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A double feature this week starting first with the second season finale of The TV Weekly and then a bonus My Take On...
First things first, The TV Weekly
Wrapping up the second season with six reviews this week, all on Sunday.
The Cleveland Show (Season 3, Episode 22) *SEASON FINALE*
"All You Can Eat"
Roberta gives Cleveland Jr. a makeover, and his stylish new look gives him the confidence to approach Daisy, a misfit who catches his attention. But when Daisy mistakes Cleveland Jr. for a woman, they decide to make a statement and go to the prom as a gay couple. Meanwhile, Cleveland's authority as his favorite snack food's ultimate expert is threatened by another fan.
The main story with Cleveland Jr. worked for the most part in my opinion, I thought it lead to some very good moments but I really despised the subplot with Cleveland, it made no sense whatsoever. Overall, a decent episode. 3/5
The Simpsons (Season 23, Episode 22) *SEASON FINALE*
"Lisa Goes Gaga"
Eccentric pop star Lady Gaga helps Lisa raise her spirits after she is chosen as Springfield Elementary's least popular student and blogs her way into even more isolation.
Honestly, I really don't know what the fuck happened in this episode?
This was easily the weirdest episode The Simpsons has ever done, it didn't make sense in some parts and it just didn't feel like it was intended to be that way.
I will say that thank god Lady Gaga can sing because when she talks, she has the most annoying voice I've heard since I heard Riley Steele talk for the first time. Her speaking voice just didn't feel right at all, I like her as a singer but not when she's trying to act.
The story as a whole was done very decently but other than that, this is just one of the most screwed up episodes of The Simpsons I've ever seen. I haven't been more confused with anything like this since I watched David Lynch's 'Happy Clown Time' video. 3/5
However, I will say I am excited for this:
Bob's Burgers (Season 2, Episode 9) *SEASON FINALE*
Bob appears in a cooking segment on a local news morning program, but Gene steals the show when he crashes the set with a sasquatch mask.
Easily the best episode of the season, I laughed my ass off with this episode, the story worked incredibly well, the jokes were spot on, and the overall feel was just so well done.
Bob's Burgers hits its' highest note so far with this episode and I'm anticipating season three in October. 5/5
Family Guy (Season 10, Episodes 22/23)
"Family Guy Viewer Mail #2 & Internal Affairs"
Brian and Stewie respond to viewer mail. We meet a British version of the Griffins, Quahog is taken over by a famous comedian and we get to see the world from Stewie’s point of view.
Peter encourages Joe to have a one-night stand with his attractive new partner (Anna Kendrick) in order to even the score with Bonnie for her own indiscretions. But when Bonnie finds out and threatens divorce, Lois insists that Peter get them back together. Meanwhile, Peter has a run-in with the angry chicken which makes for another epic fight.
I really loved the second episode more than the first one. The first episode's first two stories, the british version of Family Guy and the Robin Williams story, were good but I thought the last one from Stewie's point of view was the best one of the three mini-stories. That one was just a lot of fun to watch.
The second episode was very well done, I liked the story that was going on, I liked the resolution they came to that story, and I just liked the overall feel of that story. And as much as I liked the latest epic fight with Peter and the angry chicken, that bit's really started to get stale. I mean, when are we going to get just a full 22 minute episode where Peter and the chicken are fighting. 4.5/5
Veep (Season 1, Episode 5)
Bloggers' nicknames for Selina become her next obsession; Dan goes on a fact-finding mission after his boss is snubbed by the president; it's make-or-break time for the clean-jobs bill.
This is the first episode that I really didn't like. There was just nothing very funny about it, unlike the last few weeks. My dad and I were watching this and I told him that it was a comedy and after a few minutes he asked me, "This is a comedy?" After that, I kind of felt the same thing.
This week's episode was mostly boring and it felt like they were trying WAY too hard to be dramatic and at the end during the credits, they felt like they had to throw in a bit of comedy and it just didn't work.
