On TV: ‘Rye’ and funny
The PBS series “American Masters” will broadcast “Salinger” at
9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21. This two-hour documentary from 2013 about the late J.D. Salinger (‘”The Catcher in the Rye”) was praised for providing some new biographical details. It was criticized for predicting that new Salinger fiction would be released soon.
Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are the co-stars of the new Comedy Central TV series “Broad City.” The official description of the 10-episode series says: “It’s an odd couple comedy about two best friends navigating their twenties in New York City whose adventures always lead down unexpected and outlandish paths. They’re broke, flawed and don’t shy away from the sticky situations NYC throws at them — they dive right into the muck. But no matter how bad it gets, these young broads are always down with whatever hits them.”
“Broad City” morphed from a Web-based series that Jacobson and Glazer created in 2009. That show caught the eye of Amy Poehler, who became a big fan and is producing the TV show. It premieres at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22.
“Broad City” is part of a movement of sorts, in which funny, “edgy” urban young women are getting their own cable shows. About two years ago, Lena Dunham’s hit HBO show “Girls” helped launch the trend — and it’s not a shocker to learn that Dunham, 27, is friends with Jacobson and Glazer. The critical and ratings success of “The Amy Schumer Show,” which began on Comedy Central last April, also helped pave the way for “Broad City.”
Amy Schumer, 32, will do standup in San Francisco on Feb. 6 at the Marines Memorial Club. In this writer’s opinion, the first season of “The Amy Schumer Show,” while uneven, had moments that were as smartly funny as “Saturday Night Live” at its best.
Ghost writers in the sky
Last month, actor Shia LaBeouf, 27, admitted he grossly plagiarized the work of novelist and screenwriter Daniel Clowes, 52. A short film that the actor wrote and released online in December was quickly identified as being very much like a 2007 comic written by Clowes. Clowes is best known for his graphic novel “Ghost World,” which was turned into a hit 2001 movie of the same name. His screenplay got an Oscar nomination.
Many online critics found LaBeouf’s apology inadequate. So, on New Year’s Day, LaBeouf hired a plane to fly above Los Angeles and skywrite, “I am sorry Daniel Clowes.” However, this stunt didn’t stifle all critics: Some said it looked like LaBeouf just wanted more publicity, while others pointed out that Clowes lives in San Francisco.
Scooter Braun, 32, known for discovering and managing Justin Bieber, just got engaged to Yael Cohen, 27, the CEO of the nonprofit organization “F-CK Cancer.” The group has successfully engaged young people in early detection and treatment campaigns.
The Grammy Awards will be broadcast at 5 p.m. Jan. 26 on CBS. Only a small number of awards in the biggest categories are presented onstage. Here are a handful of tribe-affiliated individuals up for broadcast-worthy awards: Pink, 34, is up for song of the year and will perform; Drake, 27, is up for best rap performance; “Locked Out of Heaven” sung by Bruno Mars is also up for song of the year. Mars, whose paternal grandma was Jewish, co-wrote the song with Ari Levine, 30, a nice Jersey guy I talked to last year; and last but not least is Lukasz Gottwald, 40, aka Dr. Luke, mega pop producer and songwriter. He’s the tonic behind big acts including Katy Perry and co-wrote “Roar,” a Perry tune up for song of the year.
Columnist Nate Bloom, an Oaklander, can be reached at email@example.com.