POP SHOW PODCAST – Episode 31: New Fall Shows + Fast Food Reviews

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Hi again, the POP SHOW PODCAST starring Anthony C. Ferrante is back after a bit of a hiatus which Anthony talks about in the podcast. As usual, Anthony has a bit of trouble staying on topic and we end up delving deep into the realm of fast food joints and the latest incarnations they are doing to attract customers. Ryan Mitchelle also has been off for an extended hiatus and his opening to the podcast shows a bit of rust as he mistakenly refers to Sonia Mansfield as “Sarah” something we won’t let him forget the entire podcast (maybe ever?). […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT – Episode 14: The Magnificent Simpsons (and South Park) and How To Win An Emmy Redux Edition

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Hey there, dorks. In this week’s episode we review the new western THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt. Is it as good as the original 1960 THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN? Is the 1960 version as good as Akira Kurosawa’s SEVEN SAMURAI from 1954? We talk about that, and the current state of westerns in Hollywood. In our second segment, we do a status check on two of our favorite shows of all-time THE SIMPSONS and SOUTH PARK. THE SIMPSONS just kicked off its 28th (!) season on Sunday, and “South Park” launched its 20th season two weeks ago.  […]Read On »

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TV Review: SOUTH PARK – Season 18 – “The Cissy”

Cartman calls Stan a Cissy in SOUTH PARK - Season 18 - "The Cissy" | ©2014 Comedy Central

Voices: Trey Parker, Matt Stone Writer-Director: Trey Parker Original Telecast: October 9, 2014 Network: Comedy Central, airs Wednesdays As I suspected last week, SOUTH PARK is experimenting with something they haven’t done before (except for their clear cut multi-parters) – they are establishing continuity throughout Season 18. Usually, the show is very willy nilly when it comes to its weekly scenarios. Something happens one week, next week continuity has completely changed and it’s a whole other story with little reference to what has come before. However, this year, it’s all changed. The Season Premiere ramifications led into “Gluten Free Ebola” […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: SOUTH PARK – THE COMPLETE SEVENTEENTH SEASON

SOUTH PARK - THE COMPLETE SEVENTEENTH SEASON Blu-ray | ©2014 Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment/Comedy Central

Voices: Trey Parker, Matt Stone Writer-Director: Trey Parker Distributor: Paramount Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $39.98 As SOUTH PARK kicks off its 18th season, it’s time to re-evaluate last year’s 10-episode run which resulted in the epic “Black Friday” trilogy. Last year was the first time SOUTH PARK didn’t have two seven-episode runs (one in the Spring, one in the Fall). Instead, everything was stockpiled in the fall and with four less episodes to boot. It didn’t affect the quality of the show, and if anything, it strengthened the laser focus of the show particularly when they produced the epic […]Read On »

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TV Review: SOUTH PARK – Season 18 – “Gluten Free Ebola”

Randy Marsh and Mr. Garrison in SOUTH PARK - Season 18 - "Gluten Free Ebola" | ©2014 Comedy Central

Voices: Trey Parker, Matt Stone Writer-Director: Trey Parker Original Telecast: October 1, 2014 Network: Comedy Central, airs Wednesdays SOUTH PARK has a long history of having on and off weeks. Some times it’s just a matter of opinion – one person’s dislike is another person’s like. So while I absolutely loved the Season 18 debut “Go Fund Yourself,” I wasn’t too fond of this week’s uneven follow-up “Gluten Free Ebola.” While there was an occasional chuckle (the sight gag of a penis exploding out of someone’s pants and flying in the air because of eating Gluten was by far the […]Read On »

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TV Review: SOUTH PARK – Season 18 – “Go Fund Yourself” – Season Premiere

Kenny and Butters in SOUTH PARK - Season 18 - "Go Fund Yourself" | ©2014 Comedy Central

Stars (Voices): Trey Parker, Matt Stone Writer-Director: Trey Parker Original Telecast: September 24, 2014 Network: Comedy Central, airs Wednesdays It’s been a very long wait, but SOUTH PARK is back for Season 18 and boy were Trey Parker and Matt Stone sorely needed. Their wit and knack for social satire is hard to live without for almost a full year (the series used get be split into two-seven episode seasons – one in the Spring, one in the Fall), but now it’s all in one big chunk and only ten episodes. However, when they hit it out of the so-called […]Read On »

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TV Review: SOUTH PARK – Season 17 – “The Hobbit” – Season Finale

Wendy and Butters in SOUTH PARK - Season 17 - "The Hobbit" | ©2013 Comedy Central

Writer: Trey Parker Director: Trey Parker Network: Comedy Central, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: December 12, 2013 After the three-park SOUTH PARK epic that took on Black Friday, GAME OF THRONES and the videogame console wars between PS4 and XBOX ONE, the series gets back to basics with a great season finale “The Hobbit.” When SOUTH PARK does satire right, it’s dead on and this episode tackles the poor role models young girls have from the likes of heavily Photoshopped celebrities like Kim Kardashian. It all starts when cheerleader Wendy tries to give heavy-set and ugly Lisa Berger a pep […]Read On »

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TV Review: SOUTH PARK – Season 17 – “Black Friday”

Randy Marsh and the security guards in SOUTH PARK - Season 17 - "Black Friday" | ©2013 Comedy Central

Writer: Trey Parker Director: Trey Parker Network: Comedy Central, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: November 13, 2013 After last week’s dreadful “Ginger Cow” episode, SOUTH PARK bounces back with what may very well be their next multi-episode epic currently dubbed “Black Friday.” Paying homage to GAME OF THRONES, the story follows Cartman and his friends rallying together to be the first inside the mall stores on Black Friday. The first 20 people inside, get 80 percent off of anything, which means they can be the first to get the new next gen gaming console – an Xbox One or Playstation […]Read On »

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TV Review: SOUTH PARK – Season 17 – “Ginger Cow”

Cartman and Kyle in SOUTH PARK - Season 17 - "Ginger Cow" | ©2013 Comedy Central

Writer: Trey Parker Director: Trey Parker Network: Comedy Central, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: November 6, 2013 The seventeenth season of SOUTH PARK is about half way through its run, but the episodes, like usual, have been wildly uneven. The latest, “Ginger Cow”, is hands down the worst this year. Playing into the notion of peace in the Middle East and Cartman creating chaos once again, it’s short on laughs and long in execution. The episode begins when Cartman claims he saw a “Ginger Cow” in the pasture – a cow painted red and given a red wig. Apparently, this […]Read On »

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TV Review: SOUTH PARK – Season 17 – “Let Go, Let Gov” – Season Premiere

Cartman joins the NSA in SOUTH PARK - Season 17 - "Let Go, Let Gov" | ©2013 Comedy Central

Writer: Trey Parker Director: Trey Parker Network: Comedy Central, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: September 25, 2013 It used to be SOUTH PARK did a full season split into two seven-episode chunks throughout the year. That all changed this year, with SOUTH PARK now doing a 10-episode season in one big chunk. Other changes on the horizon include more writers than before including former SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE star Bill Hader who has joined the show full-time after consulting on the show for years. So what does this mean for the Season 17 Premiere of SOUTH PARK? Not much, it still […]Read On »

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