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What Does Ain’t It Cool’s TV Critic Think Of THE AVENGERS?? Herc Also Chats Up PARKS AND RECREATION Mastermind (And Mose Schrute Alter Ego) Michael Schur!! Listen And Call In LIVE
At 8 p.m. PT Saturday!!

Published at: May 5, 2012, 3:54 a.m. CST

I am – Hercules!!

Every Saturday night for the few months I’ve been quietly guesting on something called “Ask Mr. KERN,” a radio show out of California that most of the time quickly wends its way to Geek Matters.

One of the key topics tonight is Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers.” I’m told we’re going FULL SPOILER MODE on this one.

We're also chatting on-air tonight with “Parks And Recreation” creator/showrunner Michael Schur, the former SNL writer who plays Dwight Schrute’s cousin Mose on “The Office.”

The radio show airs Saturday 8:05 p.m. to 10 p.m. Pacific Time.

No matter where you are you can listen to the show LIVE by hitting the “Listen Live” button at kernradio.com.

Best of all, you, constant reader, can join this very nerdy conversation.

The toll-free call-in line is:
1-800-640-5376

Call in drunk, as I always do, but watch your language. This is not a podcast. This monster goes out over the air on all 50,000 watts of Central California’s KERN-AM.

Be there. Mahalo.

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  • May 5, 2012, 4 a.m. CST

    Herc talking about Whedon is like beaks talking about rape

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    The radio studio will be full of more man juice than a Thai brothel

  • May 5, 2012, 5:40 a.m. CST

    Saw The Avengers on Weds

    by newc0253

    It is awesome.

  • May 5, 2012, 6:27 a.m. CST

    private screening

    by mitt

    Just had a private screening of this film with some of my Mormon budz. We all agreed it was the best, most moving political film we ever saw. Lemme tellya, we were all jumping up and down when that iron fella blew up those hobo bums falling through a hole in the sky. Thats the only way to deal with those lefty occupiers who want to ruin our cities. Then, after his work is done, going back to his penthouse to "chill". Lemme tellya, I can relate to that... ha, ha. Still can't figure out what happened to that bumblebee fella...didn't see him at all. Maybe next November we can start making this real Call me Mittster

  • May 5, 2012, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Spot on miyamoto

    by Xiphos_2

    You locked that one down.

  • May 5, 2012, 8 a.m. CST

    That's a LOT of man juice.

    by gotilk

    Great show, Herc. I've been diggin' it.

  • I had to miss the end of the Cabin in the Woods show because I had not seen the movie yet at the time. I have seen it since. And it was awesome!

  • May 5, 2012, 10:46 a.m. CST

    L.H.

    by gotilk

    They have an *audio vault*, but so far it's been far too much like Capone's vault. Minus the puzzled and embarrassed Geraldo.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:54 a.m. CST

    gotilk - Yeah, I've been there.

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    The echoes are amazing...

  • May 5, 2012, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Podcast...

    by WeLiveStill...OrNot

    ... is coming. At least that's the word I got. Hopefully... soon...

  • May 5, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST

    buckethead50

    by WeLiveStill...OrNot

    You can call into the show and talk about whatever you like. The moto of the show is... "You keep it clean, we'll keep you on". But it ain't a political show. Mainly it deals with all things pop culture.

  • May 5, 2012, 6:34 p.m. CST

    l.h.puttgrass

    by Hercules

    yes, and very soon.

  • May 5, 2012, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Just came from Avengers.

    by skydemon

    Pure FUN! Loved it. A well fitting link to previous films in the same chain.

  • May 5, 2012, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Loki

    by Hercules

    is dark-haired and handsome, but likely not as rich as Romney and Bobby Newport.

  • May 5, 2012, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Thanks, Herc. Good to know.

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    It is a pretty good show.

  • May 5, 2012, 9:50 p.m. CST

    shermdawg

    by Hercules

    I'm trying to destroy SNL. We do talk to "Parks and Recreation" mastermind Mike Schur a bit about his work on SNL tonight, if that's any consolation.

