Thursday, May 02, 2013

Antenna TV's Hazel Mother's Day Marathon; Episodic Reviews: Community - "Heroic Origins" and Parks and Recreation Season Finale - "Are You Better Off? - Both Airing Tonight on NBC

Antenna TV will air a marathon of the classic sitcom Hazel this Mother's Day! The marathon titled "Maid-For-A-Day Marathon with Hazel" airs Sunday, May 12, 2013 on Mother's Day from 9am-3am ET. That is 16 hours of non-stop sitcom fun with 32 glorious episodes. The marathon will begin with the very first episode and will continue with episodes centering on Hazel herself. Episodes are airing in the following order: "Hazel and the Playground," "A Matter of Principle," "What'll We Watch Tonight?," "Winter Wonderland," "Hazel's Secret Wish," "Heat Wave," "Hazel's Day," "Hazel's Cousin," "The Natural Athlete," "New Man in Town," "Hazel and the Lovebirds," "The Sunshine Girls Quartette," "Hazel and the Stockholders Meeting," "Hazel's Day Off," "Hazel's Navy Blue Tug-Boats," "Hazel's Luck," "Maid of the Month," "Cheerin' Up Mr. B," "The Vanishing Hero," "Call Me Harve," "The Retiring Milkman," "Hazel and the Halfback," "Hazel and the Model T," "The Fashion Show," "George's Ordeal," "Democracy at Work," "Never Trouble Trouble," "The Flagpole," "Mind Your Own Business," "Mixup on Marshall Road," "To Build or Not to Build," "Stop Rocking Our Reception," "Hazel's Day in Court," "George's Man Friday," "Who's in Charge Here?" and "My Son, the Sheepdog."

You can watch Hazel regularly on Antenna TV every weekday at 3:00pm & 3:30pm ET. The sitcom, based upon the Saturday Evening Post comic strip by Ted Key, follows Hazel (Shirley Booth) and her everyday dealings with the Baxter family, George (Don DeFore), Dorothy (Whitney Blake), and Harold (Bobby Buntrock). The series aired from 1961-66 and lasted five seasons and 154 total episodes. Stay with us for continued updates on all things Antenna TV and Hazel!

On the next...Community:
By: Vincent

NBC's Thursday night comedy that stars Joel McHale airs Thursdays at 8|7c and we have just watched the next episode that airs tonight (May 2). In the episode airing tonight, "Heroic Origins," Abed (Danny Pudi), becomes convinced that the study group was destined to meet at Greendale and pieces together everyone’s past – revealing that their lives have been intertwined for years. Meanwhile, Chang (Ken Jeong) plots to destroy Greendale once and for all.

This episode of Community may very well be one of the craziest they've ever done. Sure, it doesn't stage a zombie attack or a paintball war, but it actually suggests that the study group was "meant" to meet each other and that their paths crossed before they met at Greendale. Community may have no problem turning its characters into video game characters or stop-motion figures for a week, but it always found a way to somehow make all of this seem believable within its universe. Having the group's fate be connected in the way that this episode suggests it is, though, stretches credibility even for this show. It doesn't feel organic or carefully planned out- it feels like the show forcing its characters into a back-story that hadn't even been touched upon previously just because they thought it'd make an entertaining episode.

They weren't necessary wrong - "Heroic Origins" is a fun time, to be sure. Seeing where everyone was 5 years ago is pretty cool, and there's a handful of good jokes sprinkled through-out the episode. It also has a genuinely sweet ending - a lot of the show's happy endings have felt forced this season, but this felt really natural. There's a lot of stuff to appreciate in this episode, but I ultimately just couldn't get past the fact that the actual story the show was trying to tell rang false to me. I could accept an origins story like this one if it seemed like the show had actually built up to it and thought it out meticulously. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case, and instead this episode felt like the show doing an origins story just to do an origins story, rather than using it to say anything interesting about the characters. Still, even though I couldn't quite get on board with the concept, there's enough here to make this fairly enjoyable, if flawed, outing for Community. B-

On the next...Parks and Recreation:
By: Skees

NBC's Thursday night comedy that stars Amy Poehler airs Thursdays at 9:30pm and we have just watched the season finale that airs tonight (May 2). In the episode airing tonight, "Are You Better Off?," Leslie (Amy Poehler) celebrates her first year as a city councilor. A surprise discovery leads Andy (Chris Pratt) to call the only man he knows who can help with the investigation: retired Special Agent Burt Macklin. Meanwhile, April (Aubrey Plaza) gets some life-changing news, and Tom (Aziz Ansari) debates a big business opportunity.

In politics, the following question often comes up: "Are you better off today than you were before?" That is the theme of the latest episode of Parks & Recreation, where Leslie Knope is ready to get an assessment of her first year on the city council. She expects nothing but positive feedback, but instead, she is confronted with those whom she has angered over the past year (along with some flashbacks), and the sudden attack make it seem as if things really can't get worse... that is, until they do. Meanwhile, Andy finds a positive pregnancy test while digging through the garbage at Ron's cabin and is determined to find out who it belongs to (and along the way, he finds out another surprise that has a significant effect upon him). But that isn't all... Tom faces a big decision that could make him money instantly, and has to decide what to do. It is an episode full of questions, and all of them may or may not be answered in 20 minutes.

I really enjoyed this episode of the series. To me, it seems that this series keeps getting better and better as it moves along, and I have yet to see an episode from this season that I haven't enjoyed. This episode, while it initially appeared that it might be some sort of "clip show" rehashing the season, turned out to have quite a bit of substance, and the brief clips really did set up what was about to happen for those who may have missed those events (such as the Pawnee "soda controversy" and the new and improved "video store") without becoming overbearing. In a way, the turn of events was a bit surprising, but not so much in light of what actually had happened in Pawnee in the past year. The other stories going on in the episode were all pretty good as well, especially Andy's pregnancy test witch hunt (and without spoiling the episode, we should say that the answer the question is actually not obvious). I feel that this episode was a proper way to close the season and, as is typical with this series, is going to leave fans wondering what is next since just about everybody is left with some sort of cliffhanger at the end of the episode. A

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Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, October 23

The Simpsons - "Treehouse of Horror XXVI" (Fox, 7:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
In an encore of last season’s Halloween episode, Sideshow Bob finally kills Bart, only to reanimate him; Homer wakes up with short-term memory loss; and Lisa, Bart, and Milhouse get super powers from radiation.

Bob's Burgers - "Teen-a-Witch" (Fox, 7:30PM ET/PT)
With Halloween quickly approaching, Tina reveals her brilliant idea that will finally win her first place in the annual costume contest. When Tammy steals her idea, Tina is forced to seek the help of Mr. Ambrose, who leads her to alternate and other-worldly methods of winning. Meanwhile, Bob is on a mission to figure out who is stealing his perfectly crafted pumpkins.

The Simpsons - "Trust But Clarify" (Fox, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Lisa and Bart investigate Krusty’s suspicious new “Krustaceans” candy. Meanwhile, Homer wants a promotion at the nuclear plant and asks Marge to help him dress the part, and news anchor Kent Brockman struggles to find his feet in the changing media world.

Son of Zorn - "A Taste of Zephyria" (Fox, 8:30PM ET/PT)
After learning how Zephyria is depicted in the media, Zorn attempts to teach Alan about his culture. Meanwhile, Edie wages war with her new neighbors over their talking garden gnome.

Family Guy - "Inside Family Guy" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT)
FAMILY GUY takes viewers behind the scenes of a regular “FAMILY GUY” production week, with James Woods as the guide. See the ins-and-outs of what goes into the making of a “FAMILY GUY” episode and watch the drama unfold as Peter is replaced and ends up in the office of Fox Television Group Chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman to pitch his very own new series.

The Last Man on Earth - "Five Hoda Kotbs" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT)
A post-apocalyptic road trip has everyone at war with each other and Gail is really pushed to her breaking point.

Bizaardvark - "Spoiler Alert: Belissa Returns" (Disney Channel, 8:30PM ET/PT)
When Paige and Frankie hit a writing slump and other bad things start happening to them, Paige begins to think they are cursed; Amelia and Dirk are at odds when the lifestyle Diva declutters the Dare Lair.

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Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of October 24)

Sunday, October 23

  • Patti LaBelle (Out All Night) - Catch Patti on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.
Monday, October 24
  • Ricky Gervais (The Office) - Watch Ricky on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Tom Hanks (Bosom Buddies) - Tom appears on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35pm on CBS. He also talks about Inferno on NBC's Today sometime between 7-9am and on LIVE! with Kelly, so check your listings.
  • Elijah Wood (Wilfred) - Elijah is a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Ana Gasteyer (People of Earth/Lady Dynamite/Suburgatory) - Ana visits Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
  • Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) - Nick stops by The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Ron Howard (Happy Days/The Andy Griffith Show) - Ron appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) - Zooey is a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Michael Chiklis (Daddio) - Michael drops by Harry, so check your local listings.
  • Jameela Jamil (The Good Place) - Jameela appears on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Aya Cash (You're the Worst) - Aya talks about You're the Worst on the AOL Build ShoW at 2pm. She will also be on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 12:30pm ET.
  • Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) - Will is a guest on ABC's Good Morning America sometime between 7-9am.
  • Mary Steenburgen (The Last Man on Earth/Ink) - Mary talks about The Last Man on Earth on NBC's Today in the 10am hour. She will also be on the AOL Build Show at 12:30pm.
  • Anna Camp (The Mindy Project) - Anna talks about Good Girls Revolt on People Now at 8:30am.
  • James Brolin (Life in Pieces) - James is a guest on Access Hollywood Live, so check your local listings.