15 items from 2016
The just-released trailer for Season 8 of his mobile talk show (premiering June 16 on Crackle) features the first footage of Seinfeld’s interview with Lorne Michaels. Despite being a very reluctant participant, the Saturday Night Live creator grants Seinfeld unprecedented access inside his kingdom — including a tour of his over-the-top, kudos-cluttered bathroom.
The promo — embedded above for your viewing pleasure »
NBC has handed out two more comedy series orders to shows from its own studio: the multi-camera family sitcom Marlon, starring Marlon Wayans, and the Tracy Wigfield single-camera project — now called Great News — that is executive produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. The mother-daughter workplace comedy is toplined by Briga Heelan and Andrea Martin. Marlon and Great News join recently picked up single-camera series Powerless and Trial & Error, both from Warner Bros… »
“Great News” and “Marlon” have been frontrunners from the very start. As previously reported, both of the projects have been at the top of the crop of NBC’s comedy pilots and were expected to land series orders. The network has struggled with comedies over the past few seasons, but is hoping to gain a presence in the genre, especially with a star in Wayans.
“Great News” stars Briga Heelan an up-and-coming news producer whose overbearing mother (Andrea Martin) re-enters the workforce with a job as an intern at the station where Katie works. Tracey Wigfield is a writer and and will serve as executive producer with Fey, Carlock and David Miner. The series is produced by Universal Television, Little Stranger and 3 Arts Entertainment. »
- Daniel Holloway
NBC is turning to some sketch-comedy MVPs to boost its 2016-2017 schedule.
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The network on Friday gave series orders to Marlon — a family sitcom starring Marlon Wayans (In Living Color, Scary Movie) — and Great News, starring Sctv vet Andrea Martin and produced by Tina Fey (SNL, 30 Rock).
Wayans will star in and executive-produce his eponymous comedy, with the cast also including Essence Atkins (Are We There Yet?, Half & Half), Bresha Webb (Grey’s Anatomy), Diallo Riddle (Silicon Valley) and young newcomers Notlim Taylor and Amir O’Neil. Loosely inspired by Wayans’ own life, »
The most piercing comedy is often mined from the darker aspects of life, presenting our fears in a new, hopefully amusing light. While Demetri Martin‘s stand-up has tinges of this, represented in his lo-fi sketches and carefully constructed one-liners, his directing and writing debut Dean effectively melds, both on the page and stylistically, a dramatic backbone with his personal brand.
Setting the tone by opening in a cemetery, Dean (Martin) places flowers on his mother’s grave, alongside his father, Robert (Kevin Kline), hinting at a lingering certainty of death that occupies his character’s headspace. Working as a cartoonist in New York City, he’s trying to get his second book of illustrations off the ground, but keeps coming back to images of the Grim Reaper as he processes the loss of his mother and a broken engagement. If this all sounds rather dour, Martin’s approach is relatively upbeat, »
- Jordan Raup
The first wave of films screening at the 15th Tribeca Film Festival have been announced and this year, the Narrative program has been split into two separate sections: the Us Narrative competition which celebrates the works of American filmmakers and the International Narrative competition which will showcase cinematic works spanning five continents.
With one third of the Festival’s feature films being directed by women – the highest percentage in history – the Festival is becoming renown for its discovery of new and distinct voices.
“In our 15th year we wanted to deepen our support of American narrative filmmakers and have opened our competition to separately showcase the Us and International films,” said Genna Terranova, Festival Director. “We are very impressed by the films this year and inspired to see new voices transcending traditions and taking risks by telling their stories their own way. We are excited to share with audiences how »
- Sacha Hall
It’s the ultimate Must-See mashup.
NBC’s two-hour Must See TV: An All Star Tribute to James Burrows (Sunday, 9/8c) will kick off with a five-minute, celeb-packed skit featuring cast members from such Burrows-helmed classics as Friends, Will & Grace, Cheers and The Big Bang Theory. (The special commemorates Borrows’ 1,000th episode of TV.)
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Even Charlie Sheen makes a cameo in the elaborate parody video, which is available for your viewing pleasure above.
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Penned by Tracey Wigfield (30 Rock, Mindy Project), the as-yet-untitled, single-camera project follows an already inseparable mother/daughter relationship that grows complicated when mom accepts an internship at her TV-producer daughter’s workplace.
Briga Heelan (Ground Floor, Undateable) has been cast as the lead in NBC's untitled Tracey Wigfield comedy pilot from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. She joins co-lead Andrea Martin, Kimrie Lewis-Davis and Adam Campbell. Written by Wigfield, the single-camera comedy centers on Katie (Heelan), whose already inseparable relationship with her mother Carol (Martin) becomes more complicated when Carol accepts an internship at Katie's workplace, a news program where Katie is a… »
Philip Winchester is once again a player at NBC.
The actor has closed a deal to star in Chicago Law, the latest tentacle of NBC’s exploding Windy City-set franchise, Deadline reports.
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The proposed spinoff, the seeds of which were planted in a recent episode of Chicago P.D., is slated to launch sometime next season.
Episodes: Ongoing (half-hour)
TV show dates: February 19, 2016 -- present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
A romantic comedy set in Los Angeles, this TV series takes a funny and sometimes excruciatingly honest look at the world of modern relationships.
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In Sebastian, which is inspired by Maniscalco’s life and is being exec-produced by Greg Garcia’s (My Name Is Earl) shingle, the Who’s the Boss? alum will play the opinionated, old-school Italian father of the title character.
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Of all the critiques one could level at Judd Apatow, a particularly commonplace complaint is that the guy just doesn’t know when to cut. From his directorial ventures (especially Funny People and This is 40) to projects that merely bear his mark (like The Five-Year Engagement and Get Him to the Greek), Apatow joints are near-chronically overlong and digressive.
At this point, he’s no doubt aware of such criticism. And with the unveiling of Love, a 10-episode Netflix series that he both created (alongside Girls‘ Lesley Arfin and star Paul Rust) and exec-produced (with Arfin, Rust, Dean Holland, and Brent Forrester), it appears that his response to it is of the middle-finger-salute variety.
With episode lengths ranging from 30 minutes to more than 45 (in the unfortunately exhausting pilot), and a full season to just begin telling the story of how two people »
- Isaac Feldberg
Love is dumb. Love is irrational. Love defies all logical arguments against it. It can make you act in terribly self-destructive ways. It's not math. It's love, and when you feel it, nothing else matters. Which brings us to Netflix's Love, a romantic comedy series created by Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin, and Paul Rust, starring Rust and Gillian Jacobs as a pair of Angelenos who meet awkward, date even more awkwardly, and seem determined to make a go of things despite ample evidence warning them not to. (Its 10-episode first season debuts Friday; I've watched the whole thing.) Love is messy. It's shaggy. It takes weird detours that only sometimes work, and on occasion it seems to be daring its audience to not only root against the central couple, but to question how many more episodes they might want to watch. I can see all those issues, and more. I just don't care. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Judd Apatow’s movies tend to run rather long for romantic comedies, but that pales next to the canvas that’s available on “Love,” a 10-part Netflix series that follows the slow-gestating relationship between Gus and Mickey, as well as the assorted oddballs that surround them. Highly specific to L.A., for good and ill, the show revolves around frequently irritating protagonists that will present a challenge to viewers’ rooting interest, but there are enough moments of sheer awkwardness and bawdy humor to make this a series a core audience should be able to like, if not, you know, love.
The first episode of the show, co-created by Apatow, Lesley Arfin and series star Paul Rust, introduces Rust’s Gus, an on-set tutor for the bratty 12-year-old star of a TV series, as he discovers his girlfriend has been cheating on him. Their subsequent breakup lands him in a temporary-living complex known as the Springwood, »
- Brian Lowry
15 items from 2016
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