Friday, October 21, 2011

What's Worth Watching Notes - October 20, 2011

What's Worth Watching show #11 will replay Sunday at 7am Eastern on Howard 101.

- Jenny's TV News 
{Qaddafi, Sons of Anarchy shopping app, Kelsey Grammer show about his ex, The Walking Dead ratings}
- This Is The Week That Was 
{Community, Boardwalk Empire, Parks & Recreation, House, Modern Family, The Walking Dead}
- 140 Seconds with Ronnie Mund
- Interview with Modern Family co-creator/executive producer Steve Levitan
- What's Worth Watching: October 20 - October 26

Steve Levitan (
- Cognizant of inevitable backlash, but didn't feel it at the Emmys like Frasier did
- Wonder Years spec script gave him confidence to make it in the TV industry
- Missed comedies with heart which fell out of favor with Seinfeld success
- Learned most from Wings, his 1st show & Just Shoot Me, 1st show he created
- Good thing Back To You didn't work on FOX since it led to Modern Family
- Modern Family is special because so much comes from his own life
- Saw 1,400 people in casting the six Modern Family leads
- Almost didn't cast 8 month pregnant Julie Bowen and hid her pregnancy in the pilot
- Shot scenes in his backyard to convince the network to cast Ty Burrell
- Revealed the Dunphys are loosely based on Steve's own family
- Wanted to represent the gay people he knew: nerdy and not great dressers
- Sofia Vergara was a revelation who's gorgeous and kills at every table read
- Will deal with the kids growing up and hopes that reinvigorates the show
- Assured us that Dylan will always be sticking his head in now and then
- Decided to not have stunt casting of the week but will do it for the right idea
- Truly appreciates how enthusiastic fans are and does not take it for granted

Ronnie Mund (
- Couldn't go to sleep because of The Walking Dead
- Watched 10 minutes of Two And A Half Men on the treadmill
- Felt Gossip Girl was awesome this week
- Likened Gossip Girl obsession to watching Melrose Place
- Likes the guys on NCIS: LA but not NCIS

JD Harmeyer (
- Felt The Walking Dead premiere was too S-L-O-W
- Laughed at our field correspondent's TV critique
- Recommended How To Make It In America for topless scene
- Picked Bored To Death but hasn't seen it this season

Steve Brandano (

- Warned JD about his attitude towards The Walking Dead
- Didn't understand why Olivia Wilde's character was named 13 on House

Jenny Hutt (
- Will be shopping as she watches her favorite shows
- Feels The Walking Dead does well because people need the fantasy
- Told Steve Levitan how she recreated the sex scene where the kids barge in
- Is sticking with 2 Broke Girls and The X Factor

Jon Hein (
- Hopes Community isn't going to get too smart for its own good
- Explained the difference between network and cable comedies
- Bonded with Steve Levitan over their daughters Northwestern research
- Thought Back To You was on CBS (it was on FOX)
- Teased next week's in studio guest who has 8 kids of her own

What’s Worth Watching
October 20 – October 26

730p     World Series Game 2 (FOX)
8p        The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 
830p     Rules of Engagement (CBS) {6th season premiere}
9p         Person Of Interest (CBS)  (Jenny's Pick)
             Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) (Ronnie's Pick)
10p       It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (FX)
             Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team (CMT) (JD's Pick)
1030p The League (FX) (Jon's Pick)

8p A Gifted Man (CBS)  (Jenny's Pick)
9p Supernatural (CW) 
           Pearl Jam 20 (PBS) (JD's and Steve's Pick)
10p Blue Bloods (CBS) (Ronnie's pick)
Boss (STARZ) {pilot}  (Jon's pick)
Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
Strike Back (MAX) {1st season finale}
730p World Series Game 3 (FOX) 
11p That Metal Show (VH1 CLASSIC) {8th season finale}

7p 60 Minutes (CBS) 
8p World Series Game 4 (FOX) 
Sunday Night Football: Colts vs Saints (NBC)
Once Upon A Time (ABC) {pilot}
9p The Walking Dead (AMC) (Ronnie's Pick)
Boardwalk Empire (HBO) (Steve's Pick)
The Good Wife (CBS) 
Dexter (SHO) 
10p Homeland (SHO) (Jon & Jenny's Pick)
Hung (HBO)
1030p How To Make It In America (HBO) (JD's Pick)

8p  World Series Game 5 (FOX) (Jon's Pick)
           Gossip Girl (CW) (Ronnie's Pick)
830p Monday Night Football: Ravens vs Jaguars (ESPN)
           2 Broke GIrls (CBS) (Jenny's Pick)
9p       Bored To Death (HBO)  (JD's Pick)
10p Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) 

8p The Real Rocky (ESPN)  (Jon's Pick)
The X Factor (FOX)  (Jenny's Pick)
10p Sons of Anarchy (FX) (Ronnie's Pick)
Unforgettable (CBS)
          Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan (G4) (JD's Pick)

730p World Series Game 6 (FOX) if necessary
8p Survivor (CBS)
830p Suburgatory (ABC) (Jenny's Pick)
9p Modern Family (ABC) (Jon's Pick)
Inside The NFL (SHO)
          Criminal Minds (CBS) (Ronnie's Pick)
10p Revenge (ABC)
American Horror Story (FX)
South Park (COM)
         White Chapel (BBCA) (JD's Pick)

Friday, October 14, 2011

What's Worth Watching Notes - October 13, 2011

What's Worth Watching show #10 will replay Sunday at 7am Eastern on Howard 101.

