Posted by David on June 23rd, 2011
Some tremendous shows are coming back to TV to fill that empty void your life has become since last season. The goodness starts off tonight with the season premiere of not only Futurama, but the excellent Louie. If you’re not excited, go wandering in the desert and reevaluate your life. Seriously, find a talking turtle or something.
Futurama, as you may know, was cancelled by Fox a few years ago in one of their more noted moronic cancellation decisions. Between Futurama, Firefly, and Arrested Development, it’s almost like Fox loves delivering groundbreaking television shows only to chemically castrate them before their balls have a chance to drop.
Of those three, Futurama probably got the best chance at survival, but in Fox constantly shifted the programming schedule put Futurama in places it didn’t belong. Namely, directly following the NFL. For some strange reason, people tuning in for football weren’t sticking around for sci-fi cartoons with talking robots. Who knew?
At any rate, redemption, thy name is Comedy Central, and Futurama is back for Season 7 with not one, but two new episodes tonight. Nerds, set boners to stun.
Back for Season 2 of his critically-acclaimed series, Louis CK brings the dark, cerebral comedy back with Louie. As a stark-raving devotee to CK for years, I can say with a great deal of bias that this is one of the most groundbreaking shows on television today. It’s smart, ballsy, genuinely funny, while it manages to drift into serious moments of sentimentality and self reflection. It’s wonderful, grown-up stuff. Sure, it’s grown-up stuff with dick jokes, but it’s grown-up stuff.
The format of the show is a mix of stand-up and short sketches, telling a fictionalized version of CK’s life as a successful comedian and a single father of two girls. Do yourself a favor and catch up on Season 1, but don’t let that prevent you from catching the premiere tonight. Watch it. Love it. Thank me later. By “thank me”, I mean “give me money”. You’re welcome.
Of course, later this month we also have Breaking Bad on the way, and if you haven’t caught up on Game of Thrones, you’ve got some sweet, summertime watching ahead. I’ll get into those when the time is right, but in the meantime, soak up some comedy goodness tonight, and try to escape the flood of suicidal thoughts brought on by the fact that Mad Men isn’t coming back until March of next year.