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The biggest gamble of the TV season has paid off. CBS decided to move its hit comedy The Big Bang Theory to Thursday to start a new night of comedy and try to steal the thunder from NBC‘s long-standing Must-See TV lineup.Mission accomplished.  Read more »
If there is one thing that NBC does right, it is Thursday night comedies. The peacock network has long championed some of TV‘s best sitcoms. The jury is still out on whether or not their new effort Outsourced will be the next buzzy show like Community, or an unfortunate misfire like Kath & Kim. Either way NBC still has a solid lineup of comedies that has kept me tuning in all these years.Here are some clips, interviews and deleted scenes from last night‘s best three comedies: The Office, 30 Rock and Community. Read more »
Last night was a fantastic night for NBC‘s "Big 3" comedies: The Office, 30 Rock and Community. All 3 episodes showcased their unique brand of humor so well that it‘s hard for me to choose a favorite. I realize that I‘m leaving Outsourced out of the mix, but in all honesty, I wasn‘t in the mood to watch it last night. I didn‘t want to come down from my comedy high. If there was a central theme for last night‘s block, it would have to be character backstory.  We learned why Michael Scott wanted to be a manager, met someone from Jeff Winger‘s origins, and saw Tracy Jordan channel his inner Slumdog Millionaire, by recalling otherwise random events from his past in order to make it to the hospital on time.  Read more »
I know that 30 Rock is basically one big inside joke that exists in a meta-universe, but this week‘s episode "Let‘s Stay Together," scored really high on the meta-scale. There were references to Outsourced ("It‘s the new Friends"), Community ("What‘s that black kids name?") and the confusing wisdom behind canceling Law & Order ("But it was a tent pole, A TENT POLE!"). The episode tackled a subject that has long plagued NBC (and the rest of network TV for that matter), its lack of diversity. As I was watching this week‘s episode I started to wonder if 30 Rock could have ever existed on another network. With the exception of FOX, I‘m not sure any major network would devote such a high profile half hour of programming to a show constantly pokes fun of the brand. So good for you NBC; I‘m still mad about Conan though. Read more »
Have a quick bite of some TV news in 300 words.NBC goes Mad for Mad MenSomeone at NBC must really love them some Mad Men. It has been announced the John Slattery who plays the lovable/pitiful Roger on Mad Men has been tapped to play a candidate running for congress on an upcoming episode of 30 Rock. This is great news for Mad Men fans who after last night‘s finale will have to wait until next summer to check in on their favorite show. In the meantime NBC seems to be a great place for mad men and women. Jon Hamm has really etched out a name for himself with his 30 Rock appearances and his two-going-on-three SNL hosting gigs. January Jones also hosted (if you could call it that) an episode of SNL last year. Also, Rich Sommers who plays Harry Crane appeared on a few episodes of The Office a few seasons back. Now that Roger is making his way over to 30 Rock lets hope NBC finds something to do with Pete, Peggy and Joanie in the off season. [Ausiello] Read more »
Sesame Street exists on the premise that kids watch TV -- a lot of TV. The show merely takes advantage of couch potato-tendencies in order to educate and inform. It makes sense then that Sesame Street would parody just about everything already appearing on television for the education of the children.Related: Banksy‘s Simpsons Intro: 5 More Epic Couch Gags from Episodes Past Read more »
Tonight is a big night for the cast of 30 Rock. The Emmy Award winning sitcom will embark on its first ever live episode. Aptly titled "Live Show" tonight‘s 30 Rock will tape two episode (one for the east coast and one for the west coast) in front of a live audience in studio 8-H where SNL has called home all these years. This is the first time 30 Rock has officially done a live episode (they performed an un-aired episode on stage during the writer‘s strike) but the cast isn‘t too worried. Most of them come from a live theater/TV background. Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan cut their teeth for years doing live TV on SNL. Alec Baldwin might as well consider himself a former SNL cast member seeing as he‘s hosted the show a shocking 15 times. Not to mention the conditioning he received while hosting the Acadamey Awards this year with Steve Martin.  Read more »
