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Hump: John Milhiser, you adorable tiny dancer, this SNL sketch was so good. I didn’t even notice Lady Gaga was there — all I saw was you shaking it like Gypsy Rose Lee. It also taught me something important about my sense of humor: Apparently, all it takes to get me guffawing and publicly professing my love is a grown man doing a Toddlers and Tiaras talent routine. What I'm trying to say here is that the bar is low. But, keep it up, Milhiser.
Marry: I’ve decided I want to be Taissa Farmiga when I grow up, and there’s nothing you can do to stop me. Can we get her a movie franchise or something? What’s available — maybe the film adaptation of The 5th Wave? Or, a dual-timeline-family-secret mystery in which she can costar with sister Vera? No matter what, she’s killing it (literally) on American Horror Story this season and should be given more roles, stat. You can thank us later, Hollywood casting agents.
Kill: Of all the new sitcoms this year, I’ve managed to stay faithful to three: Trophy Wife, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and The Crazy Ones. In the case of the last, it’s mostly for James Wolk, but it’s also a fairly well-crafted (if not overly product-placement-y) look at a modern-day ad agency. (Note to potential commenters eager to chime in and tell me this isn’t true: I’m not an expert on the daily routines or ins and outs of agencies, but from an outside perspective, the show provides viewers with the salient details necessary for basic plotlines.)
The most annoying thing about The Crazy Ones, though, is actually what I’m sure sold CBS on the show in the first place: Robin Williams’ big return to TV after however many decades. His manic, zany antics may have worked as an alien on Mork & Mindy, but on The Crazy Ones, he comes across as a deranged recovering addict who requires a babysitter at all times, which means the team hardly does any actual work. And, now, they’ve added Brad Garrett to play his frenemy on the accounts side, so Williams chews even more scenery in attempts to get noticed. I’m not sure there’s a solution to this problem, since Williams is the crux of the show, but maybe he could reel it back just a tiny bit. Please?