Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Office Webisodes: The Mentor

March 4 is going to be exciting for The Office fans, considering it's the birth of Jam's baby, but it's also the day that new webisodes start! This time around, the webisodes again star Angela but also newcomer Erin. Erin has expressed her interest in accounting, so Angela, being the motherly type, takes her under her wing to show her how to be an accountant. This may cause tension with her friendship with Kelly, as surely Angela disdains Subtle Sexuality. And will Erin stay secretary? Maybe Kevin will switch jobs and be receptionist, as he's shown great promise when they were left without one.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

We've got lots of TV news already, but I'm sure there will be more in the next month with more renewal updates.

Better Off Ted is course on death row, but I still have a ray of hope, considering it's uber-cheap to make because it doesn't have huge stars on it. There's little to no special effects, and it has a in irksome, devoted fanbase that will destroy ABC in any way they can for canceling the show. Fans of Arrested Development and Pushing Daisies have found comfort in this show because of its quirky, quick dialogue and odd characters. And they are determined to not let this show go without a fight. Even the creator and Jay Harrington have some hope about it, even though Andrea Anders and Harrington have signed on for pilots for the next season. This shouldn't stop the show, considering there's only 13 episodes of a 30-minute sitcom. Filming probably doesn't take long. So when in off season of another show, Anders and Harrington can work on BOT. (PS-Bill Pullman will play Harrington's father on the pilot.)

In more TV news....Rachael Leigh Cook will star in a new FOX sitcom called Nirvana, which is about two Indian men who try to assimilate into American culture. This concept shows great promise. I'd imagine it can point out an awful lot about American culture that seems totally ridiculous. Cook plays a girlfriend to one of the men. (Hollywood Reporter)

Will Arnett will be starring in another FOX sitcom "as a wealthy Beverly Hills man who winds up falling for a woman who can't stand his obnoxious ways." I'm game for anything with Arnett. (Variety)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Favorite Current TV Couples

Valentine's Day might have passed, but that doesn't mean we still can't celebrate love. Let alone fictional TV love. There are many swoon-worthy TV couples out there, but I've compiled my list of the top three.

1. Chuck Bass and Blair Waldorf - Gossip Girl
There have been many pairings on this show, but the only one that seems to make sense (and seems to not have been born out of nothing more than hormones or the urge to get ahead) is the union of Chuck and Blair. After watching the other relationships crash and burn on this series time after time, it's refreshing to watch a couple that is truly meant for each other. Chuck and Blair may be money/status-hungry, conniving characters, but that's not all they have in common. At the end of the day, they both would do anything for their family and friends. Making it a love that will (possibly) last.

2. Jim Halpert and Pam (Beasley) Halpert - The Office
Who doesn't love PB & J? This couple is all kinds of adorable and has been since the first episode when Pam was engaged to Roy. After countless adorable flirtatious moments, ("Hey") a season of courting and finally an engagement, JAM tied the knot this season. Here's hoping the cuteness continues with the little one due in March.

3. Marshall Eriksen and Lily Aldrin - How I Met Your Mother
If you've ever looked ahead to your future and pictured your grey-haired self sitting on the front porch with your grey-haired spouse you can understand the love I have for Marshall and Lily. True, there was that season Lily almost threw it all away, but I don't like to think of that. I just focus on the fact that they're adorable now. No wonder it's taken Ted so long to find the one. He has Marshall and Lily's love to live up to. Through sword fights and titled apartments they stick together.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Too Many Medical Dramas Drama

What's the deal with medical dramas? Essentially they're all the same. The same characters exists throughout each drama. This just in: Amy Smart will star in a CBS medical drama as a nurse who doesn't take shit from doctors (source from imdb). E.R. NEVER did this. Or Grey's Anatomy. Or Nurse Jackie, HawthoRNe, Trauma, Private Practice, House M.D., Three Rivers, Mercy, or the ten other medical dramas out there. I guess the public likes these or the networks wouldn't vomit them out. I don't find vomiting an excellent way to impress people, but that's my opinion. People, if you've seen one, you've seen them all. Quit watching every single medical drama! There's better TV out there during that time slot. I guarantee it.

