5 items from 2013
Glee, Season 5, Episode 5, “The End of Twerk“
Written by Michael Hitchcock
Directed by Wendey Stanzler
Airs Thursday 9pm Et on Fox
Glee’s “The End of Twerk” is a mess of story lines all tangled together without poise, a proverbial twerk wreck. The show’s desire to be in tune with the youth that makes up their main demographic and remain (arguably) culturally relevant is understandable, but one can’t help but shudder in Jake’s general direction as he passionately claims Principal Sue is attempting to restrict the McKinley New Directions from exercising their “God given right to twerk”. Unfortunately, on top of being over-the-top in a bad way, unlike last week’s appropriately ridiculous episode, the writers also try to interweave a legitimate politically charged topic, Unique’s transgendered storyline, into the mix but it is drowned by all the booty bumping.
For the very first time in »
- Rachel Brandt
The tale of Bryan, David and their new family has come to a close. NBC has cancelled The New Normal after one season of 22 episodes.
The New Normal follows a successful gay couple (Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha) who decide that they want to start a family. They enlist a struggling single mom (Georgia King) to become their surrogate. While she helps them fufill their dream, the guys help her find her own. Others in the cast include Bebe Wood, NeNe Leakes, Jayson Blair, Ellen Barkin, John Stamos, and Michael Hitchcock.
Despite some early fuss from socially conservative groups, the sitcom debuted to a healthy 2.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 6.88 million total viewers. The second episode matched the demo and actually improved on its total viewership.
The numbers dwindled downward a bit after that but were still »
Chicago – The more one is familiar with the art of improv, the more one is bound to fall head over heels in love with the mockumentaries of Christopher Guest. Working from a mere scene outline, Guest and his ensemble of top-drawer comedians bring a colorful assortment of richly eccentric oddballs to life. Their ad-libbed dialogue is infinitely funnier than scripted punchlines since it emerges organically from their character’s own warped worldview.
2000’s “Best in Show” is Guest’s most merciless satire and also his funniest. It ranks right alongside “Bringing Up Baby,” “Young Frankenstein” and “Airplane!” as one of the greatest comedies ever made. It has stood the test of time, proving to be funnier with each subsequent viewing, while providing viewers with countless quotable lines and a wealth of side-splitting sequences. Few comedies in the last decade have delivered as many genuine laughs.
Blu-ray Rating: 5.0/5.0
Of course, a »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
"The New Normal" is back (Tuesday, December 8 at 9:30 p.m. Est on NBC), and the Ryan Murphy comedy is certainly starting 2013 the right way with guest appearances from "White Collar" star Matt Bomer and comedian Michael Hitchcock.
HuffPost TV was on set for the filming of the episode, titled "The Goldie Rush," where Bomer and stars Andrew Rannells, Justin Bartha, Georgia King, NeNe Leakes and Bebe Wood previewed what viewers can expect, how they feel about the One Million Moms boycott, and which reality series helped one of them prepare for a scene. We also talked to Bomer about his role in Ryan Murphy and HBO's recently announced film "The Normal Heart," which will air in 2014.
In "The Goldie Rush," Bomer plays Monty, one of Bryan's (Andrew Rannells') former exes. "He used to be a party guy, very much didn’t want to settle down, didn’t want to have kids, »
- Laura Prudom
In Tuesday’s episode of The New Normal, Bryan (Andrew Rannells) and David (Justin Bartha) are contemplating expanding their family, with Goldie’s help of course, but when they see that their single friend Gary (Michael Hitchcock) aspires to what they have, they try to help. White Collar’s Matt Bomer guest-stars as Bryan’s ex, Monty, a legendary party boy the couple attempts to set up with Gary so that their lonely pal can start on the path to his own family. But don’t ever trust a guy named Monty! He has his own plans for procreation, and »
- Jeff Labrecque
5 items from 2013
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