Monthly Archives: September 2013

By Meryl Gottlieb|| @buzzlightmeryl
The Blacklist airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on NBC
Dads airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Fox
The Crazy Ones airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on CBS
The Michael J. Fox Show airs Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. on NBC


And so I continue screening the rather long list of pilots coming to our televisions this fall.

First up, The Blacklist features James Spader as Raymond “Red” Reddington, one of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted criminals, who turns himself in within the first two minutes of the show. He then hands over a name of another wanted criminal but will only speak with Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone), the new criminal profiler. If you listened to the first episode of our pop culture podcast Post Pop, then you know I’m not the biggest fan of Spader. Thus, you wouldn’t expect me to say that the only good thing about this show is Spader. His character is well written, well performed and interesting. Boone’s Keen, however, is the opposite. Her dialogue is basic at best, the acting isn’t much better and the tortured past angle isn’t working for me. The set-up for the show is interesting but I’m not sure how it can work when Boone — a lead character — doesn’t work. Plus the whole Reddington knows everything angle is a bit much. But, like its time slot rival, Hostages, I think I’ll need to see another episode to see if there’s any true potential. Rating: 3/5

Fox’s new comedy, Dads, from Seth MacFarlane and the creators of Ted, already sparked controversy just from its preview. In the preview, stars Seth Green and Giovanni Ribisi, who play Eli and Warner, respectively, make coworker Veronica (Brenda Song) dress up as a sexy Asian schoolgirl to impress their Asian clients. Now I can overlook this because MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy, is the one in charge. Can you really think that his comedy isn’t going to try to offend people? However, the rest of the pilot wasn’t much better. Every joke was about a stereotype and was rude, not funny and, frankly, annoying. This was the only pilot I couldn’t watch the whole way through; it was that bad, and I even sat through The Goldbergs and Back in the Game. The dads, played by Martin Mull and Peter Riegert were the typical conservative characters who were the reason for most of the stereotypical jokes. According to a poll by Entertainment WeeklyDads is the show first in line to be cancelled, so here’s hoping. Rating: 0/5 (yes, it’s that bad)

While Dads may have crash and burned, CBS’ new comedy The Crazy Ones shined and succeeded. Robin Williams plays Simon Roberts, an ad exec nearing his prime, who is known for being creative and, well, crazy. His daughter Sydney (Sarah Michelle Gellar), on the other hand, tries to be more practical but learns she may need to be crazy herself every once in a while. While that description is certainly not going to sell you on the show, please trust me when I say that the entire pilot had me cracking up. And it’s not just me. The show’s debut garnered 15.5 million views, beating out The Michael J. Fox Show, Glee and Grey’s Anatomy. Williams’ character was undoubtedly tailored to the comedy Williams is known for — the voices, the banter — but he isn’t the only one who’s funny.  Amanda Setton as secretary Lauren was absolutely hilarious and charming. Even Hamish Linklater, who plays Andrew, brought big laughs despite the fact that he was on screen the least. James Wolk — whom I irrevocably love from Political Animals — proved he is not only extremely handsome but knows how to bring the funny. Watch the scene as he and Williams make up a sexy song about McDonald’s and you’ll know what I’m talking about. Guest star Kelly Clarkson, as a very sassy version of herself, even shined amongst vets Williams and Gellar. It’s important to note that Williams’ style of comedy doesn’t trump his moments in the show entirely. He and Gellar have a delightful chemistry as the father-daughter ad duo. Just go watch it so we can all rejoice in its hilarity and heart. Rating: 5/5

The-Michael-J-Fox-Show-NBC-kisLastly, we have The Michael J. Fox Show, the series critics raved about and I sneered at. The preview put me off with its rampage of jokes about Parkinson’s disease. I have no issue with the fact that they are jokes about Parkinson’s, but I take issue with how heavily the show relies on them. The pilot was a bit better. With other scenes mixed in, the Parkinson’s jokes were actually funny. Now, my issue is that this show is just simply bad. The series focuses on Mike Henry’s (Fox) return to NBC news — yes, a meta show once again — and how he and his family deals with his Parkinson’s. Obviously, NBC was really relying on Fox’s name to draw in the crowds and didn’t try very hard to find a good supporting cast or writing staff. Katie Finneran as Mike’s sister Leigh was the only person besides Fox who made me laugh. The storylines were very bland, and I just don’t see how this was supposed to be Fox’s big comeback. The show just really doesn’t work for me and neither does its poster; I don’t get the dancing/jumping/wooing. Rating: 2/5


By Meryl Gottlieb|| @buzzlightmeryl
Glee airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Fox
Rating: 1.5/ 5


After the death of star Cory Monteith in mid-July, many wondered how Glee could even continue without its leading man. And Thursday’s premiere, “Love, Love, Love,” proved that it is simply continuing its streak of terrible storytelling. I understand last-minute changes had to be made to the script in order to write out Monteith, but it wasn’t even that he was missing — though that’s certainly going to be felt in the coming episodes — it was that the writing was so poor and so unentertaining that I essentially rolled my eyes for the entire hour.

The first two episodes of this fifth season are tributes to The Beatles — an idea I’m surprised they didn’t do earlier since the writers now seem to rely on tribute/themed episodes to continue the series. According to show creator Ryan Murphy, these tributes have been long in the making, however they didn’t seem very well thought out.

I must now discuss one of my main issues with Glee: they need to get out of Lima and McKinley High!! The few moments in this premiere that focused on Rachel (Lea Michele) in New York were the best moments and they only comprised about 10 minutes of the whole episode. The rest was pure agony. The moment this class graduates, the show needs to forget McKinley and even the new kids because we all know they aren’t worth our time.

Let’s get down to business.

Rachel auditions for Funny Girl with Mr. Fantastic in an attempt to please the director, Carlisle Cullen.  In other words, why are Ioan Gruffudd and Peter Facinelli on Glee right now?

After overhearing the two discuss how she’s too young and inexperienced, Rachel walks around New York singing “Yesterday.” At first, I was furious they just threw one of the most beautiful songs ever written into the mix, making it seem like it was directed at the loss of the Funny Girl opportunity. Then, I heard Michele’s voice and could tell the song was for Monteith. Then I went on Tumblr and realized that the montage of New York was her actually walking around all the places she and Finn (Monteith) visited in season two when the glee club went to New York, like the scene where they had dinner at Sardi’s. Oh, right in the feels.


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Except, they weren’t supposed to address Monteith’s passing yet, so I’m not quite sure how this ties in right now. This song and montage would have worked much better in the tribute to Monteith airing Oct. 10.

Artie (Kevin McHale) and Kitty (Becca Tobin) are now an item. Why?! Did Artie all of a sudden fall in love with her because she helped him talk to his mom about going to school in New York? That’s a terrible basis for a relationship.

The gang goes to a carnival, and Artie sings “Drive My Car.” While his voice is absolutely delightful in it, Kitty’s voice is six octaves too low. An annoying recurring theme tonight lies in the fact that the show just throws in Beatles songs at will. There is a ton to choose from. Can you really not find any that actually have something to do with the plot?

Because of fellow Cheerios, Kitty wants to keep her and Artie’s relationship a secret, and Artie agrees. Oh man, what an original plot!

Pining over Kitty, Artie sings “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away.” So here we have the one song that actually has something to do with the plot. Don’t expect another one until season six.

I’m not a fan of this relationship. Sure, Artie is the only character left whose love life you haven’t explored but that doesn’t mean you have to do so. The two go public when Kitty reveals she just wanted to make sure of her feelings before risking the chance of breaking her heart and ruining her social status. Oh, how sweet.

A terrible subplot in the episode follows Sue (Jane Lynch) who is now principal after she framed Figgins (Iqbal Theba). You would think the return of mean Sue would make everything better, however this Sue isn’t as evil as the season one Sue and personally, I think her character is just over done. They killed her after trying to make her nice and pals with Will (Matthew Morrison). Again, they need to just move out of McKinley once and for all.

