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5 items from 2016


A regular column returns with a look at an unproduced Aziz Ansari script

22 February 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

One Thing I Love Today is a daily column dedicated to putting a spotlight on some pop culture item worth your attention. After all, there's enough snark out there. Why not start every day with one quick shotgun blast of positivity? When I wrote my 25 Years In La series last year, one of the things I talked about was my experience with the screenplay for Anchorman. When I read it, the film was stalled out in development, and I thought it was ridiculously funny. I couldn't imagine what kept the executives in charge from pulling the trigger and making the movie. By far, the hardest I've laughed reading a script since then was when I read Olympic-Sized Assholes by Harris Wittels and Aziz Ansari last week. I've had the script for a while, but only just got around to reading it, and it struck me as a sad coincidence that only a few days later, »

- Drew McWeeny

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Aziz Ansari Honors Parks and Recreation Producer Harris Wittels One Year After His Death: 'I'm Glad I Knew Him as a Friend'

19 February 2016 1:15 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

[Brightcove "20902901" "" "peoplenow"] Aziz Ansari is paying tribute to Harris Wittels, who died one year ago Friday. The Parks and Recreation producer died of a heroin overdose at age 30. "I miss Harris Wittels dearly. He passed away a year ago today," Ansari tweeted. "I'm glad I knew him as a friend and collaborator." I miss Harris Wittels dearly. He passed away a year ago today. I'm glad I knew him as a friend and collaborator.— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) February 19, 2016 In addition to stand-up comedy and his work on Parks and Rec, Wittels also worked on Ansari's Netflix series Master of None. He is »

- Aaron Couch, @AaronCouch

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Aziz Ansari Honors Parks and Recreation Producer Harris Wittels One Year After His Death: 'I'm Glad I Knew Him as a Friend'

19 February 2016 1:15 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

[Brightcove "20902901" "" "peoplenow"] Aziz Ansari is paying tribute to Harris Wittels, who died one year ago Friday. The Parks and Recreation producer died of a heroin overdose at age 30. "I miss Harris Wittels dearly. He passed away a year ago today," Ansari tweeted. "I'm glad I knew him as a friend and collaborator." I miss Harris Wittels dearly. He passed away a year ago today. I'm glad I knew him as a friend and collaborator.— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) February 19, 2016 In addition to stand-up comedy and his work on Parks and Rec, Wittels also worked on Ansari's Netflix series Master of None. He is »

- Aaron Couch, @AaronCouch

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Netflix Renews Master Of None For Second Season

12 February 2016 4:44 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Netflix confirmed that the phenomenal comedy series Master Of None will return for a second season, and joyful celebration was heard throughout the land. The show, which debuted its 10 episode first season on the streaming channel in November 2015, has already collected a raft of awards nominations and wins – including a Critics Choice award for Best Comedy Series. Its second outing is now expected to arrive in 2017.

Created by Parks And Recreation alumni Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang, the show is, quite simply, a breath of fresh air – building each episode around a specific subject, and seeking discussion and enlightenment on that topic through subtle and hilarious storytelling.

For example, season one episode titles include Plan B, Parents, Indians On TV and Old People. Ansari plays the lead character of Dev – a 30 year old actor, living in New York and working mostly in commercials – and it is through the lens of »

- Sarah Myles

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George R.R. Martin’s Book Is Delayed and It’s Ok, Really

2 January 2016 11:52 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

We would do well at this moment to remember three things: Life is fleeting, the future is unpredictable and George R.R. Martin does not work for us.

Well, he works for HBO, in a manner of speaking; his “Song of Ice and Fire” book series, adapted as “Game of Thrones” for that network, has become a worldwide, Emmy-winning juggernaut, and presumably he happily cashes HBO’s checks. He is also under contract with a worldwide array of publishers, all of whom had hoped to release the sixth book in his series before the HBO show resumes in April.

That won’t happen, Martin announced Saturday, in a post that was touching in its honesty. You can’t come away from reading that post without thinking that Martin cares about his fans deeply. Despite his apologetic tone, however, the wailing and rending of garments commenced immediately in some quarters of the “GoT” fandom. »

- Maureen Ryan

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