It’s official: New Girl has given audiences the best TV first kiss ever. Nick and Jess finally went there on Tuesday night’s episode “Cooler” and it was more than anyone could have ever imagined. It all started with a “not like this” comment from Nick, and ended when he moved in during the last minute of the show.
The perfect was so worth the wait for these two, that money would be overflowing if there were ever a winning jar. During a Strip True American game the two were secluded and dared to kiss after losing. But before the kiss, there were three moments that made us think the writers had already given us enough.
1. Jess pressures Nick to kiss her
At any point, it could have happened. She just wanted to get it over with so they can go back to the game (yeah, okay) but his faces just didn’t make the cut.
2. “No, not like this.”
At a second try at the moment Nick finally blurted out, “no, not like this.” Clearly, he had thought about it before. He freaks out and heads out into the balcony where Schmidt then faints thinking he was actually going to jump.
3. “I’m an idiot.”
After failing to lean in, Sam comes in later with Jess and jokingly tells Nick he missed out by kissing her. He knows it.
So after all of this, were we to expect the moment we’ve been waiting for? Not really, which made it all the better. Later that night while everyone is in bed Jess calls for Nick (yes, not Sam!) to answer the door. As they head back to their rooms Nick lays it on her and explains what he was trying to say before. “I meant something like that.” And this kiss wasn’t a simple, ‘OMG, can you believe we did that last night?!’ More of a kiss where it will change everything. It will keep Jess up late at night questioning everything, and leaving us wondering what will happen next for these two.
Oh, Nick Miller, Nick Miller, thanks for shaming all the best TV first kisses that have come before. Because we’re not ashamed of repeating it over and over again.
For the most part, every family is dysfunctional. It’s either a weird relative, rivalry between siblings, or in this case, because of a son named Skip [Josh Gad] that heads home after attending college for a bit too long.1600 Penn is a hilarious new family comedy with one difference–it takes place in the White House. Starring Gad as the lead and co-creator, the clan has its ups and downs, but ultimately pulls off the idea that a story about the first family doesn’t necessarily have to do with anything about politics.
Martha MacIsaac, who plays first daughter Becca, recently chatted with me about the NBC series. From announcing a pregnancy in the very first episode to confirming that the cast and crew do make fun of Bill Pullman for his other president role in Independence Day, MacIsaac couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of it all. Her work in the 2007 hit Superbad was clearly just a start in comedy for her.
First Becca in Superbad, and now you play a Becca in 1600 Penn!
MARTHA MACISAAC: I know! Isn’t that weird? It was chosen way before I was a part of it. It just so happened to be a happy coincidence!
When it comes to this Becca, what caught your attention most about the 1600 Penn script?
Actually, when I read the pilot I laughed and I teared up and cried at parts of it. So, I just really connected to it for some reason, and these are the kinds of comedies I love to watch—comedies with heart. And I think that’s what 1600 Penn is. It’s a family comedy set in a political backdrop, but the center of the show is the family and how much they actually love each other at the end of the day.
What specifically made you cry in the pilot?
Just her having to tell her father, and my storyline because for some reason I instantly felt horrible in having to feel like she disappointed her father in such a way.
It’s interesting how the characters don’t necessarily have to go anywhere. They are in the White House all the time because it’s where their work and family is.
Exactly! Which was something that was so exciting because every show takes place in that home base. This family just so happens to have their family and work life in the same place.
What can audiences expect with your character throughout the season?
What I thought was so fun about playing this character too is that she starts out—she kind of has her life figured out—she’s a perfectionist and a straight A student, has political aspirations and really takes care of her family. And then her whole life gets turned upside down in the pilot and she’s kind of in a new headspace and a new place in her life. So it was kind of fun playing a character who was getting to know herself as I was getting to know the character, which is such a leg-up for a first season. I didn’t feel like I was fumbling with her, which was kind of an interesting thing for me. We’ll follow my pregnancy throughout the whole thing and kind of where that takes her romantically in her love life.
