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Sue Sylvester says this ‘very special episode’ is sure to be a ‘Thriller’

By Sona Charaipotra Feb 4, 2011 12:32PM

Photo courtesy FOXWe all love Jane Lynch as super-feisty Sue Sylvester on ‘Glee.’ And this week’s Super Bowl special, airing Sunday, Feb. 6 at around 10:30 p.m. on Fox (after the Super Bowl), is titled “The Sue Sylvester Shuffle.” So can we expect some song and dance from Lynch? “I don’t know,” she said in a conference call with press yesterday. “It’s nothing like the 1985 Bears. It probably has something to do with the routine that I’m choreographing that has Brittany shot of a human cannon.”

If it sounds like things are about to get a little crazy on “Glee,” well, Lynch ensures they are. We caught up with the Emmy-winning actress to chat about Sue’s more salacious antics, joining the Glee Club and her new book, ‘Happy Endings.’


On The Show’s Success – And Surprises: “Every single script I read, I think, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’ And that’s why I’m glad I’m not writing the show. It always goes too far. It’s always ridiculous. Some of the things that I do – how mean I get and how everyone lets me get away with it – it’s all ridiculous and I love it. But having a sister with Down’s syndrome took me completely by surprise. Carol Burnett coming on as my Nazi hunter mother took me by surprise and I was also very surprised that when I said my mother was a Nazi hunter, it turned out to be true.”


On Sue’s Super Bowl Shenanigans: “This is ‘Glee’ on steroids. It’s large. Sue Sylvester is a little bored with her routine, even though she has kids riding around on BMX bikes and jumping through fire and one routine with Katy Perry’s ‘California Gurls.’ She wants to top herself, so she finds out there’s a human cannon in town. She buys it and now she wants to shoot Brittany out of it. Figgins, the principal, doesn’t allow it because it’s a liability issue. So Sue has two hissy fits where she just rips two rooms apart. This is Sue Sylvester on the warpath.”


On Sue Joining the Glee Club: “Sue suffers a devastating loss after the Super Bowl episode and she becomes very, very depressed, kind of dangerously depressed where she’s more violent than usual. They get her to join the glee club to lift her spirits. And they find that through raising her voice in song it kind of lifts her and she gets out of her depression. So I’m actually in the glee club for a while.”


On Sue’s Split Personality: “She certainly has two sides to her. I can tie them all together. She’s a human being with all different colors to her, but as long as I keep it rooted in some truth, anything can work. I have to keep it as truthful as possible in any given moment whether I’m ranting or helping somebody out. I like Sue Sylvester to be firing on all cylinders. I don’t like to stick to just one thing too long and the writers make sure of that, which is great.”


On Sue’s Schuester Agenda: “She wants a formidable enemy. She’s looking for the next fight and sometimes it’s that fight to get these people to stand up for themselves instead of being so weak and other times it’s to destroy them because they threaten her spotlight in Cheerios that she worked so hard for. She’s always looking for a formidable enemy and I think she also has a fondness for Will and for who he is and how he’s just a good person. In moments she hates him for it and in other moments she has great admiration for him.”


On ‘Glee’ Guests: “Gwyneth Paltrow is back. She’s going to do a couple of episodes I think, and she’s just the best. She’s great, and she’s here because she wants to dance and sing and put a good message out to the kids.”


On Sue Sylvester’s Secret Shame: “She definitely wants to stay the big fish in the small pond. In the last episode of the first season, Olivia Newton-John and Josh Groban are judges with me and they say ‘We’re flying back to LA tonight first-class. Where are you going?’ the thing is that Sue will never be flying first-class and she’ll never be going to LA. I think that she has grand ambitions but I think she knows that she’ll never be anything bigger than a Lima, Ohio coach and a terror at this high school.”


On Her Upcoming Book ‘Happy Accidents’: “Having finally reached a happy place – a ‘happy accidents’ place – I want to share my story with others, to let them know things aren’t as bad as they fear. I started writing things down and I told a friend of mine-a writer-about it and she said, ‘There’s a book in there.’ I learned it was a little more interesting than I thought it was. I also learned how I made things much harder on myself than I needed to. If I could go back in time and have a conversation with my 18-year-old self, the thing I’d say is, ‘Relax. Really. Just relax. Don’t sweat it. For a long time, I was just anxious and fearful that the parade would pass me by, and someone or something outside myself had all the answers. I feel that basically everything was handed to me. Not my career. I worked for that, but I had a really good family. I was brought up with a lot of love but still, I chose time after time after time to suffer over so much and that mental component of suffering is the thing in looking back on my life I’ve learned is a choice. To this day I still will choose to make angst over something I really don’t have to. It’s true what I’ve come up with that you just really need to trust that you’re on your own path and as long as you’re true to it and show up—and showing up is 90% of it.”

 

Sue Sylvester says this ‘very special episode’ is sure to be a ‘Thriller’

By Sona Charaipotra Feb 4, 2011 12:24PM


We all love Jane Lynch as super-feisty Sue Sylvester on ‘Glee.’ But does the crazy cheer coach ever take things too far? This week’s Super Bowl special, airing Sunday, Feb. 6 at around 10:30 p.m. on Fox (after the Super Bowl), is titled “The Sue Sylvester Shuffle.” So can we expect some song and dance from Lynch? “I don’t know,” she said in a conference call with press yesterday. “It’s nothing like the 1985 Bears. It probably has something to do with the routine that I’m choreographing that has Brittany shot of a human cannon.”

If it sounds like things are about to get a little crazy on “Glee,” well, Lynch ensures they are. We caught up with the Emmy-winning actress to chat about Sue’s more salacious antics, joining the Glee Club and her new book, ‘Happy Endings.’


On The Show’s Success – And Surprises: “Every single script I read, I think, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’ And that’s why I’m glad I’m not writing the show. It always goes too far. It’s always ridiculous. Some of the things that I do – how mean I get and how everyone lets me get away with it – it’s all ridiculous and I love it. But having a sister with Down’s syndrome took me completely by surprise. Carol Burnett coming on as my Nazi hunter mother took me by surprise and I was also very surprised that when I said my mother was a Nazi hunter, it turned out to be true.”


On Sue’s Super Bowl Shenanigans: “This is ‘Glee’ on steroids. It’s large. Sue Sylvester is a little bored with her routine, even though she has kids riding around on BMX bikes and jumping through fire and one routine with Katy Perry’s ‘California Gurls.’ She wants to top herself, so she finds out there’s a human cannon in town. She buys it and now she wants to shoot Brittany out of it. Figgins, the principal, doesn’t allow it because it’s a liability issue. So Sue has two hissy fits where she just rips two rooms apart. This is Sue Sylvester on the warpath.”


On Sue Joining the Glee Club: “Sue suffers a devastating loss after the Super Bowl episode and she becomes very, very depressed, kind of dangerously depressed where she’s more violent than usual. They get her to join the glee club to lift her spirits. And they find that through raising her voice in song it kind of lifts her and she gets out of her depression. So I’m actually in the glee club for a while.”


On Sue’s Split Personality: “She certainly has two sides to her. I can tie them all together. She’s a human being with all different colors to her, but as long as I keep it rooted in some truth, anything can work. I have to keep it as truthful as possible in any given moment whether I’m ranting or helping somebody out. I like Sue Sylvester to be firing on all cylinders. I don’t like to stick to just one thing too long and the writers make sure of that, which is great.”


On Sue’s Schuester Agenda: “She wants a formidable enemy. She’s looking for the next fight and sometimes it’s that fight to get these people to stand up for themselves instead of being so weak and other times it’s to destroy them because they threaten her spotlight in Cheerios that she worked so hard for. She’s always looking for a formidable enemy and I think she also has a fondness for Will and for who he is and how he’s just a good person. In moments she hates him for it and in other moments she has great admiration for him.”


On ‘Glee’ Guests: “Gwyneth Paltrow is back. She’s going to do a couple of episodes I think, and she’s just the best. She’s great, and she’s here because she wants to dance and sing and put a good message out to the kids.”


On Sue Sylvester’s Secret Shame: “She definitely wants to stay the big fish in the small pond. In the last episode of the first season, Olivia Newton-John and Josh Groban are judges with me and they say ‘We’re flying back to LA tonight first-class. Where are you going?’ the thing is that Sue will never be flying first-class and she’ll never be going to LA. I think that she has grand ambitions but I think she knows that she’ll never be anything bigger than a Lima, Ohio coach and a terror at this high school.”


