What are you up to this fine Saturday?
Getting yourself a FREE COMIC BOOK????
That’s what I thought.
What are you up to this fine Saturday?
Getting yourself a FREE COMIC BOOK????
That’s what I thought.
As I sit and watch Christmas Vacation for the second time this holiday season, one name is foremost in my mind…
I had forgotten — or did I ever realize? — that Johnny Galecki, Leonard on The Big Bang Theory, portrays Clark Griswold’s son Russ in the holiday cult classic. He was only 13 when Vacation was made in 1989.
24 years ago? Really??
So this happened yesterday.
The Mars Rover team visited the set of The Big Bang Theory
for their taping last night.
I join geeks everywhere in being equally excited that…
Hurry up, fall season! Bring on the new shows!!
During a lively discussion about the Oscar nomination hits and misses with a friend of mine in the ‘hood, a nine-year old girl listening in countered,
“You know this awards stuff isn’t really important, right?”
A child with perspective. I hate that.
Well, she’s gonna love this. I now want to address the egregious omission of Ben and Leslie of Parks and Recreation from the E! Online “TV’s Top Couples Tournament.”
Thank goodness Lil’ Sebastian isn’t alive to see this day.
Since the obvious winner isn’t allowed to compete, I want to make sure some good couples make it into the round of Sweet 16.
I’m sure you have your favorites, so vote today!
It’s very important.
I write The Sticky Egg every day, so there isn’t a whole lotta rhyme or reason to my choice of topics.
Most days, I’m just happy to have one.
So it’s interesting to glimpse ‘behind the curtain’ at the site statistics to see what posts readers like the best. Plus, it gives me a chance to say ‘thank you’ to a few of the celebrities and TV shows that bring sightseers to The Egg.
Carson Kressley The Queer Eye veteran has been a favorite of mine — along with crazy man David Arquette — since they first announced this season’s Dancing with the Star’s cast list. After watching the first week of shows, I am happy to report, I was right. He’s not the best dancer, but he’s the most entertaining by far. Voters, keep him around. The show will be better for it. (And I can keep yapping about him.)
Ryan Gosling Okay, I’ll admit it — not counting this post, I’ve written about Ryan Gosling five times during the The Egg’s two-year existence. What can I say? He inspires me. And apparently readers are okay with my choice of subject matter, too. If Ryan continues to make so many great movies, might I suggest a regular Gosling feature on the Egg? Don’t worry — I will always include quality photos. (They are as much for me as they are for you.)
Law & Order — I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this iconic New York City drama. I was thrilled to appear as an extra in no less than nine episodes of the original series. They were long, boring days that taught me a lot about the biz. But I honestly don’t care much for the show itself. The musical stinger alone gives me hives.
The Big Bang Theory If Kaley Cuoco (Penny) fell in the woods, would it make a sound? I can answer that with a resounding yes. When Kaley had a horseback riding accident last season — and I wrote a blog about it — fans of the show flocked to The Egg. And they just keep on coming back. Kaley, if blog traffic starts to slide, I may need you to attempt a few more daredevil stunts.
High Fashion Whether it’s Hillary Clinton’s hair don’t, Royal Wedding hat do’s, or ‘pretty piggy’ bacon strips for your dinner table, readers seem to like posts that celebrate all things fashion. I kinda feel guilty though…me sitting here in my jeans and t-shirt. But The Egg is only too happy to join the fray.
Thanks for continuing to come along for the ride!
Special Sticky Sneak Peak: tomorrow I’ll be blogging about my experiences as an audience member at the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Will Jimmy have Egg on his face?? The answer tomorrow!
Females of the world, take note.
If you’ve ever wondered what would capture the attention of men young or old, married or single, here’s your answer:
I attended the matinee performance of the revival of The Normal Heart on Broadway yesterday. Jim Parsons — Dr. Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory — makes his Broadway debut in the play. That’s why I went. That’s why I wore the tee (with a black leather jacket). Girl’s gotta represent.
I certainly didn’t expect to get smiles and hellos from every guy I passed — some with their wives and girlfriends in tow.
I also never expected to be mesmerized by this play.
The Normal Heart takes place during the rise of the AIDS crisis in New York City, centering around the experience of writer/activist Ned Weeks, the gay Jewish founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group.
Joe Mantello, who plays Ned, gives a master class in acting. Joe normally spends his time behind the scenes, directing award-winning Broadway productions. Assassins. Wicked. Take Me Out. Angels in America: Millennium Approaches.
Yep. Those were all Joe.
He is surrounded by an amazing ensemble cast in The Normal Heart. John Benjamin Hickey (The Big C), who plays Ned’s lover Felix, is the heart of the play, and Ellen Barkin, as the doctor fighting this new unknown disease, is its backbone, strong and sure. (All three are nominated for Tony Awards, deservedly so.)
The Normal Heart is shades of light and dark, funny and sad, bitter and sweet. I learned a lot about New York City and its response — or lack there of — to the AIDS crisis. I saw some incredible performances. I shed a tear or two.
And I learned the power of a tee. Not a bad afternoon.
Ricky and Lucy. Ross and Rachel. Sam and Diane. Every generation has had its seminal TV couple. But not today.
We gots all kinds of ‘em!
Thanks to a really strong lineup of sitcoms — and dramas, too — the current television landscape boasts multiple couples with great chemistry, fun banter, and unconventional relationships.
Do I have favorites? You betcha! (Thanks for asking.)
Here are my 2011 Top Five TV Couples:
No. 5: Sheldon and Amy, The Big Bang Theory — Call them the ‘uncouple’. They don’t like to spend too much time together, preferring to Skype. The terms ‘girlfriend’ and ‘boyfriend’ offend their sensibilities. And the only kiss they have ever exchanged was more scientific experiment than sexual act. But their pairing has added a spark to the already smoking nerd fest that is TBBT. Long live Shamy!
No. 4: Jack and Liz, 30 Rock — We’ve all had that work colleague who is more than a friend. But in the fantastical world that is 30 Rock, Liz and Jack’s more-than-a-friendship mentor-ship blurs the lines in bizarre, often disturbing, always hilarious ways. Heck, they even got married by accident. If I had a nickel…
No. 3: Castle and Beckett, Castle – This may be a TV drama, but anyone who watches Castle knows this police procedural is sprinkled with a heavy helping of funny, thanks to Nathan Fillion’s take on its namesake. And his chemistry with Detective Beckett is as Sam and Diane as it gets on TV today. Will they? Won’t they? When? Hurry up already!
No.2: Ben and Leslie, Parks & Recreation — My favorite ‘newbie couple’ on TV today, Ben and Leslie are as positive and life affirming as those shiba inu puppies on the web cam. I love their characters separately; I love the idea of them together even more. Since the series is relatively young, I thought they’d keep us dangling like a worm on a hook in a lake in a park in Indiana. But did you see last night? “Uh oh.”
And, last but definitely not least, my choice for the absolute bestest TV couple of 2011:
No. 1: Claire and Phil, Modern Family – No couple on TV is funnier because no two actors are braver. The Dunphys’ sexual exploits alone are worth a spin-off. (Could they be more unsuccessful? How did they have three children?) This week’s episode “Bad Dog, Good Dog” — featuring a brilliant parenting role switcheroo — was yet another tour de force for Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen. They are, simply put, the very best on television today.
Emmy voters, mark your ballots.
It’s a great day in America! Why? Because Craig Ferguson is bringing crossover television back for your viewing pleasure.
At the top of his show last week, Craig appeared in a mini-episode of “The Big Bang Theory” — in true crossover style — and then had the cast take over his show for the rest of the night in a collection of sketches and interviews.
Thanks, Craig. We used to depend on television sitcoms and their associated spin-offs for crossover nights. You know, when Doug from “King of Queens” would appear on “Everybody Loves Raymond” — the show that birthed his series — and vicey versey.
Or remember the night that Paul Reiser’s character on “Mad About You” caused a blackout that affected everyone on “Friends”? Even though those two series weren’t spin-offs, they did share a common setting — New York City — and the character of Phoebe’s sister, Ursula Buffay, who waited tables at their favorite restaurant.
I guess it makes sense that it would take a show outside of the TV sitcom realm to remind us that crossover television works. Sitcoms have only recently regained their stronghold on the prime time schedule — thank you, “Modern Family” — and the only spin-offs of late have been the ever redundant “CSI’ and “Law and Order.”
Take a lesson from the Craigy Ferg, programmers everywhere. Crossover TV is fun.
And it’s great for America!
When I heard the news that Kaley Cuoco, who plays Penny on the very funny “The Big Bang Theory,” had broken her leg in a horse riding accident over the weekend, I was sad for her. I’m sure that hurt.
(Sorry, Kaley. Occupational hazard.)
But I have to admit — then I got kinda excited. Although Kaley is taking a week off the show to mend, and the show will then shut down for an already scheduled week-long hiatus, Penny having a broken leg seems to open the door to endless TBBT hilarity.
Were the writers this happy?
First, they have to decide if they are going to use the broken leg in the storyline at all. Seems like a given to me; TBBT uses the apartment stairwell as a setting too much to simply hide Penny’s cast behind a coach, shopping bag or tight camera angle (devices used by sitcoms for years to hide stars’ pregnant bellies).
So, they have to begin by explaining where Penny disappeared to during her medical leave week. Might be a great opportunity to suggest a new man in her life. A romantic ski trip, perhaps…a bad fall on the slopes. She comes back with a ginormous cast and a great looking guy to help nurse her back to health.
He’ll annoy the hell out of Le0nard and will be someone new for Sheldon to terrorize. And you know Penny will never hear the end of her falling. I’m sure there is a terribly confusing scientific reason as to why she shouldn’t have fallen in the first place.
I like it.
TBBT, feel free to use the idea to get started…but you’ll have to bring me on staff to flesh it out. Have your people call my people to talk money.