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You only need to look at the title to realise this show will never be a classic
Sometimes a title tells you all you need to know. Touch the Truck, obviously. The Boy With a Bunny For a Face, Ooh, And a Twin Up His Bum, or any other offerings from Channel 4's Point and Gasp medical documentary strand, traditionally.
But the clue in the title of Better Off Ted (Tuesdays, FX) is more subtle. First, you have to realise it's a pun – already, I think we may all agree, the lowest form of humour known to man, lying (whatever well-meaning adults may have told you during your childhood, in a desperate and futile attempt to halt the precocious calcification of your tender young heart) at least 8,000ft below sarcasm. Second, you have to realise that it is a half-pun. It sounds a bit like a well-known phrase or saying, »
- Lucy Mangan
Small Teen, Big World
What starts as a fairly standard BBC3 documentary, about a 15-year-old girl called Jas with a rare form of dwarfism who is looking for her real father, eventually turns into something far more strange and sad. Jas's mother, Bev, an inch shorter than her daughter at 3ft 7in, tries to protect her daughter from the cruelty of other people, but it rears up wherever they are, and halfway through the film, Bev has a nervous breakdown. It's rare, and important, to see such an honest exposé of prejudice and how devastating it can be. Rn
Of all the CSI franchises, the Miami one makes for the most effective holiday brochure. This episode takes a striking look at the licentious social lives of the locals, starring Cheryl Ladd as Amanda, »
- Rebecca Nicholson, Phelim O'Neill
Here’s where my 2010 Emmy handicapping starts to get interesting. And by interesting I mean challenging. And by challenging I mean tough. And by tough I mean damn near impossible. All 12 of the nominees in the best lead and supporting actor comedy races can easily make a case for winning come Aug. 29. But only two will. So it’s with great fear and trepidation that I present you with part 3 of my pre-Emmy analysis.
Outstanding Actor In A Comedy
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
- Michael Ausiello
FX have announced they are to show one of my favourite sitcoms, Better off Ted, from July 27th. Think Arrested Development meets The Office, but instead of the Bluth Family, think evil American corporation.
Meet Ted Crisp. Head of Research and Development at Veridian Technologies, a corporation that thrives on its company ethos: there is no such thing as right or wrong. Ted manages a team of scientists always on a technological quest to develop a unique, robotically advanced gadget or gizmo that will save the company millions. From state-of-the-art skin reflecting detectors that turn off lights to hair-growth formulas guaranteed to change the lives of the follicly challenged, these lab geeks are the best thing since the creation of the Internet. But sometimes little things get in the way of the R&D process-cryogenically freezing employees, medieval fight clubs, young girls named Rose to name a few…
The kind »
Don't get your hopes up, Better off Ted fans, but there is a chance that ABC will air two previously unseen episodes of the canceled series. The network has scheduled Game Seven of the NBA Finals on June 17, but if the game is not necessary, ABC will fill the 8pm time slot with the Better Off Ted installments "It's My Party and I'll Lie If I Want To" and "Swag the Dog." The underappreciated series starring Jay Harrington was officially canceled last month. [HitFix] »
A couple weeks ago, ABC officially cancelled the beloved but low-rated sitcom Better Off Ted. Featuring the talents of Jay Harrington, Portia de Rossi, and Andrea Anders, the sitcom received low ratings from the start so the cancellation really wasn't a surprise.
The network stopped running Better Off Ted in January, leaving two unaired episodes on the shelf. Those installments might just see the light of day next week.
ABC is airing the NBA Finals and the seventh game is scheduled for June 17th. If the winner of the Finals is determined before then and that game isn't needed, ABC has slotted four repeats of Cougar Town and the final episodes of Better Off Ted -- "Swag the Dog" and "It's My Party and I'll Lie If I Want To."
According to Hitfix, the seventh game has only been needed »
Hey, Emmy voters, it’s me again! We’re nearing the homestretch. We just have six more categories to get through, including the two below — lead actor and actress in a comedy. (My suggestions for lead actor and actress in a drama will be posted later this afternoon, followed by outstanding comedy series and drama series tomorrow.) To recap: Use this list of recommendations as your guide when the balloting process begins next week. Nods are announced July 8 — don’t let me down!
