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If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
This one is for all the Cecil fans -- actually, it's for all animal fans who can't understand the appeal of hunting for fun. On Tuesday night, Jimmy Kimmel actually got emotional when weighing in on the killing of Cecil the Lion, which is not funny, and he did not treat it as such. He shamed the guy who killed Cecil in an epic sport hunting takedown. "Is it that difficult for you to get an erection that you have to kill things? If that's the case, they have a pill for that, it works great. Just stay home and swallow it and you save yourself a lifetime of »
- Gina Carbone
Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome are the stars and creators of Another Period, Comedy Central's hilarious and highly inappropriate genre-bending new series. It's a Downton Abbey spoof mixed with a faux reality show and doused in a raunchy humor that makes for jaw-droppingly funny moments. Natasha and Riki teased a big celebrity cameo coming up this season, how Joss Whedon is a self-identified fangirl, and their merciless takedown of celebrity culture. »
If an election was held today (or probably any other year), Joss Whedon would be elected president (or perhaps Vice President, behind Jennifer Lawrence) of Comic-Con. The outspoken writer/director/producer took a shot at presidential candidate Donald Trump while moderating a panel for Comedy Central’s “Another Period” yesterday (July 9) at the convention. Whedon was on-hand discussing the show, which is a mix of “Keeping up with the Kardashians” and “Downton Abbey.” It stars Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome as the Bellacourt sisters. Whedon says that the show ”makes us laugh but it makes us think and it reminds us of the universal truth: that rich white people are f—ing insane. It's obviously a fantasy and something we can all laugh at, because those days are all over — and then Donald Trump says something. I suspect he may be a Bellacourt." But Whedon’s barbs didn’t stop there. »
- David Eckstein
Geek legend Joss Whedon made a surprise appearance at Comic-Con on Thursday night, but rather than taking a seat on the panel, he stepped up to the podium to moderate Comedy Central's Another Period. Comedy Central's Drunk History revolves around sisters Lillian and Beatrice Bellacourt (creators Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome, respectively), the first family of Newport, R.I., at the turn of the 20th century who only care about fame. It's a satire on reality staples like Keeping Up With the Kardashians blended with Downton Abbey. The series is produced by Ben Stiller's Red Hour and directed by
- Lesley Goldberg
Another Period, Season 1, Episode 2, “Divorce”
Directed by Jeremy Konner
Airs Tuesdays at 10:30pm (Et) on Comedy Central
With increased confidence, Another Period’s second episode, “Divorce”, tackles the taboos of rape and divorce with fantastic delirium. After the sexually insatiable and recently-divorced Pussy Van Anderstein arrives at the Bellacourt residence, Lillian (Natasha Leggero) and Beatrice (Riki Lindhome) decide they too want to separate from their husbands. However, divorce at the turn of the century was a little more complicated than it is now and their plans don’t quite pan out.
When Pussy (Jessica Chaffin) arrives, she insists on a male room servant rather than the customary female one. She chooses the sheepish Garfield and as soon as she gets him into her room she “ravishes” him. Dejected and humiliated, the rest of the episode follows Garfield as he attempts to convince »
- Justine Smith
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Thursday, July 9. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
Thursday, July 9
10:00am - 11:00am - Amazon: Hand of God
Amazon will introduce the Comic-Con audience to Hand of God; a one-hour drama series that stars Golden Globe winner Ron Perlman in his first lead television role since Sons of Anarchy, as the honorable justice Pernell Harris. The series centers on Harris, a powerful and corrupt judge who comes apart at the seams in the aftermath of a family tragedy. Stricken by grief, and in »
Set your scream times for this fall, because Fox has announced their fall TV series premiere times, slating Ryan Murphy's Scream Queens for a two-hour premiere on September 22nd, Sleepy Hollow’s third season debut for October 1st, and Minority Report’s series premiere for September 21st.
Press Release (via TV By the Numbers): "Fox has set the fall premiere dates for its new and returning series.
The 2015-2016 season begins with the 67Th Primetime Emmy® Awards, which returns to Fox, airing Live coast-to-coast from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 20 (8:00-11:00 Pm Et live/5:00-8:00 Pm Pt live). The special will be hosted by Emmy® Award-winning writer, actor and comedian Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-nine).
- Derek Anderson
Another Period, Season 1, Episode 1, “Pilot”
Directed by Jeremy Konner
Airs Tuesdays at 10:30pm (Et) on Comedy Central
Another Period is more satire than parody, as it tackles our society’s perverse fascination with the lifestyles of the rich and famous by framing its turn of the century-era setting through the gauze of modern reality television. The twisted brainchild of Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome, the pair also star as Lillian and Beatrice Bellacourt, two parvenus who hope to raise their family’s social standing. In the pilot, the pair aspire to become members of the Newport 400 (“the 400 most important white people in all America”) after their best friends and rivals, the Claudette Sisters, die of TB. Their plan, however, is foiled when their older sister invites Helen Keller (Shoshannah Stern) over, exposing their social climbing ambitions.
Still suffering from growing pains (not »
- Justine Smith
"Oh, he knows what a snood is!" Natasha Leggero releases what can only be described as a squeal of delight, and then she and Riki Lindhome start laughing in tandem. "The fact that at least one viewer can actually say, 'Snoods, right'. . .we're halfway there already," Lindhome jokes. The item in question, an old-fashioned scarf-like piece of clothing, serves as the punchline for a gag roughly 30 seconds into the first episode of Leggero and Lindhome's new TV series Another Period; as this parody of Masterpiece Theatre-style aristocratic dramas takes »
There’s a delicate balance that exists when creating a series that spoofs a genre like costume dramas, seen through the lens of a reality show. The jokes need to be specific enough to appeal to fans of that genre, yet broad enough to rope in everyone else. But Natasha Leggero (Are You There, Chelsea?) and Riki Lindhome (Garfunkel and Oates), co-creators, writers, and stars of Comedy Central’s half-hour comedy series Another Period, haven’t quite found the right alchemy yet for those dueling facets to exist in harmony. [caption id="attachment_476571" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Comedy Central[/caption] Another Period chronicles the exploits of the wealthy Bellacourt family in early 20th century Newport, Rhode Island. The time period is reminiscent to Downton Abbey, but the show’s setup and directorial beats mirror series like Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and other vanity-based reality programming. Leggero and Lindhome play the vapid sister Lilian and Beatrice, »
- Allison Keene
If comedy can thrive in chaos, then it's no surprise that my memories of talking with "Another Period" star/creators Riki Lindhome and Natasha Leggero are filled with laughter, as we sat down to chat at a table in the busy halls of the hotel hosting the TCA Winter Press Tour earlier this year. Joined by an unanticipated guest halfway through our interview — "Period" director Jeremy Konner — Lindhome and Leggero laid out the genesis of their ingenious new comedy series, which takes a "Real Housewives"-style spin on high society in Newport, Connecticut, circa 1902. Read More: Summer TV Preview 2015: 15 New Shows You Need to Know About What inspired Lindhome and Leggero to dig into the time period? How does authentic period dress effect one's ability to perform comedy? How do you seduce "Mad Men" star Christina Hendricks? The answers are below. So I just wanted to start off by »
- Liz Shannon Miller
At the end of each episode of Comedy Central's new series "Another Period," we get a montage of what we're told are clips from the next episode, which are entirely comprised of the characters screaming, crying, and/or smashing plates and overturning furniture. In a literal sense, these aren't an accurate depiction of what's coming next week, and not just because the clips aren't all from the same episode. But those montages really capture the anarchic, hilarious spirit of the thing: a show that will do anything — usually at top volume, and with all standards of good taste thrown out right along with the fine china — for a laugh. It's the kind of show that resorts to a prolonged Helen Keller joke at the end of its first episode — but not any kind of Helen Keller joke you've heard before. The series (it debuts tonight at 10:30, though the »
- Alan Sepinwall
There’s an inherent developmental disconnect in “Another Period,” a Comedy Central series that seeks to spoof programs like “Downton Abbey,” laboring to find the elusive sweet spot between a knowing send-up for those who watch such fare and a farcical take-down for those who wouldn’t be caught dead doing so. Series creators/stars Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome have certainly attracted a first-rate cast to assist with the silliness, only to settle for the below-the-belt aspects of turn-of-the-century mores. There are amusing moments, but the conceit ultimately seems better suited to a “Saturday Night Live” sketch than another series. Period.
Set in Newport, R.I. in 1902, the show focuses on the Bellacourts, a filthy rich family vastly outnumbered by their doting servants, whom they generally treat like furniture. Indeed, a sexual tryst is dragged out as the two upper-crust participants wait for their butlers and maids, silently standing watch, »
- Brian Lowry
Killer Mike joined Larry Wilmore for the The Nightly Show's panel discussion Monday where Wilmore, the rapper, head writer Robin Thede and comedian Natasha Leggero cracked wise about the absurd, ongoing saga of Rachel Dolezal.
