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TVLine Items: True Blood Stud Woos New Girl, Up All Night Nabs 30 Rock Scene-Stealer and More!

5 December 2011 12:24 PM, PST | | See recent news »

A Bon Temps babe will be New Girl Jess’ Valentine.

True Blood star Ryan Kwanten is set to drunkenly woo Zooey Deschanel’s character on the Valentine’s Day-themed installment of Fox’s hit freshman comedy. According to E! Online, Kwanten is filling the role TVLine told you about last week: Oliver, a potential one-night stand whom Jess meets at a bar on the romance-centric holiday. Thing is, Jess’ new guy is as dull as his abs are defined.

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• Perfect casting alert! Dean Winters — who in recent years has shined as Dennis, »

- Megan Masters

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Lisa Kudrow's 'Web Therapy' picked up for second season by Showtime

5 December 2011 11:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Lisa Kudrow's comedy Web Therapy has been renewed for a second season by Showtime. Web Therapy began as a ten-minute online series starring the Friends actress playing psychotherapist Fiona Wallace who treats patients over webcam. In 2010, Showtime picked up the series and turned it into half-hour episodes. The second season will feature many guest stars including Meryl Streep, Conan O'Brien, Rosie O'Donnell, Molly Shannon, Minnie Driver, Selma Blair and Lily Tomlin as guests stars. Streep shot three episodes for the online series last year. "We are thrilled that Showtime will air more of the half-hour format of Web Therapy, we really love this version (more) »

- By Kristina Bustos

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'Web Therapy' picked up for season 2

5 December 2011 10:58 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

Showtime has announced its pick-up on a second season of Lisa Kudrow’s series Web Therapy. The series, which was adapted from webisodes of the same name, features Kudrow as inept therapist Fiona Wallice, who counsels clients over the Internet. The next season, airing some time in 2012, will include at least 10 half-hour episodes. Which A-listers have signed up for three-minute session with Fiona next season? Meryl Streep, Rosie O’Donnell, Conan O’Brien, Molly Shannon, Minnie Driver, and Selma Blair, to name a few. Victor Garber, Dan Bucatinsky, and Lily Tomlin will carry on with their regular roles on the show, »

- Lanford Beard

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Showtime Signs Up for More Web Therapy

5 December 2011 10:58 AM, PST | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Showtime will check in for another season of Web Therapy, the network announced Monday.

Created and starring Lisa Kudrow, the series centers on Fiona Wallice (Kudrow), a self-professed therapist who treats patients for just three minutes via webcam. Among the guests planned for Season 2: Meryl Streep, Rosie O'Donnell, Conan O'Brien, Molly Shannon, Minnie Driver and Selma Blair. Lily Tomlin will return as Fiona's mother and Victor Garber is back as Fiona's husband.

Lisa Kudrow on her cable-tv comeback, Web Therapy

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- Robyn Ross

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Showtime Orders Web Therapy Season 2: Meryl Streep, Conan O’Brien, & Rosie O’Donnell to Guest-Star

5 December 2011 10:32 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Showtime has just announced that Lisa Kudrow (as Fiona Wallice) will be returning to the premium cable network for a second season of Web Therapy. Season 2, airing in 2012, will feature several celebrity guest-stars including Meryl Streep, Rosie O’Donnell, Conan O’Brien, Molly Shannon, Minnie Driver, and Selma Blair. Thew news came from Showtime President of Entertainment David Nevins. The total number of episodes for the season has yet to be officially released, but Showtime has stated that there will be “at least” ten episodes. “We are thrilled that Showtime will air more of the half-hour format of Web Therapy, we really love this version of the show,” says Kudrow. “Of course, we are over the moon that Meryl Streep will be in this coming season. She was effortlessly hilarious and it’s a great story. We have Lily Tomlin back who is Always fantastically funny. Conan O’Brien is beyond, »

- Bags H.

