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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
8 items from 2014
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