What story lines would you love to have down the road?
I don’t know! I mean a lot of my story line is kind of with my boyfriend throughout the series so I’m excited I get to have more scenes with Josh. I just can’t wait. The writers have been amazing and I’m just loving all the scripts they send our way. I can’t wait to see what they come up with.
The cast has great chemistry, especially you and Jenna Elfman.
Oh, yeah! I was so thrilled to hear that she was playing Emily and the mom. She and I get some really great scenes together. I’m a huge fan of hers. I think she has impeccable comedic timing and I think she’s so funny on and off screen. Our two characters really butt heads throughout most of the series, which was really fun to play off each other. But at the end of the day, they’re kind of more similar than they aren’t. I think it’s going to be a lot more fun when they develop a friendship eventually down the line.
Josh Gad also co-created it. What’s it been like working with him?
I’m such a fan of his! I mean he is so, so funny and such a nice, nice man. He’s just so talented. I just can’t wait—I know the theatre world has embraced him and he’s gotten a lot of success off of the Book of Mormon—I just can’t wait for the rest of the world to kind of catch on to him. We just laugh all day long. Every time I do a scene with him I end up breaking because he’s just constantly adding little things. There will be little things, like he’ll say shit underneath his breath that isn’t even a main part of the show, but it will crack me up each and every time. He’s amazing.
Another co-creator, Jon Lovett, used to be a White House speechwriter for Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama. Do you get a sense that anything is game?
Yeah! We are just so fortunate to have Jon as one of our co-creators. He was a writer for Clinton and for Obama. He’s such a talent. He’s so smart and so funny and witty. He broke into the political world and then decided that he wanted to break into the TV world and he’s doing that. It’s amazing because the show’s not political or about politics at all really. It’s about a family and they have to live at the most powerful address in the world, but at the end of the day it really is a family story. We don’t ever delve into politics. We don’t say what party we are a part of. We want everybody of all sides to be watching and loving it because at the end of the day we have more in common than different than one another. It’s kind of fun to see a president not for his politics, but to see what he’s like as a father and what he’s like as a husband and what that family would look like behind closed doors—if they were a really funny and dysfunctional family. [Laughs]
Has it been joked on set that Bull Pullman was the president in Independence Day too?
All the time! He gets it all the time. Yeah, but he’s such a good sport about it. He’s one of the nicest and down-to-earth men I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. He’s just one of those rare gems.
You’ve mainly done film up to this point. What’s it been like to work on a television series?
I started out in TV but in Canada so nobody in America really knows about it. So I grew up doing TV but it was more drama in a period piece. So I was running around in aprons and milking cows and things. It was a very different genre, really. I love the steadiness of a television show. You’re working for a certain amount of time and with the same people. It’s very comforting and nice. This is definitely my first series that I’m doing down here so it’s been incredible. We kind of lucked out. We instantly became—I know it sounds pretty cheesy—but we instantly became a family. We all genuinely like spending time with one another and that’s down to the crew and executive producers and the writers and the cast. We all come to work every day thankful to be there and wanting to work together.
‘Vampire Diaries’ Scoop: Paul Wesley Reveals Which Brother Elena Should Choose, How The Series Should EndPosted: January 24, 2013
What has made The Vampire Diaries such an addicting show? It isn’t just because of the writing and a cast that includes Paul Wesley, who is by far one of the best actors in television today. The series is also extremely popular because no matter how many vamp slayings, hybrid turns, shirtless Jeremy scenes and Stelena and Delena repeat-worthy moments, there will always be two ultimate decisions that need to be made in the end. No matter what, no matter how many seasons, the series finale will have to answer two questions: What brother will Elena choose and what will the endgame be for those in Mystic Falls?
Does it make sense if Elena gets a happily ever after with either Stefan or Damon? Should the cameras zoom and cut out simply implying that everyone will just continue their vampire ways forever? Should they all turn into humans or should the love triangle crumble because of an untimely or selfless death? We’ve all got our guesses and hopes, and Paul Wesley recently revealed to me how he thinks it should all go down for the Salvatore brothers and Elena Gilbert. Get excited.
