Because I know you were really stressing out about missing the first episode of Outsourced, don't worry -- it's starting on a specific date and everything.
In these days of Simpsons fatigue, Family Guy clones and lackluster Mike Judge comedies, the state of primetime animation is at an all-time low. (South Park has somehow managed to stay smart, timely and relevant.) So an injection of the late-night sensibilities of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim into the primetime world is a welcome change. FX's new spy parody Archer was created by Frisky Dingo and Sealab 2021 co-creator Adam Reed, and it brings an edgy intelligence to the 10:00 hour that thirteen "different" Seth MacFarlane shows just won't give you.
Last night, FX held their NYC upfront event for advertisers and the press, and while it was star-studded (they impressively brought out almost all their talent for interviews, which I'll be posting later today), the content portion of the presentation was pretty light on new show information. I saw a 30-second trailer for the Elijah Wood comedy Wilfred, and then network president John Landgraf kind of ran down a few details of other shows they've got in the works for the next 12 months, most of which were reported on in the trades months ago. Here are my impressions of what I heard and saw, based on almost no new information whatsoever.
Why is Louis CK -- one of the finest stand-up comedians in the country and a fantastic television writer to boot -- so bad at putting together television shows for himself? Louie is his second stab at it, and though it's not as bad as the embarrassing Lucky Louie, it's still bafflingly awful. How can someone so brilliant, and someone who has been funny as an actor before (his stint on Parks and Recreation, for example) make a show this bad? And on famously liberating networks, too -- Lucky Louie was on HBO and Louie is on FX, so he can't really blame an oppressive, idiot network. I can't figure it out.
Stop what you're doing and read this exciting Torchwood news!
Absolutely Fabulous will be making a comeback this summer with new episodes. Where else can you find women that make "Mommie Dearest look like Winnie-the-Bloody-Pooh"?
Kristen Bell commands you to watch her new Showtime series, House of Lies!
Another good show bites the dust.
Law & Order is taking on David Letterman, the days of Numbers may be numbered (see what I did there?) and Hollywood nepotism is alive and well.
In today's news: a reality contestant actually has talent, an advocacy group says something dumb, another annoying Grey's Anatomy rumor and more!