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8 items from 2012


TV Review: Louie 3.12, “Late Show Part 3″

21 September 2012 1:33 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The final chapter of the epic “Late Show” trilogy was a riveting one. Turns out Bane breaks Louie’s back and Doug ends up taking his place as the dark protector of masturbation jokes…wait, no; that was something else.

“Late Show Part 3” actually was a very satisfying conclusion to an arc that, while executed very well, I had a somewhat hard time really getting behind. As I had previously noted, it was somewhat strange watching Louie struggle to fit a mold which seemed frankly very much beneath him. Of course I also concluded that the slightly fictionalized Louie is not the Louis C.K. we know whose recent success has earned him his own clout in the world of entertainment. Nevertheless it was still a bit jarring to watch.

“Part 3” opened with the somber piano music heard throughout the previous installments as Louie jogs with his »

- Joseph Kratzer

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What to TiVo: Tuesday

20 August 2012 11:59 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

8:00 The Middle (repeat) 8:30 Last Man Standing (repeat) 9:00 Happy Endings (repeat) 9:30 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (repeat) 10:00 NY Med (new) 11:35 Nightline (new) 12:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live (new, with guests Gordon Ramsay and Jordin Sparks) 8:00 NCIS (repeat) 9:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (repeat) 10:00 The Mentalist (repeat) 11:35 Late Show With David Letterman (new, with guests Bill Hader and Mary-Louise Parker) 12:37 The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (repeat, with guests Rashida Jones and Julie Delpy) 8:00 MasterChef (repeat) 9:00 MasterChef (new) 8:00 America's Got Talent (new) 10:00 Go On (repeat) 10:30 Animal Practice (repeat) 11:34 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (new, with guests Shia Labeouf and Jean-Claude Van Damme) 12:37 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (new, with guests Tyra Banks, Jim Norton, and Rob Burnett) 8:00 Hart of Dixie (repeat) 9:00 The L.A. Complex (new) More TV to watch when you read more. »

- Maggie Pehanick

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Louie Review: Redhead with Daddy Issues

17 August 2012 4:24 AM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

There was another cold open on "Dad." It was a long one, and it portended what the show had in store for us, as Louie was actually awfully strange until he received a phone call.

It was from Uncle Exclesior (a Latin word meaning "ever upward" and is often used as an interjection – an appropriate name we’ll soon discover) and it offended the electronics store employee.

But Louie dismisses him, causing the employee to place a box on the ground behind Louie as he talks on the phone. Uncle Excelsior announces he’s coming to New York and wants to meet Louie at the Russian Tea Room. Stunned, Louie turns and falls over the box.

Determined to not let it go (a theme that grows and festers like a tumor as we approach the episode’s conclusion), Louie complains to the manager, only to be ridiculed once the transgression »

- neal.lynch@gmail.com (Neal Lynch)

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TV Review: Louie 3.8, “Dad”

16 August 2012 11:57 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I was once told by a literature professor something to the effect that one should absorb art as if none of it were an accident. That’s a fairly daunting standard to live up to as a creator within any artistic medium namely because it invites the entire audience to hold the work under the most scrupulous of inspections. I’m not unfamiliar with the sentiment that a piece of work of most any kind possesses a quality relative to that of one’s perspective of it. In other words, the closer you look the more something falls apart. In tonight’s episode of Louie the entire universe showed signs of cracking under the weight of one assumption – that one’s father carries an insurmountable quantity of influence on one’s world.

I won’t pretend to examine this episode as anything other than a novice »

- Joseph Kratzer

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Review: 'Louie' - 'Dad'

16 August 2012 8:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A review of tonight's "Louie" coming up just as soon as I get a credenza in Geneva... "Dad" was the rare "Louie" episode where the sum of the parts felt like greater than the whole. Each individual bit killed, whether it was the perfect punchline to Jane's violin playing(*), F. Murray Abraham(**) being so marvelously of another era as Uncle Ex (this was my third time seeing the middle finger/condom bit, and the seriousness with which he plays it is perfect), Louie dealing with the inhumanity of the electronics store, the other comics rightly mocking Jim Norton for his hand-drawn pornography, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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TV Review: Louie 3.6, “Barney/Never”

4 August 2012 10:31 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The other night my friend and I were discussing the nature of comedy after watching Louie and he mentioned how for him the element of surprise is crucial to the funniest bits he’s seen. Each of the stories in “Barney/Never” prominently used what can be considered elements of surprise as catalysts for the stories’ climaxes. Part of what distinguishes these moments in “Barney/Never” from mere shock comedy though are the worlds of context which are built around these moments giving them emotional weight and personal resonance. Well, for the most part anyway.

In the case of the “Barney” segment, that gravity was evident from the very first scene which was a departure from the usual opening credits of Louie emerging from the subway and getting a slice of pizza before descending into the Comedy Cellar during Ian Lloyd’s rendition of Hot Chocolate »

- Joseph Kratzer

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Epix Launches Monthly Comedy Showcase

28 June 2012 6:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Premium TV network/on-demand service Epix, which has been running comedy specials since its 2009 launch, is now setting up a new monthly comedy showcase. Titled Epix Comedy Unbound, the franchise will kick off with Jim Norton: Please Be Offended on June 30 and will air the last weekend of every month. It will feature comedians who has done specials for Epix before, like Lewis Black and Kevin Smith, as well as Jim Jefferies, Sherri Shepherd, and Eddie Griffin, among others. The showcase also will carry the annual All-Star Comedy Roundtable presented by Ben Stiller featuring Chris Rock and Jim Carrey and moderated by Bill Hader, taped live at the 2012 Nantucket Film Festival. “We are deepening our commitment to comedy by featuring the best of today’s stand-up comedians in our showcase and giving them free reign to push the envelope and bring our viewers uncensored comedy the way it was meant to be seen, »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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What to TiVo: Wednesday

26 June 2012 11:59 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

8:00 The Middle (repeat) 8:30 Suburgatory (repeat) 9:00 Modern Family (repeat) 9:30 Modern Family (repeat) 10:00 Final Witness (new, series premiere) 11:35 Nightline (new) 12:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live (new, with guests Matt LeBlanc and Selma Blair) 8:00 Dogs in the City (new) 9:00 Criminal Minds (repeat) 10:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (repeat) 11:35 Late Show With David Letterman (new, with guest Channing Tatum) 12:37 The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (new, with guests Lisa Kudrow and Harvey Weinstein) 8:00 So You Think You Can Dance (new) 8:00 Us Olympic Trials: Swimming 9:00 America's Got Talent (new) 11:34 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (new, with guests Mila Kunis and Jim Norton) 12:37 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (new, with guests Salma Hayek and Aaron Sorkin) 8:00 America's Next Top Model (repeat) 9:00 America's Next Top Model (repeat) More TV to watch when you read more. »

- Maggie Pehanick

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