Last night, I had dinner over at my mom’s apartment with my brother and his girlfriend and we got to talking about reconsidering the legality (or illegality) of plural marriage, i.e. polygamy. Putting aside personal feelings on the idea of polygamy, what we ended up concluding was that the government shouldn’t consider marriage a religious institution at all, as it violates the notion of separation between church and state, and that marriage, if anything, needs to remain a legal union between two individuals — no more — so that the monetary benefits don’t reward those who marry multiple people for so-called religious reasons or otherwise.
So why am I blathering on about plural marriage anyway? Because last night was the series premiere of “Sister Wives,” the reality show about a man and his three (soon to be four!) wives and their flock of children living in Utah. And, for the most part, it was boring. Keep reading »
Speaking of sitcoms, NBC Thursday nights have long been the place to go for ones that are hilarious versus merely tolerable if you need something to watch while painting your nails. We already love “Community”—Betty White will be guest starring tonight!—which joined old favorites “30 Rock” and “The Office” last year. And now NBC is adding another new sitcom to the lineup—”Outsourced” is the tale of your typical 20-something American guy who goes to leadership training to run a call center for a novelty products company, only to return and find that the center has been moved to India. Keep reading »
Last night’s season premiere of “Glee” went by fast. Too fast, if you ask me. When the scenes from next week popped up, I was confused because I thought I’d only been watching for half an hour. We met Shannon Beiste, the new football coach and embodiment of the stereotypical female gym teacher, who is gunning to get her hands on both the Cheerios’ and New Directions’ budgets. We met Sam Evans, the new football star who rocked out to “Billionaire.” And we met Sunshine, who vocally battled Rachel with Lady Gaga/Beyonce‘s “Telephone” in the bathroom. But will the latter two be joining glee club? Doesn’t look that way—Vocal Adrenaline snags Sunshine while Sam just wants to play football.
But, we want more. MORE. So after the jump, some spoilers for the rest of the season. Keep reading »
Normally, I am not a sitcom girl. Something about the “set-up, set-up, joke” pacing has never worked for me. Not to mention the fact that 80 percent of sitcom plots are generated by one character not telling another character something and hijinx ensuing, whereas if they just said, “Hey, I broke the lamp,” the whole plot would fall on its face. Lame!
Of course, there are sitcoms that do do it for me. “How I Met Your Mother.” “Arrested Development.” “Community.” “Modern Family.” “30 Rock.” And I’m hoping to add “Better With You” to the list. Keep reading »
The first two episodes of “Hellcats
,” the new show based on my book Cheer!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders
, were all about the ladies—Marti (Aly Michalka) and Savannah (Ashley Tisdale
). But in tonight’s episode, we’re going to get the back story on Lewis Flynn (played by Robbie Jones), the Hellcats’ star base who, as we’ll find out, was once a Lancer University star football player. Keep reading »
JJ Abrams is pretty much a television god. He’s the genius who brought us the butt-kicking female CIA operative of “Alias” and the mind-bending intensity of “Lost.” So suffice it to say that there’s a lot of buzz surrounding “Undercovers,” his new series that premieres tonight. It’s about a pair of former CIA agents who’ve married, retired and started a catering company. They are called back into action to find a missing fellow CIA officer—whom the wife used to date. Keep reading »
This weekend, Amy Poehler
is hosting the season premiere of “Saturday Night Live
” while Katy Perry will be shaking off the bachelorette hangover
as the musical guest. NBC has released the first promos for the episode, featuring Amy along with Andy Samberg. What, was Seth Meyers too busy for a “Weekend Update” reunion? Mostly, Amy and Andy channel “Wayne’s World,” but they also spend a few seconds mocking Ben Affleck, Blake Lively
, and “The Town.” Is it just me, or are these spots kinda random? And, uh, not that funny? Also, when did Andy get glasses? [EW
] Keep reading »
“Running Wilde” is everything I could ask for in a TV show. Let me count the ways … Keep reading »
If the fall television season is a war, then tonight is D-Day. This week is when the four major networks begin their new lineups, and as such, there are a whopping five new series premiering tonight. Further complicating the DVR selections is the fact that four of them look very good. (Sorry, “Mike & Molly,” but nothing sounds less exciting to me than a sitcom about an overweight police officer and his wife.) So which should you be watching? A handy guide after the jump. Keep reading »
Sunday night is when the A-game television shows come out to play. And just as we bid adieu to “True Blood
,” HBO trotted out its biggest gun ever—”Boardwalk Empire,” a Martin Scorsese-directed series about Atlantic City in the 1920s just as Prohibition has gone into effect. The show is one of the most expensive ever made—the pilot cost $50 million and required the building of a replica Atlantic City boardwalk in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. And so we all wondered if the series would be evocative of a specific era, à la its Sunday night TV neighbor “Mad Men
.” Or if it would be more like “Treme”—interesting, but I only tuned in once.
After watching last night, my verdict is … Keep reading »