Sometimes TV shows drag their unfunny, uninteresting, yet highly rated feet across our living rooms for years. “Who let this happen?” we cry in vain. Other times, the powers that be get things right. That’s where “Brilliantly Canceled” comes in, looking at the shows that didn’t make it past their first season and saved us all a ton of grief.
We all have our favorite alternate history scenarios: What if Columbus wasn't bad at his job and didn't accidentally discover America? What if Kennedy invaded Cuba? What if Lucky Louie wasn't canceled after thirteen episodes?
That last one might not seem to be as historically important as the [...]
Here's Louis C.K. on Letterman last night to promote his new HBO stand-up hour, Louis C.K.: Oh My God, which premieres a week from Saturday on April 13th. Letterman got down to brass tacks and asked C.K. about an episode of Louie last season that ended with him screaming, "Fuck you, Letterman!" at the Ed Sullivan Theater from the street, and the two managed to work the misunderstanding out.
Next Oscar season, you might be seeing Louis C.K. around all these fancy awards shows as part of a nominated film. C.K. is in talks to join the cast of an Oscar bait-y movie from filmmaker David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter), according to The Hollywood Reporter. It's a period drama formerly called American Bullshit that centers on con artist Mel Weinberg who directed a wide-ranging FBI sting operation called Abscam. C.K. is in negotiations to play a supporting role as an FBI agent. The rest of the cast includes Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, and Amy Adams. If Louis C.K. officially signs on, he'll [...]
In a season full of amazing performances from guest stars like Parker Posey and Maria Bamford, filmmaker David Lynch had perhaps the most memorable role out of anyone in the last season of Louie. The NY Times has an extended excerpt from an interview with Louis C.K. they published yesterday in which he explains how he got Lynch to do the show and includes every single detail he could possibly share about the situation.
You'd think that, what with Louis C.K. being the nation's biggest stand-up and all, that his audiences wouldn't heckle him, but you'd be wrong. Here he is performing as a benefit for P.S. 3 on Staten Island on March 1st at NY City Center, when someone from the audience interrupts him to compliment his boots. C.K.'s responses is as funny and interesting as you'd expect, and hopefully, it will stop people from heckling Louis C.K. forever (but probably not).
Louis C.K. is still keeping up with this "one new hour a year thing." His latest stand-up special, entitled Louis C.K.: Oh My God, is set to debut on HBO on April 13th at 10pm, the pay-cable network just announced. This marks C.K.'s second hour-long special for HBO after 2007's Shameless. Releasing the special on HBO marks a step in a surprising direction after C.K. self-released his last hour, Live at the Beacon Theater, on his website for $5 and made a ton of cash. C.K., however, has said he'll be releasing Oh My God on his website for the same low price a few months after the HBO [...]
We're at a rest period in the middle of SNL's 38th season, and now seems like a good time to present all the Nate Silver-esque data I've been compiling over the past few months. Below are some stats from this season, including ratings, online views, cast member screen time, hosts, and top sketches, which will whet your appetite before the show returns on January 19.
Overall I've been pleased with this season. The departures of Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg suggested the show might go through another rebuilding year, but the cast has filled in nicely, with new female cast members emerging as breakout stars, Jay Pharoah stepping up [...]
ADHD, the Fox network's upcoming late night animation block, continues to pump out cool web videos. Their latest is "A Charlie Brown Christmas Reunion," which combines Peanuts with Louie, following a middle-aged Charlie Brown returns home as he sees all the depressing things that have happened to his friends. Sure, it misses the guy flipping off the camera in the opening credits, something that other great Louie parodies haveincluded. Aside from that, though, it's pretty solid.
The NY Times has a Q&A out with Louis C.K. today in advance of his new HBO special Oh My God's debut next Saturday. In it, C.K. reveals that he pursued a lot of big names to play the character of Jack Dall, the guy who trained him for his Letterman tryout last season, before he thought to cast David Lynch, who nailed the part. Here's C.K. explaining what happened:
I sent it to Jerry Lewis. We got a phone call from his personal secretary saying, "Jerry is not interested at this time.” We reached out to Woody Allen, who said, "I can’t contribute to this right [...]
Vernon Chatman, who runs the production company PFFR and has written and/or produced a list of shows a mile long that includes Wonder Showzen, South Park, and Louie, is releasing a new book next month called Mindsploitation: Asinine Assignments for Online Homework Cheating Industry. For the book, Chatman paid a bunch of online companies to write a series of absurd essays for him to test the limits of the homework-for-hire industry. Louis C.K., who met Chatman when they were both writing for The Chris Rock Show and recently hired him to produce Louie, wrote the intro to the book, and Matt Stone, John Hodgman, and Bill Hader all blurbed [...]
Louis C.K. talks a lot. It's his job. The guy's been doing stand-up for nearly 30 years now, which means that over the years, he's shared his thoughts on every subject imaginable. That's why we combed through C.K.'s stand-up specials, TV show, interviews, talk show appearances, and Reddit AMAs to compile this list of over 70 of his wisest and funniest quotes, arranged by topic. From capitalism to farts, politics to masturbation, we've got Louis C.K.'s thoughts on a wide range of topics, all at your fingertips. Enjoy!
While binging on Netflix and OnDemand over the holidays, Season Three of Louie and Season One of Girls deserve back-to-back viewing.
It’s not only the best way to get a picture of what counted as avant-garde television (I’m cringing as I write that phrase) in 2012, but also helps us see how these very different shows deal with similar themes of loneliness, generational anxiety, failed aspirations, and familial love — often simply from opposite approaches. By watching each series in the context of the other’s perspective, we learn more about both.
To argue this, it’s best to look at two of their respective season’s highlights: two episodes that seem [...]
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