17 items from 2015
War of the Planet of the Apes
Judy Greer is set to return as Cornelia, the chimpanzee wife of apes leader Caesar, in 20th Century Fox's "War for the Planet of the Apes". Karin Konoval is also returning as Maurice, the orangutan with a gentle soul.
Production began last week with Matt Reeves directing and Andy Serkis returning as Caesar. "Archer" regular Greer is coming off a summer in which she appeared in four major films - "Jurassic World," "Ant-Man," "Tomorrowland" and "Entourage". [Source: Heat Vision]
Like A Virgin
The story follows the character of Mary, who is visited by the Angel Gabriel while off her head following a night out. Gabriel tells her that she has been chosen by God to give birth to the next Messiah. [Source: Deadline]
- Garth Franklin
Showtime’s comedy “I’m Dying Up Here” has added a slew of guest stars to the cast of the one-hour pilot.
“The Good Wife’s” recurring player Dylan Baker has been cast as Johnny Carson. Baker’s work on the CBS legal drama, playing Colin Sweeney, earned him three Emmy nominations for outstanding guest actor in a drama series in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
Also cast in guest roles are Robert Forster, who will guest star as Guy Appuzo, the father of Clay (played by Sebastian Stan); Cathy Moriarty, who will play Clay’s mother, Angie Appuzo; Alfred Molina who will play Carl, a mediocre talent manager whose client is Adam (played by Rj Cyler); Al Madrigal, who will play Edgar Martinez, a loose cannon comedian who lives in his own world and loves to party; and Jon Daly, who’s been cast as Arnie, a struggling comic who does a bit of everything at the club. »
- Margaret Lenker
Showtime’s comedy pilot “I’m Dying Up Here” has added Robert Forster, Cathy Moriarty, Alfred Molina, Al Madrigal, Dylan Baker and Jon Daly to the cast. The series about the stand up comedy scene of the 1970s is executive produced by Jim Carrey. If the pilot is picked up to series, Molina, Baker, Madrigal and Daly would have recurring roles. The actors join the previously cast Melissa Leo, Sebastian Stan, Clark Duke, Ari Graynor, Andrew Santino, Rj Cyler, Erik Griffin and Stephen Guarino. Also Read: Fall TV Preview: 126 New and Returning Shows Premiere Dates Baker will play Johnny Carson on the show, »
- Linda Ge
Alfred Molina (Chocolat), Dylan Baker (The Good Wife, Spider-Man 2 & 3), Al Madrigal (About A Boy, The Daily Show), Jon Daly (The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, Kroll Show), Robert Forster (Jackie Brown), and Cathy Moriarty (Raging Bull) are set as guest stars for Showtime's dark comedy pilot I'm Dying Up Here. Molina, Baker, Madrigal and Daly will recur if the pilot goes to series. Written and executive produced by Dave Flebotte and executive produced by Jim Carrey, I'm Dyi… »
The historical satire, which co-stars Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome as two sisters who want to become as rich and famous in 1902 as the Hilton siblings did in the modern age, will get a second-season run on the Viacom-owned cable network.
The network said full episodes from the series’ first season have been seen by more than 9 million viewers, while clips have received 4.6 million views in various digital venues.
“Another Period” is written by, executive produced by and stars Natasha Leggero and Riki Lindhome, is exec produced and directed by Jeremy Konner and executive produced by Red Hour’s Ben Stiller, Debbie Liebling, Stuart Cornfeld and Mike Rosenstein. Monika Zielinska and Tara Schuster are the executives in charge of production for Comedy Central. Red Hour is Stiller’s production company.
- Brian Steinberg
Five more actors have been added to the line-up for new comedy The Runaround, with Analeigh Tipton (Two Night Stand), Taran Killam (Saturday Night Live), Jon Daly (Masterminds), Shannon Woodward (The Veil) and Hunter Parrsh (Weeds) all signing on to the caper, which is directed by Gavin Wiesen (The Art of Getting By).
In the film, Simmons plays a “workaholic father who while trying to visit his daughter on a last minute layover in Los Angeles, discovers that she’s disappeared. He’s forced to work with her awkward, nervous ex-boyfriend (Hirsch), still nursing a broken heart, to help him find her over the course of one increasingly crazy night.”
No official release date has yet been announced, but expect to see it in 2016.
- Scott J. Davis
Adult Swim unveiled its 2015-16 slate ahead of its upfront presentation next week in NYC. It includes more than 30 new and returning series, pilots and specials. New additions include TV Sucks, a quarter-hour animated sketch show created by Brad Neely (China, Il) that features a collection of frenetic one-off bits, shorts, and songs, all filtered through Neely's signature visual style. Also on the schedule are live-action comedy specials from Brett Gelman and Jon Daly… »
Adult Swim intends to launch two new series and a handful of limited-run specials while bringing back fan-favorite programs including “Rick and Morty,” “Childrens Hospital” and “The Jack and Triumph Show” (pictured, above) in a bid to cultivate additional standing among young adults in 2015 and 2016.
The Time Warner-owned network, part of the company’s Turner unit, said its coming lineup would include more 30 new and returning series, pilots and specials.
New programming includes:
“TV Sucks” – A quarter-hour animated sketch show created by Brad Neely featuring one-off shorts and songs.. Neely and Daniel Weidenfeld serve as executive producers, Dave Newberg as co-executive producer, with Titmouse, Inc. producing.
“Untitled Golf Special”- Jon Daly and Adam Scott, go head to head in this televised golf championship, circa 1966, in a half-hour live-action special. Created by Jon Daly, who also serves as executive producer. Starring Daly and Adam Scott. Produced by Alive and Kicking, »
- Brian Steinberg
Turner announced that Adult Swim is expanding its original programming, picking up three series for its upcoming fall slate, including Brad Neely's animated sketch comedy show TV Sucks, joining his other show, China, Il. They're also ordering an as-yet untitled live-action show starring Adam Scott and Jon Daly as pro golfers and a live-action comedy by Jon Glaser (whom you might know best as Councilman Jamm on Parks and Recreation) called Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter (the title should be self-explanatory: Joe wears neon and hunts werewolves). There will also be special episodes with Robot Chicken DC Comics Special III: Friendship Is Magic, Brett Gelman's Dinner With Friends, and Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories. They'll be joining a schedule that already includes Rick and Morty, The Eric Andre Show, Childrens Hospital, Black Jesus, and what will be the final season of Aquateen Hunger Force. »
- E. Alex Jung
Even though Jared Hess hasn’t made a movie in six years since 2009’s Gentleman Broncos, there’s still a small group of Napoleon Dynamite acolytes who love the indie director’s deadpan screwball comedy. And I can’t think of another comic more suited for that brand of comedy than Zach Galifianakis.
In Hess’s latest film Masterminds, Galifianakis is an armored car driver who manages to drive off with $17 million in cash, only to lose it to a pair of reckless, double-crossing criminals on a wild spending spree, forcing him to go on the run as well. Here’s the full synopsis, via Collider:
In this action comedy based on true events, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite; Nacho Libre), David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and »
- Brian Welk
The titular burg will probably not be throwing a parade for “Fresno,” a mean-spirited farce whose strenuous bad taste seldom translates into actual laughs. A cast of familiar faces and funny people — though they’ve all had much, much better material — will make this a viable ancillary item, though it’s unlikely to accrue the modest cult following attached to helmer Jamie Babbit’s 1999 debut feature, “But I’m a Cheerleader.”
Babbit and her scenarist Karey Dornetto have each worked on a number of good TV comedy shows; between them, they include “Girls,” “Arrested Development,” “Community,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Portlandia,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment” and “South Park.” But the feature format is apparently not their friend, together or separately. “Cheerleader” was awfully broad, 2007’s “Itty Bitty Titty Committee” painfully so; for its part, “Fresno” provides pain and lots of broads (this is a lady-free zone), and is pretty awful. »
- Dennis Harvey
It’s been a week since “Parks and Recreation” ended. In my review of the series finale, I said that I put off my usual post-season interview with Mike Schur at the time because he was otherwise occupied. (He did, though, offer an answer of sorts as to the question of who is Potus in the year 2048.) Over the last few days, though, we emailed some questions and answers back and forth on leftover bits of business from the finale and the final season, including the show finally identifying Leslie’s party affiliation, which guest stars Schur didn’t manage to squeeze into the final season, Ron and Leslie’s brief estrangement, the religious background(s) of the all-important Lerpiss family, and more. So if you haven’t tired of Schur after the two-part interview we did before the finale, here’s us talking “Parks” one last time (sigh)… Was »
- Alan Sepinwall
Last night's Parks and Recreation finale was a series of ultrasweet flash-forwards that let us know everyone is going to be A-ok, especially Leslie, who maybe becomes the president. There were a few hidden moments in there, too, that tied everything up even more neatly than you realized.Jean-Ralphio becomes some kind of Champagne producer. Or at least there's a brand of sparkling wine bearing his name. The guy who wanted to get the swing fixed was in the pilot — as a drunk dude in a slide. Last night, Jon Daly's unnamed character reemerged in the Pawnee world as a seemingly hygienic, ordinary citizen trying to get a broken swing fixed. Seven years ago, he was an ornery drunk in a slide, whom Leslie shooed away with a broom. Star-Lords exist in the Parks universe. One of the trick-or-treaters at April and Andy's house is dressed as Chris Pratt »
- Margaret Lyons
And so "Parks and Recreation" has come to an end. We published many stories about the show over the last week, including an Amy Poehler interview, an essay on the show's greatness, and a whole lot more, and I have a review of the series finale coming up just as soon as you give me a pair of your gym socks... "Yes. I'm ready." -Leslie Knope A few years ago, Mike Schur and I had a very long discussion of finales — not only the many times he had written "Parks" episodes that could function as series finales if NBC canceled them, but of the many sitcom and drama finales he had admired over the years. He talked about how once upon a time, he was convinced that the show would end with the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the park Leslie built on Lot 48. He talked, as he so often does, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Comedy Central is taking multiplatform incubation quite seriously.
The cable channel’s in-house Cc:Studios has renewed two returning series and greenlit five new ones in development, the company said on Thursday.
Additionally, the online division released “Roustabout” on Wednesday, a comedic travelogue that follows Kurt Braunohler as he jet skis from Chicago to New Orleans to raise money for charity.
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The renewed series are “Six Guys One Car” (pictured above), from YouTube stars Dormtainment, and “New Timers,” following two low-key friends that remain unchanged and unphased by a post-apocalyptic Brooklyn. »
- Tony Maglio
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
David Fincher's latest dark 'n' twisty drama stars Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck as a pair of beautiful people who do terrible things to each other. This adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel is worth it just for the scene in which Tyler Perry, as a high-powered lawyer who specializes in cases where men are accused of murdering their wives, throws gummy bears at Affleck's head.
This German film is for those with particularly strong stomachs, but if you're up for it, this is a wild ride. »
- Jenni Miller
Fox has renewed “Bob’s Burgers” for Season 6. The animated comedy will have a full 22 episodes.
“We can’t help but love the Belcher family,” said Fox Television Group Chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “This gem of a series is a rare feel-good blend of sharp wit and genuine heart that fans and critics alike have continued to love throughout its five seasons on Fox,” said Walden and Newman. “We are proud of Loren and Jim and the extremely talented voice cast who bring these unique characters to life with both humor and charm each week. We »
- Tony Maglio
17 items from 2015
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