Category Archives: tv

Brooks Wheelan: Smartest SNL short-timer ever?

I love this guy’s positive attitude, and I love the description “comedian/biomedical engineer.” Maybe he and Ken Jeong can team up for the nerdiest sketch comedy show ever. Brooks Wheelan on ‘SNL’ Firing: ‘Yeah, That Adds Up’ – TheWrap.

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Rik Mayall, the people’s poet

The death of Rik Mayall is profoundly sad news for those of us who grew up as fans of The Young Ones and were always sorry that they only ever made 12 episodes. I was actually planning to start a movement to … Continue reading

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NBC’s Thursday night comedy lineup finally dead

The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Cheers, Night Court, A Different World, Wings, Mad About You, Seinfeld, Frasier, Friends, Will and Grace, Scrubs, My Name Is Earl, The Office, 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, Community … Now — The Biggest Loser. End … Continue reading

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Take me to the pilot, especially with SNL alumni

Scattered thoughts on new comedy series and pilots: – I always root for Saturday Night Live alumni to move into prime time, and Nasim Pedrad — underutilized on SNL — deserves it as much as anyone. – Also nice to see Casey Wilson … Continue reading

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Muppets back to TV? Yes please

The Muppets frankly work better on TV than they do in film, like the Saturday Night Live characters they once were. (That link, incidentally, is a fascinating read.) So this is encouraging news: A New Muppets TV Show Is Reportedly … Continue reading

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Is that an iPhone in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

I think the Pixies are one of the world’s most overrated bands, so I didn’t know the song in this iPhone ad I’ve seen in heavy rotation. Twitter buddy hoover_dam recognized it. Here’s how Slate put it: Apple’s new iPhone … Continue reading

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Daytime TV, a quick survey

In case you worry about American civilization, here’s a quick scan of my TV options at 1 p.m. … CW local affiliate, The Test: It seems two girlfriends have moved in with the same guy. At least one of them has a … Continue reading

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Me on Family Guy at Popdose

This week’s shocking Family Guy episode inspired me to get back to Popdose where I belong: The question: Is Brian’s death worth it in the long run? It’s a tricky question because Brian had more or less split into two … Continue reading

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South Park: ‘World War Zimmerman’ review

Sometimes, South Park and Family Guy forget that there’s more to comedy than taking their characters and putting them in dramatic situations ripped from movies or real life. This was one of those episodes.

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Cable “news” and “distraction”

My issues with this analysis are: 1. All cable information networks do this. Not just Fox. Not even just the “news” networks. 2. It’s a stretch to say the mislabeled “R-” and “D-” graphics are part of a larger conspiracy. … Continue reading

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