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Check out today's casting news: Andy Garcia (The Untouchables) and Rob Riggle (21 Jump Street) have joined Luke Greenfield's action-comedy Let's Be Cops. Marton Csokas (The Bourne Supremacy) will star opposite Denzel Washington in Antoine Fuqua's The Equalizer, also starring Chloe Grace Moretz. Jonny Weston (Chasing Mavericks) and Sofia Black-d'Elia (Skins) are in negotiations to join Michael Bay's found-footage film, Almanac. Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement. First up from THR and The Wrap comes casting news for Let's Be Cops. Damon Wayans Jr and Jake Johnson, who both starred in the New Girl pilot, lead the comedy as "two friends who impersonate police officers using rented uniforms, giving their lives a boost and some fun. However, they run into trouble when they cross a dangerous Russian mobster." Garcia will play a veteran detective who lands the unenviable distinction of becoming boss of the two wannabes. »
- Dave Trumbore
After finding himself on the wrong side of the law in "21 Jump Street," Rob Riggle is joining the police force himself. The actor's set to co-star in Luke Greenfield's comedy "Let's Be Cops," which will be distributed by 20th Century Fox. Sitcom stars Jake Johnson ("New Girl") and Damon Wayans Jr. ("Happy Endings") play two best friends who decide to impersonate cops for kicks but find themselves in over their heads when they unknowingly mess with a real mobster. Riggle will play a blue-collar cop who becomes a fan of the »
- Jeff Sneider
Piggybacking on Wednesday’s drama pickups, Fox has ordered five new comedy series for the 2013-14 season, including the Jason Ritter/Alexis Bledel romantic satire Us & Them (fka Friends & Family) and the Andy Samberg-fronted sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
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- Michael Ausiello
Before The Office closes its doors for good, NBC is giving fans a chance to say goodbye to a few Dunder Mifflin faves in its new John Krasinski-directed web series The Office Farewells. Joining previous participants Will Ferrell, Dave Koechner and Rob Riggle is the woman behind the irreplaceable Jan Levenson-Gould, Melora Hardin — and TVLine has exclusively nabbed the installment for your nostalgic viewing pleasure.
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Get comfy, light that Serenity by Jan candle you’ve been saving for a special occasion and »
- Megan Masters
Warner Bros. has picked up Embassy, a comedy based on an idea by Rob Riggle and to be penned by Cougar Town writer Blake McCormick. Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman are on board to produce via their Mandeville banner. Described as being akin to a comedic version of Safe House -- the international thriller starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds -- or perhaps a Hangover meets Argo, Embassy revolves around three unlikely American Embassy workers who must prevent an international war after they inadvertently cause a diplomatic crisis on the tiny South Pacific island where they’ve been stationed. Riggle appeared memorably as a
- Borys Kit
Before we get going here, may I politely, insistently request someone fire up a petition to have Rob Riggle’s Gil Thorpe recur no fewer than five times per season from here on out? Would that be too much? Can we only handle him in small doses? I don’t know, and I need to find out. Thorpe, Thorpe, Thorpe indeed.Now. Modern Family, like any sitcom eyeing a long run, doles out puzzle pieces from its characters’ backgrounds every so often. The fact that nearly all of Cameron’s backstory seems to come in the form of Tales From the Farm is delightful. It's been a long while since we've heard such a yarn, and any story ending in "tell that to the cow-shaped hole in my bedroom wall" is bound to be a success, especially when it’s the story of a lost tooth. Presuming we’re still »
- Zach Dionne
Directed by Jim Hensz
Airs on Wednesdays at 9pm (Et) on ABC
It pains me to say it, but Modern Family has become one of those hit and miss sitcoms. Up until now the show was consistently good, but like NBC’s Community, Modern Family is currently in its fourth season and for every great episode there seems to be a boring one. After a two week break, the return episode, “Career Day”, is a dud.
“Career Day” gets its title from the beginning part of the episode but what it really focuses on is the lengths adults will go to to impress their children. To be honest though, I haven’t seen a good Career Day driven episode since That 70′s Show‘s “Career Day” (Season 1, Episode 18) or The Simpsons’ “I am Furious (Yellow)” (Season 13, Episode »
On TV this first Wednesday of May sweeps: The Americans prepares to defect for the summer, Family Tools gets its premiere under its belt, Chicago Fire rekindles an old flame and Supernatural tees up its third trial. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
- Kimberly Roots
Decision time approaches. Over the next couple weeks, broadcast networks will pick their new shows as they ready their fall schedule presentations to advertisers in New York (the upfronts get underway May 13). Here’s an updated look at the pilots they’ve shot in their quest to find the next hits. Pilots that have been greenlit to series we’ll mark in green (such as The CW’s Tvd spinoff The Originals, which received an early pickup last week). Updates to come…
- Lynette Rice and James Hibberd
The Backstreet Boys just gained another member ... for one night only."Knocked Up" star Seth Rogen got on stage and performed "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" with the group during the second annual Hilarity for Charity event benefiting The Alzheimer's Association in Hollywood on Thursday night.And he even knew the guys' signature dance moves!Seriously, does it get any better than this photo? Love it.Rogen and his wife, Laura Miller, organized the event, which also included appearances from Samuel L. Jackson, Mindy Kaling, Rob Riggle, Ken Marino, Kevin Hart, Nick Kroll and magician Justin Willman.The event wrapped up a great week for the Backstreet Boys, who just got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.See how the boys (and other boy banders) have aged in the gallery below: Read more »
- tooFab Staff
Going back to the college days of our beloved Mike and Sulley, the film is naturally sure to be a strong contender in the same category early next year.
We’ve seen plenty of brilliant things from the animated blockbuster already, with the first full-length trailer landing two and a half months ago. And with its release now less than two months away, the studio have debuted another terrific new trailer, courtesy of Yahoo Movies.
Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. “Monsters University” unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences »
- Kenji Lloyd
The actor will play the lead in FX’s untitled comedy pilot from filmmaker Andrew Gurland, our sister site Deadline reports.
The potential series stars Faxon as a married man who is given permission by his wife to get a mistress in order to save their marriage.
Gurland — who penned the Last Exorcism movies — will write and direct the project. He’s also behind the Fox comedy pilot The Gabriels, starring Rob Riggle (Ntsf:sd:suv), Tim Meadows (Saturday Night Live) and Angela Kinsey (The Office).
Meanwhile, Faxon »
- Vlada Gelman
Pixar’s anticipated Monsters University is just months away from release, with the film marking the first time the studio has gone down the prequel route. Needless to say, we can’t wait for Mike and Sulley’s return.
The studio recently announced a set of terrific new additions to the already-impressive voice cast, including Nathan Fillion, John Krasinski, and Aubrey Plaza. And following on from that announcement, they’ve debuted a great new UK poster ahead of its release on our shores this summer.
Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. “Monsters University” unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.
- Kenji Lloyd
Modern Family Season 4, Episode 20: “Flip Flop”
Directed by Gail Mancuso
Airs on Wednesdays at 9pm (Et) on ABC
This week’s episode of Modern Family is delightfully funny, aiming for nothing but laughs it’s clear the episode is a platform for the creators to have fun and entertain themselves. “Flip Flop” is mainly about Cam and Claire’s house-flipping enterprise and with the B story showing Gloria being her usual feisty and territorial self, the episode lacks the emotional depth that usually brings the show to a close each week. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that this week, “Flip Flop” is a very strong episode with no faults. Having only two storylines provides leeway for a ton of group interaction and also invites a handful of brilliant guest stars to join in with the Dunphy-Pritchett clan.
