The best part of the hour, however, was meeting Ann’s ex-husband, who she clearly can’t stand and may even be a little afraid of. Brenda Strong was great in this scene. The ex is evidently the only man in Dallas who has enough rigs to support the amount of oil John Ross is planning on pumping out daily, but since he thinks J.R. is a “prick” and has always liked Bobby, he agrees to do Ann the favor of breaking the contract. I imagine we’ll see him again as well.

Comedy Bang! Bang! – We’ve been waiting and waiting for podcast favorite Paul F. Tompkins to appear on the IFC show, and he finally made his triumphant debut.  He appeared this week as the Cake Boss (his convincing costume consisted of a chef’s jacket), one of his most popular impressions.  Finally, we got to see him go into one of his trances!  (He was bitten by a cake bug, and now he has the gift-slash-curse of second sight.  There’s a lot of backstory to Tompkins’ Cake Boss.)  The other guest this week was Michael Cera, who was similarly delightful – his patented awkwardness works so well in this format.  (Note – Michael Cera has not actually patented akwardness, as far as we know.)  Meanwhile, Scott Aukerman talked to the furniture, and then (SPOILER) Cake Boss, Scott, and Reggie Watts killed Michael Cera during a clips package.  Seriously – you should watch this.  Friday nights on IFC, and then repeated throughout the week.  The next great sketch show is happening before our eyes and pretending to be a talk show.

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7 Responses to Best TV Shows on TV – We’re Gonna Need a Turd Wig

  1. Larry Young says:

    What do you guys think of THE NEWSROOM?

  2. EJ says:

    We talked about it a little amongs ourselves – Myndi still hasn’t seen episode 2 as of this writing. I’m not quite on board yet – I feel like I’m being lectured, and the fact that the show seems poised to have a confrontational interview every week means a weekly straw man to get shredded by Sorkin’s stand-in. (It’s something that’s always bugged me about his TV work.) Still, the characters are mostly appealing, so I’m waiting it out for a bit yet. And in the interest of full disclosure, I may not be giving it a fair shake because of Sorkin’s oft-reiterated belief that Internet writers are all bitter failures. That’s always in the back of my head.

  3. cub says:

    one gentle question: wtf is a turd wig?

    i’ve googled and googled, and found no absolute reference that makes any sense, but i did learn a new bar joke.

    please educate your humble commenter.

  4. EJ says:

    First off, I apologize for anything you may have learned by Googling “Turd Wig”.

    It’s actually a line from last week’s “Bunk” – at one point the announcer said “We’re gonna need a turd wig because sh*t is getting ugly.” And since we keep it classy around here, I couldn’t possibly pass that up as a title.

    I don’t know if it makes any MORE sense now, but that’s where we got it from.

  5. Myndi Weinraub says:

    How we long for the simpler days of “Beefsquatch!” Thanks for reading, cub! Larry–I promise to get caught up on Newsroom in the next couple days and give you my thoughts…I don’t have quite the same issues with Sorkin, though I completely see what EJ is saying. I felt that way with Studio 60, for sure.

  6. cub says:

    EJ and Myndi,
    thanks for answering. i watch CB!B! but avoid BUNK due to gross foot phobia and that guy’s voice– (neither of which bothered me/were present when he worked w/K.Schall, iirc)–beefsquatch, indeed!

  7. EJ says:

    Working with Kristin Schall makes everybody more appealing!

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