1. I’m thankful for 1600 Penn and it’s subsequent cancellation, because it has given us the adorably out-of-touch yet alarmingly intelligent Marcus from “About A Boy” (Benjamin Stockham), the young comic to Billy Crystal’s veteran comic in FX’s upcoming “The Comedian” (Josh Gad), and the coolest uncool mom, Joyce, in “Growing Up Fisher” (Jenna Elfman). The funniest parts of that show have given me great new projects to watch.
2. Today brought news that some of my favorite veteran comedians, Lily Tomlin and Billy Crystal, are returning to television. Lily Tomlin, joined by Jane Fonda, will co-star in “Grace and Frankie,” a new Netflix comedy series co-created by Marta Kauffman (“Friends”). Billy Crystal, joined by Josh Gad (see above), will star in “The Comedian” on FX as a comedy veteran who’s paired with a newcomer (Gad) for a late-night sketch show. It’s a good time to love veteran movie comedians in today’s television landscape.
3. I’m a huge fan of David Walton, but he just can’t seem to get a second season. He has played a lead role in 4 NBC shows that have lasted less than one season. These include “Quarterlife,” “100 Questions,” “Perfect Couples,” and “Bent.” Of the four, I really wanted “Quarterlife” and “Bent” to succeed. I was hooked on the web series “Quarterlife” and desperately wanted it to make it as a network series. NBC cancelled it after ONE episode. Then came “Bent.” The sitcom, co-starring Amanda Peet, Jeffrey Tambor, and the incredible Joey King, had so much potential, but lasted 6 episodes before NBC gave it the boot.
America, we CANNOT let “About A Boy” be the fifth failed NBC series for David Walton. With the original story by Nick Hornby, the adaptation by Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights”), and names like Jon Favreau and Robert De Niro attached as executive producers, this show has no choice but to succeed.
Distance - The Congress
Thank you, Lake Street Dive, for bringing these guys on your west coast jaunt and thank you, The Congress, for making the opening slot worth watching.
These guys have a jam band sensibility, but bring a certain discipline and structure that those open ended jams are often missing. Scott Lane on guitar can master any lick thrown his way and Jonathan Meadows on bass completely kills it on vocals (check out the band’s cover of "Killing Me Softly")
They are destined to become a staple of the summer outdoor concert series.
Today, I’m thankful for the retro-dance music revival and Chromeo’s rad track
Attention world. I’m here to discuss the ridiculousness of what is known as a “bachelor apartment.” A not-so-clever way of saying “this apartment does not have a kitchen and potentially includes a mini fridge and a microwave and is for people who don’t feel the need to cook ever and can live like a college student for a little bit longer.”
Or, as I like to put it, a dorm room for man-children.
In my life, I am not aware of one person who has ever lived in a bachelor style apartment. I can’t think of someone who can cram their food in a mini fridge and subsist solely off of take out or food that can be cooked in a microwave. Some of these landlords are kind enough to throw in a hot plate for free, but can I make brownies on a hot plate?! What about my favorite quinoa cups?
Didn’t think so.
You know what you need to get through this Tuesday after a long weekend? Bleachers’ “I Wanna Get Better”
Let the happiness commence.