(Author’s Note: There are theories. I do not know the ending, and this post gives the six of you UPPROXIANS who watch Doctor Who a chance to speculate. Be warned, however, that the finale has been leaked, and through whatever means, some people have seen it. There are spoilers available on the Internet. If you post any of these spoilers in the comments, 1) I will kill all of your loved ones, and 2) I will wait until after you’ve finally processed all of your grief, and then I will kill you. But I won’t tell you when. Could be a day. Could be a year. Could be 20 years. But every time you get out of your car, look out your window, or go to the grocery store, you will fear for your life. If the paranoia doesn’t eventually drive you to your grave, I assure you that I will. Love, Dustin. )
The thing about Steven Moffat era of Doctor Who is that it’s hard to develop theories because Steven Moffat doesn’t always follow the rules. He comes up with an end point, but he doesn’t always lay the groundwork to get to that end point. The entire era has been a series of inexplicable twists and deux ex machinas. But many of us continue to watch, because we love Doctor Who, and we’d otherwise feel silly if we weren’t following the series despite the Doctor Who iPhone cover we own, and all the Doctor Who T-shirts we wear. It’s a sickness.
The Millers is that sitcom we’ve mentioned frequently on the site, in part because it’s the show that Raising Hope creator, Greg Garcia, left to go do, in part because it’s the sitcom Will Arnett left Up All Night for, and in part because it’s the sitcom that’s going to prevent Margo Martindale from being a series regular on The Americans in season two. For all that talk, however, the preview is something of a disappointment because it is a multicamera, laugh track sitcom. Despite that, I don’t hate it. I don’t love it, though. But I don’t hate it. Watch the preview after the links.
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As you may have noticed, I think way too much about Mad Men, to the point sometimes that it becomes a crippling obsession. After I spotted Room 503 in Sunday night’s episode, in fact, I spent the better part of the next two hours trying to figure out what Weiner was referencing. I had a half-baked theory in my 25 Fun Facts, Callback, and Theories piece, but it wasn’t satisfying. So, I’ve spent maybe another hour or two each day trying to figure it out, and, after a ton of Internet research, I think we’ve found a winner.
But before we get there, let’s look at four other theories that the Internet has come up with.
Not a huge surprise, but in the wake of one of Saturday Night Live’s most popular old-timers, Bill Hader, leaving the show, another cast member, Fred Armisen, is set to leave, and Jason Sudeikis is likely to follow behind, according to The Post (via Splitsider). With Seth Meyers vacating the “Weekend Update” desk, that will mean that Kenan Thompson — if he stays — will be the only cast member left with more than four years seniority (aside from Thompson, Nasim Pedrad will be the longest serving cast member, and she joined “SNL” in 2009).
My love for Norman Reedus is well documented here on Uproxx. He is the biggest bad ass on the planet, and he’s also one of the best at social media, mostly because if a fan sends him something cool or funny, he’s likely to post it on Facebook. (See, for instance, this or this). He also brought attention to a particular trend in his own photos.
Norman Reedus likes to lick people. But don’t worry. It’s not weird or anything. Or at least, not too weird. Let’s take a look at the evidence.
I’m not going to tell you what to do with your time, because the video below is 10 minutes long, which is something like three hours in Internet time. But, if you were ever a fan of The Office or, if the last few episodes have reminded you of what you once loved about the series, then it’s exactly the kind of video that The Office fans will appreciate. It’s mostly Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Michael Schur, David Denma (the guy who plays Roy), and Jenna Fischer, relaying stories from their time on the series, what it’s mean to them, and saying goodbye to fans of the show. There are some good Steve Carell anecdotes, a GREAT story from Krasinski about an embarrassing incident during his audition for the show, and it ends tearfully, with Krasinski, and especially Fischer and Rainn Wilson tearing up as they say goodbye.
If you don’t have time to watch it now, save it for later, or save it for after the finale tomorrow night when you need just 10 more minutes with characters we’ve grown to love — through good times and terrible — over the course of nine seasons (Bonus: No Ed Helms).
ABC unveiled their line-up yesterday, and released trailers for all their new series last night, and I have to say, beyond “Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D.” I wasn’t that impressed with any of their new shows, including the Rebel Wilson comedy, Super Fun Night, which landed the post-Modern Family slot. Once again, they’re pitting two sitcoms against New Girl and The Mindy Project, which didn’t work out so well for them last year with Happy Endings and Don’t Trust the B—, but they think with SHEILD as an anchor, they can successfully launch The Goldbergs (a wacky, 80s The Wonder Years with Patton Oswalt narrating) and Trophy Wife, a wacky version of Step-Mom, minus the cancer, with Malin Akerman and Bradley Whitford (it sounds better than it looks, and I know, it doesn’t sound great, either).
There’s a ton of turnover on the schedule, but if there’s anything that the trailers reveal, it’s that all their dramas look the same, and so do their comedies. The buzzword at the ABC upfronts was “branding,” and their new shows look like shows that were created for “branding” purposes. They’re very uniform, especially the comedies, which are brighly lit and heavy on sight gags. They look like single-camera comedies, but they have multi-camera comedy mentalities.
Anyway, as usual, the best thing to come out of the ABC upfronts is Jimmy Kimmel’s introduction, where he basically makes fun of the other networks, and everyone in the room, while also taking their money on behalf of the network. Here’s his five best jokes.