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‘Now We’re Talking’ Trailer: Tommy Dewey Toplines Sports Parody Digital Series From LeBron James’ Production Company

25 August 2016 1:22 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

What can two washed up quarterbacks do after their NFL careers are over? How about try their luck on a new playing field: broadcasting. Today go90, along with WB’s Blue Ribbon Content and LeBron James’ Uninterrupted, released the first trailer for the sports-themed comedy “Now We’re Talking.”

The short-form, digital scripted show stars Tommy Dewey and Tug Coker as former pro football quarterbacks, Tug Tanner (Coker) and Tommy Arondall (Dewey), who now find themselves falling from the top of their NFL game to the bottom of their class in sports broadcasting school. The first look shows the ex-rivals forced to work together in their new sportscasting careers.

Read More: Web Series ‘Spring Street’ Sets a Musical Thriller Against a Diverse NYC Backdrop

In addition to Dewey and Coker, the cast of includes Malcolm Barrett, Molly Ephraim, Fred Melamed, Kevin Bigley and Eamon Sheehan and features a number of »

- Liz Calvario

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‘Now We’re Talking’ Trailer: Tommy Dewey Toplines Sports Parody Digital Series From LeBron James’ Production Company

25 August 2016 1:22 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

What can two washed up quarterbacks do after their NFL careers are over? How about try their luck on a new playing field: broadcasting. Today go90, along with WB’s Blue Ribbon Content and LeBron James’ Uninterrupted, released the first trailer for the sports-themed comedy “Now We’re Talking.”

The short-form, digital scripted show stars Tommy Dewey and Tug Coker as former pro football quarterbacks, Tug Tanner (Coker) and Tommy Arondall (Dewey), who now find themselves falling from the top of their NFL game to the bottom of their class in sports broadcasting school. The first look shows the ex-rivals forced to work together in their new sportscasting careers.

Read More: Web Series ‘Spring Street’ Sets a Musical Thriller Against a Diverse NYC Backdrop

In addition to Dewey and Coker, the cast of includes Malcolm Barrett, Molly Ephraim, Fred Melamed, Kevin Bigley and Eamon Sheehan and features a number of »

- Liz Calvario

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Review: ‘Casual’ Season 2 Finale Makes the Leap to Must-See TV

23 August 2016 9:01 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Casual” didn’t elevate to the level of truly great television by chance.

Under creator Zander Lehmann and his talented group of writers (including Liz Tigelaar, whose talents were recently recognized by Showtime), “Casual” has benefitted from the elevated communication and connection between the show’s characters. In IndieWire’s review of Season 2’s first half, we noted how the dialogue between those characters was enhanced by how comfortable we were with them.

And because we were getting to know more about Alex (Tommy Dewey), Valerie (Michaela Watkins) and Laura (Tara Lynne Barr), so, too, were they getting to know each other better.

In reality, that meant Lehmann and team had time to sit with their subjects, insightfully recognizing their strengths. The trio grew magnificently over the back half of Season 2 into the beautiful, unique individuals we TV devotees always want to see and so rarely get to glimpse.

Just as importantly, »

- Ben Travers

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Review: ‘Casual’ Season 2 Finale Makes the Leap to Must-See TV

23 August 2016 9:01 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In IndieWire’s review of Season 2’s first half, we noted how the latest from “Casual” benefitted from communication and connection; the dialogue between characters was enhanced by our comfortability with them. And because we were getting to know Alex (Tommy Dewey), Valerie (Michaela Watkins) and Laura (Tara Lynne Barr) all the better, so, too, were they getting to know each other better.

In reality, that meant creator Zander Lehmann and his talented group of writers (shout-out to Liz Tigelaar, whose talents were recently recognized by Showtime) had time to sit with their subjects, insightfully recognizing their strengths. The trio grew magnificently over the back half of Season 2 into the beautiful, unique individuals we TV devotees always want to see and so rarely get to glimpse.

Just as importantly, their conversations became equally unique, culminating with a Season 2 finale that marked the best episode of “Casual” to date and elevated »

- Ben Travers

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Michael Cera, Brett Gelman Starring in Dark Comedy ‘Lemon’

17 August 2016 8:51 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Brett Gelman, Michael Cera, and Judy Greer are starring in the independent dark comedy “Lemon” from Burn Later Productions and Killer Films.

“Lemon” marks Janicza Bravo’s feature debut. She and Gelman co-wrote the script, in which Gelman plays an out-of-work actor who tries to stop his life from unraveling after he’s dumped by his blind girlfriend, portrayed by Greer.

The cast includes Nia LongFred MelamedShiri ApplebyRhea PerlmanDavid PaymerGillian JacobsMegan MullallyMartin StarrJeff Garlin, and Marla Gibbs. “Lemon” has been shooting in Los Angeles.

