Television

How ‘Community’ Season 5 Won Back a Frustrated Fan

Community became my favorite TV comedy almost immediately. The 2009 series premiere, which I distinctly remember watching on my computer via a Facebook preview link, wasn’t perfect, but it was strong for a sitcom pilot. I watched it twice. It managed to be expositional without sacrificing quality, full of hints of what the show would eventually become — a clever subversion of sitcom tropes, deep pop culture references, a heavy dose of self-awareness, and a perfect balance of humor and emotion. And did I mention it was funny? It was! Extremely funny. … Read More

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5 ‘Scandal’ Characters We’d Like to See Blown Up in the Season 3 Finale

The world Shonda Rhimes has created on Scandal is one that, when you’re immersed in it, seems glamorous, thrilling, and important. But if you snap out of its clutches for but a moment, like breaking cross-eyed contact with the hidden image in a Magic Eye, you see it for what it truly is: a fantasy Washington, DC snow globe with a bunch of whiny people making lofty and emotional Grey’s Anatomy speeches when they’re not covertly making out with each other and/or crying. Some characters in particular have become so insufferable over the course of these three seasons that I emit involuntary groans of disgust when they disgrace the screen with their presence. … Read More

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Watch the Official Trailer for ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Season 2

Netflix released the official trailer for the second season of Orange Is The New Black. The trailer features all of our favorite… Read More

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7 TV Shows That Almost Had Very Different Finales

The current cover story of Entertainment Weekly is all about TV finales, featuring in-depth interviews with the showrunners behind memorable finales like The X-Files and 30 Rock. “The Art Of Saying Goodbye” remarks upon the tough process of crafting an episode that is satisfying for the creators, the audience, and the fictional characters. It’s not an easy task, and plenty of shows have mucked it up, but the process showrunners go through is fascinating. One of the most interesting interviews is with Vince Gilligan, who reveals some original ideas he had for the Breaking Bad finale. Gilligan’s not the only indecisive writer — many creators have pondered, shot, and even released different endings from the ones that aired. Here are seven TV shows and the spoiler-filled alternate endings that almost were. … Read More

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‘The Americans’ Season 2 Episode 8 Recap: “New Car”

It seems redundant to say that The Americans is really heating up now, tying together some loose ends while dangling newer threads that will play out as the remainder of the season goes on, because that’s something I could say for just about every episode. But in “New Car,” we’re past the halfway point of the… Read More

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The Muppets as ‘Twin Peaks’ Characters: Who Killed Miss Piggy?

The earnestness that fuels Kyle MacLachlan’s Agent Cooper could also be pretty applicable to another much-loved character: Kermit the Frog. In fact, it’s kind of spooky to see how easily The Muppets take to the world of David Lynch’s classic Twin Peaks. In Justin DeVine’s paintings (spotted via Welcome to Twin Peaks), the Muppets have a damn fine cup of coffee, the Log Lady is Fozzie Bear, and it’s all very, very amusing. So far, DeVine has done six watercolor portraits in pen and ink, and he’s promising more. Keep an eye on his Tumblr. … Read More

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A Tale of Two Time Jumps: How ‘Glee’s’ Final Season Will Be Different From ‘One Tree Hill’s’

The quirky universe of Glee — sometimes a campy paean to musical theatre, other times a heart-wrenching after-school special — has undergone a few different mutations since Cory Monteith’s death last July. Finn Hudson and Rachel Berry’s diverging paths were meant to intersect once again in the series finale, in a final scene showrunner Ryan Murphy said he’d planned for years. But when Cory — and with him, Finn — died, Murphy chose to let the McKinley High Glee Club suffer the same fate. It was bittersweet, but not really; the lame Ohio high school story lines had taken a backseat to the grittier and far more interesting New York scenes. We said a quick goodbye to Mr. Schue and basically nothing to the younger McKinley students, then the star older characters — Rachel, Kurt, Artie, Sam, Mercedes, and Blaine — moved to NYC to finish out Season 5. … Read More

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‘Portlandia’s’ “Disappointing Gay” Sketch Looks Very Familiar

A few years ago, my good friend Mikala Bierma and I made a web series called Disappointing Gay Best Friend. It was successful in a specific way: a number of sites shared the videos (such as Jezebel, Salon, The Awl, and BuzzFeed), which each racked up a few hundred thousand views, and there were also some comments attesting to my attractiveness (making this project the only time in the history of the world I took anonymous comments on the Internet at face value, thank you very much). For a very brief period of time, I was even recognized in public — and not, as I had been before then, as “that guy from Modern Family.” It was a brief moment in the sun, and it was fun to make silly videos with my friend that other people seemed to enjoy. … Read More

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Try Not to Get Too Excited: Jon Hamm Expresses Himself on ‘Sesame Street’

Jon Hamm made an appearance on Sesame Street to teach the meanings of few complex emotions, and even though it… Read More

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