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Shows on Fxx, a newbie cable channel, don't typically get very high ratings. Will Man Seeking Woman be the exception? Will this sitcom be cancelled or renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.
Man Seeking Woman takes a sweet yet surreal look at the current world of dating and follows twenty-something Josh Greenberg (Jay Baruchel) on his unrelenting quest for love. His friends and family are played by Eric Andre, Britt Lower, and Maya Erskine.
Before Sons of Anarchy and before Charlie Hunnam became a bona-fide heartthrob, the sexy Brit appeared on the short-lived TV series Undeclared. Created by Judd Apatow back in 2001, the show followed a group of college freshman, and along with Hunnam, the series also starred familiar faces like Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, and Carla Gallo. As Lloyd Haythe, Charlie played the main character's hot British roommate - a theater major who was all about the ladies. Whether you loved all 17 episodes or never watched the show, relive Charlie's best Jax Teller moments, then take a trip down memory lane with this ode to his Undeclared days, including GIFs, clips, and must-see photos of 21-year-old Charlie. »
Park City. This doesn't happen often, but I had to stay after the Sundance Film Festival premiere screening of "Slow West" to listen to the Q&A with director John MacLean to get a sense of what the intended tone was for his World Cinema Dramatic Competition entry. Large portions of the second half of the 1870-set Western made me laugh, sometimes fairly hard, but I couldn't quite tell if the aspiration was parody or misgauged sincerity. The answer? Neither. Maclean said he was going for something almost fairy-tale-esque at the bloody climax of "Slow West," which means that something heightened was an aspiration, even if fairy tales very rarely leave me laughing. Sometimes you're just not receiving signals on the frequency that a movie is transmitting and I accept that just may be the case, especially since the first questioner praised "Slow West" for its realism. Realism, eh? The »
- Daniel Fienberg
Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour)
TV show dates: January 14, 2015 -- Tbd
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
A romantic comedy, this series takes a sweet yet surreal look at the life-and-death stakes of dating.
It follows naïve twenty-something Josh Greenberg (Jay Baruchel) on his unrelenting quest for love. With a crappy job, Josh soldiers through one-night stands, painful break-ups, a blind date with a troll, time travel, sex aliens, many deaths and a Japanese penis monster named "Tanaka" on his fantastical journey to find love. His friends and sister help him navigate the nightmarish hellscape that is "dating in your twenties," as he slowly learns to stand on his own two feet.
Toronto, On. Eric André and I are kindred spirits. I don't know if this is actually the case on any sort of global scale, but on a recent visit to the "Man Seeking Woman" set in Toronto, I overhear a fellow reporter asking Andre about his favorite and least favorite romantic comedies. I no longer remember what André lists as a favorite, but he doesn't hesitate to list "Love Actually" among the worsts. Darn tooting. André first popped up on my radar as part of the ensemble of the cancelled-too-soon "Don't Trust The B---- in Apartment 23." It was only after his extended run on CBS' watched-too-long "2 Broke Girls" that I made the fairly logical connection between actor/comic Eric André and Adult Swim's "The Eric André Show," which he hosts and created. The third season of "The Eric André Show" premiered in November, but André now has another sitcom »
- Daniel Fienberg
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Jennifer Lopez was on "The Tonight Show" Monday night, and a couple of interesting things happened. For one, she and Jimmy Fallon played "Catchphrase" opposite actor Anthony Mackie and comedian Steve Higgins. They were all pretty amazing, and ultra competitive, although there were a few uncalled cheating incidents for the winning side. Just saying. (JLo, you were robbed.) That's a key discussion in the comments, if you click on the video - that and the distraction powers of JLo's own bottom line. The fans noticed. But still, it was a great game to watch and it's not like anyone deflated a football or anything. (Too soon?) "That was »
- Gina Carbone
TCA 2015: Leary also takes a pot shots at pretentious actors while promoting his upcoming FX show
Denis Leary delivered a profanity-fueled riff to weary journalists limping to the finish line Sunday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena.
A frequent target of his barbs: PBS, which occupies the final two days of the press tour. “I know, you’ve been here for 14 days? Twelve. And you’ve got two days of fucking PBS coming up, right? So the FX day is your fucking last chance.”
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- Tim Kenneally
TCA 2015: “We’re all exorcising our demons,” series star says
Fxx’s new quirky comedy, “Man Seeking Woman,” features some fantastical things such as Japanese penis monsters, and dating a 126-year-old Adolph Hitler. The show’s main character, Josh Greenberg (Jay Baruchel), is so pathetic, even his own hand breaks up with him.
But according to writer and creator Simon Rich, it’s more autobiographical than viewers might realize.
“A lot of the stuff on this show is based on real-life experiences,” Rich told the crowd at the 2105 Television Critics Association Winter press tour in Pasadena.
He continued, “The »
- Itay Hod
Simon Rich, creator of Fxx’s new Man Seeking Woman, says he’s “very relieved” his father “is not a current television critic.” Rich’s series stars Jay Baruchel as Josh Greenberg, a naive romantic desperately looking for love in the digital dating era. Early episodes include a scene in which both of Josh’s hands walk out on him rather than help him masturbate, and an ex-girlfriend who now is dating Hitler. Rich calls the show, based on his book Last Girlfriend on Earth… »
- Lisa de Moraes
Jay Baruchel, the star of “Man Seeking Woman,” the new Fxx comedy from the Canadian native, takes on the enormous suck that is being single in this elusive digital age.Grindr, Tindr, Match, PlentyofFish, OKCupid, J-Date, all sites that promise some sort of mind-numbing gauntlet of truth and fiction, with varying degrees of mendacity and outright batshit moments. This series adds trolls, Hitler and all sort of absurd comedic twists to tell the tale of one single white man named Josh Greenberg in the big city. Baruchel sells Josh with his laconic witty style. Fxx fired over the new “Next On” […] »
- April Neale
FX Networks has an aggressive plan to expand its comedy biz in 2015. This year the cabler will launch two series that aim to follow the lead of critically-hailed game changer “Louie,” and Fox’s flagship cabler will take bigger steps to differentiate the branding between comedies on the mothership channel and its Fxx offspring.
The latter half of that strategy began in earnest this week with the debut of “Man Seeking Woman,” a surrealist look at the dating lives of a group of twentysomethings starring Jay Baruchel (“This Is the End”) and executive produced by Lorne Michaels. The half-hour follows Fxx flagship series “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia,” a cult favorite that is now entering its tenth season as a remarkably steady ratings performer.
The wacky narcissists on “Sunny” find themselves arrested for arson one week and hooked on crack the next, while when Baruchel says he’s dating »
- Geoff Berkshire
You've seen this before: Jay Baruchel is playing a loser looking for love. (In this case, even Hitler is more appealing than him.) But for Fxx's new comedy Man Seeking Woman, it's a bit different. This fantastical sitcom has the romance of Louie, the comedy of a great SNL sketch, the cinematic style of a '90s MTV music video, and the absurdity of a Luis Buñuel film. Josh (Baruchel) is a romantic hero in a contemporary world where romance is no longer a thing. The timing of the show picks up fast, hitting the exposition swiftly and bursting into the comedy. »
- Madina Papadopoulos
Charlie Day, star and executive producer of the Fxx comedy “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” renewed through its 12th season, has a faint idea of what accounts for his show’s long-term success and popularity. “It’s a 10-year-long study in the effects of alcohol abuse,” joked the actor at the FX network’s joint celebration for the 10th season of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and the premiere of “Man Seeking Woman” at the Directors Guild of America theater on Tuesday night.
Both Day and his co-star Glenn Howerton, who also exec produces, acknowledged that staying funny for 10 seasons is no small feat. “It’s tough maintaining a funny bone in this world,” Day said. “And as you get older, it gets continually challenged.” Howerton agreed: “The funny bone goes from [existing] just [for] pure joy to survival. You have to make yourself laugh in order to survive.”
