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TV Junkie: 'Web Soup' vs. 'Tosh.0'

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Who get's the thumbs-up? Daniel Tosh's "Tosh.0" on Comedy Central or Chris Hardwick's "Web Soup" on G4?

Who get's the thumbs-up? Daniel Tosh's "Tosh.0" on Comedy Central or Chris Hardwick's "Web Soup" on G4?
It's Wednesday which means "duelling" web clip comedy shows "Web Soup" on G4 at 9pm tonight and "Tosh.0" on Comedy Central at 10:30pm. Which show do you prefer? Yes, they both show web clips but they have some differences: "Web Soup" will grab content that's not just from the web, anything is fair game to them. "Web Soup" is also produced throughout the year with occasional breaks. They also tape "Web Soup" the day before it airs so there's an immediacy to a lot of the content: it really is a collection of the silliest/most-disgusting content of the week. "Tosh.0" is a seasonal show taped in a big chunk over few weeks, hence their need to do a "what we missed" segment in each season opener. Certainly "Web Soup" acts on the opportunity to be more current and topical but perhaps keeping up with the necessary churn may result in showing us something in order to show us "something" vs "something good". Perhaps the "Tosh.0" team has an advantage by having more time to truly find the best and have more time to come up with better bits - what do you think?

Then we have the hosts: Chris Hardwick with legitimate @nerdist street cred is perfect for G4's "Web Soup" he's all over "Attack of the Show" and sister network E!'s "The Soup" and "Chelsea Handler". Hardwick also has a monthly live podcast at the Largo in addition to other stand-up appearances around town, primarily at the Improv. The point is, he seems to be fairly accessible if you want to check out his comedy chops and he's always coming up with new material on the fly and knows how to run a show. We just don't know what Daniel Tosh is capable of comparably speaking. We think he's great on "Tosh.0", his attitude, cheekiness, irreverence and a willingness to "go there" makes him very entertaining to watch. He's got a tour coming up this fall that may hit the LA area by November. Last Fall he did some shows and we got some PR inviting us to see a show and talk to him but we never heard back from those Comedy Central folks which we kind of consider to be a bit of an eff up [Dear PR people - you should probably respond to folks who respond to your spam about writing a story]. We will see a show of his and he will probably kick ass at it. If "Web Redemption" was his idea, he's a genius.

These are just some of the facts. We think there's room for both of these but what do you think - which one is better and why? "Web Soup" vs. "Tosh.0"
You can tune into tonight's (6:30pm) "Curb Your Enthusiasm" live chat with Richard Lewis right here using the player at the end of this post. The previous 2 chats with Susie Essman were great but we're really psyched to see how Richard Lewis deals with an interaction like this. "Curb Your Enthusiasm" plays on TV Guide Network at 10pm followed by "Curb: The Discussion" with Richard Lewis and several other special guests.
Tonight marks the debut of Betty White's new project on TV Land, "Hot In Cleveland" at 10pm. Not groundbreaking, but a capable sitcom. We're a big fan of Wendie Malick so we enjoyed it but it may not be for everybody.
Late night is looking good: we've got Louis C.K. on "The Daily Show" followed by DEVO on Colbert. Last night the DEVO performance on Letterman was completely effed up - chances are they will have more time and look/sound better on Colbert. Was Letterman drunk? He and Couric would not stop their pointless meandering about the BP disaster - we learned nothing new and it resulted in a lot of scheduling issues and bad programming. That's considered a veteran production? Time for some new blood Dave.
The TV Junkie Plan: Tour de Suisse, World Cup Soccer, "Fabulous Beekman Boys", "Hot In Cleveland", "Tosh.0", "The Daily Show" (Louis C.K.!!), "Colbert Report" (DEVO!), Letterman (John Goodman), Fallon.

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4:00pm Cycling Versus - Tour de Suisse, Stage 5 From Wettingen to Frutigen.

6:00pm E3 2010 Live G4 - Day 2 "Rage"; "Killzone 3"; "Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2"; "Assassin's Creed Brotherhood."

8:00pm World Cup Soccer ESPN2 - Group Stage: Spain vs. Switzerland From Durban, South Africa.

8:00pm TV's Greatest Surprises: A Paley Center for Media Special CBS - Jeff Probst counts down the 30 biggest surprises in prime-time TV history; the shows' stars and producers discuss the stories behind the shocking events.

8:00pm So You Think You Can Dance Fox - The finalists are paired with their all-star dancers and perform.

9:00pm Web Soup G4 - Special E3 edition.

9:00pm The Fabulous Beekman Boys Planet Green - Josh and Brent decide to purchase a farm in upstate New York and launch their organic brand.

9:00pm Throwdown With Bobby Flay Food - Bobby takes on Rodney Henry and his Cowboy Quiche.

9:00pm Top Chef Bravo - What's Your Constituency?

9:00pm MythBusters Discovery - 25 Best Busted Myths

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9:30pm The Fabulous Beekman Boys Planet Green - Brent tries to stir up business by having a garden party on the Beekman property.

10:00pm Hot in Cleveland TVLand - Series Premiere.

10:00pm Curb Your Enthusiasm / Curb The Discussion TV Guide - Larry gets into a fight with an interior decorator at Diane Keaton's house. Richard Lewis guests on "Discussion".

10:00pm Happy Town ABC - The interrogation of John Haplin about missing Lauryn Ward intensifies

10:00pm In Plain Sight USA - The Born Identity

10:00pm Vanguard: Soccer’s Lost Boys Current TV - An investigation into the illegal trafficking of underage African soccer players.

10:00pm Dinner: Impossible Food - Celebrating Divorce Court's 2000th episode, Robert must match up some newly divorced food combinations.

10:30pm Tosh.0 Comedy Central - More Daniel Tosh rippin' the web a new one

11:00pm The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Comedy Central - Louis C.K.!!

11:00pm Lopez Tonight TBS - Actors Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan and Taraji P. Henson of "The Karate Kid."

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Chelsea and gang don't have their guests in the TV feed and they don't email me either

11:30pm The Colbert Report Comedy Central - DEVO!!!

11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actor John Goodman; chef Emeril Lagasse; Deer Tick performs.

11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Lauren Graham; actor Rob Schneider; Matisyahu performs.

12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actor Tim Allen; actress Saffron Burrows.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actress Lisa Kudrow; wrestler Big Show; the Gaslight Anthem performs