On the Telly: "Bill Cosby: Far from Finished," "The Wrong Mans" and "Alpha House"

By Craig D. Lindsey
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Mathew Baynton and James Corden created and star in "The Wrong Mans."

Bill Cosby: Far from Finished
Saturday, 8pm, Comedy Central
Captive audience: Fans of Bill Cosby, whether it’s his stand-up, his sitcoms or in the various commercials he did for everyone back in the day.
Moment of truth: Even though he’s officially turned into Eddie Murphy’s scathing impersonation of him from Eddie Murphy: Raw, the 76-year-old Cosby still hasn’t lost his flair to make people instantly laugh, which he does in his first stand-up special in eons.  Once again, Cos gets a lot of comic mileage just sitting down on stage and regaling the audience with stories about his wife and kids. Now, the man has all the calm and cool of a seasoned, old pro. Even when he seems to meander, you know he has a payoff that’ll be worth it. Man, I hope I’m still on top of my game when I’m at that age.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy.

The Wrong Mans
Now streaming on Hulu.com
Captive audience: Gavin & Stacey fans; action-comedy lovers; people who watch Pineapple Express, like, every time they light up a fat one.
Moment of truth: What happens when two British actors come up with a six-part comic thriller? You get a funny, suspenseful, highly addictive TV show that’s better than a lot of the so-called action movies Hollywood drops. Gavin & Stacey vets Matthew Baynton and James Corden created and star in this heart-racing romp, playing a couple of loserly gents who deal with danger, intrigue, betrayal and many near-death experiences when Baynton’s character picks up a cell phone after witnessing a car accident. Considering that I downed all the eps in one night, don’t be surprised if you do the same.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy.

Alpha House
Now streaming on Amazon.com
Captive audience: Doonesbury readers; fans of political satire; people who couldn’t get off Amazon if they tried.
Moment of truth: The online bookstore’s first foray into original programming is a sitcom that’s out to make D.C. look more goofy and disorganized than it already it is. The always-welcome John Goodman stars as a slobbish, right-wing senator rooming in a house with other Republicans (including Homicide vet Clark Johnson and Mark “Mr. Kelly Ripa” Consuelos). Compared to the brutally funny Veep, this show, which was created and written by Doonesbury founder Garry Trudeau, is way too cute with its satire. While the show looks like it has potential, it’s still not enough to make me get an Amazon Prime Instant account.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Phl-emmy.

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