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Workaholics

Comedy Central’s unabashedly lowbrow sitcom Workaholics recently began airing the second half of its third season, which on its own would be reason enough to celebrate but the network has also ordered two more seasons of the series. If that news isn’t Tight Butthole then I don’t know what is. The show is a raunchy, wildly absurd Office Space for the 21st century about three happily directionless man-children, Adam (Adam DeVine), Blake (Blake Anderson), and Anders (Anders Holm). The guys are roomies, they work for a telemarketing company, and they’re pathologically incapable of doing the right thing–in two and a half seasons they’ve tried to barter for clean urine with a playground kid, wrecked a garage door with a soap-box-derby car, and schemed their way into getting a handicapped parking pass. Workaholics is sophomoric in the best possible way and if you have yet to sample what these lovable slackers are serving up, here are a couple of reasons why you should give this show a try.

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Last week many questioned what the end of the South Park mid-season finale “You’re Getting Old” meant for the future of the series. Many (including myself) suspected that the ending was Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s way of saying that this was indeed the final season of South Park and the show would come to a close after the fall run at the end of the year. Last night the duo appeared on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart to discuss their win at the Tony Awards for Best Musical with their critically adored musical The Book of Mormon. During the interview with Stewart they said many of their peers approached them after the episode aired, asking “are you okay? Is the show coming back?” To which their response was “yeah, South Park‘s our thing… We had fun doing the episode.”

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Let’s be honest: this current run of South Park has been okay. Nowhere near the level of quality that the show was at before the 200/201 fiasco of last year, but certainly above the sub-par stories we were getting in the last fall run right after the 200/201 fiasco. But the slump might be over, because this past episode was one of the best pieces of story telling Matt & Trey have ever delivered to the show.

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Are you a recently defrosted human from the year 1999 that woke up in the thirtieth century? If so, then do I have some news for you… Comedy Central has ordered two more seasons of Futurama for a total of a twenty six episode order. Each season will contain thirteen episodes, clearly the return of the show last year drew even stronger ratings than anyone realized, because it takes a bomb under the feet of a television executive to get an order this high. And to be honest, I would not put that out of the realm of possibility for Bender Bending Rodriguez. It took about five episodes to get its footing back, but once Futurama started delivering episodes, some of which surpassed the quality of the original run from FOX, it never stopped. So I’m more than welcoming of another season, and the fact that we can guarantee Futurama through 2013 is more than a happy surprise for the day. But unfortunately that news is counter balanced with the unfortunate announcement that FX has decided not to pick up the critically acclaimed boxing series Lights Out for a second season. This news though tragic does not come as a surprise considering the ratings were only slightly higher than Terriers, and like Terriers, the show was never able to cross the one million mark in ratings beyond the airing of the pilot in January.

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The Holiday season has reared its ugly head upon New New York and that means it’s time for The Futurama Holiday Spectacular! What is that you ask? Why The Futurama Holiday Spectacular is only the finest holiday tales ever to grace your tiny boob tube. Everything from Christmas, to Robotukah, to Kwanzaa gets a nice punch right to the gut. And before you even think it, you must realize that there’s no where to run, no where to hide, and no place to stand a fight The Futurama Holiday Spectacular! Oh, and Al Gore might have a very devious plot for our beloved future dwelling characters. It’s The Futurama Holiday Spectacular! Brought to you by Gunderson’s Unshelled Nuts.

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It’s just another day in the town of South Park, well except for the fact that the Marsh household has been overrun by the not so great cooking of the now Food Channel-obsessed Randy. Things take a turn for the worse when Randy’s obsession causes him to leave his old job and take a position and the one place that will ruin Stan’s life forever. In an attempt to save her marriage, Sharon decides to start bettering her appearance with the purchase of a Shake Weight. But the voice assistance model has much more sinister plans for Mrs. Marsh. And in an attempt to destroy Randy’s obsession, the boys accidentally set into motion the biggest cook-off of all time. By episodes end, the truth shall reveal itself in all its Crème Fraiche goodness.

