How is this episode just the fourth one of the season? We had a maniacal hacking up of a corpse, a high-rise suicide, a ground-breaking gay sex scene, and Viola Davis taking off her wig and make-up on air. Oh, and a philandering husband’s sexting. If that doesn’t sound like a season finale’s worth of cliffhangers, I don’t know what does.
The upcoming Season 4 of “Once Upon A Time” will feature two more “Frozen” characters. According to TV Line, Anna, Queen Elsa’s sister, will be played by newcomer Elizabeth Lail, and Scott Michael Foster of “Greek” and “Halt and Catch Fire” will play Kristoff.
Lisa Kudrow had one heck of a speech on “Scandal” last night. With the help of Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), Kudrow’s character, Congresswoman Josie Marcus, got super fired up about her place in the presidential race.
What’s odd about “Happy Endings’” current situation is that it’s never been a cult-ish, niche object of adoration. It’s a bright, cheery show aimed squarely at the mainstream, and at first glance, it would seem to fit ABC’s brand, which is all about inclusive, upbeat worlds and the middle-class people who inhabit them. Sure, “Happy Endings” can be a dense, pop-culture-heavy experience, but that’s the speed at which many people live their social media-saturated lives these days.
Had it debuted only a few years ago, and had it enjoyed consistent network support over time, it might well have blossomed into the next “How I Met Your Mother,” which has grown into one of CBS’ most successful sitcoms. But is that kind of trajectory even possible any more? “HIMYM” debuted in 2005, well before online viewing and time-shifting became so prevalent.
But the deck may now be stacked against shows that cater to the very audiences that consume television in alternative ways. Also disturbing: The people most likely to give interesting comedies a chance appear to be the viewers who are least likely to be counted. If that’s the case, what hope is there for smart, non-family-oriented half-hour comedies on the broadcast networks?
Here are our thoughts on the original pilot. It may have been tweaked since we viewed:
Maureen Ryan: DVR It Sarah Chalke long ago proved that she’s one of TV’s most consistently winning and skilled comedy performers, and if the rest of this show is a little broad and manic, it might settle down into something sweet and mildly entertaining. Fingers crossed it’s the next “Suburgatory.”
Maggie Furlong: DVR It Get past the name — seriously, just do it — and give this show a shot, just for the cast alone. Quirky and cute, it has potential.
Jaimie Etkin: DVR It Another one of those shows that I want to like because of its stars — Sarah Chalke! Elizabeth Perkins! Another adorable little girl! — but it didn’t quite work. But “HTLWYPFTROYL” has some things to work out … obviously.
Chris Harnick: DVR It It’s sort of cute, but annoying at the same time. Hopefully the kinks will get worked out.
Alex Moaba: DVR It Nothing lol-worthy, but Elizabeth Perkins, Brad Garrett and Brad Garrett’s earring playing kooky, too-sexually adventurous grandparents had me chuckling occasionally. Enjoyed the final montage set to Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros’ “Home” more than the rest of the pilot, which probably isn’t a great sign.
Leigh Weingus: DVR It The pilot was entertaining, but the pathetic “I’m in my 30s and live with my parents” storyline will likely get old.
Laura Prudom: DVR It The pilot was light on laughs, but it has a great ensemble, so I’m hoping the scripts sharpen up.