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CBS Developing New Adaptation Of UK Comedy Series ‘Friday Night Dinner’

21 hours ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

CBS has put in development Sunday Night Dinner, a single-camera comedy based on the British series Friday Night Dinner. The U.S. adaptation — about a couple with two grown boys who gather every week for a family dinner — will be written by The King of Queens co-creator Michael Weithorn and former Modern Family executive producer Dan O'Shannon. The two executive produce with the creator of the original series, Robert PopperKenton Allen and Matthew Justice. CBS TV Studios… »

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Comedy’s Comeback: Networks Push Boundaries With Bold New Half-Hours

30 August 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

To students of television comedy, “Community” star Joel McHale is making a big transition this year.

The leading man of the most unconventional, unrelentingly meta sitcom ever to air on broadcast is moving to CBS for a multi-camera show, “The Great Indoors,” which pokes fun at the pop culture punchline of the moment: those wacky millennials. McHale plays a maverick photojournalist who is brought in from the field to rescue a magazine overrun by young staffers.

Across the dial, from broadcast to cable to streaming heavyweights, the number of comedy series is rising as networks seek a counterweight to the explosive growth of original dramas during the past five years. The expansion has opened up the playing field for traditional three-camera sitcoms as well as more esoteric single-camera fare.

Art Streiber for Variety

To McHale, the significance, in creative terms, of the single-camera vs. multi-camera format has been wildly overstated at a time when the boundaries of »

- Cynthia Littleton

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‘MADtv’: Nicole Sullivan, Will Sasso and Bobby Lee To Appear On CW Revival

12 July 2016 3:45 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The “MADtv” revival is coming to The CW this month and will include a slew of original cast members. TVLine reports that Nicole Sullivan, who formed part of the series from 1995 to 2001 and Will Sasso, cast member from 1997 to 2002, will guest star on the series premiere July 26.

The site also confirms that Bobby Lee, who had a role on the variety series from 2001 to 2009, will appear in an upcoming episode. The new “MADtv” will feature appearances from two original cast members every episode, who will join the new cast: Carlie Craig, Chelsea Davison, Jeremy D. Howard, Amir K, Lyric Lewis, Piotr Michael, Michelle Ortiz and Adam Ray.

Read More: The CW Network Is Reviving ‘MadTV’ as Primetime Series w/ “New Comedy Voices”

Back in January, The CW aired a “MADtv 20th Anniversary Reunion.” The one-hour retrospective featured classic clips from the show’s 14 seasons, interwoven with new comedy material that included 19 series alumni. »

- Liz Calvario

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‘MADtv’: Nicole Sullivan, Will Sasso and Bobby Lee To Appear On CW Revival

12 July 2016 3:45 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The “MADtv” revival is coming to The CW this month and will include a slew of original cast members. TVLine reports that Nicole Sullivan, who formed part of the series from 1995 to 2001 and Will Sasso, cast member from 1997 to 2002, will guest star on the series premiere July 26.

The site also confirms that Bobby Lee, who had a role on the variety series from 2001 to 2009, will appear in an upcoming episode. The new “MADtv” will feature appearances from two original cast members every episode, who will join the new cast: Carlie Craig, Chelsea Davison, Jeremy D. Howard, Amir K, Lyric Lewis, Piotr Michael, Michelle Ortiz and Adam Ray.

Read More: The CW Network Is Reviving ‘MadTV’ as Primetime Series w/ “New Comedy Voices”

Back in January, The CW aired a “MADtv 20th Anniversary Reunion.” The one-hour retrospective featured classic clips from the show’s 14 seasons, interwoven with new comedy material that included 19 series alumni. »

- Liz Calvario

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MADtv: Nicole Sullivan, Will Sasso and Bobby Lee Appearing on CW Revival

12 July 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

MADtv is bringing out the big guns to help usher in its new era on The CW.

Nicole Sullivan, who starred on the original MADtv from 1995 to 2001, and Will Sasso (1997–2002) will guest-star in the new series’ premiere on July 26 (9/8c), TVLine has learned exclusively. Bobby Lee (2001–2009) is also confirmed to appear in an upcoming episode.

RelatedMADtv Gets Premiere Date on The CW — Meet the Revival’s New Cast

Since leaving MADtv, Sullivan has recurred on Scrubs, Cougar Town and The King of Queens, in addition to starring in her own short-lived Lifetime sitcom Rita Rocks; Sasso went on to appear on shows like Justified, »

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‘The Childhood Of A Leader’ Review: Brady Corbet’s Directorial Debut Is An Enthralling Mind-f*ck

14 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A 27-year-old dude from Scottsdale, Arizona, Brady Corbet has somehow become the go-to guy for major European auteurs in need of a young American who can pick up what they’re putting down. We may never fully understand how he parlayed a one-episode cameo on “The King of Queens” and a recurring appearance in the fifth season of “24” into a series of brilliant collaborations with titans of international cinema like Michael Haneke (“Funny Games”) and Lars von Trier (“Melancholia”), but it’s clear why Corbet might have a special appreciation for how public figures are often seen through the lens of their beginnings. With his unusually accomplished directorial debut “Childhood of a Leader,” Corbet delivers a strange and startling film that reflects the unique trajectory of his career, as well as the influence of the iconoclastic directors with whom he’s already worked.

The first strains of Scott Walker’s panicky score slice into the soundtrack like Penderecki having a heart attack, the strings cutting into archival footage of World War I troops marching in formation. The opening titles are draped in terror, and they steel audiences for an ominous origin story on par with the horrors presaged by “Max” or “The Omen.” And on that promise, Corbet delivers — albeit it in his own elliptical, psychically tormented, and increasingly hypnotic way.

The Childhood of a Leader” tells the story of a young American boy (Tom Sweet) coming of age in a snowbound pocket of rural France circa 1918. His young yet severe mother (“The Artist” star Bérénice Bejo) is fed up with her son from the start, and takes out most of her frustration on the various employees who rear the boy for her by proxy. The child’s father (Liam Cunningham, who “Game of Thrones” fans will better recognize by the name of Davos Seaworth), is an assistant on President Wilson’s staff, and is often away in Versailles working on the peace treaty that would ultimately end the war. On the rare evenings during which he returns home, the boy’s father is sometimes accompanied by a widower politician played by Robert Pattinson (a glorified cameo during which he willfully melts into the musty furnishings of Corbet’s sets).

The film seldom ventures outside of the boy’s house, pushing deeper and deeper into the opaque void of its protagonist’s malleable young mind. Corbet’s doggedly anti-dramatic script (co-written by his partner, Mona Fastvold) stakes the boy’s future on a debate between nature vs. nurture in which neither side ever seems to earn a clear advantage. Sweet, whose character is outwardly defined by a blank expression and a head of flowing blond hair (he’s often confused for a girl), delivers a tense performance that often feels modeled after his director’s seething turns in “Simon Killer” and “Funny Games.” You almost never know what the kid is thinking, but it’s telling that his moments of paranoid anxiety are by far his most visceral — an early nightmare sequence suggests that Corbet has a natural talent for eerie visual abstractions.

Read More: Brady Corbet and Mona Fastvold Talk Moody Sundance Discovery ‘The Sleepwalker

He also has a natural talent for the strain of winking, comically exaggerated gravitas that makes it tempting to suspect that hyper-severe auteurs like Haneke and von Trier are actually just taking the piss. Ostentatiously divided into five sections (an overture, three ‘Tantrums,’ and a coda), and refusing to speak the boy’s name until late in the film (so that viewers might tie themselves into knots trying to work out which fascist leader the kid will grow up to become), “The Childhood of a Leader” pits the intensity of its context against the banality of its incident.

The first two Tantrums are all portent and no plot; the most exciting thing that happens is when the boy paws at the breast of his pretty young French tutor (“Nymphomaniac” ingenue Stacy Martin). There’s much talk of language skills, and fluency becomes its own kind of power, but how that factors into Corbet’s grand design is no better explicated than the fact that Sweet’s character is exclusively raised by hired help, or the tidbit that his dad had been hoping for a daughter. And yet, the raw anxiety of Corbet’s vision only grows more palpable as Sweet retreats further from our understanding; by the time the film reveals itself to be more of a mind-fuck than a historical drama, you’re too rattled to feel tricked.

On one hand, the indelibly disorienting final scene feels like a hit from behind; on the other, it feels as though the film has been building to it from the start. Either way, “The Childhood of a Leader” leaves behind a squall of unanswered questions that linger in the mind long after it squelches to a finish. Is this a story about the merits of Freudian psychology, or its limitations? Is it about the making of a monster, or is its distance meant to mock the thinking that sociopaths can be so easily explained? Early in the first Tantrum, Pattinson’s character lifts a quote that novelist John Fowles would ultimately coin in regards to the Holocaust: “That was the tragedy. Not that one man has the courage to be evil, but that so many have not the courage to be good.” Other than Corbet’s promise, that sentiment may be the film’s one clear takeaway: Whether born or raised, leaders are only as powerful as the people who neglect to stop them.

Grade: B+

The Childhood of a Leader” plays at BAMcinemaFest on June 23rd. It opens in theaters and on VOD on July 22nd.

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- David Ehrlich

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Was Castle Reveal Random? Did Flash Telegraph Death? Was Poi Sex Good for You? Ballsy Outlander? And More Qs!

20 May 2016 11:06 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Castle, Empire, Grey’s Anatomy and Legends of Tomorrow!

