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TV wasteland, it’s all a TV wasteland: We’re all wasted*

- May 7th, 2012

 

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Max Black (Kat Dennings) centre, and Caroline Channing (Beth Behrs) right, plan to attend a big fashion gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where Martha Stewart is scheduled to be a guest, in an attempt to have her taste their cupcakes and get her seal of approval, on the one-hour season finale of 2 Broke Girls. Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2012 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Tonight is Mad Men redux in sepulchral Sherwood Forest . . . so as the Doncaster duo prepares to join neighbours gathering to celebrate two episodes of a universally acclaimed TV show on a channel we don’t get at our house, here are a few words of praise for a guilty pleasure, 2 Broke Girls.

This sterling sitcom closes its 2011-2012 debut season with Martha Stewart guesting & a whole hour of comedy . . . without belabouring the point, the Citytv on our dial sitcom is a Lucy & Ethel brought up to date. The Ethel character (Max) is freed from real-life second banana status  to Lucille Ball & her fictional old poop of a husband Fred Mertz in TVland.

The Lucy character (Caroline) may not be up to miming along with Harpo or other Lucy gestures but she is elegant enough to keep on keeping on as a one-per-center who has plummeted way down into 99 per cent ville.

Here’s what JBNBlog likes about 2 Broke Girls.

Hard work is valued. The two young women bond over their fledgling cupcake business & forego most of life’s pleasures (sex . . . they’re almost nuns or athletes or something in their near celibate pursuit of the dream).

Money is important, but not worshipped. Many a time, our heroes give up their hard-earned cash for something uplifting or just plain adult acceptance of realities  . . . in one remarkable series of sub-plots, Caroline guides Max from outsiderland into social norms by a) helping her pay off student loans and b) finally filing her income tax on time. Caroline’s father was a Bernie Madoff style fraud & while she believes in him, all their friends shun her like the (your choice of word here) & she sees the corrosive effects of moneylove clearly now. Dickensian moments on the Micawber express indeed.

They admire & like each other . . . but unlike other such shows do value the friendship of some other women . . . well, the women they think work hard at least.

No faux feuding over men. This fool sitcom staple is not a factor on 2 Broke Girls.

Chestnut the horse. Caroline’s beloved pet is the Mr. Ed of our era . . . Chestnut may not speak but listens well & even when Caroline was covered in Chespoop, JBNBlog could defend it (a bit desperately) as Shakespearean in the same way Bridesmaids is Shakespearean.

There are many reservations about the world of 2 Broke Girls . . . JBNBlog will leave that list to others. As with Oscar-worthy Bridesmaids, which still seems to annoy a few co-workers.

When you love something, you overlook a few flaws, no? When JBNBlog returns after Mad Men & plays the 2 Broke Girls later tonight or sometime Tuesday, it will be a loving farewell until the fall. (I will admit 2 Broke Girls reruns are not as much fun as they ought to be if all my theories are correct).

Lucy & Ethel, your granddaughters are here . . . meet Caroline & Max & see what you can get up & down to without Ricky or Fred around.

*An occasional series (with a derivative title — Who knows where it came from?) devoted to what’s on TV channels available in northwest London on the old over-the-air, bunny ears basis — ie. TVO, CBC French, CBC, CTV Two (aka CFPL), CTV, Citytv, the Omnis, CTS & CHCH.

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