Nirvanna The Band The Show Is The Best Comedy You’ve Never Heard Of… And It’s Not Your Fault

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There are those times in life when something so incredible comes along that all you want to do is scream about it from the rooftops. Whether it be a TV show or a new band or a particularly tasty confectionary snack (Irish Cream Rolos RIP), all you want is for others to share in the experience which you’ve been enjoying… alone. Remember back in 2011 when people started telling you to try Breaking Bad with the sort of pushiness you’d expect from an actual meth dealer? Or when a small subset of Orphan Black diehards demanded the world recognize the extraordinary talents of Tatiana Maslany’s performance(s)? That’s how I currently feel about Viceland’s Nirvanna The Band The Show, the funniest show on television that nobody is watching.

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What the hell is ITV doing with The Genius Game?

Back in October 2015, the UK’s ITV Studios signed a deal with CJ E&M for the format rights to the incredible South Korean game show The Genius Game. For those unfamiliar, The Genius Game is essentially The Wire of game shows. It’s on a level way above everything else in its genre. A show that somehow combines high intelligence with a sense of fun and levity. The press release from ITV describes the show as thus:

The Genius Game sees 13 players from different backgrounds, from poker champions to CEOs or politicians, compete in a battle of wits by playing 12 strategic games. Every game is charged with competition, leading to thrills, twists, and shocking results.”

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Spoiler Alert: Pop Culture’s Relationship With Spoilers

Where did spoilers come from, and how has our relationship with them changed over the years?

I originally posted this article last July on my Tumblr blog, The Hippest Kids In Town, but given the recent kerfuffle over Sherlock spoilers, I felt it was worth revisiting. The season four finale of Sherlock aired this past Sunday night, but just days prior a Russian dubbed version of the finale leaked online; oh the Russians, if they aren’t rigging elections (allegedly), they’re spoiling popular TV shows!

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