TV Junkie: Thursday Is Wall To Wall Comedy from 8:00pm-1:30am
We've got some great comedy tonight with a very competitive hour of TV at 10pm led by "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" (above) but there's also "Storm Chasers," "Burn Notice," and "Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution," so take your pick. The 11pm hour is also tight with a great lineup on "Chelsea Lately" (Sarah Collona, Brad Wollack, TJ Miller) as well as Adam Sandler on "The Daily Show" and Chris Hardwick and Kirsten Dunst on "Conan." At 11:30pm we'll be watching "Dave's Old Porn" (see my write-up below) but musician/producer/savant Brian Eno is going to be on "The Colbert Report" so there are a lot of tough choices to make this evening.
"Conan" writer Todd Levin wrote an illustrative piece for the New York Times that (non-cynically) describes the obscene stratification and industry-whipped culture in Los Angeles. As someone who has observed every kind of interaction he describes firsthand I wonder how any of it contributes to better art/product - there is so much information about TV and film floating around in LA but a dearth of ability, morality, or even good manners.
Tomorrow night, LA-based comedian Bill Burr headlines Carnegie Hall in New York in what will be a historic performance. Tonight you can see him on Dave Attell's Showtime show "Dave's Old Porn" at 11:30pm along with porn star Nina Hartley. Burr's most recent podcast from this last Monday features Attell as a guest and it's hilarious. This is a week with a lot of connections for me: I've shot several videos with Burr, I'm going to be at the Carnegie Hall show, I've seen Attell about a dozen times, and I've met Nina Hartley a couple times - the first time was when I was a course assistant for the first pornography film studies course in the country, taught by Dr. Constance Penley at UC Santa Barbara, and the 2nd time I met her was at the 2nd annual Webby Awards. It's a small world.
The Academy has selected Billy Crystal to host its upcoming awards. With Eddie Murphy backing out after his buddy Brett Ratner resigning as producer, it kind of felt like the Academy was scrambling but if you recall, soon after the embarrassing turn at hosting that Anne Hathaway and James Franco took earlier this year (not 100% their fault BTW), Crystal threw his hat in the ring so it was no surprise to me that he got the job again. It will be both familiar and boring so I'm disappointed. There was a lot of idiotic speculation, even on LAist, that the Muppets might host, which would have been a huge mistake. If a puppet were going to host the show, I would have nominated Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, who would have easily outdone Ricky Gervais (who is amazingly in the running to host the Golden Globes again in a few months).
Hey, sorry about not mentioning the CMAs but I hate country music, deal.
The TV Junkie Must-Watch Plan: "Community," "Parks and Recreation," "The Office," "Whitney," "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia," "The League," "Chelsea Lately," "Dave's Old Porn," "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson"
8:00pm Community NBC - Studies in Modern Movement The group tries to help Annie move in with Troy and Abed but things go awry when she becomes frustrated by their lifestyle; Dean Pelton blackmails Jeff into spending the afternoon with him.
8:30pm Parks and Recreation NBC - The Treaty Leslie asks Ben, Andy and April to help host a Model U.N. for the local high school; Chris asks Ann for dating advice; Ron tries to find a replacement for Tom.
9:00pm The Office NBC - Pam's Replacement Pam teams up with Dwight to prove that Jim thinks her temporary replacement is pretty; Robert California asks to join Andy, Darryl and Kevin's band.
9:30pm Whitney NBC - Getting to Know You During a double date, Whitney learns more about Alex's past; a sore loser emerges during a basketball game; Lily tries to win over Neal's mother.
10:00pm It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia FX - The Gang Gets Trapped The gang's plan to extract an artifact is jeopardized when the owners turn out to be home.
10:00pm Burn Notice USA - Breaking Point Michael teams up with the brother of a victim of gang violence to entrap the gang in a weapons scheme; Sam goes undercover on a college campus
10:00pm Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution Comedy Central - Cristela Alonzo; Larry Omaha; Maz Jobrani.
10:00pm Chef Hunter Food - Border Grill Two candidates challenge for Executive Chef at Los Angeles Border Grill.
10:00pm Storm Chasers Discovery - All or Nothing Team Dominator is on the trail of a monster tornado; Team TWISTEX has one last chance to deploy their probe into the tornado's path.
10:30pm The League FX - Yobogoya! Taco competes in a jingle contest for a fast food restaurant; Pete holds a grudge against a traffic cop; Jenny almost ruins Ruxin's chance to work a big case.
11:00pm Chelsea Lately E! - Ellen Barkin is guest. Sarah Collona, Brad Wollack, and TJ Miller are panelists.
11:00pm Conan TBS - Actress Kirsten Dunst; show host Chris Hardwick.
11:30pm Dave's Old Porn Showtime - Bill Burr; Nina Hartley.
11:30pm The Colbert Report Comedy Central - Interview guest Brian Eno
11:35pm Late Show With David Letterman CBS - Actress Katie Holmes; stupid human tricks; Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds perform.
11:35pm The Tonight Show With Jay Leno NBC - Actress Whitney Cummings; TV host Chris Matthews; Il Divo performs.
12:05am Jimmy Kimmel Live ABC - Actress Kristen Stewart; actor Jon Bernthal; Feist performs.
12:35am The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson CBS - Actress Molly Shannon; actor Michael K. Williams; author Larry King as the voice of Geoff.
12:35am Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC - Actor Robert Pattinson; actor Mike White; businessman Reggie Fils-Aime; Hunter Hayes performs.