Did any of you watch the Community season finale (judging from the ratings, not many of you did)? I seriously can’t believe that NBC renewed this show. Seriously.
So, in the finale (which should have been the series finale), Jeff Winger finally graduates. Is that enough for the writers of Community though? Of course not. In every episode now there has to be some kind of wackiness that has just ruined what was formerly a fantastic show. In this case, we have a Terminator/Matrix/Freaky Friday/Disney Bad guy movie reference show that just made no sense at all.
To start the episode, Jeff receives a job offer from his former law partner to come back and make big bucks as a lawyer. Wait you say. Jeff is just graduating from community college. Is this possible? Of course it is dear reader. Don’t worry though. That is the least of all the problems with this stupid episode.
So there is an evil Jeff and and evil Annie running around trying to get Jeff to go take the law job so he can return to the dark side. Jeff has grown fond of his community college friends (and who of us who went to community college can’t relate to that?) Why does there have to be an evil Jeff and evil Annie? Who the hell knows. The entire fricken point of Jeff going to community college was so he could get back to being a lawyer. It was the central point of the entire show.
Would the brilliant writers of Community be happy if there was just an evil Jeff and evil Annie? Of course not. And the wackiness level just wouldn’t be up to what is expected of Community if that were the case. Fear not. The writers did their job and provided us an evil everybody.
I don’t want to keep going on about this show. I think it is lost it’s way and has totally gone away from what made it funny in the first few seasons. NBC tried to kill this show by moving it all over the schedule, not even putting it on the mid-season schedule, and firing it’s best writers. To me, NBC did it’s job. They killed the show. Or at least they should have. NBC needs to perform a mercy killing and put this show out of it’s misery.
One of my favorite shows of the summer premiered tonight. So You Think You Can Dance premiered it’s 10th season tonight with the first of the audition rounds in Los Angeles.
If you have never watched this show, do yourself a favor and get in to it. This is the best of all the talent shows on TV. The judges never mock people like they do on Idol, and frankly, that is one of the best things about this show. I left Idol when they kept bringing clearly mentally challenged people on stage to mock them. That doesn’t happen on SYTYCD. That doesn’t mean there aren’t terrible dancers, there are. The judges however handle it correctly. They will tell terrible dancers the truth and tell them that they might never dance professionally, but don’t lose the love of dance, just dance because you have fun with it.
Full disclosure here. I can’t dance. Not a lick. I know I know. But Midwest Mike, you are so clearly talented. How can that be? Well I don’t know folks. I wasn’t gifted with that ability. Clearly the maker decided that my talents would be better used elsewhere. That being said, I love to watch talented dancers and I love seeing all the different styles of dance that are out there.
I really love this show and since it’s a summer show, I know you don’t have much else to watch. Give So You Think You Can Dance a chance (hey that rhymes. Remember when I said I have other talents?). It airs on Fox on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8:00.
Bill Hader is leaving SNL. The veteran performer told an interviewer that “it was a hard decision but it has to happen at some point. It got to a point where I said ‘Maybe it’s just time to go.’ ”
Hader joined the cast of SNL in 2005 as a featured player but was quickly promoted to a full member of the cast. Hader created some of the most memorable characters of the recent SNL generation. His Stefon character got Hader the rare recognition of being nominated for an Emmy. His Vincent Price character was also one of my favorites, and the Halloween at Vincent Price’s skit he performed with Mad Men star John Ham was one of my favorite of the last 5 years of the show.
Survivor Caramoan ended tonight. What did you all think of this season? I have to say, I really enjoyed it. I came in to this season with low expectations thinking that the Survivor franchise might be struggling a bit if this was the best they could do on a fans vs. favorites show. The season turned out to be one of the best so far. The show quickly got away from the fans vs. favorites theme and turned in to just a standard Survivor season as the favorites on the show were the weakest every assembled. That actually helped the show. The favorites were just another team and in fact, lost their very first immunity challenge to the fans which didn’t bode well for the favorites.
Head inside and we’ll talk more about the finale along with the winner (be warned, spoilers inside)
In more WTF TV news, Happy Endings has been cancelled by ABC. We found out recently that the geniuses at NBC cancelled two very good freshmen shows, Go On and 1600 Penn, while saving the now awful Community. Now, apparently not wanting to be seen as less stupid than NBC, the geniuses at ABC cancelled what is one of the funniest shows on TV.
We here at MWTVG have been fans of this show from the very beginning and have done all that we can to talk it up. It’s set in Chicago (although not filmed here), and stars a very funny ensemble cast lead by one of the men I think is the funniest on TV, Damon Wayons Jr. There are rumors that USA could be interested in Happy Endings if ABC does cancel it, but as of yet, there has been no news on that front.
One of the things that sucks about being a super smart professional TV writer with exquisite taste is that even when I like a show, I am sometimes unable to convince the unwashed masses to watch it. RIP Happy Endings. Hopefully we see you on the USA Network.
NBC has announced that they are renewing Community for a 5th season. Are you surprised? I am. NBC has done everything they can to kill this show. They ran off creator and show runner Dan Harmon, got rid of the best writers, left the show off the mid-season line-up, twice, and have turned the show in to a joke of what it once was. Even with all that, NBC decides to renew it?
Kudos to the producers of The Office. The finale airs on May 16 and all anyone seems to be talking about is will he or won’t he? Will Steve Carell show up for the finale or won’t he? Well apparently, Steve Carell will do The Office Finale after all. Executive Producer Greg Daniels was very cagey when asked about Carell’s return causing even more speculation that Michael Scott will show up in the finale of The Office when it airs next week. Adding fuel to the fire, on Saturday, Steve Carell surprised thousands of fans when he joined the cast at a wrap party in the real Scranton, PA.
I posted back in April a story asking whether or not Carell would show up for the finale. My feeling is that he owes his success to the show and that he should be there for the end, at least a cameo. If George Clooney could do it for ER, then surely Carell can do it for The Office. Just show up and make an appearance. Don’t be a jerk. It certainly won’t ruin the finale if he doesn’t show up (I’m more interested in what happens to Pam and Jim), but it would be nice. We spent years having to endure Michael Scott. The least he could do is show up to say goodbye.
The success that Netflix has been having with their original series offerings has caused other internet companies to want to get in the game. We reported last week about Yahoo putting out six of their own shows and Amazon has also joined the original streaming content fray with twelve pilot episodes that have been posted for viewers to vote on. With all these companies producing their own content, we now find out that AOL wants in the original series game. Continue reading →
TNT has announced that Dallas has been renewed for a 3rd season and this is fantastic news. Dallas is one of my favorite dramas on TV right now. I was a fan of the original and I tuned in to the first season with my guard fully raised thinking that it would be a disaster and I was pleasantly surprised.
Are you a Netflix subscriber? If you are, beware that there are big changes in store for May 1. In what’s being called streamageddon, Netflix will be losing the rights to all movies in the Warner Bros. library which includes pre-1986 movies from MGM and United Artists. These movies will now be housed on WB Archive Instant, a $9.99/mo service that you can subscribe to if you want to see Warner Bros. movies.