So, it's Valentine's Day, and you — again – are single. You could go out with your friends, hitting the town to scope out its most eligible of bachelors/bachelorettes. You could also use this rare pass you have to consume an entire bottle of red (or two) on a Thursday night, listen to some Joni, and cry. Or you could be a major whore and text your exes, and if that doesn't work, hit up the casual encounters section on Craigslist. No one is judging! (Yes, yes they are.)
But you know what? Screw that noise. Because maybe you have an excuse. Maybe you don't feel well. Maybe you're on a diet because you just moved to the city and drank too much last month, and you gave up chocolate for Lent. Maybe you just prefer the company of your cats to other human beings in general. Or maybe you're me, and it's all of the above. Either way, maybe you just DO NOT CARE about Valentine's Day. So saddle up, kids — there's a lot of good stuff on TV tonight, and despite what everyone in your office and on commericals is telling you, you are in your full right to sit on your ass alone and watch it.
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If You're Longing for a Different Holiday... It may be February everywhere else, but it's still October in the hallowed halls of Greendale Community College. Community will finally air its Halloween episode tonight at 8PM, so tune in to NBC if you like joy and happiness. To make things even better, Parks and Recreation is on right after... with an episode that will feature Ron Swanson filling in for Leslie during a live TV performance. Oh Parks, you beautiful tropical fish.
If You're Searching for that Supernatural Someone... Why go outside with your REAL boyfriend when there are Salvatores on TV? The Vampire Diaries is new tonight at 8PM, with an episode that will heavily feature Jeremy's arms.
If You Want to Hear Sweet Songs About Love... Then Fox is the place to be. Not only is Glee having an (OMG) wedding, but American Idol will reveal its top 40.
If You Need a Little Mystery in Your Life... Kidnappings and Nazis and clocks, oh my! ABC will premiere its new mystery show Zero Hour tonight at 8PM, so tune in if conspiracy theories are your thing. Grey's Anatomy and Scandal will follow, so it's sure to be a drama-filled evening over at ABC.
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If You Like Laughing at the Failure of Others... Search no more, friends! Bravo is serving up hours of The Millionaire Matchmaker, from morning until 10PM. Quick, let's leave work so we can watch crazy rich people get rejected!
If You Like Things That Are Beautiful and Wonderful and Oh God I'm Going to Cry Just Thinking About This... The Disney Channel is playing Wall-Eat 8. Sniff.
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If You...Oh, Just Why the Hell Not? Encore is playing Gremlinsat 8! This has nothing to do with Valentine's Day, but this movie should be watched every day.
If You Think You're Going to Die... The National Geographic Channel is playing Doomsday Preppers all night. Have fun making that bunker, weirdo.
If You Don't Give a Damn... Then TCM is playing Gone With the Wind at 8PM. Tune in to watch love lost! See, it's not just you.
If You're a Masochist... TLC is playing Say Yes to the Dress all night. But ew, why would you do that to yourself?
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You love them, we love them, and it's high time Emmy recognized them. We're talking about the TV actors and actresses who have yet to be recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, despite drawing us in week in and week out with their awe-inspiring ability to make us laugh, cry, or a weird combination of both. So every day here at Hollywood.com, we're going to be saluting those on the small screen who deserve an Emmy nomination, longshot status be damned. To kick off the series: Danny Pudi, who plays Community fan favorite, Abed Nadir.
In the 1950s, a CBS-employed sound engineer named Charles Douglass invented and unleashed onto the world the American institution we know as the laugh track. For over half a century, recorded audience reactions have maintained a consistent home in network television, proving with its durability that people prefer to be told how to feel about their TV shows. The practice of spelling out desired emotions for viewing audiences has become the norm, taking form in other ways — characters “feel” quite strongly. They laugh heartily, weep openly, and shout out their rage with passion. In turn, these are the characters that make us laugh and cry. These are the characters that win their actors Emmys, because they make us feel. So imagine the plight it must be for an actor to achieve the same result — inspiring the same heartfelt laughter and diabolical eye-misting — without so much as changing his facial expression or altering his vocal tone an iota over the course of three seasons on television. That’s no fluke; what you’re dealing with there is a masterful performer handling one of the most challenging TV characters with unabashed gravitas. What you’re dealing with is Community’s Danny Pudi, the man behind the NBC comedy’s breakout star, Abed.
In the first few minutes of Community’s pilot, Pudi was introduced amid a rapid-fire rattling off of an inordinate amount of mundane details about himself and co-Greendale Community College student, Britta Perry (the also remarkably adept Gillian Jacobs). From this episode, you’d think of Abed solely as comic relief. He’s a weirdo: He speaks oddly, thinks strangely, and obviously doesn’t quite meld well with the world around him. And considering the fact that this is a sitcom, you’d be wise to expect nothing but great gags rooted in the character’s idiosyncrasies. But if that’s all you’ve gotten as of the finale of Season 3 (and, as far as many are concerned, the series altogether), you were sourly shortchanged.
