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Pioneering the new genre of greeting card comedy noir, Netflix has released a trailer for Bob Odenkirk’s new dark comedy Girlfriend’s Day. The film sees Odenkirk play a down-on-his luck penner of smarmy odes to mothers, fathers, and all the other standard recipients of Hallmark’s industrially packaged warmth, whose life takes a turn for the surreal when the government announces a greeting card contest for a new holiday, and all the best entrants wind up dead.
Besides the pleasure of Odenkirk as a deadpan, bumfight-loving former romantic, Girlfriend’s Day is stuffed with recognizable comedy names. Andy Richter, June Diane Raphael, Natasha Lyonne, Toby Huss, and even Odenkirk’s old Breaking Bad co-star Steven Michael Quezada all stop by to turn his hapless protagonist’s life into a saccharine-tinged hell. Girlfriend’s Day debuts (of course) on Valentine’s Day, February 14.
- William Hughes
"I hate optimistic people. They bum me out with their upbeat attitude." Netflix has unveiled a trailer for a dark comedy called Girlfriend's Day, co-written by and starring Bob Odenkirk as a greeting card writer. The wacky plot involves Odenkirk getting entangled in a web of murder and deceit as writers vie to create the perfect card for a new holiday: Girlfriend's Day. It's described as a "clever and quirky story about love, loss and the worst place to get a paper cut." The full cast includes Amber Tamblyn, Natasha Lyonne, Ed Begley Jr, Stacy Keach, Rich Sommer, June Diane Raphael, Andy Richter, Stephanie Courtney and Echo Kellum. This looks much darker and weirder than expected, but I'm not so sure about this one. Here's the trailer (+ poster) for Michael Paul Stephenson's Girlfriend's Day, from Netflix's YouTube: Ever wonder who penned the perfect words to the Mother's Day card you sent last year? »
- Alex Billington
Ray Wentworth (Bob Odenkirk) is divorced, down on his luck and likes to watch bum fights, he was also once the greatest romance card writer ever.
In Netflix’s original film, “Girlfriend’s Day,” viewers will meet Ray and join him as he tries to recapture the feelings that once made him “the king of the wordsmith world” after California establishes a new holiday: Girlfriend’s Day. To commemorate the new special day, the state holds a contest to see who can write the most romantic card. As he searches for inspiration to pen the perfect poem, he unexpectedly gets entangled in a web of murder and deceit.
The comedy is written by Odenkirk, Philip Zlotorynski and Eric Hoffman and directed by Michael Paul Stephenson. The cast is rounded out by Amber Tamblyn, Natasha Lyonne, Ed Begley Jr., Stacy Keach, Rich Sommer, June Diane Raphael and Andy Richter, among others. »
- Liz Calvario
Andy Richter is everything you wanted in a high school drama teacher -- or everything you wanted to avoid.
The 50-year-old comedian guest stars on this week's episode of Life in Pieces, playing Samantha's (Holly J. Barrett) high school musical director, Julius Black, who brings an interesting approach to the school's upcoming performance of Silence of the Lambs: The Musical.
Unfortunately, Sam gets cast as Clarice's understudy in the production, prompting Heather (Betsy Brandt) to try and confront Julius about the decision.
"Look, Mrs. Hughes. If this is about the part of Clarice, I can't discuss it," Julius tells Heather while running rehearsals. "We at the school have a strict Pnis policy. We're very firm!"
"You have a what?!" Heather asks, clearly confused.
"A Pnis policy: Parental Non-Involvement at School?" he snaps back »
Some fans really love their favorite celebrities but, will viewers love a game show about them? Will the Big Fan TV show on ABC survive to see a second season or, will it be cancelled instead? Stay tuned.Hosted by Andy Richter, the Big Fan game show on is based on a segment from Jimmy Kimmel Live. In the series, three of a featured celebrity’s biggest fans compete to prove which of them is the ultimate super fan. They answer trivia and biographical questions about the star and the most knowledgeable fan then goes head-to-head with the celebrity themselves. First season celebrities include Kristen Bell, Kim Kardashian West, Matthew McConaughey, and Aaron Rodgers.Read More… »
There have been several versions of the Match Game TV show over the years but the most recent ones were cancelled after only one season. The newest incarnation on ABC survived to see a second season with mediocre ratings. Will the ratings improve? Will Match Game be renewed for a third season or, will it be cancelled instead? Stay tuned.Hosted by Alec Baldwin, Match Game features contestants trying to match the answers to "fill in the blank" questions with as many celebrities as they can. The grand prize is $25,000. Celebrity panelists on season two of this series include Jason Alexander, Cheryl Hines, Ice T, Ellie Kemper, Wayne Brady, Caroline Rhea, Amy Sedaris, Chris D'Elia, Constance Zimmer, Jane Krakowski, Rick Fox, Tituss Burgess, Andy Richter, Bellamy Young, Judy Greer, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Skylar Astin.Read More… »
6 items from 2017
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