The Maya Rudolph Show is a dream come true….and we didn’t even know we wanted it

After the recent announcement by NBC, our prayers have been answered: MayaRudolph will have her own variety show. This is the show we have always wanted, but didn’t realize it..

“The Maya Rudolph Show” will air Monday, May 19, at 10 p.m. on NBC. No judgement here if you’re setting your DVR over a month in advance. People do that for blood baths on Game of Thrones or to see Lena Dunham naked, so why not for our gurl Maya. The structure of this show will bring us back to the vintage variety format of the Carol Burnett era. There will be song, there will be dance, there will be laughs, and there will be woman power. Can I get a hallelujah.

“The Maya Rudolph Show” will premiere as a one episode special, but doubling as a pilot. I’m making a big assumption here, but I think we can all agree that this has the potential to become a full series. Her guest list for this special is star-studded with funny people including: “Frozen” star Kristen Bell, Andy Samberg, Fred Armisen, Craig Robinson, Sean Hayes, Chris Parnell, and a performance by Janelle Monáe.  I’m also assuming there will be several surprise appearances from our other favorite SNL alum (crossin’ my fingers for some Jimmy and Tina). Lorne Michael’s will also take his well deserved role as executive producer, no surprise there.

Living as a sappy, confused, 20something in NYC, there are moments when I can’t help but to feel so fortunate to have grown up in an era watching such talented, creative, and funny women on television. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Kristin Wiig, and Maya Rudolph have fully removed the words “woman are not funny” from existence. Carol Burnett and early SNL alum like Gilda Radner first proved to society how girls can keep up with the Kings of comedy. Growing up in the 90s & 2000s, I feel so lucky to have had these incredible role models to look up to in the media, who in the end inspired me to pursue a career in television. Funny women in the entertainment industry are the new fashion models and pop stars. Society is changing. Young woman are now looking up to actresses like Jennifer Lawrence, Anna Kendrick, Lena Dunham, or Mindy Kahling. Talent, honesty, and humor are finally being noticed and praised over appearance or lifestyle. Times are changing. Fake is out, real is in. I’m blessed to be living among this ongoing change within society.

“The Maya Rudolph Show” is simply providing a very talented and funny comedian with a  variety show….who happens to be a woman…in what happens to historically be a very male driven genre & time-slot.   I think both men and women will be looking forward this special, and both hoping that it becomes approved for a series. In the end, funny is funny. Whether you are male, female, orange, black, orange is the new black, gay, puppy, or even a cat on the internet–funny will always triumph.

 

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Fall’s Comedy Television Assessment

There’s really that many Ss in assessment? who does it think it is, mississippi?

Now that Fall has officially ended (this happens whens nj transit decides to just give up on us all and my puffy jacket causes an uncomfortably squished train ride)… let’s go over the good, bad, and the ugly of this seasons fresh comedic attempts.

In my previous post I judged the new premieres of the 2013 television season…and boy was I wrong. I don’t admit that very often, but wow, I was way off.  First shall we reanalyze a few newbies:

Brooklyn Nine Nine = Dissapointment. No LOL-factor. In its entirety however, not too shabby. My expectations were too high.  Lets be real for a second though, Andy Samberg is probably the least funny part of the entire show. What happened to ya man. Sorry, i’m not sorry. I’ll admit, that pic made me laugh though…

Michael J Fox Show = Straight up, not funny.  The previews/commercials broadcasted the only funny moments. The family interactions are simply not believable. I’m not sure whether this is due to the acting or the writing.  His wife in the showisn’t believable enough to me and I don’t feel a real chemistry in their marriage  and that’s distracting. MJF, just give the people what they want, and what they want is a Back to the Future IV.

The Crazy Ones = FUNNY.  Its evident that the director allows Robin Williams to add-lib and do whatever the f*ck he wants. And thank God for that. Amen. The other characters also stand out and aren’t hidden in his shadow which is very impressive. Way to go CBS, you may have another 9 season comedy program on your hands.

Gimme da goods:

New Girl – Attention World: Watch New Girl. This is hands down one of the best comedies on television right now.  Every character has truly come into their own, both unique &  hilarious. Schmit is brilliant. Seriously, start watching this show, because it has the LOLfactor. You will literally LOL. How many shows truly make you laugh out loud these days? New Girl does this.

How I Met Your Mother UGH. This gives me a sharp pain right to the heart. Don’t bother watching this first half of the season… Just start in the Spring. Every episode is a mildly funny filler. I’m not sure why they don’t do more flashbacks, to scenes the mother may have secretly been in. UGH.  Just stay strong, it will get better, I promise!  I just keep telling myself: when Ted meets the mother it will all be worth it.

