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If you were a child or a parent during the early '90s, there's a good chance that ABC's Tgif lineup graced your TV set. Remember Tgif? A two-hour block of family-friendly comedies that tried to make it seem fun staying in on Friday nights? It officially debuted 25 years ago this month - on Sept. 22, 1989, with a lineup that included Perfect Strangers, Family Matters, Full House and Just the Ten of Us. And notably, it debuted four years before that other landmark '90s TV block, Must See TV. The early promos are a trip, as they're both introducing the »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
Animal House, Revenge of the Nerds, Old School—all classic college comedies that inspired generations of devoted fraternity idiots. But Neighbors, the summer blockbuster that pitted Zac Efron’s fun-loving Greeks against the yuppie couple next door—Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne—realized something new and important: a woman—a mother, even—can be just as outrageously funny and asinine as a dude. When the loud fraternity parties into the night and leaves condoms for the neighbors’ darling baby to play with, Byrne’s Kelly proves to be just as formidable as the guys in the tit-for-tat war that ensues. »
- Jeff Labrecque
President Obama paid tribute to Joan Rivers in a hand-written note That’s according to Joan Rivers’ daughter Melissa, who said in a “Fashion Police” special that the president’s note read, “Not only did she make us laugh, she made us think.” Plus: PBS will show Joan Rivers documentary “A Piece of Work” next week as part of “American Masters,” Rivers’ doctor denies taking a selfie. “The Simpsons” boss: The killed-off character won’t be resurrected The season premiere won’t pull a “Family Guy.” “When we kill ‘em, they stay dead,” says exec producer Al Jean. National Latino Media Council gives ABC a “mediocre” grade thanks in part to “The Bachelor” Juan Pablo ABC has the most Latino actors, writers and producers, yet it was categorized as “mediocre” in terms of Latino representation — along with CBS and Fox — for the casting of a Latino “Bachelor” who "ended up »
- Norman Weiss
A king and a witch are counseling Beauty and the Beast.
Related Fall TV Spectacular: Exclusive Scoop and Photos on 42 Returning Favorites!
Van Sprang and Henstridge will play Homeland Security agents Bob and Carol, a perfectly in-sync married couple who, as mirror images of Vincent and Catherine, offer the engaged pair some relationship advice. Unfortunately, the beauty and the beast begin to discover that there’s more than meets the eye when »
Aubrey Plaza to voice Grumpy Cat for Lifetime In a match made in heaven, the deadpan “Parks and Rec” star has been tapped for "Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever” after Jane Lynch reportedly backed out after winning an Emmy. Les Moonves: There’s a “very strong possibility” Showtime will be offered to non-cable subscribers “And possibly with CBS as well,” the CBS chief, who oversees Showtime, told investors today. “Friday Night Lights” alum Zach Gilford to play Jennifer Carpenter’s love interest on USA’s “Stanistan” He’ll play an infrastructure manager for Usaid in the drama about an American compound in the Middle Eastern country of Stanistan. Click Read Full Post For More TBS will celebrate Monday’s 20th anniversary of “Friends” with a 20-episode marathon The 20 episodes will consist of fan favorites. Bill Clinton to return to “The Daily Show” The former president will make his 9th appearance on Thursday. »
- Norman Weiss
Smith will play Dr. Carolyn King, an Ob-gyn who Mindy has to blackmail to get Danny’s mom (Cheers alum Rhea Perlman) an appointment.
Aside from her long-running gig on The Simpsons, which returns Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. on Fox, Smith will also appear in the season premiere of ABC’s Revenge (returning Sept. 28 at 10 p.m.) as a fellow patient at the mental hospital where Victoria is interned. »
- Natalie Abrams
This could be really good. Paul Rust (I Love You, Beth Cooper) and Gillian Jacobs (Community, Girls) will co-star in Love, a new Netflix series from Rust, Judd Apatow and Leslie Arfin (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Girls). In a bold move of confidence, Netflix has picked up the show for two seasons already. The first 10 episodes will air in 2015, with another 12 on the way in 2016. Legendary Television will produce as well. Love follows Gus (Paul Rust) and Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) as they navigate the exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, and other things they were hoping to avoid. The show will be a half-hour series. Hit the jump for more on Love. Here's the official press release: Judd Apatow, Paul Rust and Lesley Arfin are bringing an unflinching, hilarious and excruciatingly honest take on modern relationships to Love, a new Netflix original series, licensed globally and debuting in 2016 in all Netflix territories. »
- Evan Dickson
Netflix is going full force with their original content, and they intend on penetrating the television market even deeper with the just announced series Love. The new series is reported to be "fresh and funny" and comes from the comedic mind of Judd Apatow.
