So far in our Shows You Aren’t Watching But Should column we have talked about Magic City and The LA Complex. Both are shows that you are not likely watching, but you should make an effort to check out. Today lets take a look at a comedy you should be watching…

The League
When you think of the FX Network and comedies your mind may flash to the likes of signature programs It’s Always Sunny in Philadephia and the multiple Emmy Award winning Louie, but the show that you really should be thinking about is the underrated comedy The League. The series features what I consider the strongest comedy ensemble on TV with Nick Kroll, Mark Duplass (one half of the Duplass Brothers, the guys behind The Puffy Chair, Jeff, Who Lives at Home, and Baghead), Paul Scheer, Stephen Rannazzisi, Jon Lajoe, and Katie Aselton. This cast delivers the laughs every single episode without missing a beat.

The show is the brainchild of Husband & Wife duo Jeff Schaffer and Jackie Marcus Schaffer, graduates of the Curb Your Enthusiasm school of comedy (literally and figuratively as they both worked on the show). The basic premise of the series is that it follows the members of a fantasy football league who take the league more seriously then anything else in their lives. It is a simple concept at its core but like great comedies before it, it exploits it to its max. From episodes that include riffs on the recent NFL lockout, sex, pornography, and even children’s toys, this is a show that is not afraid to get down and dirty — in fact, it gets dirtier then It’s Always Sunny, which has not shyed away from getting some seriously shameless laughs.

What elevates the material is the cast and their knack for improvisational comedy. All of them are masters of the craft and it shows. You can tell from watching that this cast is tighter then the regular cast of a typical TV show. They’re a group of people who clearly like to hang out on and off set. From the crude nicknames to the hilarious insults that are thrown at each other. This is show is underrated and I believe I know why. It’s because some people shy away from it because of the football nature of the show. “If you do not know football you will not ‘get’ this show” — those people think. I can say from personal experience, and as a fan of the show, that this is not the case. You do not need to have an extensive knowledge of football to enjoy this show. The football detailing is a minor part of the show and it will not deteriorate your viewing experience if, like me, you know zilch about the sport (I’m a hockey fan and participate in a couple of hockey fantasy leagues).

The characters in the show are absolutely hysterical in there own right and could really hold their own show if they wanted too. Nick Kroll steals the show as the cruel Ruxin, a lawyer who is not above hurling awful insults in his ongoing efforts to win the league. There is also Paul Scheer’s Dr. Andre, a man with horrible taste but a lot of pride, and of course Jon Lajoe’s stoner character Taco, an aspiring musician and crappy businessman who is baked every time he is on screen. Aselton, Duplass, and Rannazzisi round out the cast as normal characters, who again, serve out the insults better then they take.

The show has been able to snag some quality guest stars in its so far in its three season run, including Jeff Goldblum as Ruxin’s father, Sarah Silverman as Andre’s sister, and Ray Liotta as Ruxin’s boss. It is a show that is attracting talent and managing to get renewed despite lacking the eyeballs it really, truly deserves to have. I personally put this show up there with the best TV comedies airing right now. It is a stronger comedy then Parks & Recreation, Two & A Half Men, and 30 Rock at their prime.

If you want to settle in for a good laugh you need to seriously start watching this show. Seriously. Sure it is not a supernatural drama with huge effect, but it will cause you to laugh until you lose your breath. And that is a guarantee I can happily make for it. It deserves your eyes and you deserve to enjoy its laughs. The League‘s fourth season premieres on October 11th at 10:30pm on FX Network.

Shark Tank is a show that takes real entrepreneurs and gives them a short time to present their “get rich” business idea to a panel of business and tech moguls, including Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec, and Kevin O’Leary. On paper I thought this idea was ridiculous, but it is so addicting and entertaining (and slightly inspiring) that I can’t help to make it one of my must watch shows every week. The panel of “sharks” are diverse and it is so interesting to see the ideas that they fight over and the ones that they laugh off. They have taken ideas like a man that draws cats and a couple with a homemade sippy cup and have turned their businesses into huge successes (along with countless others). If you’ve never watched the show, I urge you to give it a chance. You’ll want to spend every Friday nights in the Shark Tank.

Official Episode Description: An unemployed Tampa man and his pregnant wife serve their famous chicken dip; an injured NFL athlete has an idea for a spring-loaded laundry hamper; a zip bag that turns into a bowl is pitched by two brothers from Missouri; and a wireless device for finding lost keys and cell…

Shark Tank airs on ABC at 8pm. Also on tonight…

8PM

SYFY: WWE SmackDown (wrestling)
CBS: CSI: NY (crime drama)
CW: America’s Next Top Model (reality)
DISNEY: A.N.T. Farm/Jessie (teen)
FX: UFC: Browne vs Bigfoot (fighting)
LMN: No Surrender (movie)
NGC: Family Guns (docu)

9PM

LIFE: America’s Most Wanted (news)
ABC: What Would You Do? (reality news)
CBS: Made in Jersey (drama)
FOX: Fringe (sci-fi drama)
NBC: Grimm (supernatural drama)
CMT: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (docu)
DISNEY: Gravity Falls/Fish Hooks (teen)

10PM

HBO: Real Time With Bill Maher (talk)
ABC: 20/20 (news showcase)
CBS: Blue Bloods (crime drama)
NBC: Dateline NBC (news showcase)
CINE: Strike Back (action drama)
E!: Fashion Police (entertainment news)
FX: The Ultimate Fighter Fridays (fighting)

This is my favorite show on CBS. It has a nice mixture of a serialized drama and a high tech procedural. There truly is not a television show like this on the air right now and last week, it returned with a bang, literally, as it picked up directly as we left it — with Finch (Michael Emerson) having been kidnapped by Root (Amy Acker), forcing Reese (Jim Caviezel) to search for his only friend in the world. The second episode of the new season finds the show leaving the comfort of New York City for the ruffle and tumble Texan terrain in its first episode set outside of the Big Apple. This episode will feature guest star Margo Martindale (Justified) as a woman from Root’s past.

Person of Interest is a show that is at the top of its game. Since its premiere the series has not missed a beat, keeping up the mystery and intrigue without bogging itself down by a mythology too complex for its own good. Guided by the vision of Jonathan Nolan (Chris Nolan’s baby brother and co-writer of a number of Nolan’s films) this is a show that proves there is still life in the broadcast engine. It is a must watch show and the best scripted drama that CBS currently airs.

Official Description, “Bad Code”: A cold case lands Resse closer to finding Finch and his kidnapper.

The episode airs at 9pm on CBS. What else is on tonight? Lets see…

8PM

NBC: 30 Rock/Up All Night (comedies)
ABC: Last Resort (drama)
CBS: The Big Bang Theory/Two and a Half Men (comedies)
FOX: The X Factor (reality competition)
CW: The Next (reality competition)
SPIKE: Impact Wrestling (wrestling)
CARTOON: MAD (animation)

9PM

NBC: The Office/Parks and Recreation (comedies)
ABC: Grey’s Anatomy (medical drama)
HGTV: Extreme Homes (docu)
DISXD: Mr. Young (youth comedy)
BRAVO: The Real Housewives of Miami (reality)
A&E: The First 48 (docu)
BBC: Top Gear (docu)

10PM

NBC: Rock Center with Brian Williams (news showcase)
ABC: Scandal (drama)
CBS: Elementary (crime drama)
PBS: POV (docu)
SPIKE: MMA Uncensored Live (fighting)
MTV: Jersey Shore (trashy reality)
HGTV: House Hunters/House Hunters International (docu)

In the first Shows You Aren’t Watching But Should column we talked about Starz’s underrated gangster drama, Magic City. Today we’ll be discussing a very different series…

The LA Complex
A Canadian product. As a Canadian TV Junkie, I feel like I can say without a doubt that most Canadian TV shows suck. They just do. All of the great storytellers from Canada, along with lots of the top tier actors, have fled or are fleeing to America for opportunity to make more money and be apart of better productions. Out of the last 10 years, Canada has only produced a handful of television classics, in my opinion, and they are Kenny vs Spenny, Call Me Fitz, and this show, The LA Complex.

Unfortunately for The LA Complex, the logline for this show makes it sound a lot worse then it actually it is. The show itself, at its most bare bones description, is about a group of Canadians (ironic, huh) who are making their way up the ladder in Hollywood and who all happen to live in the same complex. It sounds like Melrose Place 3.0 (yes, I’m making reference to the awful remake of the series) and though I only watched the pilot for the Melrose redo and never watched a single episode of the original show, this show, from what I have been told is above and beyond the best of the batch. And what’s even worse for the show is that its premiere on CW (a network that should really be deemed a cable network because of its miserable ratings) ranked the lowest broadcast premiere in the history of modern US television. That is something this show did not deserve to have as its record. Though, my feeling is that the bad ratings had more to do with poor promotion and the fact that the first 6 episodes were already online thanks to having premiered ahead of its CW (aka American) premiere.

