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I am – Hercules!!

A reader, Christian, writes:

So I've been seeing people complain in the talkbacks for years now, asking "how about a talkback for this or that show", and it got me to thinkin'; why not a daily, dated column? Ya know, like, "Friday, Nov 4th, 2011 - What's On Tonight?" You could still focus on whatever shows you frosted your pickle, of course. And you could include the previous weeks ratings in it as well. You could also do it a week at a time, I guess. Probably get a shit ton of responses in each column. Just an unfinished thought, really, one you've probably thought of already, too. Didn't think it could hurt to send it along, though. Many thanks.

Let’s give it a whirl.

NBC says of “Advanced Gay”:

When Pierce learns that he and his Hawthorne wipes have become extremely popular, he decides to throw a big party -- until his overbearing father, Cornelius Hawthorne (Larry Cedar, "Deadwood,") shows up and puts the kibosh on the plans. Meanwhile, Troy finds himself being courted by Vice Dean Laybourne (John Goodman) and his secretive Air Conditioning Repair Annex, as well as Greendale's resident janitor, Jerry (Jerry Minor, "Lucky Louie").

NBC says of “End Of The World”:

A local Pawnee group predicts that the end of the world is coming, causing Leslie and others to contemplate their lives. Tom decides to throw the best party ever before he loses his office space, while April helps Andy complete his "bucket list" before the world ends.

NBC says of “Doomsday”:

Dwight (Rainn Willson) tries to help the office's efficiency by installing a Doomsday device that will get them all fired if they make too many mistakes.

MTV says of “Daughter’s Hand”:

Beavis and Butt-Head engage in an accidental act of chivalry.

Deleted from last week’s “Meet & Greet”:

Deleted from last week’s “Spooked”:

Last week lots of shows were deflated by the World Series:

Thursdays, Sept. 15-Oct. 27, 2011
(18-49 finals; repeats in grey; last week in parentheses)
6.5 (4.0) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Fox Baseball
4.6 (5.1) (4.6) (4.5) (4.9) (5.0) (2.5) Big Bang Theory
3.7 (3.6) (3.6) (3.1) (3.6) (4.3) (1.0) Grey’s Anatomy
3.3 (3.6) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Rules of Engagement
2.9 (1.5) (3.3) (3.2) (3.5) (3.9) (1.4) The Office
2.7 (2.7) (2.8) (2.6) (2.7) (3.1) (---) Person of Interest
2.5 (2.5) (2.5) (2.7) (2.6) (2.8) (1.5) Mentalist
2.4 (2.3) (2.3) (2.1) (2.8) (---) (---) Private Practice
2.3 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Great Pumpkin
2.0 (1.1) (2.0) (2.3) (2.5) (3.3) (---) Whitney
1.8 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Beavis and Butt-head
1.8 (1.1) (2.1) (1.9) (2.1) (2.1) (---) Parks and Recreation
1.5 (1.4) (1.4) (1.2) (1.3) (1.2) (1.5) Vampire Diaries
1.4 (0.9) (1.7) (1.5) (1.8) (1.7) (0.6) Community
1.1 (0.8) (1.3) (1.5) (1.5) (1.8) (---) Prime Suspect
1.1 (1.1) (0.9) (1.0) (0.9) (0.8) (1.2) Project Runway
0.9 (0.9) (0.9) (1.1) (1.3) (1.2) (1.4) It’s Always Sunny
0.9 (0.9) (0.8) (0.8) (1.0) (0.9) (1.3) Secret Circle
0.8 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Good Vibes
0.8 (2.9) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Jersey Shore Reunion
0.7 (0.6) (0.6) (---) (---) (---) (---) Bordertown Laredo
0.7 (0.7) (0.7) (0.7) (0.7) (0.7) (0.8) Children’s Hospital
0.7 (0.4) (0.6) (0.9) (1.0) (0.8) (---) College Football
0.7 (0.7) (0.4) (0.6) (---) (0.6) (0.6) Daily Show
0.6 (0.7) (0.7) (---) (0.6) (---) (---) The First 48
0.6 (0.7) (0.6) (0.9) (---) (---) (---) The League
0.5 (---) (0.3) (0.5) (0.5) (0.4) (---) Colbert Report
0.5 (0.8) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (0.6) Impact Wrestling
0.5 (0.6) (0.5) (0.6) (0.6) (0.6) (0.6) NTSF:SD:SUV
0.5 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Project Accessory
0.4 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) American Guns
0.4 (0.5) (0.4) (0.5) (0.4) (---) (0.5) Chopped
0.4 (0.3) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (---) Conan
0.4 (0.4) (---) (---) (---) (---) (0.4) Most Shocking
0.4 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (0.3) Selling New York
0.4 (---) (0.5) (0.5) (0.4) (---) (---) Sweet Genius
0.4 (---) (---) (---) (0.4) (---) (---) Time Machine
0.4 (0.4) (0.4) (---) (---) (---) (0.4) World’s Dumbest
0.3 (0.5) (0.4) (0.5) (---) (---) (---) After The Runway
0.3 (---) (0.3) (0.3) (---) (---) (0.4) House Hunters
0.3 (---) (0.3) (---) (0.3) (---) (0.3) House Hunters Intl
0.3 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Selling L.A.

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  • Nov. 3, 2011, 5:11 a.m. CST

    Bitches Leave...

    by BookhouseBoy

    The new Beavis and Butthead was hilarious. Glad they're back..

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 5:11 a.m. CST

    Still....FIRST.

    by Dirkblack

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 5:12 a.m. CST

    I love the smell of humiliation in the morning..

    by BookhouseBoy

    Smells like.....failure

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 6:17 a.m. CST

    bookhouseboy: Be careful how you use that 'Bitches Leave'

    by STLost

    You are trying to fill some mighty big shoes.

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 6:40 a.m. CST

    stlost

    by BookhouseBoy

    I know man. My complete and utter failure is testament to this!

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 7:20 a.m. CST

    WELCOME TO NBC CLIPS APLENTY

    by Aquatarkusman

    The column by a peacock-fellator for peacock-fellators!

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Larry Cedar was Leon on Deadwood

    by theGoldbergV

    He's 12 years younger than Chevy Chase so what, is he donning old man make up for the part? I'm confused.

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Quick, someone complain about something!!

    by darth nihilus

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 7:40 a.m. CST

    UMMM, thursday, Vampire Diaries........

    by darth nihilus

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Do Spader and Brian Grazer have the same hairdresser?

    by Truxton Spangler

    That's all I got.

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 8:06 a.m. CST

    bookhouseboy: I applaud the attempt.

    by STLost

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Beavis and Butthead

    by Judge Briggs

    Gotta admit, I was laughing quite a bit through the first episode. So far, the show is better than 99% of the other so-called comedies!

  • It's turning out to be a good and compelling drama in a campy, crazy-nuts way with plot reveals galore. And Tim Minnear is one of its producers, whom you have shown so much love for in the past here on Coaxial. I was annoyed with his other TV series work post-Buffy/Angel, but I will have to concede now he's finally found his creative stride with AHS. He wrote the recent episode. After having watched its 5 episodes, I will say AHS is another great, new scripted series for 2011 that has surprised me. (The first was Awkward -- another series I'm surprised you have not looked at, because I figured you might like it too. Incidentally, the star of Awkward, Ashley Rickards, guest-starred in the latest AHS.) Am I the only one who enjoys how much everybody acts like such a cretin on this show? I find it cathartic seeing Ben and Vivian scream nasty things to one another, ha.

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Person of Interest just isn't doing it for me

    by smackfu

    I can't put my finger on it, I mean it has Ben Linus and Jesus, so it should be good. But it just seems so empty and soulless. The only two protagonists only communicate with each other in brief exposition, and other than that, there are no real relationships or character interactions on the show. It's a very lonely feeling show.

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Remember Larry Cedar on Square One TV?

    by MateoMcD

    I used to watch that PBS kids show about math. It was like SNL for elementary school kids. Aah, good times!

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Smackfu...I feel ya, brutha....on Person of Interest.

    by Cheif Brody

    But Reese & Finch are two very closed off dudes. Both have lived in the shadows for the last few years. Trusting no one. Think it's gonna be a while before we see them bond. Prolly gonna hafta be a case where it becomes personal for one of them...a friend or love interest's number comes up for one of them...before we see any chumminess out of these two. I'm guessing that'll happen in the season finale cliffhanger. <p> But, that's not to say Caviezel's character hasn't been trying...Showing up at Finch's "fake" day job...or sitting down with him at his favorite secret breakfast spot unannounced. There was a slight bond there last week when Finch finally told him to try the eggs benedict before abrubtly excusing himself from the diner. I think that's all the buddy-buddy we're going to get in this first season. <p> I personally can't wait to see Reese go after the man who ruined Finch's leg...or for Reese & Det. Carter to stop playing cat & mouse, and finally bring her into the plan a lil bit. <p> Like anything "Bad Robot" (LOST, Fringe), this thing is going to be a slooooow burn, fer sure.

  • But, Pierce is behind the times! The Brawny Man has been a Gay Icon for years!

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Square One

    by jake rodgers

    Math-man. Math-man. Math-man

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 1:16 p.m. CST

    The Office question, someone please help:

    by freak2thec0re

    Why is Gabe still on the show? I thought he was fired last season, as did my friends who watch. We can't understand why he keeps randomly popping up every so often in scenes

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST

    freak2thec0re

    by Hercules

    it was explained in the season premiere (or possibly a deleted scene from the season premiere) that Gabe now spends three days per week in the Scranton office.

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Beavis and Butthead: Its funny how people forget...

    by HB_Dad

    ...that Hank Hill from King Of The Hill evolved from B&B's "Mr Anderson" character. AFter watching that clip, it now appears Mr ANderson has evolved more based on Hank Hill. In fact, I noticed Mr Anderson's house looks identical to Hank's now...

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Gabe's creepy video

    by thedottedlion

    was the best part of last week's office. Also, glad to see John Goodman finally coming back to Community. I think he's done some really cool tv in the last few years, starting with Treme.

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 2:13 p.m. CST

    cheif brody - You could say that Pierce is...

    by Quarantined

    ...streets behind.

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Look at those ratings...

    by fredwordsmith

    Conan - being beaten by not one, but TWO Paul Scheer vehicles?!? One being the League, which is excellent and two being an actual vehicle; also, his podcast "How Did This Get Made" is ace...hmm, maybe he deserves to beat Conan. The Office is absolutely done. "Rules of Engagement" looks like a sitcom that plays in the background of another sitcom, yet it can beat a very-special Halloween episode of the Peacock's front-runner. Pathetic. Can we please talk about how Whitney gets to follow this shit?

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST

    First

    by thedarklingthrush

    Why can't I stand community? Just couldn't watch it after the first season. But Allison Brie's tits and thighs man, her tits and thighs...

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 3:48 p.m. CST

    thedarklingthrush

    by Hercules

    you know Alison Brie is photographed wearing Phoebe Cates' "Fast Times" bikini in the (current?) comedy issue of Entertainment Weekly, yes? she and Gillian Jacobs also appear wearing nothing but "Porkys" locker-room towels in the same issue

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Thanx for that EW update, Herc! Now in my Spank Bank!

    by Cheif Brody

    I know they try to throw us a bone every once in a while, But Community needs an Annie/Britta make out scene every week! C'mon!!

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Sweet!

    by Jaka

    If only there was something I watched to talk about on Thursdays. I think its the only night of the week that I don't watch or DVR a single show.

  • Shows there's still something right in this world.

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Parks and Recs kind of sucks so far

    by nobodylistenstodestro

    Maybe its just me it kind feels like theyre off to a slow start. Season 4 was when the office started to fade into shit and Im a little worried about parks and recs doing the same.

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 8:41 p.m. CST

    never seen Community, so I had to look up Alison Brie..

    by Simpsonian

    damn she's cute/hot. Look her up on IMBD. Holy shit, that's Trudy on Mad Men!! Love this chick.

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 9:04 p.m. CST

    @ Jaka....

    by 3774

    ...I was forced to watch a couple of episodes of Burn Notice. I actually kinda liked it. Maybe try that? Otherwise I've got nothing...

