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Review: Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Table Read

by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 16th 2009 4:25AM
(L-R): J.B. Smoove and Larry David
(S07E09) "You don't loan Jason anything ... anything that can be inserted." - Jerry Seinfeld to Larry David, about the pen Larry loaned to Jason Alexander

It's me, the Fill-In Girl! And thank you so much, Jonathan, for leaving me with the mammoth responsibility of writing a thoughtful review about the Seinfeld reunion on Curb Your Enthusiasm. I'll do my best.

First of all, it was really great to see the gang back together again. It's like they've never been apart, and the whole scenario of a behind-the-scenes look at a table read of a Seinfeld reunion show put together by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld was pretty brilliant.

And yet, it fit right in with Curb, bringing in elements like Cheryl being Larry's real wife and are they together or not, and is she a real actress or not...

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Review: Curb Your Enthusiasm - Officer Krupke

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Nov 9th 2009 8:06AM
Larry David(S07E08) "Some guy told me to go 'f*ck my face' once. He went to jail." - Officer Krupke

With the Seinfeld reunion coming up quickly (next week's episode is "The Table Read") things kicked into high gear last night on Curb -- especially when it came to the role of Amanda, George Costanza's ex-wife.

It came down to Cheryl and a busy, very popular actress named Virgina Sloane (played by Elisabeth Shue). Right off the bat, that creates a huge conflict since Larry assured Cheryl that she had the role. But beyond that, there were a lot of issues with how "Officer Krupke" played out in terms of conflict. Curb works best when the laughs are organic and too much of this episode felt forced and manufactured.

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Review: Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Black Swan

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Nov 2nd 2009 1:10AM
Jeff Garlin and Larry David
(S07E07) "Look, it may have been an accident, but you're a murderer." - Marty

Blame is a funny thing. In the absence of facts, the owner of the blame (i.e. the person at fault), is about one thing and one thing only -- public perception. Spin a good yarn and you can make 'em believe whatever you want. However, when you're Larry David, getting past the hurdle of your own reputation can be an issue. If you listen to even half the stuff that Larry says, why would anyone want to believe a guy like him?

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Review: Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Bare Midriff

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Oct 26th 2009 10:15AM
Larry David
(S07E06) "Larry?! You sprayed on Jesus??" - Maureen

For as good an episode as "The Bare Midriff" was, it still had one huge problem that has plagued many past episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm as well. The central conflict -- Maureen's exposed stomach -- was just too much of a stretch (no pun intended). Why's that? The beauty of Curb is how well it sheds light on awkward situations we all relate to. Not so much on this one, because honestly, who in their right mind would think a short shirt like that was work appropriate attire? It wasn't believable, that Maureen thought her shirt was OK for the office. Fortunately, if you were willing to look past the absurdity of the issue, it paid off with arguably one of Curb's top five endings ever.

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Review: Curb Your Enthusiasm - Denise Handicap

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Oct 19th 2009 8:40AM
Larry David and Rosie O'Donnell
(S07E05) "Have you noticed if she has any proclivity for chopsticks?" - Larry

It's amazing to me that the main topic of last night's Curb Your Enthusiasm, people in wheelchairs, has never been tackled by Larry before. I'm sure there have been a few wheelchair jokes in the past that I'm forgetting, but this? This was a full-blown, inappropriate mess of incorrectness and every second of it was brilliant. Save for "The Reunion," this was easily the strongest episode of the season. Wheelchairs, wrestling Rosie O'Donnell, and the return of Leon! How can you go wrong?

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Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Hot Towel

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Oct 12th 2009 3:20AM
Larry David and Christian Slater
(S07E04) "Was there a stipulation on the gift certificate? Three hundred dollars and "take me"?" - Susie

I was afraid this might happen. As exciting as it is, even the long awaited Seinfeld reunion doesn't have the power to sustain an entire season of Curb Your Enthusiasm. After last week's reunion, I expected a lull and with that in mind, there's really no reason to be disappointed because this episode had some very funny moments. Unfortunately, not even Christian Slater's caviar addiction could save the day with such fond memories of last week's landmark half-hour still on my mind.

