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The 'Saturday Night Live' story told through its sketches

12 February 2015 6:05 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

On the eve of its 40th anniversary special (though the anniversary itself isn't until October), what is left to say about "Saturday Night Live"? There have been multiple books written about the show, several documentaries, countless essays — riding the never-ending roller-coaster between "Saturday Night Dead" and "Saturday Night Lives Again!" — best-ofs, worst-ofs, and every other kind of list you can think of. I don't know that anything I write over the next few pages will provide new insight into one of the most influential comedy shows ever made, but I wondered if you could tell the story of the show — through good times and bad, through revolutions and evolutions and retrenchments — by looking at its sketches. I wound up picking 21 in all: some among the show's most famous, some obscure but important. These aren't meant as a definitive breakdown of the best "SNL" ever had to offer, but as a »

- Alan Sepinwall

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ABC Orders Uncle Buck Adaptation and Family Fortune Pilot From 30 Rock & Chelsea Lately Writers

2 February 2015 9:08 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Overshadowed by the little thing that was Super Bowl Sunday was the news that ABC has ordered two more pilots for the 2015-16 season, one of them being a TV adapatation of the 1989 John Hughes film Uncle Buck, which famously starred John Candy in the titular role and Macaulay Culkin as his nephew, Miles. Uncle Buck comes from Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley of MADtv and is described as “as a family comedy about a childish man who learns how to be an adult by taking care of his brother’s kids in a very childish way.” Will Packer will also serve as an executive producer alongside Cragg and Bradley. Uncle Buck is only the most recent film-to-tv pilot to be ordered in the past couple weeks. NBC has already ordered a pilot based on the 1990 film Problem Child, while CBS has greenlit pilots inspired by both Rush Hour and »

- Chris King

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ABC orders pilot for TV version of 1989 comedy movie Uncle Buck

2 February 2015 2:17 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

ABC has ordered a pilot for the TV adaptation of Uncle Buck.

The show will be based on the 1989 film of the same name, which starred John Candy as an irresponsible, childish man who learns how to behave like an adult after taking care of his brother's children.

According to TV Line, the pilot will be a family comedy following the same story as the film.

It will be penned by Mad TV writers Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, with Will Packer executive producing alongside them.

Uncle Buck will be the second attempt at a TV spin-off of the film, with the first effort by CBS in 1990 cancelled following a brief run.

The families of Uncle Buck director John Hughes and actor Candy previously announced that they were unhappy with plans to revive the character.

ABC has also ordered a pilot for Family Fortune, which will star Chelsea Lately's »

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Pilot News: ABC Orders Uncle Buck Adaptation, Gay Gym Teacher Comedy

1 February 2015 1:37 PM, PST | | See recent news »

ABC tackled another pair of pilot orders this Super Bowl Sunday — including a small-screen adaptation of the 1989 John Candy starrer Uncle Buck.

Penned by MADtv vets Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, Uncle Buck is described as a family comedy about a childish man who learns how to be an adult by taking care of his brother’s kids in a very childish way. Will Packer will exec-produce alongside Cragg and Bradley.

ABC also ordered Family Fortune, penned by Matt Hubbard (30 Rock) and Fortune Feimster (Chelsea Lately), the latter of whom will also star as a popular gym teacher who comes »

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Exclusive Portrait: Patton Oswalt For His Book ‘Silver Screen Fiend’

18 January 2015 9:31 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – Raconteur, comedian and Twitter star Patton Oswalt has a new book out, entitled “Silver Screen Fiend.” In it, he chronicles his love for the movies and how it shaped his worldview. He appeared at North Central College in Naperville, Ill., at an event sponsored by Anderson’s Bookshop.

Patton Oswalt was born in Virginia, and graduated from the College of William and Mary there. He began his stand-up career in the 1990s, and worked for “MADtv’ shortly thereafter. He has made his mark in film, notably as the voice of Remy in Walt Disney’s “Ratatouille.” On TV, he was a recurring character on “The King of Queens,” “Two and Half Men,” “Reno 911!,” and currently is the narrator voice on “The Goldbergs” and appears on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim series “The Heart, She Holler.”

Oswalt was at North Central College at the Anderson’s Bookshop event, moderated by »

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NBC Orders 3 Comedy Pilots From ‘Hot in Cleveland,’ ‘Mad TV,’ ‘Office’ Producers

14 January 2015 7:40 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

NBC has ordered three new pilots from Universal Television. From producers behind “Hot in Cleveland,” “Mad TV” and “The Office,” they center on employees of a big box store, empty-nesters and a neighborhood blogger.

From Universal and writers/excecutive producers Steven Cragg (“Mad TV”) and Brian Bradley (“Scrubs”), with executive producer David Janollari (“Six Feet Under”), comes single-cam comedy “How We Live.” It follows an anthropologist blogger who moves to the suburbs with his wife and quickly discovers the fascinating habitat and mating rituals of a new undiscovered species: his suburban friends and neighbors.

See photos: 11 Outrageous Ron Swanson Lines »

- Jethro Nededog

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Josh Gad Might Play Roger Ebert in Russ & Roger Go Beyond

5 January 2015 7:17 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Last night, millions of viewers got to know the real Roger Ebert through CNN’s TV premiere of the documentary Life Itself. Soon enough, they’ll also get a dramatic portrayal of the late film critic in Russ & Roger Go Beyond. The movie is an extended account of one part of Ebert’s life featured briefly in the doc, his co-writing of the screenplay for Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Russ Meyer‘s 1970 cult classic satire/sequel to Valley of the Dolls. Last summer, Will Ferrell was announced for the co-titular role of Russ, and now Josh Gad has been named to play Roger. Hollywood Elsewhere’s Jeff Wells scooped the news from producer David Permut at an event over the weekend, but there’s nothing official yet. The Wrap reports this morning that Gad has not signed on, nor has he even read the script, which is by Emmy-winning sitcom and sketch comedy writer Chris Cluess »

- Christopher Campbell

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