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USA’s heartfelt and hilarious new comedy Playing House introduces us to childhood best friends — suburban and pregnant Maggie (Lennon Parham) and globetrotting businesswoman Emma (Jessica St. Clair) —whose lives are at a crossroads. When stable Maggie learns that her husband is having an online affair, spunky Emma leaves her career to help her friend raise her baby. The two embark on a journey of hilarious antics as they tackle pregnancy and parenthood together. “The show is essentially a romantic comedy, only it stars two women,” says St. Clair, who along with Parham is co-creator of the series. St. Clair … Continue reading →
- Kellie Freeze
Episodes: 194 + ? (hour)
TV show dates: January 23, 2004 -- June 12, 2009, January 18, 2013 -- Tbd
Series status: Cancelled
TV show description:
This weekly series can be summed up by its tagline, "It's everything you love, everything you missed, and all the stuff you need to see again."
Various comedians review weekly events in pop culture, including celebrity gossip and other happenings in entertainment. As the show evolves the name changes to Best Week Ever With Paul F. Tompkins. As the host, Tompkins is seated at a podium and summarizes events from the preceding week. He then offers comic "panelists" the »
The 35th College Television Awards were held by the Television Academy Foundation on Wednesday, with 13 awards going to filmmakers attending various colleges across the country. The awards, which recognize demonstrated excellence in entertainment content production, were given out at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre. Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, stars of USA's upcoming comedy series “Playing House,” hosted the ceremony, which was attended by Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, Max Greenfield (“The New Girl”) and Matt Bomer (“White Collar”) among others. Also read: Television Academy Announces New Name, Fundraising Drive The winners, culled from more than 1,100 students who participated. »
- Tim Kenneally
VH1 has pulled the plug on Best Week Ever, the weekly comedic commentary on pop culture. “Best Week Ever was a pioneer in pop culture commentary on television when it launched in 2004, delivering its signature blend of comedy and tongue-in-cheek opinions on the most entertaining news and pop culture stories of the previous seven days,” the network said in a statement. “The series also served as a national launching pad for many talented creatives and comedians. We thank them, and the viewers who tuned in each week.” Best Week Ever premiered in 2004 as a platform for comedians to comment on the week’s events in pop culture. It switched to a single-host format four years later with Paul F. Tompkins at the helm. Best Week Ever was first cancelled in 2010 but was resurrected two years later and resumed airing in January 2013. Comedians who have served as panelists through the years »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
If you don’t know Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair by name, you'll know them by face (from Accidentally on Purpose and Bridesmaids, respectively). And here’s something else you may not know about them: They're BFFs in real life and on Playing House (series starts April 29 at 10/9c on USA). Just how do the Upright Citizens Brigade, karate, and slumber parties figure into their story? Scroll down to find out! »
Hey gang! Were you too busy dyeing Easter eggs to tune in to an all new episode of Best Week Ever? Never fear! We’ve got the latest episode right here, right now! Watch Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham of Playing House play Audience’s Choice! Uncover the mysteries of Best Week Ever with Chris Klein! Find out who is having the Best Week Ever!
Best Week Ever is taking a break this week, but will return with an all-new season on Friday, May 2 at 10/9 C! »
- Meghan O'Keefe
Playing House stars Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham are two exceptionally talented ladies. They can sing, they can act and they can say the words, “Roll clip.” The question is, what would you like to see Jessica and Lennon do? The hilarious duo are visiting Best Week Ever this week for a round of “Audience Choice.” Will they recreate a dramatic scene from The Notebook, sing a spectacular song or roll a clip from Playing House? Check out the clip above to find out and remember to tune in to an all-new episode of Best Week Ever tonight, April 18 at 10/9 C. Set Your DVR! »
- Meghan O'Keefe
USA‘s new show, Playing House, is hitting on April 29th, and the thus far under-promoted show has a promo clip that it hopes will hook you. Famous for its Character Welcome tagline, and shows like Burn Notice, Psych, White Collar, etc., that arguably live up to the theoretical standard of character focus, USA now looks to fill the comedy gap created by the end of Psych.
If the show seems a little familiar already, it’s likely because you saw commercials for the short-lived Best Friends Forever. In less likely theories, you may have even seen the show. Also starring Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, Bff couldn’t draw a crowd quick enough for NBC, and “new world” that it is, viewers apparently weren’t taken with the female-centric comedy. It was a pretty good show actually, but it was one that even the most optimistic of fans had to be nervous about, »
- Marc Eastman
The ladies are back!
Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, the duo behind NBC's "Best Friends Forever," return to the small screen this month with their new comedy, "Playing House," and AccessHollywood.com has an exclusive first look at the show.
As childhood best friends, Maggie Caruso (Parham) and Emma Crawford (St. Clair), have a lifetime of fun memories together, but they're about to embark on a whole new chapter after Maggie - who is pregnant - learns her husband (played by Brad Morris) has been cheating on her with an alarmingly muscular German woman.
Photos: Funny Ladies! ...
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Playing House, your new favorite comedy from Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, doesn't have a very complicated plot description. In fact, it's so uncomplicated USA broke it down to 30 seconds for a cute promo above. But don't let that fool you, the pilot is charming! The duo that brought you NBC's criminally underrated Best Friend Forever play Emma (St. Clair) and Maggie (Parham), two best friends who come together again for Maggie's baby shower. Tragedy—Maggie's husband is cheating on her…online—strikes and Emma decides to come back to her hometown fulltime and help Maggie reassemble her life and prepare for her baby. They're Playing House. Get It!? The video above »
Coming in April to USA is "Playing House" a female buddy comedy about what happens when two lifelong best friends reunite just when they need each other the most.
Maggie Caruso (Lennon Parham) and Emma Crawford (Jessica St. Clair) reconnect in their Connecticut hometown when Emma moves home to help Maggie raise her new baby, after Maggie has found out her husband is having an affair.
A true "Odd Couple," the two BFFs none the less complement each other in the best ways and are ready to tackle both parenthood and the next chapters in their lives together.
Watch the above promo of this new comedy, which premieres April 29 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt on USA. »
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 »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
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, »
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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. »
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