Parenthood last night? Amber and Haddie lied about going to a movie as a cover for Haddie’s clandestine date, so they practiced what they’d say when their respective parents asked them about it: “Michael Cera was obviously hilarious and adorable,” they told each other. Amber even repeated it to her mom, saying “Michael Cera was adorable as always.” Amber, recall, is played by Mae Whitman — who played Ann Veal, girlfriend to Michael Cera’s George Michael. Hee! To the show’s credit, the moment wasn’t played with any wink-winking at all. Also to the show’s credit: Mae Whitman! Holy crap, she is great. READ FULL STORY »Did you catch the Arrested Development shout-out on
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Were there any “classic” Thanksgiving episodes this year? I’m at a loss. My favorite turkey-centric episode this season was, by far, this week’s Parenthood, which was one of the show’s strongest episodes ever, and was the right combo of funny and sort of poignant and still vaguely realistic. But I’m having a hard time comparing it to any of the Friends Thankgivings, or “Slapsgiving,” or “The Indians in the Lobby.” Was there a Woody Woodpecker moment this year? I did not see one.
I’m a sucker for a good holiday episode (show me a drunk Sookie from Gilmore Girls any day of the week and twice on Tuesdays), so I was looking forward to some new ones to file in my holiday treasure vault of joy. How I Met Your Mother was fun I guess, but a far cry from being worthy of multiple re-watchings. Raising Hope, maybe? I adore that show, but “Meet the Grandparents” was a little on the sad side for me. Does it really hold its own against, say, WKRP Cincinnati‘s famous Thanksgiving episode? Alas, it does not.
Did you see any instant classics that I missed, PopWatchers?
I was catching up on this week’s Parenthood (pretty good!), and in between being jealous of Lauren Graham’s hair and marveling at how much natural light Braverman HQ seems to get, it hit me: Dax Shepard is way under-appreciated on this show.
He’s playing a character who could be kind of a dillweed, but Shepard’s performance makes Crosby really compelling; even when he’s flailing, I really feel for the guy. Other actors on the show get more attention — and they’re all good, and they all deserve it — but Shepard deserves some praise, too.
On the comedy side of things, this has been my pathetic refrain all season, but: Ed Helms! His performance on The Office is so, so funny, and even among all the all-star weirdos at Dunder Mifflin, Helms’ high-strung but emotionally raw Andy still stands out. Plus, the dude can sing. His rendition of “I Try” was painfully earnest, but it wasn’t pathetic, which can be a hard spot for The Office to hit just right.
They can’t be the only TV stars not getting their due, though, PopWatchers. Let’s hear it. Who are your under-appreciated TV stars of 2010?
TV Insiders podcast: EW experts preview the 'Project Runway' finale, discuss Bristol Palin in a monkey suit, and name the best show on TV
Project Runway is down to the final three contestants, but while it looks like Mondo has the title all but wrapped up, is there a chance he might actually lose to Andy or Gretchen? Our resident Runway expert, Missy Schwartz, has seen the final collections, and joins the TV Insiders (Michael Slezak, Michael Ausiello, Annie Barrett and yours truly) to talk all about it on our latest TV Insiders podcast. Could there be an upset in the making, or is it Mondo all the way? Also on the menu this week: Entertainment Weekly critic Ken Tucker pops by to give us his pick for the best show on TV. Could it be The Good Wife? Modern Family? Or is there a dark horse in the mix? He also gets into a deliciously nasty spat with Ausiello over his pick for biggest TV disappointment this season. FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT! Plus, Slezak eats serious crow for last week’s fearless (and foolhardy) Dancing With The Stars prediction, and we contemplate how in the name of the Medallion of Power Marty managed to not get voted off of Survivor: Nicaragua. All that and more (Mad Men! Glee! Raising Hope!) on the latest edition of the TV Insiders. Either download the mp3 file here to listen on the go, or click on the video player below (after the jump). And if you’d like to have your TV question addressed and answered on the next edition, just tweet it to @EWDaltonRoss.
After 36 hours, I have finally finished watching the season premiere of NBC’s Parenthood. I had to pause the episode when Sarah (Lauren Graham) showed up at the office of her brother Adam (Peter Krause) to confront him about stealing her idea for a LoJacked kids’ shoe. Graham, Krause, the show’s writers — these are not people afraid of letting an awkward, tension-filled scene breathe, and I just wasn’t in the mood to be put in the middle of that situation. The idea meant enough to each of them that they shouldn’t let it go easily. She needs to start valuing her ideas before anyone else will; he needs to prove to his boss (Krause’s Dirty Sexy Money co-star William Baldwin) that he’s always thinking about the job, even when he’s dealing with yet another family crisis. Since they’re both smart adults capable of sarcasm, it could get ugly. Of course, that realism is also why I watch the show and love Krause and Graham, so I did eventually step up and continue the episode. (Adam got Sarah an internship in the company’s design department, which is good for the lapse on her resumé and possibly for her social life — Baldwin’s character takes a definite interest in her.)
When was the last time realistic TV tension gave you pause, for a second or for hours?
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