Elena has been with Stefan for the majority of the series, but recently crushed souls (more like Stelena fans) when she recently admitted to not loving him anymore. For Paul, who actually plays Stefan, you’d think his answer would be quite simple to who she should end up with. But think again.
“I think Elena should probably end up with herself,” he exclaimed. “I just really think if Elena and Damon walked off into the sunset there would be a disgruntled group of fans obviously. And then if I think Stefan and Elena walked off into the sunset there would be another group of disgruntled fans. And I’m not saying you have to please the fans because sometimes it’s nice to do things because you are just doing it for the purpose of the story. I think there are pros and cons for her being with either brother, and I think ultimately the brothers should choose themselves in a sense. Decide to sort of be selfless.”
This is the time where you breathe, because his thought on how the series should end gets even better. And surprisingly, it’s because it makes sense. What if Stefan’s hope in finding the cure for vampirism is actually how the series ends? “I don’t like that!” Paul laughed in all seriousness. “God you’re going to hate me for saying this. I think Stefan and Damon should ultimately perish in the end because they’ve just done so many bad things. I think them going on to become humans and living in a nice life and going to college is sort of weird. The story needs to end on a level of redemption for all the darkness. Otherwise, they’re all still going to be miserable. So no, I wouldn’t like it!”
So, Elena shouldn’t end up with either brother, and Stefan and Damon should perish. It comes off bittersweet, but more sweet than anything. After everything those in Mystic Falls have gone and continue to go through, Paul’s thoughts on both these answers is actually very fitting for the CW series we’ve all come to obsess over. Stefan and Damon started it together. Why not end it together?
Parenthood has put us through the ringer this past season, rooting for Mark and hoping that Sarah Braverman just makes a decision already. Kristina and Adam have had their struggles, and Julia and Joel have had a hard time with Victor, but Sarah (Lauren Graham) has brought us the big love triangle between Mark (Jason Ritter) and Hank (Ray Romano). Who will she choose on tonight’s season 4 finale? The promos lead us to believe that tonight, Jan. 22, will definitely be when the last single Braverman finally decides.
As fans have realized, age won’t be a factor at all in this. Through Mark not fighting hard enough for her (yeah, okay) and Hank leaning in for that dark room kiss, Mark finally decided last week to confront Hank. He’s there to fight and be the classy guy that Hank wasn’t, and at least tell his plan to his face. So, will it be Mark or will it be Hank? We’d like to think Mark because this is Ritter we’re talking about and Romano is just a guest star, but you never know with this NBC series.
Seriously though, this is how we are going to look if Sarah doesn’t choose Mark on tonight’s episode. Just saying.
‘Vampire Diaries’ Interview: Paul Wesley On Stefan And Damon’s Next Step, Stelena’s Future, And The Ripper’s ReturnPosted: January 17, 2013
What’s better than the return of The CW’s The Vampire Diaries tonight? How Paul Wesley exclusively let me in on some huge details on what to expect next for the series. How will Stefan and Damon’s relationship change after Caroline spilled the juicy news? What’s this new romance we hear with Rebekah’s return? And does Paul really want the ripper in all his dark glory to return once again?
Oh, and yes Stelena fans, he did chime in about Elena and Stefan’s future in season 4. He didn’t divulge too much, but if he did, what would be the fun in that? Besides, think again if you thought he’d have to keep tight-lipped about other story lines too. “You have no faith in me!” he jokingly reassured.
Just like his role as Stefan Salvatore, Wesley did not disappoint. Cue the swoons.
What was your initial reaction when you learned that Elena and Damon would be sired?
PAUL WESLEY: It was definitely pretty interesting in a sense where it keeps the fans sort of entertained and on the edge because it was sort of like, ‘Okay, Elena fell in love with Damon,’ and that sort of took the air out of the love triangle. And then we thought it out that maybe potentially she has genuine feelings. So it keeps the triangle going and it keeps the story going. I thought it was a nice way of giving the audience what they wanted, which is having these two people together, but adding a little twist to it.
