18 items from 2015
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, […]
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- 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
Lobbyists against onscreen smoking could have a friend in comedic actor Andrew Daly (Comedy Central’s Review), or at least his persnickety neighbor character who is trying to clean up the streets in Matt Walsh’s second directorial comedy A Better You. The film follows Dr. Ron (Brian Huskey), a Hollywood quack hypnotherapist. The only thing worse than Dr. Ron’s methods are his disrespectful patients who loiter around the neighborhood as seen in this clip. The film, which was co-written by Huskey and Walsh, makes its world premiere today at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival at 4:40pm at the Metro 4, with screenings tomorrow at 8:10am and Monday, Feb. 2, at 10:20pm. The film is produced by Kirk Roos (The Brass Teapot, High Road, Painkillers) and his Badlands Features label. Joe Lo Truglio, Erinn Hayes, Rob Huebel, Morgan Walsh, Natasha Leggero, Reid Scott and Mo Gaffney also star. »
- The Deadline Team
The remarkable thing about the renaissance happening on Comedy Central — a channel on as hot a creative streak as anyone in the business at the moment — is that none of the shows that have been part of it have been all that revolutionary in form. You have a handful of sketch comedy shows ("Key & Peele," "Inside Amy Schumer," "Kroll Show"), a couple of reality show parodies ("Nathan For You," "Review"), and a single-camera sitcom in "Broad City," which returns for a second season tonight at 10:30. What distinguishes all of them, then, is in the sharply-defined voice and perspective of each show, and in the execution of it. Key and Peele have a clear and distinct perspective on race, but they're also pop culture omnivores whose show is as much of a chameleon as they are. Amy Schumer has a take on male-female (and female-female) relationships that I haven't seen on TV before, »
- Alan Sepinwall
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has unveiled its 2015 line-up which includes films representing 54 countries, 23 world premieres and 53 U.S. premieres. The U.S. premiere of Niki Caro’s McFarland USA will close out the 30th fest. Based on the 1987 true story and starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello, the film follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. The unlikely band of runners overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.
The festival runs from January 27-February 7.
Below is the list of World and U.S. Premiere films followed by the list of titles by sidebar categories.
A Better You, USA
Directed by Matt Walsh
Cast: Brian Huskey, »
- The Deadline Team
A self-acknowledged "showcase for Academy Award frontrunners," the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is often overlooked for the actual films that earn it festival status. An amalgamation of international discoveries and ’merica’s circuit highlights, the Sbiff curates a week of best-of-the-best to pair with their star-praising. The 2015 edition offers another expansive selection, bookended by two films that aren’t on any radars just yet. Sbiff will open with "Desert Dancer," producer Richard Raymond’s directorial debut. Starring Reece Ritchie and Frieda Pinto, the drama follows a group of friends who wave off the harsh political climate of Iran’s 2009 presidential election in favor of forming a dance team, picking up moves from Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev thanks to the magic of YouTube. The festival will close with "McFarland, USA," starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello. Telling the 1987 true story of a Latino high school’s underdog cross-country team, »
- Matt Patches
18 items from 2015
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