Fox conspiring to destroy the animated sitcom

Fox has bought TWO new series featuring Russell Brand, the UK’s answer to Adam Sandler (or, as Heinrich suggests, the Brits’ idea of payback for Madonna). Besides an unscripted late night show on FX, Katy Perry’s husband has been tapped to appear in an animated comedy about himself. It’s written and produced by the team behind “Bob’s Burgers,” a show I’ve never read about, heard anyone discuss or watch. Not exactly buzzworthy, much like the network’s desperate attempt to bring back 2004 with an animated version of  “Napoleon Dynamite.” I don’t have to watch “Allen Gregory” to know I don’t like a…

The only thing worse than a hack …

Is a hack who contends he isn’t. Ladies and gentleman, Garry Marshall, the man who introduced Robin Williams to a gullible public and director of such gems as “Runaway Bride,” “Exit to Eden,” “Valentine’s Day” and it’s follow-up, “New Year’s Eve”: In Marshall’s defense, he was a part of one of the smartest comedy scenes ever written, from “Lost in America.” Needless to say Marshall neither wrote or directed it.

Hollywood is over: Sitcom edition

The scores of promos for “Whitney” during last Sunday night’s Falcons game promised something awful. It delivered. Our heroine is rather less randy, and the central scene of the Whitney pilot concerns her effort to reheat a sex life that has reached a cryogenic temperature. To spice things up, Whitney gets herself a naughty nurse outfit, with the little white cap and frilly red knickers, and she surprises Alex with a frisky show of medical-care coquetry, pouting that he needs to check in for an appointment. Committing to the role-playing, she establishes that preliminaries will involve his filling out a lot of…

Humorless queen du jour

Not everyone was amused by Greg the flamboyant kid on “Curb”: Name: Stuffed Animal Date posted: 9/13/2011 4:42:08 PM Hometown: Kansas City Comment: I despise any kind of crude humor that sneers at Gay identity, but it really infuriates me when children are involved. Gay and Transgender kids catch holy Hell from other kids; they don’t need adults adding to their misery. I don’t care how ‘supportive’ Larry David is of Gay Rights, he needs to f*cking get a clue.