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[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.] Show: "Marry Me" (NBC) The Pitch: "From the guy who would have brought you 'Happy Endings' if you'd watched and a star you'd remember from 'Happy Endings,' if you'd watched, comes a show that's a lot like 'Happy Endings,' not that you know what that means." Quick Response: If you'll recall, "Happy Endings" was a pilot about a gal leaving a guy at the altar and then that was never really what the show was about ever again, even if people sometimes mentioned it. Similarly, "Marry Me" seems like it's a pilot about a couple who have an unfortunate time getting their engagement right, but all signs point to a series that's an ensemble about the couple, but also their friends and families. And "Happy Endings" wasn't -- sorry, I know it's unpopular to say anything mean about "Happy Endings" -- a very good pilot. »
- Daniel Fienberg
If you loved Happy Endings, Casey Wilson's new show, Marry Me, may already be on your radar. It's a relationship comedy on NBC that feels strikingly similar to her previous beloved series, save for the additions of Ken Marino and Tim Meadows to the cast. The pilot has Wilson and Marino getting engaged after a slightly humiliating moment for both characters and will continue to follow them throughout their engagement. Wilson's real-life husband, David Caspe, serves as a producer and writer on the show - the same roles he filled for Happy Endings - and the pair addressed similarities between the two comedies during Marry Me's Summer TCA panel, plus how much their own romance informed the Fall series. Wilson on how close the show is to her and Caspe's relationship: "We had been dating about two and a half years when he proposed. We did not go »
- Maggie Pehanick
Over the course of its three-season run, the ABC show Happy Endings garnered quite a bit of critical acclaim, leading many to lament the show’s cancellation in 2013. Fans of the series, however, were excited to learn that creator David Caspe was already working on a new show, excitement that increased with the news that NBC had given it a series order. Titled Marry Me, the show reunites Caspe with Happy Endings‘ Casey Wilson, who is joined in the cast by Ken Marino, Tim Meadows, John Gemberling, Sarah Wright, and JoBeth Williams. Now, along with the announcement that the show will be airing on Tuesdays starting in the fall, NBC has released the first trailer for the series. The trailer can be seen below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Let the scheduling games begin! With upfronts looming, TV honchos have been locked in pilot screenings all week, feverishly trying to decide which shows will make it to the fall schedule. Yet one trend has emerged: This year, the studios have succeeded in spreading the wealth, selling shows not just to their inhouse counterparts, but to the other networks as well. Why the change? The increasingly crowded TV landscape means networks need to prove they can be competitive in luring top talent, explains one exec. Broadcasters’ limited inventory means they also want to cast the widest possible net. And greater flexibility in signing other studios as co-producers has eased the financial pressure to keep shows in the family.
Following is a look at the shows generating buzz:
20th Century Fox
- Debra Birnbaum
Amid all the changes to the late night talk show rosters, Jimmy Kimmel signed a deal to stay at ABC for two more years.
Fox has ordered 10 more episodes of Mullaney, the upcoming comedy where former Saturday Night Live writer plays an aspiring comedian. We’ve got our eye on this one not only because Mullaney co-created SNL-fave Stefon, but the cast includes Elliott Gould as Mullaney’s gay neighbor. That’s a solid vote of confidence.
The cast of Mullaney.
We’re in the midst of my version of awards season, when the months of speculation and analysis pays off in the form of finding out which shows will continue and which pilots will become our new fall programs. Yesterday, Fox ordered the Batman prequel series Gotham. Today, they ordered two more series. The Red Band Society is a hospital drama led by Octavia Spencer focusing on a pediatric ward. »
- Lyle Masaki
Not content to let Fox hog the pre-upfronts series order merry-go-round, NBC started its 2013-2014 series pickups on Tuesday (May 6) afternoon. Thus far, NBC has given series orders to the comedy "Marry Me" and the dramas "Odyssey," "Allegiance" and "State of Affairs," starring Katherine Heigl. "Marry Me" comes from "Happy Endings" veteran David Caspe and was directed by Seth Gordon ("The Goldbergs"). It comes from Sony Pictures Television. Casey Wilson and Ken Marino topline "Marry Me" as a couple who have been together for six years. After a botched attempt at a wedding proposal, they decide to hold off until they can get it right. Hilarity may ensue. "Marry Me" also stars Sarah Wright, John Gemberling, Tymberlee Hill and Tim Meadows. "Allegiance" was created and directed by George Nolfi ("The Adjustment Bureau"), who will executive produce along with Avi Nir (“Homeland”), Ron Leshem, Amit Cohen, Yona Wisenthal and Giyora Yahalom. »
- Daniel Fienberg
NBC has said “I do” to Happy Endings star Casey Wilson and her fiance/Happy creator David Caspe. In its first comedy pilot pickup of the season, the network picked up the single-camera comedy Marry Me to series on Tuesday. The story revolves around an inseparable longtime couple, Annie (Wilson) and Jake (Childrens Hospital’s Ken Marino), who return from a two-week island vacation, and after a botched proposal plan, they decide to put off getting engaged until they can get it together.
