Archive for April, 2009

Better Off Ted gets sassy with Mr. Obama

Better Off Ted. It’s a show that’s on television — although you wouldn’t really know it by reading this blog.

It’s actually a reasonable good comedy, which is nice to come across.  And you know how picky we are about our comedies on this site. It’s no 30 Rock — you can easily miss a few episodes and not be bothered to track it down on Hulu — but it’s always a pleasant watch. Sort of like a smarter, dryer, and less likable cousin of Samantha Who?

Better Off Ted also features Portia de Rossi playing her trademark lovable villainess as well as titular hottie Jay Harrington, who really knows how to wear a suit.

But more to the point — Better Off Ted’s season finale has been bumped by an address by President Obama. As a result, the smart alecs over there have created this clip.

April 30th, 2009

The More You Know: Schnauzer edition

I’m now in charge of a miniature schnauzer and I have to give it orders in Japanese. For reals.

April 30th, 2009

The Red House: Putting both Ikea AND Jesse Jackson out of business

Below, find a ridiculous and sweet clip I came across for The Red House — a North Carolina furniture store that provides quality furniture for both black people and white people.

The clip is clearly too outlandish to be for real. And it is.  The two minds behind it are named Rhett and Link — who created a series of outlandish local commercials.  But the stiff, frightened-looking cast are what sells the whole production.


And if you’re still curious, here’s a making-of clip.

April 29th, 2009

Should I pick up a new show?

So I’ve been thinking about starting to watch Rescue Me. I know they just started a new season, but I’m thinking about Netflixing it from the beginning. I have reasons.


1. Firemen. Firemen are excellent. I especially like when the ones at the Houston and 6th Ave. station come to the grocery store in their big ladder truck. Of course, I have enjoyed shows about people I don’t really like before, like convicts and spoiled rich children. But I much prefer shows about groups of people I like, such as hot football players and hot pediatricians.

2. I like Denis Leary a lot.
He’s one of those older, kind of assholish guys who really do it for me (also: Keith Olbermann, Bill Maher). He’s also buddies with Jon Stewart from way back, which means he has to be at least moderately good people.

3. Michael J. Fox is on it this season! That would totally not apply to the previous four, but anything Michael J. Fox does is pretty awesome.

4. The ads for season 5 are awesome, with the firefighters being like 200 feet tall and marching around New York looking world-weary. I find these advertisements as appealing as they can be without making me watch the show (I have too much stuff at 10 on Tuesdays; seriously, it’s a problem).

Clearly, I don’t have enough stuff to do and have really been getting enough sleep lately, so I should pick up a new show to become obsessed with. Thoughts?

3 comments April 29th, 2009

The More You Know: Why not? edition

Here’s some news.  Because you’ve been good.

April 29th, 2009

Gossip Girl: Figures Nate would live in Murray Hill

This week on Gossip Girl, Blair went to the general vicinity of my apartment. She was terrified at the idea of learning to ride the subway. Fuck you, Blair. Rufus still thinks it’s a good idea to sell the gallery (and therefore NOT HAVE A JOB) in order to pay for his kids’ education. Jenny is styling her hair with a weed whacker. Serena is ignoring the fact that she’s a booty call for 47-year-old Gabriel-from-North-Carolina (where did that come from?) and, OMG, Georgina Sparks is back and she loves her some Jesus and is super boring.

Is Leighton up the stick? What other explanation can there be for this monstrosity?

Is Leighton up the stick? What other explanation can there be for this monstrosity?

Look, I’m not even going to address this bullshit “long-distance relationship” Blair and Nate think they’re going to have when he’s at Columbia and she’s at NYU. Instead, have I ever mentioned that Ugly Betty is stalking me? Yeah, I haven’t been watching it either. But the building they use as the exterior for Meade Publications, if they’re still calling it that, is the Woolworth Building near City Hall, which is where one of the publishers I work for when I’m getting paid real money (not blogger money; Dan pays me in catty comments about people we went to college with) is located. Twice now I’ve been there returning manuscripts and the show has been filming outside.