Here's the official press release:
Judd Apatow, Paul Rust and Lesley Arfin are bringing an unflinching, hilarious and excruciatingly honest take on modern relationships to Love, a new Netflix original series, licensed globally and debuting in 2016 in all Netflix territories. Netflix has made a two-season commitment to Love, which debuts with 10 episodes in 2016 and 12 the following year.Love follows Gus (Paul Rust from I Love You, Beth Cooper and Inglorious Basterds) and Mickey (Gillian Jacobs) as they navigate the exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, and other things they were hoping to avoid. Jacobs is best known for her role as Britta in the critically-acclaimed series »
- Kellvin Chavez
Each week Variety publishes ListenFirst Digital Audience Ratings (Dar), a measurement of fan engagement across all the major digital platforms as it relates to TV shows (see the film version here). Provided by ListenFirst Media, Dar measures what entertainment content is resonating most across Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, YouTube and Wikipedia combined. For more on the methodology behind Dar, scroll to the bottom of the article.
Digital Audience Ratings (Dar) Weekly Top 10 Monday Sept 8, 2014 – Sunday Sept 14, 2014 Rank Last Week Program Rating(000) 1 1 The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 30,436 2 2 Jimmy Kimmel Live! 17,053 3 4 America’s Got Talent 8,318 4 7 Conan 5,731 5 3 The Simpsons 5,423 6 8 Top Gear 5,112 7 9 Sesame Street 4,750 8 – Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 4,569 9 10 The Voice 4,368 10 – The Walking Dead 4,300 Key First time on the chart Pinnacle Rank -
One month out from its season five premiere, “The Walking Dead” has »
- Jason Klein
It was much so simpler when they’d just kill you. Once upon a time, viruses in TV dramas were straightforward slaughterers. The flu of 1975’s Survivors, for instance, cut a swathe through the UK, leaving well-spoken corpses wherever it went. Once infected, you’d cough, start sweating, and then drop dead - unless you numbered amongst the lucky immune, in which case it was time to brush up on your scouting badge survival skills and attempt to make your way in a post-plague world.
Nowadays, TV’s infected aren’t given anything like such an easy time of it. After the coughing, sweating, lurching - and often, dying - stage, more often than not, the virus transforms you. You mutate into something monstrous, one »
This Week in TV:
Keanu Reeves and director Roland Emmerich team for a sci-fi series called New Angeles; CBS orders a pilot for the Stephen King adaptation The Things They Left Behind; TNT begins development on a Shooter adaptation; Penny Dreadful season 2 casts Patti LuPone as a guest star; and The Simpsons reveals an upcoming crossover episode will feature the old version of the Simpsons from The Tracey Ullman Show.
Slingshot Global Media announced it is developing a sci-fi series, titled New Angeles, with Keanu Reeves attached to star and Roland Emmerich (White House Down) attached to direct and executive produce.
Slingshot will produce and ...
- Daniel Johnson
There's no point of reviewing Sunday (September 14) night's The Simpsons Take The Bowl show from The Hollywood Bowl, at least not in a traditional way. Sunday's presentation was the third and final night for The Simpsons Take The Bowl and, alas, if you didn't catch one of the shows... That's it. Sorry. Timed to loosely synchronize with the classic comedy's 25th anniversary, the show's recent syndicated move to Fxx and Sunday, September 28 premiere for the new season, The Simpsons Take The Bowl was a terrific two hours of live music, singing and dancing, culminating in fireworks. The event featured an assortment of new animation tailored around the venue, but also included classic "Simpsons" bits including Homer's plummet down the Springfield Gorge, Homer's gambol through The Land of Chocolate and the transition from the Ajax Steel Mill into The Anvil. I'm not sure that all of my favorite "Simpsons" musical moments were acknowledged. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Football dominated primetime’s ratings action on Sunday, with CBS leading early with the conclusion of its late NFL doubleheader game and NBC winning the rest of the way with “Sunday Night Football.” One of pigskin’s victims was ABC’s “Miss America” pageant, which was down about 25% from last year to its lowest score to date on a broadcast network.
