It’s been almost TWO whole weeks since the last new episode of The Mindy Project–and I’m slowly falling into a pit of despair without it. Thankfully, Hulu just uploaded the show’s entire Paley Fest panel, which has provided me with my Chris Messina fix. After watching the panel, I was inspired to start watching the show from the beginning…again. Looking at the early episodes, I was reminded why I fell in love with the show in the first place, and I want to share those reasons with you. RIGHT. NOW.
1) Mindy Kaling, the creator/writer/star of the show, is fabulous. Not only is she a trailblazer for women of color, but she also crafted a character who is desperately trying to be ‘the perfect woman’–and is constantly failing, making her someone you can relate to. The character of Mindy may be cooler than you, it’s true, but she’s not so much cooler than you that wishing you were her will make you depressed (*cough* Serena van der Woodsen *cough*). Plus, she’s hilarious and narrates her life…out loud…to strangers. Let’s face it–we’ve all wanted to do that at one point in our lives.
2) The show is grounded in a humorous examination of romantic comedies. Not an episode goes by without an allusion to You’ve Got Mail or Sleepless Seattle (two of Mindy’s favorites), and it’s fun to see how the expectations movies inspire clash with Mindy’s reality in the show. Like how going to the top of the Empire State Building or ice skating in Rockefeller Plaza is actually just a lot of waiting in line. Now I’ll know to cross those off my romance bucket list… Continue reading “5 Reasons Why ‘The Mindy Project’ Is the Best”
Don’t forget to check out my Once Upon A Time recap at TV For Freaks! Remember, please feel free to post in the comments if you want to discuss the episode.
It was a pretty great episode, that focused on Charming and Regina, as the two struggled to make their place in a magical Storybrooke. Definitely not an episode you want to miss!
Hello iWatchiAm readers! If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, or have explored it a bit since you’ve stumbled upon it, you know that I started writing recaps of ABC’s Once Upon A Time towards the end of last season. Well, in an exciting twist, I have been asked to contribute to tvforfreaks, a website that brings multiple authors together to write on many many shows and films, and will now be posting my OUAT recaps there. Of course, this does not mean that I am abandoning my blog here at iWatchiAm. I will only be posting the OUAT recaps on tvforfreaks, nothing more, and I will always post the link here as well.
So, click here for the link! Please read it and tell me what you think! You can post thoughts and reactions in the comment section here, if you’d like me to get back to them faster. And, as always, don’t forget to contribute your theories on what might come next!
Partners, the new sitcom from the creators of Will & Grace, premieres tonight at 8:30 on CBS. The show follows the ups and downs of two best friends, Joe and Louis, as they try to balance their intense friendship and business partnership while trying to sustain serious romantic relationships of their own. The twist? Joe (played by Numb3rs star David Krumholtz) is straight, and Louis (played by Ugly Betty‘s Michael Urie). The promos for the show don’t exactly promise anything particularly innovative; the real draw here is the cast.
I have been waiting for Michael Urie to return to TV ever since Ugly Betty was cancelled in 2010. As fashion assistant/snarky bully, Mark St. James, Michael Urie provided the show with some of it’s funniest, and most touching, moments. The show also stars Brandon Routh (Superman Returns), as Louis’ boyfriend, and Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill) as Joe’s girlfriend, Ali.
The show’s success will depend on how engaging and charming the leads can be. And, though it might not be earth-shattering, I think the actors can make it into something worth watching. Will you be watching? Need an extra push? Check out the video below to hear Michael Urie and Sophia Bush sing a song about their new show!
Now, let’s just hope the show lives up to the awesomeness of that video.
Revolution, airing Monday nights at 10 on NBC, is the new high concept, high action show of the 2012 fall season. The pilot, produced by J.J. Abrams and directed by Jon Favreau (director of the first two Iron Man films), was action packed, with so many effects and perfect sets, it rivals the elaborate pilot of Lost (that one directed by J.J. himself) in it’s grandeur. Featuring a cast of little-known actors (other than Twilight dad, Billy Burke, and Lost alum, Elizabeth Mitchell), the show doesn’t have much in terms of star power, for which, I am glad. It’s one thing to have a crazy premise, and quite another to stick a celebrity in it.
