Credited with inventing the family sitcom, a successful, decade-spanning career in television and radio, author of over 10,000 scripts, and a mother on-screen and off, Gertrude Berg is "the most famous woman in America you've never heard of."
As a card-carrying Mitch Hurwitz devotee, I anxiously awaited the premiere of Fox's Sit Down Shut Up (which first aired on Sunday, but which I watched yesterday on Hulu). After all, SDSU was created by Hurwitz, supposedly inspired by Summer Heights High, and features voice acting by Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Henry Winkler, and Cheri Oteri (among other hilarious actors). What's not to be psyched about?
Now, to be fair, my hopes were about as high as they could be for this show, so while I'll say I was a bit disappointed, that doesn't mean I didn't think it was funny or worth watching. Plus, in traditional Hurwitz fashion, SDSU manages to pack quite a lot of content into a 22-minute episode. They cover all sorts of taboo topics in the pilot, including, naturally, gender politics. Read on for more!
Oh, and here's a clip:
I'm sure that pun's been done, but Wanda Sykes is slotted to have her own late night show on Saturdays on Fox! According to the New York Times, Sykes' show may replace the wasn't-canceled-soon-enough MAD TV. I'm not a big late-night TV fan--I just can't handle watching Letterman,Jimmy Kimmel, Craig "WTF? (Why's This Funny?)" Ferguson, and especially the terrible terribleness of MAD TV, but this is getting me excited about SNL alternatives, especially since the NY Times reports it will feature panels and discussion of current events, which, given that it's Wanda, will hopefully mean something a bit smarter than the rest of late night drivel (miss you, Conan!) and a whole lot funnier than PBS. Wanda would be joining the ranks of Ellen DeGeneres and Rosie O'Donnell as an openly gay woman hosting their own shows, and is one of the only female late-night host currently on television. Video after the jump...