And Tuesday they’re filming on Fifth Avenue, on my route to work. So, yeah. America Ferrara knows how much I loved her in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and now she is stalking me.

Wait, Gossip Girl is still going on? I’m so distracted by shows about people who work for a living rather than this insipid, repetitive garbage. At least Ugly Betty is candy-colored insipid, repetitive garbage. Right, Blair thinks Gabriel (“the North Caroliar,” which I will have to try to remember for next basketball season) is cheating on Serena with Poppy, which he is even though Serena just said they were dating without strings or commitment or promise rings or whatever the fuck the kids are doing these days. Although since Gabriel is like seventy, maybe he just hasn’t tried to pin her yet. (Enjoy having that in your heads all day, y’all. Little gift from me to you. Look for Chuck Bass’s granddad about 1:50 into it.)

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April 28th, 2009

Tudors Giveaway: We have a winner!


In one of the most competitive TiFaux giveaways ever, we have a winner.  Congratulations to Louisa, who may or may not enjoy gazing upon Jonathan Rhys Meyer’s bony visage.

There were a lot of comments among the entries regarding my controversial stance on the attractiveness of Mr. Meyers. Generally, I’m not afraid to come out swinging on the real issues that affect Americans, like whether or not JRM is creepy-hot or just creepy-creepy.  However, I didn’t realize I’d be opening such a Pandora’s box.

I think he’s hotter than normal in the above picture, but I’ll leave it up to you.  Here’s an absolutely scientific poll…

Jonathan Rhys Meyers. I think he's:
View Results

4 comments April 27th, 2009

The TV Blog Coalition

blackcoalition.jpg Buzz took a look back at some midseason replacements (Dawson’s Creek! The Wonder Years!) she’s loved over the years. (BuzzSugar)Going to use this time as a last minute plea to watch Chuck on Monday at 8pm EST. That’s all. (Give Me My Remote)

Ever wonder what Dunder Mifflin would look like if it were a real company? Terracycle of Garbage Moguls may be the closest thing. (Scooter McGavin’s 9th Green)

Vance enjoyed Kris Allen’s disco schtick on American Idol. (Tapeworthy)

This week, Jace reviewed the final three episodes of Pushing Daisies and had exclusive interviews with showrunner Jane Espenson about next year’s Caprica series and former Veronica Mars writer/executive producer John Enbom about the hilarious Starz comedy Party Down. (Televisionary)

Time for a mid-season wrap-up! Marisa gave all the new shows an evaluation, from Demitri Martin to Surviving Suburbia. (TiFaux)

It’s early, but after seeing the series premiere on DVD, Matt is willing to give Caprica a chance in the fall. (TV Fanatic)

April 27th, 2009

Waking Up Canadian: Maple-smelling cuteness

Ever worried that you just might wake up and find yourself in a country where everyone is polite and there’s universal health care?

Me too.  Spooky.

The Canadian government, though, has announced that they are grandfathering citizenship to legions of foreigners. Last month, a law restored Canadian nationality to people forced to renounce it when they became citizens of another country. The law also extends to their children.

As such, the government has been running this cute “Waking Up Canadian” ad. Take a look.

1 comment April 24th, 2009

Midseason Winners and Losers

By now, pretty much all of the networks have debuted their big midseason shows. We’ve all had the chance to weigh in and judge. So, how’d everybody do?

So-so. I went to the Mother of All TV Review Aggregators ( and looked at the scores for the recent premieres. Most things scored in the C- and D-range, with a couple of big failures thrown in for good measure.

After the jump, I list the shows in order from best-reviewed to worst, find a good quote from a reviewer to gave the show the same rating as its average, and (of course) weigh in about whether or not I think the aggregated score is fair.

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7 comments April 23rd, 2009

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