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5 Shows After Dark: Who Wants to See THAT Medal Podium?

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | July 29, 2012 | Comments ()


"2012 Olympic Summer Games" on NBC at 7:00pm ET. As much as I really do love the Olympics, I find myself bewildered by the coverage that NBC is providing. Every time. Also, I've seen about a billion interviews with Michael Phelps so far and I'm just starting to feel sorry for the guy that he keeps having to talk to people like Ryan Seacrest. I'm wondering if it's half the reason the guy is planning on retiring.

"Hillbilly Handfishin'" on Animal Planet at 8:00pm ET. It's always interesting to see what kind of counter-programming networks think they should put on when the Olympics are happening. So, those of you who hate the Olympics or the NBC Olympic coverage can always watch people squatting in muddy rivers trying to grab catfish around the gills with their bare hands. Exciting!

"True Blood" on HBO at 9:00pm ET.

"Breaking Bad" on AMC at 10:00pm ET.

"The Newsroom" on HBO at 10:00pm ET.

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  • ,

    I have to pay attention to the Olympics as part of my job, unfortunately. So I'm off yesterday and today and enjoying a blissfully Olympics-free life ("The Abyss" was on Movieplex last night: , FTW!). Except in the restaurant yesterday, where the TV facing me had on swimming and gymnastics and I couldn't look much of anywhere else. Bah. Food was good though.

  • Jezzer

    For Michael Phelps, it's a chance to once again come across in interviews as so profoundly brain damaged that people hit wikipedia after seeing him fumble at Seacrest's softballs to double-check that his sport isn't boxing.

    For Seacrest, it's a chance to hang out with incredibly fit young men in Speedos and feel faint.

  • Irina

    Dunno how they do it in other European countries, but we have full-day coverage of the Olympics, several national channels cover them and switch live transmissions from one to the other, plus there's always Eurosport. Of course some sports slip through the cracks but if you want to take two weeks off work and watch the whole thing, I imagine you really could. No interviews, no puff pieces, no human stories, just sports (with some pretty decent commentary too, I might add). It's good to be in Europe this time of the year.

  • dahlia6

    Noodling. Noodling! FUCKING NOODLING! THAT IS WHAT IT IS CALLED! This stupid hillbilly handfishing crap just pisses me off. Its a stupid sport for stupid people, but at least get the ding-dong name right, Animal Planet.

    I hope Shark Week eats your ass.

  • Mitchell Hundred

    Ryan Seacrest won't be able to retire for long. He loves him some limelight.

  • Reginald

    True Blood and Breaking Bad for me!!

  • Clancys_Daddy

    Actually you don't grab them by the gill, it's a great way to get your hand cut up. You put a hand in their mouth or a rope through the mouth and gill slit. Then you hang on.

  • Fredo

    Nevermind this honky shit! "Black Dynamite" is on Adult Swim!

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