December 2012 Archives
Sometimes when I watch 2 Broke Girls, I'm reminded of Freaks and Geeks, in the sense that it's a network sitcom airing during primetime that explicitly talks about (and shows) people doing drugs with basically no consequences. Of course, this is one of the main reasons NBC cancelled that series, and I don't see CBS pulling the plug on this show any time soon. Not that I think they should (hey, it's better than most any other sitcom they've got), or that I think 2 Broke Girls deserves any further comparison with anything Paul Feig has ever done. Seriously, for a show that is this obsessed with drugs, you'd think the writers would have any idea whatsoever on how to create a realistic stoner scene. Poor Beth Behrs should stick to slapstick.
Considering the strength of its cast, there's no excuse for how terrible NBC's 1600 Penn pilot is. I get that Jenna Elfman can be absolutely grating to some, but even then, there's Bill Pullman, Book of Mormon's Josh Gad, Martha MacIsaac (playing essentially the same role she had in Superbad, which I'll get back to in a second) and The Descendants' Amara Miller. The series was also created by Gad as well as President Obama's former speechwriter Jon Lovett, and is directed by Modern Family's Jason Winer, making it all the more confusing that the first episode was just so stinking bad.
Believe it or not, Showtime really does air programs besides Dexter and Homeland.
I imagine this is good news for Community fans.
American Horror Story Season 1 star Dylan McDermott returned to the series in a big way on last week's episode of AHS: Asylum, popping up in the present day as Johnny Thredson, the son of Zachary Quinto's Dr. Oliver Thredson a.k.a. Bloody Face. Considering that pedigree, you can expect the actor to be a major part of Asylum's endgame when the show returns for its final four episodes of the season on January 2, 2013. McDermott spoke with reporters after his first episode aired to discuss why he came back and what kind of carnage to expect from the Son of Bloody Face.
It was a sweet and classy move to open the show with the New York City Children's Chorus singing "Silent Night" in honor of all the victims of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, but unfortunately, the classiness ended there and then it all turned into a string of jokes about sex and the numerous things you could call a woman's vagina. Still, this Martin Short episode (which might as well have been the Paul McCartney episode, as they probably had about the same amount of airtime) had a bunch of guest stars and some funny moments. Alec Baldwin as Tony Bennett, was not among them.
Why is this man smiling? Because he just quit The X Factor!
Even at the holidays, people are still terrible.
The truth is coming back here.
"Diamond in the Rough" isn't what I'd call "funny" or "very good at all," but it did involve a fun storyline that we haven't seen before (at least as far as I can tell) in the dangers of group texting. I also like that the show addressed the fact that Mitchell is stuck being the scapegoat for basically everything, gave much-needed props to Claire (who we just named one of TV's Most Valuable Performers) and handed four of our main players a nice big project for the rest of the season with this house-flipping business. Other than that, we've got Jay and Gloria fighting about how bad Gloria's voice is (wasn't there an episode like this with pretty much the same conceit where she did karaoke?) and Luke and Manny exchanging awkward-but-sometimes-amusing lines to one another. I honestly don't think this episodes deserves much more of a breakdown beyond a few funny lines, so here they are, presented with minimal commentary.
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