20 items from 2017
When a major artist finally makes it into the Cannes competition slate, despite consistently producing excellent work, the question becomes: what changed? Is it simply belated recognition? Or is the artist somehow pushing themselves in unprecedented ways, creating work deserving of a larger spotlight? Those are questions that one could ask regarding Noah Baumbach, who makes his first appearance at the Cannes Film Festival with The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), despite a filmography that goes back to 1995 with Kicking and Screaming. Oddly enough, the new film—a quiet New York-set drama on various members of the Meyerowitz clan—finds the Manhattan-based director in perfectly comfortable territory, far closer in spirit to his older work than his recent, more adventurous projects with Greta Gerwig. But familiar need not necessarily mean bad. And although it lacks the ambition that one typically associates with a Cannes Competition title (however much or little »
Vulture WatchCan Franco drag Arthur into the 21st Century? Has the Superior Donuts TV show been cancelled or renewed for a second season on CBS? The television vulture is watching all the latest TV cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Superior Donuts season two. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About?Airing on the television network, Superior Donuts revolves around Arthur Przybyszewski (Judd Hirsch), a no-nonsense owner of a small donut shop in Chicago. He’s a gruff guy who realizes that times are changing, while he is not. Help comes in the form of go-getter Franco Wicks (Jermaine Fowler). Franco convinces Arthur that he can bring the shop and its irritable owner into the 21st century. Katey Sagal, Darien Sills-Evans, David Koechner, Anna Baryshnikov, Rell »
Actor Judd Hirsch has starred in many TV shows over the years. Some have lasted for many seasons while others have been cancelled. How will his newest show, Superior Donuts, perform for CBS? Will it be a hit in the ratings or, a flop? Will Superior Donuts be renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.Based on the Broadway play, the Superior Donuts TV show revolves around Arthur Przybyszewski (Judd Hirsch), a no-nonsense owner of a small donut shop in Chicago. He's a gruff guy who realizes that times are changing and help comes in the form of a go-getter named Franco Wicks (Jermaine Fowler). Franco convinces Arthur that he can bring the shop and its irritable owner into the 21st century. Others in the cast of this comedy are Katey Sagal, Darien Sills-Evans, David Koechner, Anna Baryshnikov, Rell Battle, and Maz Jobrani.The ratings »
So much is happening in our terrible, awful, horrible world that it can be easy to forget about the Cannes Film Festival kicking off in just one week. But what a festival it shall be! Likely so good, in fact, that it’s just as easy to overlook the presence of a new Todd Haynes picture — for a short while longer. Our first look at his Carol follow-up, Wonderstruck, arrived today in the form of three stills showcasing stars Julianne Moore, Millicent Simmonds, Oakes Fegley, and Jaden Michael. Much? No. A source of excitement? We need not even explain.
His adaptation of the novel by Hugo author Brian Selznick follows a story that oscillates between two deaf children: a boy, Ben (Fegley), in Minnesota circa 1977 who’s dealing with the death of his mother (Michelle Williams); and a girl, Rose (Simmonds), in New Jersey circa 1927 who ventures to New York to meet her idol, »
- Nick Newman
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The veteran actor (Sleepers, The Lost Boys) most recently appeared as a legal officer for the U.S. Army opposite Alden Ehrenreich, Tye Sheridan, Jennifer Aniston and Toni Collette in Alexandre Moors’ Iraq War drama The Yellow Birds, which premiered at Sundance in January. He also starred last summer in season two of Fox’s supernatural drama Wayward Pines, making his series-regular debut.
He continues »
- Rebecca Sun
The stand-up turned sitcom star is unapologetic about his desire to reach as large an audience as possible, but can he do it while being woke?
Arthur, the cranky, aging donut shop owner played by Judd Hirsch in CBS’s confectionary-based comedy Superior Donuts, is lost in thought next to his neon “Donuts Open” sign. He’s worried about the future. The rapidly gentrifying uptown Chicago neighborhood surrounds him, driving out shops like his to make way for Starbucks and Whole Foods.
