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Well, friends... here we are. Another season of Last Comic Standing, with a brand new host, (Anthony Jeselnik), a brand new judge, (Norm Macdonald), and a brand new Roseanne (she's blonde now!) I saw Jb Smoove on a commercial for Rent.com recently, so hopefully he left by choice and not forced out by a heartless NBC executive. We're thinking about you, Jb.
As per usual, the winner of the show will be winning $250,000, a development deal, and the amazing title of Last Comic Standing. Tonight is the first of four Invitational shows, which means that jokes will be flying quickly.
Anthony takes the stage and introduces Keenen Ivory Wayans, Roseanne, and Norm. Immediately after, we're introduced to Ryan Conner. He's one of eleven brothers (what?) and the amount of people in the house is illustrated further with a giant party sub. They have to fight for food in the Conner household, »
A warm but never schmaltzy, perfectly formed family sitcom with no weak links in its cast, here's why you should watch The Middle...
Family sitcoms aren’t exactly thin on the ground, so finding a new spin on the format is always going to take some work. Originally intended as a vehicle for Ricki Lake, The Middle is a case in point. After several years in development, it finally aired in autumn 2009 with a new lead: Patricia Heaton, one of the stars of hugely popular show Everybody Loves Raymond. Writers Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline had previously been responsible for Roseanne, so the track records of all involved boded well for the series’ prospects. Six seasons later – with a seventh confirmed in May – expectations have well and truly been proved correct.
The Middle is a warm, beautifully performed and acutely observed portrait of a family struggling to cope with the »
For the past twenty years, Joss Whedon has been at the forefront of the science fiction/fantasy movement on modern television. His shows have been almost universally beloved, despite the fact that they didn’t always last particularly long on the air.
Without Joss Whedon’s unique sense of humor and innovative storytelling technique, a lot of the genre television shows that everyone knows and loves today simply would not exist. More recently, he has proven his skills on the big screen, serving at the helm of one of the most financially successful blockbusters of all time, The Avengers, which suddenly made him viable as a film director.
And while everybody can appreciate his considerable creative abilities, the plain and simple truth is that some of his projects are better than others. Like, a lot better. Here are his major projects ranked, beginning with the less impressive »
- Audrey Fox
Wondering why some networks have all but given up on creating new sitcoms? Maybe Jim Gaffigan knows the answer.
The stand-up comic, whose sitcom "The Jim Gaffigan Show" debuted on TV Land this week, has been promoting the show with interviews (including here, here, and here) where he explains why he took his new series to basic cable.
According to Gaffigan, each broadcast network tried to shoehorn his autobiographical series into its preferred sitcom format, with less of an eye on what would make the show unique or good and more on what would make it test well with audiences and run long enough to be sold into syndication. That's where the real money is for a TV production company -- we're talking hundreds of millions of dollars for a successful series with at least 100 episodes in its library -- but to get there, the networks apparently believe that risk-avoidance »
- Gary Susman
ABC Family’s new workplace sitcom is penciling in a visit from a comedy legend.
Fred Willard (Modern Family, Roseanne) will guest-star in an episode of Kevin from Work, the story of a young man whose life becomes infinitely more awkward after he confesses his love to a co-worker, TV has learned exclusively.
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Willard will play Roger Trousdale, a veteran actor who befriends Roxie (Eureka‘s Jordan Hinson), the sister of the series’ titular character (Backpackers‘ Noah Reid). Things get weird — as they’re bound to do on this »
There’s no question that television has been vital in altering perceptions on gay rights, perhaps more than with any other social issue. Yet while TV’s advancement might not seem that way in hindsight — perhaps especially to the movement’s opponents — its role as a progressive force has hardly been a steady forward march. Instead, its history has been more accurately characterized by advance and retreat. The theory that TV pursued some orchestrated agenda is
belied by the jagged line that has been followed from “That Certain Summer” — a breakthrough 1972 movie about a teenager learning that his father is gay — to the panoply of characters currently featured in programs, which prompted GLAAD to state last fall that television is “playing a key role in promoting cultural understanding of Lgbt lives around the world.”
It is also almost impossible to separate the impact of popular TV personalities coming out, such as Ellen DeGeneres, »
- Brian Lowry
When it was announced in March that Stephen King's classic horror novel Misery was getting the Broadway treatment, Elizabeth Marvel was intended to play the juicy role of number-one fan and number-one torturous motivator Annie Wilkes on stage. Due to House of Cards commitments, however, Marvel has left the project and Laurie Metcalf has joined it in her place.
