In Episode 100, we do our best to break Anthony’s curmudgeonly spirit and look at some of their favorite shows of 2014. But the crux of this episode grapples with the real questions surrounding the Entourage trailer. Why is Vince directing? Is this Vince’s worst movie to date? Where is E? Why is Turtle fighting Ronda Rousey? Who is Vince’s agent now? All questions are answered and 2015 remakessequelsreboots movies are previewed.
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.
The internet has been celebrating the anniversaries of both The Cosby Show and Friends, the fellas talk a little about the television and whether or not it is even possible for shows like those to exist today. Then the conversation turns to television, including a disappointing debut, an addictive new Shonda joint and the best comedy of the year (so far). But before all that, they have philosophical discussions about sandwiches.
You know what the best part about Thanksgiving dinner is? It is a meal that is almost entirely on your terms. You are inundated with options, limited only by your ability to calculate delicious food combinations. (This is all assuming that you have, or are familiar with the offerings of, a family that can cook.) You can build around a turkey-potato base if you feel so inclined, you could opt for the vegetable route and get your stuffing on. Hell, you could house pecan and pumpkin pies until you start your body begins to shake and small blue dots appear out of the corner of your eye.
Today’s TV landscape is like a hybrid of that mouthwatering smorgasbord and a Fieri-endorsed bitchin’ restaurant. There are endless options to choose from, most of which are quite a bit better than the average offering. Some networks (read: restaurants) are offering a slew of delectable choices. (Lookin’ at you, FX.) Others keep churning out edible creations that please the masses but may not satisfy those with a discerning palate. (Lookin’ at you, Uncle Les.)
We take stock of the latest TV news, break down which new shows we are excited about and then dive a little deeper on what we would like to see more of in TV in our latest episode.
What the world really needs is someone to critically think about, discuss and appreciate the grand spectacle that is Game of Thrones. Luckily, we are here to appeal to the niche audience that appreciates this show on a micro as well as macro level. Episode 90 hands out awards for the season MVP, asks logistical questions about Tyrion’s ability to slink through tunnels and hallways and takes stock of all the major plot and character developments from Season 4. We are living proof that book readers and show watchers can live like Hot Pie in a bakery – in peaceful harmony. Finally, a place for people to feel safe to talk about this show. You’re welcome, internet friends.
I have long been convinced that Daniel Vaughn has the best job ever. (Well not that long, considering his position is barely a year old.) The man has two requirements: eat barbecue, write about it. That’s it. He doesn’t have to drudge through boring meetings or dress up in fancy clothes every morning. He eats barbecue, he writes about it and repeats the cycle throughout the year. It just may be the perfect occupation.
Yet, flying under the radar in the race for most desirable profession is that of the title of Jeopardy! Clue Crew member. For years, I thought they stationed the enthusiastic clue crew members in front of green screens while they mimicked the awe one would be struck by at Mount Rushmore or the Pyramids of Giza. It didn’t seem possible that traveling around the world and reading Jeopardy! clues could be an actual, full-time gig. So I decided to get in contact with Jimmy McGuire (pictured above), who has been a clue crew member since the group’s inception in 2001. Like myself, he’s a Pittsburgh native and Ohio University graduate. But unlike myself, he has traveled to all 50 states and more than 40 countries spreading the Gospel of Trebek. Traveling the world, reading clues, being a domestic ambassador for the game show – these are some of Jimmy McGuire’s job requirements and I will never cease to be jealous of them.
We talked about the inner workings of Jeopardy!, how the hell he got this position, what his role really is and what he calls Alex Trebek. (Hint: it’s great.) I was looking to find out some grimy details about Jeopardy!, that his job really isn’t as fun as it seems. Turns out, it’s even better. Look out, Vaughn. You’ve got some competition.
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