‘You’re the Worst’: Oh, Jimmy, This Is Not Going To End Well

You might remember a couple years back when Kristy was kind enough to use both math and science to determine who on You’re The Worst actually is the worst. And while it was close, the clear winner was Jimmy. Jimmy wins at being the worst human being on a show about terrible humans beings and Edgar. But here’s the other thing: Jimmy is clearly the most damaged person on the show, and that is going to lead to very, very bad things for him. Not to say that Jimmy has endured more hardship or tragedy than the others (Edgar, again, I’m not entirely sure what you’re doing with these people. You’ve had an excessively hard few years. You deserve something nice). But his way of dealing with his own hardships and his expectations from the world based on those hardships are wildly out of sync with what is actually going to happen to him. I don’t think I’m being hyperbolic when I say there’s a decent chance it could kill him. Which is to say, if You’re The Worst plans to continue being aggressively honest about mental illness, Jimmy Shive-Overly is probably going to make a suicide attempt.

Granted, suicide attempts are a difficult topic to cover on what is still presumably a comedy show, but it sure seems like the logical conclusion. As I’ve stated before, Jimmy’s big issue is that he believes he’s not getting the credit and recognition from the world for being the genius he believes himself to be. He’s so desperate for this recognition, he’s willing to allow his masterpiece The Width of a Peach (or Pretentious White Guy Bullshit 101) to be marketed as common, airport-bookshop erotica. He was even willing to show up at a reading, with audience members in full on orgy masks, in order to experience people appreciating his work and his brilliance. His struggle is that he’s too brilliant for the rest of the world; his pain is that no one else realizes it. Contrast that with Gretchen’s worldview (and Lindsay’s if Lindsay were insightful enough to have a worldview): everyone is a selfish asshole, and the survivors are those that take their shit before other assholes can. Gretchen doesn’t expect anything from the world. When the world doesn’t give her anything, she’s never disappointed.

And Jimmy always is. That’s why everything is going to be so much worse for him. Because he has a severe case of, what’s known in professional terms, little-bitch-itis. Sure, he abandoned his long-term, live-in girlfriend just after asking her to be his wife, but she did use the word «family.» And, further, sure, he did, in fact in this week’s episode say that natural instincts demand people have children, but that doesn’t mean he wants to, like, raise those children or anything. Let’s not get clingy, small children. And then, after Jimmy so carefully explained that there were bad people on both sides of the leaving-Gretchen-on-a-hillside thing, Gretchen had the fucking gall to intentionally drop his book. On the ground. There truly is no god.

All of which would be a bad thing were Gretchen employing these tactics only to hurt him. She knows where to stick the daggers. Jimmy is both a bottomless pit of need and cripplingly terrified of any form of attachment or commitment. So moving into his bedroom and force her existence on him while withholding the validation he so craves is a pretty good way to fuck up his month. What will eventually be the real kicker is when she stops trying to intentionally hurt him. When Jimmy comes to the horrific realization that Gretchen isn’t unimpressed by his genius because she’s a vindictive bitch, but because his genius truly isn’t that impressive. Because regardless of how impressed Gretchen actually is with Jimmy’s genius, it will never be as much as Jimmy thinks she should be.

So what do you do when you realize that maybe you aren’t actually as shit-stoppingly terrific as you believe yourself to be? Well in the case of sixty million or so Americans, you vote a white supremacist into office. But that doesn’t really seem to be Jimmy’s jam. He hates most people, but not for anything as crudely venal as their race or ethnicity. Hs’s goddamn sophisticated in his hatred, thank you. So he either has to have a world-shattering reckoning with himself about his actual importance and his abilities, his expectations of the world, his deep emotional/mental health issues, and his abhorrent treatment of the people closest to him, or he has to go out in a blaze of self-inflicted glory. Given what we know about some of the people Jimmy idolizes, I’m not going to start placing any bets on the former.


Random Thoughts on 10 TV Shows That Aired This Week

I watch a lot of TV. Sometimes, an episode doesn’t give me enough to talk about for an entire post, so here are some random thoughts on 10 TV shows I’ve seen this week:

10. I wasn’t bowled over by the first episode of The Deuce, but David Simon sank his fangs in this week. I’m in, despite that petty flaw Genevieve has with the series (I had NO idea she was 37. She could pass for 25, easy). It was the police work and the mafia connections that pulled me in with shades of The Wire.

9. That rant that Sam (Pamela Adlon) delivered in the parking lot to fedora wearing guy in last night’s Better Things? Wow! Let this be a lesson to you, fellas: Women do not exist to stroke your egos. If you want self-assurance, don’t expect it from the woman you have been dating for only three weeks. Read the body language, take some clues, and don’t expect a woman to lie to protect your fragile ego, because the resentment will build until it explodes all over you in a public parking lot. That was a painful moment.

