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Last week, in the wake of Eddie Huang's complaints that he felt ABC's "Fresh Off the Boat" was distorting and softening his childhood experiences, this column examined how hard it is for any biographical or autobiographical sitcom to be true to the life of its source and still be a crowd-pleasing primetime network entertainment. You'd think, after decades of trying, TV writers and network programming executives would be aware of this.
Nonetheless, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the networks have no fewer than ten such sitcom pilots in production, as the first episodes of potential 2015-16 primetime series. Some are based on the lives of already famous entertainers, some on the self-referential stand-up comedy routines of not-quite-famous comics, and some on memoirsts who've lived interesting lives.
Here's a rundown of these pilots, with a look at who these shows are about, who's starring in them, what the series might be like, »
- Gary Susman
You remember the ending to The Sopranos. How could you forget? In case you Did forget, it had Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) waiting for his family in a local diner. Carmela (Edie Falco) walked in. A.J. (Robert Iler) walked in. Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) parked. Tension built. "Don't Stop Believin'" played. Refresh your memory. Ok, refreshed? Series creator David Chase recently dissected that scene shot by shot and it will give Sopranos fans quite a bit of insight into what the much-discussed ending. But no, there's no definitive answer about whether or not Tony died at the end. "I said to Gandolfini, the bell rings and you look up. That last shot of Tony ends on 'don't stop,' »
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TVLine has learned that the Psych alumna has landed the second lead role in the single-camera CBS comedy pilot, as Allison, a multi-tasker and perfectionist who is leery when a woman named Amy (Glee grad Lynch) shows up claiming to be her “guardian angel” and new best friend.
Allison is inclined to believe that Amy is just a nutjob — except that every last one of the stranger’s pronouncements comes true.
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Penned by Bill Wrubel (Modern Family), the project follows a family man (Wings‘ Steven Weber) who struggles with the fact that everyone around him is pursuing their dreams and enjoying their lives more than he is.
Driver will play Weber’s TV wife. The role is technically “second position” to her About a Boy commitment, »
This Monday on NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS, 10/9c), Deeks and Kensi get into a friendly dispute in the midst of working out — and then realize they have a perhaps not-so-friendly visitor.
In this week’s episode, “Fighting Shadows,” Deeks and Kensi (played by Eric Christian Olsen and Daniela Ruah) realize that the NCIS team knows about their relationship, when Hetty pairs them up with Callen and Sam, respectively.
Could their unwanted eavesdropper in the sneak peek above have something to do with their secret being officially outed? Press play, and then weigh in! »
Rabbit feet are said to bring good luck… unless you’re the rabbit.
And when a bunny-like species of supernatural creature find themselves hunted in this week’s Grimm, well, do not get Rosalee started.
Friday’s episode — which airs in the NBC series’ new time slot at 8/7c — finds shady Wesen fertility clinics offering struggling couples the severed feet of rabbit-esque creatures. Put ‘em under your bed, the monstrous wisdom suggests, and you’ll have a family in no time!
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Nick and Hank get wind of the practice and consult »
Two Days of Our Lives favorites are booking return trips to Salem, just in time to celebrate the NBC soap’s 50th anniversary.
Nichols was last spotted in Salem in 2009, while Reckell bid the town adieu in 2012.
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
* Lifetime on Wednesday announced premiere dates for the next two films in »
Season 1 of Empire has certainly earned its TV-omgwtf rating (for mature situations, adult language, Cookie realness, steamy sex scenes, rampant gunplay and Maury Povich moments).
PhotosEmpire Snarks Back: Cookie Lyon’s 22 Greatest Season 1 Zingers!
As we head into tonight’s two-hour finale (8/7c on Fox) — which is almost guaranteed to leave jaws drip-droppin’ to the floor — we thought it prudent to count down the 15 biggest shockers from the hip-hopera’s first 10 episodes.
Cookie givin’ us bawww-day? Andre “lobbying” Deputy Mayor Alvarez? Hakeem learning about new uses for brooms? »
Sleepy Hollow has a new head — and, more importantly, a future.
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Campbell replaces Mark Goffman, who stepped down earlier this month in the wake of Sleepy‘s rocky second season, which saw ratings slide 40 percent versus Season 1.
“I had the pleasure »
The CW’s iZombie premiered on Tuesday to 2.3 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating, improving slightly on Supernatural‘s most recent performance in the time slot.
TVLine readers gave the new drama an average grade of “B+.”
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Opening The CW’s night, a gloriously bananas episode of The Flash did 3.6 mil and a 1.2, slipping 10 and 20 percent from its previous outing to hit a series low in the demo.
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ABC | Leading out of repeats, »
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Per our sister site Deadline…
* Sigler will co-star in Fox’s multi-camera comedy Fantasy Life, the story of a man (Entourage‘s Kevin Connolly) who gets a job hosting a fantasy football show. Sigler is playing the show’s “strong, confident, attractive, smart” sports analyst. She will also serve as an executive producer.
* Mastrantonio has joined the CBS drama pilot Limitless, »
One Big Happy features Elisha Cuthbert’s (Happy Endings) welcome return to the small screen alongside the always-charming Nick Zano in his first series regular role since The WB’s What I Like About You. But is the show itself the right fit for this frustratingly good-looking, rib-tickling duo?
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In the premiere episode, which aired Tuesday, we meet perpetually single BFFs Luke (Zano) and Lizzy (Cuthbert), a carefree bowling alley owner and his lesbian roommate who have decided to start a family. Their plan is no sooner interrupted when the free-spirited Prudence (Kelly Brook, Piranha 3D »
This is how The Voice Season 8 Battle Rounds end — not with a bang, but three performances draaaagggggggged out over the course of a one-hour telecast.
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It says a lot about young Sawyer Fredericks, then, that my pulse is still racing despite the episode’s sluggish pacing. This self-possessed 15-year-old with Pantene-commercial tresses and a very distinctive tone seems almost guaranteed to be a part of the competition well into spring — with only a truly terrible (aka “unique”) arrangement from Coach Pharrell capable of knocking him off his path to greatness.
The Sopranos alumna Jamie Lynn Sigler will co-star opposite Kevin Connolly, Vanessa Williams, and James Caan in Fox's multi-camera/hybrid pilot Fantasy Life, written by Tim McAuliffe based on the memoir by one of U.S.' top fantasy experts, Espn's Matthew Berry. When hard-working Mitch (Connolly) lands his ultimate dream job hosting a fantasy football show, he's forced to navigate office politics while becoming the star he never thought he could be. Sigler will play Abby… »
Paying for a cab ride. Hurling an ultimatum (or a shoe) at her ex-husband. Offering up a prayer (or a flash of her lingerie) during a family meal. They’re all opportunities for Empire‘s Cookie Lyon to be fabulously, unforgettably quotable.
Over the first 10 episodes of the Fox drama’s breakout freshman season, in fact, Taraji P. Henson’s glamorous ex-con turned hard-charging label exec has practically broken Twitter thanks to fans’ affinity for repeating her crushing put-downs and truth-filled zingers.
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Exec-produced by Carmichael, Neighbors director Nick Stoller and Playing House‘s Ravi Nandan, the as-yet-untitled comedy is inspired by Carmichael’s real-life relationships with his say-anything, contrarian father (to be played by Grier), his therapist-in training girlfriend (Greek‘s Amber Stevens West, right), his ever-hustling brother (Friends of the People‘s Lil Rel Howery) and his mother (Devine) who is “always, always, always right with Jesus. »
Curious to know what movies are coming to Netflix Watch Instantly over the next few weeks? Get a head start and mark your calendars using the list below, just released to us by Netflix. Note: Listed below are just the movies, not the television shows. February 1 ‘The Brothers Bloom’ (2008): Starring Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, and Mark Ruffalo. The Brothers Bloom are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they’ve decided to take on one last job—showing a beautiful and eccentric heiress the time of her life with a romantic adventure that takes them around the world. ‘Dark Ride’ (2006): Starring Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Patrick Renna, and David...
17 items from 2015
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