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HORACE AND PETE (LouisCK.net)
Louis CK takes it straight to his fans with this self-released pilot for a new dramedy that’s available for $5 on his website. The comic co-stars with Steve Buscemi as owners of a Brooklyn bar where the patrons chew over politics as they’re downing their beers. Other cast members include Edie Falco, Alan Alda, Steven Wright and Jessica Lange. It’s like The Iceman Cometh crossed with Archie Bunker’s Place — with a theme song by Paul Simon.
COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE (Crackle)
The seventh-season finale (already?) of Jerry Seinfeld’s award-winning Web series finds the Master of His Domain tooling around L.A. in 1970 Plymouth Sunbird with none other than Will Ferrell. The funnymen meet at a playground, visit a surf shop and discuss everything from Ferrell’s SNL audition to cats. Perhaps not coincidentally, Ferrell will soon be seen in Zoolander 2.
COP SHOW: SEASON 2 (LStudio.com)
Speak of the devils, Steve Buscemi and Jerry Seinfeld are among the guest-stars in the second season of stand-up Colin Quinn’s behind-the-scenes parody of a Law & Order-type crime drama. Like the Acura-sponsored Comedians in Cars, it’s brought to you by a car company — Lexus — and other celebs who come along for the ride include Chris Rock, Seth Meyers, Irina Shayk, Jim Norton and Steve Guttenberg. Season 3 is coming later this year. Watch your back, Jerry!
BETTER CALL SAUL: SEASON 1 (Netflix)
Before Season 2 launches on AMC later this month, catch up with the first 10 episodes of the acclaimed Breaking Bad prequel. Mostly set in 2002, the drama tells the origin story of amoral lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) and mixes familiar cast members like Jonathan Banks as enforcer Mike Ehrmentraut and newcomers like Michael McKean as Saul’s electromagnetic-hypersensitive brother. Is it Better than Breaking Bad? Not yet. But it’s still pretty damn good.
PEEP SHOW: SEASON 9 (Hulu)
The final six-episode season of the long-running Brit-com about a pair of mismatched London roommates — a geeky bank manager (David Mitchell) and an underemployed musician (Robert Webb) — hits our shores. After skipping Season 8, Olivia Colman (Broadchurch) returns as Mitchell’s ex-wife. And unlike the patrons of many real-life peep shows, this one doesn’t come with a happy ending.
Currently Senior Articles Editor for Closer Weekly, Bruce Fretts has written for The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, Emmy Magazine, Fast Company, and Vulture. You can follow him on Twitter @brucefretts.