Late Night With Jimmy Fallon – A First Episode Review

Posted in Humor, NBC with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 3, 2009 by tvismyiv

Jimmy Fallon started his hosting gig of the Late Night last night, and it started off with a guest appearance by Conan O’Brien cleaning out his dressing room.  It made me laugh and it was a good start.  Favorite joke:

Fallon: So, uh, you getting Jay’s old dressing room?

Conan: Leno’s not leaving.

He rolled with the audience pretty well during his monologue, which consisted of SNL Weekend Update-like soundbite jokes.  (The Roots also participated in Slow Jamming the News.  Their performance made me think they’re showing up strictly for a steady paycheck.  I’ll chalk their awkwardness up to inexperience on live late night talk shows.  It’s been awhile since Max Weinberg started on Conan O’Brien – perhaps he was just as awkward.  Wait.  He always looked awkward and played it to great effect.)

Target Demographic: Blonde Mothers, a taped bit, was pretty funny.  I just can’t recall any “highlights.”  Boosh!

Lick It For Ten was a dumb game show where three audience members licked a lawnmower, an all-in-on printer, and a fishbowl (complete with goldfish!) for ten bucks.  I guess Conan had his share of lame concepts, but he learned to play off the lameness for extra humor.  Fallon’s still in SNL mode, but maybe he’ll get there.

(Rihanna in a commercial for Cover Girl?  Too soon to joke?)

His first guest was Robert Deniro and he made some early jokes at Deniro’s expense, with Deniro’s involvement, of course.  Deniro’s not the most glib of interviewees, but Fallon did way more talking than interviewing.  They even ripped off an old joke from SNL gag where they impersonated each other.  But I’ll forgive him, and time will tell how he’ll do with other guests.

Space Train, a short sketch if I ever saw one, was funny.  It was a clip from an “unreleased movie” starring the pair.  Fallon’s character was afraid to fly into space, and Deniro was the space train’s conductor.  This paragraph is longer than the bit.

His second guest was Justin Timberlake.  Much better.  Too much revelling in the old SNL days, and not enough interview again.  But I can’t wait for The Phone – JT’s new MTV show where people get phone calls and their lives are turned upside down for 24 hrs. to win $50,000.  A car blows up in the preview – SOLD!

(FYI: JT also does a mean John Mayer and Michael McDonald impression, even if he’s singing about Bud Light Lime.)

Last guest – Van Morrison.  Good if you think Van Morrison is good.  Is he the Brown Eyed Girl guy?  Looked it up.  Yes he is.

Early predictions for the show:

  • Fallon will probably get better as time goes on.
  • His sketches will probably get more tongue-in-cheek, than tongue-on-lawnmower.
  • The Roots will leave the show six months from now.

“Who Cares?” – A LOST Review

Posted in ABC, Humor with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 19, 2009 by tvismyiv

THAR BE SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

The quote in the title refers to probably Ben’s most deadpan lines ever.  When asked by Jack what will happen to the rest of the passengers on the plane ride to doomsville a.k.a. The Island, Ben utters, “Who cares?”

Last night’s episode, “316,” was the best of the season so far, and here’s a few reasons why:

  • The Oceanic 6 are now the Ajira 5 (maybe more, maybe less)… and they’re back on Oahu The Island.
  • Ms. Hawking (Dan Faraday’s Ma, ‘natch) explained a little miniscule bit about how the Dharma Initiative finds said other place.
  • Frank Lapidus is back!  I saw Jeff Fahey’s name in the credits, but I wouldn’t have expected him to be piloting Flight 316.  Been a big fan of the Lawnmower Man since his days as The Marshal.  Always happy to see him.
  • Loved the opening shot on Jack’s opening eye!  Of course, it’s an homage to the pilot episode/movie (and early seasons).
  • John Locke gave Jack an “I told you so” of sorts from beyond, via a letter he wrote before committing s-u-i-c-i-d-e?!
  • And the closing shot of Jin, driving Hurley’s pre-beat-up, pre-repair-job minibus (actually, it was Ben’s Dad’s van, a.k.a. Workman)… in the past?

Overall, it’s great when shows like this get back to basics – especially when this show gets back to basics (like halfway through Season 3 after the mess that was Season 2).

Now for the SILLY THEORIES portion of our show.

