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    Californication

    Californication

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    Showtime (ended 2014)
    David Duchovny is the lead in this comedy about a book writer always running into trouble with sex, drugs and women, while struggling to maintain a relationship with his ex-girlfriend and trying to raise his daughter in a less than normal environment for a teenager.moreless
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    Weeds

    Weeds

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    Showtime (ended 2012)
    This series is a single-camera dark comedy about a single mother who makes ends meet by selling marijuana in the fictional suburb of Agrestic, California. The series exposes the dirty little secrets that lie behind the pristine lawns and shiny closed doors of homes in the of this gated community. Mary Louise Parker stars as the suburban mom who resorts to selling weed to support her family after her husband unexpectedly dies. Jenji Kohan executive produces and writes the series. Beginning with the premiere of the fourth season, the show shifted it's premise in almost it's entirety by relocating the cast to the fictional border town of Ren Mar after Agrestic burned to the ground. From here Nancy gave up her green thumb and began trafficking drugs over the border. Airing Information: First Season: Preview of pilot aired on Sunday, August 7, 2005 on Showtime at 10 PM EST with repeats on the following Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10PM EST. From then on episodes aired first on Mondays at 10PM EST with repeats on Mondays right after the episode premiere and on Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:00PM EST and approximately 10:30PM EST and Sunday at 10:30PM EST. Second Season: The season premiere will air on Monday, August 14, 2006 on Showtime. Third Season: The season premiere will air on Monday, August 13, 2007 on Showtime at 10 PM EST. Production Information: Produced by Lions Gate Television in association with Titled Productions. Weeds has received a 10-episode commitment for it's first season. It was renewed after Weeds received a Golden Globe Nomination and the two leading ladies received nominations also. The 13 episodes of the second season were filmed. Theme Song: "Little Boxes" by Malvina Reynolds Awards and Nominations: 63rd Annual Golden Globes in 2006 1. Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Weeds (Showtime - Lions Gate Television, Inc.) Nomination 2. Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Mary-Louise Parker (Nancy Botwin) Won 3. Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television: Elizabeth Perkins (Celia Hodes) Nominatedmoreless
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    United States of Tara

    United States of Tara

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    Showtime (ended 2011)
    Another twisted comedy about the unexpected nature of American families, this single-camera Showtime offering examines a wife and mother of two teens who suffers from dissociative identity disorder, which means she suffers from multiple personalities. Coping with it all is never easy, but it's always funny. Toni Collette has signed on to play the lead role.moreless
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    The Chris Isaak Show

    The Chris Isaak Show

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    Showtime (ended 2004)
    The Chris Isaak Show takes an irreverent look at the sexy, outrageous backstage world of rock music. Featuring Chris, his real life band members and an ensemble of oddball characters, the stories offer a fanciful mix of fact and fiction and follow Chris on the road, into the studio and even onto his surfboard as he tries to live an ordinary life - in spite of - his chosen profession.

    Season Three episodes of The Chris Isaak Show air on Canada's MuchMoreMusic. Check their schedule at: www.muchmoremusic.com/ChrisIsaak/.

    Australia's The Comedy Channel has aired episodes in the past. Check their schedule at: http://www.thecomedychannel.com.au/whatsOn/7days.aspx.

    UK fans can catch the show on Channel 4. Though airings don't appear to follow any regular schedule, you can check their current lineup at: www.channel4.com/listings/C4/index.jsp?offset=3&position=3&startHour=23.

    Series Notes:

    There are a lot of quirky bits and dabs in the series that some fans of the show may not necessarily connect with Chris, personally. For example, Chris really does drink Tang, he really does surf, and he really does drive a 1964 Chevy Nova. (It's not red and it's not a convertible, but his own car is very similar to what he drives on the show.) Additionally, his home is in San Francisco, it is modest, and, by his own admission, it's furnished with thrift store bargains. Sharp-eyed viewers will also notice that Chris will occasionally wear multiple tiepins on his neckties, something he was known for doing in the late 1980's and early 1990's, though in those days, he frequently wore them on his jacket lapels. The message on his white Gibson electric guitar "I [heart] Carole L." refers to his first girlfriend, Carole Lowe, who died of cancer in late 1999 or early 2000. (Please follow the link to the Baja Beach Club to read the Sacramento Bee article about Carole and her special message in the Files folder.)

    The character of Mona was also based on a real woman at the real Bimbo's 365 Club in San Francisco, though in actual fact, she's known as "Dolphina." In the 1930's, several different acts played the venue, and one of them was a magician. He had rigged up a series of mirrors that would project an image of anyone who was lying on a rotating table in the basement up into the fish tank located behind the bar. People would come from all over the world to see "the mermaid in the fishbowl" there. As it's a very well known feature (even to this day) at Bimbo's, the writers (and more than likely, Chris himself,) decided that she should be incorporated into the show. So, the character of "Mona," was born. Her purpose is to keep Chris grounded in the wacky world of rock stardom that he lives in. She's his "conscious," his advisor, his therapist, and the one friend he has on the show who has nothing to do with his profession.

    On an interesting note... Chris, himself, has taken a turn on the table in the real Bimbo's. Back in the mid-1990's, he donned a pair of swim trunks, jumped on the spinning table, and went for a "virtual swim" in the fishbowl.



    Season One Notes:

    A considerable amount of time in season one was spent experimenting with relationships between the various characters as the writers tried to figure out where non-band characters might fit with the pre-established unit that is Chris Isaak and Silvertone. Early on, and all throughout season one, the Chris and Yola connection was obvious, and a clear fan favorite. Though the writers were careful never to cross that personal/professional line with the pair, they established a strong sense of mutual respect and playfulness between them that was irresistible to watch. Additionally, Anson seemed to rely on Chris' counsel more often in the earlier episodes, and would frequently be seen alone with Chris at his home, discussing life's various challenges. After episode #12 "Smackdown" however, the Kenney and Anson chemistry began to evolve, and it hit its stride with episode #15 "Storytime." Kenney was something of an older, wiser version of Anson, and that pseudo father/son relationship gradually began to usurp the mentor/pupil relationship that had been established earlier between Chris and Anson. Anson still relied on Chris throughout the series for words of wisdom, so that relationship never ended, but Anson and Kenney connected on a very different level. Fans seemed to really enjoy this shift, and there's no doubt that some of the best moments in season two capitalized on the rather unique relationship between Kenney and Anson.

    Per the Northern California Movies Website at: www.norcalmovies.com/TheChrisIsaakShow/:

    Chris Isaak and Silvertone performed at The Fillmore Theater (1805 Geary Boulevard) in San Francisco on July 12, 2000 in order to obtain actual live concert footage to use in many of the first season episodes. Wherever possible, I've noted where that footage was used throughout the Season One guide. Some of that Fillmore concert was used for Bimbo's concert footage, as well as for many of the tour stops the band made in episode #9, "Tomorrowland."

    Additionally, the establishing exterior shots of Bimbo's 365 Club are actual shots of the real club at 1025 Columbus Avenue in San Francisco. All the interior scenes at Bimbo's were filmed on the Vancouver set.

    This Fillmore footage was only used for Season One episodes.



    Season Two Notes:

    Where season one established the Chris/Yola connection, season two took a decidedly different direction where the couple was concerned. The writers, almost purposefully, chose "not to go there," with the romance, and opted instead to pair them both up with partners who could offer interesting script challenges. While some fans found that distressing, I, personally thought it was a good decision. Believable sexual and romantic tension is difficult to achieve in episodic Television, and when it's there (seemingly effortlessly) between two very likable characters, it's really best just to leave it alone and let it work its magic. There would have been nowhere else to go once Chris and Yola got together, so keeping them apart throughout season two was the right thing to do.

    In addition to this shift, the writers also made a few other modifications to the behavior of some characters and the interactions that many of them had with one another. For example, in the first season, Yola was written as a somewhat stereotypical manager; the micromanagement, the image and style consciousness themes, and the ubiquitous bottle of Pepto Bismol in her purse all contributed to the "neurotic manager" model that could have too easily made her a cartoon character. In season two however, Yola was much more confident; her micromanagement and image issues were minimized substantially, while the "on the threshold of an ulcer" tact was eliminated completely. Yola struggled more in season two with easily identifiable "human" issues (dating, conflicts with her mother, parenting issues) than she did in season one, and I think that made her more "real" to fans.

    The writers also experimented with a Yola/Cody relationship that transcended the sexual encounters the pair shared in season one. Though many fans missed the Yola/Chris relationship, many others (myself included,) found the new Yola/Cody relationship too intriguing to ignore. Both characters grew a great deal in season two, and it was an evolution that they really only could have made together.

    Roly, as well, seemed to have finally found a niche as a philosopher, a scholar, or a voice of reason for the other characters, often bearing a calm and thoughtful style (frequently humorous,) that served as an interesting contrast to Kenney's smart-ass, somewhat self-absorbed manner. Hershel's kinder, gentler nature was enhanced in season two, and he became surprisingly adept at finding a way to say a lot without uttering a word - conveying much of what he had to say through body language and facial expressions – tough to do when you wear glasses… As for Anson? He was just MORE Anson in season two… (As Chris said in season one's episode 5, "You're ten pounds of Anson in a five-pound sack.")

    Perhaps the biggest change in season two had to do with the character of Vivian, whose exit from the show was not addressed. Chris simply no longer had anyone to look after his rather extensive costume collection. Though clearly a supporting character, Vivian was a wonderful female foil to Yola and her neurotic behavior. Viv was very much the "anti-Yola," with her calm, levelheaded demeanor and New Age style. Her departure created a larger void for fans than the producers likely anticipated.moreless
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    Dead Like Me

    Dead Like Me

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    Showtime (ended 2004)
    18-year-old George Lass (Ellen Muth) dies when a toilet from the MIR space station falls from the sky and hits her. However, soon she discovers that afterlife really does exist... she becomes a reaper - she helps in catching the souls of people moments before they're destined to die. Then she meets a group of reapers who collect people's souls. The main reaper is Rube (Mandy Patinkin), who is always playing smart, Roxy (Jasmine Guy), a reaper with an attitude, Mason (Callum Blue), a confused and funny reaper and Daisy (Laura Harris), a beautiful reaper full of mysteries. The other characters include George's family - mother Joy (Cynthia Stevenson), father Clancy (Greg Kean) and sister Reggie (Britt McKillip), who each have their own way to deal with George's death. Now that she has a new life, George will try to deal with her new job as a reaper and the fact that she is dead. While learning some important lessons, George gets a job at Happy Time, a office lead by Delores Herbig (played by Christine Willes), a funny woman who is always optimistic and tries to be everybody's friend while leading a perfect life. The other recurring characters include Crystal (Crystal Dahl), a Happy Time secretary that does not talk much and Der Waffle House's waitress Kiffany (Patricia Idlette). The only bad move was Rebecca Gayheart's removal from the show. Apparently, she was unable to renew her contract so her character was sadly written out of the show. The main description for the show could easily be described as "funny and morbid". It debuted on Showtime in 2003. The show quickly became an absolute hit and some people even paid to view Showtime just to watch the show that everyone talks about. However, just a year after, when season 2 finished, the show was unexpectedly canceled by Showtime, which was one of the worst moves ever for a TV station like that. Then, MGM tried to sell the show to another station, but the attempt failed and the show was left dead.moreless
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    Soul Food

    Soul Food

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    Showtime (ended 2004)
    A talented, eclectic ensemble cast reunites the Joseph family in the hour-long family drama, Soul Food, an Edmonds Entertainment/State Street Pictures production in association with Paramount Network Television for Showtime. Soul Food was the first original Showtime series to receive a second season order from the network.

    Based on the critically acclaimed film from writer/director George Tillman, Jr. the series Soul Food takes an honest, touching look at tradition and family life through the trials and tribulations of a tight-knit African-American family living in Chicago. Without missing a beat, Soul Food picks up where the 1997 film left off – with a family trying to do the best it can with what life has dealt them, while facing day to day turmoil that seems to permeate their lives.

