Friday, October 16, 2009

TV on the Internet, Episode 22: Comedy Showcase Thursday



Todd and Libby are sorry they've been traveling a lot. As a reward, here's a podcast that's a couple minutes longer than most of their podcasts! They've got a lot of things to say about the state of NBC, will-they/won't-they relationships and the past week in comedy. They'll hopefully be back for another podcast this weekend, but who really knows nowadays?

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TV on the Internet, Episode 22: Comedy Showcase Thursday

Here's a direct link to the episode.

Time codes follow. There are MAJOR SPOILERS for a variety of shows, so you may want to skip over a segment if you haven't watched the shows discussed therein.

Times:

00:00.00-00:02.46: Introductions and music from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
00:02.47-00:16.52: Since all of this week's news had to do with NBC, we've entitled this segment "NBC: What the Hell?"
00:16.53-00:32.21: Todd and Libby discuss will-they/won't-they relationships and what good they are.
00:32.22-00:42.56: Todd and Libby have some thoughts about why so much TV sports coverage sucks.
00:42.57-01:20.15: Discussing the weeks in television. (Includes spoilers for Glee, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Bored to Death, Community, The Middle, Hank, Cougar Town, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Modern Family and Parks & Recreation.)
01:20.16-01:25.38: The classic TV on DVD pick, the wrap-up and more from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.

Headline Links:

NBC Cancels Southland (Variety)
With Southland Axed, NBC's Depressing Surrender Is Almost Complete (National Public Radio)
High-fiving 40-year-olds? Get Out of Cougar Town! (Salon)

This Week's Music:

Higher Than The StarsThe Pains of Being Pure at Heart
"Higher Than the Stars" (mp3)
from "Higher Than The Stars"
(Fortuna POP)

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Clips are from Southland (episode: "Two Gangs," script by Dee Johnson), The Office (episode: "Niagara," script by Greg Daniels and Mindy Kaling), Rome Is Burning, Glee (episode: "Throwdown," script by Brad Falchuk), Community (episode: "Social Psychology," script by Liz Cackowski), Cougar Town (episode: "I Won't Back Down," script by Chrissy Pietrosh and Jessica Goldstein), Parks & Recreation (episode: "The Practice Date," script by Harris Wettels) and St. Elsewhere (episode: "Pilot," script by John Falsey and Joshua Brand).

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2 comments:

Carrie said...

I think one thing the Heroes creative failure points out is the lack of talented executives in the pipleline at NBC. Beyond Zucker. A good exec would have seen the problems and tried to fix them...a really good exec would even potentially have taken a lot of creative control away from Kring. It's easy to paint network execs as evil, corporate types who give bad notes, but there are good execs out there who can make a show better (or at least notice when one is going off the rails). And NBC doesn't/didn't have any of those.

God, you're right on about Zucker, though. He has no vision of the future, he's only good at cannibalizing what he already has. A good TV man has vision. He has...supersizing. He should leave TV and go work in fast food.

Carrie said...

Coming back to add: I think Jon Gruden is really great on MNF. He knows his stuff and fits in nicely. Don't worry if you hate him, though, because he'll be coaching somewhere by next year.

Can we talk about how the media (and by the media I obviously mean ESPN) worships USC? There is no east coast bias when it comes to them. IT IS RIDONKULOUS. Also, the SEC. They worship that conference to the dearth of all others. It's gross. I believe they just signed a deal to air SEC conference games in the future...coincidence?

ESPN (and ABC owning ESPN) has not been good for college football because there is really only one voice out there now for college football coverage. And that voice hates my alma mater. So I'm biased.

I love 30 on 30, though.