Thursday, November 11, 2010


Due to the interference of another individual who runs another podcast the PCV facebook page was taken down, I am currently working to get it back up and will keep you updated when it is.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Glee's Darren Criss Hitting All The Right Notes?

After making a splash on last nights episode of Glee, Darren Criss (who plays Blaine a member of a rival high school singing group) is in talks to sign on as a series regular. The promotion for Criss who initially signed on to be a recurring character this season will likely become a regular at the start of the show's already-greenlit third season. This would mark the first regular TV gig for Criss whose biggest before Glee was an arc on ABC’s short-lived Eastwick. He first found fame on the Internet as the star of the YouTube viral hit A Very Potter Musical.

(Criss performing Teenage Dream on last night's Glee episode.)

Tickets On Sale Now For The Book of Mormon

Tickets are now on sale online for the new Broadway musical The Book of Mormon. From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of South Park comes this hilarious Broadway musical about a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that’s about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get. The Book of Mormon is written in collaboration with Robert Lopez, the Tony Award-winning writer of Avenue Q, and co-directed by Mr. Parker and three-time Tony nominee Casey Nicholaw (Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone). Performances begin at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on February 24, 2011 with a opening night set for March 24, 2011.

To purchase tickets click here:

Video of The Day: H2$ first ad

Here is the first AD for the new Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which is set to open in March at the Al Hirschfeld Theater and will star Daniel Radcliffe. Enjoy

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Gene Shalit To Depart NBC's 'Today'

Everyones favorite mustachioed movie critic will be departing the Today show after 40 years. Gene Shalit who joined the series in 1970 will appear for the last time as a regular contributor on this thursdays program.

Artwork for The Book of Mormon revealed!

The Book of Mormon, the new musical from Trey Parker & Matt Stone (South Park) and Robert Lopez (Avenue Q), is set to open March 24th 2011, at The Eugene O'Neill Theatre. And here is your first look at the shows artwork.

Video of The Day: Conan 1st episode cold open

Here is the cold open from the 1st episode of Conan O'Brien's new talk show Conan. It involves The Godfather, a talk show legend, and a little bit of Hamm. Enjoy.

4.16 Millon Viewers Turn in For 1st Episode of Conan

The 1st episode of Conan O'Briens new late night talk show, Conan brought in 4.16 million viewers, topping all other primetime talk shows, on broadcast or cable. This bods well for the show which marks the return of O'Brien to late night television after 10 months following the whole Tonight Show debacle earlier this year. Conan airs at 11pm on TBS.

Acclaimed play The Pitmen Painters will not extend run

Lee Halls play The Pitmen Painters will not be extending its Broadway run at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre past December 12th (its original scheduled closing date). The play which has seen acclaim from both London and New York critics tells the story of the Ashington Group miners from Northumberland who became celebrated artists. The five men in the play are a theatrical representation of more than 30 members of the group. The characters also include a "dental mechanic" and an unemployed fellow; they are not miners.

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Review: Morning Glory

Morning Glory stars Rachel McAdams as Becky a young enthusiastic producer who after losing her job as a producer on a New Jersey morning show is offered the position of executive producer on a Good Morning America like morning show called Day Break. Becky feeling the need to not give up on her dreams accepts the position at the struggling news program and has to deal with pulling the show out of dead last and managing its two feuding lead anchors Mike (played by Harrison Ford) and Colleen (played by Diane Keaton).
Now that all that summary stuff is out of the way lets break down this movie shall we. Rachel McAdams plays Becky perfectly in that one moment she is this innocent motivated individual, and then the next she is obsessed with her job and wont let anything come between her and the show. Harrison Ford plays Mike Pomeroy who is essentially your Dan Rather type news personality, he has seen it all, won it all, and has done it all... except morning television. Diane Keaton plays Colleen Peck who is pretty contempt with sitting behind the desk at 5am reporting about how to make Pinatas and doing cooking segments. The chemistry between Ford and Keaton is absolutely fantastic and makes for some great scenes. However the one issue with Fords performance is he plays the character so gruff and at sometimes crazy that I was expecting him to grab someone by the collar and demand his family back at some point of the film.
There is also a romantic subplot involving Patrick WIlson as Adam Bennett, a producer who used to work with Mike. Ultimately I believe that the whole subplot wasn't exactly necessary to the main plot of the movie and that the film could have survived without it. Another major issue with it was how the film tried to be dramatic, while it was understandable where the film was going with these moments tonally I felt it was just played a little too dramatic (and the score at these points definitely did not help).

As for the rest of the cast, Jeff Goldblum as Jerry Barnes the head of the stations news department (at least that's the position I believe the character was) was very enjoyable. Also of note is the actor who played the Day Break weather man (for some reason I can not find out the name of the actor who played him) but he diffidently has some funny little non sequitur type scenes toward the middle of the film. Plus there are some smile inducing cameos that both young and older viewers will enjoy.

All in all its definitely a good film but it has its issues. There was initially some award buzz around this film but I do not really see it to be completely honest.


Review: Morning Glory

Morning Glory stars Rachel McAdams as Becky a young enthusiastic producer who after losing her job as a producer on a New Jersey morning show is offered the position of executive producer on a Good Morning America like morning show called Day Break. Becky feeling the need to not give up on her dreams accepts the position at the struggling news program and has to deal with pulling the show out of dead last and managing its two feuding lead anchors Mike (played by Harrison Ford) and Colleen (played by Diane Keaton).
Now that all that summary stuff is out of the way lets break down this movie shall we. Rachel McAdams plays Becky perfectly in that one moment she is this innocent motivated individual, and then the next she is obsessed with her job and wont let anything come between her and the show. Harrison Ford plays Mike Pomeroy who is essentially your Dan Rather type news personality, he has seen it all, won it all, and has done it all... except morning television. Diane Keaton plays Colleen Peck who is pretty contempt with sitting behind the desk at 5am reporting about how to make Pinatas and doing cooking segments. The chemistry between Ford and Keaton is absolutely fantastic and makes for some great scenes. However the one issue with Fords performance is he plays the character so gruff and at sometimes crazy that I was expecting him to grab someone by the collar and demand his family back at some point of the film.
There is also a romantic subplot involving Patrick WIlson as Adam Bennett, a producer who used to work with Mike. Ultimately I believe that the whole subplot wasn't exactly necessary to the main plot of the movie and that the film could have survived without it. Another major issue with it was how the film tried to be dramatic, while it was understandable where the film was going with these moments tonally I felt it was just played a little too dramatic (and the score at these points definitely did not help).
As for the rest of the cast, Jeff Goldblum as Jerry Barnes the head of the stations news department (at least that's the position I believe the character was) was very enjoyable. Also of note is the actor who played the Day Break weather man (for some reason I can not find out the name of the actor who played him) but he diffidently has some funny little non sequitur type scenes toward the middle of the film. Plus there are some smile inducing cameos that both young and older viewers will enjoy.
All in all its definitely a good film but it has its issues. There was initially some award buzz around this film but I do not really see it to be completely honest.


Video of The Day: Kung Fu Panda 2 Teaser Trailer

Here is the teaser trailer for Kung Fu Panda 2. The film is set for release May 2011. To be honest not the most exciting teaser trailer but hey it does what its suppose to do i guess, and thats to tease. Enjoy

A Life in The Theater To Have Its Broadway Life Cut Short

A Life in the Theatre, starring Patrick Stewart and T.R. Knight, is closing early. The first-ever Broadway production of the play, directed by Neil Pepe, of David Mamet’s 1977 valentine to the stage will close at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on November 28. The limited engagement was originally scheduled to play through January 2, 2011.
The play which follows the two as actors in the theater has recently been struggling financial, having only made $218,150 for the week ending October 31st and playing to an extremely low 39.33% capacity.

Sorry For The Lack of Updates

Due to my macbook deciding it didnt want to live anymore, I had to buy a new laptop and have the data transferred so its been in the shop for a few days , thus the lack of updates on the website. I greatly apologize for the inconvenience and news stories will begin to appear again on the site effective immediately, thank you for your patiences.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Merchant of Venice Delays Press Opening.

The recent Broadway revival of The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino has postponed its official press opening night. Due to cast member Lily Rabe, who plays Portia, dealing with family issues she has missed several performances last week and is expected to miss several more this week. Due to this the press opening night which was scheduled for November 7th has now been postponed so that critics have the opportunity to review the complete production with its full cast, a new date has yet to be announced but the opening night party will still go on as planned on November 7th.

Video of The Day: Sucker Punch Trailer

Here is the brand new trailer for Zack Snyder's new action/adventure/fantasy/sci-fi movie Sucker Punch, it is set for release in March 2011. Enjoy :)

Community Gets 2 Extra Episodes

NBC has given an additional two episode order to their series Community. This comes after last weeks halloween episode brought in a season high 2.6 rating, the pick up brings the total episodes for season 2 to 24.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Video of The Day: New Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson TV AD

Love it, here is the new television AD for the broadway musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.

Teaser Art for Darren Bousman's 11-11-11

A film that certainly has me interested (as my 21st birthday falls on 11-11-11) is director Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw 2-4, Repo The Genetic Opera, and the upcoming remake of Mothers Day) upcoming project, 11-11-11. We have a first look at teaser art for the film which you can see below (and can see bigger versions of if you click them).

The film throws focus on the date 11-11-11, a time when a supposed gateway will open and something from another world will pass into ours. A website has also been revealed (but there is currently nothing on the site).

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Monday, November 1, 2010

Interview: Michael Buckley

A great series that you might not have heard of, Robotomy is currently airing at 8:45 on Mondays on Cartoon Network. I was fortunate enough to be able to ask series creator Michael Buckley some questions about the show. I was also able to talk to him about his book series The Sisters Grimm & N.E.R.D.S. What follows is my interview with Mr Buckley. Enjoy :)

So you grew up in Akron, Ohio. When you were little growing up in Ohio did you always feel you wanted to be a writer, or did you have different career aspirations?
Michael Buckley: Actually, as a kid I was fascinated with Walt Disney and Walter Lantz. I wanted to be an animator and I loved to draw. Thing is, I was never great - I'm ok, but if you want to do that kind of work you really have to have a gift. So, I started paying more attention to the stories in the cartoons than the art.

At what point did you decide you wanted to be a writer?
Buckley: Well, I was always writing stories in notebooks when i was a kid and I was always a reader. I don't think it hit me that writing might be something I'd like to do until I was in high school and started doing stand up comedy. Writing your own jokes can teach you a lot about the rhythm of language and speech. That's when I started to really see the power of words.

Sometime after graduating from Ohio University you moved to New York, was that kind of a culture shock for you having grown up in a town with about 200,000 people to this huge city with millions of people?
Buckley: Even when I was little and had no idea what New York City was I wanted to live here. When I was about to graduate from college I got an internship on the Late Show with David Letterman and decided to take it. I had no money, no friends, and no place to live here but I still came. I stuffed my belongings into an empty office in the basement of the Ed Sullivan Theater and slept in a YMCA for 6 weeks. It, in a word, sucked. But I could see Central Park from my window and there was a great Chinese place nearby and Lincoln Center and millions of people from every corner of the world and I just said to myself, "there is no way in hell I'm going back." Akron isn't such a bad place to live and I still have great friends there but I wanted something bigger than what it could offer and I have no regrets. Sometimes, I walk down a street here and I just can't believe I live here.

So you mentioned you did a internship with the Late Show with David Letterman, what was that experience like?
Buckley: You know, it was hard, hard work. I was in the research department which dedicates itself to the guest segments and it was a lot of running around and trying to find old magazines and embarrassing movies that the guests would probably have preferred never saw the light of day, again. It was a good 11 hour day - for no pay, and most of the staff were insane. To be perfectly honest, the most well-adjusted person that works for Dave is Dave himself. He was very kind and friendly. He tossed a football with me in the hall on my first day and always said hello. I'm glad I took the internship. It changed my whole life.

The first children's series you started working on was The Sisters Grimm, which follows two sisters who are descendants of The Brothers Grimm, who live in a world where the creations of such famous authors as Shakespeare and Hans Christian Andersen actually exist, how did you come up with the concept for the series and how long did it take you to get the first book published?
Buckley: The idea sort of hit me out of the blue. I was on a date with my now-wife, Alison, and it just came to me. I thought it would be a good cartoon but she insisted that I try it as a book. She's much smarter than I am - she even coined the term "Everafters" so I try to listen when she gives advice. As for getting it published there were a few bumps but I was very blessed to find a great publisher right away. I was signed to a three book deal without having attempted to publish anything before. My editor, Susan Van Metre, took an amazing chance on me. My wife, who is also now my literary agent, was also a huge factor in getting it into the right hands.

It has recently been announced that The Sisters Grim is being turned into a film, what is the current status with that project?
Buckley: Well, it's hard to say. I think something is happening with it but I'm going to keep it to myself for now. Hollywood is a fickle place filled with a lot of people who really should be on some kind of attention deficit disorder medication. I think it would be nice for the fans to see a film but I don't necessarily need it to happen financially or professionally. I'm not going to let Hollywood change the girls into boys or put a sparkly vampire in it so...we'll see what happens.

Moving on to the other book series that you write N.E.R.D.S, I was curious what influenced you to write a children's spy series? Based on what I have read about the series it certainly feels like it could be the spiritually successor to something like Kids Next Door.
Buckley: You know, I have never seen Kids Next Door and I probably should. The idea came to me at my high school reunion - all the popular kids were sort of miserable but all those nerds from way back were doing awesome stuff with their lives. I thought kids might like to know that being a nerd is not so bad - in fact, all the really cool people who change the world tend to be kind of oddballs. I was inspired by Austin Powers, and Mel Brooks and Steve Martin when writing it - I wanted to do something very different in style and voice than Sisters Grimm, so this is pretty wacky. I'd say Ian Fleming was a big deal for me, too - though most of those stories are not for kids. Heck, some of them aren't for adults, either.

Any possibility of turning N.E.R.D.S into a animated series?
Buckley: Again, I hear grumblings but who knows? It's certainly selling very well - it was on the NY Times bestseller list a few weeks back. I think it would make an awesome animated film - maybe something 3D. I guess if no one picks it up I could do it myself. Let's pray Robotomy is a hit - it's easier to do something like that when you have something else that's successful.

Speaking of animated series, lets talk about Robotomy the series you created with Joe Deasy. Was it always intended to be a animated series or did it originally start as another book series?
Buckley: Robotomy was always a TV show. Joe and I did it after Cartoon Network asked us to come up with something just for them. It's gone through a lot of twists and turns but in the end it's very close to our original pitch. We were thinking Freaks and Geeks or Superbad - but with killer robots and that's what we got.

You are working on the show with Christy Karacas who is primarily known for helping to create the [Adult Swim] series Superjail, how did he get involved with the series?
Buckley: CN hooked us up. I had seen a couple of episodes of Superjail! and thought it was visually spectacular. It's a very insane show and the network was hoping to do something similar for kids. It wasn't always easy seeing how Joe and my vision would mix with Christy's amazing art style but in the end I think we're all very happy. I have a lot of respect for him. He has a style all his own and you can't say that for many people. Every line of that show elevates our scripts. It's a great collaboration.

You can definitely see his influence on the show as it shares that similar type of animation design as Superjail, was that always the intention from the beginning or did you all slowly go hey we love what were seeing with Superjail can we try and apply it to Robotomy?
Buckley: I'm sure there were conversations like that at the network but Joe and I didn't really know what we wanted in terms of art when this all began. Now, I can't imagine it any other way.

Another thing that gets me really excited is the people you have doing voices for the show, I mean you have Patton Oswalt, Dana Snyder, and one of my favorite New York comedians John Gemberling voicing main characters, were these people who you had in mind for the parts originally or did they all audition?
Buckley: I love our cast - each one of them is an amazing actor. Patton is the right person to play Thrasher - he's a gifted comic and he brings that sort of indescribable sympathy to the character (wait, did I just describe it?). Dana is like a beehive of voices - you just don't know what he's capable of - it's scary. It bewilders me that Master Shake works on our show. John was our only choice for Blastus. His voice and instincts are so right on. But there are other amazing people doing voices on the show - Jessie Cantrell plays Maimy and we literally auditioned hundreds of actresses before her. Kate McKinnon is also on the show and I have to say probably the single funniest female comic I've ever met. Her voice range is beyond words - she can literally do anything and she was the first person we cast. Mike Sinterniklaas plays Weenus - he also does Dean on Venture Bros. and he's the voice director on our show as well. Mike is our Phil Hartman - our go-to guy. He also plays Megawatt, on the show. Joe and I get to do a voice here and there, too. I usually do the animal voices and monsters.

Have you seen John Gemberling perform improv at UCB theater?
Buckley: Well, when you have 3 year old you don't get to see anything. The last movie I saw in the theater had Charlie Chaplin in it. Joe has seen him perform many times so I live vicariously through him. I'm told he's great. One of these days I'll find a reliable baby sitter and go out and see all these amazing people that work with me.

I have heard that several million dollars were spent making essentially 5 episodes (will be aired as ten 15 minute episodes) considering the tone of the series is cartoon network a little nervous?
Buckley: I don't have an exact number but we did go over budget a little. We made 10 fifteen minute episodes. When you spend that kind of money it's natural for the people who spent the money to get nervous. The show is violent and irreverent. We go in crazy directions. There's musical numbers. You just don't know what you're going to see from week to week. But, Cartoon Network had enough faith to put us on their Monday night lineup which is a major vote of confidence. To be in the same block as Adventure Time, Regular Show and MAD is really the best possible way to launch our little program.

As far as tone goes I honestly feel its the closest thing to an [Adult Swim] series your going to see on Cartoon Network, do you agree?
Buckley: Well, there were some thoughts that our show might act as a bridge from the little kid stuff to Adult Swim. I think we can have more grown-up fun on our show than a lot of other things on the channel. I just hope the audience reacts to it so the suits are compelled to produce more episodes and other shows with the same kind of sensibilities.

I have noticed a extreme lack of advertising on the part of Cartoon Network, I didn't even know the show was premiering until the day before, do you happen to know why cartoon network is not pushing this as much as say Adventure Time or Regular Show?
Buckley: You've noticed that, too? LOL. Listen, I've never run a television network. I don't know the internal mechanism about why one show gets lots of promotion while another doesn't. I'm sure there is someone over there that makes those decisions and they are for very good reasons. All I know is that we made a damn good show that is funny and makes me laugh. I have to admit it hurts a little but the first episode managed to bring in nearly 1.8 million viewers with very little promotion. I do know that the people I speak with at the network are tremendous fans of the show - they put a truck load of time and personal effort into helping us make it great. Even the people at the very top made contributions. I have a feeling that if tonight does as well as last week we'll see a sea change and then you'll write that you're sick of all the Robotomy crap. ;)

What has the fan reaction been like so far?
Buckley: For the most part I've been overwhelmed by the response - people are quoting the show on Twitter and Facebook. I'm seeing some of the animation boards lighting up with fans. I'm hoping they spread the word. Then there's this one guy who bad mouths the show but I'm going to find him and punch him in his stupid, doughy face.

