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September 28, 2012

1:11
P.M.

The Latest in TV with Lisa de Moraes

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Lisa de Moraes

Pulitzer Prize winner, Peabody recipient, Medal of Freedom honoree -- Lisa de Moraes is none of these, but she is an authority on the bad direction, over-acting, and muddled plot lines being played out in the TV industry's executive suites. de Moraes worked for a decade as the television editor at The Hollywood Reporter, the entertainment industry trade paper, where she was routinely on the receiving end of more shouting phone calls from TV suits than Paula Abdul's manager.

When she upgraded to The Washington Post in 1998, a well-known executive producer called to suggest she have someone else start her car, but her trenchant writing (and refusal to use words like "trenchant") earned her the following praise from the brilliant, handsome media observer at Slate: "She writes like a wicked bitch." Wikipedia has called her "a noted television columnist," but they're often unreliable. It's pronounced "deh more ICE."

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Q.

"Go On"

How is "Go On" doing in the ratings? I've been pleasantly surprised by how the show has managed to take some of the real issues one encounters while grieving---such as dreading having to tell a person the news and endure their outpouring of tender emotion, no matter how well-intentioned---and handling them with a light, deft touch. Will this show last? Can I keep watching it?
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Lisa de Moraes :

I vote "yes" though it did drop this week, when finally faced with new-season material from other networks. It scored around 7 million viewers this week, compared to 9 million previous week when its "The Voice" leadin was also much higher and  it did not compete with the season debut of "New Girl," etc...

– September 28, 2012 1:04 PM
Q.

Male Pattern Optimism

I saw a preview today for a really horrible looking movie where Kevin James something like a cage fighter and I think his wife/girlfriend in the movie is Salma Hayek. Talk about male pattern optimism at it's height! Does he (Kevin James) have a really good agent like Carson Daly? I really don't understand why he keeps starring in movies, even if they are terrible.
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Lisa de Moraes :

The movie in question is "Here Comes the Boom," It's about a high school biology teacher who's trying to become a mixed matrial arts fighter to raise money to prevent extra curricular activities from being asked at his cash-strapped school.  Hayek plays the school nurse, which has to be every young guy's fantasy. Clearly this flick is targeting young guys and young guys would definitely buy into Male Pattern Optimism. I think it's what gets them through high schoo, right?

– September 28, 2012 1:04 PM
Q.

Hey, everyone, chill!

All over the internet today, people are talking about how "Elementary" is inferior to the BBC's "Sherlock." I say they cannot be compared and everyone should just get over it. Jonny Lee Miller is Sherlock in the same way that Patrick Jane, Monk, House, and Gus Grissom are Sherlock. JLM has a luminous quality that made "Eli Stone" work and gives his Sherlock some humanity. Don't worry about where he stands on the "Sherlock scale" and just enjoy the show.
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Lisa de Moraes :

I've said before and I'll say it again. I prefer "Elementary." So, apparently did about 11 million people because that's how many more people watched "Elementary" than the latest round of "Sherlock." My guess is those "all over the internet" talkers is actually a very small group of people in the much larger broadcast TV firmament.. Kind of like gnats flying around the picnic table... Or, TV critics..

– September 28, 2012 1:06 PM
Q.

Reporting on Blue Bloods taping outside my window

Hi Lisa, you made me a cub reporter last week when I told you Blue Bloods was taping outside my window (I prefer the title East Coast Correspondent). Nothing too exciting happened, but I did see one of the actors (I looked him up and think his name is Will Estes). He was really cute. They had nice trailers for the actors but hadn't set up food service yet, which is what I was most interested in seeing. The PA's were polite when trying to herd people away (it's a really crowded neighborhood in Queens). Unlike the jerks that were filming something called "Zero Hour" a few weeks ago. I think it's an upcoming tv show. It was hilarious - the PAs were trying to be all tough and not let people walk down the street to their homes and they were such jerks about it and no one listened to them. The people from Blue Bloods were much more professional and people actually seemed to be having fun and smiling at each other. But I wanted to see some explosions. Nothing will ever beat having Spiderman filmed in my neighborhood - that was incredible to witness.
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Lisa de Moraes :

Wow, you guys really live large in Queens! Glad the "Blue Bloods" folks were pleasant... but sorry to hear the people working on ABC's midseason show "Zero Hour" were jerks. They've got their nerve, given that they're working on a show about a guy who sells, you know, CLOCKS....

– September 28, 2012 1:10 PM
Q.

Holmes vs. Holmes

My friends may hate me for it but I don't really like the UK's Sherlock. I find the main character's protrayal to be a little annoying. Now the American version came out last night, and I missed it. I was wondering if it was worth watching? Is it at least fun?
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Lisa de Moraes :

I prefer it... Among other reasons, because CBS will not torture me with only three episodes and then leave me wanting more... I hate relationships like that

– September 28, 2012 1:10 PM
Q.

Because I love you, Pookie...

I actually watched "The Neighbors." For fifteen minutes, I kept asking, "She wanted me to watch this?" but by the end I had laughed several times and become deeply fond of the chief alien. I can't believe I'm saying this, Pookie, but I'm probably going to watch it again. What do you think its chances are of lasting more than three episodes?
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Lisa de Moraes :

I've promised to make up my bed every morning and brush my teeth THREE times a day if it lasts all season...How about you?  Meanwhile, I'm so glad you stuck with the episode and your reaction to the pilot episode was exactly my reaction.... I found its silliness (gosh that spelling looks wrong, but what the heck) ultimately irresistable and yes, the chief alien sells the show...

– September 28, 2012 1:12 PM
Q.

Cheers!

Hands up all of you who think Ted Danson is actually very good as a Las Vegas CSI. I will admit that I am pleasantly surprised. I could do without Elisabeth Shue though. Are the ratings up on this show?
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Lisa de Moraes :

The ratings improved when Danson joined, and again when Marg Helgenberger left (thank you lord) and Shue joined the show...

– September 28, 2012 1:12 PM
Q.

Eating the Plaster

Have you seen any of PBS's "Wallander" series? Kenneth Branagh as Hamlet playing a modern Swedish detective. I've never seen so much scenery-chewing in my life.

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Lisa de Moraes :

I know! I love it! Scenery chewing in Sweden with all that gorgeous, depressing, scenery... It just doesn't get much better...

– September 28, 2012 1:13 PM
Q.

Animal Practice

I noticed something called Animal Practice on my DVR. Should I watch it or reprimand my husband for recording shows without consulting me first?
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Lisa de Moraes :

Watch it.. Crystal the monkey is the season's breakout star.. If this show doesn't survive, she'll wind up on something else soon....

– September 28, 2012 1:14 PM
Q.

L&O SVU OMG

Pookie, in an otherwise frenetic day here in my office (I work with IDIOTS!) your chat is my only bright spot. So let's recap Law & Order SVU's 2 hour season premiere Wednesday night. Dick Wolf is a genius. Best. Episode. Ever.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

I don't suppose you're going to tell us where you work? Oh well. Anyway, thank you very much for calling my chat the bright spot of your day. I have not yet watched Wednesday's premiere -- was recapping "X Factor" which is in some kind of trouble this season, I'm here to tell you... Anyway, recap away -- I don't mind spoilers at all. In fact I LOVE spoilers. What happened?

– September 28, 2012 1:16 PM
Q.

Conservative v. Liberal Viewing Habits

Pookie, Do campaign strategists look at the list of shows that skew one direction or another when they are trying to choose when to purchase ad time? I ask because one of my favorite shows, Castle, I think skews more conservative than liberal (which makes me laugh for some reason) so while sitting through the mutch anticipated fall debut, I found myself having to suffer through more Romney ads than I've seen in a while. Or was it just a coincidence? I suppose I just need to suck it up and deal with the onslaught of campaign ads until after the election if I want to watch something in real time.
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Lisa de Moraes :

Yes you do, and no, it was not a coincidence...

– September 28, 2012 1:16 PM
Q.

Series

After watching the Emmys, we had to wonder how it was we didn't hear about the various short series that were up for awards. Of course it's because we DVR everything and don't see the promotionals. What's a good source to find out what's coming in new short series (and just as importantly, when the reruns will be)? I'm good with the World Series, but other than that, we got shut out last year.
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Lisa de Moraes :

I'm not sure what "short series" means? Are you talking about "miniseries"? If so, the tv movie and miniseries categories were mashed together last year, or was it the year before... But, then you mention World Series, which has nothing to do with the Emmys... I give up. I don't understand this question. Can you try again?