Klaine is back. The two decide to date again and, to celebrate, launch a typical schoolyard number, this time involving the marching band. “Got to Get You Into My Life” was very well performed, but I’m tired of these big numbers in the middle of the school’s campus. For a third time, retire the McKinley storylines while you can.

Blaine (Darren Criss) still wants to marry Kurt (Chris Colfer). To prove how the world is changing and becoming a better place, Blaine wants to unite The Warblers, Vocal Adrenaline and the glee club from the Haverbrook School for the Deaf for the proposal because if a bunch of glee clubs can unite then anything is possible. I may have actually shouted “Boo!” at my TV for this segment. The New Directions sing “Help!” as they run to all of these schools to gather the glee clubs. This show is all about the realism folks.

hard days nightRachel is now a waitress with Santana (Naya Rivera) at the Spotlight Diner where the waiters are all wannabe stars. Oh so conveniently, Gruffudd and Facinelli go to eat there. To prove them wrong about Funny Girl, Rachel and the entire staff burst into “A Hard Day’s Night,” the only entertaining number in the entire episode. The choreography worked perfectly with the setting, and Michele and Rivera’s vocals, as always, were superb. This was definitely the highlight of the night.

Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) is bitter, so to help, Blaine, Ryder (Blake Jenner), Jake (Jacob Artist) and Sam (Chord Overstreet) dress as The Beatles and sing “I Saw Her Standing There.” Yes, that’s going to make her feel better. Then they all offer their services as potential prom dates, and Tina chooses Sam. This was just so ridiculous that I don’t even want to talk about it. Except that I absolutely detested the screaming girls gag that took place for the whole song. Yes, they did that during the Backstreet Boys/ NSYNC mash-up last season but at least that stopped after the first 30 seconds.

Burt (Mike O’Malley) and Kurt have an always-adorable father-son moment as Burt drives Kurt to his proposal. While that set-up was awful, the moment was nice.

proposalIn quite the lavish style, Blaine proposes to Kurt. Equipped with all the glee clubs, another marching band and old New Directions members — Rachel, Santana and even Mercedes (Amber Riley) — Blaine sings “All You Need is Love” as Kurt wonders around the halls of Dalton Academy. They ended on the stairs where the two first met. Blaine’s speech about love and soul mates would have been much more adorable had he not been preaching about that for the past season. Nevertheless, it was a proposal that everyone wishes for — maybe not as lavish but definitely one with that much heart — and Kurt says “Yes.”

And then Tumblr blew up while the rest of the world wonders why this show is still on air.

WARNING: This post will be photo heavy because I CAN’T JUST PICK A FEW.

Dearest Ian,

I don’t even know where to start with you. I physically cannot handle you over the computer, and I feel like if I were to meet you in person, I would spontaneously melt. Your face, your philanthropy, your smolder, your fashion sense, your kindness, your eyes, you— let me elaborate.

First, your face. Just look at that chiseled jaw line. You pull off the scruff very well, I might add. Your luscious locks are pretty great too. Then, there are your eyes. Your two intoxicatingly blue eyes. Are they real? Because sometimes I think not. But then I see unedited pictures, and I am left swooning. It’s unreal how blue your eyes are you lucky man you. And your eyes then lead to the smolder.

Dear lord, the smolder. I really am not sure if I can put into words what the smolder is. For people who don’t know, just watch an episode of The Vampire Diaries and just watch how he looks at people. DEAD.

So we’ve covered how beautiful you are. I could go on and on, but I won’t bore anyone else with all of that. I’ll just bask in your glorious face and leave it at that. But this leads me to my last point: how wonderfully kind and caring you are.

You love animals and have picture with puppies and kittens AND GRUMPY CAT (see here). You rescued your cute little dog from the streets and named her Nietzsche. Stop it. I can’t handle it. You are also so kind to all of your dear fans who love you so much. I just learned that you reclaim old furniture with your brother just because….okay, cool. And here’s a picture of you riding an elephant because you are perfect and you.

