Please Note: Spoilers for the last three seasons of "The Walking Dead" ahead.
Are you ready for the next season of "The Walking Dead" to premiere tonight? I am. Give me back my zombie show! I need more Daryl, Glenn, and Maggie in my life. But as much as I love "The Walking Dead," I know it can oscillate between "OMG THIS IS THE GREATEST" (I am still gutted over the loss of Sophia) and "Wow, seriously? I'm angry that just sucked so much" (the unnecessary death of Andrea).
Last season was especially trying. There was an anti-climactic ending to the Woodbury storyline (some argue that the Governor not being dead adds intrigue, but I say he was totally unhinged and needed to go); my darling, Andrea, was killed off in the worst way possible (seriously, I have a lot of feelings about this, so please don't get me started); and now they've got a whole new group of people from Woodbury to take care of in the group.
So here are five wishes I have going into season four.
There are so many sitcoms I used to watch and love as a kid. They were wholesome! They were funny! They kept me out of my family's hair for at least a good 30 minutes! I may have loved them then, but that doesn't mean I'd still love them today. Here are four shows I was obsessed with as a kid, and now totally regret trying to re-watch as an adult.
"Full House" is the ultimate '90s sitcom offender. The cheesy intro, the live studio audience, the puns, and that music. You know the music I'm talking about. Something bad has happened and one of the girls needs to have a stern talking to, or they need to learn a life lesson — which, in turn, means we need to learn a life lesson. That soft music starts up and it's not long before you're learning why it's not okay to give in to peer pressure or why we should all just be ourselves. And then everything is perfectly resolved and they all live happily ever after.
As a kid, this format worked perfectly. You got a couple of laughs, and you also learned something (to its credit, "Full House" did tackle subjects like loss). It wasn't complex, it was wrapped up in 20 minutes, and it usually had a happy ending. As an adult, this format is cloying to the point where you're lucky if you make it past the first few minutes of an episode.
Today, IFC announced their satirical sketch comedy show "Portlandia" will be renewed for two more amazing, glorious, wonderful seasons. Seasons four and five, which will be 10 episodes long, will premiere in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
"Portlandia" stars SNL cast member Fred Armisen and actress/writer/musician Carrie Brownstein. Although Lorne Michaels (yeah, the dude behind "SNL" and "30 Rock") is the executive producer, the show is totally, 100% the brainchild of both Fred and Carrie, who write and star in almost every sketch. Their already-impressive list of guest stars includes Aubrey Plaza; Heather Graham; Jeff Goldblum; Penny Marshall; Roseanne Barr; Rose Byrne; Patton Oswalt; and Kristen Wiig.
These are my five favorite "Portlandia" sketches to prove that this is a show you should totally be watching... but whatever, you've probably never heard of it.
This week, Ellen DeGeneres meets Ellen DeGeneres, Beyonce kicks off her tour, and the cutest birthday gift ever is something we can’t even try to top.
Ellen DeGeneres (times two!)
Ellen DeGeneres is widely adored, especially because she's so funny, seems down-to-earth, and can take a joke. While many celebrities might get offended by impersonations done by the cast of SNL, Ellen not only invited Kate McKinnon onto the show, but encouraged Kate to do her impersonation while the two were together. Ellen even gave Kate a matching outfit to really complete the gag. The result was pretty hilarious, as seen in the video (above). Kate takes on Ellen's dance moves and even kind of sounds like her, if a bit exaggerated. I loved every second of it.
I'm still sobbing internally after last night's "The Walking Dead." I swear, watching that show is emotionally exhausting, but I can't get enough. Though I'm still not over many of the show's deaths, next week the show's third season wraps, and I'm so excited to possibly (?) have resolution with The Governor and his creepy eye patch. Check out the trailer, and remember: when fighting zombies, always aim for the head.