  • May 5, 2012, 9:54 p.m. CST

    I tried to log in and listen, but...

    by Don

    I was five minutes early and heard some right-wing loon yammering about the gold standard and the free market and a bunch of other hackneyed b.s. Sorry about your tin-foil hat wearing lead in.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Those on iPads and iPhones use the Tune In Radio free app

    by Sequitur

    Thanks Herc

  • May 5, 2012, 10:06 p.m. CST

    and the show is on.....

    by gotilk

    I'm in.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:06 p.m. CST

    And the show starts...

    by L.H.Puttgrass

  • May 5, 2012, 10:08 p.m. CST

    gotilk - Hey, watch that...

    by L.H.Puttgrass

  • May 5, 2012, 10:11 p.m. CST

    Glad the interview is in the second hour...

    by gotilk

    because I have to be in and out for a while. Great show guys.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Made me feel VERY mortal.

    by gotilk

    But mostly I'm in shock still, really.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:13 p.m. CST

    Are you calling in, LH?

    by gotilk

    I will if I get the chance.

  • I've got Norton running a full scan, Google Chrome with AICN, and KERN on the Triton Digital Live Player. All because my Asus G74SX-A2 Laptop started showing me the Blue Screen of DEATH about a week ago. I've been too busy with work to fix it. To answer your question, I don't know. Just listening and doing some chores.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Avengers kicked my butt, really loved it.

    by gotilk

    Captain America is still my favorite of the bunch, still. But by a HAIR.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Sorry the laptop took a stinker, L.H.

    by gotilk

    I hate when that happens. BSOD is a nightmare, mostly because it's so hard to tell sometimes if it's hardware or software. Memory errors can be memory.... or it could be a lie and it's the power supply. (happened to me about 10 times in 5 years)

  • May 5, 2012, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Tina.

    by gotilk

    Tell me about your garage!! lol Love the ads.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Holy cow he said my name right.

    by gotilk

    That's a first. Congrats. I've heard everything from gotlik to goatlicker.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:41 p.m. CST

    I think someone even called me Susan.

    by gotilk

    But my memory is vague.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Hottest *Death*? Easy.

    by gotilk

    Adam Carolla, Family Guy.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Guardians Of The Galaxy was a HUGE favorite comic

    by gotilk

    for me when I first discovered comics.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:44 p.m. CST

    having shawarma!

    by bluebalrog

  • May 5, 2012, 10:45 p.m. CST

    Thanos is for Avengers 2 not Iron Man 3.

    by Sequitur

    Nm

  • May 5, 2012, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Ooooo, I was mentioned on a radio station...

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    The people at Witness Protection are going to kill me. Or would, if I was a member.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:47 p.m. CST

    Here is the End scene Herc

    by Sequitur

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TgUFv6-ATg&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  • May 5, 2012, 10:48 p.m. CST

    Avengers nitpick

    by bluebalrog

    ...after the epic battle between Thor and Iron Man, in fact, all the beatdown that Iron Man takes through the movie...Thor just casually pops off the face plate after Stark falls back to earth?? doesn't that seem odd to anyone else?

  • May 5, 2012, 10:48 p.m. CST

    The second stinger is very reminiscent of a Letterman bit.

    by Shermdawg

    Y'know the ones where they'll cut to the Hello Deli and Tom Hanks or someone is sitting down eating.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Hear that, Choppah? You've been called out.

    by gotilk

    Now you gotta show up.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:49 p.m. CST

    But be careful.

    by gotilk

    You might not be glad that you did. lol

  • May 5, 2012, 10:50 p.m. CST

    That must be the "reshoots" they did not too long ago.

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    I guess...

  • May 5, 2012, 10:53 p.m. CST

    l.h.puttgrass

    by gotilk

    Yeah, I'm almost sure that's what they shot. It makes sense.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Yes, they filmed that scene after the UK premiere.

    by Shermdawg

  • May 5, 2012, 10:53 p.m. CST

    My Avengers nitpick

    by CelluloidNitrate

    Besides the score, like I said on the air, I only had small technical issues. I'm super happy that Joss was able to pull this off. Thanks for listening, everyone!

  • May 5, 2012, 10:53 p.m. CST

    I'm a randy savage.

    by Shermdawg

    Oh yeah.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:53 p.m. CST

    We may be savages...

    by gotilk

    but at least we don't have filthy commercials. ;)

  • May 5, 2012, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Thanks, sherm... and HI man.

    by gotilk

    I assumed.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:54 p.m. CST

    ...and LOVED

    by bluebalrog

    the Mark VII introduction! thought the briefcase armour from Iron Man 2 was impressive (which it was) but the Mark VII was freakin' awesome!

  • May 5, 2012, 10:55 p.m. CST

    I'm so glad you guys are geeking out about Avengers

    by gotilk

    just as much as I am. My enthusiasm for it is making some close to me nauseous. Of course they haven't seen it yet.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:56 p.m. CST

    I believe they thought if they were shooting some new scenes...

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    ...there wasn't enough time for them to be put in the prints for the international release dates. I guess they made it for the US release. Yay for us.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Coulson on hold was great...

    by gotilk

    Really a perfect moment.

  • May 5, 2012, 10:58 p.m. CST

    That was Jenny Agutter???

    by gotilk

    Holy cow. Oh well, I'll still have fantasies about her in Logan's Run.

  • Seeing as how she was, what? 16?

  • May 5, 2012, 11 p.m. CST

    Get your mind out of the agutter.

    by Shermdawg

  • May 5, 2012, 11 p.m. CST

    Coulson

    by CelluloidNitrate

    After his climactic scene, I turned to my theatermate and said "Good ol' Joss." Weird for Marvel to introduce Coulson in the comics mere weeks before his final movie appearance.

  • May 5, 2012, 11 p.m. CST

    Is he saying, "Jenny ADGUTTER"?

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    Eh?

  • May 5, 2012, 11:02 p.m. CST

    re. Coulson ***spoiler***

    by bluebalrog

    any scuttlebutt on whether he's actually dead or gonna be converted into Vision or some other character?

  • May 5, 2012, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Agutter

    by CelluloidNitrate

    To be fair, I only learned the proper annunciation after watching Spaced. Damn us yanks.

  • May 5, 2012, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Savages

    by WeLiveStill...OrNot

    I like the savages on here... but you cats can piss me off but good. So says MrKERN....

  • May 5, 2012, 11:09 p.m. CST

    Coulson?

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    Why, he's only stunned. Like a dead parrot.

  • May 5, 2012, 11:16 p.m. CST

    welivestill...ornot

    by gotilk

    Boy, aint that the truth.

  • May 5, 2012, 11:16 p.m. CST

    puttgrass

    by WeLiveStill...OrNot

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  • May 5, 2012, 11:17 p.m. CST

    I haven't really watched this show.

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    But these guys seem to really love their celebrity / starlet flesh. Not that there's anything wrong with that...

  • May 5, 2012, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Oh and since you're in Kern county

    by gotilk

    Please flip off the highway patrol for me. They've cost me about 1500 bucks over the years. Damn speed traps.

  • May 5, 2012, 11:18 p.m. CST

    The local cops though?

    by gotilk

    Nice guys, they really helped me out once.

  • May 5, 2012, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Premature with the Trek music.

    by gotilk

    And I swear that's never happened before.

  • May 5, 2012, 11:22 p.m. CST

    Ouch, Fringe zinger.

    by gotilk

    That hurt. I'll go make some LSD, then I'll feel better.

  • May 5, 2012, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Yeah Coulson is merely resting.

    by gotilk

    Not pining for the fiords.

  • May 5, 2012, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Actually...

    by gotilk

    I think he'd like to take a walk.

  • May 5, 2012, 11:24 p.m. CST

    They must be very small children.

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    Toddlers even.

  • May 5, 2012, 11:25 p.m. CST

    gotilk

    by WeLiveStill...OrNot

    The cops around here are a tad scary but they keep the peace. I could tell you a few persoal stories though.

  • May 5, 2012, 11:32 p.m. CST

    welivestill...ornot

    by gotilk

    THAT I would love to hear about. Please make it a show topic at some point. *Sir, do you know how fast you were going?* *Umm... yeah, about 20 mph slower than you clocked me at.* (600 dollars later)

  • May 5, 2012, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Parks and Rec is funny.

    by gotilk

    It has a bit of that discomfort comedy feel that the office had, but with , I think, a few more actual *out loud* laughs. I hadn't really given it a real chance until these last couple of episodes. Paul Rudd REALLY elevated things, he was hilarious.

  • May 5, 2012, 11:35 p.m. CST

    To someone not listening to the show,

    by gotilk

    this talkback must seem really disjointed and bizarre.

  • May 5, 2012, 11:38 p.m. CST

    gotilk

    by WeLiveStill...OrNot

    Then they should be listening. Hell to the yes...

  • May 5, 2012, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Um, concerning that link up there for the 2nd end credits scene.

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    What is it with these smartphone owners who never hold their phones correctly while recording. You're shooting a movie screen that is wider than it is tall! Maybe you should hold your phone that way. Your HD video will look so much better. Just a pet peeve. No harm done.

  • May 5, 2012, 11:45 p.m. CST

    sequitur

    by Hercules

    you are awesome. THANKS!!

  • May 5, 2012, 11:48 p.m. CST

    welivestill...ornot

    by gotilk

    Damn right!

  • May 5, 2012, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Which Klingons will they be? 60's Klingons or modern?

    by Shermdawg

    As far as I know the events of Star Trek: Enterprise exist in both timelines.

  • May 5, 2012, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Whoa. Californians buy their carpets at a place called, "CARPET CAVE"?

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    Okay. It just puts an image in my mind of a bear sleeping in a cave, hibernating if you will, with shag carpet covering everything. And that just gives me the giggles...

  • May 5, 2012, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Sam ...

    by gotilk

    Are you Sherm?? Good question/call. I REALLY REALLY hope that we get Fillion as Pym. Will we now officially be called *The Savages* on these talkbacks? I kinda like it. It fits.

  • Felt a tad cool for a moment. Other than that, KERN COUNTY...REALLY?

  • May 5, 2012, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Enterprise was alright, it just took too long to get good.

    by Shermdawg

    Really great cast on that one. Love me some Jolene Blalock.

  • May 5, 2012, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Why not bring back the Space-Chick that steals Spock's brain?

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    Or not.

  • May 5, 2012, 11:55 p.m. CST

    l.h.puttgrass

    by gotilk

    Yeah that makes me giggle uncontrollably too. I picture a 40-ish guy in a cave, with suspenders on, greasy hair parted on the side, thick-rimmed glasses. He stands awkwardly in their commercials and cannot seem to figure out what to do with his hands as he sort of uncomfortably caresses himself up and down the front of his body like that sexually ambiguous character from old SNL, Pat. And he mouth-breathes.

  • May 5, 2012, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Asimovlives gets a shout-out!!

    by gotilk

    Yeah, his hate for new Trek is almost unnatural. But I like the guy for some reason. I think he's smart as heck.

  • May 5, 2012, 11:57 p.m. CST

    redmammoth !!

    by gotilk

    I remember you from some talkback. I think you helped with something. Great call, man. Welcome!

  • May 5, 2012, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Shermdawg

    by CelluloidNitrate

    Enterprise is like the anti-Deep Space Nine. The bad episodes far outweighed the good.

  • May 5, 2012, 11:58 p.m. CST

    Doesn't like the first season of Lost?

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    Lay in to him gotilk.

  • you MUST pressure him to discuss the idea of him taking over for Matt Smith when he decides to leave Doctor Who. OR the possibility of taking over the role of the Master.

  • May 6, 2012, midnight CST

    WONDERFUL show, guys. Fantastic.

    by gotilk

    Tons of fun, people. Everyone. The hosts, the talkbackers. Great fun. Let's do it again soon, okay?

  • May 6, 2012, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Thanks, Savages

    by WeLiveStill...OrNot

    See you next week! ***kisses***

  • May 6, 2012, 12:02 a.m. CST

    celluloidnitrate

    by gotilk

    I'm mixed on Enterprise. When it worked, it was great. When it didn't, boy was it a stinker. Beyond almost anything else though, that theme song risked ruining the show EVERY damned time for me. It was THAT bad.... *It's been a lahhong road... gettin' from there to heayah..... * ungh! Disturbingly horrific.

  • May 6, 2012, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Redmammoth

    by CelluloidNitrate

    Thank you for the question! I was so excited when I heard the first part of his sentence at Comic-con. That was one of that year's hugest misinterpreted stories. I felt bad setting the record straight for many, many con-goers. -Mike

  • May 6, 2012, 12:03 a.m. CST

    "The bad episodes far outweighed the good."

    by Shermdawg

    I agree. And yes, DS9 is leagues better, but I still enjoyed it....definitely much more than Voyager.

  • May 6, 2012, 12:04 a.m. CST

    redmammoth

    by WeLiveStill...OrNot

    Yeah, Kern County. What can ya do??? We are not ALL rednecks. There are a few brains floating around...

  • May 6, 2012, 12:06 a.m. CST

    gotilk - Your idea for a Carpet Cave commercial.

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    It's as disturbing as some of those It's Pat skits. Very disturbing. Yet funny.

  • May 6, 2012, 12:08 a.m. CST

    i wouldnt be caught dead on that website. laura ingram? really?

    by dahveed1972

  • May 6, 2012, 12:10 a.m. CST

    welivestill...ornot - These floating brains you speak of...

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    ... are they dangerous? Do they attempt to take over your mind or any other bad activities?

  • May 6, 2012, 12:15 a.m. CST

    Was not down with Neelix ...

    by Hercules

    but thought The Doctor and Seven were big fun. I thought Enterprise much, much more wobbly than Voyager. Having said that, I watched every episode of every Star Trek series. If they make more I'll probably watch all of those too. I suspect DS9 will always be my fave. Oh that Garak!

  • May 6, 2012, 12:21 a.m. CST

    Hey! We got to 2nd place on the talkbacks!

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    Yaaaaaaayyyyyy!!

  • May 6, 2012, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Hello? Anybody? Okay, somebody cue the crickets.

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    *chirp-Cheeeee-irp!* *Eeeeeep! Che-irrrrp!* *Cheep-Cheeeep* *chirp-Cheeeee-irp!* *Chee-irp-Cheeeep* Oh, look! A full moon! *Cheep-Cheeeerp* Wow.

  • May 6, 2012, 1:20 a.m. CST

    I didn't like Neelix either.

    by gotilk

    Really bugged me in fact.

  • May 6, 2012, 1:22 a.m. CST

    dahveed1972

    by gotilk

    Yeah, well pretty much all of AM radio is just overwhelmingly Conservative talk. Most of it in the realm of nutbaggery. THIS show, however, bucks the trend. In the extreme. Really fun show.

  • May 6, 2012, 1:27 a.m. CST

    l.h.puttgrass

    by gotilk

    I'm sort of still around. It was great to hang out with you again. The stream is still on, I forgot to close it. Something about the *stop Obama express*. To *save America*. So funny that they don't realize they got the conservative (or at least right-leaning moderate) they wanted in the White House and don't even realize it. He's pretty much Reagan with a soft spot for appearing slightly intelligent. Something tells me the *Stop Obama Express* will stop over in *RomneyIsUnelectableStan* before it comes to the end of the line at *AnyoneButTheMormonTon*. Doesn't bug me that he's a Mormon at all. I know a lot of great people who just happen to also be Mormon. I just think America itself was much more ready for a black president than it is for a Mormon president. As messed up as that is.

  • May 6, 2012, 1:28 a.m. CST

    I mean messed up that people look more at his Mormonism

    by gotilk

    than his policy. Not that people are less worried about the race thing. I'm over-explaining myself again.