Also, you are so gosh darn philanthropic I don’t even know where to start. From helping those struggling after hurricanes to cleaning up after oil spills to creating you own foundationThe Ian Somerhalder Foundation (launched on December 8, 2010, Somerhalder’s 32nd birthday) to protect the environment and animals. You are perfect.

And to end it, you said the way to a girl’s heart is her stomach. Smart man. Smart man. So now that I’m done ranting, I’ll stop writing. Keep being great and brilliant and perfect.

You can definitely get to my heart through my stomach,
Anjelica Oswald


By Meryl Gottlieb|| @buzzlightmeryl
How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBS


Though Breaking Bad may be coming to an end this Sunday, fans can still expect to see Bryan Cranston on their television.

Cranston is set to reprise his role as Hammond Druthers on How I Met Your Mother. If you recall, Druthers was Ted’s (Josh Radnor) boss who was fired after his building reminded the client of a certain male body part. Druthers then worked for Ted, caused a lot of trouble and Ted ended up firing him — on his birthday.

All of that happened seven years ago, so can we expect Druthers to come back for revenge? Is he somehow connected to the Mother (Cristin Milioti)?

Whatever way he comes back, I’m just glad he’s there. Everyone raves over Cranston for this three-time Emmy winning portrayal of Walter White on Breaking Bad, and, yes, that’s an excellent show. But let’s recall the time when we knew Cranston for his role as another TV dad — Hal on Malcolm in the Middle. Have we all forgotten how incredibly hilarious Cranston was on that show?! I’m glad to see him back on the comedy circuit and look forward to his guest appearance.

By Meryl Gottlieb|| @buzzlightmeryl
Sleepy Hollow airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on Fox
Mom airs Mondays at 9:30 p.m. on CBS
Hostages airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on CBS
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC
The Goldbergs airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on ABC
Trophy Wife airs Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. on ABC
Back in the Game airs Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. on ABC












This fall season brings nearly 30 new shows to our small screens, and I have challenged myself to watch as many as possible. While I don’t have time to devote a blog post for each show individually, I am compiling my thoughts on several shows into one post.

Let’s begin.

Sleepy Hollow aired Sept. 16 as the best Fox drama premiere in six years, gaining 10 million views for its debut episode. Following the return of Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), the show mixes the well-known tale of the legend of the Headless Horseman with Founding Fathers conspiracy, Bible mythology and witchcraft to make a thriller that is sure to be the next cult classic. It seems as if it may lose a lot of the mainstream audience though with all that it has going on. It is certainly interesting, and I am more than excited to see where it goes. But will the show end up being bogged down by all it is incorporating into its new look on the old tale? The follow-up to the pilot, “Blood Moon,” was just as interesting and quite scary — those demon things are the stuff of nightmares. Plus the ever adorable and biting banter between Crane and Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) is very entertaining and gets better as the show goes on. If there’s one drama to watch this season, it’s this one. Rating: 4.5/5

Mom was probably relying on a good slot — after both the How I Met Your Mother and 2 Broke Girls season premieres on Sept. 23 — to draw an audience. While I may have tuned in to the second episode of Sleepy Hollow instead, I caught this comedy online and must admit that it was much better than anticipated. Anna Faris stars as Christy, a mother of two who wants to be more than a waitress and aspires to be a better mother than her own, played by Allison Janney. To be honest, it wasn’t the best comedy anyone will ever watch, but I can see how the show can grow. Mom lags somewhat when Faris and Janney aren’t taking control of the scenes, but when they are there, the comedy is quite witty and well performed. I would definitely give this show another shot to prove itself. Rating: 3/5

After a long night of premieres, Hostages closed CBS’ Monday night lineup with a thriller following Dr. Ellen Sanders (Toni Collette) and her decision to either kill the president or have her family die after Agent Carlisle (Dylan McDermott) and company hold them all hostage. I may have to re-watch this but I wasn’t as impressed as I wanted to be. I’m not a huge fan of McDermott so maybe future episodes that focus more on Collette will make me enjoy the show more. As brought up in the first episode of the new pop culture podcast Post Pop, I can definitely see how I am going to get tired of them being hostages very quickly even if every member of the family has a secret of their own. And to be honest, this show was quite forgettable. Unlike certain dramas — ABC’s Scandal, for instance — the ongoing suspense isn’t keeping me on the edge of my seat, waiting for more until next week’s episode. While I am interested to see how they will vary the storyline of them being hostages — I mean they can’t sit in the house for the whole season, can they? — I wasn’t immediately interested, but, again, have to say that I’ll give it another shot to see what next week’s episode will bring to the table. Rating: 3/5

CLARK GREGGOne of the most anticipated pilots of the season has to be Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC. As a spin-off to the mega summer blockbuster The Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D. — I refuse to type out that name more than once — definitely lived up to and went above and beyond the hype. Following the return of previously-thought-to-be-dead Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who are all individually wonderful. Chloe Bennet shines as Skye, a hacker who Coulson recruits to help rather than hinder the S.H.I.E.L.D. team. Ming-Na Wen plays Melinda May, a veteran who keeps herself off the field for a mysterious reason that has yet to be discovered. She doesn’t do much in the episode but she kicked ass when she was on-screen, and I loved it. While I know Joss Whedon won’t be around for the entire season since he is a very busy man, I could feel the Whedon flare in the pilot and know that is what made it so overwhelmingly great. The character development and the humor were all distinctively Whedon, and I hope it doesn’t fade once he is out of the picture. However, let’s give the show a round of applause for those mind-blowing visual effects. I mean the interaction with the 3D hologram is stuff seen typically in movies. Kudos for really stepping it up in that department. I’m looking forward to what’s coming up. Rating: 5/5

Don’t get the wrong idea. Not all the pilots were great; take The Goldbergs for instance. The show was probably relying on the leftover audience from S.H.I.E.L.D. and frankly that’s one of the only reasons I can see why people will watch this show. The show parodies the family of creator Adam F. Goldberg as it follows young Adam (Sean Giambrone) as he videotapes every moment of his childhood. Wendi McLendon-Covey as the overbearing mother seems to be the only redeemable quality of the show. Even Jeff Garlin as the patriarch Murray fails to bring the funny. Oldest son Barry (Troy Gentile) is the bud of most of the jokes and his own delivery is there but without impact. This show needs major polishing. Personally, I’m not interested in devoting any more time to this show. Rating: 1.5/ 5

Trophy-Wife-season-1-posterNext up on the new ABC comedy list is Trophy Wife starring Malin Akerman as Kate, the new wife to already two-time divorcee Pete (Bradley Whitford) whose extended family is where the conflicts and the comedy come into play. It’s no Modern Family in the writing department, but I definitely see potential for this show. Michaela Watkins as kooky ex-wife Jackie was hilarious, as was her adopted son Bert (Albert Tsai) who was literally the cutest thing in the world. Of the new ABC comedies, this one is definitely the most promising. Rating: 3.5/ 5

And finally, we’ve come to Back in the Game. How James Caan got involved in this may be the eighth wonder of the world. The show follows Terry (Maggie Lawson), a single mom and ex-All Star softball player who decides to coach her son’s baseball team after he and other athletically-challenged members were denied being on the original team. It’s like Bad News Bears except it’s not good. Not to mention the fact that she has major daddy issues with father (Caan) and had sworn off sports and baseball because of it. I wouldn’t call this show a comedy because, well, I didn’t laugh once. The surprise was all too easy to guess; the antagonist is far too unlikable; and the protagonist is poorly written. In other words, don’t go to the ball game this season. Rating: 1.5/ 5

Check in next week for a post featuring my thoughts on The Millers, The Crazy Ones and The Michael J. Fox Show.

By Meryl Gottlieb|| @buzzlightmeryl
How I Met Your Mother airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBS
Rating: 5/5

The Locket

Man, it’s good to be back. I am thrilled to be reviewing shows once again, however I am sad that this will be my last chance to discuss the premiere of a new How I Met Your Mother season. But there is still plenty of time until we have to say goodbye, so let’s rejoice in the splendid weeks of comedy ahead. This first week certainly makes a strong impression that I’m pretty confident the rest of the season will copy.

