Believe it or not, Showtime really does air programs besides Dexter and Homeland.
Leslie Knope's alter ego adds "author" to her résumé.
Is this the end of Klaroline?
"Microphallus," or as it should be more appropriately titled, "What Happens in Indiana Stays in Indiana," was filled with even more odd sex than previous House of Lies episodes. Color us impressed, given that bathroom scene and the erection plotlines they've had so far. How could the show possibly have outdone itself? Let us count the ways:
When the pilot for the new Fox series Touch aired as a special preview this week, we got to see a subtle performance by a child actor who has to serve as the centerpiece of an emotional, complex series... without ever saying a single word. But David Mazouz, who plays Jake, the son of Kiefer Sutherland's character, effortlessly brings his autistic role to life. It's a challenge, but he's not the only underage actor out there who is turning out a scene-stealing performance. While we can't put him on this list after only one episode, we can salute these other kids and tweens who are currently capturing our attention:
The "Amsterdam" episode of House of Lies was another installment filled with "boys will be boys" behavior and lots of salacious behavior (sex in the middle of a bathroom, use of the c-word to describe a woman and lots of comments on Marty smelling like pussy). That behavior and fast-talking deals seem to be the entire M.O. of this show. However, this episode did have one fantastic breakout subplot (and it didn't even involve the adorable Roscoe), in which Doug excitedly ran into Cat Deeley at the airport.
It's cancelling time!
If you weren't particularly impressed by House of Lies' pilot episode -- what with its annoyingly exposition-heavy fourth-wall breaking, so-smirky-you-want-to-punch-them-in-the-face characters and sex scenes that try way too hard to be risqué -- trust us: it does get better. By the third episode of Showtime's newest comic serial, set in the high-powered world of management consulting, the writing has settled down somewhat and the main ensemble has developed a great rapport that helps overcome the at-times shaky material. Even then, House of Lies isn't smart or savvy enough to rank with cable's best comedies (like, say, Curb Your Enthusiasm or The League), but at least it develops into a decent half-hour diversion.
The holidays are long over, but apparently the networks are still feeling generous.