April 2012 Archives
From New York socialites to the New York musical theater world -- it's all drama, I suppose.
Are you the kind of person who likes to put your wildest imaginings into practice? Do you not just want to watch TV, but interact with it? If so, you might just be an igniter and therefore precisely the kind of person that the Syfy network wants amongst its audience. "Igniter" was the buzzword at Syfy's upfront presentation, which unfolded Tuesday night at New York's famed American Museum of Natural History, where the famous Hall of Ocean Life (you know, the one with that giant whale suspended from the ceiling) was bathed in the network's signature purple while DJ Spooky spun records and guests feasted on dishes created by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson. But the evening wasn't all fun and food -- Syfy also revealed its plans for the 2012-2013 season and those plans include a lot more reality, a lot fewer scripted series and a whole lot of igniter-driven interactivity between viewer and show.
The L.A. Complex is a Canadian export that is airing on the U.S. on The CW. It's in keeping with the network brand and an oddly suitable pairing for its increasingly ridiculous 90210 series. Particularly since this new (at least to Americans) show is essentially an alternate version of the Melrose Place update that was cancelled by The CW a couple of years ago. And while L.A. Complex isn't at all what you'd call a good show or remotely original, it's more watchable than MP 2.0, though maybe only slightly. It doesn't help that Complex starts off with the most annoying song of all time, making us feel like we're being forced to sit inside an MRI machine, though once you get past that, there's plenty of entertainingly mindless fluff to enjoy. Here's how the two series compare:
The Chenbot cares not for your weariness of Big Brother.
Insert your own "King of the World" joke here.
Well, there's at least one person who really wants another season of The Office...
As discourse concerning women often goes in this country, every person who saw the Girls pilot last week felt the need to stick in their two cents, qualified or not -- present company included. Some interesting thoughts about its intense white privilege were expressed. Some flawed and pointless arguments consisting of misogyny pretending to be critical analysis were made (since when is nepotism new in Hollywood? What do the actresses having famous parents have to do with the integrity of the on-screen characters? Why doesn't anyone ever mention Zosia Mamet's mom, actress Lindsay Crouse? Since when does being the daughter of Bad Company's drummer matter to anyone?). One writer of the show even made the poor decision to joke about the criticism of the whiteness of the show, totally missing the mark, while Judd Apatow himself claims that those who write bad reviews of Girls are doing it "just out of boredom" and pageviews because "who wants to read only good reviews?" Apatow seems to be enjoying the backlash, at least, and doesn't mind that the series isn't representative of non-privileged women, explaining: "That's the point of it, really. It's supposed to be a comedy about women in New York who are really smart, but their lives are a mess. They know they should be doing great things, but they don't know what it is, and they have kind of a feeling of self-entitlement about it. That's the joke of the show."
The fact that HBO's latest half-hour comedy Veep is premiering a full week after Girls is something of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, so much attention, hype and praise was lavished upon Lena Dunham's series in the run-up to its debut that Veep finally bowed last night feeling almost like an afterthought, despite the presence of an established TV actress (as opposed to an untested multi-hyphenate dabbling in the medium for the first time) in the form of Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Actually, having Louis-Dreyfus on board might have equally contributed to the perception of Veep as an also-ran in the race to anoint the next great HBO series. Look at the fresh-faced youngsters adorning the posters and teasers for Girls and you feel like you're gazing at the next generation of television stars. Seeing Louis-Dreyfus adorning her own one-sheet, on the other hand, seems like a nod to the past.
Meet the proud parents of the world's freakiest shadow baby and other highlights of the fourth episode of the second season of Game of Thrones, "Garden of Bones."
Two hours of Glee??? Zooey, why hast thou forsaken us!
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