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TV Junkie: A Chat With 'The Fabulous Beekman Boys' Which Premieres Tonight

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We're getting into a weird part of the TV season where series that started in January are reaching the end of their runs or are going on hiatus due to previous scheduled sports programming, etc. Thankfully basic cable steps up to the plate during these times and this year we will have several offerings from the likes of Discovery, Sundance, Science, Comedy Central, and Planet Green.

Tonight's season premiere of "The Fabulous Beekman Boys" is one of those shows. We followed the first season of the show last year and enjoyed it very much: the story of Dr. Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, who are attempting to make the transition from life in New York City to a goat farm in upstate New York, and their trials and tribulations, was at times both hilarious and touching. These guys started from scratch, hiring a part time farmer to help them along, but deciding what kind of cheeses and other products they can make from their goats and the farm.

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The second season of Planet Green's "The Fabulous Beekman Boys" premieres tonight at 10pm.
We spoke with the couple last week to find out what we were in store for this season. It turns out that we'll get to experience some small-town politics in the village of Sharon Springs, NY, where Ridge and Kilmer-Purcell have opened a successful mercantile location and where they helped create a hugely successful harvest festival that brought thousands of people to the small town of a few hundred; there will be guest appearances by Martha Stewart (Ridge's former boss), Rosie O'Donnell (who became a fan of Beekman1802 from watching last season), and some mystery guests; Ridge and Kilmer-Purcell also struggle with their relationship as Kilmer-Purcell still works in NYC during the week and returns home on weekends to work on the farm (when will Beekman1802 become successful enough to support him full-time at the farm); and of course, there's the everyday struggles of running an 80 acre working farm seemingly ruled by a renegade llama (see the above video) and a retailing business."The Fabulous Beekman Boys" is a microcosm of what many people are going through in America at this point in time: transitioning from one career to another, starting a home-based business, seeing the economic stresses affect their relationships with loved ones. If you are a fan of "slow food," DIY, home businesses, and crafts or cooking shows, you will enjoy "The Fabulous Beekman Boys." Planet Green airs back-to-back episodes on Tuesday nights at 10pm but the great thing about Planet Green is that it reairs its shows many times during the week. Do check their schedule to find a time that works for you if your 10pm is busy. This show is definitely worth checking out.
A couple weeks ago we wrote about seeing Eddie Pepitone at the Hollywood Improv and that Dana Gould opened for him and if you listened to our Channel Zero podcast you would have heard us admit that we were too shy to talk to Gould (writer for "The Simpsons" and frequent guest on "Real Time With Bill Maher") after the show. Our good friends at interviewed Dana Gould for their "Jordan, Jesse, Go!" podcast - it is definitely worth the listen.
If you are lucky enough to go see >Jim Norton and Joe Rogan at the Smodcastle tonight then damn you to hell because it's sold out and we would have loved to have gone.
In an effort to not be disappointed by another sold out show, may we suggest getting tickets to "The Jen Kirkman Talk Show" at UCB Theatre this Thursday night. It's only $5 and Kirkman's "Chelsea Handler" co-star Chris Franjola will be a guest as well as Maria Bamford.
Upcoming TV news: NBC's "Saturday Night Live" will feature Elton John as both musical guest and host on April 2nd, and Helen Mirren will host on April 9th.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern" (Hungary), "Lights Out," "The Fabulous Beekman Boys" (season premiere on late night rerun),"Chelsea Lately," "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" (Professional basketball player Dwight Howard; Richard Ashcroft performs)

8:00pm No Ordinary Family ABC - Mrs. X wants a supervillain, who has animallike powers, to eliminate the Powells; Daphne skips school to go to a video shoot

9:00pm Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern Travel - Hungary Tasting Hungary's traditional favorites and modern dishes.

9:00pm NCIS: Los Angeles CBS - A Navy Intelligence commander is tracking the moves of a Venezuelan politician, then the officer disappears

10:00pm Lights Out FX - Lights tries to help a broke and drunk former champ; Lights' future is threatened by a talkative witness.

10:00pm The Fabulous Beekman Boys Planet Green - Season Premiere. Josh and Brent struggle with still living apart as Brent runs the business in the village and Josh earns a paycheck in the city.

10:30pm The Fabulous Beekman Boys Planet Green - Josh tries to convince Brent to take a vacation; instead Brent plans a road trip to adopt Black Welsh sheep.

11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Vera Wang guests

11:00pm Conan TBS - Eric Stonestreet from "Modern Family", Teddy Thompson performs

12:00am Lopez Tonight TBS - Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott, Jim Rome, Hollywood Undead performs

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12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actor Rainn Wilson; actress Abbie Cornish; Gaslight Anthem performs.

12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Professional basketball player Dwight Howard; Richard Ashcroft performs.