Before you charge into this review, check back with my last review of the season eight finale for a refresher on how flawless this show is.

Now let’s discuss the beginning of the end…

We begin with the several journeys the gang went on in order to make it to Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) and Robin’s (Cobie Smulders) wedding. Ted (Josh Radnor) and Lily (Alyson Hannigan) embark on “Lil and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” where Ted’s lovable dorkiness and slow driving infuriates Lily. Ranjit (Marshall Manesh) drives Barney and Robin to their wedding as the couple discovers some possible hiccups with their pending nuptials, like they may be related. Marshall (Jason Segel) encounters turbulence of his own as he gets himself and guest star Sherri Shepherd kicked off a plane for fighting after he refused to turn off his cell phone.

Oh how I missed Ted’s nerdy enthusiasm for, well, dorky things. Radnor plays it so well, and I will forever miss it when it’s gone. And let’s not forget to mention the incredibly hilarious chemistry Radnor and Hannigan have as two close friends. The constant bickering the two characters always engage in truly only works because Radnor and Hannigan work so well together.

The possibility of being related was a great quick storyline for Barney and Robin. “You really peaked my incest… interest!” was just one of the incredibly hilarious one-liners that had me cracking up for the entire segment. The chemistry Harris and Smulders have is delightful.

Marshall’s mother sends a picture of Marshall and Marvin with a caption detailing how Marshall is soon to become a judge — a decision he has still yet to tell Lily — hence his panic to attempt to explain to his mom how to delete the photo. Just click option! His yelling on the plane ignites anger in the flight attendants and in Shepherd whose character, Daphne, eventually gets into an ongoing battle with Marshall.

Luckily, Marvin somehow magically deletes the photo before Lily can ever open it. Not as fortunately, Marshall is now stranded in a Minnesota airport with a bitter Daphne.

Lily cannot stand to be in the car with Ted anymore so she catches a train to Farhampton instead. AND HERE IS WHERE WE HEAR FROM AND INTERACT WITH THE MOTHER FOR THE FIRST TIME!!! In an absolute scene-stealing performance, Cristin Milioti makes a fabulously hilarious and flawless debut as the Mother.

Her instant friendship with Lily is adorable and called for some of the biggest laughs of the night. A few highlights: somebitches are a type of cookie and her future nickname to make fun of Ted’s slow driving is Lady Tedwina Slowsby. The way the cookie’s name was woven throughout that entire sequence was an excellent example of simply brilliant writing. And what a great nickname. I almost feel as if Barney made that up, which just shows how well the Mother is going to get along with everyone.

Remember the locket controversy? While the show led us to believe Ted was going to give Robin the locket — and ultimately ruin the wedding by stirring up old feelings — he instead gave her a framed photo of the gang. Sometimes I just wish I had my own Ted to love and adore in real life.

However, we do know that the locket may be with Stella (Sarah Chalke) who now lives in Los Angeles. Just before we all have faith that Ted has given up the locket plan, we flash to him buying a ticket to Calif. a few days earlier. Oh boy. I guess we’ll be seeing some from Chalke soon.

premiere-photo-de-la-saison-9The ongoing battle between Marshall and Daphne heats up as they each race to grab the last seat on the last plane to New York. Neither wins, so they head over to rent a car. Marshall wins this race but gives up the car because it’s a monstrosity to the environment — it’s literally called the “2006 Monstrosity.” Shepherd takes the car and offers to revisit Marshall’s carpool idea. Initially, we all assume Marshall is way too gullible and Shepherd will never return, but she does so we can definitely rely on some hilarious road trip antics in the coming episodes. I’m not a fan of Shepherd on The View, but on HIMYM, she is delightful.

Roger Bart plays hilarious hotel clerk Curtis who constantly patronizes Ted for being single in a very romantic spot. Bart is a comic genius. For any of you who do not know him, watch clips of the Young Frankenstein original Broadway cast; he’ll have your socks off in seconds.

