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The Primetime Emmy nominations are meant to serve as an annual scorecard of the best work in television. But picking kudos contenders is a highly subjective process, and plenty of unpredictable, zeitgeist-y factors surely influenced the choices of TV Academy’s 15,000-plus members as they completed the first round of balloting by the June 20 deadline, with nominations to be revealed July 10.
“True Detective” taught us that time is a flat circle … yet in the Emmy race, the question is whether the calendar is friend or foe to “Breaking Bad.” Has too much time passed since the AMC drama’s September 2013 finale to command a second straight win for drama series?
Major characters were dropping like flies this past season. Josh Charles went out in spectacular fashion on “The Good Wife.” Robert Morse danced his way to the hereafter on “Mad Men.” But if anyone deserves extra credit, it »
- Cynthia Littleton
In 1983, a film was released titled The Big Chill. Featuring an ensemble cast of Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Mary Kay Place, Meg Tilly, and JoBeth Williams, it was about a group of baby boomer college friends who reunite after fifteen years due to the suicide of a friend.
In About Alex, a circle of twenty-something friends reunite for a weekend away after one of them suffers an emotional breakdown.
Despite the group’s best efforts to keep it light and enjoy themselves, a tinderbox of old jealousies, unrequited love, and widening political differences leads to an explosion that, coupled with the flammable combination of drugs, wine, and risotto, »
- Michelle McCue
Here's a trailer for a wonderful looking film called About Alex. The movie has a great young cast that includes Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield, Nate Parker, Max Minghella, Jason Ritter, Maggie Grace, and Jane Levy. The story revolves around seven old friends who are brought back together when one of them attempts suicide. It sounds kind of bleak, but as you'll see in the trailer there's a lot of humor and heart behind it. I like these kinds of inspirational movies about life and growing up. Here's a more detailed synopsis:
About Alex is the story of seven college friends who reunite over a three-day weekend, after one of them attempts suicide. When the friends get together to keep an eye on Alex, the weekend that ensues will renew old crushes and resentments, shine light on bad decisions, and ultimately push friendships and relationships to the brink as the group »
- Joey Paur
Screen Media Films has released the trailer for their upcoming indie About Alex. The film, which has been compared to The Big Chill, stars Aubrey Plaza (Safety Not Guaranteed), Jane Levy (Evil Dead), Max Greenfield (New Girl), Nate Parker (Red Tails), Max Minghella (The Social Network), Jason Ritter (The Big Ask), and Maggie Grace (Taken).
The debut film from writer/director Jesse Zwick, About Alex debuted at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival to some good reviews. The film follows a circle of twenty-something friends who reunite for a weekend away after one of them suffers an emotional breakdown. Despite the group’s best efforts to keep it light and enjoy themselves, a tinderbox of old jealousies, unrequited love, and widening political differences leads to an explosion that, coupled with the flammable combination of drugs, wine, and risotto, cannot be contained. An honest appraisal of adult friendship for our current social media moment, »
- Scott Davis
With a cast that includes Aubrey Plaza, Jane Levy, Max Greenfield, Nate Parker, Max Minghella, Jason Ritter and Maggie Grace, indie dramedy About Alex is already high on my list of movies to see. That talented ensemble features some of the hottest young actors and actresses working on the small screen today. In particular, Plaza, who broke out on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, has impressed in almost every big-screen vehicle she’s had for her deadpan talents thus far (I was in the minority who despised The To-Do List). Now, a first trailer for About Alex has arrived, highlighting the film’s tricky blend of serious drama and light-hearted laughs, as well as that strong cast.
Directed by first-time helmer Jesse Zwick, About Alex didn’t make much noise when it touched down at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, but I’m still interested to see it after this trailer. »
- Isaac Feldberg
The trailer for About Alex has no problem making the connection between this new movie and Lawrence Kasdan’s 1983 film, The Big Chill. In this millennial update by newcomer writer/director Jesse Zwick, a group of seven longtime friends gather at a vacation house for the weekend, in order to support one of their number after an attempted suicide. During the three-day getaway, a lot of guards get dropped, and desires, fears, and darker emotions all begin to come to the surface, as the friends try to navigate each other (and themselves) through this new phase of adulthood.
This indie dramedy is sold mostly by the cast of actors working in the ensemble. Aubrey Plaza (Park and Recreation), Jason Ritter (The Event), Max Greenfield (New Girl), Maggie Grace (Lost), Jane Levy (Evil Dead), Max Minghella (The Internship) and Nate ...
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- Kofi Outlaw
The reunion over a three-day weekend sees old romantic feelings flare up, as the group question why their close bond faded after they graduated from university.
The film is expected to open in August in the Us.
