Girls: The Beginning of the End (Again) For Hannah and Adam?

by Aly Semigran March 10, 2014 5:00 am
<i>Girls</i>: The Beginning of the End (Again) For Hannah and Adam?

It was only a matter of time. The groundwork has been laid for almost the entirety of Season 3 about how there are too many cracks in Hannah and Adam's foundation for them to sustain a healthy long-term relationship. These two may be crazy for each other (crazy being the operative word here) but their relationship started as such an uneven mess that it's impossible to build it from the ground up. As much as Adam would like to argue that Hannah still associates him with his "older" version, it's a little hard to do that when scorned ex-girlfriends show up at coffee shops or he acts distant and moody on a moment's notice. But Hannah's just as much at fault, too. She is self-absorbed, but also puts Adam on an impossible pedestal even when he doesn't necessarily deserve to be up there. Last week, Adam told her "I'm very committed to you "at this time" and her mother tried to plead with her "You're so special you deserve everything…he's nice, but stay open to possibilities" and it all seemed to fall on deaf ears. These two are operating on very different frequencies (see: how they both dealt with the subject of death this season) and as much as we want them to be perfect together, these are two imperfect people.

Five Things We Hope to See Greta Gerwig Bring to <I>How I Met Your Dad</i>

Kids… meet your new mother. With the unexpected announcement that indie darling Greta Gerwig would be anchoring the upcoming How I Met Your Mother spin-off How I Met Your Dad, HIMYM/HIMYD creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas have pulled off their biggest casting coup since the Britney Spears cameo a few seasons back. Even more interestingly, the Frances Ha co-writer and star will be a writer/producer on the new series as well, suggesting that she'll at least have some say in the way the series unfolds. With that in mind, here are the five things we'd like to see Gerwig incorporate into her first network television venture.

Girls: The Good, the Bad, and the Funny of “She Said OK”

by Aly Semigran January 20, 2014 5:55 am
<i>Girls</i>: The Good, the Bad, and the Funny of “She Said OK”

Who's your least favorite girl on Girls? It's actually a tougher question to answer than who is your favorite, isn't it? Unlike, say, Sex and the City, where fans willingly identified themselves as the characters ("I'm a Miranda!"), Girls dares you to figure out who you can tolerate this week. And while your answers may fluctuate (Shoshanna's speed-talking insanity may charm you one week, and grate your nerves another), it's pretty apparent who Girls' least favorite girl is: Marnie. This show hates Marnie so much that not only have they made her storyline for the better part of two seasons "pout," but they have had her humiliate herself by singing in public twice now. Last night's episode of Girls, "She Said OK," was no exception to the Marnie-hating rule. But, lucky for her, there's a new girl in town named Caroline (Adam's little sister) and she is totally crazy and hate-worthy. In fact, Marnie hate may actually just turn to pitable from now on. Maybe. Until then, here's the good, the bad and the funny of "She Said OK," in which Hannah has her 25th birthday party and a whole lot goes wrong:

<i>Girls</i>: The Good, the Bad and the Funny of “Females Only” and “Truth or Dare”

The first two seasons of Girls were divisive ones among viewers, to say the least, and that's because it's an either-or show. You either chuckle or cringe at the self-absorbed antics of Hannah (Lena Dunham) and her pack of equally misguided twenty-something friends Adam, Marnie, Shoshanna, and Jessa (Adam Driver, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, and Jemima Kirke, respectively.) You either love and defend Girls (even when it makes you squirm), or you hate it and attempt to will it out of existence (especially when it makes you squirm.)

5 TV Characters Who Should Be in the Thanksgiving Day Parade

by Aly Semigran November 25, 2013 7:00 am
5 TV Characters Who Should Be in the Thanksgiving Day Parade

A giant Snoopy float, every conceivable high school marching band in America and, of course, Santa Claus will all once again make their way down Sixth Avenue in New York City in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving Day for the annual Macy's parade. While the 2013 parade already has some pretty cool new additions (Finn and Jake from Adventure Time!) from the television world, we thought there were some glaring omissions in this year's lineup. Here are five TV characters that we think deserve to strut, float, or shuffle their stuff in the famous Thanksgiving parade.

Saturday Night Live: The Best and Worst of Lady Gaga

by Aly Semigran November 18, 2013 9:52 am
<i>Saturday Night Live</i>: The Best and Worst of Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga and her giant, unblinking eyes served as both host and musical guest on this weekend's Saturday Night Live. The main themes of the episode seemed to be Gaga poking fun of herself poking fun at other celebrities, and who could forget (no, really, just try and scrub it from your memory), simulating sex with R. Kelly on live television. She was, unsurprisingly, an enthusiastic performer and gave her first hosting effort her best (she's appeared as a musical guest and had cameos on the show before), but the episode still provided way more moments of discomfort than actual laughs, not to mention all the mixed messages. Was she actually showing us her true colors, or as she suggested in the opening monologue, just pandering to all of us? Either way, it worked, because Gaga earned season-high ratings. Here are the best and worst moments from her episode:

<i>Parks & Recreation</i>: You Take the Good (“Filibuster”), You Take the Sad (“Recall Vote”)

I was beyond excited for a double dose of Parks & Rec after the long unexpected hiatus, but perhaps my hopes were too high. The "Filibuster" episode had me laughing really hysterically, much to my neighbor's chagrin, I'm sure. But "Recall Vote" fell pretty flat. "Filibuster" was filled with weird quirky sex kinks, '90s costumes, Leslie at her most earnest and had Andy and Orphan Black herself Tatiana Maslany. "Recall Vote" had a lot of Tom trying to be popular and a pretty lame Halloween theme that really felt out of place two weeks late. Here's hoping that next week's back-to-back episodes don't suffer the same fate.

Breaking Bad: Our Final 8 for 8

by Ethan Alter September 30, 2013 6:02 am
<i>Breaking Bad</i>: Our Final 8 for 8

It’s all over but the burial of Hank and Gomez’s bodies. For the last time, here are the eight standout moments from “Felina,” the eighth episode of Breaking Bad’s final season and the final episode of the series.

Hello Ladies: Goodbye Stephen

by Ethan Alter September 30, 2013 6:00 am
<i>Hello Ladies</i>: Goodbye Stephen

Since the original British run of The Office propelled them out of obscurity and into the comedy big leagues, Stephen Merchant has largely existed in the shadow of his friend and creative partner, Ricky Gervais -- the gawky Samwise to his jerky Frodo. Initially, his sidekick status was something as a hindrance as much of the attention and acclaim that greeted The Office and later Extras was directed at his co-writer. But in the long run, being in the background has probably paid off for as Gervais has steadily gone from being the life of the party to the guy nobody wants in the room (courtesy of those initially funny, then disastrous Golden Globes gigs), Merchant's career prospects and public persona have remained largely unchanged. He's still the gangly guy who practices the same brand of awkward humor as his buddy, but seems far less mean about it.

Trophy Wife: A Traditional Family Sitcom, Minus the Laugh Track

by Aly Semigran September 25, 2013 6:00 am
<i>Trophy Wife</i>: A Traditional Family Sitcom, Minus the Laugh Track

I should state from the get-go that I am actually not a big fan of laugh tracks, despite my argument for them in this particular review. Laugh tracks have always felt like a cheap way of telling the audience, "You should be laughing right now!" It's even more baffling when there's absolutely nothing to be laughing about as a studio audience whoops it up for every punch line.

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