Trending
MOST READ
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
The Different Types of Roommates You Might Encounter and How to Deal

The Different Types of Roommates You Might Encounter and How to Deal

College Guide 2013: If you’re going to be in a college dorm, a spacious apartment, a cramped shared bedroom or anywhere on a college campus for that matter, be prepared for your... By Mary Caithn Scott 8/20/2013
Sky High: Getting acquainted with Christopher Ware’s Paramour

Sky High: Getting acquainted with Christopher Ware’s Paramour

Food & Drink: Christopher Ware leads our group into a lofty conference space with mile-high ceilings, two giant wooden tables and possibly the comfiest... By Jessica Elizarraras 10/1/2014
Artist on Artist: Gary Sweeney interviews Catherine Lee

Artist on Artist: Gary Sweeney interviews Catherine Lee

Arts & Culture: If I ever found myself teaching an art class, I would pack up my students and drive them to Wimberley, where I would give them a tour of... By Gary Sweeney 10/1/2014
Bavarian Brauhaus Packs in the Brats

Bavarian Brauhaus Packs in the Brats

Food & Drink: Blame it on my love of accordions and early exposure to conjunto…but I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for German food. I was originally... By Jessica Elizarraras 10/1/2014
Calendar

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

Primal Screen

Man vs. beast

Photo: , License: N/A


American Hoggers (9pm Wed, A&E)
Truth be told, the title American Hoggers didn’t fill me with anticipation for this new reality series. But it turns out to be a fascinating look at boar hunters in Texas, where the feral beasts are terrorizing landowners. Veteran hog expert Jerry Campbell and his kids come to the rescue with horses, lassos, and hounds equipped with GPS tracking systems — and despite all the weaponry, it’s still a tough fight. “The boars are smarter than we are,” the Campbells admit. The family’s nighttime raids are epic battles, with equal cunning on both sides.
Part of the fun of American Hoggers is that you never know what will come out of the Campbells’ mouths. Just when you start to think Jerry is a simple backwoods dude in a bushy beard and cowboy hat, he alludes to Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Meanwhile, his son compares the boars to “Chaucer’s demons.”
These animals may well be smarter than the Campbells, but I doubt if they’re as well read.

Grimm (8pm Fri, NBC)
NBC took a risk in creating a contemporary detective series tricked up with a Grimms’ fairytale element. Sadly, the risk didn’t pay off. You’re intrigued through the first or second commercial break as a cop named Nick (David Guintoli) discovers his “Grimm” heritage, which allows him to perceive other-worldly beasties disguised as people.
Rather than maintaining a plausible fairytale mood, however, Grimm descends into bathos right around the time Nick meets the Big Bad Wolf (Silas Weir Mitchell). This humanoid turns the series into a joke, throwing out German words and ironic commentary. He controls his animal nature, he confides to Nick, “with a strict regimen of diet, drugs, and Pilates.”
Please allow me to throw out my own German word about Grimm: “kitsch.”

Allen Gregory (7:30pm Sun, Fox)
This new animated series is about a rich, arrogant 7-year-old boy who doesn’t realize how off-putting he is. Similarly, creator/writer/voice star Jonah Hill doesn’t realize how off-putting Allen will be to a viewing audience. As a movie actor, Hill rarely missteps (see his latest brilliant performance in Moneyball), but with Allen Gregory he steps right off a cliff.
Hill opts for the gross, cruel tone that’s de rigueur for prime-time cartoons. But unless you have satirical genius on the order of The Simpsons or South Park, you’re not going to get laughs with nasty jokes about AIDS or sex between a little boy and his principal. Here is Hill’s idea of a punchline, as Allen’s dad reflects on adopting a daughter from Cambodia: “She was this close to being turned into glue over there!”
Can someone please turn the remaining episodes of Allen Gregory into glue, pronto?

We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus