Victoria gives Ted an ultimatum, Barney gets a canine wingman, and Nick needs a catchphrase
Before we get to the reviewing, a bit of housekeeping — as in, my house finally got power, heat, cable, etc. last night, which meant we could return from our post-Sandy exile to the lovely, well-powered streets of West Hartford. There will be a podcast sometime later today (Dan and I were interrupted yesterday by the news that I could return home), and hopefully everything else will return to schedule (give or take a Nor'easter later in the week).
And now a few thoughts on last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I channel my inner goddess...
Carrie and Brody get to work, but who's playing who?
It's Mardi Gras, and a line from 'The Wire' speaks to how connected the pieces are
A review of tonight's "Tremé" coming up just as soon as I see myself as the flood control specialist...
The prison group is divided, while Andrea gets to know the Governor
Nucky, Van Alden and Gillian have had about all they can stand
Cable powerhouse declines to order more of the Sigourney Weaver political miniseries
Will Jenna decide the election? And how will George and Dallas do on their first date?
Catching up on a strange week in TV in the wake of Hurricane Sandy
How's everybody doing? We came through the storm just fine (we were much luckier than many of our neighbors, whose houses were struck by falling trees), but like most everyone in New Jersey, our house has been blacked out for days. I've found at least a temporary place to work that has electricity and internet, but it's been a strange few days, both inside and outside the storm's path.
It's a happy, and funny, Halloween, for all three sitcoms
[The following reviews were written before Hurricane Sandy cruelly confiscated Alan's power for a yet-to-be-determined, but still-ongoing duration.]
Christina Applegate series to retool to film in front of a live studio audience, 'Happy Days'-style
"Up All Night" returned for its second season with what seemed like a massive facelift. A sitcom that had once split its time between Christina Applegate's life at work with Maya Rudolph and at home with Will Arnett and their baby instead refocused on the home life, canceling the show-within-the-show (and getting rid of the other characters who worked there), having Applegate replace Arnett as the stay-at-home parent, and introducing Luka Jones' as Applegate's brother and Arnett's partner in a new contracting business.
Compared to what the show is about to do, all those changes amount to little more than getting a little collagen injected into the lips. The real overhaul is just beginning, and it will leave "Up All Night" unrecognizable by the end.