Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store
The Emmy-winning writer and comic shines in a loose set before a live audience, where his laugh-provoking topics include the inherent differences between sexism and racism, how pets give parents a way to prepare children for death, and how he got completely freaked out by a bat in a country house where he and his daughters were staying.
This new documentary series follows some of the colorful New Yorkers who are out and about in the wee small hours of the morning when most "regular" people are fast asleep. Some of them are simply insomniacs, but they also include drag queens, artists, sex workers and others who prefer to go about their "day" when conventional rules are readily broken, or at least severely bent.
Mark Cuban definitely isn't impressed with one of the ideas presented in this episode, since he pronounces it "horrible." Candidates for that response include former Paris residents who use a family recipe for beverages, and the New York-based creators of an ecology-appropriate pizza box. Also, Utah cousins present their concept for making cell phones sanitary. The biggest deal in the history of the show thus far gets an update.
In this episode, Bruce "Two Dogs" Bozsum, chairman of Mohegan Sun, goes under cover on the front lines of the Native American-owned casino and resort operation. He's actually passing the reins on to the tribal council's next chairman, but this gig should provide him with some insights he can pass on to his successor.
Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Anyone who watches "Duck Dynasty" knows the Robertson clan can have humorous moments, but Willie Robertson goes for laughs more consciously and overtly in this new episode. He joins series regulars Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles to show how adept he is at song and skit improv, based on suggestions from the studio audience. Comic Jeff Davis also appears as Aisha Tyler hosts. Another episode follows.
The Third Man
Director Carol Reed masterfully captures the atmosphere of a shellshocked postwar Europe in this classic thriller about an alcoholic writer who is drawn into a dark and disorienting situation after he travels to Vienna to visit an old friend, only to discover the man was recently killed. Or was he? Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles play out a complex cat-and-mouse game to a haunting zither theme by Anton Karas.
In the new episode "The Smoking Gun," ex-prosecutor Kelly Siegler and former crime scene investigator Yolanda McClary travel to the Bible Belt of East Tennessee to investigate the murder of a seemingly innocent college student in his quiet hometown of Cleveland. The team must sort through the victim's private past as they search for clues to the identity of his killer.
A large family with a small budget hires Edwin and his crew to build a custom houseboat, so they work on a battered '70s Yukon Delta, which Edwin describes as "what happens when a boat and an RV have a baby." Trying to preserve the original integrity of the boat, the crew strips it down, then adds a kitchen, clear roof, sun pad, projection screen and water slide in the new episode "Yukon Gold."
A hired killer is far from his normal turf -- Detroit -- when he's eliminated in Hawaii in "Ka No'eau" (Hawaiian for "The Painter"). Not everything is as it initially seems, as McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin) and his team eventually learn. Chin (Daniel Dae Kim) takes a big professional gamble to help save Danny's (Scott Caan) brother. Peter Weller, who has directed and acted on this series, wrote the story. Lee Tergesen ("Oz") guest stars.
The immediate assignment is urgent for the Messengers in the new episode "Deus Ex Machina," since unless they succeed, thousands could perish in a plot launched through cyberspace. The mission to find the next Horseman also progresses, giving Vera (Shantel VanSanten) and her cohorts plenty to handle at once -- with even more in store for Joshua (Jon Fletcher), since he has to deal with a part of his past. Sofia Black-D'Elia and Diogo Morgado also star.
British actor David Oyelowo ("Selma") is showcased in what amounts to a one-man show in this harrowing film that depicts a dangerously unstable war veteran who starts to unravel thread by thread. As he addresses unseen followers of his video log, he focuses more and more on his obsession with an old Army buddy and begins to ponder committing an unthinkable act. Brad Pitt is among the executive producers of this 90-minute film, as is Oyelowo himself.
One of America's -- and, for that matter, the world's -- major performance groups has a new music director, and his arrival is celebrated in the new episode "Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons Inaugural Concert." Soprano Kristine Opolais and tenor Jonas Kaufmann, both longtime associates of Nelsons, perform individually and together. Works by Wagner and Puccini, some of which have great personal significance to the honoree, are on the bill.