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The small screen gets larger everyday. Scrub those listings and let us know - what keeps you from reaching for the remote?
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'@midnight' Is Holding an Internet Casting Call for Guest Panelists | Splitsider -
"If you've always dreamed of being a contestant on @midnight, today is your lucky day. The show recently announced an internet casting call called #PointsMe, in which @midnight fans can try out to appear on the show via Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr posts using the #PointsMe hashtag." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
I kinda want to do this, kinda don't. I don't think my stuff is necessarily up to snuff, but then I take a random dip into the #pointsme hashtag on Twitter and a lot of it is terrible. - Andrew C (✔)
Michael Westmore ain't putting up with any amateur BS this season. He's got his sassy pants on. #FaceOff
Both Daredevil and Community are premiering in March. March is coming in like a lion.
In this FreakSugar article, I take a look back at how Steve Carell's work on THE OFFICE showed that he had the acting chops to pull off his dramatic turn in FOXCATCHER.
Andrew C (✔)
SNL's Asian American Doll: The Doll That's Asian American -
SNL's Asian American Doll: The Doll That's Asian American
"I've seen a lot of divergent reactions to the sketch. Some are hailing it as clever commentary on well-meaning-but-clueless white people who have no idea what they're doing when it comes to dealing with race. Others are calling it a jab at hypersensitive consumers and activists. It's either a quiet middle finger or an embarrassed "sorrrreeeeeee" shrug to Asian Americans. I don't know, I'm thinking it's actually both." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"I think the key line is, "We made her from a place of fear." Saturday Night Live is regularly dogged by criticisms about its paltry lack of diversity. Hell, I've taken aim at the show several times just in the past year for its shitty representation of Asians, from its consistent use of yellowface to the show's four-decade failure to hire an Asian American cast member. By the way,... more... - Andrew C (✔)
"I actually say all of this as a longtime fan of Saturday Night Live. It does suck to create something from a place of fear, whether it's sketch comedy or any other damn endeavor. Is this SNL's way of acknowledging that they've sucked at doing the Asian stuff? Great, now how about making fewer excuses and trying a little bit harder? It feels like a sheepish shrug from the previously... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
The End of ‘The Newsroom’ Is Bringing Out the Worst in Aaron Sorkin « -
"I come to bury Aaron Sorkin, not to praise him. With only one episode left before the end of The Newsroom, Sorkin managed to produce an episode of the series that exemplified all of its worst tendencies, to such an extreme that it may make it impossible for me to take anything he writes or has written seriously ever again. That was the praise part." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Turdlike. Heh. - Kristin
I liked it. But I like words. - Todd Hoff
Andrew C (✔)
CommuniCon 3 panels are up at Yahoo. Did I not mention this earlier? Sorry.
Andrew C (✔)
The new all-American TV: How “Cristela” is changing the meaning of family television - -
The new all-American TV: How “Cristela” is changing the meaning of family television -
"“Cristela” has taken on the bizarre task of being fresh in a medium that can feel incredibly dated. Because here’s the other hiccup about multi-cam: Occasionally, its racial politics feel about as dated as its overproduced laugh tracks. “Cristela” is advancing a Latino family sitcom that makes sharp jokes critical of white privilege in a format whose broad strokes often invite caricature: “2 Broke Girls,” in 2014, has such a troubling Asian-American character that Emily Nussbaum at the New Yorker called it “so racist it is less offensive than baffling.” [...] But: It is /killing/ it. “Cristela” is the funniest new comedy I’ve seen this year, and one of the first shows in a while that I’ve wanted to introduce to my parents. It’s family-friendly and broad, but it’s not dumbed-down, either." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
The Eternal Chump: Everything's Coming Up Milhouse -
The Eternal Chump: Everything's Coming Up Milhouse
"Milhouse Van Houten is the chump to end all chumps. His father was a chump. He comes from a long line of chumps. He was born a chump, and he’ll die a chump. He knows his place on the social hierarchy — higher than Martin, lower than Nelson — as he explains to Bart, “We still get beat up, but at least we get an explanation.” Unfortunately for Milhouse, the explanation is usually “you’re Milhouse.”" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Adult Swim’s Too Many Cooks is the weirdest sitcom to never exist · Newswire · The A.V. Club -
Adult Swim’s Too Many Cooks is the weirdest sitcom to never exist · Newswire · The A.V. Club
"Adult Swim viewers who are still awake at 4 a.m. may have recently happened upon Too Many Cooks, a 12-minute video, airing in an “Infomercials” slot, that is a clever sitcom spoof that slowly metastasizes into a full blown case of deconstructive insanity. The brainchild of Casper Kelly, Too Many Cooks begins as an exaggerated parody of ‘’70s and ’80s sitcom intros like Eight Is Enough, Just The Ten Of Us, and Too Close For Comfort. But just as one gets tired of the joke of the ridiculously long list of cast members, Kelly’s short expands beyond its roots into other genres, including detective shows, primetime melodramas, cartoons, and space opera fare—all while leaving a growing pile of dead bodies in its wake." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Review: Futurama: “Space Pilot 3000”/“The Series Has Landed” · TV Club · The A.V. Club -
Review: Futurama: “Space Pilot 3000”/“The Series Has Landed” · TV Club · The A.V. Club
"Fry, Leela, and Bender, and their various relationships, are the heart. To get nerdy, if you squint, they’re roughly equivalent to the Kirk/Spock/McCoy triangle of classic Star Trek, with Fry as an infinitely doofier Kirk, Leela as the perpetually able (and deservedly frustrated) Spock, and Bender as the cantankerous McCoy’s logical endpoint: a drunken robot with almost no inhibitions who not-so-secretly dreams of destroying anything that isn’t like him." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Episodes Land at Vimeo, Which Has Exclusive on Future Releases | Variety -
‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ Episodes Land at Vimeo, Which Has Exclusive on Future Releases | Variety
"A collection of 80 episodes of cult comedy series “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” featuring a man and his robot sidekicks riffing on especially terrible B-movies and assorted shorts, is now available on Vimeo. In addition, under Vimeo’s pact with Shout! Factory for “MST3K,” the online-video service has exclusive rights to any newly cleared episodes launching over the next year. According to Vimeo, about a dozen new “MST3K” episodes are slated to become available within the next 12 months. Homevideo rights for the show are complicated by the fact that the segments include full-length films and clips owned by other studios, and to date only 80 of 198 total “MST3K” episodes have been made available for digital distribution." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Bluesun 2600
Gracepoint WTF!
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I'm flipping Channels & come across this premiere of Gracepoint, But I'm confused, I see David Tennant look just like he did in the UK show Broadchurch, only with a bad American accent. Why in gods name is FOX getting the same actor to do the same British story only set in California instead of the southern British coast. If your doing the same script anyway why not just show the original show! American version on Top, UK Version on the Bottom.  - Bluesun 2600
I just found out that they also are using the same damn Director and Writer. Again why not just show the original? You just got the right to it from the BBC and ITV for the show. Why redo it with the same people? - Bluesun 2600
No reason other than snobbery. - Stephen Mack
Oh no! Yvette Nicole Brown, who plays Shirley on Community, will be leaving the show to take care of her ailing father. I give you the details in this Nerd Bastards article.
