What to Watch on IFC: January 30 – February 5


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As we move into February winter is really getting on our last nerve. So we’re giving you lots of good reasons to stay inside. Including, of course, a new episode of “Portlandia” on Friday.

Here’s what to watch this week on IFC:


Who says Friday should get all the frights? Monday can be pretty morbid, too, so we’re showing the graphic-novel-turned-movie “From Hell” all about Jack the Ripper at 8/7c. It stars Johnny Depp so no one in your house will be complaining. We won’t leave you on the edge of your seat without trying to scare your pants off, so we’re also showing “Ginger Snaps.” If you don’t know the film, a fearsome transformation takes place after a death-obsessed teen (Katharine Isabelle) and her sister (Emily Perkins) are attacked by a supernatural beast.


If you ever wonder what Angelina Jolie saw in Billy Bob Thornton, watch his performance in “Monster’s Ball.” His eloquent and understated turn as a racist prison-guard who has an intense affair with a black woman after her husband dies on death row is nothing short of mesmerizing. And his performance is nothing compared to Halle Berry’s Oscar-winning turn as a woman with nothing to lose. It starts at 8/7c and don’t be late, because you won’t want to miss a minute.


Guess the movie: A conflict between black and Jewish gangsters in New York City and a case of mistaken identity land a man (Josh Hartnett) in the middle of a revenge plot of a crime boss (Morgan Freeman). It’s a taut thriller that twists and turns its way through an underworld of crime and revenge. Yep, it’s “Lucky Number Slevin” at 8/7 c and you’re going to love it.


In “Lock Up,” a jailed hero (Sylvester Stallone) is sent to a twisted warden’s (Donald Sutherland) private hell all for the crime of escaping to see his dying father. Do you really need to know anything other than Sly Stallone and Donald Sutherland? NO. Well, wait: It starts at 10:15/9:15 c


It’s Friday, which means only one thing: New episodes of “Portlandia” and “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret.” Watch as Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and David Cross entertain you for an hour, much like little monkeys wearing adorable outfits and tiny hats while dancing to organ music, but without the awkward coin tossing and inevitable letters from PETA. The fun starts at 10/9c and don’t forget you can live chat with other fans during the show right here on IFC.com.


It’s a winter Saturday, but we’re pretending it’s midsummer when we air the perfect summer camp comedy “Meatballs” at 6/5 c. But when it comes to summer fun, you know the best stuff happens after hours, so we’re also showing the 90s Kid N’ Play classic “House Party” at 8/7 c. So put on your shortest shorts, whip up some s’mores and spray your hair up high high high because it’s summer. Sort of.


Whatever your Sunday ritual is (church, brunch, sleeping) we have one thing it doesn’t have: A double dose of Ellen Ripley a.k.a. Sigourney Weaver. If you find yourself about to ask “Who is Ellen Ripley?” save yourself the humiliation of being hopelessly out of the best-movies-ever loop and just tune in at 6/5 c when we are showing “Alien” followed by “Alien 3.”

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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

Frank and Lamar


IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

Sport Court

Sport Court gavel

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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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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