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Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) introduces Craig to the most insane cooking show ever, “Sweet Genius.” Aubrey talks about her obsession with reality TV and the time she auditioned for a reality show for female comedians. Also, Aubrey and Craig discuss depressing movies.
Ghostwriter was just that: a ghost who writes. Not sure my parents would have let me hang out with him.
From 1992-1995, the program aired on PBS. The series revolves around a close knit circle of friends from Brooklyn who solve neighborhood crimes and mysteries as a team of young detectives with the help of an invisible ghost. The ghost can communicate with the kids only by manipulating whatever text and letters he can find and using them to form words and sentences.
The reason why that Deacon Clayborne guy in “Nashville” looked so familiar to me
Chip Esten used to be on Whose Line Is It Anyway?!!!!! Both the original and Drew Carey’s American version.
Love this. And before anyone pretentiously tells me so, I know it was originally sang by The Civil Wars.
This is the bees knees. Also, we have got to come up with a better tag for this show than just Nashville.
SRSLY. I can see myself becoming very addicted to this show.
This show was my favorite freaking thing when it was on. Good gracious I love those dudes.
This was my first episode of Flight of the Conchords, and it’s still my favorite.
Cut the crap ——-, I need my red delicious
I’ve just started season three and I have a lot of questions. Do Shawn Hunter and Neal Schweiber return? Is that Zac Efron? Where’s Weevil? Why are the opening credits so terrible?
I was pretty upset at the end of season three. Well, mostly upset that it was the end of the show, but also season one and two were so much better.
What is going on with Up All Night this season? I loved it to death last season, but so far it’s been terrifyingly flat. Emily Nussbaum, who excites and frustrates me in equal measure - which I guess is the mark of a great critic, or at least one who tweets a lot - said on Twitter last night that “Up All Night has turned into some weird experiment for how low the stakes can be in a comedy.” Which is a weird thing to say in a comedy universe that includes Seinfeld! Still, she’s got a point. I am baffled by why they had Maya Rudolph lose her Oprah-like show, which was both a source of great jokes and opportunities for Christina Applegate’s character, who worked as her producer, to do some good business, but I don’t think that the problem is stakes. I don’t know that comedies need stakes so much; in all honesty, I think one of the biggest problems with recent sitcoms is that they think they need high-stakes situations in order to keep our interest. I would trade Jim and Pam’s marriage for five good Meredith jokes at this point! What they do need are little injections of fun side trips that take us outside the normal setting: Michael Scott dropping a watermelon off the roof, Tracy trying to do a single-shot commercial over and over again, the road trips on How I Met Your Mother, etc. Community gets this to such a degree that their episodes are often nothing but fun side trips! And Up All Night seems to have lost that. We lost Ava’s show and got this weird Poochie of a brother in return. I am horrified that in the off-season they got some really bad notes.
But I am also a little horrified that it might get canceled, because I really identify with the characters. I don’t know that I identify with any single character in particular, but I identify with the ensemble, somehow. I definitely connect pretty hard with Arnett and Applegate’s relationship, and while I can’t nail it down exactly, I know that I see my own relationship mirrored there. So if it got canceled for focusing too much on the relationship, that would mean that my life is too boring for America. Which I guess it is. But still!
Reblogged for the accurate Poochie reference.
In a recently released report, In Changing News Landscape, Even Television is Vulnerable: Trends in News Consumption: 1991-2012, the Pew Research Center examines how news consumption has changed in the past twenty years. The report notes that television, which had maintained an audience as newspapers saw a decline in readers, is at risk of losing the next generation of viewers.
The report also details the rise in online news consumption, with an emphasis on the rise of the use of mobile devices to consume news and social networks as a discovery point for news.
According to the report, “[T]he percentage who regularly get news on a cell phone, tablet or other mobile device has nearly doubled since 2010, from 9% to 15%, and the number regularly seeing news on social network sites has almost tripled, from 7% to 20%.” The increase in mobile usage is attributed to the greater number of people who now have access the internet on their mobile device, which is 55% of the general public in 2012 compared to 31% two years ago.
Pew notes that age and education are a major factor with online and mobile news consumption. “Nearly two-thirds of college graduates (65%) regularly get news online, compared with just 28% of those with no more than a high school education.
Only about one-in-five (22%) of those 65 and older get online news regularly, by far the lowest percentage of any age group.”
The Pew Research Center has made the full report on which details the trends in news consumption over the past twenty years available online.
Missed the premiere of Call the Midwife?
Watch the full episode above or on PBS.org.
I was planning to watch this when it aired last night, but then I started watching the Once Upon a Time season wrap-up at 6pm and decided to watch the premiere of that show. I still don’t love it, but it’s growing on me…
I was hoping PBS would post the video for Call the Midwife the next day!