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review by Suzanne
Airs Tuesdays 10/9 c on TBS starting 11/16/10
I wanted to like this show because I went to college in the
1980's. Theoretically, that should mean this show is about me and people my age
(roughly). It's about kids in college. Well, it's very very bad. I couldn't even
get through the whole pilot. That's how bad it is.
It is not remotely "real". The people are not at all realistic or likable. They
all act like they are mugging for the camera (trying way too hard). It's not
funny. One scene involved a guy standing in front of his mirror in his
underwear, thrusting his hips, and then stuffing his underwear to make his penis
look bigger. This went on for some time (way too long). Then his new Asian
roommate walked in, with his family. Hilarious. That was the funniest part.
Besides not being funny or interesting, it's clear that the people who wrote
this have never been to college. Either that, or they figure they'd better dumb
things down for us. It's bad either way. I cannot stress how bad the show is. It
is certainly no 80's version of "That 70's Show" if that's what anyone is hoping
for. It's more like a terrible spoof of "Porky's" or "Revenge of the Nerds".
Unfortunately, the very talented Tim Meadows is completely wasted in this
garbage. He plays a professor. In his first appearance, he talks about Ronald
Reagan and whether Russia is really the "evil empire", and then he says
something about how he promised his dean that he wouldn't say things like that.
Well, first of all, unless he's chair of his department, he wouldn't have any
contact with the dean. Secondly, the dean wouldn't care, anyway. Professors talk
about politics and their personal beliefs all the time in college and don't get
in trouble for it because they have something called academic freedom.
Anyway, you can watch it and judge for yourself, but trust me, you don't want to
About Glory Daze
Big hair, New Wave music and acid-wash jeans – TBS is returning to 1986 for the
new, one-hour comedy series GLORY DAZE. Set on an Indiana college campus, GLORY
DAZE features a cast of fresh faces, including Kelly Blatz (Aaron Stone),
Callard Harris (Sons of Anarchy), Matt Bush (High School), Drew Seeley (Freshman
Father), Hartley Sawyer (Killian) and Julianna Guill (My Alibi). Tim Meadows
(Saturday Night Live, Mean Girls) also stars as a recently divorced, very
liberal professor with a chip on his shoulder.
GLORY DAZE premieres on TBS Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT). GLORY DAZE
follows the fun – and awkward – misadventures of four freshmen as they navigate
college life, trying to figure out who they are and who they want to be. Joel (Blatz)
is a typical guy next door who is determined to keep his focus on pre-med, at
least until he meets his unattainable dream girl, Christie (Guill). Eli (Bush)
is a virgin who desperately wants to be cool. Jason (Seeley) is a
buttoned-downed conservative, attached at the hip to his preppy girlfriend.
Brian (Sawyer) is a star baseball player struggling to get out of his father’s
shadow. Together, the guys agree to check out fraternity houses, finally coming
to the steps of Omega Sigma, where they are greeted by pledge recruiter Reno
(Harris). Intrigued by the fraternity’s cool factor, their fate is sealed. They
begin a journey that will make a lifetime of memories.
TBS’s GLORY DAZE is being produced by Warner Horizon Television. The series was
created by Walt Becker (Wild Hogs) and Michael LeSieur (You, Me and Dupree), who
also serve as executive producers.
Professor Haines (Tim Meadows) is an ultra-liberal professor with a chip on his
shoulder and a streak of paranoia about the military-industrial complex. He
frequently veers off topic during his lectures, using every opportunity he can
to deliver a soapbox rant. He never hesitates to take a verbal jab at his
students. Currently going through a messy divorce, Professor Haines is not very
good with the ladies.
TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is television’s top-rated
comedy network and is available in 100.1 million households. It serves as home
to such original comedy series as Are We There Yet? and Tyler Perry’s House of
Payne and Meet the Browns; the upcoming original comedy Glory Daze; the
late-night series Conan, starring Conan O’Brien, and Lopez Tonight, starring
George Lopez; hot contemporary comedies like Family Guy and The Office; special
events, including star-studded comedy festivals in Chicago; blockbuster movies;
hosted movie showcases; and championship sports.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs
branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on
television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
About Tim Meadows
One of the longest-running cast members in the 33-year history of Saturday Night
Live, versatile comedian Tim Meadows crafted some of the series’ most memorable
characters during his 10 years on the popular late-night show. His characters
included Ladies Man Leon Phelps and Lionel Osbourne, host of the fictional
public affairs show, Perspectives, as well as uncanny impressions of OJ Simpson,
Ike Turner and Sammy Davis, Jr.
Born in Highland Park, Mich., and raised in Detroit, Meadows studied television
and radio broadcasting at Wayne State University before performing
improvisational comedy at the Soup Kitchen Saloon. In 1985, Meadows relocated to
Chicago, where he first joined ImprovOlympic and then the legendary comedy
troupe Second City. During his three years at Second City, he wrote and starred
in productions of The Gods Must Be Lazy, with Chris Farley; It Was Thirty Years
Ago Today; and Flag Smoking Permitted in Lobby Only, gaining a loyal following
with his sharp comedic talent. In 1991, Meadows achieved the dreams of comics
nationwide when producer Lorne Michaels asked him to join SNL as a featured
player. Nominated for an Emmy® as part of the show’s writing team that same
month, he made the transition to cast member status two years later.
Several years after appearing in a string of films based on Saturday Night Live
sketches, including Coneheads and Wayne's World 2, Meadows was offered his own
chance at features. The 2000 release of Paramount’s The Ladies Man gave the
eponymous hero Leon Phelps the opportunity to bring his Courvoisier-drinking
romantic adviser to the big screen. That same year, he left SNL to join NBC’s
primetime lineup as a regular cast member on The Michael Richards Show. In 2002,
he joined the cast of the NBC sitcom Leap of Faith.
Meadows played a school principal in the hit comedy Mean Girls and most recently
co-starred in the Revolution comedy Benchwarmers. His recent films also include
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, with John C. Reilly; Semi-Pro, with Will
Farrell; and Aliens in the Attic, with Kevin Nealon and Ashley Tisdale. Meadows
was also a regular on TBS’s The Bill Engvall Show, and he is a regular
correspondent on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on CBS and The Colbert
Report on Comedy Central.
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