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Will NBC proceed with its new Bill Cosby family comedy? The Peacock last July announced plans to bring Cosby back to primetime in summer or fall of 2015 as the patriarch of a new family sitcom. As Deadline reports, "That plan may have been derailed by the resurfaced rape accusations against the veteran comedian.” Plus: Comedian Hannibal Buress is responsible for the Bill Cosby rape story going viral, another woman is accusing Cosby of rape, and Whoopi Goldberg is skeptical of the Cosby rape accuser. Parents TV Council blasts FX for showing graphic “Sons of Anarchy” sex scene The conservative watchdog called the opening 2 1/2 minutes of last week’s episode "the most sexually explicit content the (organization) has ever documented on basic cable,” adding that such content should be reserved for pay cable like HBO or Showtime. New “Peter Pan Live!” promo shows Allison Williams singing Watch Williams sing “I Won’t Grow Up, »
- Norman Weiss
A screenwriter has to be mightily confident in his script to christen it “The Rewrite,” a title that begs jaded critics to suggest it may have needed another pass or two. Marc Lawrence’s affable but under-inflated romantic comedy does little to fend off such punchlines: The story of a faded Hollywood scribe seeking to regain his creative mojo via a small-town teaching job, the film finds its own writer-helmer struggling to match the bubblegum snap of earlier works. What it does have is Hugh Grant — a standby collaborator for Lawrence, and not an asset to be underestimated. Happily paired with the ever-game Marisa Tomei, the British star hardly tests himself with yet another study in high-class bumbling, yet his breezy effortlessness is precisely the kind that’s in overly short supply here.
- Guy Lodge
Before Lisa Kudrow’s The Comeback aired on HBO in June of 2005, the channel had already run four full seasons of Larry David’s cringe-comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm. Ricky Gervais had already completed the entirety of The Office. And so, too, had the entire six-episode first season of the American remake of The Office aired on NBC. In short, what Kudrow and creator Michael Patrick King were doing with The Comeback is not, as so many people seem to think, being original. HBO aired 13 low-rated episodes of it and canceled it. For a reason. Read more Into the
- Tim Goodman
Initially, Seinfeld met with a lukewarm response, a baffled network, low ratings and a volatile creator. So how did it become such a hit?
“Pilot performance: Weak”. That was the research report verdict on the 1989 pilot of new NBC sitcom Stand Up, written by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld. The episode had excited “lukewarm reactions among adults and teens and very low reactions among kids”. The audience found it annoying that the main character, a fictionalised version of comedian Jerry Seinfeld, “needed things to be explained to him”. The lead was too wimpy, the show was “too New York” (and therefore too Jewish) and worst of all, nothing happened in it. “You can’t get too excited about going to the Laundromat”, as one respondent put it. The report’s conclusion was stark: “no viewer was eager to watch the show again.”
TV Picks: Crackle is our pick for excellence in web series content.Make sure to catch the new season of ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ which was renewed for four more seasons back in April.Previous episodes of “Comedians in Cars” have featured Seinfeld’s conversations with a long list of comedy greats, including Jason Alexander, Alec Baldwin, Todd Barry, Mel Brooks, Louis Ck, Larry David, Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Wayne Knight, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Seth Meyers, Patton Oswalt, Carl Reiner, Michael Richards, Chris Rock, Sarah Silverman and Howard Stern, among others. We are waiting on his ride with Monique Marvez, the […] »
- April Neale
Cosmo Kramer is a mystery wrapped in an enigma: a tall-haired doofus with an affinity for cartoonish vocal outbursts and a largely unemployed man who somehow affords a New York City apartment. But throughout Seinfeld's nine iconic seasons, one Kramer trait remains consistently clear: The man likes to eat, usually whatever's lingering in the fridge, and almost always on somebody else's dime.
