TV Junkie: The Onion News Network Returns; Hank Williams Jr Booted; 'Playboy Club' Axed
Ron Howard of "Arrested Development" spoke with Kevin Pereira on G4's "Attack of the Show" yesterday and gave us some more info on what a return to TV would mean for the critically acclaimed series [watch video clip abvove].
It was a thrill to see ESPN react so quickly to Hank Williams Jr.'s comparison of President Obama to Hitler on a bizarre appearance yesterday on "Fox & Friends" by removing his song from the opening of their Monday Night Football coverage. If you look like a bloated redneck racist, you probably shouldn't also sound like one if you want to have a high profile in the media. ESPN removed Williams' song by the time Monday Night Football aired which was pretty fast. Later in the day Williams tried to complain about accusations about racism in the Tea Party (a phenomena that is well-documented but not well-reported) but I'm not sure how he combatted that perception with his appearance on Fox. Also, you can get a Confederate flag with Hank Williams Jr.'s face on it and don't forget one of his most popular songs, "If The South Woulda Won (We'd A Had It Made)".
Forgot to mention in yesterday's column: The LA Times had a great interview with Thomas Jane of HBO's "Hung" which had a typically fun and over-the-top season premiere on Sunday. Also in the premiere was the very funny (and stunning) Arden Myrin who had a great showing on Monday's "Chelsea Lately."
I've got to say that I'm utterly amazed that Fox's "Terra Nova" held it's premiere audience numbers last night. I haven't dumped on the show here so it's with genuine curiosity that I ask: Who watches "Terra Nova" and why? I'd like to hear your answers. Currently the show enjoys a lack of competition but that will change over the next few weeks as more premieres come online.
"The Playboy Club" has been canceled but it never should have been made in the first place. The show was NBC's shallow attempt to out "Mad Men" AMC but Style + T&A ≠ Style + Substance. A couple other shows that never should have been made this season: "Pan Am" and "Charlie's Angels" - these are big, flashy, and expensive shows that siphoned away money and talent from original and creative ideas.
"The Onion News Network" returns to TV tonight at 10pm on IFC with host Brooke Alvarez and their amazing collection of correspondents and "experts." We have an interview with one of the executive producers coming later this week but in the meantime check out the teaser video done by Reggie Watts at the end of this post. This is a very fun show, thank goodness it repeats often on IFC, be sure to check it out.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Prohibition," "New Girl," "Raising Hope," "Sons of Anarchy," "Chelsea Lately," "Late Show With David Letterman," "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"
8:00pm Prohibition PBS SoCal/KOCE - A Nation of Hypocrites Support for Prohibition diminishes in the mid-1920s; Congress passes the 21st Amendment in 1933, repealing Prohibition.
9:00pm New Girl Fox - Wedding When Nick worries he will run into his ex-girlfriend at a wedding, he asks Jess to be his date; Winston gets competitive on the dance floor; Schmidt garners the attention of a beautiful woman (Katie Cassidy) and his "frenemy" (Natasha Lyonne).
9:00pm 24 Hours in the ER BBC America - An 11-year-old is hit by a van; three trauma patients arrive in quick succession; a gang gathers outside the ER.
9:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles CBS - Backstopped Sam, working under cover as a bomb specialist, tries to help the team find stolen explosives in the city
9:30pm Raising Hope Fox - Kidnapped When a man who kidnapped Burt 20 years earlier comes to visit, new light is shed on the incident; Jimmy makes Sabrina uncomfortable.
10:00pm Sons of Anarchy FX - Brick SAMCRO enlists a former foe to help stop the advancement of Charming Heights; the Sheriff presses Juice for information.
10:00pm Onion News Network IFC - Season Premiere. Asteroid Heads to Earth An asteroid is about to destroy Earth.
10:00pm Chopped Food - Time & Space Protein shocker and can openers; astronaut ice cream in the entree round.
10:00pm Tosh.0 Comedy Central - The redneck roof jumper; Daniel makes insane proclamations on Twitter.
10:00pm Parenthood NBC - Clear Skies From Here On Out Zeek gets his first acting job; Sarah and Mark take their friendship to the next level; Haddie and Alex grow apart
10:30pm Workaholics Comedy Central - Temp-Tress The guys try not to constantly have erections when a hot girl temps at TelAmeriCorp.
11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Interview guest Michael Lewis
11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Actress Anna Faris; TV personality Ross Mathews; comic Loni Love; comic Jeff Wild.
11:30pm The Colbert Report Comedy Central - Interview guests John Lithgow & Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor Hugh Jackman; actress Sean Young; Feist performs.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - TV personality Kim Kardashian and professional basketball player Kris Humphries; actor Kenny Wormald; Leann Rimes performs.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actress Evangeline Lilly; eliminated contestant from "Dancing With the Stars"; Mutemath performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Jessica Lange; author Jacques Steinberg.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - TV personality Simon Cowell; actress Laura Dern; entrepreneurs Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield