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TV News Roundup: Sherlock, Always Sunny, Zombieland, and More!

Howdy howdy! This here is a good ol’ fashioned TV News Roundup where we the good folk of Grizzly Bomb scour the big bad internets machine on the look-out for the news you need and gosh darn just want.

And that’s about as far as I’m taking that.

Hokey fake cowboy talk aside, this really is a TV News Roundup where we’ll scour the latest TV news and compile it for you in one easy to read place, no need to wade through countless photos of a Kardashian or Justin Bieber here!

A new generation of Boy Meets World returns to TV

Let’s start off with a bit of nostalgia, circa 1990’s. Everything that was old is now new again including the fantastic ABC sitcom Boy Meets World. If you hadn’t heard, Disney channel is bringing back the cast for a new show called, appropriately enough, Girl Meets World. Of course Cory and Topanga are married now and have a son and daughter. As the name suggests, the story will follow their daughter, and it appears from Ben Savage’s Instagram account, that Cory is now a teacher.

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“My first class” – Ben Savage

Speaking of teachers… from the Girl Meets World twitter account:[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/Girl_MeetsWorld/status/316348773477515265″]

Feeny!!

Even though it will probably be a typical Disney channel show in the vein of Hannah Montana and crap like that, I will watch Girl Meets World and I have this strange feeling I won’t be the only person in their 30’s tuning in!

If that wasn’t enough awesome 90’s era news, get this – apparently there’s going to be a Clarissa Explains it All book. Written by the creator of Clarissa Explains It All, Mitchell Kriegman the book (with a tentative release date of Fall 2014) is titled Things I Can’t Explain and looks to basically just give us an update on Clarissa’s life and what she’s up to nowadays.

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I think we all want a Darling Family update

Granted I think we would all be happier if the show were returning, or perhaps if we got a spin-off of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, but neither of those dreams seem to be coming true so we’ll just have to be happy with a book. At least until every woman in my generation goes out and buys the book and the CW notices it and next thing we know, Clarissa has a daughter in high school and we’re watching a show about her and her high school hijinks.

Sherlock resumes filming and perhaps a familial guest star?

If you are like me, you’ve been torturing yourself by watching “The Reichenbach Fall” at least a few times a month just so you are ready for when Sherlock returns. Well thankfully they’ve started filming the first episode of the third series (season for the rest of us), which Mark Gatiss so kindly tweeted out, is titled “The Empty Hearse”.

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Not only that, but the people over at Bristol Culture were able to get video of the filming which makes it just that much more real. They say a picture is worth a thousand words but I think we can all agree that video of Benedict Cumberbatch in that familiar trench coat running and yelling is worth at least ten times that.

There has been a fair amount of speculation that the blond woman with Sherlock is none other than Martin Freeman’s partner, Amanda Abbington perhaps playing Mary Morstan, a love interest of Watson’s. Of course nothing has been announced so we’ll just have to sit and not so patiently wait for confirmation.

Amazon joining Netflix and Hulu with original programming

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Cast of Amazon’s ‘Zombieland’

Even though the big news headline regarding Amazon this week was the greenlighting of a pilot based on the 2009 movie, Zombieland, there is quite a bit going on over at Amazon Studios. Along with the Zombieland pilot, there are six other pilots being filmed that have some rather big names behind them including David Javerbaum from The Daily Show, and actually a “news” program from internet news outlet, The Onion. While relatively new to the online streaming game, Amazon has been aggressive and not shy about developing themselves into a viable online entertainment network. Seems like just yesterday they were revolutionizing the way people read books. :sniff: They grow up so fast.

 Fox retools network family, moves flagship Always Sunny to new FXX

Let’s take a moment of silence for the soon to be defunct, Fox Soccer. Thanks to NBCSports acquiring the rights to the Barclay’s Premier League, Fox Soccer is going the way of the dodo bird. Well, sort of. Actually it is being transformed into the new channel, FXX. Billed as the comedy counterpart to FX, which is going to focus on dramas (I’d say I was hoping for the return of Lights Out, but I’m pretty certain that isn’t going to happen) going forward.

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What does this mean for current FX comedies? Well the flagship shows of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The League, and Legit have all been renewed and announced as moving to the new channel. There’s been no mention of whether or not Louie, Archer, or Wilfred will be moving but if the new channel is going to be comedy, you’d have to imagine they will. Also announced was a fifth season of Justified… and the people rejoiced.

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There is so much going on in the world of TV but those are some of the bigger stories (according to me). Because I’m such a giver, here’s a gathering of other things making the news that I cared about a little bit less.

