8 items from 2015
Broadway luminaries Patti LuPone, Lena Hall, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson added their voices to the growing chorus of people advocating for women’s reproductive rights on May 3 at 54 Below. Hosted by Martha Plimpton and her advocacy nonprofit A is For, “Broadway Acts for Women” featured musical theater stars performing karaoke numbers selected by an audience bidding on various prizes. Based on the evening’s rollicking success—raising over $40,000 for the Center for Reproductive Rights—it is sure to be the first of many. “I wouldn’t be standing here right now if I didn’t have access to abortion when I was a younger woman,” said Plimpton onstage. In between biddings and impromptu performances, the actor-activist spoke passionately about abortion as a fundamental human right; in the last four years the procedure has been restricted by over 200 new pieces of American legislation, denying women safe access to reproductive health care. »
This one made me a bit nervous, despite how much I liked it, both because TV Land is expanding original content and probably can’t keep everything, and because Sutton Foster might be cursed. That could just be me.
But, Younger has been doing well, and the show has held strong with its writing through several episodes (something that also had me worried), and I’m looking forward to what the show will do with the confidence of another season.
Best of all, even the potential problem areas of the show have proven themselves to be strengths. Nothing against Hilary Duff, but she wasn’t a sure fit into the structure, and neither was it a lock that the romantic side of the story was going to develop well without turning to pure cheese.
You know everyone is talking about it, so you might as well catch up and get hooked yourself, »
- Marc Eastman
From Darren Star (“Sex and the City”), “Younger” stars Sutton Foster as Liza, a 40-year-old single mother who pretends to be 26, in order to land a job in the highly competitive world of publishing, and then has to figure out how to balance her real life with her best friend Maggie (Debi Mazar), and her fake life with new friend and twentysomething co-worker Kelsey (Hilary Duff), all while embarking on an exciting and somewhat confusing relationship with younger, sexy tattoo artist Josh (Nico Tortorella).
“‘Younger’ is the first step in TV Land’s evolution, and we are very proud to announce a second season,” said Keith Cox, exec vice president of development and original programming for TV Land. “We’re thrilled to continue working with Darren, and really eager to »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Last week, in the wake of Eddie Huang's complaints that he felt ABC's "Fresh Off the Boat" was distorting and softening his childhood experiences, this column examined how hard it is for any biographical or autobiographical sitcom to be true to the life of its source and still be a crowd-pleasing primetime network entertainment. You'd think, after decades of trying, TV writers and network programming executives would be aware of this.
Nonetheless, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the networks have no fewer than ten such sitcom pilots in production, as the first episodes of potential 2015-16 primetime series. Some are based on the lives of already famous entertainers, some on the self-referential stand-up comedy routines of not-quite-famous comics, and some on memoirsts who've lived interesting lives.
Here's a rundown of these pilots, with a look at who these shows are about, who's starring in them, what the series might be like, »
- Gary Susman
"I've become very gracious at losing" Emmys for "The Good Wife," jokes five-time nominee Christine Baranski on the Paley Festival red carpet at the Dolby Theatre (watch below). "I keep that smile on my face" When I ask her if her if she's thinking about what Emmy episode she may submit this year, she shouts back, "You're assuming I'm going to get a nomination! ... Thank you for your optimism." -Break- Julianna Margulies jokes about Emmys, moving 'The Good Wife' to cable She continues, "I just shot an episode that I really, really like that I was very proud of the work in particular. And so that is a possibility [for me to submit]. It's with Oliver Platt." Baranski would be the sixth consecutive actress to win for "The Good Wife," following Archie Panjabi (supporting) in Season 1, Julianna Margulies (lead) in Season 2, Martha Plimpton (guest) in Season ...' »
Raising Hope star Martha Plimpton is back on pilot duty with another role as a mom in a single-camera family comedy. Plimpton is set as a lead in ABC’s Family Of The Year. Written by David Windsor and Casey Johnson loosely based on the life of gay activist and author Dan Savage, Family Of The Year revolves around the O'Neals, a seemingly perfect All-American family. When the youngest son, Kenny (Noah Galvin), comes out of the closet, all the family secrets are revealed… »
Martha Plimpton is returning to broadcast TV. The Raising Hope star has nabbed a leading role in ABC's Dan Savage comedy, Family of the Year, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Read more TV Pilots 2015: The Complete Guide Inspired by Lgbt activist Savage's life, the single-camera comedy revolves around a picture-perfect family turned upside down when Kenny, the youngest son (Noah Galvin), comes out of the closet. What seems like the end of their idyllic life turns out to be the beginning of a bright new chapter when everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being
- Lesley Goldberg
Director Richard Donner literally 'broke' the internet back in April of last year when he told TMZ that The Goonies 2 was happening with the entire cast set to return. We haven't heard much since that time, aside from both Corey Feldman and Sean Astin saying they were game for the movie. A few days after Richard Donner broke the news, he claimed that Steven Spielberg had a story ready to go. Even if that was truly the case, Collider recently caught up with producer of both the original and the sequel, Frank Marshall, who confirms that there is no script written...Yet!
This doesn't mean the long-anticipated sequel isn't happening. It also doesn't mean we'll ever see it either. Frank Marshall is careful to clarify exactly where everyone stands on the movie, explaining that we'll eventually see it once everyone is happy with the story. He also makes the »
8 items from 2015
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