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‘Scrubs’ Alum Sarah Chalke to Star in Fox Comedy ’48 Hours ‘Til Monday’

28 February 2015 12:28 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Scrubs” alumna Sarah Chalke has landed another comedy.

Chalke will star opposite Rob Riggle in the Fox family comedy pilot “48 Hours ‘Til Monday,” our sister site TVLine reports.

The actress, who currently has a recurring role on Rainn Wilson’s crime dramedy “Backstrom,” will play Kelly Bishop, Riggle’s wife and mother to their three children. Her character struggles with the realities of being a stay-at-home mom after quitting her job as a TV news producer, while Riggle plays Charlie — a man desperate to make the best of his weekends.

Jane Curtin, as Kelly’s chain-smoking mother Louise, and Merrin Dungey, as her frenemy Candace, round out the cast.

The series from Universal Television comes from “The Mindy Project’s” Charlie Grandy, who wrote the pilot and will also serve as exec producer with Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan (“Manhattan Love Story”).


- Maane Khatchatourian

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Backstrom: Cancel or Keep the New Fox Series?

26 February 2015 7:31 PM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

For the most part, Fox has really been struggling this season. When it comes to new shows, Empire is a hit and Gotham's doing okay but Utopia, Mulaney, Gracepoint, and Red Band Society were dismal failures in the ratings and have already been cancelled. How's Backstrom doing? Will it survive to see a second season?

On Backstrom, an offensive, irascible yet brilliant detective (Rainn Wilson) is brought back from exile to run Portland Police Bureau's Special Crimes Unit. The rest of the cast includes Genevieve Angelson, Dennis Haysbert, Kristoffer Polaha, Page Kennedy, Beatrice Rosen, and Thomas Dekker.

With American Idol as a lead-in, the series debuted on January 22nd with a 1.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 7.98 million viewers. That was an okay start but there wasn't much serious competition on the other networks.

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'Backstrom' Recap: Can Backstrom Outrun the Bogeyman?

19 February 2015 2:03 PM, PST | | See recent BuddyTV news »

Backstrom's "Bogeyman" reveals a major piece of the Backstrom train wreck puzzle and it is a doozie, my friends. The detective pursues the case of missing 14-year-old Talia Lennox, a case which he immediately identifies as connected to the unsolved abduction of Lacy Siddon, which sent Backstrom careening over the edge seven years previously. The case is indeed harrowing, but I think we'll find going forward that the bureau's lack of faith in (and treatment of) Backstrom seven years ago will prove just as devastating and enlightening as the continuing case itself. Kudos to Rainn Wilson for his masterful delivery of a man obsessed convicted and eventually completely unhinged by a world he finds peopled with corpses who don't know they are dead.

Through the eyes of Detective Sergeant John Almond, "Bogeyman" also provides a glimmer of hope for some long-needed future redemption for the acerbic, protocol-eschewing and indiscriminately »


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Rainn Wilson and Other Funny TV Stars Take Over Ingrid Michaelson's New Video

19 February 2015 11:26 AM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

The Office may be over, but Ingrid Michaelson's latest video reunites a few of the actors - Rainn Wilson, Brian Baumgartner, and David Koechner - as they lip-sync and totally take over her new single, "Time Machine." The Office guys aren't the only funny TV stars there; Donald Faison, Garret Dillahunt, and Jorge Garcia (just to name a few!) are also guest stars, singing and dancing their hearts out until Michaelson takes the control back. »

- Shannon-Vestal

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Here Are the Best Answers From Rainn Wilson’s Reddit Ama

5 February 2015 11:43 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

After a three-year hiatus from Reddit AMAs, Rainn Wilson, a.k.a. the Actor Formerly Known As Dwight K. Schrute, logged on Thursday night to share his contagious positivity and plug his new show, Backstrom. It's a big, busy year for him away from Dunder Mifflin: He has two movies (Cooties, The Boy) coming out, a new TV show vying for viewers' hearts, a potential book bound for publication, and ... a zonkey basking in the glory of being his zonkey. (If you don't know what a zonkey is, this is going to be a life-changing internet event for you.) Wilson was at turns flippant, sincere, and passionate — in other words: a little bit Everett, Rainn, and Dwight. Here are some of his best responses, in which he wields sexual advice like a scimitar and indulges in some sage, Yoda-esque moments.On his favorite comparison, that of Backstrom to House: That's »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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SXSW 2015 Adds Melissa McCarthy’s Spy, Will Ferrell’s Get Hard, Ryan Gosling’s Lost River And Many More

3 February 2015 12:57 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With Sundance in the rear view mirror and Berlin just around the corner, another huge festival that’s now very much in mind is the 2015 South By Southwest Film Festival (SXSW 2015), to be held in Austin, Texas, this March. And this year, the lineup looks no less eclectic than in any previous year for the festival.

