The big news in basic cable this weekend was that Stephen Colbert, comedian and host of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" has arrived in Iraq for a week of taping the program from an actual war zone. It's a bold move on Comedy Central's part and, depending on your definition of "war zone," potentially a very brave move on Colbert, himself. But some could argue that Colbert still has a lot of work to do if he wants to rival his colleague, "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart in the race to be dubbed a Real American Hero. Loyal reader Ron Najor made such an argument in an impassioned email sent to Screen Junkies this weekend, and we liked it so much, we thought we'd publish it. Unlike the majority of posts on SJ, this is a completely serious rant. But don’t panic. We embedded some funny clips.
Above is an extended promo for Fox's upcoming hour-long drama, "Human Target," based on the Vertigo comic book of the same name. As you can see from the clip, the show follows a badass named Christopher Chance (Mark Valley) who travels around getting paid to "be a vest." What kind of vest, you ask? A stylish, yet durable one that's also bulletproof. I'd like to think it's an elegant kevlar-wool blend in an earth-toned argyle pattern, because argyle will be back this Fall… just like Fox's sunday night drama time slot. "Human Target" also stars Chi McBride ("Pushing Daisies") and Jackie Earle Haley (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Watchmen). It is slated to premier in January, 2010.[Thanks to Bruce Simmons at ScreenRant for the video, and the info on the airdate]
By Len Snodgrass It’s Snodgrass: The Sequel! And in the vein of all James Cameron sequels, this one is better than the first. Last week, I brought you THE BEST REALITY SHOWS FOR SUMMER ’09. Now it’s time to lay out the summer shows – both returning and new – with fictional characters you sometimes wish were real, instead of those shows with real people who often can’t believe actually exist. Can I get a "Huzzah!" for drama and sitcom writers everywhere?! There’s a reason the Writer’s Guild of America recognizes you and let’s the reality TV folks fend for themselves…
By Len SnodgrassLen Snodgrass here. When I recently informed ScreenJunkies that my love of television rivals my love of MMORPGs they requested I generate a commentary on this summer’s upcoming reality program offerings. I weighed the toll this assignment would take on my actual viewing of television, and ultimately decided the minimal rate I’d be receiving for my contribution would suffice to fund my Xbox Live subscription. I dove right in to my research and emerged with ten unscripted shows that should keep your interest through the summer season. Some of them are on simultaneously, so be sure to get your DVRs properly configured.
This clip has been farting around on for a little while now, but we thought we'd share it with you on this Memorial Day weekend, because for us, Memorial Day is not only about remembering our troops; it's also about commiting great flatulence scenes to memory. This is one of those scenes. It's a clip from "Michael and Michael Have Issues," a new half-hour comedy series that airs in July, appropriately enough, on Comedy Central. The show stars Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter, who most recently worked on Comedy Central's (sadly) short-lived "Stella" series alongside fellow ex-"The State" member David Wain, who's now off directing important "issue" films for big Hollywood studios, like Role Models. As much as we're fans of Mr. Wain, we think Michael and Michael will be just fine without the f&*king turncoat.
This Fall, ABC will premiere its hour-long drama, "Flash Forward," which stars Joseph Fiennes and chronicles the aftermath of a global event in which everyone in the world blacks out for 2 minutes, 17 seconds, and then has mysterious visions of six months… into the future. After the jump, watch this über-expository clip that pretty much explains the entire show, and then tell us at "Family Guy" creator (and voice of pretty much all the male characters) Seth MacFarlane isn't in this scene. The king of TV show flashbacks in a show about flash fowards? TNT may know drama. But ABC knows irony.
Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones in Best Villain – Watch more Movie Trailers
The MTV Movie Awards are back with another “For Your Consideration” short. This time, Andy Samberg goes for “Best Villain” in the decidedly non-villainous Gentle Dismemberment. While the wooing of Rashida Jones with a wicker basket of puppies does not scream “evil genius,” his dastardly top hat and twirly mustache sure as hell makes him look the part.
