TV Junkie: NBC Launches 3-Hour Comedy Block; Comics Who Podcast -> TV Fame?
Tonight NBC is unveiling its 3 hour block of comedy, breaking, as NPR put it, that "unspoken rule of broadcast television, thou shalt not program comedy after 10pm." Since we think NBC Thursday night comedies are some of the best things since sliced bread, we're going to give it a try. We're even going to try out "Perfect Couples" (8:30pm), because, well, we really like Mary Elizabeth Ellis of "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" fame, and Olivia Munn, more for her days at "Attack of the Show" than "The Daily Show," but who's counting. The challenge for "Perfect Couples" is to fully leverage its cast and to differentiate itself from what will be a wave of Cute&Funny couples comedies over the next couple months. If they've let the cast flex their muscles then they will have a successful first season, if not...
When [Comedy/Podcasting] Worlds Collide: Greg Fitzsimmons, who recorded us on his podcast last weekend, did an amazingly killer set on "Lopez Tonight" last night - check it out here [must-watch]. Fitzsimmons was on Marc Maron's WTF podcast just last week (listen here) and tonight Marc Maron will be on "Conan." Greg Proops, whose (excellent) live podcast I attended last week (listen here) was counted by The Hollywood Reporter TV critic (and friend) Tim Goodman as a forerunner for replacing Regis Philben on "Live! With Regis And Kelly" pending his retirement - a move that would finally make that show worth watching. And, in summary, it should be noted that Greg Fitzsimmons, Marc Maron, and Bill Burr (a frequent interview subject whose podcast we've often highlighted here) all have TV shows that are actively in development and/or have even shot a pilot. 2011 could be a great year for all of these great producers of comedy and for us viewers.