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Tony-winning deaf actress Phyllis Frelich, who originated the lead role in Children of a Lesser God on Broadway, died Thursday of progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). She was 70. Frelich’s husband Robert Steinberg told the AP of her passing. The two were married for 46 years, during which time their relationship inspired Mark Medoff to write Children of a Lesser God at New Mexico State University. When the play moved to Los Angeles and then Broadway Frelich played the lead role of Sarah Norman in the story of the relationship between a deaf woman and a hearing speech pathologist and won a Tony for the role in 1980. Marlee Matlin played the Sarah role in the 1986 film adaptation, for which she won the Oscar. Frelich, originally from Devils Lake, North Dakota, came from a family of deaf parents and siblings and began acting while studying at Gallaudet College. She met Steinberg in the »
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In Amazon’s just-green-lit dramedy Transparent, Jeffrey Tambor plays the patriarch of a self-involved, dysfunctional clan in Los Angeles who very much wants to tell his family something. [Note: If you haven’t yet seen the pilot episode and would prefer not to have certain plot points spoiled for you by this interview, you can do so here.] To make the announcement, he invites over his three grown children, including twins played by Gaby Hoffmann and Jay Duplass, but can't bring himself to spill the big news; viewers slowly gain insight into what he was hoping to tell them through glimpses into his evolving personal life. When Vulture ran into Tambor at the opening night of the Broadway play The Realistic Joneses a few days ago, we had a spur-of-the-moment chat about the Jill Soloway–created show and his daring role in it. [Spoilers commence!]What did you think when you were first reading the »
- Jennifer Vineyard
Our TV week is bookended by sitcom goodbyes. It began with the series finale of How I Met Your Mother; it concludes with the capper to Raising Hope, tapping out tonight with back-to-back episodes, including one cheekily entitled “How I Met Your Mullet.” Created by Greg Garcia, who also gave us My Name Is Earl, the four-season-running Raising Hope was a sweet-and-salty sitcom about the daffy-dumb Chance clan — Virginia, the responsible materfamilias (Martha Plimpton); Burt, the air-headed dad (Garret Dillahunt); Jimmy, the teen-son-turned-teen-father (Lucas Neff); and Maw-Maw, the cracked and coarse grandma (Cloris Leachman) — collectively raising the titular babe, and was always a big-hearted, »
- Jeff Jensen
The 2013 Peabody Awards were awarded to 46 programs including Scandal, Orphan Black, The Bridge, Broadchurch, How to Survive a Plague, Orphan Black and Les Revenants. Additionally, the final season of Breaking Bad got a rare repeat award.
Eddie McClintock will be a part of the season finale of Castle, according to TV Line. Agent Pete is about to meet Captain Mal!
Is the Castle costume designer open to suggestions? We have a few ideas.
EW discussed wigs with TV’s premiere wig-featuring drama, The Americans. It turns out series stars Keri Russel and Matthew Rhys aren’t the only ones who are costumed in a wig. A lot of men who would have had a comb-over in the 80s sport a shaved head nowadays. That seems ironic.
- Lyle Masaki
Raising Hope will have a special one-hour send-off as the critically acclaimed comedy comes to an end after 4 seasons. The series finale starts with the all-new episode “How I Met Your Mullet” (9:00pmET/Pt), in which guest star Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey) plays Jimmy and Sabrina’s new maid. Then, in part 2 of the finale, “The Father Daughter Dance” (9:30pmET/Pt), Virginia’s dad (guest star Jeffrey Tambor, Arrested Development) returns to Natesville with a big surprise for her and Burt. The series finale also includes a musical performance by Kenny Loggins. I’m sad to see this show go. It was funny, … Continue reading →
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- Kellie Freeze
Amazon has ordered six new TV shows -- The After, Bosch, Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street, Mozart in the Jungle, Transparent, and Wishenpoof!. In addition, the company debut three new kid shows -- Creative Galaxy, Tumble Leaf and Annedroids -- this summer on Prime Instant Video.
New series come from well-known creators including Chris Carter (The X-Files), Michael Connelly (Harry Bosch), Eric Overmyer (The Wire), Jill Soloway (Six Feet Under), Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom), Jason Schwartzman (Big Eyes) and Paul Weitz (About a Boy), and will be available exclusively on Prime Instant Video
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Amazon Studios confirmed on Monday (March 31) that it was renewing "Alpha House" for Season 2 and was picking up two dramas, two comedies and two kids' shows. No dates have been announced yet for airings of any of these series.
