Thursday, March 8, 2012

TV Links of the Week

Nick Offerman
Entertainment Weekly gives us 15 important takeaways from Parks and Recreation's panel at this week's PaleyFest. Most exciting for me was the news that Bradley Whitford will be appearing on the show in a West Wing style episode. Whitford and Rob Lowe, who currently plays Chris on Parks and Rec, were two of my favorite actors on the West Wing*, which is also of my favorite shows of all time. Also exciting, even though it wasn't part of the EW's 15 takeaways, was the revelation that Nick Offerman, who plays Ron Swanson on the show, wrote this Thursday's episode. I hope Offerman is extremely full of himself and made Ron the focal point of the episode. A Ron-centric episode is exactly what I need to help get me through the 5 week hiatus the show is about to go to make room for Community.

*Who am I kidding? All the actors on The West Wing were great.

This week's "George Costanza Award" winner, given to the person who gets fired from his/her job in the most creative way, goes to the AMC employee that ok'd the ad that claimed that The Walking Dead season 2 Blu-ray set would feature Shane's last episode. Look, watchers of the show and readers of this blog have assumed for awhile that Shane's demise on the show is near, but that doesn't mean we wanted the news spoiled for us by some incompetent/unobservant AMC employee*. If gambling were legal, I wonder what the odds would be that Rick kills Shane. Sure, Rick seems like the obvious choice, but what do I know? I was among those at tvczar.com convinced that Andrea would kill Dale.

What the winner of the George Costanza Award gets. It's better than a trophy.

*Just like my wife, who knew I was going to propose to her, didn't want to know when or how. Wait, am I saying that I'm thinking like a woman? Moving along now...

By the way, Michigan State University offers a zombie survival class. I can't think of a better way to waste parents' money.

HBO has released another promo trailer for season two of Game of Thrones. I didn't watch the trailer*, but, as usual with anything involving Game of Thrones, people seem to love it. I am almost finished with the first book, and while it's very good,  I don't see how they were able to fit everything in the book into a 10 episode season. I've yet to come across a reader who doesn't also love the series, though. As I said before, what do I know?

*I've explained why before.

The A.V. Club recently interviewed Sam Neill. They spend the majority of the interview discussing some of Neill's movie roles, but they start off  talking about his current gig - playing government agent Emerson Hauser on the Fox show Alcatraz. For his part, Neill prefers the mythological aspect of the show over the procedural*. There's also some good discussion about Jurassic Park - he even claims he enjoyed coming back for Jurassic Park 3** - but unfortunately no mention of The Hunt for Red October.

*Don't we all.

**Too bad no one enjoyed watching it.

If you watched Nickelodeon in 1990s, you'll be excited to know that the game show Figure it Out is making a comeback. The show, which involves a celebrity panel attempting to guess a kid's unique talent using only "yes" or "no" questions, is scheduled to air 40 new episodes. Let's hope this also means the slime is coming back. By the way, while you're at it, Nickelodeon, why not bring back Global Guts and/or Legends of the Hidden Temple, too?

Six Degrees of TV Separation

We have two challengers this week. Up first is my most consistent challenger: the Czarina. She's determined to win a Coke. This week she's given me David Meunier and Mary-Kate Olsen. For those unaware, Meunier currently plays Johnny Crowder on Justified.
  1. Meunier appeared in a season 10 episode of CSI: Miami, which stars Emily Procter.
  2. Procter played Ainsley Hayes in 12 episodes of The West Wing, one of which also featured Mary-Louise Parker.
  3. Parker is the lead character in Weeds, which aired eight episodes in 2007 that featured Olsen.
Stay thirsty, my friend.

My second challenger in another anonymous entry. Mr./Ms. Annonymous gave me Dan Blocker (Hoss from Bonanza) and Jason Segel. This challenge has me a little worried.
  1. Blocker starred in Bonanza with Pernell Roberts, who played Hoss' brother Adam.
  2. Roberts appeared in a season 4 episode of Diagnosis Murder, which starred Dick Van Dyke.
  3. Van Dyke guest starred as Dr. Townshend in a season 2 episode of Scrubs, which starred Sarah Chalke as Dr. Elliot Reid.
  4. Reid has appeared in 9 episodes of How I Met Your Mother, which stars Segel.
I never thought I'd use Diagnosis Murder in this game. I had to go deep to find those connections.. Anonymous, you've definitely put up some good challenges so far. Everyone else, see if you can be the first to stump me. Leave two actors you think I can't connect in six TV series or less in the comments section below. As always, if you stump me I'll buy you a Coke.

That's it for this week. I'll see you next Thursday with more TV links and another round of Six Degrees of TV Separation. Thanks for reading.

Matt

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