I cover Fringe and Nikita normally. There's a seven day delay before they come online. I cover online. While they were off (new episodes aired last Friday), I said I'd cover TV shows readers wanted. I didn't forget, I was just really tired this week. It was a rough week.
Also there were not a great deal on this week. I was hoping to revisit some sitcoms I'd already written about; however, that didn't come to be.
So I'm writing about Are You There, Chelsea? It's an NBC sitcom on Wednesday nights starring Laura Prepon who we all know and love as Donna on That 70s Show. Chelsea Handler. created the show and also plays Sloane, sister of Chelsea (Laura Prepon).
Chelsea's mother died about six years ago. As Sloane points out, her life's gone to hell since then. She's gotten a DUI and her life's not going anywhere. Chelsea's goal is to get drunk. She lives with her best friends Olivia and Dee Dee. She's a waitress in a bar that Rick's manager of and Olivia also works at.
Sloane is the older sister. She has a new baby girl (Sylvia). The father has never seen Sylvia. That's because her husband is serving in Afghanistan.
I think that gives you an overview.
It's a funny show. I think people are upset about the 'potty mouth' humor. It's amazing that if it comes out of Fraiser and Niles' mouth, it's high-larious. But when it's a woman, a lot of people get crazy and unhinged.
Okay, so here's a sample of the humor. Wendesday it was Sloane's birthday and Chelsea wanted to do something fun for her.
Dad: Here are those family albums you were looking for.
Chelsea: Oh, cool. Are there any cute ones of us?
Dad: No. You girls always insisted on cutting your own hair, so every picture you look like Rachel Maddow.
So Rick comes over to her apartment and is going through the photo albums.
Rick: Look at you. Chelse, how old were you in this picture?
Rick: And that's Olivia, huh? Wow, you guys look like you were up to no good.
Chelsea: We had this club called the kissing girls.
Chelsea: We used to chase all the boys around the yard, pin them down to the ground and kiss them while they screamed.
Rick: Wow. Not every woman finds their go-to move at age six.
So Rick and Chelsea have this tension between them.
So it's Sloane's birthday. She doesn't want a party. She says she doesn't want to do anything. So they plan a do-nothing day for her. Rick takes Sloane's daughter for the day. Dee-Dee is going to clean Sloane's place. Olivia and Chelsea are going to get Sloane to do nothing.
They get Sloane drunk. And she has a blast.
Sloane: Oh my God, you made a slide show? I love it! I love that. I love you Olivia even though I don't like you. And I really love you Dee-dee. You remind me of Alice on The Brady Bunch but minus the sexual tension.
Now how can you not love a show that brings in Alic? :D
It was a good episode and, finally, the one where Sloane's husband comes home.
Sloane was passed out drunk when Chelsea got the call that he was coming home and he told her not to tell Sloane so he could surprise her. So they loaded Sloane up in the car and took her for a needed grooming or two.
It was a funny epsiode.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:
Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Ayad Alawi's Iraqiya bloc threatened to walk out of parliament in opposition to PM Maliki's dominance. But Sultan believes these threats only prove the Iraqiya bloc's failure in its politics.
"I think that Iraqiya bloc lacks unity in the political discourse in dealing with crisis," he said. "It withdrew its ministers from the government after the issue of al-Hashimi, and later sent them back. Now it wants to withdraw them again. What will they get from all this?"
This is not the first time the Iraqi Communist Party has been targeted by the U.S.-backed government that replaced the old dictatorship. In 2007, Najim Abed Jassem, the party workers' trade union leader and member of the executive committee of the Mechanics Union, was abducted and tortured by militias in Baghdad, and subsequently murdered.
Nouri's heavy-handed and rules through fear. He thought he could apply the same scare tactics in dealing with foreign ministers of other countries -- none of those present face the level of violence Iraq does. So not only was the topic a 'downer' but they really didn't see the need to be lectured to on the topic of violence from the person over the most violent country in the region. Nouri's so out of touch that he honestly believes other leaders in the region would be impressed with him. His calling for cooperation on positive projects and issues would have surprised them and would have impressed them. Instead, he's the crazy troll under the bridge and he's got no one to blame but himself (and his advisors who thought his speech would go over well).