Lily worries Marshall may not make it back in time and thus calls on hotel bartender Linus (Robert Belushi) to fulfill the “Kennedy package” in which she is to never be without a drink. And I mean never. Thank you Linus for great comedic timing and a hilarious stint that never dulled throughout the episode.

And now a historical look at the Stinson family … The Stinson men were cursed to be forever horny after their ancestors ran over a gypsy woman years ago. James (Wayne Brady) broke that curse with his marriage, so now Barney feels comfortable and free to marry Robin. However, his world may be shaken when he learns that James is getting a divorce.

But Barney has officially grown up and says he only needs Robin in order to believe in love. *A collective “awh” is now uttered*

Coming_Back_T-MTed sits alone at the hotel bar, snobbishly filling out a crossword puzzle. Flash to one year later and future Ted meets the Mother to have dinner to celebrate an anniversary. They sit at the same table as present Ted, putting the three of them all in the same frame.

Ted and the Mother share an adorable moment and kiss. Radnor and Milioti have great chemistry. Their characters seem to share the same quirks and passions, and I can definitely see why this love was worth nine years of the audience’s time.

Overall, the hour-long premiere was excellent, hilarious, heartfelt and fun. Keep this up HIMYM and your final season will receive nothing less than a standing ovation, and, hopefully, an Emmy nomination.

Are you excited/sad for the final season of HIMYM? What’s your impression of the Milioti as The Mother? Let me know @buzzlightmeryl

Bonus gif to further show how absolutely wonderful Radnor and Milioti are together:


By Meryl Gottlieb|| @buzzlightmeryl


The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards aired Sunday, Sept. 22 and, personally, it was one of the worst awards shows I’ve ever seen. In the words of Linda Holmes of NPR’s culture blog, it was comparable to the Franco/Hathaway Oscars.

In comparison to this summer’s flawless Tony Awards, the Emmys were a horrible follow-up. On paper, it was a great formula: Neil Patrick Harris as host plus celebrating TV — what could be better? Yet, the opening act fell flat and that failure was a theme felt throughout the night.

Controversy surrounded the decision to single out Cory Monteith, James Gandolfini, Jean Stapleton, Jonathan Winters and Gary David Goldberg for special attention in addition to the In Memoriam montage of those in the entertainment industry who passed away in the past year. While I can understand wanting to give attention to the people whom most viewers will recognize, weaving these extra segments throughout the show killed the little vibe the show had going for it.

And by little, I mean minuscule.

Carrie Underwood butchered a Beatles tribute, Harris didn’t perform a musical number for the opening — an immediate let down — and the programs the awards were honoring were barely shown at all. Not to mention the fact that the winners were barely given enough time to talk before the music began playing. How can you have an award show honoring TV and not actually show the TV let alone allow us to hear from the actors we dedicate time to each week?! As you can tell, I am less than pleased that I gave three hours of my time to this broadcast.

While the night had an overall terrible feeling, there were some fantastic moments that somehow managed to shine. Harris finally sang and danced in the middle of the show — interesting but you should have tried to pull us in from the beginning — the dance number highlighting several of the nominated shows was spectacular and probably my favorite moment of the night, and lastly the hilarious bit the cast of How I Met Your Mother did to poke fun at castmate Harris’ frequent hosting gigs. “Excessive hosting disorder” can be treated at “The Ryan Seacrest Center for Excessive Hosting” — this was just absolute brilliance.

Now, let’s quickly discuss those winners. I’m mostly disappointed that neither Jessica Lange nor Sarah Paulson won for their work in American Horror Story: Asylum — those were absolutely the hardest for me to take. A critical upset came with Jeff Daniels’ win for The Newsroom. I don’t even watch any of those dramas and even I knew Bryan Cranston or Kevin Spacey should have won for Breaking Bad or House of Cards, respectively. Further disappointment came when Kerry Washington did not win Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. However, I boycotted that category anyway because Tatiana Maslany was snubbed for a nomination for her absolutely outstanding work in Orphan Black.

