October 2011 Archives
You have to be cautious when you recommend 2 Broke Girls to a family member, friend or co-worker. Sure, maybe the pilot made you giggle, but if a person randomly tuned into "And Strokes of Goodwill," they might assume you're a racist, raunch-loving freak who watches that terrible CBS show that comes on before Two and a Half Men. Forever more, your taste level will be scrutinized and people will think of you differently. It's a bad scene (and a true story).
V is for "Victim of Contemporary Television Economics"
In last night's episode, "In Havoc and In Heat," Zoe (who we're supposed to buy as a promising cardiothoracic surgeon from New York, and not an insufferable girly-girl) decides that she's going to let loose and have a one-night stand with Wade -- a man with whom she had a brief tongue-tangle while she was covered in mud, drunk and in the front seat of his car... on the day she met him. But instead of just inviting Wade over for a drink to beat the heat, she has to be all freaking weird about it and turn into one of those rom-com characters who tries on a million outfits in front of a mirror. Who is she supposed to be, Katherine Heigl or Kate Hudson? Will she jump on her bed in her underwear next week? There were a lot of preposterous moments in the episode (Zoe later falling off the bar stool was just one of them) that made us wince, but this particular scene summed up precisely everything that is wrong with her character. Now keep in mind, this is a woman who wears short shorts on a regular basis and sports slinky designer dresses and five-inch heels to work. And she's doing this for a guy who has made it pretty clear that he'd like to bang her whenever she wants. Here's how the entire sequence broke down:
One of the most boring things about Ringer is the fact that we see the show exclusively from Bridget and (sometimes) Siobhan's vantage points. We think the underwhelming would be greatly improved if it was told from the perspective of one of the supporting characters -- any of them, in fact. Here's how the story of once-bitchy, now-sweet Siobhan Martin could play out if it starred her family, friends or enemies:
Ryan Phillippe is the new Julian Assange.
Any Anna Faris fan who saw What's Your Number? (or didn't because of its terrible reviews) and watched Saturday Night Live this weekend probably went into the show with the hope that it wouldn't suck -- after all, we don't just like her in vain, right? I personally got affirmation watching the episode, and laughed more than I have at SNL in a while. That's not to say a few sketches failed from a sore lack of editing (looking at you, "Wyndemere" and "GOP Debate II"), but all in all, the episode was a relieving surprise. In the spirit of Ms. Faris, here at the sketches that delivered more laughs than her entire last movie did.
It's about time the hard-working men and women serving aboard Pan Am's Clipper Majestic got a little R&R. "Eastern Exposure" allowed the gang to kick back and enjoy the local scenery in such exotic locations as Rangoon, Burma and Jakarta, Indonesia. Of course, it wasn't all lounging by the pool and drinking fancy cocktails. Kate had another top-secret mission -- one that she almost failed to complete -- that involved delivering a camera to another operative. Meanwhile, she and Laura continued their sisterly squabbles and Ted experienced flashbacks to the incident that got him drummed out of the Navy and spiked his chances at joining the space program. Then Dean had to land the plane in the midst of a wicked storm that had settled over Hong Kong and got into a scuffle with his jealous co-pilot. In the midst of all that personal drama, the episode still found the time to teach us a few more things we didn't know about the '60s, things like...
Looks like we'll get to see how revenge is served for a little longer.
Lots of inflated egos appearing on reality television of late. (Yeah, yeah, so what else is new.)
Most of the time, we're up in arms about decisions that TV networks make (particularly when they cancel shows that we love) but this fall, there have been a surprising number good moves on their part -- not including the full-season pickup for the increasingly awful Whitney, of course. Here are the ones we respect the most:
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