My Mad Fat Diary

Why do the British make the best shows????  This is an amazing, funny, sad, sweet, realistic coming-of-age drama adapted from Rae Earl’s “My Mad Fat Teenage Diary.” It’s completely addictive; I finished it in two days and am now dying for the second season (which hasn’t even started filming and probably won’t air until 2014). Also, it takes place in 1996, which is kind of interesting.

 

 

James Adomian

James Adomain is a NY comic, who performs with UCB, and who was on Last Comic Standing.

This video has his bit about gay villains.  Or villains that aren’t out but are suggested to be gay.

I know I read an article about this but I can’t find it. Anyway, the point is that often times, television and movies make the villain gay or make the gay person the villain. Maybe they are trying to meet a quota? Diversity?

“We need one black, gay, female villain!”

Than the rest of the cast can be straight white men and a few beautiful background girls for them to have sex with.

Off the top of my head:

  • The Simpsons – Mr. Burns
  • Downton Abbey – Thomas
  • The 300 – King Xerxes
  • Glee – Karofsky
  • The Lion King – Scar
  • True Blood – Queen Sophie-Anne
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent – Nicole Wallace
  • Desperate Housewives – Andrew Van De Kamp
  • Sons of Anarchy – Agent June Stahl

Burning Love

I’ll come clean right away: I have watched several seasons of both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette (see my fond memories below). This is why Burning Love resonated so much with me.  They did their homework and this parody is hilarious!

Live on the Yahoo! Comedy Channel now, Burning Love follows fireman Mark Orlando as he searches for the perfect woman. The scripted comedy series features an impressive line up of comedic actors from film and television including Ken Marino, Malin Akerman, Kristen Bell, Michael Ian Black, Adam Scott and more.

Who knew Yahoo! was making original comedy videos? Also, Ben Stiller is a producer. Episode 8 comes out Monday, June 25th!

Common Bachelor/Bachelorette tropes:

Someone cries                        Someone talks abt what they sacrificed to be there

“Here for the right reasons      “See myself falling for you”

Dead relative                           Bikinis

Contestant with kid                 Divorced contestant

Someone leaves the show     Someone who left/was booted returns

Helicopters/ horses/ boats       “The most _____ episode in B/B history”

“Follow my heart”                   Someone walks off set/ rips off mic

“I never expected to feel so strongly”        “I never expected this would be so hard”

“I never saw this coming”       “No regrets”

Two contestants have same name     Someone sings/ writes letter/ recites poem

Awkward close-up camera footage of making out in hot tub

Awkward sexual nature of the “overnight fantasy suite” date

Recollections of Bachelors and Bachelorettes Past:

Matt Grant was the star of “The Bachelor: London Calling,” the 12th season of the show. He was hot, he British, he was a “global financier,” and he was clearly on the show to get some booty. Shayne Lamas, daughter of Lorenzo Lamas and reality-show wannabe, was 22 years old when Matt “proposed” to her.

Jake Pavelka was the prize show horse on “The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love,” aka the 14th season. I only watched half of this season, not that this redeems my character in any way, because Jake was a weirdo. Weirdly conservative and serious. I like it better when the contestants recognize that they getting free travel and drinks out of this deal.  After the show ended, Jake and Vienna broke up, and ABC aired a vomit-inducing interview with both of them. Since then, Jake has left his job as a pilot to pursue a career as a reality show contestant.

The incestuous relationship between The B/B: DeAnna Pappas  appeared in season 11 of The Bachelor and was rejected by bachelor Brad Womack (during his first time as Bachelor).  The guy she chose, Jesse Csincsak, was a professional snowboarder and a huge goofball who never took his sunglasses off and needed a haircut.  Since the show, DeAnna married the twin brother of a former Bachelor, Jesse married a female contestant from another season, and the final guy DeAnna rejected went on to be Bachelor in a later season.

Jillian Harris was nice enough; I can only remember the stuff that happened toward the end of the season.  Reality shows love to “surprise” contestants by bringing people back.  Ed Swiderski left on episode 5 BUT then showed up 2 weeks later wanting back on.  Obviously that was cool with Jillian because she picked him. Which was dumb. Reid Rosenthal was really funny and reminded me of Matt Perry and he should have “won.”  Jillian and Ed were together for about 2 years, which is equal to 20 years in B/B time.

