I wanted to love The Big Bang Theory, I really did. The concept is hugely appealing to someone like me: a sitcom based on the lives of four seriously geeky scientists (Sheldon, Leonard, Howard, and Raj), featuring frequent cameos by nerd icons like Wil Wheaton. It's kind of like Friends, except instead of hanging out at Central Perk they play Klingon Boggle and Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock (which I am both proud and slightly embarrassed to own a t-shirt of).
Welcome back to Pop Pedestal, a series dedicated to the pop culture personalities we most admire! Up today: Tami and Eric Taylor of Friday Night Lights. (Attention Netflix Instant viewers: This post contains no spoilers past season one!)
"I wouldn't be sitting here if it wasn't for your courage," Oprah said "but I am frustrated, I am disappointed, and at times angry that the history does not get carried forth." Oprah was speaking about the Freedom Rides, a months-long Civil Rights demonstration in 1961 organized by CORE and executed by young people risking their life to travel by bus from Washington, D.C. to the Deep South to challenge segregation. Combining historical commemoration with the highly-watched last season of her talk show, Oprah honored these incredible activists with a special segment. Regardless of how you feel about the media mogul, she's bringing an incredible historical legacy to a huge audience and reminding everyone that there's plenty of work left to do. On her show yesterday, the fiftieth anniversary of the Freedom Rides, Oprah teared up introducing almost 200 surviving activists of the ride to her show. She also featured filmmaker Stanley Nelson, whose film Freedom Riders will premiere on PBS later this month.
This week on Grey's Anatomy: Fraud Edition features a slew of medical ethics violations, some timelapse storylining, and a whole lot of crying. As we pound into the home stretch on the seventh season of Grey's Anatomy, what's coming next for our characters, and what is Shonda Rhimes setting up for? She claims a "mellow" finale but the Grand Rounds crew will eat our hats if that happens!
Find out what we thought of the latest episode, after the jump.
On Tuesday, Glee aired their second vaguely Lady Gaga-inspired episode, "Born This Way." Like the first, Season One's "Theatricality," it was, to quote Alyx Vesey, "a mixed bag stuffed to the purse strings."
If you, like me, were counting down the days until the next episode of Parks and Recreation on your Leslie+Ben=Love4EVA calendar, you may have ended up watching all of NBC's programming last night by default (except for Outsourced. Does anyone actually watch that?). This means you saw the new NBC sitcom The Paul Reiser Show.
Bravo's latest reality series, Pregnant in Heels, follows clothing designer and "Pregnancy Concierge" (which basically means just what you think it means: doing stuff for pregnant people) Rosie Pope as she deals with clients whom she's dubbed "million dollar moms." Only one episode of the show has aired so far, but it's already being billed as showcasing the "bitchiest" women ever while they're at their hormone-fueled worst. Call me a bleeding-heart, reality-television-loving apologist if you must, but after watching the pilot episode I think some of that snark is missing the point.
It's the very special musical episode of Grey's Anatomy, and the Grand Rounds team has all kinds of thoughts about what happened this week! Whether you loved it or hated it, there was definitely a lot to talk about this week as the characters battled to save two of their own and came to some important relationship realizations.
Find out what we thought, and add your comments after the jump!