If you saw the commercials for this new ABC sitcom featuring a bunch of people you've liked in other shows, as well as random circus clowns and Smurfs, and thought that this might be a new Arrested Development or something, you were wrong. While Mr. Sunshine strives for absurdity, it falls well short of greatness, especially considering that we're treated to the bizarreness of a show like Community on a regular basis. Even Cougar Town, the show that normally sits in this timeslot, does randomness better. And while part of me wants to say that Cougar Town took a while to get into its current groove and so maybe the world should give Sunshine some time to find its legs, I find myself far less forgiving of its goofy tone and waste of a talented cast.
As a huge fan of Joshua Malina (and his Twitter, which is seriously the best) and Michael Ian Black, I was delighted to discover their collaborative web series Backwash, which launched last week. The show is a collection of seven-minute shorts and there are only 13 of them in the can, but it really is a nice little comedy diversion to break up the cat videos and local news mishaps you usually spend your day watching. Plus, it's star-studded!
Greek scribe Carter Covington has adapted the awesome 90s teen flick 10 Things I Hate About You for ABC Family. And yet, as I type this I'm still sitting here waiting for a Captain Ron series to be created. (Seriously.) Like the movie, the half-hour comedy will follow two sisters, one openly bitchy, and one, well, also bitchy, but popular and not quoting Betty Friedan like the other one, as they deal with high school. Sadly, you can't say things like "beer-flavored nipples" and "I'm a crack-whore who should have made my skeazy boyfriend wear a condom" on ABC Family (probably), so this will likely be considerably less awesome than the original, I don't care how popular Greek is. Let's just hope the smut novelist/principal character is included. And that Allison Janney plays her. Which she won't. Death to this thing!
Neil Patrick Harris singing about anything is pretty much all it takes to make me happy (see my summer ramblings about Dr. Horrible). We don't lovingly refer to NPH as our patron saint around the office for nothing. He does magic, he can sing, he's Barney, he used to play a doctor on TV. Just all around awesome. So of course I was going to love the latest offering from Funny or Die. They had the amazing Marc Shaiman (he wrote all of those infectiously addictive songs for Hairspray) cook up a special musical number about the Prop 8 controversy. It's a joyful and silly star-studded affair and has succeeded in finally getting me out of my funk.