Bobby Cannavale and Merritt Wever won in their respective supporting roles in Boardwalk Empire and Nurse Jackie, leading everyone to wonder how they managed to win over the likes of Aaron Paul and that entire pool of nominees for supporting actresses in a comedy. Does anyone even watch either of those shows? And now Wever will forever be known for giving the shortest acceptance speech ever: “Thank you so very much. Um, I gotta go, bye.”

9-2013-emmy-awards-show-julia-louis-dreyfusA big congratulations to Julia Louis-Dreyfus for her second win for Veep and to Tony Hale for winning for Veep as well, beating out most of the cast of Modern Family. Let’s also not forget the hilarious moment when Louis-Dreyfus accepted her award and Hale held her purse on stage and pretended to be her real life personal aide. I will always have a special place in my heart for Buster Bluth.

A pleasant surprise for most came when the tyranny of Modern Family almost came to an end as its cast lost in the Outstanding Supporting Actor and Actress categories. However, it managed to recoup as the show won Outstanding Comedy for the fourth year in a row.

Here is a list of the major nominees and the winners:

Outstanding Drama

Breaking Bad — Winner
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men

Outstanding Actress in a Drama

Connie Britton, Nashville
Claire Danes, Homeland — Winner
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards

Outstanding Actor in a Drama

Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom — Winner
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damien Lewis, Homeland
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama

Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad — Winner
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Morena Baccarin, Homeland
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama

Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire — Winner
Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama

Margo Martindale, The Americans
Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones
Carrie Preston, The Good Wife — Winner
Linda Cardellini, Mad Men
Jane Fonda, The Newsroom
Joan Cusack, Shameless

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama

Nathan Lane, The Good Wife
Michael J. Fox, The Good Wife
Rupert Friend, Homeland
Robert Morse, Mad Men
Harry Hamlin, Mad Men
Dan Bucatinsky, Scandal — Winner

Outstanding Comedy

30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
Modern Family — Winner

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy

Laura Dern, Enlightened
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep Winner
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
Louis CK, Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory — Winner

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Mayim Bialik, The BIg Bang Theory
Jane Lynch, Glee
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie — Winner
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy

Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ed O’Neil, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Tony Hale, Veep — Winner

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy

Molly Shannon, Enlightened
Dot-Marie Jones, Glee
Melissa Leo, Louie — Winner
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy

Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory — Winner
Nathan Lane, Modern Family
Bobby Cannavale, Nurse Jackie
Louis CK, Saturday Night Live
Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live
Will Forte, 30 Rock

Outstanding Reality Show Host

Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Betty White, Betty White’s Off their Rockers
Tom Bergeron, Dancing with the Stars
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, Project Runway — Winner
Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance
Anthony Bourdain, The Taste

Outstanding Reality Show Competition

The Amazing Race
Dancing with the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice — Winner

Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series

The Colbert Report — Winner
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live

Outstanding TV Miniseries or Movie

American Horror Story: Asylum
Behind the Candelabra — Winner
The Bible
Phil Spector
Political Animals
Top of the Lake

Lead Actor in a TV Miniseries or Movie 

Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra — Winner
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra
Toby Jones, The Girl
Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade’s End
Al Pacino, Phil Spector

Lead Actress in a TV Miniseries or Movie 

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum
Laura Linney, The Big C: Hereafter — Winner
Helen Mirren, Phil Spector
Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals
Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake

Supporting Actress in a TV Miniseries or Movie

Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Asylum
Ellen Burstyn, Political Animals — Winner
Charlotee Rampling, Restless
Alfre Woodard, Steel Magnolias
Imelda Staunton, The Girl

Supporting Actor in a TV Miniseries or Movie

James Cromwell, American Horror Story: Asylum — Winner
Zachary Quinto, American Horror Story: Asylum
Scott Bakula, Behind the Candelabra
John Benjamin Hickey, The Big C: Hereafter
Peter Mullan, Top of the Lake