Carrie Bradshaw, The Early Years

by Lauren Gitlin September 17, 2008 4:46 pm
Carrie Bradshaw, The Early Years Just when you thought we couldn't suck from the withered teat that is the Sex and the City franchise any more, news has surfaced that SATC scribe Candace Bushnell will revisit the title and churn out not one but two books that focus on the humble beginnings of Carrie Bradshaw. Hmmm, could the recent success of Gossip Girl and its followers have anything to do with her decision to explore Carrie's high school career? According to Bushnell, "Carrie in high school did not follow the crowd -- she led it. It was there that she began observing and commenting on the social scene." Huh. So was she a small-town gal whose flair for outlandish fashion and razor sharp social observations made her an outcast? Will the story arch follow her transformation from weird girl to popular prom queen? Or will we get more of the same -- fabulous, artfully maladjusted teenagers with nary a zit, weight problem or bad hair day in sight? Because clearly we don't have nearly enough of those. Talk about an embarrassment of bitches.

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Brad Garrett But Were Afraid To Ask Here's what I know about Brad Garrett: He starred on the ubiquitous Everybody [Except For Me] Loves Raymond. He is very tall. He is hairy. He has an annoying adenoidal register that makes him sound like a cartoon elephant with a sinus infection. He hates the paparazzi. Up until now I figured I could skate through life on this bare-bones knowledge. But the universe had other plans! Thanks to the fine folks at Videogum [via Variety], I now know that he's on the hunt for a wifey, he's suffering a mid-life crisis, and he is close friends with his urologist.

Trophy Wife: What This New Family Comedy Gets Right

by Aly Semigran October 30, 2013 10:41 am
<i>Trophy Wife</i>: What This New Family Comedy Gets Right

With some dismal comedies already cancelled (We Are Men, Welcome to the Family) and others whose success we simply cannot comprehend (The Millers, Dads), it was starting to feel like there was no hope in sight for a worthwhile new comedy for the fall 2013 season. While Brooklyn Nine-Nine has begun to fill the 30 Rock-sized hole in our hearts that longs for off-beat humor, there was nothing that seemed to resemble a worthwhile family comedy. That was until Trophy Wife -- in spite of its misleading, Cougar Town-esque name -- not only gave us one of most likable new TV broods, but one of the most sincere and funny shows of the fall. Here's why we think it's the one new show to stand out in the over-saturated family comedy television landscape.

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.

Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Same Show, Different Network

by Ethan Alter July 17, 2013 6:00 am
<i>Whose Line Is It Anyway?</i>: Same Show, Different Network

A small-screen staple since the late '80s, the improv comedy series Whose Line Is It Anyway? returned in its latest incarnation on The CW last night, with a few familiar faces (Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles, who were regulars on the long-running ABC version) and a couple new ones (host Aisha Tyler and guest player Gary Anthony Williams, whose seat will be occupied by a rotating crew of comics -- among them Heather Anne Campbell, who appeared in the second episode that aired right after the premiere, and Keegan-Michael Key -- in the weeks ahead). But the format hasn't changed at all; it's still a half-hour of intro-level improv games where, as Tyler constantly reminds us, everything is made up and the points don't matter.

<i>How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)</i>: Shut Up and Make Me Laugh

If you have trouble making it through an episode of the unrealistic (yet, in my opinion, charming) banter on Happy Endings, I'd be shocked if you were able to tolerate a few minutes of ABC's new How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life). Every character, joke and line of dialogue screams of trying too hard, and the interactive notes on-screen feel like a bad TV trend that we'll look back on in a few years and make fun of ourselves for. All of this is especially a shame, given that the show does have potential.

Guys With Kids: Daddy Issues

by Ethan Alter September 13, 2012 6:00 am
<i>Guys With Kids</i>: Daddy Issues

As an actual guy with kids, I feel I can say with some authority that NBC's new Jimmy Fallon-created sitcom Guys with Kids is terrible. Say what you will about the uneven first season of Up All Night -- the network's other baby-centric comedy -- but in its best episodes that show nailed the details of new parenthood in a way that was both identifiable and hilarious. Guys with Kids, on the other hand, feels like it was conceived by a team who have never met a child, let alone watched a good sitcom before.

Today's TWoP News: Wednesday, August 29, 2012

by Ethan Alter August 29, 2012 4:27 pm
Today's TWoP News: Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Joss Whedon tries to sell Scarlett Johansson on the benefits of guest starring on his new S.H.I.E.L.D. series.

TWoP 10: Worst Recent Reality TV Spinoffs

by Angel Cohn August 3, 2012 6:08 am
TWoP 10: Worst Recent Reality TV Spinoffs

We enjoy the guilty pleasure of Toddlers & Tiaras as much as anyone, but we're more than a little skeptical about the show's upcoming spinoff Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. While it was fun to see her talk about a dollar making her holler for a few minutes, it's not necessarily something we need to see on a weekly basis... or for a full hour. Even if she is picking up roadkill at the same time. We might be proven wrong, but judging by these recent reality TV spinoffs, we're guessing that won't be the case. Here are the worst stinkers:

Today's TWoP News: Wednesday, August 1, 2012

by Kaitlin Reilly August 1, 2012 2:03 pm
Today's TWoP News: Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Ryan Murphy adds more sopranos to the club, while we pretend that last season never happened.

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