"Ew!" is exactly what Parks and Recreation's April Ludgate would say to the idea of hooking up with New Girl's Schmidt, but that essentially happens in the trailer for About Alex. In The Big Chill-like story, a gang of friends who have grown apart gathers together after one of their own, Alex (Jason Ritter), attempts suicide. Like all Big Chill-ish movies, seeing each other dredges up old memories and new dramas - including a love triangle for Sarah (Aubrey Plaza), Josh (Max Greenfield), and Isaac (Max Minghella). If that's not enough to get you to watch, know that someone from one of your favorite shows is in this movie, like Jane Levy and Maggie Grace. About Alex comes out in theaters and on VOD Aug. 8. Front Page Image Source: The Bedford Falls Company »
- Shannon Vestal
The trailer for the upcoming drama movie “About Alex” starring Aubrey Plaza and Jane Levy, which was released Thursday, shows the emotional journey a group of distant friends take to reunite with one another.
The film focuses on a group of twenty-something year-old friends, which also includes Max Greenfield, Nate Parker, Max Minghella and Maggie Grace, who have drifted apart but rally together for the weekend after one of the friends, portrayed by “Parenthood” actor Jason Ritter, the son of the late actor John Ritter, attempts suicide. Throughout their time together, college memories and conflicts reveal the difficulty in outgrowing friends while moving into adulthood.
The trailer promises romance, disagreements and comedy in the movie.
The film debuted at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Writer and director Jesse Zwick is making his debut with the film.
“About Alex” is set to hit theaters August 8.
- Jordyn Holman
Call it "The Big Chill" for the new millennium. "About Alex," from new director Jesse Zwick, premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and follows a group of friends who get together for a bonding weekend after on of their bunch (Jason Ritter) attempts suicide. A combination of old jealousies, new love interests, and copious amounts of booze amps up the tension in each adult friendship. The rest of the trendy cast includes Aubrey Plaza, Max Greenfield, Jason Ritter, Maggie Grace, and Jane Levy. "About Alex" hits theaters August 8. Check out the trailer below. »
- Casey Cipriani
Every generation needs its own “Big Chill”-esque movie, right? That may have arrived in the new film “About Alex” starring the ensemble of Aubrey Plaza, Jane Levy, Max Greenfield, Nate Parker, Max Minghella, Jason Ritter and Maggie Grace. After the first trailer for the film has arrived to give you a sense of what you're in for with this one. The directorial debut of Jesse Zwick, this dramedy made its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, where it didn't quite impress. Our Gabe Toro said it was "about too much and too little, a sandbox for its considerable cast, but ultimately just following the reunion rulebook." But again, that cast is pretty solid and perhaps you'll get more mileage out of it. Here’s the official synopsis: In About Alex, a circle of twenty-something friends reunite for a weekend away after one of them suffers an emotional breakdown. »
- Edward Davis
After three seasons and 57 episodes, ABC cancelled Suburgatory late last week. The sitcom's never been a a hit in the ratings but the studio isn't ready to let it go just yet.
Suburgatory follows the story of a single dad (Jeremy Sisto) who moves his teenage daughter (Jane Levy) from the city to an overly wholesome community in the suburbs. The rest of the cast includes Cheryl Hines, Allie Grant, Ana Gasteyer, Chris Parnell, and Carly Chaikin.
Deadline reports that Warner Bros, the studio that produces Suburgatory, is looking for a new home for the single-camera comedy -- much like ABC Studios did when Cougar Town was cancelled after three seasons a few years back.
Suburgatory is close to having enough episodes for a syndication package, the sales of which can bring in a lot cash for the studio. As »
Episodes: 57 (half-hour)
TV show dates: September 28, 2011 -- May 14, 2014
Series status: Cancelled
Performers include: Jeremy Sisto, Jane Levy, Alan Tudyk, Carly Chaikin, Allie Grant, Cheryl Hines, Rex Lee, Abbie Cobb, Ana Gasteyer, Maestro Harrell, Kara Pacitto, Katelyn Pacitto, Jamie Denbo, Jay Mohr, Arden Myrin, Edward Padilla, and Parker Young.
TV show description:
A moderately successful architect in New York City, George Altman (Jeremy Sisto) has been a single father to Tessa since his wife's postpartum departure. He does the best that he can. What he lacks in a general knowledge of a teenage girl's psyche, he makes up for with a genuine desire to understand and help her navigate through her adolescent years.
At 15, Tessa (Jane Levy) enjoys absorbing all the life lessons from life in »
After three seasons, ABC is moving on. The network has cancelled Suburagatory.
Suburgatory continues the story of single dad George Altman (Jeremy Sisto) and his teenage daughter (Jane Levy) after they move from the city an overly wholesome community in the suburbs. This season, the rest of the cast includes Cheryl Hines, Allie Grant, Ana Gasteyer, Chris Parnell, and Carly Chaikin.