Fox is the first of the big networks to announce its 2009-2010 lineup. There are some promising new comedies on the slate, starting with "The Cleveland Show," which follows the Griffins' neighbor as he and his son move in with Cleveland's old high school sweetheart and her kids in Virginia. Also includes is "Glee," the new high school-based comedy from Ryan Murphy ("Nip/Tuck"), starring Jane Lynch (Role Models). You can check out a preview of the show on Tuesday, May 19th @ 9PM ET/PT. Promo for Glee on Fox – Watch more Movie TrailersAnd rounding out the comedies will be "Brothers," starring Darryl "Chill" Mitchell and… ex-New York Giant Michael Strahan!!! It's about a former NFL star who returns to live with his family in his mother's house, so he can get his life back on track. No word on whether or not Strahan will be portraying a quirkier, huskier Michael Vick. Read the full press release – including the list of new and returning dramas, like the Jackie Earle Haley-starring "Human Target" and Joss Whedon's "Dollhouse" – after the jump.
Today's Dancing girl is Ukrainian Karina Smirnoff, who joined "Dancing with the Stars" in Season 3, and has… stayed on the show ever since. (If you've been following this series of galleries, you may have picked up on a trend.) The closest Karina ever came to winning was in her inaugural season, during which she partnered with Greg Louganis impersonator Mario Lopez. This season, she'd been cutting a rug with Apple founder Steve Wozniak, but was sadly eliminated in the fourth round when she got lost in the rug that is Wozniak's beard. Pointless Quote: "I just kept smiling, but it hurt."Check out the photos of Karina after the jump, or these other Dancing with the Stars Chicks: Cheryl Burke, Julianna Hough, Kym Johnson
LOST Parody #10 – Twilight, Season 2 Finale (S2, E5) – Watch Movie TrailersIf you couldn't get enough of the "Lost" season finale, and the mind-blowing cliffhanger didn't blow your mind all over your face, here's a new "Lost" parody video from the Fine Brothers, featuring time traveling action figures, magically materializing guns and even more magically materializing beards (plus cameos from action figures based on what seems like every single blockbuster film from the past few years). Watching this, I still can't get over how detailed the "Lost" action figures are. As my grandfather would say, "The technology… they just can do anything these days." Yes, grandpa, they can. But can the wizards at Industrial Light and Magic run a lathe?Michel Gondry Close To A Grammy (FilmDrunk)He-Man Is A Perv (Manofest)Cliffhanger Resurrected (Pajiba)Aerin Is Spankin Hot (GorillaMask)This Congressmans Kid Won't Shut Up (IAmBored)The Six Flags Guys Sucks (Cracked)Disneys Re-Imagined Christmas Carol Poster (Filmofilia)Adorable Baby Pigs Listening to Amy Winehouse (SickPigs)The Very Best Of Kenny Powers (HolyTaco)The NFL's Cheerleader Stimulus Package (BustedCoverage)Louise Redknapp Is Hot And Classy (Uncoached)Crappy Nintento Drawings Are Hilarious (Unreality)Gilliams Don Quixote is Back (ThePlaylist)
Jim Jefferies – Studs n Sluts – Watch more Movie Trailers This saturday – May 16th, at 10pm/9c – HBO airs "I Swear to God," the new standup special from Aussie-born, British-trained and U.S.-touring comickster Jim Jefferies. You may remember him from his last HBO performance on "Down + Dirty With Jim Norton," in which he describes his experience with penile tumors. Get more info on "I Swear to God" at HBO's official site, and check out some more clips from the show after the jump, including a rant about No Smoking signs and the last World Cup in Germany. Oh, and we threw in the clip about penile tumors, too. You're welcome, cancer comedy nerds.