    Although the Joseph's beloved matriarch, Mama Joe (Irma P. Hall, Soul Food), has passed away, she is still there in spirit and her words of wisdom resound through her grandson Ahmad (Aaron Meeks), who is having a hard time adapting to his new role as "man of the house" since his parent's separation. Maxine (Vanessa Williams, Melrose Place) and Kenny (Rockmond Dunbar) found that time apart was the only palpable solution to their problems – at least for the time being. And while Lem (Darrin Dewitt Henson) and Bird (Malinda Williams, High School High) do their best to help reunite the couple, it soon becomes clear to the entire family that Maxine and Kenny just need some time on their own.

    Teri (Nicole Ari Parker, Loving Jezebel) is wooed by her old company, Greene & Norris, and offered a partnership and chance to head the firm's labor department. However, this opportunity worries Damon (Boris Kodjoe, Love & Basketball) and Maxine who feel that Teri's panic attacks aren't yet a thing of the past. And although the family faces difficult hurdles, they always find their way back to the traditional Sunday dinner that allows them to share each other's company and recognize that they truly mean the world to each other.moreless
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    Penn & Teller: Bullshit!

    Penn & Teller: Bullshit!

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    Showtime (ended 2010)
    In society, there are many products and ideas that we buy in to. Some of these products, services or ideas are just plain bullsh**. Well-known magicians, Penn and Teller, are here to knock some sense into people in a humorous and informal way and to explain why some things in life are just plain bullsh**.moreless
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    Meadowlands

    Meadowlands

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    Danny (David Morrissey) and Evelyn Brogan (Lucy Cohu) along with their two teenaged kids pack up the family and move to the bucolic neighborhood of Meadowlands as they enter a witness protection program in an attempt to escape their past. The picturesque and crime-free suburban paradise at first seems to be the perfect locale to start their new life, but the Brogans soon realize that escaping the past will prove to be much harder than they expected.

    This series is also released in the UK under the title Cape Wrath.moreless
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    Great Teacher Onizuka

    Great Teacher Onizuka

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    Showtime (ended 2004)
    Meet Eikichi Onizuka, a 22 year old virgin, college karate champ, and ex-biker( to follow is high school and biker adventures read Tohru Fujisawa's Bad Company and Shounan Junai Gumi manga) who has one goal only: To be the Greatest High School Teacher in the World! Unfortunately, the only teaching job available is at Holy Forest Academy. There he uses his street smarts to deal with colleagues and students alike. GTO is the runaway hit from Japan based of Tohru Fujisawa's hugely popular manga which sold over 37,000,000 copies world wide(distributed by Tokyo Pop) The finale of the live action version of GTO was the most watched TV program ever in Japan. Cast of Characters: Eikichi Onizuka Eikichi Onizuka aka. Great Teacher Onizuka is a crude, foul mouthed, 22-year-old teacher with a hair-trigger temper. Onizuka isn't much of a teacher as far as school subjects go, but he is a very good teacher in "life", and while he teaches his students he manages to learn quite a few things as well, but Onizuka does have his good sides, most of the time he's a goof-ball but he can also be very heart-warming. Azusa Fuyutsuki A female teacher who started teaching the same day Onizuka did. Onizuka saves Fuyutsuki-chan from everything: from nasty rumors to stalking perverted teachers watching her every move. Onizuka also encourages her throughout the series to be a better teacher, but she also helps Onizuka get through some major personal issues. Ryuji Danma Onizuka's best friend since Jr. High. He and Onizuka used to be exactly alike (goofy, fun, always getting in trouble) but has matured alot since, now he runs/works in a mechanic shop of sorts. He is always pulling Onizuka out of mess after mess. Ryoko Sakurai The head of Holy Forest Academy. She gave Onizuka a chance to be a teacher there, and sometimes covers for his mistakes. She often poses as a lunch-lady or student storeowner to study human behavior Hiroshi Uchiyamada Vice Principal Uchiyamada quickly grew a hatred for Onizuka and his unconvential teaching methods. He is also desperate to get Onizuka fired but with Ms. Sakurai watching, that may prove difficult. His life pretty much sucks, too (his wife's cheating on him, his daughter hates him, and the family dog attacks him). He resents Onizuka for EVERYTHING bad in his life, but he occasionally has moments of clarity where he realizes it's his own fault... Noburu Yoshikawa The class wimp. Short for his age, and always been teased about it. When Onizuka met him, he was in a suicidal mood, but Onizuka saved him and taught him how to stand up to people. His hobbies include anime and video games and other geek-related things. **** Kikuchi Kikuchi is Onizuka's number one source of information. He was the leader of class pranks in 2-4, and also the first to resign, once he was convinced that Oni is a good teacher. Now he is Onizuka's assistant in his schemes, and digs him out of holes. He is also very good friends with Urumi, the one person who understands him. Kunio Murai Was the most resistant member of the main group of boys to accept Onizuka, because he has a little mommy complex and was afraid Onizuka would steal his mommy away. Murai will do anything for his mom(including bunjee jumping off a bridge). He is somewhat of an immature brat, but we all love him anyway, him and his possie (Fujiyoshi and Kusano). Miyabi Aizawa One of the head "antagonists" of the series. She is determined to get Onizuka fired at any costs. She slowly loses her allies throughout the series, but she hasn't given up yet...she also has a lot of "problems" in her life. Her major problem is that her classmates who were all fighting for her revenge don't even know what their teacher actually did to her...She's another confusing character. Tomoko Nomura She used to be "friends" with Miyabi and Urumi in elementary school and jr. high (her relationship with Miyabi was that she was Miyabi's slave, and she was Urumi's "pet" . ). She has unusually large breasts and is always teased about it (and the fact that she's stupid). When Onizuka finds her...he turns her into an star and makes her world famous! Urumi Kanzaki She's a genius with an IQ of over 200, and has never quite been able to fit in. When Onizuka finds her, she is a VERY uncooperative **** he soon finds out what made her that way, and, of course, turns her around. Through the first half of the series, or so, she has a "secret". How sad. Oh, and she has one brown eye and one blue eye. She's concider by many fans as there favorite character. Anko Uehara One of the main girls who had been teasing Yoshikawa. But later in the series the tables turn... She is probably the most immature girl of the entire classroom (except maybe Toroko...), and after she's cured of her bullyish-nature, she becomes one of the cuter, sweeter characters. Especially when she's around Yoshikawa.moreless
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    The Underground

    The Underground

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    Damon Wayans is at it again! Damon Wayans, a comic actor and producer/writer, brings his humor to Damon Wayans' The Underground. It is a reminiscent of the hit comedy sketch show of the 90's,In Living Color. The show features recurring characters from In Living Color, parodies of the pop culture, and the up bringing of new sketch performers. Also music and dance is used to adjoin the moments of laughter. Behind-the-scenes clips is used to give the audience humor showing how the show was put together and how the sketches were created.moreless
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    The Barbershop Series

    The Barbershop Series

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    Showtime (ended 2005)
    Barbershop, based on the successful MGM feature films, was adapted for television by writer/director John Ridley ("Three Kings," "Platinum," "Undercover Brother"), who is very active in television and films, in addition to being a prolific novelist. Robert Teitel and George Tillman, Jr., who also produced both the "Soul Food" movie and the Showtime television series of the same name, are series executive producers along with Ice Cube with whom they produce the "Barbershop" films. Most of the characters from the popular "Barbershop" movies have been retained, headed by Calvin, the reluctant hero and neighborhood confessor who runs the barbershop he inherited from his father. A few new memorable characters have also been added to the world. The continuing comical exploits of these people will be explored along with contemporary issues facing them, set against the slowly gentrifying backdrop of this fictional Chicago neighborhood.moreless
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    Fat Actress

    Fat Actress

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    Showtime (ended 2005)
    Fat Actress, a half-hour hybrid comedy/reality series, stars Emmy-Award winning actress Kirstie Alley, who plays a fictional version of herself: a successful television and movie star whose weight gain has become the subject of every tabloid imaginable as well as the blight of her existence as she tries to find work and true love in an unforgiving Hollywood.

    Bravely willing to lampoon the image that has been mercilessly ridiculed over the past few years, Alley will give us a glimpse of the humor and the irony in her battle to lose weight and get back on television in a tough business that prefers the svelte figures seen on the most successful actresses of today.

