A quick review of tonight's "30 Rock" coming up just as soon as I share a problem with the mute elevator operator at my men's club...
A flawed but funny episode
Troy turns 21 in a dark but surprisingly sweet episode
A review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I need an accent...
Michael vs. Oscar, Pam vs. Dwight and Andy vs. Darryl in a nice bounce-back episode
I tend to review the NBC Thursday comedies in order unless I've seen one in advance, or unless one of them is a particular stand-out in some way. And since I said only two weeks (and one episode) ago that I was done reviewing "The Office" until they did an episode I actually enjoyed, and since I'm now interested in reviewing this one, I figure it deserves to jump the queue. Some thoughts on "China" coming up just as soon as I understand pirate code...
IFC to get a whole lot funnier with 'Larry Sanders Show,' 'Ben Stiller Show' and other '90s comedy repeats
Channel also adding 'Action' and 'Mr. Show with Bob and David'
IFC was already on my happy list for putting repeats of "Freaks and Geeks" and "Undeclared" into a rotation that already included "Arrested Development" and "Monty Python's Flying Circus," and now the channel is adding even more awesome comedy reruns.
Starting January 3rd, "The Larry Sanders Show" (the seminal HBO comedy starring Garry Shandling as a neurotic late-night talk show host and Jeffrey Tambor as his idiot sidekick) will go into heavy IFC rotation, airing Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11 p.m. Two nights later, "The Ben Stiller Show" (a short-lived FOX sketch comedy series that gave early breaks to Janeane Garofalo, Bob Odenkirk and Andy Dick) begins airing Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m., and on January the 7th, "Mr. Show with Bob and David" (Odenkirk and David Cross' avant garde HBO sketch show) begins a run Fridays at 11:30 p.m.
IFC also announced that reruns of "Action!" - the short-lived FOX comedy starring Jay Mohr as a vicious, foul-mouthed movie executive - will come to the channel towards the end of 2011.
There's a lot of overlap in the talent for these shows, particularly the first three. Judd Apatow wrote on both "Ben Stiller" and "Larry Sanders," Odenkirk acted on all three and worked with Cross on "Stiller" and "Mr. Show," etc. And there's an obvious spiritual kinship between "Larry Sanders" and "Action." I enjoyed all those shows to varying degrees - I still quote from various "Ben Stiller Show" sketches nearly 20 years after FOX canceled it - and am using this occasion as an excuse to embed some of my favorite scenes from each that were available on YouTube:
Underdog private eye drama ends its superb first season on a high note
A Janet Montgomery spotlight mainly highlights the strengths of the pre-existing characters
A quick review of tonight's "Human Target" coming up just as soon as I give my stepkid a ride to his flute lesson...
What happens if/when the two Olivias are returned to their proper universes?
It took the "Fringe" creative team a very long time to figure their own show out, but they have - by embracing what the show is rather than what they wish it could be.
A weak season comes to a strong end as Jax tries to solve the Jimmy O. problem
A review of the "Sons of Anarchy" season 3 finale coming up just as soon as I loan you my hand...
The sessions get ugly in the season's penultimate week
For the next to last time this season, we're going to tackle all four of this week's "In Treatment" episodes in a single review, coming up just as soon as I try to sell you a moldy carpet...
Boxing drama, animated spy comedy airing in January
"Sons of Anarchy" wraps up its third season tonight, "Terriers" concludes its first (and hopefully not only) tomorrow, and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and "The League" are close to finishing their respective seasons, as well. ("The League" on Dec. 9, "Sunny" on Dec. 16.) So FX is gearing up for its next wave of programming, announcing January premiere dates for its new boxing drama "Lights Out" and its returning animated spy comedy "Archer."
"Lights Out" is about an aging former heavyweight champ (Holt McCallany) struggling for both a direction and a way to pay the bills after some bad investments - as written by former "In Treatment" showrunner Warren Leight, it's like the plot of "Rocky V" only, you know, good. (I saw the pilot before summer press tour and liked it a lot.) It debuts Tuesday, January 11 at 10 p.m.
"Archer," starring H. Jon Benjamin as the world's cockiest secret agent in the world's most dysfunctional spy agency - and featuring a terrific supporting cast including Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter and Chris Parnell - will be back Thursdays at 10 starting on January 27. I enjoyed that show a lot last year, and the premiere is very funny.
After the jump, trailers for the upcoming seasons of both shows: