What’s Good on the TV? (And Why) – Friday April 19th, 2013

Da Vinci's Demons - The SerpentIt’s a bit of a busy Friday night.

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8:00 – Happy Endings – “The Ballad of Lon Sarofsky” – Penny’s friends are stunned when she rebounds from her breakup with Pete by hooking up with the highly unsuitable Car Czar, and to complicate things even more, her new landlords Brad and Jane give her the disapproving-parents routine. ABC
Why Should I Watch? - Happy Endings is one of the funniest shows on TV. It has recently been given what people like to call the “Friday Night Death Slot”, and it’s starting to seem like it will not be renewed. So, watch it while you can.

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8:30 – Happy Endings – “Un-sabotagable” - Max’s former roommate, whose life he ruined, seeks revenge, but realizes that Max’s life is so sad it’s not worth wrecking. Max then sets out to get his act together with help from Jane. ABC
Why Should I Watch? - It’s Happy Endings! Did you not read what I said before?

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9:00 – Da Vinci’s Demons – “The Serpent” – Leonardo’s quest for the Book of Leaves continues; the pope’s nephew meets a spy upon his arrival; and Leonardo’s war designs do not measure up for the Medicis, causing a rift between the inventor and the rulers. Starz
Why Should I Watch? - Here’s how I think shows like this are pitched:
Exec 1 – “Let’s make a show about a famous European figure”
Exec 2 – “European? Like, from what country?”
Exec 1 – “I don’t know? Da Vinci? He was interesting”
Exec 2 – “He certainly invented a lot of shit. He was what? Italian?”
Exec 1 – “Yes, I think so”
Exec 2 – “So, we’re going to get actors that have British accents to play the Italians?”
Exec 1 – “Oh, absolutely”
Exec 2 – “Let’s do this!”

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9:00 – Grimm – “Ring of Fire” - A volcano threatens to bury Portland in lava; Adalind gains a new ally; and Juliette needs help dealing with multiple memories of Nick. NBC
Why Should I Watch? - Monsters and stuff? Did you read the description? Lava in Portland. Someone must hate hipsters and food trucks.

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10:00 – Best Week Ever - It’s been a pretty shitty week in the news, so I have no guesses as to who will have had the best week ever. VH1
Why Should I Watch? - Hopefully it’s funny! It usually is.

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11:00 – Vice – “Guns & Ammo” - Guns in America (very short summary), and toxic effects of waste left by the military in Iraq. HBO
Why Should I Watch? - This show is kind of crazy. They look at these topics in really interesting ways. Graphic, real, and interesting ways.

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