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It appears Hayden Fox’s wife will be warming the big bench in the sky when Coach returns to TV next season on NBC.
Barring an 11th-hour plot tweak, viewers will learn that the character of Christine, played by Shelley Fabares during the original sitcom’s nine-year run on ABC, passed away at some point during the intervening 18 years.
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Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Get Hard (comedy; Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Craig T. Nelson, Alison Brie; rated R) The Gunman (action-thriller; a super-ripped Sean Penn, Idris Elba, Javier Bardem; rated R) Jackie & Ryan (romance; Ben Barnes, Katherine Heigl, Clea DuVall; premieres 7/3 on cable Mod and in theater; rated PG-13) Digital HD: Rent from $4-$7 or own from $13-$20 (HD may cost more than Sd) Vudu Offers the same movies as cable...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
How can Hayden Fox possibly Coach football without his assistants? Fortunately, we won’t have to find out.
Bill Fagerbakke, who played special teams coach Michael “Dauber” Dybinski on the long-running ’90s sitcom, will return as a series regular on NBC’s upcoming revival, our sister site Deadline reports.
The follow-up series, which will again star Craig T. Nelson as Hayden Fox, picks up 18 years later when Hayden interrupts his retirement to become assistant coach to his own grown son, who is the »
Coach Hayden Fox will have one of his right-hand men by his side when he returns to television. Coach co-star Bill Fagerbakke is set to join Craig T. Nelson as a regular on NBC’s upcoming 13-episode sequel to the 1990s sitcom. Written by the original series creator Barry Kemp, the new Coach is set in present day, picking up 18 years after the ABC sitcom went off the air after nine seasons. Coach Fox (Nelson) — now retired from coaching — is called back to become assistant… »
Fagerbakke joins original star Craig T. Nelson in the TV revival, which is slated to debut midseason.
Michael “Dauber” Dybinski was an assistant coach, along with Jerry Van Dyke, who played Luther Van Dam. Dybinski was a stereotypical dumb jock who never graduated from Minnesota State, where he was an athlete. Despite being known as a silly sidekick, the character would often lend valued help to the team.
Since “Coach,” Fagerbakke has found success behind the screen as the voice of Patrick on Nickelodeon’s long-running “SpongeBob SquarePants.” He also appeared in “How I Met Your Mother” and “Growing Up Fisher.”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Twenty years ago Pixar Animation Studios released their first feature-length film: Toy Story. It was the first completely computer generated film out there and changed everything. Every other studio making animated films has been trying to catch up to them, not only in terms of technological achievements but in crafting stories that make everyone old and young laugh, cry, and thrilled. Not every single film they've made has been a home run, but their track record thus far has been pretty impressive. This year's release Inside Out is no exception, arriving as the fifteenth feature in the animation house's stable. Given the occasion, I've taken it upon myself to rank Pixar's first fifteen features to settle once and for all what is the best and worst from the studio. I contemplated bringing in the short films that precede each of their features, as many are just exquisite if not better than the films they accompany, »
- Mike Shutt
Looking ahead to the new season, TV is looking way back.
“These revivals came to us in the form of original creators having a burning passion to revisit their shows,” NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke tells Variety. “In the case of both ‘Coach’ and ‘Heroes,’ both creators came in to talk about why they think these shows needed to come back to network television. They had relevant stories to tell.”
Though these new shows have familiar titles, don’t expect the TV revival trend to look like repeats. “We couldn’t argue with the fact the new creative directions were really compelling,” Salke says. “We would have leaned into these projects even if there hadn’t been an original series. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Elementary, my dear… Horvath?
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But there’s a twist! We’re told that Liu — whose show films at Long Island City’s Silvercup Studios, as does Girls — won’t be playing herself, but rather a version of herself.
