Comedy Central’s history with gameshows is a little spotty—Win Ben Stein’s Money anyone? But after watching the premiere of Reality Bites Back, I’m convinced that this one is a total winner.
With Reno 911! done for the season, Comedy Central put 10 up-and-coming comedians in a house and made them compete in twisted versions of popular, but terrible, reality shows. Shows getting the comedy treatment include American Gladiators, The Amazing Race and even The Biggest Loser.
Written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons, Watchmen is one of the most revered graphic novels ever written (and the only graphic novel to make Time magazine's Top 100 English-language novels). The project has been in development for ages, gone through the hands of countless directors, and at one point it was thought to be "unfilmable." Director Zach Snyder must have been feeling ambitious after the smash success of 300. The story revolves around a group of aging costumed super-heroes who take their tights out of retirement after a fellow "mask" is found dead. Rating: RStudio: Warner Bros.
The latest addition to Will Smith’s eclectic collection of big-budget action flicks positions itself as the anti-super hero movie in a summer full of comic book transplants. You didn’t see any little kids calling Ironman an asshole and The Hulk sure didn’t shove anyone’s head up anyone else’s ass. Well, at least not in the theatrical version, but maybe on the DVD…probably not, though.
Will Smith takes on the roll of a down-on-his-luck superhero that splits his time between getting hammered and fighting crime. He relies on a relentlessly positive PR guy, played by Jason Bateman, and his hot wife, played by Charlize Theron, to give his image an overhaul.
Thanks to the complete dearth of decent programming during the summer season, America’s Got Talent is one of the top-rated shows on TV at the moment. I tried watching it, but quickly grew tired of the parade of annoying fat people they bring up on that stage to dance, sing and do stupid magic tricks. Apparently they sneak something interesting in there once in a while, or at least that’s what I gather from the clip posted above in which a woman named Busty Heart crushes some cans with her, well, enormous cans.
NBC’s updated and somewhat watered-down version of The Gong Show puts a variety of acts at the mercy of judges David Hasselhoff, Sharon Osbourne and some bitchy British guy no one has ever heard of. It’s a hit during the summer off-season, primarily because it competes with absolutely nothing and requires absolutely 0% of your brain capacity to watch.
There are plenty of unrated and director’s cut DVDs chilling out on the shelves of the local big box store. Sadly, the majority of them are just a marketing ploys trying to separate you from your rapidly-shrinking entertainment budget. But the movies listed below actually benefited from another trip to the editing room.
During the first run of Gladiators back in the ‘80s, it was pretty clear that the contestants were supposed to be the good guys and the Gladiators were supposed to be the flat-top having, steroid-fueled villains. But, thanks to NBC’s ability to pick the most annoying people in the world to fill the contestants’ spandex, it seems like the foam-padded tables have turned.ContestantsThe women’s contest, however, was chock full of gimmicks, pitting a 52-year old Asian woman named Yoko (red) against a 20-year old college student named Annie (blue) with a Boston accent closely resembling Mark Walburgh’s in The Departed.The men this week were fairly generic, consisting of Alejandro (blue) an Army vet who served in Afghanistan and works with dolphins (there are tons of those in the desert, right?) against an overzealous camp counselor, hilariously named Tim Oliphant (red).
When I got the screener for the Burn Notice pilot last year, I was a little skeptical about whether or not Jeffrey Donovan was going to be able to carry a show as a spy, especially since the only thing I really remembered him from was The Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows. I still regret the hour and a half of my life I sacrificed up to that thing. But Burn Notice turned out surprisingly good and I found myself pretty excited for the premiere of season two.PlotIt starts where last season left off, with Michael thinking he’s finally going to meet the woman that brought his spy career to a screeching halt. Of course, she no-shows and instead burdens him with the task of helping an extremely nerdy computer hacker complete a job with a private military that makes most of its money doing stuff to African villagers that makes Blood Diamond look like The Air Up There.
A former spy gets a pink slip (also known as a "burn notice") from his employer leaving him at the mercy of a mysterious women who gives him assigments over the phone. He gets help from his hot, but crazy ex, Fiona (played by the super-hot, Gabrielle Anwar), his wacky buddy (Bruce Campbell) and his annoying mom.
Released on a weekend that many people are looking at as merely a warm-up for inevitable orgy of Batman nerdiness to come next weekend, the second installment of Guillermo Del Toro’s comic adaptation turns the monster factor up to 11.
Network: NBCAirs: Mondays at 8 PM
There are lots of hard-working single moms out there, but this one isn't pulling double shifts at Denny's to keep her kids swimming in Trapper Keepers. She deals weed. The show recounts the sordid lives of the rich people that live in an affluent California community and makes the rest of us poor people feel just a little bit better about ourselves. Plus, it gives Kevin Nealon someting better to do than host "Funniest Commercial" compilation shows on TBS. After watching Weeds, it's not hard to believe he's actually using that money to buy weed.Network: ShowtimeAirs: Mondays at 10 PM
Have you ever been around a nerd when they are trying to be funny? It’s like being kicked in the balls by a level seven warlock dragon master. See? Geek and funny are a worthless combination. Which is why the genre of Sci-Fi comedy has been populated by cinematic failures (see Howard the Duck, Earth Girls are Easy, or The Adventures of Pluto Nash).
After an ancient truce existing between humankind and the invisible realm of the fantastic is broken, hell on Earth is ready to erupt. A ruthless leader who treads the world above and the one below defies his bloodline and awakens an unstoppable army of creatures. Now, it's up to the planet's toughest, roughest superhero to battle the merciless dictator and his marauders. He may be red.
Here's the stock blurb for this show: "Vince Chase is a sexy young actor whose career is on the rise. To share the fun of his ride to the top of Hollywood and keep him grounded, Vince looks to Eric, Drama and Turtle, his childhood buddies from Queens.
Battlestar Galactica, or BSG, is a franchise of science fiction films and television series, the first of which was produced in 1978. A series of book adaptations, original novels, comic books and video games have also been based on the concept. A reimagined miniseries aired in 2003, with a regular television series starting in 2004. All of the Battlestar Galactica productions share the same premise: In a distant part of the universe, a civilization of humans live on planets known as the Twelve Colonies. In the past, the Colonies have been at war with a cybernetic race known as the Cylons. With the help (knowing or unknowing) of a human named Baltar, the Cylons launch a sudden sneak attack on the Colonies, laying waste to the planets and devastating their populations. A few thousand of the human survivors flee into space aboard any spacecraft they can reach. Of all the Colonial Fleet, the Battlestar Galactica appears to be the only military ship that survived the attack.