SXSW 2015 will see the debut of two big-studio comedies (Paul Feig’s Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy; and Etan Cohen’s Get Hard, starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart), some red-hot documentaries (none more so than Alex Gibney’s Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine) and a vast array of smaller indie titles. Intriguingly, Judd Apatow’s Amy Schumer vehicle Trainwreck will be screened as a work-in-progress.

Elsewhere, Alex Garland’s well-received Ex Machina will be making an appearance, as will Ryan Gosling’s much-maligned Lost River. And curiously, there will be a »

- Isaac Feldberg

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‘Manglehorn’, ‘Spy’, ‘Brand’ headline South by Southwest 2015 film lineup

3 February 2015 12:56 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

South by Southwest, the multi-faceted film, music and technology festival held annually in Austin, TX will feature such upcoming films as Paul Feig’s Spy, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, and Ondi Timoner’s Russell Brand profile Brand: A Second Coming as headliners in this year’s film festival lineup.

SXSW runs from March 13 to 21 in Austin and is now in its 22nd year. Variety has details of the 145 films and 100 world premieres bowing at this year’s festival. Brand, as previously reported, will be the festival’s opening night film.

Other notable titles on the list are the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, a rough cut of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, the directorial debut of 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, Ex Machina, and a new comedy by Michael Showalter, Hello, My Name is Doris.

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- Brian Welk

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SXSW 2015 unveils feature roster

3 February 2015 12:42 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Top brass at the 22nd South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival have announced the feature line-up for the upcoming festival, set to run from March 13-21 in Austin, Texas.

SXSW will showcase 145 features. The line-up includes 60 films from first-time film-makers and comprises 100 world premieres, 13 North American premieres and 11 Us premieres.

Head of film Janet Pierson and her team of programmers culled selections from a record 2,385 feature-length submissions composed of 1,614 Us and 771 international features. The record of 7,335 total submissions marks a 13% gain on 2014.

For the first time the number of films in the juried Narrative Feature and Documentary Feature selections have risen from eight to ten. The complete Conference line-up and schedule will be released on February 17.

Besides the Narrative Feature Competition and Documentary Feature Competition selections listed below, feature entries include Judd Apatow’s work-in-progress comedy Trainwreck starring Amy Schumer in Special Events, music film 808 (pictured) in 24 Beats Per Second and Alex Garland’s sci-fi »

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The new Ghostbusters, internet comments & ruined childhoods

1 February 2015 9:55 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Can a new film really ruin a childhood? A look at the controversy - and comments - surrounding Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot...

You don't need me to tell you that last week's reveal of the new cast for the Ghostbusters reboot caused 'some conversation'. Our unscientific reading of said reaction is that most people are against Paul Feig's 2016 movie, many vehemently so. Furthermore, the casting of Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones as the lead quartet caused further consternation.

It would be fair to say that some news stories have been better received.

There are, without doubt, legitimate criticisms and concerns here. Notwithstanding the fact that not a frame of footage has been shot, and that very, very few people have read Katie Dippold's and Paul Feig's screenplay, there nonetheless can't help but be fan concerns.

The bulk of them centre around the »

- simonbrew

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Backstrom: Season One Ratings

30 January 2015 12:38 PM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Rainn Wilson enjoyed a long run on the NBC sitcom The Office. How will Fox's Backstrom perform in the ratings? Will it be cancelled or will it be renewed for a second season?

On Backstrom, an offensive, irascible yet brilliant detective (Wilson) is brought back from exile to run Portland Police Bureau's Special Crimes Unit. The rest of the cast includes Genevieve Angelson, Dennis Haysbert, Kristoffer Polaha, Page Kennedy, Beatrice Rosen, and Thomas Dekker.

