We already knew that FOX would air episodes of "New Girl" & "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" after the Super Bowl this year. Now we have a better idea of what those episodes will look like, with Prince playing himself on "New Girl" while "Brooklyn" will welcome back Fred Armisen and Dean Winters while also guest-starring Super Bowl-winning quarterback Joe Theismann.(*)
Early in her second stint as Golden Globes co-host, Tina Fey noted, "This is Hollywood, and if something kinda works, they'll just keep doing it until everybody hates it."
"Girls" is back for a third season, and I have a review of the premiere coming up just as soon as I distribute a zine of provocative cartoons...
"Shameless" is back for another season, and I have a quick review of the premiere coming up just as soon as we can afford pulp...
AMC is presenting this morning at the Television Critics Association press tour, and ahead of that made a bunch of announcements, including premiere dates (some specific, some vague) for "Mad Men," "Better Call Saul" and several other new series, plus the renewal of "Talking Dead" for a fifth season.
The seventh season of "Mad Men" (which is going to be split over two years, like the final season of "Breaking Bad") will debut on Sunday, April 13 at 10 p.m. A week before, Revolutionary War drama "Turn" will have a 90-minute premiere on Sunday, April 6 at 9 p.m.
"Better Call Saul," the "Breaking Bad" prequel focusing on Bob Odenkirk as sleazy attorney Saul Goodman, will debut sometime in November, exact date still TBD.
"Halt and Catch Fire," another new drama about the rise of the PC era in the early '80s, will premiere sometime in June, while "Hell on Wheels" will be back later in the summer.
I published my review of FOX's "Enlisted" on Wednesday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who tuned in tonight, what did you think? Did you buy the three leads as brothers? Did you enjoy Keith David and his foot? Is Parker Young funny enough that you're okay with his character being that dim? Was the "Stripes" soundalike score a nice reminder of an obvious influence, or too much of a rip-off? Did you laugh? Did the emotional moments land? Do you think Kevin Biegel accomplished his goal of being funny while also being respectful, or is there no such animal in comedy? And will you watch again?
Have at it. In an ideal world, this is a comedy I'd write about regularly, but Friday shows are always tough for me, schedule-wise, so we'll see. At a minimum, I suspect there'll be a post next week, because I really liked episode 2, "Randy Get Your Gun."
15 years ago, a guy walked into a psychiatrist's office. That guy happened to be a captain in the north Jersey mob. I suspect many of you know what happened next.
On the one hand, it seems incredible that 15 years have already passed since "The Sopranos" pilot aired. The series still feels so fresh, and vital, and so much a piece of everything that came afterwards. On the other, so many shows followed it in the dramatic revolution I wrote about in my book that of course a lot of time has passed, and there are certain pieces of the show (starting with the shot of the Twin Towers in the opening credits for seasons 1-3) that mark it as a product of its time.
Some "Sopranos" reading to look at today if you're in an anniversary frame of mind:
A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I use an older, British form of Facebook called Mugscroll...
"Parks and Recreation" turned 100 tonight, and I have a review of the centennial episode coming up just as soon as I engage in inappropriate Text-Mexting...