I love nothing more than the humor of Zooey Deschanel, she is always the “supporting” fun friend and now she comes to TV to get her chance to shine and make TV fun. She is a real dork have no illusions about that. She plays Jess a total clueless dork who takes shower in her bathing suits, sings theme songs about herself and is about as sexy as a door knob.
She is a train wreck… we open with Jess telling her new potential room mates how she ended up with no apartment ending up with them rooming with her in hopes they’ll meet her model friends. We meet the three guys first the douche Schmidt played by Max Greenfield who like a less hip a lot whiter Aziz Ansari (Tommy on Parks and recreation). second we meet Couch played by Damon Wayans Jr. an intense gym trainer, and last Nick played by Jake M. Johnson who is a romantic mess but in comparison to Jess very put together.
The episode varies through scenarios they try to get Jess back in the game to rid themselves of the constant screening of Dirty Dancing and the pathetic crying, ending up with them saving her from being stood up and then singing her “i had the time of my life” taking on the role of her guardians and setting the show’s dynamics into motion.
It is a fun light hearted show, Zooey Deschanel delivers brilliantly and fearlessly. I will be tuning in next week and I hope more episodes showcase the other characters comedic talent, and those four actor’s comedic mix works.
I will start with a confession:I am a sucker for period dramas. As I was searching Metacritic.com for worthy shows i stumbled on this show rated an impressive 92 so i decided to check out this “Masterpiece” called Downton Abbey on ITV originally aired in 201o.
I am glad I did, after watching season one with it’s engrossing seven episodes my perception of what tv should be has changed. The show is one of the best shows I have seen in years, it’s like the British Mad Men if you will. It tells the story of an estate owner in a fictional village “Downton Abbey“,his family and servants during the time of King George V two years prior to the first world war. Their lives intertwined yet seperate , you are transferred through the upstairs world of the Duke and Duchess of Grantham and their three adult daughters where the glamour,the endless search of a husband and dinners takes place and whose lives are drastically altered by the sinking of the Titanic and then the downstairs world of the servants where there is power play and conspiracy.
This show does everything right, the characters are very interesting and the storytelling is flawless. If you have extra time this summer check it out and satisfaction guaranteed. It does not have the stiff rigid approach to a period drama, it is very well rounded and flat out AMAZING! season 2 to be aired later in 2011.
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let me tell you about a new show i started watching last week that is called “Happy Endings” i hate the name but i love the show. It’s a roughly 25 minute single camera comedy that takes place in Chicago though i thought up to episode 5 it was NYC but obviously i was wrong.
the pilot takes place while Dave is left at the alter by his fiancé and the saga begins. the cast listed below is extremely talented and unlike the picture they are not F.R.I.E.N.D.S
- Zachary Knighton as Dave – the responsible, romantic guy dreaming of opening a restaurant
- Elisha Cuthbert as Alex – Dave’s ex-fiance who leaves him at the altar on the day of their wedding, irresponsible and kinda purposeless.
- Eliza Coupe as Jane Williams – Alex’s control freak sister. She is married to Brad and wanted to start a family prior to Alex’s wedding.
- Damon Wayans, Jr. as Brad Williams – Jane’s husband who does whatever she says, despite not usually being crazy about her ideas.
- Adam Pally as Max Blum – Dave’s close friend. Max is gay but only recently came out to his parents.
- Casey Wilson as Penny Hartz – the group’s desperate and single friend who constantly worries that she’ll never find the right guy, kind of a train wreck which is why we love her.