Today's dancing girl is Julianne Hough, a Utah native who came to "Dancing with the Stars" in Season 4 and promptly won that season's competish with her partner, Olympian Apollo Anton Ono. In Season 5, she partnered with Helio Castroneves and did the double, becoming the shows' only other back-to-back winner besides Cheryl Burke. She's also a Country music recording artist with a Mormon background, which might explain why she's using the American flag to conceal herself from heathen eyes in the photo above. Or she's just the sexiest patriot alive. Move over, Tom Brady. Random Quote: "Oh I wish you could love yourself, the way that I do." – From her song, "Love Yourself" off her self-titled debut.CHECK OUT THE PHOTOS OF JULIANNE AFTER THE JUMP, or these other Dancing with the Stars Chicks: Cheryl Burke, Kym Johnson, Karina Smirnoff
Today's dancing girl is Kym Johnson, who came to "Dancing with the Stars" in Season 3, and has been with the show ever since. The Aussie has never won, but has twice come in as first runner up with partners Joey Fatone and Warren "QBK" Sapp. She was partnered this season with comedian David Alan Grier, whose Comedy Central show "Chocolate News" unfortunately had a shorter run than one of his and Kym's Paso Dobles. Random Quote: "I'm not the least bit high-maintenance." Check out the photos of Kym after the jump, or these other Dancing with the Stars Chicks: Cheryl Burke, Julianna Hough, Karina Smirnoff
Well, a ton of TV shows are about to cool it for the summer, but Screenjunkies wanted to heat things back up a little, so this week, we're honoring our favorite dancing girls from this season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." Today's girl is Cheryl Burke, came to "Dancing with the Stars" in Season 2, and has never left, becoming the show's first two-time champ with partners Drew Lachey and Emmitt Smith (in Seasons 2 and 3, respectively). Random Quote: "I want kids or women out there to realize you don't have to be anorexic to be beautiful. There's a lot of pressure living this Hollywood life."Let this be a lesson to everyone. You don't have to have an eating disorder. You just need to dance non-stop. Check out the photos Cheryl after the jump or these other Dancing with the Stars Chicks: Kym Johnson, Julianna Hough, Karina Smirnoff
Andy Samberg & Anne Hathaway MTV Promo – Watch more Movie TrailersBefore, there was "Slaughter Shack." Now, the 2009 MTV Movie Awards proudly presents Andy Samberg and Anne Hathaway in the Hallmark Movie of the Week-like™ film "Evenings with Ms. Eloise." Anne Hathaway proves herself to be a comic equal to Samberg, but looks way hotter in drag here. Like I said before, I may hate everything about the actual awards ceremony, but damned if they don't make funny promos and intersitials to go with 'em.
Happy Mother's Day from those SNL Dicks in a Box, Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake. (Featuring Susan Sarandon and Patricia Clarkson.)
Andy Samberg and Will Arnett in Slaughter Shack – Watch more Funny VideosI generally stay away from the MTV Movie Awards as much as possible, but their promo videos and interstitials during the show keep pulling me back in time and time again. This time, it's a Road House-inspired fight scene with Andy Samberg, Will Arnett and an amazing cameo by – dare I say it? – someone carrying Phil Hartman's torch… Bill Hader.
Tonight, a ballerina's lungs implode during a performance and then the skin on her body starts falling off (House), Jack Bauer gets closer and closer to thwarting a secret society of CEO's hell bent on terrorizing their own country (24), and the Discovery channel gives us thorough insight into the military 'Juggernaut.' Your extended preview and an awesome video of a tank jumping from a mound and firing it's main weapon mid-air.
Look at this glorious beast…Besides hunting your children and howling at the moon, the Yellowstone Wolf struggles for life in Yellowstone National Park amongst harsh conditions. Discovery has an Planet Earth-like series following this noble creature as it dodges geysers, battles bears for buffalo meat and survives in one of the last great pieces of vast wilderness. Video of a wolf/bear battle, a gas tanker exploding, and previews of Dollhouse and Breaking Bad after the jump.
Before you dress up as Gambit for the midnight screening of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, be sure not to miss your favorite night of TV. Tonight, Ms Knope goes head-to-head with an 'Old Boys Club', there's an interesting casual friday at the Office, Tracy Jordan tries to become more mature (see above), and the LA po-po try and track down the identity of a body that the crips and/or bloods used for target practice. Check out a full preview after the break (now with extra Creed Bratton!)
