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TBS’ motto is “very funny,” but they have yet to prove that they are (until Cougar Town premieres on this station). Their latest attempt at humor comes in the form of Wedding Band, an hour-long dramedy about developmentally arrested men who perform in a band—for weddings, yes, but also for bachelor parties, bar-mitzvahs, and funerals.
Tommy (Brian Austin Green) is a playboy bachelor and lead singer of the band Mother of the Bride. On lead guitar is Eddie (Pete Cambor) a married man who somehow finds time to play gigs while being a stay-at-home dad. His brother Barry (Derek Miller, doing his best Jack Black impersonation) plays the drums yet aspires to do vocals as well. Newbie African-Canadian Stevie (Harold Perrineau, playing the opposite of his Lost character Michael) rounds out the band and acts as the supplemental sidekick when necessary.
- John Keith
Maybe you don't think of them while you're out there boogeying to "I Will Survive" or doing the chicken dance, but those guys in the wedding band are people, too.
Sometimes they're very funny people, in fact, with entertaining lives, as is the case with the new TBS comedy "Wedding Band," premiering Saturday, Nov. 10. It's about four friends who spend their weekends as wannabe rock gods in their cleverly named group, Mother of the Bride. Brian Austin Green ("Beverly Hills, 90210") plays Tommy, the hunky lead singer who still lives for good times and pretty girls. Then there are Eddie (Peter Cambor), the sometimes responsible husband, father and businessman; Stevie (Harold Perrineau), the studio musician looking for something different; and Barry (Derek Miller), the loose cannon drummer whose energy level puts Jack Black to shame.
Green, who recently welcomed a baby boy with wife Megan Fox, says part of the joy »
This is not a good sign. TBS this morning announced the long-delayed premiere of Wedding Band, giving the hourlong comedy a burnoff Saturday night slot. Wedding Band, from FremantleMedia and Mike Tollin Prods., will launch on Saturday, Nov. 10, eighteen months after it was picked up to series, at 10 Pm. Wedding Band was developed as part of TBS’ 2010 shift from half-hour to hourlong comedies, which produced two series, Franklin & Bash, which migrated to sibling TNT, and Wedding Band. Wedding Band was ordered to series in May 2011. Shortly thereafter, TBS abandoned the hourlong comedy strategy, returning to half-hour sitcoms with Men At Work and Sullivan & Son. Now, with off-network half-hour sitcom The Big Bang Theory firing on all cylinders, TBS’ development and programming is focused entirely on half-hour comedies, making Wedding Band the odd man out. Thus the Saturday time slot in mid-November when many series start to wrap their originals heading »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Brooklyn natives Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss of the popular indie rock outfit Sleigh Bells are big Beyonce fans. So are we, so we totally get it. They even had the chance to collaborate (kind of) with the superstar diva last year, and though the fruits of their labor never saw the light of day, the pair not only voiced their desire to work with her again to NME but also recorded a stripped down cover of her smash hit "Irreplaceable" to show how much they adore her.
"Obviously we're massive fans of her and she's a living legend. I'd love to actually work with her someday when I actually get some creative input," Miller, who mans the guitars for Bells, told NME. "I wouldn't say that it [the project] failed, it just feels like it never really happened."
Here in the MTV Newsroom, we're loving Sleigh Bells' "Irreplaceable" cover. Their »
- John Mitchell
Even if you only know of Sleigh Bells in passing, you probably know that the band's signature sound involves a lot of loud, some might say painful, guitar riffs. (I would say painfully awesome. But it's definitely not the kind of thing that's universally beloved.) But every now and then singer Alexis Krauss and guitarist Derek Miller tone it down a bit, like on "Rill Rill," one of the most popular tracks from their debut album, Treats, if my unscientific polling of friends is any indication. So it's clear the band can do scaled-down quite well. But: how would they do with a cover of Beyonce's "hear me roar" ballad "Irreplaceable"? (You know it: "To the left, to the..." I'll let you mumble the rest quietly to yourself now.) To be honest, that song just [...] »
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Sleigh Bells are a Brooklyn duo consisting of guitarist Derek Miller and lead singer Alexis Krauss. Their differing musical background explains the contrasting sound of their sophomore effort, Reign Of Terror, with Miller being the ex-guitarist of hardcore band Poison The Well and Krauss having her basis solely in pop music. This unusual combination created an interesting atmosphere on their first album which came somewhat out of left-field, but fans now know what to expect from Sleigh Bells, meaning they had to pull something special out of the bag to live up to the hype on the second album. Unfortunately, they’ve definitely fallen short of the mark.
Before I start criticising the album, there are some strong points to it. Firstly, it sounds huge. The production quality is top notch, and the influence of 80s arena rock bands like Def Leppard are obvious due to »
- Dan Donnelly
TBS has given the greenlight to the new comedy series Sullivan and Son, starring popular comedian Steve Byrne and executive-produced by Vince Vaughn (The Break-Up), Peter Billingsley (Iron Man) and showrunner Rob Long (Cheers). Byrne also serves as producer on the series, which comes to TBS from Vaughn's Wild West Picture Show Productions, in association with Warner Horizon Television. The pilot was co-written by Byrne and Long, with Ted Wass (Rules of Engagement) directing. TBS has ordered 10 episodes of the series, which is slated to premiere this summer.
"Sullivan and Son is a smart, funny, workplace comedy from the distinct comedy voices of Steve Byrne and Rob Long," said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies. "The barstools at Sullivan's bar are filled with outrageous, unique characters, and Steve and Rob have created an outstanding in which they can shine. We are »
Sleigh Bells have released the music video for their new single 'Comeback Kid'. In the video, vocalist Alexis Krauss is seen holding a gun while happily jumping on a bed. Krauss also goes from black hair to blonde during close-up frames. Sleigh Bells is a New York duo based in Brooklyn composed of Krauss and guitarist Derek Miller. The duo (more) »
- By Kristina Bustos
Brooklyn-based noise pop duo Sleigh Bells have been hard at work on their second album, Reign of Terror, for the past year or so, and with it's release date rapidly approaching — you can get your hands on it February 21 — we're starting to get an aural peek at what's coming. They released the first single, "Born To Lose," last month, and today we have a video for the next, "Comeback Kid." It is very Sleigh Bells, so if you don't like loud guitars paired with lilting female vocals, then it is not for you. It is also very Sleigh Bells in that it continues their music-video tradition of mostly just walking around being cool and shit. In this case, singer Alexis Krauss does a whole bunch of air boxing, bed jumping, and shotgun wielding, while guitarist Derek Miller handles the sitting and [...] »
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