11 items from 2016
Joel McHale is just settling in on “The Great Indoors.” He has taped the second episode of the new CBS multi-camera sitcom and is prepping to film the third, and his dressing room on the CBS Radford lot in Studio City is still sparse. There’s a couch, a chair, a few books.
It’s a little early to make it a home. “The Great Indoors” won’t premiere in its Thursday timeslot, post-“The Big Bang Theory,” until Oct. 27 (two days after the release of his comedic memoir “Thanks For the Money”), and though that’s one of TV’s most coveted slots, there’s no guarantee of success.
McHale, whose cult-favorite series “Community” was on the verge of cancellation for five seasons at NBC (and earned one more season anchoring the ill-fated streaming slate at Yahoo), knows that all too well. But he’s placing his bets on the broad appeal of CBS, the »
- Geoff Berkshire
A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com."Jack Riley, an alum of The Bob Newhart Show and the voice of Stu Pickles on Rugrats, has died at the age of 80. The actor died from pneumonia in Los Angeles early Friday morning, his representative Paul Doherty tells Entertainment Weekly. Riley is best known for playing Elliot Carlin, one of Bob Newhart’s patients — a role he reprised in 1985 on the NBC medical series St. Elsewhere. He also appeared in several of Mel Brooks’ films, including History of the World: Part I, High Anxiety, and To Be or Not to Be. »
- Chancellor Agard, @chancelloragard
Riley gained recognition for his role as the selfish and neurotic patient Elliot Carlin, who is credited in 49 episodes of “The Bob Newhart Show.”
He was also a voice actor for the iconic Nickelodeon character in “Rugrats” for over a decade starting in 1991. He voiced 143 episodes of the original series through 2005, and 18 episodes of the “Rugrats” spin-off “All Grown Up” until 2007.
His voice also appeared in multiple “Rugrats” movies including “A Rugrats Vacation” (1997), “The Rugrats Movie” (1998), “Rugrats in Paris: The Movie” (2000), as well as several video games based on the Nicktoon.
Riley’s career spanned close to 50 years and »
- Lamarco McClendon
A Broadway musical based on the hit HBO vampire series True Blood is in development, The New York Post reports.
The theatrical adaptation is being workshopped under director Pam MacKinnon, who won a Tony Award in 2013 for directing the revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Author Elizabeth Scott — best known for her 2008 young adult novel, Living Dead Girl — is writing the book and lyrics, while Nathan Barr, who scored True Blood the TV show, is handling the music. The Post also reported that True Blood creator Alan Ball is overseeing the project, »
You're in a bind. You've just been charged with a crime you didn't commit, and you don't have a lawyer. Who are you gonna call?Alicia Florrick from The Good Wife? Harvey Spector or Jessica Pearson from Suits? Reliable ol' Ben Matlock from Matlock? Alan Shore or Denny Crane from Boston Legal? Jack McCoy from Law & Order? Jackie Chiles from Seinfeld or Dan Fielding on Night Court?Would you put your faith in the legendary Perry Mason, lady's man Arnie Becker (La Law), or sleazy Saul Goodman from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul? We'd like to know which TV lawyer you would want to represent you in court.Read More… »
For as beloved as his features may be, Todd Haynes boasts a repertoire of short films no less deserving of attention — attention they might receive if they were more readily accessible. One has long been able to find Superstar and Dottie Gets Spanked with little effort, but some pieces were only recently discovered — e.g. The Suicide, found on Criterion’s Safe release; in terms of emotional effect, it makes Carol feel like an episode of Night Court — or have yet to be given a proper restoration.
Which brings us to (drum roll) a Kickstarter campaign to extensively restore and properly release eight shorts from Apparatus, a now-defunct creative house founded by Haynes and longtime creative partner Christine Vachon. Although the former’s work is not immediately on display therein, part of the $30,000 effort is to locate his 1985 Assassins: A Film Concerning Rimbaud, “in which he depicts the poet as »
- Nick Newman
Daredevil Is Given The Finger
Truer words were never spoken; or put into a first-person narrative caption.
You may recall that attorney – I mean I hope my old columns are at least a little memorable – Matt Murdock, who is secretly the super hero Daredevil, was recently disbarred in New York state after circumstances forced Matt to reveal publicly that he was Daredevil. When New York realized the number of ethical infractions Matt had committed to keep his secret identity secret, it barred him from its bar. Matt then moved to San Francisco, because he was still a licensed attorney in California. Well, that was then. This is now.
Now, everyone has forgotten that Matt is Daredevil, Matt is back in New York City, and his license to practice law in New York State has been reinstated. Don’t ask how.
Seriously, do not ask how, because I literally do not know. »
- Bob Ingersoll
In the midst of March Madness and with the Kentucky Derby around the corner, the first pitch of baseball season is almost here.
A quote from Field Of Dreams best describes America’s national pastime, “The one constant throughout the years has been baseball.”
To mark the start of the 2016 season, here’s our list of the Best Baseball movies.
Considered by some to be the best baseball movie ever, the film celebrates its 40th anniversary this month (April 7, 1976). In an article from the NY Daily News, one line reads, “It is a movie that someone like the late Philip Seymour Hoffman called his favorite, and one which resonates on many levels today, with all different generations.”
Who are we to argue with greatness?
- Movie Geeks
Dear Fox (the network, not the Mulder),
Fans of The X-Files don’t have to be conspiracy theorists to sense what’s coming: Given the revivals’ recent impressive ratings (an average audience of 9.5 million per week), there’s almost no chance that you won’t order another season of the sci-fi drama. Series creator Chris Carter himself said nearly as much right after the finale.
RelatedX-Files Creator Chris Carter on That Cliffhanger Ending, a Lingering Mulder Mystery and the Latest on Season 11
And that’s a good thing — in part because a potential Season 11 will give Carter & Co. another chance »
Update: Matthew Perry will not appear in person at the Friends reunion. According to Time, representatives for the actor noted that he will be starring in a play in London at the time but "may tape something for the tribute."
After years of close calls, the original six stars of hit NBC comedy Friends will be reuniting for a two-hour tribute special to director James Burrows that will air on NBC on February 21st.
Christine Gazel Ballard died peacefully at Windsor Terrace Nursing Home in Van Nuys, Calif., on January 2, 2016. She was 68.
Ballard worked as associate director for “The Golden Girls,” “The Redd Foxx Show” and “Benson,” gradually working her way up to directing episodes of “Night Court,” “Charles in Charge,” “It’s a Living” and “Alice.” She followed that up working in production on “The Tony Danza Show,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “According to Jim.” In May 1994 she received an Emmy for writing, producing and directing a Los Angeles TV special entitled “Women Pioneers.”
Ballard was born in Chicago and grew up in Park Ridge, Ill., graduating from Indiana University with a degree in radio and television in 1969; while at Indiana she was very active in Wius, the campus radio station. After moving to Terre Haute, Ind., and working at station Wtwo as staff director for several years, Christine headed for California in »
- Carmel Dagan
11 items from 2016
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