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 9:15 p.m. CST

    I'm watching Prime Suspect ow because it's awesome

    by thedottedlion

    I hope it stays around. Same for M.B.

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 10:40 p.m. CST

    'Whitney' sucks so very, very much

    by Mr. Voodoo Potato Head

    It's like a black hole of comedy. I think 'Schindler's List' got more laughs.

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Winner of the night - RED JOHN

    by jimbojones123

    Patrick Jane calls upon his mortal enemy for help taking out this week's baddie. What a kick!

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 10:51 p.m. CST

    "Try the eggs benedict Mr. Reese, I've had them many times."

    by whatevillurks

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 11:34 p.m. CST

    I *aggressively* do not watch WHITNEY

    by Greggers

    I push extra hard and fast on the remote control button when I turn the tv off, and just for a brief moment, I hate the world for creating such a horrible, horrible thing.

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Hey, Winger....you going home alone?

    by Bobo_Vision

    Gayyyyyyy!!

  • Nov. 3, 2011, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Whitney is still on and I don't care. I'm over it.

    by Isaac R.

    Just like I'm over the ex that she so reminds me of. Yep. Over it.

  • Sorry to say her show isn't funny though.

  • Nov. 4, 2011, 2 a.m. CST

    Avanced Gay?

    by Frizzurd

    Great another show with gay stereotypes...cuz all gay men act like panzys and no straight men do......*cough* Ashton Kutcher *cough*

  • Nov. 4, 2011, 2:14 a.m. CST

    POI reminds me of Vengeance Unlimited

    by Charles Calthrop

    And that's a good thing. I enjoy watching a raspy-voiced tough guy in a suit helping people by beating the crap out of bad guys. And did anyone else notice Saundra Santiago from Miami Vice as the mob widow?

  • Nov. 4, 2011, 4:47 a.m. CST

    B&B kicks ass

    by DynamixRo

    Can't remember the last time I laughed so many times in 20 minutes.

  • Nov. 4, 2011, 5:15 a.m. CST

    Wanted this for a while

    by FrodoFraggins

    I was close to quitting this site due to you completely ignoring shows like Dexter and Supernatural. The ratings posts were a step in the right direction. Unfortunately I don't watch anything on thursdays.

  • Nov. 4, 2011, 7:16 a.m. CST

    Person of Interest is the only good new show.

    by SID 8.0

    Reminds me of the Equalizer a very New York show. Glad to see it doing well in the ratings.

  • Nov. 4, 2011, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Loved the ending of The Mentalist too.

    by SID 8.0

    Hey you want to be the new king you have to take out the old one first.

  • "Wow, this girl is a terrible actor...uh huh huh...(long pause) Wait a minute, I think this is real." Beavis: "Ohhh oh yeah...so she isn't a bad actor....just a bad person. hnn hnn" I almost fell over laughing!

  • Nov. 4, 2011, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Always Sunny? Anyone?

    by Monkey Butler

    "God dammit I hate gin! Dee you bitch!" killed me.

  • Nov. 4, 2011, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Cornelius Hawthorne

    by rakesh patel

    hilarious! Community occasionally can be quite uneven but for the last couple of eps has been back at the top of its game. Not quite understanding how Britta all of a sudden has become the villiage idiot so to speak. or is it just me?

  • Nov. 4, 2011, 10:08 a.m. CST

    "I predict you will be going to Toot's alone..."

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    God how I've missed B&B...

  • Nov. 4, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST

    is at odds with...

    by OfficerJunior

    community, someone above described it as uneven, i think that's an apt description. Having B&B back is fuckin awesome, in many ways it feels likes they haven't missed a step. Katy Perry's video was hilarious. Have to disagree with the rips on Parks and Rec. That show is great, last nights episode was a winner.

