13 items from 2015
By any measure, television’s renaissance has been good for women. But the long list of compelling female characters gets shorter when drama series are taken out of the mix.
Across broadcast, cable and digital, traditional half-hour comedies don’t pack the same pop-culture punch as the antics of Olivia Pope, Carrie Mathison, Alicia Florrick or Daenerys Targaryen. It’s harder to generate consistent laughs than it is consistent gasps, based on the ratio of dramas to comedies across the dial these days.
The only thing harder, it seems, than fielding a fresh comedy hit is for an actress to become a breakout star in a new comedy. This is where a little Emmy attention could offer a big boost to a promising show and budding talent. But Emmy voters are inclined to favor incumbents, which leaves little room for fresh faces.
Since 2010, at least three of the nominees in »
- Cynthia Littleton
Scream Queens, which received a new trailer this week.
USA Network has formally given a series order to Queen of the South. The series will be based on the 2002 Spanish novel La Raina Del Sur by Arturo Pérez-Reverte, which has already been adapted into a Spanish-language telenovela, and will star City of God and Predators‘ Alice Braga in the lead role of Teresa Mendoza. The series synopsis is as follows.
Queen Of The South tells the powerful story of Teresa Mendoza (Braga). When her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico, Teresa is forced to go on the run and seek refuge in America, where she teams with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the very drug trafficking ring that has her on the run. In the process, she learns the tools of the trade and strategically positions herself to become the leader of the Cartel. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Read More: Screen Media Acquires Helen Hunt's 2nd Directorial Feature 'Ride' [Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "Ride," is available now On Demand.] Oscar and Emmy award winning actress Helen Hunt ("As Good As It Gets," "Mad About You," "Cast Away") has been a household name in Hollywood for years, and her career, which has expanded to including directing and writing in addition to acting, is still going strong. Her new film, "Ride," follows Jackie, a New York City mother who chases her son to Los Angeles when he drops out of college to surf. Hunt wrote, directed and starred in the film and participated in a discussion about her filmmaking process in a 92Y Reel Pieces with Annette Insdorf talk. Watch the full conversation above and check out a few highlights below. Hunt wanted to change up the traditional mother/son »
- Becca Nadler
The Buchmans are back together again! Helen Hunt reunited with her "Mad About You" costar, Paul Reiser, on Tuesday night at the Los Angeles premiere of her new movie, "Ride." In the flick, the 51-year-old actress plays a magazine editor who discovers her son has dropped out of college to become a surfer. Her character follows the boy to California, where she meets a surf instructor, played by Luke Wilson. Reiser attended the screening to show support for his former on-screen wife, who wrote, directed and produced the film. Hunt stole the spotlight on her big night, putting her fit figure on display in a lace shift dress. The actor looked dapper in a black jacket, shirt and slacks. It's been over 20 years since audiences first fell in love with these two on "Mad About You." The show, which ran from 1992-1999, followed Paul Buchman, a documentary filmmaker, and Jamie Stemple Buchman, »
- tooFab Staff
As an actress, Helen Hunt has thrived in the entertainment industry for over four decades. She’s won an Oscar, Golden Globe Awards and Primetime Emmys. She has succeeded on a large scale as both a film and a television actress, which is no small feat considering that, until recently, film and television actors have been largely kept in distinct and relatively immutable categories. Hunt has been directing for years, too, from episodes of Mad About You to her first feature film in 2007, Then She Found Me. But not until her latest effort, Ride, has she taken it upon herself […] »
- Tina Poppy
Exclusive: Chris Case – a long-time writer on shows such as Spin City, Titus and Mad About You who is exec producer on Yahoo’s new Sin City Saints – ended up with a very different writing assignment recently, punching up the story line, characters and emotional engagement of a new mobile game, Juice Jam, from Sgn. “Mobile for me is the Wild, Wild West,” said Case. “It was an opportunity to understand what’s happening here. It’s really cool to try to innovate. It’s wide… »
Source: ABC A reboot for Full House is reportedly in the works at Netflix, '90s kids! Plenty of people call themselves Full House fans, but how much trivia do you know about the people and the stories behind the hit '90s show, not to mention where the cast is now? Several of the show's stars have been sharing the spotlight lately. Candace Cameron Bure competed on Dancing With the Stars, and a few of her former castmates cheered for her from the stands. She also reunited on screen with Scott Weinger, who played D.J.'s boyfriend Steve, for an episode of The Neighbors, and all three of the main Full House guys came together for a Super Bowl commercial last year. To relive all the Full House excitement, take a look at 33 things you may not know about your favorite '90s series. The Show The show »
Hunt wrote, directed and stars in Ride as a mother who travels from New York to California to convince her son not to drop out of school.
