When Yahoo picked up Community, it seemed fitting that this weird little show would land in the most unlikely and random place. I hadn’t heard of Yahoo’s free video service, but I thought it was a smart marketing decision to pick up Community and boost Yahoo Screen’s numbers with one of sitcom television’s most outspoken and loyal fan bases.
Now the show’s 6th season (a milestone I honestly never thought the show would reach) is here. The first two episodes premiered today with new episodes made available each Tuesday. All of which are available on a free app from a site that gave me my first email address almost two decades ago. Continue reading
Air Date: Thursday, January 2, 2014
Yesterday NBC released a trailer for Season 5 of Community
It’s no secret that Community has had its fair share of struggles and controversy in the past. It’s never had impressive ratings (or average ratings for that matter,) there have been issues with cast members (notably Chevy Chase,) it lost its showrunner and creator at the end of the third season, and all of these issues culminated in a disappointing season 4. In fact, disappointing doesn’t really describe it well enough. So one can’t really be blamed for looking forward to Season five of Community with more than a bit of apprehension. Continue reading
Posted in Editorials, Mike White's Columns
Tagged Alison brie, Chevy Chase, Community, Dan Harmon, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover, gillian Jacobs, Jim rash, Ken Jeong, NBC, Scrubs, Scrubs season 9, sitcom, Six Seasons and a Movie, trailer, Trailer Tuesday, TV show
Pilots are interesting beasts in the television world. They’re used to convince a studio to shell out more money for more episodes. In order to do that, a pilot needs to succeed on several more fronts of storytelling than any other single episode. A pilot needs to introduce the major characters of a series in an engaging, often standalone, story that will leave the audience clamoring for more.
Furthermore, a good pilot needs to rely on a strong cast to build a rapport in a short period of time. Writers working on pilots also have to gauge possible long-term onscreen relationships completely blind of actors’ chemistry. Because of these factors, I live by one steadfast television-viewing rule:
Never judge a show by its pilot.
But some series have such strong pilot episodes that you can and should judge them on the pilots. And so, here I have compiled a list of some of my favorite pilot episodes. They aren’t necessarily my favorite shows ever, and they aren’t exactly the best episodes of said shows. These episodes are just the most engaging series-starters that I’ve seen. They also introduce the characters and story arcs in a highly satisfying way.
You can click the episode titles in the list to buy them digitally on Amazon.
So enjoy and be sure to let me know what you think of my choices in the comment section. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @ObsessiveViewer and like the blog on Facebook.
Posted in Editorials, Matt Hurt's Columns
Tagged Aaron Paul, Aaron Sorkin, Arrested Development, Boardwalk Empire, Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston, Carlton Cuse, Community, Damon Lindelof, Dan Harmon, David Simon, Episodes, Frank Darabont, Homicide, J.J. Abrams, Jeff Daniels, jj abrams, Joel McHale, Lists, Lost, Martin Scorsese, Martin Sheen, Mitch Hurwitz, Pilots, Steve Buscemi, Television Columns, Terence Winter, The Newsroom, The Walking Dead, The West Wing, The Wire, Vince Gilligan
Over the last decade, there’s been a steady shift toward more cinematic storytelling on the small screen. TV has dug its heels into the consciousness of the viewer like it never has before. While the television medium has become a juggernaut of long-form storytelling, it is not without its cast of disposable, irritating characters.
Everyone has that one character they wouldn’t mind seeing buried alive on a beach, mauled to death by a female goat or drowned in a creek filled with tears of their own narcissistic self-pity. Below you’ll find some of the characters whose appearances will have me checking my twitter feed, updating my Facebook or biding my time contemplating why I would even watch a show with such an irritating character.
Fair warning, there are some SPOILERS throughout this list so read sections at your own discretion… Continue reading
Posted in Editorials, Matt Hurt's Columns
Tagged 24, American Horror Story, Community, Dawson's Creek, Entourage, how I Met Your Mother, Lost, Saved by the Bell, Scrubs, Six Feet Under, Television Columns, The Big Bang Theory, The Office, The Walking Dead, True Blood