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Red Band Society advertisements have been pulled on Los Angeles buses due to offensive language. The ads, which were promoting Fox's freshman hospital drama, referred to star Octavia Spencer as "scary bitch," which some deemed inappropriate. Spencer's character, the no-nonsense Nurse Jackson, is sometimes described as "a scary bitch" by the show's characters. Following public outcry, Metro Los Angeles tweeted Thursday that they would be taking the ads down from their buses after the "community" aired their concerns to the Metro's board executive committee. Metro Board Exec Comte getting earful from community over allowing 'Red Band Society" ad
- Philiana Ng
Jon Stewart sings “I will remember you” in "tribute" to Michael Che’s 3-month “Daily Show” stint Che, who begins his “SNL” Weekend Update co-hosting job next week, got an elaborate mock sendoff from Stewart, who noted Che worked for him for a total of 58 business days. Happy 40th birthday, Jimmy Fallon! “The Tonight Show” host today enters his 40s. Plus: Fallon and Billy Crystal share Robin Williams stories. “ER” premiered 20 years ago today The last huge network drama, which drew more than 30 million viewers per week, debuted on a Tuesday with a two-hour pilot. Click Read Full Post For More “Red Band Society” L.A. bus ads pulled for labeling Octavia Spencer a “Scary Bitch” The ads have been on Metro L.A. buses, but only recently did officials get an “earful from community” over the ad’s offensiveness. Jay Leno is joining Al Roker on a Uso comedy »
- Norman Weiss
It's like Christmas in September for all the TV lovers out there! The new fall shows are finally hitting your DVRs and with them come our favorite ladies of the silver screen. This year it's once again about making new friends (hello, Octavia Spencer) and keeping the old (missed you, Kerry Washington), while inviting a few veterans back to the place where it all began (that means you, Katherine Heigl!) Will Viola Davis of How to Get Away With Murder keep bringing the hot leather looks? How many perfect suits will Julianna Margulies rock? Can Kerry Washington just be responsible for styling Olivia Pope at this point? And let's not forget the fashionable funny girls of the set, including Happy Endings star »
Metro Los Angeles has removed “Red Band Society” bus ads after getting what it calls an “earful” from the community over “offensive language.” Board Chair and L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti apologized for posting the Fox advertisements in the first place, admitting that their policy “needs to be tightened.” The ad in question is part of a national campaign in which star Octavia Spencer‘s character is referred to as a “Scary Bitch.” TheWrap first posted the ad exclusively. Also read: Octavia Spencer Labeled ‘Scary Bitch’ on New ‘Red Band Society’ Poster (Exclusive Photo) Metro Los Angeles spokesperson Marc Littman »
- Tony Maglio
Fox’s earnest teen hospital drama got off to a weak start in the ratings Wednesday night, while NBC’s preview of Debra Messing’s cop dramedy delivered a healthy sampling.
The Steven Spielberg-produced Red Band Society had only 4 million viewers and an anemic 1.3 rating among adults 18-49 at 9 p.m., slipping a tad from its Hell’s Kitchen lead-in. Red Band Society follows a group of teens who cheerfully endure various medical hardships and live in a pediatric hospital ward run by tough-love nurse (Octavia Spencer). Industry insiders have been skeptical that the concept would be a reliable draw, »
- James Hibberd
It takes a gutsy TV pilot to build to a closing scene of an adorable teenage boy getting his leg amputated — and then to sell it as a moment that’s as soaring as it is heartbreaking.
But Red Band Society — a freshman drama that initially looks like over-boiled broccoli but tastes like delicious pizza — has concocted a recipe that, while not entirely perfect, manages to cut its saccharine undertones with acidic punchlines and a complex, meditative view of mortality that’s worth the price of the two or three Kleenex required to get to the closing credits.
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Aaron Sorkin didn’t know how “The Newsroom” would end when he began writing the final season "For most of the time, I didn’t know how the show was going to end,” he says. "I would have small images of what I wanted to see. But the closer I got to the end of the season in terms of writing, the more I was able to see the end of the season finale. Once we got there, it happened more easily than I thought it was going to.” “Godzilla” movie has a “Breaking Bad” easter egg For a split second in the opening credits, you can see Walter White’s name. Plus: Retired 84-year-olds take a “Breaking Bad” tour. “Glee” bringing back NeNe Leakes for the final season Coach Roz Washington will return to McKinley High. Click Read Full Post For More Nat Faxon goes from "Married" to “Marry Me »
- Norman Weiss
Fox’s “Red Band Society” has already drawn comparisons to “Glee,” “The Breakfast Club” and “My So-Called Life,” but the show’s stars believe this is a story unlike anything viewers have seen before. The series, created by Margaret Nagle and produced by Steven Spielberg, focuses on the young inhabitants of a hospital’s pediatric ward and the staff members who often serve as their teachers, mentors and surrogate parents, in addition to overseeing their medical care.