“I feel like a relic,” Hirsch laments. It’s a reference to both himself as well as the hole in the wall he’s owned for almost 50 years. That feeling is also brought into stark relief by the presence on the show of Franco Wicks, a young African American striver from Chicago’s north side – played by actor and comedian Jermaine Fowler – who’s been brimming with ideas ever since Arthur hired him, »
- Andy Meek
Gilles Marini is set to join Matthew Hill and Landon Johnson’s WWII drama Burning At Both Ends. The pic, which stars Cary Elwes and Judd Hirsch, follows a small group of dissident survivors who, caught behind enemy lines, must use a radio to broadcast a message of hope to fellow survivors. Marini will play Vichy, a french policeman, who is assigned to work as a local liaison for the Gestapo. Jonah Hirsch and Tyler W. Konney are producing. Marini will appear in Susan… »
Variety is reporting that Cary Elwes (The Art of More) and Matthew Modine (Stranger Things) have signed on to star in the World War II drama Burning at Both Ends, which marks the first project from the newly-formed production company Slingshot Ltd.
Matthew Hill and Landon Johnson, the recipients of the inaugural $50,000 Chronos Prize, are writing and directing the film, which follows a group of resistance radio broadcasters in Nazi-occupied France as they evade capture alongside a Jewish family.
- Amie Cranswick
Slingshot Ltd., a newly-created Los Angeles-based production company, is producing “Burning at Both Ends” as its inaugural project. Greer Grammer, Judd Hirsch, and Rob Gough also star in the film, which begins shooting later this spring.
The movie follows a group of resistance radio broadcasters in Nazi-occupied France as they evade capture alongside a Jewish family. Matthew Hill and Landon Johnson are directing from their own script, which won the inaugural $50,000 Chronos Prize in 2014.
Producing for Slingshot is Jonah Hirsch, who is not related to Judd Hirsch. He has been producing virtual reality movies through Cgo Studios, including films about the Wright Brothers, Anne Frank, and the first successful expedition to Mount Everest.
Hirsch previously produced “Passion Play, »
- Dave McNary
West Hollywood’s Laugh Factory on Sunset Boulevard was taken over by CBS’ “Superior Donuts” Thursday night, as many members of the cast took the stage to perform. With more than half of the main cast already established as stand-up comedians, the historic comedy club was a packed house with its regulars, who just so happened to also be there in celebration of the comedy’s Season 2 order from the network.
Headlined by co-exec producer and star Jermaine Fowler (listed in Variety‘s 10 Comics to Watch 2016), stars Maz Jobrani, David Koechner, Darien Sills-Evans, Rell Battle and others from the show went up in front of the crowd, which included co-stars Judd Hirsch and Anna Baryshnikov.
“‘Superior Donuts’ is a family show; this is not,” quipped Battle, who hosted the evening filled with humorous commentaries that ranged from sexual experiences to funerals to marches under the Trump administration.
The show, however, was »
- Mannie Holmes
Donuts may be bad for your diet but, apparently, the Superior Donuts TV show is good for CBS' bottom line. The network has renewed the Monday night comedy series for a second season for the 2017-18 season. Based on the Broadway play, the Superior Donuts TV show revolves around Arthur Przybyszewski (Judd Hirsch), a no-nonsense owner of a small donut shop in Chicago. He's a gruff guy who realizes that times are changing and help comes in the form of a go-getter named Franco Wicks (Jermaine Fowler). Franco convinces Arthur that he can bring the shop and its irritable owner into the 21st century. Others in the cast of this comedy are Katey Sagal, Darien Sills-Evans, David Koechner, Anna Baryshnikov, Rell Battle, and Maz Jobrani.Read More… »
Reggie Bythewood’s grandfather was a police officer who taught him how to drive. He also gave him “the talk.”
“That’s what to do and what not to do when a racist police officer pulls you over,” explains Bythewood, a writer and producer whose films include “Notorious” and “Get on the Bus.” “Stay calm,” he recalls. “Repeat the officer’s name. No sudden moves.”
It’s a life lesson he passed on to his own son, Cassius, when they were driving together and a cop pulled him over for no apparent reason. “He asked if I was transporting something, and I said I was transporting my son,” recalls Bythewood. “And then he asked why I was nervous. I said I wasn’t. It was a crazy, awkward ordeal.”
