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Modern Family: Week 4 in Review

KIP MOONEY: Last year, it took a long time for me to warm up to the Haley-and-Alex team-up, but once it reached its resolution, I realized what the writers were doing, and saw that it was a great way to…

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In Briefs: The Half-Life of TV Shows

CHRIS PUMMER: I very much try to judge a show before watching it. Because I don’t have time to waste on something that seems likely to be a pile of crap.

In this, the golden age of TV watching with…

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Modern Family: Episode 14

KIP MOONEY: “Tonight’s episode had one too many balls in the air and couldn’t quite juggle them all. But that’s the trouble with holiday episodes of ensemble comedies: you’ve got to pull together all the characters somehow, and in 22 minutes, there’s no way to make each storyline as funny and fledged out as its counterparts.”

HOWARD MEGDAL: I generally agree with Kip, though I had more tolerance for the Gloria-Jay storyline and less for Manny-Haley. Continue reading

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Review: The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret

HOWARD MEGDAL: Words cannot express how disappointed I was by the pilot of The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, which seems to waste David Cross and Will Arnett, an utter disgraceful misuse of such elite natural resources.

HANNAH WALK: As a fan of Arrested Development, I was excited to see how Todd Margaret would pan out. Like Howard, I was incredibly disappointed. David Cross and Will Arnett are both such talented actors who’s gifts are being wasted on slow-moving comedy. Continue reading

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Modern Family: Episode in Review

KIP MOONEY: Now we’re cookin’ with gas. All my worst fears from last week about Modern Family going too soft were alleviated this week with “The Kiss.” Simply put, this is the series’ best episode since “Benched” last spring. The real breakout here is Jesse Tyler Feguson (Mitchell), who has never been this funny, period. His reactions to Eric Stonestreet (Cam) were a brilliant mix of sarcastic and flabbergasted. See, Mitch doesn’t like being affectionate with Cam in public, even to the point of high-fiving him at a New Year’s Eve party. It all leads to a tender but relevant moment: the revelation that the patriarch (Ed O’Neill) is loving but not very affectionate, just like his old man.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Totally agree with Kip, but I think it is worth adding the depth we saw from Jay (Ed O’Neill) in this episode. Continue reading

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Running Wilde

HOWARD MEGDAL: In much the same way you’d forgive any subsequent transgressions from someone who saved your life, I’d happily give the benefit of the doubt to Mitch Hurwitz, Will Arnett and company for any failures following Arrested Development, the greatest sitcom in television history. Sit Down and Shut Up is proof of this.

But at the risk of grading on the pilot curve, I hold out the possibility of very good things from Running Wilde, which had a middling premiere this week.

AKIE BERMISS: If the buzz is to be believed there are apparently no new television series this fall that are watchable. And, from a preview standpoint, I have to say I’ve only seen two or three things that I could even stomach considering to watch. Thank heavens for the best shows from last year returning — otherwise we’d be in really deep trouble this fall. There, perhaps, one exception though. When I heard about it, I almost couldn’t believe it to be true. Its Mitchell Hurwitz’s new show Running Wilde. While the title may be none too inspiring, the show got big prospective boost from me because of the co-stars: Will Arnett and Keri Russell. I was sold. Continue reading

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In Briefs: Whistling

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I’ve discovered that listening to someone whistle along with songs on the radio might be THE funniest thing I’ve ever experienced.

HOWARD MEGDAL: On whistling:
I despise hearing it. Despise it. Hey, look at me! I can make a shrill, irritating version of a sound people like! So I’m going to do it repeatedly!

Oh, and I can’t whistle. What a loss. In a related note, I don’t eat enough cheese to be able to grow and then pass a kidney stone. Continue reading

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In Briefs: Scott Baio’s Twitterwar

JILLIAN LOVEJOY LOWERY: This whole Scott Baio/Jezebel war is cracking me up.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Thanks Twitter, for ruining my images of Charles in Charge. Of course Buddy Lembeck was already ruined since he became Bibleman. But I was hoping my memories of Charles would stay pure. He probably just hates no longer being In Charge. Continue reading

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Arrested Development Movie: Michael Cera: Come On!/Movies are what whores do for money

HOWARD MEGDAL:

I want to get my biases right out on the table: I am a huge Arrested Development fan and a huge Michael Cera fan.

But let’s make this clear: if you are the reason there is no Arrested…

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Flobots: Good/Not good

Flobots are good

TED BERG:

As someone who enjoyed his formative years during the Clinton administration and now resides in Brooklyn, I’m contractually obligated to dislike anything that is at all earnest. That said, I think I kind of like…

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