While we've already done our predictions and blathered on about the quality performances that actually deserve to win (i.e. our beloved Homeland), these are the things that would actually make us up jump for joy come Emmy night. Please note: it takes a lot to get us up off our couches.
It's hard to believe that when this sitcom debuted, I almost wrote it off. I watched the first season mostly out of loyalty to Amy Poehler and Aziz Ansari, but man, am I glad that I stuck with it. This show has gone from must-watch-because-I-feel-obligated-and-am-too-lazy-to-change-the-channel-before-The-Office-starts to something I genuinely get excited about each week.
There's a new sheriff in town over at NBC, and a whole new slew of shows to replace all the shows that failed last season (pretty much all of them, basically). It's an entirely new programming slate over there, so I attended the red carpet portion of the network's Upfront presentation this morning to get some interviews with the new and returning talent. They were all so lovely that I hope none of their shows get canceled too soon.
Saturday Night Live premiered over the weekend with an awesome host in Amy Poehler and a relevant musical guest in Katy Perry, but somehow the episode as a whole was a real miss. Every episode has a few great sketches and a whole bunch of bad ones, but this week's episode felt like the ratio tipped far further in the direction of the bad ones, especially for an event episode that should have brought everyone's a-games. Suffice it to say that it was no placeholder for Parks & Recreation. I've listed the best and worst sketches of the night after the break, so watch and play along.
Comic-Con is over, but news is still trickling out...
When a door closes, a window opens, or so my psychic tells me. Which is why I'd barely dried my tears from the news that Amy Poehler was exiting SNL when I encountered the joyous nugget that
sex personified Jon Hamm, he of the most excellent period drama ever to hit the TV waves Mad Men, will be hosting the show on October 25. Aside from the obvi Mad Men parody, which I predict will feature a red wig-sporting Andy Samberg in the role of Joan, I'm not really sure what to expect, but from my in depth stalking knowledge of Hamm off-camera, he seems like the polar opposite of Don Draper -- loose, goofy and ... ummm, a ham (pun intended). Needless to say, I'm stoked to see him flex his man comedy muscle for all the world to see. Bonus: SNL is taped right in my building, which will make it that much easier for me to loiter wait outside the stage door with two pieces of bread, some mustard and a nice wheel of brie.
Comedy rules today's TV headlines, which I think is great, because I can really use a break after last night's Lost. Hopefully next week, Jin and Sun will finally reunite and we can watch Claire breastfeed her demon baby-thing.
Amy Poehler is going to be featured on Inside the Actors Studio on Monday, September 21, and yeah, sure, maybe she's not exactly an actor in the strictest sense of the word, but the comedian Actors Studios are often the most interesting. I could watch the Eddie Murphy and Mike Meyers episodes over and over again and be thoroughly entertained, and I hate those jackasses. At least Amy Poehler is awesome.
Today we get some blasts from the past with a Seinfeld reunion and Amy Poehler's return to SNL, and a look towards the future with a video game based on The Bachelor. It's enough to make anyone nostalgic.