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Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Reunion

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Oct 4th 2009 9:31PM

Cheryl Hines and Larry David
(S07E03) "This is your plan to get your ex-wife back. Pretty f*cking brilliant if you ask me." - Jeff

Larry David a selfish man? Nooooo. How could someone who's never given, nor has any idea how to give, someone the benefit of the doubt be a selfish guy? Wait - don't answer that. Instead ponder this: the moment we've all been waiting for - the Seinfeld reunion - has finally arrived, and we almost didn't get it because for a brief minute, it hinged on what Larry found more enjoyable, a potential funeral or a potential marriage. Selfish? How about sick.

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Curb Your Enthusiasm: Vehicular Fellatio

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Sep 27th 2009 11:12PM
Vivica A. Fox as Loretta Black on Curb Your Enthusiasm
(S07E02) "I don't like you. Why would I want to hug you?" - Larry

Larry David is not all about appearances. It's rare to see him masking his true intentions when most of the time he has absolutely no problem saying how he feels or asking for what he wants. But, much like the episode of this title indicates, when you're talking about a blowjob in a car (or anything crass or uncomfortable), it helps to dress it up a little.

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Curb Your Enthusiasm: Funkhouser's Crazy Sister (season premiere)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Sep 21st 2009 1:02AM
(L-R): Bob Einstein, Larry David, and Jeff Garlin
(S07E01) "I'd rather have the thieves than the neighbors - the thieves don't impose." - Larry

Larry David is back, and I feel uncomfortable. Awkward moments, off-color comments, and instances of sheer disgust were all there in tonight's season premiere of Curb Your Enthusiasm. If you sit back for a second and actually consider all the different elements that made up this episode, it's pretty impressive. More often than not, an episode of Curb is just as intricately plotted out as an episode of Lost.

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New cast members, same old Reno 911! - VIDEO

by Nick Zaino, posted Mar 30th 2009 7:02PM
Reno 199! Season Six CastOne of my favorite things that Reno 911! does is to weave in guest stars with little or no fanfare, and to just let them mix it up with the cast. I smile every time I see Patton Oswalt as a role-playing geek running, in full chainmail, from Dangle & Co. Or Paul Rudd as a Lamaze coach. Or Cheryl Hines as trailer trash (there has been a lot of trailer trash).

It's never a big deal, it's never announced to promote the show. It's just people who are good at what they do goofing off and having a lot of fun, which is what the rest of the cast is doing anyway.

Looks like the new season, which premieres Wednesday at 10:30PM, will continue that tradition. Here's a bit with Jonah Hill, uncensored.

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Megan Mullally: The TV Squad Interview

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 25th 2009 11:03AM
Megan Mullally in In The MotherhoodThere aren't many actresses out there that you could affectionately call a "broad," but Megan Mullally's one of them. Ever since she came on the scene a decade ago as the caustic and spoiled Karen Walker on Will & Grace, Mullally has shown that she can be bawdy with the best of them.

Now, after a foray into the talk show world and a turn as a disabled and ugly -- but desirable -- chief of medicine on Rob Corddry's web series Children's Hospital, Mullally is back on series TV, on ABC's new comedy In The Motherhood (premiering Thursday at 8 PM ET), which was based on a web series that took episode ideas from submissions by real moms. In the series, Mullally plays Rosemary, a "bad ass," as Mullally calls her, who has raised the perfect son even though she's an imperfect mom.

In this quickie interview, Mullally talks about the new show, about a rumor that she was in a catfight with her co-star Cheryl Hines, about how Rosemary and Karen could be the new Odd Couple, and running her Kerry Weaver-esque Children's Hospital character past Laura Innes.

