Today’s TV Addict Top 5: People Most Definitely Not Smarter Than a 5th Grader

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The Parents Television Council (PTC)
In response to an upcoming issue of GQ which features a very revealing spread of GLEE stars Dianna Agron and Lea Michele in various states of undress, the PTC released a statement chastising the magazine for what they’re characterizing as “a disturbing spread… bordering on pedophilia.” Why they’re not smarter than a 5th grader: Because in the grand tradition of primetime television shows that take place in high school (see: Gabrielle Carteris, Ian Ziering and Luke Perry to name a few), the kids from GLEE aren’t actually teenagers! Memo to the PTC: It’s called acting! And in the same way in which Kevin McHale’s Artie isn’t really confined to a wheelchair and Cory Monteith sounds like a rock star with a little help from his friend called auto-tune, 24 year-olds Dianna Agron and Lea Michele are only pretending to play high school students.

Conan O’Brien
Earlier today, Conan O’Brien announced the first week of guests for his upcoming TBS late night series CONAN. Among them are Seth Rogen John Hamm, Michael Cera, and Tom Hanks. Why Conan’s not smarter than a 5th grader: Well, if the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, we find ourselves asking the slightly awkward albeit obvious question: Why is Team CoCo risking the return Tom Hanks — who let’s face it — didn’t exactly help launch Conan’s previous late night endeavour on the right foot. We’re just sayin’

Larry Klayman
According to the NY Daily News, Larry Klayman says he may sue NBC for allegedly stealing his pitch for a series about an anti-establishment layer and turning it into OUTLAW. Why he’s not smarter than a 5th grader: He saw OUTLAW, right?

The American Viewing Public
If Tuesday’s ratings are any indication, America has officially turned their back on NBC’s PARENTHOOD. Why the average American is not smarter than a 5th grader: Well, there’s a lot of reasons really, but in the case of PARENTHOOD we can’t help but scratch our head over why America as a whole has summarily decided to reject this fantastic series. No really. If this were a science fiction show, a comedy that isn’t produced by Chuck Lorre, or one that is produced by Joss Whedon, we’d completely get it! But at least on paper — thanks to in no small part to a phenomenally likeable cast, relatable family situations and writing that consistently tugs at one’s heartstrings — we can’t fathom how PARENTHOOD hasn’t caught on. Can you?

As is tradition on the Thursday before showtime, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE has just released a slew of promos hyping this weekends instalment hosted by Easy A star and current “It” girl Emma Stone. Why SNL is not smarter than a 5th grader: For the simple reason that they don’t seem to grasp the purpose of a promo — which is, to get potential viewers excited for the show — not leave them questioning whether they should bother tuning it all thanks to SNL’s uncanny ability to de-funny event the funniest of America’s sweethearts.

  • NPR has a good piece about what the real problem is with the Glee GQ photo shoot:

    The summary is that the characters Quinn and Rachel are strong women who are anything but the submissive property of Finn as the photos portray. This does nothing but continue to promote the subjugation of women.

  • Parenthood… Sigh… I really wish that more people would tune in. I am in the same boat as you as for not understanding what the disconnect is.

  • kevin

    yeah, more people should watch parenthood. i think it’s doing poorly because it goes between being really dark and then having kind of goofy situations multiple times in every episode. i think people just aren’t sure what to make of it.

  • shanna

    Thank you. I have a problem with the fact that Finn seems both possessive and in control of these women when he is not.

    Sidenote: Anyone think Lea Michele is trying far too hard to be sexy lately?

  • shanna

    I got overwhelmed with other shows this fall but caught up on Hulu this past weekend. Love this show more than ever. And now with Kevin Alejandro guest starring … well let’s just say I’m tuning in.

  • hilsto

    Parenthood is one of my favorites also. I am baffled it isn’t doing better. Maybe the late slot?

  • Jax

    I can tell u why parenthood isnt getting the viewers it deserve.
    First. Timeslot, remember at what time did Gilmore Girls slot was. I can give u a clue it wasnt 10. (yeah i know it aint no Gilmore although, it is, kindoff)
    Second. U are putting it against SAMCRO, for the ones that havent start seing it (TVaddict) Sons of Anarchy. U also have the good wife at that time (i havent watch it, ive heard good things.)
    So basicaly change timeslote and put it against shows u can challenge. Like hmm, life unexpected (pls dont i love lux, yes i watch SoA and LU). Better yet put it again No Ordinary Family and take that the biggest loser out of air.

  • Rightisright

    Tried Parenthood. Didn’t like it. Don’t watch it.
    And who knew SNL was still on the air?

  • Alayna

    hell yeah. she looks like a total skank.

  • samtheman

    amazing. very well said.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with others about Parenthood. It’s my 2nd favorite show on TV right now, just behind Chuck.

    Who’da thought my two favorite shows would be on NBC?

  • NJD

    Parenthood is extremely well done and has a terrific cast, but the storylines last season were unrelentingly depressing, so I didn’t want to watch this season.

    Plus, I HATE Max’s sister.