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Frasier’s Complicated Relationship with Farce

15 December 2014 10:19 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Like any long-running television show, Frasier‘s later seasons are marked by shallow characterizations and repetitive storytelling, a classic case of creative exhaustion any popular, lasting show has dealt with. And with that creative exhaustion comes an increasing reliance on old narrative devices and tricks, desperate attempts to recapture old magic that never works: Friends did it with repeated Ross/Rachel stories and increasingly-awful flashbacks, Cheers did it with Rebecca and Sam, 24 with moles and last-second plot twists… and Frasier did it with farce, turning a once-wonderful bit of old-school presentation into head-shakingly awful slapstick that became more and more common place with each growing season. Early on, Frasier was a multi-camera comedy aspiring to be something different: an intelligent show, one that contemplated the theoretical debates of psychology and explored the mid-life crisis of Frasier Crane with a focus on character that most other shows wouldn’t attempt – both of its time, »

- Randy Dankievitch

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Friends Countdown: Lisa Kudrow Was Almost Roz on Frasier

12 December 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Lisa Kudrow is completely wonderful as Valerie Cherish in The Comeback. Valerie is sad and broken and self-conscious, but also shameless, and for someone you should openly loathe, Kudrow gives her some dignity and coherence. There's a way, though, that Kudrow will always Phoebe; not that she can't or shouldn't play other parts, but there will always be a momentary flash of "wait! Phoebs!" when Kudrow appears. She's just so iconic. Which is why it's fun to think about the fact that Kudrow was almost in a different role in a major '90s sitcom: She was initially cast as Roz on Frasier.Peter Casey, one of Frasier's creators and executive producers, wrote in 2006 about the casting process. Dozens of actresses auditioned for the role, and Kudrow eventually edged out Peri Gilpin (who was eventually cast after all) after reading for NBC executives. "Lisa didn’t exactly fit the »

- Margaret Lyons

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21st Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominees Announced

10 December 2014 2:09 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Nominees for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performances in 2014 in five film and eight television categories, as well as the SAG Awards honors for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood.

SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard introduced Ansel Elgort (“The Fault in Our Stars,” “Divergent”) and actress/director/producer and SAG Award recipient Eva Longoria, who announced the nominees for this year’s Actors. SAG Awards Committee Chair JoBeth Williams and Vice Chair Daryl Anderson announced the stunt ensemble nominees.

The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 8 p.m. (Et) / 5 p.m. (Pt) from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. An encore performance will air immediately following on TNT. The SAG Awards can »

- Michelle McCue

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‘Frasier’ Alum Peri Gilpin Replaces Jean Smart on NBC’s ‘Mr. Robinson’

6 December 2014 10:26 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

And here’s to you, “Mr. Robinson.”

Frasier” vet Peri Gilpin has replaced “24’s” Jean Smart as a series regular on the upcoming NBC comedy “Mr. Robinson.”

Gilpin will play tough-as-nails (and heartbroken) high school principal Catherine Taylor, who gives star Craig Robinson’s substitute teacher a hard time. “The Office” alum shares his name with the struggling musician character.

Coincidentally, Spencer Grammer (from ABC Family’s “Greek”), the daughter of Gilpin’s “Frasier” co-star Kelsey Grammer, also stars on the show.

Smart had played the role in the original pilot, shot last year, but exited the project when it changed from single to multi-cam.

“Had the greatest first day on Mr. Robinson. @MrCraigRobinson and amazing cast so good and so funny,” Gilpin tweeted Friday night. “I’m so excited.”

Had the greatest first day on Mr. Robinson. @MrCraigRobinson and amazing cast so good and so funny. I'm so excited. »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Peri Gilpin Joins NBC's Mr. Robinson, Replacing Jean Smart

5 December 2014 2:30 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Paging all hooligans and troublemakers to Peri Gilpin’s office.

The Frasier vet is joining NBC’s upcoming Mr. Robinson as a series regular, portraying a high school principal — and tough boss to Craig Robinson’s struggling musician/substitute teacher.

Jean Smart had played the role in the original pilot, but exited the project when it changed from single- to multi-cam.

