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Watch stars Zooey Deschanel and Max Greenfield tease the New Girl TV show's sixth season, premiering on Fox, Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 8:30pm Et/Pt. Deschanel is directing the season opener and jokes that she can't wait to manipulate her cast mates.Greenfield talks about Schmidt and Cece (Hannah Simone), who married at the end of season five. Watch for yourself, to see who pops up on their honeymoon. Jake Johnson and Lamorne Morris also star.Read More… »
Zooey Deschanel and her New Girl costar Hannah Simone were spotted wearing shirts emblazoned with the word “vote” while filming scenes for the sitcom in Los Angeles Wednesday. Zooey Deschanel & Hannah Simone Deschanel and Simone were dressed to match on the New Girl set this week. The two TV stars wore skinny jeans and […]
- Chelsea Regan
For over six decades, Disney has been igniting in little girls the dream of being a princess. Then, in 2001, with the help of Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway, the House of Mouse showed us that wearing the tiara is not all it’s cracked up to be. The Princess Diaries opened in theaters 15 years ago today. Hathaway’s Mia Thermopiles learns just what kind of pressure and responsibility is involved with being princess when she learns she’s the heir to the crown of Genovia. “I don’t want to run my own country. I just want to pass 10th grade,” she moans. It was the film debut of Anne Hathaway, who has since become Hollywood royalty herself, earning an Oscar for Les Misérables and nabbing coveted roles like Catwoman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. The Princess Diaries gave us Anne Hathaway, and it also gave us »
- Emily Rome
Lister-Jones also stars alongside Adam Pally and Fred Armisen in the story of a couple who, in the wake of a miscarriage, can’t stop fighting, so decide to turn all their fights into songs and form a rock band to save their marriage.
Lister-Jones hired an all female production crew led by Producer Natalia Anderson, Cinematographer Hillary Spera, Production Designer Hillary Gurtler, Editor Libby Cuenin and Line Producer Kristen Murtha.
With lyrics for the original songs written by Lister-Jones and composed by Kyle Forester, she, Pally, and Armisen recorded the music live during production, with Pally on guitar and Armisen on drums. »
- Justin Kroll
When a show has a name like “Odd Squad,” viewers might expect to see unusual creatures and gadgets that bend the laws of science – all part of a live-action program that follows a team of kids who solve problems related to math and geometry while battling strange menaces. In a few days, fans of the series will see something even more off kilter.
The series’ two main cast members, hard-bitten Agent Olive and fun-loving Agent Otto, will not check in for duty when the PBS Kids program returns for a second season June 20. It’s an eyebrow-raising technique to put in play on a network whose crop of stars changes very little from year to year. In the world of kids’ TV, where animation is a favored format, “Odd Squad” producers feel the series shake-up will keep things interesting for viewers and writers alike.
“It’s a new way to breathe life and get the writers excited,” said Tim McKeon, who co-created the show with Adam Peltzman. The duo face an unusual challenge: Unlike PBS Kids regulars like Curious George and Arthur, their cast can quickly age out of their roles. “These kids are going to grow up, and we want ‘Odd Squad’ to be a kid-run organization, not a teenage-run organization,” McKeon added.
The farewell to Agents Otto and Olive – played by Filip Geljo and Dalila Bela – probably won’t be as seismic as when Steve Burns parted ways with Nick Jr.’s “Blue’s Clues” in 2002, but it adds new twists to a program already filled with them. “Odd Squad” isn’t your typical kids’ series. Each episode is graced with little touches that reflect the likes of a generation accustomed to “snacking” its way through YouTube shows and Vine videos. In one first-season episode, Olive and Otto are turned into puppets. In another, innocent townspeople are suddenly decked in plaid or stripes. A third episode boasts a hard-to-forget ditty about an agent who loves potatoes.
“Every new agent is another entry point, and kind of dovetails with a feeling about the show we’ve always tried to get across, which is a wish-fulfillment piece,” said Peltzman. “Any kid can potentially be an Odd Squad agent.”
