4 items from 2015
Although Robert Carlock and Mike Schur haven’t worked together in years, their careers keep intersecting. They met as writers on “Saturday Night Live” in the ’90s. Carlock went on to showrun NBC Emmy favorite “30 Rock” with Tina Fey, before the pair co-created Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Schur spent three years on NBC’s “The Office” before launching Amy Poehler starrer “Parks and Recreation” on the same network. Seven seasons later, “Parks” has come to an end and earned a farewell nom for best comedy series alongside the debut season of “Kimmy.” And now Schur is working for Netflix too, exec producing the upcoming Aziz Ansari vehicle “Master of None” (which, like “Kimmy,” is produced by NBCUniversal).
Variety: Robert, you were on a show that won a lot of Emmys. Mike, your show has been largely ignored by the Emmys. Robert, what is Mike doing wrong?
Mike Schur: »
- Geoff Berkshire
Long before Jenny Lewis was a successful indie-rock singer, she achieved a very different kind of success: Child stardom! The former Rilo Kiley musician, now 39, isn't embarrassed by her younger years onscreen—in fact, her newly released "She's Not Me" music video playfully pays homage to her child star past! For the creation of the quirky clip, Jenny enlisted the help of several of her famous friends, including Fred Armisen, Zosia Mamet, Vanessa Bayer, Feist and Leo Fitzpatrick. Together the pals parody some of Jenny's earlier work, including her TV roles on Golden Girls, Roseanne and Mr. Belvedere as well as her film appearances in Troop Beverly Hills, The Wizard and »
Actress Ellen Albertini Dow, best known for her scene-stealing turn as rapping grandma Rosie in Adam Sandler’s “The Wedding Singer,” has died at age 101. Los Angeles’ Pierce College Theatre Department confirmed news of Dow’s death via Facebook on Monday evening. Dow’s late husband, Eugene, founded the Lapc Theatre Department.
Born November 16, 1913 in Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania, Dow got a late start on her entertainment career, with her first on-screen credit listed as 1985’s “American Drive-In.” Although she made guest appearances in a number of classic series throughout the ’80s and ’90s — including “The Twilight Zone,” “Moonlighting,” “Newhart,” “Mr. Belvedere,” “The Golden Girls” and “Family Matters” — her breakout role came in 1998’s “Wedding Singer,” in which she gave a memorable performance of “Rapper’s Delight.” A medley of Dow’s version of the song mixed with Sugarhill Gang’s original was included on the film’s soundtrack album, which »
- Variety Staff
On March 15, 1985, ABC debuted Mr. Belvedere at 8:30 p.m. as a midseason replacement airing immediately after that other show about a wise-cracking butler, Benson. The show centered on a proper British butler (Christopher Hewett) adjusting to life working for the Owens family of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. And for six seasons, characters on the show and the people watching them chose not to think too much about how strange it was that a middle-class family would have a live-in butler. The show hit that family-comedy sweet spot right along with Family Ties, Growing Pains, Full House and The Cosby Show, »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
4 items from 2015
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners