After what I presume to be quite a bit of market research, IFC does not like the word "hipster" and refrains from using it at all costs. Of course, you wouldn't be able to tell from their "Upfront-Landia" -- defined by hyper-aware IFC as "network upfront combined with the only show you've ever heard from us" -- event when you first entered the party, as the vibe of the slightly industrial room at Off Broadway's New World Stages screamed "too cool" to me. (Though, oddly, the party was seriously lacking in vegetarian hors d'oeuvres, but I digress.)
America just got safer.
Today's TV news goes in like a lion and out like a JWoww.
R.I.P. short-lived TBS sitcom Glory Daze. Not enough viewers knew thee well.
When you hear that The Onion is getting its own television news show, what's the first thing that comes to mind? Well, "reliable news source," of course. In the tier of fake news reporting somewhere between Fox News and The Daily Show/Colbert Report comes The Onion News Network on IFC. Basically, ONN (not to be mistaken with OWN, which is an easy thing to do) take all of their very believable headlines from TheOnion.com and have clueless, yet confident news reporters describe them to you. This "news without mercy" includes such crucial issues as tangled headphones costing Americans millions every year and the new matching varsity jackets that the Supreme Court judges just bought. Can you even handle these riveting topics? Because "you've just been cleared to enter the FactZone."
IFC's new show Rhett & Link: Commercial Kings is, like most IFC shows, a little... off. It's ostensibly a docuseries about the art of advertising, or something, but the show's premiere reads more like an Animal Planet one-off, opting instead to focus on two hipsters hanging out with cute kitties and doggies. Not that I'm opposed to more cute animals being put in my face, but is this show about advertising or is it about celebrating the content of mom's favorite internet memes?
For years, I've been hearing how good the British series The IT Crowd is. "It's so good," everyone kept telling me, "that they're talking about doing an American version!" Being an inherently lazy person, this gave me even less of a desire to seek it out, as I was willing to wait until it got to the U.S. in some bastardized form. (Hey, this was when the American Office was just winning people over, so I was not being completely irrational.) Now, with no remake in sight, IFC has come to my rescue, because they've been airing the original IT Crowd Tuesday nights at 8:00, and it is every bit as hysterical as promised.
If you haven't been watching IFC's Z Rock, about a rock band in New York City that plays gigs by night and kids' parties by day, you may want to tune in this Sunday. The show -- a hybrid of Flight of the Conchords, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Curb Your Enthusiasm, but with a lot fewer words in the title -- has a new guest-star in every episode, from rockers like Sebastian Bach and Dave Navarro to comedians like Dave Attell and Gilbert Gottfried, and this week's is no exception. I'd build up to it some more, but as you've probably already read in the title, it's Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider.
Once upon a time, in the golden age of sketch comedy, there were a dozen sketch shows on the air at a given time. Since then, the field has been whittled down to a precious few, until for a while it was just Saturday Night Live battling an ailing Mad TV. But there has been a new power rising in the East. A dark power, made up of equal parts Kids in the Hall, The Vacant Lot and Exit 57, fueled by the power of feces and prone to having sex with animals. They're The Whitest Kids U'Know, and their third season of uncensored sketch comedy begins tonight on IFC. We talked to them about why Hitler is an inspiration, why dinosaurs are awesome and why this season was almost called "Season Drugs."