Not much happened on television this week except for...a bunch of radicality! 30 Rock went live! Community went Law & Order! Fox renewed a little show we love! And that's just the tip of it. If every week was like this one, we'd ask TV to marry us, regardless of what our grandmothers think.
We love Dalia's angsty resentment toward her mother's dog, Yakult (last week's therapy session was another FTW moment), so naturally we dug it when Dallas caught Dalia on camera literally sweeping the pooch out the back door with a broom. Also, Alicia Silverstone is still around—another perk!
The Whitney Houston episode was not only less icky-feeling that we expected, it was surprisingly solid. And the opening number was awesome.
Kids' toys should always be used to depict scenes of medieval incest, beheadings, and girl-on-girl action. It even covers the birth of the shadow baby! Which reminds us...
The commander-in-chief joined Fallon and The Roots for a smooth tune about the rising interest on student loans.
The NBC comedy is on this week's FTW list for so many reasons: 1) The novelty of doing a half-hour sitcom live, and once for each coast, hasn't worn off since the first time 30 Rock pulled off a pair of live episodes in 2010. It was a really fun departure from what we're used to. 2) Donald Glover as a young Tracy Morgan was amazing. 3) The differences between the East Coast and West Coast episodes were both subtle and delightfully glaring: The guest-star switch from Paul McCartney on the East Coast to Kim Kardashian on the West Coast surprised us with the realization that we can feel something other than loathing for Ms. K. And the list goes on, but you get the point.
The weather in L.A. this week has been as consistent as the third season of LOST.— Damon Lindelof (@DamonLindelof) April 26, 2012
And the traffic in SoCal is as fun as Sawyer and Kate locked in a cage. Good to know he feels the same way we do.
Yep, that's the one.
This not only made our week, it made our YEAR. Thank you Fox, thank you Warner Bros TV, and thank you cast and crew for making one of the best sci-fi series around.
This must-see episode of the cult favorite deserves all the praise we can give it. From top to bottom, they really made it work.
For the record, this show depicts exactly what it's like to be a struggling actor in Los Angeles: It's a constant pool party and everybody you know lives at the same motel as you—you know, the one that's always throwing the pool parties.
Stop trying to make us have feelings with old photos and chick tunes, Google! How about facing her in person instead of creating an online PowerPoint presentation about the ouch in your boxers to get her back?
Her comeback involves an upcoming guest stint on Glee, so of course she was three hours late to the set (allegedly) and had millions of demands.
Adds new meaning to "Once More With Feeling."
We first noticed it during American Idol, when #TheSave splayed across the screen during Jessica Sanchez' last-minute save. But then it spread to New Girl in an even more insidious form: Actual jokes appeared on-screen as hashtags as though to encourage viewers to re-tweet them. Sorry, but whether #McMouse was a funny joke or not, don't tell us what to do, Fox!
While we're glad Ryan Seacrest didn't succumb to his terrible flu, when word spread that producer Nigel Lythgoe had tapped Cat Deeley as a possible stand-in for this week's live broadcast, we couldn't help but wish the substitution had happened. If only for one night! And then MAYBE she would somehow get the job permanently in an All About Eve-style takedown? We can always dream! Cat Deeley is the best.
What made your list of TV loves and hates this week?