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30 Rock Gets Live

BY Intern Tessa in TV

Tonight, 30 Rock will take another crack at a live episode, meaning that we'll be biting our nails while we watch Tina and Alec perform without the benefit of sweet, sweet editing. According to the NBC plot synopsis, the show will center around TGS airing live shows vs. pre-taped ones-- very meta: "When their Kabletown bosses announce they will no longer pay for TGS to be a live show, Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy realize their lives will actually be easier if they shoot canned episodes fast and cheap. Read More
After successful stints on SNL and 30 Rock, we all know that Jon Hamm is not only an impeccable dramatic actor, but also a fantastic comedian. This week, witness Jon and several other Mad Men actors crack wise and heckle one another in an episode of the Nerdist’s All Star Celebrity Bowling. Don Draper, Pete Campbell, Harry Crane (ok, Jon Hamm, Vincent Kartheiser, and Rich Sommer) and show-creator Matt Weiner faceoff against “Weird Al” Yankovic and Nerdist creator Chris Hardwick in the bowling match to end all bowling matches. Read More
RuPaul, of all people, should know the value of a climax. So why then was last night’s "finale"of RuPaul’s Drag Race so unbelievably anti-climactic? Because they didn’t announce a winner! Ugh, this show. I think we all sort of saw this coming, because the title of the episode was "The Final Three," but still. If the prospect of finally finding out what Willam did wasn’t enough to drum up an audience for the reunion episode next week, this definitely is.  For the final challenge, the remaining contestants starred in a music video for RuPaul’s song "Glamazon. Read More
BUSTies, get your Cornballers cornballing because there’s fantastic news about the Arrested Development reunion! I, like every fan of the show (there are dozens of us! DOZENS!), pretty much blue myself when creator Mitch Hurwitz and the cast revealed at the New Yorker Festival that there would at long last be a reunion in the form of a brief mini-season (10 episodes) and a movie. (For those of you who are unfamiliar with the plight of the show, it was stupidly canceled during its highly acclaimed and popular third season and has since obtained cult status. Read More

Ellen Is Terrifying

BY Intern Tessa in TV

Beloved TV host Ellen (no last name necessary, obvs) loves to make her audience dance, viewers laugh, and guests piss their pants when she scares the hell out of them. Daytime TV fans know that she loves to scare her celebrity guests, either on stage during interviews or in the green room. The results are freaking hilarious, since the celebs involuntarily drop their masks of professionalism in favor of screaming like 5-year-olds. This is just another reason why I love Ellen so much! I WANT HER TO SCARE ME! Ellen has a whole page on her site dedicated to this devious prank. Read More
In two days, Lena Dunham's HBO series "Girls" will finally premiere after months and months of hype. And while that hype has been mostly positive, sometimes even downright reverent (Emily Nussbaum writes: "When a TV critic reports on a new show, it’s okay to say the series is promising, even the next big thing, but ideally, one shouldn’t go native. One should probably also talk in the third person. In this case, however, I’ll have to make an exception. Because from the moment I saw the pilot of Girls, I was a goner, a convert. Read More
  Murphy Brown, the empowering and boundaries-pushing sitcom from the 80’s and 90’s is winning an Impact Award at the 10th annual TV Land Awards. Candace Burgen starred in this show as a successful reporter. It explored her character’s career and personal life, and dared to tackle controversial subjects such as single motherhood, for which it took a lot of flack. Read More
The end is nigh, my friends. After Monday's episode of the sequined acid carnival that is RuPaul’s Drag Race, we are down to the final three, a final three that I find completely unacceptable. Allow me to copy and paste my notes on last night’s elimination for you here: "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO." A lot of O's, I know, but it was an involuntary reflex that could not be suppressed. Read More
Award-winning news magazine "In The Life" recently aired an ep entitled “Becoming Me," which featured eight families with transgender and "gender non-conforming" children ranging in age from 5 to 25.  The show approaches the subject with sensitivity and honesty, documenting the day-to-day lives of these families. As you can imagine, it's not a cake walk: they confront transphobia and misconceptions at every turn, making difficult choices while trying to help their families thrive. Read More
The title of this HBO documentary would have you believe that Dolores Hart’s toughest choice was leaving Hollywood (and Elvis) for life on a Benedictine Abbey. However, this short film actually highlights the many personal sacrifices she, and every woman on the Abbey, have made to become nuns. God is the Bigger Elvis charts Dolores’ life from Hollywood starlet to Mother Prioress, the second-highest ranking nun at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Connecticut. In 1959, at the height of her stardom, Dolores took a trip to the Abbey to relax from a role on Broadway. Read More