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On TV this Sunday: The Mentalist at long last sees Red, Boardwalk Empire‘s season ends with a bang, Pitbull is sicced on the AMAs, Lisa Simpson battles a Desperate Housewife, HBO prescribes for itself a new comedy and more. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
7 pm Sofia the First: The Floating Palace (Disney Channel) | Sofia is magically transformed into a mermaid for this undersea adventure, which features a special appearance by Princess Ariel (voiced by The Little Mermaid‘s Jodi Benson). Also airs Thanksgiving night on Disney Junior. »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Comedy fans probably know Alex Borstein as the voice of Lois on Family Guy, or from her stint on MADtv. But this Sunday marks a new turn for the actress: She’ll star in the scripted HBO comedy series Getting On, about a group of nurses in an elderly care facility. Based on the British hit of the same name, the show also stars Laurie Metcalf and Niecy Nash.
“Tonally, it’s tricky,” Borstein explained about the show. “You’re laughing one moment and tearing up at the next. It’s this full, rich world of caring for people who are dying. »
- Erin Strecker
To mark the release of The Heat on DVD and Blu-ray 25th November, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
The heat is on when uptight and ambitious FBI Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side, Miss Congeniality) is sent to Boston to uncover the identity of an elusive drug lord, Mr. Larkin. Struggling to maintain the respect of her colleagues, Ashburn also finds herself pitted against foul-mouthed, anti-social Boston cop Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy – Identity Thief, Bridesmaids). With more balls then most men and a Subway in each pocket Mullins is determined to stay on the case at any cost even if it means working with ‘tattle tits’ Ashburn. In the most hysterical buddy movie of the year it really is a case of good cop / mad cop.
As well as the inspired pairing of comedy stalwart Bullock and break-out comedian McCarthy, The Heat also »
Before my screening of Captured Hearts, director Dylan Bank did a short introduction where he tried to express just how sinisterly fucked up his film is. Being the horror fan I am, I figured I’d seen it all before, but somewhere between Santa Clause (played by Charles Durning) exposing genitalia made out of Christmas decorations and a full-out on-screen orgy, I realized Dylan wasn’t messing around with his intro. I can’t even discuss some of the tamer material out of shame, just on the off-chance that a family member reads this review. Seriously, I’m still trying to wrap my mind around this sexually perverse “torture porn” cheese-fest. Ken? Rachael? What the hell did I just watch?
In a small town, let’s say Anywhere, USA, there lives a family of sisters with their fingers on the pulse of a tiny community. These sisters, the Van Houten sisters to be exact, »
- Matt Donato
Key and Peele have been around for years, starting off on MadTV and getting their own show called Key & Peele, which has just been picked up for a fourth season. They both had minor roles in the Judd Apatow produced comedy Wanderlust. Apatow will produce for Apatow Productions, and Key and Peele will be executive producers. Apatow has remained tight-lipped about the details of the project but had this to say about Key and Peele:
"I love these guys because they are riotously, make you sick because you can't stop laughing , funny... I think Key and Peele are capable of making the movie that America desperately needs right now."
If you haven't seen Key & Peele it's a pretty good show having a good balance of low brow and social commentary. »
- Gary Collinson
If there’s one thing I enjoy more than listening to crack-smoking Toronto mayor Rob Ford talk about recently purchasing illegal drugs or that time he didn’t tell a female staffer he wanted to have oral sex with her, it’s thinking who I will one day hear saying this stuff when the inevitable movie about his time in office gets made. (My pitch? “It’s Bob Roberts on crack — literally.”)
- Clark Collis
The very popular sketch duo Key & Peele may be getting the feature film treatment in the near future thanks to the current comedy godfather Judd Apatow. Former MADtv castmembers Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele first debuted their sketch comedy series Key & Peele on Comedy Central in January 2012, and since then have enjoyed wider success and notoriety as the show has taken off with audiences. One of its fans appears to be Judd Apatow, as Deadline reports that he will produce an untitled feature comedy vehicle for the duo that will be written by Key and Peele for Universal Pictures. Hit the jump for more. Though plot details for the untitled feature are under wraps, Apatow expressed his enthusiasm for the two’s brand of comedy when speaking with Deadline: “I love these guys because they are riotously, make you sick because you can’t stop laughing, funny. I think Key and Peele »
- Adam Chitwood
In the 2009-2010 television season, two shows about extended families began airing on TV. The first, Modern Family, had two superb opening seasons and then tapered off to a relative inconsistency due to an overreliance on the familiar tropes of its principal characters. The second, Parenthood, stumbled in its first few episodes but quickly found its footing in (for the most part) utilizing its wide ensemble in a variety of different storylines. There are many characters on NBC’s one-hour drama that are very different than they were in the first episode, while the Pritchett and Dunphy clans have barely changed from the pilot.
Now, that is not to put Modern Family down. It still manages to impress with its dynamic cast and their superb comic timing. However, it is hard to obtain a flat-out great episode of the show anymore. Compare that to Parenthood, a series where the relationships »
- Jordan Adler
On TV this Wednesday: The ball is quite literally in CSI‘s court, Burning Love lights the match on another season, The League is visited by an angel and Shiri Appleby salutes Svu. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm The Middle (ABC) | Frankie, sick »
- Kimberly Roots
Key & Peele, the funniest show on TV right now, carries on the legacy of both Chappelle's Show and Monty Python. Keegan-Michael Key (the tall one) and Jordan Peele (the short one), both biracial veterans of Mad TV, are writers, executive producers and performers who take obvious delight in throwing themselves into a spectacular array of characters: gangsters, teachers, nerds, frat brothers and French revolutionaries. Rolling Stone recently sat down with the comedy auteurs – genial but intensely focused – in the Hollywood recording studio where they were overdubbing dialogue for their third season. »
On the Fox hit Sleepy Hollow (returning from a mini-hiatus tonight at 9 p.m. Est), Orlando Jones is Captain Frank Irving, the voice of reason in a town plagued by a mysterious headless horseman. On the Internet, he's his show's biggest fan, or at least one of them; he even runs his own Tumblr, much to the delight of Sleepyheads. We spoke to Jones, whose career spans some twenty years (MADtv, Office Space, 7Up ads) about going where few actors of his stature have gone before (again: Tumblr), engaging with fans, and why viewers should ship who they want to ship. Your character is still one of the biggest mysteries, in a show where there are a lot of mysteries. What theories have you been hearing from fans?Oh God, I get all manner of theories: He’s a demon; he’s named after Washington Irving so that must mean he’s controlling everything. »
- Rae Votta
NBC has pulled the plug on Ironside and Welcome to the Family. Both shows’ replacements — Chicago Pd will replace Ironside while Community will take Family‘s place in the Thursday line-up — won’t air until January.
In better news, Fox has ordered a full season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and America’s new favorite gay TV cop. Even better, the show will get a spotlight by airing after the Super Bowl, along with New Girl.
CBS also ordered full seasons of its new comedies, Mom, The Millers and The Crazy Ones. Combined with Brooklyn Nine-Nine, I think we’ve got four shows that are potentially great but still finding their voices. I hope this will be enough time.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Amandla Stenberg, who many of you will recognize as Rue from The Hunger Games (or the idiotic, racist outcry) will be appearing on Sleepy Hollow, playing Orlando Jones‘ daughter. »
- Lyle Masaki
The post “RuPaul’s Drag Race”: The Lost Season – Episode 3 [Watch] appeared first on thebacklot.com. »
- The Backlot
The folks at "Murder Police" have an important homicide to solve -- their own.
The animated series, originally picked up by Fox for 13 episodes, won't air on the network after all, TV Guide reports. Instead, producer 20th Century Fox TV aims to shop the series around to cable networks.
Insiders tells TV Guide that Fox execs weren't happy with early cuts of the show, resulting in the show losing its spot on the net's 2013-14 schedule. As such, the studio will begin the hunt for a new precinct for the law enforcement-skewering series once more complete episodes are available to screen for the potential buyers.
"Murder Police" is built around an inept detective and his co-workers. Phil Lamarr ("Futurama") voices undercover cop Donel, while Jane Lynch ("Glee") plays Justice, a detective and working mother. Will Sasso ("MadTV"), Chi McBride ("Pushing Daisies"), Pater Atencio ("Key and Peele"), Justina Machado ("Welcome to »
In this weekly series, EW — and readers — weigh in on ways to rehab much-maligned characters on some of our favorite shows.
Clearly, Ike Barinholtz is a funny guy. He’s an alumnus of Chicago’s famed improv comedy scene; he’s had successful stints on MADtv and Eastbound & Down; he’s a writer as well as a performer, making him extra sensitive to what makes a good punchline. Last year, his talent even earned special notice from his boss: Mindy Kaling created nutty ex-con nurse Morgan Tookers especially for Barinholtz.
But who is Morgan, exactly? Well… he’s a nurse. »
- Hillary Busis
The highlights from this year's Comic-Con were Tom Hiddleston surprising Hall H as Loki and Andrew Garfield spending a majority of his panel in character as Spider-Man. With the exception of Sacha Baron Cohen and the Spinal Tap crew, actors very rarely make appearances dressed in character. An even rarer sight is seeing voice actors dressed as the animated characters they play. It can be a bit bizarre, but it's always a treat to see. Here are 15 (and a half-ish) actors in cosplay as their own characters.
As part of their panel for Sdcc '13, the cast pre-recorded a bit that had them "forced" to dress up as their cartoon counterparts -- Bill Hader as Flint Lockwood, Anna Faris as Sam Sparks, Andy Samberg as Brent McHale, and Terry Crews as Earl Devereaux.
For a Halloween appearance on Ellen, Jane Lynch »
- Eli Reyes
As the "Doctor Who" 50th anniversary rolls on, BBC America is looking back on the past Doctors. Their latest is extra special, taking a look at the eighth, who was only seen on-screen in a 1996 made-for-tv movie, which aired in the United States on Fox. It was originally meant to act as a backdoor pilot, but that plan was scrapped after the ratings were low.
Paul McGann plays the Doctor, the last version to show up before the BBC rebooted the series with Christopher Eccleston in the role. There's a lot that stands out about the movie, especially the fact that it's the first time the Doctor gets romantically involved with his companion. Of course, that wasn't necessarily the last time it happened.
On TV this Wednesday: The Exes finale engages in nuptial nuttiness, Soul Man closes with a new tune, Patrick Dempsey trades his scalpel for a speedster and Charisma Carpenter helps you survive Evil. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Melissa & Joey (ABC Family) | In the first half of a two-part episode, Joey tries to pass Mel off as his ex-wife at his Nona’s 99th birthday party.
Related | Fall TV 2013: 100+ Season and Series Premiere Dates
9 pm The Unexplained Files (Science) | Series premiere: In 1978, a pilot and his aircraft disappeared from the skies above southern Australia. His »
- Kimberly Roots
On TV this Thursday: Jesse Tyler Ferguson fashions a Project Runway judging stint, The Winner Is announced, Briggs tries to find Graceland under pressure and a wedding requires something borrowed, something Rookie Blue. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Glee (Fox) | Repeat to Revisit: Cory Monteith shines in this episode, in which Finn and Mr. Schue battle it out, boy-band style, with a mash-up of N’Sync’s “Bye Bye Bye” and Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way.”
Related | Fall TV: What’s on When? And Versus What?
- Kimberly Roots
With his new project The Awesomes, Seth Meyers is approaching Ryan Seacrest levels of ubiquity. The longtime head writer of SNL will be returning to his "Weekend Update" desk this fall, then exiting in time for the debut of Late Night with Seth Meyers in 2014. (Seth is replacing Jimmy Fallon, who's been bumped up to The Tonight Show.) And then there's The Awesomes, which marks both Meyers's and Hulu's first foray into original animation. Created with SNL vet Mike Shoemaker, The Awesomes chronicles the formation of a new superhero team, composed of heroes rejected from other teams for things like "mommy issues" and "age." Meyers and Shoemaker essentially made the show by following their friends around with microphones; the voice actors include Saturday Night Live cast members Taran Killam, Bill Hader, and Kenan Thompson; SNL writers Paula Pell and Emily Spivey; Madtv's Ike Barinholtz, Bobby Lee, and Josh Meyers »
- Gwynne Watkins
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