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There’s a reason why Ryan Murphy is one of the most popular creators on all of television — the man has a formula for success. Part of that formula is relying on some of the same characters for each of his projects. Looking back at Popular, Nip/Tuck, Glee, The New Normal, and American Horror Story, some very specific types emerge again and again. Using Scream Queens, which debuts tonight on Fox, as our guide, here are the ten archetypes Murphy keeps returning to. If it ain’t broke, why fix it?1. The Bitchy Blonde: One of the major drivers of plot in all of these projects is a young, attractive, usually rich blonde girl whose insecurities come out when she is exceptionally cruel to those around her. Most of these characters also have a group of lackeys that follow their every move. On Scream Queens, she is Chanel (Emma Roberts »
- Brian Moylan
Like the killer in a nautically themed slasher movie, Ryan Murphy is out to hook you early. Dating back to Popular and Nip/Tuck, through Glee and the shock scares that begin every American Horror Story installment, viewers have known very quickly whether or not they wanted to go along with Murphy and his collaborators on each new piece of genre reinvention and provocation. Oddly, then, the first reaction many viewers will have to Fox's Scream Queens will be unusual to the Murphy oeuvre: familiarity. It isn't that Scream Queens, with its masked killer, victims-of-the-week format and vocally
- Daniel Fienberg
Aziz Ansari's new Netflix show has a premiere date and a title: Master of None debuts on Netflix November 6. Ansari will play Dev, a 30-year-old actor in New York who "has trouble deciding what he wants to eat, much less the pathway for the rest of life." Ah, millennial woes! The show comes to you from Ansari and Parks and Recreation writer Alan Yang and will also star H. Jon Benjamin, Tim and Eric’s Eric Wareheim, The Comeback's Lena Waithe, and Popular's Kelvin Yu. Including Ansari and Yang, Parks and Recreation's Mike Schur will also be an executive producer, alongside Louie's Dave Becky and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's David Miner.According to Netflix, the show will touch on "subjects as diverse as the plight of the elderly, the immigrant experience, and how to find the most delicious pasta for dinner." The logline makes Master »
- E. Alex Jung
Aziz Ansari’s untitled Netflix series finally has a name — and a premiere date.
The 10-episode comedy — titled Master of None — will be released Friday, Nov. 6, the streaming giant announced Tuesday.
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The New York-based project, which Ansari created with Parks and Rec co-star/Ep Alan Yang, follows the personal and professional lives of Ansari’s Dev, a 30-year-old actor who has trouble deciding what he wants to eat, much less the pathway for the rest of his life. Dev’s story takes him through subjects »
Sara Rue has charmed audiences as adorable TV assistant Claude on the sitcom Less Than Perfect, and her role as Carmen on Popular. Now Rue stars as Dora, a naive pastor’s assistant in TV Land’s new dark comedy, Impastor. In the series, which premieres July 15, con man Buddy Dobbs (Michael Rosenbaum), steals a man’s identity and ends up posing as a small town’s new gay pastor. “The most important thing to Dora is her town, and specifically, the members of the congregation. She really believes that for them to move forward, to keep growing, and to continue on, they need … Continue reading →
- Kellie Freeze
Eric Dawson has been Ryan Murphy’s go-to casting director for 15 years, starting with “Popular” and continuing with “Nip/Tuck,” for which he reaped his first Emmy bid in 2005 and “Glee,” which won him an Emmy in 2011. He has been nominated for each of the first three installments of the “American Horror Story” franchise. However, he tells us during our recent webcam chat that "Freak Show" presented a unique challenge for this veteran of more than 130 TV shows: find actors that fit a specific physical look who could also hold their own against series regulars Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters. -Break- Watch dozens of video chats with 2015 Emmy contenders “That was an unusual task, I must say, and something I’ve never really done in casting,” Dawson reveals in our recent webcam chat (watch below). “Ryan came to me six months before the season began and explained wha. »
Treat yo’ self to some potentially amazing news: Aziz Ansari is teaming with Parks and Recreation writer Alan Yang for a half-hour Netflix comedy series starring Ansari, Archer voice H. Jon Benjamin, and Tim and Eric’s Eric Wareheim. Vulture hears the streaming giant has ordered ten episodes of the series, which will film in New York and will be executive-produced by Ansari, Yang, and Parks co-creator Michael Schur (along with Dave Becky and David Miner). In addition to Ansari, Benjamin, and Wareheim, the show’s cast also includes former SNL regular Noel Wells, Lena Waithe (The Comeback), and Kelvin Yu (Popular). The project has been in the works for months now, but Netflix is only now confirming its existence. Our sources say writers have been working on the project (which comes from Universal TV and 3 Arts) for some time now, though Netflix and Ansari aren’t talking about plot details. »
- Josef Adalian
This is the kind of surefire business venture that would make Tom Haverford green with envy.
