutes to spare, consider casting a vote for us at the official Bloggies site
. There are plenty of great blogs from around the world nominated in a slew of other categories, so show them a little love while you're in the neighborhood, too. Voting closes on Monday, February 2.
So The Da Vinci Code
lite met Indiana Jones
lite on NBC for the past two evenings in The Last Templar
, and I was going to do a straight-up review, but there isn't a whole lot to say about it other than this: It wasn't very good. It was cliché-riddled, silly, ludicrous, real preachy at the end, and all the flashbacks looked like shitty History Channel reenactments. Not to mention that it was about three hours too long, but, you know, such are miniseries.