According to preliminary, “live plus same-day” estimates from Nielsen, “Sunday Night Football” averaged a 7.6 rating/21 share in adults 18-49 and 19.4 million viewers overall on the net’s stations from 8:30 to 11 p.m., with these numbers expected to rise by between 10% and 15% when the nationals are released tomorrow. The game, in which the Chicago Bears overcame a 17-0 early deficit and scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns to defeat the San Francisco 49ers 28-20, averaged a 14.0 household rating/23 share in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets — 3% above the 13.6/24 for last year’s San »
- Rick Kissell
Even the creators of The Simpsons know we love the old stuff. Specifically, the first 10 to 12 seasons. That’s the period in which Matt Groening‘s iconic yellow family took the world by storm and became a television institution. Since then many fans have fallen off the show, citing a decline in quality, and maybe […]
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- Germain Lussier
It’s been a cruel, cruel summer for the lofties of Fox’s New Girl, who’ve endured wedding after wedding with little more than a refrigerator door full of save-the-dates to show for it.
But as Season 4 opens (Tuesday at 9/8c), the group’s long, nuptial nightmare is drawing to a much-desired close.
“We pick them up [as they're] about to attend the very last wedding of the season,” executive producer Brett Baer tells TVLine. And all of those champagne toasts and garter tosses have proven fertile romantic ground for some (Schmidt, Coach), not so much for others (Jess, Winston).
In even more depressing news that I'm getting old, "The Simpsons" turns 25 this year - and to mark the occasion, Matt Groening and friends have been entertaining their asses off at L.A.'s iconic Hollywood Bowl all weekend. Didn't get to go? Sucks for you! Below are 8 YouTube clips that will make you wish you'd been there to "Do the Bartman" with awkward abandon. The opening sketch Oh boy, this must have been really exciting live. Boy. Conan O'Brien sings "The Monorail Song" But not before taking digs at the Bowl's season ticket holders. "Weird" Al Yankovic performs "The Ballad of Homer and Marge" Oh my god, he's famous again. Yeardley Smith and Nancy Cartwright perform "Minimum Wage Nanny" Still the definitive Mary Poppins parody. Nancy Cartwright sings "Do the Bartman" You knew it was coming! 1990 was awesome. The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles performs "Spider Pig" Only in America. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Cecily Strong reacts to leaving “SNL’s” Weekend Update desk "I don't see this as me leaving update,” she wrote on Instagram, "just as me being on update in a looser, goofier way that is a lot more fun for me and in a way I think I'm better at. Unless you are just a person who enjoys being angry or sad. Then I guess play on, playa. Also, I danced.” Plus: Why a woman is needed on “Update." “Utopia” plummets yet again The 3rd airing of the year-long “reality experiment" slipped to 2 million viewers. Watch Conan, Weird Al and more sing at “The Simpsons” at the Hollywood Bowl Conan O’Brien performed "The Monorail Song." »
- Norman Weiss
If Mr. Burns were in attendance at the live "The Simpsons Take the Hollywood Bowl" show Friday, he might have referred to the show as "excellent." Conan O'Brien, Weird Al, Jon Lovitz and Hank Azaria were among the high-profile stars who performed songs and talked about their involvement with the long-running Fox series. The live show, celebrating The Simpsons' 25th anniversary, continues through Sunday. Azaria — who voices numerous characters on the show, including Apu, Moe the bartender and Chief Wiggum — hosted the event and sang Apu's tune "Who Need the Kwik-e Mart?" All of
- Ryan Gajewski
The Simpsons took to the stage of the Hollywood Bowl last night to kick off a three-day series of tributes and performances in anticipation of its 26th season. Conan O'Brien got onstage to perform a classic scene from a classic episode, the monorail song (voiced by the late great Phil Hartman) from "Marge v. the Monorail." Conan's an appropriate choice considering he wrote the episode. Also in attendance was Weird Al, who performed a parody of "Jack and Diane" as "Homer and Marge." Watch the clips below, and sorry for the nosebleed seats. »
- E. Alex Jung
If you caught any of Fxx’s epic 12-day Simpsons marathon, then you must have seen at least one great musical moment. Now Springfield is getting the big Hollywood salute it deserves with three performances of The Simpsons Take the Bowl.
Hosted by Hank Azaria (and the countless characters he voices on the show), the event—featuring the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra—highlights some of the sitcom’s best song parodies and musical scoring. Also on tap: Special guests, both in person and in animated form. Here are 6 of the most memorable moments from Friday night’s opening concert:
The Simpsons are fans too! »
- Jake Perlman
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