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Family Guy has been canceled again!
Well, kind of. The Fox animated comedy has entered the mobile-game world with Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff, available now in the Apple App and Google Play stores. After a mysterious new Fox president cancels the show, Peter, Lois, and all your favorite Quahog residents break into all out chaos when it’s revealed to be Ernie the Giant Chicken! A literal chicken fight leaves Quahog in ruins — which is where you come in! First, watch the all-new introduction video to the game voiced by the original cast:
And now your quest can begin! »
- Jake Perlman
It’s finally upon us, fans of superheroes and Robot Chicken (which, let’s be honest, are likely a very similar group).
The Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II: Villains in Paradise—the villainous sequel to 2012’s Emmy-nominated comic-centric special—premieres on Adult Swim on April 6 at 11:30 Pm, followed exactly one week later by the seventh season premiere of the wildly popular (and certifiably hilarious) stop-motion series.
In keeping with the show’s send-up of pop culture geekery, the second DC installment focuses on the beloved villains at the center of the DC Comics universe, folks like Lex Luthor »
- Marc Snetiker
Showtime’s “Shameless” is switching sides in the Emmy race this year, submitting in comedy series categories after three years in the drama heat.
The move was Ok’d by Television Academy officials. The John Wells Prods./Warner Bros. TV series starring William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum as the heads of a highly dysfunctional, debauched family of misfits has competed for the past three years a drama.
“Shameless,” now in its fourth season, has its ardent fans but it has been mostly overlooked by Emmy voters, with the exception of three consecutive guest actress noms for Joan Cusack. Showtime noted that the show has been considered a dramedy by fans and that some of its key writers — Mike O’Malley, Alex Borstein, Nancy Pimental and Cindy Caponera — come from a comedy background.
The switcheroo will undoubtedly raise eyebrows as a strategic move to better the show’s chances of »
- Cynthia Littleton
HBO finally showed the terrifically unsentimental hospital sitcom Getting On some tender, loving care last week by renewing it for a second season. The network had previously disserved its most daring show with virtually no marketing push and a holiday-timed release (the six-episode debut season premiered just before Thanksgiving and concluded right after Christmas) that virtually ensured as few people would see it as possible. Based on a UK sitcom and adapted for American audiences by Big Love showrunners Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer, Getting On stars a trio of comediennes at the top of their game: Alex Borstein (Family Guy), Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne), and Niecy Nash (Reno 911). They play the doctor (Metcalf) and nurses (Borstein and Nash) in the geriatric wing of a hospital -- a place no one, including the patients, wants to be. I've written before about how this mordant (but never morbid) cringe comedy is a perfect cure. »
- Inkoo Kang
Despite its less-than-stellar performance in the ratings, HBO has decided to renew "Getting On" for a second season. The order is for six episodes -- a figure that matches the total number of episodes in the current season -- and comes on the heels of HBO's decision not to renew its other freshman comedies, "Hello Ladies" and "Family Tree." Co-created by Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer -- the duo behind HBO's long-running and critically acclaimed series "Big Love" -- "Getting On" chronicles the day-to-day of three women who work in the female geriatric ward at a hospital. Starring Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein and Niecy Nash, the series uses humor to expose the absurd bureaucracy of the healthcare system. Olsen and Scheffer adapted the series from a British format of the same name, which ran for three seasons on BBC4.
- Shipra Gupta
Despite its less-than-stellar performance in the ratings, HBO has decided to renew "Getting On" for a second season. The order is for six episodes -- a figure that matches the total number of episodes in the current season -- and comes on the heels of HBO's decision not to renew its other freshman comedies, "Hello Ladies" and "Family Tree." Co-created by Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer -- the duo behind HBO's long-running and critically acclaimed series "Big Love" -- "Getting On" chronicles the day-to-day of three women who work in the female geriatric ward at a hospital. Starring Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein and Niecy Nash, the series uses humor to expose the absurd bureaucracy of the healthcare system. Olsen and Scheffer adapted the series from a British format of the same name, which ran for three seasons on BBC4. »
- Shipra Gupta
In news that should surprise no one who’s been paying attention to HBO’s rapidly depleting comedy line-up, the network has decided to go ahead with a second season of its successful and offbeat medical comedy Getting On.
The show, an adaptation of a popular BBC series, proved a modest ratings success for HBO, particularly in light of the fact that the network barely promoted it. Instead, extremely positive word of mouth and strong reviews drew viewers to the first season. HBO’s order is for an additional six episodes, but that’s no cause for alarm considering that the first season also only ran six episodes.
