The standout musical performance of the past week wasn't on Nashville or Glee or even American Idol, instead it was when a dad band got formed on the "Chinese Chicken" episode of Suburgatory.The garage group, occasionally known as Sheila's Pets, was just three dads until Sheila came along and busted out some Heart. We know Ana Gasteyer can sing (we've seen her on Broadway), but it was nice to see this show take advantage of those pipes. Watch the clip below to see her rockin' out.
Looks like The Firm is on the chopping block this season.
Ryan Murphy is clearing moving his eggs to a different basket.
Last night I was watching America's Got Talent, and while I was frustrated that yet another singer won this show (there are a million other shows for that, go on them and give Vegas some more magic and dance acts!), I was appalled by one segment in particular. No, not iLluminate dancing around like back up dancers for Cobra Starship. No, not Stevie Wonder being forced to perform with the obnoxious POPLYFE kids. Rather, it was the amalgam of former rejected contestants who were trotted out to perform "Time of My Life" (at least that's what I think they were trying to singing). It was a visual and auditory nightmare that I didn't understand the point of and couldn't believe was on my television. There was the guy spinning from his hair, the larger gals booty shaking with Nick Cannon, the barely dressed grandma "performing," some terrible singing, Tron Guy and a host of other stuff I'm too shell shocked to remember. Watch the thing for yourself, though I'd recommend not doing it immediately after eating.
Why is it that this show has trouble doing funny sketches with actual comedians? Like the episode with Bryan Cranston, this one had a solid opening and a few entertaining moments, but it mostly fell flat. Even Zach bizarrely shaving his head just in time for the sign-off couldn't save an episode that fittingly closed with a sketch about the Titanic.
It's been quite some time since I was actually still thinking about an SNL episode two days after it aired. Not just one funny sketch, but a whole episode. And while I'm not going to say that every sketch was a winner, there were some pretty amusing things, and even the lame sketches weren't as bad as some of the ones earlier this season, so good for SNL. Way to end the year on a high note, though I presume this means that the next three episodes will suck since they used all the good material here. Whatever, I'll take the funny where I can get it. I could have lived without the general store (though Jeff Bridges' hair made up for a lot of lame jokes), Jeff's prank show (though again, Bridges' enthusiasm helped), the Hanukkah It's a Wonderful Life (not as funny as the Vincent Price sketches) and Brad Pitt doing the weather. But there was Stefon, a catchy Lonely Island song, Miley and Julian Assange and bonus Cookie Monster!
Last night's episode of Community was outstandingly funny -- which is saying something, because it's consistently one of the funniest shows on TV. Joel McHale's Jeff Winger is trying so hard to get through community college without losing any of the coolness he's acquired in his lifetime, which is why he thinks a billiards class is the perfect way to accomplish both. But when he finds out he has to wear gym shorts to take the class, he quits for fear of losing his cool. Long story short, a life lesson learned leads him to accept the coach's challenge to a game in shorts -- and the result is magnificent. Check out the clip below.
Let me just say I was dreading last night's Saturday Night Live. Charles Barkley? A former pro basketball player and current color commentator, who's not even playing the game anymore? This must be a train wreck, right? Actually, it ended up not being totally bad. Barkley's contributions were pretty minor, and his monologue was pretty weak, but he grounded the funniest series of MacGruber bits since that time MacGruber was strung out on heroin.
Liars, Criminals and saboteurs are all over today's news! Plus: You want me to start paying for Hulu?
Elton John did double duty as SNL host and musical guest this weekend, and while it was at times an unmitigated disaster, for the most part it was just dull, despite a few bright spots. One thing is for sure, though: Elton's forte is not stand-up, as his opening monologue was filled with predictable and corny jokes about being gay and not being able to get pregnant.