Variety sat down with “Red Band” stars Octavia Spencer and Dave Annable at the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour to learn more about their characters (Spencer plays the no-nonsense Nurse Jackson, and Annable plays Dr. Jack McAndrew, the country’s top pediatric surgeon) as well as their experiences working on the dramedy, which premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on Fox.
What primarily attracted you to the project?
Octavia Spencer: I know »
- Laura Prudom
The crying will come from more than just the audience on Wednesday's debut of “Red Band Society.” According to the show's star, Octavia Spencer, she's had to do her fair share of on-camera crying for the new Fox series. She explained to Seth Meyers how she learned to cry on cue from something Samuel L. Jackson once told her. Also read: ‘Red Band Society’ Review: Prognosis Is Good, Though It Could Take More Risks “I was doing this movie with Sam Jackson,” Spencer said. “And right before, you're in that emotional moment and you're ready and someone comes in, like your makeup artist and. »
- Ryan O'Connell
Fox is hoping young viewers, with their parents, check in to its new hospital drama Red Band Society — and then proceed to talk about events on the series. The drama focuses on the daily lives of a group of teenagers living in a hospital who become unlikely friends. The depth of the unexpected friendships allows them to survive the challenges of growing up under such challenging circumstances. Octavia Spencer stars as a snarky yet caring nurse alongside "hot doc" Dave Annable. On the surface, Red Band Society may be a challenging concept — asking viewers to watch children in comas, with cancer and anorexia, and
- Lesley Goldberg
It's been a long time since Fox invested in a teen-oriented drama. The last major success was arguably The O.C.'s launch in 2003. Since then, networks like ABC Family and The CW have mostly taken the reins on younger-skewing series that incorporate both drama and comedy (and some of the most attractive teenagers -- or adults playing teenagers -- on the planet). Red Band Society is no different, except its hook is that its teenagers live together on the pediatric ward of a hospital, fighting to survive cancer, cystic fibrosis, heart failure and eating disorders. Hit the jump for whether Red Band Society deserves a place in your Fall viewing schedule. It's always hard to get a sense of what a show will really be from its pilot. There's not a lot (if any) nuance when it comes to plot or characters, and there's still a chance for the show to, »
- Allison Keene
Don't be fooled by basic premise: Fox's Red Band Society isn't your typical teen drama, nor is it your typical medical show. Hailing from writer and executive producer Margaret Nagle and executive producer Steven Spielberg, Red Band Society stars The Help's Oscar winner Octavia Spencer as Nurse Jackson—sometimes referred to as "Scary Bitch"—and Brothers and Sisters veteran Dave Annable as Dr. Jack McAndrew, the two "authority figures" in Ocean Park Hospital. But don't expect death, melodrama and tears every week—or at all. "Well, I can tell you this. When you tune into a show, you know you want to be entertained. We're definitely entertaining people, but »
Seemingly everyone is talking about Fox's “Gotham,” but the Batman prequel may not even be the best new show on the network's lineup. Enter dramedy “Red Band Society,” which features teenagers living in a children's hospital, suffering through serious — and occasionally terminal — afflictions. Of course, the sick kids on “Red Band Society” still look pretty good — as do the adult stars, including self-labeled “Scary Bitch” Octavia Spencer and former “Brothers and Sisters” heartthrob Dave Annable. The on-screen Hollywood aspect of the TV series had the production cast attractive talent, but the serious nature of the plot will take them through. »
- Tony Maglio
Red Band Society‘s steely Nurse Jackson has quite the full plate, overseeing the young residents of the show’s pediatric ward — and that leaves her zero room for perky new co-workers’ unsolicited baked goods.
