To my dearest Community…

Tonight could very well be the last time a new episode of Community ever airs. There’s a certain amount of worry in the pit of my stomach every time a season of Community ends (or it gets pulled abruptly off-air midseason…or NBC changes the definition of October 19…or they change showrunners…or…you know). But there’s something about tonight. There are a few things that have me feeling a little more pessimistic (or, as my father would say … realistic): Read the rest of this entry »


TV on the Amazon – Part II

It’s part two of my review of the Amazon comedy pilots. Now, where were we…

Onion News Empire – The Onion is the king of news satire, especially when it comes to news satire on the web. (The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are definitely tied for a very close second.) So, it’s no real stretch for them to come up with a cable news sitcom, especially since they already have a short-form version. It took me a little while to get comfortable with a long-form Onion piece, but I got used to it and enjoyed it. The jokes came at an insanely rapid pace, and the cast (which includes Jeffrey Tambor and Cheyenne Jackson) was awesome. Like the web satires I’ve enjoyed before it (e.g. Burning Love), I have a feeling that, I wouldn’t watch Onion News Empire week-to-week; I would let the episodes pile up so I could binge in one sitting. (Of course, Amazon could release the episodes all at once, ensuring that I would definitely have an Onion News Empire marathon). Verdict: They have a Baby News Network. Who wouldn’t want to give this show at least a chance? Read the rest of this entry »

TV on the Amazon – Part I

It blew my mind when I realized that, before they had a VCR, my parents had no way to watch TV that they missed…unless the station re-aired it at a later date and they were available to watch it then. Yeah, that probably shouldn’t be mind-blowing, but I have taken for granted that I can watch my favorite TV shows any time. I am never limited to the exact time they air. In fact, I can wait years to watch it. (I only watched Twin Peaks this summer.) I didn’t watch Arrested Development until 2008 when the entire series was (one of the first to be) available on Hulu. Arrested Development is perfectly suited for online binge-viewing. Which made its resurrection on Netflix, the ultimate binge-viewing machine, an ideal partnership.  Read the rest of this entry »

The latest in bad TV

Many critics have said it: we’re living in another golden age of television. From Breaking Bad to Parks and Recreation, from The Middle to Game of Thrones, we’ve got a whole lotta good TV to watch. They don’t all bring the ratings, but with online streaming and the my-friend-really-wants-me-to-watch-this-show-so-I’m-gonna-binge-watch-before-the-next-season-starts mentality that pervades our culture, series with unique stories, great casts and fabulous writing can still find a place in this world, even if more people are watching NCIS and The Voice.

However many acclaimed scripted shows they have, most channels want to find their Voice. And I can’t blame them. Having a few Goliaths that really bring in the ratings creates a safe foundation for the lower-rated critical darlings to thrive. However, before you reel in that big fish, you usually catch a few duds that you must throw back in pity. Read the rest of this entry »

Notes on New York: Grocery Bags

I’ve now lived in New York for 145 days. With every new day, I have revelations and realizations about my favorite NY-based TV shows and films. For example, sometimes, a gag isn’t just a joke, it’s 100-percent based in reality. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s October 20th: The Day After Community’s Return

It’s February 8, the eve of Nemo, the start of snowmaggedon. I sit curled up in my Brooklyn apartment as the snow swirls outside. I munch on Garrett Popcorn’s Chicago Mix. In my mind, however… Read the rest of this entry »

Understanding the OTP, or Why Jim and Pam are breaking my heart right now

With the awesome interaction between Nick and Jess on New Girl earlier this week and the really depressing interactions between Jim and Pam* on The Office last week and this week, I’ve spent a little time mulling over TV romance. What is it about these characters and their decisions that fill us with alternating feelings of joy, angst and despair? What is it exactly that makes fan girls on Tumblr do this: Read the rest of this entry »