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Tina Fey and Robert Carlock have recruited a recurring player from their comedy 30 Rock for their followup NBC series, 13-episode comedy Tooken. Tituss Burgess, who played D’Fwan, the flamboyant member of Tracy Jordan’s wife’s (Sherri Shepherd) entourage on 30 Rock for two seasons, is the first actor to join star Ellie Kemper in Tooken. Written by Fey and Carlock, who serve as showrunners, Tooken centers on Kimmy (Kemper) who escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over in New York. Burgess will play a gay, larger-than-life, genuinely talented singer who has never made it to Broadway and lives hand-to-mouth, working as a robot in Times Square. His relationship with Kimmy will re-energize him. The role appears tailor made and likely written for Burgess, down to the character name. Burgess is a talented singer who has appeared in a number of Broadway productions, including Rent, The Little Mermaid and Guys and Dolls, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
"American Idol" isn't the only place Ryan Seacrest and Jennifer Lopez are working together. The two are teaming to produce a police drama for NBC, which has been given a 13-episode straight-to-series order. Lopez will also star in the show, called "Shades of Blue."
According to THR, she will play Harlee McCord, a single mother and dirty cop who is recruited by the FBI's anti-corruption task force to go undercover. She faces the moral dilemma of working against the officers in her unit, who all pitch in to help raise her daughter, and redeeming herself for past wrongs.
Production on the series is scheduled to start in 2015, with the show ready for air in the 2015-2016 season. This is NBC's fifth straight-to-series order currently in the works, after "Emerald City," "Mr. Robinson," "Working the Engels" and an untitled comedy starring Ellie Kemper from Tina Fey. »
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When Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) first got together, their romantic connection was intense – but ten years and two kids later, the flame of their love needs a spark. To kick things up a notch, they decide – why not? – to make a video of themselves trying out every position in The Joy of Sex in one marathon three-hour session.
It seems like a great idea – until they discover that their most private video is no longer private. With their reputations on the line, they know they’re just one click away from being laid bare to the world… but as their race to reclaim their video leads to a night they’ll never forget, they’ll find that their video will expose even more than they bargained for. »
- Michelle McCue
Liz Friedlander is set to direct CBS’ Kevin Williamson drama pilot, from Wbtv. Written and executive produced by The Following creator Williamson, the psychological thriller centers around a pair of detectives who handle stalking incidents for the Threat Management Unit of the Lapd. Friedlander has a shorthand with Williamson — she has directed multiple episodes of The Following and Williamson’s CW series The Vampire Diaries and helmed the pilot and multiple episodes of CW’s The Secret Circle, which Williamson executive produced. Craig Zisk (New Girl, Parks & Recreation) is set to direct NBC’s comedy pilot Two To Go, from Universal TV, David Janollari Entertainment and Jason Bateman’s Aggregate Films. Written by Kevin Chelsey and Bryan Shukoff, the project centers on long-time best friends Kurt and Laura who grapple with the challenges of modern-day dating. This marks the second pilot for Zisk this season — he just wrapped ABC’s comedy An American Education. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
With the summer slot on the horizon, Sony are expected to release the first trailer very soon, and now the first image has landed in anticipation of that first footage.
When Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) first got together, their romantic connection was intense – but ten years and two kids later, the flame of their love needs a spark. To kick things up a notch, they decide – why not? – to make a video of themselves trying out every position in The Joy of Sex in one marathon three-hour session. It seems like a great idea – until they discover that their most private video is no longer private. With their reputations on the line, they know they’re just one click »
- Kenji Lloyd
It’s not often we comment on the seedy world of celebrity sex tapes, but when we heard there was one of Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz coming up for release…Oh, we’ve just been told the Bad Teacher co-stars are reuniting in a fictitious film called Sex Tape. That’s better then. Still, the comedy duo certainly made me laugh aplenty in their last film together so this could still be worth a watch.
The first released image sees Segel trying to remove roller skates from Diaz’s feet. After spicing up their sex-life with their homemade shenanigans, the tape inevitably falls into the wrong hands and it’s up to the couple to retrieve it. Simple premise, two funny leads with a proven chemistry between them, and lead by Bad Teacher director Jake Kasdan, son of The Empire Strikes Back scribe, Lawrence Kasdan, this should be something worth few chuckles at least. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz “made a sex tape,” and our first preview of the finished product is now online. The two star in director Jake Kasdan’s (Bad Teacher) upcoming comedy Sex Tape, which revolves around a couple who, after discovering that their three-hour intimate video has been stolen, set out to recover the tape and ensure that their reputations aren't ruined. This first image from the pic gives us a tease of what that sex tape may entail, as Diaz is seen in bed sporting a pair of roller skates (one assumes she's just really into Boogie Nights). Segel co-wrote the screenplay with Kasdan and Kate Angelo, and as a big fan of Kasdan’s Walk Hard—not to mention the impressive comedic abilities of Segel and Diaz—I’m very much looking forward to seeing what they’ve cooked up for this new film. Expect a debut trailer soon. »
- Adam Chitwood
The first picture from Jake Kasdan's Sex Tape has arrived featuring Bad Teacher co-stars Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz, playing a married couple wake up to discover that the sex tape they made the evening before has gone missing, leading to a frantic search for its whereabouts. The film is set for a July 25 release and co-stars Rob Corddry, Rob Lowe and Ellie Kemper. I would expect we'll see a trailer any day now, though I did attempt to search for it on YouTube just now and, as you'd expect, there are more than enough videos with the title "sex tape" in them, which should make for some interesting conversations for anyone that decides to hit up Google searching for more information on this movie. That said, here's the official synopsis so you don't have to look any further: When Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) first got together, »
- Brad Brevet
“The Brink" dark comedy has been given a series order from HBO, reports Variety. Jay Roach directed the pilot, which stars Jack Black and Tim Robins. Kim and Roberto Benabib write with Black playing Alex Coppins, a Foreign Service officer who gets caught in the middle of everything. Robbins plays U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander who has no patience for warmongers. Roberto Benabib is also serving as executive producer alongside Jerry Weintraub and Jay Roach. Black was in the effective "Bernie" comedy drama / crime flick of 2011, as well as "The Big Year" bird watching comedy (which wasn't half bad actually). He's up next in "Sex Tape" from director Jake Kasdan, which opens July 25th, 2014, and also includes Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper and Rob Lowe. »
We’re in the midst of the annual ritual of broadcast casting executives chasing their tails, also known as casting the leads of dozens of network pilots at the same time. As usual, many pilots go after the same names, resulting in a few actors holding a slew of offers thus bringing pilot season to a standstill. Related: Primetime Pilot Panic Listings Last year, Damages‘ Rose Byrne was the focus of attention with virtually every pilot vying for her, but she ended up passing on all. Actresses receiving multiple offers early on this season but not yet committing include Jennifer Connelly, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Diane Lane, Maria Bello, Hilary Swank, Octavia Spencer, Felicity Huffman, Kyra Sedgwick, Sarah Chalke and Elizabeth Banks. We already had a very elusive leading lady, Tea Leoni, locked in for a pilot, CBS drama Madam Secretary, with popular pilot targets Jack Davenport, Jennifer Carpenter »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Tina Fey's 30 Rock has only been off the air for a year, but it feels like a lot longer. TV has never been better, and yet nothing's been able to replace the Lemon-sized hole 30 Rock's departure from the airwaves left in my heart. True to workaholic form, Fey has been hard at work trying to get two pilots into the fall schedule. There's the as-yet-untitled Ellie Kemper vehicle on NBC, featuring the doe-eyed comedienne as an escapee from a doomsday cult. But as a graduate of a women's college, I'm slightly more interested in Fey's other TV project, the tentatively titled Cabot College. The Fox sitcom centers on a former women's college that has, a la Vassar and Sarah Lawrence, just become coed for the first time. Even more promising? The Cabot College team announced yesterday that Margaret Cho would be joining the show as a a series regular, »
- Inkoo Kang
Feature Louisa Mellor 28 Jan 2014 - 07:00
With new seasons of Veep, Louie, Orange Is The New Black and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia on their way to join successful new arrival Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Us sitcom is already looking not too shabby for the months ahead.
With the best information available at the time of writing, here’s our pick of the year ahead's most promising-sounding Us comedy pilots (many of which are already confirmed as going to series) by that guy who did that thing you liked »
Many critically acclaimed films and surprise hits over the years have received their start at the Sundance Film Festival, elevating the prominence of the 10-day event. This has led to the acquisition of films at the festival a prestige on its own, as many studios and filmmakers use the positive word of mouth garnered to get the films to distributors and in theatres. Here are the features that were bought at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Those merry pranksters David Wain and Michael Showalter aim to do for the factory-made Hollywood romantic comedy what their “Wet Hot American Summer” did for the summer-camp movie in “They Came Together,” a lively comic jamboree that’s sometimes smarter than it is funny and hits about as often as it misses, but is, on balance, a good deal of fun. Led by game, frisky performances from Amy Poehler and regular Wain alter ego Paul Rudd, alongside many other “Wet Hot” alumni, this spirited exercise in genre implosion doesn’t come anywhere near the inspired heights of that film or Wain and Rudd’s terrific “Role Models” (2008), but should pacify fans still pining for that long-promised “Wet Hot” sequel. Lionsgate can expect modest niche B.O. when it opens pic June 27.
