What might happen if you took “Breaking Bad” and put it in the wayback machine to 1995, mixed a little “Party of Five” and some “Dawson’s Creek” in, with liberal helpings of “Walker, Texas Ranger”? You’d have this opening credit segment for “Breaking Bad,” positioned as a heartwarming family drama, with plenty of laughs, tears and meth. Always meth. [AV Club]
How do I love “Community”? Let me count the ways. There’s Abed and Troy’s Inspector Spacetime hijinks, Jeff Winger’s sassy bon mots, and Annie’s pervasive neuroses. Britta’s awful “therapizing” and Chang’s scheming. “Community” is one of the best-written, funniest shows that nobody watches, and after a terribly long hiatus, it’s back, Thursday February 7. and we will definitely be watching — especially if it involves ridiculously outlandish popcorn pranks like this.
Ever wonder about the real story behind “Downton Abbey”‘s majestic house? Us too. It seems that the real life Lady and Lord Grantham are actually known as the Eighth Earl and Lady Carnarvon. They’ve lived in the house for around 20 years, and have restored it to its pre-war heights. And, they just happen to be friends with Julian Fellowes, the head writer and creator of Downton Abbey.
Explains Lady Carnarvon, the house hadn’t been lived in for more than 50 years when the pair inherited it. Highcler contains more than 50 bedrooms (which aren’t really shown on the show). And the Carnaven family has a story worthy of a “Downton” plot for sure, involving money, illegitimate children and Egyptology. And actually, some of the 5th Earl of Carnaven’s Egypt collection is housed at Highcler today. [CBS]
Will we ever tire of “Breaking Bad” parodies? Not likely. And hopefully the parody machine will continue on long after the show (sadly) ends next year. This time we have Walter White and Jesse Pinkman trying to make a Thanksgiving pie. This Jesse and Walt are two of the most convincing versions of the characters we’ve seen. Does the pie baking end well? See for yourself. [Neatorama]
Back in 1999, Ben Stiller got together his pals Jack Black, Owen Wilson and Ron Silver (playing himself!) to make a failed pilot called “Heat Vision and Jack.” Black plays a renegade astronaut, whose catchphrase is “knowledge is power, for real” and Wilson plays his friend who was accidentally turned into his motorcycle. Ron Silver is the guy out to get both of them. It’s … terrible, but in a totally hilarious way, and I end up watching it at least once a year because it’s so ridiculous. Enjoy! [YouTube]