WASHINGTON, May 3, 2013 —Marc Maron is first and foremost a stand up comedian. And just like most successful comedians, his act is based on observations of his real life. Since Maron’s life has been as dreary as it has illuminating, he has a wealth of material that rings true with his audience.
In the face of a career freefall in 2009, Maron launched his twice-weekly podcast “WTF with Marc Maron.” Maron’s willingness to bare his soul and his mistakes while interviewing guests on “WTF” has led to a wildly successful show that has 2.5 to 3 million downloads a month.
The show, recorded in his Los Angeles home garage, follows a standard format where Maron interviews guests with a candor that almost always includes a brutal look at his own insecurities and past failures.
The process must work because Maron has made almost 400 episodes of “WTF” that include interviews with everyone from Ben Stiller to Amy Poehler. This week alone his podcasts feature a chat with Hank Azaria on Monday, a live “WTF” from Vancouver on Wednesday highlighting Margaret Cho doing her one woman show, and an interview with Huey Lewis on Friday. Maron rounds out his busy week with a stand up gig in Milwaukee on Saturday.
Marc Maron may be a man with issues. But his willingness to dissect those issues so openly with an audience of millions has led to a level of success he never imagined. We’re all a product of our past mistakes and how we’ve overcome them. Being down but never giving up will be a large part of Maron’s legacy, and it’s a good reason his new show on IFC tonight at 10 p.m. deserves a chance.
All times are EDT:
ABC: Happy Endings: (New) When Penny’s mom and Dave’s dad decide to adopt a baby together, Dave and Penny react irrationally; Brad and Jane join an exclusive tennis club in hope of gaining some time to themselves.
CBS: Undercover Boss: (New) John Wilson, President and Chief Operating Officer of Rollins, Inc., the parent company for Orkin, North America’s largest pest control provider, cleans up a major cockroach infestation and tackles swarming bees.
FOX: Kitchen Nightmares: (New) Chef Ramsay heads to Nashville to help a Cajun-style restaurant.
NBC: Fashion Star: (New) This week, the designers must reinvent dated trends - and the Final Three are revealed!
CW: Nikita: (New) Seized from the wreckage of Division, the black box falls into the hands of a mutinous agent guided by Amanda. Select leaks to sweeten the box’s sale immediately put what’s left of the team in peril from potential international buyers and the President. With no support staff, few leads, and clock ticking, arms dealer/reformed rogue Cyrus returns to do right.
ABC: Happy Endings: (New) Jane is tasked with planning the perfect wedding for her older sister, Brooke (Stephanie March); Dave and Alex hide a big secret.
ABC: Shark Tank: (New) Frozen concentrated gumbo brick; a bird feeder that shocks squirrels; artisan coffee subscription business; wooden home and kitchen items; ECreamery update.
CBS: Vegas: (New) When Sheriff Lamb investigates the death of Porter Gainsely’s attorney, it triggers retaliation attacks that puts Katherine in the hospital and leaves Lamb without a badge. Meanwhile, Sheriff Lamb also discovers new details that could reveal the truth behind his wife’s untimely death.
FOX: Touch: (New) The threat against the “Righteous 36” escalates.
NBC: Dateline: (New) A love triangle involving an attorney, his paralegal and her husband ends in gunfire. Keith Morrison reports.
CW: Supernatural: (Repeat) Sam and Dean receive a distressing video message from Kevin Tran, which prompts an attempt to uncover the Third Trial. Meanwhile, Crowley goes on a winning streak; and Castiel tries to elude Naomi and the angels who are hunting him.
ABC: 20/20: (New) A burglar shares secrets of his trade; a hair stylist discusses outrageous haircut prices and markups on products; a doctor talks about botched surgeries and unnecessary procedures; moms with dark secrets; window washers reveal what they’ve seen.
CBS: Blue Bloods: (New) When a young woman commits suicide, Danny is emotional since he promised to help her when her parents were taken from her. Meanwhile, the Reagans suffer a loss due to the project gangs.
NBC: Rock Center with Brian Williams: (New) Subtracting guns from the domestic violence equation, an Amazon tribe vows a fight-to-the-death to save rainforest and an interview with noted transgender author Jennifer Finney Boylan.
New episodes of:
Swamp’d at 8 p.m. on Animal Planet
Sons of Guns: Locked and Loaded at 8 p.m. on DSC
Four Weddings: Unveiled at 8 p.m. on TLC
WWE SmackDown at 8 p.m. on Syfy
Blood Relatives at 8 and 9 p.m. on ID
Sons of Guns at 9 p.m. on DSC
Alien Earths: Revealed at 9 p.m. on NGC
Tanked at 9 p.m. on Animal Planet
Flea Market Flip at 9 p.m. on HGTV
Da Vinci’s Demons at 9 p.m. on STARZ
Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta at 9 p.m. on TLC
Wild West Alaska at 10 p.m. on DSC
Maron at 10 p.m. on IFC
Merlin at 10 p.m. on Syfy
Mystery Diners at 10 p.m. on Food Channel
The Dead Files at 10 p.m. on Travel Channel
Dates From Hell at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on ID
I Found the Gown at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on TLC
House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV
For movie lovers:
Galaxy Quest on AMC
V for Vendetta on BBC
Blue Hawaii on ENC
Two Family House on FLIX
27 Dresses on FMC
Wrath of the Titans on HBO
Austin Powers in Goldmember on IFC
Kiss the Girls on MOMAX
30 Days in May on SHO
Remember the Titans on SPIKE
Alice in Wonderland on TCM
War Horse on TMC
War of the Worlds on TNT
He’s Mine Not Yours on BET
The Queen of Versailles on BRAVO
Mr. & Mrs. Smith on CINEMAX
Old School on TBS
No Greater Glory at 9:30 p.m. on TCM
John Carter ay 9:45 p.m. on ENC
Once Around at 10 p.m. on FLIX
Unstoppable at 10 p.m. on FX
Hanna at 10 p.m. on HBO
Bottle Rocket at 10 p.m. on SUND
Blazing Saddles at 10:15 p.m. on AMC
Little Fish at 10:30 p.m. on TMC
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