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Anyone else feel like Saturday Night Live needs to work harder on its cold open/opening monologue combos?
I wonder how many folks tuned out after this week’s dismal one-two punch — a laugh-free and utterly toothless look at the Eric Garner grand jury decision and a James Franco intro that felt like an afterthought — and wound up missing several solid sketches (and a few incredibly weird ones) in the subsequent hour.
And here’s to you, “Mr. Robinson.”
Gilpin will play tough-as-nails (and heartbroken) high school principal Catherine Taylor, who gives star Craig Robinson’s substitute teacher a hard time. “The Office” alum shares his name with the struggling musician character.
Smart had played the role in the original pilot, shot last year, but exited the project when it changed from single to multi-cam.
“Had the greatest first day on Mr. Robinson. @MrCraigRobinson and amazing cast so good and so funny,” Gilpin tweeted Friday night. “I’m so excited.”
Had the greatest first day on Mr. Robinson. @MrCraigRobinson and amazing cast so good and so funny. I'm so excited. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
A holiday hero who dishes out pastrami on rye and calls Santa’s reindeer by Seinfeld character names? Yeah, we can get into that.
NBC on Friday premiered How Murray Saved Christmas, an animated special that follows a grumpy diner owner (voiced by Jerry Stiller, The King of Queens) as he’s pressed into service when Santa is unable to make his annual rounds.
Most of the action takes place in a town where all holiday mascots, such as the Easter Bunny and Baby New Year, live. On the whole, it’s a happy little ‘burg… until you listen closely »
Paging all hooligans and troublemakers to Peri Gilpin’s office.
Jean Smart had played the role in the original pilot, but exited the project when it changed from single- to multi-cam.
Last month, Greek‘s Spencer Grammer and A to Z‘s Lenora Crichlow joined Mr. Robinson as math and English teachers — the former who moonlights as an exotic dancer, the latter who left the world of Wall Street to follow her true passion. »
NBC's upcoming comedy Mr. Robinson is making a change. The comedy centers on a journeyman musician (The Office's Craig Robinson, whose character has the same name) who gets a job as a music teacher at a high school and, while teaching the kids everything from rock to the blues, learns how to put the school's rules to the test. Peri Gilpin (Frasier) will replace Jean Smart as the school's principal, Catherine Taylor. The character is described as an administrator who puts her students first and was burned by a famous musician in the past, and who is wary of substitute
- Lesley Goldberg
TVLine has an exclusive sneak peek at the NBC comedy’s Christmas episode (Tuesday, 9:30/8:30c) and it seems Will has no interest in the holiday spirit.
In the clip below, Will and Marcus visit Will’s former bandmate Deb (who doubled as a groupie back in the day, apparently), hoping to track down the lyrics of Will’s Christmas hit “Runaway Sleigh.”
While it’s easy to poke fun at Deb — that teddy bear shirt is a questionable fashion »
The student has become the teacher.
In Mr. Robinson, The Office vet portrays a struggling musician who leads a double life. At night, he and his brother Ben (not yet cast) jam in a rock band called “Nasty Delicious,” and their career has been going nowhere fast for a decade. »
Warren screens at Landmark’s Plaza Frontenac Cinemas on Tuesday, November 18 at 6:15 Pm as part of the 23rd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival. Get ticket information here
From the concrete canyons of the Windy City comes this intimate tale of a post college twenty-something at a crossroads while dealing with an unraveling family and the return of a lost love. When we first meet Warren (writer/director Alex Beh), he’s rummaging through his mementos in the basement of his soon-to-be-demolished suburban childhood home. His grizzled Pop (John Heard) is living on booze and quickly fading memories while Mom (Jean Smart) has moved on and out, now living, along with Warren’s out-of-control kid brother, with a new beau. But Warren’s got his own life in the “city of broad shoulders”. He’s thrown in the towel on his acting dreams, but still occasionally joins two »
- Jim Batts
A Spoonful of Violence: Hopkins’ Unbalanced Sophomore Effort
Actress turned screenwriter turned director Karen Leigh Hopkins unleashes her sophomore feature Miss Meadows after its premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, where it was met with a middling response. After her first stint as director with 1998’s indie film The Rose Sisters and a 2001 Penelope Ann Miller television film, A Woman’s a Helluva Thing, her latest succeeds as her highest profile effort as director, though it’s nowhere near the level of success that some of her screenwriting efforts have attained, like 1998’s Stepmom or the majorly lambasted Because I Said So (2007). Tonally awkward and a bit too underwhelming to fully succeed as the black comedy cum violent thriller character study it is trying to be, Hopkins does manage to use the casting of Katie Holmes to her advantage (something not many directors have been able to do »
- Nicholas Bell
HBO has announced that season two of Getting On will kick off on Sunday, November 9th. There are just six installments.
