October 2011 Archives
In Mike White's new half-hour indie movie-esque Enlightened, Laura Dern stars as Amy Jellicoe, a former corporate woman who has a traumatic breakdown at work, and is now trying to piece her life together after a stint in rehab. The premise had me intrigued and gave me hopes that this struggling lady could fill the void left by the cancellation of United States of Tara. But after being disappointed by the pilot and trying again with the next two episodes, I'm closing the book on this one and moving on to more calming places myself. I think Zen-seeking Amy would want that for me. Or maybe she'd flip me off. Frankly, I don't really care.
If moving a television show to Fridays is the kiss of death, moving it to Saturdays is burying it and holding the funeral.
Now that The Playboy Club has gone to that great after-hours nightclub in the sky, while Don Draper and the rest of his Mad Men won't be back until March, we have to rely on ABC's Pan Am to provide us with weekly lessons in 1960s history. Last night's episode proved to be an especially relevant one, as it took place during JFK's famous 1963 trip to Berlin, where he delivered his iconic "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech. But we already covered that in our high school history class. Here's what we didn't know, but do now, thanks to the show:
In case my enormous best moments photo gallery didn't tip you off, I'm a bit of a Breaking Bad aficionado -- and by the looks of it, many of you are, too. Vincent Gilligan, creator and producer, is aware of his series' fan base and enjoys talking about how nail-biting and marvelous it is just as much as his devotees do. I've frankly never read an interview with him that didn't make me appreciate his work even more, and when he took a media call earlier this week to discuss the future of Breaking Bad and Sunday's Season 4 finale "Face Off," he sounded as excited as his questioners did about what's going to go down. Below are the highlights for your nerve-racking pleasure.
If Netflix has its way, Lieutenant Dangle's short shorts will be back.
Yup, we've got a Situation here.
I was a bit concerned last week that my beloved Amy Farrah Fowler might earn this title every week, thereby making it like those sad Employee of the Month boards at the supermarket where one overachiever gets everything and then they throw a bone to some poor lowly bagger every once and a while so that their mom can be proud. But last night, Howard Wolowitz stepped up to the plate from the outset and carried this episode on his narrow, tackily clad shoulders. It was a great improvement from last week when he made me want to vomit by discussing his mother's bowel movements. I was impressed by his sign-language skills, the way he tried to dissuade Raj from overeating by telling him that he'd have his own bazongas if he kept up his insane intake, the fact that he was a fantastic wingman and that he had all of the best lines. Here are my favorites:
We proudly present an excerpt from the new crime thriller: The Greendale Gun: From the Files of the Community-Watching Squad
With fall TV in full swing, there are already shows getting cancelled, others getting full-season pickups and still more returning shows that could use a little help. While some programs have problems that could take an entire year to repair (see: House), these other series just need some quick fixes that would make them exponentially more entertaining almost immediately.
You have to know that I don't like giving out A's. I must've picked up this mentality from Ron Swanson over the years (I'm also starting to question if we should even know the names of our politicians), but it doesn't feel right to have so many winners in one episode, let alone one show. But the wonderfully character-based Parks & Rec flourishes in its cast... and sometimes flounders when the plot is concerned. "Born and Raised" had a fun story as far as the Leslie vs. the Birthers went (and, more importantly, ended), and the Joan Callamezzo storyline had me laughing out loud, but I've seen better work from the Pawnee citizens.
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