Last month, Greek‘s Spencer Grammer and A to Z‘s Lenora Crichlow joined Mr. Robinson as math and English teachers — the former who moonlights as an exotic dancer, the latter who left the world of Wall Street to follow her true passion. »

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Peri Gilpin Replaces Jean Smart in NBC's 'Mr. Robinson'

5 December 2014 2:30 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NBC's upcoming comedy Mr. Robinson is making a change. The comedy centers on a journeyman musician (The Office's Craig Robinson, whose character has the same name) who gets a job as a music teacher at a high school and, while teaching the kids everything from rock to the blues, learns how to put the school's rules to the test. Peri Gilpin (Frasier) will replace Jean Smart as the school's principal, Catherine Taylor. The character is described as an administrator who puts her students first and was burned by a famous musician in the past, and who is wary of substitute

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- Lesley Goldberg

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James Burrows, Robert Butler Selected for DGA Lifetime Achievement Award

4 December 2014 10:57 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Directors Guild of America has selected James Burrows and Robert Butler as the first recipients of a new DGA Award: the Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Achievement in Television Direction.

“For those out there who’ve wondered what kind of impact a television director can have on the medium: Jim Burrows and Bob Butler provide the answers,” said DGA president Paris Barclay.

“That’s why we’re beyond thrilled to establish a new award, and to inaugurate it with two men who have had an incomparable influence over decades of precedent-setting television directing,” said Barclay.  “They’ve shaped the history of television in ways too numerous to calculate, including directing the pilots for some of the most iconic television shows ever.”

Barclay noted that Burrows will soon direct his 1,000th TV episode and cited “Taxi,” “Cheers,” “Friends,” “Will and Grace” and “The Big Bang Theory” as his key titles. »

- Dave McNary

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Miss Golden Globe 2015 Is…

20 November 2014 6:44 PM, PST | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

Meet 2015's Miss Golden Globe: Greer Grammer.

The 22-year-old is the daughter of "Frasier" alum Kelsey Grammer and Barrie Buckner.

“I am flattered to have been chosen by the HFPA for this year’s Miss Golden Globe,” Greer said in a statement. “It’s truly an honor to be included in this experience that so many incredible men and women have been a part of."

Photos: Miss Golden Globe: Through The Years

Like her famous father, Greer is an actress. Her resume includes playing cheerleader Lissa in "Awkward," and she will be seen in ABC Family's "Melissa and ...

Copyright 2014 by NBC Universal, Inc. All rights reserved.

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- access.hollywood@nbcuni.com (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)

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‘Hot in Cleveland’ to End After Sixth Season

17 November 2014 2:01 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

TV Land will call it a wrap for comedy “Hot in Cleveland” after its upcoming sixth season.

The ensembler about a group of Hollywood-ites who relocate to Cleveland paved the way for TV Land’s original series strategy, turning the cabler into a bigger player in the biz after years as a showcase for vintage TV.

“Cleveland” was a success from the get-go in 2010, thanks in no small part to savvy casting of sitcom vets Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick. Series was created by “Frasier” alum Suzanne Martin and produced by Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner’s Hazy Mills banner.

“It’s been an honor to work with Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick and the incomparable Betty White as well as our executive producers Suzanne Martin, Todd Milliner, Sean Hayes and the rest of our exceptional writers, production team and crew,” said TV Land prexy Larry Jones. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Vegas ‘Duck Dynasty’s A Real Crap Shoot; Allison Williams In ‘Finding Neverland’?

14 November 2014 3:30 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Here are two bold predictions about what will not be coming to Broadway anytime soon: Duck Dynasty: The Musical, and Allison Williams as Peter Pan in Finding Neverland. Anything else you read about either show is speculation. Kindly unknot your knickers.

First, the Duck decoy: The New York Times did a rather extraordinary favor on Thursday for the producers of a Las Vegas revue based on A&E’s Duck Dynasty franchise. The Times put this very silly story on page A1 and, in the headline, attached the word “Broadway” to the enterprise. This caused a number of otherwise sane theater denizens to foam at the mouth over the prospect of an invasion by reckless red-state redneck homophobes into the sacred PC precincts of Times Square, which must by any means necessary be kept safe for the roving gangs of Elmos, Batmen and premium-price ticket sellers desperately trying to sink their hooks, »

- Jeremy Gerard

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Where Are They Now? Looking At the Frasier Cast

11 November 2014 4:13 PM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Although it began as a spin-off of the classic 1980s sitcom Cheers, Fraiser, which premiered on NBC back on September 16, 1993, quickly became just as popular and successful as the show it originated from, running 11 seasons and winning receiving dozens of accolades, including a whopping total of 37 Emmy Awards. In fact, Frasier, along with Modern Family after this year’s Emmys, holds the record for most consecutive wins for Outstanding Comedy Series, winning the award five straight years from 1994-1998. So what made Frasier such a beloved show by both critics and viewers? While it’s certainly true that both the writing and directing for the series were top-notch, I’d argue that it was the Frasier cast that made the show truly exceptional, which can be seen by the numerous nominations and awards that the show’s actors received. From Kelsey Grammer’s leading performance as the titular character to »

- Chris King

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'Sports Night': An oral history, starring Aaron Sorkin and his cast

6 November 2014 8:00 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Back in 1998, when TV viewers turned to Friends and Frasier for punchlines and ER and NYPD Blue for drama, one series boldly attempted to be a one-stop shop: ABC's Sports Night. Set in the high-stakes world of a live sports news program, the Aaron Sorkin-scribed dramedy followed the behind-the-scenes exploits of fictional "Sports Night" coanchors Casey (Peter Krause) and Dan (Josh Charles), their brilliant producer Dana (Felicity Huffman), harried associate producer Natalie (Sabrina Lloyd), gruff executive Isaac (Robert Guillaume), and whip-smart researcher Jeremy (Josh Malina). Sports Night was adored by the media—including EW, which called it "the most consistently funny, »

- Katie Atkinson

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Richard Gere’s 1980 film 'American Gigolo' is getting a TV remake

29 October 2014 1:09 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Richard Gere’s 1980 film “American Gigolo” is getting a TV remake Jerry Bruckheimer, producer of the original film that also co-starred Lauren Hutton, is behind the latest movie-to-television remake. Says Bruckheimer: “With its signature noir aesthetic, American Gigolo has remained a deeply entertaining, psychological thriller…” Jimmy Kimmel will appear via hologram on the Cma Awards stage After the Cma Awards on Nov. 5, the company behind the Tupac hologram will also make it so Florida Georgia Line performs via hologram in Kimmel’s studio. Metallica will “shake the rafters” for an entire week on Craig Ferguson’s “Late Late Show” The legendary band will spend a weeklong residency the week of Nov. 10 to mark the 10th anniversary reissue of the Metallica documentary "Some Kind of Monster.” Click Read Full Post For More “The Mysteries of Laura” cuts an Al Roker scene The “Today” star revealed this morning that a scene he »

- Norman Weiss

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The Good Wife Photos: Is Diane's Big 'Move' Paying Off? Plus: First Look at David Hyde Pierce

20 October 2014 4:11 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Alicia Florrick is in the hot seat — at her local CBS affiliate, to be exact.

In new, first-look photos from The Good Wife‘s Nov. 2 episode (9:30/8:30c on CBS), the newly christened candidate for State’s Attorney sits down opposite legal commentator Frank Prady (four-time Emmy winner David Hyde Pierce). As TVLine reported in August, the Frasier vet’s character will find himself “so disgusted by the corruption and murder rate in Chicago that he decides to run for office.”

CBS’ logline for the installment, titled “Message Discipline,” reads as follows: “While preparing his case against Cary, Finn »

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Rob Lowe to Star in NBC Dad Comedy From ‘Frasier’ Writers

15 October 2014 7:11 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Rob Lowe is back at NBC with a comedy project from “Frasier” writers Pete Huyck and Alex Gregory, an NBC spokesperson told TheWrap. He will star in the project as an impulsive and self-centered alcoholic who cleans up his act and decides to become a model father when his kids are already teenagers. But, making amends with is ex-wife and kids isn't going be easy. See photos: Rob Lowe Is ‘Killing Kennedy': 10 Other Actors Who Played JFK  Lowe had formerly teamed with the writing duo behind “Frasier” and “The Larry Sanders Show” for the NBC pilot “The Pro” last year, »

- Jethro Nededog

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Aussie actor cast in Killing Jesus

15 October 2014 2:19 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Dan Mor is in Morocco for six weeks playing an enforcer to King Herod in Killing Jesus, a four-hour miniseries that stars Kelsey Grammer, Stephen Moyer, Rufus Sewell and John Rhys Davies.