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Showtime Renews Lisa Kudrow’s ‘Web Therapy’ For Second Season

5 December 2011 10:21 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Showtime has picked up a second season of Lisa Kudrow’s online-turned-television comedy series Web Therapy. Kudrow stars as Fiona Wallice, the self-professed and self-serving psychotherapist who treats patients for three minutes via webcam. Season 2 will be comprised of at least 10 half-hour episodes. It will air on the network in 2012 and include the arc with Meryl Streep, which ran on the online version of the improv comedy series last year. “We are thrilled that Showtime will air more of the half-hour format of Web Therapy, we really love this version of the show,” Kudrow said. “Of course, we are over the moon that Meryl Streep will be in this coming season. She was effortlessly hilarious and it’s a great story. We have Lily Tomlin back who is Always fantastically funny. Conan O’Brien is beyond, fantastic, he’s a perfect improviser. We’re honestly giddy over the people we have for this season. »


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The Middle 3.10 "Thanksgiving III" Recap

24 November 2011 7:53 AM, PST | | See recent news »

The Middle 3.10 "Thanksgiving III" Recap

It's Thanksgiving again and the Hecks managed to survive a dysfunctional gathering with Frankie's family on this week's episode of The Middle.

Molly Shannon made a guest appearance as Frankie's passive aggressive sister, Janet. Her first move was to get to Frankie's parents' house first to claim the guest bedroom. She offers it to Frankie when they arrive, but she thought it was best for everyone because her husband needs to work and her daughter Lucy needs a quiet place to sleep. Like every other year, the Hecks get the air mattresses. Janet's husband, who must be incredibly smart, manages to hide out in the guest bedroom—including during Thanksgiving dinner—until the final scene where he's standing on the porch with his MacBook, waving goodbye. That's one way to handle a family gathering.

Jerry Van Dyke returned to The Middle as Frankie's father, Tag Spence. »

- Emily

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10 Turkey Day Specials, From Snoopy to 'Punkin Chunkin' and Gaga

23 November 2011 10:44 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Whether you like your dinner with a side of flying pumpkins, a knife-wielding Lady Gaga or Snoopy-served jelly beans, you're sure to find something digestible with TheWrap's Top 10 Thanksgiving-Themed Shows. Here they are: "The Middle" (Wednesday, 8 p.m., ABC) Marsha Mason and Jerry Van Dyke guest star as Frankie's parents, while Molly Shannon guests as her sister Janet, who clashes with Frankie (Patricia Heaton) over their differing parenting styles when everyone gathers for Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, Mike tries to teach Axl how to pick up girls, while Sue thinks it's an honor »

- Kimberly Potts

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The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching Wednesday

23 November 2011 7:35 AM, PST | | See recent news »

With the CBS and NBC dramas hitting the roads early for the holiday, lotsa laughs dominate primetime this Wednesday. There’s also more Rubber Man revelations than you perhaps ever expected, some frothy Revenge, a VH1 concert special and more. All told, we’ve picked 11 programs to keep on your radar. Note: The daily TVLine-Up will be taking off for the holiday, to return Sunday morning. 

8 pm Survivor: South Pacific (CBS) | Never-before-seen moments give an inside look into the castaways and their decisions made during the game so far. Translation: This is largely a clip show.

8 pm The X Factor »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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Beyond the Turkey: Critic's Guide to Thanksgiving Week TV

23 November 2011 7:35 AM, PST | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Some selective highlights and mini-reviews to get you through the long holiday weekend:


Last week, she was a hapless office assistant on Up All Night. Tonight, in the same time period on a different network, she's an insufferable sibling who makes Thanksgiving a chore, as Saturday Night Live vet Molly Shannon shows off her range, playing Frankie's demanding sister Janet on ABC's The Middle (8/7c). A holiday visit to Frankie's mom and dad (Marsha Mason and Jerry Van Dyke) becomes a recipe for disaster: "Stir in one broken toy, one passive-aggressive sister and let stew overnight ... Take unresolved issues and soak in alcohol." Frankie insists that "Everybody in one house is what makes holidays special," but anyone who's ever spent the festivities sleeping on an air mattress will relate to this first-rate episode.

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- Matt Roush

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Conan O’Brien Asks Lisa Kudrow for Help with His Anger

22 November 2011 1:11 PM, PST | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Lisa Kudrow’s LStudio-funded and Intelligent Life-produced original web series, Web Therapy has not only attracted the powers that be at Showtime, but also a bevy of big names in Hollywood. Meryl Streep, Courtney Cox, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Molly Shannon, Dan Bucatinsky, Jane Lynch, Alan Cumming and a laundry list of other famous actors have all channeled characters with various kinds and degrees of neuroses who have looked into their computer screens and engaged with Kudrow’s highly insecure Fiona Wallace in a sort of short-form psychological treatment for the internet age. You can now add Conan O’Brien to the list. Alex Ben Block at The Hollywood Reporter broke the news the host of TBS’ late night talk show and leader of Team Coco will appear in a three-episode arc of the online original as himself dealing with issues of anger management. The first of the O'Brien installments is »

- Joshua Cohen

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'Up All Night' and 'Suburgatory': Time to pick a lane

17 November 2011 3:02 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

"Up All Night" and "Suburgatory" were two of the better-reviewed new comedies at the start of this season. They've been drawing pretty consistent ratings so far, which suggests that the people who watch both shows are, for the most part, sticking around.

I'm one of those people. It's my job to watch TV, but these are two shows I'd likely be watching anyway. For the most part, they've delivered at least one big laugh per episode (along with several good medium-sized ones). "Suburgatory's" Jane Levy is one of the real finds of the season, and pros Christina Applegate and Will Arnett have pretty excellent chemistry as new parents on "Up All Night."

Now here comes the "but": Both shows, which are about a third of the way through their first seasons ("Up All Night" has aired nine episodes, "Suburgatory" seven) are still having trouble deciding whether they want »


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‘Up All Night’ Episode 9 Review: ‘Hiring And Firing’

17 November 2011 1:25 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Up All Night already has a nice comedic ensemble cast, led by veterans Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph. The chemistry they have and the things they do together can be wonderful and outright funny. That is put to the test in “Hiring And Firing”, the most recent episode of NBC’s freshman sitcom, as Molly Shannon guest stars as Nancy, the worst television production assistant ever. Nancy is a hurricane of awfulness who can’t speak on the phone and write down a message at the same time, who forgets to book guests their return flights back home, and returns cars that were meant to be given away as prizes because the color was “ugly”. She is so disruptive to the goings on behind the scenes of the “Ava” show, that Ava herself wants her fired. But Reagan, knowing that Nancy is a single mom who looks up to her, »

- Mo Fathelbab

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NBC rewind, Parenthood, Up All Night, Harry's Law and Svu (Videos)

16 November 2011 10:40 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

NBC fired over the bonus clips for this week.s episodes of Parenthood, Up All Night, Harry's Law and Law & Order Svu. Last night saw Parenthood full of Braverman drama. And a brand new Up All Night video featuring guest star Molly Shannon is posted below. When Drew gets his first bad grade, Sarah blames his new love Amy. Learning to Let Go After a battle over bad grades, Sarah tells Drew she trusts his decisions. Up All Night Facebook: Twitter:!/NBCUpAllNight #UpAllNight Reagan's Lost Cause See why Reagan probably should have just fired Nancy. Reagan Can't Fire Nancy Watch Reagan struggle with her conscience when she's forced to fire a single Molly Shannon »

- April MacIntyre

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Up All Night Review: High Shticking

16 November 2011 8:08 PM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Molly Shannon guest starred this week as Nancy, Ava's employee who was anything but a superstar on this week's episode "Hiring and Firing." While she bordered on the absurd in a couple early scenes, Shannon seemed to find her groove by the end of the episode and was an overall success I thought. 

Reagan may have developed some blind spots since becoming a mom, but it was Chris who needed the cane and seeing eye dog. Even a blind man could have seen that the overly qualified and insanely hot Jesse was an amzing choice for Amy's babysitter though.  Instead he hired Nancy, the woman who couldn't handle a head set and a stack of post-it notes at the same time? Chris deserved ten minute misconduct for that move.

