A Good Week For TV

The networks have been rolling out a lot of their new shows this week (or, after playing a sneak preview of the premiere a few weeks ago, re-rolling them out) and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how many of them I’ll continue to DVR (which is pretty much all of them that Entertainment Weekly gave me the heads up on). In case you missed them, here are some new shows I recommend. I’m pretty much sticking to new shows in this post, as I’ve already raved enough about Community and Breaking Bad (or maybe not enough, seeing as how Community continues to flounder no matter how much I try to get people on board. But if you wanna wait until after the show is cancelled and then find it on Netflix and rave about the “new” show you found like you did with Arrested Development, go right ahead).

So, here’s what’s new that we’re enjoying. As always, feel free to leave your new favorites in the comments below.


  • 10pm – Revolution (NBC)
    I’m still not convinced this is going to fill the hole in my heart left by Lost, but I found it engaging enough to stick around.


  • 8:30 – Ben and Kate (FOX)
    I laughed out loud numerous times. Smart and clever, this show will probably be cancelled within a season. I hope not, but that’s what happens to all the good ones.
  • 9:00 – Go On (NBC)
    Slightly better than the last Matthew Perry vehicle, and I get a kick out of seeing the kid from Everybody Hates Chris.
  • 10:00 – Vegas (CBS)
    Dennis Quaid kicking gangster butt as a cowboy in the 60s? Who wouldn’t wanna see that? Or so I thought. Watching it, I felt like an old lady watching Murder She Wrote. I’ll give it another week to get as awesome as I wanted it to be, or I’m outtie.


  • 8:00 – Animal Practice (NBC)
    I can’t help but feel that the Bobby Lee character is basically Chang 2.0, but the monkey is funny.
  • 9:30 – The Neighbors (ABC)
    Fun and funny, a nice mix of whimsy and sci-fi. Plus, it has Doug Jones in it.


  • 8:00 – Last Resort (ABC)
    This is the only one that EW didn’t really rave about, but judging from the previews (and my pal Nick) I decided to give it a shot. I’m glad I did.
  • 10:00 – Elementary (CBS)
    A nice take on the characters of Holmes & Watson with plenty of wry wit and Sherlockian observations to keep Doyle fans like me happy.

The only show we recorded and subsequently removed from our DVR was Guys with Kids (hellooo, laugh track).

I’m still waiting for Sunday, which will bring us the premiere of 666 Park Avenue mostly because I miss John Locke.


Scab for Hire

OK, I’m probably not the only person who’s sick of this writer’s strike currently preventing me from seeing new episodes of “Saturday Night Live,” “The Office,” and “30 Rock” and pretty much guaranteeing me only a partial season of “Lost” and “24.” Not only are my favorite shows MIA but I now have an excess of bland reality shows to choose from like “The Singing Bee,” “Do You Know the Words,” “Battle of the Choirs,” “Nunfight 2008,” “Are You Dumber Than A Redneck,” and “So You Want to Be Famous for 10 Minutes, Too.”

And so I have decided to cross the picket line (sorry Writer’s Guild, but something tells  I’m not burning any bridges here…it’s not like I’m a card-carrying member or anything…or have any chance of being so). So this is a proclamation to all interested TV studios/production companies that I’ll take the bullet and step in and write a few episodes for ya, just so I can watch something new on TV.

I read a couple of weeks ago that the last time the talks between the writers and the union fell through, the writers turned down an offer that would garner them $250,000/year. You’re getting a bargain with me. This is an offer you can’t refuse: Pay me $175,000 a year and I’ll write your TV shows and try to find a way to eke out an existence on my new-found  meager earnings.

Sounds like a deal to me. You get new episodes, it’s easier to get advertising, and I get to figure out how in the world I could possibly survive on a 6-figure income. What have we got to lose?

Let’s do this.


It’s that time again to bore my friends and loved ones with a capsulated look at 2006. Enjoy. I’ll wake you when it’s over.

A Timeline by Ed Placencia

As the year began I was living in New York City. I was a regular performer at the National Comedy Theatre (which I will heretofore refer to as NCT) and the ink on my divorce papers still hadn’t dried. My first year as The Single Guy. Let’s do this.
January 1 I ring in the new year by performing at a special New Year’s show at the NCT. We had a blast and it was a great time.
January 12 My digital camera breaks. No one has seen a picture of me since.
January 31 At the NCT banquet in a weird moment of ironic foreshadowing I was awarded “Most likely to be available for 208 shows/year.”