The long anticipated 30 Rock live has finally arrived and believe me it was worth the wait. I‘ve only seen the east coast version but that was enough for me to know that this episode is an instant classic. Sure I knew it would be funny, everything 30 Rock does is funny, but I wasn‘t expecting it to be a huge event, complete with lyrics to the theme song, a house band, fake commercials and guest stars galore.Jack‘s first line of the show about something feeling off, and the set looking like it‘s a Mexican soap opera is indicative of what I‘m sure all of us were feeling when we saw our favorite show in a different format. The show looked less like a sitcom and more like an SNL episode. It was jarring at first hear the laughter (although it was genuine and not canned like some sitcoms), and the pausing for laughs kind of killed the pacing but that stuff is to be expected in a live episode.  Read more »
Did anyone else notice the common threads holding all the amazing comedy episodes together last night? There were girls‘ name insults on both Community and 30 Rock, and Mean Girls references on both Community and The Office. (Hey, Tina Fey made that movie. The NBC comedy circle is complete! Sorry, Outsourced.)OK, maybe there were only two specific common threads, but while we‘re on the topic: The more 30 Rock and It‘s Always Sunny in Philadelphia that I watch on the same night, the more I think that Tracy Jordan would fit in with the gang, and that he and Charlie Day are soul mates. Tracy would totally provide a photo of Bruce Jenner as his resume. He probably already plays Nightcrawlers, but just doesn‘t know what it‘s called. And if Charlie had the money to facilitate it, he‘s almost certainly get a submarine DUI.This is a new weekly segment I plan to write every Friday with my favorite/the best (synonyms, duh) quotes and moments, storylines and what-not from last night‘s 30 Rock, The Office, Community and It‘s Always Sunny from Philadelphia. (And Parks and Recreation, when it wakes up and moves back into my heart.) It‘s also a place for you to say your own thoughts on these shows, because I know you have them, and I bet they are different from my thoughts, and I bet that they are interesting both for that fact and in their own right! Plus: There are other shows on Thursday night. Do you like The League? Outsourced? How about, umm ... other shows? Feel free to talk about those, too. Aren‘t Thursday nights the greatest?  Read more »
It is the considerable opinion of BuddyTV that the people should not be allowed to vote. This morning the 2011 People‘s Choice Award nominees were announced and the choices are less than inspired. Sure, like a broken clock, some of the choices show an impressive exhibition of taste (nominating Ian Somerhalder‘s highly entertaining performance on The Vampire Diaries), but mostly, it‘s an embarrassment. Read more »
This little gem of a video will go live on NBC.com later today, but until then, it‘s all ours: It‘s "Tracy Jordan: For Your Consideration," the 30 Rock character‘s hysterical acting reel, that he‘ll probably use to attempt to woo voters of all the major award shows and "change his headline." Watch below. We‘d vote for Tracy! Read more »
It‘s the second installment of Thursday Night Comedy Club! I hope that today you‘ll join me in sharing your favorites from last night‘s comedies, because so far I‘m the only member of this club, and that is a sad and painful sensation I haven‘t felt since I tried to start the Grammar Club in high school. (Kids just don‘t get fired up about misplaced modifiers like they used to.)Anyway: Wow! Last night‘s episodes, from 30 Rock‘s sexy butts (I‘m talking about Liz Lemon‘s and John Slattery‘s, obviously) to Community‘s laugh-a-second bottle episode to It‘s Always Sunny‘s homemade Lethal Weapon sequel, was, to borrow a phrase from another classic comedy, solid as a rock. And while The Office wasn‘t exactly keeping pace with the others on the laugh ratio, it certainly contained another touching redemption moment for Michael and some heartbreaking development for characters we‘ve grown to know and love despite themselves, like Andy and Angela. Good work all around. And what about The League? Outsourced? Big Bang Theory? I didn‘t watch any of those, but maybe you did, and maybe you have something to say about them! But real quick: My favorite quotes from the shows I did watch. TGIF. LOL.  Read more »
NBC announced its mid-season schedule today, and I‘m confused. It feels like the network is playing a game of program Boggle, putting all its shows into the cube, shaking it up, and letting random chance decide where shows end up.  Read more »
Here we are again, comedy pals! Last night was another solid one when it came to yuckin‘ it up, even doubly so for me, because instead of staying in and watching these shows when they aired, I went to an actual comedy club and saw the very funny comedian Kyle Kinane do live comedy. It is his job, and he is way too good at it. (He has a Comedy Central Presents coming out soon. Watch it. You will like it.) And then, when I got home, I had all these hilarious recorded TV shows waiting for me. Sometimes life is just a chuckle-fest, you know?Speaking of people who are too good at their jobs of making us laugh: Community, 30 Rock and It‘s Always Sunny in Philadelphia have been on some real hot streaks lately, haven‘t they? After last night‘s "Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design," I came to the conclusion that Community is revolutionizing how much funny you can stuff into 22 minutes. And 30 Rock is at the top of the field when it comes to pretty much telling the same story over and over ("Liz Lemon can‘t be cool!") but making it feel new and great each time. Any Sunny episode all about Charlie is great, and last night‘s "Charlie Kelly: King of the Rats" was no exception.Full disclosure, I haven‘t watched The Office‘s "WUPHF.com" yet, but maybe you did, so you be the blog: What did you think of it?Here are the highlights of those other shows I just mentioned, plus quotes and videos: Read more »
Tomorrow night, the Thursday Night Comedy Club will magically transform into the Thursday Night Christmas Comedy Club, with three extra-special holiday-themed episodes airing on NBC.So bust out your ‘nog, throw a log in the fire and kiss your DVR under the mistletoe. (What? I don‘t know.) Here are five great reasons to watch NBC between 8 and 10pm tomorrow: Read more »
This morning the Golden Glode Award nominations were announced, and the TV side featured some truly outrageous nominations. While shows like Glee and 30 Rock picked up many expected nominations, who could‘ve seen someone like Scott Caan getting nominated for Hawaii Five-0? Or Piper Perabo for USA‘s Covert Affairs?The Golden Globes also gave love to new shows like Boardwalk Empire, The Walking Dead and The Big C. Read more »
Just two days after the Golden Globe nominations were announced, the Screen Actors Guild unveiled their nominations. While the drama side is rather predictable, the comedy line-up is full of surprises, including two nominations for TV Land‘s Hot in Cleveland.  Read more »
Today the NAACP announced this year‘s nominees for the Image Awards, and they feature many of the nominees you might expect. The sad truth is that there is still a lack of diversity on television, and these nominations only serve to highlight that by nominating nearly every African-American actor on TV, regardless of actual quality.  Read more »
It was a big night for Glee as members of the foreign press kicked off awards season with the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles.The Fox musical series was named Best TV Series - Comedy or Musical for a second year in a row, with Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch taking home Best Supporting Actor and Actress, respectively. HBO‘s Prohibition-era drama Boardwalk Empire was named Best TV Series - Drama, with Steve Buscemi named Best Actor - Drama. Katey Sagal was finally recognized as Best Actress - Drama for her work in FX‘s Sons of Anarchy, while Jim Parsons and Laura Linney were similarly feted.The Facebook drama The Social Network emerged as the big winner on the film front, winning four awards, including Best Motion Picture - Drama and honors for director David Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin. The quirky comedy The Kids Are All Right went home with two awards, including Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical. Natalie Portman was named Best Actress - Drama for Black Swan, while The Fighter‘s Christian Bale and Melissa Leo took nods for Best Supporting Actor and Actress.The nominees for this year‘s major awards are listed below, with the winners in bold. The full list of winners can be found here. Read more »
