Monday, December 21, 2009

Character Challenge

My apologies for the long delay in posting; my semester has finally come to an end, and I have free time once again to get back to the blog.

Part of that free time has been spent playing quizzes on Sporcle.com, one of my favorite time-wasters. Today, completely by chance, I discovered that someone created a quiz to name the characters from Ed. Many of them are from Seasons 2-4, which I haven't covered on the blog, but I'm sure the longtime fans will do well. I got 23 out of 32; I guess I better get cracking on watching more episodes!

The same person also made a quiz of Mike and Ed's $10 bets. I have a feeling I'll be less successful on that one, but maybe I'll surprise myself.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Six Degrees of Ed: A Modern Family Roundup

I had so much fun watching Julie Bowen's new sitcom, Modern Family, for my liveblogging experiment, that I wanted to explore what's out there in the way of Modern Family resources.


(Image via lilsugar)

This fansite is a good source for Modern Family news, basically aggregating all the content that comes out about the show. They could use a little help in the design department, but I do like their cast and crew page, which looks much more streamlined than mine.

Paste magazine has a list of "Five Reasons Why Modern Family is Television's Best New Comedy," complete with video evidence. I completely agree with the number-one reason: Mitchell and Cameron are the funniest couple on the show.


(Image via Are You Screening?)

The Onion's entertainment section, The AV Club, also wrote reviews of the episodes I watched, "The Incident" and "Fizbo". Both earned "A" ratings, which impresses me because I don't think I've ever seen anything get an "A" from The AV Club, let alone episodes of a sitcom.

And finally, here's an interview Julie Bowen did with Ellen DeGeneres. Both are very funny blonde ladies. Maybe Ellen should do a guest spot on Modern Family; I'd definitely watch.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Somebody Must Associate with the Producers

I mentioned a while back that David Letterman was one of the executive producers of Ed

But he wasn't the only one. The other two unsung heroes are Rob Burnett and Jon Beckerman, and I think it's time they had their moment in the spotlight as well.


(Image via Tufts University)

I had a nice, geeky little moment when I found out that Rob Burnett graduated from Tufts University, just like Kenny.


(Image via Plum TV)

I assume this Twitter user is the same Jon Beckerman, as he's following the likes of Ed alums Michael Ian Black, co-executive producer Mark Buckland, writer Kevin Etten, series legal consultant Jonathan Zittrain, and Donal Logue, who played the character of Phil in the pilot episode before being recast so he could appear on Grounded for Life. Oh, yeah, and also some guy named Rob Burnett. Weird.

These two have had other projects besides Ed, including a show called The Knights of Prosperity, which I vaguely remember, but did not remember included appearances by Mick Jagger.



Both men have sandwiches named after them at Rupert Jee's Hello Deli, which is often featured on The Late Show with David Letterman. I visited the deli on a 2006 trip to New York City, and took the awkward picture you see here.

And last, but not by any means least, here is a fantastic article about Rob Burnett, Jon Beckerman, Ed, David Letterman, Worldwide Pants, the whole shebang.

(If you're thoroughly confused by the post title, as well you should be, go watch the end credits of Sesame Street Presents Follow That Bird. Or just look toward the bottom of this page.)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Liveblogging Extravaganza, Part II

And we're back! I really enjoyed watching "The Incident" earlier, so I'm excited for another round of Modern Family. Tonight's new episode is titled "Fizbo." It's a strange name for an episode (and is slightly freaking me out because it sounds like Gizmo), so I'm eager to find out who or what Fizbo is.

ABC's episode summary says "Fizbo" focuses on Claire and Phil trying to throw Luke an awesome birthday party. Sounds like a good premise to me. There was actually a Season 3 episode of Ed in which Carol and Ed try to throw Sarah Burton an amazing party, and are successful. Somehow, I don't think the Dunphys will be quite as lucky. Especially when Luke is holding a crossbow in the promo picture I found for the episode.


(Image via TV Over Mind)

9:01 pm

Aw, Phil and Claire once made Luke a cake of stuffing for his birthday. And they got him a "really nice box" as a present. It reminds me of one sort-of-disappointing birthday when I got a picture frame. (Sorry, Mom!)

9:02 pm

You're right, Phil, there aren't any good clowns.

9:03 pm

Manny wants a girl to like him and asks if he's charming. This kid is so cute. He sent milk over to her in the cafeteria.

9:04 pm

Oh, so "Fizbo" is Cameron in clown garb. Once they mentioned clowns, I did think that would be a good name for one. Kind of like Bozo.

9:06 pm

They show the family in the hospital and then flashback to earlier. It reminds me of Arrested Development.

9:07 pm

"I finally figured out what we're going to be making [at the craft table]."
"Kids bored?"

9:08 pm

Mitchell and Cameron are "those kind of uncles" because they got Luke a computer game about math. I don't know, I really loved Math Blaster when I was Luke's age.

I had no idea there were four kinds of clowns. And Mitchell's facial expressions while Cameron explains about his love of clowning are priceless.

9:09 pm

Fizbo is apparently the least sexual being on Earth. Love it.

9:10 pm

Claire sounds just like when I tried to sell the kids at my summer camp on lame crafts -- "it's a really cool pouch for your comb."

Manny says the girl he likes is the complete package because she has good handwriting. Grade school was such a simpler time.

9:11 pm

Hey, the guy fighting with Mitchell called him "Carrot Top." It's like they knew I referenced him in my last post. Cameron scares him into apologizing to Mitchell because he's a clown, which is awesome.

9:13 pm

Claire's been combing her hair all day. Her little combs remind me of the ones you used to get at picture day.

9:14 pm

I love that Dylan's response is "Oh, hells yeah!" when asked if he wants to hold a lizard. This guy cracks me up.

9:15 pm

"I regularly drive through neighborhoods that have only recently been gentrified." Such a yuppie response.

9:16 pm

Dylan tells the animal girl that she's like Britney Spears. Is that at all a compliment anymore? I mean, I guess she's had her comeback and everything, but it was rough going for Britney for a while.

9:22 pm 

Mitchell likes Claire's comb sheaths. I'm glad someone takes part in her crafting.

9:23 pm

The music as the party goes to hell is perfect. And Manny removes his shoes before he "saves" Bianca from the deflating bouncy castle. Because he's law-abiding like that.

9:24 pm

Kids always want casts. I actually didn't, but then, I was one of those weirdos who wanted glasses instead.

I really have to remember to watch this show online, because although I will always default to Glee on Wednesdays, I loved Modern Family. There were lots of hilarious moments, and it's a nice change of pace from the more awkward humor of The Office or the goofiness of 30 Rock, which I also love, but sometimes get tired of.