May 2012 Archives
The same Internet that's always accused of killing ratings may actually be resurrecting cancelled shows.
It's been a fairly anticlimactic season of Modern Family. Some episodes were fun to watch, some were slightly grueling (especially in the first half of the season) and now after "Baby On Board," we're left with a little bit of heartache. The writers are so skilled at crafting gay characters and portraying the struggle of adoption... but next season, it looks like a good portion of our time will be dedicated to Gloria's pregnancy. Suddenly I long for Mitchell and Cameron to get into a really big fight just so that we don't have to see what that poorly acted nightmare is going to look like.
Say goodbye to the dog, the big bad dog.
We're still shocked that Whitney got renewed, but most of the cancellations this season made sense. While we would have gladly watched another season of A Gifted Man and our moms would have loved more of The Finder, we're having a hard time getting really upset about any of the axings this year (except for maybe Best Friends Forever, which had more potential than Whitney). In fact, there are certain shows we're downright excited to see disappear from the TV schedule. Here's the ones we'll miss the least:
HBO's Girls are getting a visit from one very special boy...
While it still hasn't been made official, it's safe to assume that this weekend's Mick Jagger-hosted season finale of Saturday Night Live marked the last time that Kristen Wiig will appear in Studio 8H... as an ensemble player at least. (We suspect she'll be back as a host somewhere down the line.) After all, considering that teary send-off to the tune of "Ruby Tuesday" it'll be strange if she returns in the fall. And although Andy Samberg (who may also be leaving) didn't get quite as obvious a farewell, his season-ending Digital Short -- which sequelized the skit that got launched the whole franchise seven years ago, "Lazy Sunday" -- suggested that it was a wrap for him as well. The only question mark now is Jason Sudeikis, another supposedly departing cast member who barely appeared in any sketches at all. While we wait for the formal announcement about casting changes, here are the episode's most memorable send-offs.
Bran Stark, Tomb Raider and other revelations from last night's Game of Thrones episode, "The Prince of Winterfell."
I'm one of the few people who isn't horribly annoyed by Hannah as a character or Lena Dunham as an actress, so the fact that she was front and center in this episode didn't bother me -- especially since it meant we got to see her parents again. (Raise your hand if you thought there'd be more exploration of her dad allegedly being gay!) What I didn't like about "The Return," however, is that the quality of its writing felt more like a student film -- especially in its pacing -- and that I instantly compared it to last year's dark comedy Young Adult. I know it's my own fault, but when you're writing about an unhappy and sexually frustrated young female writer coming back to her hometown from the big city with hopes to confront a few demons, it's hard not to draw a few comparisons. Unfortunately for Dunham, she's no Charlize Theron (to say the least) and so indulging in a proverbial trip home wasn't as powerful as it was supposed to be.
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