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Film Review: ‘A Merry Friggin’ Christmas’

Film Review: ‘A Merry Friggin’ Christmas’
The makers of “A Merry Friggin' Christmas” sprung for the fancy wrapping but skimped on the gift inside. How else to explain the gathering of such a talented and likable cast in service of such undercooked, utterly laugh-free material? Of trivial interest for containing one of Robin Williams’ final screen performances (the late actor has three additional films awaiting release), this feature helming debut from prolific TV comedy director Tristram Shapeero is nevertheless “Friggin'” forgettable. Hitting theaters and VOD three weeks before Thanksgiving, the pic’s dysfunctional family antics are sure to be little but a hazy memory come Christmas.

Clocking in at a brisk 72 minutes (not including end credits) and overflowing with engaging thesps, pic should be a breeze to watch. But if the shockingly simplistic final product is remotely reflective of the original script, tyro scribe Michael Brown’s take on an adult son, Boyd Mitchler (Joel McHale
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A Merry Friggin’ Christmas Review

Like all untimely movie star deaths, you’re not really gone until the last movie you finished before your death is released. The tragic passing of Robin Williams this past summer was marked by this website and others by recognizing several of the actor’s greatest comedy hits. Sadly, A Merry Friggin’ Christmas will not join their ranks.

The set-up is simple. Boyd Mitchler (Joel McHale) traces every bad thing wrong with his life back to the horrible parenting of his drunken dad Mitch (Robin Williams). Having grown up to become a successful Chicago hedge fund manager, Boyd overcompensates with his own son, Doug (Pierce Gagnon), to make sure he gets every bit the magical Christmas that Mitch denied Boyd through bourbon-fuelled candour. Obviously Boyd’s put a lot of time and distance between him and his father, but when his younger brother, Nelson (Clark Duke), calls him up to
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1600 Penn

Network: NBC

Episodes: 13 (half-hour)

Seasons: One

TV show dates: December 17, 2012 -- March 28, 2013

Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Bill Pullman, Jenna Elfman, Josh Gad, Martha MacIsaac, Amara Miller, Benjamin Stockham, and Andre Holland.

TV show description:

This comedy series follows the Gilchrists, a typical American family -- sort of. They have everyday issues, like a grown kid who's forced to move back home and teenagers who are smarter than their teachers. They're loving, fun and a little crazy.

They're just like everyone else except they live in a very special house, the White House. Whether it's entertaining foreign dignitaries, holding secret cabinet meetings or putting out fires -- figuratively and sometimes literally -- there's never a dull moment in the Gilchrist White House.

President Dale Gilchrist (Bill Pullman) is
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1600 Penn: No Season Two for NBC Sitcom

There's just one term season for 1600 Penn. NBC has cancelled the Thursday night sitcom after one season and 13 episodes.

1600 Penn follows the dysfunctional Gilchrist family as they adapt to life in the White House. When the public voted Standrich Gilchrist (Bill Pullman) into office, they likely had no idea that they were getting his goofy son "Skip" (Josh Gad) as part of the deal. The show also features Jenna Elfman, Martha MacIsaac, Andre Holland, Amara Miller, and Benjamin Stockham.

The sitcom previewed on December 17th to a 2.2 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 6.88 million viewers. For NBC, those are very good ratings.

Unfortunately, 1600 Penn couldn't hold onto those numbers. The second episode drew a 1.6 rating and 3.86 million on January 10th. A week later, the ratings fell to a 1.2 in the demo and
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"1600 Penn" Gives Us a Pre-Teen Lesbian Character to Believe In

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At the Television Critics Association winter press tour, Trish Bendix got a hot tip that Marigold Gilchrist, one of the teenage characters in NBC's midseason comedy 1600 Penn, was going to come out as a lesbian. And she did. At the end of the pilot episode, after we'd been introduced to all of the other kids in the quirky First Family — the awkward but lovable Skip, the overachieving but accidentally pregnant Becca, the middle school prodigy Xander — Marigold revealed her sexuality without any fanfare. When her stepmom asked the name of the boy she had a crush on, Becca simply said, "Jessica."

1600 Penn has aired 13 episodes so far, and most of them have focused on Skip and Becca's highjinks, but during episode five, "Frosting Nixon," we did get to meet the object of Marigold's affection. Jessica is the queen bee of Xander and Marigold's prep school,
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1600 Penn: Season One Ratings

A White House comedy? Will 1600 Penn find ratings success (like NBC's West Wing) or will it be cancelled quickly like Animal Practice? Time will tell.

The TV series stars Josh Gad as the goofball son of the President of the United States (Bill Pullman). Others in the cast include Jenna Elfman, Martha MacIsaac, Andre Holland, Amara Miller, and Benjamin Stockham.

Below are the TV show's ratings for the 2012-13 season, the best way to tell if 1600 Penn will be cancelled or renewed for a second season. The show typically airs on Thursday nights.

These figures will be updated as the weeks progress so be sure to bookmark and return to this page:

Final season averages: 1.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 2.86 million total viewers.

Episode 01-13: Thursday, 03/28/13 (finale)
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Amara Miller Interview: Breakout Actress On Her Quick Success In '1600 Penn' And 'The Descendants'

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At just 12 years old, breakout actress Amara Miller has already found success in both television and film. In just a short few years Miller has found herself on the big screen in the critically acclaimed project The Descendants and also starring alongside Josh Gad in the latest NBC series 1600 Penn. Talented in both drama and comedy, it's no wonder that director Alexander Payne immediately picked her out from an audition video to play George Clooney's daughter in the 2001 film.

Now playing Marigold Gilchrist in 1600 Penn, Miller is excited and grateful for the experiences she has had so far. In my latest interview with the up-and-comer, Miller revealed how she got into acting, her favorite moment so far in the industry, and who she would love to work with one day.

How's it been working on 1600 Penn so far?

Amara Miller: It's definitely a lot of fun. Everyone there is really hilarious.
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Amara Miller Interview: Breakout Actress On Her Quick Success In '1600 Penn' And 'The Descendants'

  • TVology
At just 12 years old, breakout actress Amara Miller has already found success in both television and film. In just a short few years Miller has found herself on the big screen in the critically acclaimed project The Descendants and also starring alongside Josh Gad in the latest NBC series 1600 Penn. Talented in both drama and comedy, it's no wonder that director Alexander Payne immediately picked her out from an audition video to play George Clooney's daughter in the 2001 film.

Now playing Marigold Gilchrist in 1600 Penn, Miller is excited and grateful for the experiences she has had so far. In my latest interview with the up-and-comer, Miller revealed how she got into acting, her favorite moment so far in the industry, and who she would love to work with one day.

How's it been working on 1600 Penn so far?

Amara Miller: It's definitely a lot of fun. Everyone there is really hilarious.
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Bill Pullman Shares His Presidential Tips For '1600 Penn'

Bill Pullman Shares His Presidential Tips For '1600 Penn'
Bill Pullman is no stranger to the fictional presidency, having played the commander-in-chief in "Independence Day," but his latest role as President Dale Gilchrist on NBC's "1600 Penn" is pretty far removed from the 1996 blockbuster.

The comedy series aims to make the first family more relatable, dealing with problems like unplanned pregnancy, adult kids being forced to move back in with their parents, and the friction between a stepmother and her new children.

Created by star Josh Gad (who plays oldest son Skip Gilchrist), Jon Lovett and Jason Winer, the show also co-stars Jenna Elfman as First Lady Emily; Martha MacIsaac, Amara Miller and Benjamin Stockham as the other Gilchrist kids; and Andre Holland as press secretary Marshall Malloy.

Below, see what Pullman told HuffPost TV about returning to comedy, the complicated dynamics within the Gilchrist family and his top tips for playing the president.

What can you tell us about your character,
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Larry King Will Guest Star On '1600 Penn'

Larry King Will Guest Star On '1600 Penn'
Larry King is heading to the White House.

The former long-running CNN host will make a guest appearance on "1600 Penn," NBC's new comedy about a fictional first family and their lives at the legendary Washington, D.C. address.

NBC announced that King was among a collection of real-life journalists who will stop by "1600 Penn" on Sunday at the 2013 Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour. Joining King are Savannah Guthrie of "Today," NBC's Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd, and "Morning Joe" co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough.

On Sunday, Guthrie retweeted the news about her appearance on "1600 Penn," which sees Bill Pullman return to his Potus position for the first time since the 1996 box office hit "Independence Day."

