Trials of NBC
Yesterday, NBC announced that 30 Rock will air its final, shortened season this Fall, along with some big news about the other comedies on the network. (No, that’s not the lie. We aren’t playing yet!) Can you guess which one of these items was not on the agenda?
Sure, it’s been announced that Dwight, the Pictionary, Jr. illustration of the word “geek” that has darkened The Office‘s doorways lo these eight seasons past, is getting a spinoff sitcom developed around his unique take on life. And we’ll hate-DVR the first three episodes of Dwight! to see if they decide to commit to “Trekkie,” “Star Wars nut” or “dangerously unstable menace,” we’re more excited by the possibility that spinoffs will have a renaissance. Here are eight sitcom spinoffs we’d greenlight tomorrow.
The Lana Del Rey/SNL imbroglio, ensuing after the neophyte singer bombed live has some pretty muddled gender dynamics–the spectacle of Brian Williams, face of the establishment, berating Nick Denton for not taking out the long knives on a 25-year-old rising artist was rather unseemly.
Now Whitney Cummings, a comedian who herself has been Read More
Congrats to Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, the Upright Citizen Brigade alums whose web show Broad City is now in development talks for an FX pilot. This is no small part due to both the girl’s hilarity and its major endorsement by UCB founder Amy Poehler.
Now, if only there was a way to talk about this show without immediately pigeonholing it as part of the new “Women are funny too!” push on the part of cable programers–The New Girl, Whitney, and 2 Broke Girls all come to mind– while still recognizing these comedians as the growing contingent of recognizable, hilarious female comedians.
…Nope. Too difficult. How about we just watch the trailer instead, which features Ms. Poehler along with NYC comediennes like Andrea Rosen, Adira Amram, and Kristen Schaal?
Ouch. Here we thought were in the post-Bridesmaid era of empowering female comedy, what with TV’s new fall lineup revolving around such quirky leading ladies as Zooey Deschanel (Fox’s New Girl), Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs (CBS’ 2 Broke Girls) and Whitney Cummings (NBC’s Whitney). But maybe America just isn’t ready to have a sitcom where boys aren’t the main focus, since despite not airing until September there is already an online petition to get Whitney canceled.
Danny Meyer, the enterprising restauranteur who operates establishments at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney, as well as New York mainstays like Union Square Cafe and Gramercy Tavern, will be in charge of two restaurants at the Whitney’s new downtown location, next to the High Line, when it opens in 2015.
With most New York commercial galleries getting ready to close for August, New York art critics published some of their last reviews of summer shows this week and began opining on broader, more controversial topics. Below, five highlights from the week in criticism:
5. Cotter Questions the Met’s Plans for the Whitney’s Breuer Building
“It’s a great treat to be here with such a fine audience of art lovers and artists,” cooed Debbie Harry, surveying the crowd at the Whitney’s groundbreaking gala last week. “Downtown people, uptown people, all kinds of New Yorkers.”
When Blondie’s right, she’s right–many of the museum’s supporters, arrayed in front of her at tables Read More