On the Telly: "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth," "Ground Floor" and "Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive"

By Craig D. Lindsey
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Former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson in HBO's "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth."

Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth
Saturday, 8pm, HBO
Captive audience: Boxing addicts; the theater crowd; people who like their one-man shows sprinkled with a “muthafucka” here and there.
Moment of truth: I have to say that I’m disappointed as hell by the film version of this one-man show starring the forever-controversial former heavyweight bruiser. (Spike Lee, who directed the stage show, also directed the movie.) For starters—and I don’t know if this was just the screener copy I received—but I could hardly understand a word dude was saying. The show itself is a mixed bag, with Tyson being earnest one minute and manic the next. And the audio sweetening done on the theater audience is artificial to the point of distracting. In my opinion, you’re better off renting the James Toback’s 2008 doc, Tyson.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Phlegmmy.

Ground Floor
Thursdays, 10pm, TBS
Captive audience: Scrubs/Cougar Town fans; people who wish Working and Better Off Ted would’ve lasted longer than two seasons.
Moment of truth: Scrubs and Cougar Town creator Bill Lawrence has decided to do the cable network that saved Cougar from cancellation a solid by co-creating a multi-camera, screwball workplace comedy for them. This one centers on the budding romance between an ambitious banker (Pitch Perfect’s Skylar Astin) and one of his bank’s lowly maintenance employees (Briga Heelan) and the upstairs/downstairs obstacles they often face as a couple. Considering how routine this sitcom is in delivering harmless, predictable laughs acceptable for a studio audience, this show rarely rises above its own mediocrity.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Phlegmmy.

Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive
Currently streaming on Netflix.com
Captive audience: Parks and Recreation fans; comedy nerds; people who really, really miss Human Giant.
Moment of truth: It’s the third time around for the comedian and Parks and Recreation player, as he performs in front of a Philly audience for his latest special, recorded at the Merriam Theater. The 30-year-old Ansari spends a bulk of it addressing his fears of marriage and parenthood. Along the way, he breaks down the absurdity of dick pics, the awesomeness of Grindr and why black guys who are amazed by magic are his favorite racial stereotype. While Ansari’s shtick remains silly yet sophisticated, this special shows that as he matures, his sharp, chuckle-worthy material evolves as well.
Emmy or phlegmmy: Emmy.

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