14 items from 2014
Months after Fox announced Glee's final season would only be 13 episodes, the show finally has a premiere date. A special two-hour event episode will air on Jan. 9, and hopefully we'll find out exactly what's going on in these recent set pictures. Fox has also announced a few other premiere dates: World's Funniest Fails will debut on Jan. 16, Rainn Wilson's crime show Backstrom will bow on Jan. 22, Will Forte's comedy The Last Man on Earth will premiere on March 1, and Becki Newton's ensemble comedy Weird Loners will debut on March 31. Meanwhile, MasterChef Junior will return on Jan. 6, The Following will have a special two-hour premiere on March 2, Hell's Kitchen returns on March 3, and Bones will be back on March 26. »
It’s beginning to look a lot like… New Year’s?
In addition to Glee‘s move to Friday — read more on that here — the network’s other scheduled premieres are as follows:
* Season 3 of MasterChef Junior rings in 2015 starting Tuesday, January 6 at 8/7c.
* A new unscripted series, World’s Funniest Fails, will launch Friday, Jan. 16 at 8/7c.
Watch Bill Cosby say "I don’t talk about it” when confronted about the numerous rape allegations The Associated Press today released footage from a Nov. 6 interview in which the comedian was asked about Hannibal Buress standup comments. “There’s no response,” Cosby said. “There is no comment about that. And I’ll tell you why. I don’t want to compromise your integrity, but I don’t talk about it.” After the interview was filmed, Cosby requested that “none of that will be shown.” Plus: Raven Symoné blasts rumors she was raped by Cosby, Janice Dickinson told Howard Stern in 2006 that her publisher wouldn’t let her write about Cosby, and Cosby’s new lawyer is reportedly trying to discredit Dickinson. Jerry Seinfeld clarifies: "I don't have autism, I'm not on the spectrum” After some backlash over his comments to Brian Williams, Seinfeld tells “Access Hollywood”: "I just »
- Norman Weiss
Aselton will play April, a beautiful and fun-loving bisexual woman who finds herself caught in a romantic tug of war between two of the show’s titular weirdos, Stosh (Zachary Knighton) and Caryn (Becki Newton). She’ll appear in the sixth episode of the freshman laffer. The comedy centers around four relationship-phobic people who are unexpectedly thrust into each other’s lives and form an unlikely bond in a Queens townhouse. Michael Weithorn created the series and executive produces with Jake Kasdan.
In other casting news:
Merrin Dungey will join ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” as Ursula, according to EW. She’ll appear in the back half of season four alongside Victoria Smurfit’s Cruella de Vil and Kristin Bauer van Straten’s Maleficent. Michael Ealy will play »
- Variety Staff
Meera Rohit Kumbhani got a series lead on Fox’s upcoming “Weird Loners” after submitting a self-taped audition. The New York-based actor had been working in indie film, off-Broadway theater and in regional play productions like “The Who & the What” at southern California’s La Jolla Playhouse. “We weren’t specifically looking for stage experience,” Michael Weithorn, the show’s creator, told Backstage. In fact, they considered casting Priyanka Chopra, a Bollywood actor and former Miss World for the role of Zara. Instead they chose Kumbhani on the strength of an audition that looked like “she taped it in her agent’s office,” said Weithorn, who has a history of handing actor’s a break. He gave comedian Patton Oswalt his network debut on “King of Queens,” a series he co-created with David Litt, and was also a writer on “Family Ties,” which was Michael J. Fox’s debut as a network series lead. »
Fox is the fourth of the five major networks to reveal their fall premiere schedule, and it kicks off in early September with a three-part launch plan for Utopia, a new reality series that moves 15 everyday Americans to an undeveloped location and challenges them to create their own civilization. (Utopia will then air two nights a week, on Tuesday and Friday.)
Other highlights of Fox’s roll-out plan include the long-awaited, hour-long Family Guy/The Simpsons crossover episode and October premieres for three series, including the new sitcom Mulaney.
On tap for midseason are the Glee‘s 13-episode farewell run, »
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As a part of its new primetime lineup, the Fox network is going to have several new comedies on its slate (not all will air in the fall though). These new comedies include 'Mulaney,' 'Weird Loners,' 'Bordertown,' and 'The Last Man on Earth.' In fact, of those comedies, it is only "Mulaney" which sits on the fall schedule, where it will air at 9:30 after "Family Guy." The other three will air at some point, although it is not clear when. These new sitcoms feature the likes of Will Forte ("Last Man on Earth,"); Zachary Knighton and Becki Newton ("Weird Loners"); as well as John Mulaney, Nasim Pedrad, Martin Short, and Elliot Gould ("Mulaney"). Below is a gallery of all the iamges Fox has released for these new shows. »
- Josh Lasser
Fox has ordered an additional 10 episodes of its multi-cam comedy starring comedian-writer John Mulaney, bringing the total episode order for the series to 16.
