Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall
Friends and former 'SNL' co-stars will reunite
Year after year, Tina Fey and/or Amy Poehler will pop up at the Emmys, the Golden Globes, or the Oscars and be so bright and funny and quick that they've outshone the actual host of the night. So the 2013 Golden Globes will cut out the middle man and just use Fey and Poehler as the co-hosts on January 13.
Fey and Poehler are longtime friends and frequent collaborators who have worked together at Second City, on "Saturday Night Live," and in the 2008 film "Baby Mama." Both also currently star in comedies on NBC (which will air the Globes), Fey in the final season of "30 Rock," and Poehler on "Parks and Recreation."
The promotion from presenter to host doesn't always go as smoothly as we might hope (witness Ricky Gervais on these same Globes), but the Fey/Poehler team has me genuinely excited to watch the ridiculous Golden Globes for the first time in forever.
Mamie Gummer wasted in show too hung up on teen angst in adult bodies
The idea that we carry the scars of high school into our adult lives is a familiar theme of 21st century television. On "The Office," Michael Scott was a man who never quite evolved past his lonely adolescent years, and "Grey's Anatomy" often draws parallels between life at the hospital and life in high school. (The characters even once had to go to prom together.)
The CW's new "Emily Owens, M.D." (it premieres tomorrow night at 9) takes that subtext and makes it into text — bold, 48-point font, underlined and highlighted text. Not only does one character tell surgical intern Emily (Mamie Gummer), "Hospital's totally like high school," not only is the hospital situated directly across the street from an actual high school (one of its students even calls Emily a loser in the opening scene), but Emily's high school nemesis Cassandra (Aja Naomi King) winds up as her new co-worker. We even get the scene familiar from every teen comedy ever made where a hospital veteran gives Emily an anthropological breakdown of all the cliques, putting them in high school terms: jocks are orthopedists, mean girls go into plastic surgery, geeks like neurology, etc.
The locals try something new, and Albert has a showdown at Indian practice
A quick review of tonight's "Tremé" coming up just as soon as I sacrifice a sock to the music gods...
It's a long, dark night for Carrie, Brody and Jessica
A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I forget my jack...
Van Alden and Gyp receive visitors and Nucky tries to play producer
A review of tonight's "Boardwalk Empire" coming up just as soon as I get you some Passover vodka...
Rick and the group seek shelter in an abandoned prison
"The Walking Dead" is back for a new season. I reviewed the beginning of the season on Thursday, and I have a few specific thoughts on the season premiere coming up just as soon as I eat an owl...
Things get personal for Scott and Stonebridge as they race to stop Knox's nukes
"Strike Back" just wrapped up its second Cinemax season (and third overall), and I have a quick review of the season coming up just as soon as I shoot you with both hands tied behind my back...
'Friends With Kids' co-stars recreate '80s detective show credits
Something to make you smile on a Friday afternoon: Jon Hamm, Adam Scott, Paul Rudd, Jeff Probst, Paul Scheer and more coming together for "The Greatest Event in Television History," which turns out to be a multi-million dollar remake of the opening credits to "Simon & Simon." Scheer wrote it, Scott co-directed it, and as with so many of these Adult Swim and Funny or Die projects, it's clear everyone was having a lot of fun doing it.
Enjoy, and then we can debate which version of the "Harcastle and McCormick" credits (the famous one or the other one) these guys should do next:
'30 Rock' revisits the Tina Fey/Sarah Palin experience in a funny new way
A review of last night's "30 Rock" coming up just as soon as I make myself an Old Spanish...
What did everybody think of the new CW drama?
If "Beauty and the Beast" isn't the worst new show of the fall (and it probably is, and Fienberg definitely thinks it is), it's certainly the silliest. It's the kind of show that justifies every horrible stereotype and joke about Hollywood executives. Of course the CW would do a version of "Beauty and the Beast" (specifically, remaking the '80s Ron Perlman/Linda Hamilton CBS series) in which the "beast" is an incredible hunk who just happens to have a scar on his face. The CW's target demo doesn't want to watch ugly people. Duh.
The producers have tried to spin it as Jay Ryan being beastly in less superficial ways: He has a temper! He's damaged from his time in the military and this weird experiment! Lana Lang just can't resist him, even though he's bad for her! But it's all just goofy, Ryan is wooden, Kristin Kreuk is hilariously miscast as a tough New York cop, and after about five minutes of laughing at the absurdity of it all, I found "Beauty and the Beast" committing the worst TV sin of all: it was boring.
For those of you who watched tonight, what did you think? One and done, or time to set the DVR season pass?