Posts tagged Better Off Ted


  • The networks are cleaning house: Law & Order, Heroes, Scrubs, FlashForward, and Better Off Ted have all been canceled….. — NY Daily News
  • …..To make room for more shows, like The Paul Reiser Show, a single-camera comedy based on Reiser’s life. Do we really need a Curb Your Enthusiasm 2.0? Click on the link for a sneak-peek. — Zap2It
  • The 12-year-old Paparazzi-singing YouTube sensation got a record deal. All those talented kids out there who wasted their time with American Idol auditions must be so pissed.– Perez
  • Jon Hamm, who lends his unmistakable voice to the latest Shrek movie, said some meaningful stuff in a recent interview. — E!

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  • It looks like Betty White might get to host Saturday Night Live after all! Okay, well, more like co-host, as there will be other funny ladies there too (the more the merrier I always say!). — EW
  • Shit that’s cool: William Shatner will star in the pilot of CBS’ Shit My Dad Says…I said it before and I’ll say it again, PLEASE KEEP THAT TITLE. —Fishbowl LA
  • I think it’s safe to say that Better Off Ted won’t be renewed. The guy who plays Ted (Jay Harrington) is set to star in a new show called Nathan v. Nurture and Bill Pullman has just signed on to co-star. Whoa, Bill Pullman! Where has that guy been? — Hollywood Reporter
  • Quentin Tarantino did something nice. And I’m sure it’s purely a coincidence that it was announced to the press right around Oscar time. —ABC

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  • Good news, Better Off Ted returns with a new season on December 8th!! Oh, and that other ABC show that just won’t quit already, Scrubs, returns for its 49th season on December 1st — The Futon Critic
  • In award-show host news: Ricky Gervais will host the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards in January 2010. Hugh Jackman will not return to host next year’s Oscar telecast. All of this is about as riveting as actually watching the award shows — Gawker
  • Get out your best sweater set and curlers, Betty Draper is hosting Saturday Night Live on November 14. I bet Peggy Olson’s office liquor cabinet that Don will make a cameo — TV Guide
  • Fantastic, 100 days of pre, PREEEEEEE Olympics coverage, courtesy of NBC…yes, the same annoying network that brings you Leno every night at 10 PM — Los Angeles Times
  • You know that little Michael Jackson movie that no one has been talking about? Well, it made a lot of money over the weekend–just one more thing for the Jackson family to fight about — NY Daily News

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TV round up, six-word edition

Ryan from The O.C. is back on TV, and yes, he brought along his expressive brow

Ryan from "The O.C." is back on TV, and YES he brought along his highly expressive brow and melt-your-heart eyes

I want to cover some TV stuff, but I’m kind of on a tight schedule today, so we are going to try something different/fun, and sum everything up in six words.  (Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for the six word thing, that’s actually quite popular all over the place.)

Fringe…Been watching, been growing on me

Better Off Ted…Hilarious, Portia is enchanting, quirkiness galore

Kings…Ambitious, Ian McShane outshines once again

The Unusuals…Amber shows promise, but that’s it

Southland…Compelling, O.C.’s Ryan continues to captivate

The Office…I heart Michael Scott Paper Company

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See you later, NOVA…this show actually makes science/technology/research seem kind of fun

better-off-tedIn case you haven’t seen the heavily-in-rotation promos for the new ABC series, “Better Off Ted” (premieres March 18 @ 8:30 PM ET/PT), then it’s a really good thing you are reading this blog right now as I’m about to tell you how awesome the show looks.

The “satirical office series” (official ABC show description jargon) stars Jay Harrington as Ted, who runs research and development at a company called Veridian Dynamics, the lovely Portia de Rossi stars as his boss, and there are no limits to what this company will try to do (again, pulled from the ABC show description):

No achievement is too far-fetched and no invention too unorthodox for Veridian. Need cow-less meat grown in a test tube? Done. Need pumpkins that also double as weapons of mass destruction? No problem.

*Sigh* they had me at cow-less meat grown in a test tube…anyway, I have high hopes for this show (so don’t go screwing it up, ABC) as it’s a fresh idea for a situation comedy, and the writing/acting looks very promising–lots of smug, smart-assy, deadpan jokes that I like. It should also be noted that the kids behind this show have reputable TV pedigree as they were writers and/or producers of the critically-acclaimed TV series, “My Name is Earl” and “Andy Richter Controls the Universe.”

Ok, if my compelling summary hasn’t convinced you, then watch the outstanding clip below (it starts out as an ad for Veridian Dynamics and then goes into the show promo)–enjoy!

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