Variety reports that Laurie Metcalf will play Annie Wilkes in the Misery Broadway play. Widely known for her stellar turn as Jackie Harris on Roseanne in addition to a plethora of other TV and film credits, Metcalf is perhaps best known to horror fans for her intense, unflinching portrayal as Mrs. Loomis in Scream 2.
As Wilkes, Metcalf will inflict pain on author Paul Sheldon, played by Bruce Willis in his Broadway debut. Metcalf is no stranger to the stage, having performed both off Broadway in Domesticated and on Broadway in The Other Place. »
- Derek Anderson
Laurie Metcalf will star opposite Bruce Willis in the Broadway production of “Misery,” producers of the play announced Tuesday. Metcalf, a three-time Emmy Award winner and two-time Tony Award nominee, is an original member of the Steppenwolf Theatre. She was last seen on the New York stage in Lincoln Center’s production of Bruce Norris’ “Domesticated,” and in her Tony Award-nominated performance in Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of Sharr White’s “The Other Place.” She received three Emmy Awards for her work on the TV series “Roseanne,” stars in HBO’s “Getting On,” and has a recurring role on “The Big Bang Theory. »
- Joe Otterson
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 »
Foxx, who won an Oscar as legendary singer Ray Charles in "Ray," sang the National Anthem at the so-called fight of the century on Saturday. But did he really sing it? Fans gave him a serious beating on Twitter after the event, and Foxx addressed the criticism Tuesday on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."
"I sung the National Anthem, now some people were a little upset about how it went down," Foxx said. "But here's the thing. First of all, anytime a black person sings the National Anthem, you know we gotta, 'Ohhhhhh sayyyy can you-oooooo-ooooooo.'" The audience cut him off with their cheers. "But what did happen in the ring, my ears came out. My inner ears." Ellen asked him to explain his earpiece reference. »
- Gina Carbone
George Clooney is turning 54 on Wednesday, and though he's a megastar now, I'm not sure he could predict his success in his early days guest-starring on The Facts of Life and Roseanne. To celebrate the Oscar winner's birthday, we rounded up pics of him throughout his career, from his appearance on the short-lived 1985 series Street Hawk all the way up to his most recent role as an art-loving soldier in The Monuments Men. Enjoy, and happy birthday George! »
Did you know that Roseanne Barr came in sixth place in the 2012 presidential election? Despite only making the ballot in three states, the former Roseanne star nabbed 65,000 votes in the general election, and filmmaker Eric Weinrib was along to cover it all. Now Weinrib's turned his footage into a new documentary, Roseanne for President, which follows Barr's campaign through her early efforts to secure the Green Party nomination — she lost to mild-mannered doctor Jill Stein, who seems politely baffled by Roseanne's presence in the race — to her rapturous reception in the Peace and Freedom Party, while also running through Barr's groundbreaking entertainment career. The day after the documentary's premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, we spoke to Roseanne over the phone about her run, the state of American politics, and why she doesn't want people to protest.One of the things I was thinking about while watching »
- Nate Jones
Read More: Tribeca: Matthew Heineman on the Wild and Troubling Ride of Making 'Cartel Land'Roseanne Barr got a lot of attention at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this week from her disclosure that she is losing her eyesight due to macular degeneration and glaucoma. As tragic as that news may be, hopefully it helps draw attention to the primary reason she was at the festival: her inspiring, gusty run for President in 2012, as documented in Eric Weinrib's intimate and moving "Roseanne for President!," which world premiered at the festival over the weekend. "I wanted to run for President since I was a little girl," Roseanne explained to Indiewire just prior to the film's first screening. "The first time I heard it was possible I really wanted to do it. I was five or six years old, and I've had a fantasy about it ever since. I »
- Peter Knegt
Actor and comic, who won an Emmy for her hit 1990s comedy show Roseanne, is losing her eyesight because of glaucoma and macular degeneration
American comedian, actress and TV star Roseanne Barr has revealed that she is suffering from glaucoma and macular degeneration and is slowing going blind.
The outspoken, Emmy award-winning star of the 1990s hit comedy show Roseanne and former Us presidential candidate told the Daily Beast that her vision “is closing now”.