We still got plenty of awesome Arnett though as he expressed his frustrations about Amy's lack of affection and then later »

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The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching Wednesday

16 November 2011 7:07 AM, PST | | See recent news »

On TV this Wednesday: Molly Shannon is no superstar, Suburgatory throws an extreme “Sweet 16,” Happy Endings‘ Max gets a blast from his “straight” past, Psych goes mental and more. As a supplement to TVLine’s original feature stories, here are 11 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm Survivor: South Pacific (CBS) | On Redemption Island, a castaway makes a bold threat to his former tribemates; paranoia threatens to break a once-impenetrable alliance.

8 pm The X Factor (Fox) | The Top 10 perform!

8 pm Up All Night (NBC) | Reagan’s inability to fire a less-than-stellar assistant (guest star Molly Shannon) leads Ava to »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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'Up All Night': Reagan needs some assistance with Molly Shannon

14 November 2011 9:00 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Has parenthood caused Reagan Brinkley to go soft?

That's the theory Ava (Maya Rudolph) has when Reagan (Christina Applegate) is reluctant to let an assistant (guest star Molly Shannon) go in Wednesday's (Nov. 16) "Up All Night." And for once, we may have to agree with Ava -- at least for the part about firing the assistant.

As you can see in this clip from "Hiring & Firing" -- which you're watching first on Zap2it -- Shannon's character, Nancy, isn't much of a multi-tasker. Reagan is trying very hard to help Nancy turn things around, but ... no.

So yeah, Ava is probably right that Nancy's not really up to the demands of the job. But does she have to be so smug about it?

You can see the rest of "Up All Night" when it airs at 8 p.m. Et Wednesday on NBC. »


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What to TiVo: Thursday

9 November 2011 11:59 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

8:00 Charlie's Angels (new) 9:00 Grey's Anatomy (new) 10:02 Private Practice (new) 12:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live (new, with guests Kristen Stewart and Jon Bernthal) 8:00 The Big Bang Theory (new) 8:30 Rules of Engagement (new) 9:00 Person of Interest (new) 10:00 The Mentalist (repeat) 11:35 Late Show With David Letterman (new, with guest Katie Holmes) 12:37 Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (new, with guest Molly Shannon) 8:00 The X Factor (new) 9:00 Bones (new) 8:00 Community (new) 8:30 Parks and Recreation (new) 9:00 The Office (new) 9:30 Whitney (new) 10:00 Prime Suspect (new) 11:35 Tonight Show With Jay Leno (new, with guests Whitney Cummings and Chris Matthews) 12:35 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (new, with guest Robert Pattinson) 8:00 The Vampire Diaries (new) 9:00 The Secret Circle (new) More TV to watch when you read more. »

- Mackenzie Wagoner

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Miley Cyrus checks in to 'Hotel Transylvania'

9 November 2011 2:21 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Miley Cyrus has joined the voice cast of Sony Pictures Animation's 3D family comedy "Hotel Transylvania."According to Variety, Genndy Tartakovsky is directing with Michelle Murdocca producing.A September 21, 2012, release date has been set. The voice cast includes Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, David Spade, Cee Lo Green, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, Andy Samberg and David Koechner.The story centers on Dracula's (Sandler) lavish Hotel Transylvania resort where monsters and their families are welcomed to enjoy themselves away from humans.Cyrus will voice Mavis, Dracula's teenage daughter. She'll be seen in the upcoming films "So Undercover" and "Lol." »

- Adnan Tezer

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Molly Shannon Plans Motherhood Comedy For Disney Pictures

7 November 2011 1:38 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It has been some time since Saturday Night Live alum Molly Shannon has been seen in the spotlight, most recently a bit part in this summer’s Bad Teacher. But she has plans for another leading role. The actress has collaborated with Disney in the past, with her voice credits in the Airbud movies, but it’s still a hard unity for me to imagine after seeing her go all-out in Superstar. But alas, Shannon has just teamed with veteran scribes Rob Muir and Bob Hilgenberg to sell an untitled comedy feature pitch to Disney. [Deadline]

The comedy trio will write the script together, which could ultimately have Shannon in the lead role. Adapted from their own experiences as parents, the comedy will focus on the social world of motherhood. It sounds like the script has potential to get pretty raunchy, so we’ll have to see if Shannon can tone down her wild, »

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