What will the dynamic between Damon and Stefan be like in the next couple of episodes now that Caroline has told Stefan about them together?
Actually, surprisingly you’re going to see I think a little bit of bonding oddly enough because of some intense circumstances. We sort of team up in a way and sort of become close buddies I guess for the first time in a while. So our relationship as far as I’m concerned is one of the more interesting ones in the series because it’s sort of this love/hate and push/pull and I think it’s a really interesting way in telling a story. So, you’ll see a lot of the same, which is sort of a love for one another, brotherly love, but also a hint of resentment.
You originally auditioned for the role of Damon. Do you ever wonder what it would have been like if you got that role?
Yes. [Laughs] I never really thought about it after I got Stefan, but I definitely didn’t think—I thought Stefan was going to be really young and I think they did too. I just didn’t think I was age appropriate for Stefan, but I secretly preferred the role of Stefan. I just didn’t think it was going to happen. So when I read for Damon they didn’t think that was a match, but then I got a call like a month later and they were like, ‘Do you want to read for Stefan?’ I was actually relieved. I was so thrilled about it because I preferred it. So I hadn’t really looked back since.
There are so many layers to Stefan. Would you mind if the ripper returned?
I mean quite truthfully, I’m not very shy about it so it shouldn’t be so shocking. I prefer Stefan as the ripper. It’s more exciting. I love going into work. When you play a character that’s sort of careless in his behaviors and he’s just reckless and instinctual, it’s less work as an actor in a way. I hate to say that, but it’s kind of like you go in and you really just have fun. And sometimes when you’re playing Stefan as he’s contemplating and sort of agonized and depressed. It can become a little bit where that can translate a little bit into real life, so selfishly as a person I prefer it [the ripper]. I also find it to be a much more interesting character. I think Stefan has so much more backstory. It’s fascinating when he explores his dark side. And I think the fans agree. But you know, everything has a push and pull and I think Stefan was dark last year, he’s a little lighter this year, and I really hope that things go back to the darkness again.
What’s been a favorite episode of yours while filming out in Atlanta?
I think the ripper in the 1920s episode was the most fun for me as an actor. I really enjoy getting into the wardrobe. I enjoy the cars from the 1920s. We had some original cars from the 1920s! The sets and the energy, you know? It’s a much different disposition and we all sort of treat it like we’re actually making—when we are actually shooting in a contemporary sense we obviously take it very seriously, but it’s a little bit more like we say ‘Cut!’ and we’re all back to sort of being ourselves. [Laughs] With the characters in this wardrobe we say ‘Cut!’ but you still feel like you’re in that character. You feel like you’re really that guy and you can’t really snap out of it. So it’s really exciting to do that.
Now there are rumors about Stefan and Rebekah. What can fans expect from that relationship?
I love it! I love Claire Holt as a friend and as an actor so for me to work with her was a lot of fun. I really enjoy her personality and I love her as an actress as well. So for me it was enjoyable to shoot those scenes. And yeah, there’s definitely flirtation. There’s something—there’s definitely something going on and I’ll just leave it at that. [Laughs]
Will there be a chance for Stefan and Elena again this season?
I think it’s always one of those things that it’s just going to sort of be there and percolate. And they’re always going to have a thing for one another. I think that they are never really going to go back to where they were or see more of, but it’s definitely one of those things where there’s still feelings on both ends on a genuine level. I don’t know if I can really answer that—you’re right, because I really don’t know!
It’s true: season 4 of Parenthood is coming to a close soon, and as Sam Jaeger puts it, it’s a complete “bummer!” To say there’s two tissues boxes waiting to be used for the next two episodes would be a lie too (there’s actually three). As viewers of the NBC series prepare for the season finale, the trend in rooting for the Braverman’s will surely continue. From Adam (Peter Krause) and Kristina’s (Monica Potter) cancer struggle, to Sarah’s (Lauren Graham) rocky road with Mark (Jason Ritter), the Braverman’s have dealt with a lot of heartbreak recently. But the story line that’s had it’s hurdles since the start belongs to Julia (Erika Christensen) and Joel (Jaeger) and their difficulty on trying to expand their family.
What will come of Victor’s (Xolo Mariduena) hopeful adoption after Julia’s shocking response now? According to Jagear, the way the season wrapped will hopefully be rewarding for viewers that have been watching the family’s journey. Plus, what’s it like to play Joel to Christensen’s Julia? Jaeger’s fantastic acting and chemistry with Christensen is more than just award-worthy. It’s a relationship most fans of the show would like to mirror themselves in their own lives.
Just in time for the finale, Jaeger also talked to me about being a part of the Braverman clan (we consider him one!), if he’ll be directing another episode soon, and yes, his thoughts on the show possibly getting nominated for their work in the future.
And bonus: does he seriously know that we cry during every episode? His run-in with a certain fan made that answer pretty obvious.
Have you and the rest of the cast caught on that viewers basically cry during every episode?
SAM JAEGER: Yeah, I was at Costco the other day and one of the guys that works there was handing out samples and he gave me a fist pump [Laughs], and said, ‘Dude, I cry every time!’ So if I can affect the sample givers at Costco you know you’re doing something good.
Julia and Joel have been through a lot over the years. What’s your take on their experiences?
I really feel like the show keeps growing every year and I think our story line and our relationship within our family is no exception. We have a really complex subject matter, but like all the subject matters onParenthood, we try to show it with enough realism as possible. So it’s pretty exciting to just go into a character—I’ve never played a character for this long—to just enjoy all the avenues we’ve gone down with this show. It’s just such a rare opportunity for me. So, I love the family that Joel and Julia have created. I think they stumble like all parents, but they’re trying their best.
Being that this has been the longest role you’ve ever played, can you relate to Joel? Relate to being a somewhat calm stay-at-home dad for a bit?
Yeah! Well, it’s funny because of this job I am in a way a stay-at-home dad. We have to set up days because our show there are so many actors shooting we have a lot of time off. So, I get to spend time with my son and really enjoy watching him grow up. And at the same time, between myself and Joel, I realized last year that it did me no good to try to—I think if you play a character this long you start to defend what you would or wouldn’t do as a parent. And sometimes that can be a disservice to the story itself. And so, this last season I just decided that I’m just going to not take what Joel is going through so personally because I have to separate myself. Sometimes it’s hard as a parent and you make mistakes. In many ways it’s interesting because when you do a show for this long you have a lot of directors come in, and some of them really understand the whole scene and how the show feels and how its run. And sometimes a director will have ambition that’s doesn’t quite hold up who the characters are. After four years, you end up being, ‘Well, I’m the ambassador for Joel.’ [Laughs] So if there’s something that just doesn’t make sense because it contradicts something that may have happened the day before, I have to defend what his story arc is, but at the same time that’s difficult. It’s difficult not to attach yourself to a character personally and make their mistakes.
Did you ever expect that Joel and Julia’s relationship with Victor would once again turn for the worse?
Yeah, I hoped it would happen again. If things were resolved after five episodes on the show something’s off at this stage of the show. He has distinct memories with his mother and if we didn’t we would be doing Victor’s character a disservice. I think it’s up to us to try to show an example of just how complex, and ultimately what a rewarding character he is. Especially with these parents who’ve adopted, they have a difficult struggle and feelings of detachment, while he’s trying to figure out where he fits in the world. So I’d like to go deeper into that story line.
What’s it been like being the Joel to Erika Christensen’s Julia?
