Because of last Sunday's Super Bowl, most cable networks held off on airing new episodes of their shows but everything is back full force this weekend with both HBO and Showtime offering their "Girls" and "Shameless" spearheaded offerings. Also on the Sunday docket is the return of AMC's "The Walking Dead" after their holiday-and-then-some hiatus. With the zombie phenomenon at full-blown parody, can the series pick up with the momentum it had when it (strangely) took a break? A potential zombie-inducing event will occur on on Saturday when Justin Bieber hosts and performs on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," which we can't find ourselves recommending for viewing.
Last week we witnessed the series finale of NBC's "30 Rock" and this Thursday we see the season premiere of "Community," NBC's series that was wrested from its creator, the sometimes controversial but always entertaining, Dan Harmon. Dan Harmon was very hands-on with his series which allegedly led to difficulties such as scripts being very late and other issues, but incredibly detailed and well-crafted episodes. Fans of the show wonder how what they grew to love can exist without him, they will find out in about 36 hours.
It would be great to hear from you about this column so far as well as your TV interests in the comments below. How about the new FX series "The Americans?" Can the sex-and-violence filled noir maintain interest week to week for one season or is it doomed to make the mistakes that Showtime's "Homeland" made? At least "The Americans" can mine the pop culture of the '70s and '80s, Watchmen-style but without the superheros.
We also have several new offerings from Comedy Central to check out in the comings weeks, incuding: "The Jeselnik Offensive" (premiering February 19) and "The Ben Show With Ben Hoffman" (premiering February 28).
DVR This! Tonight - "Pioneers of Television" (PBS, 8pm) history of the miniseries; "New Girl" (Fox, 9pm); "Justified" (FX, 10pm). Wednesday - "Modern Family" (ABC, 9pm); "The Americans" (FX, 10pm); "Chelsea Lately" (E!, 11pm) Elton John, Chris Franjola, Sarah Colonna, Kurt Braunohler; "Letterman" (CBS, 11:35pm) Joel McHale guests; "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (NBC, 12:35am) Kurt Metzger performs. Thursday - "Community" (NBC, 8pm) season premiere; "Parks and Recreation" (NBC, 8:30pm); "Archer" (FX, 10pm); "Legit" (FX, 10:30pm); "Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell" (FX, 11pm) David Alan Grier guests; "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (ABC, 11:35pm) Jim Jeffries guests; "Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" (CBS, 12:35am) Amanda Peet and Paul Williams guest. Friday - "Real Time With Bill Maher" (HBO, 10pm); "Letterman" (CBS, 11:35pm) Jake Johannsen guests; "Jimmy Fallon" (NBC, 12:35am) Jason Schwartzman and Keri Russell guest. Saturday - "Ripper Street" (BBC America, 9pm). Sunday - "55th Annual Grammy Awards" (CBS, 8pm); "The Walking Dead" (AMC, 9pm) returns from hiatus; "House of Lies" (Showtime, 10pm); "Californication" (Showtime, 10:30pm); "Shameless" (Showtime, 11pm).
Download This! Marc Maron is on fire this week with WTFpod edpisodes that include Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner (on Thursday)! Greg Fitzsimmons has Dave Attell and Mike Vecchione on FitzDogRadio. There's a new podcast in town called DVDASA, combining the best LA has to offer: porn star Asa Akira, interior decorator David Choe, and comedian Yoshi Obayashi - give it a listen!
Comedy Events Dom Irerra at Flapper's in Burbank on February 8. Next Monday, February 11, another round of Hot Tub at The Virgil on Santa Monica with guests Baron Vaughn, David Koechner, Gabe Delahaye, and Gabe Liedman.