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‘Todd Margaret’ So Far

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It’s Friday, which means that we have a new episode of The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret airing tonight at 10 p.m. ET. The show was created and written by David Cross of Arrested Development fame and follows the (mis) adventures of consummate liar and lousy salesman, Todd Margaret. Todd Margaret has an incredible cast, who you can meet here and gets even more awkwardly hilarious as the season progresses.

Before you kick back, crack open a can of ThunderMuscle, and watch tonight’s episode, here’s a quick recap with some audio visual aids to get you up-to-speed before the third installment.

After impressing his boss Brent Wilts (Will Arnett) with his drive, determination, and dirty mouth (based on repeating what he hears on a motivational CD called “Don’t Be Such A Pussy”), Todd is unexpectedly given the task of launching the company’s new product in the UK Market:

But before Todd can move to London, he has a few things to attend to. He leaves his cat with a month’s supply of tuna and a strong admonish to not eat it all at once and then heads off to break up with his girlfriend (Amber Tamblyn). Unfortunately his girlfriend isn’t particularly convinced that she either lives up to (or wants) the title “girlfriend”:

So what is Todd’s illustrious new job? Well he simply has to introduce jolly old England to a newfangled North Korean energy drink called, Thundermuscle. Todd has nothing to worry about though, because a good salesman can sell even an undoubtedly toxic energy drink. Unfortunately the ThunderMuscle goes straight to Todd’s head:

In episode two, A Plan is Hatched and a Date is not a Date, Todd wakes up on the floor of his dismal apartment, covered in a wide assortment of disgusting things. His assistant Dave calls seemingly just to remind him that he has yet to sell any ThunderMuscle. Before going to the office, Todd stop by the cafe to try and repair his reputation with cafe owner and novice molecular gastronomist, Alice (Sharon Horgan), by explaining that he donated blood to a poor cancer stricken girl:

At the office, Todd hatches a plan to sneak ThunderMuscle onto a grocery store’s shelves to drum up demand. Dave helpfully suggests a quaint little shop called Sainsbury’s. Todd instructs Dave to execute the plan alone, because he has asked Alice out for a drink. Todd is so certain that the drink is actually a date that he stops off for a little protection. You know, just in case:

To help make a good impression on Alice, Dave (Blake Harris) sends him to a shop to pick up some fancy new classic British duds. Unfortunately David is a bit ticked off at his boss for making him implement his plan to smuggle the Thundermuscle into Sainsbury’s:

Unsurprisingly, Todd’s date does not go well, but he does get Alice into his apartment. Unfortunately she sees a little shrine he has set up that includes a teddy bear and the condom. Todd tries to explain it away (extremely badly) and Alice runs from the Awkward. Todd ends the evening with a little trip to Sainsbury’s and when he sees the enormous store, even chucklehead that he is realizes that sneaking cans on to the shelves was probably a poor decision.

Want to see what happens next? Tune in to The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret on IFC at 10 p.m. ET

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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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