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Favorite TV of 2010 by Barbecue Bros
December 23, 2010, 4:43 pm
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1. Terriers (FX) – The best show no one watched, the best new show of the fall, and the best show I saw this year. As everyone nows by now, it wasn’t renewed for a second season. But season 1 was high quality season that wrapped up all of the major storylines in a satisfying way for the fans of the show, and for that I am thankful.

2. Party Down! (Starz) – Another little seen show that was canceled this year after two short seasons on Starz. Such a strong ensemble that will certainly be missed.

3. Mad Men (AMC) – Everyone loves the episode “The Suitcase” (and with good reason), but this was another damned fine season for the show.

4. Parks and Recreation (NBC) – If I happened to watch the NBC comedies on DVR the next day because I missed them live, this show was the first one I watched. For a few reasons: 1) The show really found its voice in its second season and stopped trying to make Leslie Knope a female Michael Scott 2) The writers were able to flesh out the supporting cast, especially April, Andy and Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari) and 3) Ron Fucking Swanson. Can’t wait for season 3 in January.

5. Lost (ABC) – I was fine with the series finale, and thought the season as whole wrapped up the series in a satisfying way.

6. Friday Night Lights (NBC) – Yet another solid season from a show I’m just really going to miss after it ends next season. Texas forever.

7. Rubicon (AMC) – A surprise for me, as I only watched it due to it being next to “Mad Men” on Sunday nights. But even despite the relative letdown of the finale, it was actually a cool, throwback-to-the-70s-era political thriller.

8. Treme (HBO) – No, it wasn’t as immediately great as “The Wire” but not even the first season of “The Wire” was as good as what you think of when you think of “The Wire.” I actually liked “Treme” quite a bit, and am more than willing to give David Simon time to truly find the voice of the show.

9. Louie (FX) – A true piece of auteur work, where Louis C.K. writes, produces and directs every episode. The show could be laugh out loud funny, cringeworthy, or even kinda bleak and somewhat depressing, all sometimes within the same episode.

10. Fringe (Fox) – Another show who figured things out in its second season, this time when it went from a strictly freak of the week show to a freak of the week show with more of a narrative arc relating to an alternate world that has continued its momentum into season 3 (interestingly, at the same time another Bad Robot show “Lost” was exploring the “sideways world”).

Others receiving votes: Eastbound and Down (HBO), Better off Ted (ABC), 30 for 30 (ESPN), Community (NBC), Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

Don Draper says “What?” by Barbecue Bros
November 5, 2010, 1:11 pm
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To help with the “Mad Men” withdrawal, here is a video of Don repeatedly saying “What?”

(via Slashfilm)

Download: How technology is changing the way we watch tv by Barbecue Bros
October 25, 2010, 9:17 am
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It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of AV Club. One of the big reasons why is their weekly AV Talk podcasts, where they cover various pop culture topics like movies, tv shows, music, books, etc. This past week’s was a tv-focused discussion between site contributors Leonard Pierce, Noel Murray, and Keith Phipps on “how blogging, Twitter, and DVRs are changing the way we watch our shows.” Well worth the 30 or so minutes.


The floor plan of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce by Barbecue Bros
October 19, 2010, 6:14 pm
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The floor plan of this season’s swanky offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce located in the Time Life building, lovingly created by Kratkocasnik.

(via Vulture)

“The Walking Dead” poster art by Barbecue Bros
September 22, 2010, 5:45 pm
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Frank Darabont’s “The Walking Dead” premieres October 31 at 10pm on AMC.

(via The Live Feed)

Read This: Jon Hamm: The Last Alpha Male by Barbecue Bros
September 13, 2010, 10:14 pm
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Good read on my current mancrush from the latest issues of Details.

“Fuck. You. Motorcycles,” Jon Hamm says in a low, grinning growl. The delivery is pure Don Draper, but the guy behind the wheel is looking a whole lot more laid-back in his madras shorts, Wayfarers, and beat-up St. Louis Cardinals cap than his tortured television alter ego ever does.

It’s a sunny summer day in Malibu, the kind that makes any trip up the Pacific Coast Highway feel like a car commercial or a scene from a jubilant surf movie. Or that’s how it would feel if this pack of leather-trousered bikers would kindly unclog the road. The moment there’s an opening between the hogs, Hamm hits the accelerator and we take off, a silver blur hurtling toward Oxnard. The blur, in case you can’t make it out, is a not-yet-released gullwing SLS AMG, on loan from the good folks at Mercedes-Benz.

This is, as Hamm notes, a “bizarrely lunatic car.” It’s insanely fast. “That was 140,” he says calmly as he eases back down to a reasonable, autobahn-worthy pace. Hamm recently became the voice of Mercedes, lending his sonorous, all-comforting, all-promising pitchman’s authority to its TV spots.

“It’s funny, right? Kind of this weird synergy,” Hamm says, alluding to the fact that the role he’s most identified with—Don Draper, the powerful and powerfully conflicted master of advertising on AMC’s Mad Men—has now led to an actual gig selling cars.

“It’s strange, but it’s good for me. I vote yes.”

There’s also this interesting insight into Hamm’s comedic sensibility from Sarah Silverman:

“It’s funny,” Hamm says. “You realize certain people didn’t know I was funny because they only saw me through Mad Men—or only knew me as me and never thought I could do Mad Men. Sarah Silverman said, ‘Hammy, you’re good. I had no idea!'” Silverman met Hamm in 2000 through a group of friends, including Rudd, Adam Scott, and Jon Schroeder, who all played poker together. “When I tuned in to Mad Men, I couldn’t believe he was this smoldering, brooding sexual man,” Silverman says. “I was like, ‘Oh my God—that’s Hamm!’ To me, he’s just this super-silly idiot.

“He’s one of the very few actors who are comedian-compatible,” she continues. “Not to sound elitist—I just mean he’s one of us misfit toys.” Silverman proves this by pointing out her minor but important contribution to Hamm’s career. “Before Mad Men, he played a cable guy on my show on Comedy Central. He had one scene. On his jacket, just small enough that you can’t read it on TV, it says: EATIN’ ALL THE PUSSY SINCE ’92.”

Link (via Valet)

Trailer: “Bored to Death” Season 2 by Barbecue Bros
September 12, 2010, 1:30 pm
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Season 2 starts 9/26 and will be paired with season 2 of “Eastbound & Down.”

(via @JonathanAmes)