The Best ‘Girls’ Parody Ever (There’s a shitload of kittens!)

Posted in TV on January 10th, 2014 by Nick

catThis Girls parody entitled Cats reminds us of how truly amazing, hilarious and terrible Girls is all at the same time. Because usually, this is exactly how stupid Hannah and her friends sound like episode to episode.

Oh, but I suppose young twenty-somethings can be endearing sometimes and that’s why we keep watching it, yeah? We were all at one time or another equally as clueless as…AHH THERE’S BASKETS OF KITTENS!

The water epiphany! Kitty goal setting! The pipe dream of charming the paws off of Grumpy Cat’s manager! This two-minute parody is one for the YouTube record books.

 

The real Girls show starts in a week or two or something. And I want another cat. But I promise I’m not a weird cat person or anything.

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‘Girls’ S2 Trailer Reminds Us Why ‘Girls’ Was So Awesome in the First Place

Posted in Trailer Park, TV on December 4th, 2012 by Nick

This is what happens when you break up with a sociopath.

The critically-acclaimed Judd Apatow-produced and Lena Dunham-penned HBO series Girls is back soon and from the looks of the trailer, it seems like quite the follow-up to the series brazen” female-youth-takes-on-NY” debut. Brazen, did I say? While the premise may seem like a humdrum journey of already-explored fictional territory, Girls never gets all Sex and the City on you – in fact, it’s its modern day polar opposite.

Girls, wittily written, directed by and starring Lena Dunham, tells the tale of aspiring writer Hannah whose parents cut her off financially, two years after her college graduation. Hannah alternates between sinking and swimming as she attempts to get her life on track and carve her own niche in her career, neighborhood and personal life.

Of course, she has a few quirky friends along for the ride as well. She dates a weirdo, gets a job, fucks up the job, fights with her weirdo boyfriend, bickers with her friends, breaks up with the weirdo, and walks aimlessly through much of Season 1 – it’s a chillingly accurate (and fictionally appealing) example of youth in its young-twenty-somethings. Will Hannah’s mistakes help define her later down the road, or will she never figure it all out? Either way, it’s hilarious to watch her try.

Season 2 premieres January 13 at 9 pm on HBO. Catch up on Season 1 via HBO Go or pick up the Blu-rays  on December 11.  For now, you can ponder your own fuck-ups with the new season trailer – hurray!

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‘True Blood’: The Wait is Over

Posted in TV on June 11th, 2012 by Nick

(Spoiler-free) Waiting sure does suck, but for fans of HBO’s delicious blood suckin’, fang-bangin’, shape-shifting guilty pleasure, the wait is finally over. Sure, the network’s other fare, full of coming-of-age Girls, Prohibition-age politicians, and sword wielding medieval-doers were worthy enough to hold us over in the meantime; however, with last night’s Season 5 premiere of True Blood, Sookie, Eric and Bill have reclaimed their spot on HBO’s mainstage with more bloodshed, sex, violence, and camp. Let the madness begin!

Although the series’ 3rd and 4th seasons were a little choppy (the Franklin bit carried on for far too long, and I liked the book’s witch-based storyline better), Season 5 is already setting up a grand, epic blowout of a season. In last night’s “Turn! Turn! Turn!” we were reintroduced to each character’s storyline in the exact spot we left them. Sookie and Lafayette were cradling Tara’s seemingly dead body, as half of her blown out head covered Sook’s kitchen floor and walls; Bill and Eric were dealing with the aftermath having just killed Nan Flanagan; Jason was busy getting stalked by newly-vamped Steve Newlin; and Sam was busy trying to keep his new love interest safe from her ex’s pack. (And if anyone can explain to me that shiz with Arlene’s possible-demon baby, I’m all ears!) So basically, everything and nothing happened, all at once. But hey man – don’t we watch this show for the blood, sex, and bloody sex? There was certainly plenty to go around!

True Blood works on so many different levels. On a purely surface basis, it’s a great, cheesy escape…the ultimate guilty pleasure. Digging deeper, however, the show displays some merit with solid writing, great set design and locations (they really come alive from the page), and a cast that gets it. Sure, there aren’t any Emmy-award-winning performances here, but the cast completely understands the tone and focus of the show, and they really commit to it, packing a punch week after week. In particular, Kristin Bauer van Straten is brilliant as Eric’s right-hand vamp Pam, with her icy-cold deadpans (see above photo) and constant “I don’t give a fuck” attitude. Plus the fact that she’s always ready to tear something…or someone…apart limb by limb. That helps too.

