Dear Mindy III

This blog is slowly becoming an open letter to various female comedians; I understand this. This is all I have. 

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Anyone watched The Mindy Project? No, probably not. Despite my rave reviews and persistence, you’re not missing out. I’ve really given it a chance, and yes of course I’ll still watch it, but, gosh darn it, I wouldn’t recommend it to a friend. This truly pains me to admit, because she is so cool, and had so much potential to be the next Tina (yeah, I said it).

Of course everyone knows the minutia of her life, so you’ll know she basically learned to write at The Office. You’d think being at a show which mastered the art of character and letting a joke land would affect her somehow, But TMP fails in all these areas and more. I appreciate that she’s let Mindy the character be unlikeable; it’s a brave choice that isn’t often taken in shows with a female lead. But the problem here is, man or woman, you can’t have a heavily flawed character who is also super annoying. I can take a flawed character, I really can. But the one flaw I have no time for is the damsel in distress. Some people might not see it as a flaw, but endearing; it makes me want to vomit, and it’s been really played up in TMP lately. 

ON TOP OF THIS there’s no other un-annoying characters in this show, and it’s not even like they’re annoying but well rounded; their only one facet is annoyingness. It’s a shame because it’s got some great writers, two from 30 Rock, so you’d think it’d be a better attempt. And don’t even start on this reliance on guest people for ratings. It’s really hindered the development of this season, for Mindy and all the characters, because all we see is her in relation to different types of men, and then some pointless B story for the rest of the other ‘characters’. 

Anyway, all I’m saying is, I’m very sad this is a bad show, and It needs to be scrapped. I feel so bad for her,but she’s put herself into this hole, and I can’t imagine there’s a way out at this point. It’s not like other shows like Parks and Rec that needed a good two season development time, its left itself no leeway for change. All the characters have their ‘thing’ and that’s made them caricatures from the beginning. I am fully aware that I’m the only person in the world who cares about this, or has thought about it this much. I apologise for nothing.

The Late Show with MC Hambs

My opinions and feelings on the following issue are entirely ill informed, naive and therefore moot. Yes? yes. I will provide no supporting evidence for anything I say. As long as we all understand this.

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I understand that perhaps I’m too young and English and missed the Letterman train, but to me, he just seems like the grinch of late night. Really, he’s the last direct Carson descendant around and, quite happily, plays the role of bitter uncle at Christmas. Maybe he only seems this way in comparison to ADHD Conan or the SNL lot. On the one hand he’s funny yeah and people are always saying how much influence he’s had on TV and comedy, but to sit and watch an interview, never mind a whole show, is pretty unbearable for me. I guess he’s ok with people like Tom Hanks, but for him to interview Anna Kendrick or someone under 30, when you KNOW he has no idea who they are or have seen more than 5 minutes of whatever, it just seems like a waste of everyones time. And worse than that, he asks the most stupid questions and you can tell he just loves bathing in all the nervous laughter. “But that’s his thing though” I hear my dad say in the back of my head. I know, but it’s a stupid thing. So I’m happy he’s retiring, good luck to him.

I’ve seen things about NPH taking over? I don’t know about that. It would be nice to have someone who isn’t already on something. Really, it should be Louis. Maybe he shot himself in the foot with that storyline, but to me, Louis CK is Dumbledore, in that he can do anything and I trust him because I feel like he always knows the bigger plan. He does everything with intention, so you know he has no interest in this.

I vote for it being a woman. This is what I said (I say ‘said’, ranted to myself) with Jimmy’s show. Seth Meyers is so average and is just doing a nightly weekend update with guests and a band. He gets the job done, but what kind of precedent is that? Get on SNL and you’ll have a late night show if Lorne has anything to say about it. Realistically, I’s only be truly happy if Amy Poehler got it. That would be the best day in history I feel. Note how I say Amy not Tina. Tina couldn’t handle it, she doesn’t have the energy. But would we want to sacrifice Parks and Rec? No I don’t think so. But, ok, I understand there are very limited women to choose from at the moment who would have the extreme likeableness to carry this show. That’s a shame. Jon Stewart’s voice is annoying, I’ve never watched The Colbert Report (eg of moot opinions) so I can’t really make a judgement.

So, I don’t know, just give it to Conan or whatever. I wrote in my yearbook for predictions of my future that I’d have my own late night show. This could be my time. Hit me up CBS, I’m on LinkedIn.

HIMYM: 9 years of bad wigs

Major spoiler alert (inside himym joke) But seriously though, don’t ruin it for yourself. Or do, I don’t care.

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Well it’s over, finally(?) Unlike a lot of the internet, I liked the ending. I didn’t see it coming, and all I’ve heard today is ‘oh I’ve said that since the beginning’ sure, yeah you did, if you like. I’ll admit I’ve not given the show too much energy for the past two seasons, and were there less of an attachment, I probably would have bailed. But since I’ve been watching since the beginning, I had a duty to myself, and to Ted. It used to be on after My Wife and Kids on Trouble at 5, that’s where we first fell in love. It’s been a long journey, a tumultuous one, but we finally got here.

It’s got a lot of criticism from people saying that they betrayed the characters in the last season, and they have, but I think they salvaged it in the end. Lets be real, Barney and Robin were never going to work, Ted would never let Robin go. That’s a fact. But I think they’ve been sewing those seeds for a while. The whole dead wife thing was a shock and super sad. The Tumblr consensus is a mixture of ‘What was the point of the whole show then’ and ‘EER OMG I H8 WRITERS!! THIS MUST BE AN APRIL FOOLS!!!’ But really though, it’s a more dissatisfying ending for Ted to just stay with this woman that we’ve never really met when he’s blates still in love with Robin, no? On the other hand, it’s only a loose end that needs tying up because they’ve been loosening it for the last season, so I don’t know maybe they could’ve played it differently. They said they’ve known the ending for like 5 years, so I guess they could have weaved it in a bit more slickly. I don’t know, I liked it.

Other than that, Barney and his baby, the best ending they could’ve had for him. And Lily and Marshall are boring anyway but they seem happy enough. I liked the finale as an episode though because it wasn’t all sobbing goodbyes, pan out of 6 keys on a counter style. It gave a little bit more context. It was nice to see Ted happy, because there’s been a big absence of this in the last 4 seasons. He’s gone from one shitty relationship to another, slowly loosing faith. So it was a relief to see that he never became a shell of the dreamer formerly known as Ted. And yeah, he’s annoying and dramatic and a massive wet flannel, but he’s Teddy Westside, and he has a special place in my heart. In hindsight, I think this is probably the best multi-cam show at the moment, mainly because it’s  not stupid, and it knows exactly what it’s doing. It doesn’t have the GCSE drama feel of Big Bang. I think everyone has put aside their Friends comparisons now; it really is completely different.

9 years is a long time to be committed to a show, in my opinion. Up to about a year ago, I would watch each episode as it came out every week and it’ll be weird not having it there. Tony Blair was still PM in 2005, and it was only a year since Mean Girls came out. There were no iPhones in 2005. Think about that. When you needed a phone, you actually had to pick one. A great year for Sony Ericsson. I’ve spent my adolescence with these people, it’ll be a less legendary world without them.

Girls, Girls, Girls; I just can say no

By Girls, I mean Girls. I have a strange relationship with this show, and, like always, I find myself doubting its brilliance because of all the hype. I’m not sure if I like it because I think it’s good or because everyone says it is. If it is the latter, I’m very disappointed in myself.

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I’ve figured out what annoys me about it, and I’m pretty sure its the fact that I dislike most of the characters. Firstly, Hannah. Or shall I say Lena Dunham, as it has been made clear that this show is a dramatisation of her life. Maybe its just me, but I think she’s pretentious and self indulgent and whiney. So when people say “Oh my God, I’m so like Hannah” I wonder why they are admitting this to people. She’s constantly getting into situations where she can be the centre of attention (I know the shows about her, but come on), and she’s spent the last 2 seasons re-evaluating her life, without actually doing anything. If I’m not supposed to like her, then they’re doing a great job.

I don’t like Marnie because she is the quintessential pretty girl who’s always got what she wanted, and as soon as things go wrong, she crumbles into a pile of self-pity. But her Mum is Rita Wilson, which is pretty cool.

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Jessa is just a waster. She wastes her own time, she wastes other poeples time, and is too much of a free spirit to function. If I was Chris O’Dowd I would never had married her. Maybe it’s because I can’t handle people who talk in metaphors and never show up on time.

Shoshanna is the only cool one. She’s the only one that doesn’t think they’ve figured out all of life’s problems and are too cool for underwear.

Everyone talks about the honesty of the characters in the show, and despite my dislike, I may be inclined to agree. I know these girls, but I’m not friends with them because I don’t like them. If this show is an accurate representation of women in their twenties, then I’ll stay 18 thanks.

But. I still find myself watching every week. I’m not sure whether its because I like it or I like to hate it. I’m yet to make that judgment. But do I have to like something to enjoy it?