CBS and NBC each just picked up two more new comedies for the fall. CBS is adding The McCarthys and The Odd Couple, while NBC is adding Mission Control and One Big Happy, Variety reports.
The McCarthys, a created by Happy Endings writer Brian Gallivan, follows the gay son of a sports-crazed Boston family. The show was developed as a pilot last season but was carried over into this season. Jack McGee, Jimmy Dunn, Joey McIntyre, Kelen Coleman, Laurie Metcalf, and Tyler Ritter star. The Odd Couple, a remake of the Neil Simon comedy, stars Matthew Perry and Tom Lennon and was co-created by Perry and Joe Keenan (Frasier).
The wonderful Ellen DeGeneres returned to host the Oscars last night, and for a year full of so many depressing movies, there were still a few moments of humor amid an otherwise solemn film affair. Watch Ellen's Oscars monologue above then click through for a few of her best jokes and audience interactions along with comedy's best moment of the night, which came through an unplanned shout-out to the late Harold Ramis by his collaborator Bill Murray.
Seth Meyers paid Ellen DeGeneres a visit a month ahead of his first Late Night episode, and the two-time Oscars host decided to test Meyers's celebrity communication skills with a few spitfire mock interviews. I'm sure Seth can't wait to ask Kim Kardashian all those questions when he undoubtedly has her on as a Late Night guest for many years to come.
Amy Poehler went on Ellen today, and Ellen showed her a ton of mean Halloween prank videos, all of which Poehler laughed at but disapproved of. Even though she claims she doesn't like the videos, it's still pretty fun to see Poehler react to them and make jokes.
Check out the rest of Poehler's appearance on the show below:
It snuck up on us, didn't it? The end of SNL Season 38 brought along with it key staff changes, among them the upcoming departure of head writer Seth Meyers and the immediate departures of cast members Bill Hader, Fred Armisen, and (unofficially) Jason Sudeikis. Few people have shaped SNL over the past 8 years more than these men — Meyers with his leadership in the writers room and charm as Weekend Update host, and Hader, Armisen and Sudeikis as the cast's workhorses and loadbearing performers. Indeed, many pegged Season 38 as a "transitional year" in the wake of Kristen Wiig and Andy Samberg leaving the show a year ago, [...]
The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)
Before Mitch Hurwitz created Arrested Development, he cut his teeth writing on The Golden Girls, but you already knew that. Between the latter and the [...]
Elisha Cuthbert is the latest Happy Endings alum to land a starring role in a new comedy pilot. She's been cast as the lead in One Big Happy, an NBC pilot executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres, Deadline reports. The show, created by former Ellen writer Liz Feldman, follows two best friends, a straight man and a lesbian woman, who agree to have a baby together via artificial insemination. Nick Zano, who played a recurring role on Happy Endings as Penny's girlfriend, is playing the male lead on this show. NBC ordered the pilot back in October.
Since Happy Endings was canceled last May, this is the first [...]
The Oscars are still over two months away, but the Academy released this super slick trailer yesterday starring second-time host Ellen DeGeneres and a bunch of dapperly dressed backup dancers. It's funny, catchy, and full of feminine empowerment, so in other words, it was directed by Paul Feig.
When several of the best recent hosts joined Neil Patrick Harris during his monologue last night at the Emmys, it was as a reminder that, despite the usual award show grumblings and randommusicalperformances, the producers of the Primetime Emmys have a pretty good track record. They try new things and let the hosts have fun, and for the most part, their network-influence emcees are appropriate and talented (and when they get it very wrong, they course correct). Here's a look back at some of the best openings and monologues from the ceremony's impressive history:
SNL's Kate McKinnon went on Ellen today as Ellen DeGeneres, performing her excellent impression of the talk show host for the first time. I guess this means we won't get to see one of those SNL sketches where McKinnon is playing Ellen and the real Ellen walks out and McKinnon acts like she's scared and the real Ellen acts like she's mad but then they dance together at the end.
The alternative comedy scene has never been very kind to Jim Parsons. He's best known for playing Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory — the current leader of the pack of broad, Chuck Lorre sitcoms that are dismissed by critics and comedy snobs but beloved by industry insiders and pretty much everyone else across the country. To comedy nerds, Parsons is the ever-popular prom king who's not in any of our classes: "Who the hell is this guy, and why do people love him so damn much?" He has been showered with Emmys (winning for lead actor in 2010, 2011, and 2013), beating out Steve Carell in his final [...]
SNL's fastest rising star Kate McKinnon paid her second visit to Ellen yesterday, and the ladies talked about everything from McKinnon's Justin Bieber impression to their shared connection with SNL's "Mr. Bill" sketches. McKinnon even whips out her Australian accent near the end, though I guess it was too early to say "Look atcha boner!" on television.
NBC is developing a new comedy produced by Ellen DeGeneres for the 2014-15 TV season, Deadline reports. Written by Liz Feldman, a gay alum of Ellen's writing staff who currently works on 2 Broke Girls, the untitled project follows a lesbian who is impregnated by her straight male best friend just before he meets the love of his life. DeGeneres, who paved the way for gay characters in TV when she and her character came out on her self-titled ABC sitcom in 1997, will only be involved behind the camera on this project.
Ellen DeGeneres announced this morning via Twitter that she'll be hosting the Oscars next year. This is the comedian/talk show host's second time MC'ing the awards show. Her first was in 2007. The Academy picking DeGeneres comes after a hosting stint at last year's ceremony by Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane that wasn't received great. MacFarlane said a couple months ago that he was invited back to host the 2014 ceremony but turned it down. DeGeneres is a pretty drastically different choice from MacFarlane, and I'm guessing she'll get a warmer reception. Not as warm as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who did an amazing job [...]
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