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Indiana's coolness took a south bend this week when Gov. Mike Pence signed into law a bill that allows businesses to turn away Lgbt customers on the grounds of "religious freedom." Sort of makes you wish that "not sucking" was a religion. To remind Indiana lawmakers why their nonsense is, well, nonsense, let's take a look at some gay icons and iconography that originated in Indiana. If you're so concerned about protecting the hatred of gay people, why do these folks below rule so much? Adam Lambert, our Precious Moments figurine version of George Michael The wailing "American Idol" runner-up came out in the most decadent way possible: with a Rolling Stone cover story and salacious serpentine imagery. Lambert was raised in Southern California but was born in Indianapolis, which basically makes him a living version of "Saved by the Bell." "Let's Hear It for the Boy" queen Deniece Williams »
- Louis Virtel
And that’s all she wrote! The two-hour series finale of Glee aired last night, ending a six-year run of boundary-pushing story lines and characters. While the popular Fox show has definitely decreased in quality in its later seasons, it looks like Ryan Murphy finally listened to fans and delivered a flaw-free final act. Rachel won. Kurt won. Hell, everyone won. And that’s exactly the kind of sunshine fantasy fans needed to feel satisfied.
The finale was divided into two acts: “2009,” which took audiences back to — you guessed it — 2009, and “Dreams Come True,” which took us five years into the future. (Where Sue Sylvester is Vice President of the United States. Really.) In order to emotionally process all of last night’s feels, we’ve broken down the highlights from each episode. Grab a tissue; we promise you’ll need it.
Kurt is in trouble.
You know it’s »
- Christopher Rosa
Whether you're a diehard Gleek or just a casual YouTube surfer, chances are you've seen Glee's rendition of Journey's "Don’t Stop Believin'" at least a dozen times.
The hit Fox series, which will take their final musical bow this Friday, has covered the classic 80's anthem four separate times, but the performance in the Glee pilot will go down in TV history as the show's signature moment. The funny thing is, that iconic scene was almost completely different!
"The very first dance number of 'Don't Stop Believin' looks like the most simple [costumes], but that was an absolute example where we had another whole [plan] in mind," Lou Eyrich, Glee's head costume designer for the first three seasons, revealed to ETonline. "The night before we were going to shoot it, Ryan [Murphy] called me and he said, 'I think we need to tear it down and make it really simple and show that they're coming from nothing »
California native Gorham plays field agent Auggie Anderson in the Us show, a field agent who was blinded on a special forces mission in Iraq and now works CIA mission control as the handler of co-protagonist Annie Walker (Piper Perabo).
As well as making a recent guest appearance as the Wizard Of Oz in Once Upon A Time, Gorham played Betty’s love interest Henry Grubstick in Ugly Betty, was one of the main cast of Canadian sci-fi drama Odyssey 5, starred in cult teen show Popular and played the title role in sci-fi series Jake 2.0. His other small screen credits include Buffy The Vampire Slayer, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and hit sitcom Hot In Cleveland.
- Phil Wheat
Created by Eileen Heisler and DeAnne Heline
Produced by Blackie and Blondie productions, NBC Television
Aired on NBC for 1 season (13 episodes) from Jan 4 – March 15, 2005
Josh Cooke as Nate Solomon
Jennifer Finnegan as Marni Fliss
Darius McCrary as Bowie James
Tammy Lynne Michaels as Tess
Tom Poston as Dying Clown
RonReaco Lee as Todd
Meet Nate and Marni, two complete opposites that have one thing in common: they are both eccentrically unable to find someone that they believe is “The One.” That is, until they mistakenly meet on a blind date that they go on together instead of with the dates they were set up with. After establishing a connection with each other that neither has felt before, they defy logic and reason to date one another even after sharing quirks that would normally send any sane person running for the hills. Now, together they »
- Jean Pierre Diez
Admit it — You've been terrified of American Horror Story's tales, but you've lusted over the fashion.
While FX's anthology series has featured dozens of uniquely horrifying characters over the past four years, there is one thing that has always remained consistent in the critically acclaimed one-and-done series: Ahs' head costume designer Lou Eyrich.
Eyrich has been the fashion force behind nearly all of Ryan Murphy's iconic series. From Popular to Glee, and Nip/Tuck and the upcoming Scream Queens, Eyrich is a costume savant of the small screen world. In fact, the designer has already won an Emmy and four Costume Designer Guild Awards since 2009. Additioanlly, Eyrich is currently nominated again Outstanding Made for Television Movie or Mini Series for American Horror Story: Freak Show at the 17th Annual Cdga's.
Tonight at 10 p.m. on FX, America Horror Story: Freak Show will take their final bow with a jam-packed finale. To help send »
16 items from 2015
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