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"Review" was one of the most pleasant TV surprises of 2014, not because we didn't expect fun stuff from star and producer Andy Daly, but because Comedy Central had sat on the show for nearly a year, and then premiered it with minimal fanfare. What seemed like a dump job was instead a delight: a sort of serialized sketch comedy show, held together by Daly as "reviewer of life" Forrest MacNeil, a blandly cheerful doofus willing to experience and then review whatever his audience asked him to. Over the course of the first season, Forrest got addicted to cocaine, ate 15 pancakes in one sitting, had to divorce his wife, then eat 30 pancakes in one sitting, accidentally caused his father-in-law to die in outer space, possibly killed another driver in a road rage incident, and bit by bit watched his entire life burn to the ground for the sake of the show. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Watching the trailer for the new season of Review, which returns to Comedy Central 30 July made me painfully, distractingly sad. That’s probably not the response one should have to a teaser hinting at several new episodes of a very funny show, but Review is a special case.
The finale of the show’s first season capped off a shockingly effective dramatic arc for hapless protagonist Forrest MacNeil, a man convinced he is capable of reviewing all life experiences for the benefit of the viewing public on his show, Review. Andrew Daly, a comedy veteran, nerd favorite, and mainstream “that guy” (known for his roles as announcer Dick Pepperfield in Semi-Pro and Principal Cutler on Eastbound & Down) credits the »
- Eric Thurm
Two episodes were provided prior to broadcast.
Cable has treated writers, directors, and actors kindly for a good long time now, but in terms of volume, no group may have benefited more from the shift toward small-scale television than comedians. From Lucy, to Cosby, to Seinfeld, having your own show used to mean committing half of your year to a network’s schedule. Now, bite-sized season orders and fracturing markets mean that the spoils of cable can be shared by more comedic voices than ever. Comedy Central’s Review was one of last year’s best, laugh-out-loud funniest surprises, and Thursday’s premiere gives little reason to expect anything less than an equally hysterical Season 2.
The secret to Review’s success (which also helps distinguish the show from the Australian series on which it is based) is that it’s the purest delivery system for the mad genius of comedian Andy Daly. »
- Sam Woolf
Produced by Charlie Siskel Productions
Aired on Comedy Central for 1 season (23 episodes, 1 unaired) from July 5, 2004 – August 27, 2004
Chris Tallman as Host/Moderator
Matt Besser as Various characters
Mary Birdsong as Various characters
Andrew Daly as Various characters
Jerry Minor as Various characters
“Out of the Crossfire, beyond Hardball, this is Crossballs!”
A parody of political debate shows, Crossballs has comedians pose as experts in their field to discuss the issue of the day and pits them against real life experts who are not aware of the farce debate they are participating in. The comedians argue both sides of an issue, be it ridiculous or not, and mine comedy from taking the issue to absurd lengths and goading reactions from the real experts.
- Jean Pierre Diez
The first series screened on Comedy Central in March 2014, adapted from ABC Commercial.s format which was created by and starred Phil Lloyd. Review is written and executive produced by Charlie Siskel and Andrew Daly, with Daly starring as Forrest MacNeil . the host of the series. The director is Jeffrey Blitz (The Office).
The format is also being developed in the UK and Belgium. The Australian series has been sold to Africa, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, The Netherlands, Sweden and New Zealand. Katherine McMillan, sales manager, formats for ABC Commercial said, .Review is a fantastic adaptation of the original format, and we.re thrilled that Us audiences will enjoy a second season of this hit comedy..
There is no Australian broadcast deal yet for the Us version. »
- Staff writer
Living in La is enormous fun. Or at least, the potential for enormous fun is always there, provided you actually pay attention and go to things and get out of the house and actually take advantage of the various amazing opportunities that are around. The Ucb Theater is a place I should spend more time. No two ways about it. There are all sorts of things that happen there that I would love to see. Some of those, I hear later or see later, and thank god they make the effort to record so much of it, because I just listened to two of the funniest hours I've heard this year, and it is well worth your time to seek it out. Here's something from the official website of "The Dead Authors Podcast": 826 National is a nonprofit organization that provides strategic leadership, administration, and other resources to ensure the »
- Drew McWeeny
Comedy Central's mock press conference declared an end to the #FindForrest campaign. After Forrest MacNeil (Andy Daly) quit his job as life critic at the end of "Review" Season 1, the fictional show moved mountains to find him and ensure his return. Not a critic of art, but a critic of life, Forrest will continue to review all of life's intense experiences by living through them. Read More: The Stealthy Genius of Andy Daly's New Comedy Central Series 'Review' During the panel, an audience member asks, "Why are you coming back to this insane job?" The montage of ridiculous experiences, including a tiger attack, drug addiction, and space exploration gone wrong, made it clear that sound logic was not behind his return. At MacNeil's expense, he will continue to provide a public service -- because although the knowledge he provides may be questionable, "Review" is always good for a laugh. »
- Conor Soules
Kurt Sutter is poised to return to FX with a new series. FX has given a series order to the new show from Sutter, who previously created Sons of Anarchy and wrote for The Shield, both of which were on FX as well. Titled The Bastard Executioner, the show’s first season will run for ten episodes, with Brian Grazer onboard as executive producer as well. Relative newcomer Lee Jones will be taking on the titular role, with Sons of Anarchy‘s Katey Sagal, True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer, and Starred Up‘s Sam Spruell among the cast, alongside Sutter himself. The Americans‘ Matthew Rhys is also set to guest star on the series.