Are you currently working on any new projects?
Buckley: I'm finishing up a first draft of NERDS 3, then writing Sisters Grimm 9 - followed by a graphic novel and then a picture book for kids. I'm busy but that's how I like it.

Any final words to the people reading this interview?
Buckley: I hope you'll check out the show. It was a lot of hard work but I'm proud as hell of it. Joe, Christy, and I made what we wanted to and you can't always say that in television. You'll probably laugh and if you don't .. well, it was only fifteen minutes. It's not like we wasted your whole day. I've been on the toilet longer than fifteen minutes.

I would like to say thanks so much to Mr Buckley for his time. Robotomy airs Mondays at 8:45 on Cartoon Network and you can follow Michael on twitter he is @Buckley5000 and you can visit his website .

Video of The Day: Jon Stewarts Rally 4 Sanity Speech

Here is Jon Stewarts closing speech from this past saturdays Rally to Restore Sanity and or Fear. Enjoy :)

Episode 6 - Joey Fatone

Episode 6 featuring a review of Black Swan and a interview with Joey Fatone (NSYNC, Inkubus, Robot Chicken). Happy Halloween :D

Episode 5 - Kurt Braunohler

Episode 5 features a segment on comic books from my friend Troy Yingst, my thoughts on the current state of Broadway and a interview with New York comedian Kurt Braunohler. Enjoy :)

Episode 4 - Eugene Mirman

Episode 4 features a movie discussion segment , my thoughts on the cast changes at Saturday Night Live, and a interview with Eugene Mirman (Flight of The Conchords, Delocated, Bobs Burgers) enjoy and subscribe to us on Itunes search pod culture vulture and click subscribe , also we are on twitter @Pculturevulture

Episode 3 - David Koechner

Episode 3 featuring an interview with the fantastic David Koechner (Anchorman , Naked Trucker & T-Bones, The Office, Talladega Nights). Fun interview hope you all enjoy it :)

Episode 2 - Donald Glover

Episode 2 features me discussing recent movies and a interview with Donald Glover from NBC's Community. Enjoy :)

Episode 1 - Chris Gethard

Episode 1 features my interview with Chris Gethard who will be staring in the Comedy Central Sitcom BIG LAKE. Enjoy :)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

First Look: Red State

Here is the teaser poster for director Kevin Smiths first horror movie, RED STATE. The film currently has no distributor and Smith plans to screen it at this years Sundance Film Festival and see what happens but plans to release it next year. The film follows a group of misfits encounteering fundamentalism gone to the extreme in Middle America. It stars Michael Parks, John Goodman, Stephen Root, Melissa Leo, Kevin Pollack, and Michael Angarano.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Saturday Night Live Announces Future Host and Musical Guest

Who will be hosting SNL following this weekends episode with Jon Hamm and Rihanna? Well on November 13th Scarlett Johansson will host for the third time with returning musical guest Arcade Fire. Then on November 20th Anne Hathaway will host for the 2nd time with musical guest Florence and the Machine making their SNL debut (I will also hopefully be at this taping). And we also have confirmed reports that THE DUDE himself Jeff Bridges will host December 18th. It is not yet know however if there will be any episodes between the November 20th and December 18th episodes.

Universal sets release dates for Tent Poles

Universal Pictures today set tentative release dates for there tent pole films. (Also known as their BIG PICTURES).

Larry Crowne, the Playtone production directed by and starring Tom Hanks and starring Hanks and Julia Roberts, will be released on Friday, July 1, 2011.

Safe House, a Stuber production starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds and directed by Daniel Espinosa, will be released on Friday, February 10, 2012.

CONTRABAND, a Working Title production starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale and directed by Baltasar Kormakur, will be released on Friday, March 16, 2012.

Untitled Judd Apatow, written, directed and produced by Judd Apatow, will be released on Friday, June 1, 2012.

The Bourne Legacy, a Kennedy/Marshall and Captivate Entertainment production written and directed by Tony Gilroy, will be released on Friday, August 3, 2012.

Ouija, a Hasbro Entertainment and Platinum Dunes production, will be released on Friday, November 9, 2012.

47 Ronin, a Stuber production starring Keanu Reeves and directed by Carl Rinsch, will be released on Wednesday, November 21, 2012.

Snow White And The Huntsman, produced by Joe Roth and directed by Rupert Sanders, will be released on Friday, December 21, 2012.

The Dark Tower, an Imagine Entertainment production to be directed by Ron Howard, will be released on Friday, May 17, 2013.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

EXCELLENT! HBO Renews Eastbound & Down and Bored to Death

HBO today announced it will be renewing The Danny Mcbride series, Eastbound & Down and the Jason Schwartzman series Bored to Death for third seasons.

Video of the Day: Antonie Dodson Sex Offender Tracker Ad

Here is an ad from featuring Antonie Dodson (better know as the bed intruder song guy) pitching their new Sex Offender Tracking App. Enjoy :)

In the Heights set to close.

The 2008 Tony winning best musical In The Heights will close January 9th 2011, The show’s composer and original star Lin-Manuel Miranda will return to the role of Usnavi for the final two weeks of the run, beginning Christmas Day. In the Heights will have played 1,185 performances at the Richard Rodgers Theatre upon closing.

In the Heights follows the story of three days in the life of Washington Heights, a tightknit community at the top of Manhattan. Created by Miranda, who won a Tony for his Latin-flavored, hip-hop score.

Title of 3rd Batman movie revealed? and no joker as the villain?

Take this with a grain of salt folks but, according to a exclusive interview done by Geoff Boucher over at the Hero Complex Blog Christopher Nolan has stated that the 3rd film and final film in his Batman series will be called The Dark Knight Rises, and that the villain WILL NOT be The Joker as previously speculated. Also of note is that Nolan has convinced Warner Brothers to not making him shoot the film in 3D (excellent) but that he will be utilizing IMAX cameras again. As for the villain could Two-Face actually be returning.....?

