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This is no pyramid scheme. The $100,000 Pyramid TV show has been renewed for a second season on ABC. Hosted by Michael Strahan, celebrity guests on the first season of $100,000 Pyramid include: Ana Gasteyer, Randall Park, Alfonso Ribeiro, Sherri Shepherd, Martha Stewart, Bellamy Young, Anthony Anderson, Mario Batali, Anna Camp, Rachel Dratch, Snoop Dog, and 'Weird Al' Yankovic.ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey broke the news that ABC had picked up season two of the popular star-studded game show during today's TCA executive presentation.Read More… »
The new People of Earth TV show on TBS premieres on Halloween night, Monday, October 31, 2016 at 9:00pm (Et/Pt). Watch a teaser, below. An other-worldly ensemble comedy series, People of Earth stars Daily Show veteran Wyatt Cenac, as well as Ana Gasteyer, Oscar Nuñez, Michael Cassidy, Alice Wetterlund, Luka Jones, Brian Huskey, Nancy Lenehan, Tracee Chimo, Da'Vine Joy Randolph, Björn Gustafsson, and Ken Hall.The People of Earth TV series comes from executive producers Conan O'Brien, Greg Daniels, and Jeff Ross, along with David Kissinger and Larry Sullivan. People of Earth was created by David Jenkins, who penned the pilot and co-executive produces.Read More… »
“Lady Dynamite,” “Chelsea” and “Real Rob” have all been renewed for second seasons on Netflix, the streaming service announced on Wednesday at the TCA summer press tour. “Lady Dynamite” is a single-camera comedy series based on the life of actor-comedian Maria Bamford. The episodes are often refracted across multiple time periods inspired by Bamford’s life. The show also stars Fred Melamed as Bamford’s manager and friend Bruce Ben-Bacharach and Mary Kay Place as Bamford’s mother. Guest stars include Patton Oswalt, Ana Gasteyer, Jon Cryer, Mira Sorvino, Brandon Routh, Dean Cain, Sarah Silverman, Tig Notaro and Jenny Slate. »
- Joe Otterson
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Casual, General Hospital, Wayward Pines and Beauty and the Beast!
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Birds do it. Squirrels do it. And now, “Maya & Marty” has done it. The NBC summer sketch comedy series adapted the popular children’s book “Everyone Poops” into a blockbuster sci-fi movie trailer Tuesday night — and it appears well worth the price of admission. In the film, Ana Gasteyer is the brave scientist pushing biology to prove that everyone, indeed, poops. She is met with more resistance than you might think. Also Read: 'Maya and Marty' Join Broadway Stars in Orlando Shooting Tribute Song (Video) Her husband isn’t having it, and neither is the President of the United States (Martin Short). Oh, »
- Tony Maglio
Maya & Marty on Tuesday was pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good just Ok.
The penultimate hour of the Peacock’s variety experiment featured Jerry Seinfeld’s sit-down with Jiminy Glick and Martin Short doing his (best?) Larry David impersonation. (Fun fact: This evening marks the 27th anniversary of Seinfeld, so it was quite fitting that the comedian put in an appearance on his former network.)
There’s high anxiety for TV’s erstwhile Debby Downer this Sunday on $100,000 Pyramid, when funny lady Rachel Dratch struggles to sell “a joint” to her partner.
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In the exclusive sneak peek above, the subject for this round of ABC’s rebooted classic game show is “things that get rolled,” and the Saturday Night Live alumna keeps things plenty wholesome throughout the first six clues. But when she goes to (convincingly) “light up” for the final word, her partner isn’t so quick to catch the buzz. Press play »
Molly Shannon’s post-“Saturday Night Live” career is a diverse one: supporting turns in festival favorites like “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” and “Life After Beth,” memorable roles in studio comedies like “Talladega Nights” and “Evan Almighty” and plenty of off-beat television for small screen fans. Later this year, she’ll co-star in the much-hyped HBO comedy “Divorce,” starring Sarah Jessica Parker. If it seems like she’s casting her net all over the place, it’s at least partly by design. For Shannon, the key to both Hollywood success and creative fulfillment is simple: Working hard and always looking for something different.
