MOM Recap: Wanna Bet?

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Season 2 | Episode 1 | “Hepatitis and Lemon Zest” | Aired Oct 30, 2014

“Mom” is a sitcom about a lot of things – alcoholism, drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, the broken trust between an estranged mother and her equally lost daughter. But above all else, it’s a show unafraid to tell real stories about honest-to-God people who are unabashedly flawed. Few shows, let alone sitcoms, would dare take the risks that “Mom” is taking at the start of season two.

In “Hepatitis and Lemon Zest,” Christy (or should I say, Crusty) is coming up on a year and a half of sobriety, though as it turns out, she’s never quite quit her gambling addiction. It’s not a problem until she gambles away three months worth of rent money, and she and her family are threatened with eviction.

Christy, Bonnie and Marjorie are able to piece together a month’s worth of rent, but Christy’s need to satisfy her addiction prompts her to risk it all for a chance at winning $6,000. She miraculously wins, but her luck soon runs out when she’s robbed at gunpoint outside of work. Now penniless, she and her family will be forced to live in a fleabag motel until she and Bonnie can get together enough money to start anew.

In the interim, Christy has a bountiful dose of hurdles to conquer. She must overcome her gambling bug while sponsoring newly sober alcoholic, Jill (Jaime Pressly, “My Name is Earl”). Meanwhile, daughter Violet has yet to get over giving her baby girl up for adoption, and things are heating up between Bonnie and Alvin (Kevin Pollak, “The Usual Suspects”).

Needless to say, “Mom” has no shortage of stories to tell, and is in no danger of the feared ‘sophomore slump’.

TWO AND A HALF MEN Recap: An Elephant in the Room

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Season 12 | Episode 1 | “The Ol’ Mexican Spinach” | Aired Oct 30, 2014

“Two and a Half Men” might be coming to an end, but it has only just begun to tackle its most controversial storyline yet.

In “The Ol’ Mexican Spinach,” everyone was in for a spook on All Hallows’ Eve when Walden was rushed to the emergency room following a minor heart attack. The newly placed stent in his heart couldn’t fill the void of loved ones, though. As the lonesome billionaire depressingly put things, the only people who give a damn about him are Alan, Berta and his seemingly distant mom.

After a failed marriage to Bridget, a failed marriage proposal to Zoey, and a destined-to-fail relationship with Kate, Walden isn’t keen on the idea of any further romantic entanglements. All he really wants is his own Jake – a son who isn’t afraid to ask the hard questions, like when the fourth of July falls in our current calendar year.

Walden’s decision to bring a child into his home isn’t made easy by his newly recruited adoption lawyer (Aisha Tyler, “The Talk”). As it turns out, large pockets and devilishly good looks won’t help our protagonist on his quest to fatherhood, as adoptions are almost always granted exclusively to married couples. Frustrated by the outcome, and realizing that Alan’s the closest thing he’ll ever have to a committed relationship (it’s not like he’s ever leaving that Malibu beach house), Walden gets down on one knee, and asks for his super friend’s hand in marriage. Together, they can adopt and raise a young boy, thus bringing “Two and a Half Men” full circle.

Walden’s desire to be a dad is perfectly understandable. What isn’t understandable is why a man with his wealth wouldn’t just avoid the adoption progress altogether and hire a private surrogate. Hopefully, that can be addressed in a not-so-distant future episode. After the honeymoon, of course.

Morning Static: MOM, THE COLBERT REPORT, GAME OF THRONES & More!

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• Damage Control? Jon Cryer Addresses ‘Two & A Half Men’ Gay Wedding Criticism
• The Business of Show: ‘Meredith Vieira Show’ Renewed for Season 2 on NBC O&Os
• Funny Business: 9 Things We Learned From Amy Poehler’s ‘Yes Please’
• Friday Fun: American Horror Story Gets the Disney Mashup Treatment
• Review: CBS’ ‘Mom’ returns for Season 2 as one of network TV’s most unique comedies
• Ouch! WE tv Cancels ‘The Divide’ After One Season
• Joel McHale Extends E! Deal To Host ‘The Soup’, Produce Unscripted Series
• Spoiler Alert! ‘Game of Thrones’ Cast Signs for Season 7 with Big Raises
• The limits of buzz: How DC comics is winning its war with Marvel — on television
• Blue Your Mind: ‘Arrested Development’ Creator to Recut Season Four Chronologically
• For Canadian Eyes Only: Bell announces new video streaming service called Project Latte
• Mark your Calendars: The Colbert Report’s End Date Revealed

On TV Tonight: Friday October 31, 2014

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NET 8PM 8:30PM 9PM 9:30PM 10PM 10:30PM
ABC Last Man Standing Cristela Shark Tank 20/20
CBS The Amazing Race 25 Hawaii Five-0 Blue Bloods
CW Whose Line Is It… (R) America’s Next Top Model
FOX Utopia Gotham (R)
NBC Dateline NBC Grimm Constantine
Misc Deal With It (TBS) Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

GREY’S ANATOMY Redux: “Calzona” Could Be No More and That’s OK!

