I just feel that I need to update you on some shows I'm watching.
Modern Family is not my favorite. It is funny and great. I really love Phil Dunphy. I love Cameron. I love Ed O'Neill and Sofia Vergara. Manny is hilarious. But there are three things that almost ruin the show for me:
1) They often have a corny ending which I HATE. Why do they do that? Why can't they let the meaningful themes about family be subtle? We get it. We can infer the sweet stuff. Ugh. Brother. It really bugs me.
2) Claire Dunphy (Julie Bowen) bugs me so much. I find her almost completely unwatchable. Bless her heart! She's got twins in real life and she was great in Lost. I just hate her as Claire. She's obnoxious and she isn't funny. I hate how she talks and holds her face and everything she does. She didn't used to bother me. She's getting worse.
3) The new Lilly. Blek. She's worse to watch than Claire. When she's on screen it's bad; When she has lines it's insufferable.
It's still funnier than most things on TV. I guess that's why I am so disturbed by these little annoyances. Because it could be so good.
I saw Eric Stonestreet (Cameron) on a show called The Mortified Sessions. Famous people read their old journals and are confronted with old embarrassing pictures of themselves. They pick the memorabilia, so it's not like a surprise attack. There are people with more and less happy childhoods, but I've noticed two camps of people on the show: People who are over it and people who aren't. Alanis Morissette, for example, isn't over it. Eric Stonestreet (who was fat and teased) is. He's a great guy who once dreamed of going to Clown College. His parents were supportive. In fact, his dad came up with the name "Fizbo" for the clown he played as a kid. They used Fizbo on Modern Family, which is another great thing about the show. At the end of the interview on The Mortified Sessions Eric Stonestreet said the character Cameron is "the best possible version of myself that I could ever hope to be."
I think Awake is the best new show. It's about a man (Lucius Malfoy, in fact) who was in a car crash with his wife and son. When he goes to sleep he "dreams" his son survived. Then he goes to bed and "dreams" his wife survived. Of course, both dreams seem real. He's seeing psychiatrists in each reality/dream. In the last episode they introduced a layer of conspiracy. I said to the TV, "Do not lead me on!" If they know where they are going with this it could be the most fantastic thing ever.
There's nothing cuter in the world than Zooey Deschanel. Am I right? The New Girl is really funny. But if it continues to focus on sex week after week I might lose interest. It is smart/quirky/funny but it's starting to come off as immature. Maybe ladies like me aren't it's target audience. But I hope they don't waste a character like Jess. She could be so great and interesting. But a ditzy foil for sloppy guy-friends? I already met and got sick of Pheobe Buffay. That said, "What if I ate my own hair and pooped out a wig?"
Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph in Up All Night are really funny. They aren't obnoxious or ditzy. Along with my favorite 30 Rock and basically-tied-with-favorite Parks and Recreation, Up All Night is the show I like watching best. There are lots of good things about the show. The mom works while the dad stays home, but it gets beyond the trite, "Can she have it all?!" Will Arnett plays the straight man to Christina Applegate, which is refreshing. And he's an un-emasculated stay-at-home dad. In fact, one of the things I like best about the show is that manliness is equated with good parenting. "Diaper time is tough enough without someone jacking up your wipes." So true! And when a nervous dad wants to pull his daughter out of the school talent show, check out, and home school, Maya Rudolph tells him to "be a man!" The hard parts of parenting are manly. Refreshing! And funny at the same time! It has heart, like Parks and Rec has heart, but it's not sentimental.
There's lots to talk about when it comes to TV.