With Parks and Recreation gracefully leaving our television screens this year, showrunner Mike Schur has been getting a lot of attention. Not only for his series coming to a close, but for the sort of careful, respectful character-driven approach that Parks is not only heralding through these final thirteen episodes, but that has strongly been a part of it from the start. Parks and Recreation isn’t the only program with this approach to comedy, however, and with a rather impressive, unifying force of series now out there, it’s worth examining why this breed of comedy is currently in control. It might surprise you that the answer goes all the way [...]
Steve Carell has been saying for over a year now that he doesn't have an interest in returning to The Office for the finale because he's happy with how he left his character. Showrunner/creator Greg Daniels said months ago that Carell wouldn't be back, but reports surfaced a couple weeks ago that the show's "producers mounted an 11th hour effort … to coax Carell into making a cameo." The mystery continued this week as Mindy Kaling refused to answer David Letterman's question about whether or not Carell would return.
Greg Daniels put these rumors to rest once and for all today in a conference call to [...]
Eric Andre, star of ABC's now-canceled Don't Trust the B and Adult Swim's The Eric Andre Show, has a booked a regular role on another network sitcom. Deadline reports that Andre has been cast as one of the lead characters in an untitled NBC pilot produced by The Office/Parks and Rec/King of the Hill mastermind Greg Daniels and created by Office writer Robert Padnick. This is one of two pilots Greg Daniels has in contention for fall of 2013; the other stars Craig Robinson.
The pilot follows four 20somethings navigating the dating world in a big city. Andre plays Teddy, "who is crass with zero social [...]
The Office showrunner/developer Greg Daniels spoke to the press yesterday about what to expect when the show ends its nine-season run in May. Here's highlights from all the stuff he said:
- Mindy Kaling and BJ Novak will return for the one-hour finale and that Zach Woods, who played Gabe Lewis on the show, will be back for one of the final episodes too.
- Steve Carell, however, will not be back. Daniels says, "Steve is very much of the opinion that the 'Goodbye Michael' episode and the story arc that we did leading up to it was his goodbye and end to the show, and [...]
Twenty-five years ago, millions of Americans gathered around their sets to watch the launch of a show that would transform late-night TV. This show would fuse comedy and news, offering desk pieces, taped dispatches from correspondents, and interviews with political figures. It would instruct as well as entertain. Yes, a quarter-century ago, America got its first glimpse of a program that had many similarities to The Daily Show With Jon Stewart. It was called The Wilton North Report. The Wilton North Re-what? Exactly.
Still, pop culture history was made that night. I was a writer on the show and forgive me for bragging, but as a late-night programming fiasco, I believe The Wilton North [...]