- Marianne Zumberge
Joining FX Networks’ growing roster of offbeat relationship comedies is Man Seeking Woman (Wednesdays at 10:30pm Et/Pt beginning Jan. 14), a 10-episode Fxx series based on former Saturday Night Live writer Simon Rich’s collection of short stories, The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories. How offbeat are we talking about? In Last Girlfriend, a story is told from the viewpoint of a condom in a teenager’s wallet. In another story, a man at a party discovers his ex-girlfriend brought Hitler as her date. Jay Baruchel (This Is the End) stars as Josh, a 20-something hopeless romantic stuck in … Continue reading →
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- Ryan Berenz
For his entire impressive career, Simon Rich has been a person people can't talk about without running through his origin story: The son of a famous writer (New York contributor Frank Rich) who, after running the Harvard Lampoon in college, graduated with a two-book deal and a job at Saturday Night Live. He has released two novels and four humor collections, worked at Saturday Night Live for four seasons, worked at Pixar, and, most recently, created a show for Fxx based on one of those collections, The Last Girlfriend on Earth. That show, Man Seeking Woman, is a deeply weird sitcom-sketch hybrid about the dating life of a young man (Jay Baruchel). Vulture spoke with Rich about the show (which premieres tonight), Saturday Night Live, Lorne Michaels, and his New Yorker piece that unexpectedly went viral. Why make this show now? I’ve always wanted to do a show like »
- Jesse David Fox
By adding time travel and aliens to the mix, the Fxx series might breathe new life into romantic comedy – though realistic female characters would be even more groundbreaking
Last year was a bleak one for TV romcoms. Aside from the love stories that unfolded on New Girl and The Mindy Project (Mindy and Danny forever), A to Z and Manhattan Love Story got the axe only after a few episodes while Selfie was cancelled after only one season. This means networks either need to switch things up, or we viewers prefer dark, brooding dramas over Nora Ephron-inspired material.
As far as I’m concerned, it’s the former – which is exactly why Fxx’s new series, Man Seeking Woman, might actually work. Based on The Last Girlfriend on Earth, a collection of short stories by comic writer Simon Rich, the show follows Josh Greenberg (played by Jay Baruchel), who »
- Anne T Donahue
I will say this for Fxx's new comedy "Man Seeking Woman": It commits to a bit — for good and for ill. In the show, which debuts tonight at 10:30 (after the very funny 10th season premiere of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"), Jay Baruchel plays Josh, a young guy just dumped by his long-term girlfriend Maggie (Maya Erskine) and struggling to jump back into the dating pool. To help him along, his sister Liz (Britt Lower) sets him up on a blind date, only the woman is a troll. Literally. An actual, monstrous, garbage-eating, non-verbal troll. And it's not like this is a whimsical fantasy where Josh briefly imagines his blind date in troll form. No, it turns out that in the very elastic universe in which "Man Seeking Woman" takes place, trolls are real — and aliens, and other impossible characters and creatures. When Josh learns that Maggie has »
- Alan Sepinwall
Airs Wednesdays at 10:30 pm Et on Fxx, starting January 14
The beginning of the television midseason brings with it a number of new shows, and the prospect of adding another series to one’s viewing schedule can often be a daunting one. While half-hour comedic shows offer less of a time commitment, they also face the same hurdle. Fortunately, the new Fxx show Man Seeking Woman, which follows the trials and tribulations of Josh Greenberg as he navigates the world of dating, proves itself worthy of an audience right away, setting itself apart by willfully steering itself into fantasy while showing the ability to develop into something more.
While the premise of the show is one that is not uncommon in the tv landscape, where Man Seeking Woman excels is in its execution. The show manages to walk a fine line between not »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Toronto, Canada. After a morning spent slipping and falling, for comedic effect, on the ice of a suburban hockey rink, "Man Seeking Woman" star Jay Baruchel is eager to talk about his new Fxx romantic comedy. The Powers That Be, however, are not cooperating. We're in a small Baptist church that has had its basement retrofitted into a "Man Seeking Woman" production hub and, at the moment, a high-profile guest star who I can't currently reveal is shooting in front of a green-screen in the room next door. A door is closed, but Baruchel is excited about his first regular TV series gig in nearly a decade and a stern Ad keeps peeking in to "shush" the source of loud vocalizations, ignoring that the noise is coming from the guy who's first on the call-sheet. This is not what a guy who spent the morning stumbling and bumbling on freshly »
- Daniel Fienberg
After watching three episodes of the new Fxx comedy Man Seeking Woman (which premieres tonight at 10:30 p.m.), I’m not entirely enthused about tuning in again. That sounds harsh, and it is, but seeing as the show is intended to be a comedy, and I didn’t laugh once, it doesn’t appear that I’m the kind of viewer that Man Seeking Woman, with its quirky employment of magical realism, is trying to attract.
Centering on Josh (Jay Baruchel), a twentysomething guy who is tossed back into the terrifying world of Tinder and blind dates after a long-term relationship (with Maggie, played by Maya Erskine) ends, Man Seeking Woman presents dating in the modern age as a potentially life-threatening enterprise, as well as a certainly humiliating one. In one episode, set up with a Scandinavian girl by his successful older sister (Britt Lower), Josh arrives at the »
- Isaac Feldberg
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