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The Emmys Year of Laurie Metcalf

27 July 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

More than twenty years after winning three consecutive Emmys for Supporting Actress (Comedy) for “Roseanne,” and nearly a decade removed from her last nomination (for her guest arc on “Desperate Housewives”), Laurie Metcalf’s three nods this year mark a well-deserved return to the spotlight, even if the TV Academy’s decision to honor her in the Guest Actress (Comedy) category for nine minutes of screen time in “The Big Bang Theory” suggests a lack of imagination. Whether or not she nabs a surprise win in September, Metcalf is in the midst of yet another fruitful interlude in her long, expansive career, and that alone is worth celebrating.

In “Episode 3” of “Horace and Pete,” the camera settles on Metcalf’s face as if seeing it for the first time. Her monologue, nine minutes in all, isn’t pitched at the viewer, exactly—it’s clear from the start that Metcalf »

- Matt Brennan

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The Emmys Year of Laurie Metcalf

27 July 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

More than twenty years after winning three consecutive Emmys for Supporting Actress (Comedy) for “Roseanne,” and nearly a decade removed from her last nomination (for her guest arc on “Desperate Housewives”), Laurie Metcalf’s three nods this year mark a well-deserved return to the spotlight, even if the TV Academy’s decision to honor her in the Guest Actress (Comedy) category for nine minutes of screen time in “The Big Bang Theory” suggests a lack of imagination. Whether or not she nabs a surprise win in September, Metcalf is in the midst of yet another fruitful interlude in her long, expansive career, and that alone is worth celebrating.

In “Episode 3” of “Horace and Pete,” the camera settles on Metcalf’s face as if seeing it for the first time. Her monologue, nine minutes in all, isn’t pitched at the viewer, exactly—it’s clear from the start that Metcalf »

- Matt Brennan

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‘Family Guy’ Won’t Do Any More ‘Star Wars’ Parodies, and Here’s Why

23 July 2016 2:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Don’t expect to see any more “Star Wars” parodies from Fox’s animated hit “Family Guy.”

The show produced three “Star Wars” homages (2007’s “Blue Harvest,” 2009’s “Something, Something, Something Dark Side” and 2010’s “It’s a Trap!”) several years ago. But that was back before Disney acquired Lucasfilm and jumpstarted the franchise.

“The new regime is a little more difficult to deal with,” executive producer Alec Sulkin said. “Before we were just dealing with Lucasfilm. Seth [MacFarlane] had a good relationship with them. It’s not that Seth has a bad relationship with Disney, but they’re a bit more rigid.”

Executive producer Rich Appel said it was understandable, as “they’re a little more careful now that they’re rolling out new movies.”

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Meanwhile, David Tennant, Kyle Chandler, Jacob Tremblay and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea are among »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Family Guy’ Won’t Do Any More ‘Star Wars’ Parodies, and Here’s Why

23 July 2016 2:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Don’t expect to see any more “Star Wars” parodies from Fox’s animated hit “Family Guy.”

The show produced three “Star Wars” homages (2007’s “Blue Harvest,” 2009’s “Something, Something, Something Dark Side” and 2010’s “It’s a Trap!”) several years ago. But that was back before Disney acquired Lucasfilm and jumpstarted the franchise.

“The new regime is a little more difficult to deal with,” executive producer Alec Sulkin said. “Before we were just dealing with Lucasfilm. Seth [MacFarlane] had a good relationship with them. It’s not that Seth has a bad relationship with Disney, but they’re a bit more rigid.”

Executive producer Rich Appel said it was understandable, as “they’re a little more careful now that they’re rolling out new movies.”

Read More: 8 of Indiewire’s Favorite Talking TV Animals

Meanwhile, David Tennant, Kyle Chandler, Jacob Tremblay and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea are among »

- Michael Schneider

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Comic-Con 2016: Game of Thrones, Orphan Black Added to Panel Lineup

28 June 2016 1:03 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

It’s almost that time of year when hordes of TV fans storm San Diego to get a sneak peek at their favorite returning shows and a glimpse of the upcoming season’s best new offerings at Comic-Con. Below, we’ve compiled the dates, times and locations of all the major TV-related events.

