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Jack is Back and The Simpsons go Lego; TV must-sees for the week

- May 4th, 2014

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Bill Harris’ top-10 must-sees for the week of May 4

1) 24: Live Another Day
Debut: Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) has been in hiding for four years, but suddenly he re-emerges in London, England. Is he there to do harm, to do good, or to take the Downton Abbey tour?
When: Monday on Fox, Global

2) Louie
Fourth-season debut with back-to-back episodes: Louis C.K returns with this funny, sad, depressing and uplifting series. Sarah Silverman guest-stars in the first episode, Jerry Seinfeld in the second.
When: Monday on FX Canada

3) The Simpsons
In the 550th episode of this series, Homer wakes up to find everyone in Springfield, include himself and his family, is made of Legos (that’s the family home pictured above). In the corporate toy world, this is what they call synergy.
When: Sunday on Fox, Global

4) Two and a Half Men
11th-season finale: With Kimberly Williams-Paisley continuing her role as Gretchen, the fiancee of Alan (Jon Cryer), her real-life husband – country singer Brad Paisley – makes a guest appearance.
When: Thursday on CBS, CTV

5) Resurrection
First-season finale: Arcadia is in a state of chaos with the return of the dead reaching a critical mass, so Bellamy (Omar Epps) feels he has no choice but to ask for outside help. Not everyone agrees with him.
When: Sunday on ABC, City

6) Veep
Dan (Reid Scott) and Amy (Anna Chlumsky) compete to become campaign manager for Selina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), but she is being advised that her wisest move might be to dump her entire team.
When: Sunday on HBO Canada

7) 2 Broke Girls
Third-season finale: Caroline (Beth Behrs) encourages Max (Kat Dennings) to write the one exam she needs to complete her high school degree. Because if there’s one thing this series is about, it’s education.
When: Monday on CBS, City

8) CSI
14th-season finale: As the team investigates a current-day crime that is linked to a 25-year-old mob heist, Brass (Paul Guilfoyle) faces some tough choices when his daughter attempts suicide.
When: Wednesday on CBS, CTV

9) New Girl
Third-season finale: To make it less weird, Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) invite the whole gang to accompany them on a cruise that they booked when they still were together as a couple.
When: Tuesday on Fox, City

10) The Goldbergs
Adam (Sean Giambrone) convinces Erica (Hayley Orrantia) to take him to the premiere of Return of the Jedi. I wonder, if Star Wars movies didn’t exist, where would current sitcoms get most of their material?
When: Tuesday on ABC, CTV

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

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The Moy the merrier on 2 Broke Girls

- November 28th, 2012

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Matthew Moy has an ability to laugh at himself and a good sense of self-esteem. He needs both those things for his role as diner owner Han Lee on 2 Broke Girls.

Han gets picked on a lot by the other characters, particularly Max, played by Kat Dennings. Han’s clothes, his height, his race, his culture, nothing is off-limits.

“At least on our show, we make a point of ragging on everybody,” said Moy (pictured above). “It’s kind of the way we show that we love each other.

“But you’re right, you need a high sense of self-esteem to take it. When you look like I do, you know, you take it.”

In one episode of 2 Broke Girls, which is in its second season and airs Mondays on CBS and Citytv, there were multiple references to Han being a 53-year-old man. “I’m 29!” an exasperated Han kept correcting.

“That’s so funny, right?” said Moy, who started his career in voice-over work for animation and videogames, and has guest-starred in series such as How I Met Your Mother, The Middle and iCarly. “It’s something I’ve encountered my whole life, I’m very used to being younger and older.

“I’m 28 in real life, but I’m used to people thinking I’m between 12 and 40.”

2 Broke Girls stars Dennings and Beth Behrs as, well, two broke girls. The difference being, Behrs’ character, Caroline, is not used to being broke, whereas Dennings’ Max has plenty of experience in that area.

Max and Caroline have a dream of starting their own cupcake business, but in the meantime they’re paying the bills by working at a greasy-spoon diner owned by Han.

“I’m so thankful for the people on my show, we have such great chemistry, Beth and Kat are like best friends in real life,” Moy said. “We’re super funny, we’re edgy, we get everybody in and out. It’s very fast.

“I’ll be honest, our episodes are written a little longer than what’s shown on TV. So you’re missing a lot of stuff that hopefully comes out on the DVDs. We pack it in, we get as many laughs as we can. That’s the advantage of a live studio audience, too, so we can get that feedback.”

The Han character is Korean, and occasionally Moy has to speak it. Which is interesting, because Moy is not Korean.

