Saturday, August 30, 2008

Parody TV Listings

Vance Ennui (8 p.m., Cartoon Network) As Vance recounts his origins for his therapist, a flashback shows the Underwhelmed Ubermensch being selected by an advanced alien race to defend the universe. The never-told-before tale takes an unexpected turn, however, when Vance reveals that his powers change day-by-day based on the deliberations of a council of super-beings made up of Moses, Buddha, Sherlock Holmes, dread Cthulhu, Michael Corleone, Shiva, Ronald Reagan, PicassoHulk, Miles Davis, and Mrs. Butterworth.

Tyler Perry's The Yodas (7 p.m., Sci Fi) It's get-rich-scheme time again when wacky neighbor Obi-Wan Norton enters Yoda in the swamp planet's annual "Make Me Laugh" contest. The Jedi Master manages to remain straight-faced despite the antics of the galaxy's funniest beings, and it looks like first prize is his--until he learns he must face actor Gabriel Byrne (as himself) in the final. Sample dialogue: "The Force is my ally, but against a melancholy Irishman, powerless it is."

Tyler Perry's The Yodas (7:30 p.m., Sci Fi) The Jedi Master is astonished to find out his voice sounds like that of the lead singer from Canned Heat. Parental advisory (stale pop culture references).

Rod Serling's Cliché Theater (8 p.m., A&E) In tonight's chilling episode, a mortgage broker with a split-level turkey on his hands meets a mysterious figure willing to purchase the place for its 2006 price, if the broker will substitute for him at work for one day. Horror ensues when the broker shows up for the job and realizes the sucker was ... the Grim Reaper!

Gnome Chomsky (8:30 p.m., PBS) The diminutive anarcho-syndicalist suspects a conspiracy when his alternative energy breakthrough--a car powered by custard--vanishes the same day he starts receiving pies from a mysterious admirer.

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