By now you’ve probably read a couple of “Newsroom” reviews. Some of them are not very favorable, including HuffPost TV’s Maureen Ryan’s, but Maggie Furlong says “The Newsroom” might be one of Aaron Sorkin’s smartest shows.
Another show I’m guessing you’ve seen bits of already: “Game of Thrones,” Season 2. Obviously your husband [executive producer David Benioff] is busy with that, but it must be on your “watch” list too, right? Well, that goes without saying! I’m like a coke addict for “Game of Thrones.” He’s like my druglord — when he brings home dailies, I’m like shaking in the corner.
Were you a fan of the books before he got involved with the show? No! I was like, “I’m not gonna read those books! Gimme something about sex and marriage and relationships — what do I want to watch this thing about dragons for?” [Laughs.] And then cut to me becoming like a coke fiend.
"Yeah, it’s taken a little bit of adjusting. This is my first television show ever, so being in the spotlight like this is a little jarring, especially for my first job on TV, but everybody’s been really nice … the most I’ve ever gotten is, “I hate you on ‘Smash’!” But that means I’m doing my job right, so … I’m just really happy that everyone’s responding so well to the show."
Set your DVRs already, because “Kathy” sounds great.
It’s about freaking time! What is “Kathy” going to actually look like when it premieres? It’s going to be, what’s called in the industry, a shitstorm. I just did a promotional photo shoot for Bravo, and I’m playing a little bit of a smoke-and-mirrors game with them, where I don’t actually want them to know what the show is because I’m trying not to get canceled before my premiere. But they did a photoshoot with me with police “caution” tape around my mouth, so it’s almost as if they’re anticipating … they know what they’re in for, as will the rest of America, Canada, parts of Mexico City, the UK and Finland.
The show is an hour-long weekly, which I love — kind of like Bill Maher or Howard Stern, in a way, on his radio show. We have a little more time to play with stuff and kind of go a little deep. I have some ideas up my sleeve that I hope the network is OK with, one of which is I don’t really want celebrity guests.
If you’ve been following this blog, you know I love “Smash.” However, I have to agree with Maggie’s article (linked above and here). The third episode is weird. It’s not the worst thing I’ve ever seen on TV, but for a show still trying to pull in an audience it’s an odd misstep. If you’re on the fence about the show, this one may push you over to giving up on it. With that said, episode 4 will bring you back in. There are good performances, lots of Anjelica Houston and drama.
"Work It" is bad, y’all. Rullllll bad. Maggie Furlong on just how wack "Work It" is:
When a show is as bad as “Work It,” and you truly have nothing nice to say about it, it often feels like you should just follow that old adage and not say anything at all. But that’s not my job. (Sorry, Mom!)