<i>Parenthood</i>: The Best and Worst Braverman Pairings of “Jump Ball”

Finally, what Parenthood fans have been waiting all season for: an almost entirely Hank-themed episode. What. Wait. No, that's not right. In fact, there's been an overabundance of Hank all season when there are main characters being all but neglected. (Seriously, Hank has had far more screen time and storylines than Crosby, Jasmine, Jabbar, and practically nonexistent baby Aida combined.) What was especially frustrating about "Jump Ball" was that the two most compelling storylines (Amber confronting her father Seth and Joel telling Julia he's going to move out) were pushed towards the end of the episode. Why all the stalling lately? While "Jump Ball" had its moments (Parenthood always does, after all), it felt like yet another set-up episode. So, until we find out the big stuff, here's the best and worst Braverman pairings of "Jump Ball":

Golden Globes 2014: The Liveblog

by Ethan Alter January 12, 2014 7:56 pm
Golden Globes 2014: The Liveblog

Get ready to drink along with Tina and Amy (and us) as the Golden Globes begin in 5... 4... 3... 2... 1

Enlisted: A Show That Deserves Better Than Its Dead Zone Time Slot

by Aly Semigran January 10, 2014 10:00 pm
<i>Enlisted</i>: A Show That Deserves Better Than Its Dead Zone Time Slot

It's almost too ironic that Fox's new comedy Enlisted (you know, the one you've seen roughly 79,282,084 commercials for) is about being outstanding in your field and getting stuck in a position that's beneath you. Because that's exactly what Fox has done to this very funny and heartwarming series by sticking it in the dead zone time slot that is 9:30 PM on a Friday. (It's also ironic that the title Enlisted looks a whole lot like the title Enlightened, another show that never got a fair shake.)

The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

by Angel Cohn January 10, 2014 1:24 pm
The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV This Week

New year... and a bunch of horrible new reality stars to contend with. Welcome to 2014, everyone.

<i>The Spoils of Babylon</i>: The Saviors and Spoilers of IFC’s Not-So-Epic Minsieries

It's no accident that IFC announced its rebranding as… IFC on the same day it debuted The Spoils of Babylon. After all, this star-studded spoof of old-school television miniseries (made in conjunction with Will Ferrell and his Funny or Die outfit) has next to nothing to do with the channel's original identity as the "Independent Film Channel" and everything to do with its burgeoning line-up of alt-comedy shows like Maron and Portlandia. So, going forward, IFC simply stands for IFC and if Spoils works ratings magic, you can expect to see more stunts like it in the future.

<i>Parenthood</i>: The Best and Worst Braverman Pairings of “Promises”

The first new Parenthood episode of 2014 was titled "Promises", but it just as easily could have been called "Stalling." That's because, even though it's been several weeks since we last saw the Bravermans, everything is pretty much exactly how it was when we left them. Joel and Julia are still drifting further apart, no thanks to Ed; Sarah is still dancing around her feelings for Karl; Amy is still suddenly back in Drew's life; and Zeek and Camille are still an ocean apart, both physically and metaphorically. The only people we didn't get updates on last night were Ryan and Amber. Of course, the two characters we're all dying to know the fate of got less screen time this week than baby Aida. (Hey, on the bright side, at least we didn't have to deal with the All-American Rejects guy again!) Here now are the best and worst Braverman pairings in the surprisingly lackluster "Promises":

New Year’s Eve-Themed Episodes: A Countdown From 10

by Aly Semigran December 30, 2013 6:15 am
New Year’s Eve-Themed Episodes: A Countdown From 10

10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3…2…rerun! In anticipation for New Year's Eve festivities you can either watch yet another Ryan Seacrest-hosted event with uncomfortable D-list celebrity banter, freezing strangers wishing a "Happy New Year" to other strangers, and pre-recorded performances from pop stars, or you can watch something good. (That said, if this year the clock strikes midnight and the zombie apocalypse unfolds on live television and you're watching one of these old TV episodes instead, we sincerely apologize for making you miss it.)

<i>Saturday Night Live</i>: The Best & Worst of Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake

If you asked for another chapter in Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake's giggly, fawning bromance that included an onslaught of celebrity cameos and celebrity impressions, well then Merry Christmas to you.

TV on DVD: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

by Ethan Alter December 17, 2013 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Carrie Underwood tries -- and fails -- to climb the mountain that is live television.

Saturday Night Live: The Best and Worst of John Goodman

by Aly Semigran December 16, 2013 10:03 am
<i>Saturday Night Live</i>: The Best and Worst of John Goodman

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.

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