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The TV Blog Coalition

blog-coalition-graphic.jpgWith news of Leighton Meester landing a film role, Buzz wondered which TV actors could shine on the big screen. (BuzzSugar)
This week, Sandie shared the first pictures of Alex O’Loughlin in Criminal Minds (Daemon’s TV)

Yeah we have seen this story before, but Castle just may turn out to be watchable. (Scooter McGavin’s 9th Green)

Vance is loving the new Degrassi kids, meanwhile, some of the old ones are going to Hollywood, while a few in real life are starring in a play in Toronto! (Tapeworthy)

Missing Lost this week? Jace might not have a new episode of the ABC drama to tide you over until your latest fix but he does have video of his interviews with showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse and series stars Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, and Michael Emerson… along with a few spoilers. (Televisionary)

Although not usually one to pick a fight, Dan expressed some annoyance with the portrayal of gay folks on SNL and Bromance. (TiFaux)

Jennifer pondered why there are no big stars on Dancing With the Stars and who will die on Smallville, while Ashley took a swing at TV’s best musical moments. (Tube Talk)Raoul talked to Kris and Amanda from The Amazing Race. (TV Filter)

This week, we listed 5 reasons why KINGS could help rebuild NBC’s empire (the TV Addict)

March 16th, 2009

Battlestar Galactica Home Decorating Opportunity

Remember that great promotional photo of the cast of BSG in The Last Supper pose? Ever thought about hanging that on your wall in memory of the best television sci-fi epic ever? Enjoy drinking? If you’re like me and you answered yes to all three, get over to Time Out New York and enter their BSG drinking game contest.

Hurry up and enter while you still can — this closes today. (Thanks to Ali for the tip.)

March 16th, 2009

Monday Morning Quarterback: SNL Season 34, Episode 18

With former longtime cast member Tracy Morgan back for his first hosting gig, Saturday Night Live took a turn for the retro. I don’t really mean the agreeable if somewhat uninspired revival of Morgan’s Brian Fellows and Astronaut Jones character, which come from his early-aughts heyday on the show. This outing more closely recalled episodes from the late nineties when Morgan was more of a background-dweller and Will Ferrell was ascendant, in that the first hour was packed tight with recurring characters and easy laughs, while the last half-hour went in stranger directions. In other words, don’t look for Family Flix in E! reruns next year.

That power half-hour kicked off with a quick, funny digital short full of literalized cliches, and then saw Morgan moving into Dr. Spaceman territory with an ad for Suppressex, an erection-reduction drug. The High IQ game show and Family Flix talk show sketches were similar in that they both featured a gleefully oblivious Morgan character derailing a recognizable format, but they each took this idea in separate, hilariously unhinged directions.

It was a good thing, too, because while there were some funny moments in the View and Dateline sketches, the re-return of Kenan Thompson’s scared-straight character was classic recurring-bit hackery: take a tired concept with a thin and not particularly funny character and have a guest star play… that character again, at the same time. Even the actors seemed bored, which is probably why the most spontaneous and amusing moments were Bill Hader (rarely one to break character Fallon-style) struggling not to crack up as Morgan seemed to improvise some physical schtick, and everyone else trying not to lose it a few minutes later, as Jason Sudeikis contributed some goofy body language of his own.

In the scattered spirit of Tracy Morgan’s cue-card readings, the rest of my thoughts on this episode will be in note form:

-As far as semi-obscure impressions go, I prefer John Malkovich to the cast of Big Love, although I have to say, Abby Elliott does a pretty decent Chloe Sevigny and Casey Wilson does a commendable Ginnifer Goodwin. But these young kids, why don’t any of them know how to imitate politicians?

-Tracy Morgan used to play Star Jones on View sketches. Now he plays Sherri Shephard, who plays his character’s wife on 30 Rock. Also, he used to be the only one doing a View character in drag. In this episode, it was three out of five.

-Update was kinda weak, save the Malkovich bit and Tracy Morgan’s misinterpretation of the “Really?!?” feature.

-Lots of sketches tonight, and yet they still had to repeat two fake commercials. You’d think they’d try to stockpile more of those at the beginning of the season.

-Maggie wondered which sketch(es) garnered Tina Fey her additional material credit. Looking over the sketch list, I really don’t know. Maybe the View thing, since she used to write the Cheri Oteri-era incarnation? Nothing else really pops out.

-Kelly Clarkson has cemented her status as Earth’s most tolerable American Idol, but she should probably stop dressing like Stevie Nicks.

Episode Grade: B-

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