As if you needed another reason to love the odd, uproarious, and consistently brilliant Fox comedy Bob’s Burgers, here you go: according to the show’s Tumblr, Behind Bob’s Burgers, show artist and producer Tony Gennaro designs a custom script cover for every single episode’s table read, “just for the fun of it and in spite of the fact that he’s already extremely busy with real work.” Anyone who loves the show will hardly find it surprising that the covers are delightful, clever, and awesome. Check them out after the jump. … Read More
Flavorwire is celebrating Memorial Day with The Year in TV, a series of features on the 2012-13 TV season, which ends this month.
Although it’s easy to forget at a time when the flexible schedules of basic and premium cable — and now online streaming services — have pretty much destroyed the idea that television has an off-season, Memorial Day does, in fact, mark the official end of the 2012-13 TV season. So, even though many of our perennial favorites (Mad Men, Game of Thrones) haven’t even ended their seasons yet and others just dropped a new batch of 15 episodes on our head (Arrested Development), it’s time again to take stock of the past 12 months on the small screen. From standbys like Louie and Parks and Recreation to such newcomers as Bunheads and Hannibal, here are Flavorwire’s 15 favorite shows of the year.
There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, we’re compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This time, lots of couples get together, and one couple finds out they’re expecting. … Read More
When a show is as great as Bob’s Burgers, it’s fascinating to see how it got its start — and especially how its many hilarious characters were originally envisioned. So we’re thrilled that Splitsider has pointed us to the cartoon’s test pilot. The 13-minute clip, which features a similar plot to the series premiere, finds a health inspector visiting the restaurant to investigate a rumor that the burgers are made of human flesh. Despite some small differences in animation style, the demo looks very much like the Bob’s Burgers we know and love — except, of course, that instead of the Belchers’ oldest daughter, Tina, there’s a son named Daniel who has the exact same voice and itchy crotch. Comparing the two characters, it’s easy to see why Daniel became Tina; she’s a million times funnier as a girl. … Read More
Is Andy Dwyer the funniest character on TV? We know we struggle to keep a straight face every time Chris Pratt is on the screen in Parks and Recreation, between his sweetly doofy lines and his perfectly timed pratfalls. (As our colleague Kim Gardner reminds us, he makes an excellent FBI agent, too.) Our love of Andy got us thinking about who else might qualify as television’s most hilarious character right now, so we surveyed the Flavorpill staff to get their picks. See the 15 they shouted out — including now fewer than three more Parks and Rec characters — after the jump. … Read More
Los Angeles-based cartoonist and illustrator Jay Howell — creator of popular zine Punks Git Cut — was working on an animated series called The Forest City Rockers that caught the attention of Fox. They recruited him to create art for their new show Bob’s Burgers, about a family that runs a hamburger joint next to a crematorium. Since then he’s been developing a pilot for Nickelodeon, while also working on a new zine called Dark Wave. Today, however, it’s his drawings on Harlequin novels that got us excited.
The cartoon-style drawings are set on the title pages of the mawkish best sellers, conceptualizing the art-text relationship in funny ways. “I was in a thrift store maybe six months ago and I noticed that the titles in these books were just so funny,” Howell said in a recent interview. ”I was doing all these drawings about people reading books with funny titles, [because] I really like making up fake names and fake book titles. Then I saw those books, and it was just so perfect.” Click through to see Howell’s lanky and monstrous characters take over the pages of Harlequin novels in our gallery below. … Read More
Today at Flavorpill, we wondered if Cosmo cover girls are getting younger and younger. We questioned if this indie film was the most disturbing movie ever made. We hoped these 10 other animals would get their own version of Shark Week. We thought Animaniacs and Skrillex were perfect together.… Read More
If the weather was as warm where you were as it was in New York over the long weekend, you probably didn’t spend much of the past few days watching TV. But Memorial Day isn’t just the beginning of the summer season — it also marks the end of May sweeps month, the official close of the television season, when network programming packs it in until September and we’re forced to make do with generally crappy filler, reruns, and the occasional fantastic basic or premium cable series. What this means (besides that we should all step away from the screen and get some sun) is that it’s time to crown our favorite TV shows of the 2011-12 season. Our picks, featuring the astute input of Flavorwire’s editorial staff, are after the jump. … Read More