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Television News and Ratings Round-Up: Why Does Ryan Murphy Hate Straight People?

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | September 19, 2012 | Comments ()


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In ratings news, are y'all watching "Go On" and "The New Normal"? I still think that "Go On" is amiable, likable, and ultimately dull, but I'm sticking with it because it's suitable the background noise. "The New Normal," on the other hand, is bugging me. I thought last night's episode was a nasty, mean-spirited afterschool special on bigotry. Everything is too stark on "The New Normal." It's too black and white. There are sweet characters, and awful characters, and there's no in between, and sometimes I feel like this show -- and when I used to watch it, "Glee" -- kind of hates straight people. We're not all bigoted assholes, Ryan Murphy. I do appreciate the anti-homophobic sentiments, but you don't need a sledgehammer to drive it home. Unfortunately, I'm not sure that Ryan Murphy carries with him a ball-peen hammer (EXCEPT IN HIS PANTS *BANG ZOOM*)

Anyway, in its second week in its regular time slot, "Go On" is experiencing very good ratings, ahead of next week, when the competition on Fox and ABC arrives ("New Girl"!). It's fetching around 9.3 million viewers (a nice hold from "The Voice's" 13 million). However, "The New Normal" is falling steeply, all the way down to 6.2 million viewers, which is a very troubling drop for NBC. It doesn't help, either, that "The New Normal" is the lead-in for "Parenthood" (a modest 5 million viewers last night), which deserves better, as it's still one of the two best dramas on the networks (along with "The Good Wife"). Also, last night's episode of "Parenthood" was crushing. With nearly every plot turn, I mumble at the TV: "No. Please don't go there," but hell if Jason Katims doesn't pull it off every single time. Here's hoping he keeps the streak alive with a cancer subplot.


Meanwhile, here's the new poster for Lindsay Lohan's Lifetime movie, "Liz and Dick."

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Over on Comedy Central, the rape-joke controversy has subsided enough, I suppose, that they're now comfortable enough to announce that they've renewed Tosh.0 for 30 more episodes. Idontcaremorethanyoucanpossiblyimagine.

Ahead of the Rumble in the Air Conditioning Auditorium, Jon Stewart was on Bill O'Reilly last night to discuss their upcoming debate, the Republican Convention, and argue about women's health care. Stewart got a huge kick out of Eastwood's RNC speech, too, and expounded upon it.

Jimmy Kimmel had a great time at the expense of CUMBERBATCH last night by asking people on the street if they knew what a Cumberbatch was. Anyone that doesn't know what a Cumberbatch is? It's their fucking loss.

The goddamn fairly-tale re-imaginings keep on coming, as McG -- working with Chad Hodges, the creator of "The Playboy Club" -- is developing "Wunderland," a modern retelling of Alice in Wonderland for The CW. It'll be about "a young female detective in present-day Los Angeles who discovers another world that exists under the surface of this ultra-modern city."

Elsewhere, PETA doesn't have enough to do these days, so it's going after NBC's Justin Kirk sitcom, "Animal Practice," a show that is only offensive for how middle-of-the-road it is. They're claiming that any animal used on a television show is de factor mistreated. It's not that I don't respect PETA's cause, it's just that, well, they're just so annoying.

Finally, a badly mustachioed Jon Hamm stars in Aimee Mann's new music video, "Labrado," a spoof of a video of "Voices Carry," an 80's video from Aimee Mann's band Til Tuesday. I don't remember "Voices Carry," so I don't really get the joke, but I do get that Jon Hamm is awesome and the song is great.




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  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    He also hates sustaining quality, so don't fret.

  • BierceAmbrose

    Aimee Mann and Penn & Tell are are 2/5 Responsible for My Career Left Turn out of Internet Bubble (1.0) Riches - a True Story

    I'm still on the fence whether this was my biggest career mistake, or most awesome and righteous moment of clarity.

    So, I'm working let's say for a company named after a big pile of moving water. Recruited because of one of my professional pubs. Relocated across the country on their dime. Blah, blah, blah.

    I'm an engineering org working stiff from manufacturing towns so the casual, entitled excess I walked into was a tad astonishing, just to start. Maybe they have desks made out of doors "to save money", but the web-jockeys spend on any consumable you can name, like, well, like they were from Wall Street. I kind of approve of gourmands, and even dissipated excess from people who appreciate what they're abusing. This was something else, like Courvoisier and Coke chased with "Donny-P", so people can see you mangling the labels.

    So, I'm naive. Sue me.

    About 7-8 months in, so over 4 in "river-years", so says Mike Daisey, and the WTF, growing like kudzu, is starting to cover my whole brain with astonishment. "Oh my god meetings" are all of them. (An "Oh my god meeting" is one where, you involuntarily go "Oh my god." three or more times over fucknuttery so above and beyond you literally can't believe someone just said that. They were all "Oh my god meetings.") I kept thinking I didn't get something, but was coming around at last to realize ... this is how it really is here.

