Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Review: Welcome to "Suburgatory"

Is there a more enjoyable guide through the modern jungle of suburbia than the snarky teenage girl? I present that there is not, which is probably why I found myself oddly fond of ABC's new sitcom "Suburgatory," premiering 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

"Boardwalk Empire" still aiming for greatness in second season

On the surface, HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," which starts its second season tonight at 9, has all the earmarks of being a great HBO drama, in the vein of "The Sopranos," "The Wire," or "Deadwood." It's meticulously well-made, with great pains obviously taken to re-create Atlantic City in the 1920s. It has a capable cast of actors, playing complicated characters. There's also the typical premium cable shenanigans -- nudity, coarse language, a bit of graphic violence here and there.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Reviewing Fox's "New Girl": It's Zooey-rific!

Is there really any point to reviewing the new Fox sitcom "New Girl," which premieres tonight at 9 on Fox? It stars Zooey Deschanel and your opinion on the show depends almost entirely on how you feel about her.

My "Two and a Half Men" recap: Good Lord, do these people hate Charlie Sheen

Like most people who haven't watched the CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men" in a while, I tuned into Monday night's premiere mainly out of morbid curiosity. Yes, I wanted to see if it really started with a funeral for Charlie Harper (formerly played by the not-so-dearly-departed Charlie Sheen). And, of course, I wanted to see how they introduced new star Ashton Kutcher, who plays a broken-hearted internet billionaire improbably named Walden.
After watching the show, three main things stood out to me:

Sunday, September 18, 2011

My belated, sure to be wrong, Emmy predictions

So, the Primetime Emmy Awards air tonight at 8 on Fox. Yes, I realize that's just a few hours from now, but it's still not too late to make some last minute, sure to be wrong predictions. So here I go:

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Is "Sunny" losing its mojo? Fat chance

 Actors are constantly gaining weight for dramatic roles.DeNiro in "Raging Bull." Charlize Theron in "Monster." The list goes on and on. As for those who gained weight to play comedic roles, there's Renee Zelleweger in "Bridget Jones's Diary" and .... well, that's about all I can think of. That's why it was somewhat shocking to hear that "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" showrunner and co-star Rob McElhenney had gained 50 pounds for the show's seventh season -- which starts tomorrow at 10 p.m. -- simply because he thought it was a funny idea.

I'm back!

OK, so, after a long hiatus, I think I'm ready to start blogging again. It's going to start slow (I'm hoping to have up a preview of the new season of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia tonight, then I'll try to move on to some of the new shows), but we're now moved in, and I'd like to get back on the horse.