Recent Posts in TV - Page 7

October 8, 2014

Nickelodeon

One of the big anticipated events at NY Super Week was "SLIMED: A Night of Nickelodeon Nostalgic Nonsense" at Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday (10/10) featuring a live taping of Pete & Pete stars Danny Tamberelli and Michael Maronna's podcast, a segment on the music of Doug (a live performance by show creators Fred Newman & Dan Sawyer), and a live performance by Pete & Pete theme song band, Polaris. But less than a day before the event was to take place, the event has been canceled. There is good news, though, see below.

The sudden cancellation could have something to do with the Flavorwire interview with  Matt Klickstein -- who was the host of the Super Week event and who wrote the SLIMED book about '90s Nickelodeon. You'd think it would be all fun and "remember when" interview, but it got into some thorny territory, including bashing of the current state of Nickelodeon, but also...race and sexism. An excerpt:

The reason Pete & Pete does so well is it's the best show from that era. It's the best show from that network! Hands down: the way it looked, the music, the fact that they got all these really interesting cameos... so the fact that it happens to take place in the suburbs of New Jersey, you know, it's a whitewashed area! There's nothing to be said about that. So too with Clarissa.

I think it's worse when they shove it in there. Sanjay and Craig is a really good example, which funnily enough is written in part by Will McRobb and Chris Viscardi from Pete & Pete. That show is awkward because there's actually no reason for that character to be Indian -- except for the fact that [Nickelodeon President] Cyma Zarghami and the women who run Nickelodeon now are very obsessed with diversity. Which is fine -- do what you're gotta do, and Dora [the Explorer] was certainly something of a success, but there's no reason for [Sanjay] to be Indian at all. No one working on that show is Indian. They're all white. It's all the white people from Bob's Burgers and Will and Chris.

And there's lots more:
I think that it does the culture a disservice. If I were Indian or Jewish, for example, and watched something where the characters are Jewish or supposed to be, and if it's not specific to that, then I start to wonder, "Why are they doing this?" It becomes blackface.

They're exploiting this, they're using this thing, they're taking advantage of it. They're doing it just for that reason: "Hey, here is the Jewish character" or "Hey, here's the Indian character" or "Hey, here's the token black," which I think South Park does so amazingly well. For example, I've worked very closely with people with disabilities, volunteering, sometimes paid, and I love what South Park does.

There's much more to this interview and you can read the whole thing here.Some people are sticking up for Klickstein, like Trevor Eyster who played "Sponge" on Salute Your Shorts. He wrote a lenghty post on Facebook, saying Klickstein was a victim of "corporate interest and censorship":
The decision to cancel the event was made by Comic-Con. And while they haven't released a statement, it would sure seem like this is a case of a corporate entity not wanting to be attached to the opinions of another that would seem controversial, or unclarified....

...I am standing by my friend, because that's what friends do. I am asking all of you to deepen your understanding of the TRUE narrative here. And the true narrative is: Nickelodeon once represented the spirit of the anti-corporate. Now, while Nickelodeon didn't curate, sponsor or endorse this event --- all of the interested parties, are fans of its 90's "products". In order to hold an event of this size, logistically, there was a need for a Comicon. Comicon yanked its support at the last minute, and that's who you need to be upset with...

...You can be upset with Matt for a badly worded interview all you want - but it's not only unproductive, it's misdirected. 

You oughta be PISSED OFF at the corporate heads of Comic-Con for pulling the plug from an old-paradigm fear-based profit-motive mentality. 

This is a bummer for '90s Nickelodeon fans -- many of whom were coming from out-of-town for this -- but there is a silver lining as the Super Week event is now, basically, happening as two smaller, separate events on Thursday. First is "Slimed! An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age" at Treehouse Theatre (154 W 29th St, New York,) from 6 - 9 PM, featuring the music of Doug with a live performance by show creators Fred Newman & Dan Sawyer and hosted by Nick Arcade's Phil Moore. It's $8 at the door and Super Week ticketholders get priority entry. More info here.

Then later Thursday night (10:30 PM) at The Bell House it's a live taping of Danny Tamberelli and Michael Maronna's podcast, The Adventures of Danny & Mike, with a live performance by Polaris. Tickets to that show are $10 and on sale now. AND, update: Danny Tamberelli "just wanted to say that I was really looking forward to a night of nostalgia and to hang with the fans of all things 90s nick. Sometimes weird stuff happens that you can't control. Polaris and the podcast want to try to create something out of the ashes like a Phoenix. (also a ginger ironically)."

If you miss it, Polaris returns to the road in November for more shows including a BrooklynVegan-presented NYC show at Knitting Factory (though that one is sold out).

October 6, 2014

Twin Peaks

David Lynch has been dropping hints on Twitter, and now comes word that the filmmaker is returning to Twin Peaks, for new episodes of the acclaimed, awesomely weird show which originally ran for two seasons on ABC in 1990 and 1991. The new series will be on Showtime and will debut in 2016. Whoa!

Nine episodes -- all written by Lynch and co-creator Mark Frost and directed by Lynch -- will be made. Says Lynch and Frost, "The mysterious and special world of 'Twin Peaks' is pulling us back. We're very excited. May the forest be with you." Watch a teaser video below...

For folks in NYC who have never seen the show (or who want to watch it again with a roomful of fans), starting next week (10/15) at Videology in Williamsburg, they're bringing back Twin Peaks Bingo, showing two every Tuesday till they run out. It's free and a lot of fun.

Twin Peaks, the band from Chicago, will be here for CMJ.

Continue reading "David Lynch making more 'Twin Peaks' -- Showtime in 2016"

Better Call Saul

As we mentioned they would, AMC debuted the video for the Better Call Saul song last night (10/5). As sung by Junior Brown, it's a honky-tonk jingle that lays out the basic premise in a catchy way. Plus a couple quick looks at scenes from the show which premieres in February 2015. Watch it below.

The show's star, Bob Odenkirk, will be in NYC in November.

Continue reading "watch the 'Better Call Saul' music video w/ Junior Brown"

Omar comin'...Bunk too
The Wire

In the words of Senator Clay Davis, well sheeeiiiit! The cast and creators of The Wire are reuniting for a retrospective/Q&A for the 2014 Paleyfest on October 16 at The Paley Center for Media in NYC. In attendance will be creator David Simon, producer Nina Noble, and cast members Wendell Pierce (Bunk), Sonja Sohn (Greggs), Michael Kenneth Williams (Omar), Seth Gilliam (Carter), Jim True-Frost (Prez), John Doman (Rawls), Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (D'Angelo Barksdale), and Jamie Hector (Marlo). There will also be a special video introduction by Dominick West (McNulty) and the panel will be moderated by popular TV critic Alan Sepinwall. Tickets go on sale Tuesday (10/7) at 10 AM.

This year's Paleyfest goes from October 11 - 19 and also has panels with cast/creators of shows Hannibal (10/18), Law & Order SVU (10/13), The Walking Dead (10/11), Gotham (10/18), Archer (10/12), Bob's Burgers (10/15), and more. Tickets are on sale, and full 2015 Paleyfest lineup below...

Continue reading "cast/crew of 'The Wire' reuniting for Paleyfest which also has panels on 'Hannibal,' 'Bob's Burgers,' 'Walking Dead' & more"

September 18, 2014

Matt Groening

The Brooklyn Academy of Music has announced:

Bestsellers, trend-setters, celebrities, visual wizards, and story-tellers converge at BAM in three wide-ranging, one-night-only events in the winter of 2015. Filmmaker Miranda July discusses her debut novel with Lena Dunham; legendary cartoonists Matt Groening and Lynda Barry compare storyboard ideas; and authors Neil Gaiman and Daniel Handler present a no-holds-barred evening of camaraderie.

Tickets go on sale September 29 (September 22 for Friends of BAM). For ticket information call BAM Ticket Services at 718.636.4100 or visit www.BAM.org.

