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NBC is getting into the stand-up business. The network has made a script commitment to a multicamera comedy project from Raising Hope and The Millers creator Greg Garcia with stand-up comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The untitled comedy, which will be written by The Millers' Austen Earl, follows a newly married Sebastian as he attempts to stay true to his blue-collar roots while adjusting to a world full of people he finds increasingly offensive. Austen and Earl will executive produce the project, while Maniscalco, Judy Brown-Marmel, Norman Aladjem and Alix Jaffe will serve
- Philiana Ng
The project, which is exec produced by Earl and “Millers” creator Greg Garcia, follows a newly married man who attempts to stay true to his blue-collar roots while adjusting to a world full of people he finds increasingly offensive. It’s produced by CBS Television Studios and Garcia’s Amigos De Garcia Productions shingle. Co-EPs are Maniscalco (pictured), Judy Brown-Marmel, Norman Aladjem and Alix Jaffe. It’s still unclear as to whether Maniscalco will star in the project.
Maniscalco, whose Showtime special “Aren’t You Embarrassed” airs November 14, is represented by UTA, Leg and attorney Gregg Gellman. Earl, whose credits also include NBC’s “Up All Night,” is repped by CAA, Management 360, and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern. Garcia is repped by CAA. »
- Whitney Friedlander
Call it kismet. Call it the meeting of two great comedic forces. Call it a show not resting on its first-season laurels (as creator Greg Garcia does: "We want to keep that momentum going"). Will & Grace Emmy winner Sean Hayes joins off-screen buddy Will Arnett (Nathan) as a series regular on Season 2 of The Millers, and the results are unsurprisingly amusing. He plays Kip Finkle, newly divorced roommate to Nathan's mom, Carol (Margo Martindale), and foil to her TV reporter son. "Kip considers Nathan and his career kind of dumb," Garcia says, which leads to plenty of funny friction. Hayes and Arnett called us up for a slightly loopy chat before the Oct. 20 premiere...
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- Oriana Schwindt
The Millers boss Greg Garcia is off to a strong start this development season. The producer's Amigos de Garcia's CBS Television Studios-based banner has sold two comedies to CBS, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. CBS has handed out a script commitment to an untitled multicamera workplace comedy from Garcia's frequent collaborator Bobby Bowman, who will pen the script and exec produce alongside Garcia. Bowman's credits include writing and exec producing Garcia's My Name Is Earl, writing and co-exec producing Raising Hope, and penning episodes of CBS' The Millers. Bowman is repped by ICM Partners and Greenberg Glusker. Photos
- Lesley Goldberg
Will & Grace‘s Sean Hayes is officially joining The Millers for their second season. He will be a series regular as Kip Withers, a friend of Carol who is the disdain of Nathan’s life. The Millers creator Greg Garcia has expressed his love of Sean Hayes and is excited to announce the funnyman joining the series. Greg didn’t say on how he won the Emmy winning star on his series, but he did have to say the following about the 90s classic star.
After years of being a fan and hearing from others how wonderful he is to work with, I couldn’t be more excited about Sean Hayes joining The Millers, The thought of he and Margo Martindale as BFFs makes me smile every time I think about it
This is great news for Sean, as he hasn’t been on a hit series since Will & Grace ended. »
- Sarah Peel
“After years of being a fan and hearing from others how wonderful he is to work with, I couldn’t be more excited about Sean Hayes joining ‘The Millers,’ ” said Greg Garcia, series creator and executive producer, in a statement. “The thought of he and Margo Martindale as Bff’s makes me smile every time I think about it. We’re only just getting started, and writing this season’s stories has been a blast.”
Hayes most recently starred in and executive produced the sitcom “Sean Saves the World,” which was canceled by NBC in January. His additional credits include “Smash,” “Up All Night” and most famously “Will & Grace, »
- Shelli Weinstein
CBS has tapped the former Will & Grace scene stealer for a series regular role on its sophomore comedy, the network announced Tuesday.
“After years of being a fan and hearing from others how wonderful he is to work with, I couldn’t be more excited about Sean Hayes joining The Millers,” series creator Greg Garcia said in a statement. »
Sean Hayes is returning to Thursday nights.
