Posts by Robert Chan
- rchan at Yahoo TV4 days ago
Did you hear that sound over the weekend? That was the sound of a million fans of both "Sherlock" and "Doctor Who" simultaneously going "Squeeeee!" over this fan-made trailer for "WHOLOCK" — a fanciful meeting of two British cultural icons.
In it, Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) hears a noise outside his flat at 221B Baker Street and looks out his window to see the TARDIS has landed. He steps out onto the street and spies the Doctor (Matt Smith) peeking out of the contraption, then follows him inside. Once inside, Sherlock marvels at the machinery and (of course) wants an explanation. The Doctor invites him on a time-tripping adventure, and after some initial skepticism from Sherlock, the two hurtle through time and space together to ... God knows where.
- rchan at Yahoo TV5 days ago
SPOILER ALERT: This recap contains storyline and character spoilers.
And just like that, Brian's back.
For those who thought Brian being replaced in the "Family Guy" credits signaled the final end of the educated pooch, Sunday's episode, entitled “Christmas Guy,” set everything right.
Despite the best efforts of new dog Vinny to fill the Brian-shaped void in Stewie's life (including a fair attempt to class himself up with glasses and the phrase, “Hey, whose leg do you gotta gagoosh to get an Amaretto di Saronno around here?”), the wee one is still heartbroken. He even tells a mall Santa that all he wants for Christmas is to have Brian back.
But the tot is unable to go back and fix the problem because his time machine was destroyed in the same episode that Brian died. That is, until he sees a past version of himself walking around in a toy store and realizes that that Stewie must have one.
- rchan at Yahoo TV6 days ago
John Goodman hosted "Saturday Night Live" for the 13th time, trailing only Alec Baldwin (16) and Steve Martin (15), and he brought some heavy-hitters with him. Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro showed up to do "Three Wise Guys" on their way to Bethlehem, decked out in gold chains, tracksuits and thick Jersey accents. "Do we even know his last name, this Jesus?" says Goodman. "Christ, I dunno," shoots back De Niro. While it's always great to have unannounced cameos on the show, they're always a reminder of how hard the job of an "SNL" cast member is. Can you imagine if the entire show were filled with those deadly long pauses as the guests search for their cue cards? The Cold Open You know it's a slow news week when the only thing President Obama's detractors have to complain about is taking pictures with the Danish prime minister. Kenan Thompson starring as the gibberish sign language interpreter from Mandela's funeral and the return of Kate McKinnon's gleefully needy Angela Merkel make for a perfectly enjoyable first sketch. The Monologue It was shades of the Blues Brothers (Goodman co-starred with Dan Akroyd in "Blues Brothers 2000," taking over for the late John Belushi) as Goodman and Thompson do a song called "All I Want for Christmas Is Booty." It was fine, but please, please, please, please, please don't let this lead to someone green-lighting another sequel. "Too Hot" Goodman did five cameos in the late '90s as Linda Tripp, playing her as a grotesquely, mannish woman that stole every Clinton-Lewinsky scene she appeared in. So you would be a fool not to put him back into a dress and let him slink his way through R. Kelly's "I'm a Flirt." Drunk Uncle and Drunker Uncle It's always fun to bring someone else in on the Drunk Uncle fun — remember Peter Drunklage? Goodman's Drunker Uncle is a fantastic addition to the family. Also, somebody needs to turn that medley of "Frosty the Snowman"/"Royals"/"Carol of the Bells" into a dance remix ASAP. Network Holidays These were two spot-on commercials for the Food Network and the Hallmark Channel. "Guy Fieri's Full Throttle Christmas Special" is crammed full of the dregs of bro culture: Kid Rock, Criss Angel, Dog the Bounty Hunter. And on the other end of the spectrum, bland has-been celebrity heavy TV movies like "Phylicia Rashād's Christmas Nap" and "On Dasher, On Danza" reminded us what the season is really about: Watching TV to avoid talking to the family. The Last Sketch The final slot before the goodnights should be saved for "so bad, they're good" sketches. For example, a sketch about the last two people at the bar who are so repulsed by each other — but so desperate — that they have to spray whipped cream on each other's facial hair and pretend that they're Santa Claus just to make out. This sketch is terrible and also it's the best. Other Great Lines: "And for dessert, we're gonna turn
- rchan at Yahoo TV7 days ago
The Golden Globe nominations came out Thursday, and Season 1 of "House of Cards" led all television series with four nods including Best Actor for Kevin Spacey (who plays Senator, and now Vice President Frank Underwood), Best Actress for Robin Wright (his doting and predatory wife, Claire), Best Supporting Actor for Corey Stoll (who plays poor, doomed Peter Russo), and Best Dramatic TV Series.
Which also made it a good day to drop the first trailer for Season 2 of the show. Here's what we know from the promo:
1. It looks like the Underwoods will continue to be assaulted on all sides. Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) will be pursuing a murder investigation of Russo and her own involvement in it. And she won't be the only one chasing the story.
2. Lobbyist (and former Underwood aide) Remy Danton (Mahershala Ali) will still be trying to put the couple into his pocket. "But he's a dangerous man," says Claire. "We can be dangerous, too," replies Frank.
