Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Requisites: Summertime TV
Even more so than during the regular season, summer TV is a reality wasteland. And after consulting Entertainment Weekly's "Summer TV Preview" issue, there's not much promising new stuff debuting between now and September. So, in addition to the slim pickings being broadcast, I've added some essential shows available on DVD.
"The Office" webisodes This is probably the most interesting new programming and it's not even on TV. Last year's webisodes gave the accountants a chance to shine. I'm curious as to who will be the focus of the new ones.
"Fear Itself" (NBC, June 5) A horror anthology on network TV? Yeah, chances are it won't be all that great, but I'll give it a shot.
"Secret Diary of a Call Girl" (Showtime, June 16) This British import had me at its name.
Summer Olympics (NBC, August 8-24) The Winter Olympics are superior (all hail the Curl Girls!), but these games aren't too shabby. Added bonus: this year you only have to plan one party if you want to celebrate both the closing ceremonies and my birthday.
"Shark Week" (Discover Channel, ???) Always reliable, remember to clear your calendar when this airs.
"TV Funhouse" When this first was broadcast, I thought it was so wrong...and funny. It finally hits DVD next month. I'm glad I didn't splurge on those ebay bootlegs so many years ago.
"Spaced" I've only ever caught clips of this BBC show on YouTube, but I am extremely excited about this series from Team Pegg/Wright/Frost. I'm planning on calling in sick to work when I get this and devoting several days to fanboy hilarity.
"Stella" A goofily surreal sitcom that arose from the ashes of The State, this show isn't for everyone. But in a perfect world it would be. I'm honestly surprised that it lasted ten episodes.
"The Tick" Speaking of failed sitcoms, this was a brilliant take on the superhero genre. Patrick Warburton was perfect in the title role.
"Undeclared" Judd Apatow is the shiznit nowadays, so why don't you (re)visit his one-season wonder about college life? I recently watched the entire series again and I think it's hilarious. Below is an entire episode for your evaluation and/or enjoyment.
"Truth or Dare" Part I:
Undeclared - The Complete Series - Truth or Dare: Part 1
"Truth or Dare" Part II:
Undeclared - The Complete Series - Truth or Dare: Part II
"Flight of the Conchords" I've pimped this show enough. Watch it, dammit.