We introduce ourselves at parties like, ‘Oh hi, this is my TV wife.’ [Laughs] And I think that says something. I get to take what I’ve experienced in my relationship with my wife and I bring it up in rehearsals and I think like in any relationship, we just trust each other a lot. And I love being around her. We just lucked out. I couldn’t think of a better person to kind of go through this long journey with. She is so talented and so giving. And on another level, it’s kind of exciting to see just how she treats people in general, and how she treats the crew. She’s just someone that I respect and admire, and I think that shows in the work we do.
You’ve directed the episode “Everything Is Not Okay” and Peter Krause and Dax Shepard have also worked behind the camera. What’s it like directing your co-stars?
I think what’s great is that I have insight into how all of these people operate. It’s funny because Dax and I have had conversations over the years about directors that we’ve enjoyed and directors we’ve had issues with, and so I knew going in what to do as a director. Kind of understanding how they work and I think directing is one of the hardest jobs in television. You have to come into this well-oiled machine and try not to break it. So, it’s a real advantage coming into the well-oiled machine that I’m already a part of operating.
One of the things, I loved not having to worry about was when the caterer was going to show up. [Laughs] Things like that like, do I have all the props? There’s a whole department for that so I got to just concentrate on this thing called directing! To make sure the actors are there and the crew is doing the best job possible.
Is there a chance you’ll be directing again in an upcoming episode?
I think Parenthood is a show everyone would love to direct. I’m hoping to direct again next season.
Viewers love to root for the Braverman’s. What’s been one of your favorite Braverman moments?
Man, there’s a lot! Oh, you know what—one of my favorite scenes from the entire series was I think after season 2 when Amber got into the car wreck and Zeek takes her to the junk yard and just really lays into her about how important his family is to him and don’t ever do something as stupid as that again. I think that really encapsulated the love and hardships that’s seen every week. As far as my story lines, I think a pretty sweet one was when our daughter asked about death when the bird comes and crashes into our window and dies. It was kind of a first glimpse into Joel’s background and how he lost his mother. It has a lot to do with faith and how we communicate faith to our children.
What can we expect to happen for Julia and Joel in the last two episodes?
I think the end of this season is really—I think they do a nice job wrapping up this season. It’s always tough when you’re trying to bottle up a whole season, but we knew that we’ve had this number of episodes this season to finish up this story line the way it does I think it’s really going to be rewarding for audiences.
To put it simply, Parenthood deserves so much recognition. What you, Erika, Peter and Monica Potter have done this season is award-worthy.
That’s sweet. To give awards certainly helps the show and bringing more viewers to the show. But we love the viewers that we have and we love the work we do, so if you focus on getting Emmys you’re kind of living outside the work you’re doing. But yeah, if I were on the committee I would certainly put this show on the top of my list!
This week, Ology.com’s New TV Preview Week is celebrating our favorite (and least favorite) spring premieres by doing what we do best: watching them in advance and letting you know if they’re worth your time. Start here: spoiling is good for you.
Just like the political way, NBC’s new comedy series about the first family has done its share of advertising leading up to the big premiere. But compared to actual politics and debates, this new series about the Gilchrest crew may actually last longer than one election term. The dysfunctional family has two reasons for that: it has heart and it has Josh Gad. Many may have its doubts about the show that will just be repeating its premiere tonight, Jan. 10, but that doesn’t mean a comedy centered on family and simply set in 1600 Penncan’t surpass expectations. Who says you can’t like a show that simply promises a laugh for 30 minutes each week? Not everything has to be so complicated with groundbreaking storylines.
As the first daughter, Becca, announces she’s pregnant [Martha MacIsaac], and the son Skip [Gad] returns from school to basically be watched over, you know anything can happen. There’s no party affliation, and the setting of the White House is interesting because there’s no excuse in order to keep them there–that’s where they work and that’s what they call home. Plus, serving also as co-creator, Gad is fantastic to watch. It’s a clear opening for audiences to get more familiar with him, and frankly, no one else would be able to play the part so well.
Other reasons to watch? Jenna Elfman’s banter shows she’s more than just a trophy wife, and why wouldn’t you want to catch Bill Pullman playing the president once again? Hello! Independence Day fans, anyone?