Weekend Preview: The Premiere of ‘Veep’

Veep/Girls (HBO, Sunday) – “Veep,” the new political comedy created by Armando Iannucci and starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is getting great reviews. I’m definitely looking forward to it. Also, I am pleased to announce that the prestigious Danger Guerrero’s Least Favorite Internet Person of the Week Award has been given to Angry Dude Who Hates Everything About Hipster Culture but Watched “Girls” Anyway for Some Reason and then Declared That It Sucked Because the Characters Were Unlikable Hipsters and Used the C-Word a Bunch While Doing It. Riveting analysis, dingus.

Mad Men/Game of Thrones (AMC/HBO, Sunday) – Great shows. Watch them. We’ll talk on Monday.

FOX 25th Anniversary Special (FOX, Sunday) – From TV Guide: “A retrospective marking FOX’s quarter century on the air.” You know what that means, right? FAUSTINO!

The Making of Planet Earth (BBC, Sunday) – A two-hour behind-the-scenes look at the making of the “Planet Earth” series? I hope all you potters and weedheads save a little of today’s stash for Sunday night and find a giant HD TV to park yourself in front of for this one.

The Ricky Gervais Show (HBO, Friday) – Season premiere. Karl Pilkington says funny stuff and then Ricky Gervais’ laugh makes blood gush from your ears and spill all over your clothes. I recommend wearing a smock.

Magic City (Starz, Friday) – This show had a really cool trailer, and the first episode was pretty good, but then I completely forgot about it last week. And I’m the one who writes the listings. That is not exactly a ringing recommendation for the show, or me as an employee.

The Good Wife/NYC 22 (CBS, Sunday) – I had no interest in “NYC 22” until I saw Alan Sepinwall call it “an incredibly generic, cliché-ridden series about rookie beat cops in the NYPD that too often feels like its main inspiration was other cop shows.” Now I’m in. If one of the cops is a loose cannon who refuses to work his beat by the book no matter how many times the chief takes his badge and gun, I will pre-order the DVDs on Blu-Ray.

Patton Oswalt: Finest Hour/Paul F. Tompkins: Laboring Under Delusions (Comedy Central, Saturday) – Two of my favorite comedians have back-to-back specials airing Saturday night. I am unreasonably excited about this. (NOTE: This is the network premiere of Oswalt’s special, which aired on Showtime last year. Tompkins’ special is brand new. Clip after the jump.)