CBS taunts viewers by renewing a bunch of stuff that isn’t Supergirl

CBS has just announced that it’s renewing Survivor, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, and a bunch of other stuff that isn’t Supergirl, no matter how many times we shake our TVs, insisting they give in to our demands. The network announced a whopping 11 renewals today, none of which star Melissa Benoist or fill our hearts…

Mom cements its place as one of the best sitcoms of the decade

A-

In last week’s penultimate episode of Mom’s second season, most of the show’s major characters were sitting in a circle at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, where Bonnie Plunkett (played by Allison Janney) had to make an amends after falling hard off the wagon. “It’s not easy to say this,” she began, “but I lied to you…

Down with dramedy: American indie cinema’s adventures in being phony

One year ago at the Sundance film festival, Zach Braff’s indie dramedy Wish I Was Here debuted, accompanied by a fair amount of pre-screening hubbub. The film was already controversial, because of writer-producer-director-star Braff’s decision to finance a good chunk of it via Kickstarter. But Braff was also one of…

Mom: “Smokey Taylor And A Deathbed Confession”

B

The first season finale of Mom ends, at least on my screener, on a smash cut to the executive producer credit. It’s a surprising move for a multi-camera sitcom, because it’s the sort of thing that’s usually used to underline a major moment or turning point. The last scene of “Smokey Taylor And A Deathbed Confession”…

Mom: “Broken Dreams And Blocked Arteries”

B+

“Broken Dreams And Blocked Arteries” is all right there in the title, huh? It’s a fast-paced rip through most of the season’s major plotlines, one that takes up under 20 minutes of screentime and gives away at least 90 of its seconds to a lengthy “previously on” montage that catches us up on everything that’s happened…

Mom: “Sonograms And Tube Tops”

A-

“I don’t want my baby being raised by religious fanatics,” Violet cries. “I want it being raised by homosexuals!” And with that, she maybe, hopefully, possibly takes Mom to another level. “Sonograms And Tube Tops” is the episode I’ve been waiting for, an episode where everything works and the Chuck Lorre factory’s…