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
If you had to guess what Friday Night Lights creator Peter Berg’s next TV project would be, would you ever in a million years stumble upon the description, “Bourne by way of 300“? Probably not, but remember that Berg is also the guy who directed Battleship and you’ll realize that (even if we’d prefer he… Read More
When Glee came on the scene in 2009, it ushered in a new TV business model, one predicated on mega iTunes, merchandise, and concert ticket sales. During the initial media blitz Fox said it hoped to keep the show’s original, quirky feel, and four seasons later it’s easy to see how that turned out. When the shiny parts recede into the background, when we snap out of Blaine Warbler’s entrancing rendition of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” it’s difficult to defend what the show’s become (empty, sloppy, and just way too big).
That said, Dexter’s recent late-in-the game surge reminded us it’s not impossible to turn things around, and in Glee’s defense it’s markedly improved from last season. Last week’s “Break Up” showed guts and delivered an emotionally satisfying conclusion to some pretty big story arcs. The show’s clearly made some positive changes, and if it can tighten up, remember some fundamentals from its incredible first season, and still move forward, we think it could get its mojo back. Below we’ve outlined some ideas to save the once beloved (and great) show, because as Mr. Schue taught us from day one, Glee Club is all about reinvention. … Read More
Good news for “The Cult of Mindy Kaling”: Fox has committed to a full, 22-episode season of The Mindy Project. Fans of the network’s perfectly solid Ben and Kate also have reason to celebrate, as the suits have ordered another six episodes of that sitcom, for a nearly full season of 19 episodes.… Read More
1. Last night on Conan, Tig Notaro told the late night host that her recent mastectomy went well, and the cancer didn’t spread. In more good news, following a conversation he had with Woody Allen, Louis CK is planning to release her now legendary Largo set about her breast cancer diagnosis on his website. [via… Read More
The onslaught of fall 2012 TV series debuts begins this week, with networks rolling out their shiny, new programming between now and mid-October. We’ve already let you know which shows we’re most looking forward to, but why simply take our word for it when ABC, NBC, and Fox have already uploaded some of their buzziest pilots for your previewing pleasure? We’ve rounded up all the full episodes that are currently available online, with our initial thoughts on each one, so you can get a jump start on deciding which new shows will get your attention and which aren’t worth a second glance. … Read More
1. The lineup for this year’s Venice Film Festival has been announced, and among the 17 films in competition are new works from Terrence Malick (To The Wonder), Brian De Palma (Passion), and Harmony Korine (Spring Breakers). [via ArtsBeat]
2. If you didn’t grab a copy on Record Store Day, you can stream… Read More
If you’ve been watching NBC’s reality talent competition The Voice starring aw-shucks country star Blake Shelton, diva Christina Aguilera, Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine, and cat lover Cee Lo Green as the show’s judges, then you may be interested in an upcoming Fox series called The Choice. In what feels like a spoof on the… Read More
1. Another day, another new Radiohead track. Watch a clip of the band performing “Skirting On The Surface,” a reworked version of a song from Thom Yorke’s solo tour, here.