9 Things You Need To Know In Order To Be a Productive Member of Today's Pop Culture Society
HBO cancelled "Enlightened" after two seasons, and here's what I'm going to say about "Enlightened": I didn't like it. I watched most of the first season, and it never it never clicked with me. In fact, I found it obnoxious, grating, soulless, and boring. But, several smart television critics began raving about it during its second season, calling it "TV as Art" and then I felt dumb about not liking it. But Joanna -- who also didn't like the first season -- waded back into the second season, only to discover that she still didn't like it. Good for HBO for giving it a shot, though, and I still adore Mike White. I hope his next series is more compelling.
FYI: Stephen Colbert's sister, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, won the Democratic nomination for the South Carolina congressional primary. I understand that Stephen has agreed to campaign for her for the general election, and by that, I mean: Mock her opponent.
According to The Wrap, Steve Coogan, who is amazing in all things, has landed a role in the ABC pilot, "Doubt," where he will play "a former cop who's now a cunning, charming low-rent lawyer who uses his street smarts to work the system for his clients while battling his own demons and wooing his ex-wife."
Speaking of pilots, Greg Kinnear's pilot, "Rake," will be directed by none other than Sam Raimi. In other pilot news, Terry O'Quinn ("Lost") is joining "Gang Related," Fox's drama about a gang member sent in to infiltrate the San Francisco Police Department. O'Quinn will play the police chief. The show comes from the Hughes Brothers.
Elsewhere, based on a few casting notices, it looks like someone in season three of HBO's "Girls" will be headed to rehab. My bet is Jessa, although it very well could be Adam.
NBC has announced some finale dates. Specifically, "Parks and Recreation" will end this season on May 2nd, while "Community" will end its season (and possibly the series) on the following week, May 9th. Then the following week, "The Office" will end its series with an hour long finale.
You'd imagine that a movie starring Elijah Wood, Gillian Jacob, Kristen Wiig, Bobby Moynihan, Adam Brody, Ryan Phillippe, Garret Dillahunt and Kevin Corrigan would have to be good, right? Apparently not. Revenge for Jolly goes straight to VOD on May 7th, and The Playlist says the entire movie is "excruciating." The trailer actually suggests as much.
Finally, Alison Brie is on the cover of Wired magazine this month, featured for a cover story about the eroding important of Nielsen ratings and the rise of Twitter's importance in measuring the popularity of television. I broke down the entire article for you over on Uproxx, but you're probably only interested in the sexually confusing cover photo.