Emmy Award Nominations 2010: Our Gut Reactions

by Angel Cohn July 8, 2010 10:36 am
Emmy Award Nominations 2010: Our Gut Reactions

This might be the first Emmy nomination morning in a number of years that didn't leave us pounding our heads into the wall. That's not to say that there weren't a great deal of snubs (there were) or that undeserving people didn't get recognized (they did), but the number of happy surprises eased much of the frustration that we would otherwise feel. For us, the biggest pleasant surprise was that Friday Night Lights's tremendous husband and wife duo (played by Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton) were finally nominated for their years of brilliant, ignored work. The other big highlight was getting to watch nomination presenter Sofia Vergara stumble over pretty much everyone's name -- so much so that co-presenter Joel McHale generously pronounced "Hargitay" for her. And as if that wasn't enough to charm us, McHale also coped with his Emmy snub far better than we did, by simply shrugging and saying, "It's OK, I phoned it in." Is there an Emmy for best sport? Anyway, on with the rest of our initial reactions to this year's nominees.

Parks and Recreation: A Wreck, But Can It Be Fixed?

by Angel Cohn May 7, 2009 2:20 pm
<I>Parks and Recreation</I>: A Wreck, But Can It Be Fixed?

It was announced this week that midseason sitcom Parks and Recreation earned itself a spot on the NBC lineup next fall. Which is somewhat of a shock, since the show hasn't really been all that funny, and NBC has a very limited amount of space come next season due to Jay Leno taking over five hours of valuable primetime space. The show has a good pedigree (being from the executive producers of The Office) and serious comedic potential (with Amy Poehler and Aziz Ansari) but after four episodes we're pretty bored. However, The Office's first season (which also started in the spring) was pretty dull too. It wasn't until season two when The Office finally stopped trying to be a copycat of the UK version and decided to be its own show, that it actually got funny. If Parks and Recreation decides next season to stop being an Office clone, it has a chance at improving. Here are our suggestions.

Michael Scott Paper Company Needs a New Business Plan

by Rebecca Bellotto April 10, 2009 3:45 pm
Michael Scott Paper Company Needs a New Business Plan

The Office started out as an incredible investment -- its stock soared in the first few seasons, paying off huge dividends to loyal fans. However, these fans have been getting some pretty meager returns lately. And with the disappointing rise of the Michael Scott Paper Company, it seems possible that The Office could fold entirely if it doesn't revise its business plan, stat. The best elements of the series seem to have been outsourced or laid off, and the result is not up to previous levels of performance. So in the interests of being proactive, here's a list of action items that this show needs to investigate if it wants to grow its once-enviable synergy:

TAGS: The Office

Peep Show Isn’t What You Think, But It Still Rules

by Lauren Gitlin September 30, 2008 5:44 pm
<i>Peep Show</i> Isn’t What You Think, But It Still Rules

For those of you Anglophiles who already know of the awesomeness that is the British comedy Peep Show, it's time for rejoicing. And for those who don't, hear ye: there's this British comedy, it's called Peep Show, and it is awesome. There. Oh, did you want to know what it's about? How about this? According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show is "a modern-day Odd Couple centering on Jeremy (Rob Chester Smith), a slacker with misguided musical ambitions, and Mark (Brad Morris), his uptight, office-drone roommate, who are living together and trying to survive the many unexpected hurdles life throws at them. The stories are told with what is described as a 'unique' first-person perspective and voice-over from the characters." I'd add to that simply that it's super-bawdy, and features unfortunate teeth. There, that should do it. Anyway.

TWoP 10 Best Ways to Spend the Rest of Summer

by Angel Cohn August 1, 2008 7:00 am
TWoP 10 Best Ways to Spend the Rest of Summer

It's August already, which means that the vast wasteland of summer television is about to turn into a flurry of new shows, and finally our favorites will be back on the air with new episodes. (I barely even remember where Heroes and Pushing Daisies left off, it's been so long!) So before your TiVo gets overstuffed with Knight Rider episodes, here are some things you should make a point to do ASAP. This way, you'll have something good to put in your mandatory "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" blog. Don't panic, people -- none of these ideas involve going outdoors. Heaven forbid. All you need is your computer, maybe Netflix and a DVD player to get started!

What Would Happen if Sharks Attacked Our Favorite Shows?

by Mindy Monez July 25, 2008 11:46 am
What Would Happen if Sharks Attacked Our Favorite Shows? Beginning this Sunday at 9 PM, the Discovery Channel will be rolling out the most famous, popular and acclaimed thing in the history of storytelling -- Shark Week! While squealing about this in the office this morning, Angel brilliantly posed the question: "What if sharks attacked our favorite shows?" Well. Holy hell, what if they did?! I feel this query must be answered. Oh, and please don't tell PETA about this post. None of the following is even remotely possible anyway, so let's just keep it between us.

Today's TWoP News: Wednesday, January 2, 2013

by Rachel Stein January 2, 2013 4:44 pm
Today's TWoP News: Wednesday, January 2, 2013

This is the series that never ends...

Today's TWoP News: Thursday, December 27, 2012

by Ethan Alter December 27, 2012 2:50 pm
Today's TWoP News: Thursday, December 27, 2012

Bye bye Brit-Brit.

Today's TWoP News: Thursday, March 22, 2012

by Rachel Stein March 22, 2012 4:10 pm
Today's TWoP News: Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bad news for people who hate musical theater.

Today's TWoP News: Thursday, January 26, 2012

by Ethan Alter January 26, 2012 2:29 pm
Today's TWoP News: Thursday, January 26, 2012

Apparently, Dwight Schrute is as sick of Dunder Mifflin as we are.

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