  • Who beat up Ben?  Answer: the missing 6th member of the Oceanic 6 – lil’ Aaron.
  • What did Sayid do to get arrested and brought aboard in the same fashion as KateHe shoplifted the pooty.
  • How did Hurley know about the flight?  Well, this is kind of serious, but I’d guess Charlie the Friendly Ghost.  I said “kinda.”
  • And finally, will Jeff Fahey and Matthew Fox unite to star in We Are the Marshal?  One can only dream.

Bale Family Guy Out!

Posted in FOX, Humor with tags , , , , , on February 16, 2009 by tvismyiv

Oh, Family Guy… you’re sooooo on the cutting edge of comedy.  And so is TYismyIV, so yay!  Kismet!

SNL Real-Time Review – Alec’s Back!

Posted in Humor, NBC with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2009 by tvismyiv

11:35pm – Dan Aykroyd, yay!  Cold open, boo!  I don’t know if Dan’s just a bit rusty, or if he didn’t get enough prep time, but any laughs he elicited from the audience were almost out of pity or happy memories or a mixture of both.  It didn’t help that the bit wasn’t all that funny.  It tried to make fun of Obama’s recent plans and actions and turn them into some future positive spin for Republicans when they fail.  The skit failed.  Horribly.  Kristen Wiig Counter: 1

11:40pm – Alec Baldwin thanked Christian Bale for taking some of his heat (for calling his daughter a “rude, thoughtless, little pig”) and made further fun of himself.  Kudos.  He introduced Jack McBrayer from 30 Rock and did one of the sometimes funny, sometimes tired Q&A sessions.  Getting sleepy.  Wiig Counter: 2

11:45pm – Baldwin as one of the Jonas Brothers named Gary.  If you thought Britney Spears was a bad actress, triple that.  And yeah, that one Brother is 100% gay (which one, you ask… take your pick).

11:53pm – The Cougar Den – Introduced the concept of a CouGay, which is ho-hum ha-ha, and brought back original skit cougar, Cameron Diaz.  Thank god the boyfriends weren’t the Jonas BrothersWC: 3

11:59pm – Digital Short – Damn.  Jonas Brothers again.  At least Andy Samberg found a way to limit their acting and in turn make them mildly entertaining.  In the skit, Samberg confronts them with an old VHS cassette featuring them performing in the 80’s, and he wonders how it’s possible.  It turns out a wizard granted them eternal life.  That’s the joke, folks.

12:01am – Sir Mix-a-Lot’s Photo Shop – Bring your photos in to have back added to the photo.  Abby Elliott’s shown, but has no lines.  Don’t think Wiig is in this one.  I wouldn’t be either.  Mix-a-Lot was used much better in this:

12:07am – Jonas Brothers perform and I assume this will be the only time I ever see them.  Well this and later in the show.

12:13am – Weekend Update – Angelina Jolie returns (via Abby Elliott)!  Michaela Watkins as Angie Tempura blogger of BitchPleeze.com gets chuckles.  Joaquin Phoenix appears (via Jason Sudekis) and bombs worse than he actually did on David LettermanSeth Meyers’ closing joke garners the biggest laugh – “If you’re at home watching this Valentine’s Day episode, better luck next year!”  At least he didn’t say anything about blogging.

12:26am – Vincent Price’s Valentine’s Day SpecialBaldwin plays Richard Burton.  Meh.  Wiig Counter ups to 4 with her awesome portrayal of Carol ChanningIt rivals her Bjork from last week.

12:35am – Business Meeting – Different excuses to cancel an appointment.  Good lord, please end.  Thank god, it did.  I’m getting ready to watch last’s week’s 30 Rock on Hulu.

12:41am – Definitely watching 30 RockJonas Brothers are introduced by Baldwin’s rude, thoughtless, little pig?

12:45:am – Wii Game – First, a Mix-a-Lot skit, then Liberace gay jokes, and now a Wii masturbation bit?  Did they go to the file cabinet for these ideas?

