Thursday, September 6, 2012

From LA Examiner: 'The New Normal' Cast Previews New NBC Comedy; 'Glee' and 'Scandal' Advance Reviews; 'Supernatural' S8 Trailer...

"The New Normal to play with idea of family, show flashback Bryan & David"

The end of The New Normal pilot is a bit of a cliffhanger. After Bryan (Andrew Rannells) and David (Justin Bartha) decide they want to have a baby, and they effectively hire Goldie (Georgia King) to carry their bun in her oven, we are left with the image of Goldie holding a pregnancy test in front of the hopeful (and hopefully expectant) parents to be. What does it say? Well, that's something we won't find out until episode two. But does it even matter? With just a short half-hour, the pilot episode of The New Normal introduces its audience to the idea of family having all kinds of faces and shapes. And in this case, in a way, these three, along with Goldie's daughter Shania (Bebe Wood) and grandmother (Ellen Barkin) and Bryan's assistant Rocky (NeNe Leakes), are their own kid of makeshift family. Is a baby even necessary? ... [MORE]

"Glee's premiere breathes new life into a fourth season series"

Maybe it was because the last few weeks summer television has winded down, leaving a deafening lull schedule, or maybe it was due to the idea that this season could be a reboot and therefore of higher quality, or maybe it was sheer morbid curiosity, but today I screened the Glee season four premiere, and I walked away from it...exhilarated. I even clapped a few times. Admittedly, I very publicly quit covering the show mid-way through season two because it was just all over the place, and perhaps coming back in now, skipping viewing so much that had changed them (though of course being in this business I have kept up with the story details) kept some of these characters fresh for me. I can't fully explain it, but all I can say is that if Glee continues down the path that "The New Rachel" started, I will once again be a Gleek... [MORE

"Scandal's season 2 premiere deals with the Quinn but not quite Mellie problem"

We had one question at the end of the first season of Scandal, and no, it was not whether or not the Mellie (Bellamy Young) was actually pregnant or if the baby was even Fitz' (Tony Goldwyn). Though, for the record, when the second season premiere starts with that women referring to her unborn child as "America's Baby," we're suddenly a lot more interested in that storyline-- because we want to throttle her for adopting that terrible media term (and for using this baby as her own political platform in general). But anyway, we digress. No, the question on our minds, stewing for the last few summer months, was just who exactly Quinn (Katie Lowes) was and why did Olivia (Kerry Washington), knowing who she was, want to save her? Apparently, that's all you guys wanted to know, too! ... [MORE]

"Supernatural season eight trailer provides answers, raises more questions"

We don't normally like to write around short promos because it's rare that we have much original content to add to them when we didn't have a hand in creating them. However, today we stumbled across this trailer for Supernatural's eighth season, and it delivered more answers than we expected. But since we still have so many questions, we wanted to take a moment to share with you what's on our minds. Are you wondering the same things? Do you have theories about what we're posing below? Let us know in the comments; we'd seriously like to start a discussion! ... [MORE]

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