Welcome to the People’s Choice Awards, where everyone’s a winner as long as he or she shows up. Oh, cool, you’re in town? Why, YOU’VE WON. That’s the short version of this recap. Join me, below, in an extended visual romp through Wednesday’s telecast, if — like most of the nominated performers — you didn’t watch! READ FULL STORY
Tag: 2 Broke Girls (1-10 of 11)
Here is how showrunner Michael Patrick King describes 2 Broke Girls: “Under all those caustic put- downs and edgy dirty jokes, 2 Broke Girls is really a show about two girls with a dream: Max and Caroline, two girls from completely different backgrounds who have found a way to make the hard reality of being broke a little softer by being there for each other.”
Here is how I describe 2 Broke Girls: In the climax of tonight’s third season premiere, a homeless man forcibly sprays fresh urine all over one of the girls’ hair.
So yeah — two years later, this series is still proudly aiming for the lowest common denominator. (Remember when we believed things could be different someday?) How low, you ask? Allow me to answer with a list of the episode’s raunchiest groaners — sorry, awesomest edgy gags. Accent on the “gag.” [Pause for laughter]
Plenty of things are unrealistic about television: No iconic moment in my life has ever been accompanied by Ellie Goulding’s “Anything Can Happen,” despite how much I wish it were. But the perpetual tiny-but-annoying quirk that most shows are guilty of is the unemployed twentysomething with a fabulous apartment. I’m onto you, Girls: No matter how much junk you throw around in Marnie and Hannah’s onetime-shared living space, it doesn’t hide the fact that they’ve got a ton of room. I live in New York City; I know you’re lying to me.
This isn’t anything new, of course. The go-to example is usually Carrie Bradshaw and her ridiculous Manhattan apartment with its gorgeous walk-in closet full on Manolos when her only source of explained income was a weekly newspaper column. But while everyone loves some good 1998 nostalgia (the Friends’ West Village apartments are another egregious example), the trend of the unbelievably large home isn’t fading away. READ FULL STORY
Playing diner owner Han Lee on the ribald 2 Broke Girls, Matthew Moy has one very memorable role on the CBS comedy. That’s mostly because the show’s creators have been criticized for making Han one big stereotype after another: The character speaks with a heavy accent, often doesn’t understand American slang and turns of phrases, and is regularly made fun of for his small stature and clueless nature.
Behind the silly role, however, is Matthew Moy, an actor who, truly, couldn’t be further from who he plays on TV. Moy is very clued into pop culture, which is why we put him through the ringer with the EW Pop Culture Personality Test. As we head toward tonight’s new episode of 2 Broke Girls (9 p.m. on CBS!) — titled “And Too Little Sleep,” which finds Han and Co. helping Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs) prepare a huge cupcake order — study up on Moy by hearing a lot about his love for Katy Perry, Steel Magnolias, and (yes, really!) the ceramic statue of Jeri Ryan he has in his living room.
Name a TV show that makes you cry.
Actually, there was an episode of Taxi that was really emotional, and I didn’t expect it because it’s a sitcom. Danny DeVito had a very emotional scene, and it was really great. I didn’t expect that from a comedy. It had a lot of heart to it. I was watching it late at night and he had a really meaty scene.
At what moments do you yell at the TV?
I was thinking about this the other day. When I yell at my TV, it’s usually watching…usually it happens during the election. There’s when I’m watching CNN and MSNBC.
What kind of sitcoms do you watch?
I watch the weirdest things. I watch old episodes of Golden Girls because my mom watches it, so I grew up watching that. Sometimes I watch reruns of Futurama, which is a cartoon and not based in the real world at all. There’s also 3rd Rock from the Sun. It’s really neat to watch the different people interact.
Near the beginning of 2 Broke Girls‘ first season finale, aging hepcat Earl (Garrett Morris) tells sassy waitress Max (Kat Dennings) that he’s impressed with how far she’s come since she started working at the Williamsburg Diner — and, implicitly, since 2 Broke Girls itself premiered in September. But after 22 episodes filled with shallow supporting characters, little forward momentum, and some of the most cringeworthy — sorry, “classy dirty” — jokes ever committed to network TV, it’s tough to say how much progress Max and her CBS sitcom have truly made.
Sure, tonight’s finale proved that creator Michael Patrick King isn’t totally ignoring the harsh things critics have said about his show. Matthew Moy’s Han, for example, is no longer the butt of quips about his thick Korean accent; instead, his coworkers just make fun of his diminutive stature. (There was also only one rape joke tonight. Progress?) And Han even got a few lines in the finale that poked fun at how underdeveloped the show’s diner characters are: “You never ask about my interests,” he complains to former rich girl Caroline (Beth Behrs), adding that she and Max barely talk about anything but their burgeoning cupcake business.
Han has a point — but slyly alluding to a problem isn’t the same thing as fixing that problem. READ FULL STORY
It’s time to cuddle up on the couch and cure that case of the Mondays. What’s your go-to? The coveted 8 p.m. ET power hour (or two in the case of Dancing With the Stars and The Voice) has everything: pretty people scheming on Gossip Girl, rascally teens getting up to no good on The Secret Life of the American Teenager, a newborn on Bones (they’re the cutest!), not to mention the aforementioned reality TV mammoths.
So, pop quiz, PopWatchers: We’re talking live, real-time TV watching. There’s a bomb in your computer, and it will detonate if you don’t tell us where your remote lands on Monday night at 8 p.m.* What do you do? What do you do?! READ FULL STORY
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