12 items from 2016
Universal Cable Productions has signed the Upright Citizens Brigade to a first-look production deal. The agreement is the first such for the comedy troupe founded by in 1990 by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh. Universal Cable Productions will assist Ucb in developing scripted programming for NBCUniversal’s cable networks as well as other outlets.
“Ucb is comprised of a group of amazingly talented people who are fearless when it comes to taking comedic risks,” said Dawn Olmstead, executive vice president, development at Universal Cable Productions. “This partnership is a perfect fit for the studio because it allows us to incubate fresh ideas and make our mark in the comedy space by tapping into Ucb’s unique point of view. We’re thrilled to be working with them.”
“This collaboration with Universal Cable Productions provides us with the resources to execute ideas and cultivate new audiences across platforms,” said »
- Daniel Holloway
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
Comedy Central will renew the Review TV series for an abbreviated third and final season, leaving the show effectively cancelled. The Hollywood Reporter says no episode count has been announced yet, but mentions a minimum of three installments which might air over three weeks, or all in one night.
In Review, Daly is professional critic Forrest MacNeil, who reviews real-life experiences such as stealing, addiction, road rage, or blackmail, to see if they are any good. The cast of Review also includes: Megan Stevenson, Jessica St. Clair, Tara Karsian, Michael Croner, Fred Willard, James Urbaniak, Max Gail, Hayley Huntley, and Lennon Parham. Daly also narrates the dark mocumentary which he created with Charlie Siskel.
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Are Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair dreaming again? The Property Brothers, your favorite Labrador twins from Hgtv have made a country music video for their song "Hold On." Aiming squarely for the jugular of the American mom (and John Mulaney), Drew and Jonathan Scott look as though they were lifted directly from a Nicholas Sparks movie. They are each sporting a light five o'clock dust of scruff on their faces, as they sing over a sequence of two families coming home, which is an excellent reminder that they can renovate yours. Synergy! »
- E. Alex Jung
HBO’s Animals proves that life in the big city can be difficult for anyone, be they a man, a woman, or even a sadistic lab mouse eager to become a snake’s next meal.
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The official trailer for the new animated comedy — executive-produced by Jay and Mark Duplass — hit the web this weekend, giving us our first look at (the voices of) Jessica St. Clair, Lennon Parham, Ike Barinholtz and endless other comedians as they slip into the skin (and fur »
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There was much rejoicing for fans of USA Network’s comedy Playing House at the 2016 TCA Winter Press Tour, as stars Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham were present for the announcement that their series has been renewed for Season 3. So Kellie Freeze can chill: I'm doing so many celebratory body rolls right now, that my body be bangin' by season 3! Congrats @PlayingHouseUSA! https://t.co/I7cqo6SUGN — Kellie Freeze (@ChannelGuideKF) January 14, 2016 Other announcements from USA Network: Mind-bending drama series Falling Water has been picked up from executive producers Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead), Blake Masters (Brotherhood) and the late Henry … Continue reading →
- Ryan Berenz
USA's Playing House is returning to USA for its third season, and Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham are thrilled, probably! We don't know firsthand, but we can imagine they're thrilled. If we could, we'd get a dollhouse with two lady dolls and one baby doll and make them all jump up and down and say, "We're getting a third season and we're really thrilled!" The show was able to double its audience from season one to season two by introducing a new distribution model, allowing viewers to watch episodes on video-on-demand before they aired on USA, a dream for any superfan. That model will continue for season three, the season everyone is thrilled about, according to our dollhouse. »
- Emma Barrie
This had been an uphill battle and a sign of the new realities of multi-platform TV distribution — USA’s well received but low rated comedy series Playing House has clinched another hard-fought renewal. The 3 season pickup was announced at TCA when series creators/stars Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair crashed USA president Chris McCumber’s opening remarks with noisy screeching, asking him if he’s given the show a third season. He acknowledged that they did and they… »
USA has renewed the comedy series “Playing House” for a third season. The network announced the renewal Thursday at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour. The series stars comics Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham. “Playing House” Season 2 was released on video-on-demand prior to its premiere on USA and was the subject of a sponsorship deal that features integrations with brands such as Samsung, Toyota and Comcast. Also Read: USA Picks Up Gale Anne Hurd's 'Falling Water' Comcast and NBCUniversal — parent companies of USA and producer Universal Cable Productions — plan to pursue a similar release strategy and sponsorship plan. »
- Daniel Holloway
“Playing House” has been renewed for a third season.
The announcement was made Thursday at Television Critics Association in Pasadena, Calif., where the series’ stars Lennon Parham and Jessica St. Clair made a surprise appearance at the bi-annual press tour.
Interrupting USA Network president Chris McCumber at TCA in a funny, unexpected skit, Parham and St. Clair bombarded their boss, asking about a renewal, saying, “It just would be such a shame because the show ended up on multiple lists for 2015.” The ladies then ensued to scream with happiness when McCumber announced the pickup.
Hailing from Universal Cable Productions, the series was created by Parham and St. Claire, whose real -life friendship inspired the fan-favorite show.
Though the comedy has an avidly passionate following, “Playing House” struggled to gain traction last summer in its second season. Its eight episodes on Tuesday nights averaged about 600,000 viewers, including 350,000 in the 18-49 demo, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Totes kewl news, Playing House fans.
After months of uncertainty, USA Network has renewed the underdog comedy starring Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham for a third season. The cabler made the announcement Thursday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Pasadena.
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12 items from 2016
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