The Virtual Soapbox
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Jul 28, 2010
Between PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, MAKE IT OR BREAK IT, and WHITE COLLAR Tuesday nights are THE best TV night for me this summer. I even told my family not to call me between 8 and 10! Invite me somewhere, and I guarantee I will trump up a lame excuse not to be there, because I've got shows to watch!
I know I've already praised PLL and MIOBI in past entries (June 30 and Feb. 17, respectively), but I really can't say enough good things about these programs. ABC Family gets flak, I think, because people associate it with stuff like THE 700 CLUB and the preachy THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER. (I was talking to a friend this weekend, who is a high school senior, and he astutely observed that "Everybody gets pregnant on that show. Even the mom!" LOL!) But the bulk of the network's original programming is just that: original.
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Jun 30, 2010
I am totally and completely in love with PRETTY LITTLE LIARS — no lie! I only watched the first episode because summer rerun hell had begun. I had no expectations except to play a game of "so, where else do I know the adults from." And I'm still doing that with hilarious results. I love that Jesse from LIFE GOES ON (Chad Lowe), Piper from CHARMED (Holly Marie Combs), Karen from Y&R (Nia Peeples), Sydney from MELROSE PLACE (Laura Leighton) and Chris Ramsey from PORT CHARLES (Nolan North) all play parents on the series. I like to talk to the TV, so I'm always like, "Oh, come on, Jesse..." or "Wow, Syd, that was harsh!" But I quickly realized that identifying, and identifying with, the adults wasn't the only draw!
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Jun 25, 2010
Is the Daytime Emmy Awards broadcast already upon us? Gasp! That means it’s time for my 3rd Annual Mala’s Made-Up Awards. For those just tuning in to my blog, this is where I totally punk out of making Emmy predictions, because I have no ability to pick winners! Making up awards instead is much more up my alley! (Check Aug. 28, 2009, for last year's, and June 20 for 2008's!)
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Jun 20, 2010
Tonight is the 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards bash in Los Angeles, and I'm not even going to attempt to make predictions. Trust me, I'm bad at it. You should've seen how far my jaw dropped back in 2005, when I was sitting in the press room at the New York fete (come baaaack here, Emmys, come baaaaack!). Pretty much everyone who was announced had me going, "Wait, WHAT?" Mala, meet Left Field.
As an alternative, I offer up completely manufactured awards courtesy of yours truly. They required no predicting whatsoever and are all in good fun
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Jun 15, 2010
After our managing editor, Gabby, interviewed Kevin G. Schmidt (Noah, Y&R) about his new Cartoon Network show, UNNATURAL HISTORY, I was so intrigued I had to tune in for Sunday night's premiere! Guess what? I'm already hooked!
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Jun 1, 2010
THE IRISH CURSE, a wickedly funny off-Broadway play co-starring Austin Peck (ex-Brad, ATWT) closed this weekend, and I was lucky enough to catch one of the last performances!
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: May 25, 2010
I'm usually quick to sound off when something pushes my buttons, but watching GH's Michael yesterday actually left me silent. Yes, silent. Me. I sat there, drained, like I'd been exposed to Kryptonite. Joe and I tried to record our podcast a half hour after the show ended, and I had so little energy I might as well not have been talking. I couldn't even muster up fury.
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: May 19, 2010
Okay, just how stupid is OLTL's Langston? She hears Cris and Layla talking about how Ford is having frequent special delivery sex with Karen the Pizza Girl, Langston catches them red-handed and yet she buys Ford's excuses and proceeds to suck face with him? Have some sense, woman! And some pride! And, oh, how about some concept of hygiene? At least send his skeevy butt to gargle with Listerine and kill the Karen cooties before you stick your tongue down his throat!
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: May 12, 2010
So, the nominations for the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy awards came out...and guess where my head's at? Pondering who should be short-listed for next year! LOL!
I'll admit that this train of thought came about primarily because the fabulous Stacy Haiduk didn't score a nomination for her masterful portrayal of Y&R's Patty and Emily. After going, "Aw, man!" I instantly thought, "Well, she still has next year!" Of course, I do think that, without context, people might have a tough time watching a Patty reel or an Emily reel and figuring out exactly what Haiduk is doing. Her deft handling of each role is really is one of those things that you have to watch over time and see all the facets of. I don't know that a one episode reel can capture the full range of the lunacy she has to play! Perhaps that's why she didn't make the cut this year? I hope she fares better in 2011!
By Mala Bhattacharjee Posted: Apr 19, 2010
This weekend, I attended the final fan club luncheon for AS THE WORLD TURNS. I arrived early, and the 6th floor of the Marriott Marquis was already teeming with people. Because Michael Park (Jack) and Vanessa Ray (Teri) had theatrical commitments to get to (he's in The Burnt Part Boys, she's in Hair), they did an early autograph signing, so fans could get some face time. How awesome is that?