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TVLine Items: Paula Abdul Gets Fresh, Netflix Renews Big Mouth and More

TVLine Items: Paula Abdul Gets Fresh, Netflix Renews Big Mouth and More
Paula Abdul is spending the holidays with the Huang family on Fresh Off the Boat.

The singer and former American Idol judge will guest-star in the ABC comedy’s Christmas episode as Holly, a visiting arts instructor who arrives in the Huangs’ neighborhood to assist struggling carolers, per The Hollywood Reporter.

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Abdul’s previous acting credits include Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life, Drop Dead Diva and Less Than Perfect.

Fresh Off the Boat Season 4 currently airs Tuesdays at 8:30/7:30c on ABC.

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Kristin Cavallari Says She Still Deals With Bullying Every Day on Social Media: ‘It’s Not About You, It’s About Them’

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Kristin Cavallari Says She Still Deals With Bullying Every Day on Social Media: ‘It’s Not About You, It’s About Them’
Bullying is an important issue, and it affects non-famous and famous people alike.

People Now recently asked several stars to share their unique experiences being bullied or cyberbullied — and how they’ve learned to cope.

“The one time in my life I felt like I didn’t fit in was every time I had to move schools,” explained Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, 46. “I went back and forth a lot between New York and India and it was hard to fit in. Sometimes I got teased. Teased for what I brought to school for lunch, teased for my name, teased for how I looked.
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Web Series ‘The Benefits of Gusbandry’ Dives Back Into a Special Kind of Friendship

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Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress, as presented by the creators themselves. At the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

The Benefits of Gusbandry

Logline: One woman, One man, a lot of weed, a little crying, and no sexual attraction whatsoever. Love is so gay.

Elevator Pitch:

Inspired by creator Alicia J. Rose’s real-life relationships with her own “gusbands” (a.k.a: gay best friends), “The Benefits of Gusbandry” follows serial relationship-killer Jackie Rosenblum and charming yet single River Manning as they navigate the modern world and find a new kind of significant otherness that unfolds over a seven-episode first season that covers dating, babies, parents and a few pot cookies, earning recognition from Best of Portland (Winner,
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Andi Mack: Disney Channel Orders Series from Lizzie McGuire Creator

Disney Channel has ordered the Andi Mack TV show to series. The family and children's show, created and executive produced by Lizzie McGuire's Terri Minsky, stars Peyton Elizabeth Lee in the title role. Minsky developed the Finding Carter TV series which was cancelled after three seasons on MTV. She also created Less Than Perfect and The Geena Davis Show. Disney ordered the pilot in November 2015, which is titled Andiland on IMDb.Fans may recognize Lee as Violet, from the 2015 "Violet" episode of ABC's Scandal, and as the "Girl Soldier" in a trio of 2016 episodes of Shameless, season six on Showtime. The Andi Mack TV series cast also includes: Lilan Bowden as Andi’s sister Bex, Lauren Tom as Andi’s mother Celia, Joshua Rush as Cyrus, and Asher Angel as
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ABC relaunches streaming app featuring full seasons of classic shows

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ABC relaunches streaming app featuring full seasons of classic shows
This morning, ABC announced that it has relaunched its streaming service with a new name and a ton of new shows. ABCd will not just have digital short series but also has full seasons of 38 "throwback" shows such as 8 Simple Rules, My So-Called Life, Felicity (which aired on The WB but is owned by ABC), Ellen, Ugly Betty, and more. ABCd also has a whole new interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Apple TV and access to full episode of current shows on demand (such as Modern Family and Quantico). One of the most interesting elements is its collection of original digital series. Per the press release, here are descriptions of each series. “All My Gay Friends are Getting Married” A celebration of gay marriage through the eyes of only mildly bitter single girl, Michelle Collins, who’s realizing that everyone is now getting married – except her. She’ll
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ABC Relaunches Streaming Service With 7 Original Shorts, 38 ‘Throwback’ Shows

