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Moody Monday : Unassuming television Comedy Queens

by kranARI

As last week’s post ended on a comedic note (I was happily introducing you to one of my favorite current shows, Raising Hope) – I thought I would bring the subject back full circle and start the week on something funny.

If you can tell, things are going much better in my life at the moment which is mostly due to an OVERdue appointment with the chiropractor. Ah, the pain relief to my bulged disc in my back is making the creativity flow all the way up to my brain again!

So, without further ado, I would like to introduce you to my favorite ladies in comedy. They might not be exactly who you expect them to be (aka Tina Fey or Amy Poehler) but I’ve found a rather subtler, different generation to represent them. Tell me what you think…did I miss someone?

KRISTEN WIIG

Kristen Wiig photo shoot

Kristen Wiig

Yes I know she is a Saturday Night Live alum, but the girl made me shed tears of laughter in Paul with her cute, beautiful, one-eyed, character, “Ruth Buggs”. Though I’m not terribly excited to see her new movie Bridesmaids which she wrote and is starring in (don’t ask me why, it’s just a gut feeling though I hope she can prove me wrong) – I AM excited to see her in future projects cause she is a great leading lady and a cinematic hidden gem.

HEATHER MORRIS

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Heather Morris, Glee

The genius of Heather Morris all-encompassed in one word is : Brittany. The creation of her character on Glee might be accidental but if you don’t know this already, it is Morris who actually contributes a lot of the amazing one-liners that make Brittany so incredibly hilarious. Her combination of amazing dance skills that would leave anyone open-mouthed along with great comedic timing, beauty and a dash of wit and dead pan (poker face humor) are what make her so absolutely unique. And hey she can even RAP!

MARTHA PLIMPTON

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photo by Todd Heisler, property of the New York Times

Again, Plimton is one of those hidden 80’s television/theatre gems that has only been rediscovered lately through her new television hit Raising Hope. If you remember well, Plimpton was a Goonies graduate and has built herself a great career in the theatre over the years. The thing I love about her is that she is so BLUNT, in-your-face and absolutely charming. Make sure to catch her on her new show ASAP and you can also get to know her on Jimmy Kimmel live.

SOFIA VERGARA

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property of InStyle magazine

I’m not going to lie to you. I wouldn’t necessarily call Sofia Vergara unassuming. She might look like someone who is a mix between your favorite NY tranny and your typical Latina heartthrob. And she is a big deal where she comes from! So it doesn’t surprise me that she has intelligently used her self-deprecating sense of humor for her character Gloria in the hit comedy series, Modern family. I think I read somewhere that someone wrote the part especially with her in mind. Check her out on the Late Show with Dave Letterman and you’ll see what I mean.

PORTIA DEROSSI

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courtesy of CheckUserAccount.com

Thank Goodness Portia DeRossi doesn’t let her high-profile marriage to Ellen DeGeneres or her anorexic past define her. Well, it sort of does, as of late. But if you know Portia better, you’ll know she’s also a really good comedian known for roles in hit shows like Ally McBeal, Arrested Development and Better off Ted. The girl is just DAMN good at playing cold. But she also has great comedic timing and a knack for picking witty projects. Go Portia!

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Wicked Wednesday : Fairly Legal, reach a little HIGHER!

by kranARI

Every year, an X number of new TV shows try and win over the networks they are pitching to and then have the challenge of winning over the viewers hearts and keeping it that way for several seasons to come. Successful TV shows only come along once in a while and you can count them on your ten fingers each year. So when I see a show come along an try to make it big and then fail to do so, my heart just breaks a little.

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Last year, there was Better Off Ted that was a success in its concept and character creation but that failed to reach viewers across the country and keep those rating high enough for renewal. So after a good two season run, the network decided to can it. Maybe there just wasn’t an audience and a market ready for something as different as a show that uses sarcasm and self-deprecating humor to make fun of its government and financial system. For certain viewers though, it was a refreshing break from the commercial American mainstream Legal and Medical dramas that dominate our screens on a daily basis.

Fairly Legal_Sarah Shahi, Baron Vaughn, Michael Trucco, Virginia Williamsproperty of USA network

On a similar note, this year, we have Fairly Legal, that is a show that diverts its attention away from the Legal system, as its name itself might suggest. Its themes might be directly inspired by cases in the legal system however, the character’s main focus is surprisingly geared far away from courtrooms and judges quarters. Refreshingly, the show steers its action to the streets of San Francisco where it follows the lives of a mediator Kate, her trusty assistant Leo, her ex-husband Justin, her father’s widow Lauren and Kate’s brother Spencer. These characters get entangled in each others lives, in a most interesting way, while Kate tries to mediate the city’s legal conflicts.

Fairly Legal, on the seton the set of Fairly Legal

The great thing about this show is that the plot lines are fresh and interesting but there is a lack of continuity in the writing. Sarah Shahi has been given a great leap of faith here and manages to carry the show brilliantly with her beauty, wit and sense of “I can save the world – just you wait and see”. Though there is great character and acting chemistry and a great combination of love interests, family screwed up relationships and humor, there is a certain WOW factor missing.

Fairly Legal_Sarah Shahi, Virginia Williamsproperty of USA network

Fairly Legal screencap, Virginia Williamsproperty of USA network

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My hope, is that the writers will be able to glue together the plot SOON and give the storyline a fast PUMP of drama and layering that is so desperately needs otherwise this innovate show is going to end up in the dumpster like so many others of its kind. And that, would be a real shame.

As viewers, we need more character’s like Shahi’s filling our screens that are positive, strong and inspiring to young women. We need to be able to see that women can be just as influential, powerful and charismatic while getting their jobs done.

So best of luck, Fairly Legal, I hope you can get it together in time for sweeps! Watch here for some show promos.

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Holiday Heat : This years’ MUST-SEE TV shows

by kranARI

This is my current list of Must-Watch TV shows this year.

1. Better off Ted

It’s a real shame this show just recently got cancelled, but catch it online or watch reruns on the tube : Your typical giant money making American company with a twist. Portia DeRossi and her co-workers/mad scientists have nothing to hide for they go on to create illogical and untrustworthy products that will probably end humankind as we know it. Fantastic writing and comedic timing from all involved in this show, perhaps it was a bit too much truth for America to swallow.

2. Modern Family

A family parody starring our favourite “Ted Bundy” as family head, Julie Bowen as his beautiful daughter and hilarious Sofia Vergara as his Colombian wife. You also get your token gay dad couple that adopt a baby girl from Vietnam and enjoy the antics of the “cool” dad played by Ty Burrell. This show is a MUST *** if you want to add comedy to your week.

3. United States of Tara

Finally someone decides to tackle the issue of mental health in a show. (Tara suffers from multiple personality disorder) The best thing about this show is without a doubt Toni Collette who continues to impress with her versatility and humanity that she manages to bring to every character she portrays.

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