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The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the third announced earlier today. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on ABC.
The network is changing up some of its serialized dramas - removing random repeats in favor of two "uninterrupted runs" of twelve episodes each (one in the fall, one in the spring) for shows like "Once Upon A Time," "Grey’s Anatomy," "Scandal" and "Revenge". The large gaps between the two half-seasons will be bridged by "limited series" designed around only 12-13 episode seasons.
Several other pilots didn't make the final cut and won't be seen including the high-profile "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" rip-off "Gothica", McG's rip-off of Baz Luhrmann's "Romeo + Juliet" entitled "Westside", the series based on Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain ride, the Annie Potts-led "Murder in Manhattan" about »
- Garth Franklin
ABC's comedy development has had a rough couple of seasons. The network hasn't had a real breakout since the one-two punch of family comedies "Modern Family" (an ongoing mega hit) and "The Middle" (a modest but stable hit) premiered back in 2009.
Only three comedies launched since then remain on the air: "Suburgatory," which faded enough in Season 2 to be held back for midseason next year; "Last Man Standing," which plays to a base and is otherwise ignored on Friday nights; and "The Neighbors," which will join "Last Man" in its Friday irrelevance in the fall. That means ABC needs to find a few more real players and the network has planned an aggressive launch of four new comedies in the fall and one more on the bench for midseason.
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ABC's really hoping that you like to laugh at families this fall, as nearly all of their comedy programming revolves around some sort of family unit. Take "Trophy Wife," for example: The comedy finds star and producer Malin Akerman playing reformed party girl Kate, who's just become Pete's (Bradley Whitford, "The West Wing") third wife.
On top of adjusting to married life, Kate's got to deal with Pete's three children and two ex-wives, played by Marcia Gay Harden ("Damages") and Michaela Watkins ("Saturday Night Live"). Flighty and inexperience as she is, no one in Pete's life quite likes Kate much.
Based on the trailer, the success of this show depends on how much you like and root for Akerman as an actress, as it seems the series is going to play around with the idea that she much win everyone over, all the time. It's »
ABC is putting two new comedies on Tuesday night this fall. Following after the hugely anticipated "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," we will be getting first "The Goldbergs" and then "Trophy Wife." The former features one family that does a whole lot of yelling while the latter is more of an extended-family thing with two ex-wives, one trophy wife, and just as many kids (and probably some yelling, too). Jeff Garlin, George Segal and Wendi McClendon-Covey parent (and grandparent) on "The Goldbergs" while Bradley Whitford, Malin Akerman, Marcia Gay Harden and Michaela Watkins play those parts on "Trophy Wife." Check out the new pictures of both »
- Josh Lasser
Chicago – ABC announced their 2013-14 schedule this morning and revealed an aggressive slate of new programming, including four new comedies and four new dramas. Tuesday nights will be entirely new, anchored by “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”. Their hit shows aren’t really moving other than “The Neighbors” slidng to Friday nights and “Dancing with the Stars” downsized to one night. They also revealed that they will air a special based on the hit Pixar trilogy, “Toy Story of Terror,” in October 2013.
Full schedule below with an asterisk for new show. New show descriptions below that. “Suburgatory” is being held for mid-season.
7pm “Dancing with the Stars”
7pm “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”*
8pm “The Goldbergs”*
8:30pm “Trophy Wife”*
9pm “Lucky 7”*
7pm “The Middle”
7:30pm “Back in the Game”*
8pm “Modern Family”
8:30pm “Super Fun Night”*
7pm “Once »
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The half-hour "Super Fun Night" centers on Junior attorney Kimmie Boubier (Wilson) and her two best friends Helen-Alice (Liza Lapira) and Marika (Lauren Ash), who have had a standing date every Friday night for the last 13 years. They even have a motto for what they call “Friday Night Fun Night”: “Always together! Always Inside!”
However, Kimmie’s recent promotion throws a monkey wrench into the tradition. Not only is she now working with her idol, “Lady Lawyer of the Year” Felicity Vanderstone (Kelen Coleman), but she meets a dashingly handsome British attorney, Richard Lovell (Kevin Bishop), who invites her to his party at a trendy club. Determined to spend time with Richard and heed Felicity’s advice to network, Kimmie sets out to »
- Laura Prudom
The network also rounded out its drama orders by renewing Revenge and Once Upon A Time. On the comedy side, it’s bringing back Modern Family (no duh), The Middle, Suburgatory, Last Man Standing, and The Neighbors.
