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Wet Hot American Summer

21 July 2017 3:30 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: Netflix. Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: July 31, 2015 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Janeane Garafalo, Michael Ian Black, Nina Hellman, Joe LoTruglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, David Hyde Pierce, Marisa Ryan, Molly Shannon, Michael Showalter, A.D. Miles, Beth Dover, Chris Pine, David Wain, Eric Nenninger, H. Jon Benjamin, Jason Schwartzman, John Early, Josh Charles, Kristen Wiig, Lake Bell, Rich Sommer, Sarah Burns, Skyler Gisondo, Samm Levine, Mark Feuerstein, Marlo Thomas, Joey Bragg, Jai Courtney, Dax Shepard, Alyssa Milano, and Adam Scott. TV show description: A comedy from Michael Showalter and David Wain, who also wrote the 2001 feature »

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"Wet, Hot American Summer- 10 Years Later"

19 July 2017 6:29 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek new footage, plus images from the satirical comedy TV series "Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later", set in 1991, written, directed by David Wain, as a sequel to Wain's 2001 feature "Wet Hot American Summer" and the 2015 prequel TV series "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp", debuting August 4, 2017 on Netflix:

"...in the original film 'Wet Hot American Summer', the years is 1981 at 'Camp Firewood', a summer camp located near Waterville, Maine, as they prep for the last day of camp. Counselors have one last chance to have a romantic encounter with another person at Camp Firewood. The summer culminates in a talent show.

"'Beth' (Janeane Garofalo), the camp director, struggles to keep her counselors in order—and her campers alive—while falling in love with 'Henry' (David Hyde Pierce), an astrophysics associate professor at 'Colby College'. Henry has to devise a plan to save the »

- Michael Stevens

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Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later Trailer Is Wacky And Hilarious

23 June 2017 9:45 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Wet Hot American Summer was a 2001 comedy from David Wain (Role Models, The State, Stella) set in 1981 and starring Janeane Garofalo, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Showalter, Marguerite Moreau, Paul Rudd, Zack Orth, Christoper Meloni, A.D. Miles, Molly Shannon, Ken Marino, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Jon H. Benjamin and Amy Poehler. If that sounds like an A-List cast, that's because many of the current stars in the group were not so famous or in demand at the time. The film focused on these counselors on the last day of camp at Camp Firewood, one of the jokes being that all the actors were playing well under their age range.

Then, fourteen years later in 2015, Netflix released a prequel in the form of a TV series, making the ages of the cast even more ridiculous, in typical Wain fashion. Joining the original, now star-studded cast in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp »

- Nick Doll

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Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later: Netflix Unveils Release Date & Trailer

22 June 2017 6:52 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The Camp Firewood gang is back. Today, Netflix unveiled the premiere date and trailer for the upcoming TV series Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.A sequel to Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and the 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer, the comedy follows up with staff of Camp Firewood 10 years after the summer of 1981. The cast includes Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Ad Miles, Beth Dover, Chris Meloni, Chris Pine, David Hyde Pierce, David Wain, Elizabeth Banks, Eric Nenninger, H. Jon Benjamin, Janeane Garofalo, Jason Schwartzman, Joe Lo Truglio, John Early, Josh Charles, Ken Marino, Kristen Wiig, Lake Bell, Marguerite Moreau, Marisa Ryan, Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, Molly Shannon, Nina Hellman, Rich Sommer, Sarah Burns, and Zak Orth.Read More… »

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New trailer for ‘Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later’

22 June 2017 11:32 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Netflix have debuted the new trailer for Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, a new original which is coming the the streaming service very soon. The film is the sequel to the 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer and Netflix’s 2015 prequel series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.

Welcome to the Camp Firewood 10 Year Reunion! From David Wain and Michael Showalter, the filmmakers that brought the original 2001 cult classic and the 2015 acclaimed prequel series by the same name, Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later is the hilarious new eight-part limited series starring the original cast, plus an all-star lineup of new cast members. 10 Years Older. 10 Years Hotter. 10 Years Wetter.

Returning cast includes A.D. Miles, Amy Poehler, Beth Dover, Chris Meloni, Chris Pine, David Hyde Pierce, David Wain, Elizabeth Banks, Eric Nenninger, H. Jon Benjamin, Janeane Garofalo, Jason Schwartzman, Joe Lo Truglio, John Early, Josh Charles, Ken Marino, Kristen Wiig, Lake Bell, Marguerite Moreau, Marisa Ryan, Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, Molly Shannon, Nina Hellman, Paul Rudd, Rich Sommer, Sarah Burns and Zak Orth.

New cast members include Skyler Gisondo, Samm Levine, Mark Feuerstein, Marlo Thomas, Joey Bragg, Jai Courtney, Dax Shepard, Alyssa Milano? and — surprise! — Adam Scott.

Watch the new trailer below.

The post New trailer for ‘Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later’ appeared first on The Hollywood News. »

- Paul Heath

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'Wet Hot American Summer' Camp Counselors Reunite in Hilarious Trailer -- But Where's Bradley Cooper?

22 June 2017 9:05 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

At the end of the 2001 cult classic Wet Hot American Summer, Bradley Cooper's character Ben tells his fellow camp counselors, "Hey, let's all promise that in 10 years from today, we'll meet again and we'll see what kind of people we've blossomed into."

In the first trailer for Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later, the gang returns to Camp Firewood a decade later -- the year is 1991 -- with the exception of Ben, »

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First Trailer For ‘Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later’ Jumps Into The 1990s

22 June 2017 8:57 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Just when you thought you had caught up on your Peak TV viewing, here comes “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.” The follow-up to ‘First Day Of Camp’ drops viewers into the wild world of the 1990s, and it looks like fans are gonna have a blast.

The absolutely massive returning cast — A.D. Miles, Amy Poehler, Beth Dover, Chris Meloni, Chris Pine, David Hyde Pierce, David Wain, Elizabeth Banks, Eric Nenninger, H.

Continue reading First Trailer For ‘Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later’ Jumps Into The 1990s at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Reunite for the Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later trailer

22 June 2017 8:12 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Netflix has released the trailer for the miniseries Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, a sequel to 2001’s cult classic Wet Hot American Summer and its 2015 series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. The new series brings back the original cast, as well as some new faces. Check out the trailer here…

Welcome to the Camp Firewood 10 Year Reunion! From David Wain and Michael Showalter, the filmmakers that brought the original cult classic and the 2015 acclaimed prequel series by the same name, Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later is the hilarious new eight-part limited series starring the original cast, plus an all-star lineup of new cast members. 10 Years Older. 10 Years Hotter. 10 Years Wetter.

The eturning cast includes A.D. Miles, Amy Poehler, Beth Dover, Chris Meloni, Chris Pine, David Hyde Pierce, David Wain, Elizabeth Banks, Eric Nenninger, H. Jon Benjamin, Janeane Garofalo, Jason Schwartzman, Joe Lo Truglio, John Early, Josh Charles, Ken Marino, Kristen Wiig, Lake Bell, Marguerite Moreau, Marisa Ryan, Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, Molly Shannon, Nina Hellman, Paul Rudd, Rich Sommer, Sarah Burns and Zak Orth.

Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later will premiere August 4. »

- Ricky Church

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‘Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later’ Gets Premiere Date, First Trailer

22 June 2017 7:50 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Netflix has released the first trailer and premiere date for “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later,” the follow-up series to the film “Wet Hot American Summer” and the prequel series “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.”

The new series takes place in 1991, ten years after the conclusion of the film. The former counselors of Camp Firewood meet up for a reunion none of them will ever forget. The entire eight-episode series will drop on Netflix on Aug. 4.

Returning cast includes A.D. Miles, Amy Poehler, Beth Dover, Chris Meloni, Chris Pine, David Hyde Pierce, David Wain, Elizabeth Banks, »

- Joe Otterson

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‘Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later’ Trailer: Camp Firewood Reopens Once More This August

22 June 2017 7:34 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Only two years have passed since we last took a trip to Camp Firewood in the prequel series “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” but we’re about to take a big 10-year jump in the sequel series, which of course bares the title “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.”

Read More: ‘Wet Hot American Summer: Fantasy Camp’ Is The Roleplaying Game of Your Wet Hot Dreams

Netflix has released the first official trailer for David Wain and Michael Showalter’s next run of eight episodes, and it takes everything you love about the original and puts an amazing (or disturbing, depending on how you look at it) 1990s spin on things. The new installment is set in 1991 and centers around the 10 year Camp Firewood reunion. Expect very odd things to go down.

Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later” debuts on Netflix August »

- Zack Sharf

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‘Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later’ Trailer: Camp Firewood Reopens Once More This August

22 June 2017 7:34 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Only two years have passed since we last took a trip to Camp Firewood in the prequel series “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp,” but we’re about to take a big 10-year jump in the sequel series, which of course bares the title “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.”

Read More: ‘Wet Hot American Summer: Fantasy Camp’ Is The Roleplaying Game of Your Wet Hot Dreams

Netflix has released the first official trailer for David Wain and Michael Showalter’s next run of eight episodes, and it takes everything you love about the original and puts an amazing (or disturbing, depending on how you look at it) 1990s spin on things. The new installment is set in 1991 and centers around the 10 year Camp Firewood reunion. Expect very odd things to go down.

Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later” debuts on Netflix August 4. The ensemble cast includes Amy Poehler, Chris Meloni, Chris Pine, David Hyde Pierce, Elizabeth Banks, Janeane Garofalo, Jason Schwartzman, Kristen Wiig, Paul Rudd and many more.

Watch the official trailer below.

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- Zack Sharf

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Watch Hilarious 'Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later' Trailer

22 June 2017 7:12 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The debut trailer for Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later, Netflix's upcoming sequel series, showcases the weird, winding life paths of Camp Firewood's signature misfits.

In 1991, a decade after leaving the fictional Maine summer camp, Lindsay (Elizabeth Banks) hosts her own news show, "Puff Stuff"; McKinley (Michael Ian Black) is the father of a newborn baby; Victor (Ken Marino) is a male stripper; Andy (Paul Rudd) roams around in a leather jacket emblazoned with a "Most People Suck" patch; and a ragged-looking Gene (Christopher Meloni), who lives out of his Rv, »

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Emmy Predictions 2017: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

12 June 2017 3:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last Year’s Winner: Sterling K. Brown, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Still Eligible: No.

Hot Streak: While HBO and FX have the most nominations in this category over the past six years, they each have won twice and both have lost twice (to PBS in 2014 and History in 2012).

Fun Fact: Beau Bridges is the only actor to win this category twice. He won for “The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom” (1993) and “The Second Civil War” (1997).

The consistently crowded supporting actor category is again stacked with contenders this year. HBO and FX are at it again with enough offerings to fill the field by themselves (which FX almost did in 2016, with five of the six slots). First up, FX has “Fargo” and “Feud” as top competitors. David Thewlis and Michael Stuhlbarg are damn impressive in Season 3, while Alfred Molina and Stanley Tucci are »

- Ben Travers

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Dear Evan Hansen's Ben Platt Holds Back Tears as He Wins Best Actor in a Musical at 2017 Tony Awards

11 June 2017 8:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ben Platt took home the award for best actor in a musical at this year’s Tony Awards for his role in Dear Evan Hansen.

Platt held back tears as he accepted the award on Sunday, calling the moment “insane.”

Don’t waste any time being anyone but yourself because the things that make you strange are the things that make you powerful,” he said.

This marks Platt’s first Tony Award.

Click here to see all of People’s Tony Awards coverage, including everything you need to know about the big night and the full list of nominees.

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- Jodi Guglielmi

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Tonys: David Hyde Pierce Performs "Penny in My Pocket" From 'Hello, Dolly!'

10 June 2017 7:09 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

David Hyde Pierce gave out a bit of business advice at the Tony Awards with a performance of the Hello, Dolly! song "Penny in My Pocket."

Tony nominees Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce star in Jerry Zaks’ revival of the musical classic, which features a score by Jerry Herman; the playwright is Michael Stewart. Warren Carlyle choreographs the show, paying tribute to the work of the original production's director-choreographer Gower Champion. It earned 10 Tony nominations.