Lauren Conrad will be on the next episode of "Family Guy" and she looks hot – much hotter than real life. This takes air brushing to a whole new level. Speaking of hot, the teaser on YouTube is white hot and funny as "hill." See how I did that? I replaced the word "hell" with "hill." Ya know, cuz it's witty and stuff. This spoof contains one of the best sight gags for Quagmire I've ever seen. I'll give you a hint. Finish the sentence, "As long as I have a face…" There's dog poop sex talk and a love triangle straight out of "The Hills…of Kentucky." See? I did it again! Rightin's easy. Of course all of this does beg the question, "Which show is the real cartoon?" Check it out here…
Metallica may have slowed down after their outright domination of 80's metal, but Lars Ulrich still pounds the skins with authority, Kirk Hammett still shreds, and James Hetfield growls and spits like a bulldog. You'll know what I mean when you watch Timewarp tonight, which has the whole band in super slo mo, so you can finally learn that 'Ride the Lightning' solo. Also, Lost is only 4 episodes away from leaving your fragile little lives. Your preview after the break.
Gear up in your yellow tights and grab your utility belt, the Heroes season 3 finale is tonight, and why not invite some of your comic book crazy friends over to send off the show in style? Also, tonight is notable for a Jack Bauer interrogation with a post heart attack, bed ridden Jonas Hodges (Jon Voight), the evil CEO of StarkWood Corp. Sure hope Bauer doesn't seizure up while he's squeezing the truth of Hodges. Your preview after the break.
This weekend's coming in hot. A bunch of babes get their brains re-programmed and complete various secret missions in Dollhouse, Bob Odenkirk from Mr Show guests on Breaking Bad, and I hope your not flying anytime soon, because discovery is running a 2 hour marathon of devastating plane crashes on Sunday night. Right after the break, check out a portly foreigner on a beach who's surprised to see a 747 make a water landing right in front of him.
Tonight's Thursday night TV, packed to the brim (on NBC) with new episodes for three glorious hours, is your chance to start giving Parks and Recreation a chance. Yeah, it started a little slow, and sure isn't getting any love anywhere, but it's got a Poehler-load of potential and it's leaps and bounds funnier than other shows out there (plus, Rashida Jones is a BABE). So give P&R a whirl, and check out the full preview after the break.
The incredible turn around South Park has in commenting on current issues continues with Cartman deciding to take up the life of a pirate, as 'Captain Fatbeard'. Also, instead of a new Lost, ABC is running a retrospective giving us viewers a bit of break and a little explanation. Yarrrrrr preview after the break.
Check out this heartfelt promo that ran on Fox featuring Mary Lynn Rajskub from 24 reminding us all that going green is a group effort. GO GREEN WITH GIRL FROM 24 – Watch more Funny VideosI hope that Mary's 24 residuals are enough to cover her food, water and utilities in the cave she'll be hiding in for the next ten years so that angry Greenpeace types don't find her and strap her to a Killer Whale. Yes, that is precisely how Greenpeace exacts their revenge upon public figures like Mary, who've obviously been contractually forced to participate in these sorts of misfires, well meaning as they may be. That's why Greenpeace's slogan is "No mercy."
Mitchell Hurwitz, the genius behind Arrested Development, is back with a new animated show this Sunday on FOX. Former 'Developers' Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Henry Winkler lend their voice talents along with Cheri Oteri, Keenan Thompson, Will Forte, Nick Kroll and Kristen Chenoweth. Catch the pilot right after The Simpsons, and cross your fingers for more brilliance from Hurwitz and co. Also, Prison Break is back on after a near 4 month hiatus, with the first of it's last 5 episodes. Your preview after the break.
TV's famous peacock owns the Thursday night airwaves. The ultra-reliable duo of The Office and 30 Rock is complimented well by two promising new shows. One has Michael Scott in female form (Amy Poehler) and I Love You, Man babe Rashida Jones, while the other has O.C.'s 'Ryan' trying his hand as a rookie cop in LA. So pull up a chair, prop those feet up, and let the NBC peacock blow your mind for 3 straight hours. Your preview after the break.
Bill Lawrence, writer/creator of Scrubs, guests on his own show tonight as a goofy pastor who marries the Janitor and Lady at a ceremony down in the Carribbean. The trials and tribuluations on Ben continue on Lost, everyone's favorite character on South Park goes to great extents to make sure his son wins the Pinewood Derby. Your preview after the break.