PhotosFall TV Preview: Your Guide to Next Season’s New Shows

We’ll be updating this page as more panels are announced, so make sure to bookmark it and check back often!

Wednesday, July 20

6 pm Warner Bros. Television’s annual “Preview Night” will unspool the pilot episodes for NBC’s Powerless, »

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‘Prison Break’ and ’24: Legacy’ Heading to Comic-Con 2016

20 June 2016 12:29 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Prison Break” and “24: Legacy” will make their revamped Comic-Con debuts this summer.

The two hotly-anticipated series are part of 20th Century Fox Television’s lineup at the annual summer mega-fest. The studio announced their entire Comic-Con programming slate on Monday, which includes events for 13 shows.

Son of Zorn,” Jason Sudeikis’ animated-hybrid comedy, will make its Con debut. The full cast and crew of “Bones” will gather one final time at the convention, before the series signs off. 20th is also sending the teams behind animated favorites “American Dad,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy,” plus “Scream Queens,” “Last Man on Earth” and “Salem.” As for new projects premiering in 2016-2017, the studio is sending “The Exorcist” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” to Comic-Con.

Aside from panels and screenings for the 13 shows above, the studio will host its stars and producers on their two-story Fox booth on the convention room floor for autograph signings »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Comic-Con 2016: Prison Break, Bones, 24: Legacy, Scream Queens Among First Announced TV Panels

20 June 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Michael and Lincoln are hightailing it to San Diego.

Twentieth Century Fox Television has unveiled its Comic-Con 2016 slate and a panel for Fox’s 9-episode Prison Break revival is on the docket, with returning cast members Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Sarah Wayne Callies and Robert Knepper all confirmed to attend.

VideosPrison Break: Michael and Lincoln Reunite in Trailer for Fox Revival

Bones will make its last Sdcc appearance ahead of its 12th and final season with nearly its entire cast — Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Tj Thyne, Michaela Conlin, Tamara Taylor and John Boyd included — present.

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MADtv: CW Revival TV Series Debuts in July

15 June 2016 9:24 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

MADtv is back! Today, The CW announced the new series revival will premiere in July.

Inspired by Mad magazine, the sketch show first aired on Fox from 1995 to 2009. The series launched the careers of popular comedic actors like Orlando Jones, Ike Barinholtz, Alex Borstein, and Jordan Peele.

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MADtv Gets Premiere Date on The CW — Meet the Revival's New Cast

15 June 2016 9:21 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The CW is bracing itself for a summer of Madness.

The network on Wednesday announced that new episodes of MADtv — oh, did you not know they’re bringing it back? — will premiere Tuesday, July 26 at 9/8c.

Additionally, The CW unveiled the members of MADtv‘s new ensemble: Carlie Craig (Todrick), Chelsea Davison (@Midnight writer), Jeremy D. Howard, Amir K (Argo), Lyric Lewis (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Piotr Michael (Disney Channel’s Wander Over Yonder), Michelle Ortiz (Life in Pieces) and Adam Ray.

As previously reported, cast members from the original MADtv — which ran on Fox from 1995 to 2009 — will appear in each episode as special guest stars, »

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Bordertown: Fox TV Series Finale Airs May 22nd (Photos)

19 May 2016 2:14 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

[caption id="attachment_49382" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Bordertown TV show on Fox: cancelled. Season 1, episode 13, "Viva Coyote," the Bordertown TV series finale. © and ™ 2016 Bordertown and Tcffc All Rights Reserved. Cr: Fox.[/caption]

Get photos and spoilers for the Bordertown TV series finale, "Viva Coyote," airing Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 7:00pm. The Bordertown TV show was cancelled by Fox last week, after one season of 13 half-hour episodes.

From 20th Century Fox Television, Bordertown was created and written by Mark Hentemann, who executive produced with Seth MacFarlane. The Bordertown voice cast includes: Hank Azaria, Alex Borstein, Missi Pyle, Judah Friedlander, and Nicholas Gonzalez.

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Family Guy: Fox Series Renewed for Season 14

16 May 2016 3:33 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

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The Family Guy TV show has been renewed for a 14th season on Fox. The renewal announcement was slipped into a Fox press release regarding a new hour-long live-action comedy drama series with Seth MacFarlane. That project is still referred to as "Untitled Seth MacFarlane Project."

Per Fox, the Family Guy TV series has been renewed through the 2016-2017 television season. The voice cast of Family Guy includes: Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis, Mike Henry, Danny Smith, Patrick Warburton, John Viener, Alex Sulkin, and Ralph Garman.

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Fox Cancels ‘The Grinder,’ ‘Grandfathered,’ ‘Bordertown’ After First Seasons

12 May 2016 5:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox has cancelled “Grandfathered,” “The Grinder” and animated comedy “Bordertown,” Variety has learned.

The Grinder” starred Rob Lowe, “Grandfathered” starred John Stamos, and “Bordertown” hailed from “Family Guy” exec producers Seth MacFarlane and Mark Hentemann. All three comedies launched this past TV season, with “Grinder” and “Grandfathered” paired together on Tuesdays as a back-to-back night of new sitcoms with famous faces, and “Bordertown” airing Sunday night as part of Fox’s animation block.

Lowe tweeted his reaction to the cancellation on Thursday afternoon.

#TheGrinder was not renewed by @Foxtv It was unapologetically original, smart, funny and had a murder's row of talent. #GrinderRests.

Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) May 12, 2016

The great news is, that film is forever. And I'm thrilled to have 22 episodes that were as acclaimed as they were. Time well spent!

Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) May 12, 2016

And there is still Grindr. So there's that. #NotAllBadNews

Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) May 12, 2016

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- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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‘Grandfathered,’ ‘The Grinder,’ ‘Bordertown’ All One-and-Done at Fox

12 May 2016 4:53 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

You’ve still got “Fuller House,” John StamosRob Lowe, well, update your resume. On Thursday, Fox canceled freshman sitcoms “Grandfathered” and “The Grinder,” as well as animated series “Bordertown.” The network also officially confirmed that “Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life” would not be returning, which should be a shock to absolutely nobody. Stamos and Josh Peck starred in the lone run of “Grandfathered,” while Lowe and Fred Savage anchored legal comedy “The Grinder.” The very-low-rated “Bordertown” featured the voices of Hank AzariaJudah Friedlander and Alex Borstein. Young-skewing comedy “Cooper Barrett” had already been shelved toward the end of its initial order. »

- Tony Maglio

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4 Pieces of Must-Know Casting News

4 May 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

What does Mo Collins’ Lorraine, Michael McDonald’s Stewart, and Alex Borstein’s Ms. Swan have in common? They’re all iconic characters hatched from the sketch show “Mad TV.” The comedy series, which ended its run in 2009, is getting the nostalgia revival treatment by the CW. The show, a prerecorded production similar to “Saturday Night Live,” jump-started the careers of a handful of unknown comics and created iconic bits with beloved characters. The revival comes hot on the heels of a 20th anniversary reunion special that reunited many of the series’ familiar faces. The new series, which will feature a brand-new cast, will go into production at the start of July. Los Angeles, like the original series, will be the production’s home base. Tasked with finding the new generation of funny are Julie Ashton and her team.  The masterminds over at Walt Disney Studios are gearing up for »

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Renewals & Ends For "Man," MADtv" & "Episodes"

12 April 2016 8:10 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

It has been a busy day for TV series in terms of renewal orders. Fxx has renewed its Jay Baruchel comedy "Man Seeking Woman" for a third season of ten episodes. The high-concept comedy revolves around Josh (Baruchel) as he goes through the ups and downs of dating. The new episodes will debut in 2017.

Next up, Netflix has ordered a second season of "Degrassi: Next Class" for a July premiere. Ten new episodes will debut worldwide on July 22nd. This follows on from the streaming giant picking up the long-running teen drama just days after it was canceled by MTV in Canada. A twenty-episode first premiered in January.