As for new shows, ABC announced the pickup of comedy Super Fun Night, a Rebel Wilson starrer about a junior attorney and her two best friends, who have a standing date every Friday night for the last 13 years. »
- Lynette Rice
ABC’ opened the floodgates on Friday evening, ordering seven new dramas and five comedies for the 2013-14 season.
“Shield,” the drama loosely linked to Marvel’s “Avengers” film franchise, has been a hot property ever since it came together last summer. A sneak peek of ABC Studios’ “Shield” will run Sunday in the season finale of “Once Upon a Time.”
- Cynthia Littleton
What’s more, the first promo for the brand-new series is set to air this Sunday during the Once Upon a Time season finale.
Related | Fall TV Preview: Your Guide to What’s New
The cast for S.H.I.E.L.D. — which follows a worldwide law enforcement organization that polices the new, the strange and the unknown — includes ER alum Ming-Na (as former soldier Melinda May), Clark Gregg (reprising his big-screen Avengers »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
In a World..., 2013.
Written and Directed by Lake Bell.
An underachieving vocal coach is motivated by her father, the king of movie-trailer voice-overs, to pursue her aspirations of becoming a voiceover star. Amidst pride, sexism and family dysfunction, she sets out to change the voice of a generation.
I've never really been a fan of the "awkward" style of comedy as I tend to find it's a touch too forced and on the nose, but when you have someone as charming and funny as Lake Bell behind and in front of the camera, you're in safe hands. In short, In a World... is absolutely brilliant.
In a World... delves into the often unseen world of voice over artists and focuses on three in particular as they fight to bring back the infamous "in a world" line, »
Part family drama, part romantic comedy, part Hollywood satire – there is much to be admired by Lake Bell’s directorial debut In a World…, as the actress has taken a leaf out of Lena Dunham’s book, in writing, directing and starring in a feature that signals a continuing shift in fortunes for female comedy writers, with a wry and consistently comical picture. Playing at Sundance Film Festival, this production remains faithful to the spirit of which this festival stands for – as a platform for inspiring and exciting new filmmakers to showcase their work.
Bell plays Carol, a vocal coach who has grown up in the movies industry, as her father Sam (Fred Melamed) is one of the most well renowned movie trailer voice-over artists, and someone who always makes it clear that a woman could never cut it in this field. Moving in her with her sister Dani (Michaela Watkins »
- Stefan Pape
Over the years, voice-overs in trailers have largely been substituted for flashes of capitalised text and droning horns as a means of pressing the imprint of a film on one’s memory. As with most things that die out quietly with the passage of time, we probably took the sounds of Don Lafontaine’s throaty tones far too much for granted. The death of this particular trend is understandable given each blockbuster franchise’s preference to retain insular identities (while ironically mimicking each other). In 2013, to hear a proposition such as Lafontaine’s overlaying a high-octane action teaser would surely raise viewers’ eyebrows and slouched backs.
In a World… posits the unlikely scenario of this trend’s resurrection and the whirlwind effect it has on a close-knit group of Hollywood players, each vying to be the new voice of the multiplex. Vocal coach Carol Solomon (Lake Bell, also writer and »
- Ed Doyle
Director: Lake Bell.
Running Time: 92 minutes.
Synopsis: Carol (Lake Bell), an underachieving vocal coach and the daughter of a famous movie trailer voiceover artist, sets out to become the voice of movie trailers, much to the chagrin of her self-absorbed father (Fred Melamed).
Beginning with a delightful selection of clips featuring the late, great movie voiceover legend Don Lafontaine, actress, writer and director Lake Bell’s In A World… sadly dovetails into a rather forced and uninspiring comedy about a girl called Carol who longs to get out from behind her father’s shadow and follow in his footsteps as a movie trailer voice. Unfortunately her dad, who longs to be the next Lafontaine, is hell bent on stopping her because – well, because he’s a little bit sexist.
Therein lies one of the film’s many problems, »
- Matt Dennis
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Winner of this year’s Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: U.S. Dramatic, In A World… is the writer-director debut of actress Lake Bell, best known for her work on TV shows Boston Legal and How to Make It in America. Tackling the super-niche subject of competitive, neurotic voice-over artists, Bell’s telling musings on creative industries and her uniquely quirky sense of humour ensure this is a real hoot for viewers inclined to bite down on the strange subject matter.
Opening with a credits montage featuring clips of legendary late trailer voice-over God Don Lafontaine, the film notes quite rightly that movie trailers have not been the same since his passing five years ago. A replacement, someone to voice every new epic movie trailer, is being sought, and it has come down to three people – egotistical upstart Gustav (Ken Marino), the new King of voice-overs, Sam »
- Shaun Munro
The Sundance London Film and Music Festival returns to the capital this weekend and the lineup of film and music events looks to build on the solid foundation established last year.
It’s an exciting time for Independent film with the trailblazing success of the Sundance festival in Utah sparking off dozens of initiatives, the Raindance festival is a notable and vibrant example, and Sundance London is looking to do more than replicating the success of its American cousin.
When we reported on the lineup we singled out Michael Winterbottom’s The Look of Love, a biopic of self-styled King of Soho Paul Raymond, and Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color, his highly anticipated follow-up film to 2004′s Primer. However there are many more excellent films playing across the various strands and we wanted to shine our spotlight on some of the films to look forward to.
All the films playing »
- Jon Lyus
If you're itching to see Ashton Kutcher as Apple god Steve Jobs in Jobs and were bummed by the news about the film's release being delayed, we have good news. Former Apple pitchman Justin Long stars as the CEO in Funny or Die's version of Jobs' life, iSteve. The 79-minute movie was written in only three days, filmed in five, and is the cinematic version of Jobs' Wikipedia page — a lighthearted, breezy biopic about the computer pioneer. Jorge Garcia (Lost) plays Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak, and James Urbaniak and Michaela Watkins play Bill and Melinda Gates. We can't embed the video here since the film is much longer than Funny or Die's usual two to three-minute fare, but it's streaming online over here. These character posters...
- Alison Nastasi
As promised, Funny or Die has released their full length Steve Jobs biopic comedy iSteve. The film stars Justin Long as Steve Jobs, James Urbaniak as Bill Gates, Michaela Watkins as Melinda Gates, and Jorge Garcia as Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple). This is actually the first Steve Jobs movie to be officially released. I think it ended up being pretty decent. It's definitely a low budget quality film, but there are some fun moments in it that I think you'll enjoy. George Lucas even shows up and introduces Jobs to midi-chlorians.
The project started out as a fake trailer and ended up becoming a full on parody film that was shot over five days. It was written and directed by Ryan Perez who previously explained,
In true Internet fashion, it’s not based on very thorough research — essentially a cursory look at the Steve Jobs Wikipedia page. It’s very silly. »
- Joey Paur
You've seen the trailer, and now the full length feature film, the first of its kind from Funny or Die, has arrived. Justin Long stars in iSteve, the first feature film about legendary Apple founder Steve Jobs, beating both the Ashton Kutcher led Jobs (check out our video blog reaction from Sundance earlier this year) and Aaron Sorkin's gestating film to the public. Coming from Funny or Die, we're not sure what to expect in terms of cinematic quality, but after scrubbing through some of the film, it's definitely a comedic approach to Jobs' life and it looks like any other low budget indie film. Jorge Garcia, James Urbaniak, Paul Rust and Michaela Watkins also star in the film, and you can watch it online for free right now! Click the image below to watch Ryan Perez's iSteve from Funny or Die: iSteve is Funny Or Die's »
- Ethan Anderton
Funny Or Die has released the "first" Steve Jobs biopic iSteve. This comedic look at the life of Steve Jobs stars Justin Long stars as the Apple CEO with Jorge Garcia portraying his partner Steve Wozniak.
clickHere to watch iSteve right now.
Last month it was announced that Funny or Die had made their own Steve Jobs biopic called iSteve, which stars Justin Long as Jobs. They've released the first teaser trailer for the movie, and I like how it turned out.
The project started out as a fake trailer and ended up becoming a full on parody film that was shot over five days. Clocking in around 75 minutes, it's the longest film that Funny or Die has produced. The movie was written and directed by Ryan Perez who previously explained,
In true Internet fashion, it’s not based on very thorough research — essentially a cursory look at the Steve Jobs Wikipedia page. It’s very silly. But it looks at his whole life.
- Joey Paur
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