Nucky makes a big decision, and Jimmy tries to enjoy his own party
Kitty and Zajac go out on the road together, while Emma is visited by both parents
We're up to the fourth episode of "Boss" now, and I don't have a lot to say about "Slip" that hasn't come up in our discussions of the previous three episodes. Kelsey Grammer's tremendous and the reason I keep tuning in, while certain other aspects (the sex, Kane's magical hitman, the symbolism-drenched monologues) frequently border on cartoonish (if not fall over into it).
Halfway through this eight-episode first season (which has been so low-rated that everyone involved has to be glad Chris Albrecht ordered a second season before they even premiered), how's everybody feeling about the (mis)adventures of Mayor Tom Kane and friends?
Morgan's dark turn gets more interesting, and Casey and Verbanski fight and flirt
A review of tonight's "Chuck" coming up just as soon as I replace my backup juicer...
A home invasion goes awry as the gang pays tribute to Indiana Jones
Annie has second thoughts about living with Troy and Abed, and Pelton blackmails Jeff
Leslie and Ben go crazy on each other during a model U.N., and Ron tries to rehire Tom
A flagging season shows a few signs of life
Typical. The day I publish a piece about my disappointment with the post-Steve Carell version of "The Office" - along with a post-script about how I don't see a point to weekly reviews anymore - the show presents the episode I've enjoyed the most so far this season. A few quick thoughts on why coming up just as soon as I write something nasty on your Facebook wall...
Romantic tension, blackouts and cupcakes, oh my!
With all of ABC's comedies pre-empted last night by the CMA Awards, this seems a good time to catch up briefly on some other shows it took me a while to clear off the DVR. Quick reviews of, in order, "New Girl," "Raising Hope," "Terra Nova" and "The Good Wife" coming up just as soon as I laugh in the face of thousands of years of samurai culture...
Ed Helms, James Spader not bringing enough laughs to the comedy's new incarnation
When Steve Carell announced that last season would be his last with "The Office," he presented that show's producers with both a horrible dilemma and a tremendous opportunity.
For so many years, Carell was "The Office," and it was easy to understand the sentiment from those who insisted the show should end when he left, even as it was clear that struggling NBC wouldn't cancel one of its few remaining hits.
At the same time, here was an aging sitcom, which like so many before it had begun repeating itself, which had arguably exhausted most of the comic potential of the Michael Scott character. There was no rule that said the office couldn't have a new boss, someone very different from Michael, who might give this great comedy a chance to reinvent itself in the way that "Cheers" did when Kirstie Alley succeeded Shelley Long, or that "M*A*S*H" managed to do with each of its cast changes.
We've now seen six episodes of the first post-Carell season (plus a handful of episodes last spring where the producers and characters were trying to figure out who would run the branch without Michael), and unfortunately it's hard to argue so far with the people who wanted the show to end with Michael's departure.
Kristina's jealous of Adam's hot receptionist, and Amber makes Seth an ultimatum