Monday, July 18, 2016

THESE ARE PEOPLES LIVES!  Immediately add Leslie Jones to the list of people who should appear on Match Game (and any other game show**, really) whenever they want.  That was just batshit crazy and it kept deteriorating wonderfully all night now.

Also, Justin Long, Bellamy Young, and Al Yankovic are perfectly cromulent Pyramid players.  Well done, ABC.

** Look, I'm still not sure if Match Game is a game show, or a comedy show in game format. Work with me here.
HAIL TO THE CHIEF, HE'S THE ONE WE ALL SAY "HAIL" TO:  The WSJ ranks 44 fictional Presidents based on their accomplishments, and as usual Jed Bartlet is too high because you don't lie about a debilitating illness, assassinate a foreign leader, or trade away a Supreme Court seat just because you're convinced the court was at its best when Brady was fighting Ashland.

Underrated: Fitz.  Unlisted: Jack Stanton. What a handshake.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

"I WISH I WAS OUT OF SHOW BUSINESS THIS VERY MINUTE":  I never knew about the chaotic night in 1991 when The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson invited Morrissey onto American television for the first time.  (Also on the show: a certain pudding-pop-promoting serial rapist.)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

IF ROSIE IS MATCH GAME'S HEART, HOST ALEC BALDWIN IS ITS DICK: This may be the one topic, until that movie with the ladies and the ghosts, which moves the needle around here this summer. So let's talk about this week, and, in particular, the hell was wrong with "rubber duckies in tubs" as a winner's circle clue (Things That Float) on Pyramid?  Linda Holmes has a theory, but that's just a dumb rule.

Also, there's awesome clues and then there's "your crooked tie," which is so perfect that I don't even need to say what the category was.

(Strahan still needs to improve on the lean-in-and-tell-them-the-one-clue-they-missed move, but he's learning. And never let Martha Stewart on that show again.)

Match Game was also good, but I am fearful for next week's No Rosie No Tituss experiment -- even if it has Josh Charles, Jack McBrayer, Leslie Jones, and Cheryl Hines.

added: Full list of contestants in the second round of Match Game tapings, including Josh Malina, Randall Park, Ellie Kemper, and a former large-state Governor who you betcha we're not discussing here.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

THEY PADDED THEIR CUPS, BUT I SCREWED THE JUDGES:  Time to supplement our NBC Hairspray Live cast list: in addition to Harvey Fierstein, Marty Short, Derek Hough, and Jennifer Hudson in (the roles you'd cast them in if you were casting Hairspray, even though J-Hud's probably too young for hers), Kristin Chenoweth and Arianna Grande are in as ... oh, come on, that's just perfect casting, plus previously-unknown (yay!) Maddie Biallio as Tracy Turnblad, and she has pipes.
WHATCHU GONNA DO:  It's the 20th anniversary of Hulk Hogan's big heel turn (no, not when he teamed up with Peter Thiel).

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

I'LL TAKE THE PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:  Marc Summers will host a special edition of Double Dare live from Comic-Con in honor of the show's 30th Anniversary.  My goal was always to get on the show and then clean up simply by answering every question correctly rather than deal with any of the stunts.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

GO, DADDIO:  Previously.tv ranks NBC's other sitcom efforts on Must See TV Thursdays, because keeping Mark Feuerstein gainfully employed is a critical national goal.