"It would be like matter and anti-matter—a comedy explosion! So that could never happen and must be protected against at all costs." — Veep creator Armando Iannucci on why he could never, ever allow Joe Biden on the show.
"In the 2008 episode ‘Subway Hero,’ Jack Donaghy convinces Tracy Jordan to star in this political ad aimed at convincing black Americans not to vote in the 2008 election. The ad is paid for by the Committee To Re-invade Vietnam."
Girls returns to HBO tonight. Here’s a discussion about the new season, erotic capital, and more, led by five of MoJo's twentysomething young women. (And here's a decidedly less generous assessment of the series from our TV and film critic.)
Reportedly to show a Ryan Seacrest studio interview with swimmer Michael Phelps.
A new low in television, sports, and humanity.
Watch what NBC/Comcast didn’t feel like showing you here.
(Producer Matthew points out that Deadspin’s post, linked above, may have misidentified the aim of the memorial. But not its power, or its omission from the NBC telecast. More on the moving memorial hymn’s singer here.)
“I have sat on the sidelines for the last decade and watched as everyone and the brother has ripped off Pop Up in some way or another with the internet coming out of nowhere and Twitter being hauntingly familiar and all of these devices that are using snarky, pithy text,” said Thompson.
We don’t know about all that, but holy crap! Music videos…on television? In lieu of My Super Sweet Sixteen? Brilliant!
Many characters of the age pale in comparison to The Wire, but if any other deserves explicit exploration, it is James “Jimmy” McNulty. While McNulty is rich in his own right, he is particularly interesting in comparison to the viewpoint characters of Dickens. As Dickens progressed from his “picaresque” adventure-style novels to his more serious explorations of society, so too did his central protagonist evolve. And yet, instead of gaining in complexity, Dickens’ viewpoint characters dwindled—in personality, idiosyncrasy, any unique or identifying traits.