8. After a much improved front half of the season, Fear the Walking Dead is a shitshow, so far, in the back half. It’s lost 75 percent of its original audience, but I’m still holding out hope that the two new showrunners they brought aboard for next season (from Once Upon a Time) can turn things around. The ingredients exists for a decent show, but the existing showrunner Dave Erickson doesn’t know what to do with them. Also, Kim Dickens needs to be killed off the series immediately.

7. No one is watching it, but Halt & Catch Fire continues to be the most under-appreciated drama on television as it heads toward its series finale. Toby Huss and Mackenzie Davis are doing some great unseen work on this show. Huss needs to be in everything.

6. Not many people, I suspect, are watching The Guest Book on TBS, either, but it’s been fun. It’s a Greg Garcia joint set in a cabin that’s rented out each week by different guests, and it’s basically just an excuse to rotate through a lot of Greg Garcia regulars, of which there are many — Crab Man and Jaime Pressly, from My Name is Earl, Garret Dillahunt and Shannon Woodward from Raising Hope, Margo Martindale from that other show he did on CBS, plus a lot of familiar faces, like Aloma Wright and Kate Miccuci from Scrubs, Tommy Dewey and Michaela Watkins from Casual, Kelly Martin, Jenna Fischer, Michael Rappaport, and a whole bunch of others. It’s a fun show, but not exactly required viewing.

5. The season finale of Sinner aired this week. I covered it more extensively over on Uproxx, but here’s the short version: I loved the season, and it was a great mystery, but I was a little disappointed in the finale. The killer didn’t exactly come out of left field, but definitely was way beyond the third base line. I like a good mystery where the clues lead to a suspect; here, the «killer» totally made sense, but there were never really any clues leading us to him.

4. I saw the pilot of Adam Scott and Craig Robinson’s Ghosted last night — they previewed it on Twitter. I’ll probably write about it more later, but it’s fine. Scott and Robinson are a good buddy duo, but 22 minutes is not enough time to dig into a paranormal case, so instead of being like a comedic version of The X-Files, it’s more like a paranormal version of Brooklyn 99, which is to say that the cases are not the point of the show. It’s just a setup for jokes, and pretty conventional buddy-comedy jokes, at that. But Robinson and Scott do have great chemistry, and I expect the show will only improve once it establishes its universe.

3. Nobody watches it, but the second season of the anthology series Channel Zero debuted this week on SyFy and it was fucking terrifying. Last season started that way and kind of drifted in the end, but for genuinely great creepy horror, Channel Zero is leaps and bounds better than American Horror Story. It doesn’t go for jump scares, big shocking twists, or trendy horror conventions: It just gets under your skin and marinates. Watch it late at night, alone. It will fuck you up.

2. I love Sarah Paulson, but her character this season on American Horror Story may be the most grating character of 2017. All she does is shriek and cry and freak out. We’re only three episodes in, and I don’t know how much longer I can take it. If it weren’t for Billy Eichner, I’d have bailed already.

1. My favorite joke of the week? Lindsay’s boss celebrating a new client on You’re the Worst: «Good news, we just signed a new client: Casey Affleck’s lawyer, for all future court appearances, press conferences and depositions. Looks like Momma’s gettin’ her boat!» Brilliant. (More on this week’s You’re the Worst here).

Also, more on this week’s season two premiere of The Good Place here.


This Adorable Pug Remake of It Is the Nonscary Version That Wimps Deserve

‪Beware of Puggywise 🎈‬

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Look, I get it — just because I’m dead inside and didn’t think that It was scary doesn’t mean that the rest of the world agrees. For wimps especially, this current cultural phenomenon of clown-induced hysteria is downright terrifying; what is somebody who loves good movies but hates being scared to do? Well, there’s an answer out there, and it comes in the form of lovable canine Insta-celebrity Doug the Pug. The very good boy selflessly starred in a doggy remake of It, which has none of the spookiness (but more than enough wrinkles).

In the short remake, Doug stars as both Georgie and the film’s villain, Pennywise. But unlike in the regular It film, the neighborhood drainage sewer isn’t a deathtrap on a rainy day — it’s a cute trap!

Give the wimp-friendly remake a watch, and you’ll feel much better about the creepy clown frenzy sweeping the nation right now. Simply close your eyes and picture Puggywise instead of Pennywise, and everything will be OK.

«‪Will float for pizza» -Doug

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How Long Can ‘The Good Place’ Possibly Sustain This?

Last season, Mike Schur’s The Good Place debuted with a phenomenal concept — Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) finds herself wrongly sent to «The Good Place» after her death — and we, as viewers, spent most of the season wondering how long that premise could possibly be sustained. It seemed like the end of the runway was always two or three episodes into the future, tops. Yet, Mike Schur managed to find news and exciting wrinkles, and not only did he extend the life of the premise, the show improved as it moved on.

