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Delocated Unmasks the Humor Behind Reality Television

By Jac Kern · January 31st, 2012 · Television
An American testifies against the Russian mob, forcing him and his family to enter the Witness Protection Program, move to New York City and … make a reality show about it! This is the premise of Adult Swim’s sleeper hit Delocated (midnight Thursdays, Cartoon Network). Creator, comedian and TV writer Jon Glaser stars as “Jon,” who is given this pseudonym, a black ski mask and voice modulation surgery (which automatically makes everything he says funnier) to keep him safe as he broadcasts his life across America, whilst hiding from the evil Mirminsky family.

Delocated follows “Jon’s” everyday life, from trips to his favorite grinder joint, to working out in the “Rage Cage,” to his volunteering ventures (“Helpin’ the Guats any way I can!”). He is incredibly self-absorbed — I mean, he’s risking his family’s life so he can be a TV star — and truly believes he’s hot shit. And after a few episodes, you will too.

In last season’s finale (back in November 2010) Kim woke “Jon” from his coma with a marriage proposal, but he declined. Sergei Mirminsky tracks “Jon” down but surprises everyone by murdering Mighty Joe Jon: The Black Blond, the show’s executive producer, instead of “Jon.” Janeane Garofalo debuts as the new exec in Season 3, where Jon is safe, single and ready to take it to the “bone zone.”

It’s uber-quotable, with lots of catchphrases and pop culture parodies, but this is Adult Swim, so it’s gonna get weird. Be prepared.

Here are some other shows on television this week:


Top Chef: Texas (10 p.m., Bravo) – Today’s secret word is: Pee-wee! The chef-testants make crazy pancakes for Mr. Herman and later bike around San Antonio to shop for ingredients for a playhouse dinner party.



30 Rock (8 p.m., NBC) – Jenna and Tracy say “Mazel Tov!” when they agree to entertain kids at their accountant’s son’s Bar Mitzvah. Drinking game suggestion: In honor of the viral spoof “Shit Liz Lemon Says,” take a shot every time Liz says “What the what?” or “Blerg.”

Parks and Rec (8:30 p.m., NBC) – Ben turns to Ron for help cracking Leslie’s intense Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt.

The Office (9 p.m., NBC) – Jim’s back from jury duty and Dwight wants all the juicy case details. Angela has a baby — I can only guess that she lets out one quiet, cold grunt and a tiny human appears.

Project Runway Allstars (9 p.m., Lifetime) – Designers ask strangers in NYC for their clothing to create this week’s ensembles.


Portlandia (10 p.m., IFC) – The mayor (Kyle McLaughlin) asks Fred and Carrie to redesign the Portland Police Bureau’s logo. 

The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (10:30 p.m., IFC) – Todd’s many indiscretions inevitably send him to prison, but he makes nice with his cell buddy. Alice’s forged liquor license from Todd lands her in hot water as well.


Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m., NBC) – Channing Tatum hosts with musical guest Bon Iver.


Super Bowl XLVI (6 p.m., NBC) – The New York Giants take on the New England Patriots in Indianapolis. Madonna and Cirque de Soleil show their nips perform at halftime.

The Voice (10 p.m. or after the Super Bowl, NBC) – Xtina, Cee Lo, Blake Shelton and that whiney guy from Maroon 5 return to blindly select vocal competitors, based solely on their voices during auditions this week.

Luck (9 p.m., HBO) – Last week’s premiere certainly drew me in, but I have so many questions: When did Nick Nolte get so old? Who knew Dustin Hoffman could be such a badass? Could they add subtitles when that hot Cajun jockey is speaking?

Shameless (9 p.m., Showtime) – Poor Sheila. She had come so far, but surely now her agoraphobia’s back, and there’s more — Eddie’s body is found and she learns about Karen and Frank’s sexcapades.

Angry Boys (10 and 10:30, HBO2) – Tensions come to a head this week: Tim refuses to get oiled up for a commercial and comes out as straight to his fans; Nathan and Daniel stress about deaf school; Gran is shaken by the loss of a guinea pig and shows poor judgment at work.


Smash (10 p.m., NBC) – This musical drama about ups and downs of making it on Broadway stars American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee. Cincinnati native and Ursuline Academy alum Theresa Rebeck (whose play Dead Accounts is currently at Playhouse in the Park) created and produced the show.

CONTACT Jac Kern: jackern@citybeat.com



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