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Game of Thrones Season 4 Trailer ‘Secrets’

Premieres Sunday April 6 at 9pm.

Orphan Black Season 2 Trailer is finally here!!

Premieres Saturday April 19 at 9/8c on BBC America.

Tickets for our Bob’s Burgers party are going very, very fast and it’s definitely going to sell out soon. Get yours today if you want to come sing-a-long to Gene’s fart song!

We’re nearing the end of the third season of Girls and Adam and Hannah have been here together in some capacity from the beginning. They’ve grown together in ways that conceivably neither of them have been paying much attention to. For Adam, much of his time and attention has been directed towards Hannah and Hannah has remained rather complicit in this arrangement. It’s her who needs this attention and this has worked for most of their relationship. In “Role Play” we see the roles shift. Adam now has something new to focus on and Hannah fears that the changes she was warned about when Adam first became a working actor are happening and she must do something to fight against them.

Hannah’s been changing too. She’s taking shots with co-workers and staying out too late and getting hosed down in the tub by gentlemanly Joe after throwing up in the middle of the sidewalk. This lack of control is new for Hannah and it surprises her when she rushes home in last night’s clothes to find that Adam is more concerned with making sure his coat collar is appropriately fashioned to get him into character than he is with Hannah’s whereabouts. Maybe it’s too much of a jump for Hannah to assume that this disinterest in her night translates into a disinterest in her, but it’s a jump she makes nonetheless. It’s her mistake that she doesn’t simply ask Adam if he’s bored and instead just assumes that he must be.

Marnie is attempting to crawl out of her boredom by humbling herself and approaching Soojin about possibly working with her at the gallery. She cloaks her pitch in admiration, telling Soojin that she would love to be a part of a project like this from the beginning, but is stunned when Soojin offers her a position as her assistant. Marnie still can’t get over herself and her belief that she deserves better than nearly everything presented to her. It’s interesting then to see her in a hipster jam session with Desi, who encouragingly tells her that she’s a “wordsmith” as she questions every artistic move she makes. Marnie, however, is a calculated girl and I would bet that this insecurity bit is one of her many rules of attraction, a role she plays to get men to fall in love with her, and not a sincere vulnerability.

Hannah talks out her relationship woes with Elijah over burritos, telling him that Adam treats her “like an ottoman with a vagina,” which sounds like an unsexy and uncomfortable position to be in, but also one that Hannah has resigned herself to. Her solution is to surprise Adam with a night of being a completely different person, transforming into a Long Island housewife with an inattentive hedge fund husband. Adam doesn’t get it, but he loves Hannah and so he plays along for as much of it as he can. The moment it ends is the moment in which we see how much Adam has changed and how absent Hannah, and maybe us, have been for the transformation. “You have an old idea of who I am,” he tells her, reminding her that he’s an addict and that for a time sex and women took the place of the substances he had abandoned. He finally admits what we have always known: he has always cared about his career and this new path that he’s on in particular. He is doing well now, they both are, and he no longer needs the stories and the fantasies to make him feel something – he just needs Hannah. It’s somewhat unnerving how quickly this sweet moment turns into a sad one, as Adam tells Hannah that he’s going to stay at Ray’s during rehearsal because he needs to focus more fully on the play. It’s a decision that Hannah is unwilling to accept. She doesn’t get why he would need space and what’s ultimately the most devastating is the realization that she doesn’t get Adam.

It’s Shoshanna who is successful in taking on a role that she is not accustomed to. She intervenes in Jessa and Jasper’s coke-fueled romance and finds his estranged daughter, Dottie, who is living in New York and loves her father despite knowing exactly who he is. The uncomfortable dinner arrangement angers Jessa who has now completely lost whatever control she may have had over Jasper and maybe even her own life as well. To be honest, I’m not at all sure what Shoshanna’s motives are here. It’s completely out of character for her to step in like this, but maybe she’s retained some of the alcohol-induced brutal honesty and confidence she had at the beach house. Earlier this season she described Jessa as one of the easiest people to live with and it could be the understanding that she was wrong that motivates her to do something that might facilitate Jessa leaving. Or it could be seeing up close that Jessa’s toxicity has now spread to families, daughters like herself, and for Shoshanna this is enough. Whatever it is, it worked, and I’m interested to see if this shift for Shoshanna will stick because I’ve been worried about this girl the entire season.

