14 items from 2014
This is what passes for a children’s movie these days: a 1950s sitcom drawn in pretty tropical CGI colors with a few mostly forgettable songs tossed in. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): was not a fan of the first film
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Why the hell anyone thinks kids would be interested in the marital happiness of a bird boy is beyond me. But this is what passes for a children’s movie these days: a 1950s sitcom drawn in pretty tropical CGI colors with a few mostly forgettable songs tossed in. Nerd bird Blu (the voice of Jesse Eisenberg: Now You See Me, The Social Network) was happy when last we saw him, at the end of the stridently mediocre Rio, and clearly that could not stand. So here, in the oh-so-creatively entitled Rio 2, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The reality TV destination has 44 new and returning series on tap for the 2014-15 season. TLC‘s lineup includes seven new specials and a half-dozen news series including a new series starring The King Of Queens alum Leah Remini and her family and a Breaking Amish spinoff. Specials include a return look at Kate Gosselin and her brood and A Duggar Leaves Home, about a cousin of the Duggar clan from 19 Kids & Counting who moves to Nashville to pursue a singing career. Here a look at TLC’s new programs for the coming season, covering the family, relationships and wedding genres: Related: TLC ‘Say Yes To Dress’ Scores Record Ratings With Seth Meyers A Duggar Leaves Home – New special, 2Q 2014 Amy Duggar, the beloved cousin of the 19 Kids & Counting family, moves to Nashville to pursue her dream of being a singer. (Figure Eight Films) Kate Plus 8 Special (working title) – New special, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
CBS comedy “How I Met Your Mother” surged more than 50% week-to-week in key demos Monday as it wrapped its nine-season run with the show’s best-ever young-adult delivery.
According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “How I Met Your Mother” averaged a 5.3 rating/16 share in adults 18-49 and nearly 13 million viewers overall, with the total viewership also a high for the show. It was easily the night’s top program in adults 18-49, 25-54 and other key demo categories.
Its 18-49 score— a 51% spike from last week’s 3.5 rating — is the second highest for any regularly scheduled comedy this season, just a bit behind the 5.5 that CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” delivered for its season premiere last September.
The “Himym” numbers are in line with the series finale of “The King of Queens” on CBS in May 2007 (5.2 in 18-49 and 13.6 million total viewers) — an impressive feat given the changes in »
- Rick Kissell
Marvel has announced that actor/comedian Patton Oswalt will appear in a future episode of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Agent Eric Koenig, who made his first appearance in the comics in Sgt. Fury & His Howling Commandos #27. The King of Queens actor is a well known comic geek, and jumped at the chance to be a part of the show. "I got a call from my agent saying they want you on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I said ‘hell, yes,’” Oswalt relates. “I’m lucky that I’m visible enough that they wanted to bring me in to play this character. I’d worked with Joss Whedon before on ‘Dollhouse,’ and I guess I wasn’t too annoying and they decided to put me on another one of his shows. So I was very lucky.” What do you think of this latest gust star? More at the link below. »
The King of Queens star and Dancing with the Stars alum will be joined by her husband of 10 years, Angelo, and their 9 year-old daughter, Sofia. The series will also feature Remini's mother and stepfather, plus her sister and brother-in-law, whose secret coded language apparently drives the actress bonkers. Some of Remini's staff will also be featured, including her "wisecracking" housekeeper, Sofia's British nanny and her personal assistant, who happens to be an aspiring actress.
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- Sadie Gennis
Josh Gad ( Frozen , "The Book of Mormon") and Kevin James ( Grown Ups , "The King of Queens") are in talks to play leading roles in Sony Pictures' upcoming big screen adaptation of Patrick Jean's videogame-inspired short film Pixels , says a story today at The Hollywood Reporter . TheWrap , meanwhile, reports that Adam Sandler (who was already attached as a producer) will also star. Chris Columbus (first two "Harry Potter" films, Home Alone ) is directing. The short film, which you can check out in the player below, became a viral hit with its 1980s video game characters attacking New York City. It was previously said that the plan was to make a Ghostbusters -style action comedy in which characters come out of a video game to wreak havoc in the »
We apologise profusely and you can stop reading this now if you so choose to, but the sequel to Paul Blart: Mall Cop has added five new names to its cast.
