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Wednesday night marked the season debut of Glee on Fox, the new one-hour comedy series that is currently as well known for its experimental, tireless marketing campaign as for its potential to be the season’s largest breakout hit. On the ratings front, the episode pulled in 7.3 million viewers and was tops in the 18-49 demo; but that didn’t match the 10 million-plus it scored in May, when Fox teased the pilot directly following its inexplicably popular show, the one that features highly emotive people singing. When the friggin’ Vampire Diaries is racking up nearly 5 million viewers on the CW, is that cause for concern? Should Fox add fangs and immortal lovin’? I’m guessing that the majority of our interested readers are now caught up with Glee via DVR. So, what did you think of the ep, the song choices, and the show in general? Some of my thoughts after the jump…

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In this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley debate how Weeds compares with Desperate Housewives, continue their praise of Party Down, try to figure out what went wrong with Outlander, evaluate the prospects of a Buffy remake, and revel in the pleasures of Torque. Special guest C. Robert Cargill AKA Massawyrm joins us from Aint It Cool News.

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In this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley evaluate their familiarity with the character of Bazooka Joe, wonder why someone bothered buying the rights to the Battleship board game, get cynical about the new Sherlock Holmes trailer, and try to make sense of the time travel mechanics of Terminator Salvation. Special guest Jeff Cannata joins us from the Totally Rad Show!

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Party Down; Episode 105

With each new episode, Party Down distinguishes itself as one of the funniest and lewdest shows on TV, and one of the coolest that many viewers have not yet seen. Last week, we had a great chat with Martin Starr, and this week we have an interview with Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars). As Kyle Bradway—an aspiring model, actor, rockstar, and server of cocktail weenies—Hansen plays the kind of pink and stoned specimen that is hyper-thriving in Hollywood circa 2009.

Like the other primary characters on Party Down, Kyle is employed at the titular L.A. catering service awaiting the big call. The irony is that as the careers of everyone else fizzle (Adam Scott‘s Henry) or zombify (Jane Lynch‘s Constance), Kyle surfs up the audition ladder on fresh-faced sex appeal. This pisses off his co-worker, the disgruntled, utterly weird screenwriter Roman (Starr), to no end. And in tapping the rude camaraderie between the two, Party Down and Starz may have already struck a tidy mine of black gold.

As exhibited below, some of the bubbly chemistry is actually just Hansen and Starr—characteristically eavesdropping?—nagging each other IRL. Other topics discussed include Party Down‘s myriad connections to Veronica Mars: both shows were created by Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell makes a profane appearance later this season. Hansen also talks about getting shot in the head by the latest incarnation of Jason Voorhees.

Ryan Hansen: Hey Hunter. How are you doing, bro?

/Film: I’m fine. Summer is finally here. So, you’re in Israel right now, eh?

Ryan: I am in Israel, yes…wait…did Martin say this? Did Martin say that? [laughs]

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Party Down; Episode 104; Investor's Dinner

Over the last decade, Martin Starr has brought a unique ruckus to comedy on TV and in the movies. As an actor, he portrays characters that have settled into their aloof, awkward skins by way of deep thought, nerdy diversion, and hilarious observation. Poofs of weed smoke often chip in. While plagued with girl problems, his characters typically win over audiences until they are subtly recognized as the coolest, smartest dudes on screen.

It was under the guidance of Paul Feig and Judd Apatow—as the lanky, bespectacled and beloved teenager Bill Haverchuck on Freaks and Geeks—that Starr set this precocious M.O. in motion. And it’s a personal belief that had Freaks not been brutally axed in ’00 during its lone season, Haverchuck would have gone on to land a bevy of moist females. Of course, Freaks is now forever renown for launching a bevy of careers, including those of Starr, Seth Rogen and James Franco. And for being one of the best fucking things ever. Starr has notably followed up with memorable roles in Knocked Up—beard fail—and in the recent, terrific Adventureland, an ’80s time-capsule that stays with you like the killer kiss on a Ferris Wheel that didn’t happen and will not.

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state_of_play1In this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley weigh the stupidity of Fox’s multiple Wolverine endings, speculate on David Slade’s capacity to direct Eclipse, and grow ever more dubious of McG’s credibility. Special guests Tyler Smith and David Bax join us from the Battleship Pretension podcast.

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observeIn this episode of the /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss the ideal business situation for 3-D glasses at theaters, get excited about Duncan Jones’ Moon, deconstruct the awfulness of Marley & Me, and reflect on the brilliance of Jody Hill. Special guests Katey Rich from Cinemablend and Whitney Matheson from USA Today’s Popcandy blog join us.

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