– Dexter is ending after Season 8: Someone needs to tell Showtime president, David Nevins.   [Huffington Post]

Crossbones has found their Blackbeard: And it’s not Hugh Laurie.  [TVLine]

Is Donald Glover also preparing for life after Community? Following fellow cast member Ken Jeong’s move?  [TV Guide]

– George R.R. Martin hinting at Game of Thrones prequel?  A new cast of characters for him to kill off!  [IGN]

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is getting their own beer! You can now imagine yourself sitting at Paddy’s Pub. [DrinkPhilly]

– Syfy renews Continuum and announces the second season premier date: Oh Canada! [TVLine]

– Kurt Sutter sticking with FX for a new horror show: Teaming up with ‘Hell on Wheels’ showrunner John Shiban. [THR]

– Ron Swanson really is Batman: It’s like a dream come true, all thanks to artist Vicky Ryan. [Vicktrola]

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So there you have it, the top news as we see it in TV today! If you think we’ve missed a story, by all means let us know down in the comments or if you’re feeling downright neighborly, it’s perfectly all right to just say hello. Until next time!

Animated ‘Axe Cop’ to Premiere July 27th!

Comic Alliance has released another animated gem. Back in November we told you about the upcoming Fox show starring Axe Cop, but since we’ve had no further news. That was until last week when the official broadcast date for the show was revealed to be July 27th. For those unaware of Axe Cop, he is the creation of Ethan Nicolle (artist) and his five-year old brother Malachai (writer), and it is quite a surreal trip. But instead of trying to explain the premise of the character why not look below at the new footage that has Axe Cop as the President.

For fans of the comic this clip must be a joy to behold. It has the same crazy energy and sense of fun that the comic book has, and now it has Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman – of Parks and Recreation fame) who is spot on. I have watched the previous Halloween clip a few times now to get a handle on the voice, which I was unsure about. But after seeing this clip, I am sure Ron is the right man for the job. The animation is also fantastic, looking like it flew straight off the comic book page.

Standout scenes have to be the cheeky cameos of Axe Cop’s dinosaur and Flute Cop as his security chief. Also the way Axe Cop slaps the money on the tramps head, and the entire scene involving blowing up the bad guys. This had me howling with laughter and that is perhaps the best part of the clip. It is a humor that can be appreciated by anyone who enjoys a silly laugh and because of this I can see this show doing well. July 27th seems a long way away so lets hope more footage is released of Axe Cops antics soon.

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‘Parks and Recreation’ Returns, Season 5 Clips

At long last, the waiting comes to an end. In a matter of hours, Parks and Recreation will finally return from what has seemed like the longest hiatus in the history of television. Okay that might be a slight exaggeration but come on – I feel like Ron Swanson as he walked into the diner asking for all the eggs and bacon they had. I’ve been starving myself waiting for that first bite of sweet Swanson ass. Hmmm… this is getting a little creepy now.

I’ll be the first to admit that NBC does a lot of things wrong. The Olympics, The Today Show, NBC News in general, canceling shows before they even have a chance (this is my third mention of Kings in a week), their sometimes pain in the ass relationship with sites like YouTube; but one thing they do right is put out videos for their sitcoms. Granted you aren’t going to find them unless you are actively looking for them but hey, what do I know? And then you find them and they won’t embed and you spend a maddening amount of time trying to figure out why and find no answer so just click on the link and enjoy the trailer for Season 5.

Season 5 trailer

and then there is this…

“The perm must wait, Autumn. The perm must wait.” There’s a reason this woman was elected to public office, she is just so wise. Plus, I think we can all agree that any scene that involves Ron Swanson and food is bound to be awesome. Especially if that food has not quite made it to the “food” state yet.

If those two nuggets of goodness aren’t enough for you, or you just really want to know who Andy would sleep with given the chance, check out this Google Talk with Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Aubrey Plaza, and Chris Pratt.

Remember the Hamster Dance that was pretty much the first viral and completely annoying thing on the internet? Let me introduce you to it is much cooler and not quite as obnoxious cousin, Drunk Ron Swanson. I made it 674 seconds and feel like I might have a seizure at any moment.

We’ll use any excuse to use this Gif again…

Ron Swanson Dance

Hopefully I’ll recover in time to tune in to Parks and Recreation on NBC, Thursday nights at 9:30/8:30c. Waffle sundaes for everyone!

