One of my favorite shows is back on Thursday. Wilfred season 3 premieres on the FX Network Thursday June 20 at 9:00. FX will air two new episodes back to back for the premiere so if you are a fan of the hysterically funny Wilfred, be ready for a full hour to help us recover from the withdrawal symptoms we have all suffered since the end of season 2.
For those who are not watching this show, I highly recommend it. I know from talking to people who don’t watch Wilfred that the main reason they aren’t watching is because they think it looks stupid. A grown man in a dog suit? How can that be funny? Well trust me, it is. Think of Wilfred as a buddy comedy because thats what it is. While Wilfred (played by creator Jason Gann, who is also one of my 10 funniest men on TV) is in fact a dog, Ryan (Tobey McGuire, just kidding, it’s Elijah Wood, you wouldn’t have known the difference) is the only one who sees the true personality of Wilfred. What’s Wilfred’s true personality? A degenerate, pot-smoking, horny bastard of a dog. It’s really worth checking out if you are looking for an easy 30 minute comedy to get in to. This show certainly won’t make you smarter but it’s way better than 2 Broke Girls.
TRUE BLOOD is one of the great shows that I patiently wait throughout the year to premiere. In a way, it lessens the burning loss suffered at the hands of any given GAME OF THRONES finale.
To dial my prior statement back a scosche, TRUE BLOOD was one of the great shows until the A/V abortion that was season 5. I essentially hated everything about it, and it was clear that either ALAN BALL was tiring of his duties of showrunner or the writers developed some sort of mind-altering drug habit. News flash: your show is already written. Simply adapt material from the 13 novel series.
So how could that possibly happen? The first three seasons were outstanding and the fourth was still way above-par. How something this good falls so far is anybody’s guess, but season 5 got to the point of being almost entirely unwatchable.
Thankfully, ALAN BALL left the show upon the conclusion of the season and went on to give us the terrific BANSHEE on CINEMAX. So the question is, did he leave his show in capable hands? I should have suspected the answer when the first pair of hands turned into another halfway through production…
In honor of Father’s Day, I want to take a look at TV’s best dads. Over the last few years, dads on TV have become the butt of all the jokes and are always portrayed as the buffoon who can’t get anything done without someone there to help him. A recent article in The Daily Mail shows that TV viewers are starting to get tired of the way dads a portrayed on TV. Let’s go back to a time when dad was a good guy and not a moron. The dads on my list come from all ages of TV and are the types of dads that I think most of us strive to be. Here they are, TV’s best dads:
In news that you probably didn’t hear about and probably don’t care about, the G4 Network will be getting rebranded as the Esquire Network starting on April 22.
This is huge news for almost 28 people who can’t wait to see what the change in leadership to Esquire magazine will mean to the TV landscape. Everyone who is a fan of TV should be excited. I’m going to use what I know about Esquire (everything I learned is based on the magazine’s cover page because I’ve never read a single edition) to predict what kind of programming we can expect to see on the Esquire Network. Coming next fall on the Esquire Network:
Spoiler alert: this season of GAME OF THRONES was simply terrific. Not only did it break records for the series as a whole, but planted itself as a firm second place all-time show (in ratings) on HBO right behind THE SOPRANOS.
I don’t have much in the way of critique, although it is nice that a couple of the storylines seem to have (finally) condensed a bit with Jon Snow and Samwell finally arriving in the same place, Jaime Lannister getting back to King’s Landing and Robb Stark no longer in the game at all. Although with Yara leaving to save Theon from his weird torture session, it looks like the whole of House Greyjoy is going to play a much bigger part next season. Additionally, there are several more major players that the show hasn’t even explored yet, so the upcoming couple of seasons are going to be busy indeed.
A couple of the plotlines became tedious especially when it came to Theon’s almost-completely-unexplained torture scenes and Bran Stark’s awkward quest to get north of the wall with Hodor who ended up irritating the hell out of me. ”Hodor, Hodor!” Shut up, bro.
But the most tedious plot in GAME OF THRONES could be compared to your least favorite beer in the pack. It’s still perfectly fine, just not as great as the others. The Red Wedding scene topped literally everything before it, not just in shock value. And the acting was beyond top notch by pretty much everybody the entire time.
There was an extremely interesting article up on IGN the other day about the show potentially catching up to the books, in addition to the complication caused by adapting the material past A Storm of Swords due to narrative differences. Then there’s the issue with keeping the actors around for the long term and how to tastefully depart from the book. The creators claim they are planning on a total of seven seasons, although this is one show that I would hope lasts at least twice that.
A+++ for GAME OF THRONES Season 3, now it’s time to bear a painful 42 weeks until the premiere of season 4.
TV Guide has released the top 25 shows of the 2012-2013 season and I have to ask. Seriously America? Looking at some of the shows that are in the top 25 I have to wonder how it was that we ever managed as a country to become the dominant super power that we are. Here are the top 25 (the rankings also take in to account 7 days of DVR use too):
Remember The Larry Sanders Show? It was one of my favorite shows. I even have it ranked as the 13th best series finale of all time. Part of what made the show so great was the role of side-kick Hank Kingsley portrayed by the brilliantly funny Jeffrey Tambor. We got to relieve some of the old days last night when Tambor was a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Tambor was guest announcing for Fallon and to start the show he recreated the intro he did for The Larry Sanders Show. I do love trips down memory lane.
Here is Jeffrey Tambor doing his Larry Sanders Show intro:
Yesterday I wrote an article about Sullivan and Sons. I had just finished watching the first season ahead of the second season premier this Thursday.
TBS aired a marathon of the show but started the marathon late at night. I of course recorded the show as I’m old and don’t stay up much past 11pm anymore (just long enough to watch The Daily Show, apparently now with John Oliver). I couldn’t help notice a recurring ad that TBS had running. I’m not going to lie, it was a little disturbing.
Seriously, how old is this girl? I guess Quest didn’t get to where they are by not understanding their target demo, but TBS should have some minimum standards you would think. Wow, is all I have to say.
For fans of things that are hysterically funny, we just got the first official trailer for the 4th and final season of Eastbound and Down. We have to wait all the way until September 29th for the premiere though so this is really just a tease.
DA VINCI’S DEMONS was one of the few new shows this year that I was genuinely excited about, as it looked like it had pretty much everything that I like about television. Having never really watched a STARZ series before, it took me a little while to get accustomed to the “Starz CG look”, and my initial distaste faded in time.
Overall, I wouldn’t say that it is can’t-miss television, but DA VINCI’S DEMONS certainly fills a void that otherwise exists on Friday nights. It exists somewhere comfortably between ‘mediocre’ and ‘good’, not quite firing on the all-cylinder greatness of similar fare like GAME OF THRONES which was clearly a major influence.