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Character Ambush - Feeling Betrayed By Your Favorite Characters

You may have never heard of a “character ambush” and that is because I made the term up myself. A character ambush is a moment in a television series when your feelings towards a specific character are tarnished by a random, negative, out-of-character behavior. 

If you watch television as much as I do, you’ve experienced a character ambush. One of the main reasons you enjoy watching certain shows is because you become attached to their characters. You truly care about how they are feeling and their well-being, even though these people are fictional.

However, every once and a while, the writers have our most beloved characters do or say something that comes out of left field. No matter how big or how small that action is in the scope of things, it reevaluates how you feel about that character and that feeling is usually anger. It’s not like you go from loving some character to completely hating them, but it sure is a setback. To some people, it’s not a big deal but to others, it really stings. 

These are eight of my character ambushes. 

Barney Stinson - How I Met Your Mother

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Of all the characters on How I Met Your Mother, Barney Stinson was the one that developed the most. He began as a womanizing sex fiend who was always on the hunt for the beautiful and horny. As time went on, his relationship with Robin blossomed which led to their season-long wedding day weekend. In the controversial series finale, not only did they get divorced, Barney went back to his immature ways in an instant. It was as if all of that growing up over the years never even happened. Sure, Barney was always a funny pervert, but what happened here during the series finale was character destruction.  

Dr. Danny Castellano - The Mindy Project

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So us Mindy fans had to wait for months to see the aftermath of the epic kiss Mindy and Danny finally exchanged at the end of the winter finale. We were so excited to see these two bickering lovebirds become an item. However, in typical sitcom fashion, their steamy relationship was put on hold when Danny called it off as he was hesitant to go public. Look, I get it. Ross & Rachel were on-again/off-again too. Here are three of my biggest problems with Danny Castellano, who I absolutely adored throughout The Mindy Project. First, HE was the one who initiated the kiss. In fact, Mindy broke up with her then-boyfriend just to be with Danny. Second, the reasoning behind his reluctance was because he didn’t want to jeopardize his strong friendship with Mindy (I know, what a copout). Thirdly, and most out-of-character in my opinion, he started chasing after other women almost immediately after the emotional breakup. All of this occurred within just a few episodes and we didn’t get enough time to process that “Dandy” were together in the first place. There’s no doubt that they will eventually rekindle their relationship by stretching it out over the rest of the season. I just think the way the writers did it was sloppy and it was at the expense of Danny’s character. 

Jessa Johansson - Girls

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None of the girls in Girls are that likable, not so much Hannah and certainly not Marney. I gravitated towards Shoshanna and Jessa because they seemed to be more honest of the four. In season three, they completely ruined Jessa for me. Kicking off the season in rehab, Jessa was flat-out being a bitch during their group therapy session. Once released, she seemed to have turned her life around, getting a job and all. Unfortunately, that doesn’t last long when her creepy rehab buddy comes back into her life and brings cocaine with him. This continues her bitchiness as well as prompts her to steal money from the store she works at. Go back to rehab! 

Dr. Ethan Haas - Masters of Sex

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Now this is a unique character ambush because this one takes place during the pilot episode. Ethan Haas was introduced to us as an up-and-coming doctor who instantly fell in love with Virginia. He seemed like an honest, caring guy. Virginia saw the goodness in him, but she was only looking for friendship. Towards the end of the episode, he lashed out at her during a drunken stupor, which escalated to the point where he hit her. I was completely shocked at what he did. He does whatever he can to rebuild their relationship over the course of the season, but hitting a woman, especially when the hit was given so little justification on behalf of the character, is unforgivable in my book. It clearly was not made a big deal among the writers as all seems forgiven between Ethan and Virginia. Still, it’s a huge setback for his character in my mind. 

Melinda May - Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. overall had a rocky start at the beginning of the season, but it’s greatest strength came in the form of Melinda May. She knows how to kick ass and look good doing it. What tarnished her character for me was that random hookup with Ward, (what used to be) the show’s least interesting character. Perhaps it’s the age gap between them that grosses me out or the wishful thinking that she and Agent Coulson would get together. Putting her and Ward together was one relationship none of us asked for.

Schmidt - New Girl

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Many had considered Schmidt to be their favorite character on New Girl, including myself. He may have been overly sexual and very obnoxious, but he still was a lovable guy. Picking up where things left off in the Season Two finale, he was torn between his new love Cece and returning flame Elizabeth. So what happens in Season Three? He two-times the both of them, secretly dating Cece and Elizabeth at once. If you ask me, he should empty his bank account into the Douchebag Jar because that is unbelievably out-of-character of the once caring roommate. On top of that, he was actively trying to destroy Nick and Jess’s relationship solely because his love life fell apart. C’mon Schmidt, don’t let us down! 

Tessa Altman - Suburgatory 

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I don’t know what happened to the writers of Suburgatory between Season Two, which was clearly at the show’s prime, and Season Three, which has been strange and weak. Either the character that has suffered most is its main character Tessa Altman. She always had a sarcastic tone, but some of the things she’s been saying this season have been absolutely cruel. Sure, I’d be pissed if my ex-boyfriend started seeing someone who sounds and dresses exactly like me. It’s called taking the high road. It’s not like she did anything to you, Tessa. Also, someone as bright as Tessa should know when she’s joining a cult (yeah, that happened). The way she acts towards her dad and friends have been disrespectful borderline hateful. Unfortunately, this show will likely be cancelled before she can make a complete turnaround. 