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ABC Relaunches Streaming Service With 7 Original Shorts, 38 ‘Throwback’ Shows
ABC has relaunched its streaming service, complete with seven original digital short-form series — including ones starring former “View” host Michelle Collins and “Modern Family” star Ty Burrell — and full seasons of 38 older shows. Here are the dozens “throwback” series returning to the ABCd streaming service: “8 Simple Rules,” “Benched,” “Betrayal,” “Body of Proof,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “Commander in Chief,” “Detroit,” “Dinosaurs,” “Dirty Sexy Money,” “Ellen,” “Felicity,” “FlashForward,” “Happy Town,” “Hope and Faith,” “I Survived a Japanese Game Show,” “The Knights of Prosperity,” “Less Than Perfect,” “Manhattan Love Story,” “Mixology,” “My Generation,” “My So-Called Life” (pictured above), “The Neighbors,”...
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ABC Streaming App Adds Brothers & Sisters, Felicity and More 'Throwback' Fare, New Ty Burrell Comedy

ABC Streaming App Adds Brothers & Sisters, Felicity and More 'Throwback' Fare, New Ty Burrell Comedy
ABC has relaunched its streaming service with not just a new name — ABCd — but a bevy of new bells and whistles.

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For one, full seasons of 38 “throwback” series — including Brothers & Sisters, Felicity, My So-Called Life, Body of Proof and Sports Night — will be available via the free, ad-supported service.

Other past programs now streaming include 8 Simple Rules, Benched, Betrayal, Commander in Chief, Detroit 1-8-7, Dinosaurs, Dirty Sexy Money, Ellen, FlashForward, Happy Town, Hope and Faith, I Survived a Japanese Game Show, The Knights of Prosperity, Less Than Perfect,
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ABC Relaunches Free Streaming Service With 7 Short-Form Originals, Full Seasons of 38 Older Shows

ABC Relaunches Free Streaming Service With 7 Short-Form Originals, Full Seasons of 38 Older Shows
ABC is not going down the subscription VOD route, at least for now: The Alphabet network is relaunching its video-streaming service with seven original digital short-form series, including shows starring Ty Burrell and Iliza Shlesinger, plus full seasons of 38 older shows — all available on the free, ad-supported service.

The network is launching the new digital shorts under the “ABCd” banner, an initiative that got under way last year as previously reported by Variety. Those, along with the “throwback” series, which include “Betrayal,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “Felicity,” “My So-Called Life,” “School House Rock,” “Sports Night” and “Ugly Betty,” will be available to all viewers on ABC.com and the ABC apps for mobile and connected TV devices without signing in. Other broadcasters, by contrast, have introduced Netflix-style pay services, like NBCUniversal’s Seeso and CBS All Access (while The CW’s CW Seed is also a free, ad-supported service with original series and library content).

“Our team has completely
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20th Century Fox TV Inks Overall Deal with ‘Life in Pieces’ Creator

20th Century Fox TV Inks Overall Deal with ‘Life in Pieces’ Creator
20th Century Fox Television has inked an overall deal with “Life in Pieces” creator Justin Adler, Variety has learned.

The pact secures Adler’s exec producing and writing responsibilities on “Life in Pieces” for two years, plus allows him to bring development projects into the studio.

“‘Life in Pieces’ is as unique and groundbreaking in its format as it is heartwarming and funny — it’s no wonder it became the highest rated new comedy of last season. Full credit goes entirely to its creator Justin Adler, who wrote the pilot on spec and delivered an inspired take on the family sitcom based on experiences and relationships from his own life. This deal keeps this gifted, inventive writer we love running the show, and allows us to develop other projects with him going forward,” said Jonnie Davis, 20th Century Fox Television president of creative affairs.

In its first season, “Life in Pieces” ranked as the 2015-16 season’s
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Disney Channel Orders Pilot from ‘Lizzie McGuire’ Creator

Disney Channel Orders Pilot from ‘Lizzie McGuire’ Creator
Disney Channel has greenlit a pilot from “Lizzie McGuire” creator Terri Minsky, Variety has learned.

Newcomer Peyton Elizabeth Lee (pictured), who’s had small parts in “Shameless” and “Scandal,” has been cast in the lead role.

The story introduces Andi Marcus as she’s about to celebrate her 13th birthday. She’s eager to have just a little teenage fun and adventure, but that may never happen because her strict mother is doing everything in her power to keep her from turning out like her older sister, Bex, who dropped out of school as a teenager and left home and now, in her late 20s, still doesn’t know what she wants out of life — but when Bex returns home andpromises she is ready to get her life together, Andi’s life is turned upside down and leaves her questioning everything she’s ever known.

The pilot marks Minsky’s return to Disney Channel.
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7 Questions With … Sara Rue of “Impastor.”

Sara Rue has charmed audiences as adorable TV assistant Claude on the sitcom Less Than Perfect, and her role as Carmen on Popular. Now Rue stars as Dora, a naive pastor’s assistant in TV Land’s new dark comedy, Impastor. In the series, which premieres July 15, con man Buddy Dobbs (Michael Rosenbaum), steals a man’s identity and ends up posing as a small town’s new gay pastor. “The most important thing to Dora is her town, and specifically, the members of the congregation. She really believes that for them to move forward, to keep growing, and to continue on, they need … Continue reading →

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'Impastor' Stars Michael Rosenbaum & Sara Rue Talk 'Smallville,' 'Batman v. Superman' & 'Can't Hardly Wait'

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Lex Luthor had never been to Comic-Con before this year. That's right, Michael Rosenbaum -- who played the Superman villain on "Smallville" from 2001-2011 -- made his first appearance at the geek convention in 2015, almost 15 years after the teen drama premiered on The WB. "Lex Loser," the actor joked when toofab's Brian Particelli caught up with him and costar Sara Rue in San Diego over the weekend, where the two were promoting their new TV Land comedy "Impastor." And with Jesse Eisenberg stepping into Luthor's shoes for the highly-anticipated "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice," we had to ask -- is Michael excited to see a new take on his former role? "I’ll always check things out," he said, excitedly. "I don’t hold grudges like ‘Oh, it isn’t me!’ Eisenberg will be great. Why’s it always the Jews with Lex Luthor? Rosenbaum, Eisenberg, what’s going on here?
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Time Machine: Classy-Looking 'Tangled' Singing Stars at the Oscars

Zachary Levi and guest on the Oscars' Red Carpet Zachary Levi at the Academy Awards Pictured above is Zachary Levi and a guest on the 83rd Academy Awards' Red Carpet this past Sunday, Feb. 27, just outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. At the Oscar ceremony, Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore performed "I See the Light," a Best Original Song nominee – music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater – from the animated feature Tangled. The 2011 Best Song winner turned out to be Randy Newman's "We Belong Together," from another animated feature, Toy Story 3 – last year's biggest domestic box office hit. Zachary Levi movies Below is a partial list of Zachary Levi films.* His movie debut took place in Mark Douglas Miller's comedy short Reel Guerrillas (2005), while his feature film debut was in a supporting role in John Whitesell's comedy Big Momma's House 2 (2006). Thor: The Dark World (2013). Director: Alan Taylor.
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CBS Orders Comedy Pilot ‘Life In Pieces'; John Leguizamo to Star in ‘Taxi-22′

CBS has ordered its second comedy pilot for the 2015-16 season, “Life in Pieces,” from exec producers Justin Adler (“Samantha Who?,” “Less Than Perfect”) and Aaron Kaplan (“Chasing Life,” “Mysteries of Laura”).

The single-cam comedy from Kapital Entertainment, in association with 20th Century Fox TV, tells the story of one family through the perspectives of its different family members. Adler will pen the pilot.

The pickup marks the second pilot order for Kaplan. ABC Family previously greenlit “Kevin From Work,” a half-hour single-cam workplace comedy. Kaplan is also exec producing “Divorce,” in which Sarah Jessica Parker is likely to star, although HBO has not ordered the series yet.

CBS announced its first comedy order Wednesday, the “Untitled Tommy Johnagin Project” from “Cougar Town” creator Bill Lawrence.

Separately, CBS has recruited John Leguizamo to star in comedy pilot “Taxi-22,” a redo of a French-Canadian series about a cab driver, according to Deadline.
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Gerard Butler’s new Hugo Boss advert

‘“Diligence and dedication is what I live from day to day,” he says, the slow motion playing havoc with his grammar’

“I don’t believe in less,” says dead-famous actor-pants Gerard Butler in his own head while putting on a nice shirt. Fair enough. Less than what, though? Less than perfect? Less than Jake? Less money for doing a shit poem in an advert? He sprays on his Hugo Boss aftershave, which is like Lynx Africa but more expensive. “I go all the way,” he says, as he leaves his bloody marvellous penthouse in slow motion. He doesn’t brush his teeth, though, so no kissing. Butler walks down the street without blinking, which is what all Scottish men do unless it’s really windy. “A man will never run,” he says, somehow forgetting the entire history of people-kind, from hunting sabre-toothed tigers to being Usain Bolt. “Stay noble, I say,
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Andy Dick Arrested For Grand Theft, Allegedly Stole Necklace

Andy Dick, the well-known comedian and actor, was arrested Friday for grand theft after allegedly stealing a necklace.