Did you make it through NBC‘s first marathon Thursday Night Comedy Block last night? I won‘t lie to you, Internet: Three hours is a long time to do anything, even laugh. I don‘t blame you if you skipped out on a few minutes to eat or sleep, especially if you did it during Outsourced. But why am I talking about Outsourced? That‘s breaking my New Year‘s Resolution to pretend Outsourced doesn‘t exist. (It‘s my life and it‘s precious and that‘s how I want to live it!)But back to shows that ought to be celebrated for existing: Here are my quick thoughts and favorite clips from Parks and Rec, The Office, 30 Rock and Community. What say you, laugh-mongers?  Read more »
There isn‘t a full Moon over Hollywood, is there? Because there‘s a lot of crazy making the TV rounds lately. And I‘m not sure if anything else -- ignoring the obvious explanations of drugs and insanity -- can fully explain what‘s been coming out from Charlie Sheen, Tracy Morgan and Steven Tyler. Read more »
Watch clips and read my favorite parts from the first two hours of NBC‘s Thursday Night comedy block last night, then share your own! I didn‘t watch Perfect Couples again (because I‘m single and it‘s forbidden) or Outsourced (because I do not like that show) but feel free to chat it up about those, too. I watched Archer and Jersey Shore instead. Did you watch Archer? Archer is great.PS: As always, all these full episodes are available to watch on NBC.com and Hulu. Happy Friday to us! Read more »
Welcome to The GBU, a weekly column where I look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly on TV.The 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards were a lot more serious than the recent Golden Globe Awards. For television, the awards went to Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Betty White (Hot in Cleveland) and the casts of Boardwalk Empire and Modern Family.  Read more »
Ah, Vanessa Minnillo. Can I please hate her and her perfect life? She‘s a former Miss Teen USA and MTV VJ, is engaged (to Nick Lachey, in case you‘ve been under a rock for the last few months) and now she‘s guest starring on 30 Rock with my most-favorite-person-who-ever-walked-the-face-of-the-earth. That would be Tina Fey.I had a chance to ask Vanessa some questions on a conference call with other members of the press. Turns out, even though I wanted to despise her because, well, she‘s beautiful, engaged and got to spend the day working on one of my favorite shows, I just couldn‘t. She‘s just so darned humble and sweet! And she worships Tina Fey, too. See what else she has to say about the cast of 30 Rock and the "bananas" character she‘s playing tonight.  Read more »
Ahh, Valentine‘s Day. Whether it makes you want to kiss Cupid for stabbing you or stab Cupid for making no one want to kiss you, there are two solid reasons to be glad the holiday exists, and they both air tomorrow night: Community‘s "Early 21st Century Romanticism" and The Office‘s "PDA." Check out preview clips and some teaser bits for both hilarious holiday-themed episodes below: Read more »
Look, I‘m not a doctor. I am a TV-watching, joke-writing blogger, which is about as far away from being a doctor as it is possible to be without being a ladybug or an old piece of cheese or one of the Real Housewives‘ wigs. But I know what makes me feel good, and darn it, this montage of Kenneth the Page from 30 Rock set to Mika‘s "Love Today" doesn‘t just make me feel good--it makes me feel GREAT. Like everything is made of sunshine and kisses. And isn‘t that what doctors are supposed to do? Make everything better and nothing hurt?So I guess what I‘m saying is that, in a way, yes I am a doctor. And I hope that you‘re like me, because if you are, you‘re about to get a big ol‘ shot of HAPPY MEDICINE for free. (Like you would if you were in Canada!) Your prescription is to bookmark this and play it 3x per day (or as needed, when you‘ve got a bad case of the :(((( doldrums). Now eat your medicine! It‘s good for you! Read more »
Fact: Ann Ward deserved to win America‘s Next Top Model cycle 15, and that cover of Vogue Italia, and that Covergirl contract, and that IMG modeling contract. But that does not change the subsequent fact that I find this video from her photo shoot with Vogue Italia pretty hilarious, because it reminds me of something that is VERY hilarious and not exactly super-sexy-fashion-face. See what I mean: Read more »
Ahhh, St. Patrick‘s Day. The day we all celebrate Irish heritage by eating corned beef and cabbage, wearing green, kissing gingers and ... getting monumentally, masochistically, merrily, magnificently TRASHED.Maybe because they‘ve got so many good "This one time, when I was wasted..." stories, or maybe because watching drunk people is just so funnyyyyy, TV comedy writers love to get their characters drunk and let them wreak havoc. And we love watching them do it!So warm up for your own epic drinking adventure tonight with these 9 hilarious drunken escapades from recent TV past. Or use them as a warning to regulate your own behavior this evening. Your choice! Read more »
There are a few subjects that don‘t lend themselves to comedy, and genocide is definitely one of them. But somehow both Community and 30 Rock managed to turn ethnic cleansing into comedy gold.Ironically, genocide was the only funny thing about both episodes this week, which were uncharacteristically subpar. Community suffered from the utter conventionality of it‘s A-story, B-story formula (plus a complete lack of Annie), while 30 Rock tried, unsuccessfully, something completely different (an entire episode filmed in the style of Tracy Jordan‘s wife‘s reality show, Queen of Jordan).  Read more »
Did you watch the "Queen of Jordan" episode of 30 Rock? It‘s a must for Real Housewives fans, as the episode is filmed and edited as Queen of Jordan, Tracy Jordan‘s wife‘s series on Bravo. The episode was fun, even for those who aren‘t very familiar with the Housewives, but there were lots of hidden treats for those of us who have watched and enjoyed The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Beverly Hills, Atlanta, and New York City. The episode had electronic-cigarette-smoking psychics, table flipping, and a strip aerobics studio. Liz Lemon uses the infamous Caroline Manzo simile, "thick as thieves," and Angie Jordan is releasing a single ("My Single is Dropping"). Oh, and that strip aerobics studio belongs to "Randi" former Delaware call girl, who is a lot like Danielle, and the single release party is being planned by D‘Fwan, who is definitely Dwight. Have a look for yourself with this two-minute replay of the episode: Read more »
I‘ve become accustomed to network synergy. Usually if a TV show makes references to other shows, they‘ll be on the same network. But NBC‘s Thursday night comedies clearly don‘t believe in that.Instead, they reference shows on rival networks, sometimes shows they‘re in direct competition with, which is kind of like having a Coke commercial where someone enjoys a refreshing Pepsi. This is nothing new to NBC‘s comedies, but last night it was particularly strong.  Read more »
Tom Hanks sent 30 Rock fans into an excited tizzy on Friday when he posted this message to his Twitter account:"RadioMan delivers msg from T.Fey. Result? I‘m on 30 Rock! Thanks, RMan Hanx"For those wondering who "RadioMan" is, that‘s the nickname of Craig Castaldo, a homeless man who‘s gained notoriety for his TV and film cameos, including multiple appearances on 30 Rock.TV Line notes that if Hanks does go to 30 Rock, it will be his first network TV appearance since he played alcoholic Uncle Ned on Family Ties in the early 1980s. Before that, the Academy Award winner got his start on the sitcom Bosom Buddies, in which he and Peter Scolari dressed in drag to live in a cheap all women‘s apartment building.  Read more »
There‘s no new 30 Rock episode this week, but here‘s the next best thing: three brand new "Frank vs. Lutz" web exclusives!They‘ve talked about their favorite movie tearjerkers, playing "strip-pong" and even explored Lutz‘s "secret closet." (Watch the whole series here!) Now watch as Lutz tries to win over his friends with the help of his mom‘s emergency credit card. Anyone with an iPad (or an ungrateful friend) can relate to this one: Read more »
In a chat with NYMag.com, Alec Baldwin casually dropped the bomb that the next season of 30 Rock will be the last (he‘s also said it will be his last, no matter what), so Tina Fey can go off and make all the hilarious movies in her head:"I will tell you one thing," he said. "And that is our show next year is our last year of the show. [...] Our contracts are expired [in 2012], and Tina is gonna have a big career directing films and writing. She‘s going to be the next Elaine May. She‘ll be great."Fey‘s and NBC reps declined comment, says the Mag, but TVLine‘s Michael Ausiello spoke to an unknown "NBC insider" who insisted nothing is set in stone: "We have had no conversations about 30 Rock ending next season." Read more »
To promote her new book, Bossypants, which came out today and should be in all your e-Kindles and iCarts already, Splitsider reports that Tina Fey will head back to the real 30 Rockefeller to host Saturday Night Live on April 30. Hooray! But they didn‘t list a source. Hmm. Guess we‘ll need to wait and see.(It makes you wonder: Was that the "30 Rock" Tom Hanks was talking about in his tweet? Did he get mixed up and say Tina Fey when he meant Elton John? Will he make multiple cameos this month? Are parenthetical rhetorical questions a good way of phrasing my completely baseless speculation about things that probably aren‘t All That Important?)Meanwhile, Helen Mirren is hosting this Saturday, and her promos with Fred Armisen are right here. The last one is very, very GIF-able. Will someone make me a GIF of it right now, please?  Read more »
A little roundup for my fellow chuckle-heads:Great news! Fox has officially renewed Bob‘s Burgers, their hilarious freshman animated series that has only gotten better over the course of its first season. Now we can all look forward to at least 13 more episodes of H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts and the rest of Burgers‘ A-caliber voicecast making us laugh with their antics and burger puns. (Note to the writers for season 2: More Tina moaning, please.)  Read more »
As a lady who doesn‘t know much about sports, isn‘t from the Northeast, doesn‘t wear hats and only knows the names of professional athletes if they‘re involved in a sex scandal or date a Kardashian, it would seem that I am about as far away from New Era‘s target demo as I could be. But I do love primetime comedies, and the sexy, funny leading men who star in them. Which is why I bring you this New Era commercial starring 30 Rock‘s Alec Baldwin and The Office‘s John Krasinski. I could listen to these two banter about anything, and I have a feeling that is exactly New Era‘s strategy in hiring these two as their new spokes-duo, representing the age-old Yankees/Red Sox rivalry. Even though I have no stake in the matter, I can still appreciate a good banter session when I see one. So good job, New Era! Way to give us comedy nerds (and ladiezzzz) a break. We might not buy too many hats, but we will watch your new commercial:  Read more »
30 Rock is no stranger to landing huge political figures for cameo appearances. Former Vice President Al Gore has stopped by multiple times, but now the Emmy-winning show is crossing the political aisle with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.Tina Fey told NPR today that Rice will be making an appearance on 30 Rock later this season. The cameo will mark Rice‘s first scripted television appearance.  Read more »
On April 21, 30 Rock will air its extra-special, hour-long 100th episode, and we‘re in the mood to celebrate! So, by the power vested in us by no one in particular, we here at BuddyTV have declared April 21 a national holiday: 30 Rock Quote Status Day!That means we‘re all changing our Facebook statuses (900 attendees and counting!) to our favorite 30 Rock quote that day. It‘s just a small token of appreciation for all the hours of laughs that Liz Lemon, Jack Donaghy, Tracy Jordan, Kenneth Parcell and the gang have given us. And if we get enough people to participate, it will be the biggest quote party in hilarity history! So that‘s where you come in, BuddyTV buddies: Join the cause, invite your friends, and make April 21 the funniest day that Facebook ever had!  Read more »
In conjunction with its 100th episode tonight (Don‘t forget, today is 30 Rock Quote Status Day on Facebook!), 30 Rock is releasing a new trio of animated web exclusives that have Jack in the role he‘s always seen himself in, anyway: An executive superhero. And whom is he saving, exactly? Why, himself, of course. And some frozen yogurt. Watch the first episode of "Jack Donaghy, Executive Superhero" here, featuring the voices of Alec Baldwin and Brian Williams, as well as Jack‘s loving man-servant Jonathan. And below that, take a walk down hilarity lane with our picks for 100 classic 30 Rock quotes! Read more »
The CW typically gets ignored as a second-rate network, especially when compared to the others. Typically, when looking at the ratings, the shows on the CW are the lowest-rated programs of the night. Well, not today.Last night, a new episode of the CW‘s The Vampire Diaries beat the second episode of NBC‘s new comedy, The Paul Reiser Show. The Vampire Diaries was watched by by 2.65 million while The Paul Reiser Show got a measly 2.5 million.  Read more »
What a great Thursday night for FOX. Rupert Murdoch broke out the good champagne to fill his pool with last night. Both American Idol and Bones saw sizable increases in viewers over last week. CBS fared well with The Big Bang Theory and The Mentalist.It was announced yesterday that Bones, FOX‘s hit forensic crime figurehead, would be renewed for a seventh season, despite star Emily Deschanel‘s pregnancy. Bones flourished under the news, with a whopping 18% increase over last week, and a total of 11.09 million viewers. Looks like FOX made the right call in renewing Bones. Read more »