Then that killer season finale twist arrived: Eleanor was never in «The Good Place,» she was in the «Bad Place» all along, and making her think otherwise was Michael’s (Ted Danson) torturous form of hell.

Well, that’s it, right? That should have been the end of the show.

Except that Michael zapped Eleanor’s memory, and decided to reboot the exercise.

The Good Place 2.0 began last night, and hell if Mike Schur didn’t pull another rabbit out of his top hat. (How many rabbits does he have in that goddamn thing, anyway?) This time, Michael attempted to keep Eleanor away from her friends — Chidi, Tahani, and Jason — and while the first two episodes compressed an entire season into an hour, it also offered a fresh perspective because now the audience is in on the joke. Now that we know it’s the Bad Place, we get to experience the show from the perspective of Michael and the rest of the demon actors, who are trying to pull one over on Eleanor. Eleanor remains the focus of The Good Place, but we’re looking at her from an entirely different perspective.

Last season, it was Eleanor trying to outsmart the clueless Michael, but now it’s Michael trying to fiendishly outsmart Eleanor. We understand from the outset that Chidi, Jason, and Tahini belong in the Bad Place, and now we know why, but even as they wear their sins on their sleeve, so to speak, we also know of the heart underneath. There’s an unbreakable bond between them that clearly mind erasure cannot break.

The trick now is to rewire our brains to view Michael as the villain. From Michael’s perspective, we also learn about the unspeakable conventional horrors of the Bad Place, like penis flattening and enormous butthole spiders. But here’s the twist: If Michael doesn’t pull off his Good Place 2.0 gambit, he’ll be shot into the sun, so even though he’s the bad guy, we find ourselves pulling for him in way similar to the way we sympathized with Eleanor last season.

If Schur had simply decided to reverse the point of view, my guess is that he could have pulled it off for an entire season with a minor wrinkle here and there to keep it fresh — the hilarious joke writing alone could sustain most of the season. But hell if that motherfucker didn’t exhaust 2.0 in the first hour and reboot again. Is that how this season is going to work? Is he just going to reboot every few episodes and try again? How long can that last before it gets old? How could Mike Schur possibly sustain that?

In other words, here we are again, right back to believing that the end of the runway is two or three episodes into the future, at best. By now, however, I think we’ve learned never to underestimate Mike Schur.


People Are Not Happy About This Hurricane Irma Sign Made By Kentucky Fans

Love or hate BBN, you know they aren’t going to hold back when it comes to making these frat house banners. Is this one over the line? I’d say yeah. Once you get into that death and destruction territory, you may be taking things a little too far. But this is what BBN does. They took shots during the NCAA tournament and they’ll take shots during football season no matter how shitty their team is.

Luckily this one got out and ridiculed before anybody sees it hanging from a front porch on Saturday morning.

I’m actually surprised we didn’t see one of these borderline offensive signs earlier. College kids are dumb and drunk 99% of the time, so I was fully expecting to see Tennessee fans toe that Irma line last week when they played Florida. Good for them for holding back.

Just stick to jokes about your opponent’s QB’s DUI or how shitty their degree is and everything will be fine.

Another one…not as ruthless I guess

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Now this may be too tame

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The Most Physically Intimidating Person in This Picture Isn’t the Superhero or Supervillain, It’s The Butler

Gotham: A Dark Knight on Fox at 8:00pm ET. Fourth season premiere. Listen, I’ve seen the kid playing Batman in this and I am… not intimidated? I know he’s supposed to be a teenager still, but there usually comes a point when teenage boys get their full adult size and he’s… not. Or that is his full adult size, which is a different problem. But everyone in Hollywood is like 5 feet tall anyway, so maybe they can work with it.

The Orville on Fox at 9:01pm ET.

Better Things on FX at 10:00pm ET.

Nathan For You: A Celebration on Comedy Central at 10:00pm ET. This is a one-hour special presentation that will be a sort of follow-up with people who have been on the show before. I went to see one of his live shows a few weeks ago and saw a couple clips from the upcoming season and if you were a fan of his previously, you will continue to be a huge fan. If you are someone who reacts to the show with a strong desire to crawl under the couch and growl like an agitated cat at the awkwardness, you will continue to have that reaction. (I am the agitated cat, my beloved gentleman friend is the delighted fan.)

Zoo on CBS at 10:00pm ET. Third season finale.


Why This Season of Transparent «Feels Like an Act of Resistance»

Amy Landecker tells me the fourth season of Transparent «feels incredibly vital.» While Amazon’s game-changing series has always carried this sort of importance with it, there’s something different this time around. Landecker says this season is remarkably different when we catch up at the BAFTA TV Tea Party the day before The Emmys.

