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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

60 Favorite Television Characters: 25

Like Lena Dunham, the main character on Girls is a very polarizing person because she has so much in common with Lena herself. Which makes sense because if you're going to create a character, write her as you know her. In that case, she wrote Hannah Horvath like she knew herself. And it reflects and really shines through and I believe just putting in complete honesty allows for a real character. That doesn't go unnoticed. And Hannah is admittedly very troubled, but that scene when she sings Wonderwall in the bathtub, she just felt real. That's why she's so high up, kicking off the top twenty-five.

Hannah Horvath: Lead character on Girls portrayed by Lena Dunham.

Kenan and Kel Reunite

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon has orchestrated some pretty phenomenal reunions over the years (see: Saved by the Bell and Full House), but I think they've really outdone themselves now. Jimmy and the gang (probably lead by Mike DiCenzo) brought Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell (from the great show Kenan & Kel and the movie Goodburger) back together to do yet another Goodburger sketch. Man, it's good to see those two hanging out again. They're so great.

The SNL Documentary

This year, a documentary about the history (primarily political history) of Saturday Night Live over the course of its now forty year history titled Live from New York was released, but only in select cities so I did not have a chance to see it. But, thankfully, NBC aired the documentary on October 3rd before the season premiere of SNL and it was very well-made. The chills-inducing first couple moments were worth it alone. I give it my highest recommendation!

Monday, November 23, 2015

60 Favorite Television Characters: 26

As soon as you saw Burton Guster (Gus) on this list earlier, you had to have known that Shawn Spencer was coming. And here he is: behold! Shawn is the exact type of character who you can really connect with and for somebody like me who actually grew up with Psych as a show, he was such a role model that I wanted to do so much to be like him. He was so cool and funny and charming and just hyper-intelligent but quick-witted, too, that how couldn't I have wanted to be just like him? I wanted to be Shawn Spencer so much. He was the epitome of what it meant to just be endlessly cool. You gotta love him.

Shawn Spencer: Lead character on Psych portrayed by James Roday.

This Week's Sports by David

Sunday, November 22, 2015

60 Favorite Television Characters: 27

I never thought that one of the deepest, most layered characters in the history of my television knowledge (and television in general, really) would be played by an Australian man in a dog suit. But that's just how it was. Not only was Wilfred, the character, incredibly entertaining to watch - but he was also so psychologically fascinating. That scene in the penultimate episode of the show when he is a completely devastated wreck because he thinks he failed Ryan and he eventually drives himself to death in the rampage he embarks on is a piece of acting that will always stay with me. You really felt for Wilfred because Wilfred felt for Ryan. And he felt for all of us.

Wilfred: Lead character on Wilfred portrayed by Jason Gann.

More Curb Your Enthusiasm?

Here's some news that is pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good. Larry David is reportedly working on a ninth season and a potential movie for his critically-acclaimed, smash-hit, on-extended-hiatus-currently HBO original comedy, Curb Your Enthusiasm. And while there are absolutely no more details on this development and it's still Larry David so expectations should be tempered, it is definitely a step in the right direction for Larry to produce more of this amazing show after he felt for a while that it was dead. Long live Curb!