Month: December 2015

What to Watch: 12/10/2015

Nathan For You [Comedy, 10p]
Discomfiting Nathan for You started the 3rd season on a hilarious note with his zig-zagging — and ultimately very sweet — battle with Best Buy and its matching policies, and neurotically (and peculiarly) charming host Nathan Fielder seems poised to go out on the same bang. In season finale, “The Hero,” Fielder takes a somewhat uncomfortable looking in previews average joe and quests to turn him into a national hero — assuredly in his own quixotic manner.         

Elf [ABC Family, 9p]
When I tire of the crowds in midtown this time of year and get into a holiday slump Buddy always knows how to reel me back in. His absurd enthusiasm for snowflake decorating, freestyle songs about his missing dad and his diet composed entirely of sugar always make me feel better about my life. And when else can we see Zooey Deschanel rocking blonde bangs?

Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors [NBC, 9p]
PRAISE DOLLY, I almost picked Toy Story, a befuddling holiday tradition which lacks a winter holiday. Dolly’s Christmas gift to us is a dramatization of young Dolly’s life, inspired by her childhood. Dolly deserves better, but until she gets her own biofilm, let’s bite our tongue about Ricky Schroeder as Dolly’s father.

What to Watch: 12/09/2015

Casual [Hulu, N/A]
Ready to see the repercussions unfold after the awkwardness that was Alex and Valerie’s parents’ wedding. Can Alex really deal with being the other guy when it means sharing his girlfriend with his sister??

South Park [Comedy, 10p]
Due to some sort of machinations that don’t ultimately matter, everyone in South Park decides they need to own a gun — and chaos, insight (probably), and hilarity ensue. As 19 seasons close, I’ve mostly wearied of Trey & Matt and South Park. However, gun control, and the absurdity surrounding American gun culture, is the sort of hot button issue that they tend to knock out of the park. They also (apparently) find time to tackle gentrification, and a spat between Stan and Kyle — so be prepared for it to also be a tad overpacked. Like this write-up.

The Goldbergs [ABC, 8:30p]
Beverly creates “Super Hanukkah,” which sounds stronger than its future rival, Chrismukkah. Your move, Seth Cohen.

WHAT TO WATCH: 12/08/2015

iZombie [The CW, 9pm]
Rob Thomas’s zombies and mortals have kept up their super-quirky pace and that should hit a crescendo tonight as Liv Moore eats the brains and takes the reins of the persona of a superhero vigilante. Meanwhile, the love-to-hateable Blaine manipulates her in the way only he knows how, and Major broods in the way only HE knows how.

Fresh Off the Boat [ABC, 8 pm]
Jessica and Louis convince Evan that Santa is a scientist with multiple post-graduate degrees who’s also a good friend of his mother’s” is all I read before I died laughing. I don’t care if Eddie is at the mall looking for a replicate of the perfume his mother already owns, tell me more everything Santa’s collegiate studies.

Being Mary Jane [BET, 10pm]
Mary Jane seems to finally be back on track after a tumultuous season of loss and extortion in the season finale but the question remains: can she really have it all? 


WHAT TO WATCH: 12/05/2015

The Flight Before Christmas [Lifetime, 8pm]
Tis the season to get stranded in airports after getting dumped by your boyfriend. I was feeling really bad for Mayim Bialik but sprinkle a little Christmas magic and voila, being stranded is not so bad when you meet Mr. Right. Bonus points for the Family Matters reunion of Carl and Harriette Winslow.

It’s A Wonderful Life [NBC, 8pm]
Every time George Bailey jumps off a bridge, we believe in Christmas again, even if the original film has been formatted to fit this time slot.

Ash v Evil Dead [Starz, 9pm]
One of the greatest (and goofiest) zombie killers, Bruce Campbell’s Ash continues to fight the quirky fight in this extension of the Sam Raimi franchise which has not failed to delight.

Happy Birthday, Jay-Z!

JAy-ZShawn Carter is celebrating his 46th birthday today and as a gift he gets his own unauthorized biography. If you want to celebrate with the music mogul you can head over to Netflix and watch the newly added A Genius Leaves The Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z. Produced by Moguldom Studios the 60-minute documentary delves into the street-smart and ever cunning mind of hip-hop’s most successful MC by interviewing those who were around him as he hustled his way to the top and proved to us it’s bigger than hip-hop.

Watch the trailer here:

To kick off the bday festivities here are our editor’s picks of all-time fave Jay-Z songs:

“Can’t Knock the Hustle” Reasonable Doubt, 1996
Back to where it all started, this single off his debut album captures the whole essence of his career – his determination to make it big. Add Mary J. Blige on the hook and the remnants of the golden era of hip-hop and you have a timeless street anthem.

“I Just Wanna Love You” The Dynasty: Roc La Familia, 2000
“It’s about to go DOWN!” this is the quintessional club anthem that was the soundtrack to most of my early twenties. Nothing tops actually being in club Amnesia as Jay-Z walks in with his entourage while this song is playing. This song will always hold a nostalgic place in my heart for that moment. And plus, it takes us back to when him and Dame actually got along.

“Izzo” The Blueprint, 2001
Another feel good song which is the first of many produced by Kanye West which ushers in the new era of Roc-A-Fella.

“Guns and Roses” The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse
Ok, this choice might out me as a lesser Jay-Z fan, but to me it epitomizes the best of Sean Carter’s charms with brash, introspective lyrics laid over the weirdest of genre-grafts featuring a sample of an indie jazz instrumental by Cake and a searing, unforgiving guitar riff from Lenny Kravitz.

“Empire State of Mind” The Blueprint 3
Of all the overplayed songs in the world, had to get this one stuck in my head for a decade. Yes, it’s about as obvious a pick as there is, but it’s real words spoke with real passion about the city that made Hova Hova, and damned if I don’t feel a flush of pride in my hometown when I hear the pounding break.

What to Watch: 12/04/2015


We hit our first trifecta here today with A Very Murray Christmas, an extravaganza as channeled through Oscar-phase Murray backer Wes Anderson’s fever dreams. Netflix comes through again with singing, dancing, stars, and the usual Bill Murray affable oddness. Here’s what each of us has to say.

A Very Murray Christmas [Netflix]

I can’t think of a better way to get into the holiday spirit than seeing Bill Murray in a tuxedo singing alongside George Clooney. That’s what we’re promised in the Netflix musical comedy that marries Scrooged with Glee and throws in a high profile cast for good measure.

A Very Murray Christmas [Netflix]
As we count down the days to Star Wars, nothing but Star Wars, crazy ol’ Star Wars, all over the land, here comes Murray to dust off his lounge singer for a few minutes, before veering into the land of gleefully strange (and celebrity-packed). Sofia Coppola directs, and Chris Rock, George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Michael Cera (as a skeevy talent manager) join Murray in his mighty yuletide madness.

A Very Murray Christmas [Netflix]
Bill Murray’s star-studded Christmas special is finally here! Will his delivery of holiday cheer be as weird as his hipster sightings? As charming as his late night appearances? Oh, let us feast in his delights!

What to Watch: 12/03/2015

Project Runway: Junior [Life, 9p]
Everyone loves a Project Runway team challenge, right? Well, in any case, it should be fun to see how the teens and tweens react to that t-word — one which sends shudders running through most adult designers souls — as they create looks inspired by various decades, surely ones before most of them were born, but these kids do tend to be precocious ones.

Food Porn [FYI, 9p]
The only thing I enjoy more than going out to eat is finding awesome food on TV. Enter Food Porn, where host Michael Chernow brings us the most creative and most Instagrammed meals from all over the country. Have no fear, the man who co-founded NYC staple, The Meatball Shop, would never steer us wrong.

MasterChef Junior [Fox, 8p]
The children leave the kitchen to cater a youths birthday celebration. Will a pretentious chef try to serve anchovy canapes, or will they all offer mac and cheese balls?

What to Watch: 12/02/2015

The Middle [ABC, 8p]
A Hecks road trip {to Des Moines, no less}, An Axl/Sue-Sue face off, Brick being Brick, and the returns of guest stars Jack McBrayer (Frank Heck’s boss) and John Cullum (Mike Heck’s father) — that’s a lotta plots, but The Middle may be the best show currently on the air at juggling an affluence of stories.

Racing Extinction [Disc, 9p]
If you want to learn more about the environmental issues plaguing us today to make the world a better place or just to feel smarter, Racing Extinction is a great place to start. Mass animal extinction and global climate change are usually serious buzz kills but this award-winning documentary inspires us to make a difference by starting with one small action. Plus, the social media campaigns are pretty cool, too. #startwith1thing
Dodgeball [Esq, 8p] or Big Daddy [MTV, 8p]
Big Daddy and Dodgeball both air at 8 p.m. on MTV and Esquire, respectively, which are guaranteed to bring you more joy than A Gift Wrapped Christmas on Lifetime.

What to Watch: 12/01/2015

Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce [Bravo, 10pm]
Finally, season two is here and the motto is if at first you don’t succeed, date, date again. But sometimes it’s easier to practice dating on someone you know, someone you may feel more at ease with, someone like your ex-husband?! Oh Abby, what are we going to do with you? I’m so scared to watch but cannot look away!

Scream Queens [CW, 10pm]
All I need to hear is “The Chanels go shopping on Black Friday.” The Red Devil “has other plans” but who cares. I’ve always wanted to hatewatch Chanel shop. May the sales associates tremble in her wake!

The Muppets [ABC, 8pm]
What’s that blue streak flying awkwardly through the air? Why, it’s the Great Gonzo — who has been mostly missing lately — here to save this teetering Muppets reboot from its overdose of human angst with his {its?} irrepressible weirdness.