Last night, Jimmy Fallon got a visit from an unannounced guest: Ricky Gervais, who came out during Fallon's monologue brandishing a copy of the 10th Anniversary box set of the British "Office," which comes out in November. Gervais explained that he doesn't have time to be a guest on the actual show but "I don't really like to go a day without plugging something, I can't sleep." After doing his premature plugging for the DVD set, Gervais stuck around to watch Jimmy's monologue and jumped in to critique his delivery of one particular joke. "Do it like you were clever enough to come up with it yourself...do it like you deserve this show." The funniest thing about this, to me, is that the joke in question makes no sense grammatically, but they never mention that part. It's still kind of cute:Read More »from Ricky Gervais Crashes Jimmy Fallon’s Monologue, Insults His Joke Delivery
- linds | The Set – Thu, Sep 15, 2011 6:40 AM PDT
The First Promo for Season 3 of ‘Eastbound and Down’ Celebrates Myrtle Beach and, Um, Everything It’s Known ForBy linds | The Set – Wed, Sep 14, 2011 2:03 PM PDT
HBO just put out a promo for the much-anticipated third and final season of "Eastbound and Down," and what it lacks in Kenny Powers it makes up for in its winking reference to "Myrtle Beach drunk," which is the most drunk a person can be, according to Danny McBride's movie "The Foot Fist Way." (One Myrtle Beach blog has even lovingly dedicated a post to owning the phrase.) Or it might just be a reference to the fact that this season is based in Myrtle Beach, where Kenny finds himself playing minor league baseball:
"Eastbound" has been filming in Myrtle Beach over the summer, a fact that was covered by the local news as good publicity for the city ("National TV Show Shooting Scenes in Myrtle Beach"). The local Pelicans baseball team's general manager says: "This gives Myrtle Beach a platform unlike any other platform." I guess you could say that! Everyone in that report seems acutely aware of the fact that the extremely dirty "Eastbound and Down" isn't going to turn around MyrtleRead More »from The First Promo for Season 3 of ‘Eastbound and Down’ Celebrates Myrtle Beach and, Um, Everything It’s Known For
- Tara Ariano | The Set – Wed, Sep 14, 2011 2:01 PM PDT
And he looks so natural here! (Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)Last Sunday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made an appearance in the season finale of HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," in which he used his authority to banish Larry David (Larry David) from the city. Compared to many of the non-professional actors "Curb" has used over the years (and even in this season: Bill Buckner?), I thought Bloomberg did okay. But Dan Amira didn't agree, including it today at New York magazine's Daily Intelligencer blog, in a slideshow of the Mayor's most awkward TV and movie cameos. [Daily Intelligencer]
The reason I didn't take to "Parenthood," after giving it a few episodes' trial run back in its first season, is right there in its title: I am not a parent. And while I liked the movie on which the series is based well enough (not so much the first short-lived attempt to bring it to the small screen), my recollection of the first few episodes of this new one were that they REALLY hammered on the point that there is no harder job than...well, see title. It's not that I'm saying there are harder jobs: There's a reason I don't have kids, and it is that I am lazy. It's that parents complaining about parenting is boring. "I didn't tell you to have children!" I wanted to scream at all the characters on this show. (Exception noted: The kid characters. I didn't yell at them.) But it's critically acclaimed and everything, so when it returned last night for its third season, I gave it another shot. And what do you know, the parent characters have stopped yammering on about their UNPARALLELED SACRIFICES and I found so much more to like about it!
1. Adam is out of work. In its first season, Adam (Peter Krause) was kind of a smug jerk: He condescended to his out-of-work sister Sarah (Lauren Graham), forced to move back in with their parents to save money, and he seemed to regard the Asperger's Syndrome diagnosis of his son Max (Max Burkholder) as a grievous personal imposition. But last season, Adam lost his job, and as we find him in Season 3, he has been humbled in ways that make him more compelling to watch.Read More »from ‘Parenthood’: Sober Second Thought
- linds | The Set – Wed, Sep 14, 2011 11:55 AM PDT
"Like the class into which one is born, we are inescapable."I have a horrifying confession to make: I have not watched one minute of "Downton Abbey" yet. Even though I love British TV the most. Even though it's so incredibly short. Even though, you know, my job. Even with, especially even with, all of the social pressure! If this were seventh grade, "Downton Abbey" would be Guess? jeans, only instead of not having "Downton Abbey" because my parents refuse to buy it for me because it's too expensive, I haven't watched "Downton Abbey" because I want to watch it with friends and when my friends come over and I say "Hey, do you want to drink wine and watch 'Downton Abbey,' pleeeeease," they all say no. (To "Abbey," not the wine.) It's just not a very sexy sell as a group-viewing show, you know? (Meanwhile, everyone will watch "Bachelor Pad" with me, no problem.)
Anyway, today Deadline reports that "Downton Abbey" now holds the Guinness World Record for "Highest critical review ratings for a TV show" and I'm just like are you kidding me? I didn'tRead More »from The Entire Universe is a Conspiracy to Make You Watch ‘Downton Abbey’
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