We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including The Walking Dead, Pretty Little Liars, New Girl and Cougar Town!
But first, some Olympics-related musings:
1 | Forget Johnny Weir’s pink jacket. What was on Tara Lipinski’s otherwise beautiful head? That said, can NBC please promote the former skaters (and current daytime commentators) to primetime for the next games?
2 | Dear Yulia Lipnitskaya: Shouldn’t a routine set to the score from Schindler’s List, depicting “the girl in the red coat,” have some feeling? If you’re going to admit that you haven’t learned yet how to emote during your skating, why not pick music that makes it less obvious?
3 | Which was the bigger letdown: Shaun White’s fourth-place half-pipe finish or Bob Costas’ days-long absence from the anchor chair?
4 | Matt Lauer has been fine and all as a Winter Olympics coverage host, but is he really the best “Plan B” NBC had available after Bob Costas’ incapacitation? And was there a more smug, presumptuous, condescending interview question than Lauer’s query to Slopestyle medalists Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper: “I don’t even know if you guys realize this yet, but there will come a time 20 or 25 years from now where you’re gonna get together with your wives and your kids, and you’re gonna have a reunion, and you’re gonna celebrate the day that you as Americans swept the podium in this event for the first time ever. Can you think that far in advance?” (Isn’t it a big assumption that all three guys will want and eventually have wives and children? And even if they do, doesn’t Lauer asking them “can you think that far in advance?” seem weirdly insulting, like he thinks they have the mentality of adolescent boys?)
5 | Was the saddest part of the sad, sad Michonne segments on The Walking Dead finding out just how glamtastic she is — yowza! — when she isn’t in the middle of a zombie apocalypse? Also, has the show established why walkers are able to pause their presumably involuntary grunting and moaning when they’re about to launch a surprise attack? And when that walker attacked Carl (for what felt like 10 minutes), why’d they make a point of showing us a bag of golf clubs if the pudding-loving lad wasn’t going to use a 7-iron to defend himself?
6 | Although we would have heard if Maggie Smith was being killed off Downton Abbey, wasn’t it nonetheless horrifying/scary/other unpleasant adjectives when the Dowager Countess took what appeared to be deathly ill?
7 | How much did you want GQ to cut Girls‘ Hannah loose when she quit her (pretty great) job for artistic reasons, only to try to get it back moments later?
8 | While it was pretty obvious that Shameless‘ Fiona was going to crash and burn this season, wasn’t it devastating that she took Liam down with her?
9 | Someday down the Abbey Road, can Paul and Ringo share what was truly going through their heads during a few of those CBS’ “Salute to the Beatles” concert covers?
10 | On The Following, why did crowds of onlookers do nothing as Gisele beat the heck out of Max on the street? And did the commuters who restrained Ryan when the French woman cried for help not see her attacking him on the train platform just moments before?
11 | Is Bay’s hand injury on Switched at Birth going to turn into a “I may never be able to make art again!” storyline?
13 | Which Pretty Little Liar stunned most in the show’s black and white noir episode?
14 | On New Girl, didn’t Jess’ embarrassment over her delinquent sister ring a little hollow considering everything that Nick and his family have done? (And didn’t Linda Cardellini look amazing as Abby?) P.S. Didn’t Winston want to become a cop? What’s going on with that?
15 | Is there a wackier running gag on a current comedy than Cougar Town‘s Jules’ cycle of christening new, giant wine goblets (aka vases), then holding funerals for them when they inevitably take a tumble off the counter? (R.I.P., “Big Tippi.”)
16 | But who will be the voice of Narrator Greta Gerwig on How I Met Your Dad?
18 | This first Parenthood/Friday Night Lights crossover makes us wonder: When (and how) exactly can Coach Taylor’s new Philly football team show up to play Berkeley High?
19 | If American Idol had wanted to generate some real excitement by letting voters pick the 15th and final Season 13 guy, wouldn’t they have been wiser to choose buzzier contestants like the oddly ousted Savion Wright and David Oliver Willis, rather than Neco Starr and Ben Briley — two fellas who don’t seem to stand much of a chance at winning?
20 | Is there a better cure for the winter doldrums right now than Target’s colorful, high-energy ad for its Peter Pilotto collection — set to Sylvester’s “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)”?
Hit the comments with your answers — and any other questions you care to throw out there!