October 15th, 2009
Last night’s episode of Glee was filled with amazing Sue vs. Schue moments, and musical numbers that were unstoppable. Jane Lynch is such an incredible comedic talent. Pair that with Matthew Morrison’s quick wit, and anytime Lea Michele or Amber Riley belt out a tune, and you have a winning combination. Not to mention my eyes filled with tears at the closing number “Keep Holding On.”
However, there was an ongoing blogger debate earlier this week about “Glee,” stemmed from this article. The article’s main point was that the show relies on stereotypes and they need more depth of character. Some TV critics agreed with the article, saying they loved the musical numbers, but not the over-the-top drama. Others were saying that they could do without some of the characters. But for me, this show is pretty close to perfect. I understand that it can be over-the-top, but how did you feel in high school? I felt like little things could be the end of the world. And that feeling is portrayed perfectly through the main characters on Glee. Yes, they do spontaneously burst out in song (but hey, who doesn’t?), and sometimes Sandy is just too much for words. But deep down, Glee is charming and wonderful. Not to mention full of extremely talented actors and singers, that each week leave me eagerly anticipating the next episode. I am loyal to a number of shows, but there are few that I must watch that night no matter what time I get home from work, and Glee is one of them. So keep doing what you’re doing, Ryan Murphy and all the creative staff. You are brilliant!
And because I know you need to watch these videos over and over again until next week, please enjoy!
Glee cast sings Keep Holding On:
Glee cast sings No Air:
October 15th, 2009
The Vampire Diaries is one show that I have loved since the pilot, and has just gotten better. I love all things vampire, but the acting is fantastic and the storylines continue to get more interesting and complex.
So, just for fun, check out a clip where Paul Wesley (Stefan) discusses The Vampire Diaries:
And be sure to tune in tonight for a new episode at 8 pm on the CW.
October 15th, 2009
I have to admit, I wasn’t as keen on 30 Rock towards the end of last season as everyone else seemed to be. However, I was excited to check out the first two episodes of season four, aptly titled “Season Four” and “Into the Crevasse.”
Season Four centers around TGS becoming more relatable to the general public. Each cast member plays a part in this plan (concocted by Jack of course). Jenna becomes a country singer, Tracy tries to make friends with “commoners,” and Liz and Pete are sent on a mission to find a new cast member. Liz and Pete end up getting caught sneaking out together, which results in a hilarious scene with Pete’s wife (played by the former SNL writer, the lovely Paula Pell). Meanwhile, Kenneth leads a page strike. This episode had a few hilarious moments, but overall, it came across as very meta. I don’t want to spoil too much, but the opening scene involves some of the cast eating in an Asian Fusion restaurant called “Season Four.”
Into the Crevasse centers around Devin (guest star Will Arnett) trying to sabotage Jack and his career. In addition, all of the cast is angry at Liz over a book she wrote. Will Arnett is incredibly hilarious in this role. There was even scenes where he was hanging out with the Obama children (you’ll have to watch to find out why). I enjoy the interplay between Alec Baldwin and Will Arnett, which is what made this episode very enjoyable and funny. It was a definite improvement over the season premiere.
I love the cast of this show, and I think they are all incredibly talented and hilarious. But sometimes, week to week, the show can be a bit over the top. However, the 2nd episode was a huge improvement over the first, so I hope that it will continue to improve throughout the season.
30 Rock premieres tonight at 9:30 pm.
October 14th, 2009
I have been talking up Modern Family to pretty much everyone I know. I was so excited to learn that ABC had ordered the “back 9,” or the second half of the season, because it is just brilliant. It has brought a unique-ness to the mockumentary style, while keeping an incredible sense of humor. It is genuine, heartfelt, and at the same time, absolutely hilarious.
This week’s episode is no exception. The super talented Shelly Long guest stars as Mitchell and Claire’s mom, who wants to get past “the incident” that occurred at Jay and Gloria’s wedding, so she can move forward with her current boyfriend. I don’t want to spoil “the incident,” but let’s just say it involves some drunken ramblings and perhaps some insults of the racial variety. In addition, Phil tries to bond with Jay, which leads to disaster.
It is filled with so many perfect moments, including Shelly Long talking explicitly about her sex life. I just can’t say enough good things about this show. After tonight, you just might find yourself singing “I wanna do you.” You’ll have to tune in to find out why.
