This Sunday at 8pm, Discovery premieres its beautiful new series, "Frozen Planet"
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.
In a talk about the unexpected at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, something apparently goes awry. Horribly, awfully, wonderfully awry.
In actuality, that's not Colin Robertson but a hero to this improv nerd right here, Mr. Eugene Cordero, who you may have seen popping up here and there, including cameos on shows like "The Office." He also performs regularly at L.A.'s Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.
"Robertson" was introduced as "a futurist whose startup has discovered how crowd sourcing solar panel technology innovations can lead us to a new paradigm for health care reform," which the group behind it labels in a behind-the-scenes article as "basically nonsense, but nonsense that sounds interesting and innovative at first glance."
The video apparently is edited to make it slightly less awkward, as the original talk featured even more awful "OH MY GOD I FEEL SO BAD FOR THIS GUY" coursing through the audience.
Today I'm unveiling an abridged version of what will be a column devoted to TV and related entertainment programming, media, and events. I've been a member of the Television Critics Association for 3 years and have been writing about TV and media for 6 years, mostly at LAist.com, BostonMagazine.com and now here at KPCC. Although I'll be referencing plenty of pop culture I tend to be a cheerleader for non-broadcast TV shows as those shows already have plenty of viewers and column-inches devoted to them every day, with the exception of comedies. This column will not be a regurgitation of the PBS programming schedule; this column will not include recaps although it may occasionally include "spoilers" which will always be precluded by a bold-italicized Spoiler Alert warning; this column will not be covering "reality" or "contest" shows unless to reference them in terms of the business of television; this column will attempt to include humor at every turn and a love of comedy will permeate the column to a ratio not-reflective of television as a whole.
Comedian Bill Burr gives a tour of Santa Monica
- You should watch this epic tour of Santa Monica and Venice Beach by comedian Bill Burr, the latest in a series of Burr tours shot by Without A Net's very own TV junkie Tom Lewis. I agree with Laughspin; Bill Burr should have his own show on the Travel Channel. (Warning: The language is not safe for work, young ears, or, well, most places.)
- Well this is the most depressing reason ever to keep working forever: Dodgers announcer Vin Scully says he doesn't want to retire because "I don't want to lose my friends," as he says he knows he'll never see his friends at the office again once he retires. "Some people die twice: once when they retire, and again when they actually pass away."
- Zooey Deschanel: Awesome or awful? I'm personally a fan, but I also liked Natalie Portman in "Garden State," so, I'm clearly a sucker for "manic-pixie dream girls," as they're known.
- Ms. Deschanel is also hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend. Check out the awesome promos for her appearance, featuring jazz hands.
- Speaking of Saturday Night Live, you should read about the spectacle of polarizing hipster musician Lana Del Rey's L.A. appearance at Amoeba Records following her album release and recent SNL crashing and burning.
- Great interview with the showrunner from one of my favorite cable series, AMC's "The Walking Dead," including how he first got his start by calling people he knew in New York and asking "Do you have a cousin in Los Angeles?"
- We're hosting an Un-Grammys event here at KPCC tonight (which you guys should all RSVP for free and go to); we'll have more coverage of the Grammys here and on our Twitter account @WithoutABlog this Sunday, but the L.A. Times has a great piece on how the category most important to a comedy nerd like myself has changed! (Comedy. That category is comedy. In case you haven't figured it out yet.)
Key & Peele
The stars, Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key, were both cast members on Mad TV. Peele also did a series of popular videos impersonating President Barack Obama.
In an interesting sign of where race is at today, after some of the usual boring meaninglessness of press materials, the official hype ends by noting that both men are biracial and saying that the show will reflect that point of view.
One of the show's executive producers is Ian Roberts, perhaps best known for his work with the Upright Citizens Brigade.
You can still get tickets to the "Key & Peele" tapings by going here; they're taping two episodes a day through Friday.