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Many thoughts on the season 1 finale of "Serial" coming up just as soon as I use Mail Kimp... Last month, I noted that the enormous, unprecedented popularity of "Serial" had people viewing it through the lens of a serialized TV drama — heck, I'm even doing a season finale review for a podcast like it was something that just aired on AMC — and wondered if the audience was going to hold this inherently messy true story to the standards of scripted fiction when it came time for the ending. Was Sarah Koenig holding something back from us for all this time? Would there be a definitive ending, or just a poetic meditation on the ambiguous nature of truth? And if it was the latter, would "Serial" fans react with the same outrage that fans of "Lost," "Battlestar Galactica," "The Sopranos," et al did when those shows didn't wrap things up in a neat and tidy bow? »
- Alan Sepinwall
We're all wondering how the hell the first season of the NPR podcast "Serial" is going to end. Will we come any closer to learning whether Adnan Syed did, in fact, kill his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee? Will Sarah Koenig come out and admit she has no new information? Will Best Buy parking lots ever regain their innocence? This Funny Or Die imagining of the end of "Serial" is priceless. Michaela Watkins is a perfect Sarah Koenig. Everyone at MailChimp is terribly impressed. Of course, the only way NPR listeners will like the ending of "Serial" is if the killer turns out to be gluten. »
- Louis Virtel
The Serial podcast is coming to an end this week, and while we're all dying to find out if Sarah Koenig has an answer for us about who killed Hae Min Lee, Funny or Die has the most hilarious Serial spoof of them all. With comedian Michaela Watkins as Koenig herself, we see her stressing over the final episode of the show, but the funniest parts are how they make fun of Adnan Syed's prison calls, MailChimp (of course), and, in maybe the funniest bit, Cristina Gutierrez's voice. It's all so spot-on and the perfect thing to get you ready for that big finale! The Last Episode of Serial from Funny Or Die »
One of the best pieces of storytelling from any medium this year is happening on a podcast. Many, many people (myself included) have become addicted to Serial, a podcast hosted by Sarah Koenig that follows her investigation into a decades-old murder and the questionable trial and imprisonment that followed. The final episode of this season, which will wrap up this particular case, premieres tomorrow, and much like some memorable series finales in recent memory (notably Lost), everyone’s wondering how it’s going to end. The folks at Funny or Die decided to take a humorous look at what Koenig may or may not be dealing with as audience members are hoping for a satisfying conclusion to a case that remains unsolved (remember folks, this is real life, not an episode of Law & Order). Regardless, SNL alum Michaela Watkins does a swell job of playing Koenig, and yes, there are Mail Chimp jokes. »
- Adam Chitwood
Michaela Watkins is best known for her roles on Saturday Night Live, Trophy Wife, and Enlightened. But she's also a writer and producer, and with partner Damon Jones (who Watkins met when they were part of L.A.'s comedy stage show The Groundlings), is behind the USA comedy, Benched. Eliza Coupe stars as a high-powered lawyer who falls from grace and looks to rebuild her life as a public defender. Watkins and Jones tell us why we should do time with Benched....
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- Michael Schneider
The Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actress will guest star on an upcoming episode of ABC’s Thursday night hit How to Get Away With Murder, TVLine has learned.
As of now, Tyson is only booked for one episode — and the network remained tight-lipped regarding details about her character. (Could she be the mother of Viola Davis’ hard-charging defense attorney Annalise Keating? We can but hope!)
Tyson’s casting is yet another high-caliber get for the freshman drama. Last month, TVLine reported that »
Galavant, are you ready to rock?!
Bach’s song will be heard in Episode 2, which airs in the second half-hour of the series’ premiere on Jan. 4 at 8/7c. The tune, featuring Bach’s vocals, will play during a sequence in which Galavant (played by Rogue‘s Joshua Sasse) trains to joust Sir Jean Hamm (guest star John Stamos, Full House).
The eight-episode series, which will air back-to-back episodes for four Sundays, »
This week on Once Upon a Time‘s winter finale, as the Arendelle gang prepared to return home, Regina had a choice to make and Rumplestiltskin set in motion his duplicitous plan, while in flashback we learned of a “deal” Rumple once made with the “Queens of Darkness” aka Maleficent, Ursula and Cruella de Vil.
Forgive me for abandoning my usual recap format, but I’m still busy cheering like an idiot for Belle’s heroic act. Having distracted all the heroes with a shiny object — a portal door hidden inside the sorcerer’s lakeside mansion — Rumple went to the clock tower (duh, »
A beloved series has lined up its first major 2015 guest star: The Stork!
Sources confirm to TVLine exclusively that an established program that is covered voraciously on this very site is planning to impregnate its leading lady (the character, not the actress!) early in the new year — and it’s safe to say no one will see the baby twist coming.
The pregnancy — the timing of which defies almost every television convention — has the potential to dramatically alter the DNA of the series. (And this is not a show on its last legs; this baby, and the subsequent implications, will »
Dónde está, Michaela Watkins?
Senora Taraborelli’s job will get a little more complicated, however, when Beverly hires her as a tutor after Adam receives a failing grade. But because that’s not enough for the smother, she also bribes Watkins’ character to pass Adam. (Sounds like somebody’s about to get introduced to the term no bueno.)
The episode will air in 2015.
