Sometimes I wish I could walk into an SNL episode knowing nothing. No information as to who the host or special guests are, or what their comedic experience might be, or what their past roles on the show have been. No expectations of the cast members, or knowledge of who the more senior players are or how much respective screen time they've been getting. No insight into behind-the-scenes drama or media scrutiny toward the show's staffing procedures. Never have I enjoyed SNL more than when I was a casual viewer, simply tuning in without any expectation of what I might see.
Of course, those expectations are unavoidable — not [...]
The bar for political comedy on TV has been set pretty high by The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and Veep, so it has to be an intimidating subgenre for any new show to tackle. Amazon's new sitcom Alpha House, one of the first ever original programs from the company alongside Silicon Valley comedy Betas, launched earlier this month and joined those aforementioned Emmy-dominating, politician-skewering shows in taking on Washington, DC. Political comedies are expected to walk a fine line between subtlety and scoring big laughs. In its first few episodes, Alpha House has yet to find that balance, and it's unfair to expect it to be up [...]
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Amazon is getting ready to launch a batch of original comedy shows, and John Goodman has been added the pilot for a new show called Alpha House, Deadline reports. Alpha House, created by Doonesbury and Tanner '88's Garry Trudeau, follows a group of four senators living in a rented house together in Washington DC, and it's just one of six Amazon comedy pilots in development right now. Goodman will play Gil John Biggs, a senator from North Carolina, who finds his seat in jeopardy when Duke's basketball coach runs against him. The show was inspired by a popular news story from a few years back about Democrats Chuck [...]
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It’s easy to complain about the state of comedy today, because criticizing something is much easier than praising it. More fun, too. I’m completely guilty of this (see: how Modern Family can get better), which is why I’m beginning the first recap of season three of Community with an appreciation of Thursday nights. Well, not the night itself, although TGIAF, but of the shows that appear every Thursday night…(un)like Urkel! Think about it: not only is there Community (my favorite), but also Parks and Recreation, The Office, 30 Rock (eventually), It’s [...]