Erik Soderstrom

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Last night’s episode of New Girl, entitled “Bob & Carol & Nick & Schmidt,” depicted the characters of FOX’s veteran comedy flirting with cuckolding. Lead Nick Miller (Jake Johnson), was visited by his cousin Bobby (Bill Burr) and Bobby’s wife Carol (Lennon Parham). Assuming they want money from him, Nick scrambles to hide his valuables. But when they finally get to the point of their visit, Nick is relieved to learn that his cousins “only” want his sperm.



NBC’s You, Me and the Apocalypse centers around an eclectic cast of characters as they receive the news that a comet will hit the Earth in 34 days, ending all life on the planet. Rob Lowe stars as the chain-smoking, foulmouthed Father Jude, the Vatican’s newly re-empowered “Devil’s Advocate.”



Bordertown is no stranger to controversy. In its very first episode, FOX's brand new animated comedy raged against everyone. From its unrepentant, racist protagonist to the worthless, whiny millennial do-gooder, no group was spared. At the time, I asked how long Bordertown could keep up with this shtick. Not long, apparently. By the show's second episode, Bordertown's writers had slipped into the left's favorite trope: bashing George W. Bush.



It’s been a nearly a decade since President George W. Bush left the oval office, but Seth MacFarlane is still telling the same, stale jokes. Apparently unaware that the 2008 elections happened, last night’s episode (titled "Borderwall") of the latest FOX animated comedy Bordertown stuck with a tried-and-true liberal trope: insulting the 43rd president.



After making racist jokes in a previous episode, the new NBC comedy Superstore opened the episode titled "Mannequin" with jokes about abortion and Planned Parenthood. 



FOX’s new animated comedy from executive producer Seth MacFarlane, Bordertown, spared no individual, group, or social cause in its debut episode last night, "The Engagement." The show, set on the US/Mexico border in the fictional town of Mexifornia, hops neatly from one stereotype to the next, apparently out to offend every conceivable person.



The left and entertainment press have had a field day whining about how much more Harrison Ford was paid for his role in The Force Awakens compared to costars and series newcomers John Boyega and Daisy Ridley.

“Harrison Ford Was Paid Over 50x More Than ‘Star Wars’ Co-Stars” Variety’s headline blared. (SPOILERS AHEAD)



After a ridiculous episode in which Peter Griffin shoots Cleveland Brown, Jr, the son of his black friend and next door neighbor, and nearly burns down their home, Brown, Sr. shows Family Guy viewers how to get the media to disappear and stop covering a shooting. At the end of the episode, Peter Griffin takes responsibility for the shooting, telling the angry mob that Cleveland, Jr. didn’t do anything wrong.



If you’re a regular reader, you may remember when Limitless featured a big-business CEO at a bioweapons firm who murdered an American general because he wanted to divert funds to other projects. Apparently CBS thinks all corporate deals involve capital crimes. Last night’s episode of Elementary, “The Games Underfoot,” brought a very similar plot to the Sherlock Holmes-inspired procedural.



Remember that Bible-thumping country star on Nashville who asserted that he couldn’t openly work with a gay songwriter because his bigoted fans would tune out? This week fans learn that he is a massive hypocrite who is ready to hook up with his muse as soon as his family heads out of town.



Tonight’s episode of Chicago Med was an hour-long attack on the Second Amendment and concealed carry. The episode opens when a hero high school algebra teacher takes down a would-be mass shooter at a local movie theater, a la the Aurora Theater shooting. But before you get too excited, the episode’s title was “Mistaken.”



If you like country music, you’re probably an anti-gay bigot. That was the message of last night’s episode of ABC’s country music-themed drama, Nashville. Songwriter Will Lexington (Chris Carmack) is shocked that Wade Cole (Josh Coxx) chose to feature his song on Cole's upcoming album, given his sexual orientation. He can’t comprehend why an outwardly religious singer might want to work with a gay songwriter.



Seven years after the 2008 U.S. presidential elections in which Alaska Governor Sarah Palin joined the Republican ticket as John McCain’s running mate, the former vice presidential candidate is still living rent free in the minds of Hollywood screenwriters. During Friday’s episode of veteran CBS procedural, Blue Bloods, the show took an overt swipe at Governor Palin.



Hollywood rarely gets guns right, which makes The Walking Dead’s departure from the status quo that much more impressive. In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need to congratulate a show for getting the basics right, but when procedurals regularly show cops running up stairwells with their fingers on their triggers, it’s worth highlighting this rare reprieve from reckless technique.



Last night’s Law and Order: SVU, “Depravity Standard,” deviated slightly from its procedural playbook, dropping its usual investigation to focus almost entirely on the trial of a depraved child murderer. The episode opens when Lewis Hodda (Tom Sizemore), who had previously confessed to the crimes, fires his attorney and rejects the plea deal he had negotiated, instead deciding to take his chances in open court.



AMC’s new, post-apocalyptic drama, Into the Badlands, premiered last night, and gave anti-gun liberals the world they’ve been clamoring for: one where all firearms have been outlawed. Only, far from the peaceful utopia gun control advocates always promise, the world has instead devolved back into the barbaric, feudal society that dominated much of human history.



Blindspot’s most recent episode, “Persecute Envoys,” spent most of its airtime stoking anti-police sentiment and blaming the deaths of several New York police officers on their own captain. But the show’s writers weren’t willing to settle for pushing just one liberal narrative. Instead, we get another twofer - defending Planned Parenthood AND hitting a, presumably conservative, congressman for hypocrisy on abortion.



Two police officers gunned down in Brooklyn were the focus of last night’s episode of Blindspot, “Persecute Envoys.” If the plot sounds familiar, it should. 



Has ABC’s Quantico coopted Law & Order’s “ripped from the headlines” screenwriting? Well, not exactly: that would require a media willing to ask Hillary Clinton about her husband’s numerous extramarital affairs. But it was hard not to think of the Democrats’ frontrunner during last night’s episode, “Go.”



The writers of Law and Order: SVU are dragging the Duggar family back into the headlines - and defaming Christians to boot.