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13 items from 2016


Why ‘The Goldbergs’ Is Must-Watch Comedy

16 June 2016 10:41 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Having just wrapped its third season, “The Goldbergs” seems to only get funnier with time—in large part because of its award-worthy performers.  What makes comedy so difficult, according to Head of Talent and Casting for Sony Television Dawn Steinberg, is that you need to “stay true to the most outrageous moments and make them believable.” And that’s exactly what star Wendi McLendon-Covey does so brilliantly as ’80s mom Beverly Goldberg. Opposite her is Jeff Garlin, whose background in improv adds wonders to the show’s dynamic ensemble. “[He’s] one of the most fun people to watch. He’s very paternal towards all the other people on the show and he really brings that out in each scene,” Steinberg says.  Round out the cast with supporting player George Segal and the rest of the gang, and there’s no doubt “The Goldbergs” is one of the strongest comedies to grace TV this season. For more on “The Goldbergs,” watch the exclusive clip below. And be sure to get more advice from Steinberg, only on Backstage.com. Inspired by this post? Check out our television audition listings! »

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‘The Goldbergs’ Scores Tribune, Sony Syndication Pact

15 June 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Tribune Broadcasting stations in 18 major markets have set a deal with Sony Pictures TV for rerun rights to the ABC domestic comedy “The Goldbergs” starting in fall 2017.

The deal cements “Goldbergs” status as the prime syndication-friendly comedy available to broadcast TV stations in the next few years. The drought in broad-appeal sitcoms coming off the broadcast networks has alarmed TV station managers, many of which rely on sitcom reruns as tentpoles of their late afternoon, early evening and late-night schedules.

Tribune stations taking “Goldbergs” include its outlets in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Washington, D.C. and Houston. All told the deal covers nearly 37% of U.S. TV households.

“ ‘The Goldbergs’ is a stand-out comedy with all-family appeal, growing ratings and buzz-worthy storytelling, making it a great fit for our stations,” said Sean Compton, Tribune’s president of strategic programming and acquisitions.

John Weiser, president of distribution for Sony Pictures TV, cited the show’s three consecutive seasons of ratings growth in primetime as a good sign of a healthy afterlife in reruns.

“Goldberg” reruns have already been made available for streaming on Hulu through a deal set last September. That makes the show a test case for sitcoms with the potential to juggle both a streaming and traditional broadcast syndication window.

The Hulu exposure likely cut down on the price Tribune was willing to pay to land the show, yet the scarcity of available sitcoms surely worked in Sony’s favor.

“It is poised for a long run on ABC and in syndication,” Weiser said.

“Goldbergs” is heading into its fourth season on ABC this fall. The series, created and exec produced by Adam F. Goldberg, is set in the 1980s and revolves around the coming of age story of a boy in a boisterous family. Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin, Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile, Hayley Orrantia and George Segal star.

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- Cynthia Littleton

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Hello, My Name is Doris

6 June 2016 8:29 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Sally Field bounces back in this story of mismatched love - or a romantic delusion... that is 3/4 charm and 1/4 wishful thinking. The May-October romance isn't an outright farce like Harold and Maude, so a few of the comic situations are somewhat wince-inducing. Or am I just feeling my own 'October' discomfort? Field fans should love it anyway. Hello, My Name Is Doris Blu-ray Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 2015 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 90 min. / Street Date June 14, 2016 / 26.99 Starring Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Tyne Daly, Beth Behrs, Elisabeth Reaser, Peter Gallagher, Stephen Root, Wendi McLendon-Covey. Cinematography Brian Burgoyne Film Editor Robert Nassau Original Music Brian H. Kim Written by Laura Terruso, Michael Showalter, from her short film Doris & the Intern Produced by Daniel Crown, Kevin Mann, Riva Marker, Jordana Mollick, Daniela Taplin Lundberg Directed by Michael Showalter

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

I've always liked Sally Field. Her personality made a dumb 'sixties TV show »

- Glenn Erickson

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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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What's New on TV, Netflix, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: May 30-June 5

30 May 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.

New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital Only

"London Has Fallen"

It's Memorial Day in the U.S., so instead of watching our landmarks get blown up on screen, why not head across the pond and see how the U.K. likes it. "London Has Fallen" has its Digital HD release on May 31, then on disc/demand June 14. Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, and company return for this sequel to "Olympus Has Fallen," following the aftermath of the British Prime Minster's death. Bonus features include "The Making of London Has Fallen," featuring interviews with cast and crew; and "Guns, Knives & Explosives," delving deeper into Butler's character, Mike Banning, and the extensive training he needed to play a Secret Service agent.

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- Gina Carbone

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Wendi McLendon-Covey Says Her Husband Makes Her Blissfully Happy

8 April 2016 3:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The honeymoon phase isn't over for Wendi McLendon-Covey and her husband Greg Covey. The Goldbergs star, 46, gushed about her hubby when asked if she could remember the last time she was blissfully happy. "Right this moment," she told People. "I have a really nice husband who has been refilling my coffee for the last hour and a half. I'm eating in front of the TV and catching up on emails, and he's been refilling coffee and just being sweet." • For more of our interview with Wendi McClendon-Covey, pick up this week's issue of People, on newsstands nowMcLendon-Covey says this is »

- Gabrielle Olya, @GabyOlya

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Wendi McLendon-Covey Says Her Husband Makes Her Blissfully Happy

8 April 2016 3:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The honeymoon phase isn't over for Wendi McLendon-Covey and her husband Greg Covey. The Goldbergs star, 46, gushed about her hubby when asked if she could remember the last time she was blissfully happy. "Right this moment," she told People. "I have a really nice husband who has been refilling my coffee for the last hour and a half. I'm eating in front of the TV and catching up on emails, and he's been refilling coffee and just being sweet." • For more of our interview with Wendi McClendon-Covey, pick up this week's issue of People, on newsstands nowMcLendon-Covey says this is »

- Gabrielle Olya, @GabyOlya

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Hello, My Name is Doris Movie Review

3 April 2016 9:05 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Hello, My Name Is Doris Roadside Attractions Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya, d-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade:  B Director:  Michael Showalter Written by: Michael Showalter, Laura Terruso, based on a short film by Laura Terruso Cast:  Sally Field, Max Greenfield, Beth Behrs, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Stephen Root Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 2/25/16 Opens: March 11, 2016 Some recent self-help books pose this question:  How many people on their deathbed regretted that they could not spend more time in the office?  Presumably nobody, but add this: how many people regretted that they had mothers who were healthy enough to care for themselves and not put a burden on them?  Again,  [ Read More ]

The post Hello, My Name is Doris Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Harvey Karten

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Wrapid Fire: Wendi McLendon-Covey Picks Her Favorite ‘Bridesmaids’ Deleted Scene (Video)

30 March 2016 6:08 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Wendi McLendon-Covey walked through her ideal date night with TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell, complete with margaritas, Mexican food and Netflix on the couch. “The Goldbergs” star also answered which band she wishes she could join, picks her favorite TV mom, and reveals her drink of choice in the latest episode of Wrapid Fire Drinking With the Stars. Also, McLendon-Covey revealed her favorite scene to shoot from Paul Feig‘s 2011 comedy “Bridesmaids,” picking one that didn’t even make the final cut. Also Read: 'Ghostbusters' Director Paul Feig Defends Star Leslie Jones: 'F-ck the Haters' Watch the video above. »

- Reid Nakamura

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Hello, My Name Is Doris – The Review

18 March 2016 6:34 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Sally Field plays Doris Miller, a 60-something accountant with a Walter Mitty-like imagination who becomes fixated on a younger new co-worker John Fremont (Max Greenfield), in Hello, My Name Is Doris. The comedy from director/co-writer Michael Showalter (“The Baxter”) has plenty of indie film quirkiness but what makes the film work is Field’s performance as Doris, a character who in lesser hands could have gone so very wrong.

Doris is a data entry worker in accounting working at a hipster fashion magazine who is suddenly smitten when she meets a handsome young new co-worker named John Fremont, a nice Midwestern who is new to the city. But Doris is no sexy cougar; she is an oddball character that would have been out of his league even if she were 20 years younger.

Hello, My Name Is Doris reverses the gender of the standard movie male fantasy of an older »

- Cate Marquis

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‘The Goldbergs’ Star Wendi McLendon-Covey Reveals Her Dream Tribute Episode (Video)

16 March 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Goldbergs” star Wendi McLendon-Covey loved the show’s “Dirty Dancing” inspired episode, but there is one classic film the actress wants to tackle next. “‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’ — preferably ‘European,'” McLendon-Covey told TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell during a new installment of “Drinking With the Stars.” “Just driving across country in their little station wagon, that writes itself. We could improv the whole thing.” The actress also touched on the wide variety of pop culture references the show has become famous for using. According to McLendon-Covey, one star from the decade in which the show is set looks no different after 30 years. »

- Joe Otterson

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‘The Goldbergs’ to Pay Homage to ‘Dirty Dancing’ in Season 3

26 January 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ABC’s nostalgic comedy series “The Goldbergs” will pay homage to another beloved ’80s movie this season, with an episode centered around 1987’s “Dirty Dancing,” which starred Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.

“‘Dirty Dancing’ is a huge ’80s cultural touchstone — the music, the memorable lines, and of course, Swayze. No one loved it more than my mom. I’ll always remember how she dragged me to see it in the theaters several times and then bought it on video,” said creator/executive producer Adam F. Goldberg in a statement. “I knew this was our big movie to explore this season when all of the writers on the show also had their very own ‘Dirty Dancing’ memories from years ago. It really is a gem of the ’80s and it’s so exciting to bring it to life with my amazing cast.”

The Goldbergs” has previously paid tribute to two other »

- Laura Prudom

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‘The Goldbergs': Beverly Remodels Her Kitchen – Poorly (Exclusive Video)

6 January 2016 10:07 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

ABC’s hit sitcom “The Goldbergs” returns Wednesday night with its first episode of the new year, and we’re not talking about Rosh Hashanah. In “The Tasty Boys,” Murray (Jeff Garlin) doesn’t budge when Beverly (Wendi McLendon-Covey) wants to remodel their kitchen like the Kremps. Beverly devises a plan to do the work herself but messes up on purpose, so Murray is forced to fix it — though it doesn’t go exactly as planned. The “Tasty Boys” title derives from a Barry-flavored riff on ’80s hip-hop stars the Beastie Boys. The episode was written by Steve Basilone and Annie Mebane, »

- Jeff Sneider

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