Every so often my two boys will start watching a new cartoon and as a parent who is obsessed with TV I need to keep in the loop. They lead me to watch such great shows as Gravity Falls, Regular Show, and Steven Universe. The latest show in their rotation is Nickelodeon’s Sanjay and Craig.

Produced by Pete And Pete co-creators Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi, the show tells the story of an Indian-American boy, Sanjay, and his best friend, Craig. The two go on a series of adventures, all predicated on and hindered by the fact that Craig is a snake. The Calvin And Hobbes-like dynamic makes for tons of wacky adventures: In the first episode, the two protagonists attempt to witness a butt transplant and try to find new laughs after being convinced that theirs are the worst. So, yeah, it’s pretty weird and juvenile—but in a great way.

Voiced by Maulik Pancholy (30 Rock’s Jonathan) and Chris Hardwick respectively, Sanjay and Craig are an incredibly endearing twosome. They have secret conferences inside Sanjay’s shirt and a giggly language that, while it’s clearly just meant for the two of them, is easily grasped by anyone jumping into the series. The series’ ancillary characters, like Sanjay’s doctor mom or the duo’s pageant-girl neighbor, Megan (Linda Cardellini), are also pretty great. Sanjay and Craig also have a weird neighbor, Mr. Noodman (Tony Hale), who hates snakes and wants to kill Craig, but the threat never gets so serious as to endanger either Craig or any of the show’s action. (via)

New episodes air on Saturdays and the show has already been renewed for a second season. If you’re looking for a place to start my boys told me their favorite episodes are ‘Laked Nake’ and ‘Fart Baby’. Sanjay and Craig should be in your TV viewing rotation.

Are you ready for our next TV Hangover event? On March 21, we’re going to celebrate a show near and dear to our hearts: Bob’s BurgersBob’s Burgers is, in my opinion, the funniest show on television and the Belchers are my favorite animated family. Come join your TV Hangover editors as we watch a few episodes, talk about how awesome Tina Belcher is, play drinking games, and host a few rounds of trivia where you can win free drinks and some Bob’s Burgers prizes. 

Dress up! Write some erotic friend fiction! RSVP and tell us which episodes you’d like to watch

Tickets are only $5 and it’s recommended that you get them soon — our last event sold out in advance and this one definitely will. 

March 21 at 8:00pm
Videology
308 Bedford Ave. 
Brooklyn, NY

First Teaser for FX’s Fargo.

The show premieres on April 15.

Our Firefly party is THIS Friday! Come to Videology for drinking games, trivia, and aim to misbehave. We still have a few tickets left so get them while you can.
February 28th at 8:00pmVideology Bar308 Bedford Ave. Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Our Firefly party is THIS Friday! Come to Videology for drinking games, trivia, and aim to misbehave. We still have a few tickets left so get them while you can.

February 28th at 8:00pm
Videology Bar
308 Bedford Ave. 
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Things are looking up for Hannah and Adam. She’s meeting Patti LuPone about a bone density drug advertorial; he’s sitting in a waiting room on a callback for a part in a Broadway revival of Major Barbara, declaring that he’s “not here to make friends.” Adam then immediately makes a friend and Hannah is informed that her subject won’t be joining her five minutes before their meeting time. Being stood up by Patti LuPone doesn’t stop Hannah from tracking her down and getting that interview, during which she quickly learns that most of her job is fake and that Ms. LuPone doesn’t know shit about osteoporosis. This, however, is fine for our Hannah because she’s a quick witted and determined writer. She can roll with the punches. 

