Tuesday, July 31, 2012

'The L.A. Complex' Asks Us to Choose Battles, But I Can't Even Choose My Favorite Character...

As much as I loved just how matter-of-fact Simon (Michael Levinson) is about Hollywood-- and how ridiculous Nick's (Joe Dinicol) walk back to the writer's room-- in direction toward In N Out, by the way-- the third episode of the new batch of The L.A. Complex was really all about Raquel (Jewel Staite) and Kal (Andra Fuller) for me.

"Choose Your Battles" saw Kal back in the studio, laying down a hot new track about his time with Tariq (Benjamin Charles Watson). Perhaps because of the subject matter of the song and his recently, increasingly fragile mental state, he kept seeing Tariq everywhere, which tripped him up when dealing with the press and with the beats. While it's supposed to be therapeutic and cathartic for an artist to put their feelings, experiences, and emotions into metaphorical stories, this time around it didn't seem to help Kal. And I also have to wonder just how those who stood there bobbing their heads along to his beat didn't know exactly what he was talking about. Singing about swinging and screwing up a guy's left eye isn't a metaphor: it's an exact recap of what happened! While his "boy" is looking out for him right now in the basest sense and making sure he doesn't take drastic action again, he's not doing what Kal really needs: he's not being a real friend and asking what's going on. If he suspects, he's sweeping it under the rug, letting it go unsaid, and that can be even more detrimental in the end.

I want to believe that Kal is really torn by what he did to Tariq-- not just because of Tariq but also because of what it says about himself. I see that he is torn, period, so clearly on Fuller's face in every scene. He does more behind the eyes than I believe I have ever seen. It is the epitome of "That faaace," to indicate how much his emoting makes the audience feel, too. 

I want to believe that Kal sees just how dangerous his frame of mind is. I think we got hints of that during the (amazing!!) battle (that punk obviously came with a prewritten verse, which is a bitch move, and it was still inferior), but we got even more when he pulled his friend off the kid. He's learned a lesson, even if it's not the full one yet, and he's taking steps towards being a better man. I imagine that's what giving away his posturing chain and going to visit his father is about. I only hope it doesn't prove to bite him in the ass.

On the flip side, Raquel truly brings out the best in Connor (Jonathan Patrick Moore), and it was oddly sweet to see them, well, being oddly sweet with each other. She doesn't necessarily challenge him, but she certainly makes him feel comfortable, and a guy like him just needs that sense of security to survive, let alone thrive. She calmed him immediately when he was worried over the rewrite, and then she forced him to step it up on-set. She really is good, and Staite is great at acting within acting, a surprisingly nuanced task that not every talent can successfully tackle.

I am a fan and a friend of Krista Allen's, but if this show doesn't start letting us into Jennifer's world soon, I'm going to have a hard time watching her carry on with Connor and still care. Right now their relationship is still very much an orchestrated B.S., and I have a hard time believing Connor would toss away the good thing he started to get going with Raquel (though it was kind of amazing how quickly he "switched on" when she popped up on set) for something that means nothing. He's not even getting a per diem out of it!

Now, I know we will eventually get to know more about Jennifer and the deeper "why" behind this strategic move, but I want it to get there a bit faster, which is something I never thought I'd have to say for this show. Perhaps it is because they have yet to spend any real alone time together-- even at his birthday dinner, they were in public; there was a paparazzo with them; they couldn't be open and real. And maybe she isn't interested in or ready to open up to him yet. But even seeing moments that depict that pulling back would speak volumes about her vulnerability.

Raquel is so razor sharp, though. Her quippy little marks to Jennifer about "apparently not" being in anything she would have seen or "just about to" grab the knife certainly made me smile, and it seemed like they did for Connor, as well. Those two have an understanding, and I want to see them roll their eyes at each other, in on the secret that this "relationship" he has for the tabloids is ridiculous. She already knows more than she should, and the idea that she might use that as leverage-- or simply as a way to bring herself closer to Connor while Jennifer continues to keep him at bay-- is what makes her so interesting. She's smart, and she knows how to play the game; it's what makes her such a joy to watch.