The program’s intention with Abed was made clear as early as the third episode, when fans got a heartbreaking insight into how much difficulty the character has expressing himself, and how his “abnormality” contributed to his mother’s leaving the family. Ever since, Community has scattered Abed-centric episodes evenly throughout its seasons, gradually giving us more and more insight into the young man’s ostensibly nonexistent pain and suffering. And Season 3 really kicked this into high gear.
Pudi was charged with some of his most demanding maneuvers to date. He experienced his first fight with best friend Troy (Donald Glover, who also shone in Season 3… but I’ll stop complimenting Community’s entire cast now); this was an arc that showcased the best and worst aspects of both Greendale students. Abed battled through his own emotional conflicts by playing off an imagined evil version of himself and Pudi handled both roles immaculately. In the unforgettable Dreamatorium episode, Pudi managed to unravel, deconstruct, and then reconstruct Abed so artistically that even the most diehard fans learned a few new things about their favorite Community character.
But Pudi doesn’t have to go grandiose to sell emotion. In fact, when he decides to “go normal” for Shirley’s (Yvette Nicole Brown) wedding, attempting to assimilate by talking at length about hors d’oeuvres to a relative stranger, it’s hysterical. When he commits (and then some) to his Law & Order-inspired detective role during a mission to find out who sabotaged his science project, you’ll be overcome with laughter. But not even these gems top Pudi’s delivery of the over-the-top hokey shtick as a bawdy plumber pulling a ruse on Greendale Community College security in the
We're heading towards Summer which means icy boozy beverages, copious movies about super power-laden humans, and lots and lots of outdoor concerts. And in August, there's an explosion of two of those factors: Chicago's Lollapalooza music festival. For three days, August 3 through 5, bands take over the city's Grant Park — the same park that held the jubilant crowd the night President Obama won the 2008 election.
And 2012 is going to fill out the picturesque park with tents, stages and sweaty music fans for the lineup chock full of big name acts like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys and Florence + the Machine. Plus, TV fans will be happy to find American Idol alum Haley Reinhart and Community star Donald Glover (as his rapper alter ego Childish Gambino) slated for the fest. So yeah, it's going to be a big one. Fire up the Spotify, crank up your headphones, and start listening because this year's lineup is nothing short of huge.
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
THE BLACK KEYS
FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
AT THE DRIVE-IN
THE AFGHAN WHIGS
THE TEMPER TRAP
SKREAM & BENGA
THE HEAD & THE HEART
THE BIG PINK
THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH
TORO Y MOI
OF MONSTERS AND MEN
GARY CLARK JR.
THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM
AMADOU & MARIAM
BAND OF SKULLS
JJ GREY & MOFRO
DUM DUM GIRLS
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES
BEAR IN HEAVEN
THE BLACK ANGELS
BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB
SHARON VAN ETTEN
TOTALLY ENORMOUS EXTINCT DINOSAURS
MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS
THE DEVIL MAKES THREE
THE WAR ON DRUGS
JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD
FIRST AID KIT
JC BROOKS & THE UPTOWN SOUND
KOPECKY FAMILY BAND
THE WHITE PANDA
WALK OFF THE EARTH
DRY THE RIVER
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Weekend of Nov. 18 - Nov. 20
10 p.m. on E!
Community star Alison Brie stops by to help out her co-star, Joel McHale, at his second and also hilarious job. Plus, it's a rundown of all the terrible things about pop culture. Woohoo!
SNL with Jason Segel
11:30 p.m. on NBC
It's Jason Segel, the adorably hilarious actor we all know from Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I Love You Man, How I Met Your Mother and now The Muppets, hosting the equally goofy classic sketch show. There is no way this won't be good. And I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Kermit or Statler and Waldorf make an appearance.
Donald Glover's Comedy Central Special: Weirdo
11 p.m. on Comedy Central
It's Donald Glover doing what he does best (not to diminish his rapping ability): being absolutely hilarious.
The Walking Dead
9 p.m. on AMC
We've reached the series' midseason finale and it truly came too soon, but here we'll find, well...secrets like why Hershel has all those walkers in the barn (keep quiet, comics readers). Will Lori tell Rick she's pregnant? Will the secret come out some other way? Will Hershel find out about Maggie's hanky panky with Glenn? What did he mean by, "they'll all be gone soon?" Will Andrea ever stop being an obnoxious buzzkill who tries to shoot Daryl? Some of these questions will be answered and I'm sure we'll be left wondering about a whole new slate of issues.
The American Music Awards
8 p.m. on ABC
You may notice some of your Sunday favorites are missing this week and that's because the music industry is taking over the network. And if you like music and people performing it, you'll probably be watching this. Sure, it doesn't hold the esteem that the Grammys are supposed to hold, but it's fun. Nicki Minaj, Drake, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, PitBull, LMFAO, wil.i.am, Chris Brown and more (if you can believe it) will take the stage, so just swallow your pride about how this is all "so mainstream" and watch it - hipster.
If you read this site regularly, you're probably well aware of our collective appreciation of Donald Glover, so it's no wonder that we're big fans of this week. First, he released his full-length album, Camp, which debuted at the number 2 hip-hop album on iTunes, second to Drake's Take Care. (And it's the number one hip-hop album in Australia, in case you're wondering.) Tonight, he'll delight us on another episode of Community. And now, he looks to end the week with the debut of his Comedy Central Special, Weirdo. The full special airs Saturday, Nov. 19 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central.
Until that time, we can sit tight with a couple of jokes graciously bestowed upon us by the folks at Comedy Central. Sure he talks about iPhones, which will make most of you groan "hipster" and he shares his take on Charlie Sheen who's one person I think we're all done talking about, but don't judge a stand-up routine by its topics. If you don't laugh at least once while watching these clips, I will eat an entire box of candy cigarettes (because I'm an adult).
Donald Glover: Weirdo
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Comedy Central may have fewer original series than major networks, but where the channel really shines is in its specials. Thus, the its fall programming schedule is something to at least mull over. Among the anticipated events on Comedy Central this fall are The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen, the return of South Park and Tosh.0, and standup specials from comedians Donald Glover, Jeff Dunham and Craig Ferguson.
Here's the full run-down from the network:
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
The Comedy Central Roast of Charlie Sheen (10 pm)
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
Tosh.0 - Fall Season Premiere (10 pm)
Workaholics - Season 2 Premiere (10:30 pm)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
Jeff Dunham: Controlled Chaos (9 pm)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1
Weird Al Yankovic Live! The Apocalypse Tour (9 pm)
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5
South Park - Fall Season Premiere (10 pm)
Nick Swardson's Pretend Time - Season 2 Premiere (10:30 pm)
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6
Gabriel Iglesias Presents: Stand-Up Revolution - Series Premiere (10 pm)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15
Craig Ferguson: Does This Need to Be Said? (10 pm)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5
Pablo Francisco: They Put it Out There (11 pm)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12
T.J. Miller: No Real Reason (TBD)
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20
Donald Glover: Weirdo (TBD)
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4
Carlos Mencia Comedy Special (TBD)
Source: Comedy Central
Last season, NBC brought the funny back to Thursday nights (though, as far as that old timer, The Office, goes, the funny only came in the form of a mildly amused chuckle). 30 Rock continued to provide incessant giggle fits (albeit with a slightly obnoxious overdose of Jack Donaghy’s ever-present love triangle - blerg). Parks and Recreation brought the hilarious and charming Amy Poehler back into our lives and introduced us to the world’s sexiest lumberjack-turned-public-servant, Ron Swanson (bacon-wrapped swoon). However, the real game-changer last season was the addition of a little show called Community.
Now, CBS is gunning for the little show that could, pitting their mega-hit, The Big Bang Theory, up against Dan Harmon’s quirky creation. The beauty of CBS’s offensive move is that it’s forcing Community to bring out the big guns; first Betty White on the Sept. 23 season premiere and now they’re adding a stop-motion animation Christmas special. Harmon told New York Magazine, “I’d like to make a new classic,” and I have no doubt that it will be just that. Burl Ives and Rudolph may have to take a backseat this yuletide season, because there is no way this episode won’t be all kinds of awesome.
You don’t believe me, do you? Sure it’s a strange idea; it’s never been done before and it doesn’t seem to make sense for a sitcom, but that’s the beauty of Community. Nothing that happens on the show makes sense for a sitcom.
Let’s think about this. The show’s most popular episode, “Modern Warfare,” was an epic paintball showdown that turned Greendale Community College into a post-apocalyptic wasteland – and it was so hilarious that I had to lay down after watching it so I could catch my breath and let the oxygen return to my brain. Then there was the Goodfellas homage, trading cocaine for cafeteria-style chicken fingers, and the Valentine’s Day episode that turned the cast into an even stranger version of gang from the teen classic, The Breakfast Club. Of course, Danny Pudi’s Abed, a walking film encyclopedia and all-around loveable weirdo, keeps it all on track with his infinite movie knowledge.
In other words, have a little faith. All the elements really come together for this under-watched comedy. The cast is pretty much golden – especially Ken Jeong as the crooked Spanish professor, Señor Chang, and Donald Glover as the empty-headed former prom king, Troy. The crew was built for comedy, and if that’s not enough, just think about cute they’ll all look in cartoon-form on the Christmas episode.
I’m hoping America grows tired of The Big Bang Theory’s nerd-clan and turns to Thursday night’s true hero, because when it comes to turning classics into new television, Dan Harmon and friends knock it out of the community college every time.
Source: New York Magazine