12:49am – Chewable Pampers Commercial – I saw this already somehow.  Maybe it was online, but still…  Well, I guess, yeah, it’s kinda funny.  Mostly the different flavorsWC: 5

12:52am – Virgania Horsen’s Hot Air Balloon Rides – Not as good as her Pony ExpressWC: 6

12:53am – First Coughs – Probably the best skit, where Baldwin’s DVD teaches you how to foreshadow your death in a movie with a slight cough.  Saying it’s “probably the best” isn’t saying much.  I’m trying to remember if there was a cough earlier in the show that foreshadowed this episode’s death.

12:58am – Disappointment sets in.  Onto 30 Rock!

SNL Update Has The Best Stuff – A Video Highlight

Posted in Humor, NBC, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2009 by tvismyiv

Bradley Cooper was the host of last night’s Saturday Night LiveWho? What? Why? you might be thinking, but my suggestion is to pretend it didn’t happen.  Here’s quite possibly the best bit of the night:

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Otherwise, the other highlights would be Seth Meyers’ solo run at Really?!? regarding Kellogg’s dropping their sponsorship deal with Michael Phelps after the pot smoking incident, and Kenan Thompson playing Pittsburgh Steelers’ James Harrison, who broke a Superbowl record returning an interception the entire length of the field for a touchdown.

The Office After SuperBowl Thoughts

Posted in NBC with tags , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2009 by tvismyiv

Two things…

1) Very happy about the new opening.  The remainder of the cast’s names are not only included in the beginning, but they’re also shown!

2) Is it just me, but… I really want to see that Jack Black/Cloris Leachman movie!

Otherwise, the first half about the fire drill was meh… aside from Dwight’s Hannibal impersonation. 

The half about the roast was great.  I especially enjoyed Angela’s “You might be Michael Scott if…” jokes, as well as Michael’s eventual comebacks.

That is all.  Check out the two-part episode Monday on Hulu.

I Had To Be LOST Before I Was Found

Posted in ABC, Humor with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2009 by tvismyiv

It’s been awhile since any new posts have been placed on this site, but I’ve sworn off American Idol and I missed the beginning of 24 so there’s no hope other than catching up on DVD (or Hulu… I may still do Hulu.)

Okay, let me be perfectly realistic here.  I may still watch Idol.  Who am I kidding?  It’s a juggernaut, bitch!  But we’ll see… (How’s that for conviction.)

About the only things I’ve managed to keep up on are The Office and 30 Rock, and they’re not highly bloggable.  (So did you hear, Holly may be coming back to Dunder-Mifflin and do you think Jack and Liz Lemon will ever hook up?  Because Mary Richards and Lou Grant never did…)

But there is one other huge glaring blinding hot spot that I must get on about…

LOST.

This show may not have gotten its bearings straight until Season 3, hence a lot of loose ends and changed courses (Tailies, anyone?), but this season’s Unstuck-In-Time theme is going to be interesting.  Interesting in the fact that it will allow to uncover much of the Island’s history without it being expository.

Not since Billy Pilgrim bounced around Slaughterhouse-Five have I ever been so excited and intrigued.  So far, we’ve uncovered some nice little details like these:

  • Desmond and Penny’s son is named Charlie… after Charlieaww
  • Charles Widmore was in fact on the Island in his past.  AND he funded Faraday’s time travel studies, PLUS the victim of said studies.

(SIDENOTE: I love the insight provided by EW’s Lost blog by Doc Jensen, which this week was written by Adam B. Vary…

The door to the Dept. of Physics that Desmond first entered is labeled “Claredon 142-08,” which appears to be a typo, since according to the Oxford University website, the Physics department is housed in the “Clarendon” building. But that number seems to point to the Lost episode from last season that aired on Feb. 14, 2008, “The Economist,” i.e. Ben Linus’s still un-named target for his assassin Sayid. And a “don” is the common term for both a senior instructor at Oxford and a high ranking member of the Mafia. Perhaps Claire and The Economist are connected?

Crazy stuff.  END SIDENOTE.)

  • The Jughead H-bomb?!  Could that be what gets buried in concrete at the core of the Swan Station?
  • What’s with all the Redshirts that keep dying?  The Frogurt’s of Flight 815 are getting picked off in droves.  And as my brother, Scott, noted – “Where’s Rose and Bernard?”
  • And Charlotte, poor Charlotte… why does she bear resemblance to Ellie, the Other that held Faraday at gunpoint, and Theresa Spencer – the time travelling coma girl?  Some answers please!