Then, The CW is reviving the former Fox late-night sketch comedy series "MADtv" which previously ran from 1995-2009 and helped launch the careers of the likes of Ike Barinholtz, Alex Borstein, Orlando Jones and of course - Key & Peele. The eight new »

- Garth Franklin

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'MadTV' Revival Happening as Prime Time Series on The CW

11 April 2016 12:35 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Hard to believe, but it's been 9 years since MadTV went off the air. If you've been missing the crazy antics of this hugely popular sketch comedy series that ran for an amazing 14 seasons, you can dry those tears. The CW is planning a MadTV Revival with one major change. It's going to be a prime time series this time out.

In 1995, MadTV was envisioned as an alternative to Saturday Night Live, airing a half hour earlier as part of Fox's Saturday night line-up. The show is coming back for 8 hour-long episodes on The CW. Executive producer of the original MadTV, David E. Salzman is returning as showrunner. The show will be produced by Telepictures.

The MadTV Revival won't stray to far from its original format. It will continue to skewer pop culture, offering parodies of all the latest movies, TV shows, and big social media moments just like its Magazine namesake. »

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MADtv Revival Series Set at The CW; Original Cast Members Will Guest-Host

11 April 2016 11:47 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

If you got irrationally excited about The CW’s recent MADtv 20th anniversary special, this latest news is sure to blow what’s left of your mind.

The network announced Monday that it’s reviving the sketch comedy series — which originally ran from 1995 to 2009 on Fox — with eight hour-long episodes airing in primetime. (A premiere date was not included in the announcement.)

What’s more, each episode will be hosted by one of the show’s original cast members, which means that anyone from Alex Borstein’s Ms. »

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6: Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on Their Characters’ Surprising Turns

11 April 2016 7:03 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The “Game of Thrones” Season 6 premiere is coming.

The stars of the HBO show hit the red carpet on Sunday night at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles — two weeks before its highly anticipated return.

In keeping with the secrecy surrounding “Game of Thrones” premieres, the actors were tight-lipped about upcoming storylines, but many of the cast members agreed that their favorite death so far in the series was Viserys Targaryen, played by Harry Lloyd.

“Who gets covered in gold anymore? We set them on fire and we do all these other things, but I need to see someone else covered in gold,” said Emilia Clarke.

Clarke, who plays the silver-haired Daenerys Targaryen, said that we’re going to see her character take some surprising turns.

“You’re going to see a little bit more of who she really is,” she said.

.@EmiliaClarke on what it's like to play a »

- Maria Cavassuto

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MADtv's 20th Anniversary Reunion: What to Expect From the CW Special

11 January 2016 9:51 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

It’s been more than two decades since the human Muppets of MADtv first graced our screens, and you’ll be happy to know they haven’t grown changed one bit.

PhotosGolden Globes 2016: Best, Worst and Most Outrageous Moments

The late sketch comedy’s best and brightest reassemble Tuesday (The CW, 8/7c) to celebrate its 20th anniversary, but their initial joy quickly transitions into awkward tension when it’s announced that one of their characters will be win a special “fan-favorite” award at the end of the night.

Truncated by scripted vignettes of the co-stars catching up, the special »

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Interview: Alex Borstein, ‘Family Guy’ Voice of Lois Griffin, on Her New Role in ‘Bordertown’

9 January 2016 11:14 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Voiceover artist Alex Borstein is familiar to TV audiences as the legendary Lois Griffin of “Family Guy,” but she also is a stellar character actress, recently in a role on the HBO series “Getting On.” She is back in the animation saddle with a couple of voiceover parts in the new Fox Network show ‘Bordertown.’

Bordertown” is created by Mark Hentemann and is produced by Seth MacFarlane, the creator of “Family Guy.” It involves the Buckwald and Gonzalez families in a Southwest desert town on the Mexico-u.S. border, and Alex Borstein voices both the Buckwald mother Janice and her hapless daughter Becky. The show is sharp and funny, with the satire that is familiar to Seth MacFarlane animation fans. “Bordertown” premiered on the Fox Network on January 3rd, 2016, and is now on Sunday nights.

Alex Borstein (left), Voice of Becky and Janice Buckwald in ‘Bordertown,’ and Lois Griffin »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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