A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I invest in my family's future with Welsh spring water...
A review of tonight's "Sons of Anarchy" coming up just as soon as I embrace the stereotype...
I posted my review of ABC's "Man Up!" this morning. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched, what did you think? Was it funny? Better or worse than "Last Man Standing"? Worthy of the exclamation point in the title? (Frankly, I think it would work better with "Work It," assuming "Work It" ever airs.) Will you be watching again?
Have at it.
When I first got the offer to join HitFix, I made sure that I would have the authority to keep enforcing the commenting rules from my old blog, which had gone a long way to making this a very smart, very civil community without a lot of the abuses you tend to see on most internet forums. And for the most part, everyone in the new community has played along.
As I said back in the Blogspot days, most of you are wonderful, smart, funny, and add so much to the discussion that other critics frequently express their envy about the quality of the comments here. It's not an understatement to say you guys are just as important as I am to what makes this place special, and often times more. And I want to continue keeping it that way.
Lately, though, things have been getting testy, and I've had to delete a fair number of comments that have crossed the line in one way or another. And it occurs to me that while I frequently refer to the rules when I punt a comment, I've never actually published a full version of them on this site. And given that I've been at HitFix for almost a year and a half, that's long overdue. So after the jump, here are the six rules you've got to obey in order to keep playing in this particular sandbox, mostly copied over from the original blog, but with a few tweaks to acknowledge some recent offenses. They're not hard - most of them, in fact, can be loosely translated as "Don't be an asshole" - but the anonymity of the Internet makes it easy to forget to do them.
I spent most of this summer trying to figure out what was in the water at ABC's comedy development offices that resulted in the network ordering three different sitcoms - "Last Man Standing," which debuted last week, "Man Up!," which debuts tonight at 8:30, and "Work It," which will hopefully debut sometime half past never - about the difficulty of being a man in 21st century America. I wondered who was so convinced this was a topic much on the hearts and minds of comedy viewers, and also why a network that is so heavily aimed at female viewers would bother with three male-centric shows - even if one of them features the men dressing up as women. (To balance that out, "Work It" features a cast of female characters who are too stupid to live, let alone recognize that their new co-workers are really two guys built like defensive backs.)
Mostly, though, I wondered - especially given the lame-to-horrible execution of the three shows - whether there was actual entertainment value and laughter to be found in exploring this topic.
A quick review of tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I compare my baby to the chupacabra...
Before we get to this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, I need to issue an apology for inadvertently playing Dane Cook to Fienberg's Louis CK and appropriating one of his jokes without realizing I had done it. (For those wondering, it's the "Happy Endings" drinking game one during the "Once Upon a Time" segment, which Dan reminded me after the fact he had made on Twitter a few days ago.) All hail Dan, all shame me.
As for the rest of the episode, no more "Breaking Bad" discussion, but plenty of reviews, listener mail, and even a brand-new sponsor! The line-up:
FX has, unsurprisingly, renewed "Sons of Anarchy" for a fifth season.
The motorcycle club drama remains the cable channel's highest-rated series and is having its most-watched season yet. To date, season 4 is averaging 5.8 million viewers overall, and 3.9 million viewers in the 18-49 year-old demographic, which are up 30% and 26%, respectively, over season 3.
“Everyone at FX is very grateful to Kurt Sutter, his many writing, directing and producing collaborators and his masterful cast for making such a compelling and beautifully crafted show,” FX president John Landgraf said in a statement. “It is no small challenge to bring the themes of a great, ancient play like 'Hamlet' into a wholly original television setting and to tell this complex story in a way that is both riveting and accessible to a broad audience. The fans know how beautifully 'SOA' meets this challenge, and we thank them for their loyal and passionate viewership.”
Sutter has said he envisions a seven-season arc for the series, making the current season the midway point. And with this renewal (more a contractual formality than anything else), the show is getting closer to fulfilling that vision.
A review of last night's "The Good Wife" coming up just as soon as I'm in line to be the next baseball commissioner...
A review of tonight's "Homeland" coming up just as soon as I torpedo your briefing...