"Choose Your Battles" left me with so many questions, though: Will Raquel ever tell Connor he was her baby's father or will she consider it a moot point now that she's no longer pregnant? Does Kal's dad know he's gay and was praying for his redemption from those considered sins or was he simply asking his son to purify himself against the rest of this lifestyle-- the groupies, the partying, the bright lights and bong hits? Is Kal actually going to his father to attempt to be saved? Clearly next Tuesday can't come fast enough!

Additional TCA Talk: More 'Arrow', 'Supernatural', and 'Weeds'...

There is something just so incredibly timely and poignant about The CW debuting Arrow, a vigilante superhero drama, this fall. Coming at a time when just about every political party is experiencing some unrest, Arrow is the perfect way to project one’s own feelings about the corrupt elite. Within the comic books, and therefore the series, he takes action against those whose greed and corporate one-percentism have ruined a once-thriving city. However, the series producers wanted to make it clear that in Oliver Queen’s (Stephen Amell) quest to “give back to the little people,” he never takes rash or immoral action without giving even the baddest guys a chance to right their wrongs. In that sense, he may just be too good to be true and the hero we all need to believe in right now... [MORE] 

"Jeremy Carver talks taking Supernatural back to basics"

"There's a little note card in my office that goes three seasons, but that's not to say it couldn't go more," Jeremy Carver told LA TV Insider Examiner when we asked him just how far he was planning the mythology for Supernatural... [MORE]

"Showtime sends off Weeds in Los Angeles"

"We knew it was the end just before the season started," Weeds showrunner Jenji Kohan told critics at the final TCA presentation for her Showtime comedy in Los Angeles earlier today... [MORE]

Monday, July 30, 2012

Showtime TCA Talk: 'The Big C', 'Inside Comedy', 'Dexter', and 'Homeland'...

"SHO TCA Talk: The Big C concluding; Inside Comedy renewed, more"
With their longest running comedy series (Weeds) winding down, one might think that Showtime would have a slew of announcements about the future face of their network. But today at their bi-annual TCA presentation in Los Angeles, David Nevins was able to sit back and bask in the success of the programs he currently has. Having already announced the pick-up of Masters of Sex and Ray Donovan (both of which debuted clips to the select critics in the room, LA TV Insider Examiner included), attention was turned, instead, to what Showtime has already been doing well, not what they hope to do later... [MORE]

"There are some awfully big pills he's asking her to swallow," Dexter series star Michael C. Hall laughed to LA TV Insider Examiner when we caught up with him at the TCAs in Los Angeles to talk about the seventh season of his serial killer drama.... [MORE

David Nevins admitted that when Showtime first launched Homeland, the network didn't know the cultural phenomenon it would become. But now that he knows just how wide the show's reach is (President Obama has called it his favorite show quite a few times), he sees no end in sight for it yet. He also sees no limitations to the storytelling-- including the fact that any character is susceptible to being killed off... [MORE]

CW TCA Talk: Stephen Amell, 'Supernatural', 'The Vampire Diaries', 'Hart of Dixie', 'Nikita', 'The L.A. Complex', 'Beauty and the Beast', 'Emily Owens MD'...

"It's not going to be every week, act five, cross off, you know? The list is a storytelling technique at the moment...but it's not set in stone. It's written on paper. In pen, but still! There are other things in that book that are very important, other than the list," Arrow series star Stephen Amell teased for LA TV Insider Examiner when we caught up with him in Los Angeles earlier today... [MORE] 

Last we saw Castiel (Misha Collins) on Supernatural he was high-tailing it out of Purgatory, leaving his buddy Dean (Jensen Ackles) behind to face down countless unknown monsters and creatures. But Collins himself didn't get too far-- we caught up with him at the network's parent company TCA party in Los Angeles to find out just when we'll see Castiel again and how he may be different yet again this season... [MORE]