Saturday Night Live – wow.  For all of you snl haters these days, you can shut your mouth this season. The cast is made up of all fresh faces…and the new future of comedy. The skits/writing  is different and original compared to the past couple years.  I’m so proud and can’t wait to see the new cast member’s talent noticed. Too sappy?

The Mindy Project – Has truly come into its own. They have grown out of their early stage blues, and now they know who they are. Very funny. Love the characters. Love the story lines  Love the jokes. At first I made the mistake to assume that Mindy would annoy me, but she comes across as a funny/intelligent girl…who’s just a little psycho…but aren’t we all?

Parks and Rec – keep doing you.

Modern Family – Do I even need to say anything? I don’t believe words are needed. Hilarious and will always be hilarious. Some say it feels redundant…but those people are crazy.  This is truly one of the funniest shows on television and I am ecstatic that it is now syndicated on USA. woo!

The le miserable fall comedies:

Mom   and Dads    Big surprise there!  no pics for you.

An honorable non-comedy RIP mention:    

Breaking Bad – This Fall brought the end to an era.  The final episodes to arguably one of the best written television shows, ever. And we can all agree, the end was perfect. And thats all I have to say about that.

Casually Judgmental: Fall 2013 TV lineup

Alright, so here’s the deal.  These are the new fall 2013 television shows, that I think won’t suck. Disclaimer: I am being extremely judgmental based on very little information. This is my immediate first impression and brutally honest predictions. Take it, as you will.

Pssst honestly though, none of the new fall previews blow me away. I’ll probably just stick to the already awesome shows on television instead of delving into new mediocre territory.

 Brooklyn Nine Nine(fox)

Starring SNL alumni Andy Samberg, this police station set comedy has some great potential. Based on the previews, I get a Scrubs meets NYPD, but with a side of Parks and Rec/Office vibe to it. Sounds good to me.  This is probably because the creators were writers on Parks and Rec: Dan Goor and Michael Schur. Samberg plays one of the top detectives in Brooklyn who tends to goof off more than he works, but still seems to remain on top. Now that he has a new tough as nails boss, there will be a well balanced mix of idiots and conflict within the station and on da streets of Brooklyn. Not included in the pic, but remember the squeaky here we go galaxy here we go guy from I Love You Man, he’s in it too. juss tryin not to leave anyone out.  This show will be one big concoction of diverse characters, stupidity, and absurdity– which somehow creates hilarious success.

The Michael J Fox Show (nbc)

Has anyone seen the promos for this show? If you have, and you’re like me, you caught yourself lolling at Michael J Fox finding humor within his disability. Then immediately after laughing you questioned your own morality, and discretely looked around to see if anyone else let out a chuckle. Don’t worry, its okay. This show will definitely get viewers for its season premiere, mainly because people love rooting for anything Marty McFly related. Meant to be semi-autobiographical, MJF plays an ex-news anchor with Parkinson’s who tries to reacquire his job while juggling his family. This could become a hit; solid combination of tears, hugs, laughs, and the ability to educate society a little. Pic: very awkward unprepared family photo= Relatable and nobodies perfect but you can still be happy. That little kid looks super weird though. BUT, who’s the third lady, this isn’t SisterWives.

How I Met Your Mother the final season

Not a new show? big deal, get over it.  This fall will mark the end of an era. September will debut the final season premiere of TedBarneyRobin Marshall&Lilly. The final season of HIMYM will take place throughout the course of one weekend….Barney and Robins wedding weekend…aka the weekend Ted meets his wife. The rest of the cast will meet this mystery woman before Ted does, to add more to that dramatic irony.  I’m also assuming there will be incessant flashbacks/flashforwards the show is known for.   This past Spring, audiences were shocked to see the mother AND…..have no idea who the hell this lady is. Except, slightly recognizing her as that sad woman waving her arms around in those nonstop commercials for the Broadway musical Once.     I have high hopes for this season, and am expecting some tears. I’m psyched. You’re psyched. Or you should be psyched. So get psyched. PicAnalysis: So funny. c’mon. look at each of them. look at the cut-out priest. look at ted, he has a beard.

