Chapter 11: COVID Chronicles

April 8, 2020

By Karen

Day 28

Broke and Indebted

Best news today: Bernie Sanders dropped out. Now Democrats can go after Trump with both feet. Just hope Bernie can convince his Bernie Bros to lose the butt-hurt and vote for Biden instead of being self-defeating dumbasses like they were in 2016 and staying home or voting for Trump out of spite.

Caught this rare glimpse of Roc not bullying Max. It lasted about two seconds after I snapped the camera…

So far, so good with the grocery delivery yesterday; I have no symptoms of anything. But a follow-up on that: I sent feedback through Aldi’s website about Patrice’s great work and today received a “case number” and instructions to log onto Instacart.

Since it seemed my message got tossed into the “My bologna was slimy” pile, I sent a tweet to Aldi while collecting names and addresses at corporate.

But then Aldi tweeted back and assured me their peeps read all messages and forward them to the proper departments and stores. I’m believing them, but it’s likely my path will cross Patrice’s again one day, so if they’re lying and she gets no kudos, I’ll find out.

As a sitcom connoisseur, last night I realized CBS and NBC are running shows with identical premises head-to-head on Thursdays at 9:30.

NBC’s is called Indebted and its greatest/only asset is Fran Drescher (The Nanny). Here’s their promo blurb…

“Young parents Dave and Rebecca are ready to reclaim their lives after years of diapers and sleepless nights. However, things take an unexpected turn when Dave’s parents show up unannounced and broke, leaving Dave with no choice but to open the door to the two people who gave him everything. But these boomerang parents aren’t great with boundaries, and the question of who’s parenting whom quickly becomes blurred.”

If it somehow gets a second season, it wouldn’t surprise me if Drescher is the only survivor. When it comes to making comedy, she’s chewing through the cast, even though all she’s given to work with is the hackneyed Jewish mother schtick.

On CBS is Broke and I don’t know any of the actors. However, they are, without exception, delightful. I’ve paraphrased the CBS blurb…

“A single suburban mother is shocked when her estranged sister, her sister’s outrageously wealthy, big-hearted Latino husband and his fiercely loyal assistant/driver/friend land on her doorstep needing a place to live after the couple’s money dries up. Though class differences separate the women, and the size of the house will test the limits of family ties, the bond of sisterhood might be the catalyst they need to restore their relationship.”

Broke has the advantage of a brilliant little nerd whose scenes with the gorgeous Latino husband are unbearably charming. And the writing is wonderful.

If you get a chance to check them out, I’d like to hear your take.

Shame on ‘CBS This Morning’ RE: Robin Williams

August 12, 2014

By Karen

Thankfully, it’s not often I wake up to news so unexpected it leaves me stunned. My heart can’t take it. But it happened today when I learned that Robin Williams died at age 63 by apparent suicide.

When I turned on the TV, Matt Lauer was already into full sensational video obit mode on the Today Show, so I switched to CBS This Morning.

CBS happens to be the last network Robin Williams worked for. Just last season, he starred in The Crazy Ones, his first foray into TV sitcom since Mork and Mindy.

I watched every episode of The Crazy Ones because it starred — ROBIN WILLIAMS!

OK, it wasn’t the funniest, but Robin had good chemistry with his on-screen daughter, Sarah Michelle Gellar. From the outtakes closing every episode, it seemed they were leaving most of Williams’s improv skills on the cutting room floor.

My sense was that the rest of the much-younger cast kept pinching themselves over the chance to work with ROBIN WILLIAMS, and I believed the show would gel in its second season, after maybe some tweaks.

But CBS didn’t give Robin a chance to fix it. They pulled the plug on ROBIN WILLIAMS after one season, in a mind-blowing lack of faith that he would ever deliver.

After that, we read reports that Williams was depressed and checked himself into rehab. And now he’s dead.

And today Charlie Rose and Nora O’Donnell had the GALL to sit there, running clip after clip of Williams’ career — but not ONE from The Crazy Ones.

At one point late in the show, Nora mentioned The Crazy Ones, but Charlie quickly steered her away before she said too much.

Nora also said Williams was one of her favorite interviewees, and they showed a recent blip of him at the table — obviously there to plug The Crazy Ones — but they never mentioned that part.

NOBODY said a peep about the CBS cancellation, even though the sitcom’s “failure” undoubtedly weighed on Williams’ already-shaky confidence and self-esteem.

Way to go, CBS, you fucking cowards. Wail and moan over the loss of a great talent — whom you kicked to the curb like so much garbage just a few months ago. Go claim your spot in the journalistic sewer with the Today Show.

PS: Buried below a bunch of other stuff, I found that CBS did slip that last Williams CBS interview about The Crazy Ones on their website. Too little, too late.

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