The Week In TV: Team Coco Plays Dirty
I'm well-rested, ready for adventure, and I play pool wearing shorts. This was the week in TV Land:
• So, the Oscars happened. When it comes to the awards, I agree with Manohla Dargis: "Let's acknowledge that the Oscars are bullshit and we hate them. ... I've learned to never underestimate the academy's bad taste. Crash as best picture? What the fuck?" Last night's ceremony was no exception, as tacky excess and bad entertainment mixed to form the annual mess that is the Academy Awards. But I'm still fascinated by them. I liked Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin well enough, but I could've done without the ridiculous introductory banter before every award. (Tina Fey and Robert Downey Jr.'s screenplay tag-team was the best.) It was also bumfuzzling to have a tribute to horror movies intro'd by Twilight stars, and to have that film in the tribute; this is like having a salute to crime/gangster pictures introduced by Scrappy Doo. However, I was happy that The Hurt Locker beat Avatar for best picture. The trophy goes to the movie with the best campaign momentum, but it was nice that that also happened to be the better movie this year. Really, though, the best way to think about the Oscars is with another quote, this one from Ron Swanson: "Awards are political, and everybody has an agenda. You spend a lifetime chasing them, you'll drive yourself nuts."
• Good news on the comedy front: NBC filled out full-season pickups for next year for Community, 30 Rock, and The Office. (Parks and Recreation got the order a while ago.) The Office is getting a little long in the tooth and is closer to its end than beginning, but the net's reluctant to give up its most well-known comedy. 30 Rock has been okay this season but not as sharp as its first couple years, though it'll be nice to have it around. But I'm really glad Community is getting another year. It's hilarious and energetic, and creator Dan Harmon is really hitting his stride with these stories by balancing heart with silliness. It's the highlight of my TV week.
• We all think Sarah Palin is a rotten person, right? I can't remember the last politician so up-front about their desire to be a TV personality instead of a leader. The latest news: Palin is teaming with TV producer Mark Burnett (Survivor) to shop a reality show about Alaska to several networks, which she did while she was in L.A. to make a stop on Jay Leno's Tonight Show, thereby completing the circle of awful. So keep an eye on your TV for "A Sarah Palin production" on a reality series about the great north.
• Speaking of Jay Leno: His return to The Tonight Show was on track with the ratings he used to get at the show, because why not, the world is a cold and confusing place and I don't what to do with it. However, it's become clear that the younger, Internet-using people who sided with Conan O'Brien are determined not to let Leno's horrid victory go unpunished. In addition to packing the show's Hulu page with fake but accurate tags meant to firebomb the show, they've also started adding "Team Coco" images to the official NBC forums. I won't link to those here, and I have to caution you against visiting them, because some of the images being posted there are disgusting, hardcore, violently disturbing pics that you will not be able to unsee. I think some of that is too far over the line, but still, it's gotta be more clear than ever to NBC that their late-night programs have lost the demo that's going to be in power before long.
• Fox announced last week that the cast of Glee will launch a concert tour in May with stops in L.A., New York, Chicago, and, for some reason, Phoenix. I'm not sure how this will play live, because while the cast has some legit talents like Broadway stars Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele, the TV eps are just auto-tuned to hell and way overproduced. But if you're in one of the nation's major cities, or a desert wasteland choked with the elderly, you'll be able to see for yourself if the cast can pull it off.
The week ahead holds more of the same, though Psych fans (and I am one of them) should note that Wednesday is the fourth-season finale. Finally, just because: Michael Emerson from Lost in a prison training video from the early 1990s. There are no other words: