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18 items from 2016


Life in Pieces: Creator Signs New Deal to Stay with CBS Sitcom

21 June 2016 8:52 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Life in Pieces may be around a little longer. Deadline reports the CBS show's creator Justin Adler has just signed a two-year deal with 20th Century Fox Television, the series' producing studio.

The ensemble comedy stars James Brolin, Dianne Wiest, Thomas Sadoski, Betsy Brandt, Colin Hanks, and Zoe Lister-Jones. CBS renewed the series for a second season back in May.

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- TVSeriesFinale.com

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20th Century Fox TV Inks Overall Deal with ‘Life in Pieces’ Creator

21 June 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

20th Century Fox Television has inked an overall deal with “Life in Pieces” creator Justin Adler, Variety has learned.

The pact secures Adler’s exec producing and writing responsibilities on “Life in Pieces” for two years, plus allows him to bring development projects into the studio.

“‘Life in Pieces’ is as unique and groundbreaking in its format as it is heartwarming and funny — it’s no wonder it became the highest rated new comedy of last season. Full credit goes entirely to its creator Justin Adler, who wrote the pilot on spec and delivered an inspired take on the family sitcom based on experiences and relationships from his own life. This deal keeps this gifted, inventive writer we love running the show, and allows us to develop other projects with him going forward,” said Jonnie Davis, 20th Century Fox Television president of creative affairs.

In its first season, “Life in Pieces” ranked as the 2015-16 season’s »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Emmy Quickie: Zoe Lister-Jones Danced Between Takes of ‘Confirmation’ (Exclusive Video)

14 June 2016 4:54 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Although HBO’s movie “Confirmation” tells a story set in the recent past, it’s filled with issues that are still significant today, star Zoe Lister-Jones told The Wrap. The acclaimed film presents “a learning lesson” that informs the present conversation about “race politics and gender politics and even the Supreme Justice nomination,” she said. “Confirmation” follows the controversial 1991 Supreme Court nomination hearings of Clarence Thomas (Wendell Pierce) after Anita Hill (Kerry Washington) alleged that he had sexually harassed her. Also Read: 'Confirmation' Review: Kerry Washington Performance Makes the Ordinary Powerful Lister-Jones, who plays a fictional assistant to then-Sen. Joe Biden, »

- J. Clara Chan

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Emmy Quickie: ‘Confirmation’ Star Zoe Lister-Jones Exclusive StudioWrap Portraits (Photos)

14 June 2016 3:46 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Although HBO’s “Confirmation” follows a story of the past, Zoe Lister-Jones sees parallels with issues that are still significant today. The film follows the controversial nomination hearings of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas (Wendell Pierce) after Anita Hill (Kerry Washington) alleged he had sexually harassed her. Lister-Jones — who plays Carolyn Hart in the film — said the most notable impact “Confirmation” has had is its contribution to current political conversations. “Not only is it important in terms of a learning lesson in the past but kind of what it brings to our present scenario in terms of race politics and. »

- Photographed by William Callan for TheWrap

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CBS Renews ‘Life in Pieces’ for Season 2

11 May 2016 12:45 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

CBS has renewed “Life in Pieces” for Season 2, Variety has learned.

The family sitcom ranked as this season’s top new comedy across the broadcast networks, averaging 10.53 million viewers in total.

Life in Pieces” packs an impressive ensemble, starring Dianne Wiest, James Brolin, Zoe Lister-Jones, Colin Hanks, Angelique Cabral, Thomas Sadoski, Betsy Brandt, Dan Bakkedahl, Niall Cunningham, Holly J. Barrett and Giselle Eisenberg. 20th Century Fox TV and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment are behind the comedy with Kaplan exec producing with Justin Adler, Jason Winer, Jeff Morton and Brad Copeland.

Last pilot season, “Life in Pieces” — a favorite of the network and the studio — was put on the fast track to be greenlit for the 2015-16 season.

The renewal comes as the networks are tasked with the decision of what to save and what to ax this week, ahead of next week’s Upfronts when the 2016-17 broadcast slates will be unveiled. »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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‘Life in Pieces’ Laughs Its Way to Season 2 Renewal at CBS

11 May 2016 12:45 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Life in Pieces” has been renewed for a second season at CBS, the network announced Wednesday. The freshman single-camera comedy series is this season’s No. 1 new comedy both in viewers, with an average of 10.5 million on Thursday nights, and in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic, with a 2.7 rating. The series stars Dianne Wiest, James Brolin, Zoe Lister-Jones, Colin Hanks, Angelique Cabral, Thomas Sadoski, Betsy Brandt, Dan Bakkedahl, Niall Cunningham, Holly J. Barrett and Giselle Eisenberg. Also Read: 'Good Wife' Fans in Meltdown Over Slap-Happy Series Finale: 'Wtf?' The executive producers are Justin Adler, Aaron Kaplan, Jason Winer, Jeff Morton and Brad Copeland. »

- Joe Otterson

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Confirmation Review

16 April 2016 2:20 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

HBO’s Confirmation will inevitably receive comparisons to FX’s absorbingly addictive The People V Oj Simpson.

Both the mini-series and the latest film from director Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) tackle hard-hitting racial tensions, the ever-watching media eye and behind-the-scenes public figure intimacy to paint an encompassing, vivid portrait on public perception vs. factual evidence. Where the former, of course, focused on the long-winded, heavily-sensationalized legal dispute of the former football player-turned-potential wife murder Oj Simpson, played by Cuba Gooding Jr, Confirmation looks at the uphill struggle endeared by University of Oklahoma professor Anita Hill (Kerry Washington), as she bravely testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee against sexual harassment claims towards her former boss, Judge Clarence Thomas (Wendell Pierce), on the eve of his Supreme Court chair ruling.

And though both take place in 1994-1995 and 1991, respectively, there’s intentionally a relevance and a timeliness to each that makes their stories as poignant, »

- Will Ashton

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‘Confirmation’s’ Zoe Lister-Jones Says Women Are Sexually Harassed ‘Regularly’

15 April 2016 12:35 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Confirmation” star Zoe Lister-Jones believes that women in our society deal with sexual harrassment on a shockingly regular basis. “I think every woman deals with sexual harassment blatantly pretty regularly,” Lister-Jones told TheWrap. “We’ve all been pretty conditioned to accept a certain amount of objectification. It just comes with the territory.” “Confirmation” stars Kerry Washington as Anita Hill, the woman who accused then Supreme Court-nominee Clarence Thomas of sexually harassing her in the workplace years earlier. Lister-Jones, who plays Congressional aide Carolyn Hart, said she has dealt with explicit harassment in her own life. Also Read: 'Confirmation' »

- Joe Otterson

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Confirmation Review: Kerry Washington Movie Captures the Anita Hill Hearing, But Without Much Feeling

14 April 2016 1:10 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

There’s a 16-minute stretch of Confirmation — premiering Saturday at 8/7c on HBO — that’s absolutely riveting: Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill sits before the Senate Judiciary Committee and slowly, painstakingly testifies about the sexual harassment she endured while working for Clarence Thomas, whose nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court is under their review.

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Scandal‘s Kerry Washington plays Hill with quiet resolve. She’s a reluctant witness, we’ve been reminded over and over again, but despite the slightest tremble in her voice, she maintains a deliberate, »

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TV Review: ‘Confirmation’

11 April 2016 7:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Toxic partisan rancor over the Supreme Court – and Republicans’ current refusal to even consider a nominee – provides a beyond-timely backdrop to “Confirmation,” HBO’s sober, dutiful account of Justice Clarence Thomas’ extraordinary hearings amid allegations of sexual harassment. And while the focus will inevitably be on Anita Hill and Thomas, the central players in that drama, this spare retelling offers greater insight into the cluelessness of the white male senators determining his professional fate than of the “He said, she said” divide.

Meticulously produced, cast to the hilt and boasting powerful performances by Kerry Washington and Wendell Pierce in the lead roles, “Confirmation” portrays Hill as a woman dragged reluctantly into the spotlight, only to be subjected to character assassination and second-guessing as Thomas’ Republican supporters seek to salvage his nomination. At the same time, Pierce projects a sense of hurt and betrayal as Thomas – a black conservative put through »

- Brian Lowry

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Life in Pieces: Cancel or Renew for Season Two?

31 March 2016 11:27 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

CBS has had great success in the ratings with several of their sitcoms. The Big Bang Theory continues to be one of the highest-rated shows on television. However, the network doesn't seem to have much sympathy for comedies that can't pull their weight. How is Life in Pieces performing? Will it be cancelled or renewed for a second season?

Life in Pieces revolves around four branches of the Short family tree and their sometimes awkward, funny, and touching milestones. The cast includes James Brolin, Dianne Wiest, Thomas Sadoski, Angelique Cabral, Colin Hanks, Zoe Lister-Jones, Niall Cunningham, Betsy Brandt, and Dan Bakkedahl.

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Thomas Sadoski Preps for Terrible Blind Date in New ‘Life in Pieces’ Clip (Exclusive Video)

29 March 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Life in Pieces” teaches viewers a very important lesson in blind dates in the season finale. In an exclusive clip of the finale obtained by TheWrap, Jen (Zoe Lister-Jones) and Joan (Dianne Wiest) talk to Matt (Thomas Sadoski) about Jen’s coworker, Dougie (guest-star Fortune Feimster), whom she has set up on a blind date with Matt. Later in the first season finale, Tim (Dan Bakkedahl) thinks that wearing a Cinderella dress during March Madness is good luck, so he refuses to take it off in hopes his alma mater will win. See video: 'Life in Pieces' Star »

- Joe Otterson

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5 Things To Know About Consumed's Zoe Lister-Jones

21 March 2016 5:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Fans may know Zoe Lister-Jones as Life in Pieces' Jen Short or Schmidt's former love interest on New Girl. Now, the actress-writer-producer is starring in the upcoming dramatic thriller Consumed which takes place in the world of genetically modified organisms and follows a single mom's (Lister-Jones) journey to uncover the cause of her son's illness. Here are five things to know about Lister-Jones: 1. She started acting as a child."I was a really shy kid, but my mom, I think to help combat my shyness, put me in an acting class in New York when I was probably 10," Lister-Jones, »

- Mariah Haas

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5 Things To Know About Consumed's Zoe Lister-Jones

21 March 2016 5:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Fans may know Zoe Lister-Jones as Life in Pieces' Jen Short or Schmidt's former love interest on New Girl. Now, the actress-writer-producer is starring in the upcoming dramatic thriller Consumed which takes place in the world of genetically modified organisms and follows a single mom's (Lister-Jones) journey to uncover the cause of her son's illness. Here are five things to know about Lister-Jones: 1. She started acting as a child."I was a really shy kid, but my mom, I think to help combat my shyness, put me in an acting class in New York when I was probably 10," Lister-Jones, »

- Mariah Haas

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TV News Roundup: John Lithgow and Sherri Shepherd Join CBS Comedy, ‘Van Helsing’ Casts Lead

17 February 2016 5:31 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

John Lithgow and Sherri Shepherd are joining NBC’s legal comedy pilot “The Trail,” Syfy has cast Kelly Overton as its titular “Van Helsing” and more in today’s news roundup…

Casting

Fortune Feimster and actor Jerry Lambert have been cast as guest stars in an upcoming episode of CBS comedy “Life in Pieces,” Variety has learned.

Feimster plays Dougie, a bossy, blunt, crass and sassy co-worker at the law firm where Jen (Zoe Lister-Jones) works. Lambert is set to play Chase, the boss in the office fantasies of Greg (Colin Hanks), who either promotes him for writing the perfect thing in his birthday card or punishes him for writing the wrong thing.

“Empire” and “CSI: Miami’s” Adam Rodriguez will star in ABC comedy pilot “Chunk & Bean,” Variety has learned. The single-cam family comedy, from Ed Herro and Brian Donovan, centers on the unlikely friendship of two misfits, Chunk and Bean, »

- Jacob Bryant

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Gregg Sulkin Is Coming to Heat Up Life in Pieces

10 February 2016 8:00 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Attention: Life in Pieces is about to give you a reason not to continue sulking with the winter blues. Gregg Sulkin has booked a guest starring gig on the hit new CBS comedy, E! News has exclusively learned. The Faking It star will play Jake, Jen's (Zoe Lister-Jones) new assistant. The character is also described as cool, hip, funny and charming and "impossibly good looking." So you know, swoon-worthy. Jake's always on top of things and that leaves Greg (Colin Hanks), Jen's husband, feeling more than a little bit threatened. Sulkin's other TV credits include Pretty Little Liars, Melissa and Joey and Wizards of Waverly Place. Next up is the big screen horror flick Don't Hang »

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Colin Hanks Does the Running Man in New ‘Life in Pieces’ Clip (Exclusive Video)

14 January 2016 10:43 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Colin Hanks bombs at charades in a new clip from Thursday’s episode of “Life in Pieces.” In the clip Greg (Hanks) and his wife Jen (Zoe Lister-Jones) are playing a round of charades with Colleen (Angelique Cabral) and Matt (Thomas Sadoski) when he offers a miserable attempt at the Running Man. Elsewhere in the episode, which airs Thursday, Greg joins Colleen’s gym and goes overboard gearing up to work out. Also, Heather and Jen host a secret garage sale that directly competes with one Joan is having, Tyler and Samantha throw a party while Heather and Tim are away for the weekend, »

- Reid Nakamura

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A Movie Guide to Your Never-Ending Twenties

5 January 2016 11:16 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

An avid student of the depiction of youth in movies, I’ve taken to calling the twenties, as we live them nowadays, the benties, after the British word “bent,” for messed up. And, while I realize not everyone will have found this decade of late adolescence / imposed maturity as disconcerting as all that, I know for a fact that most Millennials will be hard-pressed to argue this point. It’s why we’re called the Me-Me-Me Generation after all: for us, the top-down pressure to grow up, move out and settle down rarely takes before the big 3-0 starts looming large. Perhaps, with a little less “luck” on our side, we too might look to the extraordinary lives of, say, Kelly Reichardt’s young female characters, and strive to fight adversity to heroic results. But, for the purposes of this list, we’ll concern ourselves with the simpler, not necessarily brighter, »

- Ioanina

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