Let’s all pour one out for missed opportunities.
Before “Mad Men” and “Community,” Alison Brie was just another starving actress looking to break into the biz. And before Jennifer Lawrence won over our hearts as Katniss Everdeen from “The Hunger Games,” she too, was hoping for a big break. It’s safe to say that Comedy Central did them each a favor by passing up the opportunity to air the pilot for “Not Another High School Show” in 2007, a spoof TV show from the guys who brought us “Not Another Teen Movie.” Keep reading »
Well, that’s a disappointment! As much as we — and everyone else, because come on, who doesn’t love Rebel Wilson? — wanted the actress’s new show “Super Fun Night,” which premiered last night, to be the new best thing ever, the actuality of the show is more like our worst fears for it realized. The ABC sitcom takes the super funny, super adorable, super charming Wilson and turns her into a sort of punchline of herself whose main preoccupation is, “HEY GUYS, DON’T FORGET THAT I’M ALSO SUPER FAT.” It’s just a waste of a talented, multi-faceted comedienne’s breadth of humor and genuine ability. Like, how many Spanx jokes does a 22-minute pilot need? Four. The answer is four. Jezebel provided an excellent, if depressing, compilation of every fat joke from the first episode, and not only are they abundant to the point of superfluity, they’re also, well, not funny. (Furthermore, they stripped Rebel of her Australian accent, which unlike unfunny fat jokes is an actual crime against humanity.)
Lisa Simpson is what can only be described as one of the greatest feminist characters in cartoon history. Every week my family would watch The Simpsons on Sunday as a ritual, so I can say that without a doubt that I wonder if I would be the person I am today without Lisa Simpson’s bookish, witty, misfit attitude. She always felt like an outsider but she never let that stop her from pursuing her interests which mostly consisted of reading books by female authors like Jane Austen and Sylvia Plath. Lisa’s rejection of the male patriarchy and acceptance of all, including the tiniest of animals when she became a vegetarian at eight years old, shaped and influenced my worldview growing up. It made me more empathetic toward others and wonder if it was OK to play with Barbie dolls. Read more at College Candy…
Dear Hollywood: USE LIZZY CAPLAN MORE. She’s only, you know, PERFECT, and I just cannot fathom how she hasn’t been put to better use. What is it about her that just seems to go straight to DVD?! With “Mean Girls,” “Cloverfield,” “True Blood,” “Party Down,” and “New Girl” all under her supporting-actress and/or regular guest appearance belt, it’s time for Lizzy to blow up big time, and hopefully Showtime’s new original series “Masters of Sex” will be just the right vehicle. Lizzy Caplan, Michael Sheen, the ’60s, and all things sex? Count me in. Lizzy appeared on Conan this week to discuss her new show and other relevant topics, including masturbation, how boring sex scenes are, and her parents’ X-rated cookbook. Another (longer!) clip, after the jump! [Jezebel]
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If Steven Spielberg’s resume as a director has an equal, it’s his legacy as a producer. Well, at least it is for this fan of “Pinky and the Brain”, “Animaniacs”, “Freakazoid!”, and “Tiny Toon Adventures”.
Okay, I suppose he’s also produced some live action television that’s made its mark, and that’s probably the legacy that CBS is trading on by greenlighting an entire first season of Spielberg’s new show “Extant”. Read more at The Mary Sue…
You guys! Apologies in advance for being the most awkward interviewer ever, but have you seen “Small Town Security” yet? The first season captured the utterly bonkers world of Joan Koplan and her merry band of security guards. To give you a brief summary: Joan is married to Irwin but Dennis thinks Joan is his soulmate. And Joan is mega crushing on Brian, who works in the company’s office. And! She’s also got a crush on Avril Lavigne. Joan and her head of security Dennis recently visited us at the Frisky, to talk about the new season, Dennis’s continuing FTM transition (yup, Dennis used to be a woman), and Joan’s romance secrets. I mean, you need to watch this show. The second season premieres Thursday, May 9 at 10/9 c on AMC.