Claire and Cam are adamant »
Todd Rohal follows up his bizarre offbeat comedy The Catechism Cataclysm with another offbeat comedy in Nature Calls, which features an all-star cast including Johnny Knoxville, Maura Tierney and Patton Oswalt and tells the story of polar-opposite brothers Randy and Kirk who’ve never seen eye to eye. Randy is the assistant leader of his elderly father’s Boy Scout troop whilst Kirk loves his modern conveniences and his dozen TVs.
When Kirk (Knoxville) decides to have some of the boy scouts over for a slumber party ruining a pre-planned boyscout outing in a parking lot, Randy “kidnaps” the boys from Kirk’s to take them on camping trip to a restricted area in a local state park. Understandably, the kids parents don’t take so kindly to the news »
- Phil Wheat
When the cast and producers of "New Girl" came to Paleyfest on Monday (March 11), they brought the entertainment. Almost everything these people said was quotable. Since they talked for about an hour, we have distilled their humor and insight down to 10 quotes that sum up the evening.
Oh, and there are a few casting spoilers at the end, just for fun. If you want more "New Girl" spoilers, click here.
"I thought it was great in an episode about how annoying Jess was." -- Zooey Deschanel, speaking about "Cooler," the episode in which Jess and Nick kissed
"People hook up. People don't hook up. »
Nature Calls, 2012.
Written and Directed by Todd Rohal.
Polar-opposite brothers Randy and Kirk never saw eye-to-eye, but their rivalry is taken to a new level when Randy hijacks Kirk's son's sleepover, taking the boys on a Scout Trip to remember.
When it comes to comedies I don't typically ask for much. As long as you have jokes that are actually funny, competent actors giving decent performances and a somewhat interesting story that I can get invested in then I'll be a happy camper. None of that is the case when it comes to Nature Calls, one of the more recent movies to get the ongoing VOD treatment in North America.
Once I saw the trailer for this I didn't have high hopes, but I never thought it could be as bad as it ended being. You've got Patton Oswalt »
- Flickering Myth
David Spade will play the lead in ABC's "Bad Management" pilot, EW reports.
The plot revolves around an egotistical female boss (Sharon Hogan) at a luxury goods department store, who finds the status quo affected when the owner's son (Spade) joins the company and wants to target a younger demographic using hot trends and sex. Spade will be joined by the pilot's writer/executive producer Rachael Harris, who will play another employee at the store.
The pilot will be in second position to Spade's "Rules of Engagement," the resilient backup player that CBS often relies on to fill holes in its midseason schedule. If the bubble show is finally cancelled, Spade will be free to move on to "Management," otherwise the ABC comedy will have to find a new lead.
In other pilot news ...
- Laura Prudom
Angela Kinsey, better known as ... just Angela, has switched Fox comedy pilots. Originally set to co-star with The Hangover's Rachael Harris in Dirty Blondes, Kinsey will now marry Rob Riggle for The Gabriels. The single-camera project "revolves around an introverted, neurotic Wisconsin family that lives in a community of oversharers." Kinsey will play a therapist running a private practice and specializing in making her clients feel terrible about themselves. We see you in there, Angela from The Office. And we're happy about it. »
- Zach Dionne
In the continuing saga that is pilot season, shows continue to book high-end talent for potential fall programming. The latest round of announcements includes the casting of David Spade and Rachael Harris in the comedy, "Bad Management," Michael Ealy in J.H. Wyman's futuristic drama, and Angela Kinsey in the comedy, "The Gabriels."
Spade ("Rules of Engagement") and Harris ("New Girl," "Suits") will appear as co-leads with Sharon Horgan in "Bad Management." The single-camera comedy is set at a high-end department store in which the boss' son arrives to change the company's focus. Horgan co-wrote the script for this ABC pilot with Holly Walsh.
Ealy ("Common Law," "Think Like a Man") will play one of the leads in the untitled futuristic cop drama from Bad Robot and J.H. Wyman ("Fringe"). The show will center on a human cop named John Kennex and his human-like android partner, Dorian (Ealy).
Kinsey ("The Office »
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