With a slew of new characters revitalizing this slow burn of a series, it still hurts when an original character dies. After Jimmy’s death, the consequences of which are still unfolding, Boardwalk Empire lost one of the only characters audiences could truly root for. (Steve Buscemi is great as Nucky Thompson but even he is likable only to a certain point. He’s top dog after all.) Spoilers ahead! READ FULL STORY
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Yes, I know: you don’t want to watch a TV show about old people.
You don’t want to watch them dying, or worse, continuing to live in a hospital’s geriatric extended-care floor, with other patients who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s. And you definitely don’t want to see those old people using the chairs as toilets, or screaming at the nurses in a foreign language, or hooking up right there in the lounge, in full view of the hospital’s horrified staff.
You don’t want to watch these things because you probably think they’re sad. But on HBO’s new comedy, Getting On, which premieres Sunday, November 24 at 10pm, they’re actually pretty funny, too.
Comedy fans probably know Alex Borstein as the voice of Lois on Family Guy, or from her stint on MADtv. But this Sunday marks a new turn for the actress: She’ll star in the scripted HBO comedy series Getting On, about a group of nurses in an elderly care facility. Based on the British hit of the same name, the show also stars Laurie Metcalf and Niecy Nash.
“Tonally, it’s tricky,” Borstein explained about the show. “You’re laughing one moment and tearing up at the next. It’s this full, rich world of caring for people who are dying. There was no question once I saw a clip from the original British series [I wanted to be involved]…It’s bittersweet. It’s got that British humor that’s very harsh but then there is also that hidden pathos.”
When Borstein came to EW to take her Pop Culture Personality Test, she was prepared. Besides gushing about a long-held crush on Johnny Carson, she was also excited to spill all about a movie she saw way too young. What was it? Watch below. READ FULL STORY
The Minnesota Timberwolves’ marketing team thinks they’ve totally figured out the female basketball fan demographic. And who better to represent all female fandom than Lena Dunham?
To get more women in the stands, they’re offering a “Ladies Night Out” ticket promo which includes a spa discount, a beverage, and … a DVD of Girls Season 1, according to Bleacher Report. Should we be insulted or encouraged that the Minnesota Timberwolves think they’re appealing to (or pigeonholing) women’s TV tastes with a specific female foursome show conveniently called “Girls”? Not to mention the interesting detail of only offering season 1. Were they scarred by season 2′s naked ping-pong too? BR surmised that perhaps the team is merely trying to unload extra inventory, as the Minnesota Timberwolves promoted the same deal last year.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved the first season of Girls, Lena Dunhams’ quirky-edgy writing, but there’s something about the promotion that reeks of a failure to understand female sports fans. Here’s a better way to get more female fans in the stands for the middling Midwestern team — convince Wally Szczerbiak to come out of retirement, Kevin Garnett to come back, or just let female fans purchase a ticket because they are fans, and not some stereotyped female consumer.
The official promotion (with purchase of an $18 ticket) includes:
“Free beer, wine, or soda,” a “DVD copy of season one of the hit HBO series Girls,” and “get $25 off any $100 service with your Wolves game night ticket at any LifeSpa.”
What say you, PopWatchers? Is a DVD of the HBO show featuring Lena Dunham’s anatomy enough to get you to cheer on the Timberwolves or is it a total turn-off? What do you think of sports teams’ attempts to increase female patronage?
With an awkward crane of his neck and the first of what is sure to be many “Hello ladies,” Stuart Pritchard introduces himself to the world. HBO’s Hello Ladies is a new comedy from the mind of The Office and Extras co-creator Stephen Merchant. Stepping aside from his past partnerships with Ricky Gervais, Merchant teams up with Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky in this portrait of an English web designer cruising for chicks in Los Angeles.
Stuart, played by Merchant, believes himself to be a ladies’ man, and yet is continually shocked to find himself ending the night alone. Alone eating wings and watching infomercials at home, Stuart reminds me of a grownup Bill Haverchuck eating snacks and watching TV by himself. But instead of being ignorant to his own loneliness, Stuart is painfully aware that alone is not what he wants to be. Why else would he buy a single serving of wings rather than buying in bulk?
But he’s not completely alone at home — he has Jessica (Christine Woods). Well, more like he has Jessica as a tenant living in his guest house. She is an actress and aspiring creator of a web series on globalization. Jessica has a “boyfriend” (more like f— buddy) and finds herself watching TV with Stuart after her “boyfriend” leaves for the night.
At first instinct, I am totally against a future pairing between Stuart and Jessica. That would be way too easy for him, for both of them to realize “Hey! The person I’ve been looking for to be with has been in front of me the whole time!” Bore, snooze — I’m not into that. However, Merchant and Woods have fantastic on-screen chemistry that makes their characters’ interactions work. All in all, I would be okay if they eventually got together — but not until the series finale (hopefully) many years from now.
Wade (Nate Torrence) is Stuart’s sweet, hapless friend, who is currently reeling from a separation (don’t say divorced!) with his wife. Stuart helps out his buddy, tag-teaming the bar scene. But really Wade is there to make the English man look good — or more accurately — someone Stuart can blame when he inevitably strikes out. Nonetheless, Wade remains his closest friend, and Stuart offers to take the soon-to-be-divorcee out for bowling to get his mind off of his impending wedding anniversary.
The question is — is Stuart a good enough friend to stick to his plans or would he ditch them for a chance to see a woman? Ha, like you even have to ask.
While at work with Rory (Kyle Mooney), Stuart’s assistant web designer and most likely to become my personal favorite, Stuart overhears Jessica with a female in her office/living space. Donning a fedora and scarf, which he must keep handy in some sort of Ladies’ Man utility belt, Stuart “flirts” with pretty, young actress Courtney as Jessica tries to run lines with her.
In a beautifully cringe-worthy scene, Stuart goes through a series of ditches and re-invites in order to meet with Courtney at new club Saboteur — with Wade in tow. Jessica doesn’t help matters, and Stuart later asks why she was “cock-blocking him.” “Mmm, because it’s funny,” she replies. That’s a good enough reason for me — a stumbling, bumbling Stuart on the prowl is Stuart at his best.
Armed with “groin cloths” (ugh Stuart’s term for condoms), Wade and Stuart are off to the club in Stuart’s midlife-crisis red convertible. Much to Stuart’s chagrin, however, they must first wait for Wade’s friend Kives (Kevin Weisman) to join them. Kives is crude yet confident and as Stuart complains, “soooo slow” since he’s wheelchair-bound.
Kives may be a foul-mouthed and dirty guy, asking everyone he meets if they are “dating, mating, or masturbating” but he nevertheless has a way with the ladies — making Stuart’s blood boil. Stuart, on the other hand, finds himself paying for a whole tray full of drinks in order to impress Courtney.
His white man dance introduction and subsequent non-conversations with Courtney are so painfully awkward I can’t help but to laugh/cry a bit inside. Eventually Stuart makes a mess of everything, spilling $800 worth of drinks all over his clothes. The spilled drinks then reveal the “groin cloth” in his shirt pocket to everyone around him, including Courtney. Wade, Kives, and Stuart leave the club with Wade happy and drunk, Kives accompanied by a lady, and Stuart pissed off and alone. Despite high hopes at the beginning of the night, Stuart ends up just where he started — alone eating chicken wings and watching infomercials.
With his confidence vacillating between thinking he’s God’s gift to women and thinking he will be forever alone, Stuart is a man of two worlds — fantasy land and the realm of insecurity. He is a relatable caricature of the awkward geek looking for love inside all of us.
Favorite lines of the episode:
“Yeah, right. It’s not like I could just hop in bed with Sigourney Weaver.”
“Shhh! Do you hear that? It’s women! It’s women!”
“Just casually drop into conversation — Ah, you know Stuart’s working on some coding syntax that will make HTML look like f—ing MS DOS.”
When someone cuts the line to the bar: “What’s the rules? What’s the rules in this place?”
I’ll be tuning next week’s round of schadenfreude that hits a bit too close to home, will you?
After the party is the after party! We hit the best bashes in town to find out what the stars were up to after winning (… or not winning) those golden trophies.
First up, the Governors Ball at the L.A. Convention Center:
In the fifth and final special “In Memoriam” tribute at tonight’s Emmy Awards, four-time Emmy winner Edie Falco delivered an emotional farewell to her longtime colleague and friend James Gandolfini — who died suddenly of a heart attack this past June.
Falco painted a portrait of a gentle, compassionate man who was nothing like the brutal mobster he played on HBO’s The Sopranos. “If you needed anything at all, ever, Jim was there to take care of it before you even had a chance to ask,” Falco said, visibly fighting tears. “You all knew James Gandolfini the actor. I was lucky enough to know Jim the man for 10 years as his close colleague and his pretend life partner, and for many more years as his friend. And it’s Jim the man, the very dear man, that I will miss most of all.”
See Falco’s speech below — but be sure to grab a hanky first.
The letters “H,” “B,” and “O,” when combined, create a certain legacy. It’s a legacy known for many great television shows, but one that nowadays is often most talked about for its explicit sex scenes — some scenes being so explicit that getting “caught” watching them could be just as embarrassing as getting caught watching porn. Come to think of it, what is the difference between HBO and porn? Well, HBO actors are certainly paid better than porn stars. They’re also typically prettier than porn stars. And oh right, they’re acting.
But just because HBO scenes aren’t porn doesn’t mean they don’t really sound like porn, and here’s proof. Watch the hilarious video below as “actors” describe their upcoming HBO roles to their loved ones (a few of which are obviously inspired by True Blood):
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Ultimate Australian mean girl Ja’mie King is finally getting the attention she deserves. Sorry, no offense, but it’s true. Australian comedian Chris Lilley’s recurring character, who has previously appeared on TV series We Can Be Heroes and Summer Heights High, will star in Ja’mie King: Private School Girl. The six half-hour episodes will air on HBO in the United States. The release of the new show’s teaser made us wish some other Lilley characters would get their own series, so here are five other characters that we think deserve the star treatment:
Warning: videos are NSFW due to explicit language.
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Oh, True Blood. After years of supernatural creatures, vamp-speed sex scenes, human-speed sex scenes, murder, fangs, and Southern accents, it looks like we’ve only got 10 episodes left before Bon Temps becomes nothing but a (very bloody) memory. HBO announced today that season 7 will be the show’s last. So in honor of the campy goodness that often confused us but we loved all the same, we’ve rounded up five things we want to see happen before we have to bid farewell to the home of V-addicted werewolves, the Vampire Bible and so much more (spoilers ahead):
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