I decided to add two shows to my lineup. Apparently I have more time on my hands than I care to admit.
Desperate Housewives: “Truly Content”
Dexter: “Practically Perfect”
Parenthood: “The Booth Job”
Modern Family: “Stranger on a Treadmill”
Jose’s behest I decided to give Modern Family another go. A thirty minute addition to my generally scant entertainment wasn’t much to add. I’ve seen one other episode of the show and I still feel like there’s a divide preventing me from truly enjoying it. I have to give it credit for handling four storylines credibly within the short space of time. I may have to revisit season one some time to get the appeal of Sofia Vegara. She’s gorgeous, but other than that I’m at a loss to her comedic appeal which just seems way too parochial. The plotline with her and her husband works in its way, but just seemed too hackneyed. The two converging storylines of spouses trying to be honest with each other is familiar, but handled well. Despite her slight shrewishness I enjoyed Julie Bowen, she seems to be made of the same mettle of Monica Potter’s neurotic Kristina from Parenthood but I felt even more amused by the rapport between Cameron and Mitchell. Jesse Tyler Ferguson easily gets best in show honours. Strangely, though, my favourite storyline was the Dunphy girls. Sarah Hyland gave me the strongest laughs of the episodes, which only goes to show that there are some children on TV that actually are well executed. I suppose I’ll make it a weekly thing, but I’m hoping that I’m more impressed next time.
Community: “Basic Rocket Science”
exhibit A, exhibit B). Community thrives on being over the top and doing things that just seem silly. In theory it supposed to work because they’re that irreverent, but the faux school-spirit and the launching of the KFC rocket just seemed downright stupid. I don’t know if I just wasn’t in the mood for funny (see 30 Rock below) but it just never managed to take off, no pun intended. I’m especially disgruntled because Alison Brie seems to be trying even harder, but it’s just not coalescing to something satisfying. I’m not sure I’ll be tuning in for another episode.
30 Rock: “Live Show”
The Office: “Sex Education”
Grey’s Anatomy: “Can't Fight Biology”
Michael C. Hall in Dexter [A] the sort of episode he could submit for that eventual Emmy
Chris Colfer in Glee [B+] I prefer this to his sadness in "Grilled Cheesus" funny, funny, funny
Marcia Cross in Desperate Housewives [B+] anyone who can take Vanessa down deserves accolades
Jesse Tyler Ferguson in Modern Family [B+] those few moments on the treadmill had me really amused
Lea Michele in Glee [B+] she made "Don't Go Breakin' My Heart" listen-able; that's talent
Monica Potter in Parenthood [B+] she's constantly finding the warmth in her character with aplomb
What did you watch this week on TV? Which performers stood out?