One- Shot Wednesday: Heil, Honey, I’m Home

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One-Shot Wednesday tackles a show that was canceled after one season, with many of the featured shows being canceled after one episode.  Some had hints of greatness.  Some, as you will read, did not.

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It’s a domestic sitcom.  But with Hitler.

I expected any number of things from this show, canceled after only one episode.  I expected it to be offensive, subversive, maybe clever.  What I didn’t expect was boring.  The 25 minute program barely held my attention, with me drifting off to pack another box twice.  It literally ends in a conga line involving Neville Chamberlain.

Upon its 1990 release, the show was incredibly controversial, and the outcry caused its early cancellation.  I love controversial and banned entertainment, and I’m not easily offended.  I had to bite.  Expectations were high for this legendary flop.

The plotline is a sitcom standby- Neighbor A (in this case Hitler and Eva Braun) tries to conceal an important dinner guest (Neville Chamberlain) from Neighbor B (the Jewish Goldensteins.)  Obviously, the Goldensteins find out because Braun slips up and tells them, and attend the dinner, and Hitler needs to make them leave before Chamberlain turns up.  Also, Rosa Goldenstein wants to set Chamberlain up with her niece, Ruth.  None of this is done tastefully or creatively, or even all that well.

For instance, none of the characters make any sense.  Hitler and Braun are pretty much the standard “sitcom” couple, with her being a loudmouth with no discretion, and him being a bumbling idiot.  The Goldensteins don’t fare much better, with Rosa feeling like a dollar-store-brand Ethel Mertz, and Arny not being memorable at all.  Instead of placing a slightly more realistic but still cartoonish version of real people into these mundane events, they just slapped a moustache on a random actor and got to it.

Heil, Honey, I’m Home! fails on every conceivable level.  Mel Brooks did Nazi satire earlier and better in the Springtime for Hitler sequence of The Producers.  Sitcom parodies have been done to death, most recently with Adult Swim’s deeply unsettling Too Many Cooks. It doesn’t even succeed in being shocking or offensive, because it’s not smart enough to be either of those things.

When researching the show, I found that the producers intended the show to come off silly and corny, as it was supposed to be a send-up of the American sitcom and of German appeasement.  What results is a nearly unwatchable mess.  I have seen some of the worst films of all time.   I would rather watch Movie 43 again than watch this garbage.

If you hate yourself, the video is available in its entirety on YouTube.  Don’t watch it.  It’s 25 minutes of your life you can’t get back.

The Supergirl TV Show: What do we know?

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Marvel may rule the roost when it comes to the cinema, but DC Comics is taking over your living room couch.  Following established hit Arrow, the already-renewed Flash, and breakout hit Gotham is going to be the first female-centered show of the DC Universe class: Supergirl.

In an interesting move, CBS has chosen to move forward with Supergirl on their own, instead of throwing it to sister network the CW (where Flash and Arrow currently draw fairly good ratings for the second-tier network.)  All three shows share producer Greg Berlanti.  Today, CBS entertainment chair Nina Tassler talked a little bit about the show at a Television Critics Association press conference.

So what do we know?

1) Supergirl will be a crime procedural mixed with character arcs.   Tassler compared the new show with CBS’s existing female-driven hits, stating that “The beauty of it is now with shows like Good Wife and Madam Secretary, you can have serialized story elements woven into a case of the week. She’s a crime solver, so she’s going to have to solve a crime. She’s going to get a bad guy.”   Will the show adopt the established Gotham/ Agents of SHIELD/ Buffy the Vampire Slayer format of monster-of-the-week until the story gets enough momentum to hold up on its own?

2) She’s not going to have a Wonder Woman style character derailment.  One of the biggest criticisms of NBC’s failed Wonder Woman pilot was the transition between the strong but kind heroine we know and love to a woman who would savagely beat a man to interrogate him, then go home and eat ice cream.  So relatable, right?   Tassler has us convinced Kara is going to stay Kara, promising that ” We’re big feminists. It’s her intellect, it’s her skill, it’s her smarts. It’s all of those elements. It’s not just her strength, which she does have.”  Kara is not going to suddenly become stupid or weak.  Tassler’s assurance that they are feminists is comforting in a time when people are suddenly afraid of the term.

Tassler also stated that “It’s a wonderful amalgamation of the mythology of the character with a coming of age tale.  She’s a very strong, independent young woman and she’s coming into her own. She’s dealing with family issues. She’s dealing with work issues. And it’s a female-empowerment story, which if you look at the strong female characters we have on the air, it really is resonate to that.”

3) Kara hasn’t been cast yet.

4) Because of the different networks,  Supergirl will probably not cross over with Flash and Arrow right away.  This may not happen initially, but we’re also not ruling it out, ever.  Time and space are nothing compared to the red tape involved with the legal departments.

5)There is a good chance there will be romantic elements.  Tonally, Supergirl has been stated to be more in line with Flash than Arrow, which implies a lighter, funnier take on superheroes than the dark-edgy-gritty phenomenon of too many superhero works currently.

6) The producer totally gets what fans want.  In September, Greg Berlanti told Variety ” I’ve gotten a number of messages from friends and former coworkers who write me about their daughters wearing superhero outfits instead of princess outfits and how they’re grateful that people are working on it. I definitely think there’s a need.  I think people are more interested in quality than they are necessarily just going to watch something because it’s about a man or a woman… There are just as many women who love the action of [Arrow] as there are men who love the romance. I think it’s [about] recognizing that audiences are sophisticated and varied.”

Yes.  Yes.  Yes.

2014 Emmys: a Will Win/ Should Win (Lead Actor Edition)

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The 2014 Emmy Nominations have been released!  There’s definitely some controversial  omissions .  We’re going to take you through a will win/ should win, right now for lead actors, because there are kind of a lot of categories.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:

Breaking Bad • AMC
Bryan Cranston as Walter White
House Of Cards • Netflix •
Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood
Mad Men • AMC
Jon Hamm as Don Draper
The Newsroom • HBO
Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy
True Detective • HBO
Woody Harrelson as Martin Hart
True Detective • HBO
Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle

Will Win and Should Win: Bryan Cranston, for his terrifying turn in the last season of Breaking Bad.   McConaughey and Harrelson could very well split any votes True Detective would garner, and it’s not wise to bet against the one who knocks.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Downton Abbey • PBS
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley
The Good Wife • CBS
Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick
Homeland • Showtime
Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison
House Of Cards • Netflix •
Robin Wright as Claire Underwood
Masters of Sex • Showtime 
Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson
Scandal • ABC 
Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope

Will Win:  Claire Danes has won twice for Homeland, but many feel the show has lost its way a little bit in the most recent season. Honestly, I could see this going to anyone but Lizzy Caplan- Masters of Sex simply isn’t popular enough.
Should Win: 
Kerry Washington.  She’s been nominated before for the role, but her Presidential fixer has risen to become a cultural icon.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Dancing On The Edge • Starz
Chiwetel Ejiofor as Louis Lester
Fargo • FX Networks
Martin Freeman as Lester Nygaard
Fargo • FX Networks
Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo
Luther • BBC America
Idris Elba as John Luther
The Normal Heart • HBO
Mark Ruffalo as Ned Weeks
Sherlock: His Last Vow (Masterpiece) • PBS
Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes

Will Win: Ruffalo’s a strong contender for his turn in the star-studded, high-profile The Normal Heart.
Should Win: 
Cumberbatch has never been better as Sherlock Holmes

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

American Horror Story: Coven • FX Networks
Jessica Lange as Fiona Goode
American Horror Story: Coven • FX Networks
Sarah Paulson as Cordelia Goode Foxx
Burton And Taylor • BBC America
Helena Bonham Carter as Elizabeth Taylor
Return To Zero • Lifetime
Minnie Driver as Maggie Royal
The Spoils Of Babylon • IFC
Kristen Wiig as Cynthia Morehouse
The Trip To Bountiful • Lifetime
Cicely Tyson as Carrie Watts