I suppose I should have added one important caveat to my recent rant about how Jersey Shore parodies are played out, or on their way to being so: "Leave it to the pros."Last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy continued his spoof-saga Jersey Floor with his regular slew of amazing guest stars (Abby Elliot, Rachel Dratch, Questlove, to name a few) and two extra-special appearances by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as versions of that Jersey Shore staple side character: "the stalker." These pros prove that there is still joy to be had in the mocking of our favorite MTV macaroni rascals.Watch and love:  Read more »
Moms: Who doesn‘t love ‘em, right? Saturday Night Live certainly showed the love this weekend, as former head-writer and current media superstar Tina Fey ("I have the number one book in the country and the 86th TV show") returned host on Mother‘s Day eve.Six months pregnant, Fey was also joined by fellow pregnant SNL alum Maya Rudolph, and together they helped carry a sharp, solid, mom-centric hour full of both obligatory sketches (Palin...) and plenty of happy surprises. The highlights: Read more »
In a year when it seems like the networks are all rushing to get their next-season news out before each other, we probably shouldn‘t be surprised that NBC has chosen to announce its 2011-2012 season on a Sunday morning. The schedule has a few familiar names, a whole bunch of new stuff and a fair amount of shuffling. Read more »
Here‘s your BuddyTV High Five: The five big moments and questions from tonight‘s episode of 30 Rock, "Everything Sunny All The Time Always."High Five Highlights:1. Proving she has a sense of humor, Condoleezza Rice guest-stars as herself. Not only did she get to rake Jack over the coals for dumping her via text message, she also got to show off her impressive piano skills.2. As if one absurd guest star was not enough, we also had an almost unrecognizable Margaret Cho as Kim Jong-il. It is criminal the number of one-liners Cho got in this episode.3. Speaking of which, I would not complain if anyone ever actually made that buddy cop movie starring Kim Jong-il and Tracy Jordan.4. Liz is reminded of her own mortality by a plastic bag. "I‘ll be here long after you‘re gone, the wind rustling against my genitals."5. Apparently, Liz has been working on a novel with the line "Liz stabbed Jenna repeatedly." Read more »
Summer used to be a total bummer for us TV fans. As the last of our favorite shows wrote "S.W.A.K." in our yearbooks on their way out of town for the summer, one question haunted our dreams on those hot June nights: "What am I supposed to watch now?"That is, until Netflix Instant was born. For just $8 a month, you now have more hours of quality television living inside your computer (or fancy TV) than you could ever hope to watch. Netflix is not paying me to say this. They don‘t HAVE to, because it‘s a no-brainer. And if you watch enough streaming television this summer, you can be a no-brainer, too. No need to go outside at all this summer. What are you, a settler from olden days?There‘s so much to choose from on Netflix Instant that you may not know where to begin. That‘s what this handy Netflix Instant Summer Guide is for. Just pick your mood and dive head first into the stream.  Read more »
Happy Father‘s Day!  Throughout the years, we‘ve had countless TV dads pass through our living rooms. There are advice giving dads, hot dads, cool dads, and some dads who well... they try. Our question to you is: are you TV‘s biggest fan of dads on TV? We‘ve put together fifteen questions about father-child moments from TV‘s biggest shows that put you to the test.    Read more »
It‘s just television. We should probably get over it.In the past week, entertainment news has been inundated with reports of television fans, critics and personalities up in arms over a variety of recent issues, both large and small. The causes of this furor range from the frivolous (the finale of The Killing) to the socially-relevant (Tracy Morgan‘s homophobic jokes) to the tragic (the death of Ryan Dunn and its possible connection to drunk driving). But the reaction to these disparate events seems to have been awfully similar. Read more »
Before you head out in your red, white, and blue garb to celebrate independence with fireworks and barbecues, take some time to reflect on the impact of this significant holiday on the world of television. Countless fictional characters have graced our screens, pledging their allegiance to this wonderful country (though often making fun of it), so why shouldn‘t you?  Read more »