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The year was 1999 and South Park was the thing to watch that would really piss your parents off. The show was in the heyday of its controversial content, and displayed no signs of slowing down. A group of four nine year olds had changed the face of television forever. The only question was, where would they go from there? Show creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker answered the question that summer with the movie version, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. The movie was expected to preform OK, and meet critical pan across the board. But instead the film became a major financial success and was met with impossible to predict praise that even the Academy recognized. Unlike most TV to movie adaptations, this film didn’t just deliver a ninety minute episode with saltier language. No, what Matt & Trey did was something so amazingly out of left field, that all anyone could to was sit back and enjoy.

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The final installment in the Coon & Friends trilogy has begun with the destruction of earth. Cartman and Cthulhu have begun their mission to rid the world of… well, anything that pisses Cartman off. And it’s up to the original Coon & Friends to stop him. But before they can, Cartman gets a leg up on them that no one could have foreseen. Ken… Mysterion will also try and learn the truth behind his power, and when all is said and done, the meaning behind his “gift” will be revealed. Oh, and Justin Bieber may or may not be taken out for good…

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Picking up right where we left off, The Coon is headed to New Orleans to fight the evil Cthulhu, but when he gets their it turns out his intentions weren’t as pure as one would believe. Back in the quiet town of South Park, Coon & Friends are selling lemon bars to help the fight against Cthulhu and hopefully save the world. But things take an unexpected turn when Mysterion’s true identity is revealed, and the deep dark secret he has kept inside for so long is brought to the surface.

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The Coon has returned and this time he’s not alone. This time The Coon has begun a superhero union known as The Coon & Friends. But all is not well when a new superhero appears, impinging on the gangs territory. Now it’s up to The Coon to either get this new superhero to join the union, or stop him dead in his tracks. But while all that’s going on, a much bigger problem has begun threatening earth. And with the worlds greatest hero out of commission, it’s up to The Coon & Friends to bring balance to earth before it’s too late.

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Stan has a problem. A very messy problem. Stan Marsh is… I, I can’t even say it because it’s too painful. But it turns out Stan isn’t the only one in South Park Elementary suffering from the problem. So in a last ditch effort to cure them, a professional brings them in for psycho-dream therapy. But things go awry when the other subject’s dream sucks Stan into his own. Now it’s up to Stan to solve the problem of the subjects sub-conscience before the dream collapses. But not before some more dream experts are brought in. Oh, and some fire fighters too. Also, the ultimate dream warrior is called in to save the day when it all goes to hell.

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A plague has begun spreading across the United States. No, the  SARS virus hasn’t returned. The Jersyites have begun a take over of the entire eastern United States and South Park is the next target on the list. Now it’s up to Randy, Jimbo, Mackey and the rest of the adults to stop the take over before it’s too late. Kyle will also be forced to face a demon that has been living inside of him since the day he was born. And this demon will not only affect him, but it will also change the state of his family forever. And Cartman will finally put a stop to the three J devil known as Kyle Broflovski.

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And obviously, that’s not the strangest thing about Tommy Wiseau. Since you’re reading Film School Rejects, we can assume a few things. Primarily, you’re really attractive and have lots of friends, and less important, you’re well versed in movie news, no matter how weird it is. In that case, this means you probably already know of Tommy Wiseau, someone who has managed to be called a master of all crafts (acting, directing, and writing) based solely on the drama dark comedy satire movie, The Room. If you haven’t heard of it, take a moment to YouTube it. I’ll wait. You’re back? Excellent. You’ve now had a taste of Tommy Wiseau and hopefully you’re hungry for more. Combine that hunger with a little bit of insomnia and you can watch Wiseau get blood dripped all over him as he runs acting train all over you face tonight on Comedy Central at 3am. If you can’t stay up that late, well….

