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In HitFix's new feature "Waxing Episodic," we reflect on an episode of television we'll never forget. NBC's "The Office" debuted 10 years ago this week, arriving with the unenviable challenge of having to live up to the standard of one of the best-received comedies of recent times, but went on to outstrip the British original. I don't even know if that's a controversial statement anymore. The British "Office" is great and, in terms of comedic efficiency, NBC's version didn't come close. But Ricky Gervais' series was built for 12 episodes and a Christmas special and never had to worry about longevity, never had to wonder how sustainable its circumstances and its characters were. NBC's version took that world and made it renewable. Whether you think the American "Office" was great (or even good) for all 200-ish of its episodes, it was certainly very good or great for more than 13 episodes. I »
- Daniel Fienberg
The actor joins the Sky1 and NBC series in a recurring role as Farrell, the Us president who struggles with the news that the end of the world is coming, reports Deadline.
Apocalypse Slough follows a group of seemingly unconnected characters, as their lives start to intersect when it is reported that a large comet will collide with Earth.
Lowe is playing a rebellious priest at the Vatican, whose faith is shaken by the impending apocalypse.
The show is produced by Working Title and Bigballs Films. »
Fox has greenlit comedy pilot “The Grinder,” starring Rob Lowe, Variety has learned.
The single-cam laffer will be directed by “New Girl’s” Jake Kasdan, who will also serve as an exec producer with pilot scribes Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel (“The D Train”), plus Nicholas Stoller (“Neighbors,” “Get Him to the Greek,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”) and Lowe who has been cast as beloved TV lawyer Dean Sanderson, also known as “The Grinder.”
The series finds Sanderson (Lowe) at a crossroads in life, after his long-running hit show comes to an end. He decides to move back to his small hometown, under the impression that his experience as a television personality has prepped him to take over his family’s law firm.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
It’s time for Rob Lowe to brush up on his legal jargon.
The former Parks and Recreation actor has been tapped to star in Fox’s newly ordered pilot The Grinder, the network announced Thursday.
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The single-cam comedy will star Lowe as beloved TV lawyer Dean Sanderson — aka “The Grinder” — who, after his long-running hit series comes to an end, moves back to his small hometown and thinks he has the chops to take over his family’s law firm. (Fake it ’til you make it, »
Break out the candles! The venerable Melbourne Underground Film Festival becomes a full-fledged teenager when it celebrates its 16th annual edition on September 11-20 this year.
Last year saw a stripped down Muff, focusing on local outre filmmakers and a fine selection of international weirdness — and they want more this year. The fest will also be returning to its new home, the Backlot Studios.
Sixteen years and counting, the Melbourne Underground Film Festival has shown a fierce commitment to under appreciated cinema and it’s awesome to see them still kicking it. If your film is kick ass, a little bit or a lot out there and faintly uncategorizable and possibly unloved wherever “decent” people like to congregate, then Muff might be a good home for it.
See below for submission deadlines, entry fee information, submission links and guidelines.
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- Mike Everleth
Somewhere in TV land, Will & Grace‘s Jack and Karen are feeling left out.
As previously reported, McCormack is playing Dr. Andrew Devlin, a “roguish” heart surgeon who also happens to be — wait for it — Laura’s ex-fiancé!
(Hmm… Not so platonic anymore, are we?)
Check out the photo in full below, then drop a comment: Which other former Will & Grace-rs need to get on this show?
Monroe faces almost-certain death at the start of this Friday’s Grimm (NBC, 9/8c). He’s beaten. He’s surrounded by angry men in robes and masks. He’s just become aware that one of his fellow prisoners was turned into a Wesen shish kabob by a hate group opposed to supernaturally mixed marriage.
And still, portrayer Silas Weir Mitchell says, all the Blutbad can think is: You morons.
“It’s that thing where people who want to perpetrate a horrible act, they need some justification for it,” the actor tells TVLine. “So instead of just throwing me onto the pike and burning me, »
NBC is partnering with Sky TV for a new futuristic dramedy called Apocalypse. The 10 episode season will star Rob Lowe, Megan Mullally, Jenna Fischer and Matthew Baynton. Production will get underway soon.
Here's the press release:
NBC Greenlights 10-episode Futuristic Dramedy "Apocalypse"
The hourlong series is a co-production with Sky TV scheduled for 10 episodes. Filming will begin later this month.
If you liked Melancholia but thought it could have used a few more laughs, NBC has the show for you. The network today announced that it has green-lit Apocalypse, a cataclysmic-comet dramedy starring Megan Mullally, Jenna Fischer, and Rob Lowe. (That last addition means the world is literally going to end.) The trio will play some combination of "a foul-mouthed priest, an unhinged white supremacist, a mild-mannered bank manager, a germ-phobic cyber-terrorist, a five-star general and a child who (possibly) rose from the dead." As the project is a co-production with Sky TV, other roles will be filled by Brits like Matthew Baynton, Paterson Joseph, and Joel Fry. The show will air for ten episodes; depending on what happens with the comet, a second season seems unlikely. »
- Nate Jones
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In what might be the wackiest series of SNL promos to date, the Voice coach spends two-and-a-half minutes sharing laughs with Cecily Strong, only to be killed off at the end. That’s right, people — killed.
