Posts Tagged ‘tv’

THE TIME MACHINE: First Star Wars, Now This!?

In TV, writing on 11/05/2012 at 21:16

Like any American boy, I grew up on a healthy diet of Star Wars, original and prequel trilogies. The recent announcement has left me, in a word, winded (I’m not necessarily sure that’s the best word). The announcement is too big in terms of culture for me to write a post on (it’s Nano, after all!) and too vague in terms of specifics for me to add anything to the conversation.

However, in the wake of acquiring Lucas Films, Disney made another announcement that many 90s babies will be excited for: the Disney Channel is working with original creator Michael Jacobs to produce a sequel series to Boy Meets World.

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LOUIE Season 3 Episode 12 “Late Night (Part 2)”

In TV, writing on 09/14/2012 at 14:49

The last two episodes of “Louie,” the initial entries in a season ending three parter, have been agonizingly stretched over three weeks, and with the season finale looming on the horizon, one can’t help but have a sinking sensation in their gut over what is to come: Louie’s career hangs on the precipice of glory and obscurity. Knowing Louie, and “Louie,” the latter is almost guaranteed.

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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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FANTASY FRIDAY: Adapting Storm of Swords

In fiction, Game of Thrones, TV, writing on 08/31/2012 at 17:44

Production on the third season of Game of Thrones is well underway, and with the March 31st premiere approaching much faster than the sixth installment of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series, let’s take a look at what the HBO show has in store for us this go round.

the others

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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.

Evil Troy and Evil ABED

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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Jerry Nelson, actor behind the Count and Gobo, dies at 78

In TV, writing on 08/25/2012 at 16:56

Before Trueblood, before Twilight, before Vampire Diaries, there was the Count.

Jerry Nelson, voice and operator of Sesame Street’s the Count, passed away Thursday night at the age of 78, after suffering from emphysema for a number of years. He died in his Massachusetts home on Cape Cod, the Sesame Workshop announced Friday.

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Predicting Another MTV Cancellation: “The Inbetweeners”

In TV, writing on 08/24/2012 at 19:44

Start an office pool. Considering MTV’s newest series The Inbetweeners is set to wrap up in early November, a safe wager on its cancellation date would be right around Christmas.

The Inbetweeners

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The Office to end after ninth season

In TV, writing on 08/22/2012 at 13:19

News broke yesterday that the ninth season of “The Office” will be its last. This article features some intriguing quotes from creator Greg Daniels, who insists the show could have extended to a 10th season, but with the possibility of losing more main cast members (Steve Carell and Mindy Kaling have already left, and several big contracts including John Krasinski and Rainn Wilson).

While the last few seasons of “The Office” have declined (well before Carell left) it’s still funnier the most shows on TV, and with the creative ambition Daniels and crew feel for this final season (including getting to the bottom of whose making the damn documentary) and the sincere intent to wrap up all characters and story arcs, the ninth season of “The Office” could prove to be some must-see TV.

Now if only “Community” gets moved back to Thursday….


Retro TV: “Boy Meets World” Season 3

In TV, writing on 08/18/2012 at 13:46

The dog days of summer are on us, and while the Olympics and Shark Week have us glued to our TV sets, secondary viewing options are slim pickings. And so let us step inside the Wayback machine, travel to the pleasant days of yesteryear, and dust off a TGIF classic.

Today we look at the season three set of “Boy Meets World,” which originally aired 1995-1996. With twenty-two episodes over three discs, season three of “Boy Meets World,” in many ways, represents the golden era of the beloved 90’s comedy, with the characters floating between the irreverently written episodes covering sixth and seventh grade, and the often over-the-top college years.

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A Quarter-Century of SHARK WEEK

In TV, writing on 08/17/2012 at 18:31

Shark Week creeps up on us every year. Much like in ’08, this year’s serving of shark-related programming snuck up extra undetected under cover of the Olympic Games. But Shark Week is back with a vengeance, and in its 25th year, it’s become less of a week-long special and more of an American tradition.

Tiger Shark

Considered the longest running cable-program event on TV, Shark Week is just hitting its stride, with the 2010 edition logging 30.8 million unique viewers, its most ever. In this day of Twitter, forget mere Shark Week parties—there are now people live-tweeting the event for a week straight. Restaurants have Shark Week specials. Other channels assimilate with shark-like programming of their own (Syfy whips out the big guns—we’re talking Sharktopus, Mega Shark, and of course Shark Attack 3). Read the rest of this entry »