1 | As fun and Batgirl-y it was to see Hawaii Five-0‘s Abby motorcycle to Grover’s rescue, gun a-blazing, did we ever learn how she escaped Shioma’s gunman?

2 | Admit it, Outlander fans: Wasn’t Jamie’s gruesome, duel-ending strike on Black Jack Randall kinda satisfying?

3 | Didn’t it look as if Once Upon a Time’s captured heroes could have at least tried »

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10 Things We Learned From the CBS Upfront Presentation

18 May 2016 3:17 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The CBS programming machine was well oiled at Carnegie Hall on Wednesday as the network unveiled its 2016-17 lineup.

Some of the shows looked better than others, some of the clips played better than others, but one common trait was undeniable — they all looked like CBS shows.

Glenn Geller made his upfront debut as CBS Entertainment president, demonstrating that he’s a graduate of the cool-and-confident CBS executive finishing school. And nobody sells the virtues of broadcast TV like his boss, CBS Corp. chief Leslie Moonves.

The upfront is a chance to “celebrate the vitality and power of the medium we love and the business we create together,” Moonves told the crowd in his once-an-actor-always-an-actor voice. Noting the change in the mood among advertisers toward digital advertising (as every network exec has hammered this week), Moonves flashed a knowing smile and added: “Everyone is now coming to that same conclusion »

- Cynthia Littleton

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‘Kevin Can Wait’ Trailer: First Look At Kevin James’ Return To CBS

18 May 2016 3:07 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Kevin James is returning to his old Monday night gig on CBS, where he became a star with The King of Queens. This time it’s with Kevin Can Wait, a multi-camera sitcom that had gotten a straight-to-series order and certainly shares some KoQ DNA. The first look at the sitcom from Sony TV and CBS TV Studios dropped today during CBS’ upfront in New York. It will be paired with flagship comedy The Big Bang Theory until that show moves back to Thursdays after the network’s NFL… »

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Review: ‘Mike & Molly’ Two-Part Finale Keeps It Light and Clever

16 May 2016 1:42 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

When it premiered in 2010, CBS’s “Mike & Molly” was something of a gimmick in the stable of mega-producer Chuck Lorre – a kinda new take on the rom-com. Hey look everyone, they’re fat! Plus, incessant fat jokes are Ok! It’s “The King of Queens” times two! But we were rooting for them anyway, even if their dropping weight wasn’t going to be part of the deal. They could easily have called this thing “The Biggest Non-Losers.” Given the percentage of Americans who struggle with their waistlines, this didn’t seem all that revolutionary at the time. Plus, in. »

- Ray Richmond

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Kevin James Comedy ‘Kevin Can Wait’ Picked Up To Series By CBS

12 May 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

CBS has kicked off the pickups of new series by formalizing the series order to Kevin Can Wait (formerly Untitled Kevin James). The multi-camera sitcom, which already had a series commitment/straight-to-series order, brings back Kevin James to CBS where he became a star on the network’s sitcom The King Of Queens. The new series, which is said to share a lot of DNA with King Of Queens, hails from the same studios, Sony TV and CBS TV Studios. It stars James as a newly… »

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Leah Remini Says She Encouraged David Miscavige's Father to Write Scientology Memoir: 'He Has a Right to Tell His Story'

28 April 2016 5:55 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

ABC Breaking News | Latest News Videos Leah Remini is defending Scientology leader David Miscavige's father and his decision to speak out against the church in a forthcoming memoir. The King of Queens actress, who also penned a book about the controversial religion after she left, told ABC News that Ron Miscavige "has a right to tell his story." Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me, Ron's book, details what Ron believes is David's "brutal approach to running the organization." In an interview with ABC's 20/20 ahead of the book's May 3 release, Ron said that his estranged son, now 55, "really »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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Michelle McNamara, Writer and Wife of Patton Oswalt, Dies at 46

22 April 2016 4:40 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Michelle McNamara, a crime writer who was married to comedian Patton Oswalt, died Thursday, the Associated Press reports. She was 46. No cause of death was given, though Oswalt’s publicist, Kevin McLaughlin of Main Stage Public Relations, said that she died in her sleep at her Los Angeles home. Oswalt, whose credits include the sitcom “The King of Queens,” “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and the film”Ratatouille,” married McNamara in 2005. Also Read: Patton Oswalt Defends Trevor Noah in Epic 53-Tweet Dissection of a Twitter Joke McNamara was the founder of the website True Crime Diary, which detailed breaking news and cold cases alike. »

- Tim Kenneally

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Lady Dynamite Trailer: Maria Bamford Loses Her $#*!, Finds Superman(s)

21 April 2016 5:27 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Maria Bamford (Arrested Development, the gone-too-soon Benched) has a love-hate relationship with Superman in the first trailer for her Netflix comedy Lady Dynamite (premiering Friday, May 20).

