Inside Television with Alan Sepinwall
What did everybody think of the new FOX comedy?
I posted my review of FOX's "I Hate My Teenage Daughter" yesterday. Now it's your turn. I couldn't stand it, but you may have felt more kindly about it, had more built-up affection for Jaime Pressly and/or Katie Finneran (or Chad L. Coleman from his "Wire" days), or genuinely found it funny.
What did everybody else think? Will you be tuning in next week?
Also, if anyone watches "The Exes" on TV Land tonight, feel free to discuss it here if you want.
Donald Faison, Kristen Johnston and company go for deliberately retro laughs
In one of the few laugh-out-loud lines in TV Land's new sitcom "The Exes" (tonight at 10:30), we meet Eden, the pint-sized, sexpot assistant to divorce lawyer Holly. Eden is played by Kelly Stables, whom the Internet Movie Database very generously lists at 5' tall, and one of Holly's clients suggests that Eden "looks like someone threw a hot chick in the dryer."
"The Exes," like most of TV Land's inventory of deliberately retro comedies (starting with "Hot in Cleveland"), feels very much like someone threw a good sitcom in the dryer. It looks and sounds like the kind of genuine oldiest-but-goodies that rerun on TV Land and Nick at Nite – and has a cast filled with actors who appeared on those kinds of shows – but everything is smaller, including the laughter.
Kristina goes back to work, Max goes missing, and Crosby likes Dr. Joe
A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I like a jean jacket on a baby...
The guys step to the forefront in one of the strongest episodes so far
A review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I have a $40,000 bar mitzvah...
Jax, Tara and Gemma all scramble in the first half of the season finale
A quick review of tonight's "Sons of Anarchy" coming up just as soon as I get you a bigger bowl...
The return of Kenny Powers will be accompanied by new Ricky Gervais/Stephen Merchant series
More good news for cable TV fans: a day after FX announced the January premieres for "Justified" and "Archer," HBO announced that "Eastbound & Down" will be back on Sunday, February 19 at 10, followed at 10:30 by the new mockumentary series "Life's Too Short."
You know "Eastbound" by now: Danny McBride is the profoundly stupid, yet confident, relief pitcher Kenny (Bleeping) Powers, trying to make his way in the world after his career ended. The third season will be 8 episodes.
"Life's Too Short," meanwhile, is the latest collaboration between Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, who have already given TV "The Office" UK and "Extras." This one's much more in the "Extras" vein, with Warwick Davis (Wicket from "Return of the Jedi" and Professor Flitwick from the "Harry Potter" films, among many other fantasy/sci-fi roles) playing a down-on-his-luck version of himself, trying to hustle a way back into the spotlight. The 7-episode season will feature cameos by Johnny Depp, Sting, Steve Carell and even Gervais and Merchant themselves.
The last new show of the fall is also one of the least
There are lots of DVD review screeners floating around my house, and a few days ago, I found my daughter holding one of them, a perplexed and unhappy look on her face.
"Daddy, you shouldn't say this, should you?" she asked, pointing at the title on the disc: "I Hate My Teenage Daughter."
"No, honey, you shouldn't," I told her.
"So why does it say that?" she asked, still confused. "No one should say they hate their daughter, right?"
"Someone thought it was funny," I told her.
"But it isn't funny," she said, clearly worried about the idea that we might one day say it about her as a joke.
"No," I said, shaking my head. "It is not funny. At all."
What I didn't tell my daughter, because she's too young to understand the concept of dark humor, is that there probably is a funny show to be made with that title, and that concept. But the one debuting tomorrow night at 9:30 on FOX is not it.
Bill Pullman, Marcia Gay Harden and Richard Schiff star in belated, silly 'Presumed Innocent' sequel
TNT has already established quite the profitable brand for itself as home to the kinds of square-jawed, retro dramas that the broadcast networks stopped making a long time ago. So it stands to reason that the channel would eventually try getting into another business the networks have largely abandoned: the made-for-TV-movie. And if they can be the kinds of movies that fit comfortably alongside "The Closer" and "Rizzoli & Isles," so much the better.
Over the next three weeks, TNT will be airing a half-dozen mystery movies, all based on works by best-selling authors like Sandra Brown and Mary Higgins Clark, all starring actors who are past their career peak but have the ability to make you stop channel surfing to say, "Oh, I like him/her."
The movies kick off tonight at 9 with "Scott Turow's Innocent," a very belated sequel to Turow's "Presumed Innocent," which was made into a hit 1990 film starring Harrison Ford as prosecutor Rusty Sabitch, who was accused of murdering his mistress, only for it to be revealed (21-year-old spoiler alert!) that his scorned wife Barbara had done it and framed him for the deed.
Raylan Givens and Sterling Archer return to action, along with an animated teen comedy
FX has announced its mid-season schedule, with premiere dates for "Justified," "Archer" and the new animated comedy "Unsupervised," created by a trio of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" producers.
The third season of "Justified" will debut Tuesday, January 17 at 10 p.m. Neal McDonough and Mykelti Williamson - both alums of Graham Yost's short-lived NBC cop drama "Boomtown" - will be on hand as two of this season's villains, along with returning stars Timothy Olyphant, Walton Goggins and company.
"Archer" begins its third season two nights later, Thursday, January 19, also at 10 p.m. (And this release will give me the kick in the pants I need to watch the concluding installment of "Heart of Archness" already.) It'll be paired with "Unsupervised," which was created by "Sunny" writers Rob Rosell, Scott Marder and David Hornsby, and has a voice cast including Justin Long, Kristen Bell, Fred Armisen, Romany Malco, Kaitlin Olson and Alexa Vega, along with Rosell and Hornsby themselves. The show is about a pair of teenage best friends, Gary and Joel, trying to do the right thing with no parental supervision.
Dan and Alan also review TNT's 'Scott Turow's Innocent' and Syfy's 'Neverland,' plus sports talk!
There are weeks on the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast where Dan and I get to discuss one show after enough that excited us, made us laugh, made us cry, and/or validated our career choices. Then there are weeks like this one, where the best compliment we can give any of the new shows we're reviewing is to refer to its "proficient mediocrity." Oh, well. On the plus side, we finally get around to discussing the "Arrested Development" resurrection, and we once again stray outside our area of expertise by discussing the NL MVP winner, Tim Tebow and the end of the NBA lock-out. Why not?
"Innocent" (04:00 - 14:30)
"I Hate My Teenage Daughter" (14:40 - 25:40)
"The Exes" (25:45 - 33:30)
"Neverland" (33:30 - 41:00)
A few words on "Arrested Development" and Netflix (41:00 - 47:20)
Random Sports Blather (47:20 - 54:30)
"The Walking Dead" (54:30 - 01:05:20)
And as always, feel free to e-mail us at email@example.com
if you have questions you want answered on the show. Please put the word "podcast" in your subject line to make it easy to track them down amid the hundreds of random press releases we get every day.