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Black-ish is a new show coming to ABC this fall, and it's got all the makings of a strong series. It has a great cast (including Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Laurence Fishburne), a strong writing team (including Kenya Barris of The Game), and an interesting premise. The Johnsons are a black family living in a predominantly white, affluent neighborhood. The (satirical) question at the center: Does this make them black... or "black-ish"? Looks like we'll have to catch the show to find out.
The trailer and clips have already raised a few eyebrows. For some viewers, it looks like a regressive project, as it seems to raise questions that The Cosby Show trounced years ago, and without poking fun at the notion. There's also the question of how long a show can run on this premise. Will audiences (black and white) want to tune in every week to watch Papa Johnson stuggle to bring black culture (as he understands it) into his household?
If the sole concept of the series is to showcase the problematics of being black and well-to-do in America, then it may not be successful. But there's a good chance that the trailer is playing a bit sensational. And even if it's not, just because we had the Cosbys did it doesn't mean that race is no longer an issue in America (obviously). If the show is, ultimately, about a family with its own set of unique problems that also appeal to a larger audience, ABC could be on to something.
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Last week's New Girl found the loftmates celebrating Halloween a week early. The party was, needless to say, a bit of a mess (though not as much so as Schmidt's hellacious office party from a few weeks ago). Antics aside, all of the roommates (plus Cece, of course) had very...well, interesting costumes. Let's take a look, ranked worst to best.
Oh, Cece...I know you just had your heart broken, but that has got to be one of the lamest costumes ever. A cheetah bralette and a pirate hat? What is that supposed to be? A catty pirate—I mean, is that even a thing? Maybe I'm missing something here.
Okay, so to be fair, Nick tried even less than Cece, but at least his laziness forced him into a bit of originality: his costume consisted mainly of a rainbow beach towel (secured oh-so-classily with a piece of duct tape) and an old "happy birthday" crown. He dubbed it, "The Paper Mountain Trash King."
Are we really surprised that Jess would have a completely obnoxious costume? It's even worse than Shelby's "Reigning Cats and Dogs" bit from season 2: Joey Ramone-a Quimby. Pure insufferability. Though she does get points for the adorable bob (maybe Ms. Pantene Spokesperson can be the next starlet to make the chop).
So as much as everyone teased him for his David Letterman costume (Schmidt thought he was Maya Angelou), it was actually pretty spot-on. He got the shaggy gray wig just right, and the gold, wire-rimmed glasses? So pitch-perfect I got chills.
Is it really any surprise that Schmidt had the best costume of the bunch? He went as a "public serpent"—basically, he wore a skin-tight (would we expect anything else from our favorite douchebag?) lizard costume, and paired it with a snazzy purple tie. Only Schmidt has the confidence to make himself look that ridiculous—and that is why we love him.
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When you think of baseball uniforms, you think of classic ones like the Yankees pinstripes, the Red Sox's unique lettering and the Dodgers classic blue stripes. Then there have been some uniforms so horrifying that fans should have sued Major League Baseball for scarring their retinas. Here's five of the worst offenders.
1. Chicago White Sox (1976)
Of course Bill Veeck, the same baseball owner who sent up a midget, Eddie Gaedel, to the plate, had his team wear shorts. Yes, it was quite ugly They also wore uniforms with open collars - if there was a Fashion Clause in the baseball rulebooks, the White Sox teams that wore these would be banished from the Hall of Fame like Shoeless Joe Jackson.
2. Houston Astros ('80s)
There were a number of garish Astros uniforms, but the ones from the early '80s took the cake. They looked like a mutant rainbow mixed with mud. Not even Nolan Ryan, one of the most badass pitchers in baseball history, could carry the look off.
3. San Diego Padres ('84)
A mix of brown and gold uniforms. They were a gaudy mess and even Rich Gossage -- one of the most intimidating relievers at the time, with a fierce stare and fu manchu mustache -- looked like a taco.
4. Miami Marlins (2012)
The former Florida Marlins re-named themselves the Miami Marlins, opened a state-of-the-art stadium, replete with fish tanks and a garish home run celebration machine in center field. Teams usually have a variety of uniforms for home and road games, the better to goose merchandise sales. This one, with the orange uniforms, were so bright that they were visible from the planet Jupiter. Jose Reyes (above in main article photo) must have been secretly delighted to be traded to Toronto after the season ended.
5. Pittsburgh Pirates (late 70's)
Black and yellow look good on Bumblebees. Add the painter cap with glold stripes on it and some gold stars. Poor Hall-of-Famer Willie Stargell. He looked like a fat bee on the field. At least he made a good paycheck and won a championship, so that probably assuaged his pride some.
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S1E4: Oh, New Girl how you manage to stay comfortably at adorable without seeming to expend any effort to achieve anything more and yet I still keep coming back is beyond me. Maybe it’s because I identify with the embarrassing dorkiness. Even so, I can agree that there’s just a little something extra missing.
Of course, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy this short little episode. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy the old I-saw-my-roommate-naked-and-laughed-because-the-word-penis-makes-me-uncomfortable storyline?
The main issue of the episode is that after Jess and Schmidt get Nick all worried about his pudgy belly when he brings up his first date since Caroline, Nick dances naked in his room to Jamaican music. Unfortunately Jess walks in on him and commits a cardinal sin: she laughs when she sees his “pee-pee and bubbles.”
She wants to talk about it, but he wants to do nothing of the sort. After he refuses to take his shirt off out of fear on his date with Amanda (Lake Bell, playing a version of her No Strings Attached character, who was also written by New Girl creator Liz Meriweather), he blames his screw up on Jess. She corners him and then chases him through the building trying to convince him to talk to her about it – and the most hilarious moment in the episode goes to Nick’s evasive fake out/leap into the elevator. Jake Johnson may actually be the funniest part of this show – not Miss Deschanel.
When they talk, she reveals that she can’t say penis and that’s why she giggled. The only problem is she still can’t say it. Camille convinces her that the only way to get over her little ticklish fear is to let Nick see her naked. This is a problem because (of course – it’s sitcom 101) she ends up naked in his room when he brings Amanda back and they catch her only after they’re both naked. Later, they’re cool again and Jess reveals something: she learned to say penis. Aw, what friendship.
I don’t quite get how a girl who lived with her boyfriend and started out the series with a sexy pillow dance and bow on nether regions can’t handle the word penis, or seeing a penis for that matter, but I guess it’s possible. All in all, it wasn’t the strongest plot device, but it delivered many a freak-out from Johnson, which is one of this series’ secret weapons.
“I have a stupid job, I’m single, and my best friend won’t even let me see his penis.” –Schmidt
The other two plots this week are incredibly, incredibly weak First, we have Winston who’s trying to get a boring job. The only problem is that the woman starts asking him about celebrity tweets and a slew of meaningless pop culture bits. He panics and starts researching the things he missed while he was in Latvia – like “Double Rainbow” guy. He eventually aces his interview and realizes he doesn’t want the job – it saddens him to think that is what he does now instead of being a pro basketball player. He and Schmidt go running and Schmidt gets a cramp, making Winston feel like he’s a champ at something.
Then we have the interesting, but completely wacko subplot. Winston has seen Nick’s package. Now Jess has seen it. Schmidt is stupidly jealous. He spends the whole episode trying to see Nick’s penis or complaining about not seeing it. It was funny in a gross, out-of-left-field sort of way at first, but the joke simply goes on for too long. Schmidt’s a funny character – give him something better to do.
Even with its many shallow points and misgivings, the episode was enjoyable because episodes of New Girl are enjoyable. I’m just hoping they give us something a little more substantial to hang on to…and soon.
Fela!, about the life of revered African world music star Fela Kuti, will go up against Green Day's American Idiot, Memphis, and Million Dollar Quartet in the coveted Best Musical category at the 64th annual prizegiving, which honours the best on Broadway.
Meanwhile, Grammer and Hodge, who star as a camp gay couple in La Cage, will compete against Sean Hayes (Promises, Promises), Chad Kimball (Memphis) and Sahr Ngaujah (Fela!) for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.
The evening is sure to be a star-studded event, with Hollywood actors Jude Law (Hamlet), Alfred Molina (Red), Liev Schreiber (A View from the Bridge), Christopher Walken (A Behanding in Spokane) and Denzel Washington (Fences) pitted against each other for the Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play award.
Washington's co-star Viola Davis will battle it out in the category for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, against Valerie Harper (Looped), Linda Lavin (Collected Stories), Laura Linney (Time Stands Still) and Jan Maxwell (The Royal Family).
Catherine Zeta-Jones (A Little Night Music), Kate Baldwin (Finian's Rainbow), Sherie Rene Scott (Everyday Rapture), Montego Glover (Memphis) and Christiane Noll (Ragtime) received nods for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, and Scarlett Johansson's Broadway debut in A View from the Bridge has earned her a nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play.
Nominations for Best Play include In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), Next Fall, Red and Time Stands Still.
The winners will be announced on 13 June (10) at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
The main list of nominees is as follows:
In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)
Time Stands Still
Million Dollar Quartet
Best Book of a Musical:
Everyday Rapture - Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott
Fela! - Jim Lewis & Bill T. Jones
Memphis - Joe DiPietro
Million Dollar Quartet - Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre:
The Addams Family - Music & Lyrics: Andrew Lippa
Enron - Music: Adam Cork, Lyrics: Lucy Prebble
Fences - Music: Branford Marsalis
Memphis - Music: David Bryan, Lyrics: Joe DiPietro, David Bryan
Best Revival of a Play:
Lend Me a Tenor
The Royal Family
A View from the Bridge
Best Revival of a Musical:
La Cage aux Folles
A Little Night Music
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play:
Jude Law - Hamlet
Alfred Molina - Red
Liev Schreiber - A View from the Bridge
Christopher Walken - A Behanding in Spokane
Denzel Washington - Fences
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play:
Viola Davis - Fences
Valerie Harper - Looped
Linda Lavin - Collected Stories
Laura Linney - Time Stands Still
Jan Maxwell - The Royal Family
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical:
Kelsey Grammer - La Cage aux Folles
Sean Hayes - Promises, Promises
Douglas Hodge - La Cage aux Folles
Chad Kimball - Memphis
Sahr Ngaujah - Fela!
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical:
Kate Baldwin - Finian's Rainbow
Sherie Rene Scott - Everyday Rapture
Montego Glover - Memphis
Christiane Noll - Ragtime
Catherine Zeta-Jones - A Little Night Music
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play:
David Alan Grier - Race
Stephen McKinley Henderson - Fences
Jon Michael Hill - Superior Donuts
Stephen Kunken - Enron
Eddie Redmayne - Red
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play:
Maria Dizzia - In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)
Rosemary Harris - The Royal Family
Jessica Hecht - A View from the Bridge
Scarlett Johansson - A View from the Bridge
Jan Maxwell - Lend Me a Tenor
Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical:
Kevin Chamberlin - The Addams Family
Robin De Jesus - La Cage aux Folles
Christopher Fitzgerald - Finian's Rainbow
Levi Kreis - Million Dollar Quartet
Bobby Steggert - Ragtime
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical:
Barbara Cook - Sondheim on Sondheim
Katie Finneran - Promises, Promises
Angela Lansbury - A Little Night Music
Karine Plantadit - Come Fly Away
Lillias White - Fela!
Best Direction of a Play:
Michael Grandage - Red
Sheryl Kaller - Next Fall
Kenny Leon - Fences
Gregory Mosher - A View from the Bridge
Best Direction of a Musical:
Christopher Ashley - Memphis
Marcia Milgrom Dodge - Ragtime
Terry Johnson - La Cage aux Folles
Bill T. Jones - Fela!
Rob Ashford - Promises, Promises
Bill T. Jones - Fela!
Lynne Page - La Cage aux Folles
Twyla Tharp - Come Fly Away
Jason Carr - La Cage aux Folles
Aaron Johnson - Fela!
Jonathan Tunick - Promises, Promises
Daryl Waters & David Bryan - Memphis
Best Scenic Design of a Play
John Lee Beatty - The Royal Family
Alexander Dodge - Present Laughter
Santo Loquasto - Fences
Christopher Oram - Red
Best Scenic Design of a Musical:
Marina Draghici - Fela!
Christine Jones - American Idiot
Derek McLane - Ragtime
Tim Shortall - La Cage aux Folles
Best Costume Design of a Play:
Martin Pakledinaz - Lend Me a Tenor
Constanza Romero - Fences
David Zinn - In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)
Catherine Zuber - The Royal Family
Best Costume Design of a Musical:
Marina Draghici - Fela!
Santo Loquasto - Ragtime
Paul Tazewell - Memphis
Matthew Wright - La Cage aux Folles
Best Lighting Design of a Play:
Neil Austin - Hamlet
Neil Austin - Red
Mark Henderson - Enron
Brian MacDevitt - Fences
Best Lighting Design of a Musical:
Kevin Adams - American Idiot
Donald Holder - Ragtime
Nick Richings - La Cage aux Folles
Robert Wierzel - Fela!
Best Sound Design of a Play:
Acme Sound Partners - Fences
Adam Cork - Enron
Adam Cork - Red
Scott Lehrer - A View from the Bridge
Best Sound Design of a Musical:
Jonathan Deans - La Cage aux Folles
Robert Kaplowitz - Fela!
Dan Moses Schreier and Gareth Owen - A Little Night Music
Dan Moses Schreier - Sondheim on Sondheim
Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre:
Regional Theatre Tony Award:
The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Waterford, Connecticut
Isabelle Stevenson Award:
David Hyde Pierce
Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre:
Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York