The big news in TV this week is the return of "Community," the little show that could, to NBC this Thursday [*Update: Comedy Central has announced that they will begin airing reruns of "Community" in 2013 - also on Comedy Central this week is the return of "South Park," but perhaps more importantly, "Ugly Americans," beautifully drawn, surreal, and brilliantly funny, Wednesday at 10:30pm]. Sunday, Discovery launches its spectacular new series, "Frozen Planet," at 8pm. This is another beautifully shot show exploring the nature of the colder parts of our planet, both above and below the surface. Kind of ironic that this show hits the screens on the tail end of one of the warmest winters on record in North America. Sunday also brings the season finale of AMC's "The Walking Dead," a must watch, although it might be difficult to top the episode from two nights ago which had major developments.
DVR This! TV highlights for the week: Tonight - "Bizarre Foods America" (Savannah) (Travel @ 9:00pm), Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962)(TCM @ 9:15pm), Grover Norquist is on "The Daily Show," Jon Bernthal of "The Walking Dead" is on Letterman. Tuesday - "Raising Hope" (Fox @ 8pm), "New Girl" (Fox @ 9pm), "SouthLAnd" (TNT @ 10pm), "Justified" (FX @ 10pm), "Key & Peele" (Comedy Central @ 10:30pm), Will Ferrell on "The Daily Show," Nick Offerman of "Parks and Recreation" on Letterman. Wednesday - "Modern Family" (ABC @ 9pm), "Psych" (USA @ 10pm), "Ugly Americans" season premiere (Comedy Central @ 10:30pm), Josh Wolf/Brad Wollack/Kerri Kenney-Silver on "Chelsea Lately" roundtable. Thursday - "Community" (NBC @ 8pm), "30 Rock" (NBC @ 8:30pm), "The Office" (NBC @ 9pm), "Archer" (FX @ 10pm), Chris Franjola/Natasha Leggero/Ross Mathews on "Chelsea Lately" roundtable, Kiefer Sutherland on Leno. Friday - "Real Time With Bill Maher" (HBO @ 8pm). Saturday - The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) (TCM @ 7pm). Sunday - "Frozen Planet" series premiere (Discovery @ 8pm), "The Walking Dead" season finale (AMC @ 9pm), "Eastbound & Down" (HBO @ 10:30pm).
Events: You can be a live audience member of the Fake Show Podcast this Thursday night - Tom Kenny, Ron Lynch, Eddie Pepitone, and Paul F. Kozlowski are on the bill. If you want an Irish perspective on St. Patricks's Day, go see Greg Fitzsimmons perform at the Hollywood Improv on Saturday night [*Update: Bill Burr and Joe Rogan will also be on this show!]. A week from today, March 20th, is the Fancy and Enchanting comedy and music fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, featuring Bob Odenkirk ("Mr. Show" & "Breaking Bad"), Rob Delaney, Janet Varney, The Spanglers, and more - 100% of all proceeds go to LSS.
Other Media: If you missed the Laugh for Sight fundraiser last week, you can surreptitiously enjoy some of it via Greg Fitzsimmons' FitzDog radio podcast that has interviews with show participants Bill Burr, Kevin Nealon, and Pablo Francisco. In case you missed my post last week, SF Sketchfest co-founder, Janet Varney, has debuted a new podcast with Christina Hendricks ("Mad Men") as her first guest.
Recently the second season of "The Louise Log" web series began appearing online and I urge you to check out this brilliantly funny show. Coming from a place of interior monologues and subtlety, the show was created by indie-film producer Anne Flournoy. I've embedded a recent episode below:
We're big Eddie Pepitone fans so, in addition to urging you to see him this week at the Fake Show Podcast, let your friends in Seattle and San Francisco know that he's coming to town. Their lives will never be the same after seeing him. Below is a very funny promo that was aired on the Long Shot Podcast that Eddie participates in every week:
Tonight the horror spoof show, "Todd & the Book of Pure Evil" premieres on FEARnet at 7pm Pacific, here's the bleeped promo: