March 2012 Archives
With only two episodes left in a highly entertaining season of Justified, I promise to stop talking about Breaking Bad. After reading your comments last week and feeling disappointed when the meth Quarles jacked wasn't blue, I realized that I have an issue about obsessing over that show. This is especially problematic when there's already a truly fantastic series right in front of me, which became increasingly clear in "Measures."
Just when we were finally starting to forget about Glee...
Looks like Randy couldn't even get comp tickets to The Book of Mormon.
After five long seasons of Jersey Shore and months of complaining about how frustrating the unspoken fame component to MTV's juggernaut is, I think I have finally found an answer to my woes: Brooklyn 11223. After sitting through several Shore clones and a few too many Housewives spin-offs, this new Oxygen docu-soap about a group of 20-somethings living in the close-knit community of Gravesend, Brooklyn is a breath of fresh, dramatic air. Here's why:
Back in January, we included reality TV warhorses Survivor and The Amazing Race on our list of reality franchises that needed to be benched. At the time, both shows deserved to make that list as they were each coming off career-worst seasons filled with boring characters (Brandon Hantz anybody?), unimaginative challenges (setting up beach umbrellas... really?!) and a general lack of tension. Rather than watch these once-great shows continue to stumble downhill, we felt it best for all concerned that they take a prolonged break and return when they had some fresh ideas up their sleeves. But surprise, surprise: ever since Survivor: One World and the 20th Amazing Race premiered in February, both shows have been back on their game. In fact, we actually find ourselves anticipating -- rather than dreading -- each new episode (for now, at least -- there's still plenty of time life for these seasons to go south, after all). Here are the notable changes we think have improved both shows:
This week in unnecessarily early news...
Contrary to popular belief, absence doesn't always make the heart grow fonder. There have been several instances -- Futurama we're looking at you -- where a show has left the airwaves for a prolonged period of time and, after some initial discontent, we got used to it being gone. Then when it returned, it seemed noticeably diminished; the familiar elements were there, but the magic was missing. (Honestly, we have the same fears about the upcoming Arrested Development reunion. The finale ended the series on a perfect note; to quote the Beatles, let it be, guys.) So we approached the delayed Season 5 premiere of Mad Men -- the first new episode of AMC's flagship series to air in 17 months -- with a fair amount of trepidation. Would it still be the smart, witty show we instantly fell in love with when the pilot hit the airwaves in 2007? Had creator Matt Weiner decided to flex his creative power (and get back at AMC for dithering during the negotiations) by giving some of our favorite Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce characters abrupt Sal Romano-style exits during the hiatus? Could Jon Hamm still pass as the handsomest leading man on TV with Timothy Olyphant rocking that Stetson hat week in and week out on Justified?
Slow day for TV news today -- I was kind of hoping Snooki's baby would be born five months early for entertainment purposes.
Two people acted like jerks, then got sick and had to be removed from their respective shows... Coincidence?
Like almost every kid that came of age in the late '80s/early '90s, I went through a big Weird Al phase. Back then, there were still these things called cassette tapes and I soon amassed a healthy collection of Yankovic's albums. Favorite songs? "Eat It" of course. "The Rye or the Kaiser" was another (especially since it spoofed a song from one of the greatest sequels of all time, Rocky III) and you can't forget about "(This Song's Just) Six Words Long," "I Think I'm A Clone Now" and "Yoda."
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