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‘How I Sold My Web Series to Netflix’: The Director of ‘EastSiders’ Explains His Secret

1 July 2016 11:36 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

On July 1, my independently produced Lgbt series “EastSiders” made its debut on Netflix. This is the first time in the series’ four-year history that it has been made available internationally, with subtitles in more than a dozen languages. It’s been a long road from YouTube to Netflix, and looking back there were several key decisions we made that helped our show compete in an increasingly crowded space.

I wish I could say that I predicted this, that it was all part of some master plan, but the truth is I had no idea a series could have as many lives as “EastSiders” has had. My goals when I created the show were simple; I wanted to write, direct and star in a project and see it through to completion, because I had been involved in so many micro budget projects that never saw the light of day. I also »

- Kit Williamson

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Upright Citizens Brigade Signs Deal With Universal Cable Productions

21 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Universal Cable Productions has signed the Upright Citizens Brigade to a first-look production deal. The agreement is the first such for the comedy troupe founded by in 1990 by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh. Universal Cable Productions will assist Ucb in developing scripted programming for NBCUniversal’s cable networks as well as other outlets.

“Ucb is comprised of a group of amazingly talented people who are fearless when it comes to taking comedic risks,” said Dawn Olmstead, executive vice president, development at Universal Cable Productions. “This partnership is a perfect fit for the studio because it allows us to incubate fresh ideas and make our mark in the comedy space by tapping into Ucb’s unique point of view. We’re thrilled to be working with them.”

“This collaboration with Universal Cable Productions provides us with the resources to execute ideas and cultivate new audiences across platforms,” said »

- Daniel Holloway

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2016 Emmy Contenders: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy

2 June 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

At this point, the question isn’t whether Julia Louis-Dreyfus will score her fifth consecutive nomination for her role as President Selina Meyer on the HBO comedy “Veep,” but whether her winning streak will end. The actress has watched her character go from the titular vice president to leader of the free world, collecting a string of statues along the way. While Candice Bergen managed to score five wins for “Murphy Brown,” even she didn’t do it in a row.

But there are some new faces poised to take the prize this year, from Golden Globe winner Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) to Amy Schumer (“Inside Amy Schumer”), who is on a hot streak herself. In addition, many actresses who have never scored a nom are coming off great second seasons, including Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”) and Constance Wu (“Fresh Off the Boat. »

- Variety Staff

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Veep, Ep. 5.06: Selina Gets Mired in “C**tgate”

30 May 2016 6:26 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Veep, Season 5, Episode 6: “C**tgate”

Written by Georgia Pritchett & Will Smith

Directed by Chris Addison

Airs Sunday at 10:30pm on HBO

Jonah is running for congress now, something I never dared to hope for but which pleases me immensely. The stock market is also crashing and three large banks are in need of bailouts, only two of whom will actually get them. With these two crises on deck, Selina is back in her element, as is Veep.

The show has teased at this financial crisis in past episodes. Ben treated a flat market as if it had reached record highs in a previous episode. Now, Selina has to choose amongst three banks, one of whom is run by her boyfriend Charlie. Tom recommends bailing out his bank, as it’s the strongest of the three and most likely to survive. The downside is that her approval rating would »

- Brian Marks

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Lady Dynamite Trailer: Maria Bamford Loses Her $#*!, Finds Superman(s)

21 April 2016 5:27 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Maria Bamford (Arrested Development, the gone-too-soon Benched) has a love-hate relationship with Superman in the first trailer for her Netflix comedy Lady Dynamite (premiering Friday, May 20).

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The comedienne cozies up to Brandon Routh and punches Dean Cain in the star-studded preview, which also features Lennon Parham (Playing House), Ana Gasteyer (Suburgatory), Andy Daly (Review), Fred Melamed (Casual), Bridget Everett (Inside Amy Schumer), Ed Begley, Jr. (Better Call Saul), Sarah Silverman (Masters of Sex) and — whew! — Jason Mantzoukas (Brooklyn Nine-Nine).

Per Netflix’s official logline, Lady Dynamite “tells »

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Review: Comedy Central Series to End with Shortened Third Season

19 February 2016 1:39 PM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

[caption id="attachment_44532" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Andy Daly as Forrest MacNeil and Megan Stevenson as A.J. courtesy of Comedy Central[/caption]

Comedy Central will renew the Review TV series for an abbreviated third and final season, leaving the show effectively cancelled. The Hollywood Reporter says no episode count has been announced yet, but mentions a minimum of three installments which might air over three weeks, or all in one night.

In Review, Daly is professional critic Forrest MacNeil, who reviews real-life experiences such as stealing, addiction, road rage, or blackmail, to see if they are any good. The cast of Review also includes: Megan Stevenson, Jessica St. Clair, Tara Karsian, Michael Croner, Fred Willard, James Urbaniak, Max Gail, Hayley Huntley, and Lennon Parham. Daly also narrates the dark mocumentary which he created with Charlie Siskel.



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New Girl Recap: Do You Believe in Magic?

