April 2011 Archives
This weekend, the highly anticipated HBO series Game of Thrones finally debuts, and while there are legions of fans of George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels waiting with excitement, other readers are just as eager to nitpick every little detail. At the same time, many HBO viewers may be tuning in for some good drama with a dash of fantasy with no knowledge of the complex mythology of the books. Fashioning a satisfying television show that satisfies these different audiences was a huge undertaking (one several years in the works) that fell squarely on the shoulders of writer-producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss. The duo recently talked to us and other journalists on a media conference call to address concerns and let fans new and old know what to expect.
It's amazing how much money some people will give up for a little bit of sleep.
Because each week's eliminated American Idol contestant media call is a repetitive display of scripted, vague, overly positive answers from extremely coached individuals, I thought I'd break up the formula with this week's Pia Toscano call, and simply check off each required answer we seem to get from every Idol castoff every week. Unsurprisingly, Pia hit all the requirements. Slightly surprisingly, she also repeatedly asserted that she is psychic. That sure is weird!
Like Jerry Seinfeld, Paul Reiser is kind of TV comedy royalty. With long runs on My Two Dads and Mad About You, love them or hate them, he never really needs to work again. But, just as Jerry Seinfeld came back to confuse audiences with The Marriage Ref, Reiser has come back with a sitcom that explains exactly what it is he's doing right now: hanging out with his male acquaintances, taking meetings and taking care of his kids. If that doesn't sound funny, well, we're not going to correct you (it's kind of like a watered-down Curb Your Enthusiasm), but we sat down with the jokey TV icon to find out where the show came from and where it's going.
After the recent lackluster Comedy Awards on Comedy Central, I thought I needed a break before the TV Land Awards air Sunday. But as I was watching RuPaul's Drag Race, I saw footage from the red carpet at the NewNowNext Awards and just couldn't help checking it out. And I'm glad I did, because while the actual awards part was entirely pointless (it wasn't like they were handing out Oscars, after all), the telecast was filled with over-the-top insanity and so many things I personally adore. Plus, 30 Rock and Lady Antebellum didn't win anything! Oh, and did I mention that this whole thing came in under an hour and a half? Or that James Van Der Beek was the host? Yeah, it had it all. Here are the highlights:
Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution returns to ABC tonight with Jamie embroiled in a battle with the Los Angeles Unified School District over his critiques of their school lunches, so it looks like this season will be a little different from the comparative slam dunk that was Season 1. In honor of tonight's premiere, I interviewed Jamie about all the school district drama, the state of reality television and even his own junk food guilty pleasures.
House marked its milestone 150th episode with the return of the divisive Thirteen, back from a surprise stint in
Cowboys & Aliens prison. Like a lot of people, I've long been a vocal Thirteen detractor, but though I had a whole mess of issues with last night's episode, there were some surprisingly really effective things about it -- and it's not like the show had gotten great again during Thirteen's absence. Far from it, actually. As it stands now, it's clear that the real problems with the show's writing have little to do with a rampant crush on Thirteen and everything to do with a beleaguered staff phoning it in every week. The following are the ten most tiresome things about last night's episode (and the show as a whole), followed by five things House can learn from this semi-departure episode.
Today's releases all sound magical, with talking flutes, characters named Bear, and celebrity reality show stars.
Last night saw the debut of the all-new, all-different Law & Order Los Angeles, and things have been shaken up a bit. If you haven't seen the double episode yet, or kept up with the show's major cast shake-ups, then you probably don't want to read this, although it's also a fair bet you don't spend a lot of time on the Internet. Here are the changes, and my opinion of whether each is a good thing or a bad thing.
It is no secret that I live to watch dance shows. I obsess over So You Think You Can Dance and America's Best Dance Crew, watched all of Dance Your Ass Off, sit through Dancing With the Stars twice a week, and will tune into anything that has a former SYTYCDer in it, just out of loyalty. That's how I ended up watching this new E! show. It's got both SYTYCD choreographer Laurieann Gibson and alum Kherington Payne. How could that go wrong? Turns out, in so many ways.
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