On Her Upcoming Book ‘Happy Accidents’: “Having finally reached a happy place – a ‘happy accidents’ place – I want to share my story with others, to let them know things aren’t as bad as they fear. I started writing things down and I told a friend of mine-a writer-about it and she said, ‘There’s a book in there.’ I learned it was a little more interesting than I thought it was. I also learned how I made things much harder on myself than I needed to. If I could go back in time and have a conversation with my 18-year-old self, the thing I’d say is, ‘Relax. Really. Just relax. Don’t sweat it. For a long time, I was just anxious and fearful that the parade would pass me by, and someone or something outside myself had all the answers. I feel that basically everything was handed to me. Not my career. I worked for that, but I had a really good family. I was brought up with a lot of love but still, I chose time after time after time to suffer over so much and that mental component of suffering is the thing in looking back on my life I’ve learned is a choice. To this day I still will choose to make angst over something I really don’t have to. It’s true what I’ve come up with that you just really need to trust that you’re on your own path and as long as you’re true to it and show up—and showing up is 90% of it.”

 

Civic engagement gone mad on ‘Time Capsule’

By Miss Sarah Jo Feb 4, 2011 1:20AM

Amy Poehler Parks & RecreationIt is clear what keeps Leslie Knope dedicated to her basically thankless job as a civil servant. What may read as naïveté or colossal blindness is just old-fashioned faith in her fellow citizens; she firmly believes that if she can present her plans in the best light and allow a free exchange of ideas, she can bring people together. Amy Poehler’s devotion to portraying Leslie as good-hearted and enthusiastic, if occasionally misguided, keeps “Parks & Recreation” firmly in the true heart of the heartland.

 

And what says “heartland” more than a small-town time capsule?  And if one of your town’s residents wants to put in a copy of "Twilight" to impress his pre-teen daughter, apparently it is only a small leap to an auditorium full of folks and approximately seven different time capsules.  Of course, by expanding the decision out to the entire community, she guarantees the full force of the “weirdos”. But Ben points out, these are “weirdoes who care.”  You can’t get more American than that.

  • In relationship news, Andy succeeded in making April kick Eduardo to the curb by the shrewd combination of “nice” and “band”, and Lucy broke up with Tom despite the fact that he is “small enough for me to throw you around”.
  • Obviously Chris and his Incredible March of Positivity will assist everyone in the office find happiness eventually.
  • Written, researched, typed, and formulated by Leslie Knope.
  • Pawnee: Birthplace of Julia Roberts (later Pawnee: Home of the World-Famous Julia Roberts Lawsuit)
  • “God dang it! I cannot figure out who my boss is!”
  • Pawnee: Not the Home of Skinny Legs McGee
  • “Dude, that is the coolest sentence I have ever heard anyone talk.”
  • On the time capsule list: Sweetums candy, Pawnee high school football trophy, Crazy Ira’s rubber chicken.  Not on the time capsule list: ashes of Turnip, the greatest cat ever.
  • “I realize things have gotten a little out of control and that’s Ben’s fault and he’s sorry.”
 

Malory finds a solution to her money problems in ‘A Going Concern’

By Miss Sarah Jo Feb 4, 2011 12:27AM

Archer F/XDoes anyone have any ideas about how to keep these blog posts from devolving into a list of the funniest moments from one of the funniest shows on television? There really isn’t much point to summarizing the nonsensical plots; there is never any character “development” to speak of, and there are never any real consequences to anyone’s actions.  But “Archer” is making an effort to have more serialized plots and through-lines, and level of creativity does seem to deserve a bit more consideration.

 

Big Boss Malory Archer lost everything in a Ponzi scheme and decides to sell ISIS to competitor (and ex-flame) Len Trexler, and marry him in the bargain. Pretty much everyone expects to be fired, except for Lana – who will be promoted to regional manager if she has sex with Barry (and Other Barry, presumably). So the rest of the office gang hatches an insanely complex plan for the awesome Kreiger to implant a mind-control chip in Odin’s brain and perform a “modified Ludovico” to make him despise Malory. And fall in love with some lettuce and a bunny named Rabbert Klein, which is just a bonus.  Surprise – it all works out in the end!

 

Have we mentioned that Pam spends the entire episode in cornrows and smoking a giant spliff, as she just got back from Jamaica? Or that Ray Gillette has to talk Archer through a sidesplitting scene of turning off his mother’s vibrator after he breaks into her desk? As Archer sighs, “There’s not enough liquor and therapy in the world to undo that.” Luckily, viewers don’t need either to enjoy every minute of “Archer”.

