This sun is making me thirsty.
New Abortion Rights Ads Target Young Men via Xbox, Comedy Central — But Aren’t “Family-Friendly” Enough For Google
Leftist pundits love to ask why younger people are so progressive on gay marriage but haven’t moved very far from their elders on abortion. Some have opined it’s because gay marriage is about extending an inherently conservative institution to include more people, while others say abortion will never seem as innocuous as marriage, even to supporters. “That element of the culture war appears to be here to stay,” one article concluded.
Amy Poehler, Julie Klausner, Billy Eichner On New Series ‘Difficult People': “We End Up Looking like Assholes in Most Episodes”
Amidst a constant stream of jokes about Bradley Cooper, Kevin Spacey, Alan Cumming, and Mandy Patinkin yesterday, Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner introduced their semi-autobiographical Hulu series to the crowd at the second annual Vulture Festival. Amy Poehler, one of the half-hour comedy’s executive producers (alongside Klausner and Louie‘s Dave Becky), joined the real-life BFFs for a fast-talking hour of conversation about mining one’s own life for material, the New York comedy hustle, loving Yentl and Wendy Williams, and what to expect from the star-studded series about getting in one’s own way, which premieres this August.
In a move that many saw coming, Fox has canceled The Mindy Project after three seasons. Despite its devoted fans — who are, if comment sections are any indication, pretty devastated right now — the series always faced low ratings and has had the threat of cancellation looming over it for the last three years. However, immediately following the news came even more news: the sitcom might continue on Hulu, a streaming site following the lead of Yahoo (which saved Community) and Netflix (Arrested Development). For those who love the show, this is surely good news, but the problem is that The Mindy Project has already reached its end, and a fourth season just isn’t necessary.
College should be a place that lends itself well to television, and doubly so when it comes to comedies, because it’s the second coming-of-age moment for most people. It can be another form of adolescence, and a time when young adults find themselves free of parental supervision and preparing for the “real world” — but mostly just screwing around and hooking up. With a college comedy, you can take more risks and explore more subjects — particularly sexuality — than you normally would in a high school drama. But collegiate sitcoms rarely do that well (especially when it’s a later season following an existing group of characters off to the dorms) and Hulu’s new acquired series Resident Advisors is no exception, though it at least takes a unique approach of filtering college life through the RAs’ perspective.
Maybe the only thing harder than making a great television program is making one that is both horrible and highly enjoyable to watch. The “so-bad-it’s-good” genre of culture can be infuriating at times. It’s hard not to feel like you’re supporting terrible art and therefore encouraging more of it, instead of championing what’s good. But it’s easy to succumb to the fun of it — the most prominent example of the 21st century being Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 disaster The Room, a movie so bad that we still can’t stop talking about it. It inspired a devoted cult following who, I’m sure, helped to give Wiseau the encouragement he needed to make a follow-up: a sitcom called The Neighbors. The Neighbors is bad — that much was to be expected — but it’s bad in such an awful, unwatchable, and joyless way that it doesn’t even merit an ironic appreciation.