When it comes to spoofing talk shows, the job seems being done by Zach Galifianakis in his online “Between Two Palms,” which just recently has been inching onto Comedy Central in specials.
Lucky that Galifianakis is first guest on a new fake talk show hosted by Scott Aukerman, “Comedy Bang! Bang!” (IFC, 10 p.m.), that has the same deadpan absurdist aim. In addition to the non sequitirs and dead ends between Zach and the host, ther is the musical accompaniment of the largely wasted Reggie Watts, an on-set, sauced sommelier (played by Thomas Lennon of “Reno 911”) and a hero pilot portrayed by Will Forte. With the mix of real people and fake, it ends up being an amusing half hour, but it takes a while to acquire the taste.
The biggest thing in English TV from what I could tell in a visit earlier this year, were a slew of quiz shows in which the answers aren’t as important as the jokes that toe comedians enlisted to play come up with. That’s the case too in “Bunk” (IFC, 10:30 p.m.), where Kurt Braunohler gooses a revolving cast of barely known comics and comedy writers into absurdist answers, the weirder of which are declared winners (quite arbitrarily). Bigger prize is being funniest.
It’s not enough to have “Whale Wars” (Animal Planet, ), now we have to have “Seal Wars” (Animal Planet, 7 p.m.) as well? Can’t we all get along?
“DC Cupcakes: Take New York” (TLC, 10 p.m.) gives a taste of Georgetown to the big apple.
Susan Burke, John Waters, E.J. Dionne, Michael Brendan Dougherty and Dambisa Moyo are guests on a new “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO, 10 p.m.) after a week’s break.
All reruns on network TV except for the news magazines, “Dateline” (NBC, 9 p.m.) and “20/20” (ABC, 10 p.m.).
On cable, there are new episodes of “Fairly Legal” (USA, 9 p.m.) and “Common Law” (USA, 10 p.m.).
Karl pontificates on the medical profession on a new episode of “The Ricky Gervais Show” (HBO, 9 p.m.).
The singing comedy duo “Garfunkel and Oates” (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m.) get a half hour comedy special.
Norah Jones engages in the latest “VH1 Storytellers’ (VH1, 11 p.m.).
From the producers of “Gold Rush” comes what the hope will be another Friday night hit, “Deadly Seas” (Discovery, 9 p.m.) based on what other show, I wonder?
On the season finale of “Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country” (CMT, 9 p.m.), she has to defend herself against invading press demanding to know about her split with husband Peter Facinelli.
There are always those people who would deny “Global Weirding” (Science, 10 p.m.).
Four female firefighters in California are followed in the new “Lives on Fire” (OWN, 9 p.m.).
“Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids” (TLC, 9 p.m.) reaches a season finale. Everybody must be happy with the dress by now
Creepy old mansions are the theme on Turner Classic Movies, with “The Spiral Staircase” (8 p.m.), “The Innocents” (9:30 p.m.), “The Black Cat” (11:15 p.m.) and “Gaslight” (12:30 a.m.).
Kelly Ripa: Chris Rock, Patrick Duffy, Mrilu Henner, Andy Samberg. The View: Michael Fassbender, cast of “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” Maneet Chauhan. The Talk: Leighton Meester, Tia & Tamera Mowry, Tabatha Coffey. Ellen DeGeneres: Amanda Seyfried (rerun).
David Letterman: Don Rickles, Carrie Underwood (rerun). Jay Leno: Tom Cruise, Kool & the Gang. Jimmy Kimmel: Charlize Theron, Manny Pacquiao, Grafitti 6 (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Ben Stiller, Anthony Bourdain, Japandroids. Craig Ferguson: Anne Rice, Geoff Tate (rerun). Tavis Smiley: Jonah Lehrer. Carson Daly: Jessica St. Clair, Lennon Parham, Haim, Foster the People (rerun). Chelsea Handler: Tamra Barney & Gretchen Rosssi, Arden Myrin, chris Franjola, Jo Koy, Fortune Feimster (rerun).