Camp: What We Learned From This Summer’s Weirdest Show

by Ethan Alter September 12, 2013 11:08 am
<i>Camp</i>: What We Learned From This Summer’s Weirdest Show

Looking back, we're not sure quite why we willingly enrolled at the Little Otter Family Camp, the bucolic setting of NBC's Camp, for the duration of this summer. From the pilot episode on, the show was consistently terrible -- a bizarre confection of soap opera, teen (and grown-up) sex comedy and flat-out "Huh?" plot developments. And yet, we kept watching anyway, if only to see just how much worse things could possibly get, not unlike the way we stayed glued to our sets during the epic crash of NBC's winter bomb, Smash. After ten weeks, Camp closed its doors -- likely for good -- with last night's appropriately weird finale, which involved, among other things, a counselor's mother getting thrown in a foreign prison for drug smuggling, the abusive aunt who almost took her in, a porny hot dog eating contest, several "should I stay or should I go?" life decisions and an inter-camp Olympics that greatly suffered from the lack of a Bill Murray cameo. Even after spending the warm weather months embedded at Little Otter, we're still not sure we understand the rules of the place (or the show, for that matter), but here are the various do's and don'ts we picked up during our time at NBC's version of summer camp.

Camp: Where the Fun Never Starts

by Angel Cohn July 11, 2013 5:00 am
<I>Camp</i>: Where the Fun Never Starts

We had some high hopes for this summer camp-set series, given how much we love the movies Camp (no relation), Meatballs and Wet Hot American Summer, but honestly, after seeing a couple advance episodes of this show, we'd rather be watching reruns of Salute Your Shorts.

Napoleon's Army is No Match for Bruce Campbell

by Mindy Monez August 28, 2008 2:33 pm
Napoleon's Army is No Match for Bruce Campbell Because my beloved Burn Notice is taking a three-week break from the airwaves starting tonight, I've had to turn to Hulu to get my Thursday Bruce Campbell fix. Luckily, they have the complete series of his short-lived, action-comedy atrocity, Jack of All Trades. And when I say it's an atrocity, I mean it with love, but that's exactly what it is. If you've never seen the show, the farce follows Campbell as an early 19th century American spy sent to the West Indies to mess up Napoleon's game. Every episode put Campbell's jokey sense of humor front and center, which works sometimes, really doesn't other times and, well... let's just say Verne Troyer plays Napoleon, so it's that kind of humor. After the jump, watch The Bruce-man stick it to Napoleon for kidnapping Ben Franklin. Sidenote: Was Napoleon really as big a bastard in real life as he is in American film and television? It seems hard to imagine. Anyway, enjoy the episode! You've been warned!

Mixology: Kill It With Fire

by Aly Semigran February 27, 2014 6:00 am
<i>Mixology</i>: Kill It With Fire

Screw Mixology. Screw Mixology and its misogynistic, chest-thumping, dick-measuring, outdated, mind-blowingly unfunny and downright offensive take on sex and dating in your 20s and 30s. The concept may be unconventional by traditional sitcom standards (ten strangers at the same New York City bar having various interactions in one single night), but the execution is as lame and stupid as anything you've ever seen on television. I'm still seething.

The Highs and Lows of The Sound of Music Live!

by Aly Semigran December 6, 2013 9:33 am
The Highs and Lows of <i>The Sound of Music Live!</i>

If you're a fan of The Sound of Music (the film and/or the stage production) you no doubt went into last night's live recreation on NBC starring Carrie Underwood (huh?) and Stephen Moyer (huh??) with apprehension. And while it didn't quite hit train wreck proportions most of us expected, it certainly didn't do the original justice, instead making viewers desperately yearn for Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. At least, that seemed to be the consensus on Twitter, where just about everyone watched and hilariously snarked together.

The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

by Angel Cohn July 12, 2013 4:25 pm
The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

Our favorite person this week had to be drunk Kris Jenner brushing her teeth with a Dora the Explorer toothbrush and TP'ing her daughter Kim's house. It totally made up for her talking about her problems peeing. Other reality stars this week were not so entertaining in their awfulness.

Today's TWoP News: Monday, January 7, 2013

by Ethan Alter January 7, 2013 4:34 pm
Today's TWoP News: Monday, January 7, 2013

You can't keep a good slayer down.

Parks and Recreation: Who Made the Comedy Grade Last Night?

by Ethan Alter March 2, 2012 11:15 am
<i>Parks and Recreation</i>: Who Made the Comedy Grade Last Night?

Any Parks and Recreation episode that features the return of Pawnee's finest news personality, Perd Hapley, a water balloon fight in the Parks office that ends with Andy kamikaze-ballooning Chris, a guest star turn by comedy legend Carl Reiner as Ned Jones (the "grand-godfather" of the town's senior voter block) and the introduction of Kathryn Hahn as a new nemesis for Leslie -- a Washington-seasoned political operative named Jennifer Barkley who is now heading up the Bobby Newman campaign -- gets an instant A from us.

Parks and Recreation: Where Have We Seen That Before?

by Rachel Stein January 20, 2012 11:01 am
<i>Parks and Recreation</i>: Where Have We Seen That Before?

While I've definitely lowered the bar for some comedies, my expectations for Parks and Recreation are about is high as I go for a show that's in that genre. "Campaign Ad" would have been a fine episode of another series, but here it felt repetitive and all too familiar. I'm totally with Donna -- love the new haircut, by the way -- on not complaining about Paul Rudd's good looks (seriously, whatever lacked in comedy last night was overshadowed by eye candy), but otherwise, we've seen these plotlines before on this show and they've been done much better already. As much as I'd just love to gush about how funny and silly everyone was and give them grades, pointing out the repeats seems way more relevant. Nobody make a mean political video about me, okay?

TWoP 10: Lessons of the Fall 2011 Season

by Angel Cohn December 16, 2011 6:58 am
TWoP 10: Lessons of the Fall 2011 Season

We already receive our most important life lessons from television, but we're hoping producers, studios and networks themselves learn from the successes and failures of this fall. Here are our big takeaways from the first half of the 2011-12 season:

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