Archive for July, 2005

I Love You Too

Sunday, July 31st, 2005


Directed by: Julian Farino
Written by: Doug Ellin

Heading to a comic book convention to launch Aquaman, Vince decides that he overreacted in blackballing Mandy Moore from the film, but when she wants him to be friends with her fiancé, he can’t quite play along. The situation gets worse when an influential Internet journalist starts asking questions about the co-stars’ old fling, and Vince abruptly ends the interview.

As the hero of Viking Quest, Drama is a big man at Comicon, and it’s his acquaintances – a group of porn-stars turned comic heros — that finally manage to turn the angry journalist around. After a visit from the Pussy Patrol, he deems Vince the perfect Aquaman, and the boys head back to L.A. to celebrate at a U2 concert, courtesy of Ari.

Challenger Tank

Saturday, July 30th, 2005

When this 60 tons of high-tech military hardware rumbles onto the battlefield at nearly 40 mph, there’s nowhere for the enemy to hide. Behind its impenetrable armor lies one of the most effective computerized weapons systems. Its main weapon–an awesome 120mm rifled gun that can take out a football-sized moving target three miles away. Men who serve in this metallic monster claim the hard-hitting warhorse is the world’s best battle tank. An underdog during military competitions in the late 1980s, the Challenger proved itself in Operation Desert Storm and was back in action for Operation Iraqi Freedom. Unique archive film, riveting reenactments, extraordinary interviews, and dramatic computer graphics tell the story of this British battlefield heavyweight and the men who have taken it into the heat of battle.

Sewers

Thursday, July 28th, 2005


A simple flush and it’s forgotten. But haven’t you secretly wondered where it all goes when we go? Join us as we explore this less-than-polite topic, and examine the network of underground pipes and tunnels that carries human waste and excess storm water away. From ancient Rome’s pristine sewage-conveying systems, through the disease-spreading, out-the-window system of Europe in the Middle Ages, and into the progressive sanitation engineering of the 19th and 20th centuries, we go with the flow of sewage history. And we sift through the flotsam and jetsam of our cities’ sewer systems and delve into the sewers of Paris, Boston, and Los Angeles to study waste management’s evolution. We meet a sewer diver (and his robotic counterpart) who inspects and ensures the efficient operation of the conduits; decipher the myths about “treasures” and creatures found in the murky depths; and find out exactly where it goes, how it gets there, and how we’ve learned to use it to our benefit.

Paris (Why the French Don’t Suck)

Monday, July 25th, 2005


Tony’s debut episode of this new series has him visiting Paris. He explores the city’s famous catacombs, tries out some absinthe, checks out one of the city’s major meat markets, and spends the night in the room where Oscar Wilde passed away.

Oh, Mandy

Sunday, July 24th, 2005


Directed by: Doug Ellin
Written by: Dan Attias

Now that Vince is officially slated to star in “Aquaman,” the next order of business is to choose his “Aquagirl” for the film. Several A-list actresses are up for the role, with Mandy Moore, a former flame of Vince’s, on the short-list. Vince doesn’t think casting his ex- would be problematic, but after having dinner with her – and learning that she’s engaged to be married — he asks Eric to keep her out the film. Drama, meanwhile, endures a difficult audition (and a brief jail stay after a bout of road rage), but ends up landing a great role.

Cowboy Tech

Thursday, July 21st, 2005


Today’s cowboy plants one boot firmly in the traditions of the Old West and the other in the world of modern technology. Beginning in the 19th century, the era in which the American cattle industry boomed, we examine cowboy technology. Learn how North American cowboys converted saddles, ropes, spurs, and other equipment originally developed by the Spanish, into tools of the trade perfectly suited for the developing cattle industry. And see how the invention of barbed wire revolutionized the cowboy’s world. Step into the 21st century with today’s cowboys who use computer chips, retinal scans, DNA evidence to round up cattle rustlers, and high-tech digital-imaging devices to aid in shoeing horses…and ride ATVs as often as their horses. In the world of rodeo, witness today’s cowboys as they utilize advanced theories of genetics and artificial insemination in an attempt to breed the perfect bucking bull.

The Sundance Kids

Sunday, July 17th, 2005


Directed by: Julian Farino
Written by: Rob Weiss & Stephen Levinson

The crew arrive at Sundance, eager to see the final cut of “Queens Boulevard”… and to convince James Cameron to cast Vince as his Aquaman. A chance encounter between Erica and a studio big wig leads to an offer for Vince that is a safe alternative to “Aquaman,” but Vince instead decides to take his chances and go for the superhero franchise. Although Cameron only sees about ten minutes of “Queens Boulevard,” he decides to slot Vince in as his leading man. Also at the festival, Turtle and Drama both romance the same woman, leading to a very awkward moment

Chinatown

Sunday, July 10th, 2005


Directed by: Julian Farino
Written by: Larry Charles & Brian Burns

To help pay the bills, Ari lands Vince a gig appearing in a lucrative foreign commercial. The benefits extend beyond the financial compensation, as Vince also manages to bed his beautiful stunt coordinator. Meanwhile, Turtle decides to make his own bank by entering an Xbox boxing tournament, but he gets ousted early on by a young gaming prodigy. Eric continues to stress out, since he’s not able to get an advance print of “Queens Boulevard” for James Cameron. Luckily, the A-list director agrees to attend the Sundance screening of the film, offering hope that Vince may still end up with the “Aquaman” role.

Paving America

Wednesday, July 6th, 2005


The story of the construction of our grand national highway system, from its beginnings in 1912 (it was conceived by auto and headlight tycoons) to its completion in 1984 (when the last stoplight was removed–and buried).

Mountain Roads

Wednesday, July 6th, 2005



Join our journey along monumental feats of engineering that preserved America’s natural wonders while paving the way towards her future. Travel the Donner Pass in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, site of a dark chapter in US history. Today, crews use the latest technology to keep I-80 open during the worst winter storms. Enjoy the view while traveling to the summit of Pike’s Peak in Colorado, inspiration for America the Beautiful. The “Going-to-the-Sun-Road” slices through Montana’s majestic Glacier National Park, crossing the Continental Divide and allowing motorists unsurpassed views of mountain scenery. Outside Denver, the Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel, carved through mountain rock, united eastern and western Colorado. And the Blue Ridge Parkway, which took 52 years to complete, snakes through large, scenic swatches.