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Dead Set: Zombies vs. Reality Stars

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We’ve saved the best for last during our annual Indie Screams festival. At midnight tonight we will start unveiling British import Dead Set one episode at a time. Tune in each night at midnight to watch the dead cause mayhem and murder in the streets of England. Then as a special trick or treat on Halloween, you can spend your day locked inside with a home made flamethrower and an unlucky housemate (a.k.a. zombie fodder) and watch the entire mini-series beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

In Dead Set, we finally get an answer to the age old question of what would happen if the zombie invasion happened during the taping of reality television show. The show begins as cast members from Big Brother start to realize that their housemate elimination ceremony is not the biggest drama out there. Seems the television-viewing audience is too busy fending off zombies to tune in.

But when facing down the undead or reality television stars, who is scarier? A face-eating zombie or Frenchy from Rock of Love? We make an analysis:

At least zombies don’t spit on you, unlike these contestants from VH1’s I Love Money who are participating in the Spit Olympics. Um, zombies aren’t animals, okay?

Kody from TLC’s Sister Wives has skeeved out a nation with his lifestyle AND hairstyle. He seems to do nothing but impregnate his many wives, say creepy things and mousse his hair. Zombies would never bother with mousse.:

Zombies don’t make out on national television, unlike the housemates of Big Brother. You’re mother is watching, young lady!:

Zombies just eat your brains, they don’t throw a table at you like Bravo’s Real Housewives of New Jersey:

At least zombies won’t give you stripping lessons (or the herpes) like the girls from VH1’s Rock of Love:

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As Entertainment Weekly’s Dalton Ross explains, “For anyone who has yearned to see Big Brother contestants devoured by a pack of flesh-eating zombies–and honestly, who hasn’t?–I give you Dead Set.” And with behavior like this, we definitely Team Zombie.

The first episode of Dead Set airs tonight at midnight eastern time.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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