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Watch promos for the new late night lineup with Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers

Late night just got way hotter. There are so many men on late night that I want to watch (Conan, Seth, Jimmy, Dave) I really don’t know how I’m going to balance my allegiance to all of them. 

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January 7, 2014 VIEW POST

Best sketches from Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake’s practically perfect SNL

I’ll just leave these here. I literally was so thoroughly excited and pleased with 90% of Saturday Night Live last night that I can’t really put it into words anyway. IT WAS JUST SO MUCH GOOD. 

Enjoy. 

December 22, 2013 VIEW POST

Watch the excellent brand new trailer for COMMUNITY season 5

The first full-length trailer for the brand new season of Community has hit the interwebs! 

Watch on as the trademark cheekiness and meta-on-meta layers of hilarity delight your senses.

Noticeably absent is Chevy Chase, as is the idea that Community would ever try to tone it down in order to gain more viewers. (Thank god!) It seems like they are fully-prepared to go balls to the wall, and the end result looks amazing. Not to mention, with the return of Dan Harmon as EP, I think this 5th season of Community has a lot of potential yet. 

Six seasons and a movie! 

The 5th season of Community premieres on NBC Jan. 2. 

December 12, 2013 VIEW POST

SNL’s best sketch: A very Wes Anderson Halloween

The Edward Norton episode was at best, mediocre. There were a few solid moments, but the peak of the episode was without a doubt the perfectly executed Wes Anderson horror movie trailer. 

Watch below! Hysterical AND accurate. Love. 

October 27, 2013 VIEW POST

COMMUNITY season 5 gets a premiere date

Believe it or not, NBC really did make another season of Community, and they actually decided to air it. 

The fifth season of Community will premiere Jan 2, 2014. It will slide back into its Thursday night slot at 7pm to head off the comedy block, followed by Parks and Rec. 

No word on whether or not this entire season will take place in the darkest timeline, seeing as how Donald Glover is leaving and Chevy Chase has been long gone. Stay tuned. 

October 18, 2013 VIEW POST

Dreams do come true: Nathan Fillion to guest star on COMMUNITY

Because this literally makes the most sense out of ALL THE THINGS. 

Resident nerd king Nathan Fillion is set to guest star on the upcoming season of Community. He’ll play the head of the custodian team who faces off against Annie (for some reason). Here’s hoping there’ at least 10 Firefly or Whedon references. 

October 4, 2013 VIEW POST

Tina Fey and her 30 ROCK team to helm new female-centric comedy for NBC

TIna Fey is at it again: she’s on track to produce a new female-centric workplace comedy for NBC. She’ll tackle the new show with her 30 Rock showrunner Robert Carlock and writer-producer Coleen McGuinness. 

A new show created by Fey to fill the post-30 Rock void? SIGN ME UP. 

No other details have emerged except for the rather vague logline:in the vein of Cheers, is a character-driven workplace comedy where a young woman in search of reconnecting with her father finds a new home and family on Fire Island.”  (via Deadline) 

August 15, 2013 VIEW POST

Donald Glover is getting his own comedy show on FX

Still having not had time to mourn the news that my beloved Troy will be leaving Greendale forever, I report on this news with a heavy heart. 

The amazingly talented Donaold Glover, who will bow out of NBC’s Community in the 5th episode of the upcoming season, has signed on to write, produce, and star in a new comedy for FX entitled Atlanta

The show will focus on the music scene of the Georgia hotspot and will see Glover pulling from his childhood growing up in the musically-inclined city. 

Though Community won’t be the same without him, I do wish him all the luck with this new endeavor. I’m sure I’ll watch it. (Unless the first trailer looks like the trailer for Charlie Sheen’s FX comedy, in which case I’ll just crawl up in a ball and cry.) 

August 6, 2013 VIEW POST

Watch the first teaser for the new season of NBC’s PARENTHOOD

It must be the day for far-too-brief teaser trailers. 

NBC has released the first teaser for the new season of Parenthood, and though it doesn’t reveal anything new—Amber wants to marry Ryan, Ray Romano has resurfaced, Crosby’s having a baby—it’s still so nice to see the Braverman clan again! 

This show is, like it’s creator’s previous project Friday Night Lights, so very underrated. But I am so glad to see that it still have life and more importantly, that’s it’s been moved to Thursday nights! Hopefully it can fill the post-ER void for quality 9pm Thursday programming that NBC so desperately craves. 

Parenthood’s fifth season premieres September 26. Get the tissues ready. 

August 2, 2013 VIEW POST

The darkest timeline: Donald Glover not returning full-time to COMMUNITY season 5

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TROY AND ABED IN DENIAL. 

Vulture broke the horrific news today: Donald Glover has decided not to return to Community full-time for the show’s fifth season. 

That sound you hear is the collective weeping of Troy & Abed fans worldwide. 

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Glover will only appear in five—FIVE—of the scheduled 13 episodes for the upcoming season. 

What does this mean for Troy & Abed? Will they cook up some half-baked reason he’s missing most of the time? A “sick aunt,” a “camp,” or a “different school.” (Knowing this show it will be much more ridiculous than that—at least we can hope it is.)

This comes as a surprise seeing as how the show might have actually been able to get back on track with showrunner Dan Harmon back at the helm. This is certainly not going to make that any easier. 

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My heart aches with this news; Donald Glover is riotously hilarious as Troy. It must be nice to be a hot commodity in Hollywood, though; word on the street is he’s forgoing more Community to focus on his burgeoning rap career as alter-ego Childish Gambino (which I fully support, btw), and likely more comedy developments with various networks. 

We’ll miss you Troy. 

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July 8, 2013 VIEW POST

Ben Affleck manages to make it through a hilarious and sentimental SNL

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Before last night, I was trying to remember the last time Ben Affleck hosted SNL. And while specifics wouldn’t come to mind, the only thing that did stick out was his inability read cue cards smoothly. I vaguely remembered that he was just plain awful at reading them. Flash forward to his 5th time hosting (I know, I can’t believe it either), and the story is no different. While he gives it everything he’s got, he’s still just a stammering, flubbing host throughout many of his sketches. 

That’s not to say that he didn’t go a good job despite that flaw. Last night’s SNL was actually pretty darn good. It was riotously funny at times, and hilariously poignant at others. We said goodbye to some dear friends, and I can’t help but be curious about the future of SNL now that they’ve left. 

The show started off on a great foot with the cold open, something I can’t say is always the case. Kenan Thompson killed it as a defiantly stupid Al Sharpton, and the result was a hilarious, short but sweet opening to a great show. 

Ben’s monologue was mediocre, but it was boosted by a lovely visit from his darling wife Jennifer Garner. I had already forgotten about the “love is work” comment or whatever he said during his Oscar acceptance speech, but the joke still played all right. I do think it would have been amazing if they had gotten a few more specials guests for him, though. 

The predictable Argo-spoof sketch was first out of the gate, and it was not bad! The gag that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had to say “park the car in Harvard yard” before every line to find the Boston accent was hysterical. And I won’t ruin the best punchline of the entire evening for you, so watch the sketch and see for yourself. 1000+ points to Ben Affleck for that one. 

The only fauxmerical of the night was BRILLIANT. It was for Xanax for Gay Summer Weddings. And aside from being crazy accurate, it was just plain funny. The stress that you feel from attending a perfect wedding, knowing that you can’t compete? There’s Xanax for Gay Summer Weddings for that. 

The only sketch that seemed very ill-placed and subpar was a Depression-era sketch that was about…..bad people? Prostitutes? I’m still note really sure, because it was so strange. It seemed like the type of one-off weirdo sketch that would show up at the end of the night. You can skip this one unless you want to see Ben Affleck’s Jimmy Stewart impression. (Like I said, you can probably skip it.) 

One of the funnier sketches of the night was about a New Beginners camp gay teens—you know, the ‘let’s make you straight’ camps. Ben Affleck was great as the camp’s head counselor who was obviously still gay. Also, Bobby Moynihan’s killer flamboyance was to die for. But the MVP was once again my favorite person on the show, Taran Killam. I thought they were going to take it a little bit farther than they did (I would have really liked to have seen those two kiss), but it still worked for me for the most part. (This one isn’t online yet.) 

Weekend Update was the obvious highlight of the night. The amazing, incomparable, brilliantly talented Amy Poehler made her way back to the Update desk for a quick REALLY?!?! segment with Seth. And then to the delight of literally every good human being on the planet, she stuck around for the rest of Update and reprised her role as Seth’s co-anchor. It was beyond enjoyable. 

But the biggest moment from Update was of course, the final visit and farewell sendoff for our dear Stefon. This farewell was, in a word, amazing. The whole bit was perfect for Stefon, perfect for Bill Hader, and perfect for the show. I don’t really want to spoil it for you, but know that while it’s hysterically funny, it’s also pointedly sentimental, but in the best possible way. Please, do yourself a favor and watch it now. 