RelatedOne Day at a Time: Netflix Reboot Finds Its Schneider in Todd Grinnell

The comedienne cozies up to Brandon Routh and punches Dean Cain in the star-studded preview, which also features Lennon Parham (Playing House), Ana Gasteyer (Suburgatory), Andy Daly (Review), Fred Melamed (Casual), Bridget Everett (Inside Amy Schumer), Ed Begley, Jr. (Better Call Saul), Sarah Silverman (Masters of Sex) and — whew! — Jason Mantzoukas (Brooklyn Nine-Nine).

Per Netflix’s official logline, Lady Dynamite “tells »

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Everybody Loves Raymond Star Doris Roberts Dies at 90

18 April 2016 4:20 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Everybody Loves Raymond actress Doris Roberts has died, People confirms. Her son Michael Cannata confirmed that Roberts died peacefully late Sunday night in L.A. in her sleep of natural causes. She was 90. Roberts career has spanned six decades during which time she received five Emmy Awards and a Screen Actors Guild award. Prior to her time on the small screen, Roberts got her start on Broadway in the 1950s, appearing in numerous shows including The Desk Set, Bad Habits and a handful of others. However, the actress was best known for playing Marie Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond from »

- George Stark, @GeorgeStark_

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Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis This Weekend– Great Line-Up of Guests!

31 March 2016 7:26 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis this weeekend! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con April 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. St. Louis show hours are Friday, April 1st, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, April 2nd, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, April 3rd, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor »

- Tom Stockman

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Kevin James in Talks to Star in Football Drama ’44’ for ‘Blind Side’ Producers

24 March 2016 4:58 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kevin James is in negotiations to star as a 44-year-old athlete in the drama “44” for Alcon Entertainment, producer of “The Blind Side.”

James will portray Joey Williams, a father of four who played for the Lambuth University football team in 2003 alongside his 21-year-old son. He had been recruited out of high school to play football at Tennessee Tech but injured his left knee during his senior season.

Heaven Is for Real” screenwriter Christopher Parker will write the script. DeVon Franklin, whose producing credits include “Miracles From Heaven” and “Heaven Is for Real,” is producing with Todd Garner, Lisa Kors and James.

“Heaven Is for Real” has topped $23 million for Sony in its first eight days of release. Carl Rogers is overseeing “44” for Alcon.

Kors purchased the life rights for Williams’ story after she heard a National Public Radio story about him.

Alcon saw major success from “The Blind Side,” based »

- Dave McNary

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Lenny Venito & Gary Valentine Join Kevin James’ CBS Comedy Series

22 March 2016 2:29 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Lenny Venito (The Neighbors) and Gary Valentine (The King of Queens) are set as series regulars opposite Kevin James in his untitled multi-camera comedy series at CBS. The untitled show, from Sony Pictures TV, James' studio-based Hey Eddie Productions and CBS TV Studios, centers on Kevin (James), a newly retired police officer who looks forward to spending more quality time with his wife and three kids — only to discover he faces much tougher challenges at home than he… »

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Patton Oswalt to Co-Star in Fox Workplace Comedy Pilot Toplined by Judy Greer

11 March 2016 6:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Patton Oswalt has been cast in Fox’s untitled Laura Steinel project, Variety has learned. The comedian joins Judy Greer who will star in the workplace comedy pilot.

The comedy centers around Jane (Greer), who is stuck between managing her human resources department as well as the new CEO, who harbors big ambitions for the small-town New Jersey plastics plant. Oswalt will play the CEO, Sam, who lives life at a higher octave than everyone else and has grand ideas that are hardly suitable for the plant.

Steinel penned the pilot and will serve as a co-exec producer. Jeff Schaffer (“The League”) will direct the pilot, and serve as an executive producer with Sue Naegle (“Outcast”) for 20th Century Fox TV.

Should the pilot go to series, it would mark Oswalt’s return to the broadcast sitcom world as a series regular, since he starred on “The King of Queens” with Kevin James. »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Happy 40th Birthday, ‘Laverne & Shirley’!

27 January 2016 8:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

40 years ago today, Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams schlemiel-schlamazeled their way into TV history when “Laverne & Shirley” premiered on ABC. Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney, two roommates who worked as bottle-cappers in Milwaukee, had made their debut on “Happy Days” the November before their own spin-off started airing on January 27, 1976. The zany antics of “Laverne & Shirley” quickly shot to No. 1 in the ratings, even surpassing the viewership of “Happy Days.” Williams departed the show after she became pregnant with her first child. As to why she left instead of scheduling around the birth of her baby, Williams has said, “When it came time for me to sign my contract for that season, they had me working on my due date to have my baby. And I said, ‘You know, I can't sign this.’ And it went back and forth and back and forth and it just never got worked out. »

- Emily Rome

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