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Happy Thanksgiving Eve's Day (or, whatever you want to call it)! Today, we have news briefs about a bunch of classic sitcoms coming to Hulu, what you won't be seeing on Desperate Housewives (photo at right), a Mission: Impossible partnership, what to watch this weekend, and Facebook's new phone. Plus, a few notable premieres in TV history.
The TV video website has struck a deal with Carsey Werner TV Distribution to license 11 of their vintage sitcoms. They are The Cosby Show, 3rd Rock From the Sun, Grounded for Life, Men Behaving Badly, That '80s Show, The Tracy Morgan Show, Whoopi, Damon, Game Over, Davis Rules, and Normal, Ohio. The 580 episodes are available for viewing via Hulu's subscription service, Hulu Plus. Some of Carsey Werner's biggest titles -- Roseanne, That '70s Show, and Grace Under Fire -- weren't included in the deal. »
 Traditionally, Thanksgiving is a time to get everyone together and remember just how crazy and messed-up your family can be. But if you're a Hulu Plus subscriber, you can spend this holiday ignoring your wacky relatives and hanging out with someone else's instead. Sort of. The streaming service has just acquired the rights to 11 sitcoms from Casey Werner TV Distribution including The Cosby Show, should you want to see what a warm, loving family is supposed to look like, and 3rd Rock From the Sun, should you want reassurance that no matter how bizarre your clan gets, they could be worse. More details after the jump. The Casey Werner deal adds a total of 580 episodes to the Hulu Plus catalog, which already counts over 42,000 full-length episodes according to a blog entry  posted by Hulu's Svp of Content & Distribution Andy Forssell last month. In addition to The Cosby Show and 3rd Rock From the Sun, »
- Angie Han
22 November 2011 3:54 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
New York - Online video joint venture Hulu has added The Cosby Show, Whoopi, 3rd Rock from the Sun and eight other Carsey Werner classic sitcoms to its Hulu Plus subscription service. A spokeswoman for Hulu, in which Walt Disney, News Corp. and Comcast's NBCUniversal are partners with private equity firm Providence Equity Partners, declined to comment on the deal, which kicked in mid-month. The content deal covers 11 classic shows and 580 episodes, a source confirmed. The other series included are Grounded For Life, That 80’s Show, The Tracy Morgan Show, Damon, Men Behaving Badly, Game Over, Davis Rules
- Georg Szalai
Hoping to fill up your Thanksgiving weekend with a marathon of "The Cosby Show" or "3rd Rock From the Sun"? If you're a Hulu Plus subscriber, you're in luck. Also read: Hulu Cuts Price for Hulu Plus; Monthly Subscription Now $7.99 The video streaming service has acquired licensing rights for 11 titles from Carsey Werner TV Distribution for Hulu Plus, including the above titles, plus "Grounded for Life" and "Men Behaving Badly," and the short-lived titles "That '80s Show," "The Tracy Morgan Show," "Normal, Ohio," "Whoopi," "Damon," "Game Over" and "Davis Rules." In »
- Tim Kenneally
Debuting in 2001 as a mid-season replacement series on Fox, Grounded for Life revolves the Finnerty family of Staten Island. In this sitcom, Sean (Donal Logue) got Claudia (Megyn Price) pregnant and they married when they were just 18-years-old.
They're now in their thirties and have three children but they're essentially still kids themselves. Their three headstrong children are Lily (Lynsey Bartilson), Jimmy (Griffin Frazen), and Henry (Jake Burbage). On top of the challenges of parenting, Sean and Claudia must also deal with Sean's father, Walt (Richard Riehle), Sean's younger brother, Eddie (Kevin Corrigan), and their geeky neighbor, Brad (Bret Harrison).
The sitcom initially aired on Fox and was cancelled early into the show's third season. It was picked up by The WB network soon after and survived on the small network through season five. The last episode aired in January of 2005 with »
Money will make a person do somethings they aren't proud of, and boy did we learn that in last nights Raising Hope. When the Chance's find out that Sabrina's (Shannon Woodward) family is loaded with cash, everyone begins to act just a little bit crazier. Shoot, even Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman) gets a little bit nuttier (but more on that in a minute). Does as of this translate into huge laughs or, are the writers laughing their way to the bank with this episode? Continue reading to find out.
