WASHINGTON, May 8, 2013 — Daniel Lawrence Whitney, better known as “Larry the Cable Guy,” is back tonight with his third season of “Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy,” airing on History Channel at 9 p.m. The season two premiere attracted 4.1 million viewers, a 29% increase over season one and an indication that season three will be just as well received by Larry’s fans.
Before you dismiss Whitney as just another redneck telling jokes, it’s worth noting that his sleeveless “Git-R-Done” character has led to a net worth of over 50 million dollars. Whether on tour with Ron White, Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall as part of the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour,” or voicing “Mater” on one of the “Cars” animated films, Whitney has proved that unsophisticated humor has a lot of fans in America.
Whitney has achieved his admirable level of success just by being himself. Raised on a Nebraska pig farm, Whitney’s comedy often focuses on his family, a theme common among comedians and one that has served him well. In the midst of his successful career, Whitney has accumulated almost two million Facebook fans, which more or less helps to prove the point.
Whitney’s ability to laugh at himself is best demonstrated by examining his stint as a Nutrisystem spokesman a few years back. On the Nutrisystem weight loss program he dropped 50 pounds, but gained it all back and then some while filming season two of “Only in America.” Now a TV spokesman for the over-the-counter medication Prilosec, Whitney stated “I went from Nutrisystem to heartburn.” Who can’t relate to that?
Whether wrestling alligators, or teaming up with the naked cowboy on Times Square, Whitney’s “regular Joe” persona has gone over big with his fans. Whitney knows the majority of Americans are just good people trapped in hard times and looking for a reason to laugh. And, better than most, he knows how to deliver those laughs.
Whitney’s genuine affection for America and the wonderful variety of subcultures he explores in his History Channel series may not be the most sophisticated show on TV, but it sure is entertaining.
All times are EDT:
ABC: The Middle: (New) Frankie tells the kids what she wants for Mother’s Day so one of them can clue in Mike; after repeatedly failing the driving test, Sue feels resentful when her friends get their licenses; Axl receives stunning news from Cassidy.
CBS: Survivor: Caramoan: Fans vs. Favorities: (New) The castaways receive visits from loved ones.
FOX: American Idol: (New) The competition reaches fever pitch as the 3 finalists battle it out.
NBC: The Voice: (Live) CeeLo Green and Rod Stewart perform live and the Top 12 artists are revealed.
CW: Arrow: (New) With the Undertaking days away, Malcolm (guest star John Barrowman) dons his black hood to conclude business with seismologist Dr. Brion Markov (guest star Eric Floyd) and his team. Oliver and Moira entertain a number of surprise – and mostly unwelcome – visitors.
PBS: The Private Life of Deer: (New) Night-vision cameras and GPS tracking equipment provide glimpses into the lives of white-tailed deer, of which some 30 million live in the U.S.
ABC: Family Tools: (New) Darren and Jack start working in a corporate office; Jack tries to reconnect with a former crush; Terry meddles with Mason’s new relationship.
ABC: Modern Family: (New) Mitch’s ex-boyfriend, a personable and successful doctor, invites the whole family to a fundraising event at a roller rink; Phil teaches Gloria how to skate; Haley helps Alex talk to boys.
CBS: Criminal Minds: (New) The BAU travels to Los Angeles looking for an UnSub who is kidnapping nannies and the children they care for on the same day each year.
NBC: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: (New) The SVU squad must hunt down a dangerous sniper who sets his sights on police officers. Kathryn Erbe guest stars.
CW: Supernatural: (New) Sam and Dean reunite with Castiel. Digging through the Men of Letters’ files, they stumble upon an undiscovered film which could be the key to the third trial. Metatron (guest star Curtis Armstrong) enlists Cass to mull over problems at home.
ABC: How to Live With Your Parents: (New) Natalie talks Polly into helping Julian find a date; Max and Elaine realize they have to make some changes for Natalie’s sake.
ABC: Nashville: (New) Edgehill Records throws a party for Rayna and Juliette when they are both nominated for CMA awards; Juliette is faced with new challenges; Scarlett worries about Gunnar.
CBS: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: (New) The CSI team investigates the death of a ghost hunter.
NBC: Chicago Fire: (New) Severide goes on the offensive to clear his name, and a tragic event rocks Firehouse 51.
PBS: Secrets of the Dead: (New) An investigation into the 1832 deaths of 57 Irish laborers who were laying railroad tracks in Pennsylvania. Cholera was blamed at the time, but modern forensic science sheds light on what really happened.
New episodes of:
Haunted Collector at 9 p.m. on Syfy
Hoarding: Buried Alive at 9 p.m. on TLC
Toy Hunter at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel
Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy at 9 p.m. on History Channel
Mythbusters at 9 p.m. on DSC
Dukes of Melrose at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on BRAVO
Million Dollar Listing at 10 p.m. on BRAVO
Restaurant Stakeout at 10 p.m. on Food Channel
House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV
I Was Murdered at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on ID
The Real World: Portland at 10 p.m. on MTV
Deep South Paranormal at 10 p.m. on Syfy
Psych at 10p.m. on USA
House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV
For movie lovers:
Gone in 60 seconds on AMC
Stay Away, Joe on ENC
Heavenly Creatures on FLIX
Old Dogs on FMC
Battle: Los Angeles on FX
Ice Age: Continental Drift on HBO
The Shining on IFC
Babel on SUND
Don’t Say No Until I Finish Talking: The Richard D. Zanuck Story
Snakes on a Plane on BET
Stash House on MOMAX
That’s What She said on HBO
Harold & Kumar go to White Castle on STARZ
We Bought a Zoo at 9:30 p.m. on HBO
In Time at 9:30 p.m. on HBO
Driving Miss Daisy at 9:45 p.m. on TCM
Dark Shadows at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX
About Cherry at 10 p.m. on TMC
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