TV Around the Web – January 17th, 2015
– Broad City‘s second season started on Wednesday on Comedy Central, and if you aren’t familiar with the background of the show’s co-creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, you should check out this profile of the two by Rachel Syme of Grantland. Teaser: it involves fully-clothed sex with a tree.
– Speaking of funny ladies (and interactions with trees), the fact that Kaitlin Olson of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia isn’t a household name is a crime. Erin La Rosa from BuzzFeed interviewed Olson about her start in Hollywood, her family (with co-star Rob McElhenney), and doing her own stunts.
– This week marks the ten-year anniversary of Battlestar Galactica’s series debut, and Entertainment Weekly is celebrating with a week of retrospectives about the groundbreaking show. You can take a deep dive into the genius of its first episode, “33”, read about how its poorly received finale may have damaged the show’s legacy, and see how genre TV has failed to live up to BSG‘s standard.
– It didn’t take the Oscar nominations this week to tell us how male-dominated the world of film remains. Fortunately, television’s embrace of a wider variety of perspectives makes for a surge of creative storytelling. In the New York Times, Lili Loofbourow writes about the rise of promiscuous protagonists on female-centric shows, and how it can delve even deeper into moral relativity than the perspective of a sole antihero.
– The sitcom may be struggling to find its footing at the moment, but there’s no question that the past 25 years have yielded a treasure trove of comic gold. In honor of The Simpsons 25 year anniversary, the A.V. Club catalogued the best 25 sitcom episodes to air since then. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of their picks.