At the end of season three, The Vampire Diaries did something showrunner Julie Plec had once promised herself she would never do: she turned Elena (Nina Dobrev) into a vampire. But while she once read the source material novels and vowed to do something different, she realized pretty early on that she needed to raise the stakes and what better way to do that than to play with the hero/heroine dynamic? ... [MORE]

Things were not looking so good for George (Scott Porter), last we left him on Hart of Dixie. After calling off his wedding to Lemon (Jaime King) (for good?), he ended up on Zoe's (Rachel Bilson) doorstep...a few minutes after she slept with Wade (Wilson Bethel). What the heck, man? Everyone's betraying the "golden boy" of Bluebell! ... [MORE]

Nikita fans, rejoice! Series executive producer Craig Silverstein is thinking of season three as a season-long arc, but the situation he is writing himself into also supports a longer term story, especially much more than the "something's got to give" situations of the past. In other words, he is certainly not planning an end to his beloved spy series just yet! ... [MORE]

Though The L.A. Complex has been severely under-performing the traditional ratings (in fact, it may be setting records for the lowest numbers of a program a network has fought so hard for), The CW's Mark Pedowitz pointed out during his TCA session today that the show is actually one of its higher performers in the alternate, online space... [MORE]

"Jennie Synder Urman dissects Emily Owens, M.D."

The CW's new medical drama, Emily Owens, M.D., centers on the titular woman (Mamie Gummer) who is still very much a "work in progress." She was a geek in high school who is now starting her surgery residency-- only to find that there are cliques in hospitals just like high school... [MORE

"Beauty and the Beast to play with a severe "bad boy" and atypical romance"

The CW's Beauty and the Beast is a modern retelling of the 1980s network drama. But this version, on The CW, is not so "on the surface" obvious about what is "beastly" about its male lead, Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan). Though the production company did acquire the rights to the original show and instructed new series creators Sherri Cooper and Jennifer Lavin that the pilot would be a retelling, both women felt some they would do the audience a disservice not to think outside the box a little bit... [MORE]

Sunday, July 29, 2012

TCA Talk: FX News of Note; CBS Introduces 'Elementary'...

Early this morning in Los Angeles, FX and John Landgraf addressed the critics at the bi-annual TCA presentation to talk about the future of the network's programming slate. While there were still things up in the air (though Landgraf loves Wilfred and wants it to continue for a long time, they are currently negotiating season three deals so a pick-up was not official just yet), there were quite a few exciting announcements, as well... [MORE]

CBS President of Entertainment Nina Tassler just had one thing to say about her network's new crime drama, Elementary. Being a fan of the story and of the BBC's Sherlock that is also currently on-air, she admitted she thinks there is room for more than one version of such a classic tale... [MORE]

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Additional ABC TCA Talk: Emily Kapnek Spills 'Suburgatory' Secrets; Vanessa Marano Teases Hope for Bay & Emmett on 'Switched at Birth'...

Though Suburgatory showrunner Emily Kapnek was extremely forthcoming about season two of her hit ABC comedy even before the first season had finished airing, a lot can often change in a few short months in Hollywood. For one thing, a writer can change his or her mind about the way in which he or she wants to play out a story. For another, the network might step in and give notes that dictate things going in another direction. But thankfully, Kapnek shared when we caught up with her at the ABC TCA party in Los Angeles tonight, her plan is coming to fruition...well, as planned! ... [MORE

"We come back after the summer has passed, so obviously both Toby and Bay have been cheated on by their boyfriend and girlfriend-- with each other, funny enough! So they're not in the best place at the beginning of the season, and I think the season premiere is a lot of denial," Vanessa Marano teased the return of Switched at Birth when we caught up with her at the ABC TCA party in Los Angeles earlier tonight... [MORE]

Friday, July 27, 2012

ABC TCA Talk: 'Happy Endings', 'Don't Trust The B---- In Apartment 23', Nashville', '666 Park Avenue'; 'How To Live with Your Parents', and 'Last Resort'...

