Catch Up With ‘Burning Love’ Season Two

For fans of The State, Party Down, Reno 911!, and just about every live-action show on Adult Swim, Yahoo!’s unexpected foray into deadpan parody, Burning Love, was a nonstop joy. Ken Marino, in particular, as an idiot firefighter trying to find a soul mate via reality TV series, was pitch-perfect. This time around, the tables are turned, and former contestant Julie Gristlewhite (played as unhinged by the hilarious June Diane Raphael) is in the position of bachelorette and grand prize.

Competing for her damaged affections is a murder’s row of funny dudes: Nick Kroll, Rob Huebel, Joe Lo Truglio, Michael Cera, Adam Scott—hell, even Jerry O’Connell and Colin Hanks are in the mix. Though we bet that nothing can top Jennifer Aniston’s turn in the original. Check out the extended trailer for season two below, then go hit up the first two episodes of it, which have already "aired." I promise that the weirdness of going to yahoo.com wears off eventually (no it doesn’t).

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Eddie Izzard Is Grandpa Munster

It’s a given that Mockingbird Lane, NBC’s remake of The Munsters, is going to be a bit cheesy. But if it puts Eddie Izzard on American television — which it does, as Grandpa Munster — it’s a price we should be willing to pay.

Izzard stars alongside Portia de Rossi as Lily, Mason Cook as Eddie, and Jerry O’Connell as Herman Munster. Cheyenne Jackson even makes an appearance as a Boy Scout leader — wink, wink, nice casting there. It’s airing on Friday, October 26, as a one-hour drama for a night of Halloween-themed programming. But TV Line reports if Mockingbird Lane does well, may be picked up as a series. 

Get your Izzard fix in the trailer below:

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Porn vs. Piranha

Joe Francis is in a litigious mood over Piranha 3D. THR reports that the Girls Gone Wild creator believes the film promotes a libelous depiction of him in the character of “Derrick Jones.” A coke snorting, soft-core porn mogul, Jones is a sleaze who gets his johnson bitten off by the eponymous predators. He’s also played by Jerry O’Connell, who’s been very candid about where the inspiration for the character came from. “I get to play Joe Francis!” he told the Daily Beast, adding, “Oh, wait. For legal reasons I’m supposed to say, ‘I play someone loosely based on Joe Francis.’” Small wonder that Mr. Francis takes exception to this, but is it actionable?

In a letter sent to Piranha 3D distributor The Weinstein Company, Francis’ lawyer (Larry Stein) writes that “any defamatory or disparaging statements, or depictions, in the media or in the film itself, or other statements that portray Mr. Francis in a false light, will be met with swift litigation.”

In an interview with THR, Francis elaborated:

“I appreciate a good parody as much as the next guy, but to associate me with drugs and the filming of underage girls crosses a definite line. Jerry O’Connell has repeatedly and emphatically stated on the public record that he is “playing Joe Francis,” NOT a fictional character based on me. Mr. O’Connell has done this despite having been warned by his own lawyers not to admit this…I believe Mr. O’Connell may lose more than his penis (i.e., lots of money) if he and the Weinstein Co. choose to release this film and continue to falsely associate me with its questionable content.”

The problem with this argument, whatever legal legitimacy it might have notwithstanding, is that it’s hard not to do a spit take when confronted with a paradox as fundamentally absurd as a porn peddler who frets over his public image.