16 items from 2014
Above Average continues to churn out new series at a rapid pace. The YouTube channel run by Saturday Night Live production company Broadway Video has debuted a new content slate, which includes three new series. The first new series to debut is Monkey Love, an animated comedy about a male chimpanzee who masquerades as a human woman in order to find love. The first man on his docket is a dopey dad played by Jeff Goldblum, and future guests include Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, and Tim Meadows. As you might have guessed from the description, Monkey Love is, um, unusual. The other two entries in Above Average's new content slate play things much closer to the belt. The Idiot's Guide To Smart People is also animated; it teaches the 'ignorant' among us how to talk politics, religion, and music with the so-called 'smart' people of the world. Naturally, The Idiot's »
- Sam Gutelle
What do Aziz Ansari, Paget Brewster, Bill Hader, John Hodgman, Tim Meadows and J.K. Simmons have in common? They all appear on The Venture Bros. Season Five which just arrived on DVD and blu-ray. It's back to the Venture compound for an epic fifth outing of the popular animated series starring the Venture family. Featuring all eight episodes from its fifth season plus two popular bonus episodes - A Very Venture Halloween and From the Ladle to the Grave: The Shallow Gravy Story. Both the Blu-ray and DVD will include deleted scenes and episode commentaries from series creator Jackson Publick and fellow writer, director and executive producer Doc Hammer. The Venture Bros. Season Five is produced by Titmouse, Inc.
- Jerry Beck
The NBC pilot Marry Me was on my radar because it comes from Happy Endings creator David Caspe with Casey Wilson and Ken Marino starring. Now, Tim Meadows has joined the cast as one of Wilson’s gay dads. Is it possible for Caspe to create a gay character as loved as Max turned out to be?
Comic Book Resources has the first look at Arrow‘s Suicide Squad, which will include Shrapnel (Sean Maher). Considering the Squad’s comic book history, there’s a good chance that will be the last we see of Shrapnel. I’m not sure how I feel about that. Shrapnel was the kind of villain I wouldn’t mind seeing killed off (okay most of Arrow‘s villains are that despicable) but that would also mean less Sean Maher.
Becki Newton has found a new pilot role, joining the Fox comedy pilot Weird Loner, »
- Lyle Masaki
TV news and notes:
- Krysten Ritter is joining the space race. The former "Don't Trust the B---- in Apt. 23" star has taken a lead role in NBC's comedy pilot "Mission Control" as a woman who comes into conflict with a macho astronaut during the run-up to Nasa's missions to the moon in the 1960s. Ritter will also be a producer on the project.
- Now that she's no longer a series regular on "Homeland," Morena Baccarin has found her next TV role. The "Firefly" alum will star in "Warriors," an ABC drama pilot about military doctors and nurses. Her character is a psychiatrist and expert on post-traumatic stress who's also suffering from the disorder following a stint in Afghanistan.
Tim Meadows has joined the cast of Marry Me, a single-camera sitcom from Happy Endings creator David Caspe. The show stars Casey Wilson and Ken Marino as a newly engaged couple who realize marriage may be a little much for them. According to Deadline, Meadows will play one of Wilson's gay dads. Meadows is only 19 years older than Wilson, so it's sort of a stretch to see him as dad-age in relation to her — plus, Marino is 12 years older than she is, putting the husband-father age gap at the creepily narrow seven years. »
- Margaret Lyons
More TV casting news after yesterday's bonanza. Today, first, Stephen Bishop has been promoted to a series regular on Bet’s hit drama series Being Mary Jane. Fans of the series should get ready to see more of him as Mary Jane (Gabrielle Union), brings him back into her life so that they can maybe work things out. Does that mean no more being the *other* woman for her? Second, Tory Kittles has joined the cast of BBC America's Intruders, which follows an ex-cop forced to confront his past when he opens an investigation into the disappearance of his wife. Kittles will play Gary Fischer, described as an attorney friend of the ex-cop, who assists in the investigation. And finally, Tim Meadows has been cast in NBC's comedy pilot, Marry Me, which centers on a young couple who get engaged, and quickly realize being potentially married isn't all that they expected it to be. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
More TV casting news after yesterday's bonanza. Today, first, Stephen Bishop has been promoted to a series regular on Bet’s hit drama series Being Mary Jane. Fans of the series should get ready to see more of him as Mary Jane (Gabrielle Union), brings him back into her life so that they can maybe work things out. Does that mean no more being the *other* woman for her? Second, Tory Kittles has joined the cast of BBC America's Intruders, which follows an ex-cop forced to confront his past when he opens an investigation into the disappearance of his wife. Kittles will play Gary Fischer, described as an attorney friend of the ex-cop, who assists in the investigation. And finally, Tim Meadows »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Actor-comedian-musician Nick Thune is set as the young male lead opposite Natasha Lyonne in NBC‘s single-camera comedy pilot Old Soul. Co-created by Amy Poehler, Josh Bycel and Jonathan Fener and directed by David Wain, Old Soul centers on a reformed wild child, Nadia (Lyonne), who has a business caring for the elderly and feels she has more in common with her colorful old clients than she does with people her age. Thune, repped by 3 Arts and Wme, will play Nadia’s roommate and friend who shares her offbeat sense of humor. Saturday Night Live alum Tim Meadows has been cast in Marry Me, NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot from David Caspe, Sony TV and Jamie Tarses’ Fanfare. The project, directed by Seth Gordon, centers on a young couple, Annie (Casey Wilson) and Jake (Ken Marino), who get engaged — something they quickly realize is harder than it looks. Meadows, repped by Apa and Brillstein Entertainment, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Just two weeks after Rolling Stone declared Matt Foley: Motivational Speaker the greatest Saturday Night Live sketch of all time, Chicago's esteemed Second City unearthed a fantastic performance from 1990 starring the sketch's co-writers Bob Odenkirk and a 26-year-old Chris Farley, who had just been announced as one of SNL's newest cast members. Consider this VHS recording the comedy version of Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series.