- Jenny's TV News (The Rosie Show, Celebrity Apprentice, Seth McFarlane possibly canceling Family Guy, all network cancellations and pickups)
- This Is The Week That Was {Boardwalk Empire, South Park, Dexter, Modern Family, The Rosie Show, Breaking Bad}
- 140 Seconds with Ronnie Mund
- Interview with Chuck Klosterman
- What's Worth Watching: October 13 - October 19

Chuck Klosterman (
- Best selling author who has just released The Visible Man
- Agrees with Jon about how strange being a pop culture pundit is
- Amazed that people are offended he considers The Wire the 2nd best TV show of all time, followed by The Sopranos and Mad Men
Made his case why Breaking Bad is actually better than The Wire
- Feels most who love The Wire are political and identify with that
- Explained why Fringe alt reality works but why some bailed on LOST

Ronnie Mund (
- Is now the official field correspondent for What's Worth Watching
- Declared he has given up on Two and a Half Men
- Enjoyed a wild Gossip Girl and Grey's Anatomy
- Watches many cop shows, but not the original CSI in Vegas
- Feels Playboy Club was cancelled because it was stupid

JD Harmeyer (
- Is now an official regular on WWW
- Argued How To Be A Gentleman was cancelled too soon
- Can't wait for "piece of ass" Ashley Tisdale comedy announced by ABC
- Feels Tim Allen show was a weird Home Improvement
- Can't decide to start Breaking Bad or Mad Men first

Steve Brandano (

- Tried to help Jon sound less smug as he took credit for his Breaking Bad prediction
- Still can't enough of that Zooey D

Jenny Hutt (
- Was in the crowd for The Rosie Show and flew home on Ro's private jet
- Knew she wouldn't get a word in with Chuck Klosterman thanks to Jon
- Can handle the violence in Homeland but not Breaking Bad
- Wondered what the appropriate age is to watch South Park
- Keeps watching Pan Am in spite of the rest of the room

Jon Hein (
- Thrilled to be back live at 2pm with the crew
- Almost got his skull crushed by a falling clock
- Warned the audience before spoiling Breaking Bad season finale which he loved (and predicted)
- Loved talking to Chuck Klosterman about smart TV
- Doesn't think meat eating caused Survivor to jump the shark
- Can't get into The X Factor in spite of Jenny's pleas
- Has watched The Wire 6 or 7 times and will do the same with Breaking Bad when it ends

What’s Worth Watching
October 13 – October 19

Thursday, October 6, 2011

What's Worth Watching Notes - October 6, 2011

What's Worth Watching show #9 will replay Sunday at 7am Eastern on Howard 101.


Paul Scheer (@paulscheer) took over this week's WWW to play his favorite interviews.  Here is Paul's rundown:

- Paul Scheer hijacks the show to play his favorite interviews
- Interview with Bryan Cranston
- Interview with Michael K Williams
- What's Worth Watching: October 6 - October 12

Bryan Cranston (
- Paul can't get over how good Bryan Cranston is on Breaking Bad
- Paul is impressed by his Emmy wins for both comedy and drama
- Paul is still spooked by Walter White's laugh at the end of a recent episode
- Forget about Gus, it's all about Jessie and Walt for Paul

Michael K Williams (
- Paul feels his scar makes MKW the ultimate bad ass
- Worked with Paul on Human Giant
Thought Paul was a guy from Community
- Paul feels Omar is unrivaled as the baddest guy to ever hit the streets
- Paul hopes to land MKW for a stint on NTSF:SD:SUV

Jon Hein (
- Snuck in to do this week's WWW as a guest of Paul's
- Is honored in some weird way by Paul Scheer's hijacking
- Will be back with the "regular crew" next Thursday at 2pm

What’s Worth Watching
October 6 – October 12
8p   The Big Bang Theory (CBS) 
Community (NBC) 
830p Parks & Recreation (NBC) 
            ALDS Yankees vs. Tigers Game 5 (TBS)
9p The Office (NBC) 
Person Of Interest (CBS)  
George Harrison: Living In The Material World Part 2 (HBO)
10p      It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (FX)
1030p  The League (FX) [3rd season premiere]
1215a  NTSF:SD:SUV (TOON) [1st season finale]

8p         A Gifted Man (CBS)
830p     NLDS Cardinals vs Philllies Game 5 (TBS)
9p Fringe (FOX) 
Supernatural (CW) 
10p Blue Bloods (CBS) 
             Sanctuary (SYFY) [4th season premiere]
             Strike Back (MAX)
Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)
8p   ALCS Game 1 (FOX)
              College Football (ABC)
              Rules of Engagement (CBS) [6th season premiere]
1130p Saturday Night Live (NBC) [Ben Stiller/Foster The People]

7p 60 Minutes (CBS) 
              ALCS Game 2 (FOX)
8p Sunday Night Football: Packers vs Falcons (NBC)
              The Amazing Race (CBS)
9p Boardwalk Empire (HBO) 
The Good Wife (CBS) 
Dexter (SHO)
10p Breaking Bad (AMC) [4th season finale]
Homeland (SHO)
Hung/How To Make It In America (HBO)

8p   How I Met Your Mother (CBS)
              NLCS Game 2 (TBS)
830p      Monday Night Football: (ESPN) Bears vs Lions
9p Bored to Death [3rd season premiere]
              House (FOX) 
930p Enlightened (HBO) [pilot]
              Mike & Molly (CBS)
10p Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) 

8p  ALCS Game 3 (FOX)
              The Dotted Line (ESPN)
10p Sons of Anarchy (FX)
Unforgettable (CBS) 

8p NLCS Game 3 (TBS)
              Survivor (CBS)
830p      Suburgatory (ABC)
9p Modern Family (ABC)
Inside The NFL (SHO)
930p New Girl (FOX) [special night and time]
Happy Endings (ABC)  
10p Luther (BBCA)  
American Horror Story (FX)
              South Park (COM)