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 »
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 »
We all have those characters we just “get.” The ones where we watch an episode and go, “Okay, were the writers standing outside my house last week?” As a pop culture-loving 20-something, I tend to connect with a lot of characters, but I’m 99 percent sure that the creators of the following five characters have tapped my phone calls and most likely know my shoe size, birthplace and favorite childhood toys. Read the rest of this entry »
As the Dean, Chang, Starburns, Magnitude and Leonard sing the Carol of the Bells, I wish you a great holiday season: Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a Joyous Festivus. Teleponder will be on a brief break while I celebrate the season.
All this talk about Urkel on Monday got me thinking: He’s arguably one of the most recognizable nerds that TV has ever produced. Jaleel White will always hear “Hey, Urkel!” when he’s walking down the street. That is, of course, if he’s not recognized as the sultry (can men be sultry?) Stefan Urquelle. But, is Urkel one of the best nerds on TV? Maybe. BUT is he one of my favorites? I don’t know. Let’s break it down.
Well, it’s September, which means it’s back to fall programming! There are two ways to look at this:
1) Goodbye America’s Got Talent and Keeping Up with the Kardashians; Hello Community and Happy Endings.
2) Goodbye Breaking Bad and So You Think You Can Dance; hello Two and a Half Men and Dancing with the Stars.
I prefer the more optimistic outlook, which, unless you and I share very different views on television, should always be option one. Though, rest assured, I still will miss Breaking Bad a whole lot.
With the end of the first week of Fall TV, let’s over-analyze how it turned out based on the new and returning shows that I watched selectively and with extreme bias!
I’ve been in New York for the past few days, so viewing NBC comedies when they aired was not a possibility. What was a possibility was seeing Book of Mormon. And it was awesome.
Also a possibility: my pilgrimage to the NBC Store at 30 Rock. I am now the proud owner of a “Troy and Abed in the Morning” coffee mug and an “All 5 Dances” t-shirt. I almost bought an “It’s all downhill from here, Paintball 2010” hoodie, but it was very, very expensive.
Though I may not have watched NBC comedies right away this week, I was lucky enough at a showing of Relatively Speaking to have NBC comedies come to me! Who should sit behind us but Jack Donaghy’s mom — well, the actress who plays her — Elaine Strtich! When she walked up, I thought to myself, I’m scared of this woman, and I’m not sure why. I then thought, what comedy have I seen her on? Eventually,we figured it out (meaning, my boyfriend’s mother leaned over and excitedly whispered that it was Elaine Stritch!) and I happily understood where my fear was coming from…Jack’s afraid of only one thing: his mother, Colleen (and liberalism taking over America). It was great to see a 30 Rock guest star…maybe one day I’ll meet Tina Fey.
Oh, and I did eventually watch all the NBC Comedies. Arguably the BEST EPISODE OF COMMUNITY EVER.