Wednesday, November 23, 2011

From LA Examiner: 'Suburgatory' Thanksgiving; 'American Horror Story' Twists; 'Smash!'; Advance Reviews of 'I Hate My Teenage Daughter' & 'The Exes'


"Suburgatory turns Thanksgiving traditions on their head"

We may be a Los Angeleno now, but we spent our formative years in New York City. It’s why we never understood Suburgatory’s Tessa (Jane Levy)’s staunch desire to return to the city of dirt and grit when her dad George (Jeremy Sisto) moved them out to the suburbs in the pilot episode. But we have to admit, now that the holiday season is upon us, we more fully understand the lure. Big houses are nice and all, but they come with a price: the big family that will inevitably descend upon the homeowners the second fall rolls around. So when Tessa is determined to hang onto her sacred city girl traditions for “Thanksgiving” in the same-titled episode of Suburgatory, we found ourselves rooting that George would cave, and New York would win out. But as it turns out, that was pretty short-sighed of us because where there are big, wacky suburban families, there are big, wacky laughs! ... [MORE]


"7 Teases To American Horror Story’s “Rubber Man” reveal, plus 3 new questions it raises"


American Horror Story is getting increasingly harder to tease. As more and more facts about the ghostly inhabitants of the house are revealed, we run the risk of spoiling the fun of the surprise when the truths are revealed on-screen if we say too much in our previews. But tonight’s episode, entitled “Rubber Man,” is such a big one we couldn’t let it pass us by without saying something... [MORE]


"Smash debuts cast music video for "Beautiful"

We still have over two months before NBC will debut their network saving (in our not-so-humble opinion) musical drama, Smash starring Debra Messing, Katharine McPhee, Anjelica Huston, Jack Davenport, and Megan Hilty, but the promos alone have already started to give us chills. And today the cast cover of Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" (talk about network synergy!) debuted its music video, sure to be on repeat on your iPods until the show premieres... [MORE]


"Fall 2011 preview: FOX' I Hate My Teenage Daughter"


To take a story about bullying (at any age) and set it in traditional slapstick sitcom format seems counter intuitive. We shouldn’t be laughing with or at the escapades of teen girls, or grown women, who find their own amusement by making fun of others-- either locking them in bathrooms or mocking their shortcomings to the point they are driven to eat pie by the (literal) handfuls. And yet FOX’ newest comedy, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, wants us to do all of those things and then some. But that is not its greatest failure. Asking the audience to sympathize, and perhaps identify, with the former social outcast moms while the show itself is still beating them down is where its hypocrisy can’t be ignored. In a world of “it gets better” videos, here we are being “treated” to an example that no, sometimes it really does only get worse... [MORE]


"Fall 2011 preview: TV Land's The Exes"

Three single, not-quite-middle-aged but definitely not college-aged, guys live together. That sounds like the start of a pretty sad men’s club, right? Or maybe a suicide pact? Yet somehow it provides TV Land with their newest original series, sure to be a hit with demos even younger than their usual audience. Thanks to a stellar cast, The Exes takes what could be stereotypical, broad sitcom fodder and creates something utterly charming-- something at which you may find yourselves surprised by how much you laughed. We know we did... [MORE]

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