6 items from 2013
While everyone is still reeling from Sunday’s Breaking Bad finale, here’s a roundup from the lighter, non-Meth side with “Animation Domination” over on Fox (the season premieres of The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, and American Dad!) and the comic stylings of Stephen Merchant over on HBO (the series premiere of Hello Ladies). Here are the highlights, lowlights, and “what the…?”s of the evening.
The Simpsons, Season 25, Episode 1, “Homerland”
Written by Stephanie Gillis
Directed by Bob Anderson
Airs Sundays at 8pm Est on Fox
Ringing in its 25th season (seriously, the show can rent a car now), The Simpsons begins the year with a not-quite-so-timely riff on Homeland, which celebrates its own third season premiere this week. There are a few laughs, but not as many as the writers were lunging for a la Family Guy (i.e. a flashback to Homer’s “southern accent”) and »
- Diana Drumm
The new single-cam sitcom follows Brit web designer Stuart as he navigates L.A.’s social scene with about as much grace as a twerking Miley Cyrus. Over and over, he comes in like a wrecking ball, and, over and over, all the ladies do is wreck him. It’s tought to muster up sympathy for Stuart, whose signature “Hello, ladies” greeting comes with equal measures of naïveté and smarm.
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- Misha Solomon
Like an early Woody Allen character stretched through a fun-house mirror, Stephen Merchant plays a haplessly girl-obsessed, amiable loser in “Hello Ladies,” an HBO series that’s occasionally amusing but as conceptually slim as its leading man. Best known as Ricky Gervais’ other half, Merchant’s go-it-alone comedy casts him as a British expat who sees L.A. as a world of opportunity, but mostly encounters awkward and embarrassing rejection. Despite clever and uncomfortable moments, “Ladies” falls short of the pay-tv plateau, and paired with the “Is that still on?” half-hour “Eastbound & Down,” doesn’t appear worthy of behind-the-velvet-rope access.
Merchant’s Stuart Pritchard is a Web designer, sharing his house with struggling actress Jessica (“Go On’s” Christine Wood), who is busy working on her own Web series. Seemingly oblivious to his shortcomings, Stuart cheerfully spends his time patrolling bars and trying to talk his way into posh clubs, »
- Brian Lowry
A recent transplant from England, Stuart is a gawky, 6’ 7” web designer searching for excitement and romance in Los Angeles. Half as charming – and twice as desperate – as he thinks he is, he’s obsessed with infiltrating the glamorous world of beautiful people, who won’t let him in.
Accompanying Merchant on Hello Ladies are Christine Woods (Go On) as an unsuccessful and unsure actress, Nate Torrence (She’s Out of My League) as a man still in love with the wife that left him, and Kevin Weisman (Alias) as a crafty pick-up artist. Guests on the show include Crista Flanagan, Jenny Slate, Sean Wing and Sarah Wright.
It's Thursday, and you know what that means... it's time for a new episode of Secret Eaters! Also, we've got another Q&A for you.
This week we've gathered such glorious goss on the likes of Fresh Meat and Hannibal that really, you should be worshiping us like Gods. We're talking being fanned with palm leaves and a massage using the finest essential oils. We'll settle for a 'thnx' in the comments though...
When does Fresh Meat series 3 begin filming?
E4's uni-com (that's 'university comedy' for the uninitiated) has to be *the* most popular show with Tube Talk Q&A readers - you lot want fresh Fresh Meat scoop every seven days!
Luckily, this week, we can oblige - read-throughs for series three have begun, with filming set to commence in the near future for an autumn broadcast. Check out Fresh Meat co-creator Sam Bain's tweet below for proof. »
Can you smell what The Rock has cooking at HBO?
The untitled project, to be exec-produced by the pair, centers on the lives of retired athletes in Miami, with Johnson attached to star.
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- Megan Masters
6 items from 2013
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