Suffice to say, the show has yielded a staggering amount of depth and insight into the transgender experience. We see Maura as she begins her public transformation, and we meet many other transgender women who educate her along the way. But this year, everything has changed. With the election of President Donald Trump, Landecker suggests, the very depiction of these transgender characters has suddenly become a political act. Landecker says this season will feature what she thinks is a historic first: we’ll see a nude scene with transgender actress Alexandra Billings, who plays Maura’s close friend and confidant, Davina. «This feels now like we’re in a fight,» she tells me. «The first three seasons, we were under a very welcoming administration . . . now, everything we do feels like an act of resistance.»

«Now, everything we do feels like an act of resistance.»

The fourth season of Transparent premieres on Friday, Sept. 22. It arrives almost exactly eight months after the inauguration of Trump. In that short amount of time, the President has moved to ban transgender soldiers from the military and withdrawn protections for transgender youth. While it sounds like there won’t be any direct commentary on Present Donald Trump in Transparent‘s new season, Landecker explains that the show is taking a political journey in its own unique way.

«We go to Israel. It’s funny, we don’t tackle the current political administration head on. No, we sort of do it more energetically and emotionally. It’s kind of like everybody just feels like they don’t know where they are or what’s happening, so we really do just go on a big family trip.» This rings true when it comes to Transparent‘s message from the very start. When it comes to overt, political messaging, Transparent defers to subtlety. The show has always been a visceral, deeply emotive look at the life and journey of one transgender person.

Landecker agrees, noting how depictions of transgender characters have leaned on antiquated tropes, but Maura is «fully three-dimensional» and trying to live her truth in the context of an average American family. «This is telling stories that prove that we’re all the same, we all want love. We all want a roof over our heads and food in our mouths. And people we can actually relate to that. Everybody.» And perhaps that’s the best way to capture the message at the heart of the series. It’s not about division or militant opposition. It’s more about unity and togetherness. «People who are like-minded need a safe place to know they’re not alone, and that’s what the show’s going to give them right now.»

While it’s clear we’re going to dig even deeper into the minutiae of Maura’s life, Landecker explains that the show is broadening its scope as well. In addition to the continuation of our journey with Maura Pfefferman, we’re also going to see the history of Davina (Billings), which will give us another, more fully realized transgender narrative. «I’m really excited about this year,» Landecker said. «I think it’s going to be profound.»

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16 TV Couples You Can Be With Your Significant Other This Halloween

Sometimes it can be hard to piece together that perfect Halloween costume, but it’s certainly more fun when you have someone else to do it with. This year has gifted us with some incredible pop culture costumes, but some of the best inspiration comes from our favorite TV characters. Shows like This Is Us and Riverdale have easy costumes you can pull from your closet, while series like Game of Thrones have more intricate looks. Read on for even more Halloween couple costumes.

Additional reporting by Shannon Vestal Robson

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This Major Change From the Book in the It Remake Even Scared Stephen King

If you’re still reveling in the Stephen King-brand brilliance of the It remake, you’re not alone. In the short time since the film’s Sept. 8 release, it’s already become one of the most successful horror movies ever. People are already yearning for the upcoming sequel! The internet is turning Pennywise into a hilarious meme and yielding other fun reactions! We’re even getting creepy insight into deleted scenes here and there. Perhaps most heartening of all, though? Even Stephen King loved it.

Speaking of Stephen King, it’s hard not to wonder how he felt about the most major changes from the book. In a recent interview, producer Barbara Muschietti revealed that one character change actually ended up scaring King. If you remember, Stan’s character is particularly creeped out by a painting of a deformed-looking woman in his father’s office. When Pennywise appears to terrorize Stan, he takes the form of that woman.

«Actually, Stephen King, the first email he sent to Andy when he had seen the movie, the one fear he wrote back,» Muschietti told Collider. «He said, ‘I f*cking love the woman in the painting, it scared the sh*t out of me,’ so.» Apparently, the idea to use a warped woman in a painting came straight from director Andy Muschietti’s own experience. In a chat with the New York Times, he revealed that «it’s a literal translation of a very personal childhood fear. In my house, there was a print of a Modigliani painting that I found terrifying. And the thought of meeting an incarnation of the woman in it would drive me crazy.» Sounds like the director and writer Stephen King are very much on the same horror wavelength. This can only mean great things when it comes to the plot of the sequel.

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Elegant Audio-Wear Hits Shelves This Month

Master & Dynamic continues to bridge the gap between tech enthusiasts and design-conscious trendsetters with their high-end headphones and audio accessories. Known for designer collaborations with powerhouses like Proenza Schouler and Bloomingdale’s, the company now debuts an audible pop of color. “While we’ve always been proud of our leather colorway selections, the re-release of the lambskin ear pads allows our customers to take their customization of their headphones one step further,” says the brand’s CEO Jonathan Levine. Last year’s first release flew off the shelves, but the accessory will be back again in mid-September.

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