March 2010 Archives
It's Friday! Before seeing Alice in Wonderland on opening night, check out today's TV news. At the very least, it'll give you something to think about while you wait in an hour-long line until the next showing. Going to the movies in New York is impossible.
Why is ABC planning Ice Dancing With the Stars when Skating with the Celebrities was already a flop that few other than myself suffered through? (Okay, maybe the former Mrs. Lloyd Eisler and her divorce attorney watched as well.) Plus, Dancing With the Stars is already a weekly chore, so why add another show about has-beens trying to be figure skaters? But most importantly, ice dancing is boring as hell (in my humble opinion). Watching its three nights during the Vancouver Olympics was the best insomnia cure I could find -- and that's saying a lot considering the many hours of curling I watched. So if networks insist on putting celebrities on these types of shows, here are some other Olympic sports they should tackle instead:
James Marsters knows what he likes, and he knows what people like to see him in. From Buffy to Angel to Smallville to Torchwood, he's made legendary appearances on some of the greatest science-fiction and fantasy shows of the past decade, and he's about to start yet another. Marsters will tackle the role of religious fanatic Barnabas, the man behind the Caprica bombings for a multi-episode run on Syfy's new series Caprica. Never ones to turn down talking to Spike, we sat in on a conference call to ask him about his character, whether he'll return to Torchwood or the Buffyverse, and what he thinks of all these new vampires running around.
Last night's episode of Community was outstandingly funny -- which is saying something, because it's consistently one of the funniest shows on TV. Joel McHale's Jeff Winger is trying so hard to get through community college without losing any of the coolness he's acquired in his lifetime, which is why he thinks a billiards class is the perfect way to accomplish both. But when he finds out he has to wear gym shorts to take the class, he quits for fear of losing his cool. Long story short, a life lesson learned leads him to accept the coach's challenge to a game in shorts -- and the result is magnificent. Check out the clip below.
We can understand what a thrill it must be to be chosen for a show like Top Chef or Project Runway or even American Idol (well, unless you are one of the terrible auditioners, in which case you'll be mocked by everyone) because it's an acknowledgement of some sort of burgeoning talent. But if a production crew is at your house filming your wedding preparations because you're such a maniacal shrew, you might want to reevaluate your life. Here are the top ten terrible ways to wind up as the focus of a reality TV series:
While today's TV news is solid, all I can think about is baby Halpert. Boy or girl? What'll its name be? Will it stress Jim and Pam out so much that they finally have their first fight? I'm giddy!
Comedy rules today's TV headlines, which I think is great, because I can really use a break after last night's Lost. Hopefully next week, Jin and Sun will finally reunite and we can watch Claire breastfeed her demon baby-thing.
We jumped on a conference call with The Office's Angela Kinsey (Angela Martin) and Ellie Kemper (Erin Hannon) to talk about tomorrow's highly promoted Jim and Pam baby episode. Will this huge development fundamentally change the show? Will either of their characters be following in Pam's footsteps? These co-stars gave us the scoop.
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