Every now and then, the industry takes notice. At the recent Nantucket Film Festival, Shannon accepted the Compass Rose Acting Award. While there, she also supported first-time filmmaker’s Chris Kelly’s Audience Award winner, “Other People,” which opened the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, »
- Kate Erbland
What an outrageously abundant year it's been for great TV — and we're only halfway through. 2016 has been a small-screen gold rush so far, from low-key comedies to mega-glitz miniseries, the Battle of the Bastards to the City of the Broads, hilarious fake news to horrifying true history — with dragons and spies and crooks and drunks. When two of the year's best shows are totally different takes on the same 1994 murder trial, you know all bets are off.
So here's a salute to the 10 best TV shows of 2016 so far:
Emmy voters love Allison Janney, who already has a total of six statuettes for her work on three different shows — “The West Wing,” “Mom” and “Masters of Sex.” Janney looks to be a sure thing to land a third consecutive nomination for her work on “Mom” this year, having won the last two years in a row.
Can anyone overtake Janney? Perhaps previous winner Julie Bowen, who continues to score nominations even when other “Modern Family” co-stars have dropped off the list. If there’s a surge of love for the former champ, her co-star Sofia Vergara could also score another nomination.
There are plenty of previous nominees who have yet to win, including Mayim Bialik (“The Big Bang Theory”), Anna Chlumsky (“Veep”), Gaby Hoffmann (“Transparent”), Jane Krakowski (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) and Niecy Nash (“Getting On”). Hoffmann’s co-stars Judith Light and Amy Landecker also had standout years, while HBO »
- Jenelle Riley
Patti Stanger is moving her love advice from Bravo to We tv for a new series, “Million Dollar Matchmaker,” premiering July 8 at 10 p.m.
Each episode features two wealthy clients checking into the Harrah’s Resort Southern California where they embark on their “love lesson,” custom tailored challenges designed by Patti and her team to reveal what they are doing wrong. Patti then meets one-on-one with each millionaire for a “reality check,” an in-depth review of his or her surprise date, where she delivers her particular brand of tough love,. Finally, Patti will introduce each high-profile client to her two matches. If all goes well, the millionaire and his or her potential match will be on »
- Lamarco McClendon
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The two won’t square off in an Oval Office showdown, however. The line-up of celebs who’ll be paired with civilian contestants for the Michael Strahan-hosted game show’s 10-episode run (kicking off Sunday, June 26) looks like this:
• Rosie O’Donnell vs. Kathy Najimy
I love that Maria Bamford's new Netflix series Lady Dynamite somehow deals honestly with mental illness in the context of a hilarious comedy. I love that Maria Bamford, a 45-year-old woman who's "clearly sun damaged" (her words), can become a star in this Golden Age of Television. I love that the show gives Ana Gasteyer the best showcase of her career since SNL. And I love that in this second clip from the forthcoming series, Bamford dumps a bottle of pills in the trash while sing-songing the line "I don't need drugs, cause I got pugs!" as two adorable, actual pugs look on in confusion. While I don't advocate this cold-turkey approach to ditching your meds, the scene is funny and disturbing all at once, and that is the crux of Bamford's appeal as a performer: she is dancing on the edge, and daring us not to laugh at her ultra-precarious balancing act. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Conventional wisdom would have it that crippling mental illness isn't a good subject for a sitcom. But there's nothing conventional about Maria Bamford's brand of comedy. Fans of her stand-up and such through-the-rabbit hole projects like 2012's Maria Bamford: The Special Special Special — in which the 45-year-old comedian performs a taped set for just her parents in their living room — know that she isn't afraid to tap into very dark, very personal places in her work. So when Bamford announced she was developing a sitcom for Netflix that »
There's a running gag in the first episode of alt-comedian Maria Bamford's new Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite where guest star Patton Oswalt, ostensibly playing a cop in Bamford's La neighborhood, keeps breaking character to warn her against doing stand-up on her show, listing all the famous comics who have already done it: "You've got Louie, Seinfeld, Chappelle, Amy Schumer, my two pilots..." Eventually, other comedians — some of whom also did failed shows that featured them performing material from their stage act — turn up to express their own dismay. But even though Bamford is playing herself and drawing on both her past work and private life, no one who watched Lady Dynamite (executive produced by Bamford, Pam Brady, and Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz, it debuts tomorrow) for even a minute would think to mistake it for another Seinfeld knock-off — or even an imitation of Louie, where Bamford has appeared a few times. »
