Ground Floor: A Mediocre Comedy, From Top to Bottom

by Aly Semigran November 15, 2013 6:30 am
<i>Ground Floor</i>: A Mediocre Comedy, From Top to Bottom

The biggest problem for the new TBS comedy Ground Floor isn't that it's yet another workplace sitcom, but that it's a workplace sitcom with a premise that's already been achieved to perfection by the likes of The Office, The IT Crowd, and Enlightened. Ground Floor may have a very similar concept as those three (the cultural and financial differences between the self-absorbed higher-ups upstairs and the everyday people working beneath them, literally and figuratively), but it lacks one key element that made them rise above the pack: an original sense of humor.

Back in the Game: A Swing and a Miss

by Ethan Alter September 26, 2013 6:00 am
<i>Back in the Game</i>: A Swing and a Miss

Every network has at least one (and usually more) bench-warmers hidden amidst their fall line-up, the shows that you know are only on the air to pad out the schedule until a better series -- or, at least, one with more salable elements -- comes along. The baseball-themed Back in the Game then, is the bench-warmer amongst ABC's new comedies (Lucky 7 fulfills the same slot amidst its collection of dramas), a show that gives the network something to put in between Wednesday night hits The Middle and Modern Family besides dead air. It's not that Game is actively bad per se, but last night's season premiere revealed a series that's so half-hearted in its ambition and execution one gets the feeling that the writers don't think they're ready for the big leagues either. We call the pitches the show's pilot threw as we saw 'em.

The Taste: Like The Voice… But With Food

by Angel Cohn January 23, 2013 6:00 am
<I>The Taste</I>:  Like <I>The Voice</I>… But With Food

It's really hard to watch this show without judging it directly against the million other food competitions on TV or against The Voice, since it has co-opted its format nearly identically, minus the annoying spinning chairs and Christina Aguilera's tacky wardrobe. It's not really a bad show in any way, but we can't help but think of the pissing contest that The Voice has become, or of all those chef vs. chef team shows on Food Network, and worry that this will quickly devolve into something more grating.

Today's TWoP News: Thursday, January 17, 2013

by Ethan Alter January 17, 2013 2:17 pm
Today's TWoP News: Thursday, January 17, 2013

The ratings are in and the future for American Idol is... cloudy.

Today's TWoP News: Friday, January 4, 2013

by Rachel Stein January 4, 2013 3:02 pm
Today's TWoP News: Friday, January 4, 2013

We're finally going to meet a certain mother on CBS!

Today's TWoP News: Tuesday, December 11, 2012

by Rachel Stein December 11, 2012 4:26 pm
Today's TWoP News: Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Dallas has set the date for saying goodbye.

Today's TWoP News: Wednesday, November 07, 2012

by Samantha Rullo November 7, 2012 3:39 pm
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Anyone fancy a spot of tea?

Today's TWoP News: Tuesday, November 6, 2012

by Rachel Stein November 6, 2012 4:42 pm
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It's election day! Has someone on Facebook asked if you've voted yet?

TV on DVD: Tuesday, November 6, 2012

by Ethan Alter November 6, 2012 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Check out the complete series sets of shows you never wanted to watch in the first place.

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

by Rachel Stein October 5, 2012 10:54 am
<i>Parks and Recreation</i>: Who Made the Comedy Grade Last Night?

"How a Bill Becomes a Law" did not feel like a standard Parks and Recreation episode -- and I mean that in a good way. The jokes were a little more advanced, and instead of relying on what we already know the characters do so well, the writing centered on the new roles and relationships we've been seeing in Season 5. Turns out, the episode was written by Dan Goor, who also penned such Parks & Rec greats like "Hunting Trip," "Freddy Spaghetti," "Harvest Festival," "Li'l Sebastian," and "The Trial of Leslie Knope," (to name a few), so they guy clearly knows what he's doing. The episode felt tight, the subplots hit their marks and we're actually starting to see some real character development play out on-screen. Let's get to grading. Please and thank you.

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