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'SNL' Review: Seth Rogen Half-Baked

While watching Seth Rogen host SNL for the third time last weekend, I was reminded of two other three-peat hosts from earlier this season: Paul Rudd in December and Jonah Hill in January. Rudd's episode felt like extended promo for Anchorman 2, with the host failing to capture that lightning in the bottle with cast members that made his previous stints so memorable. Hill, however, seemed to enjoy himself every bit as much as he did his first two appearances.

Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, and Jonah Hill are, of course, hugely successful alumni from Team Judd Apatow, but their careers have taken diverging trajectories. Rogen and Rudd have [...]

'Cracking Up': The Show That Made Mike White Crazy

It's a story as old as time and one that sadly continues to be relevant, usually on network television: a well meaning individual has a perfectly sculpted vision of a great television show in his or her mind. Then several evil network executives destroy that beautiful, untainted concept with copious notes that will turn that "artist friendly" idea into the first show in history to appeal to every human being in the world. It will also make somewhere in the vicinity of ten billion dollars. It pisses off the creator, and usually the project never sees the light of day, and possibly dreams of cable pastures fill the brain. [...]

The Simpsons Are Heading Back to New York City and Other Season 24 News

Last time the Simpsons were in New York City, Lisa asked Homer if they'd ever come back. To which Homer responded, "We'll see, honey … we'll see." Well, 15 real world years and, I guess, zero Simpsons years later, they finally are. Surprisingly they aren't returning to quench Homer's thirst for crab juice; no, they're going for love. Al Jean told TV Line:

Yes, in the season premiere. Lisa points out to Bart that any girl who likes him dumps him after a week. He’s very dejected by this, and Mary [Spuckler] turns out to be his last hope. So he tracks her down. She’s run away from home [...]

How Female Hosts Are Making SNL's Season Memorable

Anna Faris, Zooey Deschanel, Melissa McCarthy, Emma Stone, Maya Rudolph: this article makes a good case for why this season of SNL has been so "unusually rich in funny, provocative female-focused moments." Amazing recent female performances in movies and TV translates into comedically stronger female hosts, which means sketches that don't just feature that host as a straight man or "hot girl." Time to chalk "better SNL episodes" up on our gigantic list of reasons to keep making funny movies about women, right?

Zooey Deschanel and Kenan Thompson's SNL Promos Are Dy-no-mite

The true gift of SNL promos is that they repeat a star's name often enough that anyone who sees them will never mispronounce it again. Byu-SEM-ee. Day-shuh-NEL. Got it. Pronunciation hints aside, Zooey and Kenan have a fun time in their promos singing, jazz-handing, and educating the youth about black entrepreneurial icons. Ain't that a punch in the teeth?

Fox Buys a Modern Animated Fairytale Comedy Produced by Zooey Deschanel, Written by Ali Waller

The Fox network bought another animated comedy to add to potentially add to its roster. Deadline reports that the network is developing a new animated show called Queen of Everything that will be executive produced by Zooey Deschanel, who stars on Fox's New Girl, and producing partner Sophia Rossi. The comedy will be created by standup and TV writer Ali Waller (Jimmy Fallon, American Dad!) and is "a workplace comedy set in a modern fairytale world." It follows an evil queen who after realizing her meanness is getting in the way of her being an effective leader, tries to change her ways. Deschanel and Rossi, who started working [...]

Zooey Deschanel Launches Her Own TV Production Company

Zooey Deschanel and her Hello Giggles partner Sophia Rossi launched a new TV production company today. Deadline reports that the duo has signed a two-year first look deal to produce and develop new shows for 20th Century Fox TV, the studio that produces her hit sitcom New Girl. The duo recently sold a comedy to Fox as producers called Must Be Nice, which was created by New Girl writer/consulting producer J.J. Philbin. While Fox didn't order that show to pilot this season, it's just the first of many shows Deschanel and Rossi will be putting together for the studio. It's just a matter of coming up with a [...]

Potentially Emmy Nominated Actresses Discuss Being Funny and Farts and Vaginas

"So many Emmy roundtables so little time," says everyone this month. "But they talk about farting on set," says I! Also, this roundtable takes place around a square table, which makes it slightly more visually interesting. In the full, uncut version below they discuss hosting SNL, the non-controversy (or nontroversy) surrounding women being funny, and more.

SNL Recap: Zooey Deschanel Gets Quirky

In the world of improv comedy, there is a popular show format in which an ensemble improvises scenes inspired by a true story told by a guest monologist. The inclination during these shows is to reenact scenes from a new comedic point of view, or to riff on a specific detail from the story, for example the monologist getting a fact wrong or mispronouncing a word. However, the show seems to be the most successful when the ensemble mines the monologist’s story for deep-rooted emotions, themes or personality traits, and then uses the scenes to collectively “respond” to the monologist. The scenes become a thematic statement about the kind [...]

Zooey Deschanel, Channing Tatum and Bon Iver Are Coming to Studio 8H

Channing Tatum will host SNL on Feb. 4 with musical guest Bon Iver, and Zooey Deschanel will host on Feb. 11, when she will hopefully come ukelele-to-ukelele with Abby Elliott's impersonation of her. I smell a cute bangs/vintage dress showdown!

Zooey Deschanel's Hello Giggles Sells Its First Movie, Screenplay by 'Girls' Writer Sarah Heyward

Zooey Deschanel's production company Hello Giggles, which she formed with Rivka Rossi off of their website of the same name, is getting into movies. Deadline reports that Hello Giggles has sold its first movie to a studio. Called Sister-In-Law, it's written by Sarah Heyward, who's been a writer on HBO's Girls since it began. The story follows a woman meeting her boyfriend's family and struggling to get along with her weird sister-in-law. Hello Giggles recently sold two shows to NBC, but this is their first movie venture.

Checking In with 'New Girl' Halfway Through Season 2

Back in 2011, I was skeptical about New Girl. It’s no surprise that a sitcom built to showcase Zooey Deschanel’s cutesy-cool charm might suffer some initial snap judgments, and I’ll admit, it took a few episodes for me to really fall in love. But a season and a half in, it’s clear the show’s skill in exploring – and poking fun at – its own sweetness has made it a deservedly stand-out series for FOX.

Season One started with a simple premise: what happens when a super cute, super sheltered girl finds herself newly single and shacked up with a trio of handsome (and heartwarmingly sweet) new roomies? New [...]

"Funny people are flawed people"

On the one hand, this TV season has had more sitcoms staring women than any in recent memory, which is good! On the other hand, all those funny ladies on TV have been subject to a pretty unfair level of scrutiny and blowback, as the characters they portray are generally flawed people and don't do a great job of representing their entire demographic. Because, you know, they're not supposed to. It's a pretty shitty thing, and while Lena Dunham and Girls have borne the brunt of the flawed funny ladies blowback lately, Zooey Deschanel's character on New Girl got her fair share of criticism as well, especially in the [...]

Tracing the Origin of the Word "Adorkable"

People are finally coming around to enjoying, rather than irrationally hating, Fox’s New Girl. Rightly so, though before I go any further, I feel a disclaimer is needed: I like Zooey Deschanel a lot, partially because I’m a 24-year-old glasses-wearing male who lives in Brooklyn and also enjoys NRBQ, but also because I think she’s a gifted comedic actress who isn’t putting on a persona; I believe her Zooey Wowee image is the real her.

But enough about me — let’s talk about “adorkable.”