This Sunday night, The Storm airs the first half of its four-hour miniseries on NBC, which is about some nerdy scientists (James Van Der Beek -- aka Dawson -- and Rich Sommer of Mad Men fame) who stumble on a way to control the weather, which of course rich guys and the military (in the form of Treat Williams and David James Elliot) find a way to exploit. Luke Perry plays another scientist who has been burned by the weather before, and Teri Polo stars as an ambitious reporter trying to figure out why there are snowstorms in the summer and whatnot. Your standard disaster fare. James Van Der Beek gamely joined a conference call the other day to talk to reporters about this film, and what happens when two former teen stars get together in one movie. A perfect storm, perhaps?
It's all Fox news (no, not the network) all the time.
"Parent Trap..." was not my favorite episode so far, as June was tremendously annoying, but there were some great moments involving small children. It's too bad that June went bananas and shook "her baby" because the two roomies with a foster child could have had comic potential for a few more episodes. Still, this installment did teach us a few things:
Shortly after this new show was announced last spring during May upfronts, we were able to see the pilot in advance and it cracked us up. It was one of our favorite sitcoms of the 2011-12 lineup and we've been impatiently waiting for it to air ever since. And now, almost a whole year later, it's finally on ABC and, thankfully, it's still as funny to us as when we first saw it -- mostly because of the power of the Beek. Playing an over-the-top version of himself, James Van Der Beek elevates this show from being the next New Girl or a 2 Broke Girls clone to give it a place in the comedy ranks that's uniquely its own.
You mean we're stuck with this twerp for another season?
It's one and done for Anna Kournikova.
Instead of leading off with Jimmy Kimmel to get us warmed up and excited about these new shows, ABC's upfront presentation jumped right in, so Jimmy didn't come out to make the obligatory gay/British jokes about his new boss Paul Lee until halfway through the event. Actually, thirty minutes in was perfect timing for him because that was about when I become fairly horrified with the new crop of shows. But even Kimmel seemed off his game, making easy jokes about CBS ("More people die watching CBS than any other network") and NBC ("they'll be selling their ads on Groupon this year") and Fox's X-Factor ("It's like American Idol meets a mirror"). He did get in some decent cracks about the upfronts in general: "Remember those shows that we were so excited about last fall? We cancelled all of them... and yet here you are again. We think you might have a gambling problem." Not unfunny, but he was better in previous years. As for the network's gobs and gobs of new shows? They've been better in years past, too. There wasn't a single one that blew me away or cracked me up the way that Lost or Modern Family had done at first glance.
Looks like FX will keep on playing those spy games.
It isn't incestuous to sleep with (or dry rub) your roommate's father, but as we learned in "Daddy's Girl," dating a dad comes with some serious father issues.
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