In Mike White's new half-hour indie movie-esque Enlightened, Laura Dern stars as Amy Jellicoe, a former corporate woman who has a traumatic breakdown at work, and is now trying to piece her life together after a stint in rehab. The premise had me intrigued and gave me hopes that this struggling lady could fill the void left by the cancellation of United States of Tara. But after being disappointed by the pilot and trying again with the next two episodes, I'm closing the book on this one and moving on to more calming places myself. I think Zen-seeking Amy would want that for me. Or maybe she'd flip me off. Frankly, I don't really care.
There's some good news and some bad news for the highly complicated ladies of Showtime.
I have never been able to be a regular watcher of United States of Tara thanks mostly to bad timing, but when it first started I caught all I could as a way of getting my Diablo Cody fix without being forced to endure The Moldy Peaches. By the second season I had gone from fanboy to observing the show as a kind of lesson in overly tidy storytelling seemingly written for producers demanding a happy ending, and from the first few episodes of the third season, Tara's writers are on a similar path. All this isn't to say that Tara is bad, however.
Exciting Office news came down the pike last week, when it was announced that Will Ferrell will guest star on the show towards the end of this season, to aid with Michael Scott's exit in some yet-to-be-revealed way. Not being satisfied with the enormity of that news and taking a cue from NBC's press release, some people started trumping it up as an Anchorman reunion. Which is a little silly considering that just about any two male comedic actors doing anything together would probably constitute an Anchorman reunion, and that Steve Carell had a pretty small role -- albeit a memorable and awesome one -- in Anchorman. Which got us thinking about all the stuntcasting possibilities that could spawn even less warranted epic reunion claims.
Gift card burning a hole in your pocket? Why not spend it on a show featuring a bevy of over-the-top cartoon characters? No, not Jersey Shore, although that's out this week, as well.
Big doings in TV land! Not the network, but the greater world in which TV is an all-encompassing concern. Show-castings, guest-starrings, show-namings, show-leavings and plot-spoilings! (Easily avoidable ones.)
My sincerest apologies: Los Angeles dominates the news today.
One TV show we love, one we like and two we've never heard of hit shelves today. We're sure they all have their reasons for releasing on December 29th, especially since their new seasons are as much as a few months away, but damned if we know what they are. We almost considered listing some anime releases here to fill things out, but those things all blur together for us now. Our otaku days are behind us, sadly.
I admit that part of me wanted to hate United States of Tara. And after watching the first episode, I was pretty much ready to write it off as another twee, precocious Diablo Cody affair, all over-wrought pop culture references and schticky, trend-conscious plots. Sure, there was some of that. But the first episode of any series is a crapshoot, and there was a lot of ground to cover in establishing the universe of Tara Gregson and her "alters," Alice, T and Buck.
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.