This was the worst episode of the show so far and I'm hoping that this doesn't continue for the rest of the season because I've been really enjoying the show up until this point, here's hoping for the best. 1/5
Girls (Season 1, Episode 6)
Hannah returns to Michigan for her parents' 30th anniversary. Over the course of the weekend she has a fling with a friend from high school, and begins to doubt the wisdom of her decision to move to New York and pursue a writing career. Hannah's parents are willing to resume giving her financial assistance, but Hannah says that won't be necessary. In a late-night phone call Adam makes it clear that he still cares for Hannah.
Much like Veep, I really didn't like this week's episode. However, unlike Veep where they tried to go way too dramatic, Girls was moving way too fast. I mean, we are only 6 episodes in, and we're already focusing the show outside of New York?
I thought that this episode would've worked as a second season episode, as we've become more attached to these characters, but this is only episode six, we're just getting to know all of the main characters and their lives in New York City and already, we're heading back to Michigan?
There were some good moments in this week's episode but I'm still baffled at the decision of why we're already heading to another place just six episodes in. 2.5/5
That wraps up The TV Weekly for season two and Season Three will start up in September with a date to be decided by me later.
In the meantime, beginning next week will be the start of Movies In My Collection, where I review movies that I have in my uber extensive DVD collection and that will be put up every Friday all summer long.
But now, moving on from The TV Weekly over to
I have to bring up my thoughts on the whole Community debacle because like everybody else here on Spill, I'm a huge Community fan.
If you've been living under a rock for the last week, here's what's been going on.
Dan Harmon, the show's creator and executive producer, has been fired from the show and won't be back for the fourth season and has been replaced by new showrunners David Guarascio & Moses Port and Harmon was never told by NBC about any of this.
Now, let me start by saying that the way NBC handled this was fucked up. How do you not tell the creator of his own show that you're going to fire him? How does NBC have the nerve to not tell somebody the fate of their job...
Oh wait, they've done this before two other times. Once in 1991, when they already had a contract that would allow Jay Leno to take over The Tonight Show once Johnny Carson leaves before Carson announced his retirement and never told David Letterman or anybody on the Late Night show about it.
And again in 2010, when they already had Jay Leno set to return to The Tonight Show before Conan O'Brien was forced out.
NBC does have the best primetime shows but the way they run their business is so fucked up. Especially at this point, when you're not the ratings juggernaut you were in the 90s, there's no excuse you have to pull this kind of bullshit on somebody.
I mean, seriously, what's going on with NBC these days? You don't just let the creator of his own show find out on the internet that he's been canned. You plan a meeting, call Dan Harmon in, tell him that your services are no longer needed, and that way, he'll still be mad but he at least will know that he's been fired. He doesn't have to wait until the Saturday after the upfronts to know that he's been fired.
I really think Harmon could actually sue NBC for wrongful termination and he could win. That is, of course, if this is what it's looking like it is.
Community itself could be entering a creative low which would be a damn shame, especially since Community has the potential to enter the list of "Great Season Fours" that all TV shows strive to have, such shows like The Office, The Simpsons, Cheers, Seinfeld, Frasier, King Of The Hill, Parks & Recreation, Lost, & Fringe. Without Harmon at the helm, the series could suffer big time.
That being said, there are some positives to this, believe it or not.
The two new showrunners, David Guarascio and Moses Port, also worked on Happy Endings, which is an incredibly awesome show that has the vibes of Community, and they also did the really entertaining Aliens In America, which got canned after one season.
Plus, maybe they will let the cast have more improvisation and even let Jim Rash, who won an Oscar for writing The Descendants, actually write some episodes.
We are all worried that Community is going to get this huge makeover but NBC would be really stupid to allow that to happen, you can't get rid of the feature episodes, you can't get rid of what we've loved about these characters, you can't get rid of the great comedy that has made Community worked in its' third season.
I'm hoping for nothing but the best for Community and... I'm really going to get my heart broken if they do destroy everything that makes the show great.