Here are the details:
"Getting On," An Offbeat, Comedic Look At The Dysfunctional Staff Of A Beleaguered Hospital, Begins Its Second Season Nov. 9, Exclusively On HBO
At the Billy Barnes Extended Care Unit of Mt. Palms Hospital in Long Beach, Cal., the staff attends to the needs of female patients who are often "getting on" in years, while dealing with the challenges of a health-care bureaucracy in need of an overhaul. Even as they attempt to serve their charges under less-than-ideal circumstances, the lives of this ragtag crew are complicated by conflicting agendas, both professional and personal.
Katie Holmes stars as Miss Meadows, a school teacher with impeccable manners and grace. However, underneath the candy-sweet exterior hides a ruthless gun-toting vigilante who takes it upon herself to right the wrongs in the world by whatever means necessary. For Miss Meadows, bad behavior is simply unforgivable, although she may have gotten in over her head when the local sheriff (James Badge Dale) starts to suspect that there is something wicked hiding beneath this school teacher's pleasant exterior.
Callan Mulvey, Stephen Bishop, Tyler Corbet, James Hébert, Mary Kay Place and Jean Smart co-star in writer-director Karen Leigh Hopkins' action-thriller, arriving in theaters and on VOD formats November 14 from Entertainment One.
Miss Meadows comes to theaters November 14th, »
Actress and comedian Jan Hooks, who was a Saturday Night Live cast member from 1986 to 1991 and who appeared on Designing Women, died on the morning of October 9th, according to TMZ. The cause of death has not yet been revealed. She was 57.
Hooks is best remembered for her impressions of Nancy Reagan, Ivana Trump, Sinéad O'Connor and the heavily mascaraed wife of disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker, Tammy Faye Bakker. She was also known for her own character, Candy Sweeney – one half of the lounge singers the Sweeney Sisters. "That show changed my life, »
Jan Hooks, who was best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, has died at the age of 57. The actress and comedian, who also starred in Designing Women, passed away on Thursday, her rep confirms to People. Hooks joined the cast of SNL in 1986, where she worked alongside Dana Carvey and Phil Hartman. She did impressions of people including Sinéad O'Connor, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hillary Clinton, and was one half of the Sweeney Sisters with Nora Dunn. She left the show in 1991 to replace Jean Smart on Designing Women and was nominated for an Emmy for playing »
- K.C. Blumm
Hooks was a memorable part of the SNL cast from 1986-91, and was known for her work with Nora Dunn in the Sweeney Sisters sketches, as well as for impressions of Kathie Lee Gifford, Tammy Faye Bakker and Sinead O’Connor.
Most recently, she guest-starred on 30 Rock as Verna, the hilariously trashy, often monstrous mother of Jane Krakowski’s Jenna Maroney.
