For William Shatner, today's his birthday. For the Internet, it's Talk Like William Shatner Day! So imagine all of today's news as if presented to you by Captain Kirk.
I shudder at the thought of a person in 2009 watching the Parks and Recreation or Community pilot dismissing the shows as 30 Rock or Office wannabes and making some snarky joke about NBC once again trying to find their next Friends or Seinfeld and once again falling short. (Which we actually didn't do with those shows, but we did hate on the Vampire Diaries premiere, perish the thought!) So whenever it's time to watch new comedy pilots, I try to get into a really good mood and give everybody a fair chance to really make me laugh. That being said, Free Agents makes my job extremely difficult.
Disgust. This was my reaction to news that Fox was mounting a remake of the cult Brit comedy Absolutely Fabulous starring Kristen Johnston and quite possibly Kathryn Hahn. Yes, what a perfectly wonderful idea: take a show beloved by audiences and endlessly imitated but never improved upon, and tart it up Fox-style with a couple of B-list American actors, some rejiggered plot-points and a misogynist marketing campaign. Because the Telefile is not equipped with emoticons or audio function (and because my editor made me), I'm not able to impart my visceral response to this development, which is probably for the best. Swearing is also discouraged. So I'm trying to sublimate my violent rage a bit with a methodical, rational list of the reasons why this is the worst idea in the history of the world. Or, you know, whatever.