The last time we caught up with Happy Endings creator David Caspe, he told us that he wasn't looking to make a show about one relationship, and so he was keeping his characters from constantly hooking up with each other. Well, we're sure he had the best of intentions, but let's face it: Dave (Zachary Knighton) and Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) have such a history, and such chemistry, it may have only been a matter of time before they got back together on-screen. That happened in the season finale, when they held hands at Derek's (Stephen Guarino) wedding, but Caspe has confirmed that will be taken even farther when the show returns for season three this fall... [MORE]

"James Van Der Beek explains the evolution of Don't Trust The B---- in Apt 23"

ABC half-hour Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 is part of the network's "inappropriate" comedy line-up, and due to show creator Nahnatchka Khan's sharp wit and actors like James Van Der Beek's commitment, it manages to take some pretty broad concepts and keep them grounded enough to make the audience wish they could exist in reality.... [MORE]

"Nashville celebrates strong, Southern women Callie Khouri & Connie Britton"

Nashville may just be ABC's Country Strong version of Smash, and we say that in the most positive way possible. It is a show that may be set in the entertainment industry, but it plans to use that setting as a backdrop, not a plot-driving force. The plot will instead be driven by the characters' emotional arcs, making it a relationship drama at its core... [MORE

"Serial supernatural soap 666 Park Avenue scoop from series EP David Wilcox"

666 Park Avenue is ABC's jaunt into the horror genre. But partially because it is a broadcast network, and partially because it was not of the interest of the executive producers, the show is not going to rely on shock value or gore to draw, thrill, or scare its audience from week to week. Instead, EP David Wilcox promised today at ABC's TCA presentation in Los Angeles that what we will be getting is a "very scary, supernatural, character-driven soap"... [MORE

"Claudia Lonow admits How to Live with Your Parents is her TV autobiography" 

Claudia Lonow's new ABC family half-hour How To Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) is an autobiographical tale, she admitted to critics during the ABC TCA presentation in Los Angeles earlier today... [MORE]

"Shawn Ryan unravels Last Resort"

Shawn Ryan is an ambitious showrunner, and his new ABC drama is inarguably the most ambitious show on television come fall. Last Resort centers on a submarine that receives an order the captain questions and decides to ignore it. In response, the Navy actually has one of its other submarines attempt to take it out, causing the ship's crew to come together to beach themselves on an island they take over while they try to figure out how to go home when "home" may not want them anymore... [MORE]

From LA Examiner: 'The Killing' Canceled; 'The Carol Burnett Show' Coming To DVD; 'The LA Complex' Photos...

Though Veena Sud tried to seed the possibilities of stories to come in the second season finale of The Killing, today AMC announced they will not allow for that exploration on-screen. The cable network canceled the critically-split series earlier today... [MORE]

We're just going to say it: we received the best nostalgic news today! The Carol Burnett Show is finally coming to DVD with an Ultimate Collection featuring 50 episodes, plus a whole lot of bonuses, on 22 DVDs... [MORE

"The L.A. Complex characters hide their secrets deeper (PHOTOS)"

The L.A. Complex has introduced new relationships, new characters, and new emotional troubles for its characters. What can we expect next from our favorite struggling artists at The Lux? ... [MORE]

Thursday, July 26, 2012

From LA Examiner: Jonathan Patrick Moore Talks 'The L.A. Complex'; ABC Announces Premiere Dates; 'Revenge' Season Two Scoop...

The L.A. Complex’s Connor (Jonathan Patrick Moore) has a lot on his plate. The rising star actor may have narrowly avoided a career catastrophe when the powers that be at his medical drama decided to write his recent bar fight injuries into the show, but his personal life is in shambles after losing Abby (Cassie Steele) to Nick (Joe Dinicol) and Raquel (Jewel Staite) to…well, potentially a baby. And now that the show has returned, things are only get more complicated for the kid who can’t center himself, as a new woman has entered his life with a very special proposition. How will Connor deal? We caught up with Moore on location with The L.A. Complex in Los Angeles to find out! ... [MORE

ABC has finally gotten in the game and announced their Fall 2012 primetime premiere dates. Per the press release sent to critics attending the TCA presentation in Los Angeles, here are when your new and returning favorites will begin airing new episodes... [MORE]

