New Castle News

February 12, 2014

The Couch Potato: Television Quick Hits are back

The Couch Potato
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Everybody’s favorite Couch Potato column is back — and better than ever.

So hold on tight for random bits of information wrapped in a crispy, opinionated shell.

 It’s Quick Hits!

•Mrs. Couch Potato and I are currently plodding our way through the dreariness that is the BBC mini-series “Top of the Lake.” It stars “Mad Men” alum Kate Moss in the lead role as a small town detective in New Zealand, investigating the disappearance of a pregnant 12-year-old girl. It’s interesting and beautifully shot, but it is slow-paced and focused more on character development than plot. If you have seven hours of your life up for grabs, it’s worth a look, but don’t say I didn’t tell you that it’s a marathon and not a sprint. Check it out on Netflix or BBC if you have access.

•If you happened to read last week, you caught my take on the growing presence of duel threat dramas, which focus as much on the bad guys as the good. I’m now almost finished with season one of the newest addition to that genre with “The Americans,” and can say unequivocally that it’s a can’t-miss show. The writing is sharp and quick, the plots are contained yet flowing from episode to episode and the acting is good enough. Keri Russell somehow comes off as a convincing double agent, even though her past roles include “The Mickey Mouse Club” and “Felicity.” Noah Emmerich is also very good in the role of FBI detective Stan Beeman. The first season DVD is out this week and the second season begins Feb. 26 at 10 p.m. on FX.

•“The Lego Movie” opened last weekend to $70 million in ticket sales and from everything I have read and heard, it deserved the big take. From the minds of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, this “blockbuster” includes the voice talent of Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Will Forte, Will Ferrell and Charlie Day, among others. I’ll be taking the French Fries this upcoming weekend and will let you know how it goes.

•I’ve just jumped into a new show on Comedy Central called “Broad City,” which started as an Internet comedy before being picked up for TV. It stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer as two loser deadbeats bouncing around New York City without many cares besides getting high and getting by. While they may be losers, they’re at least the lovable variety, and they don’t fail in delivering the laughs. Even Mrs. Couch Potato chuckled once or twice. “Broad City” airs Wednesday nights on Comedy Central.

•Finally, I got around to watching another Comedy Central show, “Kroll Show,” starring Nick Kroll, which is in the midst of its second season. This is more of a skit show, but funny, nonetheless. Kroll is pretty adept at creating good characters, which seemingly all mock some aspect of reality television. Probably the best was a send up of the “Kardashians” or “Real Housewives” skit, which centered on a rich, sarcastic, pet plastic surgeon who is under house arrest for the murder of his wife. Replete with kooky sound effects and dry one-liners, it succeeds in making fun of the worst shows on TV. “Kroll Show” airs Tuesday nights on Comedy Central.