20 items from 2015
If TV Land is experiencing the network version of a midlife crisis, “Younger” marks a promising and more ambitious new direction. Created by Darren Star, the series zeroes in on a generational divide in a broadly comic manner that becomes more interesting and thoughtful as the show progresses, exposing the mistakes people make in their 20s, and the concerns they have about encroaching middle age in their 40s. Not perfect but highly watchable, it’s the kind of signature program that should appeal to its target audience, and perhaps even help chart the Viacom-owned network’s course from “Hot in Cleveland” to whatever comes next.
At the show’s core is a classic romantic comedy setup, which Star (who wrote and directed the back-to-back episodes of the premiere) proceeds to mine and expand upon over the serialized season: Sutton Foster plays Liza, a 40-year-old divorced mom whose 18-year-old daughter is studying abroad. »
- Brian Lowry
I didn’t stick with "Bunheads" -- credit my inability to accept moving on from the loss of "Gilmore Girls" -- but man, is that Sutton Foster likable. So is her new TV Land show "Younger" worthy of her? Yes and no. I like the basic existence of a show whose premise is, "How is it that the older and more experienced you are, the less desirable you become?" This is the lament of Foster's 40-year-old character, Liza, back in the workforce after taking more than a decade off to raise her daughter. A newly single empty-nester, she passes herself off as 26 to re-start a career in publishing -- as assistant to a Miranda Priestly-ish boss, Diana Trout (Miriam Shor, of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch!"). As Foster put it in a recent interview, "It's like 'Tootsie,' but with age." Adding to the credentials of "Younger" -- based on »
- Sara Stewart
TV Picks: TV Land’s “Younger” Debuts Hilary Duff’s New Song “Sparks” Video The series premieres on March 31st at 10Pm Et/Pt on TV Land!“Sparks” debuts on April 7th! Check out this trailer for TV Land’s series “Younger” set to Hilary Duff’s new song “Sparks” – a world premiere!“Younger,” from “Sex and the City” creator Darren Star, follows Liza (Sutton Foster), a 40-year old woman who pretends to be 26 in order to get a job in the highly competitive world of publishing – and succeeds.Now working under the prickly Diana (Miriam Shor), Liza has to figure out how to balance […] »
- April Neale
Not necessarily Younger, but considerably wiser! Back when she was an underage Disney star, Hilary Duff would get into clubs with the help of her big sister Haylie Duff, plus a few other fibs here and there. In TV Land's new show Younger, Duff plays Kelsey Peters, whose colleague Liza Miller (Sutton Foster) lies about her age to land an editorial gig, noted to Time that she's done it herself. "Of course! All the time," Duff, now 27, noted. "I used to lie about my age to [...] »
Doing everything right in one generation just makes you old-fashioned, even obsolete, in the next. That’s the harsh reality that confronts 40-year-old Liza — played with spirited, sarcastic élan by Tony-winning actress Sutton Foster — when she attempts to re-enter the workforce after a decade and a half of stay-at-home motherhood. Finding herself shut out of the industry where she’d once been hailed as a wunderkind, Liza passes herself off as a 26-year-old to start again at the bottom of the publishing ladder in the peppy and observant Younger, the new sitcom from Sex and the City creator Darren Star.
Getting to play both the middle-aged divorcée and the wide-e »
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News: Mad Men's Final Season: The Party's (Almost) Over
1. Mad Men: It's the end of an era as Mad Men wraps up its run with the final seven episodes. While many details have been kept secret, we know that someone gets fired, someone is going to fall hard for their blind date and Don Draper will continue with his womanizing ways. "This final season of Mad Men is going to be exactly like Breaking Bad, meaning you're not going to want to miss the boat," ETonline TV editor Leanne Aguilera said. Mad Men returns April 5 on AMC.
TV Land released a behind-the-scenes featurette from “Younger” featuring stars Hilary Duff and Sutton Foster on Tuesday. “Younger” follows Liza (Foster), a 40-year old woman who pretends to be 26 in order to get a job in the highly competitive world of publishing. Liza has to figure out how to balance her real life with best friend Maggie (Debi Mazar), and her “pretend” life with new friend and coworker Kelsey (Duff). In the behind-the-scenes featurette, Foster and Duff take a scene from a table read to the final product with bonus footage that offers a unique look at an upcoming episode. »
- Joe Otterson
All your favorites in one place! When Hilary Duff returns to TV on March 31 with the premiere of her new TV Land sitcom, Younger, she'll be joined by many more small-screen stars. Us Weekly can exclusively reveal that joining Duff and costar Sutton Foster on the new show, from Sex and the City creator Darren Star, are Jane Krakowski, Ana Gasteyer, and many more TV staples. Younger stars Foster as Liza, a 40-year-old woman who pretends to be 26 to get a competitive publishing job, and [...] »
Darren Star, the creator of Sex and the City, is back with a brand-new series called Younger, which debuts Tuesday, March 31, at 10 p.m. on TV Land. The new show sees Darren teaming up once again with costume designer Patricia Field. But besides Darren and Patricia, are there more similarities between the two TV series? We caught up with Patricia, as well as Younger stars Debi Mazar and Sutton Foster, to compare and contrast the two shows. »
The television world has been searching for something in whatever genre you want to place TV Land‘s Younger for at least seven years. Efforts have come and gone, with varying degrees of success, but none of them have managed to really catch hold. The demographic has had options to entertain them, but not absolutely in the genre.
Sutton Foster may be the person to change that, and this may be the gimmick that combines the necessary elements in a way that can showcase the commentary and humor, without getting bogged down in complexities.
Based on the novel of the same name by Pamela Redmond Satran, Foster plays Liza Miller, a 40-year-old recent divorcee who is having trouble getting back into the publishing business, because she sidelined her career to raise her daughter. When someone mistakes her for being in her mid-20s, she decides to reboot herself completely, and »
- Marc Eastman
Read More: Indiewire's 17 Most Anticipated New TV Shows of 2015 Created by Darren Star ("Sex and the City"), this new TV Land comedy follows 40 year old Liza (Sutton Foster), a suddenly single mother, who tries to navigate her way back into the working world. In order to land the job of her dreams, Liza tries to pass herself off as 26 with the help of her best friend Maggie (Debi Mazar). Now, she must make sure no one discovers her secret. In the pilot, Liza goes on an job interview only to find out that she's too "orange" (industry term for "old") to get hired. As she tells Maggie, "It's like I woke up one day, realized my marriage was a big lie, and I've become Ruth Van Wrinkle." Set to premiere March 31 on TV Land, "Younger" also stars Hilary Duff, Nico Tortorella and Miriam Shor. Watch the full pilot episode below: »
- Jena Keahon
TV Land is about to continue its own trend of reinventing television, but this time it isn’t with another throwback to another era’s sit-com (though those are almost all good shows as well).
No, this time, Sex and the City’s Darren Star is using the novel of the same name as a jumping off point, and putting together an impressive cast, for something a little different. If pure potential is any guide, this one should be the next big thing.
With Sutton Foster getting another shot after the somewhat premature departure of Bunheads, and Hilary Duff and Debi Mazar in key roles, Younger has just the right mix of talent for what could well be the show fans of Gilmore Girls have been waiting for.
Well, before the March 31st premiere gets too close, you might want to see what the story is about, and Audible.com has the book available… »
- Marc Eastman
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It sounds like the plot of a Broadway musical: Sutton Foster was the understudy in the La Jolla production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie” when the lead dropped out — and the producers offered her the title role, for which she would go on win the Tony Award. “I’m very grateful I got my beginnings in theater,” says Foster, who’s now starring in TV Land’s “Younger.” “I developed a strong work ethic that serves me well.”
Do you remember this review in Variety?
I don’t read reviews anymore, but I remember this one. This review helped the producers decide to bring me to Broadway. This is the one that helped them say, this is the girl we want to headline the show in New York.
How did you get cast as the understudy?
I had auditioned to play Millie, and when I didn’t get the part, I »
- Debra Birnbaum
Disney Junior’s hit animated series Sofia the First will introduce Elena of Avalor, a 16-year-old princess who hails from a kingdom inspired by diverse Latin cultures and folklore — and then will be spun off into her own series, it was announced Thursday.
“What excites us most,” Disney Junior Worldwide Evp Nancy Kanter said in a statement, “is the chance to use distinctive animation and visual design to tell wonderful stories influenced by culture and traditions that are familiar to the worldwide population »
Sneak Peek more footage from the comedy-drama TV series "Younger", created and produced by Darren Star ("Sex and the City"), starring Hilary Duff, based on the novel of the same name by author Pamela Redmond Satran:
"...'Liza' (Sutton Foster) is a 40-year-old recently divorced single mother looking to get a job, which proves difficult for a woman of her age. After a compliment from a much younger man, she decides to get a makeover, courtesy of her friend 'Maggie' (Debi Mazar), in order to look like she is in her mid-twenties.
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- Michael Stevens
The creator of seminal series like “Melrose Place” and “Sex and the City” returns in March with TV Land’s “Younger,” starring Sutton Foster as a woman pretending to be in her 20s as she returns to the workforce. On Jan. 16, he will cut the ribbon at the Darren Star Screening Room at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Star donated a monetary gift to renovate the 54-seat screening room, updating not only the equipment and technology but also renovating the seating and flooring.
How did you end up endowing a screening room at UCLA?
I’ve been on the board of UCLA Film and TV School and I went to UCLA. I realized that the same movie theater that was there when I went to school, 30 years later, is the same movie theater in the same condition. There was an opportunity to refurbish an existing room and I jumped at the opportunity. »
- Jenelle Riley
“There’ll be a big reinvention for us between now and next year’s TCA with a new slate of compelling comedies that all have a completely different feel than anything you’ve ever seen on TV Land before,” Jones said.
Jones promised that the new slate of single-camera shows will be “a little less traditional and a little more edgy.” The new fleet launches March 31 with “Younger,” starring Sutton Foster as a woman who masquerades as a twentysomething after she falls for a younger man. Duff and Debi Mazar and Miriam Shor also star in the series from “Sex and the City” and “Melrose Place” creator Darren Star. »
- Cynthia Littleton
“As a woman, what is your feeling about aging and so you worry it will affect you career,” a TV critic asked Hilary Duff this afternoon at Winter TV Press Tour 2015. Duff’s in TV Land’s new series Younger; the Darren Star-created comedy stars Sutton Foster as Liza, a 40-year-old, suddenly single mom who tries to get back into the working world but find it's nearly impossible at her age. So she gets a makeover to look 26 again — and lands a job as an assistant. Duff plays… »
- The Deadline Team
From Matthew Perry on “The Odd Couple” to Sutton Foster on “Younger,” here’s your guide to the winter premieres of new network and cable comedies and dramas. “Empire” (Fox, Jan. 7)Lee Daniels’ series about a hip-hop, er, empire, boasts a standout performance from Taraji P. Henson alongside Terrence Howard. Bonus points for being a loose adaptation of “The Lion in Winter”! “Hindsight” (VH1, Jan. 7)For all you nostalgia freaks, here’s a series about your fondest dream: Time traveling back to the ’90s. Byo flannels and Converse. “Eye Candy” (MTV, Jan. 12)Based on the R.L. Stine novel, MTV’s latest follows a woman who works with a group of hackers to uncover which one of her online boyfriends might be a serial killer in NYC. “Man Seeking Woman” (Fxx, Jan. 14)Jay Baruchel plays a sweet man who grapples with the realities of dating. Presumably he is not the serial killer in “Eye Candy. »
20 items from 2015
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