1. The Super Bowl was a dud. The State of the Union was predictable and tragic. That guy in Rent live got hurt. Before it went live. Maybe live is overrated. Let’s embrace the tape-delayed lifestyle.
2. In my Instagram feed a small ad for Showtime popped up, featuring the faces of three women in three different series. The message was clearly a “we have strong women” kind of deal, except that the ad didn’t feature Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison on Homeland, the strongest female lead on Showtime. It did feature Frankie Shaw as Bridgette Bird, the new badass and messed up dreamer from SMILF, and that’s a fine choice, other than all the bad shit that’s happening on the set and distracting from the show. There’s also Emmy Rossum who is, let’s be honest, magnificent in Shameless, but she’s leaving after this year and Shameless is an ensemble series that, if pressed, someone might say is fronted by William H. Macy. And then there was Regina Hall from Showtime’s latest series, Black Monday, which is clearly a series led by Don Cheadle (although a good argument could be made that Hall steals all the good scenes). So, yeah, seems a stretch. But it was a good reminder that Showtime once used to be the channel of a lot of excellent female leads — in The L Word (yes, I know, it’s coming back); Laura Linney in The Big C; Toni Collette in The United States of Tara; Edie Falco in Nurse Jackie; Mary-Louise Parker in Weeds; and, still going strong, Danes in Homeland. Was that what the ad wanted me to ponder?
3. We will get the 11th and final season of Modern Family at some point. Two quick statements here: While I understand why networks milk popular series for as long as possible ($$$), I hate series that just won’t end already. Who the hell wants 11 seasons of anything (says the person who freely admits that It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia has killed it through 13 seasons)? But still, I prefer five seasons as ideal, seven only if they are all brilliant and 13-plus if you’re Sunny. Everybody else shut it down, already. That said, the early seasons of Modern Family were flat-out great.