Screen Junkies » bob’s burgers http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 03 Sep 2014 19:43:13 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Avoids Cancellation On Its Way To Becoming The ‘Gray’s Anatomy’ Of Animated Shows http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/bobs-burgers-avoids-cancellation-on-its-way-to-becoming-the-grays-anatomy-of-animated-shows/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/bobs-burgers-avoids-cancellation-on-its-way-to-becoming-the-grays-anatomy-of-animated-shows/#comments Fri, 27 Sep 2013 16:41:53 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=257278 It could survive a holocaust.

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Bob’s Burgers managed to escape the guillotine for one more season, putting it among the ranks of Family Guy and The Simpsons as the watchmen of the Sunday night animation block on Fox.

Not so lucky was The Cleveland Show, which got the boot, and American Dad, which moved to TBS, a fate only marginally better than death.

Bob’s is stepping into its fourth season as a critically acclaimed, though hardly uproarious show. It’s sort of like a less-unsettling King of the Hill. No matter. Anything that keeps Jon Benjamin‘ s voice flowing gently into my ear is a win.

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‘Allen Gregory’ Did So Poorly Last Night That Fox Bought Some More Eps Of ‘Bob’s Burgers’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/allen-gregory-did-so-poorly-last-night-that-fox-bought-some-more-eps-of-bobs-burgers/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/allen-gregory-did-so-poorly-last-night-that-fox-bought-some-more-eps-of-bobs-burgers/#comments Mon, 31 Oct 2011 18:34:26 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=234390 That weird guy that really likes 'Bob's Burgers' will be thrilled.

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“Fire up the grill!” and some more such metaphors! Bob’s Burgers will be getting an additional nine episodes in its second season. Fox announced today that, in the wake of Allen Gregory’s limp debut, that it will be picking up Bob’s Burgers for 22 episodes, rather than the original order of 13, as if to say, “We’ve already got a whole stable of cartoons with lukewarm audiences, Allen Gregory.”

The Jonah Hill-produced Gregory debuted last night between Family Guy and The Simpsons Halloween Special, but failed to rake in more than a 4.7 share, which is apparently a disappointment, even though The Simpsons scored a 4.0 and Family Guy a 3.2.

Huh. Weirdly enough, someone at Fox this morning probably addressed a group sitting around a coffee table and said, “This show isn’t drawing enough viewers. We need a show that more people will watch. Like Bob’s Burgers.”

All hail Bob’s Burgers.

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HBO Picks Two Shows To Bring To Comic-Con, While Fox Hits The ‘Select All’ Button http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/hbo-picks-two-shows-to-bring-to-comic-con-while-fox-hits-the-select-all-button/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/hbo-picks-two-shows-to-bring-to-comic-con-while-fox-hits-the-select-all-button/#comments Fri, 17 Jun 2011 18:52:21 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=216672 HBO will be holding thoughtful panels on two shows. Fox will be just bringing out everyone who gets a paycheck from the network, star or not.

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Unsurprisingly, HBO has decided that Comic-Con is a pretty good forum to talk up its shows about knights and vampires, making the”True Blood” and “Game of Thrones” panels appointment television for thousands of the attendees. Also unsurprisingly, Fox has decided that Comic-Con was an appropriate venue for almost ALL of its scripted shows. “Bob’s Burgers” is going to find an audience or die trying.

Both networks were courteous enough to issue press releases containing the schedules and the info. I know two PR departments that are getting muffin baskets this Christmas…

Because it features more nudity and violence, we’ll start with HBO:

GAME OF THRONES – Thursday, July 21

Special Guest Moderator – George R.R. Martin
David Benioff
D.B. Weiss
Emilia Clarke
Peter Dinklage
Kit Harington
Jason Momoa
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

TRUE BLOOD – Friday, July 22

Moderator – Entertainment Weekly’s Tim Stack
Alan Ball
Anna Paquin
Stephen Moyer
Sam Trammell
Ryan Kwanten
Rutina Wesley
Kevin Alejandro
Kristin Bauer van Straten
Nelsan Ellis
Joe Manganiello
Deborah Ann Woll

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Followed by Fox’s unholy bible of an agenda:

THURSDAY, JULY 21

Napoleon Dynamite: Original cast members from the hit indie film, Jon Heder,Tina MajorinoEfren RamirezJon GriesSandy MartinDiedrich Baderand Executive Producer Mike Scully (The Simpsons) present a new series following your favorite awkward teenager like you’ve never seen him before – animated!  Join us for a sneak peek at never-before-seen footage of the newest member of FOX’s Animation Domination lineup and a “sweet” Q&A session.