- rchan at Yahoo TV8 days ago
The midseason finale brought huge changes for "Arrow." Slade Wilson is alive, Roy gets injected with Mirakuru, and Oliver gets a new mask. Plus, some guy gets electrocuted during a particle accelerator accident, which probably doesn't mean anything, right?
The Arrowverse Meets the DC Universe
Roy discovers that Brother Blood was using a charity to cover up his supersoldier experiments and gets injected with the Mirakuru serum for his trouble. If the teaser for upcoming episodes is any indication, the serum worked and has given him powers much like those of the comic book version of the character.
Producer Andrew Kreisberg talked to reporters a couple of weeks ago about the writers' approach to that development. "It's a deep-seated anger that lets you survive the Mirakuru transformation," he said. It's how Slade survived, and "what's fun for the writers is we see what Roy's potential is to go down that dark path, too." The rest of this season, we'll get to see "how the Arrow makes it his mission to not let Roy" end up like Slade.
- rchan at Yahoo TV9 days ago
Bob Barker surprised the audience of Thursday's "The Price Is Right" by appearing on the show, on what was his 90th birthday. This is only the second time he's gone on the show since his final taping back in 2007, capping off a 35 year run. "He looks better than he did even when he left," said executive producer Mike Richards. But Barker brings more than looks back with him. "He was always undervalued as to how funny he was because he was such a great host and so gracious and so well-spoken. He is hilarious and you'll see it in the show."
His return coincides with Pet Adoption Week on the show, a cause near and dear to Barker's heart. He continues to devote enormous amounts of time and money to the Humane Society and other animal welfare groups.
- rchan at Yahoo TV9 days ago
If the thought of watching that treacle-sweet stop-motion Rudolph one more time makes you want to grind your teeth down to the gums, Adult Swim is happy to provide you with an antidote in the form of stop-motion elves eaten by reindeer, Emmet Otter's final jug-band rehearsal, "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane reprising his role as Santa, and a surly rabbi at a spelling bee.
This clip is from the third "Robot Chicken" holiday-themed special and, like its predecessors, the "Born Again Virgin Christmas Special" is full of cheer, but also enough bleeped language that you're probably not going to want to share it with the whole family. Fortunately, show creators Seth Green and Matt Senreich will be live-tweeting the show (with the hashtag #RCXmas) so you can watch it with your Internet family.
The "Robot Chicken: Born Again Virgin Christmas Special" airs Monday night/Tuesday morning at midnight on Cartoon Network.
- rchan at Yahoo TV13 days ago
Bringing in the "Anchorman" cast was just the beginning of a fun-filled night on "Saturday Night Live."
A "Sound of Music" cold open sketch set the audience on fire early with the appearance of "Dooneese," Kristen Wiig's big-forehead, tiny-handed singer, who creeped out everyone onstage, eventually shoving her hands into Taran Killam's mouth as he tried to sing "Edelweiss." Fred Armisen also came back from retirement to reprise his Lawrence Welk impersonation ("I tink it's very possible dat de hills are alive wit radioactivity."). It was a strong way to start the show, but it was immediately topped by the next segment.
Host Paul Rudd came out for his monologue and brought up that his first two appearances were overshadowed by the musical guests: Beyoncé the first time and Paul McCartney the second. Of course, One Direction came out to overshadow him once again, but before they got too far, Will Ferrell, David Koechner, and Steve Carrell (Rudd's co-stars in the upcoming "Anchorman 2") joined them onstage.
- rchan at Yahoo TV14 days ago
The ATX Television Festival features panels, screenings, and more goodies devoted to the small screen. It's intended for both fans and professionals alike and those two groups meet at the Pitch Competition. Aspiring writers send in a 90-second pitch and, if they're chosen, get to go to Austin and give their three-minute pitch in front of a panel and a live audience.
Sound terrifying? Of course it does; you're a writer, not a hype man. Don't worry — here are some tips on how to prepare from screenwriter and Emmy award-winning "Scandal" actor Dan Bucatinsky.
Here is "Parenthood" executive producer and writer Sarah Watson on what to be ready for once you get into the pitch room.
- rchan at Yahoo TV15 days ago
Greg Kinnear stars as a brilliant yet self-destructive lawyer with a number of vices and addictions in Fox's midseason replacement, "Rake." The one getting him beat up in this promo clip appears to be gambling, but he's also drinking, engaging in licentious behavior, and possibly practicing dentistry without a license in the spot.
Do the airwaves need another lawyer show? Of course they do! Nothing's more American than lawyer shows. Even if this one is based on the Australian show of the same name, which in turn is based on the exploits of real-life Aussie lawyer Charles Waterstreet. However, this show seems less "L.A. Law" and more "The Riches," the FX original series about a family of con artists.
Of course, it also makes us think of Jeff Winger in the Darkest Timeline from "Community", but that may be just because both characters are brilliant yet self-destructive lawyers played by one-time hosts of "The Soup."
"Rake" premieres Thursday, Jan. 23 on Fox.