On the Idiot Box: "Camp," "The Bridge" and "Comedy Bang! Bang!"

By Craig D. Lindsey
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Reggie Watts (left) and Scott Aukerman of "Comedy Bang! Bang!"

Wednesdays, 10pm, NBC
Captive audience: Glee defectors; people who like reminiscing about all the freaky shit they did at summer camp; guys who think Rachel Griffiths is a MILF.
Moment of truth: And now, in the Shows-I-Hate-to-Admit-I-Kinda-Like Dept., here comes this new, dramedy whatzit that’s obviously after the teen/young-adult crowd that’s been fleeing Glee. Six Feet Under’s Rachel Griffiths stars as the recently-divorced owner of a struggling summer camp, a camp that’s filled with rowdy kids and horny teen counselors. I wanna loathe the show for its soapy teen melodrama and jukebox soundtrack selections, but it does have a likable, empathetic spirit to it. As much as I detest seeing young people do young-people shit, this show grudgingly has my respect.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy.

The Bridge
Wednesdays, 10pm, FX
Captive audience: Police-procedural watchers; fans of Texas-based neo-noir; people who have varying forms of autism spectrum.
Moment of truth: FX’s latest edgy, pulpy new drama is an adaptation of a Danish/Swedish crime thriller about a murder investigated on the border of Sweden and Denmark. The American version is about a murder investigated on the border of Texas and Mexico. Diane Kruger’s possibly autistic El Paso cop and Demian Bichir’s seen-it-all Juarez lawman are the detectives who reluctantly team up on the case. While future, clichéd-in-some-instances episodes aren’t as spotless as its knockout pilot, the show’s mix of moody suspense, dark humor and socially relevant storytelling makes this a show worth watching.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy.

Comedy Bang! Bang!
Fridays, 10pm, IFC
Captive audience: Podcast listeners; alt-comedy nerds; people who like their humor both smart and stupid.
Moment of truth: The anti-talk show version of the comedy podcast returns for a second season, which definitely does not skimp on the mega-absurd, ultra-surreal silliness. Host Scott Aukerman gets such celebrity guests as Andy Samberg, Aziz Ansari and Sarah Silverman to join in the silliness with him, while bandleader Reggie Watts (the coolest talk-show bandleader with an Afro—next to Questlove, of course) comes up with goofy, on-the-spot grooves. Its random, nutty humor may not go over well with a lot of people, but I laughed my head off. And, if you’re into that sort of thing, you will too.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy.

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