12 items from 2014
Buried within Sunday’s crazypants Revenge finale was a glorious Easter egg for devoted TV watchers: a newscast delivered by none other than Perd Hapley, a.k.a. Pawnee, Indiana’s most beloved TV personality.
Well, sort of. Perd, of course, isn’t real — he’s played by Jay Jackson, who’s delivered fictional news reports on series including Scandal, Dexter, The Mentalist, The Closer, and Body of Proof, not to mention movies like Battleship and Fast Five. Look at Jackson’s IMDb page, in fact, and you’ll find that he’s played a reporter nearly every single time he’s appeared onscreen. »
- Hillary Busis
Tonight, Parks and Recreation blew us away with a series finale-worthy ending to a stellar season. Honestly, all other TV shows on the air, you could really learn a thing or two from this perfect comedy. Meanwhile, Grey's Anatomy revealed yet another baby bombshell and The Vampire Diaries killed one of their most dynamic characters. All this and more in tonight's edition of Omg TV Moments! Parks and Recreation: Now That's how you do a finale! Tonight's P-Rex finale was filled with everything we could have ever hoped and dreamed for jammed into their star-studded, hour-long finale. Seriously what other show could bring in first lady Michelle Obama, Megan Mullally, Lucy Lawless, Jenny Slate, Mo Collins, Ben »
Ever wonder which of the outrageous Pawnee residents that regularly appear in “Parks and Recreation” are among the cast's favorites? TheWrap asked before the NBC comedy's PaleyFest panel on Tuesday, and the stars of the show were more than happy to answer. See video: Earthquake Interrupts Ktla's Live Broadcast: Anchors Dive Under Desk (Video) Pawnee's local media personalities Perd Hapley (Jay Jackson) and Joan Callamezzo (Mo Collins) were easily favorites with more than one mention, but the Indiana town has no shortage of memorable characters. Watch the video (above) to find out who Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Chris Pratt, Nick Offerman, »
- Greg Gilman
Pawnee went Paley on Tuesday night as Amy Poehler & Co. hit the stage at PaleyFest to talk all things Parks and Recreation — and bask in some crazy fan love. The Q&A panel, held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and moderated by comedian and Parks visitor Patton Oswalt, included wine, assorted memory lane strolls, a hint about the finale, ample guest-star shout-outs, and more. Read on for the highlights:
• Best entrance: While Adam Scott scored laughs for not-quite-moonwalking across the stage and awkwardly trying to sit in a seat (a nod to the third installment of his Greatest Event »
- Dan Snierson
Ever wonder what airs from 2:45 to 6:15 a.m. on Pawnee's public access? Why, a news magazine hosted by Perd Hapley, of course.
NBC has released the first episode of "The Hapley Group," their "Parks and Recreation" digital series meant to satisfy fans' cravings while the sitcom breaks for the Winter Olympics and, boy, is it a heaping helping of Hapley.
In the episode, everyone's favorite newscaster (played by Jay Jackson) sits down with some of Pawnee's brightest luminaries -- Joan Callamezzo (Mo Collins), Crazy Ira (Matt Besser), The Douche (Nick Kroll) and a new character, conservative pundit Mike Patterson (Seth Morris), host of "Eagleton Now" -- to chew the fat on the topics of the day.
Not only do we learn that Perd believes Obamacare is short for Alabamacare, but we're also treated to a commercial for the Pawnee Farmers' Market After Dark, featuring the sultry Chardbodies.
NBC has already provided the world with a "Friday Night Lights"/"Parenthood" crossover thanks to its Olympics hiatus digital series "Friday Night at the Luncheonette," and now it's offering a "Parks and Recreation" web-only installment featuring a look at "The Hapley Group," a roundtable talk show "featuring Pawnee, Indiana's foremost pundits." Perd Hapley (Jay Jackson), naturally, is the host, and Joan Callamezzo (Mo Collins) is one of the guests providing absolutely no useful insight into the issues at hand. Seth Morris, new to the series, appears as Eagleton conservative Mike Patterson, and Matt Besser and Nick Kroll reprise their roles as shock jocks Crazy Ira and The Douche. It's very funny, but the commercial in the middle, for the Pawnee Farmer's Market/Chardbodies, steals the show. Check out the video below: »
- Alison Willmore
NBC has already provided the world with a "Friday Night Lights"/"Parenthood" crossover thanks to its Olympics hiatus digital series "Friday Night at the Luncheonette," and now it's offering a "Parks and Recreation" web-only installment featuring a look at "The Hapley Group," a roundtable talk show "featuring Pawnee, Indiana's foremost pundits." Perd Hapley (Jay Jackson), naturally, is the host, and Joan Callamezzo (Mo Collins) is one of the guests providing absolutely no useful insight into the issues at hand. Seth Morris, new to the series, appears as Eagleton conservative Mike Patterson, and Matt Besser and Nick Kroll reprise their roles as shock jocks Crazy Ira and The Douche. It's very funny, but the commercial in the middle, for the Pawnee Farmer's Market/Chardbodies, steals the show. Check out the video below:
- Alison Willmore
Russia’s Gay Rights Debate Suddenly Lacking Star Quality
NFL Camera Operators Prepare For Challenging Year Of Avoiding Offensive Michael Sam Signs. “The cameramen added that they are also proposing a 15-second delay for all games taking place in the South.” Sometimes the line between The Onion and reality is razor thin.
After Simon & Simon, Hart To Hart and Too Close For Comfort, now Adam Scott brings us a shot by shot remake of the opening to … Bosom Buddies! He plays Peter Scolari to Paul Rudd‘s Tom Hanks, with Mo Collins a formidable Holland Taylor
He’s lucky he didn’t break his coccyx.
Just fell through the trampoline and broke it. Lol. #bigkid pic. »
Accepting the fact that viewers cannot survive on luge and figure skating alone, NBC has launched digital spinoffs of some of its scripted series to satiate fans while its primetime schedule is dominated by the Sochi Olympics.
“Chicago Fire” leads things off on Tuesday with a four-part digital series titled “I Am a Firefighter.” It follows Monica Raymond’s Dawson, who must put her training and confidence to the test when she is alone in the station during an emergency.
“Parenthood’s” digital series actually celebrates a former NBC show: “Friday Night at the Luncheonette,” which debuts Thursday, features guest stars Jesse Plemons and Derek Phillips who reprise their “Friday Night Lights” roles when “Parenthood’s” Amber (Mae Whitman) is tasked »
- Whitney Friedlander
"Parenthood" has seen its fair share of "Friday Night Lights" alumni make appearances on the show (both are executive produced by Jason Katims), but never have they played their characters from the beloved former NBC series. Until now.
NBC announced on Monday (Feb. 10) that "Parenthood" would be getting a four-part digital series, "Friday Night at the Luncheonette," as a way of keeping viewers engaged in the series during the 2014 Winter Olympics hiatus. The series will follow Amber (Mae Whitman) as she watches after cousin Max (Max Burkholder) while working after hours at the studio.
During her adventures, "Fnl" stars Jesse Plemons and Derek Phillips reprise their roles of Landry Clarke and Billy Riggins, respectively, showing up as the band Crucifictorious. (And presumably explaining how Billy came to be part of the band.) Phillips has appeared on "Parenthood" as a different character in the past, so continuity sticklers would be advised to look the other way. »
After premiering Thursday night (Jan. 23) on Adult Swim, the fourth "Greatest Event in TV History" has made it's way online and, as promised, it's pretty great.
Adam Scott and Paul Rudd recreated the intro to "Bosom Buddies," and had the help of the show's original stars, Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari, along the way. The intro itself also features Gillian Jacobs, Mo Collins, Aisha Muharrar, Helen Slayton-Hughes and Aidy Bryant.
This was touted as the final "Greatest Event in TV History," but it shouldn't take too long to figure out whether or not that's true. With so many old shows out there, these could go on forever. »
Last night, Adult Swim aired the fourth and final installment in Adam Scott's Greatest Event in Television History series, in which he and some of his pals create frame-for-frame reenactments of the opening credits for eighties TV shows (after ten minutes of mockumentary footage about the making of the reenactment). He'd already tackled Simon & Simon, Hart to Hart, and Too Close for Comfort, so last night, he teamed with Paul Rudd to remake the lengthy, exposition-heavy opening to the Tom Hanks–Peter Scolari drag sitcom Bosom Buddies. (Gillian Jacobs takes the Donna Dixon role, Aidy Bryant does the late Wendie Jo Sperber, Parks and Rec writer Aisha Muharrar is Telma Hopkins, and Mo Collins nails Holland Taylor in just one face.) Watch the re-creation and the original side-by-side and marvel at the unicycle and handball skills Adam Scott had to master to pull this off. And how long did it »
- Abraham Riesman
12 items from 2014
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