- Alan Sepinwall
As Louis Virtel once noted on this very site, Ana Gasteyer was one of a trio of women performers who made Saturday Night Live awesome again in the 1990s (the other two being, of course, Molly Shannon and Cheri Oteri). And while the massively-undervalued star has flown a bit under the radar since departing the late-night series in 2002, I'm happy to report that Netflix's new Maria Bamford series Lady Dynamite is perhaps the first time since SNL that Gasteyer's prickly talents have been given full, hysterical reign. Leave it to Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz to provide Gasteyer with a suitable platform for her off-kilter, often-outsized instincts: Lady Dynamite is a bizarre kaleidoscope, fractured through the sincere pain of Bamford's real-life struggles with mental illness and the twisted, cutthroat misogyny of the industry she's been navigating for two decades now (in case you were wondering, Bamford also happens to be »
- Chris Eggertsen
“Lady Dynamite” is the kind of show that could only exist during this boom time in television. It’s a finely crafted niche comedy with a very specific outlook and tone — thus it bears similarities to any number of streaming half-hours, as well as those on adventurous cable networks. And yet this excellent Netflix series has a subversive and ultimately sweet flavor all its own.
The show spends a fair amount of time offering a deceptively serious examination of how the entertainment-industry machine, without even trying that hard, tends to crush anyone in its path, especially those with a distinctive vision or sincere beliefs. Maria Bamford, who stars as a character with the same name, and co-creators Mitchell Hurwitz and Pam Brady have quite a bit to say about mental illness, friendship, and the difficulty of forging real connections in a confusing world, and in the first four episodes, Bamford »
- Maureen Ryan
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.
TV Worth Watching
"Castle" (Monday on ABC at 10 p.m.)
This is another gigantic week for TV finales, including the "Mike & Molly" and "Castle" series finales, plus season finales for "Bates Motel," "NCIS," "Chicago Med," "NCIS: New Orleans," "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "Chicago Fire," "The Middle," "The Goldbergs," Empire," "Modern Family," "Black-ish," "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," "The 100," "Grey's Anatomy," "Mom," "The Blacklist," "The Catch," "Grimm," "The Originals," "Shark Tanks," Banshee," "Saturday Night Live," "America's Funniest Home Videos," "The Simpsons," "Family Guy," "Bob's Burgers" and "Mr. Selfridge." Whew! And that's not even counting the two shows below.
- Gina Carbone
Last month, news broke that Michael Strahan would be leaving Live With Kelly and Michael and starting a full-time position at Good Morning America. What should have been pretty run-of-the-mill news quickly turned into a wildfire, though, when cohost Kelly Ripa was mysteriously absent from Live's shows for two consecutive days. Saturday Night Live alum and comedy actress Ana Gasteyer took her place and sat idly by as Michael announced his big move. Reports of behind-the-scenes drama quickly began surfacing, and if you're like us, you're probably eager to find out exactly what went down. Keep reading for the most important facts about the situation, including quotes from Kelly's new interview. It's unclear whether or not Kelly and Michael actually like each other. In January 2015, Michael appeared on Late Night With Seth Meyers and had nothing but wonderful things to say about Kelly. The clip may be unavailable, but the »
- Ryan Roschke
What a week it's been. Shortly after Live! With Kelly and Michael finished taping last Tuesday, Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan were called into a meeting regarding the show's future—or rather, Ripa's future, as she would soon learn that Strahan would be leaving in September to join Good Morning America full-time. A source told E! News Ripa was "livid" with executives, who had kept her in the dark. About 30 minutes after the meeting, news of Strahan's departure was made public. Feeling betrayed, Ripa called in sick to work Wednesday, which sent producers scrambling to find a replacement. Ana Gasteyer filled in, with Erin Andrews and Shay Mitchell taking over through Monday. Publicly, »
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