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In an uncharacteristically aggressive move for Fox, the basic cable network announced today that it would be ordering additional seasons of four programs. Included among the lucky few are critically acclaimed comedies New Girl, The Mindy Project and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, along with the Kevin Bacon-starring thriller The Following.
Most decisions about renewals and cancellations come later in the spring, more towards the end of March and April, so Fox’s enthusiasm in handing renewals to the four shows speaks volumes about the confidence that the network brass has in them, both creatively and in terms of ratings. It’s worth noting that none of the renewed shows have drawn huge audiences, but all have benefitted tremendously from factoring in DVR viewings.
- Isaac Feldberg
Jason Bateman is tired of being the straight man. After playing the yuppie family guy in “The Change-Up,” “Identity Thief” and TV's “Arrested Development,” Bateman thrusts both middle fingers into the air — one at his nice-guy image and the other at good taste — in “Bad Words,” his abrasive directorial debut. As a dark comedy that leans more on shock than actual humor to produce laughs, this tale of a miserable sonovabitch (Bateman) hell-bent on destroying a kids’ spelling bee shares with the tonally similar “Horrible Bosses” a misanthropic verve that exhilarates in the first act and grates by »
- Inkoo Kang
There are two types of people in the world: chaos muppets and order muppets.
For Wild Canaries writer/director Lawrence Michael Levine, an order devotee, his wife, actress and director Sophia Takal is the chaos variety. “It can be very, very funny sometimes for the two of us to be in a living situation together. I think that was something he wanted to explore in a comedy,” Takal told EW. Levine agrees: “Sophia is just so funny and wacky in our everyday life and I really wanted to do a movie that would show that off.”
The result? Wild Canaries »
- Lindsey Bahr
Back in October, we learned that Community cast Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz to play Greendale's "ultimate party animal." Considering Hurwitz has very few acting credits, we assumed this would be a small cameo. Well, the episode aired last night and he had a pretty big role. It's hard to explain too much about the setting, because it's Community, and it was a whole thing, but basically Hurwitz played Van Wilder, if Van Wilder looked less like Ryan Reynolds and more like a middle-aged comedy writer. Here's the fake trailer for an '80s-style sex comedy starring Hurwitz, which played during the credits. Find out if "getting laid" counts as a career plan. »
- Jesse David Fox
A quick review of last night's "Community" coming up just as soon as I own stock in Trivial Pursuit's Baby Boomers Edition... "App Development and Condiments" ticked most of the boxes required for a good high-concept "Community" episode. It had an emotional character story at its center, as Jeff tried to get Shirley to acknowledge her manipulative ways (and vice versa), along with a more humorous character subplot in Britta exploiting the power of mustard on her face to start a Che-style revolution against the app. And it pushed the concept to its limits, presenting a fully-realized sci-fi dystopia with nods to "Logan's Run" and "Zardoz,"(*) among others. (*) Yes, Star-Burns' costume was one that was worn by Sean Connery in an expensive and terrible '70s sci-fi opus. Warning: clicking on that link will likely scar you emotionally. And I appreciated the extended Shirley spotlight; as she noted last week, »
- Alan Sepinwall
As great as Community has been this season, it was bound to deliver its equivalent to a big stinker. The funny thing about bad episodes of Community is they are often not that bad at all – they were just missing a key ingredient that would have allowed it to transcend regular sitcom television. “App Development and Condiments” is a concept episode that has a lot to say, but not nearly enough time to get it all out in a way that makes it both meaningful and well plotted. There are a lot of good ideas behind “App Development” and perhaps if the episode had been allowed to run an extra fifteen minutes it might have been able to fit everything it wanted into its timeframe. As it stands, the actual conflict between Jeff and Shirley is half-baked, preventing the story from feeling anything close to natural.
At the top of the half-hour, »
- Brody Gibson
While we’re sure that Sterling Archer – gloriously self-centred animated star that he is – would not be in the least bit surprised at the popularity of his show, the news of a two-season renewal for Archer is pretty big. At a time when networks and studios are being increasingly cautious with their commitments, ordering a further 26 episodes of anything is a huge vote of confidence.
The award-winning show premiered in January 2010, and is now enjoying an increase in viewership in its fifth season. The original premise of the show centred on the titular egotistical master spy, and his exploits as an agent of Isis (International Secret Intelligence Service). He is helped and hindered in equal measure by his ex-girlfriend and fellow agent, Lana Kane, and his boss – who is also his mother – Malory Archer. A supporting cast of wonderfully dysfunctional characters help to make each episode hilariously off-the-wall.
In season five, »
- Sarah Myles
Review Mark Harrison 7 Mar 2014 - 07:23
This week's Community is the show at the very peak of its powers. Here's Mark's review...
This review contains spoilers.
5.7 App Development And Condiments
“Fives have lives, fours have chores, threes have fleas, twos have blues, and ones don't get a rhyme, because they're garbage!”
