December 2011 Archives
Now that Leslie and Ben are finally together forever, Parks and Recreation faces the challenge of giving us satisfying struggles for our power duo, and I think that "Citizen Knope" is so far covering that ground well. In last night's episode, we got to see Sad Ben make sense of his career plans and Leslie lose her campaign managers -- and while both plots where kind of predictable in their outings, their conclusions were unexpected yet sweet, while still managing to be believable and zany.
Glee is full steam ahead on the stunt casting.
It hasn't exactly been a banner season so far for Modern Family (though I'm sure the show will still sweep the 2012 Emmys). Other than "Go Bullfrogs!", the show has, for the most part, been forgettable and bland. My dissatisfaction probably stems from the fact that all of the things I like about the series -- the relationships, the vulnerability of its characters, the heart and even the comedy -- are done much better on Parks and Recreation and Community. Wednesday nights have become a layover for me as far as comedy is concerned, where I'll watch Modern Family -- and not just because I cover it -- but don't actually look forward to it.
For much of its first half, "Smoldering Children" suffered from the same inertia that plagued last week's American Horror Story. Vivien's still stuck in the loony bin, her twins -- including that apocalypse in fetal form -- are still in utero, Ben's still moping about the Murder House and the house's ghostly occupants are still trying to find ways to kill the endless amounts of time they now have on their hands. But then writer James Wong went and enlivened the proceedings considerably by pulling a Sixth Sense-style twist that revealed...
Jason Stackhouse's latest girl is... Zooey Deschanel?
And you thought your family was crazy.
Some old faces will be returning to Seattle Grace... Sort of.
Much like the entire series of Boardwalk Empire, this week's Saturday Night Live was dull and forgettable, though not entirely offensively bad. I don't think I had any full-blown laughs at all while watching "Steve Buscemi/The Black Keys", but there were moments that I definitely enjoyed, I guess. In the spirit of our host, let's rate the most memorable sketches on a relative scale based on Buscemi's past roles.
Welcome back to what may be the beginning of the end for Pan Am. In case you missed the news, ABC has reduced the show's episode order to 14, which means that after last night's ninth installment, "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," (Dean and Colette provided the kisses courtesy of their literal roll in the hay, while Kate took care of the bangs, firing a gun at the jeweler/spy at the very end of the episode) the crew of the Clipper Majestic have only five flights left, which will be burned off in January before the catty cast of the soapy serial GCB (a.k.a. Good Christian Belles a.k.a. Good Christian Bitches) takes over their time slot in March. Although the network has yet to officially ground the series for good, its future hinges on how well or poorly the new crop of mid-season shows perform. And with Mad Men already set to come back in March, we'll soon to be able to remember what a genuinely great '60s-era drama -- as opposed to a decent, but forgettable nostalgia piece like Pan Am -- looks like. Still, based on last night's episode, there are still a few things that this series can teach us about that period. Things like...
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