On one level, “They Came Together” feels as though it might have been incubated during the making of Wain’s previous feature, »
- Scott Foundas
If Airplane! and You’ve Got Mail went on a blind date, got liquored up, and had a baby…that baby would look like David Wain’s rom-com spoof They Came Together. Making its world premiere on Friday night at Sundance and adding some star power to the tail end of the festival, the silly send-up of formulaic Meg Ryan-Tom Hanks meet-cute movies and their ilk reunites the gang from Wet Hot American Summer – with some new faces sprinkled in.
Wain’s Wet Hot American Summer had its debut at Sundance 13 years ago. And it’s good to »
- Chris Nashawaty
When director David Wain does his own thing, it may not be for everyone, but he’s also at his best. His more mainstream films, Role Models and Wanderlust, are entertaining, but his work on The State, Stella, and the classic Wet Hot American Summer is distinct, absurd, bold, and painfully funny. His latest, They Came Together, is Wain embracing his unique comic voice as he turns to mock one of Hollywood’s easiest targets, the romantic comedy. Despite the easily apparent flaws of that genre, Wain and co-writer Michael Showalter not only poke fun at the obvious tropes, but also let their delightfully twisted comedy burst through. Further supported by Paul Rudd brilliantly and brutally skewering his familiar leading man persona, They Came Together doesn’t bring the rom-com to its knees, but it does deliver a well-deserved gut punch. During a double-date with their friends (played by Bill Hader »
- Matt Goldberg
Here is last week’s caption pic winner. This week’s caption pic is at the bottom of the page.
Thanks to everyone for participating! The winner is …
“Meryl congratulates Emma on her Best Supporting Actress win for her role in that jacket.”
Thanks to Morgan for this week’s winning caption!
Sharon Stone is starring in the TNT pilot Agent X as the newly elected vice-president. “Initially apprehensive that her job will be ceremonial in nature, she soon learns that it comes with a top secret duty: protecting the Constitution in times of great crisis with the aid of her Chief Steward and a secret operative designated “Agent X.”
Adorable Ellie Kemper, formerly of "The Office" and "Bridesmaids," is bringing "Ellen DeGeneres Show" viewers a special treat on Friday (Jan. 24) as she steps into the hosting shoes since Ellen is sick with the flu.
Not that it's a special treat that Ellen has the flu, but it's fun to see a guest host! Check out Ellie's monologue in the video above.
"I know what you're thinking ... Ellen sure does look different in person," Kemper jokes. "I'm here because unfortunately Ellen is sick. She has that terrible flu bug that's going around. It's bad. It's really sad. We've tented her and she'll be better soon."
She goes on to say she has no idea what she's doing and wonders if she's allowed to drink. "Ellen would want that. I'll do that backstage." Hee.
Kemper also says that when the show called and asked her to step in, she thought it »
Fans who trooped to The Ellen DeGeneres Show today to sit in the audience may have been pretty disappointed to find out that Ellen DeGeneres was home sick with the flu. But at least they were treated to a very game guest host in Ellie Kemper. The star of Bridesmaids and The Office filled in for Ellen at today's taping for Friday's show, the first time the 14-time People's Choice Award winner has ever employed a guest host. And while we'll have to wait till tomorrow to see how she handled scheduled guests Neil Patrick Harris and Hunter Hayes, the opening monologue seemed to go off without a hitch—minus the part where she looked into the wrong camera. "I know what »
"Hollywood Game Night" returns for Season 2 Monday night (Jan. 20) with back-to-back episodes that feature host Jane Lynch cracking wise on a whole new group of celebrities and also some new games, but the same hilarity from Season 1.
At the 2014 TCA winter press tour, Lynch and the show's executive producers were asked who the most competitive celebrities are and they were not shy at all about outing the actors and actresses who are the most intense. Jason Sudeikis came first, followed by Yvette Nicole Brown and Anthony Anderson, whom the EPs thought might "come to blows."
However, Lynch won't reveal who is the worst player among the celebrities, since it's all about having fun. "If you show up game, show up ready to play, even if »
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