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April 9, 2015


One of the big TV hits/obsessions of last year, HBO's True Detective, returns June 21 with an entirely new cast -- Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch -- and crime:

A bizarre murder brings together three law-enforcement officers and a career criminal, each of whom must navigate a web of conspiracy and betrayal in the scorched landscapes of California. Colin Farrell is Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective in the all-industrial City of Vinci, LA County. Vince Vaughn plays Frank Semyon, a criminal and entrepreneur in danger of losing his life's work, while his wife and closest ally (Kelly Reilly), struggles with his choices and her own. Rachel McAdams is Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff's detective often at odds with the system she serves, while Taylor Kitsch plays Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and motorcycle cop for the California Highway Patrol who discovers a crime scene which triggers an investigation involving three law enforcement groups, multiple criminal collusions, and billions of dollars.
Are you interested in a McConaughey-free True Detective? And what will the soundtrack be like? You can check out the unsurprisingly moody teaser trailer for True Detective Season 2 below.

For those without cable, HBO has finally gotten into the subscription business with HBO Now which is offering a one-month free trial (just in time for this weekend's Game of Thrones season premiere).

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April 8, 2015

by Bill Pearis


David Lynch announced earlier this week that he was not going to be directing episodes of the new Twin Peaks after budget issues with Showtime could not be worked out. Whether he is really dunzo or it's just a very public negotiation technique, it's pretty clear that for most people Twin Peaks without Lynch's active involvement is something that's not very appealing. That includes the cast of the original series, most of whom participated in an online video titled "Twin Peaks without David Lynch is like...??" Watch Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer), Sherilyn Fenn (Audrey), Mädchen Amick (Shelly), Catherine E. Coulson (The Log Lady), Kimmy Robertson (Lucy), Peggy Lipton (Norma) and more fill in that blank, below.

One actor is noticably absent: Kyle MacLachlan, aka Agent Cooper, one of the few announced original cast members to have been announced as coming back for the new episodes. (Also no Lara Flynn Boyle, pictured above, who played Donna.) Let's hope they work it out!

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April 5, 2015


Pretty much everybody who cared about Twin Peaks was excited that David Lynch and Mark Frost were making new episodes that would air in 2016. Unfortunately, it looks like Lynch has severed ties, saying he won't direct any of the episodes, as he posted on Facebook and Twitter earlier tonight:

Dear Facebook Friends, Showtime did not pull the plug on Twin Peaks. After 1 year and 4 months of negotiations, I left because not enough money was offered to do the script the way I felt it needed to be done. This weekend I started to call actors to let them know I would not be directing. Twin Peaks may still be very much alive at Showtime. I love the world of Twin Peaks and wish things could have worked out differently.
The scripts to the nine episodes, written by Lynch & Frost, are apparently completed. Showtime suggested they're still trying to work things out in an official statement:
We were saddened to read David Lynch's statement today since we believed we were working towards solutions with David and his reps on the few remaining deal points. SHOWTIME also loves the world of Twin Peaks and we continue to hold out hope that we can bring it back in all its glory with both of its extraordinary creators, David Lynch and Mark Frost, at its helm.
Lynch only directed six episodes of the original series. Let's hope he and Showtime can work something out, it would not be the same without him at the helm. Stay tuned.

April 3, 2015

Fat White Family on Letterman

Fat White Family were in NYC this week, playing a sold-out late show on Tuesday (3/31) at Mercury Lounge (how was that show?), and then made their network television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman on Thursday (4/2). "You don't see that every night!" chuckled Dave after their performance of "Is It Raining in Your Mouth?" which was fairly restrained for the Fat Whites, but probably crazier that what you normally see on Letterman. Check out the video below.

Fat White Family will be touring North America again in about a month, including another NYC show: April 30 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are still available. That's right before they head to Austin's Levitation Festival. Updated dates are listed, along with the Letterman video, below...

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Brett (right) & Darren Mabee on cable access show 'The Special'
Brett Davis and Darren Mabee

When Chris Gethard left cable access for cable television (his show will debut in May via on Fusion), the guy who took over his Manhattan Neighborhood Network show was Brett Davis. You may know Davis from New Brunswick basement punk shows, from the many NYC comedy shows he appears at, or more recently from TCGS where he played Smith, a character that inspired a lot of hate mail, or you may remember him from his mid-'00s alter ego MC Steinberg (maybe you remember MC Steinberg from public access show New York Noise).

Chris Gethard & Brett Davis

Brett's public access show is called The Special: Without Brett Davis and Chris Gethard talked him up to Laughspin:

"I think the Chris Gethard Show fans will love him," Gethard tells Laughspin. "He's innovative and smart and likes to play with things in a way that I think will totally embrace the anarchy of public access and all the different ways you can connect to people while using it. I don't think his show will be like mine at all. I think it will be totally unique and reflect his sensibilities. But I really think we managed to do some innovative stuff on public access and if there's one guy in New York who I think is an innovator right now, it's Brett."

Amongst a community of peers and fans in New York, Davis is known for immersive character work on stage. Brett cites Scharpling & Wurster as a major influence, which shows in his work. The comedian has built somewhat of his own "Newbridge"-style universe in New York. The workhorse comedian runs three regular shows per month, all of which he hosts in the guise of an ever-expanding amount of characters. Usually, carefully plotted narratives play out over the course of each show. You can also expect absurd audience participation bits, choreographed but convincing on-stage violence and a smattering of other surprises. In other words, fans who loved the chaotic and unpredictable nature of the Gethard show are in good hands with Brett Davis.

Each week, Brett plays a different character (hence the "Without" part of the title) as guest host. One of the regular players on the show is Darren Mabee, who was a fixture at NYC shows in the mid-'00s and had the band We Are the Seahorses. You can watch the most recent episode, hosted by "punk guru" Craig Evanhalen, below.

You can catch Brett in action as host of both of the BrooklynVegan-presented Red Bull Sound Select shows with The Menzingers: April 11 at The Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ with Big Eyes and Cheerbleeders, then April 14 at Baby's All Right with Big Eyes, and Crazy & The Brains. Both shows are $3 at the door with RSVP, or $10 without. No advanced sales. RSVP for NJ here (21+) and NYC here (18+). Even if you RSVP, entry is first come, first served.

In addition to his cable access show Brett also co-hosts (with Sally Burtnick) the monthly The Macaulay Culkin Show at Shea Stadium. The April edition (4/26) will feature Seaton Smith, Phoebe Robinson, Jason Saenz, Unisex, Max Wittert, Brian Fiddyment and Edy Modica.

You can also catch Brett this weekend in NYC. Tonight (4/3) he'll be at BHQFU on Avenue A, for the "Quinceañera de Elisa" with Brian Fiddyment & Edy Modica, Becca Kauffman, Mary Houlihan & Sam Taggart, Colin Burgess and hosts Lorelei Ramirez and Ana Fabrega. On Saturday (4/4) at The Creek, he'll be appearing as part of "Underbelly" with Nick Vatterott, Maria Heinegg, Tony Zaret, Courtney Maginnis, Joseph Klein, Clark Jones, Will Winner, Amber Nelson, and host Nick Naney. He's got a bunch of other appearances lined up and all dates are listed below...

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Bob and David

Whether this is directly related to the mysterious Mr. Show writers confab that happened earlier this year or not, Bob Odenkirk and David Cross are getting back into the sketch comedy show business with With Bob and David, which will be a Netflix original series available at some point later this year. There will be four half-hour episodes and an hour-long "making-of" special, Deadline reports. The pair describe it thusly:

After being dishonorably discharged from the Navy SEAL, Bob and David are back serving our country the way they do best: making sketch comedy. Four half-hours of brand-new comedy featuring all new characters, all new scenes and, most importantly, all new wigs.
Hopefully they'll also make room for Pit-Pat's return as well. Netflix is also home to the Wet Hot American Summer miniseries that will be available this summer. Bob Odenkirk's Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul wraps up its first season next week.

March 31, 2015


Startalk Live! with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman is coming to the Apollo Theatre on May 28. Tickets are currently on StarTalk presale (password = COSMIC), there's an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/1) at noon, an Apollo presale starting Thursday (4/2) at noon and tix go on sale to the general public on Friday (4/3) at noon.

StarTalk will become a weekly late night talk show on the National Geographic Channel starting April 20. That will have a wide variety of guests and each episode will feature a minute-long rant from Bill Nye (a la Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes). The show will be filmed in front of a studio audience at the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium.

In other news, Eugene Mirman just performed in NYC as part of the "Bob's Burgers Live!" tour that hit Beacon Theatre on Friday (3/27). From Decider:

The lights go down and Benjamin (Bob Belcher) and Mirman (Gene) rise to the occasion to introduce how the night will play out -- every member of the Belcher clan will do their own stand-up routine, followed by a live table reading for an upcoming episode where they'll be joined by Kevin Kline (Mr. Fischoeder), Larry Murphy (Teddy), and showrunner Loren Bouchard. They then introduce Dan Mintz, known for his role as the inimitable Tina Belcher, who meekly took the stage following deafening applause. Needless to say, Mintz can't get through his first joke without the crowd breaking out into uproarious laughter -- Tina comes from that guy? -- and forcing him to start again. One might not expect Mintz, who looks like he enjoys quiet nights in with a good book after browsing Whole Foods and indecisively going home with nothing, to have been a part in creating one of the most fully formed female characters in primetime. Like Tina, however, Mintz gives whole new meaning to "deadpan" by refusing to smile during his entire set before bringing out his "sister," Kristen Schaal, followed by Eugene Mirman, John Roberts, and H. Jon Benjamin, who all brought the house down in their own fashion and comedic style before sitting down for a hilarious table read of an upcoming episode.
Eugene Mirman has a handful of live appearances coming up (including standup, StarTalks, and other things), though nothing in NYC right now, and those are listed below.

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March 30, 2015

Trevor Noah

South African comedian Trevor Noah has been chosen as the new host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show once Jon Stewart steps down later this year. Noah joined the show as a correspondent back in December and has only made three appearances on the show. From the New York Times:

"You don't believe it for the first few hours," Mr. Noah said of learning about his new job. "You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you're in a place where you can't really get alcohol."

The appointment of Mr. Noah, a newcomer to American television, promises to add youthful vitality and international perspective to "The Daily Show." It puts a nonwhite performer at the head of this flagship Comedy Central franchise, and one who comes with Mr. Stewart's endorsement.

"I'm thrilled for the show and for Trevor," Mr. Stewart said in a statement. "He's a tremendous comic and talent that we've loved working with." Mr. Stewart added that he "may rejoin as a correspondent just to be a part of it!!!"

But the decision also invites questions about Mr. Noah's experience and visibility (or lack thereof), and why the network did not choose a woman to crack the all-male club of late-night television hosts.

Michele Ganeless, the Comedy Central president, said in an interview: "We talked to women. We talked to men. We found in Trevor the best person for the job."

Noah's a brilliant storyteller, as anyone who saw his acclaimed Born a Crime show can attest. Congratulations and good luck, Trevor!

Watch one of Noah's Daily show segments, below..

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March 18, 2015

photo: Carrie w/ Sleater-Kinney at T5 this month (more by PSquared)

Carrie Brownstein has briefly mentioned she had written a memoir before, and now it has a title, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, and a release date: October 27, 2015. Penguin Publishing describes it as a " deeply personal look at life in rock and roll" and...:

intimately [capturing] what it feels like to be a young woman in a rock-and-roll band, from her days at the dawn of the underground feminist punk-rock movement that would define music and pop culture in the 1990s through today."
It will cover her earlier days in music but, unfortunately, "today" ends right around 2006 when Sleater-Kinney went on hiatus. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl is available for pre-order now.

In other Carrie news, the always funny Portlandia, which just wrapped up its current season last week, just got renewed for two more seasons. Carrie was just in NYC with Janet and Corin for two sold-out Sleater-Kinney shows at Terminal 5.

March 17, 2015


After teasing us with a couple tracks, the Game of Thrones "Catch the Throne II" mixtape is out now, kicking off strong with Method Man's Night's Watch riff on "The Oath" and running through Mushroomhead's rager, "The Crows," with cuts from Snoop Dogg, Mastodon, Estelle, Anthrax, Talib Kweli and more. It's all interspersed with dialogue from the series. You can stream it and download for free from Soundcloud below.

Game of Thrones' fifth season begins April 12 on HBO.

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