Midler, who takes on the role of the brassy matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi, did not perform at the awards show, and instead presented »

- Ashley Lee

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Audition Advice From Your Favorite 2017 Tony Award Nominees

7 June 2017 1:30 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Tony-nominated actors know a thing or two about nailing theater auditions. Backstage asked some of this year’s Broadway greats—from Mary Beth Peil to Denée Benton—for their best practical tips in the exclusive video below. “Imagine it’s the only time you will ever get a chance to play that part,” David Hyde Pierce of “Hello, Dolly!” advises. Stephanie J. Block of “Falsettos” has tips on what to do before an audition, while Jenn Colella of “Come From Away” maintains a post-audition routine. And if you’re looking for a way to recalibrate your attitude toward the entire process, listen to the wisdom of “Jitney’s” John Douglas Thompson. Don’t forget to check out Set the Scene, our video series of advice for actors, and be sure to subscribe to the Backstage YouTube Channel. Happy Tony Awards week! To book your next audition, check out Backstage’s Broadway audition listings! »

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How to Survive 8 Broadway Shows a Week

5 June 2017 1:30 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Ever performed eight shows a week, for weeks on end? The Tony Award-nominated stars in the Backstage exclusive video below sure have! Whether it’s sugar-free cough drops or just a well-timed nap, every Broadway performer has different techniques for surviving such a grueling schedule in the spotlight. We asked this year’s Tony nominees Stephanie J. Block (“Falsettos”), Mary Beth Peil (“Anastasia”), Jayne Houdyshell (“A Doll’s House, Part 2”), Denée Benton (“Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”), David Hyde Pierce (“Hello, Dolly!”), John Douglas Thompson (“August Wilson’s Jitney”), and Brandon Uranowitz (“Falsettos”) for their advice on snacking and drinking, vocal care, and what other secret weapons help them endure. Read: The 2017 Tony Nominees: Actors in a Musical Don’t forget to check out Set the Scene, our video series of advice for actors, and be sure to subscribe to the Backstage YouTube Channel. Happy Tony Awards week! Check »

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Celebrating Frasier: TV's best comedy spinoff

4 June 2017 9:48 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Juliette Harrisson Jun 20, 2017

There's never been another comedy quite like Frasier. Join us in celebration of TV's best ever comedy spinoff...

It’s been thirteen years since Frasier Crane bid goodnight to Seattle, and the comedy landscape, the TV landscape and, indeed, the world, have transformed completely since then. To re-watch Frasier now is to return to a world of checking the answerphone after going out, hunting down irreplaceable cassette tapes, and making a connection with people you’re attracted to by giving them your landline number. But none of this makes the show any less warm, compelling or, most importantly, absolutely hilarious – it is as much a joy to watch now as it was then.

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Frasier existed before the days of binge-watching and box sets, but it works remarkably well in that format. The show is full of running gags, in-jokes and call-backs, from Niles’ unfortunate patients with ironic conditions in season one, Roz and Niles’ mutual dislike that eventually becomes a friendship based on mutual snark, and of course the increasingly elaborate physical descriptions of Niles’ wife Maris, to the point she could never be revealed because no human actress could play her. The show was well known for being unafraid to make a joke that only a fraction of the audience would get, and that goes for treats for long-time fans as well as obscure jokes about La Traviata or the Aeneid.

The show also provided occasional treats for fans of its parent show, Cheers. Frasier is well known as one of the greatest ever TV spin-offs (we were going to say, ‘TV’s greatest ever spin-off’, but our deep love for and loyalty to the Star Trek franchise prevented us). The way the series dealt with its history was with a mix of respect, but without being tied to it. The series was unafraid to do what was best for the current show, for example by making Frasier’s father Martin a (living) former police officer very different from his son, despite the fact that, on Cheers, Frasier had claimed he was a (deceased) psychiatrist. However, the show was also willing to deal with that, explaining in season two that Frasier had just had a fight with Martin and made it up out of spite.