Don't get me started on crime dramas...what's with the CSI line?!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Feminist Feature: Bobby's Top Feminist TV Shows

5. Sactuary

Dr. Helen Magnus, played by Amanda Tapping, is a genius, developed over a hundred years. She is an activist for abnormals, but if need be, she will kill a dangerous abnormal. She is an abnormal herself, created by a serum of pure vampire blood, giving her the power of longevity. Not to mention there’s badasses Kate Freelander and Ashley Magnus.

4. Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars starred Kristen Bell as a teen sleuth. Once popular and now a social outcast after being raped and distancing herself from anyone she trusted. It didn't help that her father is also a private detective who was once a police chief who was wrongly accused of wrongly arresting someone and lost the favor of the town who turned to the current chief of police goofball. Veronica develops a friendship with other outcasts, who help her in her cases, no questions asked. Because they trust her. The less they know, the less danger they're in. Veronica is an independent woman, who rushes into danger without fearing it. She's witty and bitterly sarcastic. Her technologically-savvy friend Mac is also a feminist icon, paving her own way, being a crazy-awesome hacker and computer wiz.

3. Xena: Warrior Princess

The one that started a feminist revolution on television in the 90s as a spin-off of Hercules: The Legendary Journey. It was an inspiration to women everywhere, and a lesbian icon, especially in its last season, when Xena and her traveling scholarly (turned sidekick warrior) companion Gabrielle became a bit closer in their relationship. By closer I mean sexual stimulating in a way. Lots of kissing and feeling between the two. I didn't get to see much of the final season due to the unfortunate circumstance of not being able to receive the channel.

2. The Legend of the Seeker

Read past posts of my love for this under-rated, under-watched show.

1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel

The female roles in these two shows are outstanding. Joss Whedon loves his strong women, which he credits to his mother...Willow being an uber-witch, Buffy and Faith (and many, many others now) being vampire slayers (only can a woman chosen for that role), Tara being another powerful witch and Willow's gay lover, Fred becoming the crazy-powerful smurfish Illyria, the independent, strong detective Kate, the once-ditzy-turned-powerful-and-helpful Cordelia, Anya being a once-powerful demon, Lilah, and Angel's love from long ago Darla, who sired him. There's no shortage of strong women in Whedon's shows, and it continued with Firefly/Serenity and Dollhouse. And in comics with Astonishing X-Men, Buffy Season 8, and Runaways. Next up for Whedon: Wonder Woman movie!

Honorable Mentions
: Dollhouse, Firefly, and Wonder Woman

I don't count Charlie's Angels because of the highly sexualized and objectified women on it.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Site of the Week 2/8/10-2/14/10: Comics Alliance

Comics Alliance has some of the best writers: clever, witty, and hilarious. They stumble upon great finds, not just in comics, but in all nerdy entertainment. Check it out for some good laughs and informative reads. They highlight some of the most ridiculous moments from comics, like swimsuit issues (you know...the nerd's version of a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition) and the worst sex scenes in comics, which is sooooo funny. An article just today was extremely well-written and critical: The Real Protests of Captain America #602. Apparently the Tea Party is getting their anti-Obama panties in a bunch about the most recent issue of Cap. Maybe if they didn't have signs that read "TEA BAG THEM DEMS BEFORE THEY TEA BAG YOU!" they wouldn't appear as a problematic obstacle to Bucky and Steve Rogers.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Variety Shows: Ferguson/White/Bell

I'm a fan of variety shows. I wasn't too much of a fan of Carrie Underwood's, mostly because I'm not a fan of hers but I enjoyed her guest appearances from Dolly, KChen, and Christina Applegate. Alex Borstein and Seth MacFarlane's variety show I thought was funny but also awkward at times. Obviously a weekly variety show, no matter who hosts, will not work, maybe unless it's a different host every week. But I say the next variety show special should be Betty White, Craig Ferguson, and Kristen Bell. Craig has fun rapports with his guests, but I think the most outrageously adorable and hilarious are when White and Bell are on. The senses of humor are similar and the cuteness factor of the show rises to exceed the cute-o-meter. With Betty's dirty jokes and get-rich quick schemes, Kristen Bell's singing and adorableness, and Craig's presence and Scottish insanity, this variety show will be utterly awesome. I'm thinking of the abdominal pains I'll have when the show is over from laughing so hard. Please, CBS, make this variety show happen. I would post youtube videos of the dynamic duos together, but I don't know how to do that haha. Perhaps one of my ghost of co-bloggers could do that.

Thoughts? Who would you like to see host a variety show?