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Nickelodeon has picked up new comedy series Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures, a multi-camera buddy comedy about two best friends. It hails from comedy veteran Tom Lynch (The Troop), who is executive producing alongside creators Boyce Bugliari and Jamie McLaughlin (Quintuplets) and Jonathan Stark (According to Jim) through The Tom Lynch Co. The series begins production this month in Los Angeles for a February 2011 launch. Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures is one of five new series joining Nickelodeon's line-up in early 2011, along with Power Rangers Samurai; House of Anubis, a comedy-mystery series adapted from the international TV format; Bubble Guppies, a new interactive CG-animated preschool series; and Supah Ninjas, a comic book-style action comedy series. In Supah Ninjas news, comedy veterans Mitchel Katlin and Nat Bernstein have been tapped as executive producers/showrunners. They are with UTA and Inphenate. Meanwhile, Oxygen has put in development Best Ink, a competition reality series for tattoo artists. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Judd Nelson and Courtney Thorne-Smith both reprise their roles as Alan’s former girlfriend, Lyndsey, and Lyndsey’s former husband on an all new episode of Two and a Half Men tonight on CBS. The show is scheduled to run an extra minute, so adjust your DVRs accordingly!
Also on tonight’s episode, Charlie falls for his housekeeper’s temporary replacement. Below are promo photos and a synopsis from CBS.
When Berta Takes A Couple Of Days Off, Charlie Falls For Her Replacement, On "Two And A Half Men," Monday, Nov. 15
"A Good Time in Central Africa" - When Berta takes a couple of days off, Charlie falls for her replacement. Meanwhile, Alan believes he's being stalked by Lyndsey's ex-husband, on Two And A Half Men, Monday, Nov. 15 (9:00-9:31 Pm, »
Exclusive: Kelly Ripa is ready for more daytime-primetime double duty with Port Love, a new comedy project at ABC. Ripa and her husband, actor Mark Consuelos, will co-write the story for the single-camera project, with Consuelos set to star and Ripa to recur. Both will executive produce through their production company Milojo Prods. Port Love, from ABC Studios, is a workplace comedy set at a formerly popular network series and revolves around the cast and crew who have more backstage drama in their lives than in the actual show they're working on. Jeffrey Hodes and Nastaran Dibai (According to Jim) will co-write the story with Ripa and Consuelos. Hodes and Dibai will write the script and will executive produce with the 2 actors and Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment. Ripa and Consuelos' producing partner Albert Bianchini also is expected to produce the project, which has received script commitment. In February, Ripa »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The 2010-11 season is still pretty young, but it's safe to say that it's not going down in TV history as the start of a new golden age.
So far no new series has established itself as a breakout hit or etched itself on the pop-culture landscape. Yes, there have been some popular successes ("Hawaii Five-0," "Mike & Molly") and a few critical darlings ("Boardwalk Empire," "Terriers"), but nothing so far has broken into the Holy-cow-did-you-see-that-last-night club.
The relative lack of buzz around this fall's crop of new shows got us thinking: Which season in the past decade or so has produced the best new TV? There have been two pretty amazing brilliant years, a handful of so-so seasons and a couple of real stinkers. Zap2it ranks the best seasons for new shows since 2000-01 in ascending order:
The strike year: 2007-08
The 2007-08 season started promisingly with a crop »
The country star was the first musical guest when Leno returned to NBC's late-night lineup in March, and he tells Zap2it "it was a thrill" to have that slot. He terms the debacle that ultimately saw Conan O'Brien leave "Tonight" -- and NBC -- "such a strange situation for everybody involved. It was unfortunate, and in talking to Jay, he felt bad it went down the way that it did."
Still, Paisley says being on hand that March night "felt historic. When you think about 'The Tonight Show' over the years, you think about Johnny Carson's first night and Jack Paar's before him, then you had Jay take over and then Conan ... who I adore.
"I actually did the show when Conan was the host as well," Paisley adds. »
It's testing times for Ausfilm. As the locations marketing agency readies for its largest ever trade mission to the U.S. -- dubbed Ausfilm Week from Oct. 25-29 -- the value of the Australian dollar against its U.S. counterpart has soared to a 26-month high, hitting 96 cents in the last few days of September.
Los Angeles-based Ausfilm commissioner Tracey Viera says the increasing value of the currency is a "nightmare," but the agency has a number of alternative strategies its put forward in the past two years, as the competitive advantages afforded by a cheap currency and good incentives have been eroded.
Now, marketing the 40% producer's tax credit for qualifying Australian films, a lowering of the incentives thresholds for post, digital and visual effects work and continuing to sell its varied locations, infrastructure and talent is the focus.
At the same time the agency, whose membership comprises all the »
- By Pip Bulbeck
When I first heard of the combination of Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell on a show about Las Vegas lawyers, I expected some combination of According to Jim and Law and Order. It sounded like a bad idea but I was pleasantly surprised with my viewing of the pilot episode of The Defenders.
The show begins by establishing its two central characters: Nick Morelli (Belushi) and Pete Kaczmarek (O’Connell). Pete is the charming, womanizer and Nick is the bold and brash ex husband, who is as obsessed with winning the case as he is finding out who his ex wife is dating. Usually these types of shows introduce a moody, quiet character with a haunted past to be accompanied by the outgoing, suave character who doesn’t follow the rules. It’s nice to see both Pete and Nick as vocal, witty, and eager to take charge.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (SP McKenna)
Drama? Comedy? Dramedy? CBS’s new series The Defenders, starring Jerry O'Connell and James Belushi as high profile Las Vegas lawyers, finds itself without a category to call its own. The bromance relationship between elder lawyer Nick Morelli (Jim Belushi) and his partner and protégé Pete Kaczmarek (O'Connell) finds humor in their quirky courtroom antics. However, the procedural style finds itself lurking in the closed cases of “doing too much” and not knowing what it wants to be” pilots. Perhaps the show’s biggest flaw is that it is designed for older audiences but tries to grab a younger crowd through reformed stripper lawyers and the over-sexed and often uber-excited O'Connell. Belushi’s SNL and According to Jim style humor may fly over the heads of younger audiences as he mispronounces words like “trajectory.” If the series can choose a clear direction, like White Collar did in its infancy, it »
Chicago – The programming executive that thought “Better With You” would fit well between the reasonably-good “The Middle” and the spectacular “Modern Family” clearly has no idea how television comedy has changed in the last few years. To call “Better With You” — with its laugh track, cheesy music, and horrible punchlines — old-fashioned is an insult to nostalgic comedies. It’s just bad.
Television Rating: 1.0/5.0
The paper-thin concept of “Better With You” is that the show tracks three different couples at different stages of their relationship — a tired premise before a frame was even shot. There’s the newly-dating, the not-so-newly-dating and the older couple. The idea is that each pair will provide their own punchlines just by virtue of their situations. Cue the lazy writing.
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Jim Belushi wrote me an e-mail once. It was about two years ago, and Belushi's ABC sitcom "According to Jim" was going into its 8th season. Rather than go the expected route and write a screed about how the show's continued existence was an affront to all that's good and decent about America, I instead took a more statistical approach. I listed some of the all-time classic sitcoms that had had shorter runs (it ran more seasons than "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and made more episodes than "Seinfeld"). Then I listed some of the shows (some good, some bad) that »
- Alan Sepinwall
The losses of King of Queens and According to Jim may have left you with a yearning in the pit of your stomach for a reliable, middle of the road sitcom and tonight, CBS tries to sate that hunger with Mike & Molly. The new project from Chuck Lorre premieres at 9:30 and promises all of the ingredients paramount to a working class comedy: blue collar comic actors (lead Billy Gardell hails from Pittsburgh), all-American settings (police station, school, diner) and familiar concerns that the middle class understands and finds hilarious ("That sandwich is a suicide with meatballs as bullets!"). Will those elements yield a new classic tonight -- or just a retread of a tired genre full of tired Americans? Proceed to Movieline's Premiere Week Faq to find out. »
By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
HollywoodNews.com: Jerry O’Connell tells us he’s glad that he and Jim Belushi are able to “split the duties” on their Sept. 22-debuting “The Defenders” CBS series. “That sort of helps it,” he says, speaking of his hectic, chaotic work and family life.
O’Connell and wife Rebecca Romijn’s twin daughters, Dolly and Charlie, who turn two at year’s end, “really are cute, but they’re such a handful. They’re at that age where they wander off and you just always have to watch them. We’re looking into getting those leashes for them. Seriously,” he says. “They’re starting to fight with each other.
“My wife is great. My wife is with them all the time. I owe her a trip or a piece of jewelry,” adds the actor, who did Mr. Mom duty last year when »
- Beck / Smith
Now that September is here the networks are in the final sprint for the new 2010-2011 season. If you watch TV you probably will have seen many of these shows advertised. The new season lineup includes inevitable staples (classic cop and legal dramas) and more peculiar blends (The Shield’s Michael Chiklis in a family series playing a dad with superpowers, for example); some legendary names (Jj Abrams, Shawn Ryan, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg) and many fresh faces. A few shows like The Event (NBC), Running Wilde (Fox), Broadwalk Empire (HBO) or The Walking Dead (AMC) have already created buzz. For now, however, all of them are pure potential, waiting for their chance to conquer primetime. But despite any hopes or expectations, the only thing certain is that, among all of these promising shows, very few will make it to the second season mark.
