Monday, April 28, 2008
The most recent episodes of mediocre classic sitcom Back to You have been a return to the best the show can be. After post-strike changes that resulted in the loss of the weather girl Montana (played by Studio 60's Ayda Field), and the recasting of Chuck and Kelly's daughter Gracie (from spunky and smart to cute and innocent), Back to You came back missing some crucial pieces but making the most out of what they had left. While revered sitcom veterans Kelsey Grammer and Patricia Heaton's stories are always boring and their chemistry forced, the supporting cast and their B stories haven't been failing to make the 22 minutes worth the watch as of late. Josh Gad and Fred Willard are great as the producer Ryan and the sports caster Marsh respectively and, as I've said numerous times when reviewing this show, Ty Burrell shows off his impeccable comic timing time and again as the show stealing field reported Gary Crezyzewski. Burrell is the perfect antidote for the mediocrity that sometimes infects this show. The most recent episode "Hug and Tell" is no exception. When Gary realizes he is the only person whom the security guard doesn't hug, he sets out trying to figure out what it is about him that makes him un-huggable. After withstanding a hilarious scene of abuse from Marsh and Ryan in which they cathartically vent about his unintentionally cold demeanor and arrogance, Gary confronts the security guard, only to find that the animosity stems from a harsh review Gary had written in grade school about a production of Grease in which the security guard had played Kinicki. It's these B stories (Gary being attacked while reporting on a bizarre convention, Ryan and Gary discovering the frightening sexual murals in Marsh's home and Marsh trying to choose a new sign off catch phrase) that make the show anything more than just a bad conventional comedy unworthy of its prestigious cast, crew and creative team. Completely worth a watch just for the sake of the supporting cast, don't discredit Back to You before really giving it a chance. That said, if you feel like making a contribution to television comedy may I suggest inundating FOX studios with letters calling for the return of the original Gracie, a new deal for Ayda Field, less of Heaton and Grammer and MORE TY BURRELL!!!
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Debbie: [excitedly] Debbie is actually my name!
Dr. Kelso: Then in fairness to the others, you will be "Slagathor".
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Women, on the other hand, can't seem to be able to form a strong alliance to get themselves through to the end. In fact, whenever the final 2 have been 2 women they have been enemies: Season 3's Danielle wound up in the final 2 against Lisa instead of her loyal ally Jason and Season 4's Alison and June couldn't have liked each other less. Considering some of the best players in BB history have been female (Allstars Danielle, Janelle, Alison and Nakomis most notably along with season 8's Jessica) is there a reason that their friendships don't get them to the end when the men's can? Is the precedent set by Chilltown (Boogie and Will) too much to live up to?
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
So How I Met Your Mother brought back Robin Sparkles- desperate? Yeah. Effective? well,... yeah. It wasn't up to the calibre of "slap bet" (the original Robin Sparkles episode) but this week's HIMYM was pretty funny. The accents weren't even slightly accurate and thus simply annoying but the plot was fun, the B story (other characters' revertigo) was amusing, the music video was priceless and it's always fun to see Dawson on TV again (James Van Der Beek guest starred in the episode as an old boyfriend/video boy).
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
After a long wait, the winners of the 2007 My TV Awards are finally announced.
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Without further ado, I give you the 2007 My TV Award Winners:
Brothers & Sisters
Best Reality/Game Show
Best Actor in a Drama
Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights)
Best Actress in a Drama
Rachel Griffiths (Brothers & Sisters)
Best Actor in a Comedy
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
Best Actress in a Comedy
Marcia Cross (Desperate Housewives)
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama
Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars)
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama
Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost)
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother)
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Kelly Bishop (Gilmore Girls)
Best Reality Star
Danny (So You Think You Can Dance)
Best Reality Host/Judge
Mia Michaels (Judge/Choreographer- So You Think You Can Dance)
Best Writing for a Drama
Best Writing for a Comedy
Best Network Lineup
Best Guest Star
Allison Janney (Studio 60)
Most Ridiculously Good Looking Male
Wentworth Miller (Prison Break)
Most Ridiculously Good Looking Female
Kate Walsh (Grey’s Anatomy/ Private Practice)
The Marry- Me Award
The Be-My-Best-Friend Award
The Moment of the Year Award-
The Walkers jump in the pool (Brothers & Sisters)
Sabra and Neil’s top 6 Mandy Moore jazz routine (SYTYCD)***
Betty goes to Henry’s apartment- “Defying Gravity” (Ugly Betty)***
*** Honorable mention
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Desperate Housewives returned last Sunday with the first episode of the final part of their strike-addled season. The episode was a very typical one of this season.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Ongoing tensions between American and Islamic culture came to a head in yet another lovely episode of Aliens in America this week on The CW. With fewer laugh-out-loud moments than one has come to expect from this show and a bit more corn, this episode was sweet and clearly important but was not one of the strongest the show's ever had. That said, it was still wonderful and really spoke to the message of the show. The B story with Justin and his dad was very sweet as well. It's always nice to see a little more Luke Danes. Amy Pietz is an amazing comedic talent and Adhir Kalyan plays Raja so endearingly that I wish he were my best friend. I love this show.