John Goodman deserved so much better than this. The veteran actor and Saturday Night Live host (this weekend marked his 13th time as emcee at Studio 8H) was subjected to a mediocre episode that felt dated, at best. In fact, most of the sketches (with the exception of the exceptional H&M commercial and the uproarious Guy Fieri commercial) looked like they could have been on SNL during the heyday of Roseanne. I'm tawkin' to you, "Three Wise Guys" sketch featuring Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone that bummed me out even more than the trailers for Grudge Match. (Wait, that's not true). While I'll always love Goodman (who doesn't?!) and Kings of Leon made for pretty decent musical guests, this episode felt like as depressing as grown-ups regretting their decision to dance around as snowflakes in a Christmas pageant. Here are the best and worst moments from this weekend's ep.
Well, that was most certainly worth the wait. After being Parenthood-less for three weeks, the show returned in top form with the genuinely surprising, funny, and unbearably heartbreaking episode "All That's Left is the Hugging." That's an appropriate title, actually, given I desperately needed a hug after Ryan and Amber's inevitable split. (I didn't think it would end like that, I must say). While Ryan and Amber's crash and burn break-up was definitely the drama that anchored the episode, pretty much every storyline worked here. And, hey, congrats on your Golden Globe nomination, Monica Potter! Not only is it long overdue for any Parenthood cast member to be nominated, but she had an especially outstanding year. Here are the best and worst Braverman pairings from last night's episode:
Since we're in the spirit of the holiday season, we're going to start with the positive facts about "The Old Man and the Tree". If you don't want to deal with the negativity this time of year, you can just stop reading when you get to the Jay/Tree nonsense. Our anger and annoyance at that stupidity will be still be around waiting to be read in the new year.
It's that time of year! No, not the holidays... awards season time! The big guns start coming out with the Golden Globe nominations which were announced this morning and instead of spreading joy we're all miserable about the fact that so many worthy candidates were left out in the cold. There were some pleasant surprises, including Masters of Sex and Brooklyn Nine-Nine and some Orphan Black love, but mostly just confusion about how they pick these nominees in the first place. Get our initial reactions and then share your thoughts below.
Whether you're a fan of Paul Rudd (present!) or One Direction or Paul Rudd and One Direction, you were probably as satisfied a customer as Dan Charles with this week's Saturday Night Live. While the episode wasn't consistently great (nor was it Rudd's best outing as host) it was still the most entertaining, if not funniest episode so far this season. I mean, it definitely doesn't hurt when you have someone as naturally comedically gifted as Rudd on board (plus, he danced a whole bunch! 1D didn't even do that!), a boatload of awesome special guests, two solid musical performances, and the long-awaited return of Bill Brasky. To Bill Brasky! Here are the best and worst moments of this weekend's SNL:
Let's get this out of the way off the top: the three-network miniseries event Bonnie & Cyde, which aired its first installment last night on A&E, History and Lifetime with Part 2 to follow tonight, is not a remake of the 1967 Arthur Penn classic about the '30s-era outlaws that set Hollywood on its ear and made superstars of Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. While that may seem obvious, the movie casts such a long shadow -- and has so thoroughly defined the historical and pop culture image of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker -- that it's important to point out that the miniseries aspires to stay closer to the historical record than the more freewheeling film, which gleefully mixed broad comedy and bloody violence in ways that audiences at the time were unprepared for. Although there are some comic flourishes (and basic cable-appropriate -- i.e. PG-13 – bits of bloodshed) in this expanded, made-for-TV version, it's mostly a straightforward account of the duo's life and times.
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.
We've been excited to see more of Cam's football coaching since the topic was introduced at the beginning of the season, but we've been given just tiny glimpses of it since then. So we were excited for "The Big Game" and while the Cam stuff was pretty good, the rest of the episode could have used some motivational speaking.
It's almost too convenient that Kirstie -- which appears on a network dedicated to older shows and stars a trio of classic sitcom stars -- feels like it's out of a time warp. It feels like a broad, run-of-the mill sitcom (heck, it even announces it's taped in front of a live studio audience, if that doesn't fill you with nostalgia) that would have aired alongside the likes of Cheers or Seinfeld but no one would have watched because they were tuning in to Cheers or Seinfeld. Everything from the jokes to the aesthetics to the entire concept of the show feel like they are from another time completely. But Kirstie, which premiered last night on TV Land, doesn't feel like wistful nostalgia to reunite with old friends, rather a strange time capsule dropped into a television landscape that's moved on without it.
Having been exiled from the zombie-infested post-apocalyptic wasteland that he created for the small screen, Frank Darabont returns to his mid-20th century America stomping grounds (the location of his first three features, The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Majestic) for his latest foray into television, Mob City.
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