Ali Fedowtowsky was a crier.  The best part of this season was krazy Kasey, who got a tatoo and would not stop dropping his motto, “Guard and Protect Your Heart.” Roberto and Ali broke up after a year-long engagement. Chris married a female contestant from another season and has a landscaping show on HGTV. Ali used to work for Facebook and now hosts 1st Look for NBC (which airs really late at night). I do not think this is a step up.

Ashley Hebert was boring. She and her intended, JP, are still together after a year, and planning a fall wedding (we’ll see about that). The best part was runner-up (aka the loser) Ben Flajnik’s meltdown.  His best quote: “Good things don’t end unless they end badly.”  Huh? What about cake?  Your slice starts out yummy, but when you get to the last bite – BAM! – it turns into poop. Ben is an idiot.

And so, in the immortal words of Chris Harrison, it is now time for:

The Final Rose

Please do not let me dissuade you from watching these time-honored shows, Emily still has six guys to choose from and Ali’s scorned fiancé, Roberto, is rumored to be the next Bachelor.

I’m sure we will be hearing from both of them about:

Putting their-self out there

How their dates on a tropical island are “magical/ a fantasy/ a fairytale/ paradise”

Truly believing that their husband/ wife is in the pool of contestants

The Mindy Project

YAY! Mindy Kaling’s new show (formerly “It’s Messy”) has received a “series order” from FOX.  I’m sad that she is leaving The Office, but I think she is getting off the Titanic and onto a 5 Star Cruiseliner. If you only know Mindy from The Office, you have to read her book! If you read her book, you will learn that her mother was an OBGYN. Inspiration for her character? I think so!

Also, Bill Hader! And Richard Schiff! And Ed Helms! I think they are only guesting for the pilot though. It was definitely a little weird to see Kelly and Andy on a date.

Premiering in the fall (set to air on Tuesdays at 9:30 PM ET/PT), the show features Kaling as an obsessed-with-but-still-unlucky-in-love doctor, with some apparently self-destructive habits and pervasive insecurities. While the trailer does fly high on the powers of femininity, it’s not something that men won’t find entertaining. It doesn’t matter what gender you are, there’s nothing unfunny about Mindy Kaling backpedaling after inviting Ed Helms to sleep with her on the first date.

                             – Hollywood.com

30Rock is going off the air, but I think The Mindy Project will be able to pick up slack in the laughs department (not the most attractive metaphor, oh well).

West Wing Funny or Die Reunion

OMG. I loved The West Wing and Allison Janney is one of my favorite actors of all time, so when I saw on Gawker that Funny or Die had reunited the cast, I flipped out.

Go watch the video. Immediately. It is awesome.

1) I love the party when Allison Janney slaps William Duffy.

2) I love the part when Duffy tells Martin Sheen/President Bartlett, “She’s dead, sir.”

3) I love the part when the President starts going into his speech, “In the time of Socrates…” and they all groan.

4) I love the part when the President nearly whacks Dule Hill in the face while putting on his jacket.

Why the reunion? To promote a fitness campaign called EveryBody Walk. Which is great, but I may forgo walking in order to watch some old West Wing episodes.

Downton Sixbey

 

I just started watching Downton Abbey and this is amazing! The opening credits and the set are soooo accurate!

I love Brooke Shields as Lady Cora! Higgins makes a very good Bates 🙂

Check out Jimmy Fallon’s other parodies:

 

 

Veep Premieres in April on HBO

OMG.  SO excited.  Not only do I love Julia Louis-Dreyfus, but I love the director of this new series, Armando Iannucci.

From HuffPo:

In “Veep,” Louis-Dreyfus plays former Senator Selina Meyer, the new vice president of the United States. Her character quickly learns the job isn’t exactly what she thought it would be.

The show also stars Sufe Bradshaw (“Overnight”), Anna Chlumsky (“My Girl”), Tony Hale (“Arrested Development”), Reid Scott (“My Boys”), Tim Simons (“Days Together”) and Matt Walsh (“Outsourced”).

Iannucci was the co-writer and director of In the Loop, one of my favorite films and a great piece of political satire, and he wrote and directed The Thick of It, a fantastic tv show satirizing British politics.

In the Loop:

 

The Thick of It:

Iannucci is a genius.