The show premiered in September 2011 to a very strong 3.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 9.8 million viewers. The numbers dwindled downward over the course of the season but the network renewed it for season two anyway.
Season two started off well but once again, the ratings dwindled downward. This time, ABC gave Suburgatory a limited 13 episode renewal.
In season three, the ratings started pretty low and stayed there. The current season has averaged a »
What a miserable day for TV fans. Community has been cancelled over on NBC (along with Revolution, Believe, Crisis and Growing Up Fisher, though none of those are huge losses), and ABC has been merrily swinging the cancellation axe all day long. Though the bloodbath may not be over yet, we can report that Suburgatory, Trophy Wife, Mixology, Super Fun Night and The Neighbors are all down and out.
None of the five comedies were huge ratings successes, though low-rated veterans Suburgatory and The Neighbors had better shots at eking out renewals than struggling freshmen Trophy Wife, Mixology and Super Fun Night, mostly because they’ve been with ABC longer. But as it turns out, the network was not in a generous mood.
Trophy Wife, »
- Isaac Feldberg
After spreading plenty of good news on Thursday night and Friday morning, ABC is also distributing sad news to some of its bubble shows. Farewell to "Super Fun Night" and "Suburgatory." Nobody expected the Rebel Wilson comedy "Super Fun Night" to earn a second season and... It hasn't. The series, which was originally rejected by CBS two years ago, at least made it onto air for ABC, but 17 episodes will be its lifespan, despite nesting behind "Modern Family" on Wednesdays for most of the fall. Fortunately, Rebel Wilson has "Pitch Perfect 2" and a rumored remake of "Private Benjamin" coming up, so she's probably going to find a way to still make Friday at least a *reasonably* fun night. While 17 episodes probably wasn't enough time for anybody to build attachments to "Super Fun Night," there's likely to be some sadness about the demise of the often-terrific "Suburgatory," which will now »
- Daniel Fienberg
ABC‘s comedy cleanup continued with cancellations of Suburgatory and Super Fun Night. They join fellow ABC comedy casualties Trophy Wife, The Neighbors and Mixology. Suburgatory and The Neighbors‘ fate was sealed last night when ABC picked up to series comedy pilots Selfie, from Suburgatory creator Emily Kapnek, and Galavant, from The Neighbors creator Dan Fogelman. Suburgatory had a lot going for it in season one — a big ratings start as a breakout hit and a breakout star in Jane Levy. The series started meandering creatively in Season 2. It attempted a reboot in Season 3 with casting and setting changes but that failed to bring viewers back. Still, ABC president Paul Lee loved the show, whose name sounded great in Lee’s British accent, and there was a small chance for a limited Season 4 order until Selfie got the go-ahead. Still in negotiations for a pickup is Friday comedy Last Man Standing. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
And ABC joins the cancellation game. The network has officially canceled three shows, including Rebel Wilson's freshman sitcom Super Fun Night and Suburgatory, the third-season sitcom starring Jane Levy and Jeremy Sisto. Also axed by ABC? The Neighbors, the alien sitcom, which will not return for a third season. "Tweeps, I have known since last night, but was not able to share the news until it was announced publicly," star Toks Olagundoye tweeted. "#TheNeighbirs has been cancelled." Freshman sitcoms Mixology and Trophy Wife were canceled as well. The five comedies join ABC's other canceled series Mind Games, Back in the Game, Lucky 7 (Remember »
Another ABC comedy is going away.
After lowering the boom on The Neighbors, Mixology, and Trophy Wife last night, now ABC has cut Suburgatory, too. It feels like the Wednesday night comedy starring Jeremy Sisto and Jane Levy has been on the bubble since it first debuted three years ago, squeaking out a renewal the last two seasons. Now sources say the suburban family comedy will come to an end.
Update: Super Fun Night super canceled! The short-lived Rebel Wilson series was always considered a long shot for a second season. Now Wilson and her faux American accent have been retired from Wednesday nights. »
- James Hibberd
After ordering four new comedies for the 2014-15 season, ABC is cleaning house of under-performing half-hours, giving the ax to five series: “Super Fun Night,” “Mixology,” “Trophy Wife,” “The Neighbors” and “Suburgatory.”
Meanwhile, Wbtv’s durable domestic comedy “The Middle” has been renewed for a sixth season — that was never really in doubt — and “Dancing With the Stars” will be back for its 19th time around the dance floor.
“Trophy Wife” (pictured) was said to be the hardest call as the domestic comedy had fans among critics. But in the final analysis the network found no signs of ratings growth for the show on any platform, which sealed its fate.
“Mixology” had been talked about as possible getting a reprieve as its youthful skew might’ve made it a sked »
- Cynthia Littleton
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