Indiana Jones films to be released in 3D

Well, looks like another classic film series is about to be converted for no reason other then the all mighty dollar. Lucasfilm will announce next month it intends to convert all of the “Indiana Jones” movies to 3D for theatrical re-release. However unlike the recent announcement to release the Star Wars series in 3D in story order, the Indiana Jones films will be re-released in release order, meaning Raiders of the Lost Ark will be released 1st , and Crystal Skull will be released last.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Video of The Day: Lebron James Nike Commercial

Here is Lebron James first nike commercial since he decided to sign with the Miami Heat, and wow is this an amazing ad that deals with the surrounding controversy. enjoy.

Could this be the end of Medium?

CBS announced today that it has cut Mediums season order to 13 episodes, meaning that there is a slim chance that the series staring Patricia Arquett as a psych will be renewed for next season. A similar situation occurred last year with the CBS series Numbers who had its season order cut to 13 episodes and then was cancelled.

Video of the Day: Daft Punk - Derezzed

Todays video of the day is the music video for Derezzed by Daft Punk, the song comes from the score of the upcoming film Tron: Legacy, looks cool to me. Enjoy :)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Video of the Day: Robotomy Trailer

Here is the 1st look at what looks to be a awesome show premiering tonight at 8:45 on Cartoon Network called Robotomy. With a cast featuring Patton Oswalt, Dana Snyder & John Gemberling you cant not be alittle bit curious of what this is all about now can you? enjoy :)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Video of the Day: Kanye West RUNAWAY

Todays video of the day is Kanye West video for his single RUNAWAY. The video is part of a short film of the same name that also features parts of 8 other songs from his upcoming album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which will be released November 22nd. Enjoy :)

Friday, October 22, 2010

My Ideal Rocky Horror Picture Show Remake Cast

Recently it has been announced that Ryan Murphy (creator of Glee & Nip/Tuck) may possibly be directing a remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show for FOX 2000. While I think this is an awful idea just due to how close and treasured this film has become over the last 35 years to so many people, more then likely its going to happen. So I actually have some thoughts on who my ideal RHPS remake cast would be. Keep in mind most of these suggestions are based more on acting and looks then on singing ability for the most part.

Lets starts with the biggie, Dr Frank N Furter. Its kind of hard to live up to the original film performance by Tim Curry, but may I suggest another Brit for the remake. Mr Peter Serafinowicz in my opinion should closely be looked at for playing Dr Frank n Furter, he has great comedic timing, he is tall so he has got the legs for the part and he also has the ability to be perfectly deadpan.

So for the part of Brad Majors, may I suggest a "Superman". By Superman I'm referring to Brandon Routh. Brad kind of represents that all American looking guy although he is also alittle bit nerdy, well if Superman Returns showed us anything its that Mr Routh most certainly can pull off the all American slightly nerdy look.

Now every Brad needs a Janet right. Well it needs to be someone who is short, is innocent looking, but can also be convincingly slutty, I feel Amy Adams would be a good fit for this part and would play nicely against Brandon Routh.

A part I found hard to recast was Magenta. However like a bolt of lightning it hit me, Helena Bonham Carter, she has played eccentric characters in the past and if Sweeney Todd showed us anything she has a good singing voice.

I found myself considering another Tim Burton contributor for the part of Riff Raff, Danny Elfman. He has got that creepy kind of look to him and he is the former lead singer for the 80's band Oingo Boingo, so he does have some singing ability.

In particular I spent a good amount of time trying to cast Rocky. But in all honesty I think this is the part that needs to be played by a unknown, really no one of notice came to my mind when I tried to recast the part, so why not do a open casting call and let the fates decide.

For the role of the wheelchair bound Dr Scott, I thought hey how about someone who has previously played another doctor, Christopher Llyod, the role calls for someone older, smart, and a touch eccentric.

Eddie in all honesty should again be played by Meatloaf . He still pretty much looks the same 35 years later I would just recommend he loses 20 pounds and they use a good amount of make up, its a small part and think it would be a funny connector to the original film.

Now as for Colombia the spit fire tap dancer played in the original by Nell Campbell, interestingly I feel if Ryan Murphy is hired to direct he needs to pull in Heather Morris (better known as Brittany on GLEE) for the part. Out of what I have seen of the Rocky Horror glee episode (which I so far think looks like a mess) what I've seen of Morris as Colombia is great.

When it comes to the The Criminologist I felt the part needed to be played by a distinguished older actor, someone with honor and a award winner. So why not cast Anthony Hopkins as the time warp teaching narrator?

The Lips (a.k.a Trixie or Usherette) these are the iconic lips that sing the opening song of the film, Science Fiction Double Feature. So I feel if we are remaking it we need the most iconic lips of this generation for the part which although it sounds like an awful joke, i feel that it has to be the lips of Angelina Jolie.

So that is my two cents, as someone who loves the original film it was extremely hard to recast these iconic characters, but we shall see if any of these people end up getting cast in the parts I suggested.

Video of The Day: Skins U.S Trailer

We have a look at what might be another correct step in the right direction in regards to MTV's programming slate. Here is the first look at MTV's adaptation of the British television series Skins (or as some of you might know it as the show Dev Patel was on before Slumdog Millionaire). The show is set to debut January 17th. Enjoy

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wait who is playing Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit?

That would be Mr Martin Freeman, yes the man known to comedy fans as Tim Canterbury in the original UK version of The Office has officially been announced to play Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, the sequel to the extremely successful Lord of The Rings franchise. Other casting announced includes Richard Armitage as Thorin, Aidan Turner and Rob Kazinsky (Kili an Fili), Graham McTavish (Dwalin), Stephen Hunter (Bombur), Peter Hambleton (Gloin) and John Callen (Oin). The film is set for release in 2012.

Review: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson is back, and he has got a rocking attitude and some sexypants. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, the new rock musical from Alex Timbers (Book & Director) & Michael Friedman (Music & Lyrics) is currently tearing down the Bernard Jacobs Theater on Broadway.

The show runs as a one act musical that is 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission. It is an outrageous wild west, rock musical about the founding of the modern Democratic Party. It re-imagines Andrew Jackson, America's 7th President, as an 'emo' rock star and focuses on populism, the Indian Removal Act, and his relationship with his wife Rachel.

