Wednesday, September 12, 2012


This time I got a very good reason to write a day late, I wanted to write a small review from of New Normal which premiered two days ago, but aired a second episode yesterday already. Another comedy, Go On, premiered this week, but I already wrote few lines about that great newcomer headlined by Matthew Perry. And once again, here is the September calendar for new premieres in U.S. And also I decided to feature small titles this time to make the post a little bit more coherent. AND I will also write one review of a new show, but this time I decided to incorporate the review into my usual post, but next week it will be a totally different post, so remember to check them out.

From top left: Spongebob Squarepants. Futurama, How I Met Your Mother, The Office (almost wrote Glee since that's what they talk about)

New Normal

This new NBC comedy has already created some criticism from stupid ass bigots, since the subject of the comedy is a bit "controversial". It follows a gay couple, Bryan and David, who decide to have a baby through surrogacy. The couple is played by Justin Bartha (Hungover) and Andrew Rannellss (The Book of Mormon) while the surrogate mother Goldie is played by Georgia King who is better known in her native UK so this is sort of her breakthrough in America. Other castmembers include NeNe Leakes (The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Glee) as Bryan's secretary and Ellen Barkin (Tony Award-winner for The Normal Heart last year) who plays the grandmother of Goldie. And of course the show was created by Ryan Murphy who also created Glee and American Horror Story.

Though the shows plays right into some stereotypes, it also tries to break them too. Bryan is the "typical" gay while David is more "straight-like", I put the quotation marks since I don't want to offend anyone, but you all get what I mean by them. Though the main plot is pretty sweet and adorable about love and such, the show' has got some attitude too, brought by Leakes and Barkin, who both play mean and sarcastic so perfectly. I just hope they keep the writing good so those two characters don't get real old real soon. Goldie's daughter whom she got while she was a teenager (played by Bebe Wood) is sorta fun too, though she is not really quite at the same level as the child stars of Modern Family. But I say give her time. 

I wanted to wait for the second episode before writing this, since so many comedies totally change their style after pilots, but fortunately this one didn't. If they keep this level I could really get into it, and the general plot leaves a lot of options to the writers to explore.


This time I really only have casting news for upcoming shows, since all other TV news are overshadowed by new shows and film festivals. But I don't mind, these are some pretty good news too!

Though I pretty much assumed that Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) would be returning for the second season of American Horror Story, it has now finally been officially announced that she would in fact return to the super popular horror series. She will play "the ultimate angel" according to creator Ryan Murphy.

Since I love Tina Fey and The Simpsons, this news got me really excited. After those keywords it can't be hard to realise what the news is, Tina Fey is guest starring in The Simpsons, playing a mean substitute teacher for Lisa, who gives her a B but Ralph an A. Oh the drama! The Simpsons premiere on Sept 30th, but the Fey episode wont air until the middle of the season.

Arrested Development is bringing back almost all of their old characters since now Liza Minnelli and Mae Whitman are back on the payroll too. Minnelli plays the neighbour and namesake of  on of the main characters, Lucille Bluth. Lucille 2, as she is sometimes referred, suffers from vertigo and Minnelli is just a blast to watch. Whitman plays the ex-girlfriend of George Michael and his family never seems to remember her. Anyways, if you haven't seen the old seasons, you'll wanna watch them before the new season premieres.

Saturday Night Live has confirmed three (OMG) new castmembers who will make their debut on the shows premiere this weekend, when Seth MacFarland is hosting. Aidy Bryant, Tim Robinson and Cecily Strong join the greatest live show on TV. As usual, they are not largely know, but that's what I like about SNL, they hire based on their comedic talent and not their name. 

And since we have to wait few weeks until the premiere of Parks and Rec, here is a blooper reel of the last season and let me tell you, this video footage is hilarious.


A lot of movie castings too. Hunger Games: Catching Fire has already stared shooting, but it's not too late to cast characters. Jeffrey Wright (Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace) has been cast as Beetee, the technology-savy winner from District 3. And speaking of James Bond movies (in which Wright plays Felix Leiter), Daniel Craig has been confirmed as the James Bond for two more films after Skyfall, making that a total of 5 Bond films for him. That would make him the third longest James Bond after Sean Connery and Roger Moore.

Though know for his action and drama roles, Michael Fassbender has decided to change to comedy as he is signed on to the titular character of Frank. Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley of Harry Potter-movies) plays an aspiring musician who wants to join  Frank's band. I'm not quite sure how to handle this one, but I guess he good enough actor to pull this off.

Another actor who is playing against typecasting is Cynthia Nixon. Though she has recently created a name as a serious actress on Broadway, she is still best know as Miranda in drama-comedy Sex And The City. Now she has been cast as the great American poet Emily Dickinson in a movie directed by Terence Davies. Davies recently directed The Deep Blue Sea (not the shark movie, but a serious drama) which was pretty well received by critics though didn't do so well at the box office.


This week I found a lot of great trailers, and since I don't want to overload my post, since my site seems to be running pretty slow anyways. I'll just post links to the first few.

Here is the trailer for the last Twilight movie, just because I thought it was worth mentioning but not displaying here. The second one is for a fantasy-action movie Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, that stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as the classic fairytale characters all grown up, and apparently witch hunting now. You'll find it here.

And these three finally made it to my blog after tough competition (not really tough now that I think about it). First one is for Rust and Bone, a really touching story about a whale trainer who loses her legs in an accident and later finds love after some self-pity. The main character is played by one of the most talented and beautiful actresses that grace this earth, Marion Cotillard. There has been even some early buzz for a second Oscar for her. Maybe not, but a nomination seems plausable.

The second is for musical-comedy-drama or something, dunno really how to categorize it. It's called Pitch Perfect and it stars Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson (who is hilaaarious) among others. Though the movie seems like a bit cliché it still manages to make me smile. Plus, I love to see Hollywood stars who I didn't know could sing, belt their hearts out.

And the last one might be the most visually beautiful trailer I've seen in a while. It's for the newest film adaption of Wuthering Hights by Emily Brontë. This movie is also a bit different as the role of Heathcliff is played by an African-American actor James Howson. And though the movie is almost a year old, it is only now getting its US premiere. But that doesn't matter when the trailer is this good.

That's all folks! New post coming next week and another review to accompany it.

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