Television

The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson aces everything he does. From college football and professional wrestling, to music videos and blockbuster movies, Johnson’s charismatic personality and competitive drive quickly established him as a cut above the muscled lunkheads in Hollywood. G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon M. Chu once described Johnson as “franchise Viagra” — a nickname that SNL riffed on during the actor’s opening monologue last night. If anyone could use a pick-me-up, it’s Saturday Night Live. See how Johnson’s appearance helped smooth over SNL’s uneven slate, below. … Read More

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25 Outrageously Funny Quotes from ‘Strangers With Candy’s’ Jerri Blank

The opening credits of former Comedy Central’s series Strangers With Candy immediately sets the tone for the show. In a voiceover monologue, we hear Amy Sedaris’ Jerri Blank describe her unusual situation as a 46-year-old ex-drug addict who did time and has since returned to high school. As critic Maryann Johanson wrote of the show: “It’s all the awful nightmare of high school shrink-wrapped and served back to us piping hot with snark and dripping with a secret sauce of extreme warpedness.” While Jerri behaved badly at Flatpoint High, poking fun at some seriously sensitive subjects, she also encouraged her fellow students to steer clear of her former lifestyle — in her own special way. Author and cupcake lover Amy Sedaris brought Blank’s bizarre character to life. On the weekend of Sedaris’ birthday, here are some of Jerri Blank’s most outrageous quotes and tips on life that you absolutely should not heed — or maybe you should, and we’ve just been doing it wrong this entire time. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Goodbye, ‘Kroll Show’

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This week, Kroll Show bids goodbye to PubLizity, Oh Hello, and the Gigolo House, while Looking goes out on a definitively quieter note. … Read More

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There’s Nothing Casual About the Trailer for J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’

A while back, we shared the teaser for HBO/BBC’s three-part miniseries based on J.K. Rowling’s “first adult novel,” The Casual Vacancy;… Read More

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How the WWE Beats TV Sitcoms and Dramas at Their Own Game

Last year, I watched Wrestlemania XXX in a Manhattan bar with a rowdy group of fans who were as embarrassingly passionate about wrestling as I am. The highlight — or lowlight — of the night was the notorious Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar match. Quick backstory: Undertaker had previously won an incredible 21 Wrestlemania matches in a row. Each year, someone plans to “beat the streak” but ultimately fails… until Lesnar shockingly won the match, prompting mass disbelief in both the arena and the bar. … Read More

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12 More ’90s TV Shows That We Absolutely Must Revive Immediately

If there was any remaining sliver of a doubt whatsoever that, seriously, you can get anything green-lit for at least a limited television run as long as it was previously on television, NBC has announced the revival we’ve all been waiting for: a 13-episode return of Coach. No, that’s not a typo, nor an Onion story, nor an early April Fool’s prank by Entertainment Weekly’s Twitter feed; Coach, the Craig T. Nelson/Jerry Van Dyke sitcom that you’ve somehow forgotten even existed despite the fact that it ran for nine seasons (from 1989 to 1997), a show that no one remembers fondly and no one wanted back on television except for maybe Craig T. Nelson, is coming back to television, 18 years after it disappeared. … Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 4 Episode 17 Recap: “Put a Ring on It”

Is this the calm before the hurricane? After last week’s kinky Lena Dunham interlude, and with just four episodes left before the Season 4 finale, it seems like a fair question to ask. Though “Put a Ring on It” began on frantic note, with Olivia dragging all the Gladiators plus Abby and Cyrus out of bed in the wee hours of the morning, it turned out to be a relatively low-stakes episode focused on developing Cy’s character. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. … Read More

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‘Duck Dynasty’ Patriarch Tells Gruesome Story About Atheist Family, Incites Media Storm

Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson is no stranger to controversy, and unsurprisingly finds himself at the center of… Read More

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‘SNL’ Cures Collective Cookie Withdrawal, Announces Taraji P. Henson as Host

For fans already experiencing withdrawal now that the first season of Fox’s Empire is over, Saturday Night Live has… Read More

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