Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!
Sundays, midnight, Comedy Central
Captive audience: Reality-show watchers; comedy nerds; those who just love watching people go off the deep end.
Moment of truth: This unscripted (or is it?) reality show is a peculiar change of pace for Comedy Central, as it follows manic LA-based comedian Brody Stevens around as he strives for fame and fortune. At first, you’ll think the dude’s an emotionally unstable wreck, pathetically hamming it up for the camera and acting like an ass around his mom and estranged sister. Then, the show takes a deadly serious turn when you find out that the guy is, in fact, an emotionally unstable wreck (with pals like Zach Galifianakis and Sarah Silverman trying to help him). It’s a fascinating, unsettling look at the unhinged life of a comic.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy.
Sundays, 10pm, HBO
Captive audience: Brit-sitcom lovers; mockumentary watchers; people who just binge-watched Derek and want to laugh at old people some more.
Moment of truth: The latest American adaptation of a British TV show redoes the award-winning sitcom about the overworked and understaffed employees of a hospital geriatric ward. Roseanne’s Laurie Metcalf leads the cast as the anxiety-ridden, fecal matter-obsessed doctor who gets stuck with overseeing the ward and its nurses (Family Guy’s Alex Borstein and The Soul Man’s Niecy Nash). Shot in cinema-verite style, the show tries to balance both the grim bleakness and occasional absurdity that comes with working in such an environment. Although the cast is game, it still needs some work.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Phl-emmy.
Rick and Morty
Mondays, 10:30pm, Cartoon Network
Captive audience: Adventure Time lovers; cult-cartoon fans; all those geeks who can’t wait for the new season of Community in January.
Moment of truth: Wondering what Community showrunner Dan Harmon did after he was fired from his own show—which he’s now back to running? He was mostly co-creating and developing this twisted, uproarious cartoon. It follows a drunken, downright sociopathic scientist and his awkward, simple-minded grandson (both voiced by co-creator Justin Roiland) as they travel though dimensions and dreams and embark on some madcap, mind-bending adventures. It’s poised to be another Adult Swim cartoon both nerds and stoners will equally enjoy.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy.
In Memoriam: David Brenner