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  • TV Picks: 'Adventure Time,' shows on writing, 'Muscle Shoals,' more

    TV Picks: 'Adventure Time,' shows on writing, 'Muscle Shoals,' more
    'Adventure Time' (Cartoon Network, Mondays). Pendleton Ward's splendiferous cartoon series begins its sixth season. (Which is not to say sixth year; it has been on the air only since 2010). By any standard of inventiveness, intelligence, imagination, ambition, care, fearlessness, boldness, openness, humor, poetry and love I'd care to live my life by, it is as good as anything on television; and better than many more ballyhooed series that only seem superior, in the cultural agora and critical Thunderdome, by virtue of being populated by fleshly beings. This is not the show's failing, but the world's. Its own world, and worlds within the worlds that world contains, represent a full spectrum of human emotion and existential whatnot. There is birth and death and transfiguration; killing and creating; love and desire; wisdom and flatulence. It is dark and life-affirming, funny and frightening; the nice can be naughty and the naughty nice. It is not a cartoon made for children, but it is not a cartoon not made for children. The magical and/or post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo, where Jake the stretchy dog and Finn the human go on quests and protect the Candy Kingdom from the Nightosphere and so on, has its predecessors in a host of tales that take place over the rainbow or straight on till morning; but it is completely its own place, with its own rapidly evolving mythologies, ways of talking, of partying, of mixing the extraordinary and the humdrum, the yin and the yang, the anima and the animus. (Sometimes it flips gender, to become the adventures not of Finn and Jake, but of Fionna and Cake, with all the other characters translated accordingly.) The season opener, an especially beautiful, strange and exciting two-part special in which Finn searches for his "human father" within the "nastified" cosmic prison the Citadel, also brings back Kumail Nanjiani, whose year this seems to be (see also: "Silicon Valley," "Portlandia") as Prismo the Wish Master.
  • Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'Awkward' on MTV

    Tuesday's TV Highlights: 'Awkward' on MTV
    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 13 - 19, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies -------------------- SERIES Pioneers of Television Jerry Seinfeld, Bob...

    TV This Week, April 13-19: 'Orphan Black' on BBC America

    Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 13 - 19, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies -------------------- SUNDAY An all-day salute to the late Mickey Rooney...

    TV Picks: '@midnight,' 'Cosmos' times two

    TV Picks: '@midnight,' 'Cosmos' times two
    "@midnight" (Comedy Central, weeknights Monday through Thursday). Busy Chris Hardwick, the alt-Allen Ludden (I might have said "indie Gene Rayburn" or "left-field Dick Clark" just as well), hosts this late-night comedy game show with a social media theme....

    Bruce Dern, Susan Sarandon honored at AARP's Movies for Grownups Gala

    Bruce Dern, Susan Sarandon honored at AARP's Movies for Grownups Gala
    The event: Bruce Dern called Monday’s shindig “the geezers’ dinner” as he accepted his best actor award for “Nebraska” at the Movies for Grownups Awards Gala, staged by AARP. Nevertheless, stars packed the Beverly...