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Victoria, BC. It's early May on Vancouver Island and rain has temporarily trapped Kevin Rankin in a makeshift press tent just inland at Island View Beach Regional Park. With several of his co-stars in rotation being interviewed, Rankin ends up sitting next to the heat lamp, which means sitting next to me for what turns out to be an in-depth conversation about both his work on Fox's "Broadchurch" and his eclectic and varied career. With his turns as rascally and resilient Herc on "Friday Night Lights" and gloriously unprepared-for-authority Ra Lucien on "Undeclared," Rankin has the rare honor of having been part of multiple shows that earned the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast Summer ReWatch treatment. [Three, if you include "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," though his one-episode appearance came after the season featured in the podcast.] Rankin has also had runs on shows including "Breaking Bad," "Six Feet Under," "Big Love" and "Justified," when he wasn't terrorizing the President in "White House Down" or assisting Matthew McConaughey to his Oscar in "Dallas Buyers Club. »
- Daniel Fienberg
An act of retaliation is under way. That’s nothing new for Sons of Anarchy, the FX show famous for doling out death sentences to beloved characters—except this bit of revenge is happening in between takes. It’s a September morning at Stevenson Ranch in California’s Santa Clarita Valley, and Charlie Hunnam is shooting a scene in which his character, Jax Teller, dodges gunfire from an angry redneck. After a break in the action, Hunnam delivers a quick and dirty punch to the arm of his costar Tommy Flanagan—payback for an earlier prank where Flanagan left a »
- Mandi Bierly
Bones pays its final respects to Dr. Lance Sweets in tonight’s episode (8/7c on Fox), and it seems likely that John Francis Daley will be among the millions of fans watching the character’s emotional farewell.
“I had a strong bond with Sweeets,” Daley tells TVLine one week after his alter ego’s onscreen death. “I really did feel like I was losing a part of me. I had so much compassion for him. He was such a good person… He had gone through so much, and to see him die in such a grim way was shocking.”
As TVLine reported, »
Chicago – Jason Segel is one of the most genuine people in show business, and he also makes very funny movies and TV shows. He was in Chicagoland recently, making an appearance on behalf of his first novel, “Nightmares.” He greeted admirers and signed the book at the historic Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove, Ill.
After making his film debut in 1998 in “Can’t Hardly Wait,” Jason Segel got his first hit with “Freaks and Geeks,” the legendary one season series in 1999 that combined an amazing cast (James Franco, Seth Rogen) with memorable episodes. Segel has since done two other multi-season series, including “Undeclared” and “How I Met Your Mother.” At the same time, he was no slouch at the film box office, with a long list of hits starting with “Knocked Up,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “I Love You, Man.” He recently rebooted a major franchise with “The Muppets.” and scored with “The Five-Year Engagement. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Before films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin made him the new king of big-screen comedy, Judd Apatow was best known for small-screen cult faves like Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared. He took a step back into TV a couple of years ago with Lena Dunham’s Girls, and now he’s taking another with Love. The new comedy […]
- Angie Han
Netflix has given a two season, twenty-two episode pickup to "Love," a Judd Apatow produced relationship comedy series. The project, which marks Apatow's first TV show creation since "Undeclared" over a decade ago, will star Paul Rust ("I Love You, Beth Cooper") and Gillian Jacobs ("Community").
Rust and Lesley Arfin ("Brooklyn Nine-Nine") co-created the series with the ten episode first season scheduled to premiere in 2016. The twelve episode second season will then premiere the following year. All three will executive produce alongside Brent Forrester ("The Office").
Rust and Jacobs play a couple who "navigate the exhilaration and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, and other things they were hoping to avoid."
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Netflix has today agreed a deal with Judd Apatow — creative mind behind such comedy hits as Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin — to secure his in-development TV show for a two-season run on the streaming service.
Entitled Love, the half-hour show will follow the relationship of Gus (Paul Rust) and Mickey (Community’s Gillian Jacobs) as they each navigate the trials and tribulations of modern day life. Rust also helped pen the sought-after script, alongside Brooklyn Nine-Nine scribe Lesley Arfin and Judd Apatow himself.