Andrew C (✔)
Aubrey Plaza to Voice Grumpy Cat in an Upcoming Lifetime Movie | Splitsider -
Aubrey Plaza to Voice Grumpy Cat in an Upcoming Lifetime Movie | Splitsider
In retrospect, this seemed inevitable. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I keep forgetting grumpy cat is a girl. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Andrew C (✔)
‘You’re the Worst’ Finishes Its Great First Season As One of the Best Comedies on TV « -
‘You’re the Worst’ Finishes Its Great First Season As One of the Best Comedies on TV «
"Next week, the broadcast networks will begin unveiling their dispiriting crop of new comedies, and the dominant theme for them is romance. The results would be brutal even without You’re the Worst doing doughnuts on their front lawn." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"On weak gruel like A to Z and Manhattan Love Story, love is treated like some sort of magical destination — Oz with granite countertops. The brilliance of You’re the Worst is that to these richly drawn, deeply fucked-up human beings, love is a terrifying side effect of actually living. By admitting this, and laughing about it so heartily, Falk and his merry band of writers are able to... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Veronica Mars actors reunite to bend reality with spinoff series · Newswire · The A.V. Club -
Veronica Mars actors reunite to bend reality with spinoff series · Newswire · The A.V. Club
"Those who have longed for more Veronica Mars as well as more of the awkward comedy about actors seen in Party Down will soon get both of those things, despite being such greedy babies. Buzzfeed has confirmed what was first hinted at by The CW back in January: an online-only Veronica Mars spinoff featuring (almost) everyone from the cast, with the meta spin that those actors will also be playing themselves, begrudgingly taking part in a Veronica Mars spinoff." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"As Rob Thomas, creator of Veronica Mars and Party Down and not the song “3 A.M.,” told HitFix earlier this year, the show has “more in common with Party Down tonally,” as it sees Ryan Hansen trying to exploit the recent renewed interest in Veronica Mars by launching his own spinoff series revolving around Dick Casablancas. That eight-episode show will be called Play It Again, Dick, and... more... - Andrew C (✔)
CANNOT WAIT. I loved both Party Down and Veronica Mars. - Andrew C (✔)
OK, that should be totally hilarious. Even for people who haven't seen PD, the videos that they did for the Kickstarter should give everyone an idea of how funny the actors are when they're mostly just goofing around. - Jennifer Dittrich
Andrew C (✔)
"Being Mary Jane” is Akil’s first one-hour series, and its début season was a major hit, scoring higher ratings than “True Detective” and “Mad Men,” though you wouldn’t know it from media coverage." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
Lessons from Late Night - Tina Fey - The New Yorker -
Lessons from Late Night - Tina Fey - The New Yorker
"(1) Producing is about discouraging creativity. A TV show comprises many departments—costumes, props, talent, graphics, set dressing, transportation. Everyone in every department wants to show off his or her skills and contribute creatively to the show, which is a blessing. You’re grateful to work with people who are talented and enthusiastic about their jobs." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"You would think that in your capacity as a producer your job would be to churn up creativity, but mostly your job is to police enthusiasm. You may have an occasion where the script calls for a bran muffin on a white plate, and people from the props department show up with a bran cake in the shape of Santa Claus sitting on a silver platter that says “Welcome to Denmark” on it. “We just... more... - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Get Your War On’s David Rees wants to teach you fun but useless things on his new TV show · TV Review · The A.V. Club -
Get Your War On’s David Rees wants to teach you fun but useless things on his new TV show · TV Review · The A.V. Club
"After it ended, Rees did some writing for Huffington Post and his own blog, and started an artisanal pencil-sharpening service—a flight of fancy that speaks pretty sharply to his personality. He’s interested in details, and he wants to have a fun time getting at them. Which leads pretty directly to Going Deep With David Rees, his new show for the National Geographic Channel." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"In each episode, Rees will dive into the particulars of how to do something practical really, really well—unnecessarily well. The journey to making the perfect ice cube, which is tracked in episode one, isn’t one that people will necessarily want to take themselves, but it’s compelling stuff nonetheless. " - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
Man v Food star Adam Richman's #thinspiration rant halts new show -
