For those who aren't hardcore football fans, there's certainly other things that should capture your interest, such as the mini-film festival of various commercials, all major productions that will be airing throughout the 3.5 hour broadcast. Or there's the halftime show, which this year features the too strange to contemplate musical mixture of Bruno Mars with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
Recent articles have focused on how the NFL is now creeping back to presenting more contemporary artists after a series of safe classic rock performances by artists on the backside of their careers (i.e., the Who, the Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna). This trend all began after the infamous Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction" that occurred at the 2004 Super Bowl in Houston.
But that changed last year in New Orleans with Beyonce performing at halftime, and now comes 28-year-old Bruno Mars. But the question of whether he is a big enough star to pull of an entertaining 12-minute set seemed to be undermined when long time punk-funk rockers the Red Hot Chilli Peppers were added to the bill. That should happen sometime between 8:00-8:15 p.m.
If you don't already have plans to watch the game with friends but don't want to stay at home and watch the game, go to a bar - any bar. Many of your local watering holes will be pulling out all the stops for the single biggest televised event of the year.
Of course, if you're really not into the game, you do have some alternatives on television: PBS will be airing the 5th episode of this season's edition of Downton Abbey. But alas, True Detective fans, HBO will not be airing the 4th episode of this truly revolutionary murder-mystery program, one of the darkest meditations on the human condition ever aired on American broadcast television.
But all of that happens later tonight. The weather in the Tampa Bay area is expected to be good, so enjoy your Super Sunday all day long.
So Netflix watchers have one day to catch some classics and camp hits like Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke and Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo.
Here's a quick rundown.
Neal Patrick Harris was a charming host, but some bits during his intro recalled SNL scripted monologue fillers, such as an interlude with Jimmy Kimmel that fell flat. One audience bit with a maniacal Kevin Spacey in House of Cards mode worked especially well. Of course, we loved the-3-D-glasses-and-popcorn-chomping Amy Poehler and Tina Fey — who were like a female version of Waldorf and Statler on The Muppet Show.
We also loved the cray-cray musical number (pictured above), Will Ferrell's bit at the end with the kids; the teary In Memoriams of James Gandolfini, Jean Stapleton, Jonathan Winters and Andy Griffith; Stephen Colbert unseating Jon Stewart as the variety show favorite and Michael Douglas' saucy acceptance speech (for his mini-series actor win for Liberace: Behind the Candelabra).
Big winners included Breaking Bad for Most Outstanding Drama, which made both me and our TV writer Erik Hahmann very happy. Modern Family, an erstwhile personal favorite, won for comedy series for the fourth time, rousing suspicions that the execs of the ABC sitcoms have compromising photos of all of the judges shot on Melrose. I myself had no interest in the category. I was sour grapes because my favorite, Parks and Recreation, wasn't even nominated. Stars Anna Gunn, Bobby Cannavale, Jeff Daniels, Jim Parsons, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Claire Danes took home statues. HBO dominated with 27 awards total. For more, click here.
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James Gandolfini, Emmy Award-winning actor, best known for his work as Tony Soprano on HBO’s The Sopranos, died Wednesday. He was 51.
Mr. Gandolfini was found dead of an apparent heart attack while vacationing in Italy. He is survived by his wife Deborah, daughter Liliana and son Michael.
Don Draper isn’t an inherently bad person. He’s just broken internally, lacking a solid moral compass. That type of thing tends to happen when you’re a fatherless son of a whore, raised by an abusive step-mother.
Despite the rough upbringing Don has done a few very generous acts over the years. He aided Peggy after the birth of her child and promoted her to copy-writer when she was just his secretary. After finding out Lane Pryce was embezzling money from the company, Don allowed Lane to quietly resign instead of going to the police. Although that led to Lane hanging himself, it was a very kind gesture on Don’s behalf. [Spoiler alert; information going forward has details about Sunday night's episode.] Just this past week Don pulled a lot of strings to spare Arnold and Sylvia’s son Mitchell the horrors of Vietnam.
All that being said, Don has mostly done terrible things over the course of the series, none worse than what poor Sally Draper witnessed Sunday. One thing is for certain, Sally is going to need a lot of therapy when she gets older. Betty and Don weren’t model parents when they were together, and it’s been worse since they’ve been divorced. Sally has grown to rebel against and resents her mother but has always had a special respect for her father. Don has treated nearly everyone he’s ever had any type of relationship with poorly, but he’s had a different rapport with his children. Sally knows he isn’t the best father in the world. Catching him mid-coitus with the downstairs neighbor is a different story. The image of her father the hero came crashing down in front of her. His hollow apology did little to mend any fences.
That ranks as the worst thing Don has ever done, though it’s not lacking in competition.
Reality TV fans are squawking about University of Tampa grad Lea McGowan, who auditioned on the reality show in a chicken costume. The multitalented actress, comedian, aerialist, performance artist, dancer and more, is now based in Manhattan, and has posted a slew of offbeat and impressive performance videos of many types online since graduation, so the piece is no wild departure for McGowan if you've followed her past work.
She even has a meme dedicated to her: