18 items from 2014
Was NBC merely testing the waters with The Sound of Music Live and the upcoming Peter Pan Live? Might the Peacock next pull the trigger on a live weekly sitcom?
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Our sister site Deadline reports that NBC is developing Hospitality, a multi-camera sitcom set at a midtown Manhattan hotel and which would air live every week — with some live commercials, to boot. (Though hopefully none for Dulcolax.)
Chicago – iO Chicago continues the Grand Opening at its new venue with one of its most famous alumni – the illustrious Joel Murray. Besides opening the seventh season of “Mad Men” with a brilliant monologue as Freddy Rumsen, Murray brings his “Joel Murray & Friends” show to the new iO Chicago on August 30th.
Murray is the youngest of the famous “Murrays of Wilmette, Illinois,” which includes brothers Brian-Doyle, Bill and John, plus sister Nancy. He is also one of the earliest members of the former Improv Olympics – now called iO – which grew from its modest beginnings in Chicago with founders Del Close and Charna Halpern to their latest multi-theater venue on Kingsbury Street. Joel Murray comes back to his roots with “Joel Murray & Friends” in The Mission Theater at the venue, which will feature some other famous iO alumni including Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock”), Mitch Rouse (“According to Jim”), Kevin Dorff (“Conan »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Show Me a Hero, Westworld, Powers, and other television productions have all made recent TV show casting, TV movie casting, and TV directing news. These shows and movies air on HBO and Sony Playstation Network. Show Me A Hero (HBO) James Belushi (According To Jim), Terry Kinney (Oz), and [...]
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- Rollo Tomasi
• Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardner) may join Michael Fassbender (12 Years A Slave) in Dreamworks’ The Light Between Oceans based on the M.L. Stedman novel. Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) is directing the film about a lighthouse keeper and his wife who raise 2-month-old baby after finding it in a rowboat next to a dead body. [The Wrap]
• Fifty Shades of Grey’s Dakota Johnson will star in Forever, Interrupted, another book-to-film adaptation. The debut novel from Taylor Jenkins Reid tells the story of a young woman who forms a relationship with the mother she never knew after her whirlwind marriage is cut short. »
- Jake Perlman
Sheen will join the ensemble of "Grace and Frankie," a series focusing on the titular women, played by Fonda and Tomlin, respectively. The pair hate each other, but are unexpectedly united when their husbands fall in love with each other, and inform their wives that they plan to wed.
Sheen will play Robert, the husband of Tomlin's character. He most recently flexed his comedy chops with a guest-starring role on the FX comedy series "Anger Management," which is headlined by his son, Charlie Sheen.
"Grace and Frankie" has an impressive creative group behind it, including "Friends" co-creator Marta Kauffman, who wrote and co-created the series alongside Howard J. Morris ("According to Jim," "Home Improvement"). Fonda and Tomlin are co-producing, and Tate Taylor, »
- Katie Roberts
As we anticipate a potential Part III, catch up on the major stars' exploits since - and compare how they looked then and now:
Steve Martin - already an established Hollywood name before Father of the Bride - plays hapless patriarch George Banks, who suffers a series of ridiculous misfortunes (and a mild breakdown - the too-plentiful pack of hotdogs springs to mind) after his daughter announces that she's getting married. »
Disney Xd has picked up a fourth season of sci-fi teen comedy series Lab Rats for a 2015 premiere. Created by Chris Peterson and Bryan Moore (That ’70s Show), the series stars Billy Unger, Spencer Boldman, Kelli Berglund, Tyrel Jackson William and Hal Sparks. Peterson, Moore and Hayes Jackson (According To Jim) exec produce. Season 3 has the Davenport family recovering from Douglas wiping out their lab and Perry learning their bionic secret when they are introduced to Krane, a more powerful evil force who is intent on destroying them and taking over the world. Season 4 will pick up with Leo, Adam, Bree, and Chase having relocated to the secret Davenport Bionic Academy. Production for Season 4 begins in October in Los Angeles. Lab Rats is Disney Xd’s No. 1 series in total viewers and across its targeted kids and boys 2-11, 6-11, 6-14 and 9-14 demos. The series is produced by It’s A Laugh Productions. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
• Will Ferrell is attached to star in the tennis drama Match Maker, about the famous 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) is writing the screenplay based on an Espn.com article by Don Van Natta Jr. [Variety]
• Johnny Knoxville (Bad Grandpa) will voice the part of Leonardo and Monk’s Tony Shalhoub will voice Splinter in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Pete Ploszek and Danny Woodburn played the parts during filming. The Michael Bay-produced pic stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, and William Fichtner »
- Lindsey Bahr
Atlas Independent today announced that John Leguizamo ( Ride Along , Summer of Sam ), Lynn Collins ( John Carter , X-Men Origins: Wolverine ) and Jim Belushi ("According to Jim") will star opposite Patrick Wilson and Ian McShane in The Man on Carrion Road . Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego ( Open Grave , Apollo 18 ) will direct the film based on Nils Lyew.s script. The Man on Carrion Road tells the visceral story of a botched Mexican cartel deal in the back roads of a border town. The town's new sheriff (Wilson) must team up with the retired lawman (McShane) he replaced to investigate the source of the deal in order to stop a mysterious cartel butcher (Leguizamo) and his systematic brutalization of the town's residents. A gritty and modern thriller, The Man on Carrion »
James Rebhorn, the character actor who died at the weekend, wrote an obituary to himself before his death from skin cancer.
Rebhorn fought a 20-year battle with melanoma and took time out to write the obituary, titled 'His Life, According to Jim', which was published by Jersey City's St. Paul Lutheran Church on Monday (March 24).
He paid tribute to his mother and father, who "loved him very much and supported all his dreams", as well as praised his wife Rebecca and his two daughters.
The star also praised the actors' unions who represented him, his teachers and his agents, adding: "He was a lucky man in every way."
Rebhorn's many other works included The Game, »
Netflix just upped their game. With recent developments over at Amazon Studios – which saw the retail giant move into original programming and streaming in a big way – it would have been understandable if Netflix had begun to sweat, just a little. But instead of giving a cursory glance over their shoulder to see their competition snapping at their heels, they are moving full-steam ahead, partnering on shows with studios like Marvel, and commissioning impressive original projects, like Grace and Frankie – a new comedy series starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda.
There is some formidable talent behind this one. Firstly, it is created by the goddess of comedy television, Marta Kauffman, who previously co-created one of the most successful TV shows in television history – Friends. Her co-creator here is Howard J. Morris, who worked with Kauffman on the TV show Dream On, and also has According To Jim and Sullivan & Son on his resume. »
- Sarah Myles
Fonda and Tomlin, who costarred in 9 to 5 with Dolly Parton 34 years ago, are reunited for the series penned by Friends creator Marta Kauffman, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series is set to include a total of 13 episodes.
The storyline of the series will follow Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin) as they struggle to cope with the fact that their husbands want divorces from them – and to remarry each other. Though the two women start out not being particularly fond of one another, their bond strengthens as they share in the same experience.
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin starred alongside each other (and Dolly Parton) in the 1980 American comedy about a horrible boss 9 to 5. The two are now set to be reunited and share some time on a smaller screen by way of a new Netflix original series. Grace and Frankie will feature Fonda (as Grace) and Tomlin (as Frankie) “as long-time rivals brought together by a rather unusual change in their material circumstances” when their husbands announce they’re in love with one another and their marriage plans. The 13 half-hour-episode first season of the program comes from Skydance Productions, was created and written by Friends creator Martin Kauffman and Home Improvement and According to Jim writer/producer Howard J. Morris, and is set to debut in 2015. Kaufman, Morris, Paula Weinstein, Fonda, Tomlin, and Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Marcy Ross are all on board to executive produce. “Jane Fonda and »
- Joshua Cohen
Former “Two and a Half Men” star Angus T. Jones has addressed his former show once again, saying that he was “a paid hypocrite” for the CBS comedy. During an interview with Houston television station Khou, Jones — who played Jake Harper on the series — took himself to task, admitting that he went along with the series even though it didn't fit with his Christian beliefs. Also read: ‘Two and a Half Men’ Casts ‘According to Jim’ Alum Kimberly Williams-Paisley “ was making light of topics in our world that are really problems for a lot of people, and »
- Tim Kenneally
Two and a Half Men is up to its usual tricks, which is to say it’s behaving in a way I would totally expect from a high school kid frustrated with not getting his way. I’m getting frustrated myself with how shallow the character of Alan (Jon Cryer) is. Maybe I’m just so used to him being despicable and I’m jumping to conclusions, but I have a pretty good idea of where this show is taking his character and I just think it’s so terrible. It’s like, where are the redeeming qualities in this guy? Why are attractive women like Kimberly Williams-Paisley dating him? What do they see?
According to Deadline, Williams-Paisley has signed up for a multiple episode arc as Gretchen, a new love interest for Alan and the sister to his friend Larry (D.B Sweeney). On a normal series, this would »
- Brody Gibson
Well, that was fast! Just a few weeks after getting [Spoiler Alert!] killed off of ABC's Nashville in a much-hyped, cliffhanger-resolution death, Kimberly Paisley-Williams is coming back to TV in a plum role on CBS' Two and a Half Men. She will play Gretchen, a new love interest for Alan (Jon Cryer) and sister to his pal Larry (D.B. Sweeney). The casting reunites Mrs. Brad Paisley with her fellow According to Jim co-star Courtney Thorne-Smith, who has been playing Larry's girlfriend (and Alan's ex).Her first episode will air March 6 and she is currently contracted for two episodes with the possibility of more. Two and a Half Men has not yet been picked up for the 2014-15 season, however, its »
While former “Two and a Half Men” star Charlie Sheen spars with current “Two and a Half Men” star Ashton Kutcher, the show has made an addition to the cast. “According to Jim” alum Kimberly Williams-Paisley has been added to the CBS series in a recurring role. Also read: Charlie Sheen Threatens to Put Ashton Kutcher ‘On a Hospital Food Diet’ Just 2 Hours After Apology Williams-Paisley, who recently appeared on the ABC drama “Nashville,” will play Gretchen, a new love interest for Jon Cryer’s Alan Harper character, who’s also the sister of Harper’s pal Larry (played by D.B. Sweeney). Williams-Paisley is currently. »
- Tim Kenneally
Exclusive: After recently wrapping her major arc on ABC drama Nashville, Kimberly Williams-Paisley has been tapped for another recurring gig, this time on the comedy side. The According To Jim alumna is set for a multi-episode arc on veteran CBS series Two And A Half Men. She will play Gretchen, a new love interest for Alan (Jon Cryer) and sister to his friend Larry (D.B. Sweeney). In addition to returning to her sitcom roots, Williams-Paisley will reunite with her According To Jim co-star Courtney Thorne-Smith who has been recurring on Men as Alan’s now former girlfriend who is dating Larry. Williams-Paisley, repped by Gersh and Klwgn, begins filming this week, with her first episode slated to air March 6. Related: Ashton Kutcher To Charlie Sheen: “Shut The F*** Up”! (Video) »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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