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Emily Nussbaum‘s latest NY Mag piece definitively declares the upcoming Fall TV slate to be the season of “The She-Runner”. A new ruling class of female Show runners, writers and actresses, spreading the big, bad female agenda on TV’s nation-wide. Rawr.

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Nussbaum writes that all of the Major Networks’ new comedy pilots are, mostly, helmed by females and star a fresh sort of female lead. They each, in one way or another, present a more “hard-edged” woman. Gone are the days of the dough-eyed dork (although the sole exception, and Nussbaum acknowledges it, is New Girls and happens to star just that in its’ lead Zooey Deschanel). What’s “exciting” is how this crop breaks free from former wimpy female leads of the past and instead depicts a grittier breed. Here we have the modern woman. More willing to declare her opinion. Move over Betty Draper, it’s Peggy-on-steroids time.

And my reaction? Meh.

It’s definitely refreshing to have more women on the screen and to have them in starring roles. But, have you watched the trailers for these shows? I mean, really? Uh-Oh. Yikes!

But, I’ll probably give them all a chance. I’m a fan of a lot of these female writers. Especially, New Girl scribe, Liz Meriwether. I also highly recommend Molly Mclear’s blog (she’s joined the writing room for 2 Broke Girls). I’m just really hoping these trailers are the worst of what’s to come and that we can expect more than these one-note, “unconventional” female leads.

Lena Dunham

However, I will say, I’m thrilled to hear Nussbaum enjoyed Girls. Lena Dunham‘s HBO series is something I’ve been looking forward to, anxiously, since renting Tiny Furniture months ago. But calling it the “Great Lady Hope of HBO” might be a tad pre-mature.

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You know those Groupons for canvas wrapped photo prints? They always seem like a great idea but since I don’t take enough photos or want giant pictures of my friends in my apartment, I never take advantage of them. But then, I saw this:

After years of more Twilight covers than I care to mention, Entertainment Weekly finally got something right.

Someone get the Canvas On Demand people on the phone. I need a 16″ X 20″ of this stat. It will look amazing next to my Ron Swanson Pyramid of Greatness poster.

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The New NBCUniversal Logo…

is not a logo at all. It’s a shitty font. This isn’t a 4th grade report on tigers, it’s a huge company right? Right? You there NBCUniversal?

 

 

There are thousands, literally thousands of out of work graphic designers out of work. I bet they’re fuckin’ furious right now. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have NBC. You want to be at the top of your game again right? This isn’t the way you go about it.

And in case you’re wondering what they were “improving” upon, here’s the old logo.

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I’m happy for Conan. He had the chance of a lifetime, and his own network screwed him over. Fresh off a nationwide tour, and a quick stop at folk hero status, he got a great deal at a new network and things will finally be, “back to normal.”

I will watch his premiere tonight, but that’s probably it. Here’s why:

Call me crazy, but I never thought he was very funny on the Late Night, or the Tonight Show. He talks over the guests, and his schtick just doesn’t work for  me I suppose. But I wish him all the best. And finally, his fans can stop their whining. They took this really personally. Hopefully they stop their talk and follow him to TBS.

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I found myself enjoying Blue Bloods. Since I’m under the age of 60, this shocked and saddened me. Then, I figured out its obvious appeal.

Brothers & Sisters – All That Wine – A Small Business Going Under – Dead Father With Secrets  + Law & Order  – This Sound – Lawyers Making Long Boring Speeches +  A Grandpa + A Dead Brother With Secrets + Tom Selleck =

Blue Bloods.

They took out the shitty parts of both shows and smashed the good stuff together. Bravo CBS! I don’t know why none of the other networks figured this out. People love adult siblings and cop shows. Shove them together, throw in a few Sunday dinners and you have a winner.

I really hope another network follows CBS’ lead and does a mash-up of Glee and Grey’s Anatomy. What this country lacks is auto-tuned physicians.

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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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I’ve been following the latest campaign born on Twitter, and raised on Facebook. Most of these don’t go very far. A “vote for this…” here, a “boycott this,” there. But this is a stand I can get behind.

The latest push? James Roday and Dule Hill to host Saturday Night Live.

The names aren’t familiar? Hill and Roday are the stars of USA’s Psych, a show about a fake-psychic-detective and his best friend. The two help the Santa Barbara police department solve homicide cases. It’s a non-lame version of The Mentalist (and in case you were wondering, Psych came first).  It’s one of the few shows on TV that’s truly fun to watch. It’s full of ’80s references, weekly cases that keep you guessing, and a wacky cast of supporting characters.

Hill and Roday are a dynamic comedy duo who boast rapid-fire timing and amazing chemistry. They’d be a refreshing twist on typical SNL hosts, not only because they’re a pair, but because to a good chunk of America, they’re still not quite household names. How does this work in our favor? I’d be wiling to be they’d take a few more risks than the average SNL host might. And did I mention they sing and dance?!

The campaign started this week and the Facebook fan page swelled to 12,000+ members seemingly overnight. It probably won’t reach Betty White proportions but it could definitely wake up a few bigwigs at Studio 8H. And since the USA network  is in the same TV family as NBC, this may not be an impossibility.

I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

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(And hey, follow me on Twitter too!)

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