Matthew Goode spent season six of CBS’ “The Good Wife” playing Finn Polmar, a charming potential love interest for the show’s leading lady, Julianna Margulies. In March, he appeared in a guest spot on PBS’ “Downton Abbey” as Henry Talbot, a charming potential love interest for the show’s leading lady, Michelle Dockery. The roles are actually very different, set almost 100 years apart, but the series both have a fantastic ensemble of actors.
“The sheer unadulterated delight of being present in two such beloved shows is the wealth of experienced and delightful actors I have had the chance to work with on both sides of the Atlantic,” says Goode. “One day it’s Christine Baranski and Nathan Lane, the next it’s Maggie Smith and Penelope Wilton. Lucky? Without question!”
Playing two characters with nothing in common has been fun for Mary Steenburgen, who is a mysterious widow on »
- Christy Grosz
I am the happiest TV fan in the world. Over the next year or so, we'll be getting a new season of "Twin Peaks," with David Lynch allegedly directing every single episode. And we'll be getting an "X-Files" sequel miniseries, which may well feature both an episode written by the reclusive-but-brilliant Darin Morgan, and a rumored sequel to one of the sickest hours of network television ever, "Home." I am the most annoyed TV fan in the world. Over the next year or so, we'll be getting a "Heroes" sequel series run by the same guy who very quickly ran out of ideas on the original. We'll be getting a "Coach" sequel series that will give Craig T. Nelson the sitcom comeback he didn't get when he passed on the role of Jay on "Modern Family." We'll be getting DJ Tanner and Kimmy Gibbler living together in a "Fuller House, »
- Alan Sepinwall
When "Poltergeist" was released to theaters, I was 12 years old, and it was smack dab in the middle of the best summer of movies I'd ever seen. Film after film after film, I felt like these movies were hitting me right smack dab in my own particular pleasure center, and when I walked into "Poltergeist," I was ready for anything. One of the most complicated things about my reaction to the film was thanks to JoBeth Williams, who played Diane Freeling in the movie, the mother to the family that was troubled by the visitation. In the movie, she was 33 years old, a suburban mom, pretty much the opposite of what most kids at the age of 12 would consider an object of desire. It is safe to say that I had a full-blown out-of-control crush on Williams by the end of the film, though, and I'm not sure I could »
- Drew McWeeny
It should come as no surprise that critically-acclaimed series such as "The Americans" and "Silicon Valley" took home top prizes at the fifth annual Critics' Choice TV Awards on Sunday night (it's right there in the name of the event, after all). But there was plenty of love for popular shows, too, proving that quality programming is becoming more widely available and amenable to audiences during this so-called golden age of television.
"The Americans" and "Silicon Valley" each claimed high honors in the best drama and comedy series categories, respectively, and their home networks were the biggest winners of the night: HBO snagged seven statuettes, while FX collected four. "Silicon Valley" was among the shows that won multiple awards, with T.J. Miller taking home the trophy for best supporting actor in a comedy.
Freshman series "Better Call Saul" and "Transparent" also walked away with two trophies apiece, while new sensation »
- Katie Roberts
The fifth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards were handed out Sunday evening at the Beverly Hilton, and HBO was the winningest network with a total of seven prizes, including three for its Olive Kitteridge miniseries.
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FX amassed four wins, while AMC, Amazon, Fox and Comedy Central picked up two apiece.
Among the more notable first-time winners, Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson came out on top in the drama actress race, while »
The 5th annual Critics’ Choice TV Awards took place Sunday at the Beverly Hilton hotel and aired live on A&E. “So You Think You Can Dance” host Cat Deeley emceed the proceedings — and also found time to accept the prize for best reality host midway through the show. Despite playfully jabbing rival host Tom Bergeron during her intro by joking she’d purposefully gotten him relegated to one of the back tables in the ballroom, she was spotted warmly embracing the “Dancing with the Stars” mainstay during the ad break.
