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5 Shows After Dark: How Long Before She Trips? Over or Under 5 Minutes?

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | October 16, 2012 | Comments ()


"Second Presidential Debate" on ABC, NBC, Fox, and PBS at 9:00pm ET. I'm currently living in Maryland and one of the benefits that I only notice around election years is that we don't get bombarded with political ads because we're not any kind of swing state. There's a few half-hearted attempts at local political ads, but there's definitely not the sort of wall to wall coverage that the poor folks in Ohio or Florida end up with. I can't tell you how happy this makes me, especially when I see some of those ads on "The Daily Show" or wherever.

"Emily Owens, M.D" on The CW at 9:00pm ET. Series premiere. I've seen this promoted recently, and it stars Mamie Gummer who is the daughter of Meryl Streep and the owner of my current pick for least appealing name in entertainment. Anyway, the brief description is all about how real life is just like high school because our titular Dr.Owens ends up working with her "high school nemesis" and "med school crush" so it sounds sort of awful and petty. I could be wrong, though.

"Chopped" on Food Network at 10:00pm ET. So, question that occurs to me anytime they get really weird ingredients: do the judges get a heads up about what they're expected to eat or are they walking in cold? Because if it's the second they're almost braver than the contestants.

"Covert Affairs" on USA at 10:00pm ET. Third season fall premiere.

"Sons of Anarchy" on FX at 10:00pm ET.

Genevieve Burgess Is thrilled to have worthwhile television to write about again. At least for the moment.

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  • mslewis

    I ran into this show last night whilst channel surfing. I believe I had missed the first 5 minutes or so but when I arrived the camera was in a close up of Mamie and I just couldn't change the channel. That girl is beautiful in a strange sort of way, just like her Mommy. (I actually had no idea who she was or what the show was because I hadn't heard anything about it.) I think I'm a fan and I think I will watch at least a few espisodes to see where things go. Her name is really quite wonderful but then, I'm old as heck and it sounds normal to me. (You would understand if you knew my first name.) As for "Chopped" . . . I remember reading that the judges DO NOT know the ingredients beforehand.

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    I've decided to call it Less Slutty Grey's Anatomy. I'd really like Hollywood to discover any other profession than Lawyer, Doctor or Cop. I want a gritty drama about accountants or a light rom com about HR professionals, or shit they can even go crazy and give us a glimpse into the insane world of office managers.

  • Devin McMusters

    That's the girl from Off the Map!

  • Pajiba_Pragmatist

    So a quick check of the Wikis shows that her first name is "Mary". Mamie is (evidently) a nickname. Her full name is: Mary Willa "Mamie" Gummer

  • bleujayone

    You mean this is a nickname she voluntarily uses? Like willingly? Mamie Gummer sounds like an Edwardian porn name.

    I had a great-aunt who had this as a nickname too. Her real name was Mary Jane. Her face was always engulfed in an avalanche of Shar-Pei wrinkles for as long as I can remember and wore whore-red lipstick that she could never apply without going off her lips proper and onto the lip suburbs.

    Hearing that name on anyone born after WWII seems odd to say the least. Then again I'm sure in 60 years when the nursing homes are populated with women named "Brittany" and "Madison", the kids then will look at them in much the same way we look at "Ethel" and "Mabel".

    Also which parent thought a child born in the 1980's would love to be saddled with this moniker? Does she have a brother named Old Bean Gummer, too?

  • Bedewcrock

    Most pressing question: How do you get your Edwardian porn name? Combine names from a limerick and words from the OED? Merken Malarky?

  • kilmo

    Mamie Gummer was great on all her "The Good Wife" guest spots. Seriously, she's better than this show. Also, it needs a new title, because it's terrible.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I'll thank you not to hate on Mamie Gummer too much, for I find her adorable, if a bit perplexing for being Meryl Streep's kid slumming it on the CW (and that midseason Doctors Without Borders show last year). Surely she could take a *little* nepotism and a few decent movies.

  • Groundloop

    I'm sure it's been said elsewhere, but if you don't live in the 19th Century, naming your child Mamie Gummer borders on child abuse, though I do admire her for sticking with it instead of picking a stage name.

    That gals got moxie I tells ya!

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