Lemon is produced by Paul Bernon, Sam Slater, and David Bernon from Burn Later ProductionsHan West (“One Night”), and Houston King (“Results”). Executive producers are Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa of Killer Films (“Carol”), Bravo and Gelman.

Rowan Riley of Burn Later Productions is co-producing. Financing was arranged by ICM Partners and UTA, which are representing the film’s rights. »

- Dave McNary

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Brett Gelman-Starring Indie ‘Lemon’ Wraps; Janicza Bravo’s Feature Directorial Debut

17 August 2016 8:15 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Brett Gelman is toplining Lemon, an indie drama he co-wrote with Janicza Bravo, who made her feature helming debut on the project. Burn Later Productions and Killer Films are producing and the pic just wrapped principal photography. The cast includes Gelman’s Married co-star Judy Greer , Michael Cera, Nia Long, Fred Melamed, Shiri Appleby, Rhea Perlman, David Paymer, Gillian Jacobs, Megan Mullally, Martin Starr, Jeff Garlin and Marla Gibbs. Bravo and Gelman wrote Lemon… »

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Us Briefs: Burn Later Productions, Killer Films cast 'Lemon'

16 August 2016 6:39 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Brett Gelman, Judy GreerMichael Cera and Nia Long have signed on to Janicza Bravo’s drama.

Bravo’s feature directorial debut centres on an unemployed actor whose blind girlfriend leaves him.

Fred Melamed, Shiri Appleby and Rhea Perlman will also star in Lemon for Burn Later Productions and Killer Films.

Ben-Hur star Toby Kebbell, Sofia Vergara, James Marsden and Lucy Punch will star alongside Whitney Cumming in her directorial debut The Female Brain. Black Bicycle Entertainment is financing the comedic project about brain chemistry among couples based on the book by neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine. Erika Olde produces with Night and Day Pictures’ Michael Roiff.The New York Film Festival has unveiled Projections, its avant-garde slate of 11 programmes comprising film and video that explore the essence of the moving image. Selections screen from October 7-9 and include the Us premiere of Eduardo Williams’ Argentina-Brazil-Portugal co-production The Human Surge. The festival runs from September 30-October 16. Click here for »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Us Briefs: Arthur Hiller, 'Love Story' director, dies at 92

16 August 2016 6:39 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: Burn Later Productions, Killer Films cast Lemon; and more…

Former Academy president Arthur Hiller, who earned an Oscar nomination for Love Story and also directed Silver Streak, died on Wednesday in Los Angeles of natural causes. He was 92.

“I was a member of the board during his presidency and fortunate enough to witness first-hand his dedication to the Academy and his lifelong passion for visual storytelling,” said current Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

Hiller received the Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2001 for his philanthropic commitment to numerous charitable organisations, educational institutions and civil rights groups.

He served as Academy president from 1993 to 1997 and was president of the Directors Guild Of America from 1989 to 1993.

Hiller is survived by his daughter, Erica Hiller Carpenter, his son, Henryk, and five grandchildren. Gwen Hiller, his wife of 68 years, died in June.

Brett Gelman, Judy GreerMichael CeraNia Long, Fred Melamed, Shiri Appleby and [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Netflix Renews ‘Lady Dynamite,’ ‘Chelsea,’ ‘Real Rob’ for Second Seasons

27 July 2016 1:30 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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

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Maria Bamford Presents the ‘Lady Dynamite Collection’ in New Infomercial for Netflix Series

15 June 2016 3:02 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

If you haven’t been watching “Lady Dynamite,” Maria Bamford has a message for you. Netflix has unveiled a new infomercial-style call to action on behalf of the new series, which puts the renowned comedian front and center in 12 semi-autobiographical episodes. Bamford narrates the spot presenting the “Lady Dynamite Collection,” which promises to “changes you for most of the rest of your life, probably — guaranteed.”

Read More: Maria Bamford Needed Help — With Her Mental Health, and Making ‘Lady Dynamite

“Imagine a group of people who make you laugh, cry and wonder where it all went right,” she says before unveiling the Collection, which consists mainly of a list of “comedy superstars” appearing on the show: Judd Apatow, Tig Notaro, Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, Mary Kay Place, Fred Melamed, Ed Begley Jr. and more. “Think you’ve seen all Lady Dynamite has to offer?” she asks near the end. “You’re so stupid. »

- Michael Nordine

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Maria Bamford Presents the ‘Lady Dynamite Collection’ in New Infomercial for Netflix Series

15 June 2016 3:02 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If you haven’t been watching “Lady Dynamite,” Maria Bamford has a message for you. Netflix has unveiled a new infomercial-style call to action on behalf of the new series, which puts the renowned comedian front and center in 12 semi-autobiographical episodes. Bamford narrates the spot presenting the “Lady Dynamite Collection,” which promises to “changes you for most of the rest of your life, probably — guaranteed.”