It's been nearly two months since Amazon debuted the first season of "Transparent," and more than a month since Amazon ordered a second season of the Jill Soloway-created drama. I've been meaning ever since to write a spoiler-filled book-end to my original review, looking over the entire 10-episode first season, but other things kept getting in the way. Better late than never, here are many thoughts on this show's great first season coming up just as soon as you let me know if you see any mustard... It's been so long since I watched the season that my thoughts are more fragmented than they might've been had I written this right after the renewal announcement, though my overall feeling remains the same as in that first review: this was gorgeous, intimate storytelling, among the very best things I watched all year. But let's go straight to the bullet points and bounce around different characters, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Eliza Coupe has an uncannily innate ability to seem like the most composed and least poised person at the same time on screen. It is a trait that Happy Endings used well, even if it didn’t fully embrace it until the final season, when it delved into Jane’s increasingly slapstick job with the Car Czar. When dealing with the messiness of Brad or Alex’s tomfoolery, Coupe’s Jane Kerkovich-Williams was the only one keeping everything together, yet when she was unable to live up to her own standards of perfection, she fell apart before you could squeak out a trademark Kerkovich “What?”
Benched, the new half-hour comedy on the USA Network, harnesses this quality well. Centering on the career obliteration of “money law” Hbic Nina Whitely (Coupe), following a public breakdown stemming from being passed over for a promotion, the show embraces the less than glamour-filled world »
- Whitney McIntosh
Elevators. Relationships. Conversations with other human beings in general. As evidenced by Tuesday’s series premiere of USA Network’s Benched, none of these things are lawyer Nina Whitley’s strengths.
Fortunately — for the viewers, at least — her failures are spectacularly entertaining.
After being passed over for partner at her corporate firm — by a less-qualified, larger-breasted friend, no less — Nina (Happy Endings‘ Eliza Coupe) unleashes the proverbial Kraken, telling off every single one of her co-workers with the kind of speech most hard-working, under-appreciated Americans only dream of. »
When Nina's ex-fiancé tells her he's engaged mere minutes before she's passed over for law partner by a big breasted colleague, she can't help but break everything in the room—champagne flutes, a candy dish, even a vase that Sir Elton John gave the firm. And since her day's going just peachy, the elevator doors refuse to close after she double flips off the entire office, leaving her looking sheepish as elevator music plays.On USA's new comedy Benched, the more uncomfortable it is for Nina (Happy Ending's Eliza Coupe), the more hilarious it is for us. Her "I quit »
- Kathryn Luttner
We finally had our first network cancellation of the fall season last week, when ABC dropped the ax on "Manhattan Love Story." Had the Alphabet waited one more week, we'd have made it through the first season in a while where all the new fall shows got to debut before one was canceled. But that was not to be, and instead we have our final new network fall show (with plenty more on the bench for midseason, or whatever the broadcast nets are willing to call it these days) coming up this week, along with a new cable comedy. Both, oddly, feature Jack McGee in a supporting role (the result of cable and network shows often filming on different schedules), and that — along with the fact that I don't feel strongly about either one at this stage — is enough excuse to put them together in the same post for a »
- Alan Sepinwall
Nina Whitley, the main lawyer on USA Network’s new legal sitcom Benched — premiering Tuesday at 10:30/9:30c — isn’t someone you’d necessarily choose to have in your corner. Then again, she probably wouldn’t want to help you, either.
Stop me any time if this sounds familiar: A lawyer at a big corporate firm is denied a promotion, engages in a spectacular meltdown, and finds herself, after a period in purgatory, taking a job as a public defender, uniting her with wacky office mates (including one who’s kinda dreamy) and a new array of unpleasant smells. “Benched” plucks its leads from defunct ABC comedies — Eliza Coupe of “Happy Endings” and “Better Off Ted’s” Jay Harrington — and generally presents the sitcom version of a recycling program. The greatest indignity might be that its unscripted lead-in, “Chrisley Knows Best,” delivers more laughs.
Much like USA’s “Satisfaction,” the outburst by Coupe’s Nina, delivered to a shocked conference room full of colleagues, helps set the plot in motion. Not only does the bridge-burning eruption result in her frequent humiliation — since the legend surrounding the actual event seems to grow »
- Brian Lowry
Transparent, Season 1
Created by Jill Soloway
Released on September 26, 2014 by Amazon Studios
I imagine my feelings after finishing Transparent’s incredible first season were much like many people’s feelings after Orange is the New Black premiered. It is wholly original and seems to exist as a result of the ways online streaming has opened up the medium of television to previously unrepresented characters. I was enamored both with the show’s characters and the way it approached issues of gender identity and sexuality. I needed to keep binge watching.
Transparent follows the Pfefferman clan, a tightly knit Jewish family living in Los Angeles, as their lives are changed by one member’s brave announcement. Maura (Jeffrey Tambor) comes out to her family as a woman, despite being their father and going by the name Mort for all of their lives. Pfefferman matriarch Shelly (Judith Light) confronts this new knowledge »
- George Morvis
There's nothing funny about the wage gap. And yet, Sarah Silverman managed to humorously address the topic while promoting the Equal Payback Project. In the thought provoking, Nsfw video, the comedienne, 43, proves she'll stop at nothing to ensure she's paid the same amount as a man—even if she has to undergo gender reassignment surgery to make it happen. "Every year the average woman loses around $11,000 to the wage gap," Silverman explains. "Over the course of her working life, that's almost $500,000. That's a $500,000 vagina tax!" Before consulting her surgeon (Michaela Watkins), Silverman says, "Women make up almost half the working population, yet we typically earn »
A quick review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I save you from a hideous river disease... "Julie Berkman's Older Sister" was the plottiest of the three episodes we've gotten so far. Or, at least, it was the one with stories that in their broadest strokes — Jess disapproves of her father's younger new girlfriend, Schmidt takes desperate measures to win an account — you could see other sitcoms doing. But it was also a reminder of how easily "New Girl" can get distracted from its own storylines in favor of letting the actors do and say random things — and also of why they tend to lean that way, because that tends to be when the show is most fun. So pretty much everything about the Schmidt/sponge story was a mess on a plot level, yet the whole story was clearly just an excuse for scenes »
- Alan Sepinwall
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