Manuel Betancourt

'TV' Posts

Thoughts on Smash, or How this is why I’m #TeamIvy

  So, after 15 episodes and over a dozen original musical numbers later, television’s most critically beloved pilot (no, not series, or did you not see critics backpedal on their raves only weeks after the rest of the episodes rolled out?) came to a close with… well, basically a series finale that functioned as a mirror ...

15 Reasons you should be watching Web Therapy, or How look! Funny famous people!

Are you watching and keeping up with Lisa Kudrow’s hilarious web-improv series Web Therapy? Why the hell not? The premise (“50 minute therapy sessions are just too… much, I do 3 minute sessions via iChat”) is hysterical and the guest stars alone should make you chuckle. Don’t believe me? Here: 15 Reasons you should be watching Web ...

TV in the 2000s or How Let’s name ABND’s Best Drama Actors/Actresses

Best Performances (TV Drama)

Narrowing the performance/actor categories was HARD. But I went with two things: 1. Do I like the actor/actress? 2. Do I like the performance? Okay, maybe that didn’t help ’em narrow them down at all. But I do have a crazy math system in the back of my head. Just don’t make me explain it ...

TV in the 2000s, or How let’s name ABND’s Best Comedy Actress

Best Performances (TV Comedy) Part 2 Narrowing the performance/actor categories was HARD. But I went with two things: 1. Do I like the actor/actress? 2. Do I like the performance? Okay, maybe that didn’t help ’em narrow them down at all. But I do have a crazy math system in the back of my head. Just don’t make me ...

30 Rock, or How Hi-Def is HARSH

Last night’s 30 Rock might have given us the best sight gag since Kenneth/Jack/Tracy’s view of the world. Behold, the power of Hi-Def cameras: Liz looks horrid.

Pete looks old (and shirtless?)

Kenneth looks like a muppet (!)

& of course Jack looks younger.

30 Rock, or How it’s aboot time!

Off to a slow start this a season (did they really have to spend so many episodes milking the ‘Real America’ jokes, funny as they were?) 30 Rock managed to crank out an episode that introduced the new guy (Jack/Danny Baker), saw Kenneth at his Emperor-worst, found Jenna and Tracy trying to solve problems and ...

TV in the 2000s or How Let’s name ABND’s Best Drama Series

Best Drama Series To say I don’t watch too many dramas is an understatement. Maybe this is in part due to the fact that networks rarely stray far away from doctors, lawyers and cops (notice only one of the 8 shows I am about to mention fall into one of those categories), so while everyone this ...

TV in the 2000s, or How let’s name ABND’s Best Comedy Series

Best of the 2000s Next Door   The decade is coming to a close and we all know what that means: TOP [insert arbitrary number here] LISTS! Not one to be left out of the bandwagon (cause, really, what better way is there to travel than in a bandwagon with random people?) I have decided to count ...

Dollhouse, or How consent isn’t a play-thing

Not often can one drop the names of (feminist thinkers) Andrea Dworkin and Catharine McKinnon when discussing a network show, but that is exactly what Emily Nussbaum did over at her blog Surf when discussing last night’s episode of Dollhouse “Belonging.” And damn if it’s not a great read!

Written by Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen ...

30 Rock or How :: laser shield ::

There are few things I enjoy more on 30 Rock than seeing Will Arnett & Alec Baldwin go head to head. This week’s episode didn’t disappoint: “Pewwwwww”

“What kind of gun was that?”

“A laser gun. It cuts through everything” And then later, “I’ll make this company so profitable so fast the only headline will be… ‘Donaghy ...

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