Okay, it's like Dan Harmon and his writing staff are just showing off now. While last week's more sombre Bondage And Beta Male Sexuality was the kind of episode that no other sitcom could pull off in its stride, App Development And Condiments represents the series at the very peak of its power, doing many of the things it's best at - high-concept escalations, character interactions, zeitgeist-y satire that never comes off as too arch or obvious - all at the same freaking time.
While that might not lead to the most cohesive episodes of the season, I would »
Fear not, “Archer” fans; your favorite animated spy/drug dealer isn't going anywhere soon. FX has renewed “Archer” for a sixth and seventh season. Each season will consist of 13 episodes. Also read: ‘Arrested Development,’ ‘Archer’ Actress Judy Greer Joins Nat Faxon in FX Comedy Pilot The current fifth season of the series, dubbed “Archer Vice,” has seven more episodes left to air; the season finale airs April 21 at 10 p.m. The renewal will keep the series, which was created by Adam Reed and Floyd County Productions, on FX at least through 2016. Also read: FX's ‘Fargo’ Casts Comedians Key and Peele “Archer is. »
- Tim Kenneally
Here's a new South by Southwest clip for you. In Lawrence Michael Levine's "Wild Canaries," Barri (Sophie Takal) and Noah (Levine), a newly engaged Brooklyn couple, are bummed about the death of their elderly downstairs neighbor, Sylvia. Barri suspects foul play and sets out to investigate, enlisting her roommate Jean (Alia Shawkat) to join her on a reconnaissance mission to trail a possible suspect. Watch an enticing scene below. This film fell high on our Ten Most Anticipated Films at SXSW list. Lawrence Michael Levine is a promising talent -- "Gabi on the Roof in July" (2010) was a perfectly zeitgeisty bit of urban aimlessness --and who doesn't love Alia Shawkat, aka Maeby "Marry Me" Funke on "Arrested Development"? »
- Ryan Lattanzio
As part of our set visit to Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I had a chance to interview directors Joe and Anthony Russo as part of a behind-the-scenes look at the sequel for a small group of lucky reporters. These guys know their stuff. Not just comedy, as fans of their work on Community and Arrested Development surely know, but also the comic book source material, and the genre of political thrillers, which grounds this movie in an incredibly exciting way. While on set, the Russo brothers talked about how they landed the directing job, being such huge fans of genre, working with this talented cast, balancing character screen time and relationships, modernizing the fighting style, and the all-important Easter eggs. The real stinger here is that something major happens in this film's third act that will impact the entire Marvel Cinematic Unvierse! Hit the jump for the interview. »
- Dave Trumbore
"Community" and "Arrested Development" may seem like a far cry from the souped-up blockbuster action of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but for the sibling directing team of Mark and Anthony Russo, there's less of a difference that you might think. The duo -- best known for directing and producing those aforementioned TV comedies -- called the shots on the upcoming "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." The Russos discussed the Marvel sequel on a visit to the film's L.A. set last fall, where they were directing a piece of a big action scene featuring Cap (Chris Evans) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie). As comic book fans themselves, getting the call from Marvel exec Kevin Feige was a dream come true. "Winter Soldier" departs from 2011's "Captain America" The First Avenger" in several significant ways, especially its darker tone, inspired by '70s political thrillers. After directing the George Clooney indie comedy »
- Dave Lewis
Following yesterday's revealing extended TV spot for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, one more new character poster has popped up, and we imagine this will be the last one. This time it's the title villain in the Marvel sequel getting his own poster, and while some may not know the history of The Winter Soldier, all you have to do is know that Sebastian Stan plays the villain, and figure out what other key role that actor might have had in the Marvel cinematic universe to see why this villain will really impact Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). He certainly looks like a force to be reckoned with, especially with that sniper rifle. Here's the villain's character poster for Captain America: The Winter Soldier from Imp Awards: Captain America: The Winter Soldier is directed by Anthony & Joe Russo ("Community" and "Arrested Development") with a script from Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (Captain America: The First Avenger, »
- Ethan Anderton
"Get me off the grid now!" After the last TV spot hinted that a certain Marvel character might be in trouble in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a new one-minute spot for the Marvel sequel pretty much confirms it. It seems like Samuel L. Jackson has Nick Fury will definitely be incapacitated for part of the film, but we're doubting that he'll be killed off. However, Fury isn't the only member of S.H.I.E.L.D. under fire as we see the government holding some sort of hearing to scrutinize the agency that seems to be taking a lot of liberty with protecting the United States. This just looks better and better. Watch the TV spot below! Here's the new TV spot for Anthony & Joe Russo's Captain America: The Winter Soldier from Marvel: Captain America: The Winter Soldier is directed by Anthony & Joe Russo ("Community" and "Arrested Development") with a script from »
- Ethan Anderton
While Lupita Nyong'o was last night's definitive fashion icon, with her flowing, low-cut powder-blue gown that seemed to be a part of her skin, there was another star in blue that received almost as much attention, but not for the best reasons. We are, of course, referring to Liza Minnelli, whose mere presence seemed to be a mystery to almost everyone in attendance (and most of the people watching at home). So why was Liza Minnelli there?