9 February 2016 5:30 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

We've now had a few weeks of a new New Girl: No Jess, lots of wacky guest stars, high-energy goofs, and erasable self-contained plots. And it's worked pretty well! Fresh blood gets to bounce off known personalities, minor characters get room to breathe and build relationships — which is great news for Winston — and it makes a nice showcase for people like Fred Armisen and Lennon Parham. "Reagan" takes that formula and stretches it a little, leading to mixed results. The leading premise is that we get to meet Reagan Lucas, a.k.a. the long-foretold Megan Fox. So far, her character manages to be both better than I expected, and somehow still slightly underwhelming. Let's take that apart!We open with Nick and Cece behind the bar, where they're both getting hit on. Cece responds politely but dismissively, but that's still enough to set off Schmidt, who has some real trust issues. »

- Kathryn VanArendonk

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'New Girl' creator on Megan Fox: 'She's funny in a cool way'

8 February 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A couple of weeks ago, I noted that New Girl had evolved into such an ensemble comedy that it would be just fine during Zooey Deschanel's six-episode maternity leave. So far, we've had two episodes — both of them, like the last few with Deschanel, filmed immediately after production on last season wrapped, so the show could get them done before they lost the star for a while — just featuring the remaining castmembers (plus guests like Fred Armisen, Bill Burr, and Lennon Parham), but the remainder of Deschanel's absence will revolve around the introduction of a temporary addition to the loft: Reagan, a pharmaceutical sales rep played by Megan Fox. Fox has some comedy on her resume, so it's not a complete surprise that she works out quite well in the two episodes I've seen with her. But it's a significant change in the show's usual dynamics, since Reagan is »

- Alan Sepinwall

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The Property Brothers Made a Country Music Video, Proving That They Are a Walking Nicholas Sparks Fever Dream

4 February 2016 3:34 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Are Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair dreaming again? The Property Brothers, your favorite Labrador twins from Hgtv have made a country music video for their song "Hold On." Aiming squarely for the jugular of the American mom (and John Mulaney), Drew and Jonathan Scott look as though they were lifted directly from a Nicholas Sparks movie. They are each sporting a light five o'clock dust of scruff on their faces, as they sing over a sequence of two families coming home, which is an excellent reminder that they can renovate yours. Synergy! »

- E. Alex Jung

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New Girl Recap: Mi Leche Es Su Leche

2 February 2016 5:30 PM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

New Girl seems to be settling into a Jess-less routine, one that relies on half of the gang playing around with guest stars while the other half goes off on a character-building adventure. This routine may eventually get stale, but right now it feels like a solid groove to settle into. Last week's LoftBnB bit went over quite well; this week's Bill Burr and Lennon Parham as Nick's Boston cousins are even better. Plus: No seriously troubling racist lodger plot! Just some good old-fashioned Boston jokes, which surely we can all get behind.So Bob (Burr) and Carol (Parham) come to town, an event which initially has Nick concerned that they're going to ask him for money once again. He is, after all, the wealthiest Miller — a fact he knows to be true because when a waiter asks him if he still wants avocado even though the avocado is extra, »

- Kathryn VanArendonk

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Watch: ‘New Girl’ Star Jake Johnson Makes Directorial Debut as Nick and Schmidt Ponder the Future

2 February 2016 9:15 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

New Girl” star Jake Johnson, who portrays Nick Miller on the Fox comedy, is playing a new role in the hit series — director. Johnson directed “Bob & Carol & Nick & Schmidt,” the fifth episode of “New Girl’s” fifth season.

While Johnson is a seasoned veteran on “New Girl,” this episode marks his first time directing.

Above, Variety has an exclusive sneak peek from the episode, in which Nick and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) have a vaguely horrifying discussion about Nick’s potential future.

“Let’s face the facts, my love life is a disaster. Schmidt, this might be my only chance of having a kid,” Nick says in the clip. “If I can’t have a kid with a woman, then maybe I’ll have one with my cousin.”

Want context? You’ll have to watch the episode.

“Bob & Carol & Nick & Schmidt,” marks Johnson’s directorial debut, but the actor has previously »

- Margaret Lenker

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New Girl Sneak Peek: Jake Johnson Takes a Seat in the Director's Chair

2 February 2016 6:30 AM, PST | | See recent news »

On tonight’s episode of New Girl (Fox, 8/7c), Jake Johnson masters the art of being in two places at once.

In addition to starring in a Nick-heavy episode — in which members of Nick’s family (played by comedian Bill Burr and Playing House‘s Lennon Parham) pay him a visit for a very specific reason — Johnson also takes the reins behind the camera in his directorial debut.

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In TVLine’s exclusive video above, he and the rest of the New Girl cast take us behind the scenes, »

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Animals Trailer: New HBO Comedy Rife With Racist Cats, Sexual Pigeons

25 January 2016 9:50 AM, PST | | See recent news »

HBO’s Animals proves that life in the big city can be difficult for anyone, be they a man, a woman, or even a sadistic lab mouse eager to become a snake’s next meal.

