December 2012 Archives
I imagine that when Jamie Foxx got his script (or read his cue cards? I'm not sure how this show works anymore) for this week's Saturday Night Live episode, every single one of his characters was described as an "over-the-top manic black man." If I had to say three positive things about this endeavor, I guess one would be that it kind of reminded me of old-school SNL episodes where Chris Rock used to also play various angry archetypes (though it was a lot more culturally relevant and satirical in the early '90s), two is that the Django Unchained trailer was fun and three is definitely every moment of Aidy Bryant. With that in mind, here are the highlights of the evening:
Lifetime is really into the whole life-imitating-art thing -- if their movies count as art now.
There's a bunch of repeat offenders this week.
It was a big year for the Charming chapter of the Sons of Anarchy, with some big deaths, shocking plot twists and a literally loose tongue. The show's fifth season also enjoyed big ratings as well, becoming the number one series in its timeslot (Tuesdays at 10:00 PM) on both cable and network. Sons creator Kurt Sutter got on the horn for a conference call with reporters to discuss how Season 5 unfolded, what may be in store for the Holy Trinity of Jax, Clay and Gemma and why Otto bit off his tongue anyway
After sitting through a disappointing 30 Rock and the worst Office Christmas episode ever, it was really a relief to watch "Ron and Diane." I think I'm ready to admit that I'm in denial about this season of Parks and Recreation. The episodes make me laugh and I'd certainly still call Parks & Rec one of my favorite shows on TV, but my high expectations for it have officially been curbed. Our Pawnee friends feel like they're suffering from a lack of momentum, and even the episodes where nothing really happens in terms of development are just not as funny as they have been. I think Season 3's harvest festival arc spoiled me rotten in how swiftly Parks & Rec can potentially build a season-long storyline, and even though Season 4 dragged on just a little bit, Leslie winning the election was enough payoff for me. What's the big conceit this time around? Lesliben's wedding? I mean, if that's what it's going to be, of course I'll fangirl out about it and everything (obviously), but there's got to be more meat added to those bones. And given the series' gradually sinking numbers (last week's episode did especially bad), I'm not the only one not feeling the love.
Red light, greenlight.
TV Land adds another '90s superstar to its line-up.
Okay, so "Trouble in Candyland" was maybe a bit predictable, but I felt distinctly good watching it, the way I often do after an enjoyable episode of Parenthood. Looking over my notes, the four phrases I wrote the most were, "BUSTED!!!", "Poor thing!", "such a good actor" and "Jesus Christ, Marie!" (my fellow Breaking Bad fans will understand that one). Next week's "What to My Wondering Eyes" kind of makes me want to jump off of a bridge with its Christmastime sadness, but for now let's hone in on last night.
Lots of visual humor in "P & P Romance Factory", which isn't a bad thing. We'll never tire of Casey Wilson pratfalls -- all the subsequent gifs make our Tumblr really happy. But on the down side, there were less laugh-out-loud lines. Still, we welcomed the return of Rob Corddry as the Car Czar, and learned the art of a turkey handshake.
"Bathtub" was another largely solid outing for New Girl, and we're totally not just saying that because Olivia Munn started guesting as a bad girl stripper who has the hots for Nick. We're also saying it because Jess and Winston finally had something to do together besides bond over PMS. And while it wasn't perfect, and the meth head stuff was admittedly pretty dumb, there were some fun moments in there, and we finally got the age-old boxers or briefs question answered.
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