All the way up until this point I was expecting nothing but bad things from this year’s Oscars because there was no host lined up and the last time the Oscars went host-less it was an utter disaster. So, of course, I was prepared to drink and laugh all night at their epic failure because I’m a hater. But I was pleasantly surprised by how much better the show was without a host, and the ratings were up! However, since everything kicked off with the Holy Trinity of Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey and Amy Poelher I believe they somehow blessed the show with their monologue by doing just enough to entertain everyone and then getting the hell off of the stage before boredom took its seat in the front row.
It’s a bit redundant to say so, because aren’t all award shows just an excuse for fashion houses to clean out their local Fabric Barn and send a famous person down the carpet in more material than a 1980s canopy bed set? But the Emmys did see a lot of by-the-yardage last night, like on Jessica Biel, who said yes to a white Ralph & Russo dress. If you think Jessica and Justin Timberlake look like they stopped by the Emmys on their way to appearing on the top of a wedding cake, you’re not the only one.
On the heels of FOX announcing that it’s finished off Brooklyn Nine-Nine (BUT NBC HAS SAVED IT FROM DEATH!), The Last Man On Earth, and The Mick, the other networks have released their own kill lists. Fans of Glee-like shows except serious with murky lighting (Rise), suspiciously attractive FBI cadets with big busts and even bigger secrets (Quantico), and Kiefer Sutherland as POTUS-in-danger (Designated Survivor) are shit out of luck today. Those shows, and several others, have been thrown in the garbage, according to EW. Continue reading
Amy Poehler’s directorial debut will be in a Netflix comedy which, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is about a group of “longtime friends who go to Napa for a weekend getaway to celebrate a 50th birthday“ and for some reason it’s not called White Girls (And Maya Rudolph) Trip. Seems like a missed opportunity to me but they’re going with Wine Country as the title. In addition to directing, Amy will also be producing and is cramming as many of her lady comedy cohorts into the cast as she can.
It’s Super Bowl Sunday! Many of you are already half in the bag while emblazoned in your team’s colors and ready to roar at the television. Many of you are merely half in the bag because it’s Superbowl Sunday. And some of you are half in the bag and only watching to see trailers for blockbuster movies coming out this summer, Justin Timberlake hopefully being revealed as a lip, and visible jockstraps through football pants. (Ok, it might be just me.)
To get you in the wicked pissah spirit, Tina Fey (who was repping her hometown team of the Philadelphia Eagles), Rachel Dratch (who was repping her hometown team of the New England Patriots), Natalie Portman, and the rest of the Saturday Night Live cast performed a sketch making fun of fans of both teams. That could be a Philadelphian accent, who knows, but why do they always make us Bostonians sound like alcoholic fools? Don’t answer that.
There’s very few things that could make me appreciate the wig-patting simper of Jimmy Fallon. This isn’t one of those things. Fortunately, Seth Meyers passes muster, and he offset his former co-worker’s presence last night on Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday.