20 items from 2011
True confession: I’ve never truly forgiven HBO for canceling The Comeback — Lisa Kudrow’s scathing examination of the Hollywood machine and unflinching/unsettling look at basic human insecurity — that lasted for one brief, dazzling, and painfully hilarious season back in 2005. (All together now: “Note to self: After a long day at work, I don’t wanna see that!”)
Flash forward to 2011 — and more specifically to Monday night’s season finale of the network’s equally brilliant/wince-inducing/honest/infuriating Enlightened — and here I am ready to rage against the network for not yet committing to a second »
- Michael Slezak
On TV this Thursday: All four NBC comedies get in the holiday spirit, a very interesting Person of Interest surfaces, Eliza Dushku tackles The League and more. Here’s a dozen programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Community (NBC) | This is the Christmas episode that sends a certain Fox show hiding under a rock, as the Greendale gang, one by one, get “possessed” by the Gleeful show choir spirit.
8 pm The Big Bang Theory (CBS) | As Leonard confronts his high school bully »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Web Therapy Renewed for Season 2 by Showtime
Dr. Fiona Wallace is getting another shot at bringing her modality to the public, as Showtime has renewed Web Therapy for a second season. Comprised of at least ten episodes, season two would debut sometime in 2012, though there's no word on when or what show (if any) it'll air with.
What is known about season two is the impressive list of guest stars, including the likes of Meryl Streep, Conan O'Brien, Rosie O'Donnell, and Minnie Driver. Guest stars from season one ranged from Courteney Cox to Alan Cumming to Jane Lynch, among others. Returning for season 2 will be Lily Tomlin (Nine to Five) as Fiona's mother Putsy, Dan Bucatinsky (The Comeback) as Fiona's ghostwriter Jerome, and Victor Garber (Alias) as Fiona's husband Kip.
When last we left self-obsessed Fiona (Lisa Kudrow, Friends), Kip had decided to run for a Senate seat, which seemed »
- Shilo Adams
Ever wonder why Leonard (Johnny Galecki) is the way he is? Well, we've met his mother in the past, so that explains part of his problems. And now we'll get to meet his high school bully.
EW is reporting that Lance Barber is slated to play the bane of Leonard's teen existence on an upcoming episode of "The Big Bang Theory." Barber has had past stints on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and "The Comeback."
It's been a tough year for Leonard, beginning with Raj (Kunal Nayyar) hooking up with his ex-girlfriend Penny (Kaley Cuoco). And it only got worse when he found out that his girlfrined Priya had cheated on him. Hopefully he's able to handle the stress of an unfriendly high school face.
The episode is slated to air Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. Et. »
Big Bang Theory Bully Arrives!
It was only a matter of time before The Big Bang Theory introduced us to the people who bullied Thursday night’s favorite nerds. Bbt will bring Leonard’s high school tormentor back in to his life, causing me (and probably you) to wonder if he’s changed at all in the interim since they graduated all those years ago. My inner child is screaming “Once a bully, always a bully!” but he shouldn’t be trusted in the slightest. He’s always craving candy and I just can’t eat as much as he wants me to.
According to EW.com, Leonard’s bully will be played by Lance Barber (The Comeback) and will poke his head in during Episode 11 this season. Having seen Barber’s face numerous times, I just can’t visualize him as the bullying type. I’m definitely leaning towards »
- Brody Gibson
Lance Barber has signed up for a role on The Big Bang Theory. The actor will guest in the 11th episode of the CBS sitcom's fifth season, according to Entertainment Weekly. He will play a former high school nemesis of Leonard (Johnny Galecki). Barber has previously played recurring roles on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Californication and United States of Tara. He also starred in short-lived HBO comedy The Comeback opposite (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
The Big Bang Theory gang is about to encounter a bully.
Lance Barber (The Comeback‘s sublimely malevolent Paulie G.) has nabbed a guest spot on an upcoming episode of the CBS comedy, EW.com reports. Barber (pictured, right) will play a former bully who taunted and teased Leonard (Johnny Galecki) back in high school.
Ready for the rest of today’s casting roundup? Well…
• Desperate Housewives alum Roger Bart (pictured, left) will guest-star on the freshman season of ABC’s Revenge, playing a “rich, pretentious journalist” who is writing a tell-all book on the Hamptons elite, EW.com reports. »
- Megan Masters
The gang on The Big Bang Theory have made no secret that their geeky ways made them easy targets with their school peers, but in an upcoming episode, one of the guys is going to come face-to-face with his past.
EW has learned exclusively that Lance Barber, perhaps best-known for starring alongside Lisa Kudrow in HBO’s The Comeback, will guest star in an upcoming episode as Leonard’s old high school bully. The actor is set to appear in episode 11.
- Sandra Gonzalez
The stories behind how Lisa Kudrow and her team at Web Therapy, which kicks off its fourth season today, scored their guest stars this season are almost as good as the storylines that bring them to the improvised online series. (Key word: Almost, but more on that in a bit.)
Take singer Natasha Bedingfield, for instance. Without a casting director, the duties fall to Kudrow, who also stars as (unlicensed) therapist Fiona Wallace, producing partner Dan Bucatinsky (The Comeback) and writer-director Don Roos (Happy Endings). So they’ve learned to keep their eyes open for opportunities at every corner — even »
- Sandra Gonzalez
The only thing worse than a woman with breasts is one with opinions. I mean, why can’t they just do what God intended and perform their functions as mute, boyishly proportioned coat hangers? Yes, folks, that about sums up the alarming philosophy espoused by soulless automaton Olivier and His Accent of Indeterminate Origin during Thursday night’s “real women” challenge on Project Runway. (As if the Ohio native’s drab designs, mind-nimbing mumbles, and forced Euro-ishness weren’t reason enough to want to see him auf’d!)
If a Tim Gunn facial expression really is worth 1,000 words — and, as we all know, »
- Michael Slezak
The escapades of E, Drama and Turtle were fun, young, aspirational – and a world away from what the producers originally had in mind
The final curtain just fell on a much-loved TV show. A series that followed the mixed fortunes of a group of guys whose unbreakable bond transcended their turbulent personal and professional relationships. That show was Men Of A Certain Age. Although critically adored, the Ray Romano drama struggled to find an audience in its two-season lifespan. Like HBO's Mind Of The Married Man and ABC's The Secret Life Of Men before it, the Romano show believed that male viewers were being starved of accurate depictions of their lives. But, as it turned out, the male audience did not respond to lugubrious storylines about thickening waists, disappearing hairlines, erectile dysfunction and mounting tuition fees. What the male TV audience wanted, even though they may have been unaware they wanted it, »
- Jonathan Bernstein
Showtime's new comedy "Web Therapy" has taken a pretty circuitous route to television. It began life as an online series, running for three years and winning a couple of Webby Awards during its run.
That sparked some interest from TV networks, and the show's creators, Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky and Don Roos, figured they could string together some of the existing webisodes and package them as a half-hour comedy.
Just one problem: "Three webisodes together only added up to 12 minutes," Bucatinsky tells Zap2it. "So when we finally got together with Showtime, we talked with them about letting us fill it out a little, spending a little money to make more content."
They did, and you can see the result Tuesday nights on Showtime, with Fiona Wallice (Kudrow) dispensing small pieces of pretty bad advice to her patients via webcam. Bucatinsky also stars as one of Fiona's most put-upon patients, »
Oh, here they are: Thoughts: 1. Leave Lisa Kudrow alone. Watch The Comeback and then Stfu!! 2. Leave Jennifer Aniston alone. Or do whatever you want, she’s probably on a boat somewhere. 3. Courtney Cox, on hiatus from surgery that makes her face look like a butt with eyes, looks great! 4. Chandler Bing looks pretty good, no? 5. David Schwimmer looks pretty good, no? 6. Matt LeBlanc Looks Amazing, Right? 7. Where’s Gunther??? 8. Call Me, Matt LeBlanc #Howyoudoin [via Porlaputa] »
- Eliot Glazer
It's hard not to be impressed by Lisa Kudrow. While Jennifer Aniston took the fame she earned from the sitcom Friends and tried to turn it into leading lady success (resulting in a string of generic, mostly horrible movies in the process), Kudrow went the exact opposite direction: churning out a string of quirky, labor-of-love projects, some of which are fantastic, especially her roles in the terrific indie movies Easy A and The Opposite of Sex, as well as the way-ahead-of-its-time reality TV satire, The Comeback, on HBO in 2005.
Many of these projects were done in association with her long-time collaborators writer-director Don Roos and actor Dan Bucatinsky, who happen to be partners. It's a very talented triad that our own Rantasmo calls the Bukudroos Synergistic Triangle, and it almost always results in artistic success.
In 2008, Kudrow, Roos, and Bucatinsky premiered a grand online experiment called Web Therapy. »
- Brent Hartinger
Two important facts to remember about Childrens Hospital: 1. It’s the funniest show about doctors currently on air (2nd was the now defunct Off the Map) 2. Practically nobody has ever heard of it. The latter is rather hard to understand given the show features a who’s who lineup of comic personalities: Rob Corddry (The Daily Show), Rob Huebel (Human Giant), Henry Winkler (Happy Days), Megan Mullally (Will and Grace), Ken Marino (Party Down), David Wain (The State) and the voice of Michael Cera (Arrested Development) to name just a few. At UCLA Tuesday Night, select cast and crew (Huebel, Corddry, Mullaly, Marino, Wain, Nick Kroll (The League), Malin Akerman (The Comeback), Erin Hayes (Kitchen Confidential) and writer/producer Jon Stern screened the opening third season episode and then held a Q&A, wherein they discussed “special” guest stars for the upcoming season, the deference to non-continuity on the show, »
- Tommy Cook
Welcome to American Idol Books! This week, we’ve got three selections on special:
* Goldilocks and the Three Judges: This one’s about a little girl named Lauren who likes to do cartwheels in her backyard and sing along with her Bff to Faith Hill on the radio, skills that — along with sugary feedback from a trio of highly paid court jesters — bring her within spitting distance of a pot of gold confetti at the end of the magic rainbow.
* Captain America(n Idol): A comic book about a kid named Scotty, the nicest checkout boy down at the »
- Michael Slezak
Aaron Sorkin's upcoming pilot for HBO has found a helmsman. HBO confirmed that Greg Mottola has signed on to direct the project, a drama centered around a cable news show. Mottola, who directed the recent Simon Pegg/Nick Frost sci-fi comedy "Paul," has a TV résumé that includes several episodes of "Arrested Development," "Undeclared" and "The Comeback." "Dumb and Dumber" actor Jeff Daniels is in negotiations to play the lead, though no final deal has been struck yet. Related Articles: »
Greg Mottola is set to direct Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama pilot set behind the scenes at a cable news show. The project, which recent Oscar winner Sorkin is executive producing with Scott Rudin, centers on news anchor Will McCallister, a role Jeff Daniels has been in negotiations to play, who has his own cable show; his female executive producer; and his staff. After making his feature directing debut with the 1996 indie The Daytrippers, which he also wrote, Mottola ventured into TV directing, working on such cult faves as Undeclared, Arrested Development and The Comeback. Mottola then switched back to features with the boxoffice hit Superbad and went on to direct Adventureland and, most recently, Paul. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The Guardian wonderful piece on AMPAS membership. This had me in stitches
Now 72, Mother Dolores still retains her Academy membership and every year receives copies of the latest Oscar-nominated films from Ampas, thus making her the only fully ordained nun to adjudicate on the oeuvre of Quentin Tarantino.
Low Resolution Joe hands out his 2010 Movie Awards. Fun
Scott Feinberg examines the pitches of nominated performances. All the Oscar narratives have been done before.
- NATHANIEL R
A Picture Might Be Worth A Thousand Words. Too Bad One Of Them Wasn't "Gay"
While it's ludicrous to say anything "positive" came out of the horrible shooting in Tucson last week, those events have given the Glbt community one very remarkable development — a bona fide hero who happens to be an out gay man. That hero is twenty-year-old University of Arizona student Daniel Hernandez, Jr. who is being so lauded for his actions that he not only spoke at the memorial for the victims on Wednesday night, but sat to the right of President Obama.
I confess that because I've been attending the TCA in Los Angeles this week, I haven't been able to follow the coverage as much as I would've liked. So what I can't say with any certainty is whether or not the fact that Hernandez is gay has been widely reported. I do know, however, »
- Michael Jensen
20 items from 2011
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