That element is key to the series’ rise at PBS Kids, said Lesli Rotenberg, senior vice president and general manger of children’s media and education at PBS. “It’s really gaining a lot of traction,” she said, and its live-action format and diverse cast allows kids to see themselves in the cases the agents solve, whereas an animated series might not always ring so true. “It doesn’t have one star. It’s about collaborating, and we know humor is evergreen,” she said in an interview. “It’s really in step with kids today.” PBS said the show has reached 10 million kids in the past year and was streamed more than 600 million times on digital platforms.
Viewers will get a chance to meet more new recruits. Oscar, the bespectacled gadget-maker (if Otto and Olive are James Bonds, then Oscar is Q) is set to leave the series after a few new episodes. In his place: Oona, a female expert on the tools of the trade. Two new agents, Olympia and Otis,played, respectively, by Anna Cathcart and Isaac Kragten,will join the team. Ms. O, the temperamental spy chief played by Millie Davis (pictured, above), will remain on the show. Coincidentally, she was the youngest of the series’ original four principals.
The series’ ability to adapt to the entrance of new agents puts it in interesting company. “Doctor Who” continues to attract legions of fans even though its central character, an alien time-traveler known as The Doctor, has changed its form multiple times over the years. The story device allows the show to use new actors every few years, keeping audiences chatting. If PBS Kids wants more live-action series, the idea may be one to keep in mind: The network typically makes a heavy first season order –“Odd Squad’s” first production cycle contained 40 episodes – then spends up to two years releasing the episodes before approving a shorter second-season run. By the time a new season comes around, child actors may look significantly older than their last appearance in a role.
Fans should not despair. New favorites and old will meet on August 1st in “Odd Squad: The Movie,” which will show Olive and Otto teaming up with Olympia and Otis to tackle a new threat known as the Weird Team. Jack McBrayer, known for “30 Rock,” and Hannah Simone of “New Girl” will appear in the project.
The series’ penchant for the bizarre masks one of its primary backers. “Odd Squad” is produced by the Fred Rogers Company, the organization responsible for “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” one of the most calm and least frenzied programs in the history of television. Underneath all the weird antics, said Paul Siefken, the company’s vice president of broadcast and digital media, are educational exercises that reflect new ways kids are learning math. “Here are cases that need to be solved, and you use your partner’s’ help as well as other kids in the agency to get to the solution,” he said.
Just as the cast is set to evolve, so too could the “Odd Squad” format. If the co-creators had their way, they would love to open new “Odd Squads” to tackle other educational challenges, like animals or science. “We look at shows like ‘Law & Order’ and all the ‘CSI’s’ and “NCIS’s’ and all of the spin-offs,” said McKeon. “We would totally go for that.” If you think that sounds odd, you haven’t been watching the show
- Brian Steinberg
[caption id="attachment_48819" align="aligncenter" width="531"] New Girl TV show on Fox. Max Greenfield, Hannah Simone, and Zooey Deschanel in the season five finale "Landing Gear." ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Adam Taylor/Fox.[/caption]
Spoilers for New Girl's fifth season finale, "Landing Gear." The episode just aired on Fox last night. Creator and showrunner Liz Meriwether spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the future direction of the series and the eventual New Girl TV series finale.
Last night's "Landing Gear" features Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Cece's (Hannah Simone) wedding. While Jess (Zooey Deschanel) has been feeling those old feelings for Nick (Jake Johnson), he gets together with Reagan (Megan Fox).
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Like any good sitcom, New Girl's season five finale had a beautiful wedding that was only able to take place after about a billion obstacles got in the way of the bride and groom. But don't worry, Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Cece (Hannah Simone) actually tied the knot! We'll get into that in a minute, because first we need to talk about what happened with our other favorite New Girl couple, Nick and Jess (sorry, Winston and his prank wife), seemingly made some strides in their relationship. But did they really? Jess (Zooey Deschanel) and Sam (David Walton) realized they weren't meant to be, and decided to part ways. That opened the door for Jess to realize her true feelings for »
New Girl's Hannah Simone has been tapped to host the new Kicking & Screaming TV show on Fox. A competitive survival series, Kicking & Screaming teams 10 expert survivalists with -- let's say indoorsy types -- for what Fox calls, "the race of their lives." Per the network, Kicking & Screaming will drop these unlikely partners into a tropical jungle in Fiji, where they will face dangerous animals, raging rivers, hunger and extreme weather.
Produced by Pulse Creative’s Matt Kunitz, in association with Lionsgate Television, Kicking & Screaming is created by Matt Kunitz, David Shumsky, and Mark Harris. Kunitz and Anthony Dominici executive produce. Rebecca Shumsky Quinn developed the project and is a co-executive producer, along with Shumsky and Harris. The series is now in production, in Fiji.
She's baaack! Megan Fox returns as the loft's fifth roommate, Reagan, in tonight's season five finale of New Girl. The two-part episode, which airs at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Fox, will see Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Cece (Hannah Simone) Finally tie the knot. Like, for real! They're definitely gonna get married. That doesn't mean things won't go incredibly wrong before they do get hitched, but it's totally happening. And there's more than one love connection in the air—after Nick (Jake Johnson) invites Reagan to be his date to the wedding, she actually follows through. Naturally, the less-than-suave Nick has a little trouble playing it cool when she shows up for »
It's a wedding at least one New Girl fan never would have predicted. "When I got the first script where Cece and Schmidt hooked up, my jaw hit the floor," actress Hannah Simone tells People of her character getting romantically involved with Max Greenfield's on their Fox comedy during the show's first season, which debuted in 2011. But now, during the two-part season 5 finale, Cece and Schmidt are getting married - and People has some exclusive shots from the big event."Schmidt was this big player, but when the audience saw how much he loved Cece, they immediately started rooting for them as a couple, »
- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA
In today’s TV news roundup, “New Girl” actress Hannah Simone will host a new survival competition series on Fox. Plus, the Wnba is launching a new subscription package to commemorate the league’s 20th season.
The show pairs 10 survivalists with 10 nature novices, and each unlikely duo will be placed in a tropical jungle in Fiji where they’ll face the dangers of wildlife, extreme weather and hunger. “Fear Factor” alum Matt Kunitz will exec produce.
To celebrate the Wnba’s 20th season, the league announced on Monday that it will launch Wnba League Pass, a new full-season live subscription package to out-of-market games that will include an option for single-game and team-pass options. A similar package began last year by the NBA, establishing all-time records for game views, minutes viewed and digital subscriptions. »
- Alyssa Sage and Rick Kissell
“New Girl” star Hannah Simone has been chosen to host Fox’s new competition series “Kicking and Screaming,” the network announced on Monday. The eight-episode series teams 10 expert survivalists with pampered partners to face challenges in wild environments all over the world, where they must overcome dangerous animals, raging rivers, hunger and extreme weather. While these no-nonsense survivalists are accustomed to fending for themselves, there’s one thing for which none of their previous expeditions have prepared them: their nature-phobic partners, who think “glamping” is roughing it. See video: 'New Girl' Cast Gets Pranked by 'Walking Dead »
- Joe Otterson
New Girl‘s Hannah Simone has been tapped to host Kicking & Screaming, Fox’s new eight-episode competition series that teams 10 expert survivalists with pampered partners. From executive producer Matt Kunitz (Wipeout, Fear Factor) and Lionsgate Television, the series drops the unlikely pairs into a tropical jungle in Fiji, where they must overcome dangerous animals, raging rivers, hunger and extreme weather. To win the competition, and a cash prize of $500,000, the experts… »
We swear we’re not tearing up while looking at these exclusive photos of Cece and Schmidt’s New Girl nuptials. We just have some dust in our eyes, Ok?
But you couldn’t blame us for getting a little sentimental at the below pics from the Fox comedy’s May 10 season finale, aka Cece and Schmidt’s big day.
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The Performer | Leah Pipes
The Show | The Originals
The Episode | “No More Heartbreaks” (April 29, 2016)
The Performance | From the moment Camille O’Connell first appeared in Season 4 of The Vampire Diaries to the moment she bid farewell on Friday’s The Originals, she never stopped looking for her purpose — and, ideally, herself in the process. In fact, during her three-season transformation from bartender to psychologist to vampire, the only constant was Pipes’ commitment to the under-appreciated role.
But she never played into her character’s insecurities. In spite of her dark surroundings, Pipes always infused Cami with a sense of optimism »
Starz Digital has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to the star-studden comedy “Flock of Dudes,” which marks the directorial debut of Bob Castrone. Starz plans to release the film in select theaters and on VOD this fall, the company announced Wednesday. Chris D’Elia (“Undateable”) stars alongside Hannah Simone (“New Girl”), Skylar Astin (“Pitch Perfect”), Bryan Greenberg (“Friends with Benefits”), Brett Gelman (“Joshy”), Eric Andre (“Man Seeking Woman”), Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley”), Hannibal Buress (“Broad City”), Melissa Rauch (“The Big Bang Theory”), Jamie Chung (“The Hangover” sequels), Timothy Simons (“Veep”) Hilary Duff (“Cheaper by the Dozen”), Ray Liotta (“Goodfellas”) and comedians. »
- Jeff Sneider
The bond of male friendship is examined – and tested – in Folk Hero & Funny Guy, a short and sweet dramedy from multi-hyphenate Jeff Grace, who writes and directs.
We meet comedian Paul (Alex Karpovsky) at the end of a tired stand-up routine in a beer-stained comedy club. Meanwhile, Paul’s childhood friend Jason (Wyatt Russell) has built a successful career for himself as a folk music star. Inspired over the course of a drunken reunion, Jason gets the idea to take Paul on tour with him.
And so ignites a leisurely paced, but entertaining road trip movie, largely shouldered by two reliable lead performances. Soon enough, the duo becomes a trio, with the addition of aspiring musician Bryn, played by the immensely likable Meredith Hagner. There’s a hint of a love triangle, before we’re made aware of the hidden complexities within Jason’s “rock star” life.
Confident in its »
- Dan Mecca
A few thoughts on tonight's New Girl double feature coming up just as soon as I tell Alfonso Cuaron he's lost his lead otter... Knowing that both episodes would air on the same night, the show played with its format in interesting ways with this bachelor/bachelorette party idea, not only splitting the cast by gender, but devoting one episode to each party, so that Jess and Cece barely appear in "Road Trip," while the guys are only slightly more prominent in "A Chill Day In." It basically functioned as a small-scale version of the Arrested Development Netflix season, down to having Jess's texts to Winston in the first episode make much more sense after getting her side of the story in the second. Given that Jess/Cece has never been one of the show's best comic pairings (both of them are usually much funnier interacting with the guys), I »
- Alan Sepinwall
New Girl no longer: Fox announced today that its sitcom about the world's most dysfunctional roommates has been renewed for a sixth season. That means Jess (Zooey Deschanel), Nick (Jake Johnson), Winston (Lamorne Morris) and the about-to-be-married Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Cece (Hannah Simone) are returning for another year of cohabitating. "Every network comedy should aspire to what [creator] Liz Meriwether is achieving in New Girl, with its bravura dialogue, inventive and witty performances by the talented cast and emotionally engaging storytelling," said Fox Broadcasting Company Entertainment President David Madden in a statement. "The series is as creatively strong today as it ever was, we »
While diversity has become the mantra for the Hollywood majors, a couple of new releases offer a reminder that the indies are already ahead of the game.
Kapoor said many distributors passed on his film because of the “all-brown cast. That was a non-starter; they said it had a limited audience. But MarVista recognized it plays to a wider, younger audience, as well as women and South Asians.” The distributor also realized, as many others in the industry are discovering, that there is a huge audience of Indian people in the U.S. who are hungry for films. MarVista, which is generally known more for its genre releases like horror and action, plans a roll-out for its film after premiering it last week in Santa Monica. »
- Shalini Dore
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