Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful
Saturday, Oct. 24 (Showtime)
This decade-long PR push to make Jon Bon Jovi over into some kind of Springsteen-esque "career artist" really must end: Dude had a few bouncy hair-band hits in the '80s, but so did Kip Winger—get over it already. Playing "Livin' on a Prayer" on an acoustic guitar while sitting down doesn't make it any more of a "timeless classic" than "She's Only 17," and late-career masquerading as a country band (hey, they already had the cowboy hats and chaps) doesn't make you crossover artists any more than Bret Michaels. That said, When We Were Beautiful documents Bon Jovi's 2007-08 "Lost Highway" (groan ...) tour and the band's 25-year rise to the middle. Cougars, ahoy!
The Venture Bros.
Sundays (Adult Swim)
New Season: Year 4 of the smartest, most subversive series on Adult Swim premiered with little fanfare last Sunday, Oct. 18—hell, even The Only TV Column That Matters™ almost missed it! The Venture Bros., a savage-but-loving satire of superhero/geek culture with a deeper mythology than Heroes and Jonny Quest combined, is tougher to follow than most Turner 'toons but holds up under long-form scrutiny more than any other show on the network. In other words, a weekend spent watching Venture Bros. DVD sets is far more rewarding and revealing than catching up on, say, Squidbillies. This season, brutal bodyguard Brock Samson has quit and is off working rogue, leaving Dr. Venture, Hank and Dean under the default protection of the somewhat unbalanced Sgt. Hatred (the name should have been a giveaway). Also, 24 (a butterfly-suited henchman of supervillian The Monarch) was killed off ... or was he? Will we never hear his mellifluous whining again? Answers tonight, Team Venture!