Grizzly Review: Casa de mi Padre

Will Ferrell is possibly the most creative man working in comedy today. There you go, I said it. Allow me to convince you further. Will Ferrell has starred in some extremely funny movies about newscasters, race car drivers, step brothers, the NYPD, figure skating, minor league basketball, used car salesmen, male models, human elves, and coaching kids’ soccer. He’s also co-founder of the legendary comedy sketch site, Funny or Die. This year, he’s also starring in The Campaign, a film about two North Carolina senators with presidential aspirations that end up childishly competing for the top spot.

I think it’s pretty safe to say that Will Ferrell is a God in his arena, and has earned his fans through a lot of hard work. But as funny as he is, it was never imagined that he would make a film that could be considered “revolutionary” or “important”. The crazy part, though, is that he did, and it’s called Casa de mi Padre. What makes this film so important isn’t necessarily its screenplay, its cast, its director, or even really the film itself. It’s important because it’s one of the few, if not first, times that an American actor has tackled a completely different language for an entire movie, and spoken the language well.

Following rancher Armando Alvarez (Will Ferrell), Casa de mi Padre follows Armando as he tries to prove to his father, Miguel Ernesto (Pedro Armendariz Jr.) and his drug dealing brother, Raul (Diego Luna), that he is able to take on the rights and responsibilities of a respected man. After a long time away from home, Raul returns with his fiancee, Sonia (Genesis Rodriguez), a beautiful woman who isn’t actually in love with Raul, but with Armando. Raul’s return home is met with some bad news by his father. The Alvarez Ranch is deep in debt, and has no way of coming up with the money. Raul promises he will take care of everything, but Armando soon learns that Raul’s business isn’t exactly legal.

After learning of Sonia’s whereabouts and plans to marry Raul, The Onza (Gael Garcia Bernal), Mexico’s other richest and most ruthless drug dealer, devises a plan to kill Raul and get his woman back into his arms where she belongs. Now, it’s up to Armando save the day and get the respect from his family that he knows he deserves.

Casa de mi Padre is a sporadically hilarious and ultimately brilliant experiment for Will Ferrell, who has really taken a risk with this film. Stating that the film will actually have a bigger release in Mexico than in the United States, after seeing the film, I’ve almost realized why. The film really caters toward the Hispanic community. Many of the jokes will be lost on American audiences, and unless you speak or understand Spanish, much of the banter between best friends and long-time collaborators Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal will really just fly over your head.

As for Will Ferrell, he’s such a dedicated actor that he really does make the Spanish work. It’s evident through his other films that he’s always had an interest in Latin culture, but up until now he’s never been able to flesh out the ideas as much as he’s always wanted. Through Andrew Steele’s script and Matt Piedmont’s hilarious direction, Ferrell and the rest of the cast are able to really create a culturally astute and politically necessary film that suggests a step forward in the bond between the United States and Mexico. With all of the atrocities going on due to the cartel, it’s refreshing to see that two nations with such seemingly opposite ways of life are able to do something so unified.

Granted, not everything in the film works, with its script about half as funny as the ever-present physical comedy that Ferrell’s movies are known for, but the lack of laughs in the film’s first half is not only made up for in its second half, but can be overlooked due to the sheer brilliance of the premise and goal of Casa de mi Padre. At 84 minutes, the whole thing flies by with ease, but when I was walking out, I felt like I had just been a part of a life changing social experiment that would forever change the way I look at movies.

There are critics who are deeming the film racist towards Mexicans, racist towards Americans, and just all around racist. Allow me to retort. As a Mexican-American, I can honestly say, on both accounts, that Casa de mi Padre is not racist. In fact, it’s anything but. By poking fun at both Mexican and American cultures without being mean-spirited and obvious, the film finds a wonderful balance between culture and hilarity, offering a good dose of both that kept me involved and engaged.

The fresh gags and inspired performances from the entire cast puts Casa de mi Padre in the same league as other ingenious spoofs (or homages depending on how you look at it) like Black Dynamite, Machete, and Grindhouse. What really gets me about the accusations of racism is the fact that two years ago, when Machete was released, nobody claimed it was racist because it was made by a Mexican filmmaker, even though the jokes were just as concerned with Hispanic culture as they are in Casa de mi Padre. But now that white filmmakers are doing the joking, it’s considered racism.