Not all the Cheers call-backs the show did entirely worked, with season nine’s Cheerful Goodbyes being particularly strained, but most did. The most impressive Cheers call-back was surely Rita Wilson’s deft performance as Hester Crane in Don Juan In Hell (Part 2). The character of Hester had appeared once on Cheers, where she was a formidable presence who threatened to kill Diane. For Frasier, she was killed off to create the forced, tense situation in which Frasier and Martin would be forced to live together despite not getting on very well, and she was subsequently spoken of with great warmth by all three Cranes, who clearly considered her the glue that had held their family together. Wilson was initially cast as an entirely different character who happened to look like Hester in Momma Mia, as well as briefly playing Mrs Crane in an old family video as the warm character the other three remembered. In Don Juan In Hell, when Frasier talks to imagined visions of the four most significant women in his life, Wilson plays Hester in a way much more similar to original actress Nancy Marchand’s performance on Cheers, but still with an undercurrent of warmth, in a pitch perfect performance.

Still, the real key to the success of Frasier was not obscure jokes or call-backs. Sure, Frasier and Niles’ witticisms are mildly amusing, but whether the viewer understands what they’re saying or not, what we’re all really doing is laughing at them, not with them. It’s not mean laughter – as an audience, we love these characters, that’s why we want to spend so much time with them. But there are many comical aspects to Frasier and Niles’ personalities, and these are only amplified when they are put together and contrasted with the much more down-to-earth Martin and Roz, and so it’s often the case that it’s not the joke itself we’re laughing at, so much as Frasier and/or Niles’ delight in making the joke.

Of course, Frasier was also famous for its use of humour that doesn’t require any prior knowledge to ‘get’ it – farce. Whether it was Frasier and Niles attempting to cover up a dead seal, an escalating series of lies that starts out in trying to get rid of Daphne’s ex-fiancée and ends up with Daphne and Roz both claiming to be Mrs Crane and Martin insisting he’s an astronaut, or the epic disaster that was Frasier and Niles opening up a new restaurant together, the series excelled at elaborately set up situations spiralling out of control. The undisputed classic in this regard was surely season six’s The Ski Lodge, a perfectly constructed disaster that memorably ends with Frasier lamenting that with all the lust flying around the titular lodge, no one was lusting after him.

All the cast were also highly skilled at physical comedy, but the stand-out in that respect was clearly David Hyde Pierce, whose ability to use his whole body to emote was consistently used to great effect. Another season six episode, Three Valentines, showcased this skill in a particularly memorable almost silent scene in which we watch Niles, accompanied only by Eddie the dog, try to get his trousers perfectly ironed for a date – a task which somehow ends in blood, fainting and setting Frasier’s apartment on fire.

David Hyde Pierce also somehow managed to spin what could have been a rather seedy storyline into a first hilarious, then deeply touching romance. Niles Crane develops a crush on his brother’s employee while still married, and proceeds to leer at her from afar for six years, never properly asking her out even after leaving his wife for entirely unrelated reasons. The whole thing ought to be incredibly creepy. Perhaps it’s partly because attitudes have changed over the years and audiences are more sensitive to such things, and back in the 1990s we were less worried by the implications of such a plot-line, but that’s not the whole story. The fact is, Hyde Pierce makes Niles so tentative and uncertain, while also wringing such comedy out of his endless yearning, that he remains entirely sympathetic.

It also helps, of course, that Niles admits at the end of season one that it’s not just that he’s physically attracted to Daphne, he’s in love with her – making his obsession seem more romantic and a little less seedy. What started out as a running gag, a funny way to introduce Niles to Daphne in episode three that provided a series of quick jokes that initially only Frasier was privy to, quickly became something much more human and touching. Daphne also indicates at least affection and possibly love and attraction to Niles even before she finally discovers the truth in season seven – nearly all their semi-romantic encounters before season seven happen at her instigation (she offers to cook Niles dinner for dates twice, in A Mid-Winter Night’s Dream and First Date, it’s her idea to accompany him to a ball when his date cancels in Moon Dance, and she goes out with a virtual Niles clone in Mixed Doubles). Instead of a man’s creepy obsession with his father’s therapist, this running thread becomes an epic seven-year romance culminating in one of the great season finale cliff-hangers, Something Borrowed, Someone Blue.

