Posting a little late on this - I had to get myself under control.
LMAO during most of this - the writer seem to have abandoned any intent to do serious television & are taking us into the land of "Valley of the Dolls", "Ziegfeld Girl", and "There's No Business Like Show Business" (where MM actually gave one of her more striking early performances...) If all else fails ... let's make it camp!
- ONE line of dialogue could have explained tech for the 99.9% viewers who have not rehearsed a real theatrical production. Poor Karen repeatedly snapping "I'm in tech ... tech!!" would make a decent drinking game.
- Julia is shocked - shocked! - that everyone won't overlook her (apparently now universally known) adultery, and fire the only available actor in the US who knows how to play Dimaggio. Uncomplaining Tom carries the load while she stuffs herself in bed. Frank (Brian D'Arcy James - a real Broadway star w/a real Broadway voice) & their ... sensitive son rush in from nowhere w/her luggage and bustle her off to Boston. This after they slammed her like Hester Prynne in the last several episodes.
- Julia is cooking &/or consuming comfort food, as she has throughout - but we have not seen her spend more two or three minutes onscreen putting pen to paper. Is this how Dorothy Fields worked?? Don't lyricists & librettists ... write??
- Frank (BdJ) would make a much better Dimaggio than Michael Swift, except - he's a professor! Can Bobby Cannavale sing? Can Matt LeBlanc sing? There are no tall Broadway singers who can 'act' Italian American???
- Ivy is again a drunken mess w/excellent pipes. Her scheming is as annoying to me as Karen's numbness. And I have to say (sorry) sometimes her singing reminds me of a really good American Idol fnalist - eg, "I'm Goin' Down." Hilty's a good actress, but she is so often made up as the essential showbiz blonde, that I cant get much from her beyond petulance & disappointment.
- Karen seems stressed & confused - or McPhee did, I dont know ... I really feel for KM, enduring all the snark for what to seems at be least 50% d/t inconsistent, often lousy scripting.
- Do real Broadway producers just leave a Broadway show near opening for a roll in the hay w/bartenders who also have access to $7 million?? To Aileen's hypothetical question about whether she can bring this show off - only on television, hon, otherwise - no.
But on another front - kudos to the new lighting director - AH looked much better.
- Raza Jaffrey's Dev - a very likable & competent fellow in the first few episodes - now behaves like a pathetic stalker. Altho I'm gay, my guess is a woman would not take kindly to a man interrupting her at her workplace with a BIG bouquet. Then after proposing marriage & not getting the 'yes' he wanted, an admission from my 'boyfriend' that he nearly cheated because I was busy with work ... Oh, hell no. Then he lets himself get picked up by my rival from work because I wouldnt marry him ... I hope they are paying Jaffrey well.
This last episode freed me from any rational expectations from this big ol' Titanic of a show. I wont miss an episode from here out, but only to marvel at the direction the thing has taken.
Parenthetically, I was reading on Wikipedia about the 1966 Broadway musical disaster "Breakfast at Tiffany's" - Mary Tyler Moore, Edward Albee, Abe Burrows, Richard Chamberlain, etc, etc - it slowly crashed like the Hindenburg.
It would be genius if we got to see "Bombshell" arrive at a similar fate, & the effect on all concerned.
But then the show would have to called "FLOP."
Edited by brooklynbull, May 2, 2012 @ 4:40 PM.