In the following preview clip from the charming drama’s pilot episode (premiering tonight at 9/8c on Fox), Oscar winner Octavia Spencer’s alter-ego just says no — rather emphatically — to a high-carb breakfast, and also shoots down a dubious use of the word “like” by eager Nurse Brittany (newcomer Rebecca Rittenhouse »
On Fox's new hospital dramedy "Red Band Society," Wilson Cruz plays Kenji, a nurse who frequently gets to banter with Octavia Spencer's Nurse Jackson. It's a dynamic that Cruz calls The Olympics of Sassy Nurse. "It was automatic. I met Octavia on the set and it was as if I'd known her my whole life," Cruz says. With "My So-Called Life" celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, it's notable that since that seminal teen drama, Cruz has largely eschewed regular TV roles, opting instead to concentrate his energies on a long-term advocacy role at GLAAD. "I have to look at a teen show show through the prism of 'My So-Called Life' and I think this show comes as close as anything I've seen," Cruz told me when we sat down last week, admitting that he had thought he might be done with steady acting. Instead, Cruz finds »
- Daniel Fienberg
Fox is going to hell. The networked nabbed one-hour drama “Lucifer” with a put pilot order. The DC Comics show comes from executive producer and writer Tom Kapinos, and will be produced by his Aggressive Mediocrity in association with Warner Bros. Television. Also read: ‘Red Band Society’ Stars Octavia Spencer, Dave Annable Tout Fox Show as Best Script of Pilot Season “Lucifer,” based on the characters from Vertigo, follows the bored and unhappy titular Lord of Hell. In the show, Lucifer resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he opens an exclusive piano bar called. »
- Tony Maglio
Red Band Society Review
The new Fox effort, Red Band Society is the kind of show that gives you a new jolt of hope for television, but also leaves you fearful… because you’ve watched TV before.
The first thing you’ll notice about the trailers and promos for the show is the shortage of adults, but you probably won’t believe a non-cable network series will be brave enough to let the post-teens fade into the background. Thankfully, what seems obvious isn’t the case. Even with notable names like Octavia Spencer and Dave Annable serving as head nurse and the nation’s top pediatric surgeon, they aren’t around that much.
The show is about a group of young patients living in a hospital, who have some serious illnesses and/or are generally not in a great state of health. The series kicks off with Jordi (Nolan Sotillo »
- Marc Eastman
The new Fox drama series Red Band Society is a provocative coming-of-age dramedy about a group of rule-bending friends and the adults who mentor them through the ups and downs of adolescence in Los Angeles’ Ocean Park Hospital. The pediatric ward is run by Nurse Jackson (Octavia Spencer), a caregiver with a take-no-prisoners approach to helping these teens get the most from their lives, even when they’re facing serious life-threatening issues and illnesses. During this recent interview to promote the show’s September 17th premiere, Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer talked about how she got involved with the show, what appealed to her about this project, her character’s journey this season, working with such a talented young cast, her favorite scenes, getting to learn more about her character, and finding the beauty in unexpected places. Check out what she had to say after the jump. Question: How did »
- Christina Radish
Premieres include Time Out of Mind, Black and White, Love, Rosie.
The Rome Film Festival (Oct 16–25) has announced the first English-language titles for its ninth edition. They include:
Time Out of Mind, Oren MovermanTrash, Stephen DaldryLove, Rosie, Christian DitterBlack and White, Mike BinderStonehearst Asylum, Brad Anderson.
Time Out of Mind stars Richard Gere as a man in dire straits who is forced to find refuge in a homeless shelter. The European premiere will screen in the festival’s Cinema d’Oggi (Cinema Today) section.
Daldry’s anticipated drama Trash, which will have its European premiere in Rome, charts the story of three Brazilian children who make a discovery in a garbage dump that leads to a chase with the authorities. Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen star.
In terms of manipulating an audience, few things are more reliable than sick or imperiled kids. With that as a given, Fox’s “Red Band Society” labors to feel uplifting, not depressing, by filtering a “The Breakfast Club”-like erosion of high-school caste systems through the leveling effect of a potentially fatal diagnosis. Narrated by a young boy in a coma (a device somewhere between “Reversal of Fortune” and “The Lovely Bones”), the pilot doesn’t do enough to establish these archetypal characters — adults or children. And there’s cause to doubt whether the show will have the time to effectively bridge that gap.
Developed by Margaret Nagle from a Spanish series, and counting the very busy Steven Spielberg among its producers, the program operates on two tracks: focusing on the children brought together by illness — creating an environment, as one helpfully notes, where “the walls break down” — and on »
- Brian Lowry
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