Monday, October 19, 2009

Ear on TV: Week of 10.19.09: Neil Patrick Harris vs Batman

Neil Patrick Harris' plan for world domination continues, this time as an animated villain in a special musical episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold. The Emmy host and star of How I Met Your Mother is the voice behind what could be Batman's most flamboyant villain, Music Meister (sorry Riddler).

Of course, NPH has already played a musical villain, having recently created a stir in the title role for Joss Whedon's Emmy award winning Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, so it's no surprise that he steals the episode, titled "Mayhem of the Music Meister" (premiering* on Friday, October 23, on Cartoon Network). The character is able to send his foes into song, including Aquaman, Green Arrow and the vocal power keg that is Black Canary (scroll down for video).

*The episode was previewed at this year's Comic Con to a standing ovation, and has aired already in the UK.

I've been wanting to plug the series since it debuted nearly a year ago, especially since Jellyfish's Andy Sturmer does the theme song, but now is as good a time as any. And the powers that be are striking while the irons are hot, releasing a soundtrack (Batman: The Brave and The Bold: Mayhem Of The Music Meister! Soundtrack) for the episode (via New Line Records) on October 24, the day after the episode airs.

Elsewhere, the talkies are on vacay, but Austin City Limits picks up the slack this week with the combo of super indie acts Andrew Bird and St. Vincent. Meanwhile, the excellent IFC documentary series on Monty Python continues all this week, and with the Python-a-thon, there's the added bonus of the (very musical) films The Holy Grail and The Life of Brian.


Playlist: Picks for the week
Monday, October 19
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: The Used (REPEAT)
CBS: Late Show With David Letterman: Rosanne Cash (REPEAT)
IFC: Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut) Part II: Monty Python
IFC: Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Monty Python
Tuesday, October 20
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: The Sounds
IFC: Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut) Part III: Monty Python
IFC: Monty Python's Life of Brian: Monty Python
MTV: It's On With Alexa Chung: Shakira
FUEL: The Daily Habit: Goons of Doom
NBC: The Jay Leno Show: Ludacris
NBC: The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien: Cobra Starship featuring Estelle (REPEAT)
NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Landon Pigg (REPEAT)
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Amazing Baby (REPEAT)
Wednesday, October 21
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Dead By Sunrise
IFC: Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut) Part IV: Monty Python
IFC: Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl: Monty Python
FUEL: The Daily Habit: Say Anything
NBC: The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien: Phoenix (REPEAT)
NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: John Fogerty (REPEAT)
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Paolo Nutini (REPEAT)
Thursday, October 22
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: The Temper Trap
IFC: Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut) Part V: Monty Python
IFC: Monty Python and the Holy Grail: Monty Python
NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Miranda Lambert (REPEAT)
NBC: Last Call With Carson Daly: Ladyhawke (REPEAT)
SYNDICATION: The Ellen Degeneres Show: Mika
Friday, October 23
ABC: Jimmy Kimmel Live: Echo & the Bunnymen
CARTOON NETWORK: Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Neil Patrick Harris
CBS: Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson: The Avett Brothers (REPEAT
FUEL: The Daily Habit: ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead
IFC: Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut) Part VI: Monty Python
IFC: Monty Python's Life of Brian: Monty Python
NBC: Late Night With Jimmy Fallon: Christopher Cross with Michael McDonald & The Roots(REPEAT)
SUNDANCE: Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell: Arthur Russell
Saturday, October 24
PBS: Austin City Limits: Andrew Bird, St. Vincent

3 comments:

drake lelane said...

Picks for the week
1. Blood On My Hands - The Used
2. Sea Of Heartbreak (Feat. Bruce Springsteen) - Rosanne Cash
3. Camelot - Monty Python's Flying Circus
4. No One Sleeps When I’m Awake - The Sounds
5. She Wolf - Shakira
6. Bikey Zombie - Goons Of Doom
7. Wish You Would (co-starring T.I.) featuring T.I. (Album Version (Explicit)) - Ludacris
8. Good Girls Go Bad [feat. Leighton Meester] - Cobra Starship
9. Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop - Landon Pigg
10. Headdress (album) - Amazing Baby
11. Fire - Dead By Sunrise
12. Hate Everyone - Say Anything
13. 1901 - Phoenix
14. Change In The Weather - John Fogerty
15. New Shoes - Paolo Nutini
16. Sweet Disposition - The Temper Trap
17. Dead Flowers - Miranda Lambert
18. My Delirium - Ladyhawke
19. Blame It On The Girls - Mika
20. Scissors In The Sand - Echo and the Bunnymen
21. The World Is Mine - Dee Bradley Baker
22. I and Love and You - The Avett Brothers
23. Isis Unveiled - ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead
24. Ride Like The Wind - Christopher Cross
25. I Couldn't Say It To Your Face - Arthur Russell
26. Anonanimal - Andrew Bird
27. The Strangers - St. Vincent

~~~hechter said...

So You Think You Can Dance...in a Superhero Costume? A very enjoyable theatrical episode!

drake lelane said...

Dancing with the Superheroes meets Dr. Horrible, perhaps?