Tuesday Televisionary: Snorting Pills and Flipping Tables or, Why I Love Summer TV!

Hello my lovelies. You might have noticed that there was no Tuesday Televisionary last week, and I apologize for that. Last week my actual job was an epic time-suck and this week I’m getting over yet another cold but regardless NOW I’m going to do my best to cover two weeks worth of shows and give you lots of entertainment news as well, so let’s get to it! Also I’m not covering last night’s TV because I was at Beyonce and I’m now suffering from fierceness overload.


Anyway. Fox has announced their fall premiere dates, with So You Think You Can Dance and Glee kicking things off on September 16th. Just a reminder, there’s tons of fun online content to satiate your Glee appetite until then. And if you’ve been watching SYTYCD this season then you’re probably noticing a bunch of hilarious Glee sneak peaks during the commercial breaks, which has really kept me on my toes with my DVR fast-forwarding.

So somehow, even though it’s on hiatus until fall, Grey’s Anatomy still manages to generate tons of news. They might want to focus some of their energy on writing good shows instead, but what do I know? Anyway, TR Knight is definitely leaving the show, Izzie is staying (blerg), and in the most exciting news of all, Jessica Capshaw is officially a series regular now. Yay! Lesbians!

Now onto my favorite kind of news: Joss Whedon (and Whedon-adjacent) news! First, Joss talks about Dollhouse season 2. Then EW posted some hilarious videos of Tom Lenk (you might remember him as adorable geek Andrew from the later seasons of Buffy) in honor of his birthday. Jack Plotnick is in some of the videos with Tom, and can I just say, I love both of these guys. Jack was in two of my favorite things ever: Lovespring International and “Girls Will Be Girls.” And finally, here’s a list of the Comic-Con TV show panels, including a Dollhouse panel featuring Joss, Eliza, and a screening of the never-before-seen 13th episode. There’s also a Heroes panel, a Mythbusters panel (and a panel for some show called Lost, I’m not sure what that is), and a screening of the entire pilot for the ABC reboot of V (which: shriek!). Attention Autostraddle readers: anyone going to Comic Con? Wanna report back on it for us? Hit me up at carly at autostraddle dot com and let me know!

And finally, this isn’t really TV news but it’s really heartwarming and totally made me cry. Pixar granted a little girl’s dying wish to see “Up”. Sniffle.

Ok, now on with the shows!

The Carlytron TV Awards for June 9-21, 2009

weedsThe Weeds Award for Weeds

Much like Dollhouse, Weeds gets its own perma-award because it’s so awesome. Last week Nancy tried to regain any power she might have ever had over Esteban, her life and her family… and she fails on most counts. Andy gets drunk and sleeps with Nancy’s married sister (played by the always amazing Jennifer Jason Leigh), Silas and Doug almost get killed in the forest, Celia decides to stay in Mexico with the revolutionary dude, and Nancy gets raped by her baby-daddy after a particularly hilarious-slash-terrifying visit with Guillermo in prison. I am really curious as to where this show is going from here. I’m assuming there will be another season, but when all is said and done, can Nancy survive? No seriously, can she? Weeds viewers: do you think Nancy will live when the show eventually ends?

The Hot Effing Mess Award

Unless you’ve been living under a rock all week, this should come as no surprise to you. The Real Housewives of New Jersey started off with a whimper (I was sooo bored during the first few episodes) and went out with a serious bang. And that bang was the sound of “The Table Flip.” First of all, Teresa didn’t actually flip the table. Tina flipped a table; Teresa just screamed and lifted the table into the air with all of the strength she could muster in her tiny little pilates arms. Super Intern Lola has captured all of the excitement for you in this amazing animated gif:


You can also watch it all unfold here:

Basically, we have all seen this happen before, haven’t we? There’s always some dumb drunk girl getting angry at some crazy bitch for doing something inappropriate. Actually, this whole dinner scene read like a bunch of dyke drama, didn’t it? Like you and your friends are trying to have a nice dinner but someone had to go and invite someone’s ex and then she shows up and causes a scene and pretends to cry and then shit gets crazy. So typical. Kudos to Bravo for cashing in on this and somehow airing like 4 more “episodes” after the finale has aired. My Jersey heritage is really looking great right now, but contrary to what the people on this show might want you to believe, not everyone in Jersey flips (“flips”) tables: we throw chairs, duh.


The Hot Girl of the Week Award

So recently, I was bedridden for two days and naturally, I watched a lot of TV shows on DVD. At one point I made it through all of 30 Rock season 2, and I was reminded of how amazing Edie Falco was when she guest-starred as C.C., Jack’s secret liberal lovah. Then I watched the Season 2 finale with the commentary on — I had that kind of time — and Tina Fey was talking about how great Edie Falco was to work with. So then I decided it was time to honor her in the most meaningful way possible: the Hot Girl of the Week Award (though you get a half point if you said “an Emmy award”). I never watched the Sopranos but I’m definitely a fan of Ms. Falco!


Edie Falco on 30 Rock

So, um, I don’t know if I properly stressed how awesome Nurse Jackie is when I wrote about the pilot last time, so let me clarify: THIS SHOW IS AWESOME. It’s amazing, seriously. The 2nd episode was even better than the first! Jackie is another example of a strong female role from a network who seems to specialize in strong female roles lately. She walks the line between doing good and being good, seemingly personifying the phrase “the ends justify the means” (though I’m not sure if that applies to her cheating on her adorable husband). Her character is just so blindsidingly amazing that she transcends… everything (sorry, I just took some Benadryl). Also this show is being written by lesbians (“that explains Jackie’s hair” — my roommate Matthew) and Peter Facinelli’s character has two moms! We’ll see them in episode 6. So many reasons to watch!

The Other Bravo Reality Show Where People Have Feelings Award

Fashion show! Fashion show! Fashion show at lunch! Um, sorry, I watched all of The Office season 3 this weekend too. Last week’s challenge was really cute, the designers had to create a look based on a high school clique. Hell-ooo, Mean Girls! Johnny made a dumb lesbian joke (I’ll spare you, but it involved Home Depot) and Merlin had a nervous breakdown. Then everyone took turns whining, crying and hating everyone else. Great fun; very much like high school. Angel went home because it was long overdue. Then this week Becki Newton (Amanda on Ugly Betty) showed up to judge the quickie challenge at the beginning and then she was gone and I was sad, because I love her. Then Daniella got paired up with Reco and they ended up in the bottom two teams on a stupid challenge that I only half paid attention to. But they both got to stay because, I mean, they’re kinda the best people on this show.

dlist2The A List Award

I don’t know what Kathy Griffin‘s talking about, her show is far less D list than it is A list at this point. Last week: Bette Midler and Stevie Nicks; this week: Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Liza Minelli, Wynona Judd, and Chaka Effing Khan! This season thusfar has mostly been about Kathy’s quest for a Grammy and as always, the best part of the show is her mother. Watching her cold-call a bunch of rappers to see if they’d vote for Kathy was amazing. Also Kathy asked Lily Tomlin if she possibly turned Lindsay Lohan gay, to which Lily responded: “Actually, you know — maybe I did! I think she was sort of leaning, and, well, she probably admired my work so much, she thought that was the path to artistry.” Genius.


Dear Mary Murphy:

On behalf of the entire world, please quiet down. There is no need for your antics. Also dial back the botox, it’s a bit much.

Hugs, Carlytron.

Mary Murphy has really been in rare form so far this season on So You Think You Can Dance, having already screamed so loud my ears bled, cried a bunch of times, and made jokes about having had so much botox injected into her face that she can no longer properly display emotions (to which I say: true). My favorite parts of this show are always the big results show group dance numbers on Thursdays, here’s Shane Sparks’ routine from the first week:

and Mia Michaels’ routine from the second week:

Speaking of Shane, he came back from America’s Best Dance Crew to choreograph two hip-hop numbers in the second week, but both couples did a crummy job with his choreography. He looked totally pissed in the audience too, like “I came back for this?!” Also in the audience: Marlee Matlin! She loooooves to dance! It’s too early for me to pick my favorites, mostly because I still can’t tell any of the girls apart. This show brings out my inner gay boy not just because it’s all about dancing, but because the boys are always cuter than the girls. Though Cat Deeley did look lovely in her white suit on last week’s results show.

brookesdateThe Are You Kidding Me? Award

Full disclosure time: I used to work on a reality show about the Hogan family (I won’t say which one!). So imagine my wonderment and surprise to learn that on a Very Special Episode of Brooke Knows Best last week, Brooke went on a date with a girl (a cute girl, too)! Knowing who was behind this, my first reaction was “not surprised!” I couldn’t bring myself to actually sit through the whole thing but luckily AfterEllen did so you don’t have to either. Insert giant eye-roll here.

The Dumbest Commercial Award

drpepperI’m a slave to my DVR so it’s rare that I catch many commercials but there is one airing right now that really bothers me. And let me preface this by saying that I love both Dr. Pepper and Dr. Dre. But their stupid commercial where he puts his Dr. Pepper can down on the turntables and like, suddenly the music changes? That would never happen. First of all, the soda can is getting condensation all over the turntables, which is terrible. Second of all, really? Really? Third, is this a commercial for Dr. Pepper, Dr. Dre’s new album, or Dr. Dre’s mind-blowingly expensive headphones? Not really sure.

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  1. Nurse Jackie is totes hands down better than United States of Tara. It makes me feel things! LOVE IT.

    • I totally agree. US of Tara never did hook me but Nurse Jackie got me with the pilot alone. I love Jackie and Zoe together. Actually, I love Zoe. She’s perfect.

  2. Loved the table flip from RHONJ, but Liz Lemons, “WHERE’S MY MAC AND CHEESE!” table flip takes the cake.

    • oh snaps, i was only thinking of the tina table flip from l word, i had totally forgotten about liz lemon. SO GOOD! definitely the best table flip ever.

  3. fun fact. Edie actually didn’t cut her hair for that role, she asked if she could cut it.. she wanted it short haha and she is kinda awesome

    I hadn’t watched the RHONJ and then it was blowing up all over the interwebs, and the “directors cut” came on last nite and my mom walks in and I was like “Look Mom, this could have been your life” — since we lived in Jersey for like a yr and a half when I was 3 haha- and all she said was “Charming”

    Ps- I meant to ask if you knew this like last week, but better off ted starts airing again tonight

  4. I’ve never thought that Nancy might die in the end, but I see it now. You may be right! And it may be the best possible route for them to take. As long as it’s not AT ALL like Jenny’s death in TFS.

    • yeah i doubt they’d do it like jenny because they’re not morons over at weeds (ooo burn). i just wonder if she hasn’t dug herself too deep of a hole to get out of in the end.

  5. I think it was Freaky Friday that turned Lohan gay. Perhaps Anna can only be played by babydykes :p

  6. Oh ya the weeds thing, I can totally see them having her die.. is it renewed for another season yet either way?

    I think they would do it- I don’t see it as one of those shows that they’d even consider putting on the big screen (but I’ve been proven wrong before) and therefore no reason to keep her alive really from a marketing standpoint

  7. Why do I feel like the only person who has had a severe allergic reaction to Weeds ever since season 3?

  8. ahh Carly its so awesome that you put a couple clips from SYTYCD in here. It’s a good catch-up for me since I haven’t been watching — thanks!

  9. OMG not even read past the first para as just got in from seeing Beyonce tonight in D.C and imagine will be awestruck for the next few days! She is incredible. And totally owns the stage. Ok going back to reading now.

  10. Dear Cat Deeley…

    Oh, I wont go there… everyone loves her. :(

    I can ‘t wait to catch up on Nurse Jackie!

  11. I’m so tempted to watch the SYTYCD clips, they have only aired auditions here. I know I shouldn’t, but I sorta love Mary Murphy – watching her carry on crazy entertains me, I can’t explain it.

  12. I like Nurse Jackie too (gotta get my money’s worth for my L Word-focused Showtime subscription) — I think I wasn’t able to get into The United States of Tara ’cause I don’t think women who fuck with their families due to severe mental illness is funny/entertaining. In other words, because I am Debbie Downer. Speaking of downers, back to Nurse Jackie, which I also like so far.

    I have gotten really confused about Weeds but would ideally like it to end in a musical number, as per my request for every show ever. If I had watched the episodes in order or in their entirety or while sober myself, I’d have a more astute prediction, but I know that Mexicans like to dance and there are a lot of mexicans on that show.

    perhaps this comment may as well be from Tinkerbell.

    I LOL’ed about the Dr Pepper imagining you yelling at the Teevee, the animated gif was AMAZE, and I heart Lily Tomlin like WHOA. Very funny & ebulent and comprehensive as always, office references = yay i saw that show! hoolihay out.

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