flight of the conchords 2×10: evicted

Part of me is pretty sure that if the boys come up with new material there’s a chance this show could be revived in the future, but take note: that was how you do a series finale.

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better off ted pilot

Over the weekend I watched the pilot of the new sitcom Better Off Ted.  There’s a lot of things to like about this show.  For one thing, it’s well-cast; Portia de Rossi is spot on – she’s hilarious– and Jonathan Slavin as Phil is also good.  (I recognized him from an episode of Bones where he played Brennan’s publisher’s murderous assistant.)  It’s got a refreshingly quirky sense of humor, and I loved the scenes between Ted and his daughter.  She seems to be essentially his conscience, and the fact that he’s a single father gives him a bit of depth and relatability that might otherwise be missing.

This show needs that touch of relatability, actually, because if the pilot had a flaw it’s that most of the characters, while hilarious, didn’t feel like real people.  They were more like overcaffeinated Barbie dolls with snappy dialogue.  In the best comedies, the characters are human enough that we can see bits of people we know in them, and at this point Better Off Ted is totally over-the-top in that area.  Still, characterization can be a tricky thing to nail in a pilot so maybe this is something they’ll improve in subsequent episodes.

I don’t know if I’ll be back to it each week, because I tend not to follow comedies as closely as I do dramas; I’ll forget about them for several weeks at a time and then get caught up when I’m in the mood for something light.  Regardless, this is one to keep an eye on.

dollhouse 1×06: man on the street

I’m sorry, but I absolutely must resort to profanity to express how I felt about this episode.  Here goes.

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bones 4×15: the salt in the wounds

Iiiiiiiiiiinteresting.  Anyone who’s familiar with the spoilers for the end of this season you should be saying, I see what you did there.

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30 rock 3×15: the bubble

Okay, I’m pretty sure Liz may just have become the first woman in the history of dating to break up with a man because he is too handsome, but it made for a hilarious resolution to Jon Hamm’s storyline.  (Goodbye!  You’ll be missed!)  Liz discovered that he’d gotten special treatment his whole life due to his good looks, and when she decided she was going to do the right thing and teach him how average-looking people live, things went south.

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bones update

I feel slightly better about the Bones season finale after reading these casting sides.  Go check them out, but be warned they contain spoilers.

lie to me 1×07: the best policy

I never set out to like this show.  I started watching it out of curiosity because it’s a genre I like.  But damn it, Tim Roth, with your shambling stoop-shouldered gait and your raffish British accent, I think you’ve won me over.  I’m officially a fan.

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