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USA Network is ready to play house. The network's new comedy series Playing House debuts in the spring and introduces viewers to two best friends, played by Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, who come back together when they need each other the most. Hijinks, of course, soon ensue. Playing House is one of the network's first half-hour comedies, along with Denis Leary's Sirens, and after seeing some footage from the show, it's easy to understand why USA is ready to get its laugh on. In an exclusive first look at the highly anticipated new series, Parham and St. Clair dish on what viewers can expect from Playing House, including hugs, laughs and maybe some kissing... Parham takes on the role »
What would happen if you took Three Men and a Baby, took out the three men, replaced them with two women, and swapped a doorstep baby with an in-the-womb fetus? You’d have USA Network’s original comedy, Playing House.
Playing House is all about what happens when one best friend gets pregnant, and the other best friend moves in to help raise the baby. We’ve got an exclusive first look at a new promo for the show, which stars Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair, who also co-created the series.
Learn more about the best friend drama, in »
- Samantha Highfill
Writer-director Jill Soloway does for Kathryn Hahn (Revolutionary Road) what Paul Feig did for Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids, and given a very naturally funny lady a leading role – albeit, Wiig did co-write herself a part in the 2011 film. Hahn is a total triumph as bored, affluent Jewish housewife Rachel who has access to everything she desires but is just not happy. An exploration of ‘money can’t buy happiness’ here, Afternoon Delight certainly pours cold water on the supposed domestic bliss of the middle-class, stay-at-home mum. It’s a little darker and more poignant than Desperate Housewives, but it has the same destructive nature at play, with Hahn in the driver’s seat.
Thirtysomething mother-of-one and housewife Rachel (Hahn) is fed up having to attend the local Jewish social function scene and living the ‘perfect’ Silverlake lifestyle in La. With her kid in school and hubby Jeff (Josh Radnor) always busy developing his apps, »
- Lisa Giles-Keddie
Jessica St. Clair is a mom! The actress, who is known for her roles in Bridesmaids and the TV series Best Friends Forever, welcomed a baby girl with her husband Dan O'Brien. Isobel Kelly O'Brien was born on Oct. 1 in Santa Monica and weighed in at 9 lbs., 9 oz. "Everyone is healthy, happy and doing great," St. Clair's rep tells E! News. St. Clair is certainly following in the footsteps of her former Best Friends Forever co-star, and good buddy Lennon Parham. St. Clair and Parham married within one week of each other in July 2006 and Parham gave birth to a baby girl in April. Looks like these little ladies will be close buddies just like their moms! Up »
And baby makes three! Jessica St. Clair and husband Dan O'Brien welcomed a health baby girl into the world in Santa Monica, Calif. on Tuesday, Oct. 1, a rep for the Best Friends Forever actress confirms to Us Weekly. The couple wasted no time finding a fitting name for their daughter either: Isobel Kelly O'Brien. Their tiny bundle of joy weighed in at 9 lbs., 9 oz., according to the rep. The 36-year-old actress, who has also had smaller roles on 2012's Wanderlust and 2011's Bridesmaids, as [...] »
Chicago – Jill Soloway’s Sundance Award-winning “Afternoon Delight” is such a frustrating near-miss. There will be some slight spoilers in this review. Because I can’t figure out how to express my issues with the film without mentioning one major point although it doesn’t spoil the action of the final act, just how Soloway chooses to get there. It’s only one plot point but it’s later in the film than I usually give anything away but it also completely destroys the believability of what came before and so can’t go unmentioned. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you.
The great Kathryn Hahn does the best work of her career as Rachel, a smart, beautiful suburban housewife dealing with the ennui that comes when marriages and motherhood gets a little stale. Hahn, so often a scene-stealing supporting actress in work like “Parks and Recreation” and “Step Brothers, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Slight Delight: Soloway’s Debut an Overly Familiar Dessert
Television writer/producer Jill Soloway makes her directorial debut with Afternoon Delight, a sometimes successfully coordinated comedic vehicle that finally gives Kathryn Hahn a worthy leading role. Unfortunately, the rest of the film feels ill suited around Soloway’s leading lady, who seems either too strong and serious, or comedic leagues ahead of some of her supporting co-stars depending on the quickly fluctuating tone of the piece. While Soloway manages to reach some moments of clarity in the narrative where actual points are made, the entire venture, which is overall likeable, is neither satisfactory enough to reach any kind of memorable climax, nor a strongly individual entry in a current wave of crass female sex themed comedies.
- Nicholas Bell
Jill Soloway may be marking her feature length directorial debut with “Afternoon Delight” but there’s a good chance that she’s been involved with something you’ve enjoyed over the years. As a writer she’s worked on such projects as “United States of Tara,” “Six Feet Under,“ and even a couple of episodes of “The Oblongs”! After getting a few short films under her belt, Jill Soloway turned her sights to writing and directing a feature length dramedy about the difficulties of marriage and prostitutes. It’s a tale as old as time. Journey below to check out the first three clips from the film which features Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple, Josh Radnor, Jane Lynch and Jessica St. Clair. Here's the official synopsis:Rachel is a quick-witted and lovable, yet tightly coiled, thirty-something steeped in the creative class of Los Angeles’s bohemian, affluent Silver Lake neighborhood. Everything looks just right— chic modernist home, »
- Jason McDonald
Debuting at Sundance this year to excellent early reviews, Afternoon Delight marks the feature debut of Jill Soloway, whose work on the small screen includes Six Feet Under, United States of Tara, and How to Make It in America.
Boasting a terrific cast, led by Kathryn Hahn and Juno Temple, the film will be heading into select Us cinemas at the end of next month, and now the first trailer has been released over on Apple, alongside a new poster.
Afternoon Delight is the story of Rachel, a stay-at-home mom who becomes obsessed with saving a stripper named McKenna. Rachel is a quick-witted and lovable, yet tightly coiled, thirty-something steeped in the creative class of Los Angeles’s bohemian, affluent Silver Lake neighborhood. Everything looks just right—chic modernist home, successful husband, adorable child, hipster wardrobe. But when she visits a strip club to spice up her marriage and gets a private dance from McKenna, »
- Kenji Lloyd
The new trailer has arrived for The Film Arcade's Afternoon Delight, starring Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple, Josh Radnor, Jane Lynch, Jessica St. Clair and Michaela Watkins. This joins the poster we added recently for the film which debuts in theaters on August 30, 2013, with Cinedigm handling the home video and digital release in the following months. It’s nine am. You’ve just dropped your kid off at school. Pick-up is at four. No one knows where you are, and no one needs you. So what now? Rachel is a quick-witted and lovable, yet tightly coiled, thirty-something steeped in the creative class of Los Angeles’s bohemian, affluent Silver Lake neighborhood. Everything looks just right—chic modernist »
Catch the fresh poster for The Film Arcade's Afternoon Delight, starring Kathryn Hahn, Juno Temple, Josh Radnor, Jane Lynch, Jessica St. Clair and Michaela Watkins, courtesy of Indiewire. It’s nine am. You’ve just dropped your kid off at school. Pick-up is at four. No one knows where you are, and no one needs you. So what now? Rachel is a quick-witted and lovable, yet tightly coiled, thirty-something steeped in the creative class of Los Angeles’s bohemian, affluent Silver Lake neighborhood. Everything looks just right—chic modernist home, successful husband, adorable child and hipster wardrobe. But when she visits a strip club to spice up her marriage and gets a private dance from McKenna, something cracks open. Rachel returns to the scene of the dance to get to know McKenna, and soon after, adopt her as a live-in nanny. This bold move unleashes unimagined and colorful waves of change into Rachel’s life, »
Veep, Season 2, Episode 10: “D.C.”
Directed by Tim Kirkby
Airs Sundays at 10pm (Et) on HBO
Throughout the second season, the Us administration has found itself embroiled in one issue after another, beginning with the poor showing at the election in the season premiere. The President’s attempts at passing the buck on these issues have not only been futile in keeping his own nose clean, but have also turned members of his own administration against him, including Vice-President Meyer herself, as the end of last week’s episode indicated. The season finale thus examines, with the noose increasingly tightening on his political career and impeachment being a looming threat, how the President handles these issues, and the effect it has on Meyer and her staff, delivering a great finale to cap »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair's sweet, silly and totally unique Best Friends Forever was easily one of my favorite new shows in 2012. Naturally it was canceled by NBC after six episodes, leaving me praying another network would be smart enough to tap these funny ladies to shepherd another comedy, immediately.
Thankfully USA stepped in and greenlit their new pilot, Playing House, which sees the real life Bff's once again playing Bff's -- but this time there's a baby in the mix. I caught up with Jessica St. Clair at USA's Upfront Event in NYC to talk/gush about the dearly departed Best Friends Forever, find out what fans can expect from their newest union (like a Queenetta cameo!) and see how life has changed since Jessica's become The Pope of Designer Fashions For Less!
ETonline: How did you and Lennon pitch this show to USA?
Jessica St. Clair: We were like, "Listen, we got »
New York — The USA television network is looking for laughs, and announced Thursday it will premiere its first-ever situation comedies next winter.
The two new series are set to debut around the same time USA begins showing reruns of ABC's "Modern Family." One sitcom, "Sirens," is about three emergency medical technicians from Chicago with personalities less impressive than their medical skill. Denis Leary, who starred in FX's "Rescue Me," wrote and produced the series but is not a featured actor.
The general-interest USA is one of the most-watched cable networks, mostly through strong one-hour dramas that do particularly well in the summer, when the broadcast networks focus more on reruns and reality.
USA announced that it was starting production on one new drama set in post-World War II »
The CW’s fall schedule is interesting to say the least. Supernatural is moving to Tuesday, following The Originals. Historical soap Reign gets the prime post-Vampire Diaries slot while The Carrie Diaries gets exiled to Fridays.
Meanwhile, Warehouse 13 isn’t the only show to get the cancellation/renewal notice. Nikita will also get a final, six-episode season. And now I have “For Now” from Avenue Q stuck in my head.
That gets io9 to ask, “How did the CW become The go-to network for fantastical television?” Sure, its the child of the network that gave us Charmed and the network that debuted with Star Trek: Voyager (who eventually took turns airing Buffy and Rosewell) but it always had a mix of genres. Not only will the upcoming season feature more sci-fi and horror shows than any other network, »
- Lyle Masaki
Ready to go Under the Dome?
CBS has unveiled the first full-length trailer for its upcoming summer series, which stars Mike Vogel (Pan Am), Britt Robertson (Life Unexpected), Rachelle Lefevre (A Gifted Man), Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) and Natalie Martinez (CSI: NY), among others.
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The 13-episode drama, based on the novel by Stephen King, takes place in the New England community of Chester’s Mill. In the snap of a finger, the town is tossed into turmoil after finding itself trapped beneath a transparent barrier.
Press Play below, then »
- Megan Masters
As the USA Network remains uncertain as to whether it will rescue Happy Endings—probably depending, as always, on whether you love it enough—the basic-cable channel has committed to a couple other comedies that aren’t Happy Endings. The first, Playing House, reunites Best Friends Forever best friends forever Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair to play longtime pals who are reunited after one of them gets pregnant and she convinces the other one to set aside her own life to help her, like all good friends would do. The other, Sirens, is the previously reported show from Denis »
USA has picked up a pair original half-hour comedies to air alongside its big acquired series "Modern Family." It has not, however, made a move to revive "Happy Endings" following that show's cancellation by ABC.
Speculation has been running high for several weeks that USA would add "Happy Endings" to its roster if ABC dropped the show, but it didn't happen as part of USA's upfront announcements on Thursday (May 16). A report on Deadline says a pickup for "Happy Endings" is now "unlikely."
The two comedies USA did pick up are "Sirens," a show about an oddball group of EMTs in Chicago; and "Playing House," a female buddy comedy from Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham ("Best Friends Forever").
"Sirens" stars Michael Mosley ("Pan Am"), Kevin Daniels ("Modern Family"), Jessica McNamee ("The Vow") and Kevin Bigley ("Game Change"). "Rescue Me" creator-star Denis Leary and "Wedding Crashers" and "Traffic Light" writer »
Still no word on the fate of Happy Endings, but USA did announce today that it has ordered two original half-hour comedies. Sirens comes from Denis Leary and is based on the British show of the same name; it follows three Chicago EMTs who are silly and immature. Playing House was created by and stars Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair (Rip, Best Friends Forever) as childhood besties who reunite when one gets pregnant. USA has also ordered a pilot of Love Is Dead, set within a firm that breaks up romantic relationships for those too chickenshit to do the dumping on their own. All these shows sound like they would go well with Happy Endings, no? »
- Margaret Lyons
The two half-hour comedies are the first for USA. "Sirens" and "Playing House" will debut in the first quarter of 2014. USA will begin airing "Modern Family" reruns on Tuesday, September 24 at 8 p.m. Et.
"This is the right time to be introducing half hour original comedies to the USA audience. With 'Modern Family' joining our line-up in the fall, we can leverage television’s most popular comedy to serve as a powerful launch pad for new originals in this genre," Chris McCumber, co-president of USA Network, said in a statement.
“Our new series come from some of the best comedic talent in the business, and reflect USA's style -- with great characters, strong execution and compelling storytelling," Jeff Wachtel, co-president of USA Network, »
- Chris Harnick
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