  • “Or whom?”
  • “Those are your words. And. Also mine. Yes.”
  • “My plan is to crowd-source a plan!” (“Thanks, Noam Chomsky”)
  • “My earballs!”
  • “A little thing I like to call a deep cycle marine battery. Or LSD.”
  • “I know it’s just killing you that she’s leaving you for another man.” (“Phrasing!”)
  • “Barry, how’s your shattered femur?”  “How’s your creepily child-like feeling of maternal abandonment?”
  • “It wasn’t a conversation, Lana. I was just talking TO my gun. Not WITH it. Pretty big difference.”
  • The horrifying Ludovico images include the words “Famine”, “War” and “Old People”.
  • “Barry, for the love of all that is green, take me and Rabbert to the lettuce store.”
 

‘Advanced Dungeons & Dragons’ tries to walk the line between fact and fantasy

By Miss Sarah Jo Feb 4, 2011 12:22AM

Community NBC D&DJust how incredibly irritating, off-putting and downright mean can you make the people in a sitcom?  “Friends” pushed Ross’s pomposity and Monica’s obsessiveness to extremes over ten seasons, but to portray one of the main characters as a world-class jerk early on is taking a great risk. For the most part, the darkness of Pierce’s cruelty weighed down on the playfulness of this episode too heavily.

 

There was still plenty of enjoyable nonsense going on. From the hysterical names given to all of the players (“Marrrrrrr”, “Bing Bong the Archer”) to the plummy-voiced British over-narrating of all of the action (“And as they described themselves walking, so did Abed confirm they walked.”), the set-up was detailed and very funny.  There was room for a couple of priceless set pieces, including Annie and Abed’s silent but shocking explicit sexy role-playing and Britta’s emotional good-bye to the dying “gnome-waiter” (“My name was…Kyle”.) As usual, the cast totally committed to the escalating absurdity of the events; they know their characters inside and out and it shows.

 

Chevy Chase seems to slip into the skin of “Pierce the Insensitive” (or “Pierce the Dickish” or “Grandpa Flatulent”) almost too well; there was no winking at the audience during any of his scenes. He set out to crush poor Neil and win the D&D game, full stop. Only when Neil called him out for what he is – sad, pathetic and lonely – did Pierce sabotage himself and lose the game.  All credit to the writers for following it through; even though Neil (out of pity) offered to play with him again, it seems that Pierce has been abandoned by the study group.  Will this thread play out over the next few episodes? Stay tuned.

  • “It was Annie, the Day Planner, herself a recovering head case, that recognized the signs of coming doom.”
  • “I’m an elf, not a nerd.”
  • “Shouldn’t there be a board, or some pieces, or something to Jenga?”
  • “Dial it back, Lavernica”
  • “I attack them using my….additional notes.”
  • “You’re the AT&T of people!”
  • “If that’s sarcasm, I can’t tell, because everything in this game is silly.”
  • “One, don’t screw with me. Two, invite me to your crap.”
  • “If you had a tail, people could always tell when you were happy.”
 

The series goes on a break with the breezy, cute ‘Cry to Me’

By Miss Sarah Jo Feb 3, 2011 8:51PM

Cougar Town ABCPossibly one of the tiresome comedy tropes has got to be “What is up with women wanting to talk about their feelings all time?” (or as this one show said it last season “Bitches be loco!”).  Combining it with a Valentine’s Day theme seems like a no-win situation. But by narrowing it down to how Jules seems to need Grayson to “open up” more than anyone (ever ever EVER), “Cougar Town” sidestepped the most irritating aspects of their A-plot.  It did not manage to avoid making some of her actions fairly disturbing (the final shot of her watching him cry while shoving popcorn in her mouth), but her specific brand of crazy kept the storyline fairly lightweight.


The B-plot of Andy and Ellie, as silly and over-the-top as it was, actually resonated more deeply. It is good to see a couple that truly understands each other’s needs, even if that “need” is to sit in the street and watch a giant flaming pile of Christmas decorations.  And in the designated throwaway plot, Travis indulges Kirsten’s request for a “sexy” Valentine’s Day picture, with predictably cringe-inducing results, and Laurie as a sexy pose mentor/coach.  Even Barb’s contractually obligated cameo was risibly funny – mostly because of the horrified reactions of the passers-by.  Although I’m giving “Mr. Sunshine” a try, I am really going to miss the Purple Tooth Crew.

