Misfits has succeeded where so many superhero series have failed. It’s put a human face to super powers. It’s the perfect blend of the suspense and drama of Heroes with the plucky young-adult action/comedy of Smallville. It’s also got the edge and realism of other e4 series like Skins.
A group of young juvenile delinquents gets struck by lightning during a freak storm. They start to develop superhuman abilities like time travel, invisibility, and telepathy. Each episode, they must deal with some sort of super-powered mishap. Whether it’s fighting a villain with the ability to control milk with his mind or trying to stop Hitler from taking over England, the characters are very unlikely heroes with fresh approach to comic book heroes.
The cast is amazing. Like Skins, the cast does revolve a bit. Lauren Rocha is amazing as Kelly, a chav girl who gains the ability to read minds. She’s no nonsense and it’s great to see a character so brazen, unapologetic, and comfortable in her own skin. Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones) is amazing as Simon, a somewhat creepy guy, with the power to become invisible when he feels ignored. Robert Sheehan and Joseph Gilgun both play the comic relief as sex-crazed, gross-out, d-bags you hate to love.
Despite the shortcomings of the initial premise of a super storm, the series handles super powers in such a genius way. People’s deepest insecurities, emotional issues, and wishes become exaggerated and manifest in their abilities. Also, the series manages to have suspense and action but not at the expense of reality. The series shows what really might happen in certain scenarios and goes for the heart and humor of the truth.
Superhero fans, sci-fi fanatics, and anglophiles will love this series. All five series are available for free on Hulu.
Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson's "There's a New Kid in Town" has never been more relevant. The American Idol winner announced on Twitter last night that her and her husband Brandon Blackstock are expecting a child.
"I'm pregnant!!! Brandon and I are so excited! Best early Christmas present ever :)," tweeted the singer, who has more than once publicly stated that she wants to start having children.
After playing it coy on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno last week and saying that her and Blackstock weren't "announcing anything right now," it looks like Clarkson couldn't keep her Christmas surprise a secret any longer. There is no news about her due date, as of yet.
This will be the first child for Clarkson and the third child for Blackstock, who has two children, Savannah and Seth, from a previous marriage.
(We're sure Simon Cowell is weeping with happiness.)
Live from New York, it's Bobby Moynihan killing it as Mayor Rob Ford! SNL opened successfully, going after the Toronto politician's reputation for smoking crack and generally looking like a maniac. Lady Gaga took the stage for her monologue, singing a parody of her current single "Applause" through a majority of it. This set a vintage variety show tone, but it would have been more interesting to see Gaga not play so obviously to her strengths. It made it seem like she couldn't be funny and engaging on her own, so they went with this instead.
Gaga's monologue made heavy-handed references to "pandering," which was her approach to the first half of the show. Making obvious references to having a penis and ripping off Madonna, Gaga almost exclusively made jokes about herself. Aside from that and a few laughs based on how she looked, the cast shouldered most of the comedic responsibilities. It's then revealed why Gaga seemed so nervous leading up to her musical performance: R. Kelly is here and they have a lot of air humping to do. This attention-grabbing performance was a reminder of what Lady Gaga does best. After delivering musically, she seemed comfortable enough to do a Marisa Tomei impression for no reason in a sketch about a co-op board interview.
SNL's cast really came together this week. The strongest sketches kicked off the first half of the show, with a commercial parody for "Paxil: Presidential Strength." This smart piece featured Jay Pharaoh as Obama, pouring pills into his face over Obamacare problems. Pharaoh continued to execute strong impressions, playing Kanye West in one of the best pieces of the night. With Nasim Pedrad as Kim Kardashian, "Waking up with Kimye" spoofs a morning talk show where Kim is annoying and Kanye is insane. Pedrad and Pharaoh are so funny it made it easier to stomach the second Gaga-has-balls-joke in less than 30 minutes.
The Update desk was so perfect, it's hard to imagine Seth Meyers leaving. But the real performance of the night came from Taran Killam, who appeared as Jebediah Atkinson, the author of a newspaper review panning the Gettysburg Address. Killam portrays an almost Simon Cowell-type of historical speech critic. Great writing like "John F. Kennedy, I'll tell you what you can do for my country. Wrap it up! Next!" plus a hilarious performance from Killam allowed him get away with botching a line. After all, describing the Pearl Harbor speech as "boring ass" is still really funny.
