The state of the modern sitcom is in flux. Cable dramas have over taken the network sitcoms as the most relevant piece of television in popular culture. But it’s extended even beyond that. Some shows like The Big Bang Theory still earn (relatively) astronomical ratings, but they are losing their cultural cache rapidly. While we welcome an innovative approach to television and appreciate all the wonderful dramas and a few creative comedies (lookin’ at you, You’re the Worst), the sitcom can and should still matter. So we’ve decided to procure a time machine and create a sitcom with actors at their peak. The rules are tenuous at best but we know that we would watch whatever the hell we just created.
The Vaughnaissance is nigh, dear friends. And frankly, bab ganoush could use a pick me up. Since the surprising success of 2009’s Couples Retreat ($171 million worldwide gross against $70 million budget), Hollywood took Vince Vaughn out for a nice steak dinner and never called him back. In four starring roles since then, his movies have netted a total of $59 million. For four movies. That’s $186 million less than Wedding Crashers netted in 2005, when Vaughn’s stock was at its highest. Vaughn has a certain charm and a glimmer of legitimate acting chops hidden beneath box office debacles. True Detective seems like the perfect opportunity to veer his career down a path we had all hoped.
Also in this episode: Adam’s disappointment with Koi, Anthony’s disappointment with Mulaney, two young comedians that are on fire and a set of exciting October movies.