On the Idiot Box: "Childrens Hospital," "Animation Domination High-Def" and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

By Craig D. Lindsey
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Rob Corddry (center) and the cast of "Childrens Hospital."

Childrens Hospital
Thursdays, midnight, Cartoon Network
Captive audience: Stoners. Yeah, that’s basically it.
Moment of truth: The Cartoon Network’s delightfully deranged web series-turned-Adult Swim staple returns for a fifth season, once again sending up high-and-mighty hospital dramas that seriously need to get over themselves. (Paging Grey’s Anatomy!) Creator Rob Corddry’s consistently bloodstained Patch Adams-wannabe Dr. Blake Downs and his fellow self-centered, incredibly incompetent doctors are back, with guest stars Jon Hamm and Nick Offerman returning to join in on the balls-to-the-wall absurdity. Silly, strange and usually about 12 minutes long, this show always comes with the nutty thunder.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy.

Animation Domination High-Def
Saturdays, 11pm, Fox
Captive audience: Adult Swim watchers; cartoon geeks; and, of course, stoners.
Moment of truth: Not just content with having edgy, animated sitcoms on Sunday nights, Fox is looking to have its own late-night, Adult Swim-esque block of cartoon shows too batshit-crazy for prime time. Axe Cop (the webcomic notoriously co-created by a 5-year-old) is the funniest, with Nick Offerman voicing an axe-wielding, planet-bouncing lawman, while High School USA, a dark-humored Archie Comics takeoff featuring the voices of Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser and Mandy Moore, is the strangest. All in all, it’s suitable entertainment on a Saturday night. Especially if you have a bong handy.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy.

Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Tuesdays, 8pm, CW
Captive audience: Improv nerds; fans of the original versions of Whose Line Is It Anyway?; and, of course, stoners.
Moment of truth: As someone who was a rabid fan of both the ABC version and the British original (Josie Lawrence rules!), this new incarnation of the improv game show is a bit of a letdown. Cackling new host Aisha Tyler often brings the show to a screeching halt with her awkward bon mots, and the show relies too much on using ill-equipped “star players” like The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan and Glee’s Kevin McHale. I never thought I’d see the day when Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out (which has also recently returned, over on MTV2) would be the more preferable improv show to watch on Tuesday nights.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Phlegmmy.

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