Dan Doperalski for Variety
Recounting the incident months later in the writers’ room for the new Fox limited series “Shots Fired,” Bythewood »
- Daniel Holloway and Debra Birnbaum
Veteran comedy and drama actor Judd Hirsch has signed with TalentWorks. At age 81, the two-time Tony and Emmy winner continues to work full-time; he is the lead opposite Jermaine Fowler in CBS’ new multi-camera comedy series Superior Donuts. Hirsch had been without a talent representation since July when his long-time manager, Joan Sittenfield, passed away after a long cancer battle. Hirsch had been with her for 18 years. Over the years, Hirsch, an Oscar nominee for Ordina… »
On May 25, 1979, a misty summer morning in New York City, 6-year-old Etan Patz begged his mother, Julie, to let him walk the few blocks to school alone. She relented, and the last time she saw him alive he was walking away from her.
Etan’s mysterious disappearance struck fear both in his New York City neighborhood and the country as a whole, as the little boy became a leading face for the search for missing children everywhere.
In February, decades after he became the first-ever “milk carton kid,” a jury finally convicted Etan’s killer though his body was never found. »
- Adam Carlson
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It’s hard to settle on the most important detail of note when it comes to Superior Donuts, yet another network sitcom trying to bring Cheers into the 21st century (sound familiar?) For one thing, it’s Katey Sagal’s return to network comedy after ending 8 Simple Rules over a decade ago. Then again, we’re discussing a CBS sitcom based on a moderately well-received play from 2008 by Tracy Letts of the same name. If that sounds strange to you for a CBS comedy, then you’re properly preparing yourself for this new show’s sometimes uneven, but altogether serviceable pilot.
Like the play, Superior Donuts is structured simply in its premise: a persnickety grouch of a donut shop owner tries to make his small business relevant in an ever-gentrifying Chicago neighborhood. The pilot has a slow start, introducing us to a few by-the-numbers principals in the owner, »
- Jon Negroni
Few things are more reliable these days than the arrival of complaint-driven comedies that have no love for millennials, kale and man-buns. “Superior Donuts” slides very easily into that category with an air of confidence that is not backed up by its warmed-over jokes or by the stale assumptions that it peddles.
The problem starts with the premise: Jermaine Fowler plays Franco, an aspiring artist who goes to work at a doughnut shop owned by the grumpy Arthur (Judd Hirsch) in a gentrifying Chicago neighborhood. Franco’s ideas about how to market the shop are greeted with hostility by Arthur, and the first three episodes revolve around Franco’s unceasing efforts to drum up business for Superior Donuts while also keeping the shop owner safe from crime, which remains a problem in the neighborhood. Why the energetic Franco would expend this much effort for a sour man who is financially solvent and content to grumble, sell »
- Maureen Ryan
As the Grammys and the Oscars up the glitz factor on network TV, February brings a diverse array of options for those of us suffering from awards fatigue. HBO bids adieu to a signature program while introducing two new ones; superheroes burst genre boundaries into workplace comedy and surreal psychodrama, respectively; and a nature-doc series returns to document the Earth's natural bounty before it vanishes in the next two to three years. Here's what you need to tune into over the next month.
24: Legacy (Feb. 4th, Fox)
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"Old-fashioned? Must be yours." CBS has released new teasers for their upcoming series Superior Donuts.Based on the play by Tracy Letts, the sitcom centers on the relationship between an older donut shop owner (Judd Hirsch) and his young new employee (Jermaine Fowler). The cast also includes Katey Sagal, David Koechner, Maz Jobrani, Anna Baryshnikov, Darien Sills-Evans, and Rell Battle.Read More… »
Creators of CBS’ new sitcom Superior Donuts did not dispute one TV critic’s suggestion at TCA that the network will spend zero time marketing its impressive pedigreee: adaptation of Broadway play of same name by a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (Tracy Letts). Judd Hirsch plays a ’60s radical who now owns a donut shop in a Chicago neighborhood that is being gentrified; Katey Sagal plays a donut-shop patron, who is a cop. Jermaine Fowler is an employee who wants to liven… »
The creators and cast of CBS’ “Superior Donuts” are looking to tackle social issues in their new multi-camera comedy. The series’ first episodes will feature story lines revolving around racial profiling, gun control, and anti-Muslim hate crimes.
But the producers say that those topics won’t get in the way of the show’s comedy.
“This isn’t going to be an issue of the week show,” executive producer Garrett Donovan said Monday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. “We will talk about issues as it comes up organically. But we’ll also do stories about dating and different flavors of donuts and things.”
But, showrunner and fellow Ep Bob Daily added, “If we were to incite a tweet war with the President of the United States, we probably wouldn’t turn that down.”
- Daniel Holloway
20 items from 2017
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