Can’t be bothered reading the TV listings? Spoiled by your Tivo or DVR? Simply lashing out at decades of network control of scheduling? Well, here’s some good news for you lazy/spoiled/angry TV fans out there: NBC plans to stream its mid-season launches – The Black Donnellys, Andy Barker, P.I. and Raines - online, in advance of their broadcast.
That’s right. Can’t wait for must-see TV? You don’t have to. Actually, it remains to be seen if these shows are must-see or not, but after one episode I already like Donnellys better than Studio 60, which I bailed on six episodes in. And I’ll be immersing myself in all things Andy Richter and rehashing the experience here in this space once he replaces our beloved Tina Fey in 30 Rock’s timeslot.
Bonus episodes of “The Black Donnellys” and “Andy Barker” will be Web-only exclusives. What’s more, “Heroes” and “Friday Night Lights” will also start streaming online this spring. That brings to 12 the number of series “airing” on your computer any time of day, 13 if you count Studio 60. NBC Universal made the announcement yesterday.
“Consumers are responding enthusiastically and in great numbers to our streaming,”
Vivi Zigler, executive vice president of NBC Digital Entertainment and New Media, said in the news release’s somewhat unsettling choice of wording.
“Our research is telling us that our users are finding it convenient and easy to view our programming on NBC.com and, in most cases, are treating our site like their own DVR,” Vivi continued.
Translation: The lazy, spoiled and angry all have a home at NBC.com. See you there.
Andy Barker, P.I.
It’s a few week’s off, but here’s the official series summary on Andy Richter’s long awaited detective farce. It kicks off March 15 at 9:30 p.m., a timeslot it’ll have to surrender when 30 Rock returns April 19.
“Andy Richter (“Late Night with Conan O’Brien”) re-teams with Conan O’Brien (series co-creator and executive producer) in this comedy as he portrays Andy Barker, an earnest, hard-working CPA who has succeeded at everything—until his new accounting business fails to take off. But when he’s mistaken for Lew Staziak (Harve Presnell, “Fargo”), the retired private detective who used to occupy his storefront office, Andy embraces the twist of fate and dives into his double life. Andy’s relentlessly supportive wife Jen (Clea Lewis, “Ellen”) isn’t sold on this risky new venture, that is, until she notices a sudden boost in Andy’s self-confidence. Andy’s fellow strip mall neighbors—Simon (Tony Hale, “Arrested Development”) and Wally (Marshall Manesh, “Will & Grace”) join him in the dicey investigations. The comedy series was created by O’Brien and former “Late Night” head writer Jonathan Groff (“Ed”), who executive-produce the series with Jeff Ross and David Kissinger. “Andy Barker, P.I.” is from NBC Universal Television Studio and Conaco. The pilot was directed by Jason Ensler (“The West Wing”).”
My top four favorite items in the above paragraph, in reverse order:
4. ”(Tony Hale, ‘Arrested Development’)”
3. “Andy embraces the twist of fate and dives into his double life.”
2. “Andy Richter (‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’)…”
1. ”…re-teams with Conan O’Brien…”
Who’s scarier, Sylar or Dwight?
The Office is a repeat tonight. Next week too. And pretty much the rest of March for that matter. This won’t tide you over, but it might get you through the day. Gotta love it when someone’s creativity and initiative are matched only by their free time.
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