Sweet Genius: Magical, Edible, Terrifying.

I’m a bit of a Food Network junkie. (And an HGTV junkie. Really, if  NBC, CBS, HGTV, AMC and Food Network were the only channels on TV, I’d be okay. I’d also be okay if my favorite shows merged into a super channel known only as SHEPTOR…and given the way technology is changing, I may be able to create it one day. Thanks, Apple TV!) Rambling aside, I am easily sucked into most Food Network competition shows. I’m a particularly big fan of Chopped. The pace of the show, along with the crazy random ingredients used, makes everything very exciting. (The episode currently playing–because, yes, I’m watching Food Network while I blog about Food Network, the addiction is strong–involves a dramatic incident with boiling water. Seeing that in print makes it seem a little lame, but it’s actually cool and interesting, I swear). Read the rest of this entry »



Over the past few years, I have come to look forward to today the way I look forward to Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Years. The return of NBC comedies means the return of my favorite characters, places and pop culture commentary. I didn’t take my usual blogging notes tonight, because I just wanted to sit back and experience the return of comedy (I’m also very tired), so this will be a very brief review. (But next week, I’ll be back, details and all).

Unsurprisingly, Community came back full force. A crazy Kubrick allusion, a very obvious, and awesome, riff on a classic show that I cannot believe Abed hadn’t seen, and Chang in vents. Oh, and did I mention there was a meta musical number? Dan Harmon, you’ve started something interesting, and I am strapped in and ready for the thrill ride that this season (with it’s Wire-esqueness character arcs) will surely be.

Parks and Recreation was also on its A-game. The jokes came fast, the jokes came strong, and who doesn’t love Ron Swanson with a full beard? (Or any facial expression Andy makes?)

The Office was different. No Michael Scott means an ensemble show. The cast actually did pretty well with this new form of existence, and the episode was pretty funny, but it still just felt strange and off-center. I do have some side notes for this one:

-Whoa, Jenna Fischer is SUPER pregnant! It is very obvious that this is a real pregnancy…and that last one was super fake.

-When did Angela marry the senator? Did I miss something?

-Meredith planking is friggin’ hilarious.

-Jim will always be absurdly sweet: Pam, Cece, baby | Everything else

…and Whitney? Well, Whitney’s no 30 Rock. It’s definitely NBC’s attempt at something that looks safer, that looks “Chuck Lorre,” but talks “daring, new, female-focused comedy.” I wish Whitney Cummings the best, but I’ll be holding out for the return of 30 Rock! (It IS way better than Outsourced, there is that! At least I won’t have to end my reviews with suffering any more!)

I look forward to re-watching  Community and Parks and Rec to catch all the one-off jokes I’ll want to memorize and quote. Until then, I’m going to crash into a deep and much-needed sleep.

2011 Emmy Picks (or, how I learned to accept disappointment and move on)

Tomorrow’s the day of my favorite awards show. I look forward to the Emmy’s every year because I usually care more about the outcome. (This is a TV blog after all!) Starting tomorrow afternoon, I’ll be watching all of the red carpet coverage and wondering if Jane Lynch can beat last years opening number:

It’s difficult to find anything that makes me smile more than Joel McHale and Jon Hamm dancing and singing. But, regardless of how Jane Lynch does as a host (and I’m sure she’ll be fine), it’s all about the awards, right? So lets make some educated guesses!  Read the rest of this entry »