Jackie (Hunt) tries to conquer surfing when her son reveals his ambition to become a professional surfer, and soon finds romance with a charming instructor (The Skeleton Twins star Luke Wilson).
Ride opens later in the year in the Us. »
Socha, who’s had recurring arcs on “Royal Pains,” “The Big C” and “Damages” and replaced Lea Michele in “Spring Awakening’s” original Broadway production in 2008, was a guest star in the pilot for Amazon Studios, which premiered last year on Amazon Prime Instant Video. The full series is set to bow later this year.
The coming-of-age series, set in suburban New Jersey in the mid-’80s, follows college student David Myers (Craig Roberts), working the summer as an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club, during the last hurrah before his adult life begins. Paul Reiser (“Mad About You”) and Jennifer Grey (“Dirty Dancing”) also star.
Socha will continue her role as Skye in the series.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
As the divide between film and TV becomes increasingly difficult to discern, it’s far less uncommon to see well-known TV actors playing juicy roles on the big screen. And now that TV is no longer the death knell it once was for performers hoping for a film career, some of the industry’s best talent is emanating from TV. It’s also the medium actors are most frequently recognized for. As frontrunner supporting actor nominee J.K. Simmons told Variety last year before “Whiplash,” with his breakthrough role, opened, “It’s rather sobering to realize more people have seen my Farmers Insurance commercials than everything put together.”
Among the year’s acting Oscar nominees, several are known for their series work, including Steve Carell (NBC’s “The Office”), Benedict Cumberbatch (PBS’ “Sherlock”), J.K. Simmons (TNT’s “The Closer,” NBC’s “Growing Up Fisher”), and Laura Dern (HBO’s “Enlightened”). Patricia Arquette »
- Christy Grosz
French stereotypes in American cinema, you’re going to have to wait a little longer. Writer/director Victor Levin’s feature directorial debut, “5 to 7,” is an unorthodox romance about an aspiring novelist, Brian (Anton Yelchin), who engages in an affair with Arielle (Berenice Marlohe), a gorgeous, free-spirited French woman (is there any other kind in American movies?) who also happens to be happily married. This open affair becomes complicated when Brian and Arielle fall in love, which doesn’t sit well with Arielle’s diplomat husband, Valery (Lambert Wilson a.k.a. Merovingian from the two shitty “Matrix” sequels), who’s also seeing someone on the side (Olivia Thirlby). Is it too much to hope for a foursome in the third act to perhaps bring something genuinely interesting and “thought-provoking” to such a maudlin-looking romance? Levin primarily hails from the world of the small screen, having written many episodes of "Mad Men, »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
Sunday’s episode, in which Homer becomes Bart’s new best friend after being hypnotized into thinking he’s a 10-year-old boy, was written as a spec script by Apatow in 1990 during the show’s first season.
TVLine spoke with Apatow and Simpsons executive producer Al Jean about Sunday’s throwback episode (Sunday, 8/7c), its two-decade journey to the screen and whether it could mark the beginning of a beautiful writing partnership.
Tvline | Maybe I’m clueless, »
Showtime really, really wants you to kick off 2015 with a good laugh. The premium cable network isn't just hosting a free preview of its stations this weekend to coincide with the debuts of three comedy series, it's also releasing them all online for free. "Episodes," "House of Lies" and "Shameless" all start new seasons this Sunday, but you don't have to wait to see them. Watch the premiere episodes of each season below right now. "Episodes," starring Golden Globe winner Matt LeBlanc, is entering its fourth season in 2015. The former "Friends" star plays a selfish version of himself in the very meta British adaptation which co-stars John Pankow ("Mad About You") and Kathleen Rose Perkins. "House of Lies" has also gotten some Globes love, earning Cheadle a win in its debut season for playing the consultant everyone wants to hire but no one wants to emulate. He's an antihero for the ages, »
- Ben Travers
13 items from 2015
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