Andy Bernard - The Office

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Here’s a blast from television past. Towards the end of the series, Andy Bernard became the office manager of Dunder Mifflin. He may have gotten on people’s nerves early on and had anger issues, but he developed into a lovable guy similarly to Michael Scott. In Season Eight, he was fighting to win Erin’s heart. And for some reason in Season Nine, he became a complete asshole. He was a douche to Erin, a jerk to everyone else at the office, and he blew off work to go boating in the Bahamas. His character ended on a sour note by the time the show wrapped up. 

Have you ever been character ambushed?

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Mom: Season One - Giving Hope to the Multi-Camera Sitcom

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Some say that great multi-camera sitcoms are the thing of the past. For those who don’t know, multi-cam sitcoms are shows that use three or more cameras in a studio that usually has a live audience (Full House, Cheers, Friends). The alternative method is single-camera, which has grown in popularity in recent years where only one camera is used on a closed set without a live audience (The Office, 30 Rock, Modern Family).   

CBS remains as the home of the only thriving multi-cam sitcoms. The Big Bang Theory is currently the most-watched sitcom in America, Two and a Half Men continues to have a solid fan base, and How I Met Your Mother just wrapped up after its nine-year run on television (and that’s in addition to Mike & Molly, 2 Broke Girls, The Millers, and the recently aired Friends with Better Lives). Chuck Lorre, creator of Big Bang, 2.5 Men, and Mike & Molly, has truly built a comedy empire at the network. But if you ask me, his latest is his best yet. 

Mom puts the “dysfunctional” in “the dysfunctional family comedy”. The show follows Christy (Anna Faris), a recovering alcoholic who’s trying to turn her life around, her mother Bonnie (Allison Janney), another former addict who reentered herself into Christy’s life, and her teenage daughter Violet (Sadie Calvano), who winds up pregnant. That’s four generations of Mom in the making. 

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Throughout the show’s first season, much of the focus was on Christy’s love life, her reconnecting with her long-lost father, and most heavily, Violet’s pregnancy. 

To say that Christy’s love life isn’t ideal is putting it mildly. Violet’s dad is out of the picture, her son Roscoe’s (Blake Garrett Rosenthal) loser dad (played by Breaking Bad's Matt L. Jones) is in the picture for better or worse, and she is fed up of her ongoing affair with her married boss, restaurant owner Gabriel (Nate Corddry). So she begins seeing men in the more typical, legal fashion, including the seemingly perfect Adam played by Justin Long. But like most sitcoms, they pulled the “we're moving too fast” card and bye-bye goes Adam. 

However, a relationship that makes more progress is the one that she forms with her father Alvin (Kevin Pollack). For all these years, Christy was under the assumption that Bonnie had no clue where her father was. That turned out to be false. Despite Bonnie’s hatred for the man that abandoned his family and eventually formed another, Christy sought to know who he is and Alvin makes the effort to heal old wounds in return.

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Christy isn’t the only one who resents her absent parents. Violet, snarky and easily pissed off, has deep-set anger towards her mother for her unmotherly behavior growing up. And preventing history from repeating itself, Violet decides to put the baby up for adoption and give that baby the life that it deserves. Her stoner boyfriend/father Luke (Spencer Daniels) eventually gets onboard. 

What makes Mom stand out from CBS’s huge lineup of multi-cam sitcoms is the raw emotion the show includes. These characters are all truly messed-up people and none of them are living the lives they wanted. Like Violet, Christy was a teenage mother who gave up school and her career aspirations to raise her two kids. Bonnie, who also had Christy as a teenager, spent most of her life as a criminal and addict. At this moment in time, both Christy and Bonnie want to be better parents, but that doesn’t mean there’s still resentment among them. Nonetheless, these people have real issues, issues we can either relate to or understand. And much of the show’s emotion explodes when we find these characters at their most vulnerable. There are a few moments that tug on the heartstrings, which is a rare thing for such a sitcom to do. 

Another big strength of Mom is the cast. Anna Faris is a likable lead and you feel for her as she goes through the craziness she calls life. With that said, the show would not be the same without the wonderfully talented Allison Janney. Her character shows the most range from wild to responsible, sexual to serious, and selfish to caring. Bonnie is usually behind the chaos that occurs in this show and I wouldn’t want it any other way. 

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Some of the show’s highlights came from its guest stars. Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer has a multi-episode stint as Regina, a fellow AA attendee who has just been caught from stealing millions of dollars as an investment banker and is being sent to jail. Joining them in AA is Marjorie (Mimi Kennedy), a cancer-plagued cat lover who serves as a motherly figure for Christy until Bonnie gets her act together. She, Regina, Christy, and Bonnie become great friends as they struggle to keep themselves sober.  