The higher a show's ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better its chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- typically the following morning, around 11:30am Est/8:30am Pst. Refresh to see the latest. (more…) »


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'Backstrom' Recap: Backstrom Faces His Childhood Foes

29 January 2015 11:25 AM, PST | | See recent BuddyTV news »

Rainn Wilson continues his portraiture of Backstrom in "Bella." This episode delivered a Backstrom who was difficult to find redeemable... until the very last moments.  As viewers have yet to fully invest in this character, a more provocative (likable) character display would have made more sense so early on in the season. Nonetheless, Backstrom's disdain for the bullies and his thirst for revenge is understandable and entertaining even though he presents as crazed throughout most of the episode.

While pursuing a serial arsonist who's heading toward using children as Roman candles, Backstrom and his team interact with two of his least favorite people in the world: fire fighters Nick and Sam D'Agostino. While Backstrom insists upon nailing the two professional heroes for both larceny and arson, Gravely insists on focusing solely on the arson, causing a division within the team. Throughout is the sense that Backstrom has gone off »


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‘Backstrom’ Review: A Promising New Crime-Solving Dramedy

28 January 2015 3:26 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Backstrom, based on the Swedish book series by Leif G. W. Persson, is a dark comedy-drama set in the criminally infested underbelly of Portland, Org. The show follows a fearless detective and his quirky team as they solve some of the most complicated investigations in the city. Backstrom Pilot Review Backstrom stars Rainn Wilson as the […]

The post ‘Backstrom’ Review: A Promising New Crime-Solving Dramedy appeared first on uInterview. »

- Olivia Truffaut

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Sneak Peek: Backstrom Reveals He's Been Bullied... and 'Squirreled'?

28 January 2015 10:39 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Backstrom‘s titular police lieutenant had a rough childhood, apparently, as disclosed in this sneak peek from this week’s episode of Fox’s freshman drama (Thursday, 9/8c).

In Episode 2 of the midseason procedural, the Special Crimes Unit is enlisted to help with an arson case that gets escalated to attempted murder. In the clip below, as Backstrom and Detective John Almond prepare to search a local firehouse, Rainn Wilson’s alter ego lets slip with some details about his past — including a form of bullying that’s “exactly what you think it is.”

Advisory: Top Gun volleyball scene-caliber barechested male revelry ahead. »

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Santa Barbara International Film Festival Exclusive: A.I. Comes To Life In Clip From Sci-Fi 'Uncanny'

28 January 2015 7:18 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

At the moment, cinema seems to have artificial intelligence on the brain. Later this year, Alex Garland will pull the curtain off "Ex Machina," but he's not the only one presenting a tale where technology and humanity come together. At the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, director Matthew Leutwyler will premiere "Uncanny," and today we have an exclusive clip from the film. Starring Mark Webber, David Clayton Rogers, Rainn Wilson, and Lucy Griffiths, the film follows David Kressen, a roboticist who seems to have created the world's first "perfect" artificial intelligence, which he names Adam. But soon enough, it starts to exhibit startling and strange behavior. In this clip, we see some of what Adam can do, as technology reporter, Joy Andrews, learns about its many special and distinct qualities, from athletics to intellect. "Uncanny" will have its first screening at Sbiff on Saturday, January 31st at 7 Pm, at Metro »

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Weekly Ratings: Fox Back on Top in Demo; CBS Dominates in Total Viewers

28 January 2015 6:03 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

With a growing “Empire” and still-stout numbers from “American Idol,” Fox is off to a better-than-expected start in the new year.

While CBS dominated the total-viewer derby last week in ridiculous fashion, Fox found itself in unfamiliar ratings territory — first place — in primetime’s key young-adult demo. “Empire” and “Idol” were the top draws of the week in adults 18-49 as the net beat its ABC-cbs-nbc competition combined on Wednesday.

Fox has now won two of the three weeks in 18-49 since “Empire” and “Idol” bowed — its first outright victories during an in-season frame without major sports help since April 2013.

“Empire” averaged a 4.4 rating/13 share in adults 18-49 and 11.07 million viewers overall last week, rising 10% week-to-week (from 4.0) and 16% above its debut (3.8), according to Nielsen. In doing so, it became the first hit broadcast series to grow two straight weeks in the demo following its series premiere since ABC’s “Moon Over Miami »

- Rick Kissell

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Watch Rainn Wilson Destroy Hipster Foodies on Conan

28 January 2015 12:17 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

It was Rainn Wilson's birthday last week, and the Backstrom star told Conan he celebrated by going on a fancy date-feast with his wife in New York. It was mostly great, except for the whole foodie obsession thing he's noticed. "Oh, you've got to go to Ming Mong's restaurant because the chef is half Ethiopian, half Finnish," he ribbed. "And he makes meatballs out of goat, and he makes a gnocchi with Meyer lemon and squid [some expletive TBS apparently hates]." Then Andy Richter slayed everybody with an even better, more alienating joke, and Wilson confessed he really went to Bâtard and ate their octopus pastrami because life is a beach. »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Best of Late Night TV: Lucy Hale's 'Pretty Little Liars' Censorship, Stephen Hawking's Whitney Houston Crush (Video)

27 January 2015 11:23 PM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.

"Pretty Little Liars" star Lucy Hale was on "Conan" Tuesday night, and she talked about how her sexy Cosmo cover embarrassed her father. It wasn't the photo as much as the cover words. Her dad saw the headline "Best Sex Ever" and he thought that was her interview. He texted her to say she looked great but he wasn't too excited about the articles. (He probably read them all, though.) Lucy also talked about "Pretty Little Liars," which is Conan's "neighbor" in the studio lot. Pll has a pink golf cart that's all decked out. On the show, they say "bitches" a lot, and they put it on »

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Backstrom Season 1 Review

23 January 2015 9:56 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

This review is based on the first four episodes of season one, which were provided to us by Fox.

Fox’s new police procedural Backstrom is one of the least fresh-feeling dramas that the network has premiered in some time. It continues Fox’s time-honored tradition of building shows around a toxic genius character, as abrasive and irritable as he is brilliant (from House to Lie to Me to recently failed Rake, it seems that Fox has an anti-hero complex). Backstrom also shares showrunner DNA with long-running detective show Bones and its one-and-done spinoff The Finder. And even its setting, perpetually rainy Portland, has been in use by another network’s crime procedural for years (NBC’s Grimm).

The only compliment that could be easily directed at Backstrom is that it appears built to last. That showrunner, Hart Hanson, works fast to establish a sturdy (if painfully familiar) formula, blending »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Ratings: Fox’s ‘Backstrom’ Off to Decent Start Thursday

23 January 2015 9:05 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Update: In updated nationals from Nielsen released Friday afternoon, Fox’s “American Idol” picked up a tenth (2.8/9 in 18-49, 10.65 million viewers overall) but newcomer “Backstrom” gave one back (1.9/6 in 18-49, 7.98 million viewers overall).

At CBS, both “Mom” (2.4/8 in 18-49, 11.05 million viewers overall) and “Two and a Half Men” (2.2/7 in 18-49, 9.31 million viewers overall) were revised downward by a tenth.

NBC’s finale of “Bad Judge” also came down a tenth (0.7/2 in 18-49, 2.86 million viewers overall), but CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” edged up (0.8/2 in 18-49, 1.64 million viewers overall) to avoid matching its series low.


Fox drama “Backstrom” opened to credible numbers on Thursday behind “American Idol” but may have a tough time staying at this level in coming weeks when ABC’s “Scandal” and then NBC’s “The Blacklist” move into its timeslot.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, the Rainn Wilson-fronted “Backstrom” averaged a 2.0 rating/6 share in »

- Rick Kissell

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Ratings: Decent ‘Backstrom’ Premiere Aids ‘Idol’ in Handing Fox Demo Win

23 January 2015 8:56 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

NBC’s “Bad Judge” and “A-to-z” see slight rises in still-unimpressive finales

American Idol” paired with the Rainn Wilson crimedy “Backstrom” debut on Thursday, handing Fox a ratings victory in the key 18-49 demographic.

CBS topped the night in total viewers, with a “Big Bang Theory” repeat boasting a primetime-best 11.6 million. For NBC, while its entire lineup ticked up slightly, “Bad Judge” and “A-to-z” closed their seasons — and series — with soft finale numbers.

Also Read: ‘Backstrom’s’ Rainn Wilson Doesn’t Care If You Like His New Show: ‘That’s Completely Out of My Control’

Fox was first in ratings »

- Tony Maglio

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