It’s long been known that Cartoon Network isn’t just for children. Just like public pools, the cable outlet has an Adult Swim, a time in the day that is set aside for adults.
The humor is a little more crude, or the graphic violence is a little more intense. The programs are rated, allowing for parents to make informed choices on whether the content is allowable for their own children. Part of Adult Swim is animation, much like most of the programming on the channel. But, there’s a few live-action shows and this summer a pair of sketch comedies is launching new episodes.
If you are a fan of the "CSI" or "NCIS" programs, then you may appreciate the acronym-filled "NTSF:SD:SVU." I got to screen the premiere 15-minute episode of this latest season "Comic-Con Air." Think the best of the geeks at a comic book convention turned into the world’s greatest terrorism threat to the greater San Diego area, then you get the goofy plot.
The show’s creative team is led by executive producers and writers Paul Scheer ("The League") and Jonathan Stern ("Burning Love," "Newsreaders") and stars new cast member Karen Gillan ("Dr. Who"), Kate Mulgrew ("Star Trek: Voyager"), Brandon Johnson ("Get Him to the Greek"), June Diane Raphael ("Burning Love"), Rob Riggle ("21 Jump Street"), Martin Starr ("Party Down"), and Peter Serafinowicz ("Shaun of the Dead") as S.A.M., the first sentient robot on television.
The patch-wearing Mulgrew gets me every time.
"NTSF:SD:SUV" is paired with "Childrens Hospital," for the 11 p.m. debut on July 25.
Returning for its fifth season, "Childrens Hospital," was a winner of an Emmy in 2012 for the best Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program. This season, the doctors find themselves working at a pediatric clinic on a U.S. Army base in Osaka, Japan.
Led by led by executive producers/writers Rob Corddry ("Hot Tub Time Machine," "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"), Jonathan Stern ("Burning Love," "Newsreaders") and David Wain ("Role Models," "Wet Hot American Summer"), "Childrens Hospital" stars Malin Akerman, Lake Bell, Rob Corddry, Zandy Hartig, Erinn Hayes, Rob Huebel, Brian Huskey, Ken Marino, Megan Mullally ("Will and Grace"), and Henry Winkler ("Happy Days").
IN THE CROSSFIRE: The once popular political talk show "Crossfire" will be making a return to television on CNN.
"Few programs in the history of CNN have had the kind of impact on political discourse that ‘Crossfire’ did," CNN president Jeff Zucker said in a statement last week.
"It was a terrific program then, and we believe the time is right to bring it back and do it again. We look forward to the opportunity to host passionate conversation from all sides of the political spectrum. ‘Crossfire’ will be the forum where America holds its great debates."
CNN hired MSNBC's S.E. Cupp to handle the conservative side with Newt Gingrich, while Stephanie Cutter and Van Jones will man the opposition.
END OF AN ERA: For the past 11 years Neal Conan has been the host of "Talk of the Nation" on National Public Radio. On Friday, he stepped away from the microphone.
"We're told that more than 3.6 million of you listen each week. That puts ‘Talk of the Nation’ in the top 10 of all talk shows in the country," Conan wrote as part of his farewell.
"Over all my time at NPR, I worked as a reporter, editor and producer. And as much as I loved all those jobs, the past 11-and-a-half years, this job has been the best. It's been an honor to talk with you every day."
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