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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).
Should an early cancellation put you off watching a TV show in the first place?
Floating in on the yearly tide of TV renewals is the yearly disappointment of cancellation. However many fingers are crossed or hashtagged prayers are sent, network television’s quest to conquer ever more viewers and awards inevitably has its casualties. Too expensive to make? Not enough viewers? Lukewarm reception from critics? Then sayonara, promising new sci-fi. We hardly knew you.
Almost Human is one such show. A future-set sci-fi take on the buddy cop genre, it received a thirteen-episode season one order from Fox in 2013 and a shed load of pricy promotion for its November the 4th premiere. And then? At the eleventh hour, the premiere was pushed back a fortnight, co-showrunner Naren Shankar left citing “creative differences”, and only four of its thirteen episodes were aired in the intended running order.
Despite some great world-building, »
Director Nicholas Stoller has steadily been rising in the ranks, having worked for many years under Judd Apatow on everything from “Undeclared” to a string of successful studio comedies, including “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and 2012’s “The Five-Year Engagement.” (He was also involved with both of Disney’s recent Muppets movies.) But Stoller is about to break into the big leagues with this weekend’s gut-busting “Neighbors” (review here), a film that pits Seth Rogen’s new dad against Zac Efron’s rowdy frat leader in a war for suburban supremacy. We recently sat down with Stoller and chatted about the five biggest influences on his new film, most of which will be very surprising (especially for those that have already seen the film).When “Neighbors” premiered at South by Southwest, Stoller openly admitted that one of the biggest influences for the movie was “Enter the Void,” Gaspar Noe’s neon-lit »
- Drew Taylor
Seth Rogen has had his fingerprints all over comedy ever since emerging on the scene as a teenager.
Taken under Judd Apatow's wing early in his career following "Freaks and Geeks," Rogen has had memorable supporting turns in "Undeclared" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" -- in addition to success as a writer -- before breaking out in 2007's smash hit "Knocked Up." Since then, the only way you could've missed him is if you've been living under a rock.
1. Rogen was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in 1982 to Sandy Belogus, a social worker, and Mark Rogen, who works for non-profit organizations.
2. His parents met in Israel, and he has described them as "radical Jewish socialists" at least "in American terms."
3. It's not surprising, then, »
- Jonny Black
Seth Rogen’s This Is The End was arguably the funniest film of 2013, while Nicholas Stoller’s The Five-Year Engagement was arguably the funniest film of 2012. It seems a certainty, if there can be such a thing, that their first feature film together, Bad Neighbours, will hold that title for 2014. At least it’s hard to imagine how anything could surpass it.
Taking into account their shared sensibilities, it’s a wonder that they’ve taken this long to join forces, Stoller’s writing credits on the short-lived Us series Undeclared their only previous collaboration. Their best work has offset a fratboy crudeness with a touching sweetness and Bad Neighbours amplifies both by adding actual fratboys and the world’s cutest baby. Rogen and Rose Byrne play Mac and Kelly, young parents whose partying and sex life has taken a hit with the arrival of their baby. This is further »
- Mark MacCallion
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