  • Nov. 4, 2011, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Parks & Rec killed it last nite.

    by Cheif Brody

    Ron profiteering off the Doomsday Cult with flutes was hilarious. <p> Andy being disappointed on how miniscule $1000 felt in his hand, til the teller gave it to him in ones....then wanting it in nickles!! "A BILLION NICKLES!!". <p> Leslie fumbling when the hot reporter asked about Ben's relationship status..."Keep yer pants on!...cuz...those are...nice pants! Ya wanna go shopping with me...for more pants?" Too funny. <p> Anyone who didn't think Tom & Jean-Ralphio's final party was over the top hilarious is brain dead. A tiger? A drumline? 3 levels of VIP rooms? Ridiculous. Also funny how Tom finally got something RIGHT for once...but still felt it coulda been better...just like April not being able to find anything to complain about looking at the Grand Canyon. "Where's the heads? Y'know...the presidents?" -Andy. Priceless. Show needs to find something for Rob Lowe & Rashida Jones to do, tho. Those two are kinding drifting in the fringes.

  • Nov. 4, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Herc Im guessing you're not a fan of Always Sunny?

    by sunwukong86

    I never see it mentioned on this site

  • Nov. 4, 2011, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Goddamn Beavis and Butthead = funniest show of the night

    by Mr. Voodoo Potato Head

    "What's that on his hat?" "That's his name so he won't get lost."

  • But the nerds won't watch it since there isn't any super geeks to relate to in it and it has a vague connection to sports. Any mention of athletics brings up all those bad memories of ass kickings and pantsings by the girls field hockey team.

  • Nov. 4, 2011, 2:04 p.m. CST

    The fact that no one is talking about The Office...

    by MoneyGrabSequel

    confirms that this show has run it's course. I am a huge fan who thought the show would be fine this season....wrong. Hate to say it but it sucks without Michael Scott...one more *meh* episode and I'm out. Only Stanley made me laugh last night.

  • Nov. 4, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST

    It's time to take the office out to pasture...

    by Jimbo08lak

    Last nights epeisode was worse the season seven's Christening. I mean, seriously? Since when does the office revolve around such situational comedy?

  • Nov. 4, 2011, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Beavis and Butthead

    by NinjaChampion

    This episode was better than the last. I just wish they would show more videos instead of reality shows. The boys missed out on a lot and it'd be interesting to see what they have to say about some of the videos that came out since 97. And it was nice to see Tom Anderson again.

  • Nov. 4, 2011, 8:35 p.m. CST

    if geeks aren't watching the big bang theory

    by rakesh patel

    then who the hell is?

  • Nov. 4, 2011, 9:15 p.m. CST

    B&B had me laughing more than anything...

    by MST3KPIMP

    realy good 2cnd ep and reminded me of the early days. Funnier than South Park fer shure.

  • Nov. 5, 2011, 7:01 a.m. CST

    mr x re: BBT

    by Rebel Scumb

    To me BBT feels like to geeks, what white actors in blackface would be to actual black people. Its not a show for geeks, its a show for non-geeks to laugh AT geeks. Community is the real geek show. a show by geeks, for geeks

  • Nov. 5, 2011, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Rules of Engagement beat the Office

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

    That's funny and sad at the same time.

  • Nov. 5, 2011, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Big bang theory

    by Redmantle

    Looks really really terrible- I watched two minutes of it once and was bored to tears. Community I love. "Geek" culture, isn't just for geeks, that's what BBT doesn't get. They have these uber-nerds into comics and stuff- and it's ridiculous. You can be into comics and sci-fi and be cool and be good with women and be socially adept. It's 2011.

  • The Screech from Saved by the Bell/Steve Urkel approach to nerds. But as was aptly pointed out on Parks and Rec a few weeks ago (TREAT YO SELF!) Geek culture has now supplanted mainstream popculture in many ways. When I was 13 (roughly 20 years ago) I remember comic book conventions just being a bunch of nerdy guys. I went to the Toronto con this past summer and its a pretty even split of girls/guys ratio, much broader range of ages to. The way I see it, everyone is geeky about something. Even jocks. They're geeky about sports. Some people are geeks about music, or cars or cooking or whatever.

  • Nov. 6, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST

    BBT Vs Community

    by rakesh patel

    Community wins hands down. It's a pity it doesn't get the ratings it deserves. (even if it is on NBC) BBT for me is more background Muzak then anything else. Is community is geek culture? In my book it's more pop culture then anything else. and on the women fron on bbt they seem to all be doing alright on the women front.. apart from Raj