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Aside from offering a field day in terms of puns – how does one review a show titled “Review?” – Comedy Central’s latest pre-“Daily Show” series nibbles around the edges of something really interesting, but doesn’t quite get there. Ostensibly about a critic who reviews “life itself,” the semi-serialized program stars Andy Daly as Forrest MacNeil, a TV personality who agrees to engage in any activity suggested by viewers, then “review” it on a 1-to-5-star scale. Alas, the nature of the tasks – from stealing to racism, drug addiction to divorce – risk ruining his life. Daly’s cheerful naivete makes “Review” watchable, but its lack of focus puts it more in the 2.5-star range.
There’s an underlying social commentary in the fundamental premise, but it’s one that never gets even remotely explained. So the meta aspects of a series that could provide a not-so-subtle indictment of reality »
- Brian Lowry
USA has announced that their new Playing House sitcom will kick off on Tuesday, April 29th, at 10pm. This single-camera buddy comedy stars Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham who are also executive producers. The show will launch with a pair of episodes.
Here are the details:
New Half Hour Comedy Series To Be Paired With Modern Family And Debuts with Two Back-To-Back Episodes
Universal City - February 28, 2014 - USA Network's new comedy Playing House will premiere Tuesday, April 29 (10-11 p.m. Et/Pt) immediately following top comedy series Modern Family with two back to back episodes. Following the premiere, the series will resume with a new half-hour episode every Tuesday beginning May 6 (10-10:30 p.m. Et/Pt). The series, starring and executive produced by Jessica »
USA Network’s upcoming comedy “Playing House” will premiere April 29 at 10 p.m., with back-to-back episodes, the network said Friday. The series will slide into its regular 10:30 p.m. timeslot the following Tuesday. Also read: ‘Drop Dead Diva’s’ Carter MacIntyre Joins USA Comedy ‘Benched’ The series stars “Best Friends Forever” duo Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham as Maggie Caruso and Emma Crawford. The two childhood friends team up to raise Caruso’s baby, after Caruso discovers that her husband has been having an online affair with a muscular German woman. Meanwhile, Crawford must confront the past that »
- Tim Kenneally
The show will open at 10 p.m. with back-to-back episodes, following reruns of “Modern Family,” and settle into its regular 10 p.m. slot on May 6.
The series is part of USA Network’s push to diversify its original series lineup with half-hour shows. The cabler’s pricey purchase of “Modern Family” reruns is meant to provide a foundation for its original laffers.
The first of USA’s new comedies, “Sirens,” premieres March 6.
- Variety Staff
USA Network‘s new comedy Playing House will debut on Tuesday, April 29 at 10 Pm with two back-to-back episodes, immediately following Modern Family. Following the premiere, the series will resume with a new half-hour episode every Tuesday beginning May 6 at 10 Pm. Inspired by the ultra-close friendship between Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, Playing House centers on mother to-be Maggie (Parham) who asks her single and career-driven best friend Emma (St. Clair) to return home from her job overseas to attend her baby shower, having no idea what’s truly in store. Playing House is a follow-up to the pair’s NBC comedy series Best Friends Forever. They are exec producing along with Judah Miller (American Dad) and Scot Armstrong and Ravi Nandan of American Work though Universal Cable Prods. Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele), Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm In The Middle), Brad Morris (Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World »
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The laffer traces the lives of childhood best friends Maggie and Emma who prepare to raise a baby together after Maggie discovers that her husband is having an affair. Lennon Parham stars as Maggie alongside Jessica St. Clair as Emma. Both actresses also serve as co-exec producers.
Wilmore be featured as Maggie’s reassuring doctor who finds himself charged the task of calming Emma’s anxieties about childbirth.
He most recently hosted the comedy special “Larry Wilmore’s Race, Religion & Sex” and also makes regular appearances on “The Daily Show.” Wilmore won an Emmy in 2002 for his work as a writer for “The Bernie Mac Show.”
- Andrea Seikaly
Larry Wilmore will get up close and medical on USA Network’s new comedy, “Playing House.” The comedian will play the Ob/Gyn to star Lennon Parham’s character, Maggie. In the storyline, Wilmore’s character is described as “reassuring” as he keeps Maggie’s best friend Emma’s (Jessica St. Clair) bizarre anxieties about childbirth at bay. “Daily Show” fans will know Wilmore as the Comedy Central show’s regularly appearing “senior black correspondent.” His comedy special, “Larry Wilmore’s Race, Religion & Sex,” recently aired on Showtime. An Emmy-award winner for “The Bernie Mac Show,” which he executive-produced and created, »
- Jethro Nededog
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News and notes from across the TV spectrum:
- The series premiere of "True Detective" and the season premiere of "Girls" delivered solid ratings Sunday night (Jan. 12). "True Detective" delivered 2.3 million viewers for its premiere, which was HBO's best since "Boardwalk Empire" in 2010. ("Game of Thrones" debuted to 2.2 million people in 2011.) "Girls," meanwhile, brought in 1.1 million people for the first of its two episodes, a first-run high for the show. The second episode drew 881,000 people.
- Multiple Emmy nominee Jane Kaczmarek has joined the cast of USA's comedy pilot "Playing House." The former "Malcolm in the Middle" star will play the mother of Jessica St. Clair's character, who's going through a midlife awakening. [Hollywood Reporter]
- HBO and Chronicles Books announced a new companion book for "Game of Thrones." Titled "Inside HBO's Game of Thrones: Season 3 & 4," the follow up to the first behind-the-scenes book is slated for a fall 2014 release date. »
USA’s upcoming gal pal comedy, “Playing House,” has tapped Jane Kaczmarek in a multiple episode guest starring role. Kaczmarek will play Emma’s (star and executive producer, Jessica St. Clair) mom, Gwen. She’s described as “perfectly coiffed and extremely opinionated.” When viewers meet Gwen, she’ll be in the middle of a “midlife renaissance — writing beat poetry, wearing open-toed sandals and discovering the joys of fro-yo.” Emma and Gwen have been estranged and they’ll have to see if they can make their relationship work. Also read: Nickelodeon, USA Network Are 2013′s Most-Watched Basic Cable Channels Kaczmarek starred »
- Jethro Nededog
USA Network's upcoming Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair comedy Playing House is adding a seven-time Emmy nominee to its ranks. Malcolm in the Middle alum Jane Kaczmarek has joined the network's second original scripted comedy series for a multi-episode arc, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Kaczmarek will portray Gwen, Emma’s (St. Clair) perfectly coiffed and extremely opinionated mother who finds herself in the midst of a midlife renaissance -- writing beat poetry, wearing open-toed sandals and discovering the joys of frozen yogurt. Now that Emma is back in town, they must navigate their self-imposed estrangement and
- Lesley Goldberg
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