"1600 Penn" stars Pullman as Presiden Dale Gilchrist, with Jenna Elfman acting as First Lady Emily Nash-Gilchrist and step-mother to his children Skip (Josh Gad), Becca (Martha MacIsaac), Marigold (Amara Miller) and Zander
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'1600 Penn' review: Will you be voting for NBC's new comedy?

Using the model that worked so well for "Go On" this summer, NBC has offered its viewers a holiday sneak peek of its new comedy, "1600 Penn." But did the political sitcom rise to presidential levels? Or did it fall to the ground like a flaming chair in the middle of a press conference.

Hey, if nothing else, this show has delivered on some excellent similes.

The basics: President Dale Gilchrest (Bill Pullman) can lead a country but has trouble leading his family (possibly because he mostly ignores them). This means his new wife Emily (Jenna Elfman) can't get the kids to talk to her. Eldest son, Skip (Josh Gad, Secret Service codename, "Meatball"), is a goofy failure who frequently sets things on fire. Daughter Becca (Martha MacIsaac) is the perfect overachiever. So of course she's pregnant. There are two other kids, Marigold (Amara Miller) and Xander (Benjamin Stockham). Marigold is an adolescent lesbian,
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1600 Penn: Is the New NBC Sitcom Worth Watching?

NBC certainly could use a new hit comedy. Will 1600 Penn be a big success or will it be cancelled before the first season finishes airing? Is it even worth watching?

1600 Penn revolves around the Gilchrist clan. They're a typical American family -- except for the fact that they live in the White House. A particular challenge for the administration is the eldest son who's a goofball and who's recently moved back home. The cast includes Bill Pullman, Jenna Elfman, Josh Gad, Martha MacIsaac, Amara Miller, Benjamin Stockham, and Andre Holland.

Sound interesting or like a big flop? Here's what some of the critics are saying:

THR: "Gad is so relentlessly spot-on as Skip, a slacker kid who never really has grown up -- even after seven years of college -- that he can keep the parts moving while viewers
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Kid from 'Shameless' -- It Pays to Be on Showtime

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Name: Emma Kenny ... aka the kid on "Shameless"Age: 13-years-oldPay rate: $12,000-per-episode (plus yearly raises!)Name: Amara Miller ... aka the kid on "1600 Penn"Age: 12-years-oldPay Rate: $20,000 Per Episode!!!!Both Emma and Amara have filed their contracts with L.A. County Superior Court so the judge can approve their deals (as all underage actors are required to do in California). According to the docs, Emma started off making $12k per ep when "Shameless" premiered back in
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Bruce Campbell To Guest Star On New NBC Series 1600 Penn

President Bill Pullman (Independence Day) returns in NBC's mid-season pickup 1600 Penn, a comedy about dysfunctional family who also happens to be the First Family.  The principle cast includes Josh Gad (who starred in The Book of Mormon on Broadway) and Jenna Elfman (Dharma and Greg) as the step-mom, but the latest addition to the family is Bruce Campbell (Army of Darkness) playing Uncle Doug, an insult-prone Las Vegas businessman. Pullman plays (yet another) President Dale Gilchrist, the patriarch of a family described as "loving, fun and a little crazy."  The series comes from Gad, Jon Lovett, and Modern Family's Emmy-winning co-executive producer and director Jason Winer, who is also directing the pilot.  For more on the series, hit the jump. Brittany Snow (Hairspray) was originally cast as one of the Gilchrist daughters, but was eventually replaced by Martha MacIsaac (Superbad) when the character was aged down.  Other cast members
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Review: The Descendants

This is the Pure Movies review of The Descendants, directed by Alexander Payne and starring George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Nick Krause, Patricia Hastie, Grace A. Cruz, Kim Gennaula and Karen Kuioka Hironaga. Elizabeth King is in a coma. Not much of an acting part for poor Patricia Hastie, bless her, but she does a valiant job under tricky circumstances. Unfortunately for our unconscious star, while the action taking place around her is entertaining enough, and even touches on raw humanity in places, it ultimately rings slightly hollow. I’d like to say that attractive Elizabeth creates that hollow - her intriguing and charismatic personality leaving a feeling of clutching emptiness at the core of the narrative. But in fact, it is hard to care much about the pretty, neglected wife and her predictable affair. Perhaps it wasn’t such great acting after all, Liz. Sorry.
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Exclusive Featurette from The Descendants ‘Everybody Loves George’!

