Then NBC announced that Jay Leno would get his own primetime spot when he leaves The Tonight Show, an announcement that couldn't have shocked me more if NBC delivered it with a 20-watt tazer.
Then I watched the first episode of Jimmy Fallon's web premiere and I understood why.
Smart Girls at the Party is aimed at young girls and their parents, not Poehler's usual audience of late night TV watchers or cult comedy fans. Every five-to-ten minute episode will feature Poehler interviewing a talented and creative young girl.
"The show aims to help girls find confidence in their own aspirations and talents," says On Networks, the series' online distributor.
It's kind of like a blend of Reading Rainbow, Larry King Live and Gilmore Girls. Actually, I could see Rory and Lorelai Gilmore digging on Poehler's mock-serious interviewing style, the sunny power-pop theme music, and the show's "smart girls rule" attitude.
Fourteen million. That's not the number of dollars that are being lost in the stock market every second (I'm sure it's much, much more). It's actually the number of views that Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy reached during three weeks on the Interweb. Now, if he only got those numbers during the initial run of Family Guy on FOX.
To those that are totally lost because you've been staring at your 401K numbers for the last month, Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy launched on YouTube on September 10th. Sponsored by Burger King, it featured original animated content from Seth MacFarlane and his gang of miscreants. In a press release from Media Rights Capital, Cavalcade became the number one most-viewed channel on the video website a mere 48 hours after its launch. Since then, it has garnered not only the 14 million views mentioned above but 100,000 subscribers to the 'sethcomedy' channel. Making it one of the most subscribed YouTube channels of all time.
(M10) Well, now - wasn't much going on there, huh? That isn't a negative comment though. Other than the 9/11 minisode featuring Jimmy, "Smoke" was probably my favorite one out of all ten. Just the 62 Truck boys doing what they do best - saving lives. No words were spoken (hence, the lack of a quote at the beginning of the post) as the guys rushed through one of the worst fires I think we've ever seen on Rescue Me. Tommy saved a young girl and Lou brought out a dog. Not bad.
(M9) "It's just the same as drinking water... right?" - Mike
All these guys do is eat, sleep, drink, and get laid. Occasionally, they fight fires. Seeing as how they do it so infrequently, I can't say that I'm surprised that Mike (still the Probie in this episode) forgot to fill the cooler with drinking water before going out on a call. All Mike does is eat, sleep, drink, get laid, and forget stuff.
(M8) "The "thing" is the food you would most like to eat after you bang her." - Lou
No joke - I have had this same conversation before with friends. Same premise (person, place, and thing) and we came down to discussing "the Jessicas" too. The Biels. The Albas. The Langes. And yes - The Rabbits. However, the thought of getting crayon on my naughty bits never crossed my mind when I was talking about hopping (no pun intended) in the sack with Roger Rabbit's woman. Then again, I wasn't standing in a burning building while trying to fight off painful shit cramps.
(M6) "I love you." - Janet
Here it is folks - the minisode that actually aired last night. For those just joining the action, I went ahead and reviewed this week's episode after seeing it online. I didn't watch the broadcast. Big mistake - on my part and FX's. They uploaded next week's installment, "Sandwich," by accident. They've also since pulled the wrong video from sites like Crackle and Hulu and they've yet to upload the right one. Oddly enough, I was able to find it on MySpace and I've embedded it at the end. All that being said... I wish "Sandwich" had been the right episode because this one stunk.
(M7) "Mmm... oh... my... god. Wow." - Tommy
OK, so I'm confused. Was this minisode even supposed to have aired last night? All the TV listings, Crackle, and Hulu have this listed as "Supreme." This one, "Sandwich," wasn't set to play until next week. I guess they got switched too late and the scheduling information wasn't changed? Anyway, while I was expecting something serious about Tommy's "dreams and nightmares," instead we got probably the funniest and most well-written minisode yet.
One of the panels I was most looking forward to was today's Joss Whedon panel, where he'd be discussing everything from the Buffy television series and comic books (including Fray), to the Dr. Horrible videos.
This was an interesting juggling feat for Rich and I, as I was in this same ballroom covering Stargate Continuum while Rich attending Big Bang Theory, then Rich tool over for Atlantis, then I came in for Joss. It was kinda comical, actually, as we did some quick ticket swapping to bypass the incredibly long line just for this panel. After this, Rich comes in to take over for American Dad and Family Guy. Good times.
(M5) "...he's Mikey, OK? He's like the locusts. He's not gonna be right again for like seven years." - Lou
For once, Lou wasn't right. Doesn't really matter though because let's be honest - this wasn't really that funny at all. After the hilarious first few minisodes, and then last week's jaw-dropping finish, this one really fell flat for me.
I mean, c'mon - we all know that Mike is an idiot. Didn't we find out he had dyslexia at one point? Based on that alone, you wouldn't expect him to be able to spell common words. The obvious joke then, is that he can. And he did.
Boring. B-O-R-I-N-G. Boring.
(M4) "He's got back acne on his goddamn ears!" - Tommy
Pretty good timing that this episode was scheduled to air the same night at the MLB mid-summer classic, huh? As unfortunate as it is, you just can't have a conversation about baseball anymore without bringing up the subject of steroids. That's why this minisode was so well done though. Steroid use in baseball has been a hot topic for a number of years now, so the initial time-frame of when this conversation took place was ambiguous at first. Even though Lou was talking about Mark McGwire as if he were currently active, that still gave you a big window. Then Jimmy Keefe walked in.
The first installment called "A Nifty Trick" features Echo DeMille played by Kiko Ellsworth (General Hospital, Dexter). Echo is a mailman with a secret ability that involves really loud screaming. An official-looking agent and a pale thug are after him.
Over the next few weeks we'll find out more about Gina (Rebeka Montoya), Constrictor (Mark Steger), Agent Howard (Brian Prescott), and Agent #1 (James Ryen). Gina is Echo's love interest (according to the site she doesn't have a special ability). And we meet Constrictor in this first video. You can probably tell what Constrictor's ability is just from the name.
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