Category Archives: tv

Does a TV series have to last to be successful?

For once, I agree with the critics. The Last Man on Earth was terrific for its first couple of episodes and then quickly went off a cliff. Just when it became too much for Will Forte to do on his own, they … Continue reading

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All-time great performances: Fishbone on SNL

March 23, 1991. I was sitting in the commons room at Brown House, my happy home for the past three years. I was terrified of the world outside Duke. We had watched most of the Gulf War on the same … Continue reading

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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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