“I’m third- or fourth-generation Chinese-American,” said Moy, who, unlike his character, speaks English with no accent at all. A native of San Francisco, Moy also majored in Japanese in college.

“That is legit Korean that Han is speaking,” Moy added. “I spent about three days with a coach. Thankfully it works on the show.

“I’ve had a couple of Koreans talk to me and ask, ‘Do you really speak Korean? Because you don’t sound like you’re from Korea, but you sound like a second-generation Korean, someone who was born in America.’

“Hey, I’ll take that. I’ll take it as a newbie who spent three days learning it.”

2 Broke Girls clearly is benefiting from Matthew Moy’s full array of linguistic and comedic skills.

He can take a joke, too. Thank goodness.

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

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(EXTRA: For the column I wrote in September with Dennings (below left) talking about how important it is for women to know their “real bra size,” click here.)

Kat Dennings, Matthew Moy, Beth Behrs

Dennings, Hendricks compete for “breast dressed” title on Emmys red carpet

- September 24th, 2012

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The first star to make a buxom splash on the red carpet at the 64th annual primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday was Kat Dennings of 2 Broke Girls.

Dennings (pictured above) was one of the first celebrities interviewed during red-carpet coverage on E!, outside the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

And when the well-endowed Dennings, wearing a low-cut red dress, mounted some steps to the interview area, interviewer Giuliana Rancic’s eyes just about jumped out of her head.

Rancic: “OK, when you walked up here, I was like, ‘Wow, you look gorgeous.’ ”

Dennings: “Well, no matter what I do, they’re there, so, what are you doing to do?”

Rancic: “You knew what I was getting at?”

Dennings: “Yeah.”

Rancic: “Could you tell I was staring at them?”

Dennings: “Well, you know what I mean? I looked in the mirror and I was like, ‘Uh, God.’ But what am I going to do? They’re always the same size.”

Rancic: “Honey, don’t even say it like it’s a problem. It is a good thing.”

We concur.

There was a similar moment when E!’s Ryan Seacrest was interviewing the similarly curvy Christina Hendricks of Mad Men, who was wearing a low-cut silver dress. Seacrest asked Hendricks (pictured below) how Mad Men’s fans would react if her character, Joan Harris, and Jon Hamm’s character, Don Draper, ever got together.

“Um … I don’t know how the fans would react … it would be a very combustive situation, I would think,” Hendricks stammered.

“Combustive is the right word for this moment,” Seacrest said.

Touche.

E! always brings a sense of fun to red-carpet coverage, as opposed to ABC’s approach, which tends to be a bit more stiff.

But E! went the extra mile at the Emmys Sunday with three deliberately ridiculous innovations:

* The Mani-Cam (celebrities stuck their hands close to a little camera so their fingers could walk a tiny red carpet and their manicures could be examined).

* The Stiletto-Cam (same idea, with shoes).

* And the Glam-Cam 360, in which stars were photographed “in the round” to be more intricately examined by Fashion Police.

Speaking of Fashion Police, Joan Rivers kicked off E!’s red-carpet coverage with the following speech:

“It does take a village to produce a great show,” Rivers said. “Fashion Police would not be a big hit without the help of many of you wonderful celebrities, so I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to some of them.

“Tara Reid, thank you for being a skank. Christina Aguilera, thank you for being a chubbo. Courtney Love, thank you for not even knowing that you are Courtney Love. And thank you Lindsay Lohan, for just being you … hic!”

Former Emmys host Jimmy Fallon also dipped into the deep well of celebrity rap sheets for humour when he was speaking with Seacrest.

As the interview began, Fallon was pretending to be out of breath and panicked, as if he had just had a narrow escape from a dangerous situation.

“I’m just glad to be alive,” Fallon said. “Amanda Bynes gave me a ride over.”

Fallon also quipped that he didn’t actually have a ticket for the Emmys, but that “Clint Eastwood is saving me a chair.”

The really funny thing was, when ABC opened its red-carpet coverage with Fallon, he told the exact same jokes to Chris Harrison!

Great lines, Jimmy Fallon, but remember, people have clickers and they aren’t afraid to use them.

Then again, jokes about Bynes aside, it’s possible that Fallon really was frazzled. Maybe he caught a glimpse of the four-part attack provided by Kat Dennings and Christina Hendricks.

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

@billharris_tv

(For full coverage of the actual Emmy Awards ceremony, which aired on ABC and CTV, you can check out the story I filed for Sun Media here.)

Christina Hendricks