I got around to watching the premiere episode of Kirstie today (before I am sentenced to 3 hours of The Sound of Music live) and I have to say, it wasn’t terrible.
Kirstie is a new show airing on TV Land starring three people from two of the biggest shows in the history of TV, Cheers and Seinfeld. Kirstie Alley returns as the star of the show bringing Rhea Perlman (Cheers) and Michael Richards (Seinfeld) back to TV with her. This is the first time we have seen Richards on TV since Seinfeld and his infamous melt-down.
Kirstie is about a woman, Maddie (played by Kirstie) who is a rich and famous actress who’s son she gave up for adoption comes back to find her. Richards and Perlman play assistants to Maddie who also seem to be able to tell her what to do.
I have one question for the producers of this show. Why is the show called Kirstie but the main character isn’t named Kirstie? Don’t you do a name like that when you are actually using the stars name in the show? It’s confusing that the show is called Kirstie but she is playing Maddie.
The NY Times said that this show recycles jokes and sitcom stars. I don’t really agree. I thought the show was going to be awful but I was a bit surprised. It’s certainly not the greatest thing ever put on TV, but it’s no where near the worst (2 Broke Girls).
It has a laugh track which is never a good sign for a show but if you look past that, there were several jokes that were funny. Kirstie did the best job of the three but Perlman wasn’t far behind. Richards is playing another version of Kramer and isn’t great but maybe he can improve his character given time.
Overall, I’d give this show a C+. I expected to watch it and die from constantly cringing at the awfulness of the show, but that didn’t happen. If you are interested, Kirstie airs on TV Land Wednesdays at 9:00.
Good new for fans of Louis CK. He has signed another deal with FX to executive produce a new show for the network.
If you are a fan of his FX show, Louie, you are probably under the age of 25 and wear a fedora. I don’t know what happened to Louie CK over the years, and it’s not his fault, but somehow his fan base turned in to 20 something hipsters who discuss the intricacies of how Louis structures his jokes in a manner far superior to other comedians. You think I’m kidding when I make that statement but I’ve had that very conversation with my daughter’s 20-something fedora-wearing hipster boyfriend, who by the way is 26 but still dresses like he is under 25 so my scenario is still in tact here.
The deal that Louis has signed with FX allows for him to create or supervise the new show and will then give him the option to write or direct the show once created. It will be interesting to see what happens with this deal. Signing this deal means that Louis has reached a level of power that not many comedians reach. He has the ability to bestow an opportunity on another comedian of his choosing. There aren’t many with that kind of power in the comedy world.
We don’t talk about sports too often here at MWTVG because there are plenty of places you can go if you want sports news. You come here to see what we think about TV. That doesn’t mean that sports is not important to me or the others here at MWTVG. There are times when I feel it’s appropriate for the two worlds to collide which would allow us to talk a bit about sports. HBO has a special running right now that brings these worlds together. Our love of TV and our love of sports. The special is Sport in America: Our Defining Stories and if you are a fan of sports even in the tiniest bit, you simply have to watch this show. Continue reading →
AMC’s ratings monster THE WALKING DEAD just aired its midseason finale last night (to an incredible 12.1 million viewers). I have been plenty critical of the past season and a half, but this episode proves that there is still plenty of bite hidden somewhere deep within in its bark.
Allow me to give praise where praise is due: last night’s episode was incredible. It proved my theory that the showrunners were desperately trying to turn their ship around and I am happy to say that most of the scenes mirrored the comic book near-perfectly. In fact, I propose a “director’s cut” of the show to excise the second half of the third season and splice bits and pieces of season 4, plugging the entire 8th episode as the season 3 finale.
