This year, Showtime’s ground-breaking TV series Weeds will come to a close.
The premium network will conclude series creator Jenji Kohan’s acclaimed pot comedy after eight seasons. Weeds helped pave the way for other daring cable shows and made Showtime a competitive force in the original series game.
Yvonne Strahovski to join the cast of Dexter!! From the Dexter Facebook page:
EXCITING NEWS: Actress Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck) has joined the cast of Dexter! Strahovski, who will appear in a multi-episode story arc in the upcoming seventh season, will play the role of Hannah McKay, a strong, independent woman with a past that she’s struggled to put behind her. Dexter returns Sunday, September 30th at 9PM ET/PT only on Showtime Networks.
good to see Jenny McCarthy still getting mileage out of fart jokes
Fascinating episode of Mad Men this week (“Christmas Waltz”). We get a good amount of Joan, we get a peek behind the careful hidden veneer of Lane Pryce, and Paul Kinsey returns. Sort of.
First, Joan. After getting served divorce papers, she erupts in a rage and throws a vase and flowers at the receptionist. Obviously some mixed emotions there. Don sees her rage and takes her out for drinks to calm her down. It was nice. He also
buys rents a Jaguar for the night. Back in 1967, a Jaguar cost only $5600. Can you imagine?
Lane’s actions in “Christmas Waltz” could spell his exit from the firm, and even his going to jail in the future. After being told by his UK attorney that he owes thousands in back taxes, Lane scrambles to get the money. But that initial amount turned out to be just a fraction of what he owes. This is where the illegal part comes in.
Now, I’m hardly a business expert, but I do know that using corporate money for personal expenses is illegal. Lane goes to the bank and secures $50K for the firm to keep functioning. He then tells his partners that they have a $50K surplus of funds and that they should give out the money in the form of bonuses to the partners and the staff. How convenient.
But when a client has to cut off advertising to deal with a labor strike, the other partners decide that bonuses for them are out, and that only the support staff will get them. A furious Lane is shown forging Don Draper’s signature on a check for the exact amount he needs to pay off his debt. This will, no doubt, come back to bite Lane in the ass.
Longtime viewers of the show will remember the snooty Paul Kinsey from the first few seasons. He secretly dated Joan, had a black girlfriend (when that was considered shocking), and generally annoyed the bosses. When Don, Roger, et al formed their new firm, they left him behind. Apparently, the last few years had been trying for Paul, and he was now a Hare Krishna.
Harry reluctantly agrees to meet with Paul for lunch, sees how he has changed, and wants nothing to do with it. As a Krishna, Paul is supposed to have given up all material pursuits and really anything not related to being a Krishna. But Paul has not abandoned his writing, and he asks Harry to pass along a script to his television friends that he has written for Star Trek. Instead, Harry gives him a plane ticket and $500. He pleads with him to leave the Krishnas, fly to Los Angeles, and pursue a writing career. It seems like he did.
Of all these events, I am most curious as to what will happen with Lane and his corporate theft.
“I wanted to be the first black Jewish female president. How am I doing with that? It’s not going that well.”
Hot dogs for everyone!!!!! Showrunner Robert Carlock is walking us through some of his favorite episodes of 30 Rock this week. We kind of forgot what a great episode “Sandwich Day” was until he brought it up.
I love Mick Jagger. The Stones rule. Blah blah blah. But, I’m sorry, I was not really impressed with the musical part of Mick’s SNL hosting gig last night.
The Stones last great album was 1981’s Tattoo You. The last time the Stones had more than three original members in the line-up was 1989.
Playing the same old songs with Arcade Fire and Foo Fighters does not make them better. Or worse. Just confusing. I would have rather had a Stones performance with Bill Wyman returning, or having either The Foos or Arcade Fire playing independently.
I just didn’t care for it. And Mick…dude, you’re like 70. The “sexy” moves and gyrations look silly at this point. Hell, they did in the “Start Me Up” video 30 years ago, but I cut you some slack. Do something different. You and Iggy Pop need to learn some age appropriate stage mannerisms. Just sayin’
I forgot how great a television show numb3rs was. Been re-watching various episodes via netflix. Unlike so many television families, the Epps (Rob Morrow, David Krumholtz, and Judd Hirsch) actually look like they are related. It’s not hard to image Judd Hirsch as Charlie’s actual dad. You can’t say that about Everybody Loves Raymond!
Supposedly all the math stuff they throw out there is not complete bull shit. I have my doubts. Regardless, it was a well-written, original show in a genre (cop/FBI) that is packed with crap.
I’m crushing your head.
I must really like Howard Stern because I am actually watching America’s Got Talent. I hate all contest style reality TV. Hate it. But Howard may make it watchable….
(15 minutes later)
Nope. Couldn’t do it. Sorry, Howard. I love ya, but this is a bridge too far. AGT is shit.