9 items from 2015
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. »
9 items from 2015
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