Posts by Dave Nemetz
- daven at Yahoo TV15 days ago
We all have our favorite Christmas specials: Charlie Brown, Rudolph, The Grinch. But not all holiday specials go on to become beloved classics, you know. In fact, some are the TV equivalent of that ugly sweater with three arms Grandma knitted for you. And thanks to YouTube, these misfit toys are preserved forever for our viewing pleasure.
This year, we're decorating our tree with these holiday oddballs: a dozen Christmas TV specials that definitely did not stand the test of time.
1. "The Star Wars Holiday Special" (1978)
Any discussion of weird Christmas specials begins and ends with this notorious misfire; George Lucas himself has said he'd like to track down every remaining copy and smash it with a sledgehammer. (And this is a man who still defends Jar Jar Binks!) It's basically a bad acid trip that combines "Star Wars" with every terrible variety show you had to sit through in the '70s because there was nothing else on.
- daven at Yahoo TV16 days ago
Cancel your Valentine's Day plans and hunker down for an epic binge-watch: Netflix announced today they're launching Season 2 of their ultra-buzzy political thriller "House of Cards" on February 14, with all 13 episodes available to stream instantly. Romantic, right?
They also released a moody 30-second teaser of conniving politician's wife Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) smoking a cigarette by the windowsill — a spot where she and husband Frank (Kevin Spacey) cooked up many a self-serving scheme in Season 1. (Please, God, let them never switch to e-cigarettes.)
To tide you over for the next two months, let's take a quick look at what we know about Season 2 of "Cards" so far.
Last we saw Congressman Frank Underwood, his nefarious maneuvering had paid off, and he'd been offered the position of Vice President. (Never mind that he had to suffocate poor, drunken stooge Pete Russo to get it.) But it's not all smooth sailing for Frank: He still owes shadowy billionaire Raymond Tusk (Gerald McRaney) big time for recommending him to the prez… and in Season 2, Tusk is looking to collect.
- daven at Yahoo TV19 days ago
SPOILER ALERT: This post contains storyline and character spoilers.
No, not Hershel!
We already called it "perhaps the saddest 'TWD' death yet," but the sight of kindly old veterinarian Hershel losing his head at the hands of the Governor on last night's "Walking Dead" midseason finale didn't just hit us hard.
Even the actor who plays him, Scott Wilson, tells TVLine the news of Hershel's demise came as a shock: "It was disorienting ... There’s no good time to tell someone that they are expendable. I would have preferred to still be there. I’m not, and now I’ll just be a fan instead of a participant."
But he also knows being a "Walking Dead" cast member means living on borrowed time. "It was going to be someone . It’s the halfway point of the season — you know someone’s going. And it happened to be my turn."
- daven at Yahoo TV24 days ago
Christmas has come early for "Breaking Bad" fans: The "Complete Series" Blu-ray set is in stores today, and it's packed with commentaries and special features to go along with all 62 episodes of AMC's epic drug-trade drama.
But the 99.9-percent pure highlight for fans has to be "No Half Measures," the 2 hour and 15 minute (!) documentary about the making of "BB's" final season. The filmmakers had amazing access to the cast and crew throughout the production of "BB's" final eight episodes, letting us be a fly on the wall (or in the meth lab) as Walter White's long journey from Mr. Chips to Scarface draws to a close.
You should really watch the entire thing, but here, we've picked out 15 things the documentary taught us about one of the greatest TV dramas of all time.
1. "Breaking Bad" ended right where it began.
- daven at Yahoo TV25 days ago
Other sitcoms gave us classic Christmas episodes or Halloween episodes. But without question, "Friends" cornered the market on Thanksgiving.
Through ten seasons, the "Friends" gang blessed us with a cornucopia of tremendous Turkey Day episodes, each one stuffed with helpful tips on how to enjoy the holiday to the fullest.
So with the big day fast approaching, here's a step-by-step plan for throwing the perfect "Friends"-giving, courtesy of Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey, and Phoebe.
Go out of your way to accommodate your guests' unique dietary requirements.
Do NOT try using synthetic alternatives to traditional Thanksgiving ingredients. Your guests will not appreciate it.
If you get turned down for a date on Thanksgiving, there's probably a good reason.
If one of your guests is a little down, feel free to use what's in the kitchen to make them smile.
You're going to be cramming a lot of food down your throat, so plan ahead, wardrobe-wise. Maternity pants, for example, offer lots of give.
But also, don't be afraid to dress in the latest fashion.
Before dinner is served, go outside for some exercise to get the blood pumping.
Is one of Hollywood's nastiest feuds over? Maybe... if we're judging by Charlie Sheen's Twitter.
The "Anger Management" star reached out to his former "Two and a Half Men" boss Chuck Lorre with a tweet on Sunday, apparently to pitch an idea the two might work on together:
hey Chuck.I have an ideathat u need to hear after I make amends to you and yours.which I will do in person.xoxc http://t.co/LyIh338Zzf
— Charlie Sheen (@charliesheen) November 10, 2013
And yes, that's a picture of the 2007 People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy that Sheen and Lorre won for "Two and a Half Men."
Being fans of her sexy young maid Moira from "American Horror Story's" first season, we were happy to see Alexandra Breckenridge return to the franchise in last week's "Coven" episode as Kaylee, the perky young mistress of Cordelia's husband Hank (Josh Hamilton).
But (spoiler alert!) we didn't get to spend much time with her: Hank ruined their post-coital bliss by calmly putting a bullet in her head, serial killer-style. A shame to see Kaylee leave us so soon... but as "Horror Story" fans know all too well, death isn't necessarily the end for these characters.
We chatted with Breckenridge this week via email about her racy sex scenes, her favorite scary movies, and whether we might see Kaylee again this season.
You've had a lot of sexy moments since Season 1, including an intense one in last week's episode. How do you approach these racy scenes? Do you watch the final cut?
It's actually hard for me to be naked around a crew for hours on end, so I try to just let go and focus on being in the moment as my character. Otherwise, I get pretty self-conscious.
Don't get us wrong: We're loyal viewers of "The Mindy Project," and think Mindy Kaling is pretty much the funniest woman anywhere on TV (now that Tina Fey is off the air, anyway). But midway through its sophomore season, "Project" is still very much a work in progress. Ratings haven't been great, to be sure. But more disappointingly, it's been hit-or-miss creatively as well.
Luckily, we have a few ideas on how to nurse this patient to good health. Here are our half-dozen prescriptions to get "The Mindy Project" back on track.
1. Cut Back on the Guest Stars
Jessica Fletcher is digging her typewriter out of storage... and she looks a lot different this time.
NBC announced today it is rebooting "Murder, She Wrote," with Oscar winner Octavia Spencer in the lead role. The original series, of course, starred Angela Lansbury as mystery writer-turned-detective Jessica Fletcher (a role that earned her a whopping 12 Emmy nominations — but no wins), and was a staple of CBS's primetime lineup from 1984 to 1996.
- daven at Yahoo TV2 mths ago
Forget all the headlines calling Netflix "the new HBO." It's even better than that.
The streaming service hit a major benchmark this week when it announced in its third-quarter earnings report that its domestic subscriber base has grown to 31.1 million. That puts it ahead of HBO for the first time, which had about 28.7 million U.S. subscribers at last count… and a three-decade head start.