The New Site

July 14th, 2011
Just a quick note: The new Darryl is still on its way. I had gotten this very cool contract gig for a couple of months, and had to push back the relaunch of this site. Some good news, though. Remember all the fun articles you liked reading here? They will live on! I will be […]

Just a quick note:

The new Darryl is still on its way. I had gotten this very cool contract gig for a couple of months, and had to push back the relaunch of this site.

Some good news, though.

Remember all the fun articles you liked reading here? They will live on!

I will be moving some of the better posts to kencrossland.com/blog. I will also be making a return to writing about pop-culture. I’m consolidating my interests onto a master website, kencrossland.com. It will feature my design portfolio, comedy blog, and the pop culture blog.

I’ll post again as the relaunch of Darryl gets closer!


The Future of Darryl

April 4th, 2011
A lot of things have happened during year three at darrylmbutterscotch.com. We became a TV blog! We stopped posting! Why? First and foremost, I kinda stopped watching TV. “You’re a TV blogger that doesn’t watch TV?” Pretty much. I love this blog, but I just haven’t been watching enough TV to actually sustain regular content. […]

A lot of things have happened during year three at darrylmbutterscotch.com.

  1. We became a TV blog!
  2. We stopped posting!

Why?

First and foremost, I kinda stopped watching TV.

“You’re a TV blogger that doesn’t watch TV?”

Pretty much.

I love this blog, but I just haven’t been watching enough TV to actually sustain regular content. When you don’t watch much TV (my only regular shows are Shameless, Conan, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson), it’s pretty hard to do a five-day-a-week website.

So Now What?

I’m keeping Darryl M. Butterscotch on the web, but it will be undergoing a huge shift. I can’t give away too many details right now, but this site will become a video blog. I’ve been collaborating with other comedians, and we have a good idea of what to do with this website. We’re really excited about it, and we think you’re going to really enjoy it.

The new site is in heavy development, and will be launched early this summer. It will likely be updated once a week, and will encourage (heck, it will NEED) contributions from the viewers. You’ll understand when we launch.

On That Note…

Thanks so much for making this site a pleasure to write. I really enjoyed doing it, and I loved the thoughtful comments and fun emails. Thanks to my friends in the TV blogosphere, especially Ben Mandelker of B-Side Blog. He was a great supporter, and he remains one of the best pop culture writers on the web.

The new website is going to be a scream, and I can’t wait to share with all of you!

Until then, thanks so much for being a part of this!

See you soon…

OLD STANDBYS: Snarky Help

February 9th, 2011
House servants are a great supporting character to have in a sitcom, and here are two reasons why: They’re always around. Because they work around the house, they can be in every single scene, if needed They’re the audience surrogate. They are the “normal” person in the rich people’s household Also, for some reason, sitcom […]

House servants are a great supporting character to have in a sitcom, and here are two reasons why:

  • They’re always around. Because they work around the house, they can be in every single scene, if needed
  • They’re the audience surrogate. They are the “normal” person in the rich people’s household

Also, for some reason, sitcom house servants get away with EVERYTHING. They can say whatever the hell they want, do whatever the hell they want, and NO ONE busts them for it. They never get fired.

It’s like they CAN’T get fired.

One of the hallmarks of a good TV house servant is their undying sarcasm (and oftentimes, downright meanness). No matter what situation arises, they have a snotty comment. Niles from The Nanny constantly savages Miss Babcock. Geoffrey from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air always calls his boss fat. Florence from The Jeffersons is insolent every time she opens her trap.

TV house servants are total jerks.

And we love it.

BEHIND THE CURTAIN: If Their Name Is in the Title, Your Character Is Safe…Unless It’s Valerie

February 7th, 2011
Hey, guess what? When a preview of a show says that something bad will happen to the main character, just ignore it. They’ll be safe…on one condition: The main character’s name has to be part of the show’s title. “ON THE NEXT HOUSE, HOUSE WILL DO SOME SHIT THAT WILL ABSOLUTELY JEOPARDIZE HIS MEDICAL CAREER. […]

Hey, guess what? When a preview of a show says that something bad will happen to the main character, just ignore it. They’ll be safe…on one condition:

The main character’s name has to be part of the show’s title.

“ON THE NEXT HOUSE, HOUSE WILL DO SOME SHIT THAT WILL ABSOLUTELY JEOPARDIZE HIS MEDICAL CAREER. OMG.”

No, he really won’t.

And you know why? The show is called House. Without House, there is no show.

Now if the announcer said, “THIS WEEK, FOREMAN WILL FORFEIT HIS CAREER FOR THE WOMAN HE LOVES,” then you can start worrying. The show isn’t called Foreman. He could very well be a goner.

I’m tired of shows trying to make us believe that something truly bad could ever really happen to the main character. If Dexter gets caught on Dexter, guess what? The show is over. Everyone’s out of a job. No matter how much danger is around, the titular character is safe as can be.

Rockford Files? Sure he’ll get beat up by a few perps, but no way is his life in any real danger. Magnum P.I. is safer than a five year old tucked into bed with a warm mug of cocoa. You name the show, the lead character is in ZERO real danger.

Nurse Jackie? She’ll avoid prison. Doogie Howser won’t lose his job at the hospital. The Fresh Prince won’t go back home to Philly. Nothing remotely bad can ever happen.

Unless, of course your name happens to be Valerie.

Valerie Harper was in the show Valerie…until she wasn’t. She had creative difficulties with the producers, who made the unprecedented move of firing her, and renaming the show something you may be more familiar with: The Hogan Family.

Oh, and Valerie was written out by placing her in a fatal car wreck. Whoops.

But that’s an extreme exception to the rule. You can pretty much be assured that YOUR favorite character will live to fight another day. Kojak will keep on catching criminals, Mr. Kotter will keep educating those Sweathogs, and Punky Brewster won’t be collected by child-protective services. Everything will be a-ok.

The way it should be.

OLD STANDBYS: Will They/Won’t They?

January 26th, 2011
The most enduring television cliché (and the one I love the most), is the old “Will they/won’t they” tension between a male and female character. Will they/won’t they, in essence, is will they, or won’t they DO IT. Yeah, it’s all about the sex. Famous examples include Sam and Diane on Cheers, Maddie and David […]

The most enduring television cliché (and the one I love the most), is the old “Will they/won’t they” tension between a male and female character. Will they/won’t they, in essence, is will they, or won’t they DO IT.

Yeah, it’s all about the sex.

Famous examples include Sam and Diane on Cheers, Maddie and David on Moonlighting, Tony and Angela on Who’s the Boss, Fran and Mr. Sheffield on The Nanny, and Remington Steele and that chick detective on Remington Steele. Those are just five out of about one-hundred thousand examples of this phenomenon.

And we keep falling for it. Why?

Let’s face it. We thrive off of sexual tension. We eat it up, and ask for more, even though we’re essentially getting NOTHING in return. Think about it. We’re getting a bunch of promises and zero payoff. It’s probably the most Catholic way you can enjoy television.

But here’s the funny thing. When we finally DO get payoff, we lose interest. How sick is that? When our favorite on-screen couple finally has sex, we stop watching. Moonlighting’s ratings pretty much fell off the map after Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd did it. The Nanny went of the air one year after Fran marries her boss. Guess when Tony and Angela finally did it? When the show was pretty much dead.

Maybe America is a nation that loves to be teased. Look at our political system. We vote based on sexy promises, not reality. Barack Obama was super cool when he was a candidate, but now that we have him, we couldn’t BE more bored.

But you know what, I sort of enjoy it. Hell, I really enjoy it. Tease me, television. Never pay me off. I don’t care. I know what you’re up to, TV…and I don’t mind. Let the flagellation continue.


Darryl’s Tour of the Internet

January 25th, 2011
B-Side Blog: Ben is giving away Season 2, Volume 1 of Glee on DVD. Visit to find out how to become the big winner! Dlisted: Jennifer Love-Hewitt: This might’ve been cute if you weren’t 32. Gawker: Since when did Chicago start giving a shit about election laws? The Celebrity Truth: Well, at least Ivanka didn’t […]

B-Side Blog: Ben is giving away Season 2, Volume 1 of Glee on DVD. Visit to find out how to become the big winner!

Dlisted: Jennifer Love-Hewitt: This might’ve been cute if you weren’t 32.

Gawker: Since when did Chicago start giving a shit about election laws?

The Celebrity Truth: Well, at least Ivanka didn’t do it on MySpace.

The Superficial: Sounds like Sandra Bullock will be giving Jesse James’s kids A LOT of drugs.


Tabatha’s Salon Takeover: I Secretly Watch This (Although Not a Secret Now)

January 25th, 2011
By my count, there are at least four shows where a British person goes into someone’s home or business, tells them they’re idiots, and a total transformation occurs. Hell’s Kitchen, with Gordon Ramsey, Supernanny, with Jo Frost, The Unsellables, with Sofie Allsopp, and Tabatha’s Salon Takeover, with Tabatha Coffey. Not sure what it is, but […]

By my count, there are at least four shows where a British person goes into someone’s home or business, tells them they’re idiots, and a total transformation occurs.

Hell’s Kitchen, with Gordon Ramsey, Supernanny, with Jo Frost, The Unsellables, with Sofie Allsopp, and Tabatha’s Salon Takeover, with Tabatha Coffey.

