"Bajillion Dollar Properties" (Seeso). This spot-on mocking of a Bravo-style serve-the-rich workplace reality series comes to you from Seeso, NBCUniversal's relatively new all-comedy subscription service. (Other offerings include the "The
Here, Paul F. Tompkins plays a high-end Los Angeles real estate mogul who declares to his brokers that he has decided to make one of them a partner, precipitating aggressive competition among an already aggressively competitive staff. Created by Kulap Vilaysack (Nurse Kulap on "Childrens Hospital"), the show is semi-scripted -- like reality television itself, one might say -- which works or it doesn't from moment to moment and line to line but lends the series an authentic air of uncertainty, of its characters not knowing exactly what they're going to say. The performances run from the as-good-as-real to Tompkins' lordly, velvet-jacketed chairman, who seems to believe that he has invented real estate -- "The idea of buying and selling bits of the earth, can you imagine the hubris? And yet, here we will stand."
The less familiar, though certainly able main cast is abetted by an impressive list of comedy alt-stars, including Adam Scott,
But Prince was an internationally famous performer in an age of television, and he left traces in the ether; you can't erase them all. Here are some (as of this writing) surviving clips, not all of them musical, to get you through the sad days between denial and acceptance.
Start with the NFL's documentary look back at his thrilling, literally stormy 2007 Super Bowl halftime performance ("Can you make it rain harder?" he asked when the question of the weather was raised), the mark against which all succeeding halftime performances must be judged. (It was preceded by an astonishing pre-Bowl "press conference," whose statement comprised a medley of "Johnny B. Goode," "Anotherloverholenyohead," and "Get on the Boat.") Move on to a "BET Awards" tribute to
Though the rarity of his appearances on talk shows was mentioned every time Prince appeared on a talk show, he went on them and talked, if softly, about God and music and the godforsaken music business. Your first stop should be this 2014 all-Prince edition of the revived "Arsenio Hall Show," which along with Hall's interview ("If you weren't Prince what would you do for a living?" "I think I'd want to teach in some capacity") and questions from fans ("Have you ever bought anything off an infomercial?" "What household chore do you do that people would be surprised by?"), includes performances backed by 3rdEyeGirl and the New Power Generation. You can find him as well sitting down with George Lopez on "Lopez Tonight" ("I find that this show represents all people and I see all kinds of guests on here"), on the "Today Show" with Matt Lauer ("I always dig coming and talking to you; you're a cool cat"); paying more than one visit to "The View"; getting down to the nitty-gritty for 37 productive minutes with Larry King ("He's rock! He's shock!"); and talking with Tavis Smiley about the business ("In the future it'll be unconscionable to even think you can even take somebody's creation and claim ownership of it"), chemtrails and the eight presidents that predated George Washington. "Prophecy is what we all have to go by now," he says.
Also of interest: A 1997 appearance on "Muppets Tonight"; a brief cameo on "New Girl": a Spanish news conference from 1998, with then-wife Mayte by his side; a interview on Dutch television with Larry Graham ("And it's 1999 now," the interviewer says, "that means something special to you doesn't it -- the party is almost over"); and a cut of Prince's multiple wins for "Purple Rain" at the 1984 "American Music Awards." (Presenter Madonna to presenter