Category Archives: Television

Poor Scholars Television Email Exchange

shamelessBY SCOTT PHILLIPS AND BRIAN CHIMINO

During the week, Poor Scholars staff member Scott Phillips and new staff member, Brian Chimino, spend a lot of time talking about the latest and greatest that television has to offer.

Here’s Brian and Scott on a few shows returning like Shameless, Community and Justified while also talking a bit about True Detective and the other shows they are catching up on.

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Archer Vice returns: How the show has changed backgrounds

AS_Krav_Maga_Stance_FIXBY BRIAN GODAR

Archer returned for its highly anticipated fifth season this January, but it’s more of a reboot than a continuation. It even has a new name: Archer Vice. Before this season began, Adam Reed, the show’s creator, executive producer, and sole writer, let slip that he had gotten bored with writing about bungling spies, Cold War espionage, and covert missions, and would rather focus on something flashier: one literal ton of pure Colombian cocaine.

That’s right, Archer breaks bad. It wasn’t a huge stretch of the imagination, as drug dealing fits right in with Archer’s boozing, partying, prostituting, and general morally ambiguous lifestyle. The new season brought a new decade of style to the show, as well.

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Amazon’s comedy pilots reviewed: Are they any good?

alphahouseBY ALEX RUSSELL

Amazon recently announced a run of eight possible comedy pilots that they would stream to see if anyone liked them. They said they’d buy the ones people like. I previewed them here and basically hated them. I think anything’s worth 22 minutes, though, so I decided to watch them.

I reviewed the first four pilots here.

Are the other four any good? Let’s get into it.

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Big Screen to Small Screen: Shutter Island

shutter_islandBY TROY PHILLIPS

Sometimes its fun to envision what your favorite movie would look like if it were produced for television. Television audiences crave the more detailed and drawn-out storytelling measures of the small screen, so at Poor Scholars we decided to take movies we enjoyed and pitch them as television shows. Of course, these would never actually happen — nor would we probably want to see network execs butcher our favorite movies — but it is fun to think about. This week, Poor Scholars’ Troy Phillips imagines Shutter Island as a television series.

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An unbiased look at the beginnings of Arrested Development

ADBY TROY PHILLIPS

Arrested Development has one of the most ravenous cult followings of any television show to ever air, but there were also many people who didn’t properly give the critically acclaimed comedy a chance as it got the ax after three seasons on Fox due to low ratings. Now with the return of Arrested Development’s new season exclusively to Netflix streaming on May 26th, the excitement is mounting for the return of the Bluth family. Over the next month, Poor Scholars will be unleashing plenty of Arrested Development-related content but since Poor Scholars’ own Troy Phillips was born in the ’90s and far too young to watch Arrested Development during its initial run — and knew little to nothing about the show other than our other staff members’ rave reviews —  we assigned him the task of giving his unbiased opinion on the first three episodes of the series using a traffic lighting grading system that he created. 

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Amazon’s comedy pilots reviewed: Are they any good?

oneBY ALEX RUSSELL

Amazon recently announced a run of eight possible comedy pilots that they would stream to see if anyone liked them. They said they’d buy the ones people like. I previewed them here and basically hated them. I think anything’s worth 22 minutes, though, so I decided to watch them.

Are they any good? Let’s get into the first four:

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Real World: Portland – Hurricane Nia has made landfall (with Power Rankings)

By PAT FLYNN

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If you watched last week’s episode, Joi’s decision to leave meant one thing.

That tall black chick that was decking everyone in the preseason trailer is coming in.

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Inside Amy Schumer: Gross name, great show

amyschumerBY ALEX RUSSELL

The very first scene in Amy Schumer’s new Comedy Central show begins with Amy trying out for a role in a “project” which turns out to be a remake of the famously graphic 2 Girls 1 Cup. Where can it possibly go from there?

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Patton Oswalt’s improvised Star Wars filibuster kills it on Parks and Rec

(Photo credit: Entertainment Weekly)

(Photo credit: Entertainment Weekly)

BY SCOTT PHILLIPS

I don’t know how, but somehow, NBC’s Parks and Recreation just keeps getting better. Some on the Poor Scholars staff, myself included, recognize the greatness of Parks and Rec, but hopefully others will join in on the fun after seeing Patton Oswalt’s EPIC 8-minute Star Wars-themed filibuster that he did as a cameo for this week’s episode.

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