The actor-producer has joined the cast of CBS’ The Millers where he will be a series regular for the show’s second season. Hayes will play Kip Withers, Carol Miller’s (Margo Martindale) new best friend and a new source of friction for her son Nathan (Will Arnett). “After years of being a fan and hearing from others how wonderful he is to work with, I couldn’t be more excited about Sean Hayes joining The Millers,” series creator Greg Garcia said in a statement. “The thought of he and Margo Martindale as »
- James Hibberd
Emmy winner Sean Hayes is heading to CBS. Following the cancellation of his NBC comedy Sean Saves the World, Hayes has boarded Greg Garcia's sophomore comedy The Millers as a series regular, CBS announced Tuesday. The Will and Grace alum will play Kip Withers, Carol Miller's (Margo Martindale) new best friend and a source of friction for her son Nathan (Will Arnett). Photos Broadcast TV's Returning Shows 2014-15 "After years of being a fan and hearing from others how wonderful he is to work with, I couldn’t be more excited about Sean Hayes joining The Millers," Garcia said.
- Lesley Goldberg
Some Emmy idiosyncrasies were already known — like HBO’s power-move to list “True Detective” as a drama instead of a miniseries, thus sending Showtime’s “Shameless” scurrying to comedy. But the release of the official ballot has added a few more chess moves to the game.
‘Sound’s’ Special: Perhaps feeling the TV movie category is too crowded, “The Sound of Music Live!” goes the way of last year’s “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel” into the Special Class grouping.
- Whitney Friedlander
These thesps make the most of limited screen time:
The oft-nominated, three-time Emmy winner says he jumped at the chance to join the cast of CBS’ new hit comedy “The Millers” before even reading a script, “because of showrunner Greg Garcia. We’d previously worked together on ‘My Name Is Earl,’ and he’s one of the funniest, most innovative guys in the business today, who writes very relatable material.” Bridges also loved the family theme — “all the ups and downs, which is a universal experience” — and his character, Tom Miller, “who’s far more complex, and smarter, than you realize at first. And he’s also a bit of a roue — another surprise.”
Jane Fonda calls Leona Lansing, the media baroness she plays in “The Newsroom,” “marinated in Ted Turner and Rupert Murdoch.” Although Lansing harbors a conservative streak that tends to protect her corporate interests, »
- Steve Chagollan
Christy Grosz is an Awardsline contributor. After building a career on comedic characters he calls “eccentric,” Will Arnett is back in primetime with CBS’ The Millers, playing TV journalist Nathan Miller, a recent divorcee who finds himself living with his mother. Arnett is more of a leading man than he has been in the past on such shows as Arrested Development and Up All Night, and he’s doing it in front of a live audience on the multi-camera sitcom directed by TV stalwart James Burrows (Taxi, Frasier). He’s also enjoying a thriving film career, voicing Batman in The Lego Movie and appearing in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles this year. Awardsline: Showrunner Greg Garcia asked you to be a part of The Millers when he heard that the future of NBC’s Up All Night was not looking good. What about the role of Nathan appealed to you? Will Arnett »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Raising Hope will end its four-season run on Friday with an hourlong episode that takes the comedy back to its roots. The series was created by Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl), who exited the 20th Century Fox TV comedy ahead of season four after inking an overall deal with rival studio CBS Television Studios. Longtime Garcia collaborator Mike Mariano was tapped showrunner of the comedy starring Martha Plimpton, Garret Dillahunt and Lucas Neff last March. A year, a move to Fridays and 22 episodes later, Mariano was the one charged with creating a season finale that, as it
- Mike Mariano
Our TV week is bookended by sitcom goodbyes. It began with the series finale of How I Met Your Mother; it concludes with the capper to Raising Hope, tapping out tonight with back-to-back episodes, including one cheekily entitled “How I Met Your Mullet.” Created by Greg Garcia, who also gave us My Name Is Earl, the four-season-running Raising Hope was a sweet-and-salty sitcom about the daffy-dumb Chance clan — Virginia, the responsible materfamilias (Martha Plimpton); Burt, the air-headed dad (Garret Dillahunt); Jimmy, the teen-son-turned-teen-father (Lucas Neff); and Maw-Maw, the cracked and coarse grandma (Cloris Leachman) — collectively raising the titular babe, and was always a big-hearted, »
- Jeff Jensen
After four years and plenty of struggle, Fox has decided that enough is enough: Raising Hope has been cancelled, leaving the rest of us to assume that Hope Chance is going to be just fine. What was once merely its Season 4 finale will now be Raising Hope’s series finale. I would say that Raising Hope is too young to die, but it had a pretty good run. It’s not like Fox has had great luck with comedies, even though Raising Hope was the first in a long time to be mildly successful when it first premiered. Hats off to Greg Garcia for creating the show and congratulations to the entire cast and crew for making it so enjoyable these last four years.