Best Lead Actress (Comedy)
- Michael Ausiello
To no surprise, ABC's Better Off Ted has been cancelled after two seasons on the air. Though it was a hit with critics and a devout group of fans, it just never found a mass audience.
Better Off Ted follows Ted Crisp (Jay Harrington) and his fellow employees at Veridian Dynamics, a strange and heartless technology company. The rest of the cast includes Andrea Anders, Jonathan Slavin, Malcolm Barrett, and Portia de Rossi.
Last May, ABC decided to show some faith in the freshman sitcom and renewed Better Off Ted for a second season. At that time, the ratings weren't great and they got even worse after the renewal announcement.
When the network began airing the remainder of season one during the summer months, they averaged a terrible 0.74 in the 18-49 demographic and 2.09 million viewers. »
Unveiling their new fall schedules, the networks are reporting their season pick-ups as well as their sometimes surprising cancellations. Among the shows not returning to ABC for another season are "Romantically Challenged," "FlashForward," "Better Off Ted," and "Scrubs."
"FlashForward," about a mysterious event which causes people to see visions of their lives, was cancelled after its first season. It debuted September 24th, 2009 and will be cancelled after its 22nd episode and finale airs on May 27th.
Bibo Films released this very cool poster for the upcoming animated film “A Monster in Paris” (Un monstre a Paris) by director Bibo Bergeron (Shark Tale) and starring Danny Huston (Clash of the Titans, Robin Hood), Catherine O’Hara (Killers), Adam Goldberg (Zodiac, Joey), Vanessa Paradis and Jay Harrington (Desperate Housewives, Burn Notice). Synopsis: Paris,1910. Emile, a shy movie projectionist, and Raoul, a colorful inventor, find themselves embarked on the hunt for a monster terrorizing citizens. They join forces with Lucille, the big-hearted star of the Bird of Paradise cabaret, an eccentric scientist and his irascible monkey to save the monster, who turns out to be an over-sized but harmless flea, from [...] »
- Brian Corder
Casting actors in "second position" on pilots has been on the rise during the past few years.
The process -- in which actors in on-air series are cast in pilots -- also has become increasingly aggressive, with broadcast networks even going after actors whose shows have not yet premiered.
This pilot season, Kyle Bornheimer and Alyssa Milano, stars of ABC's upcoming comedy series "Romantically Challenged," and Tyler Labine, star of Fox's upcoming comedy series "Sons of Tucson," were pursued for pilots. After fielding several offers, Bornheimer signed on as the lead in CBS' hot comedy pilot from "How I Met Your Mother" creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas.
Overall, more than a dozen actors on existing series already have been cast in pilots this year.
- By Nellie Andreeva
In other pilot castings, "100 Questions" co-star David Walton has landed a lead role on NBC's comedy "Perfect Couples," Without a Trace" alum Eric Close is set to co-star in CBS' drama pilot "Chaos," Nicole Sullivan has come aboard CBS' comedy pilot "Shit My Dad Says" and Bob Odenkirk has joined CBS' comedy pilot "Team Spitz."
Additionally, Janeane Garofalo has come aboard CBS' untitled medical drama pilot from producer John Wells; Jacob Vargas has been added to CBS' drama pilot "The Odds"; Joel David Moore has joined NBC's comedy pilot "Nathan vs. Nurture"; and Amber Tamblyn, Kenneth Mitchell, Sam Witwer and David Giuntoli have landed leads in CBS' drama pilot "Quinn-Tuplets."
Written and to be directed by Michael Dinner, "Atf" centers on an Atf agent (Walsh »
- By Nellie Andreeva
Additionally, Tommy Dewey is set to star opposite Sarah Chalke in ABC's "Freshmen," with Suzy Nakamura also cast in the comedy pilot; "Better Off Ted" co-star Malcolm Barrett has landed a lead in Fox's comedy pilot "Most Likely to Succeed"; veteran Patti LuPone has joined CBS' comedy pilot "Open Books"; and Eloise Mumford has landed a major role on Fox's Marc Webb-directed drama pilot "Midland."
"Nirvana" centers on an assimilated Indian-American (Patel) who lives with a white girlfriend (Rachael Leigh Cook) and clashes with his tyrannical immigrant parents.
