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You, Me, Her

11 Jun

309130-2This review really isn’t fair. I’ll tell you why at the end.

This spring, almost unnoticed, a new comedy debuted called You, Me, Her. The setup was simple: a not-quite-young married couple, Emma (Rachel Blanchard) and Jack (Greg Poehler), are moving up in their professional relationship — he’s in line to become dean at a prestigious private school and her architecture firm is bidding to build a new fine arts building for that same school — but their personal life is in a rut. They’re seeing a marriage counselor for help, but Jack takes the advice of his older brother and makes an appointment with an escort. The escort he finds is Izzie (Priscilla Faia), a college student who’s trying to make her rent money.

Nothing happens (well, nothing much), but when Jack confesses to Emma, she is more curious than mad, to the point of making her own appointment with Izzie, then confessing to Jack that she felt a spark with the younger woman. Eventually, Jack and Emma come to believe that Izzie might be the solution to their problems. They attempt to make a financial agreement with Izzie but soon, as so often happens in these stories, the feels get in the way. The first season (two more have already been ordered) follows the trio as they try to figure out what they mean to each other, what their relationship means to the world around them, and how to balance everything.

The performances of the three main cast members are fantastic. All three are not only able but allowed to convey complex emotions without dialogue. Poehler, the brother of SNL and Parks and Rec standout Amy, gives Jack a somewhat confused air, as though he’s not always quite sure of what’s happening, but is game to go along. Blanchard’s Emma is a bit more worldly than her husband, and generally seems to know what she wants, even if she’s afraid to express it. Faia’s Izzie is at least as complex, walking a thin line between determined and fragile, and out of her depth as she falls for this married couple.

The show isn’t as laugh-out-loud funny as a lot of the more mainstream sitcoms; it’s more like an indy romcom compared to a Katherine Heigl chick flick. But I found it touching and endearing.

The reason this review is unfair is manifold: You, Me, Her aired on the Audience Network, which is owned by AT&T. Which means, as far as I can tell, it’s only available on DirecTV and Uverse. In addition, the first season wrapped on May 24, and it’s not showing either on the OnDemand listings or as airing in the next couple of weeks. The good news (such as it is) is that they’ll probably broadcast a marathon of the 10 episodes before Season 2 starts (I recorded 8 of the 10 episodes during a marathon showing). The bad news is, there’s no indication yet of when that will be. I strongly recommend keeping an eye on Netflix and on your local listings, and catching it when it pops up again.

I give You, Me, Her 7 Cheeseburgers

The End of a Bygone Era

11 May

The penultimate episode of Mad Men aired tonight, and the series will wrap up next Sunday.  To prime the pump for the last episode, AMC will be airing every episode of the series’ 7 seasons in one marathon showing, starting this Wednesday (4/13) at 6 pm, 5 Central. Looking at the schedule, it looks like each episode is set for a run time of between 64 to 66 minutes, so be aware that if you plan to tune in here and there, episodes after the first one will likely not be beginning on the hour.

Labor Day Marathons

29 Aug

The folks at TV Tango have provided a list of TV Marathons airing over this long weekend.  Since we’ve got rain predicted in St. Louis, and I’m (amazingly) almost caught up on my television viewing (or at least the stuff I don’t watch with my wife), I may have to look in on some of these.  Check out the list at TV Tango.

TV: The Simpsons Marathon

21 Aug

With everything going on in Ferguson, MO (which, admittedly, is not particularly close to either the FatGuys West or South campus) and football training camp in full swing (neither of us play because, well, we’re fat guys, but we’re in MULTIPLE fantasy leagues), we have unfortunately fallen down on our sworn duty to provide you with the latest news and reviews in the entertainment world.  So here’s the summer in a pinch:  Duane didn’t like Lucy.  Charles loved Guardians of the Galaxy and found Let’s Be Cops cute far less obnoxious than he feared.

And now on to the big news, albeit a little bit late:  At 10:00 this morning, not quite 12 hours ago, the FXX network, to celebrate their purchase of the rights to broadcast every episode of the longest running entertainment series in television history (that would be The Simpsons), has decided to do just that.  Starting (as I said) at 10 a.m. today, and running for the next 12 days — 12 DAYS!!– FXX is showing every episode in order.  Every episode.  In order.

Here’s a neat viewing guide  and a quotes quiz, so tune in tonight.  Tune in tomorrow.  Heck, tune in a week from Saturday.  They’ll still be there.

TV Marathon Alert

2 Mar

To celebrate the holiest day of the year*, A&E will be broadcasting a marathon of the first season of Bates Motel Sunday morning, starting at 8 CT.  I recently watched the entire season over the course of a few days, and this interesting prequel/updating of the teen years of Norman Bates (the title character of the classic Hitchcock movie Psycho) features a fantastic starring turn by Vera Farmiga as Norman’s mother, the mercurial Norma Bates, and a part-creepy, part-sympathetic performance by Freddie Highmore as the boy who would grow up to be Anthony Perkins.  With bad weather forecast for the middle part of the country tomorrow, you could do much worse than hunkering down and visiting Ocean View, CA.  The episodes are also available to view via streaming at aetv.com.  

 

The second season of Bates Motel premieres Monday (March 3).

 

*Oscar Sunday

Showtime Makes it Sunday Every Day

14 Jan

Prior to the season premieres of ShamelessHouse of Lies, and Episodes, Showtime made the episodes available online at http://www.showtimeanytime.com and to users of their mobile app, Showtime Anytime.  

Monday, the network announced that new episodes of Episodes and House of Lies will be made available via those outlets the week prior to their broadcast.  Meaning that the second episodes are available now, for those who can’t wait until Sunday night. Though it wasn’t said in the announcement, a quick check of the On Demand section on my cable box (we have AT&T Uverse) shows them available there, too.

(note:  You do have to be a Showtime subscriber to watch episodes via the web site or the app.)

Weekend Television

11 Jan

We stand, on Saturday, January 11, 2014, on the verge of a huge weekend of television.

For the sports minded, the second round of the NFL Playoffs starts today at 3:30 with the Saints at the Seahawks on Fox, followed by the Colts at Pats on CBS.  Tomorrow, the Niners visit the Panthers at noon on Fox, with the Chargers wrapping up the slate in Denver at 3:30.

Tomorrow is also the fourth most holy day on the PavCo Multimedia Synergistics calendar, as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association awards the Golden Globes to the tops in television and movies.  NBC has the telecast, and E! has probably already started its red carpet coverage.  ABC, CBS, and Fox counter with new episodes of their regularly scheduled programs, while Showtime has the season premieres of comedies House of LiesEpisodes, and Shameless.  Those latter three are already available On Demand, and I can say, having watched both House of Lies and Episodes, that they’re welcome returns, even as each takes a different tack:  Episodes is very much business-as-usual, though the interpersonal relationships have changed based on the events of last season’s finale, whereas House of Lies starts with the Pod broken up and scattered and yearning for the old days.

HBO gets in the act with the premiere of its long-awaited and much admired limited series True Detective, starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey.

Extending the weekend an extra day, Monday sees the season finale of Major Crimes (as the Rusty storyline (hopefully) wraps up) and the season premiere of the riotous animated spy spoof Archer.