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The TV Blog Coalition

blog-coalition-graphic.jpgBuzz got to wondering about the TV shows that are sort of the opposite of guilty pleasures, the ones you don’t even like very much but can’t seem to quit watching. (BuzzSugar)

Not willing to let go of the show without a fight, Give Me My Remote dedicated the week to Chuck. We had special features, polls, soundtrack listings and viewer testimony. Did you lend your voice? Here’s top hoping NBC orders a third season soon. (Give Me My Remote)

Rescue Me was back in fine form with its fifth season premiere. And as an added bonus: an Alex P. Keaton sighting. (Scooter McGavin’s 9th Green)

In case you didn’t know, Vance goes to the theatre a lot, and then blogs about it. He also likes to stalk celebrities like James McAvoy after the show. (Tapeworthy)

After thinking about a particularly shocking character death this week, Jace talked to former BSG and Buffy writer and current Caprica showrunner Jane Espenson and some other television industry insiders about the role of death on television today. (Televisionary)

Sara was all aflutter over the BBC reality show Any Dream Will Do, which is possibly the campiest thing she’s ever seen. Hear that Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber? (TiFaux)

Kate was oh-so-pleasantly surprised by Southland. (TV Filter)

Matt didn’t love the premiere of Parks and Recreation. But he won’t give up on it yet! [TV Fanatic]

This week, the TV Addict wondered if casting Leonard Nimoy in FRINGE is well, highly illogical (The TV Addict)

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Monday Morning Quarterback: SNL Season 34, Episode 20

There are a couple of tired sketch formats Saturday Night Live writers never seem to tire of throughout the years, to the point where I wonder if they seem their mustiness and repetition as a challenge to somehow produce the well-written exception to the rule. That’s the only justification I can think of for a sketch like the one from this weekend’s episode where Fred Armisen (in drag) plays an actress who keeps screwing up takes on a commercial set by playing her scene as raving drama rather than inane comedy. I can’t remember the last time this oft-used formula actually worked. Typically, there are a few chuckles at whatever causes the first “cut!” and then a sharp decline as the sketch goes nowhere. The flubbed-takes format is inherently diminishing: reduction disguised as escalation.

Another favorite tactic: take a recurring character, and then have the host play more or less a copy of that character. This weekend, Zac Efron was given a particularly tricky assignment of that ilk: he had to play Cody Gifford, son of Kathie Lee Gifford, who is not just an overused SNL recurring character (in the fourth-hour-of-Today sketches, which I’m told by people who have actually seen the fourth hour of Today are, at least, pretty accurate) but an actual person. This gave Efron’s imitation of Kristen Wiig’s tics a particularly weak copy-of-a-copy effect.

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