Watch the 50 Best SNL Sketches of All Time
Motivational Speaker Matt Foley was arguably Chris Farley's most famous character. For those who aren't familiar with Foley, he was a loud, boisterous, belt-straightening screamer who would try to scare kids straight even though he was "livin' in a van down by the river!" Like many Saturday Night Live performers, Farley came out of The Second City improv comedy troupe, and it appears he had the character in his pocket years before he brought it to SNL. A tape-recorded video has been uploaded to YouTube, and although the video was taken three-and-a-half years before Farley joined SNL, it shows an almost fully-formed Matt Foley. After watching the video, the character is just as funny now as he was back in the 90s. Hit the jump to check out the video, which also includes Bob Odenkirk and Tim Meadows. »
- Matt Goldberg
Chris Farley's river-van-living motivational speaker Matt Foley is easily one of SNL's most iconic characters and, like many of the show's characters, he got his start on the Second City stage. Below, you can watch the sketch in its original form. Taped in 1990 – three years before it appeared on SNL – it features Tim Meadows in the David Spade role and Bob Odenkirk, who also wrote the sketch, in the Phil Hartman role. There are some differences (namely the hipness of the parents), but it's amazing to see just how similar the sketch is. Time is a flat circle, so Matt Foley is, was, and always will be living in a van down by the river. »
- Jesse David Fox
Before Matt Foley was a self-pitying motivational speaker on “Saturday Night Live,” he screamed at hapless teenagers on a Second City stage. The Chicago theater posted rare, 1990 video of Chris Farley performing the character before he was on “SNL,” alongside future “SNL” castmate Tim Meadows and Bob Odenkirk, who created the character with Farley. Also read: Compare Toronto Mayor’s Meltdown to Chris Farley’s in ‘Tommy Boy’ (Video) The stage version has all the same high points and punchlines as the first Matt Foley sketch that appeared on “SNL” in 1993. By then, David Spade filled the role previously played by Meadows, »
- Tim Molloy
Lacey Chabert plays runt of The Plastics litter and Toaster Strudel princess Gretchen Wieners.
The 31-year-old star, who famously played Claudia Salinger in cult series Party of Five from 1994 to 2000, has also appeared in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past with Matthew McConaughey and provided the voice of Family Guy's Meg Griffin before Mila Kunis took over.
Tim Meadows stars as democratic principal Mr Duvall, who attempts to restore calm when pages of the infamous Burn book rear their ugly heads.
Following the film's release, 53-year-old comedy writer and actor Meadows has starred in »
It's a "Mean Girls" reunion! Well, a mini-reunion, anyway.
Stars Lindsay Lohan (Cady Heron) and Daniel Franzese (Damian) snapped a photo together, and Lohan posted it to Instagram on Wednesday, filling our hearts with nostalgia and magic and all things too gay to function.
There's nothing we'd love to see more than a full-blown "Mean Girls" reunion, and this photo does nothing but spark that hope all the more -- especially since April marks the movie's 10-year anniversary.
Seriously, we'd eat 100 Kalteen bars if it meant we could see Tina Fey, Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried, Rachel McAdams, Tim Meadows, Amy Poehler, Lizzy Caplan, Lacey Chabert, and Daniel Franzese reminisce about burn books and neck braces. Until then, this photo will have to do.
- Tim Hayne
For Super Bowl week and with the 2014 Winter Olympics right around the corner, "Saturday Night Live" aired a special, hosted by the soon-departing Seth Meyers, of the best sports-themed sketches from the show's history.
The special hit a lot of highlights and not just under the caveat of sports -- just great sketches in the history of the show. Here are some of the gems (minus Chris Farley skating with Nancy Kerrigan, for which we could not find video):
Peyton Manning's United Way ad
Michael Jordan visits Stuart Smalley
Melissa McCarthy on "Outside the Lines"
Eli Manning for Little Brothers
John Belushi for Little Chocolate Donuts
Sasheer Zamata separated herself from the competition in Saturday Night Live’s grueling auditions process and will join the cast later this month as the first African-American female in six years.
Sasheer Zamata Joining 'SNL'
Zamata’s training in sketch comedy includes a number of years with New York City’s Upright Citizen’s Brigade. The University of Virginia grad, who holds a degree in drama, has been with the company since 2009. For Upright Citizen’s Brigade, Zamata hosts a weekly variety show called School Night and performs improv comedy with both Doppelganger and Bucky on Harold Night, according to the bio on her website.
Zamata, who says she performs “stand up wherever I can,” is probably best known for her new webseries, Pursuit of Sexiness. “Best friends and troublemakers Nicky and Sheer are broke, single, and (adorably!) self-absorbed,” reads the description of Zamata series with Nicole Byer. »
16 items from 2014
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