With Alan Ball departing as showrunner after this season, I admit I’m wary. With a show like True Blood, it doesn’t take much to jump the shark and completely become a mockery of itself. If the writing remains sharp, (and full of sister-fucking and werewolf intestine-eating!), hopefully HBO can milk another 2-3 seasons off its trashy, but beloved cash cow.

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OMFG: Snoop Dogg raps True Blood with "Oh Sookie"

Posted in Check It Out! on June 17th, 2010 by Nick

Does life get any better than this!? True Blood is on a roll…even Snoop-a-loop’s a fan!

Faaaaaantastic.

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'Funny or Die' sketch comedy TV show hits HBO

Posted in TV on January 29th, 2010 by Nick

Friday, February 19 HBO will premiere an epic new series, Funny or Die Presents, which will hopefully be world’s better than Eastbound and Down and have a limited inclusion of not-funnyman Danny McBride. (Or better yet – how about not including him at all!)

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s website, Funny or Die, is the site that brought you The Landlord starring that adorable little Pearl, and also features clips made by actors such as Elizabeth Banks, Aziz Ansari, Zach Galafianakis, Tiffani Thiessen, and many others with equally as hard-to-spell names.

I must admit – I do need more Funny or Die in my life. Check these: PeeWee gets an iPad, Breakups in a noisy diner, or even Terrible Decisions with Ben Schwartz (and also the Tiffani Thiessen clip! mmm, Kelly Kapowski).  They’re all so amazing. So yes, HBO. I am totally down for this series.

And when does Will Ferrell ever go wrong? Ok, there was that Bewitched remake. And Land of the Lost. And Woody Allen’s Melinda and Melinda (oof).

But seriously – as long as Danny McBride doesn’t show up every week, I think we’re in for a treat.

Big shoutout to Paste Magazine. That magazine (and site) is the cat’s pajamas.

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TLW's Top 10 Most Anticipated Shows of the Fall

Posted in TV on September 21st, 2009 by Nick

This is late. I know. I’ve even had a few people ask for it – which means I’m being a bad blogger, yikes! With no further adieu, here are the Top 10 shows you should most definitely be watching, anticipating, and freaking out over!

Some are newbies, and others are returning favorites. In no particular order:

1. FRINGE

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If you haven’t started watching Fringe yet, you should most likely bump it to the #1 spot in your Netflix queue. Fringe follows a unique governmental agency that investigates the dealings of fringe science – weird diseases, psychic abilities, things that go bump in the night, etc. It’s X-Files meets Twilight Zone. A group of terrorists are utilizing these freaky-deaky findings against the world, and that’s where Dunham comes in: Agent Olivia Dunham, and Peter Bishop and his dad Walter are in charge (Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, respectively) of investigating these strange events to determine their source and stop The Pattern and those behind it. I’m not giving this show enough justice. It’s weird. It’s brilliant. It’s well-acted and well-written. And it’s confusing. Not ‘Lost’ confusing, though it’s way more intriguing.

Season 2 premiered on Sept. 17th and Season 1 DVDs are available now. New episodes can be seen Thursdays at 9pm on Fox.

2. Bored to Death

Jason Schwartzman + Zach Galifianakis + Ted Danson + HBO series. Need I say more? Schwartzman plays Jonathan Ames, a writer suffering from writer’s block who is moonlighting as a Private Detective – food for thought for his next book. The show is quirky, edgy (Thanks, HBO!), and full of Schwartzman’s Coconut Records tunes. Zach G is the friend/comic relief who hopefully gets wrapped into Ames’ scheming, and Danson plays the bossman. Potential like whoa.

Premiered last night. Check HBO listings for repeats of the pilot. Show airs Sunday nights at 9:30pm on HBO.

3. Dollhouse

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Joss Whedon’s niche sci-fi drama was renewed for a second season! I will pause for celebratory cheers…

Eliza Dushku plays Echo, one of the elusive dolls in the dollhouse. Dolls are actives sent on missions to fulfill whatever purpose or need a client has. It’s Alias meets Dark Angel. Action, sex, and drama galore. Plus Dushku in skimpy outfits. Score! Last season, Agent Ballard and Echo started to unravel the secrets of the Dollhouse and…wait a minute. You haven’t seen it? DVDs are out and I’m keeping this spoiler free. Add it to that queue!

The writing and supporting cast makes this show well worth it. Plus it’s a Whedon show! What’s not to love.  Trust meeeee.