– September 28, 2012 1:19 PM
Q.

Today Show

Any improvement in their ratings? Do you agree with Tom Shales that GMA is exploiting Robin Roberts?
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Lisa de Moraes :

No improvement, other than the expected Olympics bump. Yes, GMA is getting ratigns mileage out of Robin Roberts' temporary leave -- she was diagnosed with MDS (Myelodysplastic Syndrome) and is taking time off now for a bone marrow transplant, while various  celebs including Stephen Colbert, the cast of Modern Family, Rob Lowe, Oprah, fill in for her -- who are also "exploting" the situation, if you will. But what's "GMA" supposed to do -- pretend she's not missing in action? And Roberts seems fine with how ABC News has been handling it -- she was tweeting like a maniac, etc... Yes, GMA's handling has been a little uncomfortable making at times, but, on the bright side, it's hopefully raising people's awareness about the disease. So, why not. 

– September 28, 2012 1:25 PM
Q.

Let Charlie speak!

Does Charlie Rose have an ego that might cause him to banish Nora O'Donnell? I like them as a team but notice that when they conduct two-person interviews she will hardly let him get a word in. It appears to me that it's more enthusiasm on her part than trying to dominate but I'd hate for her to lose that gig because of it.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

I had not noticed, but will watch carefully next week... My guess is she's the new kid trying to prove herself...

– September 28, 2012 1:26 PM
Q.

Universe, safe again

Is it too soon to ask about the prospects for "Mob Doctor"? Or maybe I should state my real question, which is: when is "My Boys" coming back?
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Lisa de Moraes :

Mob Doctor did not do well in its second week. One week ago, it clocked 5 million viewers off of Bones' 8 million. This week it fell to under 4 million viewers off of Bones' nearly 8 million viewers... Meanwhile, "My Boys" is never coming back and we need to move on to something new.. Maybe Crystal?

– September 28, 2012 1:28 PM
Q.

Making it look easy

Pookie, thank you for the shout-out to Jean Arthur in your post-Emmy chat. You are right that she made everything look easy, but all you have to do is compare her work in, say, Mr. Deeds or Mr. Smith to Shane or Talk of the Town and the skill is palpable. You are right that Ed O'Neill is a "victim" of his own skill, and I'd suggest that a lot of performers are victims of this sort -- especially comedy actors who don't go over the top (Amy Poehler, Lauren Graham) but also Jon Hamm and even Tom Bergeron.
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Lisa de Moraes :

I was totally on board until you got to Amy Poehler and Lauren Graham, then you lost me. But I'm very glad you're a Jean Arthur fan too. She's one of my all time faves.....

– September 28, 2012 1:29 PM
Q.

Old cast, new show

How is Major Crimes doing? I miss The Closer, but I'm finding this show likeable, even without Kyra Sedgwick. I hope it gets to stick around, as there are fewer procedural crime dramas around these days.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

You're in luck -- renewed for another season...

– September 28, 2012 1:29 PM
Q.

Hypothetical question

You're stranded on a desert island with a tv that is stuck on one channel. Which channel would you want it to be and why?
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Lisa de Moraes :

No brainer: Turner Classic Movies... for obvious reasons.

– September 28, 2012 1:30 PM
Q.

Elementary - thanks for the tip

Pookie, Thanks for the tip. Watched the show and enjoyed it. JLM is channeling Hugh Laurie a bit, with the day-old shave. Glad he kept his British accent. Will watch again.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Delighted to have helped... He's very good and I was not a fan of Eli Stone.... His performance in this show surprised me...

– September 28, 2012 1:30 PM
Q.

Crystal sparkles

Did you see this week's New York magazine profile of Crystal, complete with glamour shots? The author was just as mesmerized with her as the TV writers. But will she be enough to make Animal Practice a success?
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Lisa de Moraes :

The show is struggling, but she transcends the show.. She's a star...

– September 28, 2012 1:31 PM
Q.

The Mindy Project

Hi Pookie. I'm posting early so I can have a sense of accomplishment for the day. What do you think of the Mindy Project? I watched the first show wanted to like it as I think she's great, but it seemed to be all over the place and trying too hard to be funny. I hope it gets better in subsequent episodes. Does it?
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

I have not seen too far into the future on this one, but my guess is if you did not like the pilot you won't like the show. Everyone seems to fall into two camps on this one.

