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Are you ready to return to Camp Firewood? Netflix has released the first photos from its upcoming Wet Hot American Summer series, which is officially titled Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and will serve as a prequel to David Wain’s cult classic movie. The series will take place on the first day of camp in 1981 and reunite the majority of the film’s cast, while also bringing in a lot of new faces as well. Members of the film’s original cast that are returning for the limited series include Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games films), Michael Ian Black (The State), Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), PJaneane Garofalo (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), Jo Lo Truglio (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Ken Marino (Marry Me), Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Svu), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), David Hyde Pierce (Frasier), Paul Rudd (Knocked Up), and Molly Shannon (Saturday Night Live). Additionally, newbies »
- Chris King
Why not join the merriest movie club? You only have to 1) watch the movie, 2) take a screengrab of your favorite image and 3) post it somewhere online saying why you chose it. It's that easy!
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Wed, April 22nd 9 To 5 (1981)
With the new series Grace and Frankie premiering in May on Netflix, let's revisit the first comic pairing of the legendary Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, this time as an Unofficial Office Manager and Mousy New Secretary who have the world's worst boss. Also starring Dolly Parton and one of the great movie theme songs. The one thing we've never really considered about this movie is how it looks. So let's look. Invite a friend to play because who doesn't love this movie?
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Wed, April 29th Bright Star (2009)
We're joining Anne Marie's "Women's Pictures" series for a Jane Campion (she's the topic this month). Drown in the »
- NATHANIEL R
Kelsey Grammer struggled with forgiveness after his sister's tragic murder 40 years ago, not just for her killer but also for himself. The Frasier star, 60, wasn't even in the same state when Freddie Glenn took 18-year-old Karen Grammer's life, but as he told Vanity Fair in a new interview, he felt guilty nonetheless for not protecting her. Asked about his history with substance abuse — he checked into rehab in 1996 — Grammer was frank. "I'll speak to the straight of it," he told Vf. "That [...] »
Hopkins will guest star as Phil, a popular childhood acquaintance to Andrew (played by Adam Brody), Chris (Tyler Labine) and Holly (Tracy Spiridakos) who was always a jerk to Andrew and Chris growing up. His character will appear in the early phase of the group’s lives.
O’Shannon will serve as an exec producer on the CBS TV Studios project with Clark Peterson, Dennis Erdman, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum. Pam Fryman (“How I Met Your Mother”) directed the pilot. Kelly O’Sullivan co-star with Brody, Labine and Spiridakos.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
PhotosKilling Jesus First Look: Jesus’ Crucifixion Recreated for NatGeo
The three-hour event, which debuts this Sunday at 8/7c, charts the political and historical conflicts that led to Jesus’ execution. Haaz Sleiman (Covert Affairs, Nurse Jackie) stars as the titular Savior, with other cast members including True Blood‘s Stephen Moyer (as Pontius Pilate) and Frasier‘s Kelsey Grammer (as King Herod).
In the exclusive sneak peek above, Grammer’s king — unwilling to lose his throne to baby Jesus, »
NBC announced Thursday premiere dates for its summer slate of programming, including the debut of two new comedies and two new reality series.
Freshmen sitcoms "Mr. Robinson" and "The Carmichael Show" will anchor a new comedy block beginning on Wednesday, August 5. "Robinson" stars "The Office" alum Craig Robinson as a professional musician turned substitute high school music teacher, and features a supporting cast including Peri Gilpin ("Frasier") and Meagan Good ("Think Like a Man"). "Carmichael" focuses on the life of comedian Jerrod Carmichael ("Neighbors") and his relationships with his larger-than-life family, including his contrarian father (played by David Allen Grier) and religious mother (played by Loretta Devine).
Returning comedy "Welcome to Sweden" kicks off its second season this summer beginning July 19. The show will pick up after the engagement of Bruce (Greg Poehler, brother of Amy Poehler, who also produces the show) and Emma (Josephine Bornebusch) and their transitioning careers. »
- Katie Roberts
The Broadway version of Finding Neverland is finally taking flight. The new musical, which is based on the 2004 movie starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, began previews Sunday in New York City - and People got an exclusive sneak peek at photos from the show. The Harvey Weinstein-produced adaption of the Peter Pan backstory stars Tony nominees Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer. The Glee actor, 36, stars in the leading role as Peter Pan creator J.M. Barrie, while the Frasier alum, 60, plays famed stage producer Charles Frohman. Directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus, the show tells the story of »
- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos
One potential highlight of MipTV’s major focus on drama at this year’s Cannes TV-digital trade fair, “Modern Family’s” co-creator and executive producer Steven Levitan will deliver a keynote – to be followed by a Comedy Masterclass: A Serious Savoir-Faire.
Speaking Monday, April 13, Levitan, whose credits include “Wings,” “Frasier,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” “Just Shoot Me” and “Greg the Bunny,” will focus on “Modern Family’s” hit-status longevity, and how it is now traveling as a scripted format.
Featuring producers, commissioners and comedic talent working on local and global levels, and from web to TV, the Comedy Masterclass’ confirmed panelists are Joe Lewis, head of comedy, Amazon Studios; Jill Offman, managing director, Comedy Central U.K., and senior VP of comedy, Viacom International Media Networks; and Ash Atalla, managing director & executive producer, Roughcut Television (“The It Crowd,” “The Office”).
A two-day event, drama at MipTV takes in showcases from producers and broadcasters, »
- John Hopewell
In 1994, a show about a teenage girl came into our lives and changed them forever. While it was just as swiftly taken from us, My So-Called Life left an impact on television and on its viewers. As we near the show’s 21st birthday (Rayanne, you still should not be drinking) we thought we’d check in and see how the Chase family and friends have fared over the years. Spoiler: one of them is now a royal!
Claire Danes (Angela Chase)
We all know how Angela Chase herself turned out. Danes has enjoyed a successful career, including Emmy wins for Temple Grandin and Homeland. And our favorite angsty teen is now a mom! She and husband Hugh Dancy welcomed a son in 2012.
Bess Armstrong (Patty Chase)
As Patty, Angela’s mom who tried her best to navigate the minefield of life with a teenage daughter, Armstrong gave us all »
- Courtney Enlow
‘The key to the character’s success, and indeed his charm, is that Frasier was just as often the butt of the joke as he was the originator’
Around the age of 15, I fell madly in love. The object of my affection was unexpected: an older man, a Seattle-based psychiatrist who lived with his father and his father’s dog. Dr Frasier Crane – a vain, pompous, but ultimately kind man – is fictional. But he is as real to me as anyone else.
Much of his charm comes down to his humour. Frasier, as played by Kelsey Grammer, is A Funny Guy. But the key to the character’s success, and indeed his charm, is that Frasier was just as often the butt of the joke as he was the originator. It is impossible to distil the wit of Frasier into a single quote, particularly as Grammer is also a gifted physical performer, »
- Bim Adewunmi
[Press Release] Los Angeles, CA – February 26, 2015 – “As if!!!!” Universal Music Enterprises marks the 20th anniversary of writer/director Amy Heckerling’s classic 1995 teen comedy Clueless with the release of the movie’s soundtrack on vinyl out at national retailers on April 7. Loosely based on Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma, a 19th century tale of manners about matchmaking and romantic misunderstandings updated to ‘90s Beverly Hills High School, the film starred Silverstone, Stacey Dash as her best friend Dionne, the late Brittany Murphy as Tai Frasier, the ugly duckling transformed into a beautiful swan and Paul Rudd as Cher’s disapproving ex-stepbrother. The soundtrack featured The Muffs’ cover of Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America,” along with Radiohead’s acoustic version of “Fake »
- Pietro Filipponi
Sometimes, the Oscars have a tendency of giving out awards to actors who are seen to have paid their dues, perhaps not for the best performance of that year or even for the particular actor's own best performance, but to recognise past work. Michael Keaton is not the most likely of these, but this could be why some speculated that he was an early favourite for this year's Best Actor award, for his performance in Birdman.
The later frontrunner Eddie Redmayne rightfully and very graciously wound up taking it home for his work as Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything, though Birdman went on to take home the main prize for Best Picture and a number of other major awards.
It would hardly have been a major upset if »
“The Half of It,” from writer and exec producer Mike Gibbons — who is also head writer and co-exec producer of CBS’ upcoming “Late Late Show with James Corden” — follows a newly divorced dad who revels in the fact that he now gets to keep half of his stuff, which is more than he ever had when he was married.
Christine Ko is set to star in the multicam CBS TV Studios sitcom as Suzi, a fun-loving twentysomething hipster and whiz kid.
The project marks Burrows’ third pilot this season, and the second with CBS. He’s set to direct the Eye’s “Joe Time, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The latest version of "The Odd Couple" will premiere tonight at 8:30 on CBS, a few weeks shy of the 50th anniversary of Felix Unger and Oscar Madison's Broadway debut. In the five decades since, Neil Simon's play has proved remarkably flexible, capable of working as a movie and a sitcom, as well as a play, with different actors as compulsive cleaner Felix and unrepentant slob Oscar, even at times change the characters' race or gender. But the CBS version is the first to suggest the concept has lost its elasticity. It feels like nothing so much as a sock that won't stay up on its own, but which you can't throw out because you've had it around forever. This time around, Matthew Perry is Oscar and Thomas Lennon is Felix. Producer Bob Daily ("Frasier," "Desperate Housewives") has made a few nods to the changing era — Oscar is now »
- Alan Sepinwall
February is known as a sweeps month of major events, with the Super Bowl, Grammys and Oscars annually making life difficult for the competition on their respective Sundays. This year, NBC filled out the month’s other Sunday very nicely, as its “Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special” delivered near-Grammy numbers itself and almost single-handedly carried the network to a weekly victory in young adults.
The Peacock was running fourth in the 18-49 demo until Sunday night’s special but ended up winning with a 2.1 rating, followed by ABC (1.7), CBS and Fox (both 1.5) Univision and TNT (both 1.0), according to Nielsen estimates for the Feb. 9-15 frame. CBS rolled in total viewers, this time by about 1.5 million over runner-up NBC (9.3 million vs. 7.8 million).
The first full week of the February sweep, meanwhile, saw some strong performances in syndication (see below), with “Wendy Williams” and “Dish Nation” setting series highs and several entertainment magazines hit season bests. »
- Rick Kissell
With “Two and a Half Men” signing off, CBS will try to fill the void by shrinking the formula to two admittedly very familiar men, named Felix and Oscar. Matthew Perry completes his potentially dubious post-“Friends” hat trick — having starred in comedies for NBC and ABC as well — with this reboot of “The Odd Couple,” a beloved series that still derives some kick from Neil Simon’s blueprint, but also feels especially dated in this day and age, what with Felix as the nonsexual spouse, essentially, to Oscar’s slovenly husband. Good casting provides some hope, but this still feels oh-so-20th century.
Only a few lines from Simon’s original make it into the pilot, but they provide a spiritual link to the source. In addition, Garry Marshall, who adapted the show to TV, serves as a consultant, with Bob Daily, an alum of “Frasier” and “Desperate Housewives, »
- Brian Lowry
A successful TV series often spawns a spin-off, but it doesn’t always work…
Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul, a comedy-drama covering the earlier career of Walter White’s crooked lawyer Saul Goodman (the brilliant Bob Odenkirk), makes its much-anticipated Us debut tonight and lands on Netflix in the UK tomorrow. A scroll through small-screen history tells us that TV spin-offs can go either way…
The most successful TV spin-off ever, this gong-garlanded 90s sitcom saw Kelsey Grammer’s pompous psychiatrist Dr Frasier Crane, a regular at the bar in Cheers, relocate to Seattle following the breakdown of his marriage back in Boston, move in with his cranky retired cop father and start his own radio phone-in show. “Tossed salads and scrambled eggs…” Hit!
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- Michael Hogan
That "Saved by the Bell" reunion on "The Tonight Show" got us thinking: We could use a blast of nostalgic goodness this weekend. Here are five '90s gems available on Netflix to drink in over Saturday and Sunday. "The Wonder Years" Somehow it goes underreported that "The Wonder Years" never had a bad season. Kevin Arnold's development in the last year may not have been as sweet or innocent as in show's legendary first season, but that's why I loved it: He was often bitter and unlikable, and his blowout with Paul at that poker night was one of the most heartbreakingly real moments I've ever seen in a TV friendship. Sometimes your dork best friend from middle school is an awkward fit in your high school social circle. "Dinosaurs" I'm not saying I was the most discerning eight-year-old back when "Dinosaurs" was popular, but I remember vividly thinking this show was hilarious. »
- Louis Virtel
Finding Neverland is one step closer to making its Broadway debut. The musical, based on the 2004 movie of the same name starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, began rehearsals Monday in New York City. Director Diane Paulus, who previously directed Broadway's Pippin and Hair, brought the new cast and creative team - which includes choreographer Mia Michaels and producer Harvey Weinstein - together on Feb. 2 to do a read-through for the first time. “The first day of rehearsal is always a thrilling day," Tony winner Paulus tells People. "To bring everyone together, including our extraordinary cast, led by Matthew [Morrison] and »
- Dana Rose Falcone, @DanaRoseFalcone
Although this news was all but confirmed, Netflix finally revealed through a Wet Hot American Summer teaser yesterday that the film’s original counselors will be back for the new series, which is set to debut on the streaming site this summer. Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer series will be an eight-episode continuation of the original 2001 film, taking place 14 years later at Camp Firewood. Returning for the Netflix revival will be Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games films), Michael Ian Black (The State), Bradley Cooper (American Sniper), Judah Friedlander (30 Rock), Janeane Garofalo (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), Jo Lo Truglio (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Ken Marino (Marry Me), Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Svu), Marguerite Moreau (Grey’s Anatomy), Zak Orth (Revolution), Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation), David Hyde Pierce (Frasier), Paul Rudd (Knocked Up), Molly Shannon (Saturday Night Live) and Michael Showalter (The State). Additionally, joining the original Wet Hot American Summer gang will be… »
- Chris King
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