Modern Family airs Wednesday nights at 9 pm on ABC.
October 13th, 2009
Last night’s How I Met Your Mother centered around Lily and Marshall’s double dating bad luck. They ask Robin and Barney to double date with them, and it is a disaster. Meanwhile, Ted works on picking up girls with his new “professor look,” or rather a tweed jacket.
This episode lacked in the plot department, but it was full of little comedic moments that were absolutely brilliant. The first came after the Lily/Marshall/Robin/Barney double date, where Robin mimes shooting her brains out, and Barney wipes the remains off his face. Another was Barney’s sexless innkeeper tale, and then subsequently Ted’s innkeeper tale. And I also really enjoyed at the end of the episode when Ted states “I love being single,” and Barney looks longingly at Ted’s date.
But the most amazing part of this episode was the “fake” website. In the past, there have been many awesome fake websites, my favorite of which would be slapcountdown.com. And with every website, the creative team at the show actually makes the site. The site from this episode is The Best Night Ever, a site that contains Marshall’s singing video montage of their double date. It is revealed that Marshall makes video montages for just about anything…ordering Chinese food, cat-sitting for Lily’s mom, and even the cat’s funeral. The video montages were hilarious, and on the actual site, you can see a music video of Marshall singing the Best Night Ever song with Nuno Betencourt.
So while this might not have been the best night ever (sorry, had to), it was filled with many great moments. I can’t wait until next week!
October 12th, 2009
I look forward to Monday nights, because that means a new episode of How I Met Your Mother. So while you wait in eager anticipation, here is a clip from tonight’s show that the lovely people over at CBS sent along. No spoilers, I promise!
Barney recites A Cautionary Tale:
And be sure to tune in tonight at 8 pm to CBS to see the rest of this episode!
October 8th, 2009
There were so many perfect parts to Glee last night…Sue’s journal, the whole love triangle between Emma, Mr. Schuester and Terri. But one of the most amazing parts were the musical number mash-ups. It was boys vs. girls, and honestly I don’t think I could have picked a winner. So in case you missed it, or just really need to watch it 10 more times like I do…check out the videos here:
The Boys: “It’s My Life/Confessions”:
The Girls: “Halo/Walking On Sunshine”:
October 8th, 2009
In honor of the “big day,” (wedding episode) I wanted to post some of my favorite Jim/Pam moments of the series. There is one clip, and many pictures, but I’m going to do it “Friends” style. In other words, “the one where” this happened. Even John Krasinski is excited about the big day…he talks about how the cast got all choked up during the filming of the episode here (in my exclusive interview!) Please feel free to share your favorite Jim and Pam moments as well.
The one where they kiss: Jim declares his love for Pam after keeping it to himself for so long. We then have to wait a whole season to see what happens after they kiss.
The one where Michael declares Bankruptcy: This episode in Season 4 was overshadowed by Michael’s antics, but what I remember is the amazing kiss between Jim and Pam. Jim listens to Dwight’s agony over Angela, and realizes he is so lucky to have Pam. “I’m very passionate about Italian food.”
The one where Jim made the sale: Jim manages to pull of a huge sale, and to celebrate he says “screw it” and kisses his girlfriend. The show will give us these great Jim and Pam moments from time-to-time, and I loved this one because it was just incredibly real and so touching.
The one where Jim comes back for Pam: Jim leaves NYC to come and ask Pam out on a date. Pam cries after he asks her out. For all Office fans, this is a moment we had all been waiting for….after the whole Karen debacle, and everything with Roy. This moment was so satisfying and wonderful.
The one where Pam says they are dating: The camera catches them in the car kissing. Not only do I love the sweet moments with Jim and Pam, but they also play off each other so well and are incredibly funny. This moment where Pam reveals they are dating is filled with great Jim and Pam banter.
The one where they play a prank on Andy: Andy’s cellphone ring is “Rockin’ Robin” and Jim and Pam conjure up a prank where they throw the cell phone in the ceiling and then call it. Andy punches a wall, and hilarity ensues.
The one where Pam falls asleep on Jim’s shoulder: Enough said.
The one with all the Voicemails: The one where Pam leaves all the voicemails for Jim and they can’t seem to connect the entire episode.
The one where Pam listens in: Pam and Jim are connected on Bluetooth all day and the best line of the day was when Pam loudly declares “that’s what she said, that’s what she said, that’s what she said!”
The one where Jim and Pam get Andy to sing the Rainbow Connection: Another example of hilarious moments and pranks thought up by Jim and Pam.
The one where they find out Pam is pregnant: Probably one of the sweetest Office moments I have ever seen. Jim and Pam don’t even need to say anything (the cameras shoot through the hospital room window), but everything is perfectly communicated.
And of course, the one where Jim proposes (I had to put a video):[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rgzd28QG064&hl=]
October 6th, 2009
Cougartown is part of the new ABC comedy block on Wednesday nights that I absolutely adore. Courteney Cox stars in this show about a recently divorced woman trying to put her life back together, and get back on the dating scene. Cougartown is actually the name of the town she lives in, although make of it what you will. This was a pilot that really surprised me with its writing and humor. And it has kept up its momentum. I adore Courteney Cox from her “Friends” days and she really shines in this lead role. I recently had the chance to speak with Busy Philipps, who plays Laurie, about working with Courteney Cox, and her own character’s antics.
When I read the script, I thought it was a really fun character and I was excited to worth with Courteney Cox and Bill Lawrence, who did Scrubs. And it all worked out, I was very excited to be a part of it.
Do you see a lot of yourself in Laurie?
You know, I feel like I am–I have a little bit of Laurie in me. I think Laurie’s a little more who I was a couple years ago as far as all the partying is concerned. I’m sort of a settled down, boring mom now (laughs), so I don’t go out drinking with my girlfriends and look for guys anymore (laughs), but you know, I can relate a little bit to that time in my life.
You know, I feel like Freaks and Geeks and Dawson’s Creek both certainly had comedic elements to it, and you know, I do movies that are comedies: White Chicks and He’s Just Not That Into You and Made of Honor. So I feel like, I pretty much have been doing comedy for a while now, so it doesn’t feel like a transition.
Do you have a preference in terms of drama versus comedy?
Yeah, I like doing both. I love comedies. I like making people laugh. I like laughing. Obviously.
How has it been working with Courteney Cox? Did you watch “Friends?”
Oh yeah, I’m a huge Friends fan. And it’s just been so thrilling to be able to work with her every day and sometimes she says lines and I think “Oh my God, I can’t believe I’m lucky enough to be sitting across from Monica!” (laughs) It’s been a lot of fun.
What do you think makes Cougartown different from other comedies on television?
I think it’s a lot of fun and I think it’s about a woman who’s trying to get back out there after her divorce and her son is starting to leave the house more, and she’s pretty soon going to have an empty nest and so she’s exploring some of these things that she didn’t get to do because she was a mom and basically a housewife, taking care of her husband and building her own business. So now she’s able to have some fun. And so I think it’s kind of an empowering show for women. And I think it’s really great.
Your daughter Birdie just had her first birthday. What has it been like balancing this new show and motherhood?
The transition has been really great and really easy. If you’re going to be a working mom, being an actress on a TV show is not a bad gig to get (laughs). She’s able to come to work and visit me, and we have a nanny that works full time when I’m working full time so it’s pretty fantastic. The schedule’s pretty great and I’m really thrilled.
Can you give a little teaser of what’s coming up this season on Cougartown?
Well this season is a lot of Jules getting back out there. [Last] week’s episode specifically Jules is trying to relive the 20s that she never had. I’m trying to get her to go out with my friends and she does, but she’s not in her 20s anymore and it’s a little bit harder for her. (laughs)
There’s a lot of animosity between Laurie and Ellie (Jules’ other friend). Does that continue throughout the season?
The animosity continues. Ellie, played by Christa Miller, is hilarious and so dry and mean. She gets mean. She’s mean to Laurie and she’s jealous of their friendship, so yeah, our relationship comes full circle.
Are there going to be any other stunts pulled by Laurie?
I think that Laurie is always going to be on the lookout for ways to push Jules in the direction of putting herself back out there and meeting guys and trying to help her get back out there. So I think there could be more stunts that Laurie pulls to push her in that direction.
What would you tell viewers about why they should tune into Cougartown?
I would tell them that this show’s really funny and Courteney’s great and really funny. I think it’s a great show, and we’ve been having such a great time filming it that I hope that people tune in and respond and feel the same way watching it.
Cougartown continues its first season tonight on ABC at 9:30 pm. Be sure to tune in!