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For EW’s “The Art of Saying Goodbye” story, which ran in the April 11 issue, we interviewed the masterminds behind 10 iconic series, who discussed the formidable challenges of concocting the perfect farewell episode. Here, in a bonus Q&A, 30 Rock’s Exec Producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock talk about the challenges of sending off Liz Lemon and Co. — and what classic finales they screened for inspiration.
EW How long did you know how you wanted to end 30 Rock?
Tina Fey There were some things »
- Lynette Rice
Gold Derby has exclusively learned that ratings blockbuster "The Sound of Music" is taking an unusual approach to this year's Emmy Awards. On the ballot released this June, the production will be listed as a Special Class Program while the performers will be over in the movie/miniseries categories. -Break- The three-hour live version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical aired last Dec. 5 on NBC. It tells the story of a novice nun Maria Von Trapp (Carrie Underwood ) who falls in love with Captain von Trapp (Stephen Moyer) while caring for his seven children in Nazi-occupied Austria. Backed by a boffo promotional effort, it delivered a massive 18.5 million viewers. Excluding sports, it was the peacock net's most-watched Thursday since the "Frasier" finale in 2004. Related: George Strait & Miranda Lambert big winners, Taylor Swift shares one By entering as a Special Class program, it f »
Exclusive: Vadim Jean directing British comedy with the Fraiser star.
The film, which plays out against the backdrop of the financial crisis, is directed by Vadim Jean, best known for 1992 comedy Leon the Pig Farmer and fantasy TV movies Hogfather and The Colour of Magic. The script has been written by ex-banker Roger Devlin, who has also provided “substantial finance” to the project.
The story centres on Charles Bunbury (Grammer), the bumbling, affable chairman of 200- year-old bank, Tuftons. Discovering that a rogue trader has left the bank in serious financial trouble - with rival Us and Japanese banks circling - Charles needs to attempt to secure Tuftons future. The only problem is Charles knows nothing about banking.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Is this really the first full-length "Expendables 3" trailer? We've been hearing so much about the threequel that it feels like it's already been in theaters, but the brand new trailer is actually the first significant look at the third (and final?) film in Sylvester Stallone's testosterone-fueled franchise in which muscle men muscle up and try to out-muscle other muscle men. Some of the muscle men in question include series vets Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, plus newcomers Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell, and Robert Davi. There's also a muscle lady in the form of Mma fighter Ronda Rousey. "Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer also appears, despite his obvious lack of muscles. Watch the trailer here: There's a plot in there somewhere, but does it really matter? Isn't it good enough just to see »
- Dave Lewis
Yes, we’ve gone and done it for you! After their multi-share across the web last night, we’ve put together all Sixteen of those pretty awesome The Expendables 3 character posters – our favourite might be Kelsey Grammer who looks like he’s on ‘Frasier Goes Fishing‘ but – as Beast proves – he’s a mighty size. What’s great about these posters is the sheer entertainment factor that comes across because, to put it bluntly, Stallone and company know what these films do and that’s why we bloody love them.
In this third outing, Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney – all those years ago. Stonebanks had become an arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill…or maybe not people! Now out on some form of revenge mission, Gibson »
- Dan Bullock
Massara will play the lead, 14-year- old high school student Aaron Stevens, who ends up with $5 million stolen from a bank after the heist goes wrong and one of the robbers is killed.
Forder is cast as Amanda Becker, Aaron.s drama teacher with whom he seeks sanctuary in the locked-down school, pursued by one of the robbers. Brown has the supporting role of a character named Mike. It.s Massara.s first film role according to IMDb.com.
- Don Groves
NewsRadio Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot”
Written by Paul Simms
Directed by James Burrows
Aired 3/21/1995 on NBC
Airing as a mid-season replacement after the failure of The Martin Short Show and the Gene Wilder vehicle Something Wilder, it still boggles me to this day that NewsRadio wasn’t more popular in its time. Debuting between Wings and Frasier (two shows it would often be sandwiched between over the years), NewsRadio never achieved the same mainstream penetration as other seminal NBC comedies from the same era, teetering on the edge of cancellation and ending in tragedy, airing a creative but deflated fifth season in the shadow of Phil Hartman’s murder.
