On the new series Same Name, an ordinary person who happens to share the name with someone famous trades places with them for a few days. In the first episode, it is David Hasselhoff of Knight Rider fame and David Hasselhoff of Lake Jackson, Texas. By switching places, they get to see how the other half lives. So David Hasselhoff (the German singing sensation) moves into a humble home in Texas, while the not-famous one gets hooked up with The Hoff's bodyguard and mansion. They each get a dossier to help them adapt...and what you'd expect ensues. The Hoff struggles with babies and small bathrooms, while the other enjoys seeing KITT and the luxuries of having a pet pig, housekeeper and personal assistant. We also get to see Taylor, The Hoff's daughter, who seems well-adjusted given that whole cheeseburger video incident. Can't wait for the Alec Baldwin to see what that girl is like.
On the surface, these two teen dramas created/produced by Kevin Williamson seem to have little in common. One is about a wholesome group of kids growing up in a harbor community in the Northeast and dealing with their normal, non-supernatural, everyday issues. The other is about a few blood-sucking vampires who have tormented a small Virginia town for centuries. However, when we put the two shows side by side, we quickly realized that they have a lot more in common than one might initially think.
If you are buying this DVD set (available today), I certainly hope that you are buying it because you just adored the show. Of you have amnesia and have forgotten that DVD sets usually have many more extras than this. Because otherwise there's a good chance you'll be disappointed.
Don't get me wrong, the show is adorable. It stars Christina Applegate as Samantha (or Sam to her friends) a thirtysomething who has been in a car accident, lost her memory and discovered that before the crash she was a total bitch. Now she's trying to rectify her ways, but flashes of bitchiness come through when she least expects it. The supporting cast is cute, featuring Jean Smart (in her now Emmy-winning role), Barry Watson (mmmm....) Melissa McCarthy (who will always be Sookie to me) and Jennifer Esposito, and really round out this series, making it more tolerable than it sounds on paper. Funny even. Most of the time
How do you turn a versatile, gifted comic actress into a one-note sight gag? Apparently by having her host SNL for her third time. It's not that the Mike & Molly star didn't give it her all this weekend on SNL, but for whatever reason, the writers insisted on making the beautiful, hilarious actress dumpy and/or vulgar in just about every single sketch. After the third or fourth time, it wasn't funny. Just in case that wasn't enough to bum you out, there was also Imagine Dragons. Kidding, it's because the episode also marked Seth Meyers' final appearance on SNL before he takes over Late Night, and the long-running player/writer got an amazing, guest-filled, lump-in-the-throat farewell. Here now are the best and worst of Melissa McCarthy (and Seth Meyers!) SNL:
I know I usually do an even split of best and worst pairings for Parenthood, but honestly, that's impossible for the best episode of the season (so far), "Election Day." Even the "worst" storyline in this episode could barely be considered bad, let alone a storyline really, and that's because everything here clicked. This was Parenthood at its best: heartbreaking, funny and surprisingly compelling television about human moments. While I still think the worst is yet to come for powder-keg couples Joel and Julia and Ryan Amber, the groundwork that the writers are laying for both of their eventual implosions is some of the best stuff the series has ever done. Not to mention the fact that it's gotten series-best performances out of Sam Jaeger (who has been particularly outstanding and Emmy-worthy this year) and Erika Christensen. The only truly bad thing about this intense installment is that we'll have to wait three weeks to see how everything shakes out.
It's taken a few episodes, but we think we've finally figured out the secret to ABC's '80s-era sitcom, The Goldbergs: the titular clan are time-travelers. How else to explain the fact that, while the pilot set the show down in 1985, subsequent episodes have jumped back and forth in time without the clan aging? The third episode, for example, found little Adam Goldberg and his grandpa Albert taking in a showing of 1982's Poltergeist under the pretense that they would be seeing 1986's The Great Mouse Detective. And while it's possible that Tobe Hooper's scary movie was in the midst of a re-release (back in the pre-DVD era when the movie studios actually did that sort of thing), that doesn't explain what happened on this week's installment, where Adam wooed a crush with his favorite Hollywood romance, Say Anything… a movie that hit theaters in 1989. Given that any chance of a linear timeline is now at the window, here are the momentous (for us, anyway) '80s pop culture events we hope the Goldbergs time-jump to over the course of the remaining episodes.
To be honest, during upfront week, I saw the teaser for this show and immediately jumped to the conclusion that it would be terrible. Like the crowd at the recent James Franco roast, I presumed that we would all be counting the minutes until this cop sitcom would be put out of its misery. And, to be fair, I had reason to doubt it. Andy Samberg is a lot to take even in small doses (much less as the lead of series) and a truly funny show about a detective is rare. But despite the star and silly concept, this sitcom is by far the single funniest new show this fall, delivering 22 tightly scripted minutes of straight-up comedy.
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