Tom Lennon of Reno 911! and The State fame has been cast in an untitled NBC pilot created by Victor Fresco (Andy Richter Controls the Universe, Better Off Ted), and starring Sean Hayes, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Additionally, we reported earlier that NBC offered a part in the show to Maya Rudolph, whose current series Up All Night looks to be ending its run soon. The multicamera pilot follows a guy (Hayes) struggling to parent his teenage daughter, who just moved in, all while dealing with a temperamental new boss (Lennon) at an online retail company. Linda Lavin (Alice) and Echo Kellum (Ben and Kate) also star [...]
For the second episode of its new season last night, Community's ratings fell significantly after the premiere. The first new (post-Dan Harmon) episode of the season scored a 1.8 rating amongst adults 18-49, while last night's got a 1.1 – dipping 42% and falling short of 30 Rock's average (1.3) in the same timeslot this season. This was Community's lowest-ever rating in the 18-49 demographic. To be fair, though, Valentine's Day caused TV viewership on the whole to drop by 6%. Maybe watching a Halloween episode of a sitcom just isn't anyone's idea of a romantic Valentine's Day.
Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 37 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member each week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.
One of the few truly "dangerous" moments of the infamous Jean Doumanian SNL run from 1980-1981 came from a louche, too-handsome 30-year-old comedian named Charlie Rocket, and it caused the whole cast to be fired, and Jean too. She packaged Rocket as the new Murray/Chase hybrid handsome guy — confident, a little clueless, and able to pratfall one second and deliver straight-faced news the [...]
You've probably heard how NBC pushed Community's premiere back from October to February, meaning that the show's Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas episodes will all air this winter/spring. If not, NBC just released this tacky promo trying to explain away that inconsistency by relying heavily on the cringe-inducing portmanteau "Valloween." Hopefully, this is is the last of these, and we won't have to watch promos for Thankspatricks Day and Easterchristmas.
Deadline reports that Christina Applegate, the star of NBC's troubled comedy Up All Night, has left the show. Applegate gave a statement saying, "It’s been a great experience working on Up All Night, but the show has taken a different creative direction and I decided it was best for me to move on to other endeavors." The new creative direction Applegate is referring to is a decision by NBC back in October to shut down production for five months in order to retool Up All Night as a multi-camera sitcom with a studio audience. Following the news, the show got a new showrunner, Linda Wallem, in [...]