Revisiting NewsRadio‘s pilot, it still astounds me the show never took off. Mixing farce with hilarious ironies, the pilot opens with Wnyx’s new news director Dave Nelson (a post-Kidz in the Hall Dave Foley) arriving (approximately) 35 seconds early to »
- Randy Dankievitch
While at least one of the characters from the old "X-Men" cast is being cut back for the upcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past," another looks like he might be added back in.
"Producers had the brilliant idea to bring back Kelsey for Days of Future Past. It wasn't hard to get him to sign on for a guest appearance. He jumped at the opportunity the second it was brought to his attention. Kelsey's special cameo was secretly shot during post-production on the Fox lot under the impression that Kelsey would be on set to film a pilot for a different project"
The source also claims the appearance will happen towards the end of the film. »
- Garth Franklin
Nick D’Agosto, best known for his roles in Final Destination 5 and the Showtime original series Masters Of Sex, has been cast alongside Andrew Santino, Greta Gerwig, Drew Tarver and Krysta Rodriguez in CBS’ upcoming How I Met Your Mother spinoff How I Met Your Dad. Himym is poised to wrap up its 9-season run at the end of this month, and production on the spinoff will start shortly after.
D’Agosto has been the bright spot in a number of formulaic big studio comedies, showcasing his comedic chops in films such as Fired Up and Extreme Movie. As for his main co-star, Gerwig is an inspired choice, fresh off her role in critical darling Frances Ha. The rest of the cast are more unproven entities, with a handful of TV appearances under their collective belts.
- Jeff Castilla
Three faces familiar to TV viewers have been confirmed as joining broadcast drama pilots slated for next season.
Anthony Lapaglia is returning to CBS to lead the network’s untitled terrorism drama from Nikki Toscano (Revenge) and Kerry Ehrin (Bates Motel). The actor, who could be seen on Without a Trace for seven seasons, will play a retired CIA operative-turned-high school football coach. When a catastrophic event hits Washington, D.C., he is pulled back into action to investigate the new generation of terrorists.
Lapaglia won a Golden Globe and earned Emmy and SAG nominations for his role as Jack »
- Amber Ray
Matthew Perry's revamp of the classic comedy “The Odd Couple” has found its Felix. Perry's “17 Again” costar Thomas Lennon has been cast to play Felix opposite Perry's Oscar Madison in the CBS pilot. Also read: Pilot Season 2014: TheWrap's Complete Network Guide In addition to starring in the multi-camera pilot, Perry is co-writing the episode with Joe Keenan (“Frasier,” “Desperate Housewives”). Former “Friends”-ter Perry is also producing, along with Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum, Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman. Jack Klugman played sportswriter/slob Madison and Tony Randall portrayed photographer/neat freak Felix Unger in the original television adaptation of the Neil Simon play, »
- Tim Kenneally
Meet television’s new Odd Couple. Reno 911! co-creator/star Thomas Lennon is set to play Felix opposite Matthew Perry‘s Oscar in CBS’s multi-camera comedy pilot The Odd Couple, a take on the Neil Simon classic. Co-written and executive produced by Perry, Odd Couple centers on two mismatched roommates — the messy Oscar Madison (Perry) and neat freak Felix Unger (Lennon). The Felix role was played by Art Carney in the original Broadway production of Neil Simon’s play, by Jack Lemmon in the 1968 movie and by Tony Randall in the 1970 ABC/Paramount TV series. The Odd Couple reunites Perry and Lennon, who co-starred together in the feature 17 Again. Before that, Lennon had a recurring role on NBC’s Friends, which starred Perry. Written by Perry and Frasier veteran Joe Keenan, The Odd Couple pilot hails from CBS TV Studios and studio-based Timberman-Beverly and The Tannenbaum Co. Lennon is coming »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The half-hour multi-camera comedy pilot based on the famous Neil Simon characters comes via CBS Television Studios and is exec produced by Perry, who penned the pilot with “Frasier’s” Joe Keenan, with Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum and Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman.
