Pick of the Day: Unprotected Sets (in LA) 10/26-10/29
Friday, Oct 29 @ 9:30pm PT– RONNIE JORDAN
Whatever rules we all had for everything at the beginning of 2020 are most certainly thrown far, far out the window. With TV, there seems to be a new precedent set new every day and that certainly includes the planned transformation of a TV series into a podcast as is the case with Unprotected Sets.
With Wanda Sykes attached as EP, this was Epix’s stand-up comedy showcase series that highlighted names that you ought to know as they were coming up through the ranks in comedy. Now, as the challenges of going into TV and film production in a pandemic are challenging in a way that no one here in America has had to deal with before, Epix has indeed opted to make the series into a 12 ep. podcast audio series.
There have been a handful of stand-up comedy podcasts as well as an entire channel or two on SIRIUS XM dedicated to stand-up comedy, but we’ll be highly curious to see how this audio series fares having formerly been a TV show. There’s currently no word on the line-up or exactly how it will be produced (i.e. over Zoom or something over live-stream method or socially distanced, outside in person or, maybe, just include best of clips from pre-pandemic times of their chosen comedians).
You won’t have to wait long to find out as the audio only version of Unprotected Sets will launch next week, Wed. Aug. 5th.
You may or may not be done with getting through the latest season of Master of None, but Netflix has more peak TV comedy ready and waiting for you as they just started streaming all the episodes of season 3 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt today.
On top of that, comedy’s favorite couple Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally’s Summer of 69: No Apostrophe comedy special will premiere at 10PM on Epix tonight.
OK, you’ve got your “work” for this weekend cut out for you.
If there wasn’t an Elmore Leonard novel about Hollywood and the Mob crossing paths, we’re sure someone else, with the way TV is going these days, would make up a series like that eventually.
In the last millennium, there was a movie adaptation of Leonard’s novel Get Shorty starring John Travolta, Rene Russo, Danny DeVito, and Gene Hackman. The crime comedy story is getting revisited in this millennium, but this time doing so on the small screen.
Currently, this TV version of Get Shorty is being billed as a drama even though the movie was a comedy. We’ll have to wait for the series premiere to find out which side of the dramedy spectrum it’ll fall on.
To get you in the proper mood, here’s a promotional clip for said special wherein Michael Ian Black’s exploits your weakness for the cuteness of puppies.
10PM on Epix.
The WTF host is the mic and the stool once again for his latest special, More Later, directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, premiering tonight. It’ll be the latest chapter of his collection of albums/specials chronicling how Marc can still draw all the frustrations of his life into comedy.
Just like you’re used to, he has got his stool to perch on and all the anxieties and neuroses to break down and examine hilariously as this preview shows.
Look for More Later on Fri. Dec. 4th at 10PM.
Craig Ferguson has a new stand-up special, Just Being Honest, coming soon to Epix.
As to how true the title will turn out to be has yet to be seen according to this promo, but it’ll be nice to see Craig on a stage once again.
Look for the premiere of Just Being Honest at 10PM on Thurs. Sept. 10th at Epix.
This puts Marc Maron on a new hour of stand-up every two years.
So, you have the rest of summer and all of fall to get Epix so you can watch Marc Maron: More Later (unless you were in the crowd at the Vic Theatre in Chicago earlier this year)
Craig Ferguson: Just Being Honest will premiere on Sept. 10th at 10PM on Epix.
Post-Late Late Show, Craig Ferguson has tried a bunch of different things including trying to start a primetime talk show and hosting the game show Celebrity Name Game.
Now, he’ll be returning to his stand-up roots with a new special, which, given the title “Just Being Honest”, we imagine that he’ll maybe talk about his Late Late Show exit.
Maybe, after all of that, he’ll go on an “Awkward Pause Tour” where he shares awkward pauses with lots of folks?
Nick Nolte as a guilt-ridden ex-President? You’ve got our attention.
It’s only a matter of time before more and more cable networks opt to go into scripted programming no matter what their branding is or was before.
The latest to join in is Epix as they have just ordered their first original comedy series that follows Nick Nolte as a former President of the United States, 20 years after his administration, trying to make up for snafus he made during his presidency. On top of that, his ex-wife is making a run at President.
The premise itself is incredibly intriguing and Nolte seems perfect for the role. Assuming that this series would premiere sometime next year, it’ll be interesting to see any similarities to Hillary Clinton that they ex-wife might have.
Epix’s latest comedy special is coming from none other than Lewis Black this Friday, May 2nd at 10PM. As Black claims himself, his anger really appeals to all age demographics.
Patton Oswalt’s latest comedy special Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time is coming to Epix on Jan. 17th. It’s been a few years since Finest Hour, which is why we’re excited for this to come out and also wonder the other forms of that comedy equation (i.e. Time Minus Comedy Equals Tragedy, Tragedy Minus Time Plus Comedy Equals Zero, etc. etc.)