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Date & time Oct 13
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Stuffed bunnies

If you like your comedy absurd, snarky and knowing, then the thriving genre of network TV parodies is for you. Like Larry Sanders Show and a slew of less memorable TV self mockeries, Fox the Bunny and ABC 9:30 (8:30 Central) tilt at the legendary ego problems, rampant insecurities and high camp high anxiety behind the scenes of your favorite network product. 9:30 (8:30 Central) sends up two of the networks most bizarre practices in the clumsy title alone: first of all, the custom of shuffling shows from time slot to time slot, as if running a subway shell game on viewers, and secondly the penchant for clunky, hard to promote titles like Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place and Like, You Know.

the Bunny creators Dan Milano, Spencer Chinoy and Sean Baker first introduced the character of Greg in the cultish New York public access show about a neurotic stuffed rabbit living in the East Village. Later, Greg appeared in a series of short films on the Independent Film Channel. In his newest incarnation, the spiffed up Greg his button eyes replaced, at least in some scenes, by a pair of limpid chocolate pools introduces us to life on the set of Junction, a fictional PBS children edutainment show on which Greg has landed the starring role after its original lead, Rochester Rabbit, is fired.

Despite its warm and furry exterior (the cast and crew are made up of equal parts human and foam based life forms), Junction is a hotbed of petty rivalries, niggling jealousies and unchecked substance abuse. And that just the puppet stuff. The show humans are every bit as talentless and insincere as we come to expect from people who play network suits on TV. The ensemble begins with Dottie Sunshine (Dina Waters), a dumb blonde in a dirndl who vacillates between imperious pronouncements she can quite pull off in her tremulous voice ( will not be dismissed! and total submission. Then there Junction Jack (Bob Gunton) a sweet Mr. Greenjeans type on screen who snaps back into his cantankerous, chain smoking Vietnam vet persona the instant the director yells The puppet cast includes Warren Ape Demontague, a pretentious, pill popping, bug eyed monkey who adopts a phony English accent when he thinks he about to be replaced and announces: the joke on you, you godless bloodsucker. I an actor. I have range. I don need your insipid little moppet show

There also Count Blah, an older, bitterer version of the Counting Count on Street a retarded, crayon eating frog; a pre op transsexual monster with big boobs; and, back in the human realm, Alison Kaiser (Sarah Silverman), a slick network exec whose reaction to the imminent cancellation of her show is need to get married.

They who giveth, after all, also taketh away, and given the fate of some of the weirder, more innovative comedies to have sped by the screen lately ( Tick is gone, Ellie has been temporarily shelved and will probably remain un renewed) any fondness for the Bunny should probably be tempered with realistic forecasts of its chances. Mixed critical reactions aside (and a glance at the recent sitcom death toll suggests that there nothing like a bunch of good reviews to kill a series), the rabbit future doesn look so bright. After all, the audience most likely to embrace the Bunny is probably still mourning the passing of Tick after just eight episodes. So, in the interest of not precipitating any untimely demises, let just call this a good review within a bad review of a good TV show about a bad TV show. 1: It flagrantly stupid.

If you can be flagrantly stupid on TV, where should you go? the Bunny is the dumbest thing you ever saw, in a good way. From the show title to its drug induced premise to the bouncy way the puppets copy van cleef bangle have of walking, it rarely gets sillier than this. Greg lives with his best friend Jim (Seth Green), an underachieving pool boy who also happens to be the son of Junction director, Gil Bender (Eugene Levy). Greg, who has had trouble finding work, convinces Jim to ask his dad to hire him as an assistant. After mangy Rochester is fired, Greg shows up for his interview and Gil mistakes him for an auditioning actor. Greg improvised ode to snowballs clinches the deal. Do you think you might like watching a stuffed animal bounce around singing, I in love with you! Snowball, you complete me! while Eugene Levy and Sarah Silverman look on, smiling and toe tapping?

No. 2: It cheerfully offensive.

OK, so shows about TV shows have been around since Dick Van Dyke Show. But the Bunny takes the well trod TV parody premise a little further, spoofing the sensitive but really boring issue of portrayals of minorities in the media. On the Bunny, puppets live among humans in not so perfect harmony.

Greg announces at the beginning the premiere episode (which aired Wednesday night): are 3.2 million puppets, or as we prefer to be called, fabricated Americans, living in the United States today and yet most people would rather chamois their cars with us than have us date their daughters. As they are reduced to reminding us in the show theme song, can sing and dance, but we don need pants See, we just like you!

Like most minority thespians, Greg and his costars are sick and tired of being typecast and excluded from most roles. am perturbed by the way puppets are portrayed in your program, he tells Greg. in your position of prominence, you need to penetrate and personify proper puppet power! Perhaps you need to ask yourself what is edutaining? Is it fleshy propaganda? And then you need to answer yourself, yes! Keep the boat afloat!

No. 3: It unapologetically insiderish.

Junction may be an adorable and educational Street knockoff, but behind the scenes, it might as well be The show star, Rochester Rabbit, is unceremoniously dumped after Alison tells Gil to choose between firing him and canceling the show: need to find the next Elmo if we are going to reach a younger audience.

As Gil points out, already reaching 4 year olds. How young do you want to go? Fetal?

But Alison is unmoved. I as sensitive as the next person But his fur is thinning, his ears are drooping it gross.

Later, when Gil finds out that Greg is not an actor but his useless son friend, he freaks out ( the gay bear still available? and tries to fire him.

me tell you something about television, Gil tells his son. vouched for him! I expressed an opinion! It the kind of thing that ends careers in this business.

It not like we haven seen television drones portrayed as cowardly, sycophantic and desperate before. We just never seen it with puppets. van cleef bangle fake When Greg refuses to change out of his puppish outfit in the third episode, Gil says, outfit makes a political statement, and it make it look like the network has an agenda.

the network support the puppet movement? Greg asks.

course we do, Alison replies, just do it passively.

No. 4: It doesn look or sound like

Like seemingly every midseason replacement sitcom these days, the Bunny is filmed with a single camera and without a laugh track. This show benefits especially from single camera technique, given hand puppets general lack of lower extremities. The single camera allows for chase scenes and unexpected angles that may distract you from the sometimes implausible spectacle of Seth Green conversing soulfully with a bobbing bathmat, and also allows the puppets to venture out into the world. On the down side, this technique is in danger of being thrown out with the canceled show bathwater; a slew of single camera sitcoms have already been consigned to oblivion or are halfway there.

The good news is that the Bunny has enough wrong van cleef fake gold bracelet with it to stand a chance at survival. 1: When in doubt, it channels Park.

When Rochester threatens to kill Greg on the set of the show, Count Blah tries to talk him down.

me one reason why I shouldn says Rochester.

Blah responds, prison rape?

So, even though the Bunny looks cute, it not really for the kids. The jokes are broad, raunchy and as scatological as possible. In the second episode, Warren Jack and Count Blah leave their paintball game to rescue Greg from the evil dog of Jimmy domineering new girlfriend, Chelsea.

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