Television

Flavorwire’s Official ‘Sharknado 2: The Second One’ Drinking Game

Tonight, Sharknado 2: The Second One premieres on SyFy. In this sequel, which sees the return of Ian Ziering and Tara Reid alongside newcomers Andy Dick, Mark McGrath, and Vivica A. Fox, there’s yet another shark storm brewing, but this time in New York City. The movie has promised to be bigger, better, and campier than the first. We’ll soon find out whether or not that’s true, but one thing is for sure: Sharknado 2 is best paired with booze. To help you out, here are the rules for Flavorwire’s official Sharknado 2 drinking game.  … Read More

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‘Nathan For You’s’ “Dumb Starbucks” Episode Exceeds Expectations

A few months ago, everyone became temporarily obsessed with a “Dumb Starbucks” store that had popped up in Los Angeles. It was a blatant parody of Starbucks — the name, the logo, the drinks, the Norah Jones soundtrack — but with the word “dumb” in front of everything. No one was quite sure what it was: An actual coffee shop? A statement on consumerism? Banksy’s latest creation? As it turns out (and as a few people cleverly assumed), Dumb Starbucks was a creation of Nathan Fielder, for his brilliant show Nathan For You. The much-anticipated “Dumb Starbucks” episode finally aired last night and not only did it live up to the hype, but it went above and beyond.  … Read More

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Nostalgia’s Not a Bad Word: Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath on Under the Sun and His Role in ‘Sharknado 2′

“Do you remember the glorious ’90s?” Mark McGrath asked in Atlantic City on Saturday night, in just one of the many instances when he mentioned the decade during Sugar Ray’s short set. We’re told that if we like ’90s hits then we’ve “come to the right fucking place” and, later, are reassured that all the bands will keep “smacking [us] with hits of the ’90s” for the rest of the night. Coming out of anyone else’s mouth, this would inspire nothing but eye-rolls, but Sugar Ray — and the rest of the Under the Sun tour: Blues Traveler, Smash Mouth, and Uncle Kracker — are both refreshingly sincere and self-aware.  … Read More

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The 35 Campiest TV Movies Ever Made

This week, SyFy debuts the sequel to last summer’s surprise TV movie hit, SharknadoSharknado 2: The Second One is expected to be even campier and sillier than its predecessor and will possibly go down as one of the most ridiculous TV movies ever made. But, of course, it’s got quite a bit of competition: there are plenty of other patently absurd made-for-television movies out there. From SyFy’s shark obsession to Lifetime’s melodramatic teen flicks, here are 35 of the campiest TV movies of all time.  … Read More

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What Lifetime’s ‘The Choking Game’ Teaches Us About Teens These Days

Keeping up with all the latest teen trends can get exhausting. Every day there’s a breaking news report about an awful new #hashtag or some creative way to get high. Between the selfies and the molly, who has the time to keep track of everything? Fortunately, there’s one network dedicated to investigating these ever-changing trends. It turns out, teens are now choking each other to get high — and Lifetime is ON IT. … Read More

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“Why Stop at Pencils?”: David Rees on His New TV Show, ‘Going Deep,’ and Unconventional Career Path

David Rees may be the most sincere motherfucker on the planet. Whether you know him for his cult comics Get Your War On and My New Fighting Technique Is Unstoppable, which combined post-9/11 Bush-era political anxiety with the bland comfort of clip art and torrents of eloquent swearing, or his mastery of artisanal pencil sharpening — summed up in 2012’s book How to Sharpen Pencils — Rees has been a talent for the age after irony, tapping into our worries and obsessions with his inherently comical pursuits. … Read More

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