February 2013 Archives
Smits and Sons -- a perfect combination.
Now that award show season is over and there's not much fashion to make fun of for a while, E! has begun airing Season 1 of the acclaimed Bachelor spoof web series, Burning Love (which is currently running its second season, a Bachelorette take-off, online), starring Ken Marino has a charismatic-yet-shallow -- so, "typical" -- Bachelor-type contestant looking for love on TV. The first half-hour installment (the webisodes are usually 15 minutes) premiered this week and there will be six more to follow. Fans of Childrens Hospital, Party Down and even Parks and Recreation, Community and New Girl will recognize lots of familiar faces for sure, but those who may appreciate it the most are those of us who have sat through many shameful viewings of The Bachelor.
When did Modern Family start regularly making tasteless jokes at the expense of Asian people? The writers have always felt just a bit too comfortable making off-color jokes about gay people -- tonight, we got Elizabeth Bank's Sal delivering a quick line about Mitch and Cam's sex life ("Oh, well, this is a mystery solved," when Mitch was on Cam's back) -- but the jokes about bad drivers and serving cats for dinner seem relatively new, no?
And once again, The Walking Dead has a new showrunner.
We've been so focused on the Nick/Jess relationship lately that we've forgotten the equally important relationship between Schmidt and Nick. Thankfully, Schmidt rectified that in "Tinfinity" with his celebration of their tenth anniversary of living together and threw one hell of a party. We only wish we'd had a chance to see more of the Paper and Wood parties as well. Our major quibbles with the episode involved the way they made Jax such an annoying weepy mess and the lack of Winston in general (yes, we sound like a broken record... for those people who even remember what records are). They could have done the Jax thing in a less over-the-top way and it would have been fine. And we'd say mazel tov to Cece and Shivrang, but we know that would break Schmidt to pieces.
I watch my fair share of CBS crime shows, like Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, Elementary and Vegas, so I am well familiar with the detective-show-with-a-twist format that the network regularly produces. So I figured that Golden Boy was just another New York-based cop drama, but what I got was so much worse.
It's happened every February for the past three years: Downton Abbey concludes its run on PBS and suddenly Anglophilic audiences across the country are left hankering for some more British period drama, stat. HBO is well-aware of this phenomenon, which is precisely why they launched the five-part miniseries Parade's End last night for a three-evening run that wraps up on Thursday. Unfortunately, despite its impressive pedigree, the series probably won't fill that Downton-shaped hole in your heart. It is, however, a terrific cure for insomnia.
Vanderpump Rule #215: When Dancing with the Stars calls, you say yes.
Nobody gives massages like J.Love gives massages.
Breaking Amish Part 2: Breaking Amisher.
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