Will Win: Jessica Lange, though not necessarily for her turn as Fiona.  The Emmys might hand over the award because she didn’t win for Sister Jude.
Should Win: Kristen Wiig, but comedies don’t really fare well outside their own category.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

The Big Bang Theory • CBS
Jim Parsons as Sheldon Cooper
Derek • Netflix
Ricky Gervais as Derek
Episodes • Showtime
Matt LeBlanc as Matt LeBlanc
House Of Lies • Showtime
Don Cheadle as Marty Kaan
Louie • FX Networks
Louis C.K. as Louie
Shameless • Showtime
William H. Macy as Frank Gallagher

Will Win: The Emmys love The Big Bang Theory, and Parsons has had more opportunities to act and grow as a character this season than in previous ones.  Expect that to be rewarded.  The only new face is Ricky Gervais, and I’m sure people are still not particularly fond of him after the Golden Globes.
Should Win: I’m actually pulling for Parsons, given that he actually made catchphrase-spouting Sheldon human again this season.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Girls • HBO
Lena Dunham as Hannah Horvath
Mike & Molly • CBS
Melissa McCarthy as Molly Flynn
Nurse Jackie • Showtime 
Edie Falco as Jackie Peyton
Orange Is The New Black • Netflix 
Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman
Parks and Recreation • NBC 
Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope
Veep • HBO
Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Vice President Selina Meyer

Will Win: The Emmys love Julia Louis-Dreyfus.  In a category with few new faces, they might stick with the status quo.  Orange is the New Black is fabulous, but Schilling’s character is largely considered the least interesting part of it.
Should Win: Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation.  A beautiful balance of bumbling, steely, brilliant, sweet, and courageous. She’s far overdue.

(Later today, I will post for supporting actors!)

 

The Pipe-Bombshell is back!

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Last night’s WWE Raw boasted a series of high-profile and happily met returns.

First, the Miz and Chris Jericho.  Jericho is a fan favorite, putting over young talent while never losing the audience’s love.  The pop for Jericho is always high.  (editor’s note: He also almost hit me with his car, but that is another story for another day.)  Additionally, giving him a feud with Bray Wyatt will serve interesting, as Jericho has a good balance of goofy and intense, and will alternate between mocking and destroying the cult.

Then, AJ Lee, the longest-reigning Divas Champion, returned to take what was hers with fire and blood.  Paige’s run as champion has been admittedly fairly boring, with Paige doing very little.  Paige’s obvious trepidation (and AJ’s prominent wedding ring) were highlights in the pre-match promo, though the match itself was short.  It wasn’t obvious who we were supposed to root for, with Paige seeming far more like a cowardly, mean heel and AJ Lee coming off as a humbled face making a triumphant climb back to the top.  I am not sure how this will affect Paige long-term, effectively making her short 3 month run as champion entirely transitional between AJ Lee reigns.

 

The Darkest Timeline is No More.

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Aaaaaaand we’re back.

Yahoo Screen has answered the prayers of everyone who has spent the last six weeks mourning the Greendale Six: Community is coming back for its long-fabled sixth season.  The cast’s contracts were due to expire yesterday, causing fans to almost lose hope.  Dan Harmon and company came through in the end, just like the lovable underdogs we know them to be.

So far, Yahoo Screen has been selling what we want to buy.  In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Zack Van Amburg, president of programming and production at Sony Pictures Television, told us that “The budget won’t be cut one dollar.  We didn’t want to be producing the show at any less of the quality or production value that we had been producing. Yahoo came in with finances that were undeniable.”

In addition, since scripts for the comedy tended to run on the longer side, we could actually get even more Community per episode.  The episodes are due to make a fall debut (October 19, perhaps, in an even grander Take That to NBC?)

As for the fan reaction?  Joy is an understatement.  The subreddit for Community exploded in happiness, and I can’t help but agree.

 

Six Seasons and a movie.  Now and forever.


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