The first trailer for ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT is here!
Beautiful. Brilliant. Bluth.
Dear god we may all just break Netflix on May 26th, but it will have been so worth it.
Beautiful. Brilliant. Bluth.
Dear god we may all just break Netflix on May 26th, but it will have been so worth it.
While I think this is a solid choice and an incredible opportunity for Meyers, I can’t help but lament that no woman was really considered for this hosting gig. I would have loved to see the landscape of late night tv change just a bit. Alas, that is not the case this time around. Nevertheless, hooray for Seth!! I’m sure this means his inevitable departure from SNL, so now the guessing game begins as to who will succeed him on Weekend Update. Any suggestions?
The anticipation has been high—nay, practically fever pitch—for the return of SNL darling and character MVP Kristen Wiig to the famous SNL stage.
Very reminiscent of Tina Fey’s memorable return to host, Wiig’s return was high energy, high hijinks, and a whole lotta fun. It’s always a guessing game when old SNL players return to host—will they reprise their most famous roles? Will they only do one? Or will they ignore them all together, deciding instead to leave those memorable sketches back where they belong? If you watched it last night, you’ll know it was practically an SNL loyalist’s dream grab bag of the best Wiig characters, and I couldn’t have been more delighted! The episode was funny overall, and pretty good, even if only for the sheer novelty of seeing all of our favorite Wiig characters again.
The cold open was forgettable and sloppy, so we’ll just quickly skip over that and get to the good stuff.
Wiig’s monologue, like so many these days, was an elaborately choreographed and hilarious musical number. It reeks of the same notes that SNL has pulled out before (Will Ferrell, specifically), but I still liked it. Coming home for SNL is always a treat.
Aside from the returning characters Wiig pulled out of her arsenal (which we’ll get to), last night was rife with delightful fauxmercials. The first one was a spot-on ad for 1-800-Flowers, just in time for Mother’s Day, of course. Kate McKinnon is brilliantly tacky as the mom everyone knows and loves.
The second one was a hilarious take on the increasingly wacky premises for kid shows on channels like Disney and Nickelodeon. It hit every beat perfectly, and the premise—“Aw Nuts! Mom’s a Ghost!”— was hysterical.
Triumphant return numbero uno came from another installment of our favorite SNL soap, The Californians. Wiig uncharacteristically broke character more than a few times, but it was the best! This was an especially ridiculous Californians, and with the addition of Maya Rudolph, it was practically perfect.
And did you really think they’d bring Wiig back and NOT have her on The Lawrence Welk Show? OF COURSE NOT. So here’s that tasty little nugget of weird for you.
Oh, and wait for it….wait for it….Target Lady! Yes, everyone’s favorite cashier graced us last night in what I think was probably the strangest one yet. It was like she had been gone for vacation only to come back to work at Target more wound up than ever. Fitting, I guess.
Towards the end of the night (as usual), things got weird. Wiig and Cecily Strong were comically asinine cougars in a mildly funny sketch about taking two 12 year olds on a date. Money shot: Taran Killam’s 30 second laugh riot.
Then Wiig, Strong, and one of my favorite new additions Aidy Bryant auto-tuned their asses off in a hilariously accurate sketch about real hosuewive-type broads who make songs about nothing. YOU’RE ON BLAST!
Acupuncture gone wrong was the premise of one of my favorite sketches of the night. Was it completely ridiculous? Yes. Was it cheap sight gag comedy? Of course. But I loved it because it was so reminiscent of old school SNL. Remember the polar bear sketch with Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Tim Meadows, Jay Mohr, and Norm? It reminded me so much of that sketch that it warmed my heart based on that familiar feeling alone. (I mean just LOOK at that thumbnail!)
Weekend Update was a little off for the most part, that was at least until Kat and Garth made an appearance! The Fred Armisen-Kristen Wiig duo that specializes in unrehearsed, created on the fly songs about holidays is always welcome, and last night was no exception. Toward the end of Wiig’s SNL tenure, the sketch seemed tired and overdone, but it was a good choice for her return. It wasn’t the funniest edition of the sketch, but it was funny nonetheless. Love.
Vampire Weekend sounded so lovely! They are one of my favorite bands, and they always sound just so damn delightful and cheery and happy every time they perform. Solid performances all around.
Overall, good return Wiig! Let’s hope this is only the beginning of her returns.
Next week is the season finale, with host Ben Affleck (!!), and Kanye West (blech).
And because I was busy last week I did not get the chance to recap the Zach Galifianakis episode. However, I wanted to share with you my favorite sketches from that night as a token of my apologies:
Surprise! NBC has pulled a 180 and decided to actually renew Community for a 15-episode 5th season.
At this point, do you even care? After everything NBC has put this show through, and after everything that has happened internally at the show (Dan Harmon’s exit, the Chevy Chase feud, multiple writers leaving), the show is less than great. It’s practically a skeleton of what a show pretending to be Community thinks it should sort of be like when practicing a scene for an audition for a Community-tribute show. It’s not the same whatsoever. The only episode this season that was actually great and very much like the old Community was the body switiching episode written by Jim Rash (The Dean).
I never in a million years expected NBC would actually go through with renewing a show that they so very clearly hate. After the shenanigans they put the show through last season by postponing and rescheduling the premiere date multiple times over, you’d think they’d just give up at this point. Especially since the show pretty much has, anyway.
I’m glad/not glad about this. As someone who has adamantly supported and loved this show from the get-go, I would rather have had the show end on a relatively good note than see a 5th season just phoned in. But whatever. It’s back! Yay?
In case you were wondering about ABC’s feeling for us, let me be the one to break the news: it’s over. They have called it for Happy Endings, time of death: Friday, May 10.