The exact schedule is listed below:

Continue reading "Lena Dunham, Matt Groening, Neil Gaiman & others having conversations at BAM"

September 11, 2014

Simpsons action figures
Simpsons action figures
Simpsons action figures
Simpsons action figures
Simpsons action figures

The ongoing Simpsons "Greatest Guest Stars" action figure line is adding Aerosmith, Tom Jones, Weird Al Yankovic, Elvis Costello, and astronaut Buzz Aldrin to the growing collection. This "fourth wave" of characters will be available in October, and can now join Hugh Hefner, James Brown, Yao Ming, Tom Hanks, Kid Rock, The Who, Britney Spears, Mark Hamill, Lucy Lawless, Tony Hawk, Penn and Teller, Bret Hart, Stephen King, Leonard Nimoy and R.E.M. in your display case.

August 29, 2014

Weezer at Firefly 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Weezer

The story of Weezer's Rivers Cuomo extended break from being a famous rock frontman to attend Harvard University is now getting turned into a sitcom on Fox. Deadline reports:

Psych creator Steve Franks has teamed with rock musician Rivers Cuomo for DeTour, a single-camera comedy inspired by the Weezer frontman's real-life experiences. The project, from 20th Century Fox TV, has landed at Fox with a put pilot commitment. DeTour centers on a thirtysomething rock star who, unable to rationalize his success and worried that he may not have the tools to repeat it, walks away from the spotlight at the height of his fame in an effort to rediscover the parts of his life he missed while he was busy becoming a massive success.

...The series would mirror and embellish Cuomo's journey with a fictional character and the small band of misfit friends that make it possible for one another to get through these formative years.

I guess maybe it's better than a Broadway musical? Maybe?

In other news, Weezer's new Ric Ocasek-produced album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End (due 10/7 via Repulbic), will feature Best Coast singer Bethany Cosentino on the track "Go Away." A clip of that was recently revealed and can be streamed below...

Continue reading "Rivers Cuomo getting a sitcom about his life on Fox; Weezer streaming clip of new song ft. Best Coast"

August 28, 2014

David Lynch

David Lynch, whose foundation is hosting two benefit shows at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn this fall, meanwhile got involved with the charity of the moment, as you can watch in the video below...

Continue reading "David Lynch's ice bucket challenge, trumpet playing and a double espresso included"

August 27, 2014

Lavell Crawford

You might know him best as everyone's favorite Breaking Bad character Huell, but Lavell Crawford is also a stand up comedian. This year he has live dates coming up in Knoxville, Washington DC, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Dallas, NYC and NJ. The SIX NYC shows are this October at comedy club Caroline's on Broadway (tickets). The NJ show was just announced at Wellmont Theater in Montclair on December 5. Tickets for the NJ show are available now for $30 VIA GROUPON. Friday they go up to at least $50 when they go on sale via Live Nation.

Breaking Bad just took home a whole bunch of Emmys for its final season which seems like it happened so long ago...

As "True Detective's" cosmically attuned sleuth Rust Cohle put it: "Someone once told me time is a flat circle. Everything we've ever done or will do, we're gonna do over and over and over again."
[Washington Post]
Breaking Bad spinoff, Better Call Saul, which is based on Bob Odenkirk's Saul Goodman character (Huell's boss), will premiere on AMC in February 2015. Meanwhile they've released a few very short teasers which you can watch below...

Continue reading "Lavell Crawford (Huell) playing shows, Breaking Bad winning Emmys; Better Call Saul"

August 20, 2014

Simpsons
Simpsons
Simpsons
Simpsons
Simpsons

We mentioned before that FXNOW would be streaming every episode of the Simpsons, but Nerdist points out:

So, it's happening: from August 21st thru September 1st, FXX has decided to air every single episode of The Simpsons on its network. That even includes The Simpsons Movie. It is a gargantuan undertaking of the most dizzying order. And we've got a rundown of the episodes right here, right now, right for you.

Why yes, that is 552 episodes of television and a movie in only 12 days, the longest marathon ever. Somebody bring me my eyedrops.

Check out the full FXX schedule below...

Continue reading "FXX about to air 552 Simpsons episodes (and the movie) in 12 days [schedule]"