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Ask 'In the Motherhood' Stars a Question

by Patricia Chui, posted Jan 14th 2009 3:57PM
Cheryl Hines and Megan MullallySubmit a question for Megan Mullally, Cheryl Hines or Horatio Sanz.

What do Megan Mullally, Cheryl Hines and Horatio Sanz have in common?

For one thing, they're all terrific comic actors who've come to fame as supporting players on hit TV shows -- Mullally on 'Will & Grace,' Hines on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and Sanz on 'Saturday Night Live.'

AND, they're all moving on up in the world, as the stars of the upcoming ABC show 'In the Motherhood.' One of them is Rosemary, a single, free-spirited mom with a teenage son; one of them is Jane, a newly divorced mother of a pre-teen girl and an eight-month-old baby; and one of them is Jane's male nanny (or "manny," shall we say).

Which one's which? Here's a hint: Horatio Sanz doesn't play either of the single moms. And fine, here are the rest of your hints: Mullally plays Rosemary, and Hines plays Jane.

The show, while fictional, has the unusual premise of featuring real-life storylines submitted to the 'In the Motherhood' official site. And in that spirit, we're also soliciting your questions for our 'In the Motherhood' Outside the Box interview, in which Mullally, Hines and Sanz will be asking each other whatever your heart desires -- be it about motherhood, comedy, their careers, or some combination of all three.

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ABC orders In The Motherhood

by Brett Love, posted Sep 8th 2008 10:02AM

Chelsea Handler - In The MotherhoodThat line between web content and traditional television just continues to get blurrier. ABC has ordered 13 episodes of In The Motherhood. In case you missed it, the show didn't start out with the traditional pilot formula. It's a web-based show starring Jenny McCarthy, Leah Remini, and Chelsea Handler. The three of them play girlfriends and the stories told come from real stories submitted by mothers from across the country. Or, people pretending to be mothers. You can watch it at the show's site, if you're curious.

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Campus Ladies on Oxygen

by Tom Biro, posted Jan 8th 2006 2:07PM
On Sunday night, Oxygen debuts its latest comedy, Campus Ladies, featuring Carrie Aizley as "Joan" and Christen Sussin as "Barri," two middle-aged women who up and decide to go back to college after catching Barri's husband cheating on her and some time after the death of Joan's husband. The premiere also features Jane Kaczmarek as the friend who tries to convince Joan and Barri to give up on this idea, and the whole shebang is produced by Cheryl Hines of Curb Your Enthusiasm fame.

The first thing I've got to say is that the whole concept and execution is completely over the top. Between the ladies somehow impressing the sorority girls enough that they end up dissing roommate Paige (played by Miranda Kent) to showing Barri hung up in some sort of sex swing at the end of the second show, it's pretty out of control. If that's not enough proof for you, check out the first post on the Campus Ladies blog, which might add at least one set of words to your phrasebook. Having not watched a ton of Oxygen programming before (read: none), I can't gauge exactly what level of quality this show is supposed to have, but you can tell it definitely aspires for Absolutely Fabulous. Joan and Barri are pretty much completely clueless when it comes to what's going on on campus, doing exactly what your mom might do were she put in similar social situations. In a way, that's what made this show a bit predictable. But what caused a few laughs for me was when everything "worked out" for them and they weren't shunned away. Plus, seeing Joan do keg stands and watching dorm neighbor Abdul (the Iranian guy who can get you anything you need, including ladies unmentionables - he thinks) check Barri's tongue for orange condom residue was just too much. If you're into a lot of "I can't believe they got into that situation" humor (which Ms. Hines is surely responsible for), then this is probably a show you'll dig.

I'll definitely say that most folks won't "get it" when it comes to this show, but that's the same for Curb or Reno 911, I think. Over at the Oxygen site, the producers are promoting the show by offering a free shower gel, evoking thoughts of the pair doing the "hot naked lady" thing in the dorm shower - a scene that you pretty much have to see to believe.

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