The story of Revolution begins with an event: the power goes off. No electronic devices work, the world goes dark, but no one knows why. Anarchy ensues, though we don’t see it, and, 15 years after the blackout, a militia led by ‘General Monroe’ (David Lyons) has taken control of a part of the country. One man who holds information of the blackout on a secret flash drive (hidden in a necklace), is Ben Matheson (Tim Guinee), and his knowledge makes him and his brother, Miles (Billy Burke) targets of a militia search. When a militia team, lead by gun-wielding Captain Tom Neville (played by the fear-inspiring Giancarlo Esposito from Breaking Bad and Once Upon A Time), finds Ben in his compound, he is accidentally shot and killed, leading his two teenage children on a wild adventure. So as not to return empty handed, the militia takes Ben’s asthmatic son, Danny, which sends big sister, Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) on a mission to find her mythical uncle, Miles, so that she can rescue her brother. Continue reading “Revolution Premiere Review — How Much Mythology Can One Show Take?”
‘Go On‘ marks this year’s Matthew Perry television comeback. Hoping to garner more success than Perry’s ‘Mr. Sunshine’ (Cancelled), ‘Go On’ seems to be a comedy grounded less in premise, and more in character. Perry plays Ryan King, a sports radio star who recently lost his wife in an accident that doubles as a texting-while-driving PSA. Reeling from his loss, Ryan is banned from work and forced to attend a grief counseling group. There, he meets a band of odd characters, all frustrated (and in need of a sarcastic, energetic friend, apparently).
The show, which aired it’s first two episodes Tuesday night on NBC, has a great supporting cast, and Matthew Perry is, as always, charming. The main problem is the lack of chemistry between Perry and Laura Benanti, who plays the group leader, Lauren Schneider. The two are supposed to challenge each other and, from what I gathered in the pilot, develop a love-hate relationship while helping the members of the group. However, their relationship in the pilot felt forced and manufactured–especially when Lauren ended up breaking down with Ryan and admitting that her previous experience consists of being a Weight Watchers group leader. Hopefully, this is just an unfortunate plot point that the writers needed to get passed in order to come to an established group environment, so that the supporting characters could get more backstory themselves.
The second episode found a better balance between drama and comedy, as a devastatingly lonely Ryan over-stepped in the group and accidentally sent Sonia (played by Sarah Baker) in a downward, cat-collecting spiral. The episode also focused on George (played by Bill Cobbs), the blind man who was almost declared champion of ‘who’s life is worse’ in the pilot. The pace and how the writers managed to split time between Sonia and George–and, of course, Ryan–felt natural and made me excited to see more of the other members of the group. In particular, I cannot wait to see more of Owen (played by former mini-Chris Rock, Tyler James Williams), the youngest member of the group who forms a connection with Ryan in the very first episode.
As to the fate of the show, Continue reading “‘Go On’ Will…Go On? Maybe.”
NBC’s golden singing competition kicked off it’s fall season with super-sized ‘blind auditions’ that lasted three whole nights. As you can see above, the auditions weren’t the only big performances happening Monday night. The judges jump-started the show’s third season with a performance, during which Adam and Christina not only shared the stage–they shared a mic (Mz. Xtina’s special red mic, in fact)!
This season, each coach (Cee Lo, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Christina Aguilera) will create teams of 16 contestants each before the battle rounds begin, meaning longer blind auditions. After three 2-hour audition episodes, all coaches have some strong contestants, and some so-so contestants too. Due to the length of these auditions, I won’t bore you with an entire recap. Instead, I’ll tell you which auditions were the best, and my take on potential winners. Continue reading “Let the Battle Begin!”
Sad, but true, summer is over. And, I’m not just saying that because I am now officially back at school. Most summer TV shows have aired their season finales, leaving me in a desperate state of TV withdrawal while I wait for all the new and returning shows to start this Fall. So, who were summer TV’s winners and losers (at least in my book)? Before I get into it, I would like to write a disclaimer: I have NOT yet watched Breaking Bad, True Blood, Game of Thrones, or The Killing. You have been warned… Continue reading “So long, Summer TV!”
Vampire Diaries is over…the bright light at the end of the tunnel: the return of summer TV! Here are the shows I’m most excited about!
Duets — Thursday May 24th at 8pm — A new AI-rival (no doubt inspired by NBC’s The Voice), Duets puts a twist on your typical singing reality competition by making the contestants compete, not only against each other, but against judges that they will share the stage with. I’m not quite sure how the show will work, if they judges will change partners every week, how the duets will be chosen, how many contestants there will be, etc, but I am willing to find out! The celeb judges, Continue reading “School’s Out, Summer Television Is In!”
Once Upon A Time aired its first season finale, ‘A Land Without Magic’ last night! So, was Henry saved from a death-like slumber? Does Emma finally believe and accept her role as the savior? These questions answered, plus, shifting loyalties abound while Mr. Gold’s secret agenda is partially revealed. SPOILER ALERT Continue reading “The Power of True Love’s Kiss — OUAT 1.22 Recap”