  • May 6, 2012, 1:30 a.m. CST

    I liked the polyamourous alien doctor on Enterprise

    by gotilk

    and his really creepy, digitally enhanced grin. But Neelix was annoying, even though I think the actor himself is pretty great.

  • May 6, 2012, 1:32 a.m. CST

    This whole evening really was a blast.

    by gotilk

    Thanks everyone, and have a great night.

  • besides, he was boring, fat and ugly and when nerds pick you to be the star of the show before one episode even airs your days are numbered - unless you have the magic weed *hit*

  • The hot chick/borg combo screamed of desperation.

  • this some good shit man

  • or ai i talking out the other side of my doobie? would not be the first time

  • May 6, 2012, 1:45 a.m. CST

    oh shit weeds really kickin in *hit* shit geetin blurry

    by rosetta the stoned

  • May 6, 2012, 4:41 a.m. CST

    gotilk - Yes, it is cool show.

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    But I'm in the central time zone so I get it from 10 to 12. Had to dvr snl. Its 10:30 to 12. Yes, AM radio is full of conservative talk shows. Many of which feature hosts who go way overboard with their "nutbaggery". I listen to AM radio at work and home while on the computer for "filler" or news, weather, & sports. Some of the talkshows are fairly even-handed, usually the local ones. But some of them aren't. The nationally syndicated ones can be the worst. They can fly off the tracks with humorous results. And sometimes not. Sometimes they can be kinda scary. Ever listen to Savage when he gets to ranting? Yikes. It is a bit lop-sided on the airwaves though. Liberal talkshows are few and far between. Nationally you got NPR and not much else. Remember when they launched Air America? I thought it would work. With all the conservative shows on the air there should have been more than enough of a programming void to fill. Just like right wing radio, they had shows that were usually fair with their content and they had shows that could get as batshit crazy as Michael Savage. For whatever reason, they folded. Hell, Limbaugh has been on since the 80's and they were on for what? 5 years? It's weird how that worked out. Limbaugh tried TV and had to call it quits. They tried to launch a liberal radio network and also had to call it quits. On TV it's almost all liberal except for Fox News and on the radio it's almost all conservative except for NPR. And where are the moderates? I don't know. All I know for sure is that tomorrow I need to get my ass to the theater and see The Avengers! I know I've been spoiled for most of it. But then again, how can you really spoil a movie called The Avengers? If they don't win at the end, then they didn't AVENGE anything, did they? You couldn't call them The Avengers, right? And they are The Avengers. Yes they are.

  • May 6, 2012, 4:48 a.m. CST

    It is A cool show.

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    Dang it. I'm going to bed.

  • May 6, 2012, 6:47 a.m. CST

    L.H.

    by gotilk

    Yeah, I'm not sure why Air America tanked. I heard it was bad management and on air talent that was constantly unhappy and badly managed. Didn't they hire and fire Marc Maron like... 3 times? Bad sign. BTW, I loved Maron's morning show there. Do you remember an obscure but almost nationwide network called the Comedy Network? Man, that was a fun experiment. They had a show that was GREAT with Alan Havey and Susan Olsen (yep. THAT Susan Olsen, Cindy Brady). She was hilarious and odd. I used to call in, as well as a few of the other shows. There's a guy named Wil Wilkins who has a very well known podcast now that I used to chat with almost daily as he was working tech or production at the network at the time. Really fun thing to interact with, I was sad when they collapsed. I think Marc Maron goes into what happened to Air America on his podcast, or maybe in another interview. (Kevin Pollock's Chat Show maybe?) My opinion of why Air America didn't take off? They advertized as the LIBERAL network instead of just having balanced programming and not calling attention to it. AND I think it leaned a little too far to the left. Yes, I lean pretty far to the left as well, but I still have business sense. You know? Also, I don't think they effectively marketed the network. I don't think enough of the people that would have loved the network knew about it. The same reason why I think DISNEY'S john carter failed. Simple as that. Yeah, it had bad marketing... but the Disney name was far too prominent for a property people were not familiar with. Too many assumed it was a kid's movie. Anyway, late response.... sorry. Always cool to chat it up with you.

