This year's Real Housewives of Orange County reunion took up two nights of programming, but it was probably the most uneventful reunion of any of the show's franchises in years. This made me a little sad, but then I remembered that we're not far off from New York's reunion, and those ladies are reality professionals. So I'm sure this won't happen again. But for now, let's discuss what was lacking and the moments that stood out, for better or worse.
This weekend Jon Hamm returned to SNL despite having nothing to promote, simply because we're all in love with him. Which is a much better reason than most people have to host that show, so I say, good decision, both SNL and Jon Hamm. As usual, he was enthusiastic, handsome and funny, even when the sketches weren't. I have nothing bad to say about him or his hosting duties, so let's just run down the best and worst sketches of the night.
With all the Super Bowl excitement yesterday and this morning, I almost completely forgot about this weekend's SNL episode. A surprisingly good one, actually, despite the bounding irrelevance of host Ashton Kutcher and the inexplicable phenomenon that occurs when great musicians like Josh Homme, Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones collaborate to create some of the dullest music ever (also known as the Jackson-McCartney Effect). Here were the highs and lows of the episode.
So Jenny Slate said the F-word in her first episode, during a sketch about biker chicks who say "Frickin'" constantly. OK! I can see how that would happen. And the sketch aired at about the 12:40 AM mark of the episode, so I'm pretty sure no truly innocent children were too corrupted by it. NBC will probably be fined, because those are the rules, but clearly, the poor girl won't be fired. Her gaffe alone entered a lackluster premiere heavily into today's news cycle, and besides, I've seen her perform, and she has a lot to offer. I think she'll be alright.
Ahh yes, it's finally happened. That deal ABC inked with Hulu a few months ago has finally started coming to a fruition that we can sit in front of for hours on end! Well, it's actually more like four-ish hours right now, as Grey's is the only ABC show up as of yet, and there are only five episodes available so far -- all from last season, which was pretty terrible, but still! That doesn't mean we can't enjoy them ironically. Take the episode below, for example. It's like a particularly perfect storm of terrible, even for this show.
It would have been 10, but the Super Bowl ads were generally unimpressive this year as a whole (blame the economy or something!), but there were some exceptions. The one thing that was a little different this year, at least to me, was the insane barrage of NBC promotion. Of course the network that has the Super Bowl is going to promote its own content and everything, but is it always that much self-promotion? It felt like every other ad was a Heroes, Chuck, MacGruber or that people-whose-asses-fell-off-watching-30 Rock thing. Anyway, the list below is the best of the non-movie trailer-y/NBC content as we saw it. (See Moviefile for the best trailers, and we're ignoring the NBC stuff completely.) Enjoy having to watch a commercial before watching a commercial! Yay capitalism!
ABC has generously released another couple minutes from Lost's season premiere online today, probably to keep us all from getting stabby between now and January 21. I'm loving these sneak rollouts, by the way. Obviously, the wait for Lost to start has been excruuuuciating for everybody, so it's nice to at least have some tidbits between now and the premiere to keep us sane. It's really a public service they're doing.
Like you probably are, I'm still reeling from last night's election results, not to mention CNN's amazing election coverage (more on that later, but seriously -- holograms?! Yes!), but being the dumb TV addict that I am, my thoughts after last night's early results call immediately went from, "Whoa! Everything's going to change! No pun intended!" to "Ahh, crap. I hate Fred Armisen's Barack Obama impression. Oh well, at least Jason Sudeikis' Joe Biden rules." Seriously. That's pretty much a verbatim transcript. My brain? After witnessing a milestone historic event? Immediately went there. Yes, I know. I am why the terrorists hate us. Watch some awesome Sudeikis Biden and some less awesome Armisen Obama, in case you don't know what I mean, and tell me what a disgrace I am below.
I don't know if you've heard, but apparently today is Election Day! Yay, democracy! The bad news, however, is that since Tina Fey has pretty much decided she's going to retire her Sarah Palin impression even if the McCain ticket takes the White House, last weekend's QVC sketch is probably the last we'll ever see of it. Very sad news indeed, but luckily we'll always have Hulu. In memoriam, I've posted each and every pageant walking, winking, maverick drinking game shouting out, Katie Couric question dodging and gam-flashing Tina-as-Sarah instance below. Laugh through the tears, kids. Patch Adams taught us that.
The first promo footage for the next Lost season was released last night via Watch with Kristin, and while that is exciting, it's also about as vague as you'd expect. There's a brief rehash of last season followed by new action like Hurley holding a giant gun (!), Sayid putting some kung fu hurt on an unidentified character, and a clean-shaven Jack explaining how if he doesn't go back, everyone they left on the island will die, and Ben Ben-ily responding, "Well, thank God for second chances," which could mean anything. Did everyone die and Jack had to travel back in time to prevent it? Does Ben just mean a second chance on the island in a general sense? Hee! I've missed Lost so much. Oh, and Aaron is like 30 now. Check out the trailer after the jump and discuss away.