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He's our closest look yet at the upcoming DreamWorks Animation Television series, The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show. Starring Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live, Rick & Morty) as Mr. Peabody and Max Charles (returning from the Mr. Peabody movie) as Sherman, the program debuts exclusively on Netflix October 9th. The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show presents the co-hosts interviewing a menagerie of historical figures, like George Washington and Edgar Allen Poe, as well as time traveling (as in their classic Jay Ward cartoons) via the Wabac machine to the days of history’s most prominent figures, who are bent on accomplishing anything but what they’re known for – if not for a little help from Peabody. Historical figures Mr. Peabody and Sherman visit in the first several episodes include Napoleon, Cleopatra, Mozart, and Marco Polo. Peabody and Sherman is DreamWorks Animation Television’s seventh show under a long-term multi-episode deal with Netflix. »
- Jerry Beck
'Hotel Transylvania 2.' 'Hotel Transylvania 2' far surpasses expectations at domestic box office: Adam Sandler a hit when heard but not seen Adam Sandler has been having his share of domestic box office flops lately. Chris Columbus' Pixels, which opened in late July to scathing reviews and indifferent audiences, was the latest one: a reported $88 million production (plus marketing and distribution expenses) that earned $76.67 million in the U.S. and Canada (plus an estimated $145.1 million elsewhere). But now comes the Sony Pictures release Hotel Transylvania 2, the concisely titled sequel to the late Sept. 2012 hit Hotel Transylvania. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the $80-85 million-budgeted animated feature should open around $48 million from 3,754 theaters according to early weekend box office estimates found at Deadline.com. The report adds that some “rival studio box office analysts” believe Hotel Transylvania 2 may actually pass the $50 million mark. On Friday, Sept. 25, '15, it collected a better than expected (estimated) $13.5 million. »
- Zac Gille
Today, Amazon revealed its latest lineup its fall pilot season. All of the Amazon pilots will premiere later this year exclusively on Amazon Video, allowing for Amazon customers to watch and rate them, and the casts of these potential series include some well-known television actors, including Anna Camp (True Blood), Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck), Terry O’Quinn (Lost), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Chris Parnell (Archer), Mary Lynn Rajskub (24), and Christina Ricci (Pan Am). This fall’s Amazon pilots include Good Girls Revolt, a powerful story set in 1969 about a group of young women seeking to be treated fairly and ultimately sparking changes that upend marriages, careers, love and friendship; Z, a half-hour bio-series pilot of Lost Generation legend Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald and her passionate love affair with iconic author F. Scott Fitzgerald; Highston, a family comedy about invisible celebrity friendships; and Edge, a western set in the post-Civil War era where one cowboy doles out his… »
- Chris King
This fall, for the sixth time, Amazon Studios will simultaneously premiere a batch of new pilots and ask for input from its viewers. The programming wing of the online retailer has announced the six programs that will make up this new pilot season, and as we expect, there are plenty of familiar names and intriguing premises among the loglines.
Two of the new pilots are particularly star-studded. One, Highston, was first revealed back in April. It comes from executive producer Sacha Baron Cohen and centers on its titular teenager, who interacts with famous people only he can see, much to the chagrin of his parents (played by Chris Parnell and Mary Lynn Rajskub). Another pilot, One Mississippi, is based on the life of Tig Notaro and co-written by Notaro and Juno’s Diablo Cody. Louis C.K. serves as one of that project’s executive producers.
Amazon’s recent pilot seasons »
- Sam Gutelle
Amazon has released first looks at its line-up for its next pilot preview season, which includes shows starring Max Martini (The Unit), Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck), Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect), Mary Lynn Rajskub (24), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Tig Notaro and others.
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As Amazon does, the pilots will premiere sometime this fall, then get a green light (or not) based on viewer feedback. Synopses/photos follow:
Amazon has finalized its lineup for the fall pilot season, with six half-hour projects boasting a multitude of well-known producers, directors and actors. Populating the first two groups are Louis C.K., Sacha Baron Cohen, Diablo Cody, Tig Notaro, and Shane Black, among many others. The on-screen category contains Anna Camp, Flea, Ryan Kwanten, Shaquille O’Neal, Terry O’Quinn, Chris Parnell, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Christina Ricci, and David Strathairn. Once again, Amazon customers will be invited to watch and provide feedback on the shows they want to see turned into full series for Prime members. “Our latest pilot season brings »
- Tony Maglio
Returns Sunday, September 27th at 8:30 pm (Et) on Fox
Where We Are: Season three begins this fall; 45 episodes have already aired
What You Need To Know: The crew of the Nine-Nine division includes Detective Jake Peralta, a good detective who is not so good with other aspects of his life, who works alongside Detective Amy Santiago, a rigid, meticulous law enforcement official who seeks validation unabashedly, as well as Detective Rosa Diaz, a gruff, stand-offish individual who nonetheless can be a very supportive friend when needed, Detective Charles Boyle, a food connoisseur and self-admitted people pleaser, and Sergeant Terry Jeffords, a tough but fair captain who »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Start with the title: Clown Car! may sound like the movie someone will inevitably make about the 2016 presidential campaign, but how about evoking those great Seventies wacky-journey films like Death Race 2000, Vanishing Point or Smokey and the Bandit?
When I raised the question on Twitter, suggestions included All the President's Wanna-Bes, Every Which Way But Left, Cannonball Rug, A Kochwork Orange and the subtly appropriate Hair.
All excellent ideas, and we may have to put the movie name to a separate vote. Right now, though, the more pressing question is »
If you had told us, prior to San Diego Comic-Con 2015, that the cast of Archer would be the toughest group to get spoilers from, we wouldn’t have believed you.
But as you will find in Michael Ausiello’s Q&A with the actors — including Aisha Tyler, Judy Greer, Chris Parnell and Jessica Walter — the voices behind the animated FX-turned-fxx series aren’t willing to spill much about the upcoming seventh season.
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That’s not to say a few intriguing hints weren’t dropped. According to Greer, Season 7 will feature two “big, »
“It was an idea that Gene and I had playing out on the court,” Sisto said at Broad Green’s special screening Thursday at the Tcl Chinese Theatre. “There hasn’t been one about tennis — the white trash version of tennis. We tried to bring it down to the ground where people can relate to it even if they don’t know the sport.”
Sisto plays man-child Jimmy Price, whose crassness and reveling in making people uncomfortable pushes all his doubles partners away, forcing him to team up with his estranged brother Darren, played by David Walton, to make a run at a high-profile tennis tournament.
While none of the cast claimed to be bad at the sport in real life, »
- Jacob Bryant
NBC has shown a modest amount of interest in digital video production, and once its new competition concludes, The Peacock will get to work on its first original web series. NBC has shared five pilots on YouTube, and the one that receives the most votes from viewers will receive a full digital series order.
The five pilots are all part of NBC Playground, a talent search that recently awarded TV pilots to its two winners. The shows vying for the digital series spot are all finalists in the Playground program, having outlasted a pool of more than 2,100 applicants.
So what are the competing pilots like? For the most part, they all adopt the standard web series starting point of “young people trying to make it in the big city.” The most unique plot synopsis within the group belongs to Wolfgirl, which stars Melissa Hunter (the creator of the web series »
- Sam Gutelle
Netflix has announced an October 9th premiere date for "The New Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show," a new original series from DreamWorks Animation.
The thirteen-episode half-hour series is based on Jay Ward's 1960s animated shorts that first aired during his "Rocky & Bullwinkle Show" and followed bespectacled canine Mr. Peabody and his pet boy Sherman as they travel through time.
In the new take, the duo are late night comedy show hosts in a swank Manhattan penthouse who bring the historical guests to them including the likes of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Napoleon Bonaparte and Edgar Allan Poe.