"Revenge season two scoop from Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, & Gabriel Mann"

The cast of Revenge has really only just begun shooting the first episode of their second season, but earlier today in Los Angeles they graciously hosted dozens of reporters at Grayson Manor to share what they could about the new episodes to come. Here is a little taste of what LA TV Insider Examiner learned... [MORE]

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

From LA Examiner: 'Awkward' Renewed But What About A Movie?; Lucas Neff Teases 'Raising Hope's' Premiere; JoAnna Garcia Swisher Talks 'Animal Practice'; Adam Harrington Goes From 'The Secret Circle' to 'The Mob Doctor'; 'The Short-Com Comedy Hour' Announced...

Though MTV airs its sassy high school comedy Awkward during the summer months, its characters are always trapped in other seasons, which keeps them confined to their school. It means all the more special occasions for us, as they attend football games and pep rallies and dances, but it also at times leaves us to wonder just what these kids would be like if they could really let loose without having to worry about the person they may still posture to be in the halls or when surrounded by cliques... [MORE]

"Lucas Neff teases a "big life change" coming in the Raising Hope S3 premiere"

"In our very first episode this year, we have a big life change coming one of our main family member's way," Raising Hope series star Lucas Neff teased for LA TV Insider Examiner when we caught up with him at the FOX TCA party in Los Angeles earlier this week... [MORE]

"Is sitcom veteran JoAnna Garcia Swisher the straight-woman of Animal Practice?"

It used to be a rare sight to see in Hollywood that a young, pretty woman would want to play the fool week after week on a television comedy, even if that was where the most fun could be had. Too much attention often gets paid to image and attempts to be taken too seriously. Thankfully, though, actresses like JoAnna Garcia Swisher are finding their own kind of empowerment in humor... [MORE]

"Adam Harrington reflects on Secret Circle, looks forward to The Mob Doctor"

Last fall LA TV Insider Examiner started a hashtag on Twitter for #MoreEthan on The Secret Circle. Adam Harrington was a highlight of that show for us, with such a dark and complex character to explore, but sadly the series came to an end before they could fully even scratch the surface of his potential. These days, though, Harrington is sitting pretty (and a bit more grounded in reality) over on FOX' The Mob Doctor, and we have already pledged to create a #MoreYork hashtag for him there, if need be. But first, we caught up with him at the FOX TCA party in Los Angeles to talk about his dramatic year... [MORE]

"The Short-Com Comedy Hour coming to FOX, Summer 2013"

In a little bit of straggler TCA news, FOX announced today the launch of a new programming platform coming next summer. The Short-Com Comedy Hour will feature four "shot-coms" in an hour-long TV broadcast. Each short-com will feature established actors as well as some up-and-comers in one-act scenes, creating a new kind of showcase for the best and brightest voices. We sense a lot of UCB style Funny or Die action to take over as of Summer 2013! ... [MORE]

Weekly Celebuzz Recaps: 'Teen Wolf' & 'The Glee Project'...

As if another full moon, another big Beacon Hills party, and a family battling the unthinkable wasn’t enough, tonight Teen Wolf delivered exactly who (or what!) is controlling Jackson (Colton Haynes). With so much to say, let’s just dive right in, shall we? ... [MORE]

Sometimes reality competition shows ask their contestants to do things the real world probably never would. Such was the case in tonight’s episode of The Glee Project, that saw the remaining contestants tackling the challenge of shooting a music video in one take... [MORE]

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

'The L.A. Complex' Dives Deeper Into The World Of Fallen Stars...

I'm a sucker for titles with double meanings, and I am choosing to believe that "The Contract" in tonight's The L.A. Complex refers not only to the proposition Connor (Jonathan Patrick Moore) received (and more on that in a minute), but also to Beth's (Dayle McLeod) signing on the dotted line for her brother-who-is-probably-going-to-turn-out-to-be-her-son. 