- Dan Snierson
The project stars Casey Wilson (“Happy Endings”) and Ken Marino (“Veronica Mars,” “Eastbound & Down”) as a couple in a long-term relationship. He’s all set to pop the question after a romantic vacation — until she loose on him for not proposing on their trip.
- Whitney Friedlander
It’s the most happy of pop culture coincidences: The 10-year anniversary of the theatrical release of Mean Girls is today, and April 30 just happens to be a pink-clad Wednesday this year. Mean Girls fans — a huge amount of people in 2004, and somehow an even larger group now — know that Wednesdays are sort-of special when it comes to quoting the Tina Fey-penned cult comedy, second only to Oct. 3.
“Mean Girls is such a special movie because it has so many people who were just starting out,” explained Jonathan Bennett, who played sexy-with-his-hair-pushed-back Aaron Samuels. ” we were aware of how »
- Erin Strecker
"Fetch" may never have happened, but "Mean Girls" certainly did become a thing.
Released 10 years ago this week (on April 30, 2004), the high school comedy not only gave Lindsay Lohan her best role and made a star out of Rachel McAdams, but it also launched the movie careers of several of its performers, from writer/co-star Tina Fey to Daniel Franzese (Damian). An instant box office hit, "Mean Girls" went on to become a cult favorite for a generation of post-millennials, full of endlessly quotable lines of dialogue and wise social advice for navigating the jungles of high school and beyond.
Still, as many times as you've re-watched "Mean Girls," there still may be much you don't know about it -- from who almost played the now-iconic characters, to who really came up with Kevin's Mathlete rap, to the filmmakers' battles with the censors. Read on for true tales and burn-book secrets behind "Mean Girls. »
- Gary Susman
Dan Bucatinsky, whose Emmy-winning role on ABC's “Scandal” (spoiler alert) came to a sad end Thursday, has joined the David Caspe NBC comedy pilot “Marry Me.” Bucatinsky will play “Kevin Two,” husband to “Kevin One” (former “Saturday Night Live” star Tim Meadows) — and father to Annie, played by Casey Wilson (“Happy Endings”). See photos: The Faces of Pilot Season 2014 (Photos) The single-camera comedy centers around Annie and Jake (Ken Marino of “Children's Hospital,” and “Burning Love”), who quickly realized being engaged is tough. The pilot was written by Capse and is being produced by FanFare Productions and Sony Pictures Television. »
- L.A. Ross
Dan Bucatinsky is trading in the drama of Scandal for the comedy of marriage on NBC. The Emmy winner will star opposite Casey Wilson and Ken Marino in Marry Me, a comedy pilot from Happy Endings co-creator David Caspe, E! News has confirmed. In the pilot, Bucatinsky will play Kevin 2, the husband to Tim Meadows' Kevin 1, parents to Annie. The show follows couple Annie (Wilson) and Jake (Marino), who get engaged and quickly learn being an engaged couple isn't as easy as it seems. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor-producer will appear as a guest star in the pilot and likely recur should it go to series. And now for your Scandal spoiler warning. Bucatinsky's James Novak was »
Scandal's Dan Bucatinsky has lined up his next gig. The actor, who won an Emmy for his recurring guest turn on ABC's D.C.-set thriller, has boarded NBC's Marry Me, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Single-camera comedy Marry Me centers on longtime couple Annie (Happy Endings' Casey Wilson) and Jake (Party Down's Ken Marino), who get engaged and quickly realize that it's harder than it looks. Photos: Faces of Pilot Season 2014 Bucatinsky will play Kevin 2, the father to Wilson's Annie and the husband to Saturday Night Live alum Tim Meadows' Kevin 1. Bucatinsky, who also serves
- Lesley Goldberg
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
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