parks and recreation

Parks and Recreation: My Passionate Plea

November 20, 2009 at 3:50 pm , by

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OK, TV watchers, I have a bone to pick with you: Why oh why are you all not watching Parks and Recreation? I will be the first to admit that it didn’t have the strongest start, but this season they’ve hit their stride, and it is truly one of THE funniest shows currently on television. The creators (who, by the way, are the same people who gave us The Office) have assembled a comedic dream team (see above) with the amazing Amy Poehler at the helm (my money’s on her come Emmy time).

Not convinced? Think about all of the great things we would have missed out on in life had we not given them a second chance: eating vegetables, Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler, our high school boyfriends (ok, not everything deserves a second chance). Because I have made such a flawless argument, I trust you will all head straight to nbc.com or hulu.com and catch up on all of Season 2.

While my staunch endorsement might at first seem benevolent—I assure you it’s not. I have seen too many great shows go before their time (Arrested Development, anyone?), and I can’t stand to see it happen again. So just as my Grandma said to me about her stuffed olives, I just ask that you try it. I personally guarantee that you will laugh out loud at least twice during the show. Then, please come back and we can discuss  our favorite parts!


Ladies’ Always Lift Each Other Up

October 16, 2009 at 9:46 am , by

ladypeaceYesterday, a friend of mine sent me a link to this New York Times article about the show 30 Rock. As a devotee to the show, and comedy in particular, she was curious to know what I thought of the harsh criticism of Tina Fey’s acting ability. While I find Tina Fey hilarious, I am all for people critiquing performances—I might not agree with your opinion, but I appreciate you expressing it. I do, however, take major issue that in an effort to knock Fey’s performance, she was pitted against another comedienne, Amy Poehler. Here is an excerpt from the article:

“…The other striking thing about the new season [of 30 Rock], especially when seen in the same Thursday night lineup as “Parks and Recreation,” is the acting limitations of its star and creator, Tina Fey. Ms. Fey is one of the funniest comedy writers on television and a gifted mimic (Sarah Palin), and she is at her worst playing a comic version of herself…That disconnect is all the more obvious this season because Amy Poehler, Ms. Fey’s former co-star on “Saturday Night Live,” is so deliciously believable as a rural version of Liz: Leslie Knope… Ms. Poehler is not as distinguished a writer as Ms. Fey, but she is a more supple comedian, and she is thoroughly at ease in the role of an adorably deluded and ridiculous single woman…”

I am a huge fan of Amy Poehler, but even the compliments given to her feel demeaned by having them come at the expense of another woman, and a friend no less. I think you’d be hard pressed to find an example where the strengths and weaknesses of two male actors are directly compared like this. And then there’s Britney Spears v. Christina Aguilera, Team Aniston and Team Jolie, and celeb weeklies’ “Who Wore it Best?” Bottom line: This tired “lady vs. lady” is good for no one. If there is an argument to be made about a person’s abilities, it can surely be made without conjuring up the archaic catfight.


TV Palooza: Fall Shows Worth Blogging About

October 2, 2009 at 3:05 pm , by

retro-tvAhhh. Nothing like the sweet smell of a new Fall season chock full of shows. Welcoming back old friends, making new ones, the excitement, the anticipation…come to think of it, this must be how some people feel about school, or sports—but in any event, it doesn’t get much better than this.

My television viewing behavior is different than most, because I usually watch shows online and I rarely watch in real time. This makes it difficult to stumble upon a new show. I really have to seek it out, either because I’ve read about it or someone has told me that I have to see it. And because I have so many shows that I am committed to (a commitment I take very seriously), I have to be very discerning about adding a new one to the roster. That’s why this fall’s fresh batch of programming has really thrown me for a loop. There are so many great shows!

If you haven’t already, you MUST check out Glee (not your daughter’s High School Musical), Modern Family (I challenge you not to laugh out loud) and Flash Forward (super suspenseful and addictive). And if you’re not above second chances, you should catch up on the new season of Parks and Recreation. They really came back swinging this season.

By now, we’ve seen a few episodes of the new season and I certainly have my favorites, but I am dying to know which shows have won you over (and a spot in your DVR). What new shows have you discovered? What returning shows are you most excited about?