Day: February 3, 2011

What’s your must-see TV Thursday at 10 p.m.? A look at one week, by the numbers

When NBC announced it would move 30 Rock to 10 p.m. Thursdays in 2011, comedy fans breathed a sigh of relief that they wouldn't have to see their Emmy-winning darling go up against, and get beaten by, $#*! My Dad Says on CBS. But have they seen the competition at 10 p.m. Thursday in January and February 2011? 30 Rock has it even rougher, ratings-wise, to fight for viewers. Your DVR and/or TiVo might be giving you fits as you try to figure out what to watch live, what to record, and what to wait for in later rebroadcasts on TV or online. Just look back one week. What were you watching last Thursday? Survey says… The Mentalist (repeat on CBS): 10.111 million viewers (1.9/5 rating in ages 18-49) Jersey Shore (MTV): 8.833 million viewers (4.5/13 in 18-49) 30 Rock (NBC): 4.922 million viewers (2.4/7 in 18-49) Fairly Legal (USA): 4.095 million (1.0/3) Beyond Scared Straight (A&E): 3.418 million (1.5/4) Private Practice (repeat on ABC): 3.332 million (1.0/3) NBA on (TNT) Miami Heat at New York Knicks: 2.784 million (1.1/3) TNA: Impact (SPIKE): 1.934 million (.6/2) Archer (FX): 1.529 million (.7/2) Greta Van Susteren (FOX News): 1.524 million Brad Meltzer's Decoded (HISTORY): 1.441 million viewers (.6/2) Winter X Games Day 1 (ESPN): 1.279 million (.7/2) Ed Show (MSNBC): 848,000 Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN): 459,000 Joy Behar Show (HLN): 369,000 This list doesn't include Bravo,...

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Last Call with Carson Daly spotlights The Meltdown Show in Hollywood

Congrats to Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani (and Emily, too!) for getting their weekly Meltdown Show profiled last night on Last Call with Carson Daly. Yeah. Sure. Who’s watching NBC at 2 a.m.? I know. But still. It lives and breathes as video on the Internet. And that counts for something. Take that, other indie rooms in Los Angeles and New York City. Carson Daly seems rather intrigued by the idea of a comedy show in the back of a comic book store. Not intrigued enough to go. Nor to stop playing shufflepuck. But still. Publicity is good! Yay, team. This clip also features the Sklar Brothers, Dana Gould, Moshe Kasher, Ed Salazar and Jen Kirkman. Roll the clip! Related reading: Their show previously got written up in the Los Angeles...

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Jennifer Aniston on “The Edge,” her TV sketch comedy show before turning down SNL for “Friends”

When Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler told Oprah Winfrey on her show yesterday about the time when Aniston turned down Lorne Michaels and the chance to join Saturday Night Live, more than a few people may have been more than a little shocked. Aniston? On SNL? Here's the clip:   Now before you think this is some made-up story to help promote their upcoming movie: Just Go With It. Seriously. There's more than enough reason for Sandler to know not only who Aniston was in 1994, but also why he'd want her on his show. Because Aniston was 25 when Friends debuted in September 1994. And before that, she had performed sketch comedy on network TV in FOX's short-lived series, The Edge, which aired during the 1992-93 season. The Edge may not have had the staying power of In Living Color, but it did boast plenty of names of people you know today. MTV's Julie Brown was nominally the host, Edd Hall provided voiceovers, Bill Plympton provided animation sequences between sketches, and the cast included, in addition to Aniston: Wayne Knight (who went on to mess up Jurassic Park and torment Seinfeld as "Newman!"), Paul Feig (who went on to create Freaks and Geeks), Jill Talley and Tom Kenny (who later married, with future successes on Mr. Show and SpongeBob SquarePants), Rick Overton, and Alan Ruck! Kevin Nealon even...

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Jamie Kilstein’s TV debut on Conan

In a five-minute rant, political comedian Jamie Kilstein challenged people who like President Barack Obama just because he's not as horrible as Bush was, challenged Obama to joust with Osama Bin Laden, took on McDonald's, the notion of slutty girls causing 9/11, and pointed out the nonsense of killing people using robots with guns. If you think that's a long sentence without a break in it, just listen to Kilstein in his TV debut last night on Conan!   Background reading: The Comic's Comic interview with Jamie Kilstein about his podcast, Citizen Radio, and political...

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Rare footage: Dan Whitney talks about the origins of Larry the Cable Guy and “Git-R-Done”

Larry the Cable Guy has done a lot of press recently to promote his upcoming History Channel series, Only in America, and I'll get to that soon enough. The series debuts next week. But here's something you don't see every day, much less any day. Larry the Cable Guy referring to himself by his given name, Dan Whitney, in explaining how the character came to life and became him. Roll the clip!   In this second clip, he talks about how his casual use of the phrase "Git-R-Done" as a sign-off on his phone-in bits to radio stations became a catchphrase that everyone, even people who don't like him, know all too well. Roll it!...

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