Thursday, October 25, 2012

TV Links of the Week

A lot of people believe that cable airs higher quality television than the networks, and that it's been that way for a while. Still, it's surprising to come across articles like this one from The Hollywood Reporter that says that multiple cable shows are regularly beating network shows in the ratings. We've talked before about Sons of Anarchy's dominating its network competition, so that's not a big shock, but reality shows like Breaking Amish and Duck Dynasty? Are you kidding me? I'm no expert, network executives, but I think that may be a sign that what you're doing isn't working.

One of those highly rated cable shows is The Walking Dead, which beats everything except Sunday Night Football on Sunday nights. And if it keeps going at its current pace it might even start beating...I'm kidding...just making sure you're still following along. Here's an interview with series producer Gail Anne Hurd and star Norman Reedus, who plays the best character on the show, Daryl Dixon*. They discuss the different characters, what it's like on the set, and what to expect from the rest of season 3.

*By the way, I'm a little concerned about the return of Merle. I'm afraid that his return will cause Daryl to regress from his "second-in-command but first in awesomeness" role. Merle's reunion with T-Dog, on the other hand, (or stump) be very entertaining.

If over-the-top violence is your thing, you'll probably enjoy this list of the top 10 gruesome TV deaths from E!, videos included. Shows that make the list include, among others, Game of Thrones, Spartacus, Breaking Bad, and The Simpsons. Yes, The Simpsons. My initial takeaway: some directors and writers are really twisted.

We praise the manliness of Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson quite often on this blog, and justifiably so. Much to my delight, it appears that we should consider giving the same praise to Nick Offerman, the guy who portrays Swanson. Not only is he a talented wood worker, he also eats onions raw, and grows a really awesome moustache. His moustache is so awesome, in fact, that Offerman is a spokesperson for Movember, a moustache growing fundraising drive for prostrate and testicular cancer research. Here's a video of Offerman promoting the cause.

Reading Rainbow is coming back! According to Entertainment Weekly, the show, which was cancelled in 2009 due to contract issues, has been relaunched as an iPad app. If you don't own an iPad you can still access the entire series, which premiered in 1983, on iTunes. The article also includes an interview with LeVar Burton and a video of him promoting the app. But you don't have to take my word for it...*

*Sorry. I tried to resist.

Emptying the Clip
  • Here's your weekly preview of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. I've watched and enjoyed every episode this season. I just wish they'd feature more Yoda or Obi-Wan force-kicking the crap out of the dark side.
  • As manly as Ron Swanson is on "Parks & Rec," Tom Haveford is metro. They're both really funny. If you enjoy Tom's food nicknames, then you'll really like this website.
  • Conan O'Brien and Andy Richter will be guest starring in the upcoming season of Arrested Development. Show star Will Arnett broke the news during an interview with Conan, where he also burned co-star Jason Bateman. You see the video here.
  • Finally, The A.V. Club lists 10 Cosby Show episodes that best demonstrate the show's treatment of race and class. As a youngster, I didn't think much about race and class issues, but I did love this show, and would definitely rank it among my top 5 sitcoms.
Thanks for reading.

Matt