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Oscar winning movie (Best Adapted Screenplay), The Descendants hit DVD and Blu-ray in the UK yesterday and to celebrate, we’ve got this exclusive featurette from the movie with the rather intriguing title ‘Everybody Loves George’. It basically has all the members of the cast telling us why George Clooney is such a top bloke! It features some unseen footage of them playing around on set and is a really nice little video.

The Descendants stars George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Beau Bridges, Robert Forster, Judy Greer, Matthew Lillard, Nick Krause, Amara Miller, Mary Birdsong, Rob Huebel, Patricia Hastie, is directed by Alexander Payne and you can order your copy of the movie here.

From Alexander Payne, the creator of the Oscar-winning Sideways, set in Hawaii, The Descendants is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (George Clooney) an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced
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The Descendants Blu-ray Review

Living in paradise is not as glamorous or care free as many outsiders may believe, and the King family is a perfect example of it. The Descendants, an Alexander Payne film adapted from the novel of the same name by Kaui Hart Hemmings, follows Hawaii-based lawyer Matt King (George Clooney) on his painful, yet often comedic quest to reunite his family after his wife suffers a tragic accident. While the film tugs on heart strings towards the end, it mostly infuses audiences with almost uncomfortable laughter and anticipation for when the story will kick into gear. Hit the jump for our review of The Descendants on Blu-ray. When Matt hears his wife is in a coma following a boating accident, he finds himself alone for the first time in his life and having to take care of two daughters he knows little about. His career has kept him away from his family for years,
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Trailers and Clips for a Ton of New Shows on NBC

NBC has released a bunch of trailers and clips for a new collection of TV series that they have been developing. We've got stuff from 1600 Penn, Infamous, Save Me, Next Caller, Do No Harm, The New Normal, Guys With Kids, and Go On. It will be interesting to what shows make it and what shows end up on the chopping block. Check out the trailers and clips and let us know which ones look good to you!

1600 Penn:

“1600 Penn” — The Gilchrists are just the average American family dealing with all the everyday issues – like a grown kid who’s forced to move back home, children who are smarter than their teachers and a stepmom (Jenna Elfman, “Dharma and Greg”) desperately trying to win over the kids. They’re loving, fun and a little crazy. In other words, just like everybody else. With one exception: they live in a very special house.
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NBC's 2012-2013 Schedule: 'Community' Moves To Fridays, Plus Preview New Shows

NBC's 2012-2013 Schedule: 'Community' Moves To Fridays, Plus Preview New Shows
In advance of their official Upfronts presentation on Monday, NBC jumped the gun to be the first network to unveil their complete 2012-2013 schedule on Sunday.

The biggest story? "Community" is moving to Fridays, along with sophomore sitcom "Whitney," which will kick off that rather random new night of programming.

"Smash" is also being bumped -- all the way to midseason -- to make way for the premiere of "Revolution," a new thriller from J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke, which will air after "The Voice" on Mondays. And yes, that means "The Voice" will be back in the fall, giving it two cycles a year, as predicted.

NBC will also try their hand at airing comedies on Tuesday nights, with Matthew Perry's "Go On" and Ryan Murphy's "Th New Normal" getting paired together.

Also being saved for midseason are new sitcoms "Save Me," "1600 Penn" and "Next Caller," and new dramas "Do No Harm,
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NBC's 2012-2013 Schedule: 'Community' Moves To Fridays, Plus Preview New Shows

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NBC's 2012-2013 Schedule: 'Community' Moves To Fridays, Plus Preview New Shows
In advance of their official Upfronts presentation on Monday, NBC jumped the gun to be the first network to unveil their complete 2012-2013 schedule on Sunday.

The biggest story? "Community" is moving to Fridays, along with sophomore sitcom "Whitney," which will kick off that rather random new night of programming.

"Smash" is also being bumped -- all the way to midseason -- to make way for the premiere of "Revolution," a new thriller from J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke, which will air after "The Voice" on Mondays. And yes, that means "The Voice" will be back in the fall, giving it two cycles a year, as predicted.

NBC will also try their hand at airing comedies on Tuesday nights, with Matthew Perry's "Go On" and Ryan Murphy's "Th New Normal" getting paired together.

Also being saved for midseason are new sitcoms "Save Me," "1600 Penn" and "Next Caller," and new dramas "Do No Harm,
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