With the bomb of »
- Clara Viola
The town of Rhinebeck, N.Y., is abuzz with preparations and news outlets are clamoring for details, but what's really going on when it comes to the Saturday wedding of former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton and fiancé Marc Mezvinsky? People tracked down some of the juiciest rumors and burning questions: 1. Could it really be costing $5 million? Not even close. Sources close to the bride's parents, who are paying for the wedding, cast recent tabloid "guesstimates" of a wedding budget between $3 million to $5 million as so grossly fabricated they are unworthy of comment. One longtime family friend said the wedding is »
- Liz McNeil
* William Shatner doesn’t understand why CBS insists on “bleeping out” the first word of his new Twitter-inspired sitcom, $#*! My Dad Says. “They should call it s—,” he cracked. “It isn’t a terrible term. It’s a natural function.” (Funny story: I’ve been referring to the show as s— ever since I watched the pilot.)
* Shatner doesn’t do his own tweeting. “I’ve hired a young man out of college,” the Star Trek icon admitted. “He does the mechanics, but I very carefully modulate what I say.”
- Michael Ausiello
"The Defenders" may be considered a legal drama, but the TCA press tour panel on Wednesday (July 28) has the TV critics laughing.
The new CBS procedural, which will premiere Wednesday, Sept. 22, centers on two dedicated Las Vegas defense attorneys.
Nick Morelli (Jim Belushi) needs to see if he can fix his marriage, while Pete Kaczmarek (Jerry O'Connell) turns to the Vegas strip for his amorous pursuits. Lisa Tyler (Jurnee Smollett) put herself through law school as an exotic dancer, but now wants to get serious as a new young attorney. Sophie (Tanya Fischer) rounds out the workplace as their sassy assistant.
In researching the show, Belushi had watched the documentary that a few of the show's producers had made about public defenders in Las Vegas.
"They're put in the position to defend people they don't like," he says. "They have strong character and a strong sense of duty. But these guys are such characters. »
Chicago – The 62nd-annual Emmy Award nominations took our advice and openly embraced several of the best new shows and performances of the last year. This resulted in what could be considered the best list of choices that the often-criticized group has yet produced. Of course, no one’s perfect.
Before we get to who missed out, it seems appropriate to acknowledge a few of the more inspired, unexpected choices (nominees like Bryan Cranston and Steve Carell are, of course, deserving, but also predictable) — Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton for “Friday Night Lights,” Matthew Fox’s first nomination for “Lost,” January Jones’ first nomination for “Mad Men,” Juliana Margulies for “The Good Wife,” Edie Falco for “Nurse Jackie,” and five-sixths of the adult cast of “Modern Family” (sorry Ed O’Neill).
Now that doesn’t mean that a few people weren’t totally screwed. Good choices for Winners weren’t even nominated. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
It has been long-rumored that Lasseter, the chief creative officer for Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar, was performing double-duty managing the studios as well working directly on the Cars sequel.
According to Jim Hill, Disney announced Lasseter’s co-director status at Disney’s Holiday Showcase, a few days back – as well as reassured fans, who might be weary of Cars 2 getting bumped from 2012 to 2011 as well as uncertainty around directorial responsibilities, that the second chapter in Lightning McQueen’s story will be a worthy follow-up. Lasseter will share the director’s chair with Brad Lewis, who produced Ratatouille.
- Ben Kendrick
The promoters behind Lollapalooza -- Austin-based C3 Presents and their partners -- are under investigation by the Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan for anti-trust allegations. According to Jim DeRogatis, apparently enough Chicago bars, clubs and venues have complained about the radius clauses that C3 includes in Lolla's artist contracts, which stipulates acts can't play within a set amount of time and a certain mile radius from the fest. These clauses are fairly common in festival and tour contracts, though some reports are indicating, for Lolla the clause is as harsh as six months before and three months after, and a span »
The number of TV shows and movies that involve a slovenly (but usually lovable and funny) guy paired up with a hot, sexy woman is huge. King of Queens, Knocked Up, Entourage, According to Jim, and now Grown Ups are all admissable in this category. If you were a foreigner looking in on American culture, you’d think that all women must be size 2 models whose only desires in a mate are a sense of humor and lack of vanity. Cut to the premiere of Grown Ups, where this adage proves true, not only onscreen, but off. The male stars of this film couldn’t be bothered to even dress up for the red carpet (to be fair, David Spade and Rob Schneider look nice, but the rest of them - yeesh). Meanwhile, all the women in attendance looked hot and completely out of their league. Salma Hayek would still »
- Liz Black
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