Archive for May, 2007

Judd Apatow Week: Undeclared

In the continuation of Judd Apatow week on TiFaux, we bring you this clip from his other cult television classic, Undeclared. I have to be totally honest and admit that I did not get into Undeclared as much as I did Freaks and Geeks. Something about the switch to the half-hour sitcom format made the characters feel less fleshed-out to me, especially the girls. I also think that college isn’t as funny as high school.

However, it was honest and weird in the same way as F&G, and lots of fun, following a bunch of freshman through their first year of college. My favorite was the episode where someone has the flu and they end up literally dragging him to University Health Services, which was written by Seth Rogen (fact check!). Couldn’t find a clip of that, but the guy who speaks only in impressions — a guy I’m sure we all knew at one point — is pretty great, too. [kml_flashembed movie="" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

1 comment May 31st, 2007

In other shocking news, Lindsay Lohan’s back in rehab


This may not really be a surprise to anyone, but David Hyde Pierce has sauntered out of the closet with his hands in his pockets. Like Neil Patrick Harris, it seems it was a sort of open secret among Hollywood types.

Normally, in these situation’s I’d say “Hooray! Welcome to gayhood! Jump on in! The water’s fine!”

But, in this instance, he’d likely reply “Dude, I’m already in the water. I’ve been here. I’ve been doing cannonballs here since you were a Bar Mitzvah. Now pass the mojitos.”

See also: J.P. Calderon, Neil Patrick Harris

1 comment May 31st, 2007

The More You Know: Cuckoo edition

She never hollers cuckoo til the fourth day of July.

May 31st, 2007

Judd Apatow Week

In honor of Knocked Up opening this Friday, I’ve declared this Judd Apatow week on TiFaux. Of course, it’s already Wednesday, so it won’t be much of a celebration, but we do what we can. And what we can is post clips of Apatow’s stellar television work.

First up, a clip from the cult favorite Freaks and Geeks. Freaks and Geeks ran for less than a season on ABCNBC in 1999-2000 (which, side note: so totally more of an NBC show) [factchecking? bah!]. It’s odd and hilarious and depressing. The characters are genuine, believable weirdos, and you really feel for each of them — from the charismatic cheater to his mean-because-she’s-vulnerable girlfriend, and from the needy freak poser to her math-team-loving ex-best-friend.

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This is a show that’s funny and deeply embarrassing. Remember when Michael Scott shows the video of himself as a child where he says “I wanna be married and have 100 kids so I can have 100 friends, and no one can say no to being my friend”? And it’s hilarious but also the saddest thing you’ve ever seen? That’s this show. Only in high school. And with more smoking pot.

4 comments May 30th, 2007

let’s hear it for the boys

Spurred on by Dan’s last The More You Know I’ve been internet stalking the hell out of “My Boys,” trying to figure out when the new season starts (the best the website can tell me is “this summer.” cool, thanks). I have no useful information for you, but if you need a good chuckle you should spend some time cruising the My Boys fan forum:

I haven’t gone through the other messages, but does this show not scarily compare to some girls’ lives? and I don’t mean the way EVERY girl says they have mostly guy friends, but like this is EXACTLY LIKE MY LIFE!! I am a journalism major and my four closest friends are the four most important guys in the world to me. I could even put each one to a character on the show!! I feel almost like this is a crystal ball into my future cuz I’m only 20.

I need to tell people about my story, so here it goes. My life while I was in the Navy was just like this show. I love “My Boys” in real life and on the show. I didn’t have a lot of girl friends because the military is male dominant. I have a lot of guy friends as a result. I don’t mind and I’ve never slept with any of them. What’s this $hit about comparing this show to “$&x in the city?” I don’t think it’s like that at all! I think it’s all of my favorite shows melted together. TBS HAS A NEW WINNER! LET’S HOLD ON TO THIS!

The only good thing about “My Boys” is it helps me go to sleep faster at night.
I seriously doubt that this show will ever last, and I prey everyday that the director and producers will grow some brains to make this show change, because right now ANYTHING they do to change the episodes will be a step up from the steaming pile of fresh sh!t this show is now.
The only reason why this show has even finished the first season is because of TBS’s large percent of unemployed viewers that sit around everyday to watch My Boys.
I am disappointed and ashamed that humanity has even attempted to create such a waste of time, by actually making and playing this horrible peice trash of a television series as bad as My Boys.

4 comments May 30th, 2007

The More You Know: Pumpkin patch edition

I’m thinking about growing pumpkins in my backyard. I hear they’re hard to kill.

2 comments May 30th, 2007

We could still be worse

You can say a lot of things about American reality television programming. You could say that it is trashy. You could say that it brainless. You could even say it’s ethically questionable.

But we’ve got nothing on some of the international shows.

nch5_kidney.jpgTake a look at this Dutch reality show, where a 37-year-old woman who is dying of a brain tumor will choose another dying person to receiver her kidney. To the losers? Sucks to be you.

Then there’s the Australian Big Brother. The whole concept behind Big Brother is that people are cut off from the outside world and monitored with cameras. This season, a 24-year-old female cast member’s father has died and the producers aren’t telling her.

I’m not trying to generalize this into a trend or a commentary, but I guess we can just realize it could be a lot worse than squabbling over boys.

1 comment May 29th, 2007

This Week on the TiFaux: The Dregs

hugh.jpgHouse airs its season finale tonight. At one point in the past two weeks, I got into an argument with someone who disagreed with me when I claimed that House had beaten American Idol in the ratings. I don’t remember who, and I don’t remember why he would dare to question me in this matter. As it turns out, I was wrong, and so I am sorry, nameless stranger. All I can say is that I’m an optimist and I may have read that article a tad too quickly.

Next Best Thing: Who Is the Greatest Celebrity Impersonator? airs on Wednesday, and looks like a whole bag full of crazy.

Also on Wednesday, Hidden Palms premieres on the CW. It’s created by Kevin Williamson, who you may remember from Dawson’s Creek and the Scream movies. It’s about the secret lives of teenagers in Palm Springs. I leave it to you to draw your own conclusions. My only thought is to wonder what exactly the past ten years have been like for Kevin Williamson.

The National Spelling Bee is airing on ABC on Thursday! Remember when it was only on ESPN? How far we’ve come, as a society.

Pirate Master debuts at the same time on Thursday. I expect Cristin will share her thoughts.

Studio 60 continues to exist and infuriate people, only as far as I can tell, no one’s defending it any more.

And in case you’ve missed the ubiquitous subway advertising, The Starter Wife, starring Debra Messing, begins on Thursday on USA. It’s summer, so I’ll mention it, and I won’t judge you if you choose to watch it, but it seems a little too earnestly feel-good self-empowering for beautiful people. Witness, the website.

4 comments May 29th, 2007

The More You Know: CPK edition

You can take your fancy pants bistros. All I need is CPK.

1 comment May 29th, 2007

This Weekend on the TiFaux: Summer Hiatus

tifauxhat.jpgHey everyone. I really enjoy writing the “…on the TiFaux” posts, but as summer kicks off, I don’t think there’s going to be enough programming to warrant an entire post every day. This will probably become a weekly feature instead. I hope I haven’t crushed your dreams and shattered your souls too much on this lovely Friday.

I promise to try to think really hard about brainstorming another daily feature. Suggestions welcome.

And as far as the weekend goes… Do you like Bingo? Repeats of The Ghost Whisperer and Cold Case? Televised sporting events? If so, you’re set. If not, I have nothing for you. I’m sorry.

2 comments May 25th, 2007

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