The adjectives "interesting" and "weird" mostly exist to be placeholders for how you actually felt about something you couldn't completely understand at first. Sometimes the real feelings will come to you as you heat up something in the microwave a few minutes later; other times it takes a day or two for you to start to be able to properly articulate what you had just seen, several microwaved meals later. Even if the delayed final review of the book, movie, or TV show was "oh, it sucked," it still gets credit for occupying your brain for an extended period of time: that interesting, weird thing took over your life.
CBS today announced that they've picked up four new comedy series for the fall. Here's the rundown on the new shows:
Mom comes from co-creator Chuck Lorre and stars Anna Faris as a newly-sober single mother working as a waitress in Napa Valley. The Millers comes from My Name Is Earl creator Greg Garcia and stars Will Arnett as a newly-divorced guy whose parents move in with him. Crazy Ones is a father-daughter workplace comedy created by David E. Kelley that stars Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar. The network's final new comedy, We Are Men, stars Chris Smith, Kal Penn, Tony Shalhoub, and Jerry O'Connell as four guys [...]
NBC is "strongly considering abandoning" plans to reboot its struggling sitcom Up All Night, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The network has yet to officially cancel the show following the departure of its showrunner, creator, and most recently, star Christina Applegate, all in the wake of NBC's decision to turn the show from a single-camera comedy to a multi-cam one taped in front of a live audience. The season's remaining order of five episodes was trimmed to one last week, but Deadline reports that one episode is being scrapped too. THR says the show's writing staff is looking for new jobs and [...]
The creator of NBC's troubled sitcom Up All Night, Emily Spivey, has just left the show in the midst of a massive creative revamp by the network, according to The Hollywood Reporter. THR doesn't give a reason for Spivey's departure, but it comes during a turbulent season full of network retooling for Up All Night, which stars Christina Applegate, Will Arnett, and Maya Rudolph. In October, NBC put the series on a three-month hiatus in order to convert it from a single-camera to a multi-camera show with a live audience – a rare, almost unprecedented move for a sitcom to make midway through its run. On top [...]
Last year, we released a list of "53 Arrested Development Jokes You Probably Missed," and with the long-awaited new season set to debut on Netflix this Sunday at midnight, what better time to crank out another new list of hidden jokes from the show? Arrested Development is so dense that there are enough subtle gags, callbacks, and references to fill a dozen of these lists. So, if you're cramming the show's first three seasons in before the fourth premieres this weekend, keep an eye out for these sneaky bits of comedy including Oscar Bluth's accidental prison race riot and the Iraqi version of T.G.I. Friday's.
Here's the inaugural episode of The ArScheerio Paul Show, Paul Scheer's new web series for the YouTube channel JASH that involves him recreating interviews from The Arsenio Hall Show. First up is the infamous Bill Clinton appearance, with Scheer playing Arsenio and Will Arnett as Clinton. Scheer called it "one of the weirdest things I've ever done," but you can decide for yourself where this falls in the Paul Scheer weirdness spectrum.
NBC's Up All Night is pretty much done for, and TV Guide has a piece out today looking at the show's life and, more interestingly, its death. After NBC and the producers decided to turn it from a single-camera sitcom to a multi-camera one with a live audience, that apparently wasn't big enough of a change as several high-concept 2.0 versions of the show were pitched and even written. Here's an excerpt from the piece:
"[New showrunner Linda] Wallem and the writing staff began brainstorming ideas for the multi-camera version. One pitch placed a portal between the two worlds — the single-cam and multi-cam versions — [...]
NBC is continuing to make some changes to its ratings-challenged Thursday night sitcom Up All Night. Deadline reports the network has ordered three more episodes of the second season, extended it from 13 to 16 episodes, and the final five will be filmed multi-camera with a live studio audience. The cast and crew are currently filming episode 11, but after it wraps next week, they'll take a three-month production hiatus to equip the stage and set for multi-camera filming and a live audience.
All of the single camera episodes will finish airing in December, when the show will take a hiatus until April/May when the rejiggered show [...]
CBS released a bunch of trailers for its new fall shows this afternoon. Here's one for The Millers that stars Arrested Development's Will Arnett and doesn't really look anything like Arrested Development. See below for trailers for new comedies The Crazy Ones, Mom, and We Are Men, starring Robin Williams, Anna Faris, and Tony Shalhoub, respectively.
With Up All Night behind him, Will Arnett has found his next project: acting in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. THR reports that he's been cast in a secret role in the reboot, which reimagines the popular late '80s/early '90s characters as aliens and is produced by Michael Bay and directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans, Battle Los Angeles). The new Ninja Turtles movie features a quartet of unknown actors in motion-capture suits to play the titular turtles, and Megan Fox has been cast as the Turtles' friend April O'Neil. THR points out that Arnett will not be playing Casey Jones and that [...]
Will Arnett has been cast as the lead in a new CBS pilot from creator Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl, Raising Hope), which is just another sign that his NBC sitcom Up All Night is dead. The CBS show is an untitled multi-camera comedy that will star Arnett as a recently-divorced guy whose parents decide to move in with him. The pilot is being written by Garcia and directed by TV legend James Burrows. The show is in second position for Arnett, meaning that if NBC for some reason decides to renew Up All Night, he'll have to remain on that show/network. Up All Night continuing seems [...]
30 Rock only has five episodes left, set to conclude its seven-year run with an double-length episode on January 31st, but some familiar faces are returning to help the show say goodbye. TV Line reports that tomorrow's episode will feature the return of Will Arnett as Jack's deep-voiced nemesis Devon Banks, Steve Buscemi as oddball private investigator Lenny Wosniak, Megan Mullally as Liz Lemon's adoption caseworker from season 3, and Chloe Grace Moretz as teenage heir to the Kabletown empire Kaylie Hooper. Oscar winner Octavia Spencer will also be appearing as herself, the star of a movie Tracy Jordan is directing. Additionally, Entertainment Weekly reports that Salma Hayek [...]
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