Every sitcom seems to have an episode like this. The main family fins out another character belongs to a wealthy family. Raising Hope however, did this story in such a good fashion that I didn't mind that the story premise has been over used. Seeing the family change a bit when they found out about Sabrina's family money was great from beginning to end. »
- Jordan Cramer
The first trailer for the comedy Mardi Gras is now available online. Starring Nicholas D'Agostso (Final Destination 5), Josh Gad (The Rocker and Trey Parker and Matt Stone's The Book of Mormon), Danneel Harris (Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay), Arielle Kebbel (John Tucker Must Die), and Bret Harrison (personal favorite Grounded for Life) the film follows three college seniors who take a trip to New Orleans' iconic fare and inevitably find sex, booze, and apparently a "feces bomb." I'm not even going to ask. While many of Mardi Gras' above listed stars have moved on to bigger projects, I can't really generate any excitement for the flick mainly for one reason: Carmen Electra is in it. If there's one surefire way to lose my interest in a film, it's to either tell me "Hey, we put a classic horror character you like in space" or "Hey, Carmen Electra is in this movie. »
- Jason Barr
What does it mean to for Miss Miranda Cosgrove to be “big banging” on Nickelodeon’s iCarly? You are about to find out, thanks to two, count ‘em, two fun videos, which you will discover below. Of course iCarly has been in the news a-plenty, thanks to First Lady, Michelle Obama. Cosgrove has also been on the road. Just yesterday she wowed fans at Musikfest’s Steel Stage, where she and singer Greyson Chance performed. The 18-year-old Cosgrove sang an hour-long set with video presentations as well. The big finale was the song “Dancing Crazy,” which is co-written by Avril Lavigne. Cosgrove invited a bunch of youngsters onto the stage and Greyson Chance returned, too, as confetti showered the audience.
Season four of iCarly began last July and is scheduled to run until next January. The show is directed by Steve Hoefer. Aside from her starring role in the Nickelodeon series, »
- Sasha Nova
A new actor will be flying for Pan Am this fall.
In a last-minute casting switch, ABC announced this week that Mike Vogel (Grounded for Life, Miami Medical) will be taking over for Jonah Lotan on its upcoming flight attendant-based drama. The latter was let go from the series for creative reasons.
Pan Am Trailer
Vogel will come on board as Dean, a recently-promoted captain, as Pan Am premieres on Sunday, September 25. »
- email@example.com (Matt Richenthal)
Mike Vogel (Blue Valentine) is set to star in ABC's new drama series Pan Am, which will air on Sundays after Desperate Housewives this fall. On the Sony TV-produced show, about a group of pilots and flight attendants working at the iconic Pan Am Airlines in the 1960s, Vogel will play the male lead, the charismatic and confident Dean who had longed to be a pilot since he was a boy and has just been made the captain of the amazing new Pan Am clipper, the Majestic, living every man’s dream, exploring the world and leading the crew. Vogel replaces Jonah Lotan who played the role in the pilot. Word is the role would be beefed up with Vogel on board. Also starring on the series are Christina Ricci, Kellie Garner and Margot Robbie. Vogel, repped by Wme and manager Geordie Frey, will next be seen in DreamWorks' The Help. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
In with the Flynns is the latest family-based sitcom. We list our favourites of the genre but have we missed any?
If you've been sat at home watching endless re-runs of the punchline deficient Two Pints of Lager and thought: "Do you know what the BBC needs? Another Will Mellor-starring vehicle" then you're in luck. Yes telly fans, gather round as the gag-free Mancunian is back with In with the Flynns, the Beeb's new family comedy loosely based on Us sitcom Grounded for Life. Featuring everyday people who work double shifts to pay for things such as food, holidays and TV licence contributions, it actually doesn't look that bad.
It doesn't look that good either mind you, and certainly doesn't look like it belongs in the same league as some of the fine family comedies that have graced the small screen over the years. But who did it best? »
- Daniel Bettridge
Exclusive: I hear Spike TV is finalizing a deal for a pilot order to an untitled comedy from writers and executive producers Jim & Steve Armogida (Grounded For Life) and executive producer Walt Becker (Wild Hogs). Jay Hayden, Steve Monroe and Ethan Embry have been cast as the leads in the pilot, which will be directed by Hitch helmer Andy Tenant. The project, aka Thunderballs, was one of six comedies on Spike's development slate announced in October. Developed by the Armogidas at the Walt Becker Co., it follows three life-long friends (Hayden, Monroe, Embry) who comprise a beer-league bowling team called the Thunderballs. The show chronicles their efforts to balance their battle for supremacy at the lanes with their crazy personal and family lives. Production on the pilot is expected to begin May 7 in Spokane, Wash. Hayden is with Venture Iab and Precision. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Comedy writer-producer Mike Sikowitz, executive producer on the CBS comedy Rules of Engagement, has inked a two-year overall deal with the series' producer Sony Pictures Television. Under the seven-figure pact, which starts in June, Sikowitz will continue as an exec producer on Rules if the sitcom returns for a sixth season. He will also develop his own projects for the studio. Sikowitz, repped by ICM and attorney Michael Gendler, joined Rules in Season 3 as a co-executive producer and was promoted to executive producer in Season 4. His credits also include CBS’ The Class, Fox’s Grounded for Life and NBC’s Friends. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
When one thinks of the office-comedy series, a picture of people joking at cubicles or pulling pranks on co-workers may come to mind. Well the new series Breaking In is looking to change the way an office-comedy works. The show centers around workers at Contra Security and the jobs they handle. But hold on folks, this isn’t a normal security company. Their practices in the field of security are somewhat questionable both in a public sense and a legal sense. Tomorrow night, Breaking In premieres and we here at TVOvermind would like to give you the readers a quick guide to the characters you will be seeing during the series.
Cameron is considered the new employee and the hacker of the company. He is hazed by fellow employees and in turn he even thinks about quitting, citing the hazing and the fact he doesn’t want to »
- Jordan Cramer
Tangled 3D (3D Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack)Walt Disney Home ENTERTAINMENT2010/Rated PG/Running Time 100 minsList Price: $49.99 – Available March 29, 2011With the recent regime change at Disney, great things appear to be brewing at the house of the mouse. 2009's The Princess and the Frog was a step in the right direction as not only Disney's first traditionally animated film in many years, but one with a great story, memorable characters and a fantastic soundtrack. Tangled happens to be their 50th animated feature and while Pixar studios may reign supreme with their CG masterpieces, that doesn't mean Disney's main animation division is shying away from crafting some of their own.Boasting a $260 million price tag, it seems clear that Tangled was constantly revised during its six year long production period. The film's original directors Glen Keane and Dean Wellins would ultimately step down to be replaced by Byron Howard and Nathan Greno, »
Eliza Dushku will be dipping her toes in the comedy waters soon. The former "Dollhouse" star has signed on to co-star as "Casey" in CBS' as-yet-untitled sports radio pilot, the network confirms to TheWrap. Also Read: Fall TV Pilots: Get the Lowdown on 'Wonder Woman," "Alcatraz" and Every Other Network Pilot The half-hour comedy, which was written by Bill Martin and Mike Schiff ("Grounded for Life") and is being directed by Andy Cadiff ("Home Improvement," "Hot in Cleveland"), is inspired by Espn personality Colin Cowherd’s outspoken sports talk show. The cast also includes "Dirt" »
Fanboy fave Eliza Dushku, best known as one of Joss Whedon's muses, first on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and later on "Dollhouse," will star in an untitled CBS comedy pilot about a call-in sports radio show, according to Deadline.com. Damon Wayans ("My Wife and Kids") has already been cast as the male lead. Bill Martin and Mike Schiff ("Grounded For Life") are writing and producing the half-hour pilot, which draws inspiration from Espn host Colin Cowherd’s popular sports-themed show. The pilot will pair arrogant, fan-favorite radio host Nick (Wayans) with a sassy, stubborn female co-host (Dushku). Hilarity will ensue. Although her »
- HItFix Staff
Eliza Dushku could be returning to television -- in a role some might find surprising for the actress who made a name for herself on sci-fi dramas.
Dushku Mar. 23, via her Facebook page, that she's been cast in a comedy pilot for CBS.
"It is with insanest excitement & awesomeness I get to finally fill you guys in," she writes. "I've Just landed a new CBS comedy pilot w/ my comic idol Mr. Damon Wayans! Stay tuned, there is a serious happy dance occurring at the moment ;) xx!"
The Wayans project in question, according to Deadline, is a multi-camera sitcom set in a sports radio station. It's inspired by Espn personality Colin Cowherd, and "Grounded For Life" creators Bill Martin and Mike Schiff are behind the project.
Dushku appeared in a 2010 episode of CBS sitcom "Big Bang Theory," but most fans are more familiar with her work on "Tru Calling," "Dollhouse" and, »
Damon Wayans is looking to return to the small screen, landing the lead role in a new, untitled CBS pilot.
The show is set at a sports radio station, with Damon Wayans starring as radio host Nick Herd. The character is based on the prolific Espn sports personality Colin Cowherd, who will also serve as a producer on the pilot. Danny Comden has signed onto play the producer of Herd's radio program.
Andy Cadiff will direct the pilot episode. It isn't clear yet when the pilot will go into production. »
Set in Hallelujah, Tennessee, the series follows a mysterious stranger (who may or may not have a white horse) who comes to the town bringing much-needed justice and peace to the small troubled community. The ABC pilot already has Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order‘s Detective Green) and Frances O’Connor (Cashmere Mafia).
Kebbel has stuck to teen and 20-something roles for the most part. Recurring roles on Gilmore Girls and Grounded For Life put her on the map in 2004, after which she took parts in The Grudge 2 and John Tucker Must Die. Since then she’s been specializing in creatures of ...
- Michael Crider
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