The show itself will make its premiere on FX in the fall, though a date has yet to be announced. The show’s synopsis, via FX’s press release, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Riding an impressive hot streak of originals, Comedy Central is looking to continue that momentum with a slew of summer premieres and returns including the long-awaited -- by some people, at least -- return of "Review." Starring Andy Daly as life reviewer Forrest MacNeil, "Review" was my No.2 show of 2014 and it came in at No.4 on Sepinwall's Top 10. The first season, which had already been held for a while, premiered last March and was done by the start of May. Season 2 premieres on Thursday, July 30 at 10 p.m. and Comedy Central's season description teases life experiences including "bare-knuckle brawling, joining the mile high club, and even leading a cult." Excellent. What of the other premieres? *** Created by Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome, "Another Period" is a Gilded Age satire featuring Christina Hendricks, Michael Ian Black, David Koechner, Jason Ritter and more and it'll premiere on Tuesday, June 23 at 10:30 p. »
- Daniel Fienberg
In this episode of “A Cast of Kings,” Joanna and David discuss the sixth episode of Season 5 of Game of Thrones, “Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken.” Thanks to our sponsor for this episode, Squarespace. Use promo code “CastofKings” to get 10% off your first order! Also, be sure to read Joanna’s take on last night’s episode, Andy Daly’s recap, […]
The post A Cast of Kings S5E06 – Unbent, Unbowed, Unbroken appeared first on /Film. »
- David Chen
Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters), Maya Rudolph (SNL, Bridesmaids, The Maya Rudolph Show) and Haley Joel Osment (Entourage The Movie, Tusk) have joined the formidable cast of IFC's six-part comedic miniseries, The Spoils Before Dying. Kristen Wiig and Haley Joel Osment also appeared in the first installment of the Spoils franchise, The Spoils of Babylon, which aired on IFC last year and earned Wiig an Emmy™ nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries. Currently in production, The Spoils Before Dying will make its television debut this summer on IFC.
Also returning in new roles are Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex), Val Kilmer (Batman Forever), Steve Tom (Major Crimes) and Marc Evan Jackson (Brooklyn Nine-Nine). New cast additions to The Spoils Before Dying include Kate McKinnon (SNL, Ghostbusters), Tim Meadows (Marry Me, SNL), Chris Parnell (30 Rock, SNL), Emily Ratajkowski (Gone Girl, We Are Friends), Andrew Daly (Review, Comedy Bang! Bang! »
Last year IFC rolled out the star-studded spoof comedy The Spoils Of Babylon, and the series is upping its quota of stars for the sequel – The Spoils Before Dying. Produced again by Funny Or Die, the sequel season has already placed Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael K. Williams in the lead as jazz pianist Rock Banyon. He will now be joined by a squad of returning stars from the first outing.
Per The Wrap, the six-episode season will star Kristen Wiig, Haley Joel Osment and Maya Rudolph who are poised to return alongside Michael Sheen, Val Kilmer, Steve Tom and Marc Evan Jackson. Newbies to the series include Kate McKinnon, Tim Meadows, Chris Parnell, Emily Ratajkowski, Andrew Daly, Chris Mulkey, Chin Han, Jack Kilmer, Patty Guggenheim and Berenice Marlohe.