Not sure what it is, but I kind of like these shows. It must be the British Accent of Authority™ that gets me. Americans can tune out advice from EVERYONE…except the British. It must be something leftover from Revolutionary War times, when the British were still in charge.

My theory is that America, in some ways, is still Britain’s latchkey kid. While Britain is away at work, America is at home, getting into as much trouble as possible. When we encounter someone who’s British, we instinctively go, “Holy shit, Mom’s home!” and cut the crap.

Tabatha’s Salon Takeover is a great show because Tabatha Coffey works this angle hard. She is VERY displeased with your salon. She isn’t at your salon for her—she’s there for you, and don’t you forget it, you ungrateful little shit.

I think that’s ultimately what makes a salon change by the end of the episode. You don’t want to let Tabatha down. No matter what she says, I always find myself siding with Tabatha, like I’m in self-preservation mode. Like if I start disagreeing with her, she’ll come to my house next.

“Do what she wants!” I’ll yell to the salon owner. “Don’t make her mad!”

So yeah, I’m pretty scared of Tabatha. Mom’s home, and she’s PISSED.


Shameless: I’m Kinda Freaking Out About How Good This Show Is

January 24th, 2011
When Showtime first started showing previews for Shameless during the last season of Dexter, I wasn’t that impressed. I thought it was going to be some quirky little family dramedy, with lots of clichéd characters. I was so, so wrong. Last night was the third episode of Shameless, and I am devouring this series like […]

When Showtime first started showing previews for Shameless during the last season of Dexter, I wasn’t that impressed. I thought it was going to be some quirky little family dramedy, with lots of clichéd characters.

I was so, so wrong.

Last night was the third episode of Shameless, and I am devouring this series like I haven’t eaten in years. Maybe I’m going way overboard here, but I feel a certain electricity when I’m watching it, like I’m fully aware that I’m experiencing something awesome.

It all starts and ends with the kids in this series. The casting is spot-on, from Emmy Rossum down to the twins playing the baby. I love EVERYONE in this show.

Last night’s episode involved the Gallaghers trying to maintain their Social Security scam. Unbeknownst to the children, Frank has been collecting and cashing Social Security checks meant for his aunt. An aunt that’s been dead for twelve years. An overzealous government agent arrives at the house looking for said aunt.

Oops.

This show relishes moral ambiguity, but we can’t help but root for the Gallaghers to get out of their predicament. The children recruit an addled old woman from a local nursing home, and have her play the role of “Aunt Ginger”. This sounds morally reprehensible—and it is—but the old woman is so happy to do it. They make her feel useful for the first time in probably years, and everyone really enjoys having her around.

This week also dug a little deeper into Ian’s character, who spends the entire episode running from a group of sociopathic brothers bent on defending their sister’s honor (what little there is of it). Ian made the mistake of rejecting the advances of a young woman, and she sends her brothers out to beat him. After finally admitting to the girl that he’s gay, they enter into a lavender marriage of sorts. They become boyfriend and girlfriend in all ways but sex.

We’ll see where that goes.

I think the crux of this series is the subtle and satisfying way that they present the relationships between the characters. The show doesn’t smack you over the head with plot—the main focus is character conversation, and their reactions to the fucked up things going on around them. By throwing the viewer into this cauldron (with no judgment to skew the perspective), you get to live vicariously through the each of the Gallaghers, really understanding their chaotic existence.

It’s kind of awesome, and I’m going to keep watching.


How to Watch Hoarders

January 14th, 2011
Hoarders is one of the greatest guilty pleasures on television. It’s very life-affirming. Whenever you watch it, there’s a 99.9% chance that your life is better than the life of the person they’re documenting. Hoarders, like any good show, works on a pretty tight formula. The key to enjoying the show is to understand and […]

Hoarders is one of the greatest guilty pleasures on television. It’s very life-affirming. Whenever you watch it, there’s a 99.9% chance that your life is better than the life of the person they’re documenting.

Hoarders, like any good show, works on a pretty tight formula. The key to enjoying the show is to understand and savor each ingredient WITHIN the formula.

So let’s go!

More…

Oh By the Way, We’re Back.

January 13th, 2011
I apologize for letting WSwD go pretty much dark the last two months, but I’d like to mention that we’re officially back. I had a lot of non-blog related activities get in the way (see: here), but they’ve been sorted out quite nicely. I am currently reevaluating the website, and deciding what shows to cover […]

I apologize for letting WSwD go pretty much dark the last two months, but I’d like to mention that we’re officially back.

I had a lot of non-blog related activities get in the way (see: here), but they’ve been sorted out quite nicely. I am currently reevaluating the website, and deciding what shows to cover in the new year. I still love my reality competition programs, so expect to see those back in the rotation. Everything after that is still up for grabs.

Ahh, so nice to be updating again. I’m glad you stuck around!