While Killer Mike (real name Michael Render) did not get as vociferous and poignant while speaking about Dolezal — a white woman who for years portrayed herself as black before she was outed by her parents — as he has on issues like police brutality, the rapper was thoughtful and jovial throughout the discussion.
He joked about Dolezal's mall tan, »
Comedy Central’s latest scripted series, Another Period, is a sort of Downton Abbey for people who loathe Downton Abbey — messy, ribald and hilarious, but also surprisingly well researched. Series stars and longtime pals Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome (Garfunkel and Oates), who created the show from a short film they made with the same premise, spent time in the show’s Newport, R.I., home base to get a feel for the era and setting in which their turn-of-the-century socialite sisters Lillian and Beatrice Bellacourt lived. Then they threw a big ol’ voyeur-tv bomb right in the middle of all that gentility. “Riki and I had actually … Continue reading →
- Lori Acken
Comedy Central is giving period comedy a shot, and it looks like it's going to be a decadent affair. Check out Natasha Leggero (who flambeed Justin Bieber at his recent roast) and Riki Lindhome in the trailer for the snooty "Another Period." (Nsfw, language.) "Another Period" is a cute title. Would've been down for "Snide and Prejudice" or "Withering Heights" too, but "Another Period" will do. The season will include guest appearances from Christina Hendricks and Michael Ian Black, so I'm expecting this will be a simultaneously glamorous and droll affair. Yes to that. I'll take this waltz. »
- Louis Virtel
Kurt Sutter is poised to return to FX with a new series. FX has given a series order to the new show from Sutter, who previously created Sons of Anarchy and wrote for The Shield, both of which were on FX as well. Titled The Bastard Executioner, the show’s first season will run for ten episodes, with Brian Grazer onboard as executive producer as well. Relative newcomer Lee Jones will be taking on the titular role, with Sons of Anarchy‘s Katey Sagal, True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer, and Starred Up‘s Sam Spruell among the cast, alongside Sutter himself. The Americans‘ Matthew Rhys is also set to guest star on the series.
The show itself will make its premiere on FX in the fall, though a date has yet to be announced. The show’s synopsis, via FX’s press release, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
One of the busiest women in TV might finally get her own show. Kristen Schaal -- who appears on the Fox comedy "Last Man on Earth," voices the Fox animated sitcom "Bob's Burgers" and occasionally pops up on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" -- has sold an animated comedy pilot to MTV. Called "Fancy Bastards," the series centers on a quintet of pariahs in a small town who realize they all share a father -- a prince. The voice cast includes Brittany Snow, Sharon Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne, Natasha Leggero, Nasim Pedrad, John Roberts, Jameeliah Garrett and Jessica Lowe. Schaal and Jason Micallef would serve as executive producers. Evidently quite popular in the TV comedy world, "Fancy Bastards" would be only the second show that Schaal has produced, other than the pilot of Amazon's "Supanatural," which wasn't picked up for a full season. Based on her loopy but...
- Inkoo Kang
Riding an impressive hot streak of originals, Comedy Central is looking to continue that momentum with a slew of summer premieres and returns including the long-awaited -- by some people, at least -- return of "Review." Starring Andy Daly as life reviewer Forrest MacNeil, "Review" was my No.2 show of 2014 and it came in at No.4 on Sepinwall's Top 10. The first season, which had already been held for a while, premiered last March and was done by the start of May. Season 2 premieres on Thursday, July 30 at 10 p.m. and Comedy Central's season description teases life experiences including "bare-knuckle brawling, joining the mile high club, and even leading a cult." Excellent. What of the other premieres? *** Created by Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome, "Another Period" is a Gilded Age satire featuring Christina Hendricks, Michael Ian Black, David Koechner, Jason Ritter and more and it'll premiere on Tuesday, June 23 at 10:30 p. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Brittany Snow (“Pitch Perfect 2”), Sharon Osbourne and Kelly Osbourne will lead the voice cast of “Fancy Bastards,” a new animated half-hour pilot that MTV has ordered from Titmouse, Inc. The comedy’s voice cast also includes Natasha Leggero (“Neighbors”), Nasim Pedrad (“Saturday Night Live”), John Roberts (“Bob’s Burgers”), Jameeliah Garrett (“Supanatural”) and Jessica Lowe (“Blended”). The story is set in a small town where five of its most awkward misfits learn that they all share the same father — an infamous red-headed scoundrel of a prince who had a wild night in Las Vegas nine years prior. His five kids revel. »
- Kathy Zerbib
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