Well, ostensibly, Minnelli, who had a shock of blue in her hair to accentuate the electric blue pants suit that she wore, was there to commemorate her mother Judy Garland's involvement in "Wizard of Oz." (Pink, who also wore a dress with a plunging neckline, performed a song from the film.) Liza was accompanied to the Oscars by her brother, Joey Luft, and sister Lorna Luft (Garland's father is director Vincent Minnelli, »
- Drew Taylor
After her successful stint in 2007, Ellen DeGeneres returned last night to host her second Academy Awards ceremony.
Her deadpan delivery wasn't to everyone's taste, but we were big fans here at Digital Spy.
When we finished drawing up our petition to get her down at The Comedy Store, we re-watched that opening monologue and rounded up our ten favourite, funniest and most risqué lines.
"June Squibb is nominated for Nebraska. At 84 years old, she is the oldest nominee. She was wonderful in Nebraska. *shouts in Squibb's direction* "I'm Telling Everyone That You Were Wonderful In Nebraska - The Film You Did Was Wonderful!"
2. After Arrested Development, we hope Liza didn't take this too badly
"One of the most amazing Liza Minnelli impersonators I have ever seen in my entire life. Just really, seriously. Good job, sir. Really."
3. It's about the »
The concept was groundbreaking, the writing transcended the sticom genre and they wore saucy jumpsuits. No other TV show has been as influential and when I'm 70, I want to be Dorothy
I consider myself to be a highly discerning soul and therefore there are only, let's see, about seven TV shows that I would keep watching even if my flat was on fire: Arrested Development, Murder She Wrote, Frasier, Cheers, Quantum Leap, Parks and Recreation, Murphy Brown. (Yes, there is an American bias in that list but, what can I say? I can't deny my roots.)
But there is only one show I would keep watching even if all of family were screaming for my help to save them from the terrible pyre; even though I have already seen every single episode at least three times and own the boxsets. It's The Golden Girls.
I love The Golden Girls so much that I don't, »
- Hadley Freeman
I’m a big fan of Jason Bateman. The past 10 years has been very good for Bateman, ever since his starring role in the iconic “Arrested Development.” His movie career is going pretty well too. His directorial debut is a new comedy called “Bad Words” that made its premiere at last year’s Toronto International Film festival. Focus Features released a new clip (via The Nerdist) for the comedy. “Jason Bateman (Identity Thief) makes his feature directorial debut with the subversive comedy Bad Words. Mr. Bateman stars as Guy Trilby, a 40-year-old who finds a loophole in the rules of The Golden Quill national spelling bee and decides to cause trouble [ Read More ]
The post Bad Words Gets A New Clip That Features A Twisted Spelling Bee appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Rudie Obias
Although we are yet to get our first official look at the live-action reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, we do have a better look at the Lego tie-in sets courtesy of Groove Bricks. “Turtle Van Takedown,” Big Rig Snow Getaway,” and “Turtle Lair Invasion” will all be direct scenes within the film while “Turtle Sub Undersea Chase” is a tie-in with the popular Nickelodeon series....
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans) and produced by Michael Bay (Transformers: Age of Extinction), with Megan Fox (Transformers) as April O'Neil, Alan Ritchson (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) as Raphael, Pete Ploszek (Parks and Recreation) as Leonardo, Jeremy Howard (How the Grinch Stole Christmas) as Donatello, Noel Fisher (Battle Los Angeles) as Michaelangelo, Danny Woodburn (Seinfeld) as Splinter, Will Arnett (Arrested Development) as Vernon Fenwick, and William Fichtner (The Lone Ranger) as Shredder. The film is »
- Gary Collinson
On Wednesday, Feb. 26, ABC premieres "Mixology," a comedy set in one night in one bar -- high-end Manhattan watering hole Mix -- as 10 single people try to find love, or at least lust.
Blake Lee stars as Tom, a man recently dumped by his fiancee, whose friends -- confident Cal (Craig Frank) and fast-talking Bruce (Andrew Santino) -- are tossing him into the singles pool after a decade off the market. First, he meets beautiful but brutal attorney Maya (Ginger Gonzaga), which leaves him in tears. It gets worse after that.
"Cal is the more levelheaded, clear-thinking man," Santino tells Zap2it, "and Tom is very impulsive and nervous and riddled with anxiety, and Bruce is the devil on his shoulder, if you will. I'm trying to get Tom to do something he's not used to. Instead of putting his feet in the water, I tell him to jump all »
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