Read More: Maria Bamford Needed Help — With Her Mental Health, and Making ‘Lady Dynamite

“Imagine a group of people who make you laugh, cry and wonder where it all went right,” she says before unveiling the Collection, which consists mainly of a list of “comedy superstars” appearing on the show: Judd Apatow, Tig Notaro, Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, Mary Kay Place, Fred Melamed, Ed Begley Jr. and more. “Think you’ve seen all Lady Dynamite has to offer?” she asks near the end. “You’re so stupid.”

Read More: ExclusiveLady Dynamite’ Season 1 Poster Gets Inside Maria Bamford’s Head

The first season of “Lady Dynamite” premiered to strong reviews on May 20, with all episodes instantly available.

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- Michael Nordine

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Watch: Offbeat Comedy Short 'You Are Whole' Directed by Laura Spini

7 June 2016 10:28 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Do you ever suffer from feelings of weariness?" It's time to feature another excellent short film. This one is called You Are Whole, and it's written and directed by Laura Spini, playing at numerous film festivals all over the world before landing online. The short stars well-known actor Fred Melamed as a spiritualist missionary who becomes mistaken for a serial killer in a sleepy British seaside town. This takes a bit to get going, but it's pretty good. The comedy is dark but intelligent and she nailed the casting with Melamed. It's the kind of short that makes you think more than anything. Looking forward to seeing Spini make a feature. Short description for this film from Vimeo: "An offbeat comedy short about a spiritualist missionary who becomes mistaken for a serial killer in a sleepy British seaside town." You Are Whole is written and directed by Laura Spini, produced by Laurence Brook. »

- Alex Billington

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2016 Emmy Contenders: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy

7 June 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Since 2010, the Emmy for supporting actor in a comedy has been shared between two shows, “Modern Family” and “Veep.” Tony Hale looks like a sure bet to score another nom after two wins, though the “Veep” ensemble is so strong, the entire category could comprise actors on the show. Likewise, the “Modern Family” cast is flawless, though two-time winners Eric Stonestreet and Ty Burrell have thus far been rewarded while Ed O’Neill and Jesse Tyler Ferguson have not.

Another great TV family can be found on “Transparent,” which could benefit Jay Duplass. Likewise, Laurence Fishburne is a standout as the grandfather on “Black-ish.”

And while technically not related, the supporting actors who make up the dysfunctional family of “Silicon Valley” are an embarrassment of riches — T.J. Miller should score a nomination just for his scene in episode four in which he delivers his lines while coughing and laughing simultaneously after a harsh bong hit. »

- Jenelle Riley

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2016 Emmy Contenders: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

7 June 2016 2:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

A previous winner for “The West Wing,” Bradley Whitford was awarded his second Emmy last year thanks to his work as Marcy on “Transparent.” Whitford could well repeat [for playing a different character, Magnus Hirschfeld], or he could be stopped by one of multiple funny men playing themselves.

Saturday Night Live” always takes up spots on this list with its hosts and this year gave us a lot to choose from, including a giggly Ryan Gosling and the emotional return of Tracy Morgan. Still, it will be hard to top the hosting gig of “SNL’s” resident Bernie Sanders impersonator Larry David when he appeared opposite the actual Democratic candidate. David practically joined the “SNL” cast this year, popping in from time to time to play the presidential candidate in sketches.

Also stealing scenes in the political world were Martin Mull, Peter MacNicol and John Slattery in “Veep.” MacNicol has already won one Emmy, for “Ally McBeal, »

- Jenelle Riley

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Why Maria Bamford's 'Lady Dynamite' is 2016's Must-See TV Show

19 May 2016 10:33 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

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 »

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Review: Maria Bamford gets weird, self-aware, and very funny in 'Lady Dynamite'

19 May 2016 6:05 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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Here's what happens when you let Ana Gasteyer go off the rails

18 May 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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TV Review: ‘Lady Dynamite’

17 May 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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

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What's New on TV, Netflix, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: May 16-22

16 May 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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.

On May 16, "Castle" is saying goodbye not just to Stana Katic's Detective Kate Beckett and Tamala Jones's Lanie Parish, who were already announced as leaving, but to the entire show, »

- Gina Carbone

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Lady Dynamite Trailer: Maria Bamford Loses Her $#*!, Finds Superman(s)

21 April 2016 5:27 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Maria Bamford (Arrested Development, the gone-too-soon Benched) has a love-hate relationship with Superman in the first trailer for her Netflix comedy Lady Dynamite (premiering Friday, May 20).

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The comedienne cozies up to Brandon Routh and punches Dean Cain in the star-studded preview, which also features Lennon Parham (Playing House), Ana Gasteyer (Suburgatory), Andy Daly (Review), Fred Melamed (Casual), Bridget Everett (Inside Amy Schumer), Ed Begley, Jr. (Better Call Saul), Sarah Silverman (Masters of Sex) and — whew! — Jason Mantzoukas (Brooklyn Nine-Nine).

Per Netflix’s official logline, Lady Dynamite “tells »

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