According to Deadline, Fox will be airing the hour-long farewell on Friday, April 4. Back-to-back episodes will air from 9-10 Pm. Thankfully, the writers had a feeling »
- Brody Gibson
After four seasons, the Fox comedy series Raising Hope is to come to an end with the upcoming fourth season finale also set to serve as the series finale.
"On behalf of myself, Greg Garcia and Raising Hope's amazing cast and crew, I would like to thank our audience for tuning in and supporting us over the last four seasons,” said executive producer Mike Mariano. “We planned our Season Four finale with this possibility in mind, and hope our loyal fans enjoy the way we’ve chosen to say goodbye to the Chances and to Natesville. Thanks again, and we’ll see you in syndication."
Fox chairman Kevin Reilly and CEO Joe Earley also spoke of the series, adding that “getting to know and love the Chance family on Raising Hope has been a sweet, hilarious ride. Thanks to the incredibly talented cast-along with Greg, Mike and the entire »
- Gary Collinson
Episodes: 88 (half-hour)
TV show dates: September 21, 2010 -- April 4, 2014
Series status: Cancelled
TV show description:
This sitcom centers around a 23-year-old guy who finds himself taking care of his infant daughter -- the product of a one-night stand -- after the mother of the child is sent to jail. The series is from Emmy Award winner Greg Garcia who also created My Name Is Earl.
As a 23-year-old pool cleaner, Jimmy Chance (Lucas Neff) is trying to find his purpose in life without much success. He still lives at home and goes out every night to help fill the void.
His parents, Virginia and Burt (Martha Plimpton »
After four seasons, Fox has canceled Raising Hope. The show, starring Lucas Neff, Martha Plimpton, and Garret Dillahunt, will end with an hourlong episode to air on April 4 at 9 p.m. Though the show will live on in syndication, fans will no doubt be disappointed that no new episodes will be produced. The decision comes days after Fox greenlit a handful of shows for new seasons, including The Mindy Project. "On behalf of myself, Greg Garcia, and Raising Hope's amazing cast and crew, I would like to thank our audience for tuning in and supporting us over the last four seasons," producer Mike Mariano said in a statement. "We planned our season-four finale with this possibility in mind and hope our loyal fans enjoy the way we've chosen to say good-bye to the Chances and to Natesville." »
- Maggie Pehanick
Given its consistently low ratings, it's somewhat astounding that "Raising Hope" managed to get four often terrific seasons on Fox. It's still sad to report that "Raising Hope" will have its series finale on Friday, April 4 with an hour-long send-off. "On behalf of myself, Greg Garcia and 'Raising Hope's' amazing cast and crew, I would like to thank our audience for tuning in and supporting us over the last four seasons," blurbs executive producer Mike Mariano, who took over as showrunner for Garcia this season. "We planned our Season Four finale with this possibility in mind, and hope our loyal fans enjoy the way we’ve chosen to say goodbye to the Chances and to Natesville. Thanks again, and we’ll see you in syndication." Often aired in erratic patterns with lengthy hiatuses, doubled-up episodes and early finales, "Raising Hope" will still hit 88 episodes by its finale. During its run, »
- Daniel Fienberg
It's time to say goodbye to the Chance family. Raising Hope has been canceled by Fox after four seasons, the network announced on Monday. The sitcom, which stars Martha Plimpton, Lucas Neff, Cloris Leachman and Garret Dillahunt, will say goodbye in a special one-hour series finale, which will air Friday, April 4. "Thanks for watching! Thanks to the writers, directors, cast mates + fans who made it possible. Goodbye, Jimmy," Neff tweeted on Monday. "On behalf of myself, Greg Garcia and Raising Hope's amazing cast and crew, I would like to thank our audience for tuning in and supporting us over the last four seasons," executive producer Mike Mariano said in a statement. "We »
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