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Allison Janney and Michael Kenneth Williams have joined the second season cast of Netflix animated series F Is For Family, from Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Television and Gaumont Television. Created by Bill Burr and Emmy winner Michael Price (The Simpsons) F Is For Family follows the Murphy family in the 1970s — a time when you could smack your kid, smoke inside and bring a gun to the airport. Janney and Williams join a cast that includes Burr, Laura Dern, Justin Long, and… »
Variety has chosen its 10 Comics to Watch for 2016.
The series recognizes standups, sketch artists and Web content creators, who will be honored at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal in July.
Selected by a team of Variety editors based on extensive polling of the professional comedy community — those who scout, book, represent, produce and cast comics on a daily basis — the group will be profiled in the July 19 issue of Variety and honored at the festival with a cocktail party on July 28, followed by a panel and showcase on July 29.
Past honorees on the list include Jenny Slate (“Obvious Child”), Amy Schumer (“Trainwreck”), T.J. Miller (“Silicon Valley”) and Rebel Wilson (“Pitch Perfect 2”). The list began in 2000 with such now-prominent names as Maria Bamford, Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis and Patton Oswalt.
Additionally, Variety will be honoring Louie Anderson with a special legends and groundbreakers profile, spotlighting his recent »
- Variety Staff
If you’re a fan of comedian Bill Burr, then you most likely watched his Netflix animated series, F is For Family. Back in December, the comedy series debuted on the streaming service and was received positively by critics and Burr’s fan base. Fans of the series should be pleased to learn F is For Family is returning for a second […]
- Jack Giroux
Netflix has renewed Bill Burr‘s “F Is for Family” for a second season, the comedian announced Friday. “The second season of F Is For Family is officially official! Ten new episodes for Netflix! Thanks to everyone that watched the first season!” Burr said on his Facebook page. Burr created the series along with Emmy winner Michael Price. Laura Dern voiced Frank’s wife Sue; and Justin Long voices the family’s oldest son, Kevin. Also Read: 'F Is for Family,' 'Bob's Burgers' Kick Off New Wave of Animated TV Comedies for Grown-Ups The show is executive-produced by Burr, »
- Linda Ge
Related2016 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?
Arkin — who most recently recurred as How to Get Away With Murder baddie Wallace Mahoney — will guest-star on a May episode of the NBC comedy as Grant North, Maxine’s dad. Described as a formal, exacting man, Grant comes into town for Maxine’s graduation and needs Jerrod’s help after having a painfully honest conversation with his daughter.
The actor’s extensive »
Plans are to start shooting for nine days in Los Angeles in June. The cast includes Emily Bett Rickards (“Arrow”), Jerry Ferrara (“Entourage”), Amber Nash (“Archer”), Paula Malcomson (“Ray Donovan”), Ted McGinley, Jonathan Sadowski and Jean-Luc Bilodeau.
Emmett Hughes wrote the script about an Irish actor, set on the morning he is set to star in a career-changing blockbuster film. As he tries to live down his rocky past, he confronts a series of devastating events that threaten his sobriety, his loved ones, and ultimately his life.
“Because we have such limited time, the lead actor is learning and rehearsing the entire film like one would a play, and that’s how we’ll shoot it,” Tyler said. “He’s the only actor on screen for »
- Dave McNary
Pete Davidson's love for the Harry Potter series is well-documented. The 22-year-old has shared it with fans on social media — once live-tweeting a rewatch of the films for his followers — and marking his adoration for the films permanently with multiple tattoos in honor of the series. During a visit to the Rolling Stone office, the SNL star discussed his love for the series in detail.
"When I was seven or eight, the first movie came out on my birthday, and I read all the books. I was very excited, »
A couple of weeks ago, I noted that New Girl had evolved into such an ensemble comedy that it would be just fine during Zooey Deschanel's six-episode maternity leave. So far, we've had two episodes — both of them, like the last few with Deschanel, filmed immediately after production on last season wrapped, so the show could get them done before they lost the star for a while — just featuring the remaining castmembers (plus guests like Fred Armisen, Bill Burr, and Lennon Parham), but the remainder of Deschanel's absence will revolve around the introduction of a temporary addition to the loft: Reagan, a pharmaceutical sales rep played by Megan Fox. Fox has some comedy on her resume, so it's not a complete surprise that she works out quite well in the two episodes I've seen with her. But it's a significant change in the show's usual dynamics, since Reagan is »
- Alan Sepinwall
New Girl seems to be settling into a Jess-less routine, one that relies on half of the gang playing around with guest stars while the other half goes off on a character-building adventure. This routine may eventually get stale, but right now it feels like a solid groove to settle into. Last week's LoftBnB bit went over quite well; this week's Bill Burr and Lennon Parham as Nick's Boston cousins are even better. Plus: No seriously troubling racist lodger plot! Just some good old-fashioned Boston jokes, which surely we can all get behind.So Bob (Burr) and Carol (Parham) come to town, an event which initially has Nick concerned that they're going to ask him for money once again. He is, after all, the wealthiest Miller — a fact he knows to be true because when a waiter asks him if he still wants avocado even though the avocado is extra, »
- Kathryn VanArendonk
“New Girl” star Jake Johnson, who portrays Nick Miller on the Fox comedy, is playing a new role in the hit series — director. Johnson directed “Bob & Carol & Nick & Schmidt,” the fifth episode of “New Girl’s” fifth season.
While Johnson is a seasoned veteran on “New Girl,” this episode marks his first time directing.
“Let’s face the facts, my love life is a disaster. Schmidt, this might be my only chance of having a kid,” Nick says in the clip. “If I can’t have a kid with a woman, then maybe I’ll have one with my cousin.”
Want context? You’ll have to watch the episode.
“Bob & Carol & Nick & Schmidt,” marks Johnson’s directorial debut, but the actor has previously »
- Margaret Lenker
In addition to starring in a Nick-heavy episode — in which members of Nick’s family (played by comedian Bill Burr and Playing House‘s Lennon Parham) pay him a visit for a very specific reason — Johnson also takes the reins behind the camera in his directorial debut.
In TVLine’s exclusive video above, he and the rest of the New Girl cast take us behind the scenes, »
Over the last few years, Netflix has arguably done more to change the way we watch, talk, and think about television than anyone since HBO in the turn of the century days of "The Sopranos," "Sex and the City," and "Six Feet Under." Between their library of titles licensed from more traditional TV operations and their ever-growing stable of original series, Netflix has conditioned viewers to binge-watch shows, has encouraged its creators to design shows made explicitly for that model, and has pushed television in general into a more serialized direction, since the most lucrative afterlife for many shows lies in being sold to a streaming service rather than into traditional rerun syndication. During an appearance at the TCA press tour earlier this month, Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos said that the service would be offering over 600 hours of original content this year, and spending over $6 billion to »
- Alan Sepinwall
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