Kids… meet your new mother. With the unexpected announcement that indie darling Greta Gerwig would be anchoring the upcoming How I Met Your Mother spin-off How I Met Your Dad, HIMYM/HIMYD creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas have pulled off their biggest casting coup since the Britney Spears cameo a few seasons back. Even more interestingly, the Frances Ha co-writer and star will be a writer/producer on the new series as well, suggesting that she'll at least have some say in the way the series unfolds. With that in mind, here are the five things we'd like to see Gerwig incorporate into her first network television venture.
On Breaking Bad, a big piece of the Walter White puzzle that drove a seemingly mild-mannered chemistry teacher to deadly drug kingpin, aside from his cancer and generally milquetoast life, was the need to regain the millions he lost when he bowed out of Gray Matter Industries for a measly $5,0000. A life filled with regret and the unrelenting feeling that you've been cheated out of a fortune you helped create can drive a man to do some crazy things.
If you have trouble making it through an episode of the unrealistic (yet, in my opinion, charming) banter on Happy Endings, I'd be shocked if you were able to tolerate a few minutes of ABC's new How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life). Every character, joke and line of dialogue screams of trying too hard, and the interactive notes on-screen feel like a bad TV trend that we'll look back on in a few years and make fun of ourselves for. All of this is especially a shame, given that the show does have potential.
I'm not really sure who over at NBC thought it would be a wise decision to kick off Are You There, Chelsea? with Chelsea (Laura Prepon) getting arrested for a DUI. Apparently, the story is taken from Chelsea Handler's actual book, but trying to get audiences on board with a character who drinks and drives seems like an impossibly worse idea than convincing people to accept the idea of a mancession or tolerate Whitney Cummings. Even worse, those few minutes also managed to make me appreciate Ryan Murphy for giving Dot Jones the chance to play a character on Glee who's not a "lesbian jailbird." Yeesh.
It's already time for the mid-season break, which means we won't be seeing most of our favorite characters until January (or, in the case of Community, who knows when...) Fortunately, many of them have learned how to be web savvy in TV land, though and we can follow them on Twitter now! Here are a few worth keeping up with over the holidays.
After Juno catapulted them to the Hollywood A-list four years ago, director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody team up again for Young Adult, a pitch-black comedy about young adult novelist Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) , who deals with a sudden case of mid-life crisis by retreating to her tiny Minnesotan hometown. There, she tracks down her former flame (Patrick Wilson) and dedicates herself to stealing him back from his wife and young daughter. She also befriends her high school's resident outcast Matt (Patton Oswalt), the only person brave -- or foolhardy -- enough to call her on her B.S. The team behind Young Adult, which opens in limited release on Friday, passed through New York recently and spoke with the press about YA fiction and the resurgence of bad girls post-Bridesmaids.
This singing competition has been quietly airing during December for the last two years, spotlighting a capella groups and airing only a handful of episodes. But while The Sing-Off doesn't get as much attention as American Idol or America's Got Talent or the forthcoming X Factor, it really is one of the best vocal-adrenaline-filled shows on television. If you haven't been watching, this season is already off to a great start -- and here's why it's worth checking out:
On this season of So You Think You Can Dance, a famous face has graced the judging panel for every live show. Overall, we were impressed by the quality of these mostly articulate celebs who seemed to be genuine fans of the franchise and who were able to actually spout opinions instead of just clap like seals. So we've ranked the special guests (though not the choreographers who were plucked to be on the panel, because we'd never be able to decide between Lil 'C and Travis Wall) to determine who was the best this summer.
In a fairly surprising move, brought on solely by the judges and not by the American voting public, Biana Revels and Phillip Attmore were eliminated from So You Think You Can Dance. The two were three of the much-hyped tap dancers who were predicted to go far in the competition this season. However, World Series playoffs messed with the schedule, and we'll never be able to know how popular they actually were. The two grabbed their tap shoes and did a quick conference call with reporters before heading back home after their abbreviated journeys.
I know that Mia Michaels is one of those polarizing sorts of choreographers on So You Think You Can Dance, but I'll certainly miss her presence. She's one of my favorite people on that show after Cat and Adam. When she announced via Twitter (which is apparently the thing to do of late) that she was leaving, my suspicious mind immediately jumped to the fact that Adam Shankman had been named permanent judge this season as the reason for her sudden departure, which may or may not be the case, but with the timing and everything one has to wonder.
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