The Crazy Ones (cbs)

After 31 years, he’s coming back to television. Robin Williams is starring alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar in this father/daughter single-camera comedy.  Robin plays the kooky boss and SMG plays his more reserved daughter as they run a Chicago based Adversing Agency despite Robin’s eccentric personality. To be honest, I have a bad feeling about this show. Why did I put it on this list then? Because Robin Williams’ name caught my attention. Which is exactly what it will do to the country: Catch our attention. Then, I have a very bad feeling we will all get tired of laughing at the repetitive material. Don’t get me wrong, I think Robin William’s is one of the funniest and most brilliant comedic actors in history, but I’m just nervous. I just really hope this is actually funny.  Pic Analysis: This reminds me of Flubber.

Blacklist (nbc)

 Apparently this is supposed to be very good. NBC feels extremely confident about this one. woopdidoo.  I don’t see anything very special from the previews, but I get somewhat of an Alias feel from it. Not quite sure why, but I liked Alias. Unexpected female lead who turns out she can run shit. Story: the most dangerous criminal in America has been caught and he refuses to be questioned by anyone other than a rookie CIA agent he has no relation to. I guess it sounds a little cool. According to everyone else, this show will be a hit. I’m not sure if I will watch it, but most will. Then after a few episodes I’ll secretly tune in. That’s all I have to say about that. Pic: Literally every single picture online for this show looks animated. Disclaimer: The Blacklist is not animated.

The Hundred. (CW)

With the creation of the Hunger Games, the entire wizard or vampire scene with young adults is diminishing, and post apocalyptic worlds with dying teenagers are taking over. 🙂  With fears of the world ending, people can’t help but to love watching teenagers saving society.  Everyone loves an underdog story. The Hundred has potential to be exciting, gripping, and having characters you genuinely care about. I bet adults will hate this, but teenagers will lovee it. This is gonna be like the new OC for this generation’s youth. People want what they can’t have. In the 90s, everyone wanted to be beautiful, tan, have expensive materialistic items, and wear Abercrombie. Now, they have all of that. Instead, everyone wants to be the one who saves the world, acquire baller archery skills, and have a hunky bf back in their post-nuke-hit home they can cuddle up to.                                                                                Pic Analysis: Everyone seems to look uncomfortably feminine. I mean the girls look pretty, but so do the boys. So lets hope the casting is better than this pic is doing it justice. Could be nothing more than an unfortunate photo. ps. is it raining?

The following shows have intriguing concepts worth bringing up, but will most likely crash and burn….

Mixology (abc)

The entire show follows the course of one night at a bar, following 10 single adults.  Sounds like a cool idea? This could either rule, or suck so much.  I don’t know about you, but I only want to see the second half of the season when everyone is wasted. If they really play up the stages of drunkenness at a bar, from awkwardly sober to embarrassingly shitfaced, I will love this show.  I’m hoping there will be random flashforwards to increase some sort of tension or…something. It really depends on how they do this. If this is properly executed and the drunk jokes are more relatable than stupid, then it may do well.                                                                                                    Pic Analysis: Things are not looking up solely based on the fact that every individual in that picture is annoying me. Starting with the super annoying girl with her leg up, the leprechaun ‘fake choking’ his friend(which isn’t funny) while the other friend tries to look like he’s involved, the lesbians in the middle, and the 2 girls staring at the wannabe Barney Stinson who’s looking at us instead of them…. yup this will fail.

Lucky 7 (abc)

7 gas station employees in Queens, NY miraculously win the lottery after years of pooling their money together. After winning though, not all their problems are solved and their lives change forever blab la bla.  This immediately makes me think of Lost for some reason. Very high concept show with a lot of potential…to probably fail. If they can make audiences truly care about these characters and throw in some wild mysteries, this show has a chance. pic analysis:  a. why is there a lense flair…if you can even call that one. b. why do 2 of the girls look so awkward. why are they posing how i did in my 4thgrade class picture.

Super Fun Night (abc)

Helloooo Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson).  I’ve declared the alternate title to be The Fat Amy Show. I think I’d rather see her have her own talk show, but she’s such a friggin loose cannon, networks prob have no choice but to put her in scripted television. Good news though, she’s not only the star, but the writer as well. Oh and she also co-created it with Conan Obrien. YEAH, Coco. If that’s not a recipe for comedic success then idk what is. Unfortunately however, critics who have watched the pilot were not impressed. Uh oh. This may flop harder than fat amy herself. Anyone see Rebel host the VMAs? It was painful to watch. Lets hope this isn’t a redo of the VMAs and that Conando’s 50% pulls through.  Also sidenote:  apparently Rebel is doing an American accent in this. UGH WHY. Half the things she says are not funny unless there’s an accent behind it.  Good luck fat Amy.

 Shows I bet 10 bucks will suck: These literally have no hope.. :  Back in the GameSean saves the world. And Dads oh and Mom.