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Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham Are Back and Better Than Ever in USA's 'Playing House'

Over the weekend, the USA network debuted the first episode of its new show Playing House online ahead of its TV premiere next week. Playing House is the second show created by and starring Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair (preceded by their short-lived but critically-acclaimed 2012 NBC sitcom Best Friends Forever), and it's even sharper than the first with a pilot episode that's packed with jokes and an eclectic cast of busy, talented comedy people.

Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham's USA Show 'Playing House' Debuts April 29th

The USA network announced the premiere date of Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham's new comedy, Playing House. The series will debut on Tuesday, April 29th, at 10pm with back-to-back episodes. Created by and starring St. Clair and Parham, who also created and starred in the acclaimed but short-lived 2012 NBC sitcom Best Friends Forever together, Playing House follows an expectant mom (Parham) in the process of getting a divorce and her best friend (St. Clair), who abandons her business career to help raise the kid. The supporting cast The Office's Zach Woods and Key & Peele's Keegan-Michael Key.

Keegan-Michael Key Joins Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair's USA Pilot

Keegan-Michael Key, one of the stars of Comedy Central's Key & Peele, has joined the cast of a new USA Network pilot from Best Friends Forever stars/creators Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair. The untitled single-camera show, which has received a pilot presentation (a.k.a. short pilot) order from USA, stars St. Clair as a career-driven woman named Emma helping her best friend Maggie (Parham) raise her new baby. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Key will play a supporting role as a Mark, a police officer whose proposal Emma turned down when they were 23. Brad Morris (Cougar Town) and Zach Woods (The Office) have also joined the [...]

'Best Friends Forever' to Return to Television…For a Night…At Least(?)

What are you doing on June 1st? (No, June Fools' Day isn't a thing.) Let's have a party to celebrate the airing of the fifth and sixth episodes of Best Friends Forever. I'm not saying final two episodes of Best Friends Forever because I'm holding out hope. We have four weeks to find our respective nearby Nielsen household, befriend its residents, and convince them to watch NBC from 8-9pm on that Friday. Since the show was taken off the air last week, a groundswell swelled, a petition started accumulating signatures, and people started signing up for iTunes season passes in significant numbers. It's not in a [...]

Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair Talk to Carson Daly about Interning at UCB and News Anchor Hair

Seriously, how great are they? Do you guys act like this with your best friends? Because I think I need new best friends. We aren't 1/6th this charming together and we never have perfect call backs that we high five, no matter what the other is saying. (Friends, if you are reading this, I'm just kidding, you're great. If you're not reading this, then screw you, be funnier and have better hair and cooler names, like Lennon. Why are you not named Lennon, "best" friends?) Maybe, Carson will be my best friend. He does do a great job interviewing Lennon and Jessica about cleaning the UCB bathrooms, having perfect [...]

Watch the Pilot of Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair's 'Playing House'

Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair's new USA series Playing House doesn't premiere until April 29th, but you can get a head start on the show by watching the pilot episode over at USA's website. The series follows an expectant mother (Parham) in the middle of a divorce and her best friend (St. Clair), who gives up her career to help raise the baby. Supporting cast includes The Office's Zach Woods and Key and Peele's Keegan-Michael Key. Click here to watch the pilot.

The 11 Best 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' Characters and Impersonations

And so here we are, the day of the second season premiere of Comedy Bang! Bang!, the television show based on the funny podcast and former live showcase of the same name. Scott Aukerman and company have managed to take the successful, idiosyncratic style of humor from one medium to another, so much so that IFC is trusting them to put twenty new episodes on the air this season, twice as many as last year. But while some of the characters and impersonations have found their way to the small screen, the element of letting the listener's imagination run wild along with the routines, not to mention the much [...]

Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair Are Making a New Show Together for USA

Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, stars and creators of last season's short-lived but critically-acclaimed NBC comedy Best Friends Forever, are moving to cable for their new show. Deadline reports that USA has ordered a pilot presentation (a.k.a. short pilot) written by and starring Parham and St. Clair. The untitled project is a comedy about a single mother (Parham) calling on her career-driven best friend (St. Clair) to help her raise her kid. The Office's Zach Woods, who started his career performing improv with Parham and St. Clair at the UCB Theatre in New York, is being eyed for a supporting role. Woods recently signed on [...]

'Best Friends Forever' Taken Off the Air Indefinitely

Here is some sadder news to start the week. On Friday evening, Lennon Parham tweeted, "BFF Fans: Wanted to let you know that our show is being taken off the air until the summer. Hoping to post ep 5 & 6 online asap. We love u." To which, Jessica St. Clair added, "BFF fans: @lennonparham and I are so in love with each and every one of u – your support of the show means so much to us. #IamaBFFbeliever."

It's not a wholly surprising move on NBC's part, as the show was pretty consistently pulling in about a 0.8 18-49 rating, but it's still a bummer. BFF was [...]

NBC's Best Friends Forever Looks Worth Looking Forward To

Speaking of UCB, here's a preview of an upcoming NBC show created by two UCB performers (Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair), whose writing staff includes former UCB NY artistic director Anthony King, and which originally starred UCB's Adam Pally (though it lost him to Happy Endings). The improvisational force is strong in Best Friends Forever, and judging by this preview, so is the comedy and the heart. The show premieres April 4.

Watch Jessica St. Clair, Lennon Parham, and Keegan-Michael Key in a New Clip from 'Playing House'

Here's a clip from Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair's new USA series Playing House, which premieres April 29th. It features Key & Peele's Keegan-Michael Key, who's also a regular on the show, in case you needed another reason to watch.

USA Orders Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham's Pilot to Series, Coming Early 2014

Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham are coming back to TV. The USA network announced this morning that they've ordered a new show called Playing House from the duo, who created/starred in the critically-acclaimed but short-lived sitcom Best Friends Forever for NBC last season. USA commissioned the Parham/St. Clair show as a pilot presentation back in February. Playing House is a single-camera half-hour comedy once again created by Parham and St. Clair that stars St. Clair as a career-driven woman who returns from her job overseas to help her best friend (Parham) raise her new baby. Zach Woods (The Office), Brad Morris (Cougar Town), and Keegan-Michael Key (Key & [...]

Watch the American 'IT Crowd's' Pilot (While It's Still Up)

Weird, right? This was NBC's failed attempt to remake the British hit sitcom The IT Crowd. This episode of television is particularly relevant because it was written by David Guarascio and Moses Port A.K.A. the new showrunners of Community A.K.A. our potential future worst enemies. It's not all bad: Richard Ayoade does a fine job playing the exact same character as before, Jessica St. Clair is as winning as ever, Joel McHale is there, and ummmm, hmmm, that's about it. What do you think? Is Community doomed? [Via]

Talking with Jessica St. Clair & Lennon Parham About Best Friends Forever

Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, creators/writers/stars of NBC's Best Friends Forever, and I are not friends, let alone best friends, but when I watch the show, like many of its fans, I feel like I am. You want to root for them because they'd root for you. It's what makes them great comic actresses – they'd be just as happy, if not happier, with their scene partners getting the laugh as they would themselves. It's how they were taught at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.

Their show is a reflection of that training; it's heavily improvised, absurd yet realistically grounded, not afraid to go into scary territories, and, [...]