Thursday, January 20, 2011

'Parks and Recreation's' Dope New Opening Titles

Works for me.

At Long Last...Parks and Recreation Returns Tonight!

It's been a long, cold, lonely television winter without the superb Parks and Recreation on air. After a long wait, the government arm of Pawnee will be back with with new cast members Adam Scott (Party Down) and Rob Lowe (sex tape, Austin Powers) joining Amy Poehler and cast for a new chapter. Best of all, Nick Offerman (aka Ron Swanson) and his mustache joins us once again.

Last we left the Parks and Recreation office, lack of money in the budget forced it to close down - much to the delight of breakfast loving Ron, whose hatred of government made him as happy as feasting upon a table full of bacon and eggs. Also, love is in the air. Andy and April, who are currently on the outs, most likely won't be for long. Tom, hoping to woo his ex-wife back into his life, might be winning the battle (if my memory serves). Chris (Lowe) has the hots for Annie. Ben (Scott) and Leslie have this "thing" - not sure what it is - but it might bubble into love more interesting and funnier than what NBC's own Perfect Couples is going to cook up.

And here is where I could transition into a discussion on the aforementioned Perfect Couples, starring The Daily Show's and G4's girl nerd wannabe, Olivia Munn. If it's a hit, and the world loves the tired old quirks of what looks like contrived comedy - then, I say enjoy. As Ronna and Beverly say..."not for me." (Watch it be a hit - along with CBS's Mad Love - a sitcom with How I Met Your Mother undertones. Considering CBS already has the terrific HIMYM, it's astonishing how they'd give us a new mangled version starring Sarah Chalke. I've actually viewed the pilot. Sadly, it's painful.)

Parks and Recreation airs tonight and every Thursday at 9:30pm ET/8:30pm CT.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

New Season of 'Real Time' Premieres Tonight

Bill Maher returns tonight at 10pm ET on HBO and not a moment too soon, as writers say when they have nothing really to say. But Maher will most likely have plenty to talk about, especially since so much has happened in the news during his three month hiatus. Between the Movie Critics Awards on VHI and Funny or Die Presents also on HBO as well as The Soup on E! - all airing tonight - my DVR will be vibrating and coughing fumes as it bitches about lack of recording room.

Movie Critic Awards on VH1 Tonight

This has been a heavy movie viewing year for me, so awards season is getting me out of my lazy brain funk and making me take notice. The Golden Globes are this Sunday on NBC, but the award frenzy begins tonight (at least for me - I can't keep up with all the awards shows out there). The Movie Critics Awards beams live from Hollywood at 9pm et/8pm ct on VH1.

My guess is that The Social Network will garner a butt load of prizes. It would figure, too. It's one of the blockbusters of 2010 I didn't see.

'Funny or Die Presents' on HBO Tonight

Funny or Die Presents returns to HBO tonight at 12midnight. Keep watching at the same day and the same time.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

'Portlandia' on IFC

IFC is on a roll with comedy. Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have created Portlandia, a short based comedy series inspired by their travels around Portland, Oregon, and some of its eccentric inhabitants. It will air on Friday's at 10:30pm starting January 21st. Six episodes were ordered.

IFC Kicks Off New Year Classic Alt Comedy

In a world where quirky television comedies run their course or get canceled by the man, we find hope for a beleaguered niche of comedy lovers. Comedy Death Ray has arrived at IFC, and not a moment too soon.

Host and creator Scott Aukerman brings his CDR name brand to IFC's thrice a week 90 minute comedy block, filled with shows of old that have influenced the tone of sitcoms within the past 15 years. Mr. Show, The Larry Sanders Show, Arrested Development, Undeclared, Freaks and Geeks, The Ben Stiller Show will air in various combinations on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10pm. These shows fall under the file "Brilliant But Canceled" (my favorite category); however, some just simply ran their course.

Here we see how the tone of today's comedy, whether it be single camera sitcoms, ironic twists, meta references and organic focus whether absurd or straight, found it's roots. Scott also interviews his funny friends who give their own insight on these groundbreaking programs.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Funny or Die Presents: Want to See A Dead Body?

Just remember, if you love weird, bizarre, edgy comedy, and COME ON, you know you do - HBO is bringing back a new season of Funny Or Die Presents. It will be more in-your-face strange fun that will make you laugh, black out and wake up tied in bound in the back of a van. Okay. That's a lie. But it definitely tastes like this. So, tune in on January 14th 10pm.

To tie you over - here's a funny comedy short from Rob Huebel featuring NFL guy Warren Sapp. Want to See a Dead Body in some indirect way takes me back to my hometown in Westchester County, New York of the 70's and 80's - when the Mafia would dump their hits in the woods behind our Middle School. Older kids would go a-hunting for a corpse. Thank you Funny or Die - for recreating this spirit with grown ups.