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Its been too long lovelies! Last week was crazy busy with lots happening at work and my brother coming to town. Both of which kept me from my first love, waxing poetic about TV.

So we’ll have to play a little bit of catch-up. Hold on tight.

  • The season finale of Mad Men was nothing short of amazing. It was one of the truly “happier” episodes. Don Draper is not a person you can normally describe using words like joyous or optimistic. He was in this episode, even when he had to let down his psychologist lady lover. My next question: How far ahead will we jump for season 5? Will Don’s new relationship make it? I can’t handle another messy Draper divorce.
  • CBS ordered full seasons of all of its rookie shows. That’s quite a feat, especially for this lackluster freshman class. However, CBS has “won the week” five weeks straight, so their new shows must be doing something right. The last time any network accomplished this feat? NBC in 1997.
  • Kanye’s new short film/music video/salute to himself is gorgeous. Say what you want about Kanye, but the cinematography and art direction in this piece are worth the 34 minutes. Kanye’s acting, not so much.
  • I really miss Gilmore Girls. There, I said it. It was a feel good show with snappy writing and not one, not two,  but three count ’em three, multi-faceted female characters. (If you want to count Sookie and Paris, you’d get 5, but we’re splitting hairs here.) Anyway, watching this mini-reunion made me nostalgic for the good old days in Stars Hollow.
  • And finally, Doug Funnie teaches us all how to dougie. He’s good, but he’s no Bucky.

 

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Why is this night different from all other nights? Well here at edubTV, it’s not really. But for my many Chosen friends out there, it’s the first night of Passover. Have a good one buddies. I will try to keep my discussion of  leavened breads to a minimum.

Update time:

  • Yesterday I mentioned that I didn’t know Cherry Jones and Sarah Paulson were an item. I also learned that Liza Weil (Gilmore Girls) and Paul Adelstein (Private Practice) are married. Wha? I would like to join a celeb couple list-serve.
  • Thanks to a generous lead-in from Dancing With The Stars, the premiere of Bob Saget’s new comedy, Surviving Suburbia had an impressive 12 Million viewers on Monday night. Who knew?
  • Arlo Weiner, the 8-year-old son of Mad Men creator Matt Weiner, is my new style/life icon.
  • And finally for my non TV-related link of the week: Cute & Cuter. The only thing better than hot guys? Hot guys holding baby animals or actual babies.

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I am a huge fan of ABC’s Life on Mars. One of the best parts is the great ’70s music they dig up for every episode. Some of it is warm and familiar and other songs are brand new to me. Either way, it ties the whole show together. Better than the unfortunate suits and period cars the music is the best thing about the show’s recreation of New York City in 1973.

So why no word on a soundtrack yet? If NCIS can get a CD going, I think the folks at Life on Mars deserve a little love too.

What other shows warrant an album? I was going to suggest Gilmore Girls but they actually did have one. I’ll keep my thinking cap on for more ideas.

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Hip-hip hooray, time to get going. My online jeopardy audition is in 40 minutes.

  • Speaking of long-running game shows, Pat Sajak is kind of repulsed by the gay couple in this clip of Wheel of Fortune.  I am now repulsed by Pat Sajak.
  • Nancy Cartwright, the voice-talent behind Bart Simpson, has been using her Bart voice to promote Scientology events. That’s probably not going to go over so well.
  • Connie Britton is one of my new favorite actresses. Dalton Ross talks to her about the new season of Friday Night Lights.
  • I am seriously on the edge of my seat for Jon Hamm on 30 Rock. This clip is tiding me over.
  • This interview with Lauren Graham made me miss Gilmore Girls a little but I’m excited for her new show on ABC.
  • The format of My Life On The D-List is changing. The next season is going to be more like a talk-show. Not sure how I feel about this just yet.
  • My favorite non-TV related link of the week: Giant Inauguration Picture! Zoom in and out, it’s awesome. I think Clarence Thomas is sleeping.

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A lot of folks, myself included, watch TV as a form of escape from the ho-hum factor of their everyday lives. TV-living involves more explosions, more love scenes, better apartments and higher salaries. Why not seek solace in the unrealistic?

Today I thought about some of my favorite unrealistic TV couples. Now don’t get me wrong, there’s no love lost between me and these characters, I am simply commenting on the at-times ridiculous nature of their relationships. Others made the list because frankly, I don’t really see them working well together in non-diagetic life.