Patel, repped by TalentWorks and Seven Summits, recently co-directed with sister Geeta Patel the documentary "One in a Billion," about love and marriage in Indian America, which will air on PBS. Patel is the second "Past Life" cast member to land a pilot this season, »
- By Nellie Andreeva
Bill Pullman is getting back into business with NBC. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the "Independence Day" and "Zero Effect" star has booked one of the leads in the NBC comedy pilot "Nathan Vs. Nurture." The pilot, written by Moses Port and David Guarascio, focuses on a successful heart surgeon (Jay Harrington), who's reunited with his biological father and three siblings 35 years after he was put up for adoption. Pullman will play Arthur, the father who latches onto his newly recovered eldest son as a diversion from his other three underachieving children. While Pullman has mostly »
- HitFix Staff
Bill Pullman is the latest name to join pilot season.
The versatile actor has signed on to play a dad opposite "Better of Ted's" Jay Harrington in NBC's "Nathan vs. Nurture" sitcom, says The Hollywood Reporter.
The project centers on successful and hardworking surgeon Nathan (Harrington) who was adopted as a child and reunites with his birth dad Arthur (Pullman) and his bio-brothers only to find them to be the underachieving type.
It's possible that Arthur's parenting style has something to do with it. Although he's very loving, he might interfere too much in his kids lives, coddling them and praising them unconditionally, even if they're not quite successful.
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Pilots: Jay Harrington goes from 'Ted' to 'Nathan'
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"Nathan," from Sony TV, centers on an overachieving heart surgeon (Harrington) who reunites with his biological father Arthur (Pullman) and underachieving brothers 35 years after his adoption.
Arthur is an intrusive paterfamilias who loves interacting aggressively with his children and whose over-coddling, over-praising and over-loving ways may have not resulted in the most successful adults, but he's often blind to this.
The pilot reunites Pullman with NBC where he toplined the 2005 drama series "Revelations." He also guest starred on the network's crime drama "Law & Order: Specual Victims Unit" two years ago. »
- By Nellie Andreeva
Harrington's casting is the latest sign that "Ted," which drew weak ratings in its second season, is headed for cancellation. His co-star Andrea Anders has also taken a pilot (ABC's "Mr. Sunshine"), and though in both cases they're in second position to "Ted," few expect it to return at this point.
"Nathan vs. Nurture" centers on a surgeon (Harrington) who was adopted as a baby and meets his biological dad and underachieving brothers 35 years later, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It comes from "Just Shoot Me" and "Aliens in America" veterans David Guarascio and Moses Port.
Other casting news:
- Faison, who's played Dr. Chris Turk on "Scrubs" for the past nine seasons, will star in CBS' buddy-cop show "The Odds, »
Better Off Ted's Jay Harrington has been cast as the lead in the NBC comedy pilot Nathan vs. Nurture. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Nathan is in second position to Ted, but per Michael Ausiello's renewal scorecard, and anyone who watched as ABC burned off episodes of Ted, a conflict is a long shot. He'll play Nathan, "an overachieving heart surgeon who reunites with his birth father and underachieving brothers 35 years after his adoption." My first thought: Heart surgeons wear scrubs and suits. Yes. Second thought: You know what would be great, if Nathan had a much-feared female »
- Mandi Bierly
The Better Off Ted star will play an ambitious heart surgeon Despite any official word on Better Off Ted's cancellation, it seems the show's star has found a new gig. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jay Harrington has been cast as the lead for the new NBC pilot Nathan vs. Nurture.
Harrington will play a dedicated, overachieving heart surgeon, who reunites with his birth father and slacker brothers 35 years after his adoption. It was said that the gig is technically in second position to ABC's Better Off Ted, although the series wasn't expected to be renewed.
"Nurture," from Sony TV, centers on an overachieving heart surgeon (Harrington) who reunites with his birth father and underachieving brothers 35 years after his adoption.
For Harrington, the casting is formally in second position to ABC's sophomore comedy "Ted," which is not expected to be renewed. Harrington's "Ted" co-star Andrea Anders has also booked other work as the female lead on ABC's "Mr. Sunshine," another Sony comedy pilot.
Harrington is repped by Icm and A Management. »
- By Nellie Andreeva
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