Adam steals Crosby's spotlight, Amber struggles at work and Sarah and Mark have a talk
Can horror series from 'Paranormal Activity' creator work long-term?
ABC comedy's stars and writers came on their own dime to keep the show in the public eye
Producers have to engage with fans in this day and age, he argues
Dan and Alan also review 'Are You There, Chelsea?' and 'Napoleon Dynamite'
Welcome to the first of what should be two press tour editions of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which an ill Dan and I break down what's happened at TCA so far while offering reviews of several shows debuting over the next week.
Christina Applegate/Will Arnett sitcom celebrates New Year's in its new timeslot
From the moment NBC's primetime schedule was announced last spring, it seemed only a matter of time before "Up All Night" got moved to Thursdays at 9:30 in place of "Whitney." From the single camera format to Lorne Michaels' presence as a producer to the wattage of stars Christina Applegate, Maya Rudolph and Will Arnett, it just seemed a more obvious fit for Thursday nights. And when it debuted in the fall to solid reviews and better-than-expected ratings given its placement in NBC's no-man's-land Wednesday lineup, it seemed even more clearly destined to do the timeslot switcheroo with "Whitney."
Well, the move has finally happened, and "Up All Night" gets the post-"Office" timeslot this week. Though we're now a couple of weeks into 2012, this week's episode is called (and about) "New Year's Eve," and features Reagan and Chris spending the holiday night with their friends, including Ava and her new boyfriend Kevin. (Adding Jason Lee as Kevin was one of the smartest moves creator Emily Spivey has made to date, as it creates a more natural bridge between Reagan's work and home lives and allows Ava to appear more frequently on the home front.)
In this clip from the episode - exclusive to HitFix for the next few hours - we are reminded of just how competitive Reagan can get, and also of how good Applegate is at playing crazy. Enjoy.
Sitcom star stays on message in discussing new show and 'Two and a Half Men'
Handler plays her own sister as one of several confusing issues in an unfunny sitcom
- Critic's Rating D+
- Readers' Rating C-
What did everybody think of NBC's new legal drama?
I posted my review of NBC's "The Firm" sequel earlier this week. Now it's your turn. Did this feel like a worthy successor to either the John Grisham book or Tom Cruise movie? Did Josh Lucas make a good Mitch McDeere? Did the presence of both Callum Keith Rennie and Tricia Helfer make you wonder whether this new firm is some kind of elaborate Cylon plot? Did you care at all about the case involving the kids and the vengeful father? And do you intend to continue watching when the show moves to Thursdays at 10 later this week?
Have at it.
What did everybody think of the new Showtime comedy?
I posted my review of Showtime's "House of Lies" earlier this week. Now it's your turn. Those of you who had watched the online version of tonight's premiere episode didn't seem to enjoy it very much, though some were willing to give the show more time given the presence of Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell and Ben Schwartz. How did those of you who just saw it tonight feel? Will you stick around a while?
Any and all plot/joke discussion is now kosher. Have at it.