I have to admit, I really didn't want to see a kid hanging around The Lux when Raquel (Jewel Staite) learned she was pregnant. I don't think it's a good idea for someone so young and moldable to be around all the drinking, pot-smoking, loud parties, and terrible wiring and plumbing. But there is something must more comforting in the fact that this kid is staying with a guardian who is actually looking out for him in a place like The Lux than running around the hot tubs of the Oakwoods, supervised or not. It certainly is a side of Hollywood that deserves to be explored, too. Hundreds of child actors come out here every month to try to land a commercial or Disney Channel guest spot. They bring with them a parent or relative who has given up their own job and semblance of a "regular" life to fight for, or at times force upon, their kid's dream. Their struggles are unique but certainly still interesting. The minute I saw Simon (Michael Levinson) I had immediate flashbacks to Unscripted, in which Krista went in for an audition and thought she left her son in the waiting room, but he ended up going into an audition of his own, and as they embarked on the possibility of him becoming a child star they were hit with not ridiculously expensive bills for headshots or classes or on-set tutors but the question of whether or not a kid should have plastic surgery to get ahead of their normal growth spurts and get a leg up on the competition. If The L.A. Complex is going to tackle the topic of child stardom, they have to dive into all of the seedy elements. Sugarcoating won't help anything!

The class Raquel went to made me sad. No one was learning how to be a better actor there; they were learning what "type" they could most easily fit into. It's depressing enough to resign yourself to the fact that you may only be looked at one specific way by casting directors, producers, hell, this whole town, but usually that comes after years of work behind you, like Raquel. I got the impression everyone in this class was new, just starting out, trying to find a place to fit before they even tried anything. Where's the artistry in that? Where's the creativity or the passion in that? Who are the jerks of agents and managers and casting directors and producers who recommend those types of seminars rather than actual Adler or Stanislavsky methods-- actually, you know, challenges and creations of something outside of one's self, let alone one's look? 

I know Raquel would have a lot to say about this. Hell, I know Jennifer (Krista Allen) would have a lot to say about this! Yet, they're both buying into it in their own, perhaps slightly more subtle ways. Raquel is such a self-sabotager, and it makes me increasingly sad because just when I thought she might have a chance to be happy, even for a minute, boom! She takes the crappy Syfy movie and urges Connor to go be in a fake relationship, which basically means putting themselves on hold. But one thing that won't be put on hold? Their baby. That thing is going to keep growing whether she wants to pretend it's not there or not! And sooner or later, he's going to notice, and even if he's not sure it's his because she doesn't want to mess up his new life or chance or whatever, it's going to mess with him even more than his already troubled little mind can handle. Is it too much to wish that just once someone here had a happy, rom-com ending? I would give that to Raquel and Connor in a heartbeat.

Onto Jennifer, though. Le sigh, Jennifer, le sigh. There are so many things I want this storyline to turn out to be to shine a light on those "backroom deals" that everyone here in Hollywood knows happens but no one wants to talk about. Come on, the timing with Tom and Katie's divorce is just too fortuitous! The fake relationship is one angle, certainly, but the way the media is going to create the story the publicity team feeds them is another. The line between truth and fiction is a blurry mess here in Hollywood, perhaps more so on the red carpet than on the screen. But this show doesn't have a main character who's a member of the media in any way, so I wonder if that part of the story can truly be explored the way I am imagining it (and full disclosure, the way I am pitching it in my own pilot which was in place far before I learned of this storyline, thankyouverymuch!). There has to be more than meets the eye with Jennifer, though. It seems too easy that she would need to hire some new, young member of Hollywood rather than just go out and organically seduce one, especially if all she really wants is someone to go to premieres with or be photographed with on Robertson or at Katsuya or whatever. I hope, just like with Kal (Andra Fuller), we get to explore more of her back story and the why behind the behavior. She certainly skirted the secret sharing quickly and efficiently! Besides, it certainly seems questionable to me right now, too, that Connor would have more reservations about all of this than she would-- especially considering how fast he went with her and signed the confidentiality agreement. It's naive to do that without your agent present if you think it's a movie offer, but he just turned on her so quickly-- went from adventurous and excited, the way he usually gets his rushes, to offended and disgusted with the implications. Even if he genuinely cares for Raquel, I find it hard to believe he wouldn't entertain the idea of sleeping with Jennifer; he certainly still checked out Abby (Cassie Steele), even knowing she's with Nick (Joe Dinicol) now. It seemed out of character for him, but Jennifer's character is still in question.

