Monday May 5, 2014

Two big premieres tonight: Louie and 24.

I'm FAR more excited about the Louie premiere and he's been quite active in promoting, capping it off this morning with another fantastic appearance on the Howard Stern Show.  

Here's a review of tonight's Louie.  "[a]fter working so hard on 39 episodes over three seasons, C.K. understandably began to feel burnt out, and asked FX president John Landgraf if he could take a year off to recharge and make sure the new season was done right. Landgraf, one of the smartest executives in the business, understood that the value of having Louie is in the quality of it, not the frequency (FX has much bigger hits in both comedy and drama), and gave his blessing.

"It's hard to guess what a fourth season would have looked like without the extra time, but the first four episodes of the new season are wonderful in that curious, fascinating, very "Louie" way. We open with a nearly wordless short film about the pitfalls of life in the big city, and it's perfect in the look and sound of it, and the way it seems to ebb into dreamlike territory while also playing out as if this is exactly the way Louie is experiencing things. Episodes toggle back and forth between collections of little vignettes and complete stories, like the shaggy dog tale involving the supermodel, or Louie dealing with the advances of a charming but overweight waitress at his favorite comedy club.

"And what stands out is how great C.K. is at all of the jobs he takes on in the show. He's always had a strong visual sense, but he's also turned out to be a terrific director of actors." 

Variety interviewed Kiefer Sutherland.

Here are 27 things to remember from the last episode of 24.  I remember exactly none of them.

Here's another one with Fox, in which he says "'[f]or me it was physical, literally getting your endurance back. Every time you see him running two blocks down that way, I do it 16 times from this angle to that angle and you can be doing that all day,' Sutherland said. 'I’m (also) cautiously optimistic, scared to death, and nervous. All of those things. We had such a beautiful run for eight years, we had an audience who stuck with us through thick and thin, they were loyal and smart and they really supported us.'"

The Hollywood Reporter interviewed Marc Maron, whose show Maron returns for season 2 this Friday.  Maron gives his pitch to take over for Craig Ferguson. 

Speaking of viable replacements for Ferguson, Norm MacDonald evidently would fill the slot, and here are 15 suggested female replacements according to Hitfix: Amy Schumer, Aisha Tyler, Amy Sedaris (the funniest person Jeff Garlin has EVER met), Chelsea Handler, Courtney Love (??), Janeane Garofalo, Jane Lynch, Joan Rivers, Kathy Griffin, Margaret Cho, Samantha Bee, Sandra Bernhard, Sarah Silverman, Tig Notaro (YES!), and Wanda Sykes,  A couple of interesting ones amongst that list.

Anyone else tired of Silicon Valley yet?  Betas>Silicon Valley any day of the week IMO.

Photo courtesy of  Vulture .

Photo courtesy of Vulture.

Jim Parsons talks with Vulture about The Big Bang Theory and a myriad of other topics.  Here's a snippet(s): "When pressed, Parsons will offer two possible explanations for Big Bang Theory’s success. First, he posits that the show is more accessible than others because the characters—primarily four geeks from Caltech and their ditzy blonde neighbor—have stayed largely the same for all seven seasons. 'There’s not anything to keep up with. You don’t go, I didn’t see the first three seasons, and now they’re off with prostitutes, and they no longer work in the Mafia, and I don’t understand what happened. People have so many choices on TV now, so no one’s asking for you to marry us. You can enjoy our show without a weekly appointment.' ('I don’t say that critically of other shows,' he adds immediately. Parsons does this a lot—clarifying anything, even a Diet Coke order, to make sure he hasn’t offended anyone. It is the easiest way to tell him apart from the possibly on-the-spectrum Sheldon, who 'has a brutal level of honesty about him,' says Parsons. 'Unknowingly a lot of the time.')

"His second hypothesis is weirder: 'I think it’s as simple as the look of the show.' (It’s a multi-camera sitcom, with lots of primary colors, set in two apartments that are never really redecorated.) 'It’s a bit of eye candy in its own way.' He came up with this theory in Rome, while promoting the show’s first season, when 'nobody in Italy knew who the hell we were.' The fans who stopped him were all Brazilian tourists. 'What confused me was—does our show subtitle well?' he says. “Especially some of the shit a couple of us say, as far as the science jargon goes. So I thought, Maybe it’s just literally fun to look at.

I'm very much enjoying Fargo.  Yes, it moves slowly at times, but by way of comparison, I would watch Fargo before True Detective all day long.  Billy Bob Thornton is great and anyone who suggested that this is Bob Odenkirk's best performance to date (yeah, that means you Andy Greenwald), must have watched the entire first season and has seen things that we haven't.  

On the flip side, Orphan Black continues to drag a little bit as far as I'm concerned.  That said, here's an interview with show creator Graeme Manson.  FYI, "[S]o who’s driving the car that crashes into Sarah at the end?  

MANSON: I think it was just random."

Remember Night Court's Harry Anderson?  Here's a quick look at what he's up to now.

Is the White House Correspondents' dinner relevant to us in some way that I'm missing?

Shark Tank received 35,000 applications last year.  That show's power really needs to be measured with some hard numbers.

The Guardian talked with This American Life's Ira Glass.