  • The “Circle of Love”/ “Circle of Anger” is a perfect encapsulation of why I love this show.
  • “I don’t even think I have tear ducts.”
  • “Like Ryan Reynolds riding a horse or something?”
  • “Let me guess – you guys finally kissed and only one of you loved it.”
  • Of course Neighbor Tom would still have his Christmas decorations up.
  • Favorite Tom moment #147 – righteously Hoovering up the sticky buns.
  • “Captain Emo’s been following me around, yapping about romance and vomiting I love you-s all over me.”
  • “I made a joke!”  “Laugh!”
  • “It didn’t mean I wanted to be alone while you acted like you just got a rose on the gay, hillbilly version of The Bachelor!”

 

 

Kevin Williamson to take on new show based on another series by 'Vampire Diaries' author

By Sona Charaipotra Feb 3, 2011 4:09PM
Photo courtesy Alloy EntertainmentFor fans of the "Vampire Diaries" -- which airs its second new midseason episode tonight at 8 p.m. on the CW, with more werewolves, witches and vamps -- there's good news and bad news this week, according to Deadline.com. The site had reported in November that "VD" exec producer Kevin Williamson was working on a spin-off show, focusing a group of paranormal investigators. That potential pilot has been canned, sadly.

But today, the site reported that Williamson instead is on board as showrunner of another CW series in development, "The Secret Circle," which, like "VD," is based on a series of books by teen author L.J. Smith.

Fans of "VD" are in for a treat with the new show. The Smith trilogy, first published in the early 1990s and co-produced, like many CW shows, by Alloy Entertainment, follows the travails of 16-year-old Cassie, a California girl who finds herself as the new kid in spooky New Salem, Mass., a shore town that hides some sinister secrets of its own. The sure-to-be-smoking teens she encounters are witches -- and eventually she finds out that she happens to be one of them, her half-witch lineage buried by her mother, who fled when her dad died years ago.

With Greek goddess roots, a conflicted heroine and careful crafting, Smith's "Secret Circle" should lend itself well to the CW treatment, although it will be interesting to watch how far Williamson and potential producing partner Julie Plec ("Vampire Diaries") stray from the original storylines. Their reworking of "Diaries" has made the material far stronger than the original series (though some fans of the books may disagree), and Williamson always has that magic touch with teen-oriented material.

Are witches the new vampires? Will you be watching "Secret Circle?"


 

Some secrets are revealed on the way to the inevitable rematch

By Miss Sarah Jo Feb 1, 2011 11:21PM

It’s always difficult to determine how long to keep your characters in the dark about information that the audience already knows.  Keep it hidden just long enough and it creates wonderful suspense; but drag it out too long, and viewers start to get strangely irritated with the people who are uninformed.  Because it is easy to identify with Lights and all the burdens he is carrying for his extended family, Catherine can start to seem (to the audience) like a greedy unsupportive shrew. Of course, by making a pledge to support her parish priest in his rehabilitation of a Haitian medical clinic, she has no idea she is promising money that she does not have, and it is Lights who is in the wrong by not telling her about the disastrous state of their finances.  So it is an immense relief when he finally comes clean.

 

Or does he really? Lights sometimes seems almost willfully obtuse about the severity of his situation.  He certainly has a huge blind spot when it comes to Johnny, who in addition to being a terrible business manager is apparently also a degenerate gambler and ex-drug addict.  In order to get Johnny out of trouble yet again (if only temporarily), Lights fights a bloody and brutal “cage match” against a former MMA fighter-turned-bookie-muscle, and gets in even deeper with Brennan.  Once again, Johnny mutters his mantra – “You don’t have to do this, Champ.”  But we know, as long as Johnny is still around, the Champ will be called upon to do increasingly dangerous things to help the people that he loves.

 

Some other thoughts:

  • I am most definitely a lapsed Catholic, but do parishioners really stand up and pledge money publically after a little good-natured guilt tripping from a priest?
  • It is nice to see Papa Leary is basically a decent and kind man – loving to his grandkids and affectionate with his sons.  Which made it all the more poignant when he told Lights to talk to Johnny about a loan (“He handles my savings.”) Funny and sad at the same time.
  • Lights really would make a good trainer, as he is the only one who knows how to handle Omar and his immature mood swings.
  • "Guilt rings"? Uh-oh – the only context I have for that is Kobe Bryant.