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It’s another week in the town of South Park and Mr. Garrison has assigned the class an essay on what they want to be when they grow up. This however sends Cartman on an emotion tail spin because the thing he wants to be when he grows up is unachievable, a Nascar driver. Now why is it unachievable you ask? Well isn’t it obvious, it’s because Cartman isn’t poor and stupid enough to be a Nascar driver. But that isn’t going to stop this determined nine year old from achieving his dream, and maybe pick up some corporate sponsorships along the way.

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It’s the crews 100th delivery! They’re sent to a rich lady with an explosive souffle provided by Elzar. But while attending a richy rich dinner party, Leela is once again discovered to be a mutant and sentenced to life in the sewers. The rest of the crew gets two weeks for harboring a fugitive mutant. But that only lasts for so long once Leela decides to fight for mutant equal rights. But with the humans away, Bender will play. For he decides to throw the ultimate 100th delivery bash at the Planet Express HQ. But things don’t go as planned when he begins to really miss all his friends.

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After a failed attempt to conquer earth, Ndnd throws Lrrr out of Omicron Persei 8. So Lrrr begins his mid-life crisis on earth in the company of Bender. But things don’t go as planned when earth is actually “conquered” by Lrrr and now Ndnd wants him back. Now he must choose between the friends that actually care for him, or the one he loves dearly. While at the same time Fry tries to get his amateur comic book off the ground and into the hands of millions at Comic Con.

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In what I can only describe as the most random episode of the season, The Professor and Amy perfect their mind switching machine. Upon realizing that they want to be in each others body, they switch. But when they discover that it’s impossible to switch back, all hell break loose. Bender, wanting to steal the Robo Emperor’s crown, decides to switch bodies with The Professor, who is currently in Amy’s body. And The Professor decides to run away with Bender’s body. But Amy hates The Professor’s body so she decided to switch with Leela, which then prompts Fry to switch with Zoidberg to prove to Leela that he isn’t only attracted to her body… and that’s only the first half of this week’s Futurama.

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When the theory of evolution is questioned on Earth, The Professor deices to leave and go live on a lifeless planet. But things don’t go as planned when the nanobots he uses to clean the planets water begin to evolve at an exponential rate. Now the entire Planet Express team is trapped with no foreseeable way of getting home. Major developments: Amy is revealed to be Asian… What worked: This episode was very 50/50 for me. As for what worked, I really dug everything that happened on the stray planet. It was really funny, especially the dinosaur bits. I’m always a fan of putting Fry into the most extreme, yet goofy situations. And his basic dialogue like “Don’t eat my butt!” is delivered with such passion that even those jokes work. Which brings me to a larger point, in this episode when jokes hit, they his hard and swift. Again, it’s classic Futurama and I greatly appreciated it. The jokes that worked in this episode were either very subtle – like the pizza joke – or way out there blatant – like the wives bit – there was no middle ground.

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Nibbler is getting sick and tired of being treated like a inferior pet. Upon ordering Leela and the rest of the team to treat him like an equal, Leela and Co. find a new pet. An adorable kitty that Amy is allergic to. But things are not as they appear. As the cats have hypnotized the everyone of the crew, except for Amy and Nibbler. Now it’s up to them to stop the cute kitties’ diabolical plan before earth is destroyed. Major developments: The Planet Express ship is green. What worked: First and foremost, I am always a fan of talking Nibbler episodes. It also makes the joke funnier that the crew is fully aware Nibbler is an intelligent being that is just super cute. I like watching Nibbler finally get fed up with the cutesy act, then realizing he can’t live with out it. Check after the jump to see more of Merrill’s thoughts including what didn’t work this episode. Or alternately, the thoughts most likely to infuriate Futurama apologist Matt Welch…

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It’s Leela’s birthday, and after standing her up at their lunch date, Fry promises Leela a birthday dinner to remember. But because he showed up late to work that morning (with no help from Bender), he’s forced to stay one minute late and help The Professor test his new one way time machine that only travels forward. But things go horribly wrong when the controls get stuck, sending Fry, Bender and The Professor hurtling forward in time and space with no conceivable way of returning home. And with that, lets take a trip… Into the year 10,000.

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