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Miriam Shor’s Blog: How (and Why) I Handle Traveling Overseas with My Kids

6 September 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Please welcome our newest celebrity blogger, Miriam Shor!

Shor currently stars in the TV Land series Younger alongside Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff. Other notable television credits include appearances on Jessica Jones, The Good Wife, My Name Is Earl and a main role on the 2008 CBS drama Swingtown.

The actress and singer has appeared many times on stage — perhaps most notably in an off-Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, later reprising her role of Yitzhak in the 2001 film adaptation and lending her voice to its Grammy-nominated soundtrack.

Shor, 46, is married to Justin Hagan, and they share two daughters: Iris, »

- Miriam Shor

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CBS Sets Immigration Comedy With ‘My Name Is Earl’ Creator

5 September 2017 1:46 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

CBS is developing a series with “My Name Is Earl” creator Greg Garcia that could prove to be quite timely. The multi-camera project from CBS Television Studios is called “Welcome to Maine.” It centers on a ninth-generation Maine family interacting with a recent immigrant and his daughter once they share the same workplace in a small rural town. Austen Earl (“The Millers”) is writing the pilot and executive produces. Garcia and Alix Jaffe are also executive producers. Also Read: Disney Boss Bob Iger on Daca Sunset: 'Cruel and Misguided' Garcia created the TBS anthology comedy series “The Guest Book,” which debuted last month. »

- Ryan Gajewski

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Immigrant Workplace Comedy ‘Welcome To Maine’ In Works At CBS From Austen Earl & Greg Garcia

5 September 2017 1:30 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

As the debate on immigration has been pushed to the forefront by the policies of the current Trump administration, CBS has put in development Welcome To Maine, a multi-camera family workplace comedy that tackles the hot-button issue. It hails from Austen Earl (The Great Indoors) as well as  My Name is Earl, Raising Hope and The Millers creator Greg Garcia and his CBS TV Studios-based Amigos de Garcia Productions. Written by Earl, Welcome To Maine centers on a… »

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Greg Garcia Developing Immigrant Comedy Series at CBS

5 September 2017 1:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

CBS is developing a new multi-camera comedy series with Greg Garcia set to executive produce, Variety has learned.

Currently titled “Welcome to Maine,” the series would follow a ninth-generation Maine family and a recent immigrant and his daughter who must all learn to embrace change when they share the same workplace in a tiny rural town.

Austen Earl, who most recently worked as a writer and co-executive producer on the CBS comedy “The Great Indoors,” will write and executive produce. Earl previously collaborated with Garcia as a writer on the CBS series “The Millers,” which Garcia created. Earl has also worked as a writer on CBS’ “Angel From Hell,” and NBC’s “The Carmichael Show.” Garcia will executive produce along with Alix Jaffe, the head of Garcia’s Amigos de Garcia Productions. Garcia has also created the comedy series “My Name Is Earl,” “Raising Hope,” and currently has “The Guest Book” on TBS. CBS Television Studios »

- Joe Otterson

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Exclusive: Jaime Pressly Opens Up About Expecting Twin Boys, Jokes They Look Like 'Somebody Else's Child'

18 August 2017 9:15 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

It's been nearly 10 years since Jaime Pressly said goodbye to My Name Is Earl, but the show still seems to be following her around.

Et caught up with the 40-year-old actress on Wednesday, where she opened up about reuniting with Earl creator Greg Garcia on this week's episode of The Guest Book -- but revealed that she expects her upcoming birth to be more like an episode of My Name Is Earl.

Related: Jaime Pressly Is Pregnant With Twins, Admits It Was a 'Complete Shock'

"We literally just walked out of the doctor from getting an ultrasound, and one of the pictures was slightly distorted and I went, 'Uh oh, when we deliver, it might be a My Name Is Earl episode, because I don't know whose baby that is!'" cracked Pressly, who announced in June that she's expecting twin boys with her longtime boyfriend, Hamzi Hijazi. "We were dying laughing."

"His face was »

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Exclusive: Jaime Pressly on a Possible 'My Name Is Earl' Revival: 'Who Wouldn't Want to Relive That?'

16 August 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

"Anybody who has ever worked with Greg [Garcia], all he has to do is call them up and they say yes before they even hear what he needs, because he's one of the greatest men in this business," Jaime Pressly told Et over the phone on Tuesday -- and she really meant it.

The actress reunites with the My Name Is Earl creator on Thursday's episode of his new TBS anthology series, The Guest Book, where she plays a character that she describes as "a little bit" of her Earl character, Joy Turner.

Exclusive: 'My Name is Earl' Creator Greg Garcia Leaves Behind a Real Piece of Inspiration for 'The Guest Book'

"This girl that I play [on The Guest Book] is trying so hard to forget her past and start over and be this new and improved version of herself and have a real relationship for once, and she really doesn't know how to do that. I »

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Exclusive: 'My Name is Earl' Creator Greg Garcia Leaves Behind a Real Piece of Inspiration for 'The Guest Book'

10 August 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Greg Garcia is back at it -- this time with The Guest Book, an anthology series centered around a cabin in the woods that different guests visit each week. Though the guest stars (like Jaime Pressly, Jenna Fischer and Michael Rapaport) are consistently hilarious, the story lines only seem to get more outrageous -- a testament to Garcia's incredible imagination and guts to actually write these stories in real guest books in cabins around the country.

Each episode of the 10-part TBS series is based on a real story that Garcia wrote as a way to cure his writer's block while working on My Name Is Earl -- and left to "freak out the next guest." Here, Garcia includes and excerpt from "Entry Eleven," a real story he left behind in a guest book on vacation.

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This was an entry that I wrote when I was in Pismo Beach which is about three hours north of Los »

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New TBS Show “The Guest Book” – Five Things You Didn’t Know

5 August 2017 6:00 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

The new TBS series “The Guest Book” with the August 3, 2017 premiere date is a change for the “My Name is Earl” producer and writer Greg Garcia. He’s a comedy writer to the bone, but his new anthology comedy is a break away from what we have come to expect from him. The show airs with high expectations that it will deliver big on the funnies, but his new approach is something that is even more tantalizing. Here are five things about the series “The Guest Book” that you didn’t know. 1. It’s a re-branding of TBS comedies This

New TBS Show “The Guest Book” – Five Things You Didn’t Know »

- Dana Hanson-Firestone

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‘The Guest Book’ Boss on the ‘Freedom’ of Flexing Comedy Muscles on Cable

3 August 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

After spending two decades on network television working on traditional and then single-camera sitcoms from “Yes, Dear” to “My Name is Earl,” writer/producer Greg Garcia is breaking out of the comedy box with a new anthology comedy show at TBS.

The Guest Book” follows the guests of Froggy Cottage in the small town of Mountain Trace as they come for vacation but get sucked into the drama of the residents. Each episode features a rotating guest cast, which is not something Garcia thinks he could have accomplished anywhere but TBS, who was taking a chance on new kind of storytelling as they re-brand their comedies.

“If the only place I could have done this show was on a network, I would have because I liked the style of it, and I liked the stories. But I would have had to water it down,” Garcia tells Variety.

“These stories all came from a place of going away »

- Danielle Turchiano

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‘The Guest Book’ Review: The TBS Hotel Comedy Can Be Anything, And That’s Its Biggest Problem

3 August 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The premise of the new comedy “The Guest Book” is an exciting one: a quiet, unassuming cottage at a cozy mountain getaway plays host to a number of weekend travelers with something to work out or something to hide. Each of them relate their wacky adventures in the room’s guest book, using a few pages to write a confession, an alibi or a farewell. It’s the kind of “if these walls could talk” setup that makes you wonder why TV hasn’t taken advantage of hotel-adjacent stories more often.

There’s a certain flexibility that comes with getting to reinvent a show’s character list every episode. Like its new motel counterpart “Room 104,” each episode of the first season of “The Guest Book” focuses on a different set of occupants: These vacationers range from scientists to quarreling spouses to parents with misplaced preoccupations.

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- Steve Greene

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‘The Guest Book’ Review: The TBS Hotel Comedy Can Be Anything, And That’s Its Biggest Problem

3 August 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The premise of the new comedy “The Guest Book” is an exciting one: a quiet, unassuming cottage at a cozy mountain getaway plays host to a number of weekend travelers with something to work out or something to hide. Each of them relate their wacky adventures in the room’s guest book, using a few pages to write a confession, an alibi or a farewell. It’s the kind of “if these walls could talk” setup that makes you wonder why TV hasn’t taken advantage of hotel-adjacent stories more often.

There’s a certain flexibility that comes with getting to reinvent a show’s character list every episode. Like its new motel counterpart “Room 104,” each episode of the first season of “The Guest Book” focuses on a different set of occupants: These vacationers range from scientists to quarreling spouses to parents with misplaced preoccupations.

Read MoreHow Squeaky Clean Kellie Martin Wound Up on Greg Garcia’s Quirky Cable Comedy ‘The Guest Book’ — Turn It On Podcast

But the problem with cycling so many of these performers in and out of the world of the show is that creator Greg Garcia has essentially made 10 different pilots. Rather than treating these individual chapters like short stories, there’s an unspoken effort to squeeze a season’s worth of quirks and angst into a twenty-minute window.

Over the course of his work on “My Name is Earl” and “Raising Hope,” Greg Garcia shepherded shows that presented unconventional family dynamics and disjointed inner circles of friendship. But, despite their collective shortcomings, the offbeat characters of those series worked together to create something built on love, appreciation, and understanding. To see so many episodes of “The Guest Book” tinged with cynicism and frustration seems like a misstep that doesn’t play to his strengths as a writer and observer of human tendencies. The humor here often seems forced, both in its writing and the physicality of the performances it asks of its actors.

It’s all the more frustrating when some episodes seem to strike the ideal tone that the others strive for. Episodes 4 and 5 are probably the strongest efforts of this first season, the latter of which stars Jenna Fischer as a scientist uncovering some unexpected memories of an Alzheimer’s patient left in her care. Some of those developments are legitimately shocking, but it doesn’t have the same manufactured chaos that plagues so many of the other installments.

The Guest Book” boasts an impressive roster of guest stars, including Michaela Watkins, Danny Pudi, Lauren Lapkus, Stockard Channing Tommy Dewey, and Michael Rappaport. But the actors who have worked in previous Garcia shows seem to be the only natural fits for this new venture. Jamie Pressly, a bright spot on “My Name is Earl,” instantly finds the heart a character that in lesser hands could have been an episode-length punchline. Same goes for Shannon Woodward, who finds some an extra emotional layer in a character that could easily be a fodder for sight gags.

And although many of the recurring side players in the town surrounding the cottage are little more than means for advancing the handful of season-long throughlines, Garret Dillahunt is an exception. As Andrew, a local doctor whose marital foibles and parenting misadventures pop up across the season, Dillahunt gets another much-deserved chance to show off his comic chops. The shifting dynamic between Andrew and Kellie Martin’s Officer Kimberly hints at an alternate foundation for the show that might not be as formally innovative, but would make for a more satisfying series.

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The stealth stars of “The Guest Book” might just be Arjay Smith and John Milhiser as two office co-workers who serve as the show’s “Previously On” Greek chorus. Reorienting audiences at the start of each episode, their changing 15-second banter is one of the show’s best bits of character development. That they make such an impression in short snippets is a testament to Garcia’s ability to find some fun developments with a repeatable framework, but it also emphasizes that the constant cast list churn of check-ins and check-outs is rarely the part of this show that’s most engaging.

With a handful of drug-fueled benders and neuroses-driven montages, “The Guest Book” gets the chance to match its changing cast list with a few visual switch-ups. Some split-screen episode bookends and some inventive camera placements keep the cottage from getting too familiar. But those occasional touches can’t replace the fact that the show lives and dies on the strength of its episode-to-episode stories. A few of them are entertaining enough, but a show that’s still in search of its strengths still keeps it from being a reliable trip worth taking every week.

Grade: C+

The Guest Book” airs Thursday nights at 10 p.m. on TBS. 

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- Steve Greene

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How Squeaky Clean Kellie Martin Wound Up on Greg Garcia’s Quirky Cable Comedy ‘The Guest Book’ — Turn It On Podcast

2 August 2017 3:01 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Read MoreLAST Week’S Episode: Matt Groening and ‘The Simpsons’ Producers on 30 Years, Beating ‘Gunsmoke’ and Taking On Trump — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

The idea behind “The Guest Book” has become almost the stuff of TV legend by now. It all started when Greg Garcia — the Emmy-winning creator behind hits like “My Name Is Earl” and “Raising Hope” – began writing fictitious stories in the guest books of various rental cabins. What was originally meant as a creative exercise, and also as a side benefit to freak out the next renters, quickly became something more.

“I saw a guest book and began to read it,” he said. “I thought, ‘I’m going to write a story in this guest book that blows peoples minds!'”

Eventually, he became addicted to the idea, and would even rent houses just to write in the guest book – “which my wife thought was insane, »

- Michael Schneider

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How Squeaky Clean Kellie Martin Wound Up on Greg Garcia’s Quirky Cable Comedy ‘The Guest Book’ — Turn It On Podcast

2 August 2017 3:01 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read MoreLAST Week’S Episode: Matt Groening and ‘The Simpsons’ Producers on 30 Years, Beating ‘Gunsmoke’ and Taking On Trump — IndieWire’s Turn It On Podcast

The idea behind “The Guest Book” has become almost the stuff of TV legend by now. It all started when Greg Garcia — the Emmy-winning creator behind hits like “My Name Is Earl” and “Raising Hope” – began writing fictitious stories in the guest books of various rental cabins. What was originally meant as a creative exercise, and also as a side benefit to freak out the next renters, quickly became something more.

“I saw a guest book and began to read it,” he said. “I thought, ‘I’m going to write a story in this guest book that blows peoples minds!'”

Eventually, he became addicted to the idea, and would even rent houses just to write in the guest book – “which my wife thought was insane, »

- Michael Schneider

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5 Movies You Totally Forget Giovanni Ribisi Was In

18 July 2017 6:00 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Giovanni Ribisi’s real name is Antonino Giovanni Ribisi. He is an American actor who was born in Los Angeles, California, on December 17, 1974. He began his acting career in his childhood when he appeared on many television shows, including ‘The Wonder Years’, The New Leave It to Beaver’, ‘My Two Dads’, and ‘Married… with Children’. As his career continued into adulthood, he began to appear in movies. Some of the movies for which he is best-known include ‘Ted’, ‘My Name is Earl’, ‘Friends’, ‘Boiler Room’, and ‘Saving Private Ryan’. As he has appeared in so many movies covering a

5 Movies You Totally Forget Giovanni Ribisi Was In »

- Nat Berman

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Emmy experts predict Drama Supporting Actress: Chrissy Metz (‘This Is Us’) will triumph for her role of a lifetime

10 July 2017 5:30 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

After years of playing bit parts on “Entourage,” “My Name Is Earl” and “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” Chrissy Metz has found the role of a lifetime as sibling Kate Pearson on NBC’s family drama “This Is Us.” Not only has her performance brought her fan admiration and critical acclaim, but Metz is now the […] »

- Marcus James Dixon

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Lauren Graham's Linda From Hr Pilot 'Still in Consideration' at Fox

15 May 2017 6:04 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Linda From Hr is down but she’s not out.

Despite failing to land a spot on Fox’s 2017-18 schedule, the Lauren Graham-fronted comedy pilot still has a pulse. “It is definitely still in consideration,” Fox Chairman and CEO Gary Newman told reporters early Monday. 

