Get McHale Mid-Week: The Soup Moves to Wednesday. (Plus, a Giveaway!)

UPDATE: THE GIVEAWAY HAS BEEN EXTENDED! Let me know your favorite part about watching The Soup in the comments by Sunday, December 11!


Well, if Joel McHale didn’t have enough on his plate with Community, he’s now got more in his soup bowl.

Starting tomorrow,  The Soup has a new night. The Soup will air on Wednesdays at 10 pm, moving from its Friday timeslot. As a fan of The Soup, I’m actually rather excited. Friday’s always been a busy night for me (it’s hard enough to make sure I sit down and watch Fringe and Say Yes to the Dress, let alone The Soup), so a mid-week airing could certainly help me out. Especially once One Tree Hill is back on the air. That show gives McHale a lot of material.

And that’s not all. With this exciting new move, The Soup is getting a bright and shiny new website and a new mobile app for iPhone and Android smartphones tomorrow, which will give fans who download the app exclusive content.

So in honor of the move (and in support of Joel McHale, who needs it, given Community‘s hanging in the balance, sigh), I’m giving away five posters to some Soup-y fans. Just leave a comment below and let me know your favorite part about watching The Soup. I’ll choose five winners at random next Friday, December 9 on Sunday, December 11, so be sure to get your comments in before then!

And don’t forget to check out The Soup tomorrow night!

The giveaway has now ended and winners have been contacted.
Thanks to all who participated!


Community: (Grand)mommy dearest and the rest of them

COMMUNITY: 1.18 “Basic Genealogy”

I think I say every week that this show just keeps getting better. And it really does. It really really does.

Please tell me a part of this episode that did not make you laugh. Ignoring, of course, those moments that are more “awww” moments and have sentimentality where if you laugh, you’re just heartless.

That does not count Jeff crying over his ex-girlfriend, which was just hilarious. I think that had less to do with the moment and more to do with the fact that I’m unsure whether Joel McHale can fake crying. Unless he was just doing a terrible job on purpose. Who knows. It could go both ways.

But seriously, this episode was great. Not only did we get some fun new characters–family members–to play with, but we really partnered up some unexpected pairs for plots. Abed and Shirley. Pierce and Jeff. Troy and Britta. Poor Annie was left all alone, but who needed her with all this hilarity going on?

What hilarity, you ask? While I might not have understood it, I loved how hard Britta tried to impress Troy’s grandmother. Can you believe she actually got spanked? Just the fact that she spent so much time trying to find her a “switch”…it was so wrong on so many levels.

I love that Abed’s cousin got in the bouncy house–and the fact that Shirley’s sons dressed up as her so that her uncle would be faked out. That was great. I really enjoy seeing Abed’s father, even though we’ve really only seen him one time. For some reason it says so much about Abed and his behaviors.

And then there was the main plotline of Jeff and Pierce. This was standard sitcom fare, but I did appreciate the twist that Amber was grifting Pierce. By the way, this is the only other show I’ve ever heard the term “grifting” other than Leverage I appreciated it.

The best part of this plotline was not Jeff’s speech to Pierce about his friends being his “family” of sorts (very Buffy, by the way) or the way that Pierce called Jeff, “Jeffrey.” It was that moment between Jeff and Annie where she made him see his conscience. I love this relationship between Jeff and Annie, and more so, I like how the show started out with the buds of a relationship for Jeff and Britta, and now we’re rooting for the unexpected couple of Jeff and Annie. Maybe that’s just me. But she really does have those doe eyes, and clearly, they’re a weakness for Jeff like they are for the rest of us.

Anyway, funny episode. I do miss the raps and songs at the end, though. As much as I liked seeing Abed and Troy in the vending machine, a song would have been better. 🙂

Community: Joel McHale’s better when he’s naked

COMMUNITY: 1.18 “Physical Education”

What a strange strange episode we had. Jeff was barely even part of the Abed plotline, with just the occasional room entrance and quippy remark. White Abed was a perfect twist on the sitcom standard joke of “The person I like is dating my clone” (think The Nanny, Frasier, and Friends). Plus, it totally steered the episode in a whole new direction.

First thing’s first: I adore that the coach not only wanted the pool players to play in shorts, but they also had to play in those shorts. Just…wow. I’m a girl, and I probably would have hated that.

And Jeff just looked hilarious. Of course, that was the point, but I just adored it. Who thinks up this stuff?

But that final match. Just…wow. That was…awkward. Awkwardly hilarious. I’d heard that Joel McHale would be naked at some point in this episode (I mean, he tweeted it himself. And by the way, if you want some other funny, if not gross, tweets about it, look here and here.), but I had no idea the extent. You expect it’d be one of those walk-in-on-you-in-the-shower or someone-stole-all-my-clothes moments. But no. This was the Declaration of Strippage!

And of course, Jeff would have that striped underwear. Of course, he would. But that one shot where the coach moved across the screen and you had the focus on his bare belly? [[Shiver]]

Anyway, the part that I loved about Abed’s storyline was not how everyone got involved (though that was great), or his goofy whacky arms that he almost used to get the girl in the cafeteria. No no. It was definitely the many movie personas that he used to get the girl.

By the way, if you didn’t catch the Don Draper joke referring to Mad Men, I adored that Annie loved it. Why? Well, Alison Brie is on both Community and Mad Men. Why wouldn’t she love it?

Anyway, fantastic episode, and I’m glad it’s back. But I see we’re already on episode 18. Don’t let the season end, please?

Community: Catching up on the last two weeks

COMMUNITY: 1.04 “Social Psychology”
COMMUNITY: 1.05 “Advanced Criminal Law”

I have to admit: This show just keeps getting better and better.

And this is surprising to me. It’s not just because shows tend to die down right after a pilot. And the fact that we’re in the early season lull–you know, those episodes after a premiere where it’s before sweeps and networks figure they have your attention? The filler episodes, so to speak? Yeah, the early season lull.

But it’s mainly because Jeff is no longer a major tool. He’s really transforming, and while, yes, he does still have some genuinely selfish qualities about him, he’s much more rounded, so you can’t hate him. Not even Britta can.

And I think that’s the relationship that’s driving this. He’s not even (overtly) trying to get into her pants anymore. It’s all him trying to befriend her (so he can eventually get into her pants, maybe). Which is why it was so hard for him to deal with her hippie boyfriend last week, and why he wanted to help her so badly this week. And, well, to put back on the lawyer pants.

Plus, we’re getting more out of our minor characters. I love that both of these episodes allowed us to see a little more of Jeff’s professor friend–being on the disciplinary board and actually teaching a research group (even if he did go crazy).

Most of all, though, we’re getting to see Annie become a real person. Now, based on the pilot, I really wasn’t all that enthralled with her. She seemed typical. Almost too studious to really belong in the community college series. But after seeing her a little more, I’m really starting to enjoy her role in the show.

I really liked her interaction with Abed. Man alive, he’s got a heart of gold. Sitting for 26 hours in that room while everyone else left, all because she call him her friend. And the fact that in the end she bought Indiana Jones for him. That was sweet.

And this week, we got to see her interact with Pierce, which was just humorous. I mean, she just had no idea how to handle him. But really, who does?

His antics are really great, too. The device to let him hear others’ conversations (even if it did backfire, especially for Britta), and trying to see him write a song. Honestly, how could you not love this ending?

What to you think? Better than Glee? (Just kidding.)

But really, I’m enjoying this show. And while I expect Thursday night comedy from NBC, I fear that it’s in a bad time slot. I mean, are people watching it at 8:00? It’s competing against some good stuff: Vampire Diaries, Bones. I certainly hope so. I really want it to have a good long run.

If anything, I really enjoy watching Joel McHale pimp it out on The Soup. He has no shame.

An early look at ‘Community’

COMMUNITY: 1.01 “The Pilot”

If you haven’t seen Community yet, well, it appears that you’re a little out of the loop. I’ve seen it, and I’m not special. I’m just your average TV-watcher that has an account on Facebook.

That’s right, you can see the entire Community pilot on Facebook. All you have to do is be a fan of the show, and you can watch it!

And you should. Because it’s hilarious. Well, let me clarify: I don’t necessarily think it’s a laugh-out-loud comedy. I mean, you might on some lines (say, when they make fun of Ryan Seacrest–how Joel McHale). But for the most part, you’re looking at very subtle lines and humor that might take you a minute to realize that you just got. And I think that’s fantastic.

I’m tired of shows forcing the humor down your throat. Say, Parks and Recreation? That show so desperately wants to be The Office (which is also losing some of its subtlety), that it’s painful.

But not Community. I mean, think about the one joke that we’ve heard all over the promos:

“I thought you had your law degree from Columbia.”

“Now I need one from America.”

You pause and you get it, but it’s not instantaneous, which pretty much encompasses the show.

Now, you have to understand. You probably won’t like Joel McHale’s character. But that what makes you want to watch him. He’s so despicable. I mean, he’ll do what he needs to do to get by. Anything. Lie. Steal. Cheat. Of course, it doesn’t necessarily all work out in the end, but does it really need to? If it did, where would we have the show?

My favorite part is definitely the characters. Some of the best shows take a group of people with nothing in common and puts them together to see how they interact. Even The Office did it. The only thing these people had in common was that they worked in the same place. This time? That they all take the same foreign language class. And man, these people have nothing in common. They’re fantastic when they all communicate–or don’t, as the case my be.

Anyway, it’s worth checking out. And personally, I’m glad NBC put it online early. Not only does it get great promotion for the show (trust me, you’ll want to keep watching), but it gives it a little competitive advantage over Glee, since we’ve already seen that show, too.

Plus, it’s a great tribute to John Hughes. The Breakfast Club really resonates throughout the episode, which is appropriate since they posted it a week after he died. I wonder if it was purposeful.

Maybe, maybe.

By the way, if you’re worried about Chevy Chase’s performance (as I was), don’t worry. He’s great. Quite fun and underplayed. I think he’ll be great in the role.

NBC: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Well, NBC has announced it’s upcoming new shows, as well as some shows that will be picked up. And to be honest, I can’t say I’m over the moon about any of them. Well, maybe one.

What’s original here? NBC seemed to be one of the networks we’re more curious about, what with ER‘s  good-bye and their newest pitch to have Leno have a 10:00 daily talk show. And yes, that Leno plan is still happening.

And while I have mixed feelins about Leno’s show (I think it’s a terrible idea, though at least it will be a backup to reruns at 10:00 on other networks), that now limits NBC to two hours of programming. So what do we have?

Well, in place of ER, we’ve now got two new hospital dramas, one of which has Michelle Trachtenberg as a nurse–something I doubt very heavily. Sorry, Michelle fans, but somehow that just seems odd to me. Can she play an adult? I mean, I saw her relatively try in The Dive from Clausen’s Pier, and it was painful.

We’ve also got Day One, which apparently has someone from Heroes involved (let’s hope season 1) and involves people reacting after a global disaster. Didn’t we do this a few years ago and call it Jericho? The frontrunner of that show is Julia Gonzalo, the most annoying cast member of the lost Eli Stone.

And then what? Parenthood? Oh dear, Maura Tierney, is there no hope left? At least Monica Potter’s finding work after Trust Me was canceled.

But where, oh, where are the original premises? I’m most looking forward to Community, mainly because it stars Joel McHale of The Soup, but from what I’ve read on other blogs, people are less enthused because it’s “just another multi-camera comedy.” I’ll take that any day over another Parks and Recreation, which, by the way, has been renewed.

Speaking of renewals, what about the ones we’re really wondering about? No news on Chuck, and contrary to various reports this weekend, it looks like Medium hasn’t yet been decided on yet, either. From what I can tell, you’ll have to wait until May 19, when they announce the fall schedule.

These are two very popular series. I’m still surprised they’re being debated.

Meanwhile, we can expect the return of Heroes, The Office, 30 Rock, reality TV, and at least one Law & Order series.

What else is missing? My Name Is Earl. Again, very surprised.

I should mention that all of these might not be fall shows–some may be winter or “event”–but I think there are some surprises and disappointments here. With such original series as Chuck and, of course, Kings, we’re stuck with the old and the done.

So here’s what I suggest. If you don’t like what you see, and you’re waiting for your favorite NBC show to appear, you better get moving. Write to NBC, post blogs, do what you must. You’re running out of time, and we’re running out of quality.