The pilots ordered to series are:
"The After" -- From Chris Carter ("The X-Files"), the show will follow eight strangers thrown together and needing to survive in a violent and mysterious world. Aldis Hodge, Andrew Howard, Arielle Kebbel, Jamie Kennedy, Sharon Lawrence, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Adrian Pasdar and Louise Monot star."Bosch" -- Based on Michael Connelly's book series, "Bosch" is a drama about a relentless Lapd homicide detective. Titus Welliver, Annie Wersching and Jamie Hector star."Mozart in the Jungle" -- The half-hour comedic drama takes on sex, drugs and classical music. It stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Saffron Burrows, Lola Kirke, Malcolm McDowell, Bernadette Peters and Peter Vack."Transparent »
Amazon continues to press forward in the original video arena, announcing this morning that they have picked up six of their pilots. In fact, only one of the adult series for which they made a pilot this go round, "The Rebels," did not get a season order. The online superstore reports that double the number of people watched the pilots as compared to the company's first pilot season and that thousands of reviews were posted. The full list of picked up shows is "The After," "Bosch," "Gortimer Gibbon's Life of Normal Street," "Mozart in the Jungle," "Transparent, and "Wishenproof!" Cast members across the various series include Jeffrey Tambor, Gael Garcia Bernal, Titus Welliver, Gaby Hoffmann, and Malcolm McDowell. Alan Sepinwall previously took a look at several of these pilots, including the one that wasn't picked up, "The Rebels." Be sure to check out what he had to say, especially his opinion of that not-taken-to-series show. »
- Josh Lasser
Amazon Studios today confirmed a second-season pickup of Garry Trudeau’s Washington DC comedy series Alpha House starring John Goodman, Mark Consuelos, Clark Johnson and Matt Malloy as Republican Senators living under one roof. Additionally, the service has officially picked up four of its five primetime pilots as well as two kids pilots to series. That includes Amazon’s first dramas: The After from Chris Carter, marking The X-Files creator’s return to series television, and Eric Overmyer and Michael Connelly’s Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. Newly picked up half-hour comedy series include Gael Garcia Bernal starrer Mozart In The Jungle, from Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Alex Timbers and Paul Weitz, and Jill Soloway’s semi-autobiographical Transparent starring Jeffrey Tambor. Amazon’s fifth pilot, comedy The Rebels, from Ice Cube and Michael Strahan, was put on hold.There still no final decision on Amazon’s second freshman comedy series Betas. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
In this wild and wacky season of Archer Vice, Isis matriarch, Malory (Jessica Walter) has endured her role as the plot pusher, but she’s also taken more of a supportive role this season. That doesn’t mean she hasn’t had her set of conflicts to deal with. She is desperately trying to find a way to make money off of the shit-ton of cocaine they have stashed in the Tunt Manor, but it’s dwindling because Pam (Amber Nash) keeps eating it. Now she has been forced her to milk what she can of Cheryl’s (Judy Greer) talents singing country songs as her latest alter ego, Cherlene.
If that’s not enough, Malory has also been dumped by her husband, Ron Cadillac (played by Walter’s real life husband, Ron Leibman), is reminding Lana (Aisha Tyler) of the mistake she has growing in her belly and for »
- Ernie Estrella
Amazon Studios has given four new series the green light after reviewing 10 pilots that have been under consideration in recent months. Variety reports that Amazon decided on the series by judging ratings and viewer feedback, a process that produced the comedies Alpha House and Betas last year.
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Chief among the new series is The After, a drama conceived by X-Files creator Chris Carter, that follows eight strangers brought together by "mysterious forces." The group must then work with one another to survive their daily life, which is now filled with inexplicable violence. »
Amazon has reportedly chosen the second batch of series it plans to order from its second round of user-rated pilots. "The After," "Bosch," "Mozart in the Jungle" and "Transparent" will all turn into full series to be streamed on the website's Amazon Prime service.
Although Amazon Studios would not comment on the development details, Variety reports that the two dramas and two comedies will soon start production on full seasons.
"Bosch" follows a cop (Titus Welliver) who is accused of murdering a serial killer suspect, and investigates the murder of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial for his alleged crime. "The After" comes from "X Files" creator Chris Carter and follows eight strangers who must use each other to survive in a mysteriously violent world.
Amazon Studios has settled on four series orders among the 10 pilots the company announced last month were under consideration, according to sources close to the deals.
A rep for Amazon Studios declined comment.
Getting the greenlight will be “Bosch,” a cop drama based on Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series, written by Eric Overmyer and Connelly. Pilot follows title character, played by Titus Welliver (“Argo,” “The Good Wife”) as he pursues the killer of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court on accusations that he murdered a suspected serial killer in cold blood. Cast includes: Annie Wersching, Amy Price-Francis and Jamie Hector. Henrik Bastin of Fabrik Entertainment (“The Killing”) produced and Jim McKay directed the pilot.
Written and directed by Chris Carter (“The X-Files”), “The After” is a drama that follows eight strangers thrown together by mysterious forces and who must help each other survive in a violent world that defies explanation. »
- Andrew Wallenstein
Fox has cancelled their Raising Hope sitcom after four seasons. The one-hour series finale will air on Friday, April 4th.