    This irreverent new series is generally unscripted, with each episode emanating from a story outline and the actors largely improvising the dialogue. The show's story-lines will be drawn from a heightened perception of Alley's real-life experiences, and some of Alley's friends have promised to appear as themselves in guest cameos to further blur the lines between truth and fiction.moreless
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    Free for All

    Free for All

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    Showtime (ended 2003)
    Animated show on Showtime. Lasted one season. About a college guy, his friend who won a lawsuit, his friend's ferret, his friend who he wants more than a friend, his grandma, and his dad.moreless
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    Tracey Ullman's State of the Union

    Tracey Ullman's State of the Union

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    Tracey Ullman brings her unique brand of comedy to Showtime in this new weekly sketch comedy series that takes a satirical look at America and it's non-stop obsession with the lives of celebrities.moreless
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    Out of Order

    Out of Order

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    Showtime (ended 2003)
    An original drama series that stars Eric Stoltz ("Mask") as a family man torn between his love of his clinically depressed wife and their son and his attraction to another woman with whom he ultimately embarks on a passionate affair. Felicity Huffman ("Sports Night"), Kim Dickens ("House of Sand and Fog"), Dyllan Christopher ("Stuart Little 2") and Justine Bateman ("Family Ties") costar in this distinctive look at modern marriage from writers/executive producers Donna and Wayne Powers ("Deep Blue Sea"). Wayne Powers also serves as director. Peter Bogdanovich and William H. Macy guest star.moreless
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    Aaagh! It's the Mr. Hell Show!

    Aaagh! It's the Mr. Hell Show!

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    Showtime (ended 2002)
    Aaagh! It's the Mr. Hell Show! is a British produced animated sketch show. It is hosted by Mr Hell, a cartoon devil voiced by the comic legend Bob Monkhouse. The show follows many reoccurring skits such as Serge the Seal of Death, Champion the Wonder Snail, Josh talking about reincarnation and many more! AWARDS 2002 Leo Awards - Best Direction 2001 Leo Awards - Best Animated Series 2001 Houston World Festival - Best Comedy Seriesmoreless
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    Beggars and Choosers

    Beggars and Choosers

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    Showtime (ended 2001)
    Welcome to the Beggars and Choosers guide at TV.com. This situation comedy focuses on the squabbling executives of a low-rated cable network.
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    I Can't Believe I'm Still Single

    I Can't Believe I'm Still Single

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    Showtime
    Author Eric Schaeffer is looking for love. Based on his book, Schaeffer hits the road and experiences of series of dates with a wide variety of partners in this Showtime documentary series.moreless
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    White Boyz In The Hood

    White Boyz In The Hood

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    White Boyz In The Hood is a comedy series featured on Showtime. The show is based on the idea of the interrelationship between black and white culture in modern-day United States. Many famous comedians have based their comedy routines on the different cultures of a nation. The comedians are white and play towards a mostly black audience. Today in America the urban comedy scene is thriving and white comedians are honing their skills at these types of venues. The creators of this show wanted to break down walls that exist between white and black America. In doing so this show accomplishes a great deal of laughter to subjects such as employment, drug abuse and many more issues that affect Americans. White Boyz in the hood features comedians such as Rich Vos, Greg Wilson, and many more up-and-coming comedians. The show is based on the premise that, "Funny, is funny, no matter where you live." The White Boyz in the Hood is comedic romp through a hybrid of cultures sure to get a laugh.moreless
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    Deeper Throat

    Deeper Throat

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    Deeper Throat is a Showtime original series that takes viewers inside the world of Vivid Entertainment, one of the world's foremost pornographic film companies. Specifically, the show follows Vivid Entertainment owner Steven Hirsch as he embarks upon a quest to purchase the rights to the classic adult film Deep Throat. With the rights, Hirsch wants to film a remake of the original and hopes to cast rising porn actress Sasha Gray in the lead role. Follow Hirsch and his employees at Vivid Entertainment as they work to obtain the rights to pornography's most legendary film and work to update it for a more contemporary audience.moreless
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