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  • Marshall & Lily, How I Met Your Mother: These two are too so twee it’s painful. Their adorable, overly affectionate, have awesome nicknames for each other (Marshmallow & Lilypad, sigh) and even perform outrageous gestures for each other. (Anyone see this week’s episode? A marching band at the airport? Really?) Their break-up in season 2 was borderline difficult to watch but it made the make-up that much sweeter. Totally unrealistic, but still enviable.

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  • Jim & Pam, The Office: This one is a given. Jim pined for Pam for years and I lapped up every second of it. From remembering her favorite yogurt (Mixed Berry) and making her grilled cheese sandwiches, to proposing in the rain and buying his lady love his parents’ house. What pushed this couple over the sugar coated edge? The all day hidden Bluetooth convo.

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  • Lois & Peter, Family Guy: Big guy, tiny wife is an age old TV combination (See: The King of Queens, Still Standing, According To Jim) Big, annoying, kind of abusive, inconsiderate guy, tiny wife is a newer one. Yes, I know, Family Guy is animated and also extremely far fetched (once the dog talked all bets were off) but they’re still a pretty ridic couple don’t you think? It makes for pretty funny TV though.

I have a few more for your consideration (Lorelai & Chris, Gilmore Girls, Niles & Maris, Frasier) but won’t bore you with the deets. Any two-somes you’d like to add to the list? For Valentine’s Day we should put together a realistic couple list, put in your votes now.

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100,000 folks lost their jobs this month. People are dying all around the world. Food banks don’t have enough donations and more people need food. The only thing left to smile about? Lauren Graham is returning to television in a leading role.

ABC just greenlit the half-hour comedy pilot. Graham will play a self-help whiz who can’t seem to manage her own life after her boyfriend leaves her.  Mitchell Hurwitz (Arrested Development) and Alex Herschlag (Will & Grace) are signed on as Executive Producers so the show already has a little street cred in my book.

Let’s hope it does well. I won’t be able to handle another Jezebel James.


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Daylight Savings Time ends overnight. Last year I pondered over which shows I’d watch if I had more time in my day. This year, I find myself thinking about the ever important flashback episode.

It’s a pretty common device. Almost every show, especially sitcoms, has had a flashback episode or two at one point or another. As we turn back the clocks tonight, I thought I’d make a list of some of my favorites, in no particular order.

  • The Simpsons, “Lisa’s First Word.” – To put it plainly, this episode is adorable while maintaining the irreverance and sharp quips that make this show what it is. This episode goes all the way back to the show’s 4th season and opens with the entire family trying to get Maggie to talk. The experience reminds Homer and Marge of Lisa’s first word, a touching tale of a jealous toddler Bart, and a pre-balding Homer. There are smiles, and laughs and at the heart of it, a really great family story. What keeps The Simpsons so timely and popular is that they never seem to lose sight of that.
  • Gilmore Girls, “Dear Emily & Richard” – This episode from the Gilmore Girls third season finally shared the untold story of Lorelai’s pregnancy and how the initial rift between mother and daughter began. Some flashback episodes can seem kind of out of place in the story arc but series creator and writer Amy Sherman-Palladino did a fantastic job marrying the past, present and future into a really complex and beautiful episode. In my opinion, it’s one of the best in the series.
  • The L Word, “Looking Back” – While on a weekend road trip to Palm Springs, the ladies decide to share their first love/coming out/first love lost stories. On a show that can be deathly serious, this episode was surprisingly light and one of the funnier ones of the first season. It also started a wonderful tradition of L Word travel episodes which are now notoriously good spirited and offer a nice break from the serious lady drama. (You can check out Alice’s coming out story here. And yes, they are singing Indigo Girls in the car. I don’t know why you expected anything less.)

There are so many more episodes I want to highlight but this post would go on forever. The short list includes that one episode of Prison Break where they show how everyone landed in the big house; my very favorite episode of Greek, ” Freshman Daze” where we see just what drove Cappie & Evan apart; and the episode of West Wing where when we learn how the gang got involved with the Bartlett campaign. Pure magic!

Anyone else have a favorite flashback episode? Let ‘er rip in the comments.

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