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The Good Luck Charlie leading lady is joining the NBC comedy’s Season 2 cast as a new series regular, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Mendler will play a confident and undefeatably optimistic new waitress at the bar. She manages to stand tall even when Detroit knocks her down.
The Bill Lawrence-produced sitcom is slated to return in Summer 2015.
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You can’t believe everything you hear on TV — not even (or perhaps especially) when it’s packaged in flannel-shirt wrapping paper, a folksy Oklahoma-accent and a corporate edict to keep the 18-49 demo rating above 3 million.
Which is why I didn’t let myself get angry or dismayed by Blake Shelton’s ridiculous exaggeration during The Voice‘s Top 10 performance episode on Monday: “This is the best live show I have ever seen in seven seasons.”
I don’t believe for a second that the country coach believes such ridiculousness — not after an evening marked by incredibly insipid song selection, »
“Wings” star Steven Weber will pay a visit to the “House of Lies” for one episode, Showtime announced Monday. Weber will play Ray Montinola, a corporate turnaround specialist enlisted to assist the company after Marty’s (Don Cheadle) stint in prison.
In other casting news:
Spencer Grammer has been confirmed as a series regular on NBC’s upcoming “Mr. Robinson,” according to TVLine. Grammer will star alongside Craig Robinson in the comedy about a high-school teacher who leads a double life as a musician at night. Lenora Crichlow will also be a regular. William Shatner will visit Syfy’s “Haven” for a four-episode guest stint in 2015, the network has confirmed. Shatner will play “a pivotal character that has the potential to forever impact the fate »
- Marianne Zumberge
Constantine isn’t getting the extended demon-hunting season he was hoping for.
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NBC has decided not to order a back nine for its freshman drama — based on DC Comics’ Hellblazer series — meaning Season 1 will end after its initial 13-episode order, our sister site Deadline reports.
But don’t go shouting the C-word just yet; Constantine is not cancelled. NBC still has the option of renewing the supernatural series for a second season.
Constantine premiered in October to 4.3 million total viewers and a »
The student has become the teacher.
In Mr. Robinson, The Office vet portrays a struggling musician who leads a double life. At night, he and his brother Ben (not yet cast) jam in a rock band called “Nasty Delicious,” and their career has been going nowhere fast for a decade. »
Episodes: 13 (half-hour)
TV show dates: October 2, 2014 -- Tbd
Series status: Cancelled
TV show description:
Narrated by Katey Sagal, this romantic comedy follows the full story of the relationship of Andrew (Ben Feldman) and Zelda (Cristin Milioti) -- from "A to Z." They'll date for eight months, three weeks, five days and one hour. They're also a couple that almost wasn't.
Andrew Lofland is a guy's guy who's also always been a secret romantic who dreams of finding "the one." He imagines her to be just like that shimmering beauty he spotted one night in a silver dress at a concert two years ago.
Zelda Vasco is a »
There are 26 letters in the alphabet but NBC's A to Z TV show only lasted five episodes before being cancelled. The peacock network has decided not to order any more installments beyond their initial 13 episode order.
A to Z follows the story of Andrew (Ben Feldman) and Zelda (Cristin Milioti) -- two young people who are very different. Their relationship shouldn't work and yet it does. Is it true love forever or just a detour in destiny? The rest of the cast includes Christina Kirk, Henry Zebrowski, Hong Chau, Lenora Crichlow, and Katey Sagal.
Debuting on October 2nd, the series got off to a poor start with a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.79 million viewers. Viewership fell 24% in week two and the ratings kept falling every week after that. This week's installment, opposite CBS' returning sitcoms, hit a new »
NBC has really struggled on Thursday nights and hasn't had a hit sitcom in years. Will the A to Z series break that losing streak or will it be cancelled like so many other comedies? Stay tuned to find out.
Their relationship shouldn't work and yet it does. Is it true love forever or just a detour in destiny? The rest of the cast includes Christina Kirk, Henry Zebrowski, Hong Chau, Lenora Crichlow, and Katey Sagal.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available -- usually the next »
NBC has been having a hard time finding new hit comedies for their Thursday night schedule. Last season's were all cancelled. Will A to Z be a success and be renewed for a second season or will be canned as well? Is it worth watching?
A to Z follows the story of Andrew (Ben Feldman) and Zelda (Cristin Milioti) -- two young people who are very different. Their relationship shouldn't work and yet it does. Is it true love forever or just a detour in destiny? The rest of the cast includes Christina Kirk, Henry Zebrowski, Hong Chau, Lenora Crichlow, with Katey Sagal as narrator.
The sitcom premiered on October 2nd to an underwhelming 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.79 million total viewers. In week two, the ratings fell to a 1.0 in the demo and 3.63 million, a decline of 24% in »
Who you gonna cast? Ray Parker…Jr! The musician who wrote and recorded the 1984 Ghostbusters theme song will guest star in the upcoming Halloween episode of NBC’s playful romantic comedy A to Z, EW has learned exclusively. In the Oct. 30 episode—titled "E is for Ectoplasm," because why not?—Parker will play himself at a monster Halloween bash thrown by Wallflower, the online dating company where Andrew (Ben Feldman) and Stu (Henry Zebrowski) work. Parker arrives on the scene after Stu convinces him to attend in order to boost the company’s profile. Though he won’t be suiting »
- Marc Snetiker
This fall’s TV schedule is full of rom-coms, and the latest entry into the club on Thursday night is NBC’s How I Met Your Mother-meets-(500) Days of Summer-eseque A to Z. Was it A for adorable? Or Z for zzzzzz?
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Before you ghit the comments with your thoughts, a recap of the pilot: Andrew (played by Mad Men‘s Ben Feldman) is a guy’s guy with a secret romantic side, evidenced — as the narrator(Sons of Anarchy‘s Katey Sagal) tells us »
Want to know what British films are coming out this month? Then look no further than our fabulous movie calendar...
Welcome to our new, regularly updated calendar of all the British movies due for release in UK cinemas over the coming months. So if you're keen to keep up-to-date on the latest in home grown cinema - from documentaries to dramas, and comedy horror to science fiction - this is the ideal post for you.
So here's what's coming up in the future.
12 September 2014
Director: Matthew Warchus
Details: A drama about a group of gay and lesbian activists donating to people in need during the 1984 miners' strike.
Director: Marc Evans
Details: A documentary about Swansea football fans.
19 September 2014
Director: Andre Singer
Details: A documentary »
A to Z NBC Premieres: Oct. 2 Airs: Thursdays at 9:30pm Et/Pt Who’s In It? Ben Feldman, Cristin Milioti, Henry Zebrowski, Lenora Crichlow, Christina Kirk Also See: Fall TV shows 2014: New comedy series dates, times, previews and more! Andrew (Feldman) and Zelda (Milioti) date for eight months, three weeks, five days and one hour. “This television program is the comprehensive account of their relationship from A to Z,” says the narrator (Katey Sagal), setting up the show’s framework. Romantic Andrew works for an online dating company that’s more interested in keeping its customers single, desperate and paying for its … Continue reading →
- Ryan Berenz
Charm is a relatively scarce commodity among this year’s new comedies, and “A to Z” has it. A slightly cryptic narration says the show will follow Andrew and Zelda (get it?) and offer “the comprehensive account of their relationship.” Perhaps appropriately, “How I Met Your Mother’s” Cristin Milioti stars opposite Ben Feldman, since this feels — based on first impressions — like the logical heir to that just-departed sitcom in terms of intersplicing unabashed romance, whimsy and the smallest of mysteries into a promising package.
Said mystery resides in the aforementioned narration (delivered by Katey Sagal), which foretells that the duo will date for a little less than nine months. But there are, obviously, a lot of things a couple can do after that length of time, among them “M” (marry) or “B” (break up).
For Andrew (providing “Mad Men” alum Feldman a slightly less neurotic character), who works at an online dating site, »
- Brian Lowry
[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.] Show: "A to Zed" (NBC) The Pitch: "When Ginsberg Met The Mother" Quick Response: In my Tmttp entry for "Manhattan Love Story," I wrote "I'll watch a love story in which I kinda like the idea that the two main characters might find happiness together." Proving that it's not like I'm asking the moon, I give you "A to Z," a new comedy that I don't find especially funny, but because I like Ben Feldman's Andrew and I like Cristin Milioti's Zelda, I'm prepared to make at least a moderate commitment here. Basically just "500 Days of Summer" filtered with a little "How I Met Your Mother" "A to Z" is a more-than-slightly twee story about a romantic pairing drawn together by fate, but seemingly doomed to be separated in "8 months, three weeks, five days and one hour," or at least that's the assumption we make based on Katey Sagal's opening voiceover, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Stephen and Heather Graham share a joke on the red carpet Photo: Edinburgh International Film Festival The 68th edition of the Edinburgh Film Festival opened last night with the world premiere of Hyena, Gerard Johnson's gritty look at the life of a corrupt policeman (Peter Ferdinado) as his grip on a gangland extortion racket starts to slip.
It's certainly not an 'easy' opener, as it contains a considerable amount of violence and a graphic rape scene, but the great and the good of Edinburgh - and some notable big screen stars - turned out in large numbers to see it, with the Festival theatre more full than it has been for the opening night in several years.
- Amber Wilkinson
Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) has announced this year’s juries.
Amos Gitai will chair the jury for the Michael Powell Award Competition for Best British Feature Film, with Nina Hoss and Michael Smiley also on the jury. The award carries a cash prize of £20,000 and the jury will also select the award for Best Performance in a British feature film.
The jury for Best International Feature Film Competition (£10,000) includes Niki Karimi (chair), Michael Fitzgerald and Mark Rabinowitz, while the Best Documentary Feature Film Competition (£10,000 and supported by Al Jazeera) will be chaired by Cynthia Beatt alongside Dominique Auvray and Sunmin Park.
Now in its third year, the Student Critics Jury programme will see seven aspiring film critics work under »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
It's a pretty glorious day for DC Comics' TV team. Just one hour after The CW officially announced series orders for "The Flash" and "iZombie," NBC chimed in by ordering "Constantine" to series. Oh and NBC also sent the drama "The Mysteries of Laura" and the comedy "A to Z" to series, but since they have nothing to do with comic books, we're somehow less interested. The John Constantine character debuted in 1985 as part of DC's "Swamp Thing" line and went on to be the focus of "Hellblazer" and "Constantine" comics. The character is a former Liverpool conman who now works as a "seasoned demon hunter and master of the occult." "Constantine" was previously brought to the big screen by director Francis Lawrence in a 2005 feature starring Keanu Reeves. The movie made $230 million and still has myriad defenders, even if I'm not one of them. The NBC TV series stars Matt Ryan as Constantine, »
- Daniel Fienberg
NBC has ordered three new series Thursday: First is drama Constantine, based on characters from DC Comics about a supernatural detective who finds himself having to defend the world against dark forces. Constantine stars Matt Ryan as detective John Constantine, as well as Sons of Anarchy’s Harold Perrineau; True Blood‘s Lucy Griffiths, and True Detective‘s Charles Halford. It marks yet another DC Comics show added to the airwaves.
- Stephanie Robbins
Feldman, who also was a regular on Drop Dead Diva and guest star on The Mindy Project, will play Andrew, described as a “smart, sarcastic guy’s guy” who also happens to be a closet romantic. The first season of the show, which is being executive produced by Jones, will track the relationship of Andrew and Zelda (How I Met Your Mother’s Cristin Milioti), from first meeting to breakup.
- Dan Snierson
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