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TCA

Aftereffects of FX

Posted by Rabbitears FX displayed its justifiable bragging rights this morning during their presentation at the summer Television Critics Association (TCA) tour. During the introductory executive session, the network made a strong case for how FX ushered in the new era of top-flight basic cable programming with the launch of The Shield (originally title Rampart) in 2001. They pointed out how shortly afterward, USA began the first of its successful character-driven shows with Monk. The last seven years has also seen the rise of other outstanding original scripted dramas on networks that may once have only shown sports, movies, or […]

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Comedy

Catching Up With The Gang: An “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” Recap

With The Office returning with an hourlong episode last night on NBC, and two new episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia airing on FX, I watched so much TV last night that my left eye has been twitching all morning. Then again, that may be the result of the stress caused by watching my beloved Cubs send Steve Trachsel to the mound yesterday in a critical game against Florida. The Cubs disappointed but It’s Always Sunny didn’t. The first episode, “The Aluminum Monster vs. Fatty McGoo,” featured go-to guest star Judy Greer — who you might remember as the […]

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Comedy

Catching Up With The Gang: An “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” Recap

Two episodes into its current run, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia faced the daunting task of topping what is destined to be the funniest moment of the season: Charlie tripping on acid and dancing incognito among the McPoyles as Green Man in last week’s “The Gang Gets Invincible.” The quest began last night with a pair of new episodes, “Dennis and Dee’s Mom Is Dead” and “The Gang Gets Held Hostage.” Since the titles pretty much tell you what happened, we could probably just skip the recap … but we won’t. “Dennis and Dee’s Mom is Dead” begins with Frank […]

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Catching Up With The Gang: An “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” Recap

The crassest comedy on television returned last night with two wonderfully depraved episodes that pay (dis)respect to recent movies. In “The Gang Finds a Dumpster Baby,” Dennis takes inspiration from Al Gore’s global warming warning An Inconvenient Truth and tries to join a group of environmental activists. After being chided by their leader for his lack of commitment, Dennis finds a new cause — sleeping with the treehugger’s girlfriend out of spite — but not before his half-assed Earth-saving efforts lead to the discovery of the aforementioned dumpster baby, whom Mac and Dee lovingly dub D.B. before attempting to exploit […]