It’s unfortunate that a film like this doesn’t get the recognition that it deserves. There really is a lot to love about Casa de mi Padre, but it seems like a lot of American critics just don’t fully understand all of the jokes, or the entire message portrayed in the film. If there was one line to really sum up what Casa de mi Padre is all about, it’d be an exchange between Armando and an FBI agent towards the end of the film. The agent tells Armando, “Not all Americans are bad,” which Armando responds to with, “Not all Mexicans are drug dealers.” Indeed, Will Ferrell. Indeed.

3.5/5 Bears

Parks and Recreation Finale Has Two Endings!

If you don’t watch Parks and Recreation you’re a moron.  The show is absolutely hilarious, and Amy Poehler is brilliant as the main character, Leslie Knope.  The show is currently in its fourth season on NBC; and the story arc of the season has primarily revolved around Leslie’s campaign for city council.  It’s been a rocky road on her way to election day, and the show’s writers have been extremely tight-lipped about what the outcome will be.  So tight-lipped, in fact, that they made the decision to film two different finales: one in which Leslie wins the election and one in which she loses.  It’s like they’re creating their very own ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ novel.

It could really go either way.  There’s no real buildup or progression to one specific outcome that has taken over the season.  On the one hand, it would be incredibly interesting to have her win.  If the show gets renewed, It would open up possibilities for multiple different story arcs and really build on Leslie’s character.  Not only would she be working in the Parks Department, she would be a part of something completely new; a realm that could introduce us to a multitude of new and interesting characters.  On the other hand, nothing in life is that easy.  It might come off as cheesy and predictable if she wins.  If the show does not get renewed, though, it would be the perfect ending.

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Will Ferrell’s Casa de mi Padre – What’s Spanish for ‘Badass?’

Will Ferrell’s Casa de mi Padre is coming out in mid-March, and I have to say; it looks awesome.  In the film, Will Ferrell plays Armando Alvarez, who works on his family’s ranch.  According to the summary on IMDb, he and his brothers “find themselves in a war with Mexico’s most feared drug lord.”  There will be gun-slinging.  Cowboys.  Penelope Cruz look-alikes.  Ron Effing Swanson.  But the best part?

Will Ferrell plays the entire role speaking in Spanish.

The movie poster boasts that it’s the “funniest movie you’ll ever read.”

I know I’m not alone in the world thinking that Will Ferrell is a comic genius.  His timing is impeccable, his delivery flawless, and his ability to push the envelope is inspiring.  I love that he can buck the trend of something normal funny, and can take on a project like this that is so bizarre.  This off-beat humor that not everyone gets is so up my alley.

Here is the trailer for those interested in watching:

Will Ferrell is due for a non-stinker.  Let’s hope this is it.  I have high hopes for this one.

Casa de mi Padre also stars Genesis Rodriguez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, Nick Offerman, and Efren Ramirez.

You lied, Ron. You do speak Spanish.

NBC’s Thursday Review and Recap: Community, Parks and Recreation, The Office and Whitney

Last week, we did a preview of NBC’s Thursday night comedy lineup. Well the shows are in the books and we would love nothing more to give you a recap and review. Warning…Spoilers Ahead.

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The students of Greendale are back after a too long summer break.

Jeff, Joel McHale, Flying, Community

That musical number to kick it off was awesome. It was too short, and it is extremely rare that I would ever say that about a crappy musical number in a show.

The group is taking biology together this year, and it kicks off in the study room and Pierce asking to be back in the group, even though he is not in the class with them. Jeff does not want him to be in, but the girls feel like they should let them in. In class, Jeff almost immediately butts heads with the ex-con biology professor when his cell phone keeps interrupting the speech.

John Goodman, Michael K Williams, Community

After watching the “new” dean approve monkey knockout gas, he meets the wonderful John Goodman, making his appearance. Goodman plays an assistant dean who is head of the very powerful Air Conditioning Repair Annex.

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NBC’s Thursday Nights: Community, Parks and Rec, The Office, 30 Rock and Whitney

Thursday night on NBC has an amazing history of being home to some of the most popular comedies. From Cheers and The Cosby Show to Friends and Will and Grace. They had a few shaky years at the end of Friends, but they have slowly built back what was a respectable comedy lineup back on Thursday nights with Community, Parks and Recreation, the Office and 30 Rock. Unfortunately, all these shows haven’t hit their stride at the same time to build that viewership base and the ratings for these sometimes great shows has suffered.

Beginning in the fall, NBC will bring back Community, Parks and Rec and the Office while introducing Whitney. 30 Rock will be brought back mid-season (probably when Whitney get’s canned). Grizzly Bomb will be reviewing these shows throughout the year so check back every week for updates. Let’s take a look at a preview of the programming lineup and see if it can reclaim “must see” status.

Community

Community kicks off it’s third season with some exciting things in the works. The show follows the lives of a study group at Greendale Community College as they work towards degrees. Well, that’s how it started in season 1, but it soon morphed into one of the most self-referential, meta shows of all time.

Throughout season 2, the show took on different aspects of pop culture and television itself.

Looking forward to season 3, what we know so far is freaking awesome. John Goodman is joining the cast as an assistant dean. Any time you can add somebody of his caliber to an already great cast which includes Donald Glover and Alison Brie, is outstanding. It also looks as if there will be a musical number, which normally is just silly in a TV show, but done in the style of Community it should rise to the level of The Simpson’s musical episode.

Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation is the show I am most excited about. They hit their stride last year. We talked earlier about some of the Ron Swanson plot points, including the regrowth of his facial hair and his first wife Tammy as well as his mom Tammy coming on the show. We also will get to see what happens with Leslie running for office as well as her relationship with Ben.

Not that the plot is what makes this a great show. This is a well written comedy that has serviceable enough story to allow the great characters do great jokes. Hopefully they continue to grow on their success and don’t let the characters become charactertures.

The Office

Alright, I am going to preface this entire section by stating that this show jumped the shark when Pam and Jim got together, should have been canceled long ago, but I still watch it. That out of the way, I sort of am optimistic for the upcoming season because the drama over the departure of Michael Scott. That really ate up a lot of the show and replaced comedy with drama.

James Spader will be part of the cast, filling the role of boss at least for a while. Maybe this change will be enough to liberate the show from some of the weight that they have accumulated over the first seven seasons and open the writers and actors to some new experiences. It could go back to being a great show, but I doubt it given the preview below. Probably the same decline of the show that’s been going on for years.

30 Rock

Like I said earlier, 30 Rock won’t be back at the start of fall, but will most likely replace Whitney or Prime Suspect later in the season. The big news surrounding this show concerns whether or not this is the last season with the impending end of Alec Baldwin’s (and all the other’s) contract. Baldwin has said that the show will end. Lorne Michaels, executive producer and SNL creator, has stated that the show will go on.

Realistically, I think based on the flow of this show, I would have to agree that a Baldwin-less show is a canceled show, or at least one that should be canceled (see The Office above). I have always enjoyed this show and look forward to the misadventures of the cast and crew of TGS. I will enjoy this last run.

Whitney

Okay, I do not know anything about this show other than what I have seen in the promo below. It looks TURRIBLE. This show will not make it. I have seen some of Whitney Cummings stand up, and it is not all that good. But given that I think it is terrible, it will probably replace Two and a Half Men as America’s favorite comedy.

Ron Swanson: An Interview and other Swanson News

Ron Swanson, the ultra-libertarian boss on Parks and Recreation, is a throwback character and a symbol of masculinity that Dr. Kronner seems to talk about a lot, here and here (I think he may be overcompensating). In the first season of the show, he served in a more limited role but they began to include him more and expand character and his background.

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With this information from the character development, we have been able to form a full picture of him. I propose that based on his character, we can form a club, somewhat a combination of the He-Man Women Haters Club, NO-MA’AM and the Libertarians. One only need look at the Pyramid of Greatness that Ron presented to the boys basketball team that he coached to find the guiding principles.

Some of my favorites are: “Capitalism: God’s way of determining who is smart and who is poor” “Torso: Should be thick and impenetrable” and “America: The only country that matters. If you want to experience other “cultures”, use an atlas or a ham radio.” It’s things like this that earned Offerman a Television Critics Association award for Individual Achievement in Comedy, which he had to share with Ty Burrell of Modern Family (which doesn’t really seem like an individual achievement if you have to share it).

It has also been announce who will be the first Tammy in Ron’s life on the show. His real world wife Megan Mullaly plays his second wife Tammy and Paula Pell, of SNL fame, will play the OG Tammy aka Ron’s mom. This is going to be incredibly interesting because it is suggested that all three Tammys from Ron’s life will be united. Is he ready to deal with this?

“I was born ready. I’m Ron f–king Swanson.”

If you want to hear some more from Nick Offerman about Parks and Recreation and some other stuff, you can check out an interview he has done with TV Fanatic. Lots of interesting stuff in there about the show and some things from his life.

Parks and Recreation has grown into a fantastic show and Ron Swanson is one of the best parts of it. I am looking forward to the new season. Hopefully it brings us some more scenes like this one below.

and this one…

and this one…