4 items from 2015
MTV has set the cast and directors for comedy pilots Little Darlings (working title) and Untitled Kaplan/Elfont Project. Rebecca Thomas (Electrick Children) will direct the pilot for Little Darlings (wt) and Michael Blieden (Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll) will helm the pilot for Untitled Kaplan/Elfont Project. Additionally, Amanda Lasher (Gossip Girl) will join Little Darlings (wt) as Executive Producer and showrunner. From Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, Little Darlings centers on two… »
There’s no such thing as a single-camera comedy series, a clutch of prominent TV helmers agreed during a panel session Wednesday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour.
Comedies produced outside of the traditional multicamera stageplay-style format rarely if ever shoot scenes with just a single camera. Most of them use a hybrid multi- and single-camera format, as few showrunners would be willing to risk losing the option of having multiple choices for various shots in the editing room.
“There are degrees of single-camera-ness,” said Michael Blieden, whose credits includes “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” and FX’s “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.” He noted that there are plenty of single-cam shows that shoot scenes on a proscenium to mimic a multi-camera environment for actors.
- Cynthia Littleton
Broad City, Season 2, Episode 7, “Citizen Ship”
Written by Anthony King
Directed by Michael Blieden
Airs Wednesdays at 10:30pm on Comedy Central
Broad City has never been overly concerned with plot serialization. Most of the time, a viewer can jump in at any episode and be able to understand everything that’s going on. There are certain constants, such as the undying love between Abbi and Ilana, or the amicable relationship between Ilana and Lincoln. The problem with this, even within an absurdist comedy such as this, is that the result can become stasis. If nothing really changes, it can be difficult to find new stories to tell, and the audience will get bored. Broad City is learning this deep into its second season, a place many shows in the past have felt the same growing pains. There have been hints at certain elements that are presented here, but “Citizen »
- Jake Pitre
In addition to being a modern comedy giant, Bob Odenkirk seems like a really nice guy. He’s like the Dave Grohl of comedy, minus the backlash. The movies have not treated him all that well, however, particularly in the case of the Mr. Show-derived Run Ronnie Run, which became a heavily-compromised affair. Still, Odenkirk has to date managed to produce three features as a director, and they remain largely under the radar as far as mainstream audiences are concerned. With his star having risen via Breaking Bad, and now Better Call Saul, Odenkirk seems poised for greater popular recognition. Here’s hoping the extra clout can him back behind the camera making features because, as good as the first three are, it feels like the best is still ahead of him.
Melvin Goes to Dinner (2003)
Mr. Show fans could not have expected Odenkirk’s debut feature to be »
- Steven Fouchard
4 items from 2015
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