This is a musical that will definitely split people. I enjoyed it for its score and humor, but its score and humor is definitely not for everyone. While it has its moments that will certainly make you think, the humor is in the vain of Monty Python, Saturday Night Live, and South Park. And for those expecting typical Broadway music, expect the total opposite. There is no orchestra but there is a 3 piece live band on stage conducted by Justin Levine (who even performs what I consider one of the best songs in the show on his own) who play drums, guitar and the piano, and who even interact with the characters on stage at various points in the piece, additionally various cast members pick up and play the guitar on certain songs.

The set design by Donyale Werle and lighting design by Justin Townsend are simply the best you will see on Broadway right now. I was fortunate enough to see the show when it was originally off Broadway at The Public Theater. This element was one of the things I enjoyed the most about that version of the production, something I feared would not transfer properly from a 200 seat theater to a 1000 seat theater. But wow did they manage to pull it off. The entire theater is covered in paintings of what the production team has called "dead white men" and crazy knick-knacks, as well as fur all over the place, plus a stuffed bear near the bar and even a stuffed horse hanging above the audience, this combined with the on stage set is ment to make the audience feel as if they are in the same room (or white house) as Mr jackson and the rest of the characters, which it does . As for lighting the design was patterned to make you feel like your at a 17th century punk rock concert, chandalers hang from the ceiling and christmas lights are tangled all over the place, there is also a abundance of neon tubes hang over the audience in the theater that bath it in reds and blues throughout the show, at one point there is even a disco ball used. I would absolutely be shocked if Mrs Werle & Mr Townsend do not take away Tony awards for their work.

Performance wise, there is not a weak link in the bunch. Benjamin Walker plays Andrew Jackson, and he does an amazing job, turning on a dime from a leader with a terrible temper, to a guy that wants what he wants when he wants, to someone who wants to be the one to lead the people, he is a absolute find and is extremely enjoyable to watch onstage. Except for Walker pretty much every other actor plays multiple characters, this includes Jeff Hiller who among playing a tour guide, a little boy, and a shoe cobbler plays John Quincy Adams. Mr Hiller totally steals every scene he is in with his crazy energy, great comedic timing and hysterical one liners. Other standouts of the cast include Kristine Nielsen as The Storyteller, Cameron Ocasio as Lyncoya , and Maria Elena Ramirez as Rachel.

This is another show that is certainly the one to beat at this years Tony awards, with nominations for Best Musical, Set, and Lighting all but guaranteed. You are doing nothing but a disservice to yourself by not going to see this show. Its funny, weird, smart and a rocking good time.

For more information on the show and to purchase tickets please visit

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Video of The Day: Willow Smith - Whip My Hair

This is the official video for the first single from Willow Smith (daughter of Jada & Will Smith) called Whip My Hair. Crazy that she is only nine right? enjoy.

Phillip Seymour Hoffman headed to Broadway

Mike Nichols confirmed Wednesday that he would mount a Broadway revival of “Death of a Salesman” next fall starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as Willy Loman and Linda Emond as Linda Loman. Nichols and Mr. Hoffman previously collaborated on the 2001 Central Park production of “The Seagull,” which drew mixed reviews.As of right now there are no plans for an out-of-town tryout, and no performance dates and theater to disclose beyond the intention to open next fall. The New York Post reported in September that Mr. Nichols and Mr. Hoffman were planning to do the revival next year.

Review: The Scottsboro Boys

The Scottsboro Boys is the new musical from John Kander and the late Fred Ebb (the team thats brought broadway Chicago, Cabaret and Kiss of the Spider Woman) it had a sold out run at the Vineyard Theater off Broadway this past spring, and has made its way onto Broadway to the Lyceum Theater. Although it does not officially open until October 31st its currently in preview performances, one of which I was lucky enough to catch this past weekend.

The Scottsboro Boys is performed as one act with no intermission running a hour and 45 minutes. The show deals with the famous Scottsboro case of the 1930s, in which a group of young African American teenagers were accused of raping two white women on a freight train to Memphis, Tennessee. Their attempts to prove their innocence and their treatment by the justice system, which provoked a national outrage, sparked the American Civil Rights movement. But what sets this show apart from just being a typical musical is the way its told. In a controversial choice the show is performed as a Minstrel Show. For those who are not aware of what a Minstrel Show is, it was a type of performance in the 1800's in which white actors would wear black face and portray African Americans as stereotypes and caricatures. However while The Scottsboro Boys retains the style of a Minstrel show they flip the convention on its head by having an all African American cast and only one white actor on stage, where the remainder of the cast play the nine boys, Colman Domingo as Mr. Bones & Forrest McClendon as Mr. Tambo play white men, white woman and white lawyers in a stereotypical fashion, the stereotypical portrayal of African Americans also sometimes pokes through during performances from the nine actors playing the boys, and the black face also remains at a certain point. The show is extremely offensive and shocking but uses the style to be extremely effective in its story telling, its also a funny show at points but you might also be second guessing what you should be laughing at.

I found the show interesting because Kander and Ebb have decided from a different angle to revisit the American legal system as well as themes of justice and innocence as well as the media, which they previously explored in the musical Chicago. Although the shows are extremely different in production style theater goers will pick up on some of the slight musical similarities between both shows.

The set design is minimal for a good part of the show, mostly using a set of metal chairs to portray a jail cell, a freight train carriage and a bus among other things. There are however moments of more lavish set pieces but they are not as widely seen through out the show.

As for performances the stand out has to be Joshua Henry (previously seen on Broadway as Favorite Son in the musical American Idiot) as Haywood Patterson who takes to being the leader of the group of boys, although he is big and mean looking Henry manages to make you feel for this character and root for him til the very end. The other standout has to be Jeremy Gumbs as twelve year old Eugene Williams, the youngest of the boys. Considering the material of the show Jeremy brings an impressive performance that at times is truly heart breaking. Also of note is Sharon Washington as The Lady, a character whose purpose is not revealed until literally the end of the show in one of the pieces most shocking twist (my lips are sealed you will just have to see for yourselves), but in general everyone is fantastic in their roles.

This show should be in my opinion considered a front runner for a 2011 best musical Tony nomination. Great story, score, set and top that off with whats turning out to be a fantastic ad campaign this is going to definitely be one of the shows to beat.