"It is understood that Richman – a former competitive eater – was not aware of the link between the term "thinspiration" and eating disorders. But when an Instagram user pointed it out to him, he became enraged. "Without context, thinspiration may not seem like a bad word," the user told Richman, "but a simple Google search proves that it was created by a community of people with eating disorders to inspire each other to continue and celebrate their illnesses."" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"Richman shot back with the abbreviation "DILLIGAF", meaning, "Do I Look Like I Give A F---?" When confronted about his response, Richman accused one user of getting themselves a "tizzy", then said: "Seriously. Grab a razor blade & draw a bath. I doubt anyone will miss you." He told another follower: "Oh eat a bag of shit, dummy. No apology is coming. If it inspires someone to attain a... more... - Andrew C (✔)
I guess the PR hassle did "inspire" apologies after all, though, but the Travel Channel still decided to not air it: "That didn’t stop the Travel Channel scrapping the planned July 2 launch of his new program. The network did not comment on Richman’s outburst; it simply said it was "postponing" his program without saying when it would air." - Andrew C (✔)
Someone had a few too many before logging on, it would seem. - Akiva
He lost weight to get women, and we're supposed to take him seriously when he talks about health? Bullshit, dudes an ass. - Heather
Bluesun 2600
‘Sherlock’ Season 4 Returns 2015 with Special and Three Episodes | Variety -
‘Sherlock’ Season 4 Returns 2015 with Special and Three Episodes | Variety
"“Sherlock” will return for a fourth season in 2015, the BBC announced Wednesday. The new season will consist of a special episode, which will begin filming in January 2015, and three episodes, which will commence production later in the year. Co-creator, writer and executive producer Steven Moffat said of the show’s return: “A special, plus a new series of three episodes — it’s a record-breaking run! Of course, it’s far too early to say what’s coming, but we’re reasonably confident that the very next thing to happen to Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and John (Martin Freeman), is the very last thing you’d expect…” Co-creator, writer and executive producer Mark Gatiss, added, “Series Four! At last! It’s always special to return to ‘Sherlock’ but this time it’s even more special as we’re doing… a Special! Not only that, we’ll then be shooting three more episodes which will take Sherlock and John Watson into deeper and darker water than ever before. The whole ‘Sherlock’ team are... more... - Bluesun 2600 from Bookmarklet
Andrew C (✔)
The Wonder Years Complete Series | Coming to DVD Fall 2014 -
The Wonder Years Complete Series | Coming to DVD Fall 2014
"At long last, The Wonder Years will be coming to DVD with the great music that made you fall in love with the show, including the memorable title sequence song, “With a Little Help from My Friends.”" - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
It really is remarkable to me how music licensing can hold up or drastically change DVD releases given that most of these things were produced by major studios. You'd think they'd have the budget to pay the licenses. - Spidra Webster
If they'd negotiated the DVD licenses up front, yeah. Since they didn't, I guess the music licensors felt they had the studios over a barrel and asked for much higher rates. - Andrew C (✔)
Yeah, a lot of music-heavy shows from before about 2000 have this problem. It almost nuked the Daria set (since they were on MTV, and had tons of contemporary music) but they just chose to not include it unless absolutely necessary. It isn't the same, but it is better than not ever getting to see the show again. - Jennifer Dittrich
Hell, this was a problem when video tape rentals became popular. I remember a story where The Last American Virgin couldn't secure rights to the music, so it was replaced in the video tape version. I know this is an issue for online streaming, as I've seen several shows where the music was different than the DVD or aired version. Seems they negotiate based upon the specific technology? Weird. - Eric - ill subliminal
Yeah, most of the shows back then never thought to negotiate for anything beyond either syndication or possibly VHS (who really was going to negotiate for laserdisc?). But the contracts specified format just out of necessity to differentiate between VHS and broadcast rights, and that unfortunately has led to DVD and Blu-ray releases being left out in the cold when it comes to those same... more... - Hookuh Tinypants
So, from everything I've read, I think anyone who wanted Community to return for another season needs to brace themselves: probably not happening. Talks with Sony and Hulu fell through. The actors' contracts end June 30. So, I imagine that's it. Still, I'm happy for the time I had with those characters and that world, so...