The first prize of the night went to “Better Call Saul’s” Jonathan Banks for best supporting actor in a drama, and the thesp also had the dubious honor of earning the ceremony’s first (but far from the last) bleep during his acceptance speech. The “Breaking Bad” spinoff later won a second award for Bob Odenkirk’s lead »
- Variety Staff
The fifth annual 2015 Critics' Choice Television Awards were handed out on Sunday night, honoring the best of the best in small screen entertainment. The award ceremony was presented by the Broadcast Television Journalist Association and hosted by "So You Think You Can Dance" Mc Cat Deeley.
HBO was the event's big victor -- the network picked up a total of seven wins. "Oliver Kitteridge" received three wins and was the most honored program of the evening. Get a complete list of winners below and find out if your faves came out on top.
Best Drama Series
The Americans" - Winner
Best Comedy Series
Silicon Valley" - Winner
Best Actor in a Comedy Series
- Alana Altmann
Jimmy Smits‘ new TV gig is totally groovy, man.
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Smits will play Francisco “Papa Fuerte” Cruz, a South Bronx political boss who delivers services that the city fails to provide, including jobs and housing. »
Get ready for more Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin! Variety has confirmed that Netflix has renewed the Fonda/Tomlin starring vehicle Grace and Frankie for a second season. It is expected that Season 2, which also stars Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, will debut in 2016. From Marta Kauffman (Friends) and Howard J. Morris (Home Improvement), Grace and Frankie tells the story of two frenemies who find solace in each other after their husbands surprise them with the revelation that they are both gay and planning to marry. The series also features the characters’ children (Brooklyn Decker, June Diane Raphael, Ethan Embry, and Baron Vaughn) in lead roles, and Season 1 guest stars have included such names as Craig T. Nelson and Ernie Hudson, among others. Grace and Frankie got off to a bit of a slow and uneven start, but the series really begins to find itself in its third episode and truly comes into… »
- Jasef Wisener
When the announcement of a Poltergeist remake hit the internet, it was next to impossible to ignore the cries and groans from friends/acquaintances who were absolutely livid at the thought of one of horror’s classics being given the dreaded redux. Never letting that sway my interest in giving everything a fair shake, I decided to go for it and gave my hard earned money to my local cinema and…was it the worst thing ever, like so many fans crying “foul” predicted it to be? No. With that being said, was it the best thing ever? Nope,not even close. There have been worse remakes of horror royalty in recent years..*cough* Nightmare On Elm Street *cough*,but let’s face it…you fright fanatics work hard for your money, and well, I decided to sacrifice a small part of my weekend to watch it, so you don’t have to. »
On Thursday, I saw the Gil Kenan (Monster House, City of Ember)-directed movie Poltergeist, a remake of Tobe Hooper's 1982 masterpiece. David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz the Great and Powerful, Rise of the Guardians) re-adapted the script from the original film, which had been conceived and co-written by Steven Spielberg. I expected the new movie to completely suck, so I'm surprised to disagree with many of my fellows and say that it's not great, but it's sort of okay.
If you haven't watched the 1982 Poltergeist, which stars Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams and Zelda Rubinstein, do yourself a favor and stop reading now. Find it on disc or online. It's the apex of family horror films and the greatest haunted house movie ever made, so it's little surprise Kenan would be chosen to direct the remake, based on his earlier Monster House. Hooper's original figures heavily in this review, and you »
- Mike Saulters
Director Gil Kenan's work on "Poltergeist" is, like his work on "City Of Ember" and "Monster House," smart and focused and technically adept. He has done about as good a job as anyone would have done with David Lindsay-Abaire's screenplay based on the 1982 film, and the same is true of the cast. Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris, and Jane Adams are all very good at what they do. The various visual effects houses and tech departments on the film all did what they were hired to do, and taken as a whole, "Poltergeist" is professional and slick and entirely fine. It's also unnecessary in every way. There are a few moments here and there where Kenan pieces together a few images or a few new ideas, and in those moments, we get a glimpse of the potential for doing a new "Poltergeist." For the most part, though, »
- Drew McWeeny
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