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'Big Lake' - Parents Vs. Kids ... to the Death (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 1st 2010 11:35AM
'Big Lake' - Parents Vs. Kids ... to the DeathHaving children is a blessing and a joy, of course. But having kids is also a reminder of the primal state of nature, where siring offspring is an inevitable sign that the decline and death of the adult is soon to come. ... Yeah. Whoa. Heavy stuff, right? Don't blame us. We didn't bring it up. Mrs. Franklin on 'Big Lake' brought it up.

On the latest episode (Tue., 10PM ET on Comedy Central), Linda Franklin (Deborah Rush) is talking to her husband Carl (played by James Rebhorn), in front of a living room full of children. She tells Carl that he should be proud of their brood of sons. But then, unfortunately, she keeps on talking ... and talking ... and talking. "[Look at] you, proud lion," Linda says to him, at least starting out on an upbeat note. "Staring out over your cubs, protective and majestic."

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Breaking Up with a Girlfriend/Parole Officer on 'Big Lake' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Aug 25th 2010 8:34AM
'Big Lake': Breaking Up with a Girlfriend/Parole OfficerBreaking up is hard to do -- when your girlfriend is also your parole officer. Glenn attempts to cut the strings on 'Big Lake' (Tue., 10PM ET on COM), but she's the one person standing between him and jail time.

"I just would hate to see you alone, in a cell, serving three to five," she says. "You just take your urine test with some other parole officer, and see what happens."

Glenn decides, upon further reflection, that the prisonless option sounds more pleasant. Meanwhile, Josh hands his urine sample over to her -- for Glenn's use -- and she demands that he "keep pissing liquid gold."

Wow, pee is getting a lot of play. Hope the trend ends here.

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Josh Discovers His Little Brother's Evil Antics on 'Big Lake' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Aug 18th 2010 8:55AM
Little Brother's Evil Antics on 'Big Lake'After the collapse of his financial-whiz lifestyle in New York City, Josh is forced to move back home and wait out the sputtering economy in the town of 'Big Lake' (Tue., 10PM ET on COM). In the middle of the night, Josh's little brother Jeremy wakes him up. The dork-by-day is actually "making bank" and hasn't been to school since 6th grade.

"I'm a facilitator," says Jeremy, dropping the speech impediment he feigns for their parents. "I get things for people, organize raves -- some drugs to keep it interesting."

The teen threatens to light his brother's "junk on fire" if he blows his cover. In the morning, he flashes Josh a gun tucked into his pants when Mom isn't looking. What a sweet kid.

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Early Look: 'Big Lake' Tries to Be Edgy, But Comes Off Lame

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 17th 2010 2:01PM
Horatio Sanz, Chris Parnell and Chris Gethard of 'Big Lake' on Comedy Central
Cable networks have been on a roll this summer, introducing one well-regarded or highly-watched new show after another. They're doing so well that even a procedural that would doesn't fit the usual cable mold, 'Rizzoli & Isles' is pulling in numbers that are outstripping most of what's on broadcast TV.

That roll, though, may get interrupted with 'Big Lake.'

Comedy Central's first attempt at a multi-camera, live-audience sitcom falls short for a couple of reasons. Most importantly, it's just not funny. The two episodes that CC sent for review, which air back-to-back tonight at 10PM ET, barely elicited a laugh from me. It also fails in trying to establish an edgier form of the traditional sitcom. Finally, it fails to mine its subject matter for deeper satire about the recession, going home after a fall from grace, and the fallacy of trusting people who say they can make you rich.

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On the Set of 'Big Lake,' Comedy Central's New Show

by Chris Jordan, posted Aug 16th 2010 3:00PM
Big LakeThe bespectacled Chris Gethard is a ubiquitous presence on he set at Comedy Central's new comedy, 'Big Lake,' at Silvercup Studios in Queens, New York.

The star of the upcoming series, which debuts Tue., Aug. 17 at 10PM ET, has a tendency to wander around on dark sets or by the backstage lunch table, oblivious to everything except the script he's holding in his hands. He can be so focused on re-reading lines for upcoming scenes that you get the feeling he might walk into something.

"I'm just getting my lines down,'' said Gethard, a veteran of the city's Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe. "I have to memorize 90 pages a week and it really is overwhelming. It's not uncommon to see me wandering around mumbling to myself.''

It's OK as long as he's not mumbling on screen. It's been whirlwind for Gethard since he took over the main role on the Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy–produced comedy this spring for the suddenly departed Jon Heder. Noted comic writer Lew Morton ('Saturday Night Live,' 'Futurama') created 'Big Lake' and is writing, and 'Saturday Night Live' alums Horatio Sanz and Chris Parnell co-star.

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Chris Gethard Replaces Jon Heder on 'Big Lake'

by Scott Harris, posted Apr 9th 2010 2:02PM
When Comedy Central picked up 'Big Lake,' a new sitcom produced by Will Ferrell, one of the major selling points was that fact that it starred Ferrell's 'Blades of Glory' co-star Jon Heder. So when Heder announced last month that he would be leaving the show due to creative differences, the question on everyone's lips was, what big name would the network tap to replace him?

The answer: Chris Gethard?

Yes, that's right: according to Entertainment Weekly, Comedy Central has turned to relative unknown Chris Gethard to replace Heder as the lead in 'Big Lake,' which tells the story of a man who moves back in with his parents.

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