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May 14, 2014

The Couch Potato: Bad girls, ‘Bad Boys’ and comedic guilty pleasures

NEW CASTLE — The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming and the smell of spring is finally in the air. That means it’s time for Spring Quick Hits!

•Everyone’s favorite guilty pleasure, “The Bachelorette,” returns at 9 p.m. Monday on ABC. Andi Dorfman, who made the final three and then famously exited the Juan Pablo season of “The Bachelor” by picking a fight with him and then calling him a narcissist, will be the new central love interest. To recap the previous sentence, a woman who essentially signed up to be in a nationally televised harem —  and is now going to try to choose a husband from a pool of 23 men on national television again — thinks that someone else is a narcissist. Nevertheless, the show is entertaining and I feel another season finale live-blog coming when the show ends this summer.

•“Inside Amy Schumer” returned for its second season on Comedy Central a few weeks ago and has picked up right where it left off. Putting it mildly, Schumer is crass, but she effectively mines the inappropriateness for big laughs. You have to wonder what this sketch show will be about if she ever runs out of sex jokes, but so far she has filled about 15 episodes and has five more to go this season. In any case, if you’re not a prude and you want to laugh, this show is definitely for you.

•The wondrous “Louie” returned to FX a few weeks ago for season four after an almost two-year hiatus, and the results were nothing short of hilarious and yes, a little depressing. As only Louis C.K. can do, he once again has found a way to take the darkest situations life has to offer and find the comedic gem hidden inside. Much like Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David have done over the years with “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Louie” looks at the minutia of life, as well as the moral code that we all tenuously live by and somehow makes it all funny. Some of the best scenes in “Louie” are when he gets all of his comedy buddies together, which happened in the season opener, and let’s them have at each other. To me, the whole point of the show is that comedy comes from a dark place, and with “Louie,” the whole audience gets to explore the experience of finding out where that place is.

•Over the weekend, I finally got a chance to watch the “ESPN 30 for 30” documentary “Bad Boys,” which focused on the 1980s Detroit Pistons team that ended up winning back-to-back championships in 1989 and 1990. Featuring Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Dennis Rodman, Bill Laimbeer and many others talking about their experiences, the feature did an excellent job of showing how a successful team works. Led by coach Chuck Daly, the Pistons were the most hated team of the 1980s, but in retrospect, a big reason why was because of how good they were. Were they dirty? Of course, they were dirty. But everything they did was in pursuit of winning and they were quite successful in that regard. If you coach basketball at any level, I highly recommend watching this documentary, as you will surely glean a few helpful hints on what it takes to be the best.

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