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Yesterday, we ran a piece on the history of animated TV comedy in the wake of The Simpsons, leaving off in 1999 with several new (and newish) shows finding success. The big networks spent most of the '90s trying to replicate the popularity of The Simpsons, with ABC, CBS, and NBC's attempts falling short and Fox finding hits at the end of the decade with a trio of new shows – King of the Hill, Futurama, and Family Guy. All of these shows echoed The Simpsons in some way. King of the Hill and [...]
Adult Swim added another 11-minute comedy to its roster last night – or yesterday morning. The network's new series, Newsreaders, is a spin-off from Rob Corddry's Childrens Hospital, but whereas Childrens Hospital riffs on over-dramatic medical dramas, Newsreaders skewers news magazine shows like 60 Minutes and 20/20. Like Childrens Hospital and Adult Swim sister show NTSF:SD:SUV, Newsreaders is jam-packed with great jokes, and the show's first two episodes find it full of potential.
Newsreaders is hosted by actor Mather Zickel, a veteran of producer David Wain's comedies, as serious newsman Louis La Fonda. As he proved during the three Childrens Hospital episodes that inspired Newsreaders to spin off into [...]
Don't have plans for New Year's yet? Why not spend it with Eric Andre on Adult Swim? The Eric Andre New Year's Eve Spooktacular will be airing on Monday, December 31st from 11:30pm to 12:15am on Adult Swim and will obviously feature a ton of unpredictable, crazy Eric Andre behavior. Celebrity guests include Demi Lovato, Sebastian Bach, Omarosa, Kevin Sorbo, Ren & Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi, and of course, Andre's co-host Hannibal Buress. The 45-minute special will feature a classic New Year's countdown and will be broadcast live in front of a studio audience, which is a pretty gutsy move on Adult Swim's part considering how Eric Andre [...]
Here's Swords, Knives, Very Sharp Objects and Cutlery, a new Adult Swim special written by and starring Rob Huebel that aired this morning at 4 AM. Huebel plays Dragon Shumway, a Kill Bill-esque samurai character he originated on Adult Swim's NTSF:SD:SUV, now hosting his own QVC-style infomercial where he sells weapons. Oh, and his TV studio is under attack. It's the second faux-infomercial Adult Swim has aired in the wee hours of the morning this year, after Michael Ian Black's You're Whole earlier this month. Hopefully, Adult Swim continues to let funny people do weird stuff at unholy hours of the morning for a long time to come.
Like a lot of San Diegans, I’m originally from somewhere else. My family moved here when I was but a slip of a lad, however, and I’ve definitely lived here longer than anywhere else. When I first moved here at the age of 12, I hated it intensely, bristling at the intense cultural differences between suburban Los Angeles and suburban San Diego in the way only a seventh grader can. But that hatred blossomed into a weird love/hate relationship that can only be justified by the glowing eye of my television set.
Other than Simon & Simon, there haven’t been many successful TV shows set here in America’s 8th [...]
Last year, Jon Glaser's witness protection comedy Delocated ended its third season in a way that made a fourth season seem uncertain. Today, Adult Swim announced that the show is ending, and they're airing a one-off special series finale episode next month. Entitled "The Frrt Identity," the finale special is a half-hour long and sees "Jon" waking up on a New York shore, suffering from amnesia. It's sad to see one of the weirdest and funniest shows on TV ending, but it looks like this finale will serve as a nice ending. The episode airs Thursday, March 7th at 12:30am, but you can check out a preview after the [...]
Adult Swim's new Childrens Hospital spin-off Newsreaders, a fake newsmagazine program hosted by Louis La Fonda (played by Mather Zickel), debuts this Thursday at midnight, but the network has uploaded the pilot to YouTube early in order to reel fans in. If you thought you'd never see Dan Rather and Brian Posehn on the same show, think again.
Here's the trailer for Adult Swim's new Childrens Hospital spinoff Newsreaders, a fake news magazine show that debuts Thursday, January 17th, at midnight. Created by the Childrens Hospital team of Rob Corddry, Jonathan Stern, and David Wain, Newsreaders stars Mather Zickel as Louis La Fonda, the host of Newsreaders, with Alison Becker, Kumail Nanjiani, Ray Wise, Dannah Phirman, and Andrea Savage serving as correspondents. The show has an impressive roster of guest stars lined up for its first season, including Katie Aselton, Ed Begley Jr., Lizzy Caplan, Garret Dillahunt, Dave Foley, Neil Flynn, Rachael Harris, Dennis Hayesbert, Tom Lennon, Joey McIntyre, Brian Posehn, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Dan Rather, Brandon [...]
Here's a preview of Childrens Hospital's fourth season finale, entitled "Eulogy," in which one of the cast members dies. Or at least a cast member on the show-within-the-show (Childrens Hospital is really confusing). In the episode, fictional newsmagazine show Newsreaders (which is getting its own spinoff soon) looks back on the departed cast member's life, which should be really tough on the other actors within-the-show-within-the-show.
Here's the first episode of Michael Ian Black's new Adult Swim show You're Whole, a phony 11-minute self-improvement infomercial he stars in as ponytailed sleazebag Randall Tyree Mandersohn. Black wrote the series with Stella/State buddy Michael Showalter directing. Adult Swim produced three episodes, which will be airing at 4am over the next three weeks. The first episode (above) will be playing on Adult Swim at 4am M-F this week, with the second episode airing at that time every day next week, and the third the week after.
Adult Swim is no stranger to airing fake infomercials created by comedians early in the morning. Three years ago, David Cross and Jon [...]
Having gone to college with the members of the comedy group The State in the late '80s, actor Mather Zickel began working with The State alumni like Reno 911!, The Ten, and Stella in the early 2000s. Now, he's front and center in Adult Swim's newest 11-minute comedy Newsreaders, a spin-off of Childrens Hospital produced and created by Rob Corddry, Jonathan Stern, and The State's David Wain. As Louis La Fonda, the host of Newsreaders, a fake newsmagazine show, Zickel nails the cadence and feel of tabloidy reporters, helping the show to take on 60 Minutes in the same way that Childrens Hospital skewers Grey's Anatomy. I recently had the chance to talk [...]
Comedian Eric Andre hosted a live New Year's special on Adult Swim earlier this week, dubbed The Eric Andre New Year's Eve Spooktacular. Adult Swim just posted the whole thing online, and you can watch the 45-minute special (27 without commercials) in its entirety via this link. Andre was joined by co-host Hannibal Buress and guests like Demi Lovato, Omarosa, and Kevin Sorbo. It's every bit as insane as you'd expect an Eric Andre Show special to be, and it's worth watching whether you want to have your own private second New Year's while you watch or not.
Tonight is the NTSF: SD: SUV:: Christmas special, in which our heroes are hunted by a homicidal Santa Claus. Perfect for the kids! As executive producer Curtis Gwinn, who also directed this episode, told me, "it's sort of a Paranormal Activity meets Tim Allen's The Santa Clause. You know, classic Christmas stuff." If that alone isn't enough to sell you, check out the exclusive clip above. The whole thing airs tonight at 12:15am on Adult Swim.
On "It's That Episode" Craig Rowin (UCB Theatre) invites guests over to watch any episode of any TV show they want. They discuss the episode and other crap.
A very special Space Ghost Coast To Coast episode. Dave Willis (Space Ghost, Aqua Teen Hunger Force) chooses some Space Ghost episodes for superfan Nate Smith (UCB Theatre) to watch. Nate talks about how he tailored his prom clothes to accommodate his Space Ghost fandom, and discusses his out of control TV addiction. Then Craig skypes with Dave Willis to talk about working on Space Ghost and all things Adult Swim, all while Dave attempts to buy Dwight Yoakam tickets.
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