HBO is about to kick off a three-hour bloc of press tour panels, mostly for new shows like the Milch/Mann horseracing drama "Luck," Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Armando Iannucci's "Veep," Lena Dunham's "Girls" and Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's "Life's Too Short." And now we know the premiere dates for all of those shows, plus when "Game of Thrones" season 2 will begin.
Some quick thoughts on last night's episodes of "30 Rock," "The Office" and "Up All Night" coming up just as soon as lupus lets me cut in line...
Press tour demands kept me from writing a review of "The Finder," which just aired its first regular episode - the characters were introduced in a "Bones" episode last spring (which Fienberg wrote about) - tonight on FOX. I gave my opinion of it on this week's podcast. Short version is that I like Geoff Stults and Michael Clarke Duncan together, don't necessarily like the two new female characters they added to replace Saffron Burrows, and wonder about the level of quirkiness/wackiness (though it was mostly in control here). Overall, I feel much the same way I do about "Bones": it's a light, well-executed procedural (very much like a USA drama), but not necessarily something I will feel compelled to watch again.
For those of you who watched it, what did you think? Did you think this episode was better or worse than the backdoor pilot? Do you prefer the newbies to Burrows, or vice versa? Is Walter too quirky or just quirky enough? And does casting an actor as tall as Stults opposite Duncan take too much away from Duncan, who is usually defined as much by his size as his sense of humor?
Have at it.
A quick review of tonight's "Parks and Recreation" coming up just as soon as we have a philosophical difference about what constitutes a law...
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.
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.
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.
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...