2014 Pilot Preview: NBC’s Marry Me

Official Description: Six years ago, Annie (Casey Wilson, “Happy Endings”) and Jake (Ken Marino, “Eastbound & Down”) bonded over their mutual love of nachos and they have been inseparable ever since.

Now, after returning from a romantic two-week island vacation, Jake’s all set to pop the question. Before he can ask, though, Annie lets loose on Jake for his inability to commit. She was expecting him to “put a ring on it” in paradise and now Jake’s perfect proposal is ruined. Not wanting to spend the next 60 years talking about that mess of a proposal, Jake and Annie decide to hold off on the engagement until they can do it right. Yet if history tells us anything, it’s when we really want things to go right that they all tend to go wrong.

The only thing we know for sure is these two are destined to be together — whether they can get it together or not.

The cast also includes Sarah Wright (as Dennah), John Gemberling (as Gil), Tymberlee Hill (as Kay) and Tim Meadows (as Kevin 1).

Writer David Caspe (“Happy Endings”) and director Seth Gordon (“The Goldbergs”) serve as executive producers with Jamie Tarses (“Men at Work”). “Marry Me” is a production of Sony Pictures Television and FanFare Productions.

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Ten Quick Thoughts on The Strain Episode Two “The Box”

Episode two of The Strain didn’t change my opinion of the show much (I feel pretty much the same way I did after viewing the pilot) and I continue to really enjoy the horror elements of this show. It does gross out scares with the best of them. However, there’s a lot of less than compelling stuff to trudge through to get to enjoy it all.

Some quick thoughts on “The Box”:

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Review: True Blood “Lost Cause”

Well, I may have spoken too soon.

After calling True Blood out last week for using its final season to nonchalantly kill off main characters without barely passing a nod in their direction, things slow down this week as the good people of Bon Temps gather to mourn the deaths of Alcide and Tara and, most importantly, to celebrate life. It was nice for the show to make sure the characters were provided a second to deal with all that’s occurred so far in this eventful final season (keep in mind, all this action has taken place over three days in their time) but some messy developments and sloppy character work hurt what could have been a much more enjoyable installment. Given its flaws, “Lost Cause” was my least favorite episode since the premiere.

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Review: The Leftovers B.J. and the A.C.

Another week, another engrossing episode of The Leftovers. At this point, I don’t really understand the dissenters (of which there’s still a pretty healthy handful) because, at least in its present state, The Leftovers is a captivating and satisfying hour of television every week. It’s an acquired taste but if you allow yourself to warm up to it, the honest portrayals of grief and feeling lost are remarkably astute and even when the characters are hard to like, I find it impossible not to care about them. I know there’s a lot of leftover (no pun intended) resentment for Lindelof over how Lost ended (from sizeable portion of the Lost audience that happens to be very vocal) but if we’re judging The Leftovers on what it’s been so far and not on what possible Lost-esque miscalculations it might make in the future, I can’t understand not being on board.

“B.J. and the A.C.” was an entry with some significant forward momentum, but it spent a good bit of the hour on an event that seemed relatively inconsequential: the theft of baby Jesus from the town’s manger scene. Even Kevin thought the matter seemed beneath him but when the mayor insists, he’s on the job. Only he doesn’t want to see her plan of replacing baby Jesus with some other doll through; it doesn’t feel right. Despite being the culprit, even his daughter Jill talks about how wrong it would be to just simply replace the Christ child with another; “it’s sacred”.

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Quick Site Update

As mentioned in an earlier post, my landlords were kind enough to sell the townhouse my wife and I rent so we’re having to move this weekend so posts will be scarce over the next couple of days. There’s a few reviews I’m not going to be able to get to unfortunately, but they’ll get covered in the next podcast that’ll be up early next week. We’ll discuss The Divide, Married, You’re The Worst, The Lottery and we’ll actually have a full discussion about Extant this time.

Starting next week, I’ll begin to offer some pilot coverage as well. With more and more people visiting the site and the amount of time I’m putting into it, I’m trying to improve some things and will be doing the best I can to offer early reviews of as many shows as possible. Some networks are being more cooperative than others but I’m doing the best I can.

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