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Morgan Glennon
  • Is Anyone Else On Earth Watching NBC's 'Camp'?
    By: Morgan Glennon Sep 11, 2013
    NBC NBC’s summer drama Camp has been doing well in the ratings, routinely pulling down 3.5 million viewers. Yet the chatter around the show certainly isn’t setting Twitter on fire. Unlike Shonda Rhimes’ political sudser Scandal, which gained viewers thanks to social media word-of-mouth, Camp seems to be popular despite social media indifference. You’ll probably never see Camp trending on Twitter; in fact there seems to be an Internet wall of silence around watching the show. I’m going out on a limb and assuming I’m not the only person in the world watching Camp, unless this is an Orphan Black situation and there are another 3.5 million of me I’m not aware of. So why is the social media and critical chatter so demure when it comes to NBC’s summer dramedy? The show, set in a fictional “family camp” called Little Otter, features a cast headlined by Six Feet Under’s Rachel Griffiths. You might be asking yourself, “What is a family camp? It it like a bootcamp where you take trouble children and have drill sergeants scream at them? Is this a tough love thing?” The answer is no, although some version of this idea is being pitched right now at the TLC network, somehow involving Honey Boo Boo Child. Camp does not endeavor to answer basic questions like the difference between a family camp and a regular camp. The show doesn’t even answer questions like how professional adults seemingly get off from work all summer to drink wine and complain about their children. Having read this description, you might be wondering why anyone would watch Camp. But the truth is, although the show isn’t reinventing the wheel, it is an hour of solid fun every week. The campground shenanigans are usually worth a chuckle and the characters have become more dimensionalized and endearing as the show plugs along. Splitting time between the young, attractive teen camp counselors and the older generation keeping Little Otter afloat allows the show to juggle a wide variety of storylines. While Griffiths’ camp director Mack tries to bounce back from her divorce with a complicated love triangle, the kids have their own relationship problems to deal with. Tom Green’s Kip gets a girlfriend who thinks his brush with leukemia makes him dark and dangerous, while power couple Robbie (Tim Pocock) and Sarah (Dena Kaplan) fall out over infidelity. And this doesn’t even touch the walking sex comedy cliche that is Mack’s son Buzz (Charles Grounds), desperate to lose his virginity at any cost. It’s this mix of more emotionally grounded storytelling with -- dare I pun-- a fair amount of campy ridiculousness that makes the show a fun summer diversion. It’s too soon to tell if NBC will renew the show for a second season, but I certainly hope they do. Even if I’m the only one willing to admit watching. Follow @Hollywood_com // More:If You Love 'Glee' But Hate Singing, 'Camp' Is The Show For YouTV Tidbits: Rachel Griffiths Books 'Camp'Lisa Kudrow Joins 'Scandal' For Season 3 From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing SeeThrough Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • ‘Parks and Recreation’ Says Goodbye: How To Write Off Ann and Chris
    By: Morgan Glennon Sep 10, 2013
    When Parks and Recreation returns for the show’s sixth season, the cast will be a little bit smaller. It’s been confirmed both Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe will be leaving the show after its 13th episode. Jones has been with the show since the beginning playing Ann Perkins, Leslie’s beautiful tropical fish of a best friend. Meanwhile Lowe came onboard the show at the end of season 2 playing Chris Traeger as literally the biggest health nut in the world. Last season, the on-again-off-again couple decided it was time to try for parenthood. However besides the baby storyline, both Chris and Ann have been sort of swimming in circles for some time. As sad as it will be for Leslie to lose her bestie, the choice to write the two characters off isn’t entirely shocking. Still, who knows how the Parks creative team will choose to send Chris and Ann out of Pawnee. So in case they were stumped, here are some suggestions: A Wedding! Who doesn’t love a wedding? Since we’ve already seen the marriage of Ben and Leslie last season, maybe it’s finally time for Chris and Ann to tie the knot before heading off into the sunset together. A New Job OfferPerhaps Chris or Ann get a great job offer in some far-flung locale. It would explain why they would leave Pawnee, the greatest city in America. After all who would want to voluntarily leave a town with the slogan, “First in Friendship, Fourth in Obesity?” And Baby Makes ThreeThe most obvious way to write the pair off is with Ann’s successful pregnancy. The pair are already planning for parenthood, and a plus sign on a pregnancy test would be a happy way to say goodbye. A Very Long VacationMaybe the two decide before they get pregnant they should spend more time together? A long vacation to some tropical destination would effectively write them off the show while presenting an opportunity to bring them back at some later date. Kidnapped By Eagleton Neighboring town Eagleton is known for being evil (and very, very clean) so perhaps they decide to kidnap Chris and Ann. After all, Eagleton is always looking for more beautiful people to outshine Pawnee. Witness ProtectionHey, how do you know there’s no shady underground to Pawnee? Perhaps Chris or Ann see something they shouldn’t and need to go into hiding so the Pawnee mob (most likely associated with candy manufacturer Sweetums) can’t put a hit on them. It’s far-fetched, but it means when Ann and Chris stop by for visits in the future they can wear funky wigs! Who doesn’t like wigs? Follow @Hollywood_com // More:'Game of Thrones' Adds Sigur Ros'American Psycho' Series in Development at FXNew 'American Horror Story: Coven' Promo Arrives From Our PartnersStars Pose Naked for 'Allure' (Celebuzz)20 Grisliest TV Deaths of 2012-2013 (Vulture)
  • Interview: The ‘Ghost Ghirls’ Tell All — EXCLUSIVE
    By: Morgan Glennon Sep 04, 2013
    Bridging the world between horror and comedy the new web series Ghost Ghirls finds humor in the ghouslish. The show, executive produced by Jack Black and premiering on Yahoo! September 9th, stars Amanda Lund and Maria Blasucci as two hapless paranormal investigators. Hollywood.com was lucky enough to commune with Lund and Blasucci about how Ghost Ghirls came about, whether they believe in the supernatural, and how they managed to get so many famous faces to haunt the online series. How did the idea for Ghost Ghirls originate?Lund: Maria and I had been wanting to work with Jeremy Konner on a project for a while. We are all fans of the paranormal genre and thought it would be interesting to see these characters within it. Blasucci: So the three of us wrote up a little ten page script and went out and shot it. It is so much fun writing for these characters. How did Jack Black get involved in the project? What was it like working with him?Blasucci: Jeremy had known Jack Black for a while having worked as his assistant and the director of the Tenacious D documentary. Jack has always been really supportive of Jeremy and as soon as we brought it to him, Jack jumped onboard. Working with him was an absolute dream. He is the nicest and most caring guy. Lund: Working with him was unreal! He has been so supportive. He showed up to set almost everyday while we were filming and called in a bunch of his famous pals to play parts. Really, I've learned so much by working with Jack Black. His enthusiasm and positivity are really contagious. We lucked out. Who was your favorite celebrity guest star to work with?Lund: This is tough! We had so many amazing people! It was pretty mind-blowing to work with Val Kilmer. Having Val, Dave Grohl and Jack Black on set all at once was like a beautiful dream I didn't want to wake up from. I think we shot like a 16 hour day when they were all there but no one cared because it was so amazing to watch them jam. (They were playing a Southern Rock Band). That was the most magical moment of filming. Blasucci: All of the guest stars were so gracious and wonderful. Molly Shannon was really lovely and hilarious and Bob Odenkirk brought so much life to his character. He made the character so much richer than we could have imagined. I do love working with Jason Ritter. He did our pilot presentation and is in another episode as well. Having him and Jason Schwartzman on set was hilarious. What was it like taking the show to San Diego Comic Con?Lund : I had never been to Comic Con and didn't know what to expect! I couldn't believe that so many people came out to see our panel. I think we got a really good response actually. I feel like the Comic Con audience is really open and enthusiastic when it comes to new shows so it was cool to hear some positive feedback. I wish I had brought a costume to wear because I felt so stupid in my shorts when everyone else was in sweet capes and stuff. Blasucci: I agree with everything Amanda said... except she wasn't wearing shorts. That was a lie. Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever seen a ghost?Lund: I've had a few seemingly paranormal experiences. When I was nine I thought I saw the ghost of my grandpa coming out of my bedroom ceiling. However, I had an extremely active imagination. I had like a dozen imaginary friends as well and had a lot of strange conspiracytheories. Blasucci: I believe in ghosts. Why not, right? It's more fun to believe. I've never seen one though. I'm afraid of seeing one. I'm going to steal a line from Scream: What's your favorite scary movie?Blasucci: I'm going to steal from your question and say Scream. Lund: I love scary movies! I'm drawn toward the classic, slow-burning ones like Rosemary's Baby or The Omen. But don't get me wrong, the Scream films and I Know What You Did Last Summer are close to my heart. Why should viewers be excited to watch? Lund: Because Ghost Ghirls has something for everyone! It's funny...it's scary...it's full of amazing guest stars! And it's short and free! Blasucci: We find it to be a really entertaining show with a lot of heart. So check it out! Follow @Hollywood_com // More:Most Exciting TV Shows of Comic Con 2013Jack Black Debuts Upcoming Web Series 'Ghost Ghirls'Bob Odenkirk Might Get 'Breaking Bad' Spinoff From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing SeeThrough Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Who Would Win if ‘Under The Dome’ Became ‘The Hunger Games’?
    By: Morgan Glennon Sep 02, 2013
    CBS Stuck in one location, unable to escape, with dwindling resources and murdering psychopaths. This description doesn’t just fit the hit summer CBS drama Under the Dome, it also applies to The Hunger Games, the big budget hit film franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence. This got us thinking about what would happen to the residents of Chester’s Mill if they ended up in the brutal, kill-or-be-killed games. NorrieThere’s no way Norrie would last more than a second in the games. She’s spent most of her time in Chester’s Mill having seizures, throwing snow globes, running away, and sulking. Teenage angst doesn’t really get you far in The Hunger Games. Julia Julia would definitely be one of the first ones killed. She’s always following her reporter instincts into danger, like running out in the middle of a dangerous pandemic to find out information about her missing husband. AngieAngie is definitely scrappy, as shown during her stay in Junior-imposed captivity, so we know she has a real will to survive. However I’m not sure that would be enough to save her from some of the town’s more unsavory elements. Barbie Barbie killed Julia’s husband, he’s tough, not afraid to stand up to authority, and something of a wildcard. Unfortunately he’s also got a savior complex, meaning he would probably end up getting killed trying to help someone else. JuniorJunior is wildly homicidal, a good attribute to get you through The Hunger Games. Unfortunately he is also wildly unstable, a bad trait likely to get him killed while stalking Angie in the bushes, picking her a bouquet of flowers. Brownie Harris/CBS Big JimCould there really be another winner to the Chester’s Mill Hunger Games than Big Jim Rennie? He’s clever, he’s underhanded, and he can manipulate others to work for him. Plus he’s shown on several occasions now that he’s not afraid of a little murder if it means getting what he wants. Follow @Hollywood_com // More: 'Under The Dome' Picked Up For Second Season 'Under The Dome' Premiere Traps Huge Numbers'Under The Dome' Premiere Recap From Our PartnersStars Pose Naked for 'Allure' (Celebuzz)20 Grisliest TV Deaths of 2012-2013 (Vulture)
  • 6 Female Superheroes Who Need Their Own Film
    By: Morgan Glennon Sep 02, 2013