Awake: Since the trailer was unveiled at NBC’s upfront presentation in New York, this spellbinding sci-fi drama about the power of the mind from the brilliant creatorsHoward Gordon (24) and Kyle Killen (The Beaver) has been one of the most eagerly anticipated series of the 2011-12 season. While most viewers will have to wait months to sample this series about a detective Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter)desperately straddling two realities as he copes with immeasurable grief, Comic-con fans will get an exclusive first look at the entire first episode of the series,and an audience with Gordon, Killen and star Isaacs.

FRIDAY, JULY 22

Bones: Creator/Executive Producer Hart Hanson, Executive Producer Stephen Nathan and Stars David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel will be on hand to discuss the shocking finale of Bones season 6 as well as what’s in store for Booth and Brennan in an exciting season 7! Hart Hanson will also introduce the audience to the stars of The Finder, his new Fox series premiering in January, followed by fan Q&A.

Bob’s Burgers: Creator/Executive Producer Loren Bouchard and Executive Producer Jim Dauterive and Bob’s Burgers cast H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman and Kristen Schaal, will be on hand to entertain animation fans with hilarious never-before-seen clips from season two followed by a fan Q&A.

SATURDAY, JULY 23

Terra Nova: Star Stephen Lang (Avatar), executive producer Rene Echevarria(Castle, Medium, The 4400, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), executive producerBrannon Braga (24, Star Trek: Enterprise) and co-executive producer Jose Molina will finally unveil this epic adventure series 85 million years in the making, set to premiere this September on Fox. This new event drama from the brilliant minds of Steven Spielberg (Jurassic Park, The Pacific) and Peter Chernin follows an ordinary family on an extraordinary journey back in time to prehistoric Earth as a part of a massive expedition to save the human race.

Futurama is back!  Again!!!  On stage will be Creator/Executive Producer Matt GroeningExecutive Producer David X. Cohen, and stars Billy West(Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg), Katey Sagal (Leela), John DiMaggio(Bender), and Maurice LaMarche (Kif Kroker, Calculon, Morbo).  Get a sneak peek at never-before-seen footage of Futurama reincarnated as Japanese anime, along with a thrilling preview of this summer’s all-new season on Comedy Central. Plus more!  Much more!  Moderated by Bill Morrison.

The Simpsons: Now entering its record-annihilating 23rd season on Fox, and airing its landmark 500th episode on February 19, 2012 The Simpsons has won 27 Emmy awards, was the subject of an international film smash in 2007, inspired a ride you ride again at Universal Studios, and Homer Simpson was named the greatest television character of the last 20 years by Entertainment Weekly. Get an insight into the daily doings of this series from Creator Matt Groening, Showrunner Al Jean, Co-Executive Producer Rob Lazebnik, Co-Executive Producer Matt Warburton, Supervising Producer Mike Anderson and Producer/Panel Moderator Tom Gammill.

Family Guy: Join Alex BorsteinSeth GreenAdam West (Batman) and executive producers Mark HentemannSteve Callaghan and Kara Vallow for a sneak peek at the all-new episode “Stewie Goes For A Drive” featuring voice guest star Ryan Reynolds followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

American Dad: Catch a preview of the season seven premiere of American Dad, featuring guest star Cee-Lo Green as a signing hot tub, followed by a Q&A with cast members Wendy SchaalScott Grimes, Rachael MacFarlane and Dee Bradley Baker and executive producers Mike BarkerMatt Weitzman andKara Vallow.

SUNDAY, JULY 24

GLEE: Join Creator/Executive Producer Ryan Murphy and Creator/Executive Producer Brad Falchuk and stars of the sensation Glee for a tuneful sneak peek at never-before-seen footage and behind-the-scenes secrets, followed by a Q&A session in which fans can ask everything they ever wanted to know about the Golden Globe winning musical series hot off its blockbuster international concert tour.

Allen Gregory: Join Creator/Executive Producer and star Jonah Hill (Superbad, Get Him to the Greek) Showrunner David Goodman (Family Guy), and Creators/Executive Producers Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul along with an all-star voice cast for a sneak peek at FOX’s new animated series that tells the story of the most pretentious 7-year-old of our time.  Glimpse exclusive Allen Gregoryanimation followed by a fan Q&A session.

The Cleveland Show: Join the cast and executive producers for a look at The Cleveland Show’s not-to-be-missed parody of Die Hard followed by a discussion with panelists Mike HenrySanaa LathanKevin Michael Richardson,Reagan GomezRich Appel and Kara Vallow.