What The LA Complex does so well is that it knows how to soap things up without going too far overboard. It also delves into some of the nitty and gritty parts of the Hollywood experience. The show does take a few dramatic turns and always leaves an episode on a cliffhanger, but what I can definitively say is that this show knows what it wants to be and that is — your new guilty pleasure. I know a dozen male friends who secretly are hooked onto the show, much like myself, and what this show does better then anything other is that it does not overplay the Canadian aspects of the series. It single handedly tries to mask the Canadianness of the characters and this might be in line with the show’s primary location.

Now for what makes this show appealing. I have to say, though the show’s biggest star arguably is Jewel Staite of Firefly flame, she actually is not the biggest draw in the show. Though she plays the role of Raquel, a washed up actress trying to keep her fifteen minutes of fame alive and beautiful, the draw comes from the show’s breakout star Andra Fuller who plays Kaldrick King. What I have to give The LA Complex  credit for is the fact that they’re taking on what is one of the most taboo subjects in the Entertainment industry and pulling it off with such vigor in the fact that (SPOILERS) Kaldrick King, a major (he’s suppose to be P. Diddy big) rapper, struggling with his homosexuality. A major taboo in not only rap music (Frank Ocean came out after the show started airing the storyline) but also in the African-American community. It’s a storyline that’s only able to succeed in Fuller’s stellar work as he comes off as being tough and violent (he beats the shit out of his love Tariq when they’re caught kissing in the studio) to shift suspicion away from his homosexuality activity. (END SPOILERS). The other big draw is the work of Jonathan Patrick Moore who plays Connor Lake, the breakout star of a new medical TV series who has had virtually zero exposure to fame before the role. He plays someone who should have it all, and appears to have it all on the outside but is empty and boy like on the inside. Connor truly is a boy in a man’s body and a lonely one at that. His draw is in the fact that he comes off as so innocent when other actors would play him off as being more of a womanizer and could have been less sympathetic when the self harm stuff started appearing.

The other storylines are just as good and appearances by the likes of Mary Lynn Rajskub, Paul Tompkins, and Alan Thicke make this show even more enjoyable. Definitely better then the mediocre soap crap CW puts out (not looking at you Supernatural/Smallville). This is one of the best guilty pleasure series out there. Its treatment of Hollywood might not be as glamorous as Entourage, but this show is way more addictive, way more fast pace, and a lot less douchey. My suggestion is that you get this show when it hits Netflix or DVD and start watching. It definitely deserves more viewers then the 300k it averages now because this show is addictive. Damn addictive. Now it’s not award winning television, but if you like to be taken on an unsophisticated ride, try this. It’s definitely the best primetime soap out there right now that both sexes can handle watching in all of its juicy glory. I say this to the guys out there, if your girl wants to watch something with you and she asks you what to watch, suggest this, because she’ll like it — you’ll like it — and who knows, both of you may walk away satisfied in more ways then one. I’m just saying.

You know what? Any excuse to do a Google search for “bacon” is a good one in my book. And I will try to get as much use of the above image as possible in future months and years. Expect to see it at the top and any and all future stories about Kevin Bacon. Tonight, while President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney are battling it out across all the broadcast Networks at 10pm est, over on the Travel Channel is a show titled Bacon Paradise 2… but they had me at Bacon. The show is traveling across the country shedding light on some of the best bacon dishes. I just hope they follow the show with a GPS styled APP to take me to each one of these destinations.

Official description: More of the country’s best bacon dishes are samples. Included: bacon lasagna in Idaho; bacon brownies in New York.