1) People who are Kaling fans and wanted to like it, but did not, and

2) People who are not Kaling fans and were surprised that they did not hate it.

I'm a member of 2).

– September 28, 2012 1:33 PM
Q.

the mindy project

Awaiting your thoughts re the first episode-my opinion-this series is a definite maybe...
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

See previous answer... I'm going to stick with it. But then, I liked "Ben and Kate" too, so what do I know. Let me clarify that: I love the Brit gal pal on "B&K"....

– September 28, 2012 1:34 PM
Q.

Last Resort

So... I watched Last Resort last night- kind of wondering how they evolve the movie Crimson Tide into something more. I was actually intrigued. But my real question is ----->>> do they write shows (this being a perfect example) with a season shelf life? Because I'm sorry- there is NO WAY this show lasts more than a season with any sort of acceptable storyline. I pretty much predict the rest of the season to be Lady Officer: "oh look, the military is coming" Captain: "OK launch another missile and really let them know we mean business." Lady Officer "Ok captain."
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

And yet, "Lost" lasted how many seasons? You can always have holes in the universe that take you to other storylines entirely...don't you think this show will morph into more of a Swiss Family Robinson thing? Wouldn't that be funny?

– September 28, 2012 1:35 PM
Q.

Elementary, My Dear Lisa

I watched it and enjoyed it a lot. While I find Robert Downey Jr.'s take on Holmes as an abomination, I liked this updated version, and I loved Jonny Lee Miller in Eli Stone. I hope it will do well. It's on my TiVo list. I have yet to see Mr. Cumberbund's version, but I have liked Basil Rathbone, Peter Cushing (The Hound of the Baskervilles), and Christopher Plummer (Murder by Decree, with James Mason as Watson). I also liked Brent Spiner as Data playing Holmes on Star Trek: the Next Generation.
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Lisa de Moraes :

Catch Cummerbund while you can because he's a big movie star now, so he may have played his last Sherlock on the small screen.. He's not bad, really.

– September 28, 2012 1:36 PM
Q.

Is the head of programming for ABC on crack?

What possessed him/her to green light "The Neighbors"? I watched it and it was awful...
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

I loved it... Clearly I'm taking whatever he's on...

– September 28, 2012 1:37 PM
Q.

MADE IN JERSEY & BRIT ACCENTS

Hey Pookie, I've been out of pocket since 9/7 and have to put this topic to rest, since you were so perplexed by my previous comments. My basic point is this: I find it annoying that Hollywood CDs think ALL British actors/actresses are great and castable for ANY American part. Whereas, American journeyman actors -- NOT stars -- aren't afforded the same opportunities to play Brits. I mean, really, they couldn't have found an American actor from NYC or Jersey for Made in Jersey? Really?! Kat Dennings -- or someone like her -- would have been a much better choice, in terms of casting.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

Kat Dennings can't act and would have been the death of this show. I take your point, though that there are probably people in this country who could have played the part. There are also American actors who could have played Dr. House... and there are plenty of accomplished actors in this country who can't get work in Hollywood because they're too fat, too old, too "ethnic" (translation, not white enough) or too -- well, I could go on and on. Life is not fair. Hollywood is really not fair...

– September 28, 2012 1:39 PM
Q.

More on political ads

Sometimes I laugh at where ads air. For example, one day I was on a Pretty Little Liars Hulu binge-- and it was all Republican ads, all the time. I guess I thought all Pretty Little Liars fans were too young to vote!
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Lisa de Moraes :

Okay, that's just weird...

– September 28, 2012 1:40 PM
Q.

Eating crow over "Elementary"

I was such a fan of the Jeremy Brett "Sherlock Holmes" that even the new British series has been a bit of a let down. I was really skeptical of what I feared would be gimmick casting of a female Watson, as it seemed fraught with so many potential pitfalls. Let me just say that I take it back: I was pleasantly surprised both by the character herself and Lucy Liu's personification of her.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

You had the same reaction I had. And I too am a big Jeremy Brett fan...

– September 28, 2012 1:41 PM
Q.

maybe it was the story/plot of Elementary that underwhelmed me

It was so lackluster -- UNimaginative in its resolution (so obvious) but I do like the main characters & the actors -- the writing/plots needs to improve if I'm going to stick with it I think.
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Lisa de Moraes :

preaching to the choir. Pilot episodes are always dicey.. And, don't forget, it's on CBS, where neat wrap-ups of crime stories are a trademark...