  • May 6, 2012, 6:51 a.m. CST

    Also...

    by gotilk

    Sometimes, *on the nose* is a bad marketing move. If I wanted to promote communism (an example) in the US, I would NOT start a network called The Commie network. Even Fox is smart enough to not call themselves The CONSERVATIVE RIGHT WING NUTBAG NETWORK. They call themselves *fair and balanced* instead and say things like... we report, you decide. lol

  • May 6, 2012, 9:50 a.m. CST

    No problem Herc

    by Sequitur

    I can watch that scene for days

  • They apparently made a copyright claim. 'cuz they're mean and... well, they work for Disney. ...and they're mean! Mean Old Disney.

  • Oh, I'm so sorry. I meant, the "Disney's John Carter" marketing campaign. *John Carter? Wasn't that Jimmy's brother?* *Yea, I think they called him Johnny though.* *Uh huh, he used to drink all that beer. But why would Disney make a movie about him?* *Dang! Looks like he's hallucinatin' or sumpin'! I ain't bringin' my kids to see some drunk frolickin' wit four armed green people!* *Too bad, though. That tattooed girl is a bit of a looker.* *Yeah, too bad. Roll me anuther one of those, will ya?*

  • May 6, 2012, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Avengers $200M opening

    by dasaroo

    Its official- largest opening ever. Suck it, Whedonhaters. Suck it hard.

  • May 6, 2012, 8:59 p.m. CST

    l.h.puttgrass

    by gotilk

    I'd laugh, because that was funny. But I think it'd turn into a cry.

  • May 6, 2012, 9 p.m. CST

    dasaroo

    by gotilk

    Yep, suck it long and suck it hard. Pretty shiny opening, I'd say.

  • May 7, 2012, 4:42 a.m. CST

    This is the place I have chosen to say this.

    by gotilk

    Even though for the most part it will go unread. I have to say how OVERWHELMED I am with happiness that Mr Whedon has finally received the payday his creativity and talents have always deserved. After seeing Avengers the second time, it hit me and I gotta say I was a little choked up over it. After creating what I would say is the best sci-fi series since Trek, the man just seemed to get shit on over and over. Whoever decided to give him this shot, and I know someone knows who that one special person was (it's always one person in the end, when you really look at it).... THANK YOU! Now..... *getting on knees* Please, whoever makes this decision... Next time out, no matter if it's the next Iron Man, Thor, Avengers.... whatever... No matter HOW much of a pain in the ass it is... NATIVE 3D or NO 3D please. PLEASE? Please no more of these conversions. They are improving, and the Avengers conversion was one of the best,but it's just not the same and you can FEEL and SENSE it. It obviously didn't hurt this one, but it's still a problem. Why not fix it? You don't want to see a grown man beg do you? Why does it matter so much to me? You got an hour of reading time to kill? The reasons vary, from ulterior motives (indoctrinating people into the idea of VR in the mainstream) to just a pure love of these movies. Can you imagine what this would have looked like in native 3d, in an Imax (or even FauxMax) theater? Mind blowing.

  • May 7, 2012, 12:46 p.m. CST

    gotilk - Yup, Disney sure screwed the pooch on that one.

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    The naming of the film and the ad campaign were complete and utter bollocks. People unfamiliar with the Mars books didn't know what Disney was talking about. I seen it in IMAX 3D. And it was a cool time at the movies. I can understand the hate from those who were led astray by the crappy marketing. They thought they were getting movie "A" but instead got movie "B". Anyway, Disney blew a few hundred million on what should have been easy money. Idiots.

  • May 7, 2012, 1:01 p.m. CST

    I saw The Avengers last night!

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    I saw it in 2D because I can't get to an IMAX screen til next weekend. Doesn't matter though! BECAUSE IT WAS FUCKING GREAT!!! Eat it, haters!! And there are haters. Read the bad reviews. There are a few out there. Such sad, sad people. It's like Christmas Day came and they're still pissed! I thought all the characters had good scenes. And the Hulk? Good Lord! Simply a great flick. Give us a smile, Joss! You've earned it.