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The official trailer for the new animated comedy — executive-produced by Jay and Mark Duplass — hit the web this weekend, giving us our first look at (the voices of) Jessica St. Clair, Lennon Parham, Ike Barinholtz and endless other comedians as they slip into the skin (and fur »

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Interview: Zombie Cop’s Jera Sky!

21 January 2016 10:59 AM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Remember when I told ya about the new zom-com Zombie Cop a while back? Of course you do, ‘cuz I’m me and we all know the Coffin Club worships my every word like some sort of non-drink-mix-ingesting Jonestown cult (we prefer absinthe, as you know)! Well, wouldn’t ya know it, the zombie cop in question, Jera Sky, just popped into the Crypt o’ Xiii for a lil’ jaw sesh with yours cruelly!

Famous Monsters. Give the ol’ coffin club the low-down on who you are and what you do, please! Jera Sky. My name is Jera Sky and I’m a Los Angeles based actor, filmmaker, and according to a book I read, probably a psychopath. I would need more words than is probably allowed to sum up who I am, but here goes: I spent all my money on a video camera when I was 14 so I »

- DanielXIII

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Playing House: Season Three Renewal for USA Series

14 January 2016 2:31 PM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

[caption id="attachment_42558" align="aligncenter" width="590"] image via USA Network[/caption]

The Playing House TV series has been renewed for a third season on the USA Network. The cable channel announced the renewal during today's TCA winter press tour panel.

Playing House stars creators Lennon Parham as Maggie Caruso, and Jessica St. Clair as Emma Crawford. Childhood friends, they are now raising a baby.



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#TCA16: USA Network is “Playing House” again

14 January 2016 12:21 PM, PST | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

There was much rejoicing for fans of USA Network’s comedy Playing House at the 2016 TCA Winter Press Tour, as stars Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham were present for the announcement that their series has been renewed for Season 3. So Kellie Freeze can chill: I'm doing so many celebratory body rolls right now, that my body be bangin' by season 3! Congrats @PlayingHouseUSA! — Kellie Freeze (@ChannelGuideKF) January 14, 2016 Other announcements from USA Network: Mind-bending drama series Falling Water has been picked up from executive producers Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead), Blake Masters (Brotherhood) and the late Henry … Continue reading →

The post #TCA16: USA Network is “Playing House” again appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »

- Ryan Berenz

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Playing House Was Renewed for a Third Season; Everyone, Keep Playing!

14 January 2016 10:53 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

USA's Playing House is returning to USA for its third season, and Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham are thrilled, probably! We don't know firsthand, but we can imagine they're thrilled. If we could, we'd get a dollhouse with two lady dolls and one baby doll and make them all jump up and down and say, "We're getting a third season and we're really thrilled!" The show was able to double its audience from season one to season two by introducing a new distribution model, allowing viewers to watch episodes on video-on-demand before they aired on USA, a dream for any superfan. That model will continue for season three, the season everyone is thrilled about, according to our dollhouse. »

- Emma Barrie

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‘Playing House’ Renewed For Season 3 By USA

14 January 2016 10:29 AM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

This had been an uphill battle and a sign of the new realities of multi-platform TV distribution — USA’s well received but low rated comedy series Playing House has clinched another hard-fought renewal. The 3 season pickup was announced at TCA when series creators/stars Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair crashed USA president Chris McCumber’s opening remarks with noisy screeching, asking him if he’s given the show a third season. He acknowledged that they did and they… »

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‘Playing House’ Renewed for Season 3 by USA

14 January 2016 10:09 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

USA has renewed the comedy series “Playing House” for a third season. The network announced the renewal Thursday at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour. The series stars comics Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham. “Playing House” Season 2 was released on video-on-demand prior to its premiere on USA and was the subject of a sponsorship deal that features integrations with brands such as Samsung, Toyota and Comcast. Also Read: USA Picks Up Gale Anne Hurd's 'Falling Water' Comcast and NBCUniversal — parent companies of USA and producer Universal Cable Productions — plan to pursue a similar release strategy and sponsorship plan. »

- Daniel Holloway

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‘Playing House’ Renewed for Season 3 at USA Network

14 January 2016 10:07 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Playing House” has been renewed for a third season.

The announcement was made Thursday at Television Critics Association in Pasadena, Calif., where the series’ stars Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair made a surprise appearance at the bi-annual press tour.

Interrupting USA Network president Chris McCumber at TCA in a funny, unexpected skit, Parham and St. Clair bombarded their boss, asking about a renewal, saying, “It just would be such a shame because the show ended up on multiple lists for 2015.” The ladies then ensued to scream with happiness when McCumber announced the pickup.

Hailing from Universal Cable Productions, the series was created by Parham and St. Claire, whose real -life friendship inspired the fan-favorite show.

Though the comedy has an avidly passionate following, “Playing House” struggled to gain traction last summer in its second season. Its eight episodes on Tuesday nights averaged about 600,000 viewers, including 350,000 in the 18-49 demo, »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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