– September 28, 2012 1:42 PM
Q.

"Ben and Kate"

Should I be embarrassed that I liked "Ben and Kate," too? The male lead edges a little to close to being obnoxious, but overall I enjoyed it, especially the absurd little throwaway bits such as him trying to turn his car around on a suburban street and the Brit giving the child a makeover.
A.
Lisa de Moraes :

I re-watched the makeover several times. Brilliant bit of business..

– September 28, 2012 1:42 PM
Q.

morph into more of a Swiss Family Robinson thing

Would they make coconut grenades like in the Disney version? And have the logs roll down the hill over their nemeses? That would be cool.
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Lisa de Moraes :

I know. I'd love it...

– September 28, 2012 1:43 PM
Q.

Last Resort ===> Gilligan's Island

Every week, Washington sends in some person/animal/Robot with a plan to take over the sub, they get close to breaking the case on the conspiracy, and then the XO blows it for them, leading Capt. Chaplin to hit him over the head with his hat. ......either that or a Polar Bear shows up.
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Lisa de Moraes :

I'm liking this show more and more!

– September 28, 2012 1:43 PM
Q.

Lost ran for 2 seasons ....

In my world Lost ran for two seasons with a "finale" many years later. I stopped watching after season 2 when it was apparent what the story was and that the writers really didn't have a plan (despite their continued protests otherwise). I'm sure if Last Resort survives, they'll just run around in circles for a few years like the Losties did.
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Lisa de Moraes :

Yup, and fangirls and boys will write about how it's the best new show of the season -- they're out there already...

– September 28, 2012 1:44 PM
Q.

Last Resort: The Real Question

If Washington DC is being threatened with getting nuked by a rogue submarine every wekk............. ........can I finally find a 3 bedroom townhouse that I could buy with a VA Mortgage?
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Lisa de Moraes :

I'm sure they'll be plentiful in Georgetown....

– September 28, 2012 1:44 PM
Q.

Bandersnatch Cummerbund

He's on record as saying he'd love to keep doing "Sherlock." Surely three episodes a year won't conflict with making films.
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Lisa de Moraes :

Three episodes a year doesn't do it for me.. How about you? I want more....

– September 28, 2012 1:45 PM
Q.

Kat Dennings

What on earth was she doing at the Emmys? Granted, she looked amazing, and showed off her, er, assets, but really, being the worst actor on a so-so show earned her a trip to the Emmys? I can understand why we had to endure Hayden Panetierre (ABC was host network) but why Kat?
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Lisa de Moraes :

Because her show's a hit and she has the show's best, um, assets... I think she was really just there to show off her shoes... and she sure enough did that...

– September 28, 2012 1:45 PM
Q.

Call the Midwife

Any info on this? Worth DVRing (with presious little space available at the start of this new season)?
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Lisa de Moraes :

Starts this Sunday and clear out some space on your DVR for it..

– September 28, 2012 1:46 PM
Q.

Political ads

A peice of advice: get a dvr, we never watch live TV any more and it's wonderful!
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Lisa de Moraes :

But you're missing all these wonderful political ads.... I hope they put them in a time capsule and stick them in the cornerstone of some building to be dug up decades later...

– September 28, 2012 1:47 PM
Q.

Once Upon A Time

I am inordinately excited about the Season Premiere on Sunday. As I love this show, and usually only love shows that get canceled too soon, is "Once Upon a Time" a success for ABC?
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Lisa de Moraes :

Yes it it.. You've finally loved a hit...

– September 28, 2012 1:48 PM
Q.

Last Resort

I watched the last five minutes of the premiere and all I could think was, "do they realize how hard it will be to start their own country?" I blame my inablility to suspend disbelief on the fact that I lost a few brain cells while watching Vegas (on the DVR) beforehand.
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Lisa de Moraes :

Vegas is mind numbing, isn't it.. such a waste of Dennis Quaid... Somebody please put him in a comedy...

– September 28, 2012 1:49 PM
Q.

