10 items from 2015
2015 is shaping up to be Amy Schumer's year. She recently did a stellar job hosting the otherwise insufferable MTV Movie Awards, sharply skewering most of the modern music industry and Hollywood with her particular brand of provocative satire and absurdism. Later this year, she's toplining Trainwreck, Judd Apatow's hugely anticipated first female-led film which was also written by Schumer. The film focuses on Schumer's commitment-phobic character, appropriately named Amy, getting romanced by a friendly sports doctor, played by Bill Hader. Apatow's film helped wrangle Schumer an EW cover and will feature supporting and cameo roles from John Cena, Brie Larson, Marisa Tomei, Tim Meadows, Tilda Swinton, LeBron James, and Wu-Tang Clan's Method Man. Perhaps, then, it doesn't come as such a surprise that Comedy Central announced today that the network will be renewing the Peabody Award-winning Inside Amy Schumer for a fourth season, likely to debut later this year or next year. »
- Chris Cabin
Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters), Maya Rudolph (SNL, Bridesmaids, The Maya Rudolph Show) and Haley Joel Osment (Entourage The Movie, Tusk) have joined the formidable cast of IFC's six-part comedic miniseries, The Spoils Before Dying. Kristen Wiig and Haley Joel Osment also appeared in the first installment of the Spoils franchise, The Spoils of Babylon, which aired on IFC last year and earned Wiig an Emmy™ nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries. Currently in production, The Spoils Before Dying will make its television debut this summer on IFC.
Also returning in new roles are Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex), Val Kilmer (Batman Forever), Steve Tom (Major Crimes) and Marc Evan Jackson (Brooklyn Nine-Nine). New cast additions to The Spoils Before Dying include Kate McKinnon (SNL, Ghostbusters), Tim Meadows (Marry Me, SNL), Chris Parnell (30 Rock, SNL), Emily Ratajkowski (Gone Girl, We Are Friends), Andrew Daly (Review, Comedy Bang! Bang! »
Last year IFC rolled out the star-studded spoof comedy The Spoils Of Babylon, and the series is upping its quota of stars for the sequel – The Spoils Before Dying. Produced again by Funny Or Die, the sequel season has already placed Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael K. Williams in the lead as jazz pianist Rock Banyon. He will now be joined by a squad of returning stars from the first outing.
Per The Wrap, the six-episode season will star Kristen Wiig, Haley Joel Osment and Maya Rudolph who are poised to return alongside Michael Sheen, Val Kilmer, Steve Tom and Marc Evan Jackson. Newbies to the series include Kate McKinnon, Tim Meadows, Chris Parnell, Emily Ratajkowski, Andrew Daly, Chris Mulkey, Chin Han, Jack Kilmer, Patty Guggenheim and Berenice Marlohe.
With Funny Or Die once more at the helm it may come as no surprise that Will Ferrell – reprising his Eric Jonrosh »
- Gem Seddon
IFC’s “The Spoils Before Dying” would be hard-pressed to squeeze any more talent into its cast. Kristen Wiig and Haley Joel Osment are returning from original series “The Spoils of Babylon,” the cable channel said on Tuesday. Maya Rudolph will join them on the six-part comedic miniseries. Also coming back in new roles are Michael Sheen, Val Kilmer, Steve Tom and Marc Evan Jackson. New cast members include Kate McKinnon, Tim Meadows, Chris Parnell, Emily Ratajkowski, Andrew Daly, Chris Mulkey, Chin Han, Jack Kilmer, Patty Guggenheim and Berenice Marlohe. As previously reported, Michael Kenneth Williams will play struggling jazz pianist Rock Banyon; Will. »
- Tony Maglio
NBC aired the three and a half hour 40th Anniversary special for their beloved late night sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live last night, and it was surely an affair to remember, with memorable appearances by comedians who got their start on the show, such as Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake kicked off the show with a memorable cold open, which is just one of many video highlights you can watch below, in case you missed the special or just want to relive it all over again.
Saturday Night Live's 40th Anniversary Special was watched by 23.1 million viewers last night, making it the network's most-watched primetime program in over 10 years, excluding post-Super Bowl programs. The ratings were the highest since the 2004 series finale of ER, which was watched by 23.9 million viewers. Also, excluding the Super Bowl and major awards ceremonies, »
Before Saturday Night Live showcased highlights from its 40-year history on Sunday, stars past and present gathered on the red carpet to honor the sketch show's historic run. As they recalled their favorites, though, a few folks noted some missed opportunities. Below, find out who wishes they'd had the chance to keep a straight face around Stefon and which two gentlemen wish they could have demanded "More Cowbell!" Aj McLean: "I would love to do anything with Stefon even though I would probably break character immediately because Bill Hader is amazing and that character is amazing, but if I could be, »
- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard
Some thoughts on last night's "Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special" coming up just as soon as I assume Jon Lovitz is dead... Last week, I wrote about the history of "SNL," which has been filled with incredible highs, uncomfortable lows, and a mixture of things that either didn't work or simply outlived their usefulness. Perhaps intentionally — Lorne Michaels used to joke that the word "uneven" would be on his tombstone — or perhaps because it's inherent to any three and a half hour special with this many moving pieces, the special was "SNL" in a microcosm. Much of it worked spectacularly well. Some of it was disappointing and/or puzzling. And the whole thing went on much longer than it probably should have. Unlike the show's previous anniversary specials, which were largely driven by clips and testimonials, the 40th was conceived of as a super-sized, all-star installment of the show itself, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Saturday Night Live has been home to many famous faces. Some of those stars stuck around for long tenures, like Molly Shannon and Tim Meadows, while others had a decidedly shorter time on the sketch show. Did you know Getting On star Laurie Metcalf made an appearance way before she rocketed to stardom with her Emmy-winning Roseanne role? Or that Julia Louis-Dreyfus was a cast member for multiple seasons before hitting it big with Seinfeld? She met Larry David on the show! Take a look at the gallery below to reacquaint yourself with some of Hollywood's heavyweights who got their start on the NBC comedy staple. Saturday Night Live is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a three and a half hour special »
It is hard to believe that creator Lorne Michaels’s legendary late night variety show Saturday Night Live has been kicking around the American airways for four decades and still remarkably standing on its hind legs even until this very day. No doubt that SNL has shaped the pop cultural minds of its avid viewers for forty-plus years on the small screen. Importantly, SNL gave birth to the careers of some of Hollywood’s major top stars in the realm of film, television and stage.
Sure, SNL is an immense institution in television. In fact, NBC-tv will acknowledge the iconic late night program when it broadcasts the 40th anniversary highlighting Saturday Night Live’s on-air staying power with many of the show’s luminaries returning and paying retrospect to the classic sketch comedy that became one of America’s most enduring and long-lasting laughfests.
Unfortunately, SNL has never had the »
- Frank Ochieng
On the Marry Me sitcom, easy-going Jake (Ken Marino) and high-strung Annie (Casey Wilson) have been together for six years. They're ready to be married but their road to the altar is anything but smooth. The rest of the cast includes Sarah Wright Olsen, John Gemberling, Tymberlee Hill, and Tim Meadows.
10 items from 2015
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