On the Idiot Box: Louis C.K. on HBO, "Vice" and "How to Live with Your Parents"

By Craig D. Lindsey
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Louis C.K.

Louis C.K.: Oh My God
Saturday, 10pm, HBO
Captive audience: Louie watchers; fans of good standup comedy.
Moment of truth: In his fifth standup special (where he returns to the cable channel that once aired his first, short-lived sitcom Lucky Louie), Louis C.K. continues his reign as not only one of the funniest comics out there, but also one of the smartest. In front of a theater-in-the-round crowd in Phoenix, C.K. breaks down the human condition in his trademark, unfiltered, conversational style, riffing on everything from aging to dating to driving to the ending in The Grapes of Wrath. With this special, C.K. reminds audiences that comics can be both funny ha-ha and funny something-to-think-about.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy.

Vice
Fridays, 11pm, HBO
Captive audience: Vice readers; Real Time with Bill Maher watchers; people who actually give a shit about what’s going on in the world.
Moment of truth: The cult ‘zine gets into the TV-broadcasting game with this newsmagazine show, which is also co-executive produced by Bill Maher. While the show, which mostly focuses on news and issues happening in other countries, doesn’t shy away from showing graphic, unsettling images, perhaps the most shocking thing is how straight-faced and irony-free the stories are told, given the magazine’s notoriously snarky rep. The show may be seen as a newsmagazine for hipsters, but at least it does its best to educate those skinny jeans-wearing bastards on the world around them.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy.

How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)
Wednesdays, 9:30pm, ABC
Captive audience: Scrubs fans; people who just can’t get enough of all the kooky-ass sitcoms on ABC.
Moment of truth: ABC adds one more quirky, dysfunctional-family sitcom to its primetime mix. This one has former Scrubs star Sarah Chalke as a divorced mom who moves back in with her mom (Elizabeth Perkins) and stepdad (Brad Garrett), both liberal, irresponsible parental figures, when things get a bit tough. While the pilot episode was awfully meh, upcoming episodes fare slightly better, as the show actually injects some relatable humor to its one-joke premise. Not to mention that you also get to see Chalke in various undergarments. That’s always worth tuning in for, huh?
Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy.

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1. newswatch_au said... on Apr 13, 2013 at 08:09AM

“It's a shame that the HBO series "VICE" had to fake "evidence" of North Korean girls being sold to so called sex chat businesses in China on Friday April 12. In a quick flash of the so called "proof", a fake web page URL address was shown. It displayed a page from a website that never really existed except on a phony website based in Brooklyn in order to convince us that this tall tail was true. This copyright infringement against LiveJasmin.com (check the source code on the fake site's webpage) was done in order to make the dubious report seem believable.
After all we "saw" (for 3 sec) the website where all this was going on! This false evidence and copyright violation is unforgivable. Check it out yourselves. A freeze frame from the program reveals this fake web page with the URL: http://www.themodernist.com/822anywhere4.html which is on a fake website called http://www.themodernist.com with the following faked WHOIS domain registration information:
Admin Nam”

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