Wednesday, August 16, 2017

NBC’s ‘Marlon’: This is an Update to the Classic Family Comedy?

Review of the TV show "Marlon"
(L-R) Marlon Wayans as Marlon, Essence Atkins as Ashley,
Amir O'Neil as Zackery, Boris Kodjoe as Devon, Notlim Taylor as Marley
(Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC)

 TV SHOW REVIEW 

Tonight NBC is airing the pilot episode of Marlon, starring Marlon Wayans, which the network has dubbed as an “update to the classic family comedy.” Say but you will, but Father Knows Best this ain’t. Wayans is a talented comedian and his antics in the show does provide a few chuckles, but the show is a few steps backward for men, fathers and even modern families.

In Marlon, Wayans plays a version of himself as a divorced (or separated – it’s not entirely clear) husband who still wants to have “family time” with his kids and ex-wife at her house, but also date other women on the side. The show wants to present that this is a great arrangement until his ex, Ashley (Essence Atkins), decides to go out on date of her own with Devon (Boris Kodjoe). Marlon admits to Ashley that when he sees her with Devon, he feels scared that he will lose his family and get this, Ashley actually comforts the guy! I get that divorce is a challenging reality for many families, but this isn't a solution I can get behind.

It is explained in the first episode that it was Ashley’s choice to separate from Marlan and it’s not hard to see why. Other than video blogging, it is unclear what Marlon’s occupation is. He thinks it’s cute to use his children to promote non-alcohic liquour, gives his daughter uncensored “advice” on how to handle bullies at school, shows up late for important events, swears sort of like a sailor (he is only allowed to say “hell” and “ass” during this “family” sitcom) and the list goes on. Ashley is the ying to his yang as the long-suffering, yet fully supportive, mother figure. Of course, the worst offense is that the show isn’t all that funny. The show’s only saving grace is that the two kids, Zackery (Amir O’Neil) and Marley (Notlim Taylor), are adorable.

So, bravo NBC for bringing us yet another show where the dad is seen more as a buffoon than a role model and providing us with yet another “family show” that is too inappropriate for families living outside of TV land to watch.

Marlon airs on Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. on NBC.

'Batman vs. Two-Face' - Video of the Day

 VIDEO OF THE DAY 

Trailer for Adam West's last voice work in Batman vs. Two-Face.

This Day in Pop Culture for August 16

A gorilla saved a 3-year-old boy in 1996.

Gorilla Says 3-Year-Old Boy

It was on this day in 1996 when a 3-year-old boy fell more than 20 feet into the gorilla pit at the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Illinois. The boy laid lifeless for a few moments until Binti Jua, an 8-year-old gorilla, picked him up, cradled him in her arms and protected him from the other apes. She later handed the boy over to zookeepers who then rushed the boy to the hospital. The zookeepers said that since the ape was raised by humans, she was more “people-oriented.” The boy made a full recovery and the story warmed the hearts of many.



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Once Upon a Time in Seattle: Shows Based in the Rainy City

TV shows that were based in Seattle.
(ABC)

 TV 

This fall, ABC’s Once Upon a Time is sort of rebooting the series with one storyline that takes place in Seattle. This got me thinking about how many other TV series have been set in the rainy city. The answer may surprise you. However, what might not surprise you is how many of the following shows were not actually filmed in Seattle outside of a few exterior shots.

The 4400 (2004-2007)
Filmed in Vancouver, B.C., this show featured a group of 4400 people who were dumped from the sky in the foothills near Mount Rainer

Almost Home (1993)
Originally known as The Torkelsons, this sitcom was originally based in Oklahoma, but for the second season, the show was retooled and renamed, Almost Home where the family moved to Seattle.

Aqua Teen Hunger Force – various other names (2000-2015)
This animated TV series for Adult Swim featuring anthropomorphic fast food items (Master Shake, Frylock and Meatwad) the series initially took place in South New Jersey, but in 2011, the location was changed to Seattle. Then, the next year, the setting was called Seattle, New Jersey which just about makes as much sense as this show did.

Crowded (2016)
NBC Comedy that starred Patrick Warburton and Carrie Preston as an empty-nest couple whose adult daughters move back in their Seattle-area home.

Dark Angel (2000-2002)
Created by James Cameron, this sci-fi series starring Jessica Alba took place in 2019 post-apocalyptic Seattle.

Easter Eggs Found from Disney/Pixar Movies - Video of the Day

 VIDEO OF THE DAY 

Hidden Easter eggs you never noticed from Disney/Pixar movies.

This Day in Pop Culture for August 15


Woodstock was held on August 15-17, 1969.

Woodstock is Held

Though expecting “no more than 50,000 people, about 400,000 people attended the Woodstock Music & Art Fair which began on this day in 1969. After numerous changes in venues, Woodstock finally landed at Max Yasgur's 600 acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York. Local townspoeple were unhappy about the concert and posted “Buy No Milk. Stop Max’s Hippy Music Festival.” Due to recent rains, the grounds were muddy, food supplies where great and the sanitation was poor. Newspaper headlines read, “Hippied Mired in a Sea of Mud.” Despite the conditions, it is reported that the festival was reasonable peaceful, but two deaths occurred (one from a heroin overdose and accident involving a tractor and an attendee sleeping in hay field nearby), two births and four miscarriages. Roy Rogers was asked to sing “Happy Trails” at the end of the festival, but he declined.

Monday, August 14, 2017

How Not to Kill a Spider - Video of the Day

 VIDEO OF THE DAY 

There are many ways to kill a spider. Not all of them are the best ways. (from Buttered Side Down)

This Day in Pop Culture for August 14

Sonny & Cher’s ‘I Got You Babe’ Became a #1 Hit on August, 14, 1965.

Sonny & Cher’s ‘I Got You Babe’ Becomes a #1 Hit

Written late at night in the basement of Sonny and Cher Bono’s home, the song, “I Got Your Babe” became the couple’s first #1 hit song on this day in 1965 where it stayed for three weeks. It was the first single taken from the couple’s debut album, Look at Us and became their biggest as well. More than a million of the singles were sold and the song was certified Gold. In a bizarre stunt, and many years after the death of Sonny, a version of the song was recorded by Cher and the animated characters of Beavis and Butt-Head in 1993. In 2011 Billboard and Rolling Stone magazine declared that the song was one of the greatest duets of all time. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2017.