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In a revealing new interview with The Daily Beast, Roseanne Barr spoke openly about her deteriorating eyesight, saying she's expecting to go blind as a result of macular degeneration and glaucoma, a medical condition that ultimately takes your sight. "I just try and enjoy vision as much as possible, you know? Living it up," she said. "My dad had it too." While the doctors have been unable to give her an exact timeline as to when her sight will go, the comic admitted that she's already preparing herself for the absence of one of her greatest pleasures: reading. "That one's harsh, 'cause I read a lot," she said, adding that she briefly considered hiring someone to read to her. "But I like words, and I like looking. You do what you have to do." Roseanne also discussed her love for marijuana and her desire for it to be legalized. She »
Roseanne Barr is going blind. The 62-year-old comedian revealed to the Daily Beast at the Tribeca Film Festival on Monday, April 20, that her “vision is closing in.” "I have macular degeneration and glaucoma,” the Roseanne show alum told the news site of the medical condition that ultimately leaves you blind. “I just try and enjoy vision as much as possible, you know? Living it up. My dad had it, too,” Barr explained, adding that she’ll miss reading but has thought about hiring someone to “read for [...] »
Commentators who wondered if Roseanne Barr’s 2012 presidential candidacy was a joke may still have their doubts after “Roseanne for President!” This authorized portrait doesn’t do much to suggest that the groundbreaking comedienne was a tireless contender for the Oval Office, although Barr does come across as a likable underdog who’s sincere in her desire to challenge big money and political entrenchment. A chronicle with some distance — perhaps one without Barr as executive producer — might have amounted to a deep-dish examination of what it takes to launch a third-party presidential candidacy.
As is, this puff piece of a documentary, directed by Michael Moore collaborator Eric Weinrib, is half campaign diary and half career appreciation — an irreverent, personal look behind the curtain a la “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.” It will likely stoke curiosity among those who followed (or weren’t aware of) Barr’s candidacy, but its »
- Ben Kenigsberg
Read More: 12 Must-See Films at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival "Roseanne for President!" centers around the famous, controversial comedian Roseanne Barr during her run for president in 2012. Despite Roseanne making people laugh for a living, her campaign was not a joke, as she aimed to be a voice for the working. The film not only provides a glimpse into the strange world of "other" party politics, but it also paints a revealing portrait of Roseanne's life and career. In the above clip, we see Roseanne address a crowd of her supporters. Her passionate speech dispels of criticisms one might have of her running for president as a publicity stunt, as she jokingly acknowledges that her political views might've ended her career anyway. "Roseanne for President!" will make its world premiere April 18 at the Tribeca Film Festival. Read More: Meet the 2015 Tribeca Filmmakers #23: Eric Weinrib Paints a Revealing Portrait of »
- Jena Keahon
Read More: Meet the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Filmmakers Comedian Roseanne Barr always went against the odds, first as an assertive housewife struggling to pay the bills on her sitcom. Now she tests the limits of the two-party system, vying for candidacy on the 2012 ballot. 'Roseanne for President!' follows her impassioned campaign journey. [Synopsis Courtesy of the Tribeca Film Festival]What's your film about in 140 characters or less? Roseanne Barr runs for president of the United States. What begins as a political journey becomes a revealing portrait of a comedic icon. Now what's it Really about? It is the job of the comedian and any artist to speak truth to power. And it is the job of every human to find that voice within themselves and fearlessly shout about injustice wherever they see it no matter how unpopular that might be. Roseanne Barr is victorious for having stepped foot in the ring. We each have it »
- Jena Keahon
Should we feel bad for Eddie Huang? The restaurateur whose memoir about his childhood inspired the current ABC sitcom "Fresh Off the Boat" went on a multi-post Twitter rant after this week's episode, complaining that, since the pilot, the show has drifted far from the reality of his own experience, to the point where "it got so far from the truth that I don't recognize my own life."
That's certainly unfortunate, even for a guy who received a tidy sum for the TV rights to his autobiography. No one wants to see his or her experience distorted and broadcast to millions. Then again, what did he expect? It's a network sitcom. It's generally going to avoid any bleak reality that can't be resolved in 22 minutes.
This sort of biographical distortion has been an issue for sitcoms since the dawn of television, since the format simply doesn't lend itself easily to »
- Gary Susman
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