Tickets and more information on the show can be found at

What scary soul will be visiting Supernatural?

That would be Mr Robert Englund (also known as the original Freddy Kruger). Mr Englund will appear on the December 10th episode and will play a character known simply as Dr. Robert. In addition to appearing in this episode of Supernatural, Mr Englund will also be appearing on next weeks halloween themed episode of Chuck.

NBC picks up more episodes of more shows

NBC has ordered 11 more episodes of Chuck bringing its total episode count for the season to 24 episodes. NBC also picked up CHASE for a full season and has ordered four more scripts of the ratings challenged J.J Abrahms spy series Undercovers.

Monday, October 18, 2010


Today NBC gave back nine episode order to three of their new series. The sci-fi conspiracy thriller The Event (excellent), The India set work place comedy Outsourced (Ugh), and the new Law & Order spin off L&O: LA (not sure how i feel about this yet). It is also rumored that Chuck could also soon get a back nine order.

Video of The Day: The Scottsboro Boys 1st Television Ad

Heres the first television ad for the new broadway musical The Scottsboro Boys. I saw the show saturday night and its absolutely fantastic (keep an eye out for my review). Enjoy.

Saturday, October 16, 2010


Has it really almost been a week since a new post, my bad. Im in New York again doing interviews for the show and what not. As a update on the next episode of the Podcast goes the next episode will be Halloween themed :D. Look for it to go up around October 30th or 31th it is going to be a good one but i dont want to give away too much.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Video of The Day: Smell Like a Monster

Todays video comes from Sesame Street in a extremely clever parody of the, The Man Your Man Could Smell Like old spice commercials. Enjoy :)

Sorry About The Lack of Updates

I have been in Orlando, Florida for the last few days at Spooky Empires Ultimate Weekend of Horror and have been working at the event, thus the lack of updates, thanks for baring with me being busy.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Video of The Day: Mike Weinstein Election Video

Its embarrassing how many ridiculous people represent my state of Florida in government, and this guy takes the cake. This is a ad by House of Representative member Mike Weinstein who is seeking reelection in District 19 of Florida. Last time I checked its not the 80s anymore (Remind anyone of Footloose?). Enjoy?

(Pod Culture Vulture in no way advocates or endorses this candidate by posting this video)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

This Stinks!

Warner Brothers announced today that a new live action/ animated Pepe Le Pew movie is being made. Mike Myers will voice the title skunk who will be cgi animated. No director or release date has been announced.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Video of The Day: Gimme Pizza Slow

Nothing like some slowed down old school Olsen twins, enjoy :).

Could This be a Sign of Things to Come?

NBC has put production of the Jimmy Smits law drama Outlaw on production hiatus. This comes after the last two episodes earned 1.0 and 1.1 ratings. The show will continue to air the remaining produced episodes and if ratings hit a uptick production could resume.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

And your new Gwen Stacy is?

In casting news Emma Stone (Superbad, Easy A) has been cast in the new spiderman reboot, the twist is instead of playing Mary Jane Watson she will be playing Peter Parkers other romantic interest Gwen Stacy. The reboot which is expected to hit theaters in 2012 will star Andrew Garfield (The Social Network, Never Let Me Go) as Peter Parker/ Spiderman and is expected to begin filming later this year. Further casting has yet to be announced.

Mark this one under probably not a good idea....

So apparently Punk'd is returning, yes the celebrity hidden camera show will reportedly return next year. However there is one major difference in that original host Ashton Kutcher will not be returning. Instead teen singing "sensation" Justin Bieber will become the new host. You know if this was April 1st I would think this is all a huge joke......

Monday, October 4, 2010

And the director of the next Superman is....

Mr Zack Snyder!

Thats right Zack Snyder the man behind the film adaptations of 300, Dawn of The Dead, Watchmen, and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole as well as the upcoming film Sucker Punch, will be directing the next Superman film. Tentatively titled The Man of Steel the movie is set to once again reboot the superman film series and will be produced by Christopher Nolan (Inception The Dark Knight, Momento). Filming is set to begin once Snyder finishes post production on Sucker Punch, It has also been revealed the villain is planned to be General Zod and Warner Brothers plans to release it around Christmas of 2012.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Video of The Day: Kanye West performs Runaway on SNL

Last night Kanye West performed on SNL and had two of the BEST performances ive seen on SNL in years. Here is one of those performances "Runaway". Enjoy

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

New Details about the Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo held a press conference in Japan tonight to announce new details about the 3DS, including when we will see the device released and how much it will cost.

The Nintendo 3DS will first be released in Japan on February 26 for 25000 yen, or roughly $300 American (ouch). It will then be released in the United States and Europe sometime in March, however no price point has been announced.

Among the new features announced today for the 3DS is an enhanced Tag Mode, which allows users to exchange data with each other without the need to have the game in the 3DS at the time. The 3DS can store and send data for multiple games at once, unlike its predecessor.

Nintendo also revealed the final design of the 3DS (which you can see at the top of this post). Also announced was that the 3DS will have its own Virtual Console featuring original Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance games. It will also come packaged with a 2GB SD card, and users will be able to create custom Mii based off of photos of themselves. Capcom also announced a new Resident Evil and Mega Man game are being developed for the portable device.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Video of The Day: My Chemical Romance Na Na Na

I posted the promo video last week but know here is the "lyric" video for My Chemical Romance new song Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na) of their new album Danger Days: The True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys which will be release November 22nd 2010. Enjoy :)

And The First TV Cancellation is.....

Lone Star!

Yes unfortunately FOX officially cancelled the pretty well reviewed drama this morning. After averaging extremely low ratings in its 1st two weeks the 3.2 million airing last night put the nail in the coffin. Lie to Me* which was not expected to begin its 3rd season until later this year, will take over the 9pm slot next week.

