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‘Weeds’: Let’s Enroll at the University of Andy

This’ll get you even more excited about the June 8 fifth season premiere of Weeds: a commercial for “The University of Andy,” the school of thought by Weeds scene stealer Andy Botwin (Justin Kirk), where you can study such disciplines as Pleasing the Opposite Sex, Holding Your Liquor, Surviving Animal Attacks, Crazy Girls, Archery, Foreign Chicks, Daytime Television, Electrical Engineering, and, of course, TV/VCR Repair.

The Weeds cast is a stellar one, with Mary-Lousie Parker, Elizabeth Perkins and Kevin Nealon all Emmy-worthy, but I think the fact that Kirk hasn’t even received a nomination for his role as Andy is right up there with the inexplicable snubbing by the Emmy folk of Scrubs star John C. McGinley. It’s just kookie!

Check out the University of Andy clip, and I’ll see you in the checkout line when I’m snagging a U of A pennant.

WIN THIS! ‘Weeds’ Season 4 DVDs

HOORAY! We have our three winners:

Geraldine, Debbie E and Scooter McGavin! Congrats Weeds fans, and thanks for entering. Your awesome box sets will be on their way to your mailbox shortly. Enjoy, and thanks again for checking us out at TV Screener.com!

And everyone, keep checking our WIN THIS! section … we’ve got lots more TV goodies coming your way!

 

Weeds‘ fifth season kicks off on June 8 (10PM ET, Showtime) – and it’s a great episode, particularly for Celia and Andy fans – but season four just hit DVD, and thanks to the generous folks at Lionsgate Home Entertainment, TV Screener.com has three copies of the fantastic dramedy to give away.

Season four overview: Weeds queen Nancy (Mary-Louise Parker) moves her fam to Ren Mar, a town on the San Diego/Tijuana border, after burning down her house and fleeing to avoid any drug connections. Of course, she sets up shop in her new hometown, which leads to some hubbub with the DEA, a cover job at a maternity shop, an affair with Tijuana mayor/drug lord Esteban (Demián Bichir) and … well, so as not to completely spoil it for those who haven’t caught up with the show yet, a very unexpected, life-saving surprise in the season finale.

And the rest of the Agrestic gang is in on the action, too, from hapless Doug (Kevin Nealon), who flees Agrestic to avoid questions about the town’s finances, to PTA mom from Hell Celia (Elizabeth Perkins), whose oldest daughter Quinn gets revenge on her mom for sending her to boarding school, to Nancy’s bro-in-law Andy (the so Emmy-worthy Justin Kirk), who starts a coyote business and discovers he may be in love.

And among the DVD set’s bonus features: audio commentary, a gag reel, featurettes including “The Weed Wranglers,” “‘Burbs to the Beach” and (my fave) “Tour of Bubbie’s House.” And if you have a Blu-ray player, spring for those discs, which also include extra commentaries by Kevin Nealon and the aforementioned, scene-stealing Justin Kirk.

So, how do you get your hands on one of the three Weeds season four box sets we have to give away? Just leave a comment on this post, with the name of your favorite Weeds character or quote and an e-mail address or Web/blog link way to reach you, and you may be a winner.

Remember:
– Leave a comment on this post, with the name of your favorite Weeds character or quote and an e-mail address or Web/blog link way to reach you
– Deadline to enter is June 29 at 8PM ET (according to recorded comment time)
– The three winners will be chosen by random, using Random.org’s Random Number Generator
– The winners will be announced on the evening of June 30, as an update to this post

Good (pot) luck (ha!), Weeds fans!

Talkin’ With … Paul F. Tompkins, ‘Best Week Ever’ Host

You may know Paul F. Tompkins from Mr. Show, Tenacious D or The Sarah Silverman Program, or for guest appearances on series like Frasier, Weeds and Pushing Daisies, or for the stand-up career that has included Comedy Central specials, pop culture commentary on Countdown with Keith Olbermann and debating pop culture evils like Oprah and PETA on Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil.

But Best Week Ever fans – and as a recent BWE Tweetup in NYC proved, there are lots of us – have come to know and love the Philly funny guy as the host of our favorite pop culture wrap-up series. Tompkins, a regular talking head on the series, brought his comedic sensibilities, his endearing charm and, of course, his spiffy suits to the forefront in October 2008, when VH1 named him as host of the revamped BWE, now officially titled Best Week Ever with Paul F. Tompkins (Fridays, 11PM ET, VH1).

On the afternoon of a new Best Week Ever episode recently, I had the chance to chat with Paul about everything from the show’s new format, how he and the BWE team go about making us laugh every week and his favorite BWE guests to what TV shows he watches for fun, his dream job and his refreshing take on his career and, yes, what the “F.” stands for.

PS – Fans who follow Tompkins on Twitter will be privvy to inside scoop on the show, like recent Tweets from Paul about tonight’s BWE guests, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert.

Hey, Paul! Thank you so much for taking the time to do this today.
Oh, thank you for wanting to talk to me.

So, let me start with the format change. I loved the old show and I love the new format, but how did the change come about?
Oh, well thank you. That’s very nice to hear. I think it came about because the show had been going on for about four, fur-and-a-half years, and I think the feeling was, ‘Hey, we need to change it up a little bit.’ You know, it had been the same thing for awhile, and a lot of other shows on our very network had been kind of copying the talking heads style. So there was plenty of that out there, and I think there was an idea to mix it up a little bit and make it a much more written show, as opposed to the way it was, with comics riffing and stuff like that. It’s a lot harder to control the content (with the old format), but if everybody is there at the same time, I’m here with the writers, we write the show together throughout the week … It’s just a lot easier to produce the show and focus it and have a consistent point of view.

The new format is obviously driven a lot by your personality, too. Was it scary to be that front and center? It would seem to be a lot of pressure …
Yeah it is, because I hope people like me. It’s a lot of me, and, you know, there are people, I’m sure, who thought that a little of me goes a long way, and some who feel the other way, that they would like to see more of me. So it’s a tough thing to consider the people that have been viewers of the show already, and then people who have never seen the show before, maybe had no interest in the show before. How do we get new people, how am I presented to new people … it can be an intimidating thing.

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Channel Surfing – May 13

All the tube news that’s fit to surf …

– The year’s biggest American Idol shocker could turn out to be that Kris Allen earned himself a spot in the final two with his memorable spin on Kanye West‘s “Heartless” on last night’s Idol.

Jim Krasinski says to expect a cool Jim/Pam story in Thursday night’s fifth-season finale of The Office.

– Discovery Channel is planning a high-def sequel to its incredible Planet Earth series, called Wild Planet: North America.

Mark Valley, who’s gotten lost in the shuffle on shows like Boston Legal and Fringe after his terrific, but cancelled-too-soon dramedy Keen Eddie, may finally have landed another great series. Fox is reportedly moving forward with Human, based on a DC Comic, in which Valley stars as Christopher Chance, a guy who offers security for hire services by assuming the identities of people in danger (i.e. he becomes the “target” for them). Jackie Earle Haley and Chi McBride are also among the cool cast.

Alanis Morissette will play Nancy’s (Mary-Louise Parker) baby doctor when Weeds begins its fifth season on June 8.

Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton will not be returning to One Tree Hill next season, as has been the rumor for months.

– Guess who thinks there should be a Creed-centric episode of The Office? Creed. I totally agree.

– Like Rodney Dangerfield, Tony Danza is going back to school. Danza, who admits that “nobody’s knocking down (his) door for acting jobs,” will teach 10th grade English in a New York City school, and film the whole experience for an A&E reality series. That’s one of the more interesting, and least sleazy, reality show ideas to pop up in quite a while.

– A&E is all about the celebreality genre next season, in fact, with other new shows on the horizon from Shaq, Bob Saget, MC Hammer and Steven Seagal, while most of the network’s other new shows fall into the crime drama category. The best news: Parking Wars will be back for another season.

Jamie Foxx will host the BET Awards on June 28 in Los Angeles, with performances by Ne-Yo and Maxwell.

– Starz has given Party Down, an underrated comedy that you should be watching, a second-season pick-up.

– And Paulina Porizkova explained her firing from America’s Next Top Model to Craig Ferguson last night.

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