Lennon, who appeared in “Sean Saves the World” and “Reno 911!,” is also known for his work behind the scenes. He’s an exec producer, with writing partner R. Ben Garant, of Chris Hardwick’s Comedy Central show “@midnight.” He also appeared with Perry on “Friends” and in the 2009 New Line film “17 Again.”
- Whitney Friedlander
CBS' The Odd Couple has found its neat freak. Thomas Lennon has been tapped to play Felix opposite Matthew Perry's Oscar in the network's multicamera reboot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Friends alum Perry and Joe Keenan (Glee, Frasier) will pen the script for the pilot based on Neil Simon's Broadway play. Photos: Faces of Pilot Season 2014 Lennon's Felix is described as a maddening neat freak and an uxorious man whose compulsion to live in a precisely ordered, meticulously perfect environment alienates him from everyone in his life. Stunned when Ashley, his wife of 20 years, can no longer
- Lesley Goldberg
The eight-hour series, dubbed Texas Rising, will premiere in 2015 and focus on the Texas Revolution against Mexico, which led to the rise of the Texas Rangers. Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields) will direct. Paxton (Hatfields & McCoys) will play Sam Houston, the father of Texas; Frasier (The Mummy) is Billy Anderson, a Texas Ranger with Comanche Indian ties; Liotta (Goodfellas) will play Lorca, an Alamo survivor seeking brutal revenge; and Morgan (Magic City) will play “Deaf” Smith, a deaf and grizzled »
- Lynette Rice
When The Real Housewives of Orange County premiered in 2006, the show was nothing more than a harmless look at the lives of wealthy women living in a gated community in Southern California with their families. The show was a response to the popular ABC series Desperate Housewives and America’s growing love of reality TV at the time. People became so invested in the scripted TV characters that it was easy to get invested in their real-life counterparts because they were so similar (you know, aside from all the murder on Wisteria Lane).
But as the years went on, the »
- Jake Perlman
You can’t go home again — unless you’re a television star.
ABC announced a big shocker Thursday: Isaiah Washington, who played heart surgeon Dr. Preston Burke on three seasons of Grey’s Anatomy, will soon reprise the role he left in 2007. Washington exited the show after his contract was not renewed, following accusations that he had used a homophobic slur in reference to his then co-star T.R. Knight. He is set to return in a May episode, which will coincide with Sandra Oh’s departure from the medical drama. (Washington played Oh’s love interest on the show; their »
- Stephanie Robbins
Tony winner and Frasier alum Bebe Neuwirth is returning to series television. The actress has signed on to co-star in CBS' political drama Madam Secretary, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Photos: Faces of Pilot Season 2014 Created and written by Homeland's Barbara Hall, the drama centers on the personal and professional life of a maverick female secretary of state (Tea Leoni) as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life. Neuwirth will play Nadine, the chief of staff to Leoni's Elizabeth. The role marks Neuwirth's return to series television following roles in Frasier, Cheers, Deadline,
- Lesley Goldberg
Congratulations to Kelsey Grammer and his wife, Kayte! The couple are expecting their second child together, according to reports, meaning Grammer is going to be a father of six. He and Kayte, his fourth wife, are also parents to 19-month-old daughter Faith Evangeline Elisa. The Frasier star also has two children, 12-year-old daughter Mason and 9-year-old son Jude, with ex-wife Camille Grammer; a daughter, 22-year-old Kandace, with an ex-girlfriend; and a 30-year-old son, Spencer, from his first marriage. Plus, Grammer is grandfather to Spencer's 2-year-old son, Emmett. So...big family! And that's the way Grammer likes it. The five-time Emmy winner (see, he only does things »
Kelsey Grammer is adding to his brood!The 59-year-old actor is expecting his second child with wife Kayte Walsh, a source confirmed to Us Weekly. The cute couple attended the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, but the expecting mom's baby bump was hidden under her black gown. Kelsey and Kayte are already parents to daughter Faith, 19 months. They had initially announced they were expecting twins, but tragically lost their baby boy.The former "Frasier" star is already dad to Spencer, 30, Greer, 22, Mason, 12, and Jude, 9, from previous relationships. He is also a grandfather to Spencer's son Emmett, 2.Congrats to the growing Grammer family! Click "Launch Gallery" above to see more expecting celebrities. Read more »
- tooFab Staff
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