Now, as A.V. Club notes, the Internet has compiled the evidence in a supercut titled "Kramer Stealing Jerry's Food," which finds the wacky character (Michael Richards »
There are TV shows I race through because I can't wait to see what happens next, and TV shows I pause frequently, either because I want to savor the experience or because I would really rather be doing anything else. And then there is "The Comeback," whose episodes take me twice as long to watch as anything else, good or bad, because I have to stop the action every few minutes just so I can clear my head, take a walk in nature, call my wife and do other feel-good activities in the hopes that when I press play, the latest mortification facing Lisa Kudrow's Valerie Cherish will have magically gone away. The mortification never goes away. Ever. "The Comeback" first aired on HBO back in 2005, during a fallow period when the channel kept trying ideas that didn't quite click — many of them about life in the entertainment industry. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: the five best episodes so far
Since Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee began in 2012, the web series with the very literal title has seen an impressive roster of comedy pros in a variety of classic sports cars, including Ricky Gervais, Larry David, Chris Rock and Tina Fey.
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- Guardian TV
It's always fun when our favorite TV shows give us Halloween themed episodes during this fun and creepy time of year. Some shows offer us real horror, while others use the opportunity to make us laugh. There are certain Halloween episodes that I have enjoyed watching over the years that have stuck with me, and I've put together a list of ten of my favorites that I think are awesome. I didn't include Halloween specials like It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown or Garfield's Halloween Special because those was more specialized, and not really a part of a series. You can go through my picks below, and when you're done, let me know what some of your favorite Halloween episodes are!
The X-Files - "Home"
Technically this isn't a Halloween-themed episode, but it did air in October, and it was one hell of a terrifying hour of television. I mean, »
- Joey Paur
Jennifer Lawrence is defending carbohydrates.
"Jennifer is the anti-vegan, anti-gluten-free consumer, having just eaten a breakfast of spaghetti and meatballs before the interview," Vanity Fair contributor Sam Kashner says of the actress following their much talked-about interview.
Kashner adds that the 24-year-old actress refers to gluten-free dieting as "the new cool eating disorder, the 'basically I just don’t eat carbs' [diet]."
Even back at the 2011 Academy Awards when Lawrence was nominated for her role in Winter's Bone, the actress was touting to Et about how much she dislikes dieting.
Chris Martin has some competition! In Vanity Fair's November issue, 24-year-old cover girl Jennifer Lawrence raved about Larry David, saying, "I'm in love with him, and I have been for a really long time." How did the Curb Your Enthusiasm star react to Lawrence's public profession of love? "Smart kid," he said during the New Yorker Festival Saturday. "It's a shame that I'm about 40 years older than she is." The New Yorker's David Remnick then read the rest of Lawrence's quote, in which the Academy Award winner said, "I worship Woody Allen, but I don't feel it below the belt the way I do for Larry David." The 67-year-old co-creator and head writer of Seinfeld »
Dating Jennifer Lawrence seems like a no-brainer, but not in Larry David’s mind. The 67-year-old comedy legend was asked about the Oscar winner, 24, during the New Yorker Festival on Saturday, Oct. 11 after she confessed her infatuation with him in her recent Vanity Fair cover story. The Hunger Games star, 24, who is currently dating Coldplay’s Chris Martin, was quoted in the Vanity Fair interview as saying, “I’m in love with [David], and I have been for a really long time. I worship Woody Allen, but [...] »
During a panel at Saturday's New Yorker Festival, the comedian was asked about Lawrence's recent confession in Vanity Fair where she said, "I'm in love with him, and I have been for a really long time."
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- Robyn Ross
In her interview with Vf, Lawrence, 24, revealed that she had a crush on the Seinfeld creator, saying, "I'm in love with him, and I have been for a really long time."
