Great News! USA just picked up Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair’s new sitcom!
Inspired by Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham’s real-life friendship, Playing House will focus on mother-to-be Maggie (Parham), who asks her single and career-driven best friend, Emma (St. Clair), to return from overseas for her baby shower, unaware of what’s in store. St. Clair and Parham, last seen on NBC’s short-lived Best Friends Forever, will also serve as executive producers. — TV Guide
Check out our superfantastic interview we did with the ladies:
I do feel like BFF is incredibly reflective of lady best friend relationships, and how ladies talk. The “Oh, I’ve got a rash on my butt” part alone — you don’t necessarily want everyone else to hear that, but you’re going to tell your friend that because that’s the situation.
Lennon: You want to know what’s causing it, and if she has any suggestions. Maybe it’s the new mesh panties you bought on sale.
Jessica: This is a terrible piece of information to share, but I just recently went to my dermatologist and she said, “Hey, thanks for the shout-out — you know, about your butt rash. I really appreciate it.” [Laughs]
I had to show Lennon my butt rash. I didn’t know what was going on and I needed a second opinion, and I certainly wasn’t going to get my husband involved. So in our little office, I had to show it to her. That’s real.
Lennon: It was a simple solution. She just was wearing her yoga pants for too long. [laughs] She would work out and then she would let the sweat dry on her skin, but in between her butt crack it continued to be moist.
Jessica: All right, Lennon. All right.
But here’s my question: How did you, Lennon, know that this was the problem?
Lennon: Because I spend every single day with her for eight hours a day and she was always wearing yoga pants. We were trying to keep it tight, we would work out in the morning. I would change, and then she would show up at my house straight from the gym in her yoga attire.
Jessica: Mistakes were made. This is the kind of sacrifice that we made for the show and I want people to know it.
Sleepy Hollow is basically written for fantasy fans who always watch National Treasure every time it’s on.
So, as much as I kind of hate myself for it, I really want to see this.
And rightly so.
It’s a great read.
This review is amazing and brilliant and addresses EVERYTHING I HATE about these “dating shows” and how they treat women. Sonia Saraiya, thank you.
Ready For Love is pure evil. It’s a horrible display of women being (figuratively) slaughtered upon the altar of glossy, fake platitudes about romance and love. The way the contestants are treated on this show is despicable, hovering somewhere between demeaning and inhumane. After all, this is an arena where, purportedly, several different talented women who are all looking for their soulmate are transported to a live studio audience, complete with strange, coffin-like cells that ascend and descend in sync with the whims of their masters. They are presented with the personalities of their hunky male protagonists, and decide, on the basis of photos, interviews, and perhaps compensation, to uproot their lives for a feeling they are experiencing which they have ascertained is something akin to “true love.” What kind of horrific torture chamber is this?
Allow, for a moment, that these women really do feel love or affection for these men—as we are told and even expected to believe. Shows like The Bachelor may have prepared these women for the dehumanizing experience of living with and competing against several other competent and beautiful women for a man who cannot possibly be worth all of that trouble. But Ready For Love takes it a step further. The women won’t just be judged by the male of the species—they will also be eliminated based on how much they impress or disappoint their matchmakers, three different judge-mentor-madam types that give them critique on how they should fall in love. The structure of the show is Byzantine at best; the upshot is that in each episode, the women are trotted out in front of a live audience, publicly excoriated for doing things wrong in front of the ever-important male of the species, and then sent away to be systematically eliminated. If you are thinking to yourself that this sounds like some serious Hunger Games garbage, it’s because IT IS SOME HUNGER GAMESGARBAGE. There are mentors and gamemakers and hosts and a live audience. There is also an evil empire, presumably, and that’s either the audience or NBC—it’s hard to say which anymore.
…This is one of the most culturally defunct moments in current television. It could be fun—it should be fun—but it’s just awful, instead. In tonight’s première one of the contestants is sent home, sight-unseen, after Tim Lopez is not suitably impressed with her introduction. As she’s descending the coffin-elevator, she bursts into tears and tells the camera that it’s okay, because she does deserve love, and she’ll keep trying. This is the show we are dealing with—this pit of despair, covered with the shiny gloss of a romanticized, cheap version of true love. It’s a show that says: Let’s put women in an enclosed space with one man, and then put them on stage to tear them apart for doing the exact things we have goaded and edited them to do. It’s a show that says, if you’re single, it’s your fault. If you don’t have love, it’s because you’re doing it wrong. And if you’re a woman, the burden of catching a man is on you.
“When I first started writing — women were not writing comedy. They said women can’t make you laugh. They can make you cry, but they can’t make you laugh. Now, i could make men cry — that’s true. But I can also make them laugh.” — Irma Kalish
Wow, I would have gushed as much as Amy did if I met Irma Kalish. I’m not as big of a fan of All in the Family, but Facts of Life was my WORLD growing up. Last year, I burned through the first three seasons of the series while cleaning and I’m always in awe of how progressive it was in the first few years.
I’m looking at Kalish’s imdb resume (as I’ve sadly not been aware of her before now) and wow — Producer: 227, The Facts of Life, Good Times, Too Close for Comfort. And a series starring Madeline Kahn! Writer: All in the Family, Family Affair, My Three Sons, The Bob Newhart Show, Gidget, The Patty Duke Show (which I was obsessed with when it first started on Nick at Nite), and so many more. And she has story-credit for the infamous Maude episode, “Maude’s Dilemma” wherein Maude decides to get an abortion at age 47.
What an awesome lady.
With all the news about the Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter campaign, I wanted to re-read the interview with the cast that I did the day after the Season Two pickup was announced. Somehow, it had never made it to the new database when we relaunched PopGurls, but here it is for your reading pleasure:
Jason Dohring (Logan Echolls): I think the most joyful thing for me is seeing the fans and knowing that it brings them joy to watch the show – just the arts in general, I think, bring people up, and to see these guys and they’re happier than they were. You don’t see one sad person. [I ask] “how are you?” and they say “good” and they’re honestly good, you know? I’m just happy to bring them up.
Somebody had Francis and I make out a card saying “to the best lover I ever had” today, and it was for a man. So that was pretty crazy.
Francis Capra (Weevil): He actually wrote “best lover,” I wrote “miss you.”
This moment was one of the most emotional for me in “Leslie and Ben”— April and Tom have presented Leslie and Ben with a “Leslie and Ben (and Us!)” scrapbook, complete with City Hall nametags a la Leslie’s birthday present for April in “The Master Plan.” The framed gift that April mocked in the episode where Ben arrived.
Leslie and Ben don’t “aww” and smile and give them hugs — she makes them stop. Leslie (and possibly Amy’s) reaction is to wave them away, because it’s making her cry. It’s all too too much right now — the emotional rollercoaster of the night, the support of their friends to not only throw a wedding together at the gala in two hours but then again a small, intimate surprise wedding in the Parks department. It hit me as hard as Leslie’s Christmas present/new campaign team reveal in “Citizen Knope.”
This teeny tiny moment, a wordless one at that, is one that you don’t see in sitcoms and yet another reason that I love the writers in trusting that its fans love its characters just as much as they do — and that we feel the emotional truth in everything that lead up to this moment. Not just the evolution of Leslie and Ben’s relationship, but of the friendships that were forged and nurtured and honored in that office.
Leslie and Ann, before the Parks and Recreation wedding.
I love these two so much.
Ron and Leslie, before the Parks and Recreation wedding.
*hearts in my eyes and ALL OF THE FEELINGS*
Parks and Recreation: Leslie and Ben Sneak Peek!
Wedding preparations are underway and Leslie assigns everyone a job.
There be spoilers, but nothing about the wedding proper.