Ben Affleck then treated us to the Spanish accent he’s been waiting to try out in a mildly funny sketch about faking his own death. The funniest part was really just hearing Affleck talk with that accent, because the actual plot of the sketch was pretty forgettable. 

So it got to be the end of the night, and things go really good. In a strange but side-splitting sketch about cops trying to wish their daughter/niece/sister/friend a happy engagement, the standout MVP was once again Taran Killam. The joke that all these men can’t vocalize their emotions was nothing new, but the way in which they all committed to it was great. But seriously, if you don’t laugh at Killam, there’s something really wrong with you. (This sketch isn’t available online yet.)

But the real money shot was another installment of Vanessa Bayer and Cecily Strong selling luxury items (in the past it was Swarovski crystals and champagne). This time around it was Hermes handbags and MAN was it funny. I don’t think they will ever be able to top the original Swarovski crystals, but this one was pretty good. And Ben Affleck was actually pretty solid in this one too. 

The night ended with another poignant farewell. Fred Armisen, Jason Sudeikis, Bill Hader, and Taran Killam all joined in song as a Brit punk group to sing “It’s Gonna Be A Lovely Day Today.” It was at first strange, and then sad, and then lovely, and then surprise! guest stars!, and then sad again. Armisen has been on the show for 11 years! That’s kind of crazy when you think that there are only like, 3 other people who have stayed on SNL longer. His farewell song was nice, but not as emotional as it could have been. 

I don’t like Kanye West so I barely watched his performances. So there. 

That’s it for this season! SNL is now in a state of transition; Hader and Armisen are out after a decade of amazing recurring characters and memorable impressions. Sudeikis, I fear, is soon to follow, and Seth Meyers will be out of there in 2014 when he succeeds Jimmy Fallon on Late Night. I think this gives Taran Killam the room he needs to really soar (as if he hasn’t already), and for the ladies to really get more opportunities. We’ll see what happens next season. 

May 19, 2013 VIEW POST

Worst news of the day: Bill Hader leaving SNL

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Try to at least muffle the sounds of your weeping by crying into your faux-tattoo sleeve t-shirt. 

Bill Hader has officially announced his departure from Saturday Night Live,  with this weekend’s finale serving as his last episode. 

What’s that you say? I can’t hear you over my sobbing. 

Not that I am not surprised—I feel like Hader’s exit was inevtiable given his rising star quality and his ability to steal the show in minor supporting roles in comedy films. It’s just that I don’t waaanntttt him to leave! With Wiig out last season and Hader out this season, I only fear that Sudeikis and Armisen are on their way out as well, and then JESUS what will that mean for the show?? I mean for goodness sake they’ve been on SNL since 2003 and 2002, respectively. 

Sorry, what? I DON’T KNOW

I CAN’T

IT’S JUST ALL THE FEELS

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May 14, 2013 VIEW POST

Watch the trailers for NBC’s new fall shows THE MICHAEL J FOX SHOW and DRACULA

First things first. I CANNOT put into words how much I have been anticipating this new MJF show. Of course, like any red blooded American, I love Michael J Fox immensely. And if there’s one thing I love more than Marty McFly himself, it’s quick-witted, self-aware snark. And this show has both things going for it, so sign me the fuck up. The Michael J. Fox Show airs Thursdays this fall. 

Now let’s get to the next big show on the list: Dracula. As if this vampire tale hasn’t been told enough times already, now NBC is continuing its decision to embrace the macabre by adding Dracula to its fall lineup. This re-telling stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the titular vamp, and Jessica De Gouw as the infamous Mina. The trailer is intriguing enough I suppose, but having seen the track record supernatural (and period piece, to boot!) shows have had on network television (save for the occasional uber-popular show like Supernatural or Buffy), I can’t help but fear this show won’t last. Check out the trailer and decide for yourself if this vampire saga reads more cheesy than interesting. Dracula airs Friday this fall (yeah, the metaphorical graveyard of TV now has a new undead partner. Destiny.) 

May 13, 2013 VIEW POST

Familiar faces abound for Kristen Wiig’s triumphant return to SNL

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: 

May 12, 2013 VIEW POST

NBC renews PARKS AND REC like they always knew they would

Like those fuckers had any other choice. 

Pawnee lives!!! 

May 9, 2013 VIEW POST