Based loosely on the stand-up’s own life, “Mulaney” follows an aspiring comedian coming of age under the influence of his boss (Martin Short), his roommates and his neighbors. The cast also includes Elliott Gould, Zack Pearlman, Nasim Pedrad and Seaton Smith.
Originally developed at NBC last year, the show is produced by Universal Television, Broadway Video and 3 Arts Entertainment. Mulaney, a former “Saturday Night Live” writer, is exec producing with Lorne Michaels, David Miner, Dave Becky and Andrew Singer. Andy Ackerman (“Whitney”) directed the pilot.
- Whitney Friedlander
Fox has rounded out the cast of its comedy Weird Loners adding Meera Rohit Kumbhani as a series regular opposite Becki Newton, Nate Torrence and Zachary Knighton. Written by Michael Weithorn and directed by Jake Kasdan for 20th TV, the six-episode, single-camera ensemble comedy tells the story of four relationship-phobic people who are unexpectedly thrust into one another’s lives and form an unlikely bond in a townhouse in Queens, NY. Kumbhani will play Zara, a beautiful young bisexual woman who’s also a free-spirited artist and lifelong heartbreaker who makes people fall in love with her, then unceremoniously dumps them as soon as things get even a smidge serious. Clear Talent Group-repped Kumbhani appeared most recently on ABC drama Black Box and previously on Carpe Noctem and NYC 22. »
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American Dad takes to the sky this week in hopes of turning you into a frequent crier. (You know, from laughing really hard.) In the episode, which airs Sunday at 9:30 p.m. on Fox, Stan and Francine learn all about the world of aviation, while trying to prevent Mark Cuban (played by Mark Cuban) from blowing the sun to smithereens.
They are recruited by a Charlie’s Angels-esque quartet of sexy flight attendants, who are voiced by some recognizable names: Olivia Wilde as Denise (the brunette!); Becki Newton as Margie (the blonde!), Gillian Jacobs as Christy (the dirty blonde! »
- Dan Snierson
The NBC pilot Marry Me was on my radar because it comes from Happy Endings creator David Caspe with Casey Wilson and Ken Marino starring. Now, Tim Meadows has joined the cast as one of Wilson’s gay dads. Is it possible for Caspe to create a gay character as loved as Max turned out to be?
Comic Book Resources has the first look at Arrow‘s Suicide Squad, which will include Shrapnel (Sean Maher). Considering the Squad’s comic book history, there’s a good chance that will be the last we see of Shrapnel. I’m not sure how I feel about that. Shrapnel was the kind of villain I wouldn’t mind seeing killed off (okay most of Arrow‘s villains are that despicable) but that would also mean less Sean Maher.
Becki Newton has found a new pilot role, joining the Fox comedy pilot Weird Loner, »
- Lyle Masaki
Fox's comedy pilot "Weird Loners" has one of the standout titles of this development season, and its cast is shaping up to be pretty strong as well.
Becki Newton has signed on to play one of the title characters in the pilot, which comes from writer Michael Weithorn (creator of "The King of Queens") and director Jake Kasdan ("New Girl," "Freaks and Geeks"). It's about four social misfits who form a bond with one another via living in the same townhouse in Queens.
Newton's character, Caryn, is a "high-strung" dental hygienist with a tendency to go all-in on relationships way too quickly. Her co-stars thus far are "Happy Endings" alum Zachary Knighton and Nate Torrence ("Hello Ladies," "Super Fun Night"); the fourth member of the core group has yet to be cast.
Becki Newton is set as the lead character in Fox’s six-episode, single-camera ensemble comedy series Weird Loners, written by Michael Weithorn and directed by Jake Kasdan for 20th TV. It tells the story of four relationship-phobic people, three of them played by Newton, Zachary Knighton and Nate Torrence, who are unexpectedly thrust into one another’s lives and form an unlikely bond in a townhouse in Queens, NY. Newton’s Caryn is a high-strung dental hygienist who is a pushover where handsome, charming men are concerned, but who always comes on too strong and fast for any relationship to last. This marks a return to Fox for the always-in-demand Newton who toplined the network’s comedy series The Goodwin Games last season. The Ugly Betty and How I Met Your Mother alumna is with UTA, Management 360 and Smgsb. Weithorn and Kasdan exec produce Weird Loners with Kasdan’s producing partner Melvin Mar. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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