In 2005 Desperate Housewives was the hot new show on TV and it earned 15 Emmy nominations for its first season, but despite a ton of buzz, it failed to win the award for Outstanding Comedy Series. The following year, amid much criticism that the show was too dramatic and serious, it was surprisingly dropped from the Comedy Series race and only picked up seven nominations.I mention this story at the start of my predictions for this year‘s Emmy nominations for Comedy because it seems eerily similar to Glee. The show had a ton of buzz for its first year, didn‘t win for Outstanding Comedy Series, and now, with criticism about its overly dramatic second season, there‘s a chance it too could be left out in the cold.  Read more »
The 2011 Emmy nominations were announced today, and as expected, last year‘s big winners, Mad Men and Modern Family, are the most nominated drama and comedy with 19 and 17 nominations, respectively. However, the nominees this year include a number of very pleasant surprises and big totals for HBO‘s freshman dramas Boardwalk Empire (18 nominations) and Game of Thrones (13 nominations).  Read more »
Some of the smaller Emmy categories are usually my favorites, and this year, the races for Guest Actor and Actress are filled with some superb performances. Glee scored three nominations for its guest actresses, including a surprising but deserving one for Dot-Marie Jones as Coach Beiste. And Saturday Night Live also dominated with three hosts scoring nominations.  Read more »
In keeping up with the spirit of Comic-Con, we‘re testing your TV geekiness by asking you questions about our favorite geeks on the small screen. While it‘s more than okay to be smart, it‘s often comedy gold when you‘re too smart and enthusiastic over a certain topic that the average person just can‘t enjoy. Like say, blood, sci-fi or architecture.   Read more »
Happy National Junk Food Day! It comes as a welcome relief that today is the one day of the year that we as Americans, especially us TV-loving Americans, can finally indulge guilt-free in all our favorite fatty snacks and sugary treats. Finally, we can unlock those fries, pizza and candy we‘ve been keeping in the vault and really let loose after another year of healthy, balanced eating. Screw you, salad. We‘ve earned this!OK, so I‘m kidding. It‘s no secret that our country loves junk food no matter what day it is -- and that us TV fans have a certain reputation for pigging out more than most. Our national love for delicious, high-calorie garbage is so pervasive that lots of TV shows have made fictional snacks a big part of their world. From that time Lucy and Ethel pigged out in the candy factory to Liz Lemon‘s obsession with her Sabor de Soledad, junk food has always been on our minds, in our hearts and in our mouths. Here are some of our favorite fictional junk foods from some of our favorite past and present shows. Snack on these fun clips now, then go ahead and order the large ice cream cone later, comfortable in the knowledge that nobody can say a thing about it. It‘s a holiday!  Read more »
We still haven‘t been able to beat the Comic-Con fever. And maybe we don‘t want to. However, 30 Rock star Judah Friedlander has some advice on defending ourselves against all the elements of nature. By that we mean fighting off anything, or anybody. Even those hordes of fans at Comic-Con. Read more »
Once upon a time, Jimmy Fallon was but a mere player among many on Saturday Night Live. He may have been notable from the start -- compared to many on that show, Jimmy Fallon is an awfully nice-looking gentleman -- but the man‘s future was still hazy. Today, Fallon has graduated to the lofty ranks of successful late-night talk-show hosts with his Emmy-nominated Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.Now, the rising star of the weekday nights will return to his weekend origins. In December, Jimmy Fallon will host Saturday Night Live. Read more »
And they‘re actually pretty good.Like everybody who spends way too much time watching or thinking about television, I am continuously irritated by most major TV awards. When the same, arguably-inferior shows get nominated year after year, irritation is hard to avoid. But sometimes an award listing gets it right. This year‘s nominations for the Critics Choice Television Awards get it very right. Read more »

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