 

In case you’re not inclined to read all that, the only real takeaway here is that Cee-Lo will be guest starring on”The Cleveland Show.” All the other info really just detracts from that fact.

 

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FOX Orders More ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Inspiring Punny Headline http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fox-orders-more-bobs-burgers-inspiring-punny-headline/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fox-orders-more-bobs-burgers-inspiring-punny-headline/#comments Thu, 07 Apr 2011 18:50:35 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=205926 "Hold the onions" -FOX.

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The animated sitcom “Bob’s Burgers” has been a surprise success for FOX – not that it’s been a huge hit or anything, but given that it’s a funny comedy on FOX, the precedent is for it to achieve rock-bottom ratings and a devoted cult following that always brings up the show when it’s barely tangentially appropriate. And FOX is apparently happy enough with the show and its ratings to renew it for a second season, meaning fans of listening to H. Jon Benjamin‘s voice (and this should include everyone) will continue to have two ways of doing so for the immediate future.

This does come as a bit of a surprise, given that FOX has ordered two other animated shows, one of which is based on the movie Napoleon Dynamite which I’m sure will be a huge success as long as FOX perfects the technology of beaming TV shows backward in time. (Deadline)

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10 New Mid-Season Shows To Watch In 2011 http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/10-new-mid-season-shows-to-watch-in-2011/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/10-new-mid-season-shows-to-watch-in-2011/#comments Wed, 12 Jan 2011 23:56:40 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=15775 Take a look at our 2011 mid-season replacement guide....NOW!

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The new year is well underway, which means it’s time for the television networks to start rolling out their mid-season replacements. And with so much garbage to choose from, it can be hard to figure out what’s worth your time. It’s enough to make you do something rash/non-TV related, like reading a book or conversing with your family. And we all know how that ends: poorly. But what we don’t know is how the following 11 shows will end. Will they gain a following and get picked up for a second season, or will they they fail to draw an audience and get “Loan Starred?” Take a look at our 2011 mid-season replacement guide and decide for yourself.

“The Chicago Code” – Feb 7th (9/8 C) – Fox


From the people who brought you “The Shield” comes the story of a Chicago cop on a quest to find his brother’s killer. As you’d expect from the “Windy City,” he runs head-on into a sea of corruption. But as you wouldn’t expect from the “Windy City,” he also runs into a sexy female police superintendent. Compare that to a picture of Chicago’s real police superintendent. Ah, Hollywood magic.

“Bob’s Burgers” – Jan 9th (8:30/7:30C) – Fox


If you were a fan of “Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist,” you’re probably a middle-age loser by now. But you’re also in luck! Loren Bouchard, who produced “Katz” (as well as “Home Movies”) is behind “Bob’s Burgers,” a cartoon about a family running a NYC burger joint. Also, H. Jon Benjamin reprises his role of every cartoon voice since 1995.

“Episodes” – Jan 9th (9:30) – Showtime


In Showtime’s new series, “Episodes,” Matt LeBlanc plays the role he was born to play: himself. It’s sort of like that episode of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” where Larry David pitches a show about Jason Alexander’s attempts to break away from his character of George Costanza. Hopefully the show helps LeBlanc step out of Joey Tribbiani’s shadow. I’m talking about Joey Tribbiani from “Friends,” not Joey Tribbiani from “Joey.” The latter is long dead.

Shameless” – Jan 9th (10) – Showtime


If you like William H. Macy, you’ll probably like “Shameless,” a show about an alcoholic father raising his family. If you don’t like William H. Macy, I hope you like alcoholic fathers.

“Mr. Sunshine” – Jan 9th (9:30/8:30 C) – ABC


In “Mr. Sunshine,” Matthew Perry plays the director of “The Sunshine Center.” It’s a fictionalized version of the Staples Center, except with more laughs and less alleged rapists. This means that three of the cast members from friends will be back on network television this season. Only three more to go until the Apocalypse.

“Body of Proof” – Mar 29th (10/9C) – ABC


I’m not sure what I’m more excited to see: this new show or Dana Delany’s new face. Jesus Christ, she’s almost 55, and she looks the same as she did in “China Beach!” “Body of Proof” is about a world renowned surgeon. I’m assuming it’s based on her plastic surgeon. If he’s not world renowned, he should be.

Lights Out” – Jan 11 (10) – FX


“Lights Out” tells the story of a former heavyweight boxer who is contemplating a comeback. That reminds me of an old joke a co-worker of mine retold today. Why does Mike Tyson cry after sex? Because of the mace. Get it!