The network idiotically and finally gave in to their worst indulgence and cancelled one of the only solid comedies it has currently on air and THE flat-out funniest comedy on TV. Happy Endings is off to live out the rest of its hilarious and under appreciated life in the bowels of Netflix, forever doomed to attract viewers from beyond the grave, only to leave those viewers heartbroken when they reach the end of the third season and realize they will never see Penny, Brad, Jane, Max, Alex, or Dave ever again.
That is unless a cable network is smart enough to snatch it up. Speaking of which, USA? TBS? Anybody? DON’T YOU LET MY BABY GO, YOU HEAR ME?
Okay, gonna go weep now. This is the most un-ahmahzing, not cayute thing ever. I hate you ABC, forever and always. I hate you.
So, last night one of my favorite people in the world participated in a lip-sync battle with one of my other favorite people in the world.
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon rules my face off as far as late night goes, and John Krasinski rules my face off as far as adorable, affable, amazingly charming everyman John Krasinski. So. You can imagine.
If you think you can get through this video without your ovaries spontaneously combusting, I will give you $100. No, I will give you $1000.
I mean it. I DARE YOU. Because this is literally just the best thing I’ve seen in a while.
Like those fuckers had any other choice.
As if the headline alone wasn’t enough. Universal finally announced today that the rumors are true: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be expanding to include a brand new park that features the magical shopping town known as Diagon Alley!
A few highlights from the announcement:
- Guests will be able to travel between London and Hogsmeade aboard the Hogwarts Express. (!!!!!)
- “shops, a restaurant and an innovative, marquee attraction based on Gringotts bank – all directly inspired by the fiction and films.”
- the dragon depicting in the concept art will actually sit atop Gringotts and breath fire
- Diagon Alley is set to open in 2014
- Universal confirms in an e-mail that you will need a park-to-park ticket to board the Hogwarts Express (pretty fucking lame, actually. But you know we’re gonna do it.)
Also, the folks over at Hypable picked part the concept art to dig up a few secrets that Universal hasn’t spoken about yet. Head over there to check out some truly awesome features of the park!
Holy smokes, you guys. I just went in 2012, but I’ll be damned if I’m not going again in 2014/2015.
lalalalala I can’t hear you over my own EXCITEMENT!
After a long, long wait, the final film in Edgar Wright’s Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy (that also included Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead), The World’s End is finally here!
It’s got the trademark deadpan snark, the bizarro twist, and some of the best comedic actors east of the Atlantic getting into some serious shenanigans. This being the last in the trilogy, one can only hope it is an exceptional ending. BUT that doesn’t mean I am not worried it might not live up to my exceedingly high expectations. BUT, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be damn fantastic. Who am I kidding? Have they ever let us down before?
Marry me, Steve. Please.
Everyone is bitching and moaning because they feel like the ACL Lineup this year is just a rehash of a bunch of headliners that have already played ACL multiple times, but guess what? If it ain’t broke, don’t fucking fix it.
I think the lineup is pretty fucking stellar. KIngs of Leon back from the dead? Muse to melt faces again?? New music from Phoenix and Vampire Weekend?? Silversun! Tor y Moi! Divine Fits! THE FUCKING CURE, YOU GUYS. THE CURE!!!! Arctic Monkeys! Passion Pit! fun.!! Grouplove! Fucking Jimmy Eat World?! Bright Light! Walk the Moon! AND SO MUCH MORE.
Suck it up you pretentious babies. This lineup rules and you know it.
Because when faced with a task to not fuck up something that has the potential to be damn awesome, take note from the source material!
It has been announced that the upcoming Jurassic Park 4 will once more return to Isla Nublar for sequel dino action. Frankly, I think this is great news. The first film will always be the best, and JUST look at all the stuff that happened there!
Are you still interested? After the clusterfuck that was the last season, are you still invested in the residents of Bon Temps? I want to be, and I have no doubt I will be watching this season, but I can’t help but feel underwhelmed by this trailer. I wonder—can it get even more convoluted? Can the characters devolve even more into caricatures of their once brilliantly crafted personalities? I’m afraid the answer is yes. True Blood will always be something I find interesting, but if it doesn’t step up its game ASAP, I’ll be forced to view each episode as a hate-watch instead of a genuine joy-watch. (And let’s be real, it’s already pretty much a hate watch at this point.)
Side note: Can you seriously believe it’s been on for SIX SEASONS already? I swear it feels like yesterday that the first season exploded on the scene and it was all I could do to walk down the street without hearing someone talk about graveyard sex. Those were the good old days, huh?
Even though reps for NBC have been hellbent on denying Steve Carrell’s involvement with The Office series finale this May, TVLine is reporting that he will, in fact, make one last appearance at Dunder Mifflin.
They’re reporting that it will be “a cameo [more] than a full-fledged guest appearance” for the show’s swan song, set to air May 16.
As much as I think Michael Scott’s exit was just beyond excellent and brilliantly executed, I am selfishly glad to hear that he will pop back in the Dunder Mifflin one last time. It almost just wouldn’t be right without him.
Get your tissues ready for May 16, y’all.
Girl Most Likely is a film that funny gal Kristen Wiig has been trying to get off the ground for a long time, and it looks like it’s finally getting the due attention it deserves.
Even in this trailer, Wiig excels. It’s no secret Wiig is a pro at both sides of the acting spectrum—her comedy is without a doubt some of the best in the biz, while her turns with the more dramatic works seem just as effortless.
This film looks like the perfect blend of the two worlds, centering around Imogene, a struggling playwright who suffers a meltdown and desperately tries to figure her life out post-professional peak. The film also stars Darren Criss, Matt Dillon, and the always brilliant Annette Bening.
Girl Most Likely hits theaters this summer.