6 items from 2012
In a blatant play on Tyler Perry movies, and his way of naming them, 30 Rock put forth one of its funniest episodes of the season in "Aunt Phatso vs. Jack Donaghy."
Both of the main plots worked well, but let's begin with the more surprising of the two: Hazel Wassername wasn't absolutely terrible! There were moments that the character was pretty bland, and didn't make me want to slap her, but there were also times when I was actually laughing at Kristen Schaal's performance.
Finally. That character has hurt the show since she came, on so it was nice to see her not being too obnoxious to be funny. My favorite moment of hers was when she told Liz that she would slap her if she "didn't think it would lead to a kiss." It was all just the right amount of crazy.
The Tracy and Jack story, which »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Dan Forcella)
This might be the greatest video we've watched in months. On Tuesday night's (Sept. 25) "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," Fallon and the cast of "Guys With Kids" -- Anthony Anderson, Jesse Bradford and Zach Cregger -- did a medley of TV theme songs from throughout the decades.
We totally agree with Fallon that it's a shame that shows don't really have great theme songs anymore (though there are a few shows on the air that have good ones, like "Community" and "Sons of Anarchy").
Do you know them all? We've got "Jeffersons," "All in the Family," "Golden Girls," "Friends," "Fresh Prince," "Facts of Life," "Good Times," "Greatest American Hero," "Three's Company," "Full House," "Saved by the Bell," "Happy Days" and "Cheers." We'll confess, the instrumental one between "Three's Company" and "Full House" has us wracking our brains -- we recognize it, but can't place it, so help us out in the comments if you know. »
Based on the ground breaking UK series, the critically acclaimed Us remake of Shameless, from award-winning executive producer John Wells (ER, The West Wing) and starring Oscar-nominated actor William H. Macy (Fargo) as the notorious Frank Gallagher, is released on DVD from 25th June 2012. To celebrate Chicago’s most dysfunctional family we take a look back at the best British-made TV shows to successfully make their way across the Atlantic.
Steptoe & Son
This classic British sitcom about a warring father and son who run an unsuccessful rag and bone store in London gave audiences one of the most successful double acts in TV history. Despite in reality only having a 13 year age difference, Wilfrid Brambell and Harry H Corbett were convincing as a cynical father and ambitious son, respectively, who constantly bicker over the failing business and their vastly opposing views on social issues.
The well-loved »
Washington, D.C. – Hollywood and Washington joined forces Thursday night to celebrate the 90th birthday of TV producer and political activist Norman Lear. In a glittering union of entertainment and politics, Kathleen Turner, Jane Lynch and Doris Roberts mixed and mingled with members of Congress at the fete held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In his nearly nine decades, (his actual birthday is July 29), Lear has produced some of the small screen’s most popular — and controversial — programming, including All in the Family, Maude, Sanford and Son and The Jeffersons.
- Judy Kurtz, The Hill
Chicago – One of the great nights of the TBS ‘Just for Laughs Chicago’ comedy festival is the ‘New Faces of Chicago’ revue. The cream of the Windy City crop did their killer stand-up routines at The Comedy Bar, a new laugh venue in the River North neighborhood in Chicago.
To get an idea of the burgeoning stand-up scene here – several new clubs have opened in the last five years – HollywoodChicago.com talked to three of the “new faces” who performed. James Fritz, Mark Henderson and Mike Lebovitz spoke about their backgrounds as comedians.
HollywoodChicago.com: How does where you grew up and how your family was inform your comic style?
James Fritz: It made me angry? I don’t know. I grew up in Kentucky in a really religious environment, and think that’s why that sh*t is in my brain, a lot. I tried to make »
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Brunson Green, the producer of “The Help,” is Speakeasy’s roving reporter on the red carpets this week as he attends multiple awards ceremonies and events on behalf of the film. Follow his blog entries here as he photographs and writes about each night.
Coming off of the fantastic evening in Palm Springs, this Sunday, we raced back to L.A., rested for a »
- Brunson Green
6 items from 2012
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