Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall
What did everybody think of CBS' new Rob Schneider sitcom?
Rob and Eugenio Derbez in "Rob."
I posted my review of CBS' "Rob" (or, if you prefer, "¡Rob!") this morning. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched, what did you think? Were you predisposed towards liking or hating Rob Schneider? Did you enjoy the ethnic humor? The misunderstandings and slapstick? Cheech? The wacky uncle? And will you watch again?
Have at it.
The series' first major high-concept episode also told a great character story
Joel McHale and Danny Pudi in the chicken fingers episode of "Community."
And so it's come to this: NBC's Thursday night comedy bloc kicks off right now on the East Coast, and "Community" is not a part of it. I'm glad to have "30 Rock" back, and to give "Up All Night" a chance to pick up viewers after being adrift on the Wednesday lineup, but dammit... I want Troy and Abed on my TV.
Once again, my plan is to spend every Thursday from now until NBC announces the show's return to the schedule (if not until the show is actually back on the schedule) revisiting a favorite moment or storyline from the series. If we can't have new "Community," at least we can bask in memories of the old ones.
Thomas and Bays talk about the Mother, Robin and Barney and what to do in case of more renewals
"How I Met Your Mother" creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas appeared at press tour yesterday.
PASADENA - "We feel like jerks. We get asked that question a lot"
This was "How I Met Your Mother" co-creator Craig Thomas, addressing a handful of critics and reporters (including me) at a press tour lunch with co-creator Carter Bays. The question in particular was a familiar one about whether they'll introduce Ted to the Mother at the end of the series or make her a character much sooner(*), but "HIMYM" is structured in such a way that there are many questions the duo can't answer, even as they repeatedly apologize for their inability to do so.
Undercover cops, shady Chinese restaurants, and lots of 'The Wire' jokes
Dan Byrd guest-starred with Jane Levy on "Suburgatory."
As I've said, being at press tour limits my ability to keep up with current TV, both because I'm covering the tour round the clock and because I don't have a DVR here. But I had a chance to see last night's "Suburgatory" and "Happy Endings" and have a few thoughts on them - after which you all can use this to comment on any of the Wednesday comedies (even "Whitney") - coming up just as soon as I share a birthday with Hitler and Carmen Electra...
'SNL' alum marries into a Mexican-American family in lame new sitcom
On "Rob," Rob Schneider and new wife Claudia Bassols talk to his new father-in-law Cheech Marin.
Of his generation of "SNL" stars, Rob
Schneider's post-show career has certainly been helped by being friends with the others. (In particular, Adam Sander, who has produced most of Schenider's movies.) But there's also a complete lack of shame - a willingness to try any concept, no matter how dumb(*), and to make himself look as ridiculous as possible in doing it - that's helped him get jobs that actors with more self-consciousness might have passed on.
(*) Schneider was victim of one of the more devastating "South Park" career assessments ever, in an episode where the boys kept seeing trailers for terrible-looking Schneider movies where he turned into a stapler, a carrot and, eventually, Kenny. One of the last trailers abandoned any pretense of intelligence and had a gibberish narration, including the title "Da Derp Dee Derp Da Teetley Derpee Derpee Dumb."
And while Schneider has to participate in a few mortifying moments on his new CBS sitcom "Rob" (tonight at 8:30 p.m.) - notably a scene where he's involved in consecutive misunderstandings involving shrine desecration, masturbation and rape - for the most part it's a less ridiculous vehicle for him than most.
It's not good, mind you. If anything, it suggests Schneider is probably better off playing an animal, a teenage girl, or a stapler.
What did everybody think of NBC's new Chelsea Handler sitcom?
Laura Prepon in "Are You There, Chelsea?"
I posted my review of NBC's "Are You There, Chelsea?" on Monday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched, what did you think? How do you feel Laura Prepon did channeling a younger Chelsea Handler? Did you appreciate Handler's presence playing her sister? (And were you predisposed to liking Chandler ahead of time?) Did you enjoy Lauren Lapkus as the wacky new roommate Dee Dee? Appreciate Dot Marie Jones' cameo as Chelsea's cellmate? Did you laugh much? Did you like it more or less than "Whitney"?
Have at it.
Things get tense between the critics and producer Michael Patrick King
Michael Patrick King, Beth Behrs and Kat Dennings on the set of "2 Broke Girls."
PASADENA - I walk up to "2 Broke Girls" co-creator Michael Patrick King, offer my hand and say, "Mr. King, I'm sorry things got so ugly there, but I wanted to say that it came from a place where a lot of us in the room like the parts of your show involving Kat and Beth, and want the rest of the show to live up to that."
King, stone-faced, silently turns and walks off the stage.
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Adam steals Crosby's spotlight, Amber struggles at work and Sarah and Mark have a talk
Sarah (Lauren Graham) on "Parenthood."
A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I go to Harvard/Harvard...
Can horror series from 'Paranormal Activity' creator work long-term?
Leslie Hope and Joe Anderson in "The River."
PASADENA - The critics at press tour unsurprisingly spend a lot of time talking to each other about what they thought of this show and that show, and one of the most consistent pair of opinions I've heard expressed at this tour is as follows: 1)ABC's "The River" (it debuts on Feb. 7) is one of the best pilots of the season (fall or spring), and 2)No one's entirely sure that it will work as a series - that, like NBC's "Awake," it might work better as a movie.
ABC comedy's stars and writers came on their own dime to keep the show in the public eye
"Cougar Town" co-creator Bill Lawrence and star Courteney Cox were both on hand for an unofficial press tour gathering last night.
PASADENA -- It's 9 p.m., and Bill Lawrence
turns to me and asks, "Should we keep the tab running another half hour?" I look around at a hotel bar full of reporters, "Cougar Town"
actors and "Cougar Town" writers," all of them having a good time and talking about how the show they love is in limbo, and I say, "Sure." Lawrence nods to his longtime producing partner Randall Winston, the man who has kept the trains running ontime on all his shows going back to "Spin City," and tells him to keep the tab going. Lots more to talk about, and it never hurts to have the booze flowing, does it?
Welcome to the very unofficial, very liquid, very uplifting "Cougar Town" invasion of press tour, the latest bit of seat-of-the-pants, grass-roots marketing that Lawrence has organized during his show's 10 months and counting off the air.