New episodes: Sept. 25th, 9pm, Fox.

4. Dexter

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Michael C. Hall is amazing. Michael C. Hall is one of the best actors on television. Michael C. Hall is…Dexter.

Dexter is a blood specialist for the Miami Metro Police Department, but he’s also a serial killer…with a code. He’ll only kill the guilty – people like him who deserve to die. He lives by ‘the code’, a set of rules given to him by his stepfather who taught him to control his evil ticks. While he’s at it, he has to keep his cover at work, with his sister, and with his new wifee, Rita and their 3 kids. No problem, right? Wrong.

Dexter’s fourth season premieres Sept. 27th on Showtime. Seasons 1-3 are available on DVD.

5. Curb Your Enthusiasm

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Is the glass half full or half empty? Everything in life is relative, according to Larry David, co-creator of Seinfeld.  Curb follows Larry as…actually, if you haven’t seen Curb yet just kill yourself. Or rent the DVDs (I guess that’s less extreme..)

THE LITTLEST WINSLOW BOLD STATEMENT in 3….2….1….

Curb Your Enthusiasm > Seinfeld. Stick that up your pipe and smoke it.

Season 7 of Curb premiered last night and will continue to air its 7th Season Sundays at 9, on HBO.

6. Californication

Are we beginning to see a theme here, guys? HBO and Showtime is where it’s at. And if True Blood was beginning a season as opposed to just ending one, that would also be on my list. For now, sit down and spend some time with Hank Moody, aka David Duchovny on Californication.  Playboy Hank Moody fornicates. A lot. In California. He lives with his daughter, a pre-teen goth chick named Becca, and is still in love with her mother, Karen, who just moved back to NY. What’s a playboy to do in the big city of LA now?

This show is absolutely fucking hysterical. It’s Duchovny at his best and with a great supporting cast to boot. And even though the seemingly schmuck-ish Moody is growing as a character, you’ll still be surprised and keeled over by every decision he makes. A+ television.

Californication premieres Sept. 27th on Showtime at 10pm.

7. 30 Rock

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I. fucking. love. this. show. It’s. perfect. Nothing. can. be. changed. about. it.

If you don’t watch it, punch yourself in the face. Kthx.

Premieres October 15th, 9:30pm, NBC.

8. How I Met Your Mother

I never thought I’d actually watch and like a CBS sitcom because A) I’m not 50, B) They’re usually not funny, and C) They’re usually crazy predictable. But HIMYM defies all CBS-sitcom expectations. Now I can sit here and rave about Neil Patrick Harris, but really the entire cast deserves to be commended. Alyson Hannigan, Jason Segal, Josh Radnor, and Cobie Smulders. Hell, even Saget. Four seasons later, the show remains light, witty, and absolutely hilarious. Quite the victory, CBS.

Premiered last night. Airs Mondays at 8pm on CBS.

9. Glee

There are pros and cons to Fox’s new breakout hit, Glee. Pro – The music is really good, and the cast, really talented. Con – It’s three episodes deep and I’m slightly losing interest. Pro – The storylines are fairly interesting with a good blend of life inside the high school and out. Con – It’s kind of cheesy that Fox is already selling music from the show. Pro – JANE LYNCH. See, I’m torn!

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Either way, Glee is definitely one of the new shows to keep an eye on. And news just came in that Fox has already called for an entire season! So far, this show isn’t going anywhere, but after the Glee club wins Nationals, what the hell are they going to do for Season 2? And 3? 4? Beyond? I shudder to think.

Glee can be seen Wednesdays at 9pm on Fox.

10: TIE: Community / Parks and Recreation

So I was going to give this spot hands down to Community. Parks and Rec had a bumpy first season that was terribly slow, and kind of uninspiring. But then I saw the Season 2 premiere of Parks and holy shit! It was fantastic! Leslie Knope accidentally chose to defend gay marriage by having a mock wedding at the zoo for two male penguins. Whoops! She then proceeds to get slammed by anti-gay rights activists and hilarity ensued. Honestly, I might have to watch it again! Here’s to hoping Poehler and the gang can keep this ship afloat.

Community, on the other hand, stars Chevy Chase so how could I not have watched that? (WE MISSED YOU, CHEVY!) The Soup’s Joel McHale plays a lawyer who ends up having to go back to college because his undergrad degree was revoked somehow. I don’t really understand the how part, but he’s back in college, unhappy about it, and is kind of a douchebag. Sounds like a good premise for a show if you ask me! And the pilot? Two thumbs way up! Check it out on NBC.com.