The series follows on from DreamWorks' attempt at an animated feature based on the property in early 2014 that proved a major bomb at the box-office. One key difference is that the show uses 2D animation, instead of the 3D CGI used in the film, for a hand-drawn look echoing Ward's original shorts.
- Garth Franklin
The animated comedy will been shown on the channel as part of a wider deal for Adult Swim content, which will see a branded block air on Thursdays from 11pm.
Rick and Morty follows the adventures of alcoholic scientist Rick and his grandson Morty, who travel around the universe using inter-dimensional travel.
“If I die in a cage I lose a bet.”
Hearing Justin Roiland’s grotesquely burp-punctuated line delivery after a year of Rick And Morty‘s absence from the air feels like being rebaptized in slime at the world’s worst and most exciting revival church. ‘A Rickle in Time,’ no relation to the beloved series of children’s books by Madeline L’Engle, wastes no time getting back into the crude, conceptually dense chaos that makes this series such a treat. Having spent six months fucking around on an Earth unstuck from time, Rick, Morty, and Summer finally unfreeze the whole mess. It’s a clever sci-fi plot counting on the audience remembering exactly how season 1 ended, with Rick freezing time to prevent Beth and Jerry from seeing all the damage done to their home by his out of control party.
As it turns out, being unstuck from time »
- Gretchen Felker-Martin
The future of Dan Harmon's "Community" remains very much up in the air (at this point, if Yahoo orders another season, it would likely be a "Community: The New Class" approach, with Joel McHale, Jim Rash and a bunch of newbies). The future of Harmon and Justin Roiland's Adult Swim series "Rick and Morty," on the other hand, seems so secure that, in an interview earlier this week, the two creators made several casual references to things they intend to do in season 3. "Rick and Morty" began in Roiland's mind as an R-rated "Back to the Future" parody where Doc Brown relationship with Marty McFly is much darker and crueler. As Harmon explained to me last year, it evolved into its current imaginative sci-fi form where Rick is the drunk super-genius grandfather of Morty (both voiced by Roiland), forever taking his grandson on disturbing adventures across time, space, »
- Alan Sepinwall
TheWrap and Geek Media Ventures joined forces at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con for a series of panels featuring top writers behind some of Hollywood’s most beloved genre films and TV shows. The “Inside The Writers Room: The Series” on Saturday night in Hall H, moderated by Sony Pictures TV’s Senior VP of Drama Development and Production Chris Parnell, featured a lively discussion about the creative process, show runner tips and how to turn bad ideas into good ones. Panelists included Gabrielle Stanton (“Haven”), Michael Narducci (“The Originals”), Gennifer Hutchison (“Breaking Bad,” “Better Call Saul”), Steve Holland (“The Big Bang Theory »
- Matt Donnelly
NBC has set September 17 for the premiere of Jeff Dunham: Unhinged In Hollywood, a one-hour special to be taped next month at the Dolby Theatre, site of the Academy Awards. The special, to air from 8-9 Pm, will include a performance by Brad Paisley and guest appearances by Chris Parnell and former Ufc champion Chuck Liddell in addition to Dunham’s cohorts. NBC says there will be new stand-up bits and behind-the-scences sketches. Dunham and his sometimes PC-free… »
Comedian and ventroiloquist Jeff Dunham will star in a primetime comedy special set to air on NBC in the fall. “Jeff Dunham: Unhinged in Hollywood” will feature new stand-up and behind-the-scenes sketches, including guest appearances by country musician Brad Paisley, former Ufc champion Chuck Liddell and Chris Parnell. The special will tape at the Dolby Theater on Aug. 19 to air on NBC Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. Also read: A Peek Inside the Ingenious Mind Of Comedian Jeff Dunham (Guest Blog) “NBC has been very good to me over the years,” said Dunham, “and it’s a true honor to »
- Reid Nakamura
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