TV comedy bonanza this week: 'Louie,' 'Awkward,' 'Twenty Twelve,' 'Chasing UFOs'

Tuesday, 26 June 2012 10:39 AM Written by 

Wrong_082New episodes of "Wilfred" (10 p.m. Thursday) returned last week on FX and that series is joined this week by the return of "Louie."

In the "Louie" season premiere (10:30 p.m. Thursday), titled "Something is Wrong," Louie is dating a woman (Gaby Hoffmann, "Now and Then") who does all the talking for both of them. This leads to a very bad day for Louie.

The series remains smart and thought-provoking but it's also quite funny. The situations Louie finds himself in -- particularly one gag involving how to read a convoluted "no parking" sign -- are relateable and hilarious.

But "Louie" isn't the only new comedy this week -- not by a long shot.

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"Awkward" (10:30 p.m. Thursdat, MTV): TV's best high school relationship comedy returns with Jenna (Ashley Rickards) choosing between Matty (Beau Mirchoff) and Jake (Brett Davern) and deciding whether or not to let her mother know she knows about the mean-spirited note Jenna's mother sent her.

The relationship plots are ;less interesting to me than the comedy, particularly in next week's episode when Ming (Jessica Lu) infiltrates a group of Asian students at school. The leader of the group is hilarious -- here's hoping she gets a spin-off series, STAT!

"Twenty Twelve" (9 p.m. Thursday, BBC America): Hugh Bonneville, AKA Lord Grantham to fans of PBS's "Downton Abbey," plays the voice of sanity amongst a collection of screw-ups who are planning for London's 2012 Summer Olympics in this mockumentary series.

It's more cheekily amusing than hilarious and full of comedy-of-the-uncomfortable moments, particularly any scenes involving yes-woman Siobhan Sharpe (Jessica Hynes) a nightmarish PR woman whose web designer can't spell the word "Olympic" correctly. She also commissions a countdown clock that counts the wrong way.

"Chasing UFOs" (9 and 10 p.m. Friday, National Geographic Channel): Technically this is a reality docu-series not a comedy but it's funny on a few levels, including how shamelessly it rips off the format of Animal Planet's "Finding Bigfoot." Here's guessing that just like they never catch Bigfoot on "Finding Bigfoot," the three-person team that's chasing UFOs will never catch one. But they will steal the "town meeting" concept used by "Finding Bigfoot" within the first 10 minutes of the first episode.

Also, the fact that this series exists on Nat Geo is further evidence that Nat Geo is no longer the home of thoughtful, serious programming as it once was. Could a cable network tarnish the National Geographic name? We'll see.

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