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Whitney Season 2 Review “Alex, Meet Lily”

In the first of two episodes of "Whitney" tonight serving as the season finale- and possibly the series finale, if the show doesn’t get picked up next season- we had a decent look at one of my favorite characters on the show, Lily, played by the sexy redhead with the cool name, Zoe Lister Jones. Kind of sounds like a 70’s blaxploitation heroine, am I right? Granted, she’s pretty much the opposite of that on this show, but on "Alex, Meet Lily," we got to know Lily a bit better, and I for one would totally date her. (Yes, I realize I’m talking about a fictional character. Can’t a man have his manic pixie dream girl in peace? Damn!) READ MORE...

Whitney Season 2 Review “Cake, Cake, Cake”

On the second of two episodes of "Whitney," and the final of the season- possibly the final episode, period, as the show has yet to be renewed- "Whitney" continued with the guest stars, this time featuring Chelsea Handler, who helped put Cummings on the map with her frequent appearances on her talk show. Handler returned with her recurring gig as Whitney’s therapist, Dr. Price. Is it me, though, or is Handler oddly wooden in her non-E! acting appearances? I’m certainly a fan of her show, "Chelsea Lately" and the meta-comedy "After Lately," but beyond that, it gets a little iffy. I mean, I did moderately enjoy her in "This Means War" to a certain extent, but let’s face it, her sitcom, "Are You There Chelsea?" was dead on arrival, though it probably didn’t help that she didn’t even play herself! READ MORE...

Whitney Season 2 Review “Crazy, Stupid, Words”

Only a few more episodes of "Whitney" left and it seemed like the show was rebounding a bit with a few solid episodes in a row there, but alas, it was not meant to last, I fear. In "Crazy, Stupid, Words" there was a bit of backsliding into old, bad habits, as the show’s aim to balance drama and comedy was a bit slipshod this time out. Don’t get me wrong, there were some good moments here and there, but overall, the results were a bit mediocre. The main plot dealt with the way that certain words can set some people off for different reason. For instance, Roxanne resented being called a "bitch" and Lily a "flake" and so on. For Whitney, it was a seemingly mundane word that began with a "C," which led to an amusing bit early on. READ MORE...

Whitney Season 2 Review “Nesting”

Another pretty decent episode of "Whitney" this week, with "Nesting," in which Whitney & Alex opt to take themselves a honeymoon-style retreat to Alex’s family’s lake house and things go unexpectedly awry when his dad shows up. As on previous episodes I’ve mentioned as of late, the sitcom tried its best to meld drama and comedy, not entirely successfully. But they are getting a bit closer to the mark, at least, in part because the show is finally figuring out how to approach each in a logical way that’s not too left-field or jarring. I think the key is to let it happen organically, so that it feels real and the laughs feel a bit more earned- or the tears, for that matter. It’s an uneasy mix at times, to be sure, but they’re getting there. I liked the in-joke about "Breaking Bad" that worked on two levels: you had the joke about "Malcolm in the Middle" being the "prequel" series to "Bad," which was amusing, but then you also had an actual cast member in Dean Norris, aka Hank from the show, who played Alex’s dad. That was pretty clever, and for once, they didn’t overplay their hand and played it a bit more subtle than they could have. READ MORE...

Whitney Season 2 Review “Lost in Transition”

And she’s back! On the latest "Whitney," the streak continues, in terms of decent shows, with "Lost in Transition." This one had a decidedly unique slant to it, as it dealt with Whitney’s sister Danielle (fellow stand-up comedian and "Chelsea Lately"-regular Natasha Leggero) and her life-altering decision to have a sex change. Not exactly typical sitcom fodder and I braced myself for the inevitable he/she jokes, but astonishingly enough, they never really came. Go figure. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there were jokes about it, but they felt real, earned. Given Cummings’ other sitcom, "2 Broke Girls" and its penchant for off-color jokes and bawdy humor, I thought for sure that this would be filled to the brim with groan-inducing jokes. But I sometimes forget that the feel of Cummings’ two different shows is like night and day. READ MORE...

Whitney Season 2 Review “Slow Ride”

After a few off weeks,  "Whitney"  bounced back, albeit mildly, with the reasonably enjoyable  "Slow Ride."  Though hardly one of the best episodes, it was at least good for a few solid laughs here and there. The story involved Alex’s lamentation of his youth and when he used to ride  a motorcycle back in high school. Wanting to rekindle those days of yore, he and the guys talk about buying a bike and fulfilling their dream of motoring  their way to South America, much to the chagrin of the ladies. READ MORE...

Whitney Season 2 Review “Breaking Dad”

Le Sigh. You know you’re in trouble when the best thing about an episode is its title. In the case of the latest episode of  "Whitney,"  that title was  "Breaking Dad,"  which is admittedly pretty clever. Still, the clever mostly ended there, I’m afraid. This has not been the best month for our Whitney, who just got the news that her talk show,  "Love You, Mean It,"  has been  axed  last week, with this show also on the bubble, which means prospects are iffy for renewal at best. That doesn’t mean it’s down for the count completely, but clearly some changes are needed. READ MORE...

Whitney Season 2 Review “Snapped”

On this week’s  "Whitney,"  it was only a matter of time, but someone on this show finally  "Snapped." To few people’s surprise, that person was Whitney herself, though not without good reason. It seems that Alex’s brother Brian (Ken Marino) was in town visiting and came by for a visit, which would be fine if he weren’t such a raging  D-Bag. Alex was used to this by now, but his wife, Michelle (Leslie Grossman) was still trying to wrap  her head around it, as was Whitney. Eventually, things inevitably came to a head, with Whitney going off on Brian, much to Michelle’s amusement. However, Alex asked her to back down, saying he could handle anything the guy coulddish  out. READ MORE...

Whitney Season 2 Review “Space Invaders”

This week on  "Whitney,"  it was a bit of a mixed bag with  "Space Invaders,"  whose title was better than the actual show within the context of the plot. It revolved around the fact that Alex was lying to Whitney about his whereabouts in order to score a little ‘me’-time. Understandably, given how high maintenance she is. The guy’s simply trying to have a moment to himself, and he wanted to do it without ruffling her feathers. (Get it?  "Space Invaders" ?) Don’t get me wrong, it’s kind of sad that he has to lie for such a mundane reason that she should be okay with in the first place, but this is Whitney we’re talking about, once again. READ MORE...

Whitney Season 2 Review “Sorry!”

If you’d expect anybody to be making amends on "Whitney," it would be Whitney herself, but instead she found herself on the receiving  end of a former  boyfriend gone straight, who was making the apology tour rounds to say he was "Sorry!" for the various crap he’s caused when he was drinking and what have you. Alex was not pleased with this development, and tried to talk her out of it. Alex: "Will you please tell Whitney that seeing her ex is a bad idea?" Roxanne: "Oh, that guy’s allowed to have visitors now?" This turned out not to be a jailbird, but a bit of a douche bag, who had some pretty nasty requests for Whit. READ MORE...