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"..three 'intelligence-challenged' rockers (Fraser, Buscemi, Sandler) decide to take drastic action after their music continually falls on deaf ears.
"They break into a radio station, hoping to get their demo played on the air.
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- Michael Stevens
While Tom Chadwick is uncovering his family roots, HBO is hoping that viewers will want to follow along and watch the Family Tree TV series. Will they renew it for another season or cancel the show instead? We shall see.
Family Tree airs on Sunday nights and there are eight episodes. The show's cast is made up of Chris O'Dowd, Nina Conti, and Tom Bennett. Created by Christopher Guest, the first season also features appearances by Carrie Aizley, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley, Jr., Maria Blasucci, Matt Griesser, Christopher Guest, Don Lake, Michael McKean, Lisa Palfrey, Jim Piddock, Kevin Pollak, Amy Seimetz, Meera Syal, Ashley Walters and Fred Willard.
Below are the most recent ratings for the first season of Family Tree. The TV show's ratings are the best way to tell if a series will be cancelled or renewed for another season. These figures »
Alright, let’s get this party started. “Why would you consider?,” you may ask. Well, anything created by Christopher Guest (This is Spinal Tab) and starring The It Crowd’s Chris O’Dowd is widely considered to be a party. Alright, fine, maybe not “widely” considered, but being a fan of both, it’s definitely a party to me. The Irish comedian is an up-and-coming star, who is currently getting some decent roles in Hollywood flicks (most notably in Bridesmaids) and will hopefully establish himself as a solid leading man in the future. He truly deserves it. Nevertheless, the character he plays wasn’t even the funniest character in the series premiere of Family Tree, which is Guest’s newest mockumentary. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the director’s work, he’s well-known for writing outlines instead of screenplays and letting his actors improvise the dialogue — think »
- Paulo Lazo
"Family Tree," the new HBO comedy from Christopher Guest, premiered Sunday (May 12), telling the story of Tom Chadwick (Chris O'Dowd), who begins to explore his family heritage after inheriting a box of trinkets from a great aunt he never met.
The premiere is chock full of charm, allowing O'Dowd to capitalize on the good will he generated from his revelatory turn in "Bridesmaids." But is charm enough to sell a comedy? The premiere also feels like it's crawling towards its end -- not an indicator of high-quality comedy.
Sure, it has to introduce a world -- tonight, we meet Tom's dad Keith (played by Guest regular Michael McKean) and sister Bea (played by Nina Conti), along with best friend Pete Stupples (Tom Bennett). But is that world enough of an excuse to avoid actual laughs?
There's a strange subplot with Bea, who carries with her a monkey hand puppet to reveal her honest thoughts. »
I've already published my review of HBO's "Family Tree," as well as an interview with co-creator Christopher Guest. Now it's your turn. What did everybody think of the latest bit of improvisational silliness from Guest and company? Did the usual formula work with a saner leading man? Is it harder to buy Michael McKean as an Englishman if his co-stars are actually from the UK? How did you feel about Bea and Monkey? Would you buy a climate-controlled shoe tree? And will you watch again? Like a Guest movie, "Family Tree" is a bit of a slow build in both story (Tom has just barely started exploring »
- Alan Sepinwall
Given his history, it’s a wonder Christopher Guest and HBO haven’t hooked up sooner, what with the cultish devotion to his understated satires “Best in Show” and “A Mighty Wind.” Yet the actual wedding, “Family Tree,” bears rather disappointing fruit, so droll and dry as to be nearly taste-free, with only the occasional hint of bite. Hamstrung in part by a slim premise, the show possesses star power with Chris O’Dowd as its searching protagonist, but with apologies to Guest’s beloved “This Is Spinal Tap,” on a scale of 1 to 10, this British-u.S. collaboration is about a 5.
O’Dowd plays Tom Chadwick, a Londoner recently dumped by both his girlfriend and employer, whose father (longtime Guest collaborator Michael McKean) presents him with a box from Tom’s deceased great aunt. In it, he finds a picture of his great-grandfather Harry, which sets him upon a journey »
- Brian Lowry
Chicago – Christopher Guest, the beloved writer/director behind “Best in Show” and “Waiting For Guffman,” comes to TV this weekend with the premiere of HBO’s “Family Tree” and the result is something unique for television comedy — a show that doesn’t force the laughs as much as build likable characters. Don’t get me wrong. There are major “laugh set-pieces” in the first few episodes of “Family Tree,” such as an amazing first date gone wrong and a race with people dressed like horses and other animals, but the jokes come at a more casual pace than we’re accustomed to with television comedy and Guest seems more laid back than in his more manic films. The result of the slower pace makes for a show that I’m guessing many will wish was more laugh-inducing funny but few shows this season have produced a more consistent smile than HBO’s new offering. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The ventriloquist daughter of Tom Conti is in the running for a Bafta – just as her latest show premieres in the Us
Sunday night is a big night for Nina Conti. The actor and comedian is up for a Bafta for her documentary Her Master's Voice, while her new sitcom Family Tree premieres on Us television, before its arrival on BBC2 later this year.