    Zade Rosenthal/Marvel Studios Superman and Batman will soon be teaming up in the Man of Steel sequel, but what about Supergirl and Batgirl? Every day it seems there’s another superhero movie at the box office raking in millions of dollars. What do all these movies have in common besides big action sequences, city destruction, and superpowers? Testosterone. Although the comic book pages are full of cool female characters with a trick or two up their sleeves, few have made the leap onto the silver screen. And the ones who have? The less said about Catwoman or Electra, the better. Instead of another super movie starring a studly dude, let’s give some of these cool ladies a try. Black WidowAfter appearances in the smash hit The Avengers as well as Iron Man 2 and the upcoming Captain America: Winter Soldier, isn’t it about time Natasha Romanoff gets her own starring vehicle to play her spy games? Wonder WomanSeriously, how is it possible that one of the most iconic superheroes still hasn’t made the jump to the large screen? What is it that makes Wonder Woman’s story so hard to adapt? From the failed Joss Whedon movie treatment to the even more failed David E. Kelly television pilot, poor Wondy has been in development purgatory for too long. BatgirlDC Comics is pretty desperate to extend their most famous and critically appreciated franchise. Why not pick up the dynamic tale of Barbara Gordon? Batgirl would have plenty of thrills and include the gritty realism the new Batman movies are known for when Barbara is paralyzed and transitions into super hacker Oracle. 20th Century Fox/Everett Collection StormOne of the few prominent women of color in comic books, Storm has been mostly sidelined in the big-budget X-Men movies. The solution, obviously, is to give the superheroine her own franchise. After all, there’s already been two Wolverine movies! Spider-WomanInstead of another reboot of Spider-Man, why didn’t Marvel chose to tell the story of Spider-Woman instead? Jessica starts out as a villain but becomes a hero, making her arc an interesting spin on the usual superhero fare. Captain Marvel It's almost unbelievable that Marvel is adapting Ant-Man for the big screen before one of their flagship titles, the tough-as-nails Captain Marvel. It’s high past time superpowered fighter pilot Carol Danvers made her debut on the big screen. What do you think? What super ladies do you want to see grace the big screen? Share in the comments! Follow @Hollywood_com // More:Ben Affleck Cast as Batman in 'Man of Steel' SequelWarner Bros Announces Batman Vs. Superman MovieHow 'Wonder Woman' Saved Feminism  From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • What Networks Can Learn From the Amazing ‘Duck Dynasty’ Ratings
    By: Morgan Glennon Aug 26, 2013
    A&E The season four premiere of A&E’s Duck Dynasty was shocking. Not because of the content, which saw Robertson parents Phil and Kay renew their wedding vows, but because of the record-high ratings for the hour-long episode. The premiere attracted 11.8 million eyeballs, the most ever for an unscripted show on cable television. Undoubtedly, television executives everywhere are already trying to decode and emulate Duck Dynasty’s success. Here are a few lessons the Robertson clan can teach these scrambling network honchos: Leave New York and L.A. Since so many TV shows take place on the coasts, it becomes refreshing to get a look at another part of the country. The Robertsons' Louisiana country living is a nice change of pace from frenetic New York City streets or sunny Los Angeles skies. Do Smarter Dumb Humor Duck Dynasty’s audience has grown dramatically in part because of one simple truth: it’s really funny. Unlike most non-scripted reality programs, however, Duck Dynasty is not a mean-spirited show. The Robertsons are obviously in on the joke, which makes the collaboration between family and editing all the sweeter. Don’t Fear Faith Faith is a large part of many people’s daily lives, yet manages to go almost wholly unmentioned on the small screen. Not so on Duck Dynasty, where the whole clan ends each episode with a mealtime prayer. There’s a difference between proselytizing and showing faith as an everyday part of life, and for a large part of the American audience the Robertson's forthrightness and humor about their faith make them all the more relatable. The success of Duck Dynasty doesn’t mean audiences are looking for more “redneck” television shows, just that they’re looking for TV to portray a broader representation of American life. Follow @Hollywood_com // More:'Duck Dynasty' Oficially Beats 'American Idol' And Everything Else 'Duck Dynasty' Season 3 Finale: Most Ridiculous Quotes'Duck Dynasty' Aren't The Weirdest Guests At The White House From Our PartnersStars Pose Naked for 'Allure' (Celebuzz)20 Grisliest TV Deaths of 2012-2013 (Vulture)