And speaking of Kal, I never in a million years expected to find himself in this position, but I could not be happier that I did. That sounds terrible, but I'm a big believer in doing whatever you need to do to fix yourself-- by yourself. And in Kal's case, he kind of has to go at this alone because everyone around him just does for him what they think he wants, not what's in his best interest, anyway. He had to literally lock himself in a room in order to get help, but the fact that he was willing to do that proved he really wants it. The sadness in his eyes when he was "sprung" was palpable, and admittedly I would love to see him just drive back up the coast to that little hippie-run B&B Tariq (Benjamin Charles Watson) took him to a few episodes ago and work on himself in the quiet, the fresh air, and the complete anonymity. Preferably with a notebook so he can get a whole honest album out of it. That I will be the first to buy. 

Once again, the timing could not be more perfect. Frank Ocean just came out of the closet, and Kal is still keeping himself trapped in his own. So far Kal took the first step simply by being honest about his intentions-- and then another big one by admitting he was gay out-loud. I couldn't help but wonder if he had never said it before, not even to himself. The way he said it was so hurtful it's easy to understand why he would want to push it away, out of mind, and think of himself instead as the puffed up rapper he created and therefore can actually control. But that's the kind of thinking he has to find a way to stop. Is it instinct that makes him hate himself for being gay? I don't think so; I think it was something learned a long time ago that is now so deep-rooted in his psyche it feels like instinct. And that is not something easy to change. Neither is the posturing behavior he has reached for as his crutch all of these years. But it's what he has to change if he wants to be truly worthy of love-- Tariq's or his own. 

I also have to wonder what else is in Kal's story that we will (hopefully) soon learn. He is so jumpy, and he covers it with confrontation, that I wonder if there was abuse in his childhood that he will have to get through-- that perhaps caused his hatred of homosexuality. Her certainly seems much more complex than just your average guy uncomfortable with what he doesn't fully understand, and that's what makes him such an amazing character to watch. Sh*t is about to get real, y'all! All the Canadian Emmys for Fuller!

Oh, and if "Hard Times" leaked, where's my copy!?

I can't feel too badly for Nick at the end there, though. There are far too many cases of those who aren't truly deserving getting ahead in Hollywood (I glossed over Abby's whole part of this episode on purpose because it is the prime example of this), so if at the end of the day, he isn't funny enough or smart enough or quick enough on his feet to cut it in Paul F. Tompkins' writer's room, then he shouldn't get the job. No matter how much he may "need" it, no matter how much he may "want" it, no matter how much the show has set him up to be the more "important" (read: lead) character from Sabrina (Georgina Reilly). At least Sabrina came prepared, and she tried to help him. He's just trying to float by, which is only a strategy equipped for reality shows, and even then, the floater is usually called, and then evicted, out.

(I also didn't want to talk about Abby because I feel like this episode had no stakes for her. The little Christian actors who are secretly sexing each other are not actually scary or threatening in any way. And unless they roofie her or want to bring her into their dressing room trysts in a threesome, they're nothing that doesn't happen on the set of just about every show anyway. It was a yawner for me, and that was unfortunate because it took away so much time from fascinating moments with Kal, Raquel, and Jennifer. But seeing as how Alan Thicke isn't sticking around for the whole rest of the season, and Abby only booked a couple of days on that show within a show anyway, hopefully that will wrap up quickly and quietly and we can all move on.)

NBC TCA Talk: 'Community', 'Smash', 'Chicago Fire', 'Revolution', 'Go On', and 'Dracula'...

Earlier today in Los Angeles, it was NBC's turn to present their fall slew of programming to the television critics, LA TV Insider Examiner included. Chairman of Entertainment, Bob Greenblatt took a few moments to address "the Community of it all," which was still an elephant in the room to some... [MORE]

"Smash story promises from NBC’s Bob Greenblatt & Jennifer Salke"

"There's a real plan in place. It feels more consistent," NBC President of Entertainment Jennifer Salke said of the scripts the network has been seeing from Josh Safran for the second season of Smash starting on-air in the winter... [MORE] 

"Dick Wolf promises Chicago Fire won't just be a "fire of the week" drama"

Just because NBC's newest drama Chicago Fire is being executive produced by procedural mogul Dick Wolf does not mean you should expect a "fire of the week." That is the first thing the peacock network and the show's stars and producers wanted critics to know today during the TCA presentation in Los Angeles. Instead, it will focus on the extraordinary lives of the men and women who lay their lives on the line-- and butt heads with each other-- in a specific Chicago squad... [MORE] 

"Revolution won't be a typical post-apocalyptic drama for NBC"

Revolution, coming from the mind of Eric Kripke and heading to NBC this fall is not just a show about a post-apocalyptic world. In many sense, it might not be a show about that at all. At least, that is the message NBC and producers wanted the critics to take away from the TCA presentation in Los Angeles earlier today... [MORE]

"Matthew Perry previews his return to NBC, Go On"

Go On will see the return of Matthew Perry to the network that made him a household name and today in Los Angeles he, as well as producers, presented the show to critics at the TCAs today to explain why he wanted to come back to NBC, to half-hour comedy, and to sardonic, self-deprecating characters... [MORE]

"NBC orders Dracula, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, directly to series"

At the NBC TCA presentation in Los Angeles earlier today, Chairman of Entertainment Bob Greenblatt announced the series order for a brand new show that hadn't even shot a pilot. Dracula, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, has been granted a ten episode order from the peacock network... [MORE]

Monday, July 23, 2012

FOX TCA Talk: 'The Mindy Project', 'Ben and Kate', Mariah Carey, 'The Mob Doctor', 'The X Factor', and 'Fringe'...

The Mindy Project, stemming from the mind of Mindy Kaling, is FOX' newest quirky girl comedy, a half-hour about a woman who is still a "work in progress," especially in the romance department. As a writer/producer and star, Kaling plays the titular Mindy, a character based on herself and her own ideals... [MORE]

Ben and Kate creator Dana Fox joked earlier today at the FOX TCA presentation in Los Angeles that her real life brother Ben, on which her new FOX half-hour comedy is based, is finally vindicated because the world-- or at least this one show-- revolves on him... [MORE]

"American Idol officially signs Mariah Carey"

It's official. Mariah Carey is coming to American Idol... [MORE]

"The Mob Doctor dissected by Jordana Spiro, Josh Berman, & Rob Wright"

Josh Berman and Rob Wright's new FOX drama, The Mob Doctor, takes the flip side of their other series, Drop Dead Diva. Instead of "two women who lead one life, [The Mob Doctor explores] one woman who leads two lives.... [MORE]

"Simon Cowell, Britney Spears, & Demi Lovato introduce you to the new X Factor"

Earlier today at the FOX TCA presentation in Los Angeles, President of Entertainment Kevin Reilly called new The X Factor judge Britney Spears "feisty" and pointing out that she's "not afraid to lay it on the line." For a woman who grew up in the music business, she has certainly seen (and done) just about everything. But having come through the Disney machine, does that make her more or less qualified to judge others on technical attributes with which she herself might not shine? ... [MORE]

"FOX sends of Fringe with one final TCA panel in L.A."

With the "allowance" of Fringe getting a fifth and final season, FOX President of Entertainment Kevin Reilly addressed the TCA in Los Angeles today to say that he hopes he has regained some of the "Comic Con cred" for the network. After all, he granted executive producer J.H. Wyman the opportunity to wrap up the emotionally (and scientifically) complex genre drama with a final thirteen episodes, while many networks just pull the plug on under-performing shows, regardless of rabid fan support... [MORE]