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NBC has released the first episode episode of "Friday Night at The Luncheonette," their "Parenthood" web series. The series is notable because it contains a crossover with the dearly departed "Friday Night Lights."
In the episode, Max (Max Burkholder) is documenting Amber's (Mae Whitman) work life, as she explains exactly what she does at The Luncheonette. It all starts falling apart though she she has to watch him longer than expected and it conflicts with an after hours appointment she booked.
That's where Jesse Plemons and Derek Phillips come in, reprising their "Friday Night Lights" roles of Landry and Billy, respectively. Their band, Crucifictorious, is recording in the studio. You'll have to wait for the next episode to see them play, though. »
Accepting the fact that viewers cannot survive on luge and figure skating alone, NBC has launched digital spinoffs of some of its scripted series to satiate fans while its primetime schedule is dominated by the Sochi Olympics.
“Chicago Fire” leads things off on Tuesday with a four-part digital series titled “I Am a Firefighter.” It follows Monica Raymond’s Dawson, who must put her training and confidence to the test when she is alone in the station during an emergency.
“Parenthood’s” digital series actually celebrates a former NBC show: “Friday Night at the Luncheonette,” which debuts Thursday, features guest stars Jesse Plemons and Derek Phillips who reprise their “Friday Night Lights” roles when “Parenthood’s” Amber (Mae Whitman) is tasked »
- Whitney Friedlander
"Parenthood" has seen its fair share of "Friday Night Lights" alumni make appearances on the show (both are executive produced by Jason Katims), but never have they played their characters from the beloved former NBC series. Until now.
NBC announced on Monday (Feb. 10) that "Parenthood" would be getting a four-part digital series, "Friday Night at the Luncheonette," as a way of keeping viewers engaged in the series during the 2014 Winter Olympics hiatus. The series will follow Amber (Mae Whitman) as she watches after cousin Max (Max Burkholder) while working after hours at the studio.
During her adventures, "Fnl" stars Jesse Plemons and Derek Phillips reprise their roles of Landry Clarke and Billy Riggins, respectively, showing up as the band Crucifictorious. (And presumably explaining how Billy came to be part of the band.) Phillips has appeared on "Parenthood" as a different character in the past, so continuity sticklers would be advised to look the other way. »
• Louis C.K. (American Hustle), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), and Kevin Hart (Ride Along) will all provide voices for the next animated film from the creators of Despicable Me. Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures will produce the action comedy set in a Manhattan apartment building, which is currently being called Untitled Pets Movie. Chris Renaud (Despicable Me) will direct with Yarrow Cheney from a script by Despicable Me writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. Stonestreet and Louis C.K. will voice rival dogs, while Hart will play bunny Snowball, the leader of an army of abandoned pets. The film is scheduled for a February 2016 release. »
- Jake Perlman
Lesley Ann Warren has signed on to star in two independent films — “Babysitter” and “The Sphere and the Labyrinth,” which the Oscar-nominated actress will shoot back-to-back, TheWrap has learned. Warren is currently in Los Angeles filming the comedy “Babysitter” from writer-director Morgan Krantz and producers Luke Baybak and Eric Pumphrey. Also Read: Owen Wilson Comedy Casts ‘Lords of Dogtown’ John Robinson (Exclusive) Max Burkholder (“The Purge”) stars as 14-year-old Ray Longway, whose parents are going through a vicious divorce and are “auditioning” to convince him with whom to live. Warren will play Ray’s grandmother. Also Read: John Robinson, Lorraine Nicholson, »
- Jeff Sneider
Ray Romano’s Hank has a habit of finding himself in some uncomfortable entanglements on NBC’s “Parenthood.” Usually, it involves Sarah… But in TheWrap’s exclusive preview from Thursday’s episode, there’s a whole new triangle forming for Hank. To refresh your memory, Hank has been ingratiating himself with Adam (Peter Krause) and Kristina (Monica Potter) as he built a friendship with their son, Max (Max Burkholder). Also read: NBC Orders DC Comics-David Goyer’s ‘Constantine,’ Greg Berlanti Drama Pilots That relationship makes more and more sense as Hank deals with possibly going all these years living with undiagnosed Asperger syndrome, »
- Jethro Nededog
Does he or doesn't he? That seemed to be the question on Parenthood's fans' minds since Ray Romano made his debut as Hank, the irritable photographer and Sarah's (Lauren Graham) love interest. He soon developed a bond with Max (Max Burkholder), Adam (Peter Krause) and Kristina's (Monica Potter) autistic son, leaving viewers to wonder if Hank also has Asperger's syndrome, but was never diagnosed. And we finally seemed to get an answer in a recent episode after Hank read a book on the disease and said, "I'm reading about me." In an exclusive sneak peek from Thursday's all-new episode of the tear-inducing NBC drama, Kristina and Adam talk about what Hank's possible »
When crafting a sequel to a film whose best scene was its opening montage that had nothing to do with the rest of the movie, one doesn.t have to work that hard to defy audience expectations, as they probably sold them off for popcorn butter. In the case of James DeMonaco.s upcoming The Purge 2, he could just show footage of someone drawing a mean person.s face on an Etch a Sketch and everyone would be just as pleased. Fortunately, the film.s first quasi-synopsis has surfaced from one of its stars, and it sounds like they.re taking the (gulp) franchise in the right direction. Namely out into the world and far away from Max Burkholder.s Charlie Sandin, the dumbest film character of 2013. Zach Gilford was recently speaking with Fangoria about Fox.s upcoming found footage horror Devil.s Due when he let a few »
• Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men) is reportedly interested in portraying Spanish explorer Hernando Cortés in Montezuma, a nearly 50-year old Dalton Trumbo (Spartacus) script that Oscar-winner Steve Zaillian (Schindler’s List) is updating. Steven Spielberg may have his sights on directing the project for DreamWorks, who currently owns the rights. Trumbo had apparently written the original script (one draft was 205 pages long!) for Kirk Douglas and director Martin Ritt. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
Daniele Watts continues to quietly book work, building her resume, so take note, especially as when the inevitable question about who the upcoming young black actors and actresses are that we should be paying attention to. In addition to being recently cast in FX's new comedy series Braddock & Jackson, as a series regular, Watts has landed a starring role, opposite Max Burkholder in an untitled coming-of-age indie comedy from writter/director Morgan Krantz. The film's story, which is said to be similar in tone to Noah Baumbach's 2005 dramedy The Squid And The Whale, comes from Watts (so she's doing more than just starring in it), who developed it with Krantz. it centers »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The film is written and directed by Morgan Krantz, whose credits include viral comedy series “Neurotica” and “The Cyclist,” a short film starring Shannyn Sossamon. Internet rapper Kitty Pryde will co-star.
Watts has been working with Krantz over the past year to develop the story, which follows a romance between a disgruntled teenage boy (Burkholder) and his babysitter, played by Watts. Krantz describes the project as similar to “The Ice Storm” or “The Squid in the Whale” in tone.
- Dave McNary
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