Unfortunately, the eighth episode was preceded by a whole ton of weird/unnecessary fluff. Head inside for more! Continue reading →
In case you have been living under a rock for the last month or so, there is a new Anchorman movie coming out on December 20. There has been an incredible advertising blitz to get the word out about this movie. Countless Dodge commercials (which have been a huge success for Dodge) and Will Ferrell has appeared on every late night talk show in Ron Burgundy character. Now there is one more coming. Rumors came out today that Ron Burgundy will host an episode of SportsCenter on ESPN on December 5th. Continue reading →
Together they form… The Governor’s Creek. This video clip hilariously and ironically summarizes all the terrible feelings I have toward this season of THE WALKING DEAD. Two weeks ago was perhaps the worst episode of the series thus far with The Governor wandering around like a mute Jim Morrison/Jesus/Santa Claus.
To be clear, I like DAVID MORRISSEY quite a bit and think he could play an excellent Governor-role if the writers would only allow for the role as it was originally written. But alas, we are stuck with a shallow one-dimensional and completely-undeveloped cast of characters. I don’t think that anybody cares anymore when characters get eaten or killed because there is not one iota of investment in their well being.
Hopefully (hopefully, hopefully, hopefully) they are posturing to get back on track with the flow of the comics now that The Governor is back with a group of survivors that has his iconic tank. With next week being the midseason finale, we need to see a big battle, a tank run down the prison walls, a million walkers swarm the grounds and a whole bunch of folks not survive. If/when that happens, I will regain faith in this show. Until then, I will merely use it as unenthusiastic background noise for an otherwise uneventful Sunday night.
I was going to write something up on this last night, but how could I when I was barely able to move, let alone form a cogent obscenity to hurl at the television just quietly enough to not disturb my sleeping children?? While my predictions for the season so far have been disturbingly accurate, I never thought in a million years that they would pull something like they did last night especially with a whole other full season left.
I refuse to spoil it for those of you who haven’t caught up yet, head inside for full spoilers… Continue reading →
Can PREACHER be the next WALKING DEAD for AMC? Reports came out this morning that AMC has officially ordered a pilot for the series, possibly being developed by none other than SETH ROGAN (yes, that SETH ROGAN) if we are to believe his recent tweets.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, PREACHER is an excellent comic book series from Vertigo that ran in the back half of the 90′s and starred a small town preacher by the name of Jesse Custer who inadvertently gets possessed by a creature called Genesis who gives him powers which he uses to go out on the road and find god himself.
It’s a sacrilegious, violent, bloody good time and would be an interesting replacement for the now-complete BREAKING BAD and soon-to-be complete MAD MEN, and a logical bedfellow for ratings juggernaut THE WALKING DEAD. Hopefully AMC can make it more BREAKING BAD than THE WALKING DEAD in terms of long-term repeat quality.
The most important part of making this show (which has been floundering in the Hollywood development circuit for quite some time now) is getting a solid lead to play Jesse. My vote is WALTON GOGGINS from THE SHIELD and JUSTIFIED fame, I think the guy is a spitting image of the comics. JON BERNTHAL from THE WALKING DEAD would also be a great choice depending on how his new series MOB CITY fares on TNT.
I sure hope this project actually sees the light of day this time. You can count on much more news coming out about this project shortly.
Although I was a late bloomer to BREAKING BAD, I can now confidently say that it rests somewhere in my top five TV series of all time, probably close to the top if I ever sat down to figure it all out. I am on episode 10 of Season 5 and will be finishing out the whole thing by the end of next week.
Even though it is a great show in every way, the one exception was the premiere episode of season 5. It was so bad it was almost unwatchable, but at least they performed a quick about-face and the rest has been terrific. I had been waiting for three seasons for DEAN NORRIS to finally figure out what was going on with Walter, “If that’s true, if you don’t know who I am, then maybe your best course… is to tread lightly.” Awesome.
With the upcoming release of BREAKING BAD: THE COMPLETE SERIES on Blu Ray and DVD on November 26th, they released an “alternate ending” to the show that effectively “Dallas-ed” the whole thing in the universe of MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE. BRYAN CRANSTON fans will appreciate the hilarious mashup of the two shows and many inside references to BREAKING BAD.
In news that can’t really be a surprise to anyone, John Oliver is leaving the Daily Show for HBO. John did a fantastic job filling in for regular Daily Show host John Stewart over the summer and with his performance, you knew it wouldn’t be long until someone gave him his own show.