Reaper is one of my favorite new shows. Temporarily the show was of the air because of the writer’s strike. And then almost got canceled ! As was another new, good, death themed show Pushing Daises (and that show was of course created by the Dead Like Me guy). But Reaper managed to get back on its feet and is finishing out the season. The show is becoming a weird, clearing house of other cool things.
I’ve mentioned on this blog before that Reaper has Kevin Smith as an executive producer, and he just finished shooting his new movie Zach and Mira Make a Porno film (oh MySpace, what would I do without you). But the show has taken a twist that I’m pretty surprised about. For most of the series the “A story” has been that the main character, Sam, chases a demon and gets visits from the AWESOME Twin Peaks bad daddy Ray Wise. And the “B story” was initially Sam’s parents talking about selling his soul. Then it was his girlfriend/not girlfriend at work, then it was his new girlfriend. But last week a new storyline started.
They brought in two guys from the fantastic, short lived MTV comedy show The State; Ken Marino and Michael Ian Black. Marino’s big character from the show was a guy walking around with golf ba lls yelling “I’m gonna dip my balls in it!” Maybe doesn’t sound too funny in print-but it was funny. And Black is actually one third of the current comedy group Stella, who and they had a show on Comedy Central a few years back, and of course 3 people from The State are the core of the Reno 911 show.
All these connections! I feel like a gossip columnist. But its more mixed up than that. Check this out; Black ALSO just wrote a new movie called Run Fat Boy Run. And that stars Simon Pegg, who is no stranger to being a write and an actor, from the Shaun of the Dead movie and Hot Fuzz. And speaking of writer/actor/directors, Run was directed by Friends alumni David Schwimmer. How weird is that? I remember seeing what I thought was his first movie years ago. It was a movie about a guy who comes back to his home town for a friend’s funeral and ends up having some sex with the guy’s mother. The Pallbearer. Didn’t do very well, but I liked the color of the film. But I think he was in Twenty Bucks after that. I even remember him from the Wonder Years-I didn’t even know about Friends until it had been on the air almost 5 years. ANNNYYWAY, those are my connections for the night.
I would love to talk about this week’s South Park, it was SO good. They did a whole Heavy Metal movie spoof . But I talked about the show JUST last week, and I’m not trying to turn this into a SP blog!