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June 30, 2009

OMG Have You Guys Heard of This Show Called 'The L Word'?

L_word_season_1 While most MamaPop writers have their fingers on the pulse of what's hot on TV, I tend to fall really behind on the boob-tube pop culture. I have basic cable, which I barely watch, and for long stretches of time I will only flip between Bravo, VH1, MTV and the Food Network, as though they were the only channels in my cable package. When I finally do catch on to a popular or critically acclaimed show, it's usually well into its run and, in some cases, after it has ended entirely. Usually this is okay with me — I get to watch it on my time, and if I can't wait to find out what happens, I just watch the next episode right then. It's like delayed instant gratification.


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June 23, 2009

Weeds Recap

Weeds_lounging2 Nancy glares at Cesar while she prepares her Weird Pregnancy Breakfast of a hard-boiled egg, mustard, and ginger ale. Ew. Cesar glares back and finally says that he's through with her. Nancy's not lucky enough to be rid of him entirely. Sucio has come to take over as Nancy's bodyguard/goon. And Sucio is kind of grungy. He and Cesar speak briefly. Sucio, confused by the barking dog doorbell, asks where the dog is. "Eating breakfast," snarks Cesar.

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June 16, 2009

Weeds Recap

Weeds_lounging2 I'll tell you this much: I don't think too highly of this Esteban character and how he's handling Nancy's pregnancy. I think maybe there are some power issues in their relationship.

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June 11, 2009

New York Nurses Protest 'Nurse Jackie' for Misrepresenting Nurses; Nurse Sharks Unavailable for Comment

Edie_falco_nurse_jackie_2 That was a whole lot of nurses in one title, huh?

After airing one episode of its first season, Nurse Jackie is already popular enough to have been picked up by Showtime for a second season, which was probably a good bet, since it was the highest-rated season premiere in Showtime history. Of course, with popularity, even the overnight kind, comes controversy.

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June 09, 2009

Weeds Recap

Weeds5_postcards Yay! The new season of Weeds premiered last night. Now, let's see, where were we...Nancy and Andy had a come-to-Jesus talk during Nancy's bath time wherein Nancy confessed all over her dealings with the feds, resulting in Guillermo's arrest and whatnot and Andy realized that he was in lurve with Nancy. Silas was tossing around ideas of expanding his grow operation to a farm. Shane was hanging with the gothic Miley Cyrus twins and starting to sell weed. Celia was kidnapped by Quinn and her boyfriend in Oaxaca. Isabel and Dean were holed up, just trying to get by. Oh, and more tiny thing: Esteban summons Nancy to his office, presumably to kill her, but Nancy reveals that she's pregnant.

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March 24, 2009

Diablo Cody's Version of Apatown

Fempire_diablo_cody_and_friends There are few professions in Hollywood (save for directing) more male-dominated than screenwriting. For example, you can count the number of women who've won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in the last 75 years without taking off your shoes, even if you're missing a few digits.

Diablo Cody belongs to that small group of women. However, rather than embodying the catty, competitive mean-girl stereotype often attributed to successful women in male-dominated professions, she and three other woman screenwriters formed a sisterhood.

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February 19, 2009

Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Alternative Menstrual Products

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Does the title of this post have you scratching your head? Well, just hear me out...

Guys and other non-menstruating types might find this a little uncomfortable, but I invite you to read anyway and gain some interesting information.

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January 20, 2009

Diablo Cody Owns My Soul

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I absolutely loved Juno. I feel it's important to lay that out there. Sure, you can criticize it for the overly pithy dialogue and the optimistic outcome, but my pregnancy came about unexpectedly at a young age so Juno and I had a lot in common. Besides that, I loved the dialogue and the acting was superb. Like many other snarky bitches, I declared my love for Diablo Cody after seeing it. My husband also liked Juno, but remained unimpressed with Cody, insisting that she would be one of those one-hit wonders, Juno being the only great thing she does.

After watching The United States of Tara, I'm happy to report that my husband is dead wrong. (Win-win for me, really, since I have another new favorite show and I get to taunt my spouse.)

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January 12, 2009

Dexter Keeps It In the Family

I like to think that I understand the difference between television and reality.

So why am I so skeeved out that the guys who plays "Dexter" married the woman who plays his sister?

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That's right. Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter got married on New Years Eve. I guess they had been

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December 16, 2008

Eight Things That Made 2008 Not Suck

Fun little tidbit about me: I love December more for the end-of-the-year montages and best-of lists than the holiday cheer. There's something unmatched about a good best-of list or a nicely edited montage set to some sappy Sarah McLachlan song. (Or perhaps something edgier, if you're not an 86-year-old in a 26-year-old's body like me.) It's the best time of the year, I totally agree, but not only because of all the family togetherness and blah blah blah but because of the pop-culture reflecting. Here's my list of 2008 favorites.

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November 24, 2008

Warren Sapp Gets in Trouble with his Mom

Hey, did you know Warren Sapp was on "Inside the NFL" now? I didn't. You know why? "Inside the NFL" moved to Showtime and I don't get Showtime.

(Don't laugh. I really used to watch it. Religiously. )

For those of you who aren't football fans, Warren Sapp is the big 'ol jolly guy from "Dancing With the Stars".

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But this is important - before he was dancing with Kym Johnson, he was this guy:

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November 19, 2008

Californication. Why David Duchovny Being Bad is so Good

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If you haven’t been watching Californication on Showtime then you’ve been missing a fornicating good show. Unfortunately, I can’t, in good conscience, tell you that you should start watching it now, because if you don’t know the backstory you’ll hate it. But, I can tell you that you should get Season 1 on Netflix immediately. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Now spring for Showtime on Demand and then you will be as infatuated with it as I am.

I find David Duchovny’s deadpan I’m a prick-but-I-know-it-therefore-it’s-endearing style makes his character, Hank Moody, author and New York transplant, incredibly appealing. In a totally “I hate myself for loving you” sort of way. His real-life internet porn addiction only makes it more titillating, like when an on screen couple is dating in real life (Anna Pacquin and Steven Moyer)—it’s a beautiful collision of art imitating life imitating art.

Hank will “put his dick in any hole that will accept it” as Karen (played by Natascha McElhone--the women for whom the word “lanky” was invented) says. Although she is the mother of his daughter, Becca (played by Madeleine Martin), and his one true love, that doesn’t stop Hank from sleeping with any woman who...no, that's it, any woman. And, because it's LA, and TV, of course they're usually super hot.*

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September 11, 2008

Preliminary Weeds Wrap-Up

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The season finale for Weeds airs on Monday! I know that this is a few days early, but this is my last MamaPop post for the week and I need to talk about this.

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November 22, 2007

Weeds Recap

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Alas! Weeds is over for this year. I am not thankful for this...

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November 13, 2007

Weeds Recap

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Okay, children. How can we tell that the Botwins and Co. are totally screwed? By the end of the episode, Nancy is consulting Shane and Judah for advice.

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