‘Louie’ returns in all its absurdist, deadpan glory

By Edward Appleby

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Warning: The following post contains spoilers for the Louie episode, “Something Is Wrong.”

Suddenly, Louis CK is a huge star. The “comic’s comic” has been building momentum just under the radar of mainstream America for a while now, but the premiere of the third season of the ridiculously good and rightfully lauded Louie seemed to finish it off. Louis intimated in a recent EW profile that every comic has a threshold for how popular he or she should get before the popularity becomes a detriment, and that he was worried he was approaching (or at) that threshold already. Of course, the profile was the magazine’s cover story.

Success changes some people. Luckily, Louis — and Louie — revels in the same laziness, self-loathing and overall patheticness that caused so many to connect with his humor in the first place.

The show’s third season kicks off with “Something Is Wrong,” a subtle ode to Louis’ inability to become an active participant in his own life — and the disaster that comes when he finally, misguidedly, hilariously attempts to do just that.



Ten reasons why I hated ‘The Newsroom’

By Jerry Callo

Sorry, Aaron Sorkin, but this will always be how the author remembers Jeff Daniels.

I knew I would hate The Newsroom. I planned to hate it. Anytime someone creates a fictional show based on your profession or something like it, there’s bound to be a “What the fuck does this Aaron Sorkin clown know about my job?” kind of feeling. I had that.

But I tried to stay open-minded, figuring that maybe, just maybe, Sorkin would surprise me. Plus, I figured at the very least I’d fall in love with Dev Patel all over again (you know you loved him too after Slumdog Millionaire).

That feeling lasted five minutes. Tops. Then I got angry. Why? I’ll give you 10 reasons…


‘Sorkinisms’ an excuse for ‘Arrested Development’

At TNW, we were all quite fond of The Newsroom (well, it wasn’t unanimous). It’s perfect scheduling by HBO now that Game of Thrones and Veep are over, and it definitely gives us something to look forward to on Sunday nights. Admittedly, I’m not a huge Aaron Sorkin guy (check out what our resident expert NT wrote on The Newsroom premier here), so I don’t know the context for some the quotes in the above video. Apparently the guy has a penchant for recycling lines. It doesn’t change how I feel about Newsroom, but it does make for an enjoyable montage.

Perhaps even more important, that business that starts up around the 2:05 mark gives us a damn good reason to post a classic video. Enjoy.

HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’ a promising return to small-screen for Sorkin


For once, Aaron Sorkin might be able to make the show-within-a-show approach work with the News Night crew.

Pilots can be difficult. And while “We Just Decided To,” the first episode of HBO’s new series The Newsroom, is far from a traditional pilot — which is to say a test episode for the network — it still has to overcome the strenuous task of introducing an assemblage of characters, laying out the basic points of conflict between them and establishing thematic motivation for the season while giving the show a general feel. It’s throwing the audience into a universe already in motion, and since it’s also coming from the voluble pen of Aaron Sorkin, the Oscar- and Emmy-winning creator of The West Wing and writer of The Social Network, we have a lot of catching up to do.

But Sorkin has done this all before. The creator of the polarizing Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and “best show you never saw” candidate Sports Night has had his trial runs on the show-within-a-show genre, and while The Newsroom’s premiere episode has its flaws, it could be heading in the direction of West Wing prominence rather than the aforementioned one-offs. At least I hope so.


Roundtable: ‘Girls’ divides with first season

We laughed (when it was funny), we cried (when it was painfully pretentious), we watched two old people fuck in the shower (because East Lansing knows how to party). HBO’s freshman dramedy Girls inspired plenty of love of plenty of hate, but more than anything, it inspired discussion. Now, the PPC team chimes in.

SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read this if you haven’t seen Season 1 of Girls. You’ve been warned.


Trailer Takes: Extreme violence mixed in with a little drug use

The action-packed cast of Expendables 2 is sure to lay the smack-down when this flick hits big screens.

What is it about delicious waffles that make us think Trailer Takes? I just absolutely demolished a pulled pork waffle and a wafflini with ice cream, so I’m sitting fat and happy right now. And there’s no better time to watch some movie trailers and hand out grades.

In this edition of Trailer Takes, we get Savage with some gratuitous violence and cap it off with some recreational drug use. Enjoy…


Five Observations from True Blood: ‘Authority Always Wins’

Christopher Meloni showed off his extremely pointy fangs as Roman Zimojic, the Guardian of the Vampire Authority, in the latest episode of ‘True Blood’.

SPOILER ALERT: This entry contains information through the most recent episode of True Blood, “Authority Always Wins” (Season 5, Episode 2).

Another episode of True Blood is in the books, and for the second consecutive week, our favorite vampire drama didn’t disappoint. Tara continued to lose her mind, Terry’s PTSD-induced nightmares intensified and Emma turned into an adorable, pajama-clad werewolf! It was everything we could have hoped for and more.

There was some pretty significant plot development, too. Here are five takeaways from “Authority Always Wins.”


Roundtable: Did ‘Mad Men’ Season 5 live up to the extraordinary hype?

We laughed, we cried, we watched two dogs hump in a parking lot. It was an anticipated and eventful season of Mad Men, which means there’s much to discuss. PPC Roundtable Team, assemble!

SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read this if you haven’t seen every single second of every single episode of Mad Men Season 5. You’ve been warned.


Punching Pete Campbell is now The Night’s Watch!

The content you know and love from Punching Pete Campbell will now live here. Welcome to The Night’s Watch. Don’t worry, TNW will still provide the great content from PPC, it’s just a name change! So bookmark The Night’s Watch and continue to enjoy our entertainment content!

Five Observations from the ‘True Blood’ Season 5 Premiere

Bill Compton, Eric Northman and Nora Gainsborough happily welcome the Vampire Authority during the ‘True Blood’ Season 5 premiere. (HBO)

SPOILER ALERT: This entry contains information through the most recent episode of True Blood, “Turn! Turn! Turn!” (Season 5, Episode 1).

Following last week’s Game of Thrones finale, I was crestfallen: It sunk in that I have wait 10 months until the Season 3 premiere. Life will have to go on without Dany, Tyrion and Arya, and I’ll have to cope with a dragon and Robb Stark hair-free existence. Though I’ll see less of Joffrey, I still went through the requisite stages of grief: Denial, uncontrollable rage, and finally, acceptance (It’s going to be okay. Isn’t it? ISN’T IT?!)

Thankfully, something happened to stunt my depression. True Blood made its Season 5 debut. And while shows like Game of Thrones and Mad Men prefer slow burn tactics, steadily building toward late-season revelations, True Blood favors a start-with-a-bang approach, introducing chaos from the onset and making sense of everything (or at least a few things) later.

“Turn! Turn! Turn!” was no exception. Here are five takeaways from our long-awaited return to Bon Temps.