Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall
Get ready for lots of premieres and lots of press tour coverage in the weeks ahead
Chelsea Handler and Laura Prepon in NBC's "Are You There, Chelsea?," one of dozens of new TV shows about to start premiering.
Happy New year, everybody! I was on a light schedule last week (though not as light as the TV business itself, which tends to ignore the last couple of weeks of December as much as possible), but I'm back in action big-time this week, as TV's mid-season begins with a new wave of premieres, plus the start of the Television Critics Association winter press tour later this week.
Over the weekend, we posted a gallery running down most of the notable TV debuts and returns of the next few months (plus some shows not coming back until later in the year), and as you can see, January is going to be pretty damn busy in terms of premieres. I'll have a review of ABC's "Work It" coming up a little later today, and I'll be trying to review as many premieres as possible, given the usual scheduling issues coupled with the insanity that is press tour.
Yvonne Strahovski kicks ass in another strong Sarah spotlight
Yvonne Strahovski got a Sarah spotlight on tonight's "Chuck."
A review of tonight's "Chuck" coming up just as soon as we actively waste our babysitter...
Joel McHale strips down to flex his comic muscles
Jeff (Joel McHale) showed off his stick-handling skills on "Community."
We're getting another "Community" rerun tonight, and another one next week, but then the show leaves NBC's schedule altogether for an indeterminate period of time. So until we find out when new episodes will be airing, it's time for the latest installment in my series on why I'll miss the show when it's gone.
What shows made Dan and Alan mad this year? And why is Chris Lilley so 'Angry'?
We spent last week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast counting down our favorite shows of 2011. Now it's time for the reverse, as Dan and I discuss some of our least favorite shows of the year. Think Dan might have a few more words to say on the subject of Mario Lopez? At the end, we also review HBO's new Chris Lilley mockumentary series "Angry Boys," and even if you're not a Lilley fan, I would suggest listening to the end for some good end of the year wisdom from Dan.
[The only real spoilers are for "Dexter" between 48:00 and 52:50.]
TV's Worst of 2011 (02:30 - 01:02:00)
"Angry Boys" (01:02:05 - 01:11:10)
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Flimsy mysteries, bad comedies and terrible endings
Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos in "The Killing."
I've written a lot of words praising the best TV had to offer in 2011. Now comes the dark side: the worst things I watched.
The Doctor helps a World War II family in the annual Christmas special
Holly Earl and Matt Smith in the latest "Doctor Who" Christmas special.
The annual "Doctor Who" Christmas special premiered last night, and I have a very quick review of it coming up just as soon as I can't tell weapons from wool...
A familiar face returns for a fantastic Christmas episode
Chuck (Zachary Levi) and General Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) team up.
A review of tonight's "Chuck" coming up just as soon as I record a message of love on an electronic bear...
Even shows that weren't brilliant overall could offer momentary brilliance every now and then
It's been an uneven year overall for "The Office," but Michael's proposal to Holly was a big high point.
Having already presented my lists of the best overall shows of the year, the best returning shows and the best new shows, it's time for my final superlatives list: 10 great episodes of shows that missed the cut on any of the other lists.
Some come from shows I like a lot, but not as much as some others that actually made a top 10. Some come from shows I once loved universally and now stick with for the occasional reminder of the good old days. And one comes from a show I came to hate pretty thoroughly, as a reminder that even bad shows are capable of greatness for an hour or two.
In no particular order...
How the show learned to embrace Britta's less appealing qualities
Gillian Jacobs as Britta on "Community."
Last week, I introduced what will hopefully not be a very long-running series on HitFix, in which I plan to spend every Thursday until NBC returns "Community" to its schedule showcasing a different clip that speaks to why it's one of my favorite shows and why I'll miss it during its hiatus. (Though the show is being pre-empted tonight for NBC's "Who's Still Standing?" game show stunt, we still have a couple of weeks of reruns to go before "30 Rock" takes over the timeslot.)
Ryan Murphy and company will say goodbye to the Harmons and tell a brand-new story
Dylan McDermott and/or Connie Britton might appear in "American Horror Story" season 2, but they won't be playing the Harmons again if they do.
So remember how this morning, I suggested that "American Horror Story" might want to start fresh with a new cast of characters and a new story for the second season?
Well, that's exactly what's going to happen.