“Skins” – Jan 17 (10/9 C) – MTV


“Skins” is a new drama on MTV about the lives of teenagers. If you like watching teens do drugs and have sex, you’ll enjoy this show. Also, you’re a god damn creep.

The Killing” – Apr 3rd (10/9 C) – AMC


“The Killing” tells the story of a young girl who is murdered and the subsequent police investigation. It’s sort of like “Twin Peaks,” with out a backward talking midget. The show is on AMC, so it’s hard to bet against it even after”Rubicon” though got the ax.

“Fairly Legal” – Jan 20th (10/9 C) – USA


“Fairly Legal” stars Sarah Shahi as a former lawyer whose frustration with the legal system leads her to a new career as a mediator. She’s hot, but I don’t care about that. What I do care about is that the guy from “Major Dad” is in the promo. I haven’t been this excited since “Jericho.”

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Review: ‘Bob’s Burgers’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/review-tv/review-bobs-burgers/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/review-tv/review-bobs-burgers/#comments Tue, 04 Jan 2011 20:24:00 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=14145 “Bob’s Burgers” won’t be the best show on Fox’s Sunday night Animation Domination, but it’s better than “American Dad” or “The Cleveland Show.”

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Bob’s Burgers” won’t be the best show on Fox’s Sunday night Animation Domination, but it’s better than “American Dad” or “The Cleveland Show.” A lot of the jokes are really obvious, but it does do things that only animation can do, so it’s not just a cartoon with the same jokes as live-action sitcoms.

Bob Belcher runs Bob’s Burgers, right in between a funeral home and an environmental group. His opening pep talk is a weak introduction to his basic family, but these intros pay off. His wife Linda interrupts him. Son Gene is more interested in making robot, laser and fart noises. Older daughter Tina has an itchy crotch and youngest daughter Louise likes to rearrange the restaurant her way.

The first few minutes is a pretty tired interpretation of the “husband forgot anniversary” plot of many sitcoms. Also, Bob tells Gene not to give samples to mourners from the funeral home, but Gene does anyway. Get through that and the show starts to get better.

It turns out Bob forgets birthdays and due dates too, but the clever touch to that bit is that he forgets his own birthday too. So this isn’t the selfish sitcom dad. He’s not even reliable enough to be selfish. Then it turns out Linda’s ex-fiancé is the health inspector, and HE remembers the anniversary of the date she married Bob.

The Fox edginess comes when Louise renames the daily special “The Child Molester.” It come with candy. That’s an easy inappropriate laugh but they develop the joke to where a creepy guy actually orders the Child Molester, and the family debates which kid has to serve it to him.

A great bit of irreverence comes when they do the old Rain Man toothpick gag. Tina thinks she’s autistic, so Gene tests her by spilling toothpicks. She guesses 100. He only spilled three. Also, the health inspector asks Bob to help him pull out of a parallel space even though he’s screwing him over.

The actual plot of the episode is that the health inspector is investigating Bob for cooking human flesh. He holds up the test over his grudge for Linda. That’s a really gimmicky plot that relies on a lot of silly misunderstandings, but if they can fill the episodes with toothpick jokes, it’ll fill the time between “Simpsons” and “Family Guy” all right. I like the crotch itch jokes too, but that was a classic episode of “Beavis and Butt-Head.

The animation doesn’t do much for me. The people are oddly shaped. They hardly look like humanoids, let alone people who could procreate and have families. But they kind of resemble Far Side pictures, although those never had to move. As long as they use animation to play with timing and physics, that’s the real difference between animation and just a drawn sitcom.

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Hot, Juicy Trailer for Fox’s ‘Bob’s Burgers’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/hot-juicy-trailer-for-foxs-bobs-burgers/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/hot-juicy-trailer-for-foxs-bobs-burgers/#comments Mon, 29 Nov 2010 22:16:48 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=9346 This January, Fox is adding the new comedy "Bob's Burgers" to their Sunday night Animation Domination block. The show about a family-owned burger joint features the voice talents of H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, and Eugene Mirman.

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This Sunday, Fox is adding the new comedy “Bob’s Burgers” to their Animation Domination block. The show about a family-owned burger joint features the voice talents of H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, and Eugene Mirman. Benjamin has also voiced Coach McGuirk in “Home Movies,” Ben Katz in “Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist,” Sterling Archer in FX’s “Archer,” and the Can of Vegetables in Wet Hot American Summer. I could listen to the guy read the phone book and would find it entertaining.

Bob’s Burgers” premieres on Fox this Sunday at 8:30PM PST.

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