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Christopher Guest Is Working on a Television Show

Christopher Guest has been mostly inactive since 2006's For Your Consideration but that is about to change. It's being reported that Guest is working with Jim Piddock to create a television show. Television seems like a natural fit for the Guest and his ability to create completely lived-in worlds for his characters. The hope is to have it run commercial-free on a network like HBO or Showtime, or maybe even Netflix.  Entitled Family Tree, the show will be primarily improvised and will about a man, played by Chris O'Dowd, tracking down his real family. They are going to need do a lot of prosthetic eyebrow work on O'Dowd [...]

Laugh with, Not at, the Laugh Track

Unpopular Opinions is a bi-weekly column in which a writer takes a stand against popular opinion, whether it's asserting the true merit of a supposedly guilty pleasure or dissenting against the universally lauded.

Cheers is filmed before a live studio audience.” Those are welcoming words to people of a certain age. They make you think about a home cooked meal after soccer practice. Or a sack of McDonald’s you happily shoved down your throat while waiting for your mom and dad to come home from their weekly night out. Or the can of still beer you guzzled by yourself after stealing it from the front yard of a frat [...]

Assessing the House of Lies Pilot: Is It a Series to Watch?

House of Lies is set to premiere this Sunday on Showtime, but they put the pilot onYouTube yesterday. The show is about a not-so-ragtag group of management consultants trying to manage and/or consultant (I don’t know how business works) in this crazy world and features many familiar, well-liked faces. Should you watch it?

Reasons you should watch:

It stars a movie star and that movie star is Don Cheadle

If anything can be learned from New Girl is that it’s an absolute joy to be able to watch a movie star on TV each week (and that school teachers in LA have an endless supply of vintage dresses). [...]

Welcome to the 2011-2012 TV Season in Review Week

With the season finales of all of our most favorite shows in the can, we thought this week would be the best time to look back at the 2011-2012 TV season that was. We'll be posting a whole mess of essays on all things comedic television. There will be posts about the best episode, best new shows, sitcoms' growing use of inside jokes, what the traditional fall and spring season still means, and more. Friday will be all about the hotly contested title of Best Comedy of the Season, as we'll being making the cases for many shows. Later today, we'll open a poll for you guys to have [...]

What Does the Onion Think of Recap Readers?

"Sometimes me and another guy or two will be on there for hours, commenting back and forth about what's happening with the show. It's one of my favorite things on the Internet." – The Onion's "Online Recap Of TV Show Attracts 25,000 Readers Who Have Given Up On Life" is short, but it still manages to totally nail the TV recap-lover demo. A little dose of Monday afternoon humility is good for us all, probably.

The Heartening State of Homosexual TV Characters

“I think I would be lying if I said that I didn’t expect, at some point, for some narrow-minded group of people to try to create some publicity” around Glee or Modern Family, said Dana Walden, the chairwoman of 20th Century Fox Television, which produces both shows. “The bottom line is that people embrace these characters completely.” – From a New York Times piece about the unexpected and heartening support and political influence of homosexual characters on television.

Things Everyone Is Tired of Watching on TV

Here's a fun list of TV tropes and jokes that are overused to the point of exhaustion. Seriously, TV way overuses these cheeseballs, it's really annoying, and…TV's standing right behind me, isn't it?