The perpetually chill Adam, who is actually a talented actor who has perhaps always been aware of his talent but unwilling to share this fact with those in his life, is offered the part on the spot and then retreats to the bathroom to allow himself a muffled scream of excitement. Meanwhile, Hannah receives her first paycheck and begins to indulge in the joys of financial independence. The two seem to be doing great. Initially Hannah is the super supportive partner who couldn’t be happier for Adam’s success to match her own. But Patti LuPone’s insistence that things are going to change in Hannah and Adam’s relationship now that he’s a Broadway actor and will “start fucking everybody in the building” puts Hannah on a path of insecurity, making her question even the innocuous “have fun” uttered to her by her boss after giving her a 16 Reasons We’d Love To Stay At The Gramercy assignment. 

Marnie runs into Soojin, Booth Jonathan’s former assistant, and the two have an awkward stroll down the street with their fro-yo. Soojin’s no longer living that assistant life and has transformed into an entrepreneur who is in the process of opening her own art gallery. She is living the life that Marnie should be living. Instead, Marnie is still miserable and confiding a lot of that miserable in Ray, whom she is nearly cohabitating with and whose companionship seems to have become the one constant comfort in her life. It’s Ray though who wants a change. He wants more out of a relationship and knows that he’s not going to get that from Marnie. It’s a double blow for her because she has been dumped by a guy whom they both know is not in her league when she is still grieving the loss of who she thought may have been the love of her life, but also because she really does care about this relationship but is too hurt and embarrassed to admit it to either Ray or herself. But you don’t bring in your fuck-buddy’s Netflix envelopes, Marnie. You just don’t. 

Jessa is recognizing the soul-sucking and mundane tenacity of so many day jobs and has been managing it by being her own entertainment at the children’s clothing store, spanking a dummy in the store window one second, flipping off customers from the stoop the next. But despite how inappropriate Jessa’s behavior may be, she still showed up; she’s going through the motions like everybody else. I’m also in awe of Jessa’s ability to convince anyone to allow her to be in charge of the store at all, but that’s really just evidence of her ability to prove herself to be a responsible adult when she needs to. Of course when she seems to be doing all right, her boredom from her job collides with the return of Jasper, her creep of a father figure from rehab, who essentially stalked her with the explicit intent of fucking up her sobriety. I wanted to believe that Jessa had come far, that even though her latest rehab stint seemed to be a joke to her that she still may have retained some of the skills to avoid falling back into old habits and knowing how to respond to a situation like Jasper in a way that got her out unscathed – or at least not on her hands and knees at her place of employment picking through boxes for coke money. 

“Incidentals” concludes at the comped Gramercy hotel room with everyone gathering to celebrate Adam’s impending Broadway success. He brings his new BFF, Desi, who brings the aura of a former One Tree Hill star that both Elijah and Shoshanna are mesmerized by, and an acoustic guitar. Jessa brings Jasper and a cocaine high. Marnie brings the box of pizza she inherited in her and Ray’s break-up. Hannah’s insecurities continue to plague her as even her friends question how this new role could change her relationship and her life. Elijah’s concerned with educating Hannah on her “new moneyed lifestyle” and wondering how much she gets in incidentals and Shoshanna bluntly asks if she’s afraid that Adam is going to leave her for a Broadway harlot. She’s on edge when Marnie shuts herself in the bathroom upon her arrival, although it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility in their relationship for Marnie to be mad at her and for Hannah to not know why. But it’s not about her and Hannah doesn’t ask. 

These girls are sad and something about it feels familiar. Jessa is an addict and her friends are realizing that Jessa has to be the one who wants help. Marnie has no idea how to cope with this type of rejection and has made the mistake of excluding her friends in a way that makes them unable to help. Shoshanna has reverted back to the one who falls back while her friends work out their neuroses. It’s Hannah, however, who has figured out how to handle things differently. She recognizes that she’s spiraling and talks it out with her boyfriend like a rational adult in a rational adult relationship because that is exactly what they have. Adam’s a very talented actor and Hannah’s a very talented writer; they’re good to one another and they’re both very lucky. Everything else is just incidental. 

Guest Post: Elaine Paddock is a writer in Boston.