“Judd Apatow has a unique comedic voice that manages to be delightful, insightful and shockingly frank — often at the same time,”“Together with Paul and Lesley, he’s bringing a whole new level of agony and ecstasy to this modern-day comedy of manners. »
- Michael Briers
It's official: Confirming reports that have been floating around since the summer, Netflix announced on Tuesday (September 16) that it has given a two-season commitment to the new comedy "Love," which comes from Judd Apatow, among other producers. [Yes, there's an old joke involving Marilyn Monroe's "Let's Make Love" that I want to make here, but I can't remember exactly how the joke went.] Created by Apatow, Paul Rust and Lesley Arfin, "Love" won't premiere on Netflix until 2016, with the 10-episode first season. A 12-episode second season will premiere in 2017. Rust will also star in "Love," along with Gillian Jacobs, playing Gus and Mickey. The comedy looks at modern relationships, following the pair as they "they navigate the exhilarations and humiliations of intimacy, commitment, and other things they were hoping to avoid." Kinda like "You're the Worst." The half-hour comedy is set up at Legendary Television and Apatow Productions. Naturally, everybody involved has a blurb they want to share. »
- Daniel Fienberg
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Sons of Anarchy‘s final season begins tonight, which means we get a healthy serving of eye candy in the form of Charlie Hunnam. Yowza! It’s been a wild ride for the English actor, who didn’t always have a grizzly beard and menacing looks.
Charlie first popped onto the scene over 15 years ago on the British version of Queer As Folk, all blonde, floppy-haired, and innocent. After a stint on Fox’s Undeclared, and roles in Nicholas Nickleby and Cold Mountain, his looks started to mature. Once he got his starring role on Sons of Anarchy in 2008, the blonde hair was longer, and the beard was in full swing. Nowadays, he only shaves for special occasions — like last year’s Pacific Rim — and routinely shows us all how much hard work in the gym can pay off. Originally cast as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey, »
- Taylor Ferber
FM: How did you get involved with this project?
Sr: A few years ago, Evan Goldberg and I had been trying to find something to work on with the writers, Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O’Brien, and they came to us with this idea one day. It was originally about three guys in a town who go to war with a frat. It was about them not wanting to grow up and dealing with that kind of struggle. They wanted Zac Efron to be the frat guy. I thought it was a funny idea, which seemed simple and clear, so we pitched it to Zac. He liked it and got on board. We wrote the script, and Nick Stoller came on to direct.
You and Nicholas Stoller have a history that stretches back to the television series, »
- Luke Owen
As HitFix's Uncanceled Showdown begins its third round, we wind up with a bunch of Elite Eight pairings that are thematically linked — even if they aren't always the pairings we expected, based on the seedings. As planned, we have two short-lived Judd Apatow series going up against each other, as fans will have to choose between "Freaks and Geeks" and "Undeclared" in one match-up. And in the opposite corner of the bracket, we have "Deadwood" vs. "Twin Peaks," giving us a show that ended before its creator was ready vs. a show that lasted longer than its creators expected or intended. (Mark Frost has said neither he nor David Lynch had plans for a second season, which is why it was such a mess.) Then we get into some of the upsets, with a pair of recent Fox sci-fi series in "Almost Human" and "Terra Nova" taking out higher seeds, »
- Alan Sepinwall
First fans of FX’s popular biker gang series "Sons of Anarchy" exulted in a skull-tastic teaser poster, and now they can rejoice in the first trailer for the seventh and final season. The brief trailer focuses on Jax’s (Charlie Hunnam) thirst for revenge and his struggles to keep his club together. As usual, the show promises plenty of drama, gunplay, all kinds of badassery and of course, bikes. Lots and lots of bikes. Aside from Hunnam (check out his turn as the mild-mannered English college student in Judd Apatow’s short-lived series "Undeclared"), show regulars Kim Coates, Tommy Flanagan, Drea de Matteo, Peter Weller and a newly dirty blonde Katey Sagal and her look all return. In light of Sagal and Ed O’Neill’s recent resurgence on TV and a decade of high profile projects from Christina Applegate, who’s finally going to show David Faustino some love? »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at a clear comedic A-lister, though for some the heights of his success might come as a bit of a surprise. It’s comedy leading man Jason Segel, a writer as well as an actor who has managed to consistently do amusing work both on the big and small screens. He’s appealed to the CBS crowd on How I Met Your Mother, the raunchy movie crowd with Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Knocked Up, and more, along with also showing he can be kid friendly with The Muppets. He’s had hits everywhere, so he’s certainly an A-lister in my book. Segel is one of the more successful alumni from the Judd Apatow group of actors/writers/directors that took over Hollywood after getting their starts on television with Freaks and Geeks as well as Undeclared. He became »
- Joey Magidson
Undeclared‘s Jay Baruchel will see him returning to the small screen next year. Fxx just confirmed a new series called Man Seeking Woman is his new project. It will be a half-hour show that follows Jay’s character as he seeks to find his special someone in this crazy world. The show is another attempt by Fxx to win over younger audiences with fun and quirky shows. Britt Lower, Maya Erskine and Eric Andre will be joining Jay on his 10 episode first season next year.