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There’s no Grey’s Anatomy this week but there’s still things to discuss from last week so let’s talk.

Last Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy saw what could be the end of Callie and Arizona and I’m here to tell you that this is a good thing. Ok, ok … before you all start to riot, let me explain myself. I want to start this off by saying that I’m a Callie and Arizona fan and thought they were definitely going to be endgame when they first got together. But this couple has been through a lot and now, I’m not so sure they are endgame or that I want them to be.

There are so many times when the Calzona relationship has taken a hit that’s hard to decide whien was the moment that we all should have known that it was over. Was it when they broke up because Arizona didn’t want kids? Or was it, when they broke up because Arizona was going to Africa and Callie didn’t really want to go? It could also be when Arizona returned and Callie had slept with Mark and was knocked up with his child. Maybe, it was Arizona cheating on Callie…? I honestly don’t know because it could have been any of those or maybe one that I didn’t even mention. [Read more...]

Fall TV Preview: THE MCCARTHYS

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Starring: Tyler Ritter, Jack McGee (“Common Law”), Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne,” “Getting On”), Joey McIntyre (“The Hotwives of Orlando”), Jimmy Dunn and Kelen Coleman (“The Newsroom”)

Genre: Multi-camera comedy

Premiere Date: Thursday, October 30, 9:30 p.m., CBS (CTV in Canada)

Direct Competition: “A to Z” (NBC), “Gracepoint” (Fox), “Scandal” (ABC), “Reign” (CW)

Premise (in 140 characters or less): A Boston-bred, Irish Catholic family has odd ways of eliciting affection for the youngest son, a 29 year-old gay man contemplating a change. [Read more...]

Morning Static: AMERICAN HORROR STORY, JANE THE VIRGIN, THE VIEW & More!

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• Trailer Park: Syfy’s 12 MONKEYS!
• The Circus Is Over! Jimmy Kimmel wants him but New Toronto Mayor John Tory won’t go!
• Life After THE CLOSER: Kyra Sedgwick To Topline & Produce Kari Lizer Comedy For HBO
• Shame On Them: Cartoon Network Censors Its First Gay Kiss on New Show Clarence
• Lily Rabe to appear on ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show,’ reprise ‘Asylum’ role
• Neil Patrick Harris Officially Joins AHS: Freak Show — and David Burtka, His Husband, Is Coming With!
• Pilot Watch: Peter Pan Drama ‘The League Of Pan’ Set At Fox With Imagine TV & Andrew Miller
• The Business of Show: NBA Season Tips Off Debate On The Future Of Broadcast Television.
• RIP: Notes on the Death of the American Network Sitcom.
• Why we need narrators: “Jane the Virgin” has the best voice-over on TV
• Ouch! ABC News Takes Over ‘The View’ As Ratings Dwindle

On TV Tonight: Thursday October 30, 2014

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NET 8PM 8:30PM 9PM 9:30PM 10PM 10:30PM
ABC It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Scandal How to Get Away with Murder
CBS The Big Bang Theory Mom Two and a Half Men The McCarthys Elementary
CW The Vampire Diaries Reign
FOX Bones Gracepoint 
NBC The Biggest Loser: Glory Days Bad Judge A to Z Parenthood
MISC Project Runway (Lifetime) No Reservations (Travel)

Morning Static: THE GOLDBERGS, SONS OF ANARCHY, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK & More!

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• Funny Business: ‘Daily Show’s’ Jason Jones to Star in Semi-Autobiographical Comedy Pilot for TBS
• Scoop: The Goldbergs to Pay Homage to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
• The Business of Show: NBC’s ‘Mysteries of Laura’ Gets Full-Season Order
• This Week in Tech: Amazon’s Fire Stick Is a Challenge to Google and a Threat to Roku.
• Must Read TV: The Dark Side Of America’s Redneck Reality TV Obsession
• Awwww Alert: Kurt Sutter temporarily sidelined from ‘Sons of Anarchy’ series finale
• Scary Stuff: MTV’s ‘Scream’ gets full series order
• Sad But True: You Won’t Be Seeing Vee On “Orange Is The New Black” Season 3
• Netflix’s Marco Polo Teaser Trailer: War and Sex Abound in Ancient China
• Syfy Asks for a Second Chance: Syfy plans to lure you back with these 5 shows.