Wizards of Waverly Place and Grown Ups 2 star David Henrie has signed on as a charming valet attendant whom Blart’s (Kevin James) daughter Maya (Raini Rodriguez) develops a crush on. while Molly Shannon (Saturday Night Live) will also co-star along with Eduardo Verastegui (Bella), Nicholas Turturro (I Now Pronounce you Chuck and Larry) and James' brother Gary Valentine (The King of Queens), who'll be playing fellow security guards.
- Gary Collinson
Fox's comedy pilot "Weird Loners" has one of the standout titles of this development season, and its cast is shaping up to be pretty strong as well.
Becki Newton has signed on to play one of the title characters in the pilot, which comes from writer Michael Weithorn (creator of "The King of Queens") and director Jake Kasdan ("New Girl," "Freaks and Geeks"). It's about four social misfits who form a bond with one another via living in the same townhouse in Queens.
Newton's character, Caryn, is a "high-strung" dental hygienist with a tendency to go all-in on relationships way too quickly. Her co-stars thus far are "Happy Endings" alum Zachary Knighton and Nate Torrence ("Hello Ladies," "Super Fun Night"); the fourth member of the core group has yet to be cast.
With the end of "How I Met Your Mother" getting closer and closer -- the show had a table read for the series finale on Friday (Feb. 14) -- members of its cast are starting to find new jobs.
The latest one to find a new gig is Alyson Hannigan, and she's staying at CBS in a comedy pilot called "More Time with Family." The show stars and was co-created by comedian Tom Papa, who's playing a man who makes a career change in order to have more time with his wife, Cindy (Hannigan), and their kids.
Papa created the show with the husband-and-wife team of Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa ("The King of Queens," "13 Going on 30"). Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are among the show's executive producers, along with the three creators.
Hannigan is the second "Himym" regular to score a lead role in a pilot this week. She follows Cristin Milioti, »
The second half of season three started airing on December 11th and will wrap up on February 26th.
Here's the press release:
New York, NY - February 3, 2014 - TV Land has picked up its hit original series "The Exes" for a 12-episode fourth season, it was announced today by TV Land President, Larry W. Jones. The series stars critically-acclaimed actors, Donald Faison ("Scrubs"), Wayne Knight ("Seinfeld"), David Alan Basche ("The Starter Wife"), Kelly Stables ("Two and a Half Men") and Kristen Johnston ("3rd Rock From The Sun"), with Leah Remini ("The King of Queens") featured in several of »
The original programming on TV Land is something of a mixed bag, but it’s an assortment with a common theme, and one that makes a lot of sense. There’s a mid-80s-early-90s throwback feel about all of their shows, though most of them try to give their comedy a nudge into the new era, and The Exes is one of the best examples of the overall attempt.
The ratings have certainly shown that they’ve got their hands on a good theory, and the fact that other networks are kicking out shows that are clearly from the same mold (with some success) further proves that there is a market.
Well, if The Exes is on your list of faves, you’ve got some good news. The show is coming back for at least 12 more episodes.
Catch all the info below, and let me know what you think of the show. »
- Marc Eastman
TV Land doesn’t plan to break up with “The Exes” anytime soon. The network has given a fourth season to its sitcom “The Exes,” starring “Scrubs” alum Donald Faison and former “Seinfeld” villain Wayne Knight. Also read: Jaime Pressly Comedy ‘Jennifer Falls’ Picked Up by TV Land The 12-episode fourth season of the series, which wraps its current season on Feb. 26, will premiere in the summer. The series stars Faison, Knight and David Alan Basche as divorced roommates who strike up a bromance after being forced to live together by their divorce attorney/landlord. “The King of Queens” alum Leah Remini recently signed. »
- Tim Kenneally
Former Bourne Matt Damon and future Batman Ben Affleck are set to team up once again, but this time for a multi-cam comedy on CBS. A pilot episode for More Time With Family has already been ordered by the network, and Damon and Affleck will executive produce through Pearl Street Films.
According to Variety, the project stars Tom Papa as a husband and father who makes a career change in order to spend more time with his family.
Papa co-wrote the pilot and worked with Damon in Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant! and Behind the Candelabra. The other writers are Josh Goldsmith (The King of Queens) and his wife/writing partner, Cathy Yuspa (What Women Want).
That’s all we know for now, but a project like this fits in nicely with the type of shows normally produced by CBS. As the network have ordered a “put pilot” (meaning they »
- Josh Wilding
Nicole wrote in one message that Stephanie was "a special little person", had a contagious smile and a sense of humor. (Ani) »
- Amith Ostwal
14 items from 2014
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