The show concluded appropriately with Gaga's weird stamp of approval, a purple spandex performance from a tambourine player who's possibly on ecstasy. While Gaga did not offer the same performance as an actor, she more than delivered when it came to her assets, while letting the cast members take the lead and enjoying the ride.
CBS advertisting sitcom The Crazy Ones has a weird energy, and doesn't seem to know quite yet what it wants to be. It's sometimes mean-spirited, sometimes saccharine, with Robin Williams buzzing around wildly and poor Sarah Michelle Gellar relegated to playing the dour, all-business straight woman. And let's not even get started on Lauren, the bimbo assistant (Amanda Setton). Her character is so pointlessly offensive that it almost distracts from the sheer perfection of James Wolk's face. And that's not easy to do.
Thus far, the best part of every episode has been the tag. Some brilliant person, to whom we should send a nice muffin basket, suggested that each show be capped by a mini gag reel. We can imagine that the dailies must be packed with Williams riffs that will never see the light of day — it's only right that we get at least a taste. And it's genius marketing. Right as you are thinking to yourself, "Did I enjoy what I just watched?," The Crazy Ones says, "Look. Look at the pretty people laughing! Didn't we have fun, all of us? Didn't we?" And maybe we did.
Check out the outtakes from the pilot and more over at CBS.com.
Mork is back. Well, actually, it's just Robin Williams, who went off to another planet known as Movieland for about 35 years before deciding to return to the small screen. Now he's in The Crazy Ones, which is about an advertising executive and his daughter, who is also part of the firm. After this prolonged absence, does Williams have the juice to keep a show alive and make it thrive?
Early signs are yes, with over 15 million people watching the premiere. Williams was his usual manic self at the beginning of the episode, spouting off gibberish that made us all wonder if his character had lost it. It turns out, like many of Williams' roles, he was just being crazy like a fox. The gist of it: McDonald's needed a new ad and his firm was in danger of losing the account. So he set up a desperate Hail Mary to land Kelly Clarkson, who was playing herself. Or some version of herself. In what was probably the funniest part of the whole episode, they riffed on how to make a really ribald version of the McDonald's song (It was also nice to see James Wolk be an ad man who was not trying to undermine everyone there - Hi Bob Benson!).
Williams was a pro, mesmerizing in his scenes and Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy got older! Boo!) did a great job as a straight man...er...woman to Williams' schtick. He also showed the depth of humanity that he is known for. He's not a cardboard cutout who just wants to make people laugh. The show was well written without teetering too far on either schmaltzy or insane, though Gellar belting out a song in the middle of a crowded restaurant did edge up to being both but the scene didn't fall over the edge.
I'm going to be like the millions of people who likely decided to see what a second episode brings before fully committing to this show, but it was a very promising beginning. I know I'm not crazy for doing so.
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Robin Williams is back, and he's better than ever. But unless you love the typical Williams schtick that he's been working with since the mid '90s, you're going to get quickly annoyed with The Crazy Ones. The show pairs up Williams with Sarah Michelle Gellar as the father/daughter duo and ad team Simon and Sydney Roberts. The two run a high-profile agency that seems to be losing its touch, which is evident when their biggest client, McDonalds, attempts to fire them. Simon quickly saves the day with his over-the-top charm that endears the clients, and ensures them he will spin a great ad that will bring in the customers. The only issue? He promises to secure a big name singer for the ad within 24 hours.
Enter the wonderfully talented, and suprisingly funny, Kelly Clarkson. Simon and his mentee Zach (James Wolk) meet with Clarkson and attempt to convince her to sing the tried and true "You Deserve a Break Today" jingle. Clarkson, however, declares she wants to change her image and will only do the commercial if she can sing about sex. Simon and Zach roll with it, which leads them to try out some lyrics that combine meat and sex that will work for a family restaurant. The scene that ensues is absolutely ridiculous, but completely hilarious, as Simon and Zach sing out snippets like "drive-thru lovin'" and "booty-shake, booty-shake, you didn't give me enough ketchup." There is even an end of the show blooper that has Clarkson cracking up during the filming. (Check out the full scene below, starting at the 2:30 mark.)
Zach and Simon eventually convince Clarkson, and she comes into the studio to sing her sex song with Zach (who thoroughly enjoys the experience). Unfortunately, Sydney quickly puts a stop to the crazy antics and reminds everyone that they need a family oriented song that will actually work for McDonalds. Simon agrees, and joins Zach in the room to try and get Clarkson to sing a more appropriate tune. They ensure Clarkson that she is so sexy already that she doesn't need to sing about sex. Clarkson, however, doesn't find Simon charming anymore, and quickly gets annoyed and storms out. This leaves the playing field open for Gellar, whose character finally gets her shining moment when she gets Clarkson back but bowing to the demand that she sing the "You Deserve a Break Today" jingle in front of the entire restaurant that Clarkson is sitting in. Sydney does so with gusto, so Clarkson comes back and sings the tune, securing McDonalds and saving the company.
The overall dynamic of the show works because there are so few father/daughter sitcoms that are on televison that actually entertain us. While The Crazy Ones does overuse the stereotypical crazy dad/serious daughter routine, there is something there that works. Of course, Williams is over the top, but that is what CBS promised when they promoted the hell out of this show. And, in the end, isn't that what we love about Williams?
The Crazy Ones is on Thurs. at 9 PM ET on CBS.
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Funnyman David Walliams is convinced his pal Simon Cowell will be a doting father despite the music mogul insisting he will dodge nappy changing and will not be present at the birth. Cowell hit headlines around the world in July (13) when it emerged the eligible bachelor has fathered a child with socialite Lauren Silverman.
The tot is due early next year (14) and Cowell is reportedly determined to avoid both the birth and getting stuck in to diaper duties when the baby arrives, but Walliams is adamant The X Factor boss is simply teasing his critics.
The Little Britain star, who is father to a four-month-old son called Alfred, tells U.K. TV show host Lorraine Kelly, "I think the thing about the nappies is that it's one of those things that so many men say - 'I'm never going to change a nappy'. It's actually not that bad. It's part of loving your child. It's really, really important... But I think, you know, he has that kind of persona doesn't he, where he kind of likes to wind us all up."
Simon Cowell's new X Factor playmates Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio have weighed in to gossip the music mogul is set to become a dad, insisting he'll be a great dad. Former American Idol star Jennifer Hudson and close pal Carmen Electra also gave TV's Mr. Mean the thumbs up as a dad earlier this week (beg29Jul13), and now his fellow judges have offered their opinion.
Former Destiny's Child star Rowland, who has teamed up with Cowell on British talent shows in the past, says, "I think that Simon has always been a very classy guy, he's always been a very respected guy, and he's going to be a great father."
Rubio agrees, but cautions, "It is part of life, the gossip. He didn't tell me anything yet, but I will support him if it (news) is true."
It has been reported that Lauren Silverman, the socialite wife of Cowell's friend Andrew Silverman, is expecting the music boss' child.
Season 3 of The X Factor is not only going to showcase new talent. It's going to have new judges as well. Last May Fox announced that Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio would be replacing Britney Spears and LA Reid. Demi Lovato will still be sticking around. But no one is too surprised by the change; singing competition shows seem to go through a constant revolving door of judges.
"It's like having a dinner party — you invite people for dinner and sometimes it's a fun night and sometimes not as fun as you thought it was going to be," Simon Cowell told TV critics at this year's TCA Summer TV Press Tour. Last season's "dinner party" was one that wasn't so fun. "It was more of a feeling it was similar to what everyone else was doing and I had this impatience to get on to Season 3 so I could do what I wanted to do," he said.
And what Cowell wanted to do was have an all-female judge panel. "We said at the time it's a girls world at the moment in the music business," he said, "We thought the panel should reflect it."
Rowland has already had some experience with The X Factor, having been a judge on the British version in 2011. And of course Lovato was a judge on the last season. Maybe having a bit more experienced judges will help get ratings up, as the show hasn't been doing as well as Cowell hoped. Either way, he seems happy with his new judges.
"This is a fun dinner party," he said.
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