This type of show is clearly not new. Fxx could be hoping to win over fans of How I Met Your Mother, but with a more unstructured story. While we are sure fans may not be jumping for joy, it does hold a lot of promise. Jay has made a name for himself on comedies and we can expect his fans will enjoy it. »
- Sarah Peel
Another day, another comedy pickup for the FX/Fxx family. Just two days after Denis Leary's "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll" earned a 10-episode series pickup, Fxx has done the same for the Jay Baruchel vehicle "Man Seeking Woman." The 10-episode run of "Man Seeking Woman" will premiere on Fxx in 2015. ["Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll" will premiere on FX in 2015.] Based on Simon Rich's short story collection "The Last Girlfriend On Earth," the comedy features "Undeclared" star Baruchel as Josh Greenberg, a "naive romantic on a desperate quest for love." The series also stars Eric Andre, Britt Lower and Maya Erskine. "I’m incredibly grateful to Jon Krisel, Jay Baruchel and Broadway Video for bringing my book to life," Rich blurbs. "Most of all, I’m thankful to John Landgraf and his team at Fxx, who believed in us from the start and gave us great advice at every turn." Adds Nick Grad, one of the Presidents of Original Programming, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Jay Baruchel‘s quest for love begins in 2015.
Fxx on Wednesday announced a 10-episode order for Man Seeking Woman, a comedy based on The Last Girlfriend on Earth, a book of short stories by former Saturday Night Live writer Simon Rich. Man follows Josh Greenberg (Undeclared‘s Baruchel) as he navigates the agonizing — and occasionally dangerous — world of dating.
Fxx is bulking up on comedy offerings. FX's younger-skewing cable network sibling has ordered to series Man Seeking Woman, its Lorne Michaels-exec produced adaptation of Simon Rich's book The Last Girlfriend on Earth, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Fxx has ordered 10 episodes for a 2015 premiere. The half-hour comedy is described as a sweet and absurd look at the life-and-death stakes of dating. Undeclared alum Jay Baruchel returns to the small screen as Josh Greenberg, a naive romantic on a desperate quest for love. When his girlfriend dumps him, Josh enters the dating scene
- Lesley Goldberg
Jay Baruchel has a date with Fxx. The network has given a 10-episode order to the half-hour comedy “Man Seeking Woman,” which will star the “Undeclared” and “Knocked Up” alum. Also read: Tracy Morgan's Fxx Comedy Will Proceed After His Recovery Billed as a sweet and absurd look at the surreal life-and-death stakes of dating, the series, from former “Saturday Night Live” writer Simon Rich, will star Baruchel as Josh Greenberg, a naive romantic on a desperate quest for love. Eric André (“The Eric André Show,” “Don't Trust the B– in Apartment 23”), Britt Lower (“Unforgettable”) and Maya Erskine (“Betas”) round out the. »
- Tim Kenneally
Hulu has apparently passed on the opportunity to resurrect Community, but it looks as if the online platform has a different big-name comedy series on its mind. It is reportedly in advanced talks with Judd Apatow about Love, a romantic comedy that could star Community's Gillian Jacobs. Hulu has not offered any comments on the rumored project, but reports claim a pilot script for Love has already been written. Apatow would run the show alongside Paul Rust (Comedy Bang! Bang!) and Lesley Arfin. Arfin, formerly a writer on Girls, was previously linked to a half-hour Yahoo sitcom titled 34 and Pregnant, though that project doesn't seem to be related to Love. Love, like many other "Apatowian" comedies, would be a show about relationships, with a "messed-up" couple residing at its center. Rust would likely serve as one of the co-stars, and if Jacobs joins the show, she could play alongside him. »
- Sam Gutelle
They're talented, individual, but could, possibly, do with a bit of editorial guidance. Could these directors use a boss, we wonder?
In truth, we're a bit frightened about this one. Several times in pub/coffee shop/cider drinking in the park conversations, we've chatted about film directors who perhaps have got too powerful, that they seem to be able to get their own way without having someone to call bullshit on them - be it a good boss, or a very good friend that they trust and listen to.
This can be a very good thing. After all, we want film directors to be free to tell their stories. We don't want studio suits calling the shots. And some directors use their independence wondefully well, without losing what bought it to them in the first place (so, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Robert Zemeckis and such like).
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