February 19 A reporter from The Daily News does a story on the National Comedy Theatre. A lot of pictures are taken and the cast is saddened when the article comes out and they use a picture with none of us in it.
February 28 In a stunt of unparalleled proportions, JT and I went to pick up some used carpet to put in the green room of the NCT. Because we don’t have a vehicle, we carry this huge roll of carpeting. From the corner of 3rd & 11th to the theater at 36th & 9th we maneuvered through the busy streets of Manhattan and didn’t bump into anything. And we only stopped to rest once. How manly are we?

March 8 My good friends John and Lisa come up to visit from Pennsylvania. We checked out a Mountain Dew snowboarding ramp in the middle of Times Square and interview a ukulele expert at a music store for Lisa’s radio show, The Kids Cookie Break. So, it was a usual day for me.

April 2 Worked on the set of a new FOX show, The Wedding Album. It was slated to come out this year, but haven’t heard anything on it since.
April 10-13 For four days straight I work from 6:30pm to 5am as an extra on the set of August Rush, starring Robin Williams, Keri Russell, and Jonathan Rhys Myers. We spent four nights in the middle of Central Park pretending it wasn’t freezing cold as we watched a performance by a symphony. Right now it is slated to release in February 2007. If it’s anything like my last work as an extra, be sure to have your freeze frame remotes ready so you can see me.
April 22 My sister Jaime comes up for a visit and we see and do everything in Manhattan in a span of 7 hours. We are, in a word, amazing. And tired.
April 27 Fellow NCT comedian Virginia and I witness someone trying to base jump off of the Empire State Building. A crowd gathers. The jumper is arrested. Everyone seems slightly depressed they didn’t get to see someone splat.
April 30 Worked on the set of Without A Trace playing an FBI employee. The episode airs the following month and I was nowhere to be seen. So far, no proof of the fact I’ve ever done any extra work exists.

May 4 Realizing a lifelong dream, I get to attend a taping of The Late Show with David Letterman. Even though the guests are Rosie Perez and Danika Patrick I still manage to somehow enjoy the experience.
May 13 My final show at the NCT for 2006. I have 81 performances with them under my belt, and all of them were a blast. The rest of the gang is still there putting on great shows so if you’re in Manhattan, be sure to stop by and see a show.
May 14 Left NYC for Pennsylvania, where I will hang out for a week before my departure for Indiana. My buddy Ethan volunteers to drive me to PA and while there I stay with him and his wife Aubrey, and also with Jon & Lisa. I get a chance to connect with all of my dear friends from the radio station I worked at in Lancaster, WJTL. Good people. Good, good people.
May 21 Dad arrives in Pennsylvania with his truck and we load up the small amount of junk I have and head for Indiana.

June 2 Almost a year after doing extra work on The Break-Up with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston, it is released in theaters. None of my scenes make the final cut. I am not disappointed as there’s always the DVD deleted scenes. And I got to roller blade behind Jennifer Aniston for half a day. And the check cleared.
June 4 Fifteen years after its first conception, my brother Ray and I begin production on the long-awaited sequel to Terocus. We film four episodes and post them all on YouTube. The internet community is collectively confused.

July 15 I film an entry for a contest NBC is having to make a promo for the TV show The Office with Ray, Piper, Dad, and cousin Rich. Even though we don’t win, we have fun filming it and putting it on YouTube to further confuse the internet people.
July 16 The Placencia family reunion. Or, The Largest Gathering Of Minorities In Indiana Since The Last Placencia Family Reunion.

August 3 I am legally a Hoosier again when I get my driver’s license. After finally making it through the DMV line, a week later my money clip is stolen and I have to go through all of it again.

September 30 The county fair comes to town and all of Indiana’s finest are in attendance. Mullets and poofy hairsprayed bangs abound. I get together with my friend Amy to hang out at the local coffee shop as they walk by and poke fun. Without recognizing him, I inadvertently end up making fun of my uncle.

October 14 I killed a bird with a ladder.
October 17 The Break-Up is released on DVD. Although the packaging boasts “17 extra minutes!” I still have not made the film. Nor did I make the deleted scenes. Even my deleted scenes were deleted. But still, at least I got to roller blade behind Jennifer Aniston for half a day.

November 1 Awarded “Boxer of the Month” for the month of October at the Dekalb County Boxing Club. I celebrate by not going down for the rest of the month.
November 9 Itching to get back into comedy, I perform stand-up in front of a crowd of about 350 people at Snickerz in Ft Wayne and it goes well and the crowd goes wild.

I’m working with Dad and still doing production for WJTL. I’ve been writing a lot of short stories recently and I’ll be back at Snickerz doing stand-up on December 21.It’s been a fun fun year and am eager to see what 2007 has in store.