Yet Conti is not alone in hoping for plaudits this evening. Poised to share the glory will be Monkey, the ventriloquist's dummy that has helped her become a star in the space of a few years.
"I do laugh when I hear myself saying I am a ventriloquist," said Conti this weekend. "I am definitely suited to it though. I took it and ran with it quite hungrily. It is not for everyone, but it is just the chance to write for a character."
The daughter of the actor Tom Conti, »
- Vanessa Thorpe
On TV this weekend: Kristen Wiig comes home to Saturday Night Live, a former cylon develops Dangerous Intuition and HBO starts to grow its Family Tree. Meanwhile, Once Upon a Time, Revenge, Survivor, Bob’s Burgers and American Dad! finish their seasons. Here are 15 programs to keep on your radar.
Saturday, May 11
8 pm Dangerous Intuition (Lifetime) | Battlestar Galactica hottie Tricia Helfer stars in this made-for-tv psychological thriller about a career woman who has premonitions that her husband’s new squeeze is out to hurt their daughter. David Cubitt (Medium) and Dylan Neal (Dawson’s Creek) also star.
8 pm Smash (NBC »
- Kimberly Roots
Family Tree Sundays beginning May 12 HBO, 10:30pm Et The Christopher Guest troupe of actors from films like Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show and For Your Consideration seem like a little family all their own. So it’s only appropriate that they finally got around to making a show about a family. With Family Tree, Guest brings his celebrated improv mockumentary style to HBO, along with actors such as Michael McKean, Fred Willard, Bob Balaban and Ed Begley Jr., in a story about 30-year-old Tom Chadwick (Chris O’Dowd), a British man who has recently lost his job and his girlfriend. [...]
- Stacey Harrison
It can't be easy to learn that one's ancestor is a literal horse's ass. But sad-sack Londoner Tom Chadwick takes such news in stride, again quite literally, as he acquires his great-grandfather's horse costume from a long-ago pantomime show, and after trying the rear end on for size, adds it to his collection of quirky family keepsakes.
HBO's droll-to-the-point-of-precious and occasionally delightful Family Tree (Sunday, 10:30/9:30c) follows Tom on an offbeat personal odyssey into his cloudy lineage. "In our clan, family is what disappears when you're not looking at it," says his retired dad, who keeps busy inventing useless objects like a fan for shoe trees. The dad is played by Michael McKean, who like the rest of the cast often talks directly into the camera, mock-documentary/improvisation style. The casting and the format are two of the more obvious signs that Tree is a Christopher Guest production. »
- Matt Roush
Family Tree, a new faux documentary series on HBO, chronicles one man’s attempts to discover his lineage.
After losing his job and his girlfriend, Tom Chadwick (played by Chris O’Dowd) receives a box of things belonging to a great aunt he never knew. This prompts him to begin investigating his past.
The show, created by Christopher Guest (Best in Show) and Jim Piddock (The Five-Year Engagement), features a lot of improvised dialogue by veteran actors — many of whom have worked with Guest in the past. Familiar faces Ed Begley, Jr., Fred Willard, Michael McKean, Nina Conti, and Bob Balaban »
- Amanda Taylor
Christopher Guest has spent much of his brilliant career exploring the fine line between stupid and clever, as one his bandmates in “This Is Spinal Tap” put it. The characters in the Guest school of improvised mockumentary comedy are inevitably delusional about something, whether their talent, their level of celebrity, or their romantic life. Yet even though his movies — notably “Spinal Tap” (directed by Rob Reiner but co-written by Reiner, Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer) and his late ‘90s/early ‘00s trio of “Waiting for Guffman,” “Best in Show” and “A Mighty Wind” — feature ridiculous, oblivious people, there’s almost always »
- Alan Sepinwall
On TV this weekend: Zach Galifianakis hangs over at Studio 8H, Jason Collins outlines his Next Chapter, American Dad! hits a milestone, Revenge re-engages; and The Amazing Race, The Mentalist and three other shows finish their seasons. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 15 programs to keep on your radar.
