Hi, Ricky; Bye, Ricky!
The Golden Globes: we may not have liked them, but they certainly happened! From Ricky Gervais’ transphobia to Jonah Hill’s weird bear gimmick to Quentin Tarantino’s drunken rambling, the telecast was even more of a mess than usual, and with multiple wins for Mozart in the Jungle in the television category, so were the awards themselves. But we’ll still be talking about them next year, because what else is there to do in early January?
The good news is that Comedy Central has decided to turn the female buddy comedy from a one-off success into a formula. The bad news is that, thus far, Idiotsitter isn’t cut from quite the same cloth as its most obvious influence. Jillian Bell and Charlotte Newhouse’s odd-couple tale of a spoiled rich girl on house arrest and the timid Ivy League grad tasked with getting her a GED is still promising, though, and certainly worth checking out for fans who need something to tide them over until Broad City‘s third season comes back.
A more promising lady-powered comedy, however, can be found in the relatively uncharted waters of TV Land, now in phase two of a gradual pivot towards The Youngs. Comedy group The Katydids (yes, they’re all named some version of Katy) star as a group of elementary school teachers with a penchant for the inappropriate, whether it’s raiding the lost and found for iPads or making their students play “Friends or More Than Friends?” with their ex’s Facebook pictures. Airing back-to-back with Younger, Teachers makes TV Land’s bench one show deeper.
More than half a decade after its finale, the soul of Lost has been split in two: the angsty, polarizing, mysterious side has gone with Damon Lindelof to HBO, while the well-constructed genre procedural side (and Josh Holloway) has gone with onetime executive producer Carlton Cuse, whose Colony debuted on USA this week. Come for the aliens and stay for the eye candy, if not any compelling explorations of any, well, colonial themes.
Hillary’s Big Job Interview
The charisma wars continue! Hillary made her umpteenth 30 Rock stop this election cycle on Thursday night. The gimmick, this time, was a mock job interview for the presidency, as if Clinton’s entire life hasn’t been an extended job interview for the last several decades. Worth it, nonetheless, for the part where she tells Fallon she heard about the position through fourth-grade social studies class.