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3 TV Comedies You Might Have Missed

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We all have that one show that we swear by. Shows like How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory get lots of recognition, but what about those comedies that either got prematurely cancelled or don’t have a huge viewership? I’m an avid TV viewer, and I love to find “that” show. Once I start a show that I like, I’ll be hooked. So with that, I’ve compiled a list of 3 TV comedies that you might have missed. Maybe you have seen one or two of these, so at least you will have a head start on the rest of the readers.

  1. Party Down – Party Down is just the perfect show. It premiered on Starz a few years ago, and basically it’s about wannabe actors and actresses in Hollywood that have to work at a catering company in order to get paid. The leads are played by Adam Scott and Lizzy Caplan. Scott plays Henry Pollard, a former actor who got his break saying a famous catchphrase on a beer commercial. Unfortunately, that’s all the producers and talent agents remember. Caplan plays Casey Klein, who has dreams of becoming a stand up comedian. Their boss of Party Down catering is Ron Donald, played by the hilarious Ken Marino. Each episode takes place at a different catering event, and whether it’s a party at Steve Guttenberg’s house or a Bat-mitzvah, hilarious antics ensue. You will immediately fall in love with these characters and much of the supporting cast, played by Martin Starr and Jane Lynch. If you enjoy uncomfortable situations with extremely brash humor than this show is definitely for you.

    Network: Starz
    Similar to: Arrested Development

  2. Californication – Throughout my breaks from school, I often start a new TV show. I’ll give any show a chance. I tried with the Big Bang Theory and Two And A Half Men, and they both failed miserably. In my opinion, they just genuinely weren’t funny. Californication is definitely not a comedy for the family, but it’s full of charm and wit. I swear I think I finished it in about 2 months, it’s that good. It stars David Duchovny as alcoholic writer Hank Moody, who struggles to win back the love of his life and be a decent father to his daughter. Californication doesn’t just tell the story of Hank, it tells the story of California and how Hank has to adapt to this new lifestyle. With such witty writing, it’s impossible not to fall in love with the characters on the show. The jokes are great, the girls are great, and this show is full of heart. Give this a chance, you won’t want miss some of the most entertaining television. The show is entering it’s 7th season, but I haven’t met a single person who has watched the show before me. I have recommended this show to a few friends and they have already caught up. It’s that addicting.

    Network: Showtime
    Similar to: Entourage

  3. Eastbound & Down – Do you love baseball? Outlandish humor? Will Ferrell? Well if you love those things, you are sure to love Eastbound & Down. This comedy is produced by Ferrell and it stars Danny McBride as Kenny Powers, a forgotten baseball player that aspires to make it back to the majors. Powers might be the biggest A-hole in the world, but you still root for him and his dreams of returning to the pros. The first season of Eastbound, we see Kenny taking a job back home as a substitute gym teacher. We get to cringe as we watch Powers try to win back his first love. Powers is like no other character on TV, and this show is like nothing else. It’s a sure thing if you are looking for gross laughs. The reason why I put this show on the list is that it never received high ratings and was supposed to be canceled after the third season. Luckily for me, HBO decided to bring back Eastbound for a forth a final season. Try to catch up before it comes back September 29th.

    Network: HBO
    Similar to: It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

What do you think of these shows? If you have any hilarious comedies shows to recommend, please comment and I’ll give it a shot.

Corey Panati is a graduate of York College, and he's also the latest addition to Guys Gab. He's excited to bring his love of sports and movies to a browser near you. If you're on Twitter, you can follow his ramblings @coreypanati

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  1. julio

    July 1, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    the author probably has a jewfro

    • Corey Panati

      July 3, 2013 at 12:24 am

      I did have one. It’s long gone. What made you think that?

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Seriously, A Reboot Of ‘The Office’ Sounds Like A Terrible Idea

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There have been reports that NBC is interested in reviving The Office for the 2018-19 season, bringing back a mix of new and old cast members to the Greg Daniels-created workplace comedy.

The only problem? It’s going to suck. BIG TIME.

I’m sorry people, but you can’t remake a classic like The Office, especially without the people who made it so funny in the first place. Steve Carell, John Krasinski, B.J. Novak, Mindy Kaling, Ed Helms, Craig Robinson, and Ellie Kemper? There’s no chance of them coming back (save for a cameo), as they’re huge stars now.

NBC is reportedly already searching for a new regional manager to replace Michael Scott at Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch, but honestly who can play that role as well as Steve Carell did? Nobody.

As for the “mix of old cast members,” does anyone really care about Stanley, Creed, Angela, Phyllis, Toby, and the rest of ’em? Nope, they were just background filler that barely got any air time to begin with..

C’mon guys, the last few years of The Office stunk without Steve Carell, a far cry from the show’s glory days. So leave well enough alone, and try coming up with an original idea instead.

What do you think about The Office getting a reboot?

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Watch As Special Ops. Veterans Take On Historical Foes In ‘Time Warriors’

If you’re looking for a new TV show to sink your teeth into, you’ve got to check out Time Warriors, which airs on NuBlu TV, a new streaming channel offering interactivity and giving viewers the power to weigh in on the content of future episodes […]

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of NuBlu TV, but all opinions are my own.

If you’re looking for a new TV show to sink your teeth into, you’ve got to check out Time Warriors, which airs on NuBlu TV, a new OTT streaming channel offering interactivity and giving viewers the power to weigh in on the content of future episodes.

