Why Was Rebel Wilson’s ‘Super Fun Night’ Such a Disappointing Failure?

On paper, everything about Super Fun Night is appealing to me. It’s a female-created (Rebel Wilson), female-fronted (Wilson, Lauren Ash, Liza Lapira) sitcom. Conan O’Brien serves as executive producer. It has episodes written by Michael Showalter and one directed by Ken Marino. It has fine guest stars (Paul Rust, Ashley Tisdale, Molly Shannon). Most importantly, the show is about three women who are weird losers, and that’s what we need more of on television. On paper, Super Fun Night looks like it should have been my favorite new show of the season. In reality, Super Fun Night was a sitcom that I only watched reluctantly, often bored and sometimes even angry, and one that I couldn’t wait to see end. What happened between paper and execution? … Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 3 Episode 10 Recap: “A Door Marked Exit”

Despite ABC’s nonsensical attempt to market the past two weeks’ episodes as some kind of two-part midseason finale “event” (I assume that, soon, at least 50 percent of every TV show’s episodes will be given some sort of “finale” label), “A Door Marked Exit” stands on its own as Scandal‘s final statement until February 27. And that’s a relief, because the last thing I wanted to see before the hiatus was more of the Huck-and-Quinn-and-Charlie torture porn that all but ruined last week’s episode. Instead, Scandal focused on its most pressing — and mind-bendingly tangled — storylines, and even delighted with a few twists that seemed to come out of nowhere. … Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 3 Episode 9 Recap: “YOLO”

Here’s an easy way to tell whether you’re going to get a fun Scandal episode or an excruciating one: figure out which supporting character is going to get more screen time, Mellie or Huck. If it’s the FLOTUS, congratulations! You can settle in for some hard-drinking, quip-spitting, scheming good times. But if it’s Huck, a once-great character whose B613-inflicted psychological damage has made him into a one-dimensional torture robot… well, you’re going to get an episode like “YOLO.” … Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 3 Episode 8 Recap: “Vermont Is for Lovers, Too”

It sure is, isn’t it? Fans who recognized a callback to Olivia and Fitz’s escape to Vermont, make jam, and have babies fantasy from earlier this season may have suspected that this episode would bring Scandal‘s central couple together. What we (or maybe I should just say “I”) didn’t expect was a lovemaking (and that is the only word that can be used to describe this soft-focus barrage of positions) scene straight out of a cheesy ’80s romance movie. … Read More

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Confessions of a Former TGIF — and ‘Full House’ — Addict

Earlier this week, in one of those incidents that are the price we pay for the Information Age, some media outlets were led to believe that a Full House reboot was in the works. They came to this misapprehension because “reporting” these days apparently means checking out what articles are posted to Oh No They Didn’t, but let’s set that aside for a moment. The truly interesting part of this story is how excited the Internet got at the prospect of more quality time with the Tanner family. … Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 3 Episode 6 Recap: “Icarus”

Well, that’s more like it. After last week’s Scandal laid some intriguing groundwork while still failing to thrill me, I pretty much demanded that the show start heating up — and guess what? It did. “Icarus” opened with a flashback in which an adorably geeky 12-year-old Olivia Pope says good-bye to her mother (played by the wonderful Khandi Alexander, from Treme) for what she doesn’t realize will be the last time. … Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 3 Episode 4 Recap: “Say Hello to My Little Friend”

It’s Weiner time! Yes, as fans who paid attention to this week’s promos were anticipating, “Say Hello to My Little Friend” finds the Gladiators defending Richard Meyers, a married senator who’s been sending explicit text messages to a young woman named Desiree. Of course, since Scandal always has to up the ante, the man operating under the nom de sext Redwood Johnson isn’t just cheating on his wife; he’s on trial for Desiree’s murder. … Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 3 Episode 3 Recap: “Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington”

There comes a time when every woman tasked with writing about Scandal must break from the pack of breathless stans, and I’m sorry to say that for me, that time is now. For the first time in recent memory — perhaps the first time since Season 1, although probably not — I just couldn’t join Twitter in panting and squealing at the episode’s every minute plot twist. “Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington” brought plenty of action, but none of the pleasure that separates Scandal from increasingly dull political thrillers like Homeland. … Read More

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‘Scandal’ Season 3 Episode 2 Recap: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”

Taken together, Scandal‘s Season 2 finale and Season 3 premiere (both written by Shonda Rhimes) were two of the most action-packed hours in TV history. The fake-outs and hairpin turns just kept coming, to the delight of Twitter, but at the price of things like character development and exposition. Last night, thankfully, the show took some time to catch its breath, filling in the history of Olivia’s relationship with her father and reminding us of how little we actually know about the woman at the center of this show. … Read More

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