So, how do we lose Shelton? Click Play on the promo above to find out the awful truth. (Personally, I think it was karma for those jabs at Adam Levine.)
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
* Disney Xd has given a series order to Gamer’s Guide to Pretty Much Everything, a live-action »
Are we nearing the end of the post-apocalyptic TV drama boom? NBC has ordered a dramedy series titled Apocalypse that stars Rob Lowe, Megan Mullally, Jenna Fischer and Matthew Baynton. The set-up: A comet is on an unavoidable collision course toward Earth and one extended family must navigate the societal chaos that ensues. Characters include "a foul-mouthed priest, an unhinged white supremacist, a mild-mannered bank manager, a germ-phobic cyber-terrorist, a five-star general and a child who (possibly) rose from the dead." They say that parodies signal the coming demise of a popular genre; see also how 1980's Airplane! crashed the airline disaster movie streak, »
- James Hibberd
The hourlong dramedy about the last days of mankind is a co-production with Sky TV.
The series, slated for 10 episodes, follows an extended family whose lives unexpectedly cross paths, just as the news of an impending comet colliding with Earth hits. The characters — some of whom are destined to live in a bunker below ground — are described as a foul-mouthed priest, an unhinged white supremacist, a mild-mannered bank manager, a germophobic cyberterrorist, a five-star general and a child who possibly rose from the dead.
“This is an out-of-the-box and wholly original project that offers just the right combination of both high drama and humor,” said Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
When newly-minted Fed Lindsay visits her old stomping grounds on tonight’s Chicago P.D. (NBC, 10/9c), one of her former colleagues gets emotional — and it’s not who you think it is!
“I’m like the loser that graduates from high school and then hangs around in the parking lot all the time because I have nothing better to do,” Lindsay jokes as she enters Intelligence’s HQ.
And the sight of his surrogate daughter almost reduces tough guy Voight to tears as he asks if her new job is treating her well.
Press Play to watch Voight go soft, »
The drama about the last days of mankind will begin filming in late January
NBC’s upcoming dramedy “Apocalypse” has cast Rob Lowe for its lead.
The 10-episode series follows an extended family whose lives intersect during the last days of mankind on Earth.
NBC describes the series as:
A bold, adrenaline-fueled series. Set against a backdrop of apocalyptic chaos, the story follows »
- Alicia Banks
What if Revolution was funnier?
NBC is poised to answer that question, having given a green light to Apocalypse, an hour-long dramedy about the last days of mankind and starring Rob Lowe (Parks and Recreation), Jenna Fischer (in her first major TV role since The Office) and two-time Emmy winner Megan Mullally (Will & Grace).
Set against a backdrop of apocalyptic chaos, Apocalypse follows an extended family whose lives start to intersect in the most unexpected ways after news breaks that a comet is on a collision course with Earth.
Characters include a foul-mouthed priest (to be played by Lowe), an unhinged white supremacist, »
Former West Wing star will play a rebellious Vatican priest who takes refuge with a motley crew of other survivors in Berkshire bunker when Earth is hit by a comet
The 10-part series, which will air in the Us on NBC, will also star Jenna Fischer from the Us version of The Office, Will and Grace’s Megan Mullally, Mathew Baynton (The Wrong Mans) and Birds of a Feather’s Pauline Quirke.
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- John Plunkett
Sky1 and NBC's upcoming comedy-drama series follows a group of seemingly unconnected characters, as their lives start to intersect when it is reported that a large comet will collide with Earth.
Lowe (Parks and Recreation, The West Wing) is playing Father Jude, a rebellious priest at the Vatican. He is described as a man with "profound and passionate faith", but that faith is shaken when he learns of the impending apocalypse.
Meanwhile, Fischer (The Office) will appear as mild-mannered Rhonda, sent to prison in New Mexico for a crime she did not commit. Her wish is to be reunited with her family.
Mullally is Leanne, a white supremacist who takes Rhonda under her wing.
Baynton will feature as bank manager Jamie, inspired by the impending »
Deadline reported yesterday that Rob Lowe is set to star in Sky’s upcoming end-of-world drama Apocalypse Slough. Today, Sky has added to the roster of talent that will appear in the 10-part series which NBC has boarded to air in the U.S. Jenna Fischer, Megan Mullally, Mathew Baynton (Yonderland), Pauline Quirke (Broadchurch), Patterson Joseph (Babylon) and Joel Fry (Game Of Thrones) have all joined the bold comedy drama. The series follows an eclectic group of ordinary… »
- Nancy Tartaglione
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