What to Watch on IFC: December 20-25


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Welcome to the week before Christmas. Isn’t it grand? It’s especially so when we hear Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” when we’re on hold with the credit card company who is wondering why we maxed out our Amex buying the “Portlandia” DVD for everyone in our apartment building. (The answer: Duh. It’s great!) To help cheer ourselves up we’re drinking yule glogg, mulled wine, and wassail (whatever that is) and watching a whole bunch of television.

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:


We’re making you go to summer camp in December without that freezing cold run to the outhouse and, hopefully, better food. That’s right everyone’s favorite comedy “Meatballs” is airing at 8 p.m. ET. Watch Bill Murray dole out sage advice as a camp counselor in this Ivan Reitman classic.


Nothing says Christmas like “American Psycho.” Watching Christian Bale slice, dice, smother, scatter, and chunk his victims just gives meaning to the season, you know? So gather your family around the warming blue glow, pour some wassail, and revel in the holiday cheer at 10 p.m. ET.


Is being snowbound and trapped with your family starting to get to you a little bit? Jack Nicholson totally gets it. And so do we, which is why we’re showing “The Shining” at 11 p.m. ET. The more you watch the movie, the more you realize that your family ain’t so bad. So long as Uncle Murray hasn’t started typing feverishly, Little Jimmy isn’t talking to his finger, and ghostly twins aren’t haunting the upstairs rumpus room, you’re doing a-okay.


Want to see something scary? Of course you do, it’s Friday after all and Friday Night Frights are a long-standing IFC tradition. So tune in tonight at 10 p.m. ET for something really scary. Specifically, “Scary Movie.” The title says it all.


It’s Christmas Eve, which means children around the world are keeping their eyes peeled for a fat man in a red suit to break into their homes and leave them presents. What better time to show “The Hunt for Red October”? Alec Baldwin will show that Santa Claus lookin’-mofo Sean Connery whose the boss for sure. The hunt begins at 8:05 p.m. ET.


Merry Christmas, if you’re into that sort of thing. If not, we have “Freaks and Geeks” all morning and “Malcolm in the Middle” all day and into the night time too. Yet another opportunity to spend time with a family even crazier than yours.

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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.


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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