Here's their press release:
The Chances Have An Unforgettable Backyard Send-off In A One-hour Series Finale Of “Raising Hope” Friday, April 4
Critically acclaimed comedy Raising Hope will end its four-season run with a special one-hour farewell event Friday, April 4 (9:00-9:30/9:30-10:00 Pm Et/Pt). The series finale kicks off with the all-new episode “How I Met Your Mullet” (9:00-9:30 Pm Et/Pt), in which guest star Lesley Nicol (“Downton Abbey”) plays Jimmy (Lucas Neff) and Sabrina’s (Shannon Woodward) new maid. Then, in “The Father Daughter Dance” (9:30-10:00 Pm Et/Pt), Virginia’s (Martha Plimpton) dad (guest star Jeffrey Tambor, “Arrested Development”) returns to Natesville with a big surprise for her and Burt (Garret Dillahunt), including a musical performance by Kenny Loggins »
Given its consistently low ratings, it's somewhat astounding that "Raising Hope" managed to get four often terrific seasons on Fox. It's still sad to report that "Raising Hope" will have its series finale on Friday, April 4 with an hour-long send-off. "On behalf of myself, Greg Garcia and 'Raising Hope's' amazing cast and crew, I would like to thank our audience for tuning in and supporting us over the last four seasons," blurbs executive producer Mike Mariano, who took over as showrunner for Garcia this season. "We planned our Season Four finale with this possibility in mind, and hope our loyal fans enjoy the way we’ve chosen to say goodbye to the Chances and to Natesville. Thanks again, and we’ll see you in syndication." Often aired in erratic patterns with lengthy hiatuses, doubled-up episodes and early finales, "Raising Hope" will still hit 88 episodes by its finale. During its run, »
- Daniel Fienberg
The current season of "Raising Hope" will be its last one, Fox announced Monday (March 10). The network says the comedy will bow out with a one-hour series finale on April 4.
That's fairly short notice, but executive producer Mike Mariano says he and the cast and crew planned the season finale as a possible series ender.
"On behalf of myself, [creator] Greg Garcia and 'Raising Hope's' amazing cast and crew, I would like to thank our audience for tuning in and supporting us over the last four seasons," Mariano says in a statement. "We planned our Season 4 finale with this possibility in mind, and hope our loyal fans enjoy the way we've chosen to say goodbye to the Chances and to Natesville. Thanks again, and we'll see you in syndication."
Fox has canceled “Raising Hope” after four seasons. The sitcom's last episode will run as a two-part, one-hour finale on April 4. The night will kick off at 9 p.m., with the episode “How I Met Your Mullet,” in which guest star Lesley Nicol (“Downton Abbey”) plays Jimmy (Lucas Neff) and Sabrina's (Shannon Woodward) new maid. Then, in separate a half-hour titled “The Father Daughter Dance,” Virginia's (Martha Plimpton) dad (guest star Jeffrey Tambor, “Arrested Development”) returns to Natesville with a surprise for her and Burt (Garret Dillahunt), including a musical performance by Kenny Loggins (guest-starring as himself). Also read: Fox Renews ‘New. »
- Tony Maglio
Raising Hope is saying goodbye. Fox announced Monday that it will air two back-to-back new episodes to end the comedy’s four-season run on April 4.
The series finale will begin with “How I Met Your Mullet” which will guest star Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey), followed by “The Father Daughter Dance” featuring Jeffrey Tambor. It will also include a musical performance by Kenny Loggins.
Raising Hope has averaged 2.7 million viewers this season and a 1.0 rating in 18-49.
- Lynette Rice
The Good Wife, Season 5, Episode 13, “Parallel Construction, Bitches”
Written By Erica Shelton Kodish
Directed By Matt Shakman
Airs Sundays at 9pm Est on CBS
The mid-season break The Good Wife took over the last few months was almost certainly not built into the show’s plan for the season (if it was, it was not handled particularly elegantly). Where plenty of other network shows have taken to doing “mid-season finales” and structuring their longer, more unwieldy episode counts like two mini-seasons that form a more coherent whole, this is a show that works best as a behemoth, a large series of interconnecting plotlines that slowly fade in and out of relevance and become increasingly or decreasingly important across the season. The Good Wife is one of the best shows on television at keeping multiple plates in the air with a solid level of success (Justified leaps to mind as a possible comparison, »
- Jordan Ferguson
Fox announced on Monday that the network had decided to cancel comedy sitcom Raising Hope, which is currently in its fourth season.
'Raising Hope' Canceled
“On behalf of myself, Greg Garcia and Raising Hope‘s amazing cast and crew, I would like to thank our audience for tuning in and supporting us over the last four seasons,” said executive producer Mike Mariano in a statement. “We planned our Season 4 finale with this possibility in mind, and hope our loyal fans enjoy the way we’ve chosen to say goodbye to the Chances and to Natesville. Thanks again, and we’ll see you in syndication.”
“Getting to know and love the Chance family on Raising Hope has been a sweet, hilarious ride,” Fox chief Kevin Reilly added. “Thanks to the incredibly talented cast – along with Greg, Mike and the entire crew – for making us laugh for four fantastic seasons. »
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