Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Clark And Michael

If you guys haven't watched Michael Cera's new show, you are totally missing out. Don't worry though it's not in the traditional TV format and it's readily accessible. Michael Cera along with his best friend Clark Duke star in CBS's original web series in which they also write and produce. It's basically about two friends trying to make in in Hollywood. It's really funny and they update new episodes every Wednesday. When I first heard about this show I was really excited because I love Michael Cera and his character on Arrested Development. The thing about loving a TV character so much is that the actor associated with that character has a lot of pressure on them to a) help create an equally loving character or b) disassociate themselves so they wont be type cast. Thank goodness that this show didn't disappoint. Maybe it's the love I have for the mockumentry format or the awkward random jokes? Either way, check it out. Each episodes is a little under 10 minutes, and crazy funny. Is none of this convince you check out the picture below. Enough said.CLARK AND MICHAEL WEBSITE.

From the Herald Tribune:

"We were just trying to make each other laugh," Duke said. "And sometimes it does feel like it's just a big in-joke between us." A 10-minute pilot version was shot for Duke's college thesis and eventually found its way to Matt Kaplan, the online content supervisor at CBS Interactive. "Clark and Michael," with its low-tech aesthetic, mockumentary feel and potential to attract Cera's college-aged fan base, immediately appealed to him. Still, the network intentionally kept the "microseries" off its Innertube Web site because it thought placing the show at another location would better appeal to the show's younger demographic.

So without commercial sponsors and focus groups, "Clark and Michael" unfolds in weekly bursts of 7 to 10 minutes long, filled with the awkward silences that Cera likes so much and plenty of absurdist low-key mockery of life on the show-business fringe, including one scene in which Cera, after having a script rejected, cries in a bathtub and refers to a well-known screenwriting guide.

"We didn't originally think of this as being for the Internet," Cera said. "We were thinking more like it being something on Adult Swim," on Cartoon Network. "But it turned out exactly how we wanted it to be."

Besides "Superbad" and "Year One" he will also appear in "Juno," an independent film comedy directed by Jason Reitman and scheduled for release this fall. Although he doubts there will be any more "Clark and Michael" episodes, he's not ruling them out, mostly because he's not sure what he's going to do next.

"I'm very afraid to make decisions," he said, "because I want the people who liked 'Arrested Development' to like whatever I do next. I don't want to let them down. I think too much about every decision I make." And then there's a too-long silence. Kind of uncomfortable. Cera was probably pleased.


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