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  • TV Picks: 'Drunk History,' 'William Shatner's Brown Bag Wine'

    TV Picks: 'Drunk History,' 'William Shatner's Brown Bag Wine'
    "Drunk History" (Comedy Central, Tuesdays). Derek Waters and Jeremy Konners' anthology comedy, Internet-born and cable-polished, returns for a second season on Comedy Central. The premise is a process and the process is this: A person, typically a professionally funny person -- but not in this case trying to be funny -- deeply versed in the particulars of a historical event or personage, gets drunk, really drunk, and tells the story; the story is then staged and filmed, with actors lip-syncing the storyteller's dialogue. All the comedy, which is ample, is generated by the intersection of historical momentousness and alcohol-inspired colloquialism; and in the tension between the film, which is carefully made, and the recitation, which is made as well as possible under the circumstances; and in the shifting interplay of these modes and realities. It's like watching superimposed films running at different speeds and in different directions. But because the intention is not to insult but to celebrate, albeit hilariously, the effect is never demeaning, no matter how much the speaker might demean him or herself. (And there will be self-demeaning.) It is mock-heroic and actually heroic at once. I am just an old softy, perhaps, in heart and/or head, but the whole business strikes me as tinged with love. Each episode is usually thematically built around a city -- Montgomery, Ala., leads the way in season two -- but sometimes around a theme, as in the upcoming "American Music," in which David Wain will tell the story of Alan Freed (played by Jack McBrayer), Eric Edelstein will recount the meeting of Kris Kristofferson (Jon Daly) and Johnny Cash (Johnny Knoxville) and Colton Dunn takes us back to the commercial birth of rap, with Sylvia Robinson (Retta) and the Sugarhill Gang (Da'Vone McDonald, Jaleel White, Ron Funches). I eat these like candy.
  • Monday's TV Highlights: 'Years of Living Dangerously'

    Monday's TV Highlights: 'Years of Living Dangerously'
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of June 8 - 12, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies --------------------   SERIES MasterChef The cooks feed 500 troops on...

    Inked-in bets and a few penciled-in ones in Emmy's drama acting races

    Inked-in bets and a few penciled-in ones in Emmy's drama acting races
    "True Detective" and "Breaking Bad" produced only eight episodes apiece but, for their ensembles, it's the quality not the quantity that counts. The shows should dominate the Emmys' drama series acting nominations. Here's an early look at the front-...

    Kevin Spacey Talks 'House of Cards,' Presidential Aspirations and His Old Vic Tenure

    "House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey has served as the artistic director of the prestigious Old Vic theater in London since 2003, but will step down from the position in fall 2015, handing the reins to Matthew Warchus. It will perhaps come as a relief to...

    AOL Pops Video Onto Home Page, with Partners Including WWE and HSN

    AOL.com has launched a video module smack in the middle of the page, featuring original content from partners including WWE and HSN, as the web portal seeks to drive higher engagement (and more dollars) from its growing stockpile of vid clips....