Andy Dick Arrested

Dick allegedly stole a man’s necklace on Hollywood Blvd. last week, reported TMZ. He had apparently spotted a man with the eye-catching bling and pulled over on his bike to get a closer look. The man, recognizing Dick, allowed him to take the necklace in hand. Before he knew it, Dick remounted his bicycle and sped off with the $1,000 necklace.

On Friday, Dick was arrested near his apartment in Hollywood while riding his bike again and charged him with grand theft.

Following his arrest, Dick was jailed and bail was set at $25,000. He posted bail Saturday morning.

Dick is best known for TV shows NewsRadio, Less Than Perfect, The Andy Dick Show and numerous guest-starring roles and cameo appearances.

Aside from his acting and comedy, Dick is also
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Will Jane the Virgin Sue? Will Petra Be Exposed? And More Burning Qs

Will Jane the Virgin Sue? Will Petra Be Exposed? And More Burning Qs
Jane the Virgin is cooking up a lot more than just the misplaced bun in its heroine’s oven.

The new CW series’ premiere left us with a bounty of burning questions, starting with the most obvious: Will Jane take legal action against the doc who accidentally artificially inseminated her?

Then there’s the matter of Jane’s romantic life, including whether we can really trust new fiancé Michael. And how about whether or not Jane will learn that her father is a huge telenovela star?

Related Jane the Virgin EPs Justify Edgy Title, Promise a Comedy About ‘Morality’

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A Dare-to-Be-Bad Situation: NBC Is Making a ‘Say Anything’ TV Series

Updated: Victory is ours. Put down your boomboxes. Fold up your kickboxing trousers. Wait for the airplane to ding. This is not a drill, and frankly, it’s nearly impossible to believe that this is happening, but here it is: NBC is making a series based on Say Anything, Cameron Crowe‘s 1989 John Cusack- and Ione Skye-starring teen romance. It’s okay if this news is hard to swallow, because even with the recent rash of small screen revivals of beloved properties — think Real Genius, Problem Child and Big – word that Say Anything is getting a new television series seems almost too bizarre to be believed, too weird to be true. Let’s parse this. Deadline reports that the film “is being revisited as a series for Generation Ys.” The new series has been imagined as a single-camera comedy (a comedy, a comedy), which features Justin Adler (Better Off Ted, Samantha
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TV Land picks up two new comedies, 'Impastor' and 'Teachers'

TV Land picks up two new comedies, 'Impastor' and 'Teachers'
TV Land is getting edgier, judging by its two newest comedies. The network announced on Wednesday that it's ordered two new single-camera comedies, Impastor and Teachers, with both 10-episode first seasons slated to premiere in 2015. "Impastor and Teachers are perfect examples of the type of comedies we’re looking for as TV Land evolves its original series – innovative, unconventional, and hilariously funny for an audience that enjoys smart humor with a hint of heart,” said TV Land President Larry W. Jones. Impastor follows Bubby Dobbs (Smallville's Michael Rosenbaum), a gambling pothead who, trying to escape from a loan shark, steals
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Michael Rosenbaum's Impastor Ordered to Series at TV Land

TV Land’s Impastor has been blessed with a series order.

The single-camera comedy, which stars Smallville‘s Michael Rosenbaum as a debt-plagued slacker who poses as the new gay pastor in a small town, has snagged a 10-episode pickup by the cable network. The project from Christopher Vane (Suddenly Susan) also stars Mircea Monroe (Episodes, Hart of Dixie), Aimee Garcia (Dexter) and Sara Rue (Less Than Perfect).

Related TV Land Cancels Kirstie Alley Sitcom Kirstie After One Season

TV Land has also handed a 10-episode series order to Teachers, a comedy starring improv group The Katydids as six elementary
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