Mom's biggest flaw was that it was inconsistent. The pilot episode, by far one of the best episodes of the season, was one of the strongest pilots to come from any new TV show from last fall. Unfortunately, the show lost some momentum in the following episodes, but the momentum built up and deflated throughout the season. Some episodes progressed the story while others were weak in the humor department. Being consistent is a difficult task for any sitcom to accomplish, so hopefully that is something that will be improved as Mom was renewed for a second season. 

Even though CBS is the mecca of multi-cam sitcoms and they draw in huge numbers, I wouldn’t call any of their shows groundbreaking. As a matter of fact, their last great comedy, Everybody Loves Raymond, was also the last multi-cam sitcom to win the top Emmy honor for Best Comedy back in 2005. Of their entire comedy lineup, this show has the most potential to become great television. With such a talented cast, the fun, raunchy humor, and the raw emotions that were brought to the table, things are looking up for Mom

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Emmy Talk 2014: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy

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Welcome to the very first edition of Emmy Talk 2014. Between now and the official Emmy nomination announcements, I will post who is in the running in each of the Comedy and Drama categories. 

The Category: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy

The Comedy Supporting categories have been monopolized by Modern Family for the last five years, more so in the Actor category. So it’s quite difficult for other comedic talent to nab a nomination. For our supporting actresses, many of them are past nominees (or past Emmy winners). Let’s take a look. 

(in alphabetical order)

Mayim Bialik - The Big Bang Theory

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Former Blossom star Mayim Bialik is a two-time Emmy nominee for her role as Amy on the most-watched sitcom on television, The Big Bang Theory. Being on a show with such an achievement already has the edge and the fact that Emmy voters nominated her twice, we’re looking at a three times a charm. 

Julie Bowen -  Modern Family

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Two-time Emmy winner and four-time consecutive nominee Julie Bowen may not have taken the gold last year, but she is still the frontrunner in the category. Starring in the award juggernaut Modern Family certainly has its perks, but perhaps after four years of big wins, the Academy may feel Modern fatigue, which would end their winning streak. 

Anna Chlumsky - Veep

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Anna Chlumsky scored her first nomination for her role as the vice president’s chief of staff Amy Brookheimer. As a sitcom, Veep appears to be on the rise. If that’s the case, Anna will hop on for the ride.

Allison Janney - Mom 

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One of the Emmys’ most favorite working actresses must be Allison Janney. She won four Emmys (three consecutive wins) and earned a total of six nominations for her role as C.J. Cregg in The West Wing. It is very likely that the Janney Dynasty will continue as the foul-mouthed recovering addict Bonnie on CBS’s freshman hit Mom. However, rumor has it that the show may place both her and her co-star Anna Faris in the Lead Actress category. If she remains here, she will be Julie Bowen’s biggest threat. 

Jane Lynch - Glee

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Jane Lynch made an Emmy comeback when she nabbed a nomination last year after being snubbed in 2012. Despite being well-liked in Hollywood as well as the general public, this Emmy winner has an uphill battle to regain Emmy glory as support for Glee continues to fizzle. 

Margo Martindale - The Millers

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Who would have thought that an underdog in this race would be an Emmy winner. Margo Martindale, who won an Emmy for her work on Justified and was nominated last year as a Guest Actress on The Americans, is competing for yet another Emmy in another TV show. This one, The Millers, has not received much love from critics despite being renewed for a second season. If she can work her magic on voters once again, she’ll be looking at her third Emmy nomination within four years. 

Kate Mulgrew - Orange is the New Black

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Of the entire, large, female cast of Orange is the New Black, Kate Mulgrew would be most likely to be pushed in this category. She plays Red, the Russian cook at the prison who’s rough around the edges with an emotional core. The setback for Mulgrew is that her show is not a clear-cut sitcom as OITNB jumped ship from the drama categories to comedy. However, Netflix will debut Season Two this summer, which is primetime for the Emmy voting period. If Emmy voters feel the love as much as critics and Netflix users, OITNB will make a big splash come August, including Mulgrew. 

Sofia Vergara - Modern Family

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Of all the actresses in this category, Sofia Vergara has the biggest fan base. She took America and the world by storm as Gloria on Modern Family. However, despite being nominated four times in this category she has not won a single Emmy. Clearly, she is overdue, but like Bowen, their chances may become shaky if the Academy is getting over their show. 

Merritt Wever - Nurse Jackie

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The biggest shocker from last year’s Emmy Awards was Merritt Wever’s win in this category for her work in Nurse Jackie, a six-season-and-counting dramedy from Showtime. Nonetheless, the Academy has an infamous reputation of awarding actors one year and snubbing them the next. Although it’s a safe bet that she’ll be returning for round three, 

EMMY BREAKDOWN

Locked In:

Julie Bowen -  Modern Family

Sofia Vergara - Modern Family

Merritt Weaver - Nurse Jackie

Great Odds:

Mayim Bialik - The Big Bang Theory

Anna Chlumsky - Veep

Allison Janney - Mom

Fair Chances:

Kate Mulgrew - Orange is the New Black

Biggest Stretches:

Jane Lynch - Glee

Margo Martindale - The Millers

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