Hell hath no fury like an angry former child actor who hates his own show.
Today's news is dedicated to Les Moonves's loose lips.
Wait... what's the title of that Poppy Montgomery series again? We keep forgetting.
Sitting through the 45-minute pilot episode of ReModeled (The CW's latest attempt at reality TV) was, in a word, excruciating. I care about the modeling world as much as the next moderate Project Runway or America's Next Top Model fan (so, "kind of"), but as far as the world of modeling agencies are concerned, unless they're helmed by Janice Dickinson, I couldn't find them less interesting. Not only does this series give an inside look at the wild world of those agencies; it also tries to be these current shows, too, and fails miserably in the end.
IFC is doing a serious media blitz for Season 2 of Portlandia and there's a good reason why: the Fred Armisen-Carrie Brownstein vehicle is pretty damn funny and only improving with time. Perhaps the campaign has drawn the attention of those who aren't usually fans of IFC shows or shy away from anything that looks this hipster-y. If you're amongst that crowd, I encourage you to give it a shot (new installments return tonight at 10 PM, and if you Like its Facebook page, you can even watch the full second episode for free, right now) , especially if you like, hate or have any kind of opinion on CBS' 2 Broke Girls. Here's why it's worth your time:
While some mostly original content has been on IFC for the past few years, over the past few months the channel has worked hard to place more of these shows front and center on its schedule. They've changed their logo, given us Portlandia, and today they threw down the gauntlet by having their very first honest-to-goodness upfront. While most channels work to produce huge spectacles to wow reporters and advertisers, today IFC gave us a chill laid back presentation fitting for a post-SXSW week. The whole event was so subdued that even Suzanne Sena opening the presentation in her Onion News Network persona, Brooke Alvarez, wasn't even annoying. We were then told just how cool IFC is and how it is working to "curate alternative comedy," so that we would know that even though they were holding an upfront they still were proud to be serving their own spot in television the "media of the niches." Even if they were almost too chill, I have to give them credit for not overusing buzz words like "authentic." After a pithy rundown of the new shows, Fred Armisen was brought out as if a bird to be put on a tote bag to announce that they will beginning writing the next season of Portlandia in April.
Portland, Oregon is unlike any other place you might want as the basis of a TV show. Actually, it's probably the last place you might think of for the basis of a TV show. It's a place where "young people go to retire," you can still go to clown school and be considered cool, people choose to ride bikes/unicycles/skateboards over cars, and "you can put a bird on something and just call it art." Essentially, Portland encompasses the dream of the 90's, for better or worse. And IFC's hysterical new series Portlandia flaunts all of that like a proudly worn plaid shirt you got from a thrift store. Just don't mistake them for their evil counterpart, Seattle.
Someone out at America's Next Top Model, but before you celebrate: It's not Tyra.
Love is in the air today, and so is lovely TV news.
CBS renewed a million shows, literally.