"We just finished Children’s Hospital last week for the new season. Again, I show up, I don’t have the slightest idea what they’re talking about. I just say the words and sometimes say, "Could you explain this to me? Because I’m not getting it." There’s no logic there. It’s just brilliant."
-Henry Winkler talking to The LA Times about how weird it is working on Adult Swim's Childrens Hospital.
Since debuting last year, the Yahoo web series Burning Love has quickly grown into not just one of the best comedies on the internet but one of the best comedies anywhere – web, movies, TV. Centered on a reality dating show, BurningLove masterfully mocks all the vapid, fame-hungry weirdos who populate America's reality shows, while also expertly satirizing the reality shows themselves.
Burning Love was created by Erica Oyama, a comedy writer who's previously penned scripts for Childrens Hospital and David Wain's web series Wainy Days, and directed by Oyama's husband, Ken Marino of The State and Party Down fame. With Burning Love's third season having just kicked off, I had [...]
Long-running Bay Area comedy festival SF Sketchfest just announced its 2013 lineup, and it's pretty impressive roster that includes pretty much everybody in comedy. The event runs from January 24 to February 10, 2013, taking place in 26 different venues in San Francisco. Tickets ranging from $10 to $50 will go on sale at 10:00am PST this Sunday at www.sfsketchfest.com. The lineup is so good it should make any comedy fan who doesn't live near San Francisco go absolutely insane with envy. Highlights include:
Tributes to Portlandia and Childrens Hospital with the creators and cast
Michael Ian Black, David Wain and Michael Showalter reuniting to perform [...]
Adult Swim just announced it has picked up its 15-minute live-action comedies Childrens Hospital and NTSF:SD:SUV for an additional year each. The shows are both in the midst of their current seasons, airing Thursday nights at midnight, but the new seasons – Childrens Hospital's fifth and NTSF's third – will debut sometime in 2013. This is good news for everyone except for Children's Hospital Los Angeles, who will probably have to issue a statement saying that their actual hospital wasn't picked up for a fifth season and is still a real hospital and not a TV show.
This Lost Roles is brought to you by Childrens Hospital, which airs on Adult Swim tonight, and every Thursday, at midnight. Watch it why don't you?
Lost Roles is a weekly column exploring “what might have been” in movie and TV comedy as we take a different actor, writer, or comedian each week and examine the parts they turned down, wanted but didn’t get, and other projects that never made it to the screen. This week, I interviewed Ken Marino, star of the Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital, the Yahoo! web series Burning Love, and an alumni of The State and Party Down. Marino was nice enough to chat about [...]
Husband and wife screenwriting team Ken Marino and Erica Oyama are writing a college comedy together. Deadline reports that they've been hired to write the studio comedy True Freshman, about "a team of underdogs attempt to restore athletics to their long past position of greatness at a snooty Ivy League school." The movie has been described as being in the same vein as Animal House and Revenge of the Nerds. Marino and Oyama have previously collaborated on episodes of Adult Swim's Childrens Hospital, on which Marino also stars, and on the Yahoo! web series Burning Love. They were hired last month to adapt Go the Fuck to [...]
Adult Swim added another 11-minute comedy to its roster last night – or yesterday morning. The network's new series, Newsreaders, is a spin-off from Rob Corddry's Childrens Hospital, but whereas Childrens Hospital riffs on over-dramatic medical dramas, Newsreaders skewers news magazine shows like 60 Minutes and 20/20. Like Childrens Hospital and Adult Swim sister show NTSF:SD:SUV, Newsreaders is jam-packed with great jokes, and the show's first two episodes find it full of potential.
Newsreaders is hosted by actor Mather Zickel, a veteran of producer David Wain's comedies, as serious newsman Louis La Fonda. As he proved during the three Childrens Hospital episodes that inspired Newsreaders to spin off into [...]
Here's the trailer for Adult Swim's new Childrens Hospital spinoff Newsreaders, a fake news magazine show that debuts Thursday, January 17th, at midnight. Created by the Childrens Hospital team of Rob Corddry, Jonathan Stern, and David Wain, Newsreaders stars Mather Zickel as Louis La Fonda, the host of Newsreaders, with Alison Becker, Kumail Nanjiani, Ray Wise, Dannah Phirman, and Andrea Savage serving as correspondents. The show has an impressive roster of guest stars lined up for its first season, including Katie Aselton, Ed Begley Jr., Lizzy Caplan, Garret Dillahunt, Dave Foley, Neil Flynn, Rachael Harris, Dennis Hayesbert, Tom Lennon, Joey McIntyre, Brian Posehn, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Dan Rather, Brandon [...]
After a series of billboards and bus ads for Rob Corddry’s Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital were plastered up all over L.A., a real hospital called Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) has, according to TMZ, received multiple complaints from people who didn’t know the TV show wasn’t affiliated with them (or that blood-covered clown doctors aren't a real thing and Henry Winkler – TV's The Fonz – doesn’t work there). Here’s the internal memo CHLA put out:
It has been brought to our attention that there is some confusion surrounding a series of area billboards and bus stop advertisements promoting the adult television show Childrens Hospital. Please be advised that [...]
Suburgatory is primarily about the relationship between a single-dad and his particularly precocious teenage daughter. Since our species (currently) demands both male and female genetic material, the viewer knew there had to be a mom out there somewhere. That mom will be Malin Akerman and is described as a singer-songwriter who's never been a part of Tessa's life. She'll appear in at least two episodes. Akerman's hiring comes after Erinn Hayes joined the cast of Guys With Kids and Rob Corddry was to cast as a guest star on Happy Endingsand a reoccurring on Ben & Kate. Adding in the fact that Henry Winkler [...]
TV's craziest fake medical drama is about to get even crazier. This week, Adult Swim released info on Season 5 of Childrens Hospital, which is set to debut sometime in July, and the entire season takes place at a pediatric clinic on a U.S. Army base in Japan. It sounds pretty incredible and exactly like the kind of ambitious, unconventional stuff this show is known for. Here's a description of the season via Adult Swim:
Childrens Hospital returns for its fifth season to find the doctors relocated to a pediatric clinic on a U.S. Army base in Osaka, Japan. With the loss of recently murdered co-worker Dr. Blake Downs [...]
Adult Swim's new Childrens Hospital spin-off Newsreaders, a fake newsmagazine program hosted by Louis La Fonda (played by Mather Zickel), debuts this Thursday at midnight, but the network has uploaded the pilot to YouTube early in order to reel fans in. If you thought you'd never see Dan Rather and Brian Posehn on the same show, think again.
Here's a preview of Childrens Hospital's fourth season finale, entitled "Eulogy," in which one of the cast members dies. Or at least a cast member on the show-within-the-show (Childrens Hospital is really confusing). In the episode, fictional newsmagazine show Newsreaders (which is getting its own spinoff soon) looks back on the departed cast member's life, which should be really tough on the other actors within-the-show-within-the-show.
The Creative Arts Emmys were this Saturday. Though mostly it was awards like "Best Light Mixing in a Reality Program," there were also some odds and ends of note. Childrens Hospital – yep, Childrens Hospital will now be known as "The Emmy Award-winning Childrens Hospital" – won for Outstanding Short-format Live-Action Entertainment Program. The Daily Show won for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series because they always win. Jimmy Fallon won the award for Outstanding Guest Star in a Comedy Series for his turn hosting SNL. SNL also won for the direction and camerawork on the Mick Jagger episode, and hairstyling for the Zooey Deschanel episode. (I guess [...]
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