Anthony Michael Hall just can’t seem to escape high school. The former Brat Packer returned to the hallowed halls of acne and angst as a sadistic creative writing instructor in MTV’s brilliantly sarcastic dramedy “Awkward.” As the ironically named Mr. Hart, he berates students’ essays, chases people out of class with squirt bottles and makes parents sign waivers allowing him to “psychologically torture” their children. No word yet on how he’s doing in shop.
“The Big Bang Theory”
Just who is responsible for igniting Sheldon’s Bunsen burner for science? The credit goes to Arthur Jeffries, a childhood hero of Jim Parson’s physicist prodigy who hosted a sort of Mr. Wizard-style kids’ show featuring basic science experiments. Newhart guest-starred as the beloved doc — now a laughing stock of the science community who is relegated to children’s birthday parties — in a May episode of “Big Bang,” expertly stammering through one-liners about Penny’s looks, Leonard’s luck and Sheldon’s awkwardness.
One of the things that makes “Breaking Bad” work is that even as he spirals more into the dark side, you want to believe that Bryan Cranston’s drug kingpin Walter White is still morally conflicted and carrying out these bloody tasks for survival. Not so much for Jesse Plemons’ Todd. He may look like the dopey kid who won hearts on “Friday Night Lights,” but he may prove to be more Machiavellian than Walt himself.
It’s no fun being the other woman in a TV show — the new love interest for one half of a lead couple that fans hope will patch things up. Shiri Appleby got the thankless job in this season of “Girls,” offering Adam Driver’s Adam a healthy (if not boring) alternative to the disaster that is his relationship with Lena Dunham’s Hannah. Her character “really didn’t like” the disturbing sex scene (some characterized it as rape), that ended their relationship, but the audience did.