The Scott Free production for the National Geographic Channel is based on the book Killing Jesus: A History by Bill O.Reilly and Martin Dugard, adapted by Walon Green.

Grammer (Frasier, Boss) portrays Herod, the Roman King of Judea, who attempted to kill Jesus at his birth.

True Blood.s Moyer is Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who ordered Jesus. crucifixion, Sewell is Caiaphas, the high priest and conspirator in Jesus. death.

Rhys Davies is Annas, another high priest who first questioned Jesus and his teachings, and Entourage.s Emmanuelle Chriqui is Herodia, ex-wife of Herod II.. Haaz Sleiman (Nurse Jackie, Covert Affairs) portrays the title character.

Mor is cast as Sillaeus, first seen as a young »

- Don Groves

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10 Craziest Friends Characters

9 October 2014 7:20 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

‘Friends’ is without doubt one of the most successful and best loved TV shows ever. Based around a group of six friends in their early twenties dealing with the issues and dilemmas that surround growing up, the show has achieved not only worldwide praise and acknowledgement but has even made its mark on world culture in general.

From imitable catchphrases to trendsetting hairstyles, ‘Friends’ captivated an entire generation of people. Through its countless reruns on channels such as E4 and most recently Comedy Central, the show’s popularity has rarely dwindled and this only goes to show that ‘Friends’ is still as relevant now as it ever has been.

A main factor towards the popularity of ‘Friends’ is the bond and the chemistry between each of the main characters, being one of the first sit-coms to have not one central character but many. Think ‘Seinfeld’, ‘Frasier’, ‘Roseanne'; all of these »

- Steven Bardgett

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TVLine Items: Walking Dead Fave Joins USA Pilot, Atlantis Returns and More

6 October 2014 12:06 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

After battling the undead for three seasons on AMC, Sarah Wayne Callies is ready to rumble with some aliens.

Related Twin Peaks Returns! Showtime Orders Limited-Series Continuation of David Lynch-Mark Frost Classic

Callies, who played Lori Grimes on The Walking Dead, has joined the cast of the new USA Network pilot Colony. From former Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse, Colony is set in modern-day Los Angeles during an alien invasion.

On Colony, Callies will play Katie, the wife of FBI agent Will Bowman (Lost‘s Josh Holloway).

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Season 2 of Atlantis will premiere Saturday, »

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What happened to the stars of Big? Elizabeth Perkins, more then & now

1 October 2014 11:14 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Big remains one of our favourite Tom Hanks childhood movies (perhaps losing out to Turner and Hooch, boy did that make us blub, we barely held it together) so we're slightly unnerved by reports that a TV series based on the film has been commissioned.

Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce are now said to have received a script plus penalty commitment from broadcaster Fox for the half-hour comedy series, which will explore what it means to be both an adult and child in today's world.

The 1988 Oscar-nominated movie, written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg, sees a boy's simple wish to be big come true as a 13-year-old is transformed into a 30-year-old overnight.

We take a nostalgic look at the cast of the huge hit - including Tom Hanks and John Heard - and what came next below:

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks was robbed when he missed out on »

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What happened to the stars of Big? Elizabeth Perkins, more then & now

1 October 2014 11:14 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Big remains one of our favourite Tom Hanks childhood movies (perhaps losing out to Turner and Hooch, boy did that make us blub, we barely held it together) so we're slightly unnerved by reports that a TV series based on the film has been commissioned.

Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce are now said to have received a script plus penalty commitment from broadcaster Fox for the half-hour comedy series, which will explore what it means to be both an adult and child in today's world.

The 1988 Oscar-nominated movie, written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg, sees a boy's simple wish to be big come true as a 13-year-old is transformed into a 30-year-old overnight.

We take a nostalgic look at the cast of the huge hit - including Tom Hanks and John Heard - and what came next below:

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks was robbed when he missed out on »

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