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.)
I feel like every article written about "Weird Al" Yankovic since, oh, let's say 2001, begins with a thesis statement that basically amounts to [...]
Tomorrow night marks the premiere of two new half-hour comedies starring performers who have each been out of the sitcom world for over a decade. NBC's The Michael J. Fox Show sees the title actor, who got his start on Family Ties, in his first leading role since stepping down from Spin City to spend more time with his family following a Parkinson's diagnosis in 2000, while CBS's The Crazy Ones marks Robin Williams's return to the format and his first regular TV role since Mork & Mindy went off the air in 1982. While it's exciting to see Fox and Williams back doing the kinds of shows that gave them [...]
Breaking Bad star Betsy Brandt has just been added to the cast of Michael J. Fox's new NBC sitcom, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Created by Sam Laybourne (Arrested Development, Cougar Town), the untitled comedy was the first show to be ordered for the 2013-14 TV season, with NBC winning a bidding war and committing to a 22-episode first season sight unseen. The series is loosely based on Michael J. Fox's life, with him starring as a husband and father of three who returns to work as a local news anchor after Parkinson's forced him to take some time off. Brandt plays his wife who works [...]
If you're interested in the full backstory of how Michael J. Fox's upcoming sitcom at NBC came to be, TV Guide has a great, in-depth look at just how it all went down. And it should make you excited for it, even though it's over a year away from being on the air — Fox is a national treasure. I can't wait to see him back on TV on a regular basis again.
A typical Curb Your Enthusiasm season finale is generally an encapsulation of the entire year’s plotlines and character threads that ties the whole run of episodes together. This year, things felt a little different. The overall storytelling in Season 8 was a looser and more lackadaisical, leaving “Larry vs. Michael J. Fox” to not feel like the pretty bow on a tight package that Season’s 3’s “Opening Night” or Season 7’s “Seinfeld” did. It was still an excellent season with some stand-out installments (“Palestinian Chicken,” “Vow of Silence”), but the episodes didn’t feel as cohesive with each other as they have in past seasons.