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Not content with reprising the roles of Clark and Ellen Griswold in the upcoming Vacation sequel / reboot, it seems we could be seeing Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo reuniting on the small screen too.
Among the pilot pickups for ABC is Chev & Bev, a half-hour single camera comedy which will see Chase and D’Angelo “as two baby boomers who are fun, relevant and living a selfish retirement when their world is turned upside down and they are suddenly left to raise their grandchildren.”
- Gary Collinson
ABC has picked up the pilot “Flesh and Blood” from Writers Guild of America-nominated screenwriter Jenna Bans. The pilot explores the shockwaves that ripple through a family and community when a son thought dead for more than 10 years suddenly returns.
The son of a local politician, the young man’s return not only rattles his tight-knit family to its core, it prompts the release of the neighbor imprisoned for his murder, while the cop responsible is forced to reexamine what truly happened all those years ago.
- Jason Hughes
Oh, Sparky. One of the most beloved fictional couples in film history, Vacation's Clark and Ellen Griswold, are teaming up once again - but this time, it's for TV. ABC has ordered Chev & Bev, a new comedy pilot starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo, who will once again play a married couple. (Though not as the Griswolds.) This time, they'll be a couple living in a retirement community who suddenly see their lives turned around when they have to raise their grandchildren. The duo are also currently filming the film franchise's latest reboot, Vacation, which follows young father Rusty »
- Gillian Telling, @gilliantelling
Sometimes you need to let the past be the past and do something original for a change. And sometimes you just need to give us fans what we want. Do we need for Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo to co-star in a TV show that strangely doesn’t have anything to do with the Vacation movie franchise? No. Do we want for the duo, best known together as Clark and Ellen Griswold, to just co-star in a TV show based on the Vacation movie franchise? Yes. At this point, why not? They’ve done so many of those movies, some great and some not, and there’s another sequel/reboot on the way focused on grown-up Rusty and Audrey (Ed Helms and Leslie Mann). They’ve also done commercials as their Vacation characters. A TV show like what ABC has a pilot order for, titled Chev & Bev, is only going to remind us of their iconic »
- Christopher Campbell
There might be a Vacation reunion in all but name on ABC next year, as EW reports that the network has ordered a new comedy pilot starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo called, fittingly enough, Chev & Bev. The former Griswolds will star as a pair of self-obsessed baby boomers forced to care for their grandchildren, with many comic mishaps undoubtedly ensuing. If picked up, the show will be a shot at redemption for Chase, whose departure from Community left the impression that he didn't find this stuff amusing anymore. »
- Nate Jones
Tgit? More like Tgi-the whole week.
ABC announced four pilot orders, including another new drama from uber-producer Shonda Rhimes. "The Catch," from creator Jennifer Schuur, centers on a woman who is about to get married - to a con man. But far from being a naive victim, she's a fraud investigator! When their opposing desires collide, they are thrown into "a dangerous game of cat and mouse."
It's no surprise that ABC is once again turning to Rhimes; her Shondaland production company has churned out buzzy hits including the current "Tgit" line-up: "Grey's Anatomy," "Scandal," and "How to Get Away With Murder." The latter show's star, Viola Davis, won a SAG Award for her role on Sunday.
ABC's other drama pilot is a female police procedural called "Broad Squad." The two comedies are higher-profile - one stars Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo (reuniting from their "Vacation" days), and the other »
- Kelly Woo
Thirty-two years after they first graced movie screens as Clark and Ellen Griswold, Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo are reuniting for a new ABC sitcom. Even though they will also appear in the upcoming reboot/sequel to National Lampoon's Vacation starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate, the two actors will play different roles on the ABC sitcom Chev & Bev this Fall. The sitcom will be the first for D'Angelo since her recurring role on HBO's Entourage. Chevy Chase is best known in »
- Alex Maidy
Vacation season has arrived at ABC.
The single-camera project will feature the duo as “two baby boomers who are fun, relevant and living a selfish retirement when their world is turned upsisde down and they are suddenly left to raise their grandchildren.”
The network also ordered an untitled single-camera comedy pilot produced by and loosely based on the life of gay activist and author Dan Savage.
Chris Hemsworth went from unknown to Hollywood leading man seemingly overnight.
Like many other Australian stars, the actor got his start on a soap opera "Home and Away." But 171 episodes later -- and after a stint on "Dancing With the Stars Australia" -- Hemsworth ended up stateside, waiting for his big break. It didn't take long. Two years after his U.S. debut, Hemsworth won the titular role in "Thor" (2011) and hasn't looked back since. This month, he takes aim in Michael Mann's thriller "Blackhat."
From his days in the Outback to his iconic U.S. debut, here are 23 things you probably don't know about Chris Hemsworth.
2. His mother is an English teacher, while his father is a social-services counselor.
3. Growing up, Hemsworth split his time in Melbourne and the Australian Outback in the Northern Territory, »
- Jonny Black
Harold Ramis, the man behind "Ghostbusters" and "Groundhog Day," passed away last February at the age of 69. Like many, the Writers Guild of America hasn't forgotten the impact he made over a 38-year career. The organization announced Tuesday that they will honor the writer/director/actor with the WGA's 2015 Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement at the Writers Guild Awards ceremony next month. Ramis' wife, Erica Mann Ramis, and family will accept the award on his behalf. In a release, WGAw Vice President Howard A. Rodman noted, "Harold Ramis changed the face of comedy. His death last year deprived us of his unique way of seeing the world, at once hilarious and wise. From his early work with 'National Lampoon' and 'Sctv' through 'Animal House,' 'Meatballs,' 'Caddyshack' and 'Ghostbusters,' Ramis' voice was strong, clear, outrageous in all the best ways. His unrealized projects »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Writers Guild of America West has selected the late Harold Ramis as the recipient of its Laurel Award for screenwriting achievement.
The award will be presented at the WGA Awards ceremony on Feb. 14, with Erica Mann Ramis and family accepting.
“Harold Ramis changed the face of comedy,” said WGA West VP Howard A. Rodman. “His death last year deprived us of his unique way of seeing the world, at once hilarious and wise. From his early work with National Lampoon and Sctv through ‘Animal House,’ ‘Meatballs,’ ‘Caddyshack’ and ‘Ghostbusters,’ Ramis’ voice was strong, clear, outrageous in all the best ways.”
“His unrealized projects – an adaptation of ‘Confederacy of Dunces,’ a biopic about Emma Goldman – leave us aching with an anticipation that will never be fulfilled,” Rodman added. “And then there’s ‘Groundhog Day,’ one of modern cinema’s few true masterworks, a film that is impeccably crafted, morally astute, »
- Dave McNary
The Writers Guild of America, West has chosen late screenwriter-director-actor-producer Harold Ramis to receive its Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement, awarded to a Writers Guild member who has advanced the literature of motion pictures and made outstanding contributions to the profession of the screenwriter. Erica Mann Ramis and family will accept the award on Ramis’ behalf at the Writers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, February 14. Harold Ramis passed away on February 24, 2014 at the age of 69. From today’s announcement:
“Harold Ramis changed the face of comedy. His death last year deprived us of his unique way of seeing the world, at once hilarious and wise. From his early work with National Lampoon and Sctv through Animal House, Meatballs, Caddyshack, and Ghostbusters, Ramis’ voice was strong, clear, outrageous in all the best ways. His unrealized projects – an adaptation of Confederacy of Dunces, a biopic about Emma Goldman – leave us aching with »
- Denise Petski
Multiplicity may not be the most beloved movie Harold Ramis directed, but then again when the competition includes Caddyshack, National Lampoon's Vacation and Groundhog Day, that's less of a knock on Multiplicity and more a testament to the sheer greatness of Ramis' other movies. But still, this delightful '90s comedy is kind of hard to hate thanks to Michael Keaton, Michael Keaton, Michael Keaton and Michael Keaton. If you haven't seen it, Multiplicity stars Michael Keaton as a harried husband who clones himself so that he can catch up on his job, wife, chores and everything else he just doesn't have time for in his busy life. Things get out of hand, however, once the clones start cloning themselves. Moderate hilarity and plenty of misunderstandings...
- Peter Hall
The Griswolds are back! Thanks to a post on Reddit, we’ve got our first look at the upcoming Vacation reboot / sequel, with a set photo featuring the returning Chevy Chase (Clark) and Beverly D’Angelo (Ellen) alongside Ed Helms’ (The Hangover) Rusty and his wife and kids, played by Christina Applegate (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), Skyler Gisondo (Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb) and Steele Stebbins (A Haunted House 2). Also in the shot are directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, as well as the Griswold family truckster!
Vacation is set for release on October 9th, with a cast that also includes Leslie Mann (This Is 40), Charlie Day (Horrible Bosses 2), Chris Hemsworth (Thor: The Dark World), Tim Heidecker (Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie), Nick Kroll (The League), Kaitlin Olson (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Michael Peña (American Hustle).
- Gary Collinson
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