With Funny Or Die once more at the helm it may come as no surprise that Will Ferrell – reprising his Eric Jonrosh »
- Gem Seddon
IFC’s “The Spoils Before Dying” would be hard-pressed to squeeze any more talent into its cast. Kristen Wiig and Haley Joel Osment are returning from original series “The Spoils of Babylon,” the cable channel said on Tuesday. Maya Rudolph will join them on the six-part comedic miniseries. Also coming back in new roles are Michael Sheen, Val Kilmer, Steve Tom and Marc Evan Jackson. New cast members include Kate McKinnon, Tim Meadows, Chris Parnell, Emily Ratajkowski, Andrew Daly, Chris Mulkey, Chin Han, Jack Kilmer, Patty Guggenheim and Berenice Marlohe. As previously reported, Michael Kenneth Williams will play struggling jazz pianist Rock Banyon; Will. »
- Tony Maglio
Read More: TV Watch: House Style in the Golden Age of Comedy Central Moderator and "Grantland" writer Andy Greenwald tried to wrangle a troupe of Comedy Central’s funniest people into having a semiserious conversation at PaleyFest, to almost no end. With nonstop improv and banter on steroids, it was an afternoon soundtracked with laughter. The energy in the room was infectious as Comedy Central stars Abbi Jacobson ("Broad City"), Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele ("Key and Peele"), Nick Kroll ("Kroll Show"), Andy Daly ("Review") and "Workaholics" stars Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine, Anders Holm and Kyle Newacheck took the stage to discuss the creative process, and how far the network has let them go. From what the stars said, it seems anything goes at Comedy Central. Well, almost anything. On what made the network squeamish, the "Workaholics" guys said an episode about creating an unburnable American flag »
- Helen Z. Carefoot
Read More: TV Watch: House Style in the Golden Age of Comedy Central Moderator and "Grantland" writer Andy Greenwald tried to wrangle a troupe of Comedy Central’s funniest people into having a semiserious conversation at PaleyFest, to almost no end. With nonstop improv and banter on steroids, it was an afternoon soundtracked with laughter. The energy in the room was infectious as Comedy Central stars Abbi Jacobson ("Broad City"), Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele ("Key and Peele"), Nick Kroll ("Kroll Show"), Andy Daly ("Review") and "Workaholics" stars Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine, Anders Holm and Kyle Newacheck took the stage to discuss the creative process, and how far the network has let them go. From what the stars said, it seems anything goes at Comedy Central. Well, almost anything. On what made the network squeamish, the "Workaholics" guys said an episode about creating an unburnable American flag...
- Helen Z. Carefoot
Comedy Central is -- shocker! -- the hub for some of the most inspired funny material on TV today. "The Kroll Show," "Key & Peele," "Workaholics," and "Review" (and I guess "The Daily Show" if you're into that sort of thing) are all one-of-a-kind TV experiences with performers who thrive on sharp, often uncomfortable humor. So when we had a chance to interview Nick Kroll, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, and Andy Daly of "Review," we had one specific question: Which comedy cliches bother them most? We got a wide variety of answers and one specific, awesome diatribe from Key. »
- Louis Virtel
Nine Comedy Central all-stars took Paleyfest by storm Saturday — and plenty of f-bombs and behind-the-scenes stories ensued. Paleyfest's Salute to Comedy Central panel included Key & Peele's Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele; Workaholics' Blake Anderson, Adam DeVine, Anders Holm, and Kyle Newacheck; Kroll Show's Nick Kroll; Broad City's Abbi Jacobson; and Review's Andy Daly. The panel took plenty of detours as the stars riffed among themselves, tackled controversial sketches, the best (and worst) notes they'd received from Comedy Central. Read more Broadcast TV's Returning Shows 2015-16 Asked about their most dangerous sketch ever, Key recalled a 2013
- Aaron Couch
The Bridge actor has been cast in the Peacock network’s comedy pilot, playing the titular brat’s father, our sister site Deadline reports.
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Based on the 1990 film starring John Ritter, the single-camera project follows two parents struggling to raise one hellion of a child. Erinn Hayes (Childrens Hospital) previously was cast as the boy’s mother.
In addition to The Bridge, Lillard’s recent TV credits include an arc on »
Several of Glee‘s original cast members will bid adieu to the series at PaleyFest in March.
The Paley Center for Media has unveiled the talent list for its annual celebration of TV, and it features big names such as the Fox musical comedy’s Lea Michele and Chris Colfer, Homeland‘s Claire Danes, The Good Wife‘s Julianna Margulies and the breakout stars of freshman newbies The Flash, Outlander and Jane the Virgin.
The current list of panelists for each night of the event (taking place at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood) follows:
Jimmy Kimmel, Judd Apatow, Julianna Margulies, Lea Michele, Sofia Vergara, Sam Heughan, Sarah Paulson, Gina Rodriguez, Tyler Posey, Grant Gustin and more talent is confirmed for PaleyFest 2015 in L.A., the Paley Center for Media revealed Tuesday, announcing the 32nd annual’s moderators and panelists.
Kimmel will serve as moderator on the “Scandal” panel, which will be rounded out by confirmed cast members Kerry Washington (pictured with Kimmel), Tony Goldwyn, Scott Foley, Guillermo Diaz, Katie Loews, Joshua Malina, Jeff Perry, Bellamy Young, Darby Stanchfield and Joe Morton.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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