6 items from 2015
Exclusive: Chris Case – a long-time writer on shows such as Spin City, Titus and Mad About You who is exec producer on Yahoo’s new Sin City Saints – ended up with a very different writing assignment recently, punching up the story line, characters and emotional engagement of a new mobile game, Juice Jam, from Sgn. “Mobile for me is the Wild, Wild West,” said Case. “It was an opportunity to understand what’s happening here. It’s really cool to try to innovate. It’s wide… »
After a long, long build-up, TV’s Golden Age is having its Mel Rodriguez moment; within the past few months, the distinctively cuddly-sized actor has occupied critical roles in not one but three acclaimed series. First, he was seen as Patsy de le Cerda, the hapless head nurse on HBO’s hospital comedy, Getting On. Then he popped up again as the short con accomplice of young Saul Goodman on AMC’s Breaking Bad prequel, “Better Call Saul.” And finally, he made a surprise entrance as Todd, the incarnation of the “Last Man on Earth”s nightmare. We caught up with him by phone as he took a break from “doody duties,” tending to his three month old daughter, Stella. Hitfix: Suddenly, all my favorite shows are centered around Mel Rodriguez. How did this happen? I don’t know man, I really don’t. I’m the luckiest guy in the world. »
- Richard Rushfield
Laff, the country’s first-ever, over-the-air broadcast comedy television network officially launched on Wednesday. In time for its debut, the network has licensed the broadcast television rights to all 145 episodes of sitcom “Spin City” from Paramount Worldwide Television Licensing & Distribution. Michael J. Fox headlined four seasons of “Spin City,” which centered around life inside the New York City mayor’s office. The series also featured Heather Locklear, Barry Bostwick, Richard Kind, Alan Ruck and Connie Britton. Charlie Sheen replaced Fox for the series’ final two seasons. See Photos: The Faces of Pilot Season 2015 The addition of “Spin City” brings Laff »
- Joe Otterson
Every few years at press tour, I find myself sitting down with Bill Lawrence — creator, co-creator and/or showrunner of “Spin City,” “Scrubs,” “Cougar Town,” “Ground Floor” and NBC’s “Undateable,” which returns for a second season Tuesday night at 9:30 — to talk about the state of TV comedy. As a guy who broke into the business during the ‘90s sitcom boom (his early jobs were on “Boy Meets World” and “Friends”), who’s worked extensively on both traditional multi-cam sitcoms and filmed single-cam comedies, and has now worked for both broadcast and cable (with “Cougar Town,” which concludes its run at the end of this month, he’s done both), he can take a global view of the genre in a way many of his contemporaries can’t, and he remains one of the champion talkers among showrunners of comedy or drama. Back in January, we talked about letting »
- Alan Sepinwall
Back in September, we reported that Rush Hour director Brett Ratner is teaming up with Cougar Town creators Bill Lawrence and Blake McCormick for a TV show based on the hit movie franchise. Just a few weeks later, the project received a pilot commitment from CBS, although we haven't heard much more about the potential series since then. While promoting his new NBC comedy Undateable, Bill Lawrence revealed that the series will revolve around the same characters as the movie franchise, Detective Carter (Chris Tucker), an L.A. cop, and Lee (Jackie Chan) a Hong Kong inspector, who join forces. Naturally, the characters will be re-cast, with Bill Lawrence adding that the show revolves around a new story.
"New plot, same characters, a little younger, a little different, fish out of water. It's a cool script. I'm psyched about it."
He added that the Lee character will still be skilled in martial arts, »
Remember when AOL was all the rage -- or enraged users with its painstakingly slow login process -- and it was the only way to connect to the Internet? Do you ever wish you could go back in time and relive the entire experience?
VH1 is giving you that chance when its new scripted series, Hindsight, premieres on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 10 pm Et. The show will explore what happens if you could go back and do it all over again.
Watch: Jon Hamm's '90s Dating Show Past Resurfaces
ETonline has an exclusive clip from the premiere, during which we meet Becca (Laura Ramsey), who -- on the eve of her second wedding -- wakes up on the morning of her first wedding day in 1995. Now, transported 20 years back in time to life in New York City, Becca must reconnect with her best friend Lolly (Sarah Goldberg) and convince her that she’s from the future »
6 items from 2015
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