    It's Seattle, and while I got around to some of the amazing food, I hadn't yet managed to check out the music. The Crocodile is unremarkable, BTW.

    The local entertainment rag says Aimee Mann is playing one of the medium-small clubs on tour, with Penn & Teller and their road show a couple weeks later. I didn't get to either because of yet another round of randomness, sound and fury, signifying nothing back a the shop. Another round. Went nowhere.

    That's when it hit me - what good is being in Seattle if I can't enjoy the good stuff that comes along with being in Seattle? I started being a bit more selective about the bullshit manufactured-emergencies I'd respond to with hand waving and angst, thus beginning my eventual capture of the coveted "Not a Team Player" award.

    Utterly astonished, I was, to learn that there's a level of fucknuttery, abuse and waste I won't tolerate, even for vast piles of stock option money, snake-oil conned out of bigger fools at the common stock market gambling table. Took me years to recover from the notion of having a moral fiber, or sense of outrage-y outrage.

    Anyway, Aimee Mann - so awesome she'll make even me realize I'm wasting my time at work.

  • I don't like that Liz and Dick poster. And not just because of LiLo. What the fuck's the deal with the word splurge all over it. I get that you're trying to sum up and at the same time push all the sellable buzzwords and phrases but Jebus there's something really fucking irritating about the precise configuration of those words there. I've jizzed in a more aesthetically pleasing pattern.

  • Miley's Virus

    I was thinking the whole thing would be better received if they changed the title. How about this: "Dick" starring Lindsay Lohan.

  • googergieger

    "Your life. Your time".

    *cries*

  • I'm curious if "Parenthood"'s cancer plotline will approach the soul crushing cancer plotline from "thirtysomething" because that shit made me weep hard.

  • Orleanas

    I watched the first episode of the new normalonline before the official debut and could not believe that the lead actor (the one not in The Hungover. was cast. He was by far the most annoying and least appealing aspect of the show for me, followed by Nene Leakes. The show has no finesse or humor and was quite literally very banal. If the new normal is to have wannabe "actors" lead a show, then I guess I'm still ok with not watching TV.

  • Quatermain

    When they make a porno parody of that Elizabeth Taylor biopic, they won't even have to change the name.

  • e jerry powell

    The question there will be if they let Dick screw boys as well.

  • space_oddity

    Of course they will: Dick in Liz.

  • Serpentlord

    Ryan Murphy is such an asshole, the Sodom and Gomorrah story in the Bible was written after he met Moses via accidental time travel. If New Normal gets picked up for another season, Ryan Murphy should be extradited to Iran for national and cultural safety.

  • snapnhiss

    You don't remember "Voices Carry"? That makes me feel ancient.

  • anon

    I watched both "go on" and "new normal" and "go on" is definitely the funnier show.

  • Jezzer

    How can you not remember "Voices Carry"? THAT SONG IS A CLASSIC. >:(

  • Hours spent singing that as a kid. My poor parents.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Thinking the same thing.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

    Great. Now I'm going to be on youtube for 3 hours looking at 80's music videos, which will likely lead to searching for old episodes of 120 Minutes until 2 am.

  • e jerry powell

    MTV sucks.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Sure, now. But for a pre-pubescent punk in the 80's, before cd's, mp3, the internet -- back when they had actual music and videos and girls, girls girls -- and a young Kari Wuhrer. That was the source for serious bunk time.

  • e jerry powell

    You don't have to tell me, I'm 44. I used to spank it to Sting videos daily.

  • e jerry powell

    Oh, and shut up. Ryan Murphy showed me Dylan McDermott's naked ass.

  • dahlia6

    For that, I will never forgive him. I was so not impressed with that ass.

  • e jerry powell

    That is some well-kept 51-year-old ass. I've seen far worse in my extensive career.

  • Three_nineteen

    HE SAID! SHUT UP! HE SAID! SHUT UP!

  • kushiro -

    Oh God, can't you keep it down?

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I think the problem might be that Ryan Murphy doesn't know any straight people. Or at least doesn't know any straight people who won't call him out for treating most of his straight characters like douchebags.

  • competitivenonfiction

    I'm sure some of his best friends are straight...

  • e jerry powell

    I dunno, Julian McMahon and Dylan Walsh made a good bit of coin on the Ryan Murphy teat playing hyperstereotypical heterosexual douchebags for 100 episodes.

  • Mother of God, Parenthood made me cry last night. That shit just wasn't fair! This season is seriously lacking in the Amber department. Please give Mae Whitman more to do! She's amazing!

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