Lucy Punch (aka Brit Gal on Ben and Kate)

The show moved sooooo slow. I probably won't be watching it. But I, too, love Lucy Punch. Everyone go Netflix "Hot Fuzz" for her Juliet in the the local AmDrams.
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Lisa de Moraes :

I liked how slow and quiet and low key it was... and I love Lucy

– September 28, 2012 1:51 PM
Q.

I don't consider myself a prude

But the way Kat Dennings' shoes were hanging out was pretty gosh-darned tacky. Why would you make your entire persona be about your shoes?
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Lisa de Moraes :

Because that has landed you a starring role in the country's most popular new comedy despite your utter lack of acting skills? Sounds like a good strategy to me.

– September 28, 2012 1:52 PM
Q.

Neighbors

I can't wait for the Halloween episode where they give out fried eggs and beer.
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Lisa de Moraes :

I too have high hopes for the show's skewering of American holidays and other institutions...

– September 28, 2012 1:52 PM
Q.

Homeland

Wasn't she electro-shocked last season? How is she going to come back from that?
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Lisa de Moraes :

By staring at things with wild looks in her eyes and jumping as slight noises... the usual...

– September 28, 2012 1:53 PM
Q.

Connie Britton

This summer, I saw all episodes of "Friday Night Lights" for the first time and now am a Connie Britton fan. Is "Nashville" worth watching?
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Lisa de Moraes :

you betcha... very campy soap.

– September 28, 2012 1:53 PM
Q.

More Last Resort/Gilligan's ideas

1. A Russian cosmonaut lands on the island. 2. A rock band lands on the island. 3. A surfer lands on the island. 4. The crew discovers a jungle boy living on the island. 5. The crew discovers a Japanese soldier who thinks it's still World War II on the island. 6. The crew hears a radio report that causes them to think they will be rescued, but it later turns out to be a hoax. This thing is going to run for three years.
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Lisa de Moraes :

At least!

– September 28, 2012 1:54 PM
Q.

Annie Awful

Hey Pookie, the craptastic version of Annie on last night's X-Factor, complete with the munchinland invasion from from backstage, was among the best in worst TV ever. I DVR'd it so I can wear Depends on future viewings.
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Lisa de Moraes :

I was pleasantly surprised they poked fun at Simon with that ending -- complete with fireworks...there may be hope for this season, after last season with its "Look at me and my big mansion, hot car  -- and swimming pool!" ugh.

– September 28, 2012 1:55 PM
Q.

This may sound cold-hearted, but...

I was embarrassed FOR Micheal J. Fox as he was receiving the standing ovation at the Emmys. It just seemed so condescending. He's a really good actor, but let's face it -- the only reason they stood was because he has parkinsons. I would think he would have preferred that any standing O's were based purely on merit. I know that isn't reality, though. Just sayin' is all.
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Lisa de Moraes :

I had the same reaction -- lump in my throat while rolling my eyes... and now, we take a break from our regularly scheduled chat to bring you TeamTV's Emily Yahr making her Washington Post Web site on-camera debut, talking about why TV charcters who are best friends are always punching each other in the face. It's epidemic, in case you have not noticed...

– September 28, 2012 1:59 PM
Q.

DWTS retreads

How did DWTS do this week? I'm not really interested in watching former contestants. Plus it was being aired at the same time as a thrilling sports event (one that vindicated a wee bit of the poor refereeing suffered in Super Bowl IV). I might end up watching future broadcasts, but I couldn't even gather enough interest to watch the Tues awards show. I think I like watching unknown 'stars' starting from scratch, and rather than famous-er people who've done this all before.
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Lisa de Moraes :

Yeah, all-stars edition isn't doing it for me either....

– September 28, 2012 2:00 PM
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Lame Emmys

The only funny part of the opening was the group of former Emmy hosts popping up over the bathroom stall. The rest of the bit made me think "uh oh, it's going to be a long painful night." Kimmel was barely funny, and his fake "in memoriam" was very inappropriate. Does the host write this stuff, or is the writing done by one of those non-blamable committees? It just stopped short of dreadful.
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Lisa de Moraes :

I'm sure it was Jimmy's writers.. A lot of his gags were like stuff straight out of his late night show, which was the point of having him host -- ABC is giving his show the 11:30 p.m. timeslot in January, where he'll now play with the big boys...

– September 28, 2012 2:01 PM
Q.

KAT DENNINGS

She wears that dress and you notice her shoes? Unless by shoes you're referring to her 'assets?'
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Lisa de Moraes :

Oh yes. Welcome to the chat. Like with my recaps and column "shoes" is part of the slanguage...

– September 28, 2012 2:02 PM
Q.

The Good Wife

It worked better for me on Tuesdays. Now I have to decide between that and the "REVENGE!" Drinking game. If Vegas dies, will CBS finally give up?
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Lisa de Moraes :

CBS is never going to put Good Wife back on Tuesday night.

There, I have just done the best I can to insure that CBS puts Good Wife back on Tuesday nights. You are welcome.

– September 28, 2012 2:04 PM
Q.

SJP

So how did you like Sarah Jessica Parker on "Glee" last night? She was an early Annie on Broadway, ya know!
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Lisa de Moraes :

I only caught a second of it -- was walking Winkie after recapping "X Factor" -- and I liked what she was wearing. Does that county?

– September 28, 2012 2:04 PM
Q.

More Emmys

Lisa, I enjoyed Jimmy Kimmel's hosting, and some of the filmed pieces were great--especially the Modern Family "Aubrey is a Monster" one. Even the Big Bang "CPA!" spot was funny. Best moment for me, though, was Tom Bergeron's win. His speech was so smooth and clever, and only reinforced why he is the best host on TV.
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Lisa de Moraes :

I've been saying it for years....glad the academy finally woke up from its Jeff Probst nightmare

– September 28, 2012 2:05 PM
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"I liked how slow and quiet and low key it was"

Yes, that was one of the charms of "Ben and Kate." I just loved how the brother breathlessly said, "We have to save your mom!" and then spent agonizing minutes trying to turn the van around. On another show, we would have seen 5 seconds of him turning, cut to another scene, returned him still trying to turn, etc. That they spent maybe a full 90 seconds on him laboriously trying to maneuver the car made it very funny.
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Lisa de Moraes :

I'm with you...

– September 28, 2012 2:06 PM
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Last Resort episode

Two words: Irradiated vegetables!
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Lisa de Moraes :

Works for me -- February sweeps, when people's thoughts turn to gardening...

– September 28, 2012 2:07 PM
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Last Last Resort Question

When they make a silent movie of their trials and tribulations, will it win an Oscar like "The Artist" last year?
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Lisa de Moraes :

I am waiting for a TV series to try it. Pretty sick of  the "let's do a musical epsiode" gag..

– September 28, 2012 2:07 PM
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Shoes?

Could you please link to a particularly egregious photo of Kat Dennings and her "shoes" from Sunday's Emmys?
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Lisa de Moraes :

Here's a pretty good one....

– September 28, 2012 2:10 PM
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Q at 1:58 pm

Obviously a "newbie." (Rolls eyes)
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Lisa de Moraes :

Hey -- we welcome all newcomers. No eye rolling please...

– September 28, 2012 2:11 PM
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Emmys wear

Didn't Sophia Vergara have "shoe malfunction" where they had to go behind her and sew back her "heel"? What do we call the backside "Shoes"?
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Lisa de Moraes :

This is  getting too complicated and scary.... I'm having a nightmare imagining  someone's breasts winding up where they sit... I think we'll just agree to call that a heinie incident...

– September 28, 2012 2:13 PM
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Welcome to the chat!

The "shoes" bit started when Kellie Pickler made an appearance on "American Idol" after she had made some money in the music biz. She was noticeably chestier than she had been during the competition and Seacreat, staring at her meaningfully, asked what she had been spending her money on. "Shoes," she replied. And he deadpanned, "Ah...shoes."
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Lisa de Moraes :

Yes.. all of our sly references are steeped in television history.. you can learn a lot on these chats...

– September 28, 2012 2:13 PM
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Laast Resort = Gilligan's island

So what does that make the Bar Girl? Is she Ginger or Mary Ann?
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Lisa de Moraes :

My vote: Ginger

– September 28, 2012 2:14 PM
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RE: I am waiting for a TV series to try it.

Already done on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER
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Lisa de Moraes :

Golly, that episode was so painful, I'd actually blocked it out.. thanks for reminding me...

– September 28, 2012 2:15 PM
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KAT DENNINGS REVISITED

Ok so I'm a little slow on the up-take. Not really talking about shoes. Got it. But speaking of shoes how about the pair Christina Hendricks was wearing WOW!
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Lisa de Moraes :

You're not slow at all! I just forgot about Buffy's "silent" episode (gak)....And yes, every year at the Emmys, everyone waits and waches to see how Hendricks is wearing her shoes this year....

– September 28, 2012 2:17 PM
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SIlent episodes

Joss Whedon did it in the fourth season of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," in 1999. So it's been 13 years. Probably not time for another one yet.
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Lisa de Moraes :

Yes, and please, next time, in a comedy...

– September 28, 2012 2:17 PM
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so ABC

is getting rid of nightline?
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Lisa de Moraes :

Flip flopping timeslots

– September 28, 2012 2:18 PM
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Kat Dennings pic

And yet the look on her face in that photo is, "I despise you for staring at my shoes."
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Lisa de Moraes :

That's always her look. In fact, it's her one and only look.... I think it's called Method acting...

– September 28, 2012 2:18 PM
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I'm Scared

All I can think of now is "did her shoes match her dress."
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Lisa de Moraes :

Hendricks' did... she was so monochromatic it was hard to tell where she stopped and the dress started....

– September 28, 2012 2:19 PM
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Show in the shadows

Why does "Modern Family" win shelves full of Emmies and rave reviews, while its same-night companion "The Middle" gets basically nothing, ever? I really like the Hect family better than that bigger one. Am I hopelessly out-of-touch, or what?
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Lisa de Moraes :

I love "The Middle" and wonder the same thing myself...

– September 28, 2012 2:20 PM
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Jon Cryer

As teed off as I was when he won the Emmy, I was won over by his acceptance speech. He just seems to be a class act who realizes that he was hit with the lucky stick.
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Lisa de Moraes :

I think he gained a lot of fans with that speech....well played on his part.. and, seriously, the least the TV academy could do to acknowledge his having survived the Charlie Sheen years...

– September 28, 2012 2:22 PM
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Reverse shoe malfunction

Look, you can't force these things. No one sat down and decided to call "shoes" shoes; it evolved naturally out of the situation on the show that we were discussing. (Actually, it was a blog post, not a chat. If you were around, you remember.) Some day we'll have an appropriate code word for backsides; until then, all we can do is say that Sofia Vergara had a wardrobe malfunction. Genius doesn't follow a timetable. (See also: the coining of "Bandersnatch Cummerbund.")
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Lisa de Moraes :

Thank you for putting this in perspective..

– September 28, 2012 2:24 PM
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Can't believe you're still here

but a quick thing about Electro-shock. It's not like it was in the One Flew Over era. Scientists have learned that you can "jump start" a brain to rewire connections like you do with a heart defibrillator. In the old days they used MUCH TOO MUCH POWER and did it too frequently. Probably treated folk with mental illness badly in a bunch of other ways, too.
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Lisa de Moraes :

Then why are Clare Danes' eyes spinning around in their sockets throughout the whole first episode of the new season?

– September 28, 2012 2:25 PM
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Kat Got Your Tongue

I love how she poses after she delivers a "zinger" line. It could be a great drinking game, but after one episode, I'd need a liver transplant.
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Lisa de Moraes :

New Drinking Game is born... hooray!

– September 28, 2012 2:25 PM
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Do you get a commission per response?

You should.
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Lisa de Moraes :

What a brilliant idea... I'll take it to management as soon as this chat is wrapped...

– September 28, 2012 2:26 PM
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Silent Movie Episode

Buffy had one? What season was that on? Are you sure you're not confuising it with the Musical Episode "Once More with Feeling"?
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Lisa de Moraes :

No, it was the episode in which Joss Whedon taught us, well, whatever he taught us. Really, the guy makes me tired...

– September 28, 2012 2:26 PM
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"The Middle" vs. "Modern Family"

I seem to recall that Bob Newhart's classic sitcom where he played a Chicago shrink (with Suzanne Pleshette as his wife) never won any Emmys, although "The Mary Tyler Moore" won slews of them.
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Lisa de Moraes :

It's true, loads of really good shows, and actors, never won Emmys... ditto Oscars. Including the aforementioned Jean Arthur... Which I think is a lovely name on which to wrap this week's chat... Thank you for joining me. Hope to chat with you next week. Have a lovely weekend....

– September 28, 2012 2:28 PM
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