TV tonight: podcast giant Marc Maron stars in ‘Maron’ tonight on IFC

Marc Maron interviews Dave Foley on tonight’s ‘Maron.’

Photo: IFC/Maron

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.

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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.

Tonight’s viewing:

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All times are EDT:

8 p.m. 

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.

8:30 p.m.

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.

9 p.m.

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.

10 p.m.

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.

Basic cable:

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:

8 p.m.

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

9 p.m.

He’s Mine Not Yours on BET

The Queen of Versailles on BRAVO

Mr. & Mrs. Smith on CINEMAX

Old School on TBS

Later tonight:

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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