While I drool over the idea of bacon lasagna, you can check out what else is on tonight…

8PM

ABC: The Middle/The Neighbors (comedies)
CBS: Survivor: Philippines (reality competition)
FOX: The X-Factor (reality competition)
NBC: Animal Practice/Guys with Kids (comedies)
CW: Oh Sit! (gameshow)
CARTOON: DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk (animation)
ION: WWE Main Event (wrestling)

9PM

CW: Supernatural (supernatural drama)
ABC/CBS/FOX/NBC: Presidential Debate (news)
DSC: Sons of Guns (docu)
FOOD: Restaurant: Impossible (reality)
HGTV: Buying and Selling (docu)
SYFY: Ghost Hunters (docu)
TLC: Cracking Addiction (docu)

10PM

E!: The Soup (clip comedy)
A&E: American Hoggers (docu)
BRAVO: Life After Top Chef (reality)
COMEDY: South Park/Key & Peele (animation/comedy)
HGTV: House Hunters/House Hunters International (docu)
HIST: Cajun Pawn Stars (docu)
MTV: The Challenge (reality competition)

Posted on October 3rd, 2012 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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The funniest new show from last season returned last week with two episodes and it is airing its third episode of its second season tonight. The headliner of Fox’s newly minted Tuesday Comedy Block, it is by far the strongest of the shows. Featuring an excellent cast that includes standout weekly performances from Max Greenfield, Jake Johnson, and Zooey Deschanel, New Girl is a show that Fox deserves to be proud of. Judging by the preview for this week’s episode, I’m sure it will be another excellent episode, filled to the brim with well deserved laughs. It is a show that I make an effort to watch live on Tuesdays.

Official Description, “Fluffer”: Jess and Nick examine their friendship. Elsewhere, Schmidt hopes to impress an attractive Republican by pretending to be one of Mitt Romney’s sons.

The new episode of New Girl airs tonight at 9pm on FOX. Also new tonight…

8PM

ABC: Dancing with the Stars: All Stars (reality competition)
CBS: NCIS (crime drama)
FOX: Raising Hope/Ben and Kate (comedies)
NBC: The Voice (reality competition)
CW: Hart of Dixie (medical drama)
PBS: History Detectives (docu)
CARTOON: The Looney Tunes Show (animation)

9PM

NBC: Go On/The New Normal (comedy)
CBS: NCIS: Los Angeles (crime drama)
FOX: (9:30) The Mindy Project (comedy)
CW: The Next (competition)
GSN: Minute to Win It (gameshow)
MSNBC: The Rachel Maddow Show (news showcase)
SYFY: Face Off (competition)

10PM

FX: Sons of Anarchy (biker drama)
ABC: Private Practice (medical drama)
CBS: Vegas (drama)
NBC: Parenthood (drama)
A&E: Shipping Wars (docu)
HGTV: House Hunters/House Hunters International (docu)
MTV: Teen Mom (docu)

Posted on October 2nd, 2012 by Quantum | Leave a Comment
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Last week How I Met Your Mother returned with its new season and once again dangled the mother in front of the audience without revealing much more about her. Will we meet her in the season (series?) finale? At that point will it even matter? Personally I’d like to see Ted’s relationship with the mother take off and grow. If we only get a minute with the mother it will feel like such a copout. Anyhow, for a first time in the show’s history all of the characters are paired up in relationships with three of them doomed for failure. It should be a fun ride seeing how over the course of the season said relationships crash and burn.

Official Description, “The Pre-Nup”: Barney’s extensive and comprehensive prenup leads the guys to put forth their own relationship principles, which their significant others do not find agreeable. Meanwhile, an incensed Quinn responds with her own prenup.

The episode airs at 8pm on CBS, followed by the new series Partners. What else do you have to look forward to tonight?

8PM

FOX: Bones (crime drama)
ABC: Dancing with the Stars: All Stars (reality competition)
CBS: (8:30) Partners (comedy)
NBC: The Voice (reality competition)
CW: iHeartRadio Music Festival (special)
ABCFAM: Switched at Birth (drama)
CARTOON: Regular Show/The Annoying Orange (animated)

9PM

A&E: Hoarders (docu)
CBS: 2 Broke Girls/Mike & Molly (comedies)
FOX: The Mob Doctors (crime/medical drama)
BRAVO: The Real Housewives of New York City (reality)
DSC: American Chopper (docu)
SYFY: Warehouse 13 (sci-fi)
HGTV: Love It or List It (docu)

10PM

ABC: Castle (crime drama)
CBS: Hawaii Five-0 (crime drama)
NBC: Revolution (end of world drama)
A&E: Intervention (docu)
BRAVO: Gallery Girls (reality)
FOOD: Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives/$24 in 24 (docu)
MTV: Ridiculousness/The Inbetweeners (comedies)

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