Katie Holmes is one bad teacher in writer-director Karen Leigh Hopkins' upcoming thriller Miss Meadows. As the film's recent trailer reveals, Holmes' title character may seem like a sweet and unassuming grade school teacher, but her innocent charm belies a murderous (and possibly psychotic) vigilante who targets her victims based on their bad behavior. As a special treat for you today, we've got an exclusive poster premiere to share with you, which hints at the demure and demonic sides of Holmes' character. Also starring James Badge Dale, Mary Kay Place and Jean Smart, Miss Meadows can be seen in theaters and On Demand starting November 14th. Hit the jump to take a look at our exclusive premiere of the new Miss Meadows poster. Be sure to follow along with the film's social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook. Here's the new poster for Miss Meadows, which follows after the »
- Dave Trumbore
The Black List announced the full cast list for its next live reading series. Alison Brie and Nathan Fillion will star in a staged reading of “The Seekers of Perpetual Love.” Brie has had supporting stints in both “Mad Men” and “Community.” Fillion is best known for his starring role in the ABC series “Castle.” See video: Jennifer Lawrence Cameos in 2007 Parody Pilot With Alison Brie as Muffy the Vampire Slayer (Video) Justin Burtha, Melanie Lynskey, Jean Smart and Dean Cameron also will appear at the Sept. 20 event. Cooper Thornton is set to return as Black List Live's narrator. As TheWrap previously. »
- Ryan O'Connell
To me, for better and for worse, this feels like the kind of quirky dark comedy we were getting on the regular back between 1999 and 2004. Now, not so much. Which is to say that this trailer for Miss Meadows is simultaneously refreshing and stale. For what it's worth I'm definitely interested in seeing this, I'll take a formula I haven't seen in a while over a formula I'm exposed to every day. And I happen to think Katie Holmes is a strong performer who took herself off the scene right before she started getting really interesting roles. The film is written directed by Karen Leigh Hopkins, who directed the apparently abysmal Because I Said So, but I will hold out a sliver of hope regardless. In Miss Meadows Holmes plays a sweet and proper elementary school teacher whose perfect manners and pretty floral dresses hide a dark secret: when she's »
- Evan Dickson
I don’t often get time to read a lot of books these days, but I knew that Joseph Maddrey had a couple of genre-related titles coming out and I needed to make the time. A few years ago, Maddrey teamed up with iconic actor Lance Henriksen for the wonderfully engaging Not Bad for a Human, and Maddrey’s latest literary efforts- Beyond Fear and A Strange Idea of Entertainment-are both equally informative and compelling reads for any horror fan.
Beyond Fear: Reflections on Stephen King, Wes Craven and George Romero’s Living Dead focuses on Maddrey’s analysis and reflections on three of our genre’s most influential storytellers and how their visions uniquely shaped the landscape of horror entertainment over the last several decades. Considering we live in a world where we seem to have a documentary about practically every possible subject out there now, there’s actually »
- Heather Wixson
Allison Janney has the best odds to win Best Comedy Supporting Actress for her new role in CBS's "Mom," and it's no wonder. Her chief advantage may be right there in the title of her show. The Emmys love crazy moms. -Break- Allison Janney on possible double Emmy wins for 'Mom' and 'Masters of Sex' [Exclusive Video] Just consider the recent history of Janney's category. Julie Bowen won twice (2011-2012) as a harried mother of three kids in "Modern Family," and she's nominated again this year. Jean Smart was a surprise winner in 2008 for playing the mom of an amnesiac in "Samantha Who?" In 2007, Jaime Pressly prevailed as a trailer-park parent in "My Name is Earl." Of course, we can't forget Doris Roberts, a four-time champ (2001-2003, 2005) as Ray Romano's meddling mom in "Everybody Loves Raymond." The TV academy's l...' »
Stars: Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, John Cusack, Armando Riesco, Shannon Woodward, Chris Riggi, Scott Coffey, Darin Scott, Reed Birney, Catherine Lloyd Burns | Written by Andy Cochran | Directed by Scott Coffey
Helmed by actor-turned-director Scott Coffey, who many may recognise from 80s films such as Some Kind of Wonderful and Space Camp, Adult World is another in a long-line of American indie dramas – you know the type: the ones that mix witty dialogue and a hip soundtracks in the hopes of creating something loftier than the rest. This particular example follows Amy (Roberts), a naive college graduate who believes she’s destined to be a great poet, who begrudgingly accepts a job at a sex shop while she pursues a mentorship with her idol, reclusive writer Rat Billings (Cusack).
- Phil Wheat
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