...I'm not going to mourn the show, but praise it. - Jed
Yeah, we kind of knew that months ago. - Akiva
Well, the talks from everything I read were looking good, so I held a little hope. Cautious optimism, but optimism. - Jed
Community was dead when they fired Harmon. It was a total cock-up from the executive level down. Community suffered the same syndrome The West Wing did. You can't recover from that. - Akiva
pretty sure Harmon came back when it jumped networks and just today there's an announcement Yahoo picked up the show. - Lnorigb
Yup! So happy! - Jed from iPhone
And in awesome news: Community has been renewed by Yahoo! Woo hoo! #SixSeasonsAndAMovie
So excited! - Chris Topher
Me too! - Jed from iPhone
Six seasons and a movie! - Jed from iPhone
Bluesun 2600
'True Detective' Season 2 to Feature Only 1 Lead Character? -
'True Detective' Season 2 to Feature Only 1 Lead Character?
"The mystery surrounding True Detective and its impending Season 2 is beginning to crack open. As of now, we know nothing solid, but a report from The Warp teases that new episodes will revolve around a single male character with a number of male and female roles serving as back-up. Apparently the first script is complete. @TheWarp #TrueDetective Twitter EXCLU: The 1st script for 2nd season is IN & agency sources tell us it features one MALE lead & male/female co-stars. This goes against earlier reports that True Detective Season 2 would have three lead characters, with creator Nic Pizzolatto explaining how the new series was going to work. And it was teased that one of the main characters would be a female, with the action taking place in the seedier, more unseen side of California." - Bluesun 2600 from Bookmarklet
The more they announce about this, the less interested I get. - Jennifer Dittrich
Ya, I agree. I thought having a female lead with a new story would of been a good choice, but from this it looks as if Matthew McConaughey would be coming back for some episodes. I don't think that's a good idea. - Bluesun 2600
Andrew C (✔)
The Boondocks: “The New Black” · TV Club · The A.V. Club -
"When Aaron McGruder announced that the final season of The Boondocks would go ahead without him, I was skeptical of the finished product. After all, McGruder had created the strip, written it for years, created the series, and written almost every episode." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"This season has, oddly, proved me wrong, if only because it’s easy to see how almost every episode could have been good had pretty much anyone involved cared even the slightest bit about making a show at the same quality level as those first few seasons. " - Andrew C (✔)
Well, that's disappointing, but not unexpected. - Victor Ganata
TBH I never could get into the show. Loved the comic strip, but just couldn't get over the voices for the kids. - Andrew C (✔)
Andrew C (✔)
5 Reasons to Get Excited and/or Worried About the Wachowskis’ Netflix Series « -
"While most of Netflix’s on-deck projects feature a few stars or an experienced showrunner or shiny source material, only Sense8 has the duo that created The Matrix. I pause before adding “trilogy” because that’s the thing about the Wachowskis — they’re all-stars because of The Matrix, and assholes because of the trilogy and roughly everything else." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
for the record, I actually liked Matrix Reloaded (2). And the Animatrix. Revolutions (3) was pretty bad, though. - Andrew C (✔)
The Matrix is the only one that I can watch over and over and over again. Watching the Matrix Reloaded twice was too much. And, yeah, Matrix Revolutions, ugh. - Victor Ganata
Andrew C (✔)
TV Review: 'Dominion' - Hollywood Reporter -
"Syfy's latest drama, Dominion, may be one of the dumbest, worst-acted, most poorly written series I've seen in ages. In no way should this encourage you to tune in hoping to rubberneck this bit of awfulness in hopes of creating some kind of new drinking game." - Andrew C (✔) from Bookmarklet
"One of my actual notes from watching the pilot, verbatim: "This is unbearable."" - Andrew C (✔)
Check out my thoughts on Community's cancellation for FreakSugar:
It's my favorite article I've written for FreakSugar so far. - Jed
Awesome job! I too was unsurprised that it happened. I loved the show and it was one of my favorite shows to watch, but when its head to head with The Big Bang Theory of course it will have low ratings. - Chris Topher
You made me have feels! - Heather
Thanks, guys! I'm really happy with it. - Jed
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