Starring Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, Niecy Nash and Mel Rodriguez, Getting On centers on the troubled staffers working in a female-geriatric wing of an embattled California hospital. Its blend of over-the-top humor and emotionally charged storylines made it a hit with audiences and critics alike. »
- Isaac Feldberg
HBO has renewed its dark comedy Getting On for a second season, the show's producers announced. Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, Niecy Nash, and Mel Rodriguez will all be back for another six episodes — which feels scanty, but the first season was also only six episodes, so this is just the world we live in now. The show is set among the doctors, nurses, and patients who populate the geriatric wing of a run-down hospital, which makes it sound a lot sadder than it actually is. It's not that sad! »
- Margaret Lyons
HBO has renewed Getting On for a second season of six episodes. The first season of the dark comedy, which debuted in November, also had a half dozen episodes.
What do you think? Have you watched Getting On? Do you think it should have been renewed for a second season or cancelled instead? »
HBO's under-the-radar comedy "Getting On" will return for a second season, which means you have time to catch up on the six-episode hospital-set series about doctors and nurses in a women's geriatric wing.
The HBO series is based on an award-winning British show of the same name, with the adaptation written by "Big Love" creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer. The fate of the show was still in the air after the network canceled fellow freshmen comedies "Hello Ladies" and "Family Tree." »
“Getting On” will be going on with HBO. The series, which stars Laurie Metcalf and Alex Borstein and revolves around a group of nurses struggling through a maddeningly dysfunctional workplace, has been renewed by the premium cable channel for a second season. Also read: Obama Asked HBO Chief for ‘True Detective,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Advance Episodes Like the first season, the second season will consist of six episodes. “Getting On,” based on the British series of the same title, is produced by Anima Sola Productions and BBC Worldwide Productions. »
- Tim Kenneally
Getting On has been renewed for a second season by HBO! Wait, you haven't heard of Getting On? Well, let's change that. The HBO comedy hails from Big Love creators Will Scheffer and Mark V. Olsen. It stars Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein and Niecy Nash and was host to guest stars including Molly Shannon, June Squibb and Telma Hopkins. Metcalf plays Dr. Jenna James, the head of an extended care geriatric unit. Borstein and Nash are the nurses to the elderly patients. It's based on the hit BBC series of the same name and is hilarious. Read: Why You Should Be Watching HBO's Getting On The first season of six episodes premiered in November 2013 to 520,000 viewers. Season two will again be six »
HBO has ordered a second season of “Getting On,” Variety has confirmed.
Comedy, based on a Brit series of the same name, bowed on HBO in November and hails from “Big Love” creators Will Scheffer and Mark V. Olsen. Season two will be comprised of six episodes, as the show’s freshman season was.
“Getting On” centers on a hospital’s geriatric floor and stars Laurie Metcalf, Niecy Nash, Alex Borstein and Mel Rodriguez. Comedy takes an off-kilter look at a dysfunctional staffers working in the hospital, blending poignancy and tenderness with the darkly comic realities of the line of work.
- AJ Marechal
HBO has finalized a deal for a second-season pickup of offbeat medical comedy Getting On, starring Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, Niecy Nash and Mel Rodriguez. The order is for six episodes, matching the size of Getting On‘s first season. HBO brass had been high on the show, an adaptation of the BBC series, and had been looking to renew it contingent of sorting out budget issues. Well received by critics, Getting On was a modest ratings performer but also was a word-of-mouth success as it didn’t get a big marketing push at launch. It is unclear what the renewal will mean for CBS comedy pilot The McCarthys, which cast Metcalf as the female lead in second position while the HBO comedy’s fate was still up in the air. Related: HBO Adapting British Thriller Drama Series ‘Utopia’ With David Fincher & Gillian Flynn Adapted by Big Love creators Mark V. Olsen & Will Scheffer, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Though HBO will be losing both True Blood and Boardwalk Empire after the shows air their final seasons this year, the network is clearing a couple of other programs off its schedule. HBO has decided not to renew the comedies Hello Ladies and Family Tree for second seasons, per THR. The network will be giving Hello Ladies a wrap-up comedy special from star Stephen Merchant, but it appears that we’ve reached the end of the road for Christopher Guest’s Family Tree, which was an endearing if ultimately minor show from the brilliant mind behind Best in Show and Waiting for Guffman. THR also adds that talks are underway for a second season of the dark comedy Getting On, starring Alex Borstein. Hit the jump for more on HBO's current slate. In addition to announcing 2014 end-dates for True Blood and Boardwalk Empire, HBO recently ordered a third and final »
- Adam Chitwood
HBO is going on with Getting On. The premium cable network has renewed the medical comedy starring Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein and Niecy Nash, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The second season will again consist of six episodes. Based on the British series of the same name, Getting On centers on the doctors and nurses who comprise a women's geriatric wing at a beleaguered hospital as they struggle with the realities of caring for the elderly amid an overwhelmed heath care system. The HBO adaptation hails from Big Love creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer and their Anima Sola Productions banner. The duo penned
- Lesley Goldberg
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