6 items from 2013
The Goldbergs, Season 1, Episode 6, “Who Are You Going to Telephone?”
Directed by Victor Nelli
Written by Chris Bishop
Airs Tuesdays at 9pm Est on ABC
The Goldbergs faces two challenges this week- delivering a strong Halloween episode that is as good as the other contenders and being as entertaining as the show’s previous episodes as well. Seeing as it’s the one of the few shows, along with Trophy Wife, that isn’t taking a break this week, The Goldbergs is under even more pressure to deliver. Fortunately these aren’t huge factors and the show’s Halloween episode is their funniest yet. Similarly to Trophy Wife, “Who Are You Going to Telephone?” focuses on family traditions but once again is triumphant because of its creativity. The running theme in The Goldbergs is growing up and the show continues to explore how the adult characters fail to accept that »
The Big Bang Theory, Season 7, Episode 1, “The Hofstadter Insufficiency”
Directed by Mark Cendrowski
Airs Thursdays at 8pm Est on CBS
After a fairly unimaginative season finale, the premiere for season seven explores how the characters have adapted without Leonard once again. Despite the slight decline in comedy throughout season six, last season wrapped up well enough. The only problem was the repetition of a familiar storyline: Leonard going away. This time round a number of things have changed for the characters, making for a highly anticipated season seven premiere. Unfortunately the two parter is a little disappointing. The first episode is the better of the two, as we see what the characters have been up to since Leonard’s departure. With Leonard out of the mix a number of characters have »
Fox has one of its better slates coming your way with the new season, especially if you take the midseason shows into account. Some of these shows may not jump out at you now as must-see, but some of them are going to take over, if I’m any judge anyway.
Clear showcase offerings Dads, Almost Human, and Us & Them are guaranteed to take off early. Almost Human has J.J. Abrams recognition to pull people in, though it looks to be a show that could flounder after a few episodes, even if I hope it doesn’t. The other two are going to become hits. Unfortunately, we have to wait until mid-season for the Gavin & Stacey remake.
Rake also looks like a winner, as long as the translation can be made to work as an Americanized product, and the show actually delivers what made the Australian original so brilliant.
- Marc Eastman
The series orders include Seth MacFarlane’s live-action entry “Dads,” which already had a six-episode commitment that has now been bumped up to 13 segs. The 20th Century Fox TV series revolves around two best friends, played by Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi, whose lives change when their fathers move in with them.
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“Us and Them,” from Sony Pictures TV and BBC Worldwide Prods., is the only detour from the male-focus. It’s a wrong rom-com remake of the BBC2 series “Gavin and Stacey” starring Jason Ritter and Alexis Bledel.
“Brooklyn” has »
- Cynthia Littleton
Community, Season 4, Episode 12: “Heroic Origins”
Directed by Victor Nelli, Jr.
Airs Thursdays at 8pm Et on NBC
Let’s tell the origin story of this Community review. In the cold open, when Britta compared their interlocking origins to “the classic French film trilogy Bleu, Blanc, Rouge,” and Abed responds with “No. Like something more accessible, like Unbreakable,” I wrote it down in my notes. This would be the key to this week’s review, and a perfect metaphor for the season. A show that once aspired for meaning through art reduced to something that is fun but ultimately facile. Then I woke up this morning and realized Todd VanDerWerff, using the “movies” vs. “cinema” dichotomy established in Steven Soderbergh’s “State of the Cinema” address as a framework, beat me to the punch.
He ties it to a trend he’s »
- Justin Wier
Written By: Brian Chamberlayne
Directed By: Victor Nelli Jr.
Airs Wednesdays at 9:30pm Et on ABC
For an episode that relied on a restating of a famous moment in a romantic film and a lot of subtle comedy, Suburgatory managed to include one titanic shift: Noah is in love with Carmen! Or at least in such a strong infatuation with her that he would break up with his wife at her book signing and recreate a moment from The Notebook in Dallas’ shower. It was such a strange ride, but completely hilarious.
Noah began the episode in an extreme funk, having Carmen withdrawals and, after beating up his psychiatrist, is given to George’s care to try and get him weaned off that fixation. I like how Noah and George’s relationship has basically inverted since the show began. George, now in a relationship with Dallas, »
- Terence Johnson
6 items from 2013
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