The half-hour, single-camera sitcom centers on Graham’s Linda Plugh, an Hr employee whose one bad decision throws her monotonous, unfulfilled existence into an exciting but dangerous tailspin of balancing her work life, her home life and a secret that could unravel everything. The cast also includes Happy Endings‘ Zachary Knighton and Lois & Clark‘s Michael Landes. »

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CBS TV Studios Exec Karyn Smith-Forge Joins Verve as TV Agent

24 April 2017 8:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Karyn Smith-Forge is departing CBS TV Studios for a TV agent position with Verve Talent and Literary Agency, Variety has learned.

Smith-Forge began her career as an agent with Endeavor before transitioning to an executive role at Fox TV Studios. During her time at Fox, she helped develop shows such as USA Network’s “White Collar” and TNT’s “Saving Grace.”

She joined CBS TV Studios in 2012, and currently holds the position of senior vice president of cable programming. Since joining CBS, she worked on hit shows like: “Power,” which is going into its fourth season at Starz; Freeform comedy “Young & Hungry,” which has been renewed for Season 5; and the upcoming TBS series “Guest Book,” which was created by “My Name Is Earl” creator Greg Garcia.

“We are thrilled to have Karyn join our team! Her vast experience developing and selling television programs will undoubtedly make her an invaluable addition to our growing ranks,” Verve »

- Joe Otterson

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Michael Landes Joins Lauren Graham's Fox Comedy Pilot Linda From Hr, Replacing White Collar's Tim DeKay

29 March 2017 10:45 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Linda From Hr is making another major staffing change.

Michael Landes (Special Unit 2, Lois & Clark) has replaced White Collar vet Tim DeKay as the husband of Lauren Graham’s titular heroine in the Fox comedy pilot, TVLine has learned. According to sources, producers decided to take the character in a slightly different direction.

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This is the project’s second significant casting shuffle. Last week we reported that This Is Us‘ Ryan Michelle Bathe had replaced ER alum Angel Laketa Moore in the role of Sierra, »

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Santa Clarita Diet season 2 confirmed by Netflix

29 March 2017 9:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Joseph Baxter Mar 30, 2017

Santa Clarita Diet season 2 is a go at Netflix with a confirmed renewal of the horror-comedy series.

Netflix won't be falling off the wagon with Santa Clarita Diet. The horror-comedy series, unveiled earlier this year with a series of conceptual promos, may have arrived as a bizarre and random genre amalgam of irreverent comedies with the ubiquitous trope of zombies, but it has apparently managed to make enough of a quantifiable impression with streaming audiences to justify the greenlighting of a second helping.

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Netflix announced the renewal with – what else? – a quirky promo video. While short on specifics, the announced premiere of Santa Clarita Diet season 2 has been (vaguely, for now,) designated for »

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This Is Us' Ryan Michelle Bathe Joins Fox's Linda From Hr Pilot in Recast

24 March 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Lauren Graham‘s new comedic sidekick is getting an extreme makeover.

In an 11th hour recasting, This Is Us‘ Ryan Michelle Bathe has replaced ER alum Angel Laketa Moore in Graham’s Fox sitcom pilot Linda From Hr, TVLine has learned.

RelatedPilot Season ’17: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them

The half-hour, single-camera project centers on Graham’s Linda Plugh, an Hr employee whose one bad decision throws her monotonous, unfulfilled existence into an exciting but dangerous tailspin of balancing her work life, her home life and a secret that could unravel everything.

Bathe »

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