Parks and Recreation airs Thursdays at 8:30, while Community airs at 9:30. Both on NBC (with Community’s time to change once 30 Rock returns)

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WORD HOLLA! I’ve got a few *Runner-Ups*, but I’m not sure if I can put these eggs in my basket. They are:

V and FlashForward.

V is a remake from an older show. Boo. But it stars Morena Baccarin and Juliet! Yay. And aliens come. And do something or other. I’ll keep you posted.

FlashForward stars Charlie and Penny from Lost, plus John Cho! It tells the story of a bunch of Americans who see into the future. For 2 minutes and 17 seconds, they see their lives from 6 months into the future! Drama, sadness, grief, action, etc, unfolds! Again – yay or nay? Check back later.

FlashForward starts this Thursday at 8pm on ABC. V begins November 3rd at 8pm, also on ABC.

Maybe I should’ve just made this a Top 12 list…

And don’t worry Survivor fans! That show gets it’s own special blog in due time..

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Welcome back, welcome back, welcome baaaaack!

Posted in TV on August 3rd, 2009 by Nick

Entourage doesn’t totally suck anymore! Horrrraaaaay, Huzzahhhhh, and the like!

The new season of Entourage is flying high! Vinny Chase is back in action – Scorsese’s “Gatsy” is a hit, putting Chase back on the map and putting money back in his wallet. Ari is riding Lloyd’s ass more than ever, and Gary Cole is a semi-regular now who is ruining both Ari’s personal and professional life. Great success for Vinny and Co., and great story lines for Jeremy Piven, one of the main attractions of Entourage for me.

The last two seasons blew. Who wants to see Chase and the gang down in the dumps, poor, and struggling. Entourage is the best when we get to co-pilot that magic carpet ride with the gang, pretending if only for a short while that we’re behind the scenes with them enjoying that lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Kudos!

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A 'True' substitute for the lack of quality television

Posted in TV on June 22nd, 2009 by Nick

Summer’s here, which means we’re subject to crappy Reality TV (And not the way awesome ‘Survivor’ kind!), boring sports, and repetitive reruns. You’re thirsty for some delicious entertainment, and constantly hearing about Jon and Kate and those retarded Housewives makes you want to vomit. I’ve got just the thing to quench your thirst for compelling and intelligent viewing:

True Blood.

Don’t blow this off. And don’t let your Twilight-induced-upturned-stomache let you make the mistake of not watching this show!

Created by ‘Six Feet Under’ creator Alan Ball (and based on the Sookie Stackhouse book series by Charlaine Harris), True Blood mixes Southern drama with vampiric horror and a murder mystery. Awesome.  What more could ya want?

True Blood depicts a society where vampires are “out of the coffin” and “mainstreaming” themselves into society as regular citizens with rights just like humans. It takes the notion of modern day prejudice and intolerability and flips it entirely upside down.

Academy Award winner Anna Paquin plays the lead role as Sookie Stackhouse. She’s a reader, getting inside the minds of everyone around her both accidentally, and when the opportunity strikes. When Bill Compton, a mainstreamed vamp arrives to their small southern town, the town reacts in different ways and all hell eventually breaks loose as a serial killer starts murdering “fang-banging” young females.

This show is insanely unique both in terms of tone and story (Note:  Harris’ first in the series was in 2001 – a good 4 years before Meyer’s Twilight bullshit even began). Ball adds realism and drama, giving True Blood just what it needs to be far out, without being unattainable to viewers.

Season 1 is on DVD now. Season 2 is 2 eps deep. Get started, kids. You don’t want to miss this one.

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Entire 'Seinfeld' cast to appear on 'Curb'

Posted in Check It Out! on March 8th, 2009 by Nick

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And I heart Curb. Curb Your Enthusiasm is the shit. Add all 4 Seinfeld cast members at the same time? Fucking gold.

EW.com broke the news, and Lynette Rice writes:

EW has learned exclusively that the four stars of NBC’s long-running comedy — Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander, and Michael Richards — will be featured in a multiple-episode story arc on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm this fall. The cameos will mark the first time that all four actors have appeared together in a scripted TV show since Seinfeld went off the air nearly 11 years ago.

The new season will air in the fall of 2009. Dates to be announced.

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Dear Entourage:

Posted in TV on November 10th, 2008 by Nick

WHY DO YOU SUCK NOW!?

I should probably stop watching.

It’s not me…it’s you.

-Nick

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