January 2012 Archives
It's a slow news day, so let's have some fun.
Did anyone notice the huge amount of pop culture references in "Lifetime Supply"? I felt like every few lines, there was a reference to Colin Firth or Harry Potter -- not that it hurt the episode or anything. In fact, last night's winter premiere was one of my favorites of Season 3. There were a lot of great things happening in the episode, but I give credit to Sofia Vergara for actually nailing most of her lines, as well as everything to do with Manny, Jay and Javier's storyline. Benjamin Bratt is always excellent on this show and he feels like one of the few guest stars that the writers know exactly how and when to use. I could've done without another storyline featuring Mitchell and Cameron bickering, but all together, "Lifetime Supply" was a great way to start off the second half of the season. Of all of the laugh-out-loud lines, these, to me, were the best:
It's a Jersey-off on this season of Celebrity Apprentice. Where's The Situation?
I've really been enjoying this season of Parenthood, and last night's "Road Trip" was an exceptionally great episode. Packing up the Braverman family at the beginning of the second half of the season, throwing them out of their comfort zones -- and, in a few cases, slightly stale story arcs -- and putting Zeek on edge about his stone-cold mother (played well by Frances Sternhagen) made for a terrific hour of network dramedy. The ending was expectedly sweet and everything, but the best parts of "Road Trip" happened before the heartwarming country drive home:
I was about six years old when I was introduced to Buffy and Hildegard on Bosom Buddies and thought that the show was wildly funny. So it should really be no surprise that during the series premiere of Work It last night (same basic premise), my six-year-old daughter thought that the five minutes I let her watch were very entertaining. But, given the not-at-all-coyly-disguised sexual comments and tampon jokes during those few minutes, I turned it off. She'll thank me later. Because while old Bosom Buddies reruns today are still entertaining, even for an adult audience (thanks largely to the comic timing of a young Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari), this new show cannot possibly stand the test of time.
From the fashion to the lingo to the logo (and, let's face it, the title itself), this show is so hilariously stuck in the '80s that I actually had to look it up to make sure that it wasn't meant to be set thirty years prior. I would have still questioned it, had it not been for the use of smartphones -- well played, Jane By Design. I guess this just leaves one question as far as this inevitably short-lived series goes: Do the writers know less about being a high school student or about working in the fashion industry?
Apparently, audiences don't like watching women crying hysterically behind closed bathroom doors -- but they love Ryan Seacrest. Who knew?
Don't make Raylan angry. You wouldn't like him when he's angry.
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