To keep updated on what I’m doing, I keep a pretty consistent blog online. It’s the easiest way to see what I’m up to and going through. You can also visit that link to get all of the details on the highlights I mentioned above.

Goals for 2007:
*Return to NYC to perform again at NCT.
*Visit London.
*Kiss a girl.

It’s my prediction that the first two goals will be the easiest to accomplish.

Thanks for reading. I look forward to hearing from you to find out how you’re doing.

Keep in touch!


NBC: Later Rather Than Sooner

A couple of weeks ago I think I posted something on here about my video submission for a contest NBC was having to promote the most excellent show, The Office. The top three submissions will be aired on NBC. They’ve released the 20 finalists at http://www.nbc.com/The_Office/contest/ and if you look closely, you’ll see that I’m not among them. A few of them are actually pretty good. But only a few. I’m not saying that my submission is better than the others (I’m no sore loser) but I am saying I can’t believe most of them were selected. Kind of like watching America’s Funniest Home Videos. At the end of the show when they announce the 3 funniest videos, more often than not I’m left thinking Huh? But I guess that’s the thing about humor. It’s all objective.

My video submission is posted on YouTube and, as promised, I have made the video public so you can watch and enjoy (hopefully enjoy). The final product had to be exactly 20 seconds and you weren’t allowed to use any footage from the show (even though one of the 20 finalists did. Um…that’s not freakin fair). My original cut was 2 and-a-half minutes, so needless to say, I had to do some serious editing. The basic premise is some friends hanging around, quoting lines from The Office, and one guy who doesn’t watch the show tries desperately to fit in.

Maybe it didn’t translate in 20 seconds. Or maybe the judges forgot that Steve Carell, star of The Office, was also in The 40 Year Old Virgin. Oh well. We still had a good time. My submission can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kre-xh16fw Feel free to leave a comment and browse around while you’re there!

“The Office” Promo

If you watch NBC’s The Office or ever swing by my YouTube site, you may have seen the promos for a new contest. Basically, they are asking people to make a promo for The Office, exactly 20 seconds long, and submit it to them. They’ll pick 3 grand prize winners to air on NBC after an episode of the sitcom. No cash and prizes, but a chance for some real bragging rights.

I spent some time yesterday with my brother Ray, his wife Piper, my cousin Rich, and Dad. They were my cast for the project, and yes, I resisted the urge to put myself in it so I could concentrate on directing & editing, and it only took us about 30 minutes to film, (I mean come on, the finished project is only 20 seconds long)!

I sat down tonight to edit and, after assembling all of the footage I wanted to use, it clocked in at about two-and-a-half minutes. Zoinks! This was a lot tougher than I imagined. Shaving off two minutes and ten seconds, while still trying to keep the humor and the gist was quite a task. But I think I did OK.

So we’ll see. Right now 96 people have submitted a video. If you think about it, that’s really not a lot, so maybe we have a shot. You aren’t allowed to view the other videos, but you can browse and see a still photo taken from the other entries. All I’m saying is, pretty much all of the other entries take place in an office. I took the opposite approach and we’ll see if being a little different pays off.

After they declare a winner, if it ain’t me, I’ll make it available for everyone to see (right now the videos have to be marked “Private” so only the contest honchos can see them). I’ll keep you posted. Wish us luck!

John, Lisa, Times Square, and Snowboarding

Yesterday I got to visit with my dear friends John and Lisa from Pennsylvania. They were up in New York City for a few days for their honeymoon and I was glad they etched out some time in their schedule for us to hook up!

Since I had to work that afternoon we met in Times Square. Lisa interviewed me for the radio/internet show she does, “The Kids Cookie Break” and told me about other interviews she’d gotten while she’d been in town.

In the middle of Times Square the Mountain Dew people had erected a huge snowboarding ramp with two individual lanes and complete with a huge truck blowing artificial snow on it. I’m not sure what the big event was for (we were told it wouldn’t officially begin until 4:00) but it was pretty cool to see. You just never know what you’re gonna see when you’re walking down the street in this town!

John and Lisa both lived in New York many moons ago (Lisa had even worked at NBC for a short bit and had fun SNL stories to tell) so there was no pressure to show them all the cool stuff in town and impress them. Instead we just walked around and concentrated on catching up.

We grabbed some lunch at a great little French cafe (Maison was the name, I believe) and after that we made our way to Sam Ash Music stores so Lisa could get another disc for her recorder. While there she interviewed one of the employees about ukuleles and it was a great time.

Always good to see the Blowers!! Nothing like good friends and good conversation.

Tomorrow my dear friend Meridith is coming into town with her boyfriend Nate and I am looking forward to catching up with her (and meeting him)! This is the week of reconnecting! Yeeeeee!