Posts Tagged ‘community’

Top 10 Halloween Specials

In movies, TV, writing on 10/23/2012 at 18:25

At long last we have reached my ten favorite Halloween specials of the season….

10. Freaks and Geeks “Tricks and Treats”

The Freaks Halloween special takes a serious hit due to budget restraints prohibiting the episode from being filmed at night. Halloween at 3PM is just awkward. However the typical Freaks merits are on display (Seth Rogen laughing, James Franco grinning, Jason Segal being super gangly), winning Judd Apatow’s high school dramedy the 10 spot on this year’s countdown.

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Entertainment Updates: SNL, Entourage, Donald Glover and more

In sports, TV, writing on 09/13/2012 at 13:17

This morning has brought us more than a few interesting tidbits in the entertainment industry.

First up, the chronically underused Jay Pharaoh has gotten a big promotion at Saturday Night Live. Previously featured in 2-3 sketches per night (generally to do a Will Smith or Denzel Washington impression), Pharoah will be taking over Barack Obama duties.

Not only is Obama a high profile impersonation to pull off, but as the election approaches, nearly every opening will feature the president in one way or another, meaning Pharoah will get to say “Live from New York!” on more than one occasion. It won’t be uncommon to see Obama in multiple sketches per night either.


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NBC’s Bold Leap to Broad Comedy

In TV, writing on 08/27/2012 at 15:18

Donald Glover, co-star of NBC’s cult hit Community, raps as his musical alter-ego Childish Gambino: “I’m rap’s stepfather, yeah, you hate me but you will respect.” The same can be said for a good TV exec.

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For instance, when FX president John Landgraf made the call to cancel their ratings challenged, critically acclaimed P.I. dramedy Terriers in December 2010, he held a press conference expressing how difficult a decision it was for him, how much he loved the show but how hard it would be for FX—a fledgling network when it comes to original programming—to foot the bill for a show bringing in such low numbers. It was completely unnecessary, but it was a classy move, and the small but loyal Terriers fan base might have hated him for it but, like a good stepfather, they ultimately had to respect his call.

NBC has no such heroic stepfather.

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Opinion: Donald Glover to join the cast of GIRLS

In TV, writing on 08/11/2012 at 15:27

This article from the Huffington Post was published back in May, but since the second season of HBO’s “Girls” isn’t close to airing, an opinion in August is as valid as it was two months ago.


I’ve had this conversation many times, involving many different shows and movies, and in fact–as the Post article states–the accusations of an overly white cast on “Girls” began before the first episode aired, so I’ve thought about it in this specific context already.

“Girls” is exactly what you’d imagine it to be: girls living in New York, hip writers and fashionistas talking about boys, indie movie references, quirky one-liners ready to hit tumblr in a flurry of reblogs. But for all the cliche/super-indie aspects, “Girls” is actually very funny, and a fairly clever look at the lives of young people today. To be clear: I watched the first episode and was hooked, and while Dunham’s self-obsession became a little too much to handle at times, I watched the whole first season and enjoyed it.

The biggest criticism of the show, outside of adults not understanding why a girl whining about how hard it is to get a job but not really trying that hard to get a job is a TV show, was the casting. “White-washed” was a phrase used to describe it.

Enter Donald Glover. While my feelings about “Girls” might be mixed, I’m a full-on Glover fan. “30 Rock” is brilliant, “Community” is a revelation, and Childish Gambino has some dope-ass tracks.

My issue isn’t with the casting of Glover, but perhaps the reasoning behind it? Dunham is quoted as saying she wanted to avoid “tokenism” while casting, and with Glover’s spot on the show being described as a “guest starring role,” it seems that’s exactly what she’s done.

Again, nothing wrong with the casting, there are plenty of black dudes in New York and its a bit odd none of them had any speaking lines during season one, but it seems Dunham heard the criticism, said “Hey, I need a black guy in this show, at least for an episode,” and called Donald.

That’s sensitive America for you, demanding something be changed even though it’s our reality: the four main cast members of “Girls” and their four male-counterparts are all white, and guess what? That’s life. This is likely what Dunham grew up with because, guess what, it’s what we all grew up with! Almost 90% of the country is white.

What it really boils down to is jobs. Dunham didn’t hire any black actors to be on her show, and now she’s trying to remedy that. That’s good. It has nothing to do with the story. Stories shouldn’t change to please outside criticism. It would be so much sweeter if the title of that Post article was “Girls Gets Donald Glover,” and the whole “To Pacify Racism” bit was unneeded. But it is needed. Those who sounded the alarm last season will keep a wary eye on the race tally for season two. Hopefully they’ll still be able to enjoy the jokes, the raunchy sex, and tender/introspective moments….oh wait! There’s no Asians either! Or Eskimos! Someone call Lucy Liu!


In TV on 05/04/2012 at 14:58

As always, here are the quotes from last night. My “Parks and Recreation” review is up on, PLEASE GIVE IT FIVE STARS. Check out this article I wrote for

“If you’re watching this I’m dead. Or I’m just showing it to you. But I’m probably dead.” –Starburns Read the rest of this entry »


In TV on 04/27/2012 at 15:57

My review of last night’s “Parks and Recreation” appears on, please read it here! Here are some quotes from the other comedies on NBC.


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TOP 10 THURSDAY: 10 TV Comedies, 1990-2009

In TV on 04/26/2012 at 18:46

Let’s count down the funniest shows on TV the past two decades.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This list was obviously not proofed correctly as it omits STELLA, perhaps the funniest show in all of existence. “Stella” will get an article all its own in the coming days.

10. Boy Meets World (1993-2000)
I almost gave this spot to “Fresh Prince” on account of Will Smith’s acting chops far outshining anyone on “Boy Meets World,” which devolves into the sappiest of sap at times, but the strengths of the TGIF stalwart proved too much.

The first few seasons of BMW is childhood-based comedy gold. Ben Savage is by far at his most likeable when he’s in the fourth grade, as are all his classmates. It’s the evolution of Eric from teen heart throb to mentally challenged chubster that sees this 90s classic through its toughest of times, providing one of the comedic turns of the decade. Read the rest of this entry »

“Quotes from Last Night”

In TV, writing on 04/20/2012 at 14:54

Here are some good lines from last night’s “Community,” “30 Rock” and “The Office.” My review/recap of “Parks and Recreation” appears today on Please check it out here.

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