Part of the reason Niles and Daphne’s story became so central to the series was the mysterious lack of any serious, long-running love interests for the show’s lead character. Frasier’s most significant female partners, as featured in the aforementioned Don Juan In Hell, were all characters created during his Cheers days – his first wife Nanette, fiancée Diane, second wife Lilith and his mother. Lilith was a constant presence throughout the series, as the two raised their son and their relationship progressed from horror at the sight of each other in season one to a sincere declaration of (largely platonic) love in season eight and even a final ‘date’ of sorts in season eleven’s Guns N’ Neuroses. Frasier also slept with his agent Bebe and best friend Roz, but when the writers flirted with the idea of putting Frasier and Roz together in a more serious way late in the series, audience reaction was negative and the returning writing team for season eleven quickly nixed the idea. Frasier’s endless list of disastrous dates eventually became a running joke, and part of the bittersweet joy of the series finale is its open-ended approach to this on-going space in Frasier’s life that he is so desperately trying to fill throughout the series.

Frasier was also a show about something not covered all that often on TV; the relationships between adult parents and children, and between adult siblings. At the start of the series, the relationships between Martin Crane and his sons are rather strained, but over eleven years we see them grow much closer. With the only child in the family (Frasier’s son Frederick) thousands of miles away, we get to watch them negotiate the changing nature of the familial relationship as all three advance into middle age and beyond, tied together by their memories of the boys’ childhoods but also sharing their experiences of dating, career changes, marriages and their social lives in a way that isn’t possible until all parties are adults. It’s a relationship change that happens to many people who stay close to parents and siblings into adulthood, but is rarely explored on television (though, considering the importance of an adult sibling relationship to Friends, there was clearly something in the air in the 1990s!).

All of this is really a long-winded way of saying that there has never been another show quite like Frasier, and probably never will be again. One final example; it’s hard to imagine any other show pulling off a storyline like the one in which Niles gets a dog. The joke is that the dog is exactly like his estranged wife Maris. That’s difficult enough to pull off in the first place, since you have to find a dog that embodies the significant traits of a human character. However, in this case, it’s especially challenging because the audience have never seen Maris. This character exists only in description through dialogue and in the imagination of the audience. And yet, when David Hyde Pierce walks in with a slim, elegant dog and describes its fussy habits and delicate constitution, we all get the joke immediately. It’s not spelled out or explained until the dog was eventually written out the following year – everyone in the audience simply understands. It’s a remarkable achievement, and one that perfectly sums up just what was so special about Frasier, one of the wittiest sitcoms we’re ever likely to see. »

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Everything Actors Need to Know This Week 5/1-5/5

5 May 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The casting process for “American Gods” sounds brutal.Ricky Whittle, who plays Shadow Moon on the Starz show based on the Neil Gaiman novel of the same name, said he went through 16 rounds of auditions over the course of five months. Looks like it worked out, though: The executive producers received 2,000 audition tapes for the role. (Business Insider) “Great Comet,” “Hello, Dolly!” top 71st annual Tony Award nominations.Topping the nominations with 12 total was new musical “Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812,” including stars Josh Groban, Denée Benton, and Lucas Steele. Jerry Zaks’ hit revival of “Hello, Dolly!” grabbed 10 nods, including recognition for its leading lady Bette Midler, David Hyde Pierce, Gavin Creel, and Kate Baldwin. “A Doll’s House, Part 2” dominated in the play categories, earning eight nominations. Also nominated for best play are “Oslo,” “Sweat,” and “Indecent.”(Backstage) Michael Moore is coming to Broadway.Starting in July, the »

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2017 Tony Nominations Revealed: Bette Midler, Cate Blanchett & More

2 May 2017 10:10 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

While Hamilton dominated Broadway theater in 2016, this year's Tony nominations are more evenly distributed.

The 71st annual Tony Awards nominations were unveiled on Tuesday morning live from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. Announced by Jane Krakowski and Hamilton alum Christopher Jackson, the honorees were led by Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 with 12 nominations, including Best Musical and Best Leading Actor for Josh Groban's role in the War and Peace-inspired story.

Related: Kristen Bell Shares Dax Shepard's Hilarious Review of 'Hamilton' After Seeing the Musical for the First Time

Dear Evan Hansen landed nine nominations, two of which were for Best Musical and Best Leading Actor (Ben Platt of Pitch Perfect). The stage adaptation of Groundhog Day and the 9/11 musical, Come From Away, rounded out the Best Musical noms.

Bette Midler also scored a Best Leading Actress nomination for her performance in Hello, Dolly! -- her »

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