The plot is still a mess, but at least the characterization is getting better
Britten's cross-timeline 'hunches' come back to bite him while chasing a serial killer
A review of tonight's "Awake" coming up just as soon as I learn a hundred dollar lesson...
Troy and Abed fight again, while Britta falls in love with a corporation
A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I'm flown to Dubai to stay in an underwater hotel...
Does a stupid sitcom trope become funny if you're aware that it's stupid?
A review of last night's "Happy Endings" coming up just as soon as I'm a young, handsome Ron Popeil...
It's 'Community' vs. 'Modern Family' and 'Sons of Anarchy' vs. 'The Walking Dead'
When I left the office last night, the next round of Hulu's Best in Show competition was shaping up to have an obvious narrative: popular hits vs. critically-adored cult favorites. In one bracket, we would have "Community," which had the only easy victory of round 3 over "New Girl," vs. "Modern Family," which had beaten out "Archer" by the slimmest of margins. In the other bracket, we would have "Sons of Anarchy," which held on for a tight win over "Game of Thrones," versus "Breaking Bad," which had eked out a see-saw battle with "The Walking Dead." I made my picks, emailed my blurbs to Hulu, and went home to my family.
But the third round wasn't technically over yet, and "The Walking Dead" showrunner Glen Mazzara — a Twitter newcomer who's quickly learned how to leverage social media from his old "Shield" colleague Kurt Sutter — kept stumping for votes, and by the time dinner was finished, "Walking Dead" had slipped ahead again, and stayed there until the voting closed.
More characters! More locations! More kings! More awesomeness!
Pete and Ben continue to fight over Alex in the season's middle chapters
A quick review of tonight's two episodes of "Bent" coming up just as soon as I make a couple of Pop Tarts in your mind kitchen...
Why do adult dramas like 'Smash' and 'Terra Nova' have such terrible teen characters?
I stepped back from regular reviews of "Smash" after last week's episode, but in watching Monday's, I couldn't help marveling at how most of the hour felt like Theresa Rebeck wrote it on a dare to prominently include every one of the most hated characters and stories the show has developed in its short, uneven life. Particularly amusing, but not in the way intentioned, was that we actually took several minutes to revisit the legal troubles of Julia's son Leo, who's not only incredibly irritating but has nothing to do with the show within the show. At least when we spend time with the horrible Ellis, it's within the context of making "Marilyn: the Musical," or whatever it's going to be called; why exactly are we spending time with Leo, who's part of a plague of Annoying Teenage Boys who have descended on television in the last few years?
Could you recast 'Gilligan's Island' with the ensembles of current series?
Twitter can be a lot of fun. Twitter can be an enormous waste of time. Sometimes, it can be both.
Last night, while struggling with a review that I hope to be done with later today, I went on Twitter to try to clear my mind, and inevitably got distracted instead. It all began innocently enough. Tim Goodman was noting the rise of redheaded women on television, with the return of Christina Hendricks as Joan on "Mad Men," Mireille Enos on "The Killing" and the addition of Carice Van Houten as Melisandre in "Game of Thrones" season 2. After joking around about some kind of job swap — and noting that Christina Hendricks being on "Game of Thrones" would possibly shut down the internet, forever — I brought up the idea of doing a reboot of "Gilligan's Island" centered around Ginger Grant, since Bryan Fuller is already trying to do a darker spin on "The Munsters" for next season. The next thing you knew, Tim, Matt Seitz and I were starting to cast the thing, and at that point I decided to open it up to the Twitter-verse at large.
Get a sneak preview of tonight's episodes of the under-rated romantic comedy
Last week, I published my review of NBC's "Bent," in which I said that I quite enjoyed the chemistry and banter between David Walton and Amanda Peet (and between Walton and the various contractors in his crew), but also that I was worried that NBC's scheduling — six episodes in three weeks, with half of them airing opposite "Modern Family" (even if they were "Modern Family" repeats) — was setting the show up for failure. Based on your reactions to the first two episodes, I was not alone on the first point. Unfortunately, the ratings for those episodes also proved my fears right.