The premise of Time Warriors is like nothing you’ve seen before, with an elite team of seven ex-Navy SEALs and British SAS special operations veterans revisiting history to fight in battles with legendary foes such as Blackbeard, Hitler and the Confederate Army. Watch as these special ops fighters customize their weapons, material and equipment, all drawn from the appropriate historical period, to level the odds against a larger enemy, much as SEALs do today.

Sounds pretty bad-ass, right? Trust me, it is, and once you start watching, you won’t be able to stop..

The team behind Time Warriors and NuBlu includes Daniel Weinand (co-founder of Shopify), Michael Janke (tech entrepreneur and co-founder of cybersecurity company DataTribe, as well as a former member of SEAL Team 6), Matt Bartley (director of series such as The Apprentice and The Biggest Loser), and Chris Campbell (former Mark Burnett Productions and Endemol Shine Group exec). That’s a pretty exceptional team!

To learn more about Time Warriors, we sat down with Michael “Odin” Janke, the Team Leader of the special forces team on the show:

Where did you come up with the idea for Time Warriors?

In my career in Special Ops, we study, refine and analyze tactics from history. Apache Indians, African tribes, Vikings, etc. We often talk about specific battles and break them down to analyze the strategies. This always leads to discussions about “what would we have done? What if 5-10 of us were inserted into that specific time in history?” We wanted to show the “flaws and failures” that also happen, not just the movie-like hero always wins side of this job.

Did you consider offering the show on a traditional network vs. online, and if so why did you decide otherwise?

When Daniel, Matt, Chris and I filmed Time Warriors, we had many studios and networks offer to produce it. However, as discussion continued, they wanted to change it for “broad viewer consumption” and it would be a completely different, canned type of show. We didn’t want that and felt that with our technology background, we could take everything that we like about Reddit and everything we like about what we would watch, and present it for free to audiences. We feel strongly that there is a problem that is not being solved.

Viewers want to binge watch, not wait for next week to see the next episode, and they want to engage, give suggestions and have a say in the plot/characters and challenges. We feel that NuBlu is our attempt to solve that problem. We feel OTT (Over The Top) is where customized, white-glove content can best be served to an interested audience.

Why did you decide to go with Blackbeard?

Blackbeard was more than just a pirate. He commanded an armada and force that literally raided, burnt and looted entire cities. He disrupted trade and the buildup of the new world. The Golden Age of Piracy helped shaped the U.S. the way it is today. Stopping Blackbeard at that point in time or even earlier, would have drastic changes to the current history of the U.S. He would be a formidable enemy back in the day.

What’s next for Time Warriors? Who do the fans want to see you guys go up against next?

We have presented three key historical battles that we are having our audience vote on: Defend the Alamo, Assassinate Hitler, and Stop the Viking Raid of France. We will tally all of the votes and announce what the audience has chosen as the next series.

So what are you waiting for, go watch all five episodes Time Warriors now and see how they fare against the almighty Blackbeard! And afterwards, head over to the Time Warriors Forum, where you can vote for who you want them to fight next!

Make sure to also visit the campaign landing page at #MenWhoBlog for more info about NuBlu TV and links to interviews with Mike conducted by other bloggers.

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Take Your Shows Everywhere You Go With DISH’s FREE HopperGO

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This is a paid post on behalf of Megan Media and DISH HopperGO, but the opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.



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As someone who’s constantly traveling, I often find myself getting really backed up on my TV shows. I’ve got 5 episodes of Gotham recorded right now, and who knows when I’ll find the time to get caught up? Wouldn’t it be great if we could just take our DVRs with us on the road, allowing us to watch our favorite shows when it’s convenient? With DISH Network’s innovative #FreeHopperGO Cyber Monday deal, you can do exactly that!

The HopperGO is a portable media storage device that lets you transfer DVR recordings from your Hopper 3 or Hopper w/ Sling and watch them anywhere using the free DISH Anywhere app. The HopperGO acts as a private entertainment hotspot for up to five devices, allowing you to stream your shows wherever you are, even if you don’t have access to the internet. There are no wires, no cords, and it’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hands, making it super convenient for travel.

Prior to the HopperGO, I would download a few movies or TV shows when preparing for a long flight. But with my iPad always near-full, that always proved challenging, requiring me to delete some apps or music to free up enough space. With the HopperGO, that’s no longer an issue, as it doesn’t use any data or storage on your mobile device. And with 100 hours of storage space on the HopperGO, you could conceivably watch every episode of Game of Thrones and still have more than 30 hours left to spare!

And don’t worry about finding an outlet or lugging around another power cord, because the HopperGO has a battery that lasts up to four hours and can easily be recharged through any USB port. Many of the newer planes have USB jacks right in the headrests, which makes charging really convenient. I also travel with a mophie battery pack, which can charge the HopperGO in a pinch if need be.

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Personally, I think the HopperGO is a real game changer. It will keep you and your family entertained when you’re disconnected from the world (like on those painful cross-country flights), and allowing your DVR queue not to grow out of control.

If you’re interested in getting the HopperGO for free, now is the time to act, as DISH has an awesome Cyber Monday deal happening now through December 11th. Any new customer who signs up for DISH by calling from the promotion site and mentions the Cyber Monday deal offer code “Free HopperGO” can get a free HopperGO with any DISH base pack (Hopper 2 or Hopper 3 DVR only).

** Free HopperGO is only available with a NEW subscription to DISH, and restrictions apply.

So what do you say, are you ready to take your shows everywhere you go with the HopperGO?

This is a paid post on behalf of Megan Media and DISH HopperGO, but the opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

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