Saturday, May 4
8 pm Cops (Fox) | Season 25 finale: Officers from the Las Vegas Metro Pd stop a woman who appears to be soliciting prostitution on the Strip. Heavens to Betsy! A prostitute? In Las Vegas? »
- Kimberly Roots
The final Happy Endings happy hour of Happy Endings season 3 was all about family. In the first episode "Deuce Babylove 2: Electric BabyDeuce" we had a visit from Penny's mom Dana and Dave's dad Big dave, played by Megan Mullally and Michael McKean respectively. In "Brothas and Sisters" Jane and Alex's big sister Brooke was in town for her wedding.
Now I know what you're all thinking...there's a third Kerkovich sister?!? I was pretty darn surprised myself. All you really need to know about her is that she out-Jane's Jane. But we'll get to that in a minute.
It's no secret that Happy Endings has suffered at the hands of ABC scheduling, first getting knocked out for a month and a half for Celebrity Wife Swap with Coolio and Kate Gosselin. Really America? That's sad. Then it was bumped to Fridays which everyone knows is kind of a death sentence in the TV world. »
- email@example.com (Leigh Raines)
It’s tempting to recap a show like Happy Endings by just transcribing every line and saying ”this was hilarious,” but let’s savor the hour a little more. The gang begins ”Deuce Babylove 2: Electric Babydeuce” hanging out with Penny’s mom, Dana (Megan Mullally), and Dave’s Dad, Big Dave (Michael McKean). When no one can hang out with Max, everyone starts to think about how much time the group actually spends together. Really, it’s just breakfast four or five times a week and drinks every evening. Oh, and they deliver all important news in person. That »
- Sarah Caldwell
The "Happy Endings" finale airs tonight, and there are many, many reasons (some of them mentioned in this ah-mah-zing list) we're hoping against hope that the gang returns on some network, someday.
The six-person "Happy Endings" ensemble is a well-oiled machine, but as you can see from the clip above, the comedy can incorporate good new characters quite easily. In the first of the finale Season 3 episodes that air tonight, Dave's dad Big Dave (Michael McKean) and Penny's mom Dana (Megan Mullally) arrive in town, and not surprisingly, Dana engages in some non-chalant oversharing. Thank goodness Penny (Casey Wilson) is used to that kind of thing from her eccentric mom.
"She is a force. She's so funny. She's so wacky and sweet," Wilson said of working with Mullally in a recent interview with HuffPost TV. "We have a really great synergy -- we're always on the same page in some way. »
- The Huffington Post
On TV this Friday: Merlin returns for its final run of episodes, Happy Endings wraps (forever?) with babies and a bride, the Reagans are Blue indeed after tragedy and Marc Maron gets going on IFC. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Nikita (The CW) | Cyrus returns to help Nikita, Michael and Alex try to regain control of Division’s full-of-secrets black box, which is now (naturally) in Amanda’s evil little hands.
8 pm Undercover Boss (CBS) | The president of Orkin’s parent company finds out what bugs his employees as he tackles a major cockroach infestation (ick) and swarming bees. »
- Kimberly Roots
Ok, if you’re a fan of American Dad, chances are, you have seen Roger in all these disguises. But, you’ve never seen them all collected in one montage like they are in this clip that Fox put together to commemorate the show’s 150th episode (airing Sunday at 9:30/8:30c).
Related | Season Finale Scoopapalooza: More Than 100 Spoilers on Your Fave Series’ Endgames, Including Arrow, The Vampire Diaries, NCIS, Glee and More!
- Andy Patrick
Christopher Guest has, over the course of his filmmaking career, developed a distinct comedic style, one that has garnered him critical acclaim and a loyal following. Like many auteurs, Guest will soon be taking his talent to the ever-growing television medium, having inked a deal with cable channel HBO to co-create a show with Jim Piddock. The show, titled Family Tree, centres around a man in his 30s trying to figure out his lineage, and the characters and stories within, and sees rising comedian Chris O’Dowd take the lead role alongside Nina Conti, Tom Bennett, Michael McKean, Ed Begley Jr., Bob Balaban, Kevin Pollak, Amy Seimetz, and Fred Willard.
To give new viewers a better idea of what’s in store, HBO now gives people an opportunity to make their own awkward family photos. Until May 19th, fans can go to this website and create their own awkward portrait, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
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