First Thoughts: $#*! My Dad Says

$#*! My Dad Says (also known as Shit My Dad Says) is a new TV series based off the twitter feed of the same name. That's right I said twitter feed. The series follows Henry (Jonathan Sadowski) who has just been laid off from his job and returns home to live with his father Ed (played by legendary actor William Shatner) who is a war vet who dosnt quite posses the block to keep whats on his mind from flying out of his mouth. Unfortunately the show is not that great, stiff dialogue and cheesy story destroy the pilot, and how ever good Shatner is in the pilot and he does get off a good line or two, he just seems too young (even at 79) to be playing a 72 year old. The show also is not helped by MAD TV alumni Will Sasso as Ed's other kid Vince and Nicole Sullivan as his wife Bonnie. However I will say most pilots are not that great so i will invest another week or two on the show but it better get its act together fast. New episodes air Thursdays at 8:30 on CBS.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Hot Trailer: True Grit

The 1st trailer for Ethan & Joel Coen's remake of the 1969 film True Grit has hit the Internet. Starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and Hailee Steinfeld, the film tells the story of Mattie Ross (Steinfeld) , a 14-year-old girl, who undertakes a quest to avenge her father's death at the hands of a drifter named Tom Chaney (Brolin). Ross persuades an alcoholic marshal named Rooster Cogburn (Bridges) to join her in tracking down Chaney. The film opens on December 25th and looks to be a award season contender, I think this is a perfectly cut first trailer. What do you think?

USA renews several of its series.

USA Network today renewed sophomore series White Collar & Royal Pains for 3rd seasons, Royal Pains 3rd season will consist of 18 episodes while White Collars 3rd season will consist of 16 episodes. USA also today renewed veteran hit PSYCH for a 6th season consisting of 16 episodes.

First Thoughts: Jackass 3D

Last night I was lucky enough to see 7 minutes of footage from the upcoming film Jackass 3D. I was also fortunate to meet Johnny Knoxville & director Jeff Tremaine. Unfortunately you will not be hearing them on an upcoming episode of the podcast as I could not get clearance in time but I will tell you about the footage I saw if you choose to keep reading.

Spoilers follow after photos from the event:

They first showed us what ultimately is the opening of the film with Johnny Knoxville saying welcome to Jackass! What followed was a extremely colorful couple of minutes of mayhem including Steve-O jumping into a ceiling fan, Bam Margera dressed as a cupcake pinata literally getting the candy beat out of him, Preston Lacy taking a canon ball to the stomach and more involving fish, paintballs, fruit and more. All this while the song The Kids Are Back by Twisted Sister played in the background. But the cool part about all of it is they shot it with Phantom high speed cameras, which film at 1000 frames a second so everything was super slowed down so you can see just how powerful the impact of every kick, punch, and hit really was.

The second clip was the Poo Cocktail Supreme. I do not want to get into too much detail because I believe it ultimately will be one of the best segments in the movie, but it involves a feces filled port o potty with steve-o inside attached to bungee cords , that is then shot into the sky. I will leave you to imagine the rest :D

The rest was pretty much the trailer thats been making the rounds except in 3D. Jackass 3D is in theater in 2D & 3D on October 15th.

Video of The Day: Plants vs Zombies Music Video

One of my favorite computer games is Plants vs Zombies, someone sent me this music video that the creative team behind the game created to promote the game. I love it :) its cute, funny, and fun. Enjoy!


Hey everyone sorry the sites been light on updates , putting together the new episode that will go up on friday, it will feature a comic book segment with my friend Troy , as well as a Broadway talk segment and finally a interview with fantastically nice and funny Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central, Penelope Princess of Pets, Host of the NY variety show HOT TUB) so its going to be a big show to more then make up for the lack of blog updates :) until then listen to the last 4 episodes on itunes, u can find us under podcast by searching Pod Culture Vulture.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Video of The Day: The Office Lip Dub

If you missed the season premiere of The Office last night you missed one of the best opening of a sitcom episode ever. Ladies and gentleman I present for your viewing pleasure The Office Lip Dub

What is more impressive is they shot the whole thing in one take. :)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

First Thoughts: Outsourced

The newest edition to NBC's thursday night comedy block Outsourced, is pretty terrible. Based on an indie (no pun intended) film from 2006 the show follows Ben Rappaport as Todd Dempsy a young gentleman who shows up to his job at an American novelty company only to find that the entire office has been fired and the departments responsibilities outsourced to a call center in India.Todd is given the choice to either be fired or go to India to over see the call center. Seeing that Todd has 40,000 in student loans he chooses the later, at this point the show becomes a mess a very offensive unfunny mess filled with stereotypical characters, its surprising given NBC's recent comedies that this made it to air. What could have been a promising series about the cultural divide ends up being divided between poop and vomit jokes and poor writing. Don't expect this series to last long and expect the far superior Parks & Recreation back on the air before the end of the year. Should you choose to watch new episodes air Thursdays at 9:30 pm on NBC.

Video of The Day: HTC EVO vs Iphone 4

Id just like to say i am a supporter of apple products and have a iphone 4, but man this is just too funny.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Cool Deal: Children's Hospital Live Episode

So Rob Corddry tonight on Last Call with Carson Daly announced that the season finale of his adult swim series Children's Hospital will be aired live. Children's Hospital a parody of various medical series such as ER, Greys Anatomy and Scrubs will air the live episode on November 7th at midnight. It is not known if it will also air live on the west coast. The choice to do a live episode seems to be parody of ER's live episode. I will definitely be watching, will you?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

First Thoughts: Raising Hope

The new series Raising Hope from Greg Garcia (creator of My Name Is Earl and Yes Dear) premiered tonight. The show which follows Jimmy Chance (Lucas Neff) a 23 year old who is suddenly thrust into fatherhood when he has a fling with a girl who actually turned out to be a serial killer, becomes pregnant and gives birth but is then sent to the electric chair, thus leaving Jimmy to raise his new daughter Hope with his extremely dysfunction family. The half hour sitcom revisits similar themes of Garcia's previous show My Name is Earl in that it follows a poor and slightly uneducated family though their misadventure, but it differs in that even though it has crass humor (a diaper changing scene ends with multiple cast members vomiting on the baby) it still manages to have heart and has you rooting for the main character even though its clear he is really not ready to be a parent. The main character Jimmy played by Neff , however young and totally unprepared to be a parent is determined to take on the challenge and comes off as very likable. The supporting cast features Martha Plimpton (The Goonies) as Virginia Chance (Jimmys mom) who is extremely enjoyable and the always hysterical Cloris Leechman as the extremely delusional Grandmother of the family (a part she plays extremely well). I have already given the series a season pass on my DVR and i suggest you do as well. The show airs on FOX Tuesday nights at 9:00 PM.