Photos: They Dated?! Random Celebrity Hookups
New Yorker editor David Remnick read aloud this quote to David during their discussion at the 15th Annual New Yorker Festival on Saturday, Oct. 11, of which the funnyman joked, "Maybe she's referring to her knees. I don't think I could do it. On one hand it's very flattering and on another hand, it's kind of »
Katie Holmes will reprise her Jackie Kennedy role in "The Kennedys – After Camelot” ReelzChannel is following up on its 2011 “The Kennedys” miniseries with a four-episode follow-up based on the book “After Camelot, which documents the Kennedys from Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1968 to the present. Holmes will also serve as an executive producer while directing one of the episodes. Billy Eichner accuses Burger King of ripping him off A new Burger King ad features a guy on a street yelling at people, which prompted a Twitter tirade from Eichner on Sunday night: "Hey @BurgerKing-thanks for stealing my act for ur new commercial!! Except its not as funny & everyone knows u stole it. Get Your Own Ideas." “SNL” ties its lowest-ever demo ratings with Bill Hader Last week’s episode was down from one-tenth from the Sarah Silverman episode. Plus: Watch the unaired Coal Miners sketch, and "SNL" had a »
- Norman Weiss
Jennifer Lawrence revealed her love of Larry David in a companion piece to this month’s Vanity Fair cover story, saying, "I'm in love with him, and I have been for a really long time. I worship Woody Allen, but I don't feel it below the belt the way I do for Larry David.” Thankfully Allen hasn't weighed in, but David took the time to respond to Lawrence’s comments during a conversation with David Remnick at the New Yorker Festival yesterday, saying, “Smart kid. It's a shame that I'm about 40 years older than she is.” He went on: “Maybe she's referring to her knees. I don't think I could do it. On one hand it's very flattering and on another hand, it's kind of a shame — in terms of timing. I'd have fun watching the reality show of it, though." As would we. »
- Anna Silman
After last nights marathon, two X Factor contestants were shown the door. Stuart Heritage liveblogged the entire weekend, as it happened.
And that really is it for the weekend. While we say goodbye and good job I didnt bother to memorise your surnames to Blonde Electra and Overload Generation, its time for me to say goodbye.
Youve been wonderful, but then again I never had any doubts to the contrary. Ill be back here next Saturday, when X Factor will only be two hours long. Imagine! Also, why not follow me on Twitter (Im @StuHeritage) to see me whining about liveblogging throughout the week in real time? Now get out of here. Weve already missed 15 minutes of Homeland.
Thankfully, this is probably the right decision. I was worried for a second there. That said, it would have been funny if theyd stayed, just because Simon hates them so much. »
- Stuart Heritage
Larry David answered several burning questions during an appearance at the 15th annual New Yorker Festival on Saturday. In a discussion with New Yorker editor David Remnick, he addressed the inspirations behind his most beloved work on “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” but he also spoke to a matter of the heart. This week, Vanity Fair released an interview with actress Jennifer Lawrence in which she said of David, “I'm in love with him, and I have been for a really long time.” Also read: Larry David to Basically Play Larry David in Broadway Debut ‘Fish in the Dark’ When asked about “The Hunger. »
- Jethro Nededog
This is what Sam Smith posted on Twitter after his show in Nashville Sunday night:And this is what he posted less than four hours later, believing, apparently, that the publication of a new tweet brushes away one's last, the way a name written in sand is washed away by waves: This embarrassing fake-illness snafu was just one of many faux pas Smith would commit over the weekend. Like a slightly more hirsute Larry David, Smith refused to abide by the unspoken social rules that underpin civilized society. First, when it was his karaoke partner's turn to sing, Smith stubbornly held the mike at waist level rather than let it get one inch closer to someone who was not Sam Smith's lips: Then, like a true karaoke villain, Smith performed "***Flawless" without doing the customary hand gestures during the "I woke up like this" part: Worst of all, Smith sang »
- Nate Jones
Jennifer Lawrence knows what she wants in a boyfriend -- and her rules might surprise you!Amid rumors of a relationship with Coldplay's Chris Martin, the "Hunger Games" star reveals what she would want in a new beau. "I would just rather have somebody that has the same taste in reality TV," the actress says in the November issue of Vanity Fair, adding that her shows of choice include "Shark Tank," "Intervention" and "Dance Moms." Jennifer Lawrence Speaks Out on Stolen Nude Photos "I do love my Real Housewives," she adds. "New York Housewives -- and Beverly Hills, New Jersey, and Atlanta Housewives. I mean, I love them all, but Miami -- oh, my God! Miami is really special."J. Law also has a rather crude request for a male suitor. "[I want someone who] isn't afraid to fart in front of me [rather] than to have big, passionate love," she declares. "I'd rather have just a peaceful time. »
- tooFab Staff
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