Author: Sean L. McCarthy

Family Ties compared to Final Four squad

After watching hours upon hours of college basketball this month, Gary David Goldberg sees a similarity between winning hoops teams and his 1980s sitcom, Family Ties. Do you agree? If so, what position did Skippy play, team manager? Would that make Nick the sixth man? I’ve already read too much into this. It’s madness, I tells ya! (Huffington...

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Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union

The first of five episodes of Tracey Ullman’s new Showtime series, Tracey Ullman’s State of the Union, debuted last night. It’s her third go on TV with her multi-character comedy sketches, following previous Emmy-winning runs on FOX in the late 1980s and HBO in the late 1990s. Once again, she’s got a lot of voices in her head just waiting to come out, and thanks to hair and makeup, she melds into many varied roles here, too. This time, the show’s structure, a narrated mocumentary that follows a day in the life of America and Americans, hops and leaps from one scene to the next — in the debut episode alone, Ullman introduces 16 different characters in 24 minutes (39 characters overall this season). Some are real people (Laurie David, Arianna Huffington, Nancy Pelosi, Tony Sirico, Rita Cosby, David Beckham, Campbell Brown and Dina Lohan) while others are imagined impressions on everyday and not-so-everyday folk to comment upon the issues of the day. Here’s a clip of Ullman as Huffington: The debut kicks off with a Bangladeshi woman who has to work three jobs, and returns to her at episode’s end, with narrator Peter Strauss intoning, "There are approximately 12 million undocumented workers ni the United States. Nine hundred joined us within the last 24 hours. Good night, America." Other voiceovers aren’t quite so serious. Nor are all of...

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Preview: Steve Byrne’s Happy Hour

At 11 p.m. tonight, Comedy Central will debut a new hourlong special from Steve Byrne, Steve Byrne’s Happy Hour. Byrne got some online space via Comedy Central Insider to